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Amadeus1965
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Upgrading ThinkPad T440s 7 T450 Toshiba RC100 M.2 NVMe SSD not recocgnized.

Hello all,

I am in the process of upgrading my my ThinkPad T440s and T450.

 

After reading in several articles that it’s possible to remove the WWAN LTE/4G card and replace this with a M.2.2242 (22mm) NVMe PCI-e SSD I started looking for the most suitable M.2 2242 SSD to build in my T440s an in to the T450

 

After doing some research I ended up buying 2 Toshiba RC100 SSD. To fit in the M.2. PCI-e slots in the above mentioned ThinkPads.
These are to be used as Boot disks.
(And 2 SamSung 860EVO 250GB to build in the SATA3 connections for storage.)

Main reasons:
-This Toshiba drive is PCIe 3.0 using only two lanes, rather than the four that the faster drives employ. This is reducing energy consumption and minimizes the risk of overheating (and limits performance).

-Due to this limited performance it’s not the fastest (pretty slow vor NVMe) but still super fast compared to SATA3 SSD on 6GB/sec.

 

To me the Toshiba RC100 seemed to be the ideal NVMe SSD to place in my T440s and my T450.

 

I ran in to trouble when installing M.2. NVMe PCI-e drive in my ThinkPad T440s and T450.

 

When I do install the (unformatted) M.2 NVMe SSD and fire up the ThinkPads the start-up procedure gets interrupted and BIOS shows the message:

 

"2101: Detection error on SSD1 (M.2)

 

Press Esc to continue"

 

The BIOS does not recognize the M.2 SSD.

 

I do run the latest BIOS version.

I do intent to install openSUSE LEAP 15

 

Please is there someone here that can help me?
How do I get the T440s and the T450 to recognize the Toshiba NVMe SSD?

Thanks!

 

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Re: Upgrading ThinkPad T440s 7 T450 Toshiba RC100 M.2 NVMe SSD not recocgnized.

Amadeus1965
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Re: Upgrading ThinkPad T440s 7 T450 Toshiba RC100 M.2 NVMe SSD not recocgnized.

Hi sclexman,

Thanks a lot for your quick and adequate answer!
And for the FRU lists.


So the solution is simple, I have to order the right M.2 SSD with SATA3 not PCM-e NVMe.
Lots of wrong information on the internet though.
Caused me a headache ......


Thanks again I will order the right hardware!

Have a great day!
Amadeus1965

Amadeus1965
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Re: Upgrading ThinkPad T440s 7 T450 Toshiba RC100 M.2 NVMe SSD not recocgnized.

sclexman, I don't have acces to the download.lenovo.com
Please can you also send me a FRU list for the T450s I intend to buy one second hand and pas the T440s to my little brother (after upgrading with the two SSD and openSUSE OS).
Thanks upfront!
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Re: Upgrading ThinkPad T440s 7 T450 Toshiba RC100 M.2 NVMe SSD not recocgnized.

The T450s and others are here: 

https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd100192

Amadeus1965
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Re: Upgrading ThinkPad T440s 7 T450 Toshiba RC100 M.2 NVMe SSD not recocgnized.

sclexman,
Thanks again!

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