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Thinkpad X1 Extreme SSD Nvme+Sata

Q: Thinkpad X1 Extreme SSD Nvme+Sata

Hi, According to the specifications sheet, X1 Extreme supports both Sata and Nvme Ssd's. https://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad%20X1%20Extreme/ThinkPad_X1_Extreme_Platfo... My machine comes with an Nvme Ssd. It would be OK to add an additional Sata Ssd in the free slot, right? And use both. (Just checking, before I buy). Thanks!Adrian

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I have a Thinkpad X1 Extreme (20MFX002US) on order.  It has one of the two M.2 SSD bays not used.  I was hoping I could add a second drive.  They are expensive so I thought I'd better check first to see if it will work in this machine before I order it.  I am NOT doing RAID with the second drive.  I just want the machine to recognize it for added storage.  This is running Windows 10.  Here is the drive I was considering:Samsung 970 PRO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2

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Dear support, I just received my new laptop recently and I would like to know how to perform a secure erase (change of encryption key) on the NVme SSD that came with the laptop. A secure erase should instruct the SSD to change the encryption key stored on the SSD itself, and should be the best way to perform a full format of the data on the disk. My preferred way to perform the Secure Erase would have been using the Bios option "Security -> Disk Encryption HDD" [R1]. However, this option was not available on my BIOS, neither on the pre-installed version (1.08) nor in the newest version (1.19). Therefore I followed the suggested option to try to activate this option in the BIOS [R2]. Afterwards the "Security -> Disk Encryption HDD" was still not visible on my BIOS menus. I have also tried creating an USB with the Lenovo's DrvErase [R3] software. In this case I got a message from the software stating that my system or BIOS are not compatoble with DrvErase. Using Linux, it is possible to instruct the disk to perform a secure erase by changing the encryption key [R4]. I have done this in the past and it worked. However, I am hesitant to follow this procedure on a new (and expensive) laptop. Therefore, I woule like to ask: Q1) What is the method suggested by Lenovo to perform a Secure Erase on X1 Extreme (type: 20MG) or P1 laptops?Note: from [R5] and [R6], I believe that P1 laptops are also affected Q2) If I go through and instruct the SSD disk ... Read more

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Planning to upgrade the T470 with an SSD and trying to decide between  Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OAJ412U  For an extra $86, I could get this drive, adapter and cable:Samsung 960 EVO Series - 250GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E250BW)https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-960-EVO-Internal-MZ-V6E250BW/dp/B01LYFKX41 https://lenovo.encompass.com/item/11093685/Lenovo/01AX994/Ct470_Adapter_Hdd_Asm_Brackethttps://lenovo.encompass.com/item/11093086/Lenovo/00UR496/Cable_M.2_Ssd Apparently, the 960 EVO would give me about 2 to 3 times faster performance than the SATA SSD. Which one would you guys choose if it were you considering the usage is mainly coding and watching videos? Any insights would be great. Thank you. 

A:SATA or PCIe NVMe SSD for Thinkpad T470?

Yoga2Pro_23 wrote:...
Which one would you guys choose if it were you considering the usage is mainly coding and watching videos? Any insights would be great. Thank you. 

That depends.  Are we spending your money or mine?
 
Given your use case I'd probably use the extra $ to go with a 500GB 2.5" SSD.  Then again, I'm a spec snob and might not be able to resist the NVMe drive.
 
As you've already figured out, the 470 only uses 2 PCIe lanes so that limits the NVMe SSD to something like 1700MB/sec.  The SATA unit would be more like 500MB/sec or so.  In practice, you'd probably never notice a difference.
 
FWIW,
Z.

