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T580 NVMe M.2 upgrade from mechnical HDD

2018-10-16, 15:18 PM

After 4 months the parts needed to install the NVMe M.2 drive in a T580 arrived from Encompass. They are:

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The hardware portion of the install is fairly easy. The cable is a little bit long and you have to tuck it in between a small space on the motherboard. I replaced the existing 500MB SATA drive and connect all the part for the new HP 1TB (EX920) drive. I connect the old drive to a USB and attempt to clone the drive to the new M.2. The new drive M.2 drive is not recognized. What is the secret to getting the system to recognize the M.2? I've tried WinPE boot OS, Win 10 and Acronis's app.

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Re: T580 NVMe M.2 upgrade from mechnical HDD

2018-10-16, 15:20 PM

Is it seen in BIOS?  If not there may be something amis with the connection - or the part.

 

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Re: T580 NVMe M.2 upgrade from mechnical HDD

2018-10-16, 19:54 PM

It does not show up when you run the BIOS diagnostics so that would explain why the OS can't find it. The question is why? I don't have access to another NVMe slot to test against so not sure how I will determine if it's the caddy/cable combo or the NVMe drive itself.

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Re: T580 NVMe M.2 upgrade from mechnical HDD

2018-10-18, 23:44 PM

What M.2 SSD drive are you trying to install? Is it a SATA or NVMe drive?

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Re: T580 NVMe M.2 upgrade from mechnical HDD

2018-10-21, 14:47 PM

It can just be that EX920 is not compatible to T580. Let say WD Black NVMe was also very problematic a while ago.

Didnt have issues with Samsung though (we mostly use 970 EVO for example, as PM981 is not possible to get)

 

PS Lenovo is using following 1T NVMe drives in T580:

- Samsung PM981 and PM961

- Intel Pro 6000p

- Toshiba XG3 (or maybe XG5 / XG6 now)

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Re: T580 NVMe M.2 upgrade from mechnical HDD

2018-10-21, 15:01 PM

That's unfortunate. The HP tested as working fine by placing it in an adapter and conneting it to a desktop via PCIe slot. So based on your information I have to assume that the cable and tray are fine and this is an issue with the T580 accepting the drive.

 

Edit: just looked at the price of those recommended drives and they are nearly double the HP.

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Re: T580 NVMe M.2 upgrade from mechnical HDD

2018-10-21, 16:45 PM

If the issue is drive compatibility,, testing through an adapter is not always a good indication.  Compatibility problems with a certain drive or computer often relate to timing issues or handshakes.  Having an adapter in between changes all those factors.


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2018-10-21, 17:41 PM
970 EVO should be quite cheaper than XE920. Something like 50$-ish cheaper (at least in EU)
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Re: T580 NVMe M.2 upgrade from mechnical HDD

2018-10-22, 13:09 PM

Understood. Testing it in another machine tells me that it functions and wasn't DOA from the vendor. Why it doesn't work in the T580 is still in question.

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Re: T580 NVMe M.2 upgrade from mechnical HDD

2018-10-22, 13:11 PM

The 970 is probably what I will end up with. Too late to send the HP back unfortunately. I'll find another use for it in my desktop unit.

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