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Re: 512 gb SSD upgrade options for 1st gen X1 Carbon

2016-03-15, 18:00 PM

Just wanted to give a small update and say thanks.

I purchased the above adapter and 512gb SSD msata drive. 

Used Macrium Reflect to image the current 256gb drive to a usb drive while live in windows.

Installed hardware and booted with rescue usb and then searched for my image.  Loaded up. Took about an hour.

Rebooted and up and running.  Just had to extend the vol in disk mgnt to see the full 512gb.(only showed 256gb at first)

Everything up and running justs like it was on the 256gb drv.

 

Thanks for the assist Rich!!

 

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Re: 512 gb SSD upgrade options for 1st gen X1 Carbon

2016-07-13, 17:57 PM

Rich, thank you for posting all this information on upgrading the SSD of X1 Carbon (First Gen). I intend to get the mSATA adapter that you described above (e.g., Microsatacables.com), but I just wanted to ask if the 42mm length you described for the mSATA drives is a maximum limit. I haven't yet had a look under the hood of my X1 carbon (model 3460-82G) to verify, but as you've been able to accomplish this upgrade I thought I would just ask.

Also, I've been looking at possible 512GB candidates available here in Germany, and I've come up with these:

1. Crucial CT500MX200SSD3, about $230 (Crucial link)

2. Samsung 850 EVO MZ-M5E500BW, about $180 (Samsung link)

However, I haven't been able to find info on the exact length of these -- I think they actually may actually be c. 50mm. Would either still fit with this adapter, and do you know of other mSATA SSDs that would?

You mentioned in your post that there is only one 42mm mSATA drive available in 512GB capacity -- can you tell me which one this is? Thanks very much for any information you can share. //rolf

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Re: 512 gb SSD upgrade options for 1st gen X1 Carbon

2016-07-13, 18:12 PM

 just went to my ebay history.

here is the adapter

http://www.ebay.com/itm/mSATA-SSD-to-26-Pin-Adapter-as-SD5SG2-from-Lenovo-X1-Carbon-Ultra-/261773739647?hash=item3cf2ee467f

here is the SSD drive I bought.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Crucial-M550-512GB-mSATA-Internal-Solid-State-Drive-CT512M550SSD3-/111873911443?hash=item1a0c346a93

 

Hope this helps.  Not much else will work/fit.

 

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2016-07-13, 20:27 PM

Thank you for the speedy reply and the links! Kind regards //rolf

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Re: 512 gb SSD upgrade options for 1st gen X1 Carbon

2016-07-29, 9:15 AM

Bowtye, thanks again for your help previously. I've installed the adapter and the new 512 GB, transferred an image of the previous disk using Macrium Reflect, and the system came up just fine. However, I am now wondering how to alter Lenovo's default partition layout, which is:

 

[1.46     GB] SYSTEM_DRV: The active, system partition

[144.54 GB] ( C: ) Windows obviously lives here: the boot drive

[13.67   GB] ( D: ) Lenovo_Recovery

[8.00     GB] This partition is not named, described as a Hiberation Partition

 

The balance of the 512GB disk is obviously empty, unused space. In Windows parlance, the partitions above are layout=Simple, type=Basic, and by default the partition table is configured as MBR (thus maximum primary partition number = 4). Ideally, I would like to extend the C: partition to use the currently unoccupied space, but to do so means moving partitions around. I am wondering what you or others who have installed larger disks have done:

1. Did you eliminate the Recovery Partition? This is really not needed at this point anyway (and this would conveniently reduce the primary partition count by one).

2. What about the 8.00 GB Hibernation Partition? Do you know if this partition is necessary (e.g., is it used in Windows "Sleep" mode, etc.). Can it be moved or eliminated?

 

Sorry for all the questions, but as you must have confronted similar choices I am hoping you can provide some guidance. Thanks again for all your help.