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I recently bought ThinkPad P52S with following storage option:1TB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm, 2.5", SATA3  and realized that I need to change this one for  256 GB Solid State Drive, PCIe NVMe M.2 drive I am affraid even this laptop supports both models it is not easy to make this upgrade. Actually, I would like to know which parts I need to order from lenovo in odred to replace old SATA HDD with new one M.2 PCIe NVMe drive (I already have one). I tried to do it using Support - Parts & Accesories - schematic view TP_T580_P52s_Main_FRUs Components on the page: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-p-series-laptops/thinkpad-... but, honestly I could not relize what I should order.  I guess that I need one internal cable, and metalic mount "box" (size similar/same to existing SATA HDD) which contains 2 connectors (one for cable which connects mainboard and "box" (I am not sure does existing cable is good), and other connector where I should inserd M.2 PCIe SSD.I would appreciate if someone can advice which part numbers i need to purchase in order to make feasible usage of the M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD instead of aforementioned SATAIII HDD. Thanks in advance to all of you! 

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Hi, I am planing to buy a thinkpad X280 with the cheapest storage selection, and then upgrade SSD myself.The cheapest storage option for X280 is 128GB SSD SATA.Will I be able to upgrade SSD by simply replacing it with a larger and faster SSD? For example 1TB SSD PCIe-NVME? In my understanding that M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIe-NVME are different:M.2 SATA connects to SATA bus and using AHCI standard.M.2 PCIe-NVME connects to PICe bus and using NVME standard. This can get much faster speed than M.2 SATA SSD. So, it seems that if I buy X280 with 128GB SSD SATA selection, I may not be able to upgrade it to any PCIe-NVME SSD.Please, can someone confirm this? Regards,Shuo

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Hi guys,I just bought the T580 with their cheapest SATA HDD so that I can upgrade myself, but I realise that there's not an M.2 slot available for the upgrade drive (Samsung 960 Pro).I did a little bit of research, and I found these FRU's:01YR457    Tachi-2(20L9/20LA/20LB/20LC) M.2 Adapter ASM for Tachi,TC-201YR466    Tachi-2(20L9/20LA/20LB/20LC) M.2 Adapter Cable,TC-2I can't find a place where to source these. Can anybody point me in the right direction?Thank you in advance.

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Hi guys, I bought the T570 with their cheapest SATA HDD so that I can clone it and upgrade myself, but once I popped open the back, I found that there's not an M.2 slot available for the upgrade drive (Samsung 960 Pro). According to the manual, https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1240407/Lenovo-Thinkpad-T570.html?page=139#manual, I need a converter of some sort, which I presume replaces the SATA cable and the mount for the much smaller form factor drive. I found this http://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/accessories/memory-and-storage/storage/HDD-BO-ThinkPad-M-2-SSD-Tray/p/4..., but it has 0 information on whether it's compatible with the T570, and whether this is what I need in the first place. Can someone help? Has anyone done this already? Can I pick it up somewhere so that I don't have to wait 5-7 days for it to arrive? I also have a 3-year NBD support contract, but after calling support, I am told they can't just come bring the part. Thank you in advance.

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Hi guys,I just bought the T580 with their cheapest SATA HDD so that I can upgrade myself, but I realise that there's not an M.2 slot available for the upgrade drive (Samsung 960 Pro).I did a little bit of research, and I found these FRU's:01YR457    Tachi-2(20L9/20LA/20LB/20LC) M.2 Adapter ASM for Tachi,TC-201YR466    Tachi-2(20L9/20LA/20LB/20LC) M.2 Adapter Cable,TC-2I can't find a place where to source these. Can anybody point me in the right direction?Thank you in advance.

