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sallm
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Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

Hi,

 

i am about to buy a Carbon X1 Gen 4, but since the 512 GB PCIe-NVMe takes 4 weeks to get shipped (and it is a little cheaper Smiley Wink ) i was thinking of going for the 128 or 192 gb SATA3, buying the big drive separately and doing the upgrade by myself.

 

Is this in general possible, to upgrade from sata3 to PCIe-NVMe, or do you have to go for PCIe right from the start?

 

if this is possible, is one of the following SSD compatible? and which one is to recommend?

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-950-512GB-PCIe-NVMe/dp/B01639694M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459726399&sr...

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-Predator-SHPM2280P2H-480G/dp/B00V01C6M8/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UT...

 

I know, there is a chance that this question has already been answered here in the forum, but I now spent quite some time and I only found the question answered for the third gen...

 

Best and thanks a lot!

S

Zhaoyang
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Re: Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

Hi. 

 

I found this post from a Chinese forum, author of which have a Samsung 950PRO 512GB NVMe successfully installed, on a 20FB shipped with 192GB SATA.

sallm
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Re: Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

Hi,

thanks for the answer!

so I just asked Lenovo directly (sth I could have actually done earlier as well...) and they said, it is no problem to upgrade later to the PCIe..

I will just go for the samsung mentioned above and will report.

 

best and thanks

S

wreck1080
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Message 4 of 26

Re: Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

I want to do the same thing to a gen 4 x1 - which slot does the PCIe drive fit into? I downloaded the maintenance manual and it was unclear. 

 

The lenovo specs say...

 

  • SSD, SATA M.2: 128GB / 192GB / 256GB OPAL 2.0 / 512GB
  • SSD, PCIe-NVMe Gen3x4 M.2: 512GB3

So there is a sata m.2 slot, and a PCIe NVMe slot ?   The sata m.2 slot is clear in the maint manual, item 18 on the system board.

 

But, where is the PCIe slot? Is it the WWAN slot?

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Re: Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

X1 Carbon 4th gen has a single 2280 M.2 slot.  This slot can accept either a M.2 SATA SSD, or else PCIe/NVMe SSD.

DOGG
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Re: Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

Was looking to do the same thing as well.   My question is will the 4th Gen X1 accept a 1TB M.2 SATA SSD?

 

Like this one; http://www.storagereview.com/sandisk_launches_the_world_s_thinnest_1tb_m2_ssd

 

 

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Message 7 of 26

Re: Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

Did you find out if this is possible?

wreck1080
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Message 8 of 26

Re: Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

I just got my x1 delivered -- with the 128GB SSD option but I ordered a samsung 950 pro seperately. Unscrewed and removed the bottom plate of the x1.

Was a little tricky peeling back the tape covering the 128gb ssd but got there, removed the screw securing the ssd, replaced the ssd with the samsung 950 pro.

Installed windows, and the samsung 950 driver, and all working very well.

Here are my atto results...

https://cdn.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/24c7f1c8bf3e9caa1e9ad5a0e3de5e66.jpg

sallm
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Re: Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

Hi,

 

sorry for the late answer.

 

The delivery of both, the X1 and the SSD, were delayed. So I could not give any update on this topic... Today finally the last component arrived, and I could install the drive, windows etc. everything just works fine, my atto-results are pretty much the same as mentioned above.

 

Now the fun begins Smiley Wink

 

Best

Simon

DOGG
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Message 10 of 26

Re: Upgrade SSD X1 Carbon Gen 4

Simon,

 

What size Samsung Pro 950 did you install?   The 512 or the 1TB?

 

Reason I ask, I didn't think the 1TB was out yet.....

 

 

Doug

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