 

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Re: 512 gb SSD upgrade options for 1st gen X1 Carbon

2016-08-08, 13:09 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Fig. 2A shows the existing SSD still intact. There is a 3-wire cable (fingerprint reader?) secured by a plastic clip that you will need to move aside to gain access to the single mounting screw that secures the SSD to the motherboard. Carefully pry the clip open slightly and pull the wires aside – they are also fragile, so take your time. Once the cable is out of the way you can remove the mounting screw.

 

10. Remove the two small screws that will attach the SSD to the mSATA X1 Carbon adapter board. Then attach the adapter in place of the old SSD, carefully sliding it into the bus slot. Secure with the mounting screw. Your work should now look like Figure 3.

 

 12. Figure 5: restore the 3-wire cable and secure with plastic tab as before. You’re now more than halfway complete. You can now reverse previous steps of keyboard removal: carefully flip the keyboard back into position, taking care not to deform the ribbon cable, clip the keyboard back into position, and reattach fasteners to back of laptop.

 

15. Right click on the C: partition (here Boot volume in the figure), and select “Extend volume …” (Figure 7).

 

17. Within the wizard, I selected the disk and the maximum space available (Figure 9):

 

 

19. And we’re done! (Figure 11):

 

 

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Re: 512 gb SSD upgrade options for 1st gen X1 Carbon

2016-11-03, 16:38 PM

Hi All,

Thanks Fanfold Paper for the recipe on this. I have acquired the adapter board but have have tried unsuccessfully to obtain the Crucial mSATA SSD 512GB (CT512M550SSD3). Newegg cancelled both of my orders, from two separate vendors in their marketplace.  

So my question is: Does anybody know an actual reliable source for this Crucial SSD - or is there aother form-factor compatible option that you have verified fits in this restricted place?

Thanks for any help!

David Nash

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Re: 512 gb SSD upgrade options for 1st gen X1 Carbon

2016-11-07, 10:18 AM

You can use any mSATA SSD - any reason you want this Crucial? M550 is EOL, see the MX200 they are both SEDs and work just fine with hardware BitLocker for example.

 

Otherwise you can get the newer M.2/SATA adapters for X1.

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Re: 512 gb SSD upgrade options for 1st gen X1 Carbon

2016-11-07, 21:04 PM

Only because earlier posts indicated it fit and this space is really contrained on height to prevent the kybd from bulging.

I have no preference other than height. It is going to sit on the aforementioned adapter board.  Thank you. 

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Re: 512 gb SSD upgrade options for 1st gen X1 Carbon

2017-03-27, 17:57 PM

The above infos are very valuable and helped me upgrade my SSD (first gen x1 Carbon 128GB). 

 

I wanted to share a few insights and clarifications that I gathered:

 

1. The easiest way I believe is to simply buy an €9 external mSata to USB cable and to clone the 'old' harddrive completely to the new SSD using macrium reflect. This avoids pains I had trying to create a bootable USB device and the need for an external harddrive that has sufficient capacity for an image. Mine looked like this: 

 

 

 

Specifically, I:

- Purchased an mSATA SSD to USB 3.0 Externe SSD Konverter Festplatte Alu Gehäuse Cover Schwarz. It simply allows to connect the new mSata SSD to the computer via USB, the clone (and not image!) can then directly be written to the new SSD

- Created a clone using marcium reflect writing it to the new SSD

- Opened the computer as per aboves instructions and replaced the new with the old SSD. It booted without a problem

- Note: I did have to 'activate' the free 'new' space on the new SSD using Aomei free edition (a partition management tool)

 

2. Hardware:

- I purchased an adapter mSata- SD5SG2 such as this one: 

Any of these adapters will do, important is only they do "mSata to  SD5SG2". Comparing the pictures will be enough. 

ATTENTION: The adapter will cause the keypad to bulge a bit, creating a visible bulge on the right side of the keyboard. Funtion is not impared, but it does not look so nice... It might be possible to sand off 0,5mm to aliviate the issue, i might try that at some point. 

 

Any mSata disk (I bought a Samsung 850 EVO ssd) will do.

 

 

 

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