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See subject.  Ever since the BIOS upgrade, the dock no longer crashes.  Two days running now with no problems; prior to the upgrade it would crash routinely when connecting via USB-C.  I had to employ the unsavoury workaround of connecting the laptop to a charger and connecting it to the dock via the USB-A port using the USB-A to USB-C adaptor supplied.  Now I'm connecting via USB-C cable only. In fact, I'd given up on using the dock at all and had it just sitting there.  I decided to give it another go after reading that BIOS v1.19 fixed instances of BSODs occuring when connected to an external monitor (which I did experience now and again when connecting to an external monitor via HDMI i.e. not via dock).    Dock Type : 40AFX1E Type : 20MF 

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I'm having issues installing linux on my second NVMe drive because of this bug: https://ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/128422/one-of-two-identical-m2-nvme-drives-disabling-due-t... This is a known issue with Intel's firmware and they have issued an update:https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28320/Known-Issue-Intel-SSD-760p-Pro-7600p-Series-SubNQN-C... However, the NVMe Firmware Update Utility seems to not include this most recent version. Is there any timetable for when this will be merged in to Lenovo's firmware? I've read that if the drive comes from an OEM like Lenovo we should wait until they issue their own firmware -Gabe 

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Hello, I've been using Thinkpad X1 Extreme for the past 1.5 months. And now speakers(or only right one I believe) started having an issue with crackled/noise sound on high frequencies. It's almost unusable to listen something with speakers because of how painfull it to the ears.  Is there anything possible to do with it to fix it? Or replace internal speaker. Recording with sound:https://www.dropbox.com/s/tjqzczipq45xyh1/video_2019-07-29_15-03-27.mp4?dl=0

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I managed to get hold of part 01HY319 for my trusty T460 and all works fine. It looks like this and converts from an NVME M.2 drive (M-key) to SATA Express connection on the motherboard.  SATA Express is only x2 PCI lines (rather than the 4 you get with "full" NVME support) so I was interested in performance. Performance before with a 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD SATA drive was like this  Performance afterwards with the 01HY319 part and a 1TB Samsung 960 Evo NVME drive was like this  Hope this helps anyone considering the upgrade.

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This is probably documented somewhere, but I wish to confirm normal behavior. Can I install M.2 SATA device in one of the two M.2-size slots, and NVME device in the other? Thank you.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 13 7368 i7 6500U 12gb 512gb m.2 sata ssd. I'm wondering if you could switch from a sata ssd to nvme. just curious

A:Can you upgrade from SATA to NVME?

No - that system is SATA-only -- NVMe/PCIe is not supported.

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So I'm planning on upgrading my SSD from a 750 EVO somthing (~126GB) to a Samsung 970 EVO 500GB M.2 SSD. I will be going for a clean install of windows 10, and I was wondering if I have to do some settings to the BIOS like this guide suggests:

https://tinkertry.com/how-to-boot-w...ep-by-step-prep-for-windows-10-boot-from-nvme

Spoiler: Step-by-step guide from the link

From Download Windows 10, use the Download Tool 64-bit link to get MediaCreationToolx64.exe
Insert a USB 3.0 flash drive such as the SanDisk Ultra Fit and create the bootable install media
insert this flash drive into one of the blue rear USB 3.0 ports of the Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T

The default is Legacy, change these [and BIOS boot mode] to EFI
power up
press Del to get into BIOS
set BIOS to defaults, reboot
set BIOS to UEFI mode
go to SATA Configuration
change all SSDs you have from Hard Disk Drive to Solid State Drive
press ESC, then select PCIe/PCI/PnP Configuration
select M.2 PCI-E 3.0 X4, change from default [Legacy] to [EFI]
select SLOT 7 PCI-E 3.0 X16, change from default [Legacy] to [EFI]
optionally, for better speed, select Onboard Video Option ROM, change from default [Legacy] to [EFI], this allows you to do the next step
press ESC, select Security, select CSM Support, change from default [Legacy] to [EFI]
press ESC, select Boot Settings, Boot Mode Select, change from [Dual] default to [UEFI]
press ESC, Save Changes and Reset
if you have no data on any drives, your system will likely a... Read more

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Hi, I'm looking to buy a used X1 Yoga 1st Gen.  In looking at the spec  (here, under Specifications tab), under storage I seeStorage
Some:
M.2 SSD / SATA 6.0Gb/s
Some:
M.2 SSD / PCIe NVMe, PCIe 3.0 x 4, 32Gb/sIndeed, when you look at the 50-odd US models of this unit, you see that some come with M.2 SATA 3 drives and others with M.2 PCIe/NVMe drives. If, say, I buy a unit with a SATA 3 drive, then want to upgrade, must I buy a SATA 3 drive, or can I choose either SATA or NVMe/PCIe? And on the off-chance I live large and buy a 2nd Gen, does the same answer apply? (given that the spec sheet says exactly the same thing in the Storage sub-section.) Thank you.

