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X1 Carbon Gen 2 (Type 20A7) SSD Upgrade

2017-10-23, 19:17 PM

Hi,

 

I have a 2nd gen X1 Carbon (Type 20A7) that I bought about 3 years ago. I bought it configured with a 256GB SSD, but I'm quickly running out of space and would like to upgrade the drive. I have a few questions about this:

 

  1. I believe this generation of the X1 Carbon came with a max SSD size of 256GB, but does the system/motherboard, etc. support larger sizes? Is there a limit? I'm aiming for either 512 GB, or possibly 1 TB.

  2. Will the size of a new drive I choose impact speed/performance in any way?

  3. Lenovo doesn't seem to sell a 512 GB drive or larger drive for this system. Can I use a non-Lenovo one (i.e. bought from Newegg, Amazon, etc.)? I searched around on the Lenovo forums and it sounds like it's a stanard M.2 drive in the 2nd gen X1 Carbon, so should I be fine as long as I get an M.2 drive?

  4. M.2 drives have a few different connector types: B, M, and B+M. Does anyone know which connector type I need to get for the 2nd gen X1 Carbon?

  5. I'm planning on cloning my current drive onto the new larger one. What kind of adaptors, etc. would I need to do this? Also, I've never cloned a drive before so please excuse me if this is a dumb question, but are there any issues cloning a smaller drive to a larger drive (i.e. the system only recognizing 256GB on the new larger drive)?

  6. Any other things I should keep in mind?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Re: X1 Carbon Gen 2 (Type 20A7) SSD Upgrade

2017-10-23, 20:10 PM

Lenovo lists 512GB drives as available, but there is no motherboard limit.  On that model, you need one that is described as SATA-3 (not NVMe) and size 2280.  Drives have B + M Key.  Non Lenovo drives should work, but I always suggest checking the seller's return policy in case of problems.


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Re: X1 Carbon Gen 2 (Type 20A7) SSD Upgrade

2017-10-23, 20:10 PM

Lenovo lists 512GB drives as available, but there is no motherboard limit.  On that model, you need one that is described as SATA-3 (not NVMe) and size 2280.  Drives have B + M Key.  Non Lenovo drives should work, but I always suggest checking the seller's return policy in case of problems.


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Re: X1 Carbon Gen 2 (Type 20A7) SSD Upgrade

2017-11-26, 1:41 AM

Is it means the subject type of m.2 SSD slot only support SATA 3, if PCI e type should be not support.

The current market For Samsung only support by the 850 EVO serial?

if the type is SATA 3, the storage up to 1 GT is possible to install in the subject type of computer, only the read / write speed is limited to SATA 3 mixinium standard,

 

Please help to to find out the right product.

Thanks

 

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Re: X1 Carbon Gen 2 (Type 20A7) SSD Upgrade

2017-11-26, 1:51 AM

512GB is the biggest at present, the M.2 form factor does not have much room like a PCI Expess card does to pile on dozens of NAND chips

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Re: X1 Carbon Gen 2 (Type 20A7) SSD Upgrade

2019-01-10, 10:01 AM

I have upgrade to 1TB in year 2018. I used the mode SAMSUND 860 EVO SATA M.2 (MZ-N6E1TO)

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