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I'm looking to buy the Pavilion 24-b277na, and looking up the specs on the HP website, I can see the Palau 2GF motherboard supports an M.2 SSD (http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Pavilion-24-b200-All-in-One-Desktop-PC-series/13823536/docume...). Since the computer only comes with an HDD, I'd like to fit a small SSD into the M.2 slot. However, after a bit of reading it seems there's SATA M.2s and NVMe M.2s. I can't find out which type is supported by the computer. I'm also unclear on PCIe support - I looked up a review of a SATA Samsung 850 evo M.2, which states it doesn't support PCIe so many motherboards may not support it. So, does the computer support NVMe M.2s, and do I have to worry about PCIe support if I get a SATA M.2? Thanks in advance

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I have a SATA based X270. Can I still open this up and replace (or even better, add) a PCIe/NVMe drive?

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In the promotion video, they showed a 4TB drive inside the machine. As I know, the max size of NVMe SSD is 2TB right now. How many NVMe SSD can one put inside the machine?

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Hi Guys, I have just purchased a P72 which originally came with just one M.2 1TB which has the OS. I have purchased 2 Samsung Evos 1 TB each and have installed them In the M2 slots. Now I am trying to install the original M.2 in the SATA slot but can?t find any compatible adapters. I have already purchase the original bracket for SATA from Lenovo but can?t seem to find an adapter for the m.2 to SATA. Any pointes 

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I have a SATA based X270.
 
Can I still open this up and replace (or even better, add) a PCIe/NVMe drive?
 
Moderator edit: Added model to subject.

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Is it possible to replace the SATA SSD with a NVMe Drive? In the 4th generation the the M2 slot was capable of using nvme and sata drives.

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Hi All I'm confused about my options, I'm looking for around a 500Gb SSD. Can my 370 take both SATA and NVMe M.2 drives ? If both is it worth spending extra on a NVMe one ? Thanks.

A:Yoga 370 (20JJS1TC00), which sdd SATA or NVMe ?

And which physical size of M.2 drives can the 370 take ? Now I read about some drives needing something called a caddy, now I'm really confused !

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Hello everyone,
 
I have HP EliteBook 850 G3, SKU Number: T9X18EA#BED (is it product number?) Product Serial Number: [Personal Information Removed]
 
I am almost positive that M2 slot inside my laptop has SATA connection and not NVMe. Can anyone tell me if Im wrong?
 
I watched some videos and saw some pictures of SATA and NVMe slots and when I opened my laptop the slot looked like NVMe, according to pin positions on the connector.
 
Can someone elaborate on this and perhaps tell me if I have NVMe based on my product number, maybe?

A:Elitebook 850 G3 has SATA or NVMe M2 slot?

@yowandbm Look at page 2. http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=7815299&docLocale=en_US&docId=emr_na-c04... REO

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Hey all! I picked up a refurb'd X270 from the Lenovo Outlet store for super cheap with a 180GB SATA SSD. I did lots of poking around on the forums to see if anyone had successfully done the upgrade to NVMe, and the concensus was mixed with no one really agreeing what parts were needed. I successfully pulled it off and wanted to share for future users! What you NEED:NVMe-capable M.2 SSDFRU 01HW969 - cable from motherboard to the M.2 adapterFRU 01HY565 - M.2 adapter and bracket I ordered my OEM parts through Encompass for around $40 shipped, not including the cheap 256GB Intel 600p SSD I already had laying around. The process took less than 10 minutes to complete. 1 - Assemble the M.2 adapter with your new NVMe SSD. NOTE: M.2 SATA SSDs are NOT compatible, ONLY NVMe.2 - Boot to BIOS, navigate to Power to disable the internal battery.3 - Remove the external battery and unscrew the screws from the bottom plate of the system, and gently remove the plate.4 - Remove the single screw holding in the existing SATA drive and gently remove from system.5 - Remove the SATA cable from the motherboard, being careful to lift the little metal latch before pulling horizontally out of the connector.6 - Attach the new cable to the motherboard. I had to bend mine a bit to make it fit, but I used the original cable to show me where to bend.7 - Attach the new cable to the M.2 adapter and install in place using the same screw.8 - Reattach the bottom plate, put in your battery, and ... Read more

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Hello Guys,I already have "ThinkPad 1TB SAMSUNG PCIe NVME TLC OPAL M.2 SSD" part # Part No: 4XB0N10301 , so i am wondering if i order T480 with 500 GB HDD to save some money and then replace HDD  with 1 TB Samsung SSD. Will it wok?  RegardsManzoor

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Hi, I am planning to upgrade my Lenovo V330-14IKB. What is the maximum RAM capacity could I add for it? What would be the best option for me?

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HiI purchased my ThinkPad T470P 10 days ago. It has 1TB HDD (5400rpm) preinstalled so I want to replace it with SSD.Is my ThinkPad capable of using the full potential of NVME SSD or I just need to buy a SATA3 SSD?I know Lenovo sells these machines with NVME SSDs preinstalled but do they use the same port as my HDD is using right now? What is the interface that my HDD is using right now?Regards

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 Dear All, Which brand or exact model of NVMe SSD Lenovo recommend to upgrade Thinkpad E570

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Hello!
Tried to upgrade my E5570 (current drive is 128GB M2 SATA)  with new 512GB Intel 600p NVME SSD, but ran into problem. BIOS cannot find this drive.
Updated to latest BIOS - no luck. Disabled SATA completely - no luck. 
Windows 10 installation disk also cannot find new drive (tried many drivers)
Please help

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Does the new Inspiron 13 7000 2 in 1 7373 w 8th gen i7, 16gb, and 512 gb ship with a nvme drive?
The features section on the splash page page states the 512 ssd is nvme and the 256 is sata.
Sales says all 7373s are being shipped with sata and insists splash page is wrong
I have one on order and need to know if it will ship with a nvme drive or not
Its a deal breaker and I would like to avoid the return process over false advertising

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Hi, I have a T470 with a 256G M.2 NVME 2280. I need more storage space and not performance. (SATA III SSD) performance is ok for me. I already have 1TB SATA III 2.5 SSD drives. How can I used these 2.5 SSD drive in place of M2. NVME? Thank you in advance

A:T470 M.2 NVME 2280 to 2.5 SATA SSD downgrade

The SSD should be able to be installed without any problems. The M.2 SSD is currently plugged into the 2.5 "slot via an adapter, which should be removed before changing.

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HI Lenovo community!I want to upgrade my t470p hdd   to  NVMe M.2 2280 Samsung 960 PRO and enjoy full speed.I read that I need adapter  but I dont know which one and will a achive full speed 2100/3500MB/s with this adapter? 

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I'm looking at buying a new Lenovo P50 with a SSD configuration.  I see an option for a "1TB SSD PCIe-NVMe" which came out only a few days ago ...does anybody here know the specs of that drive in terms of read/write speeds (megabytes per second)?  



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A:"1TB SSD PCIe-NVMe" specifications for Thinkpad P5...

That's Samsung 1T PM961 which becomes available in OEM since last december. Read and write speeds are faster than the current SM961 and 950 Pro.

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Hi there everyone! I've just bought a Thinkpad L380 and still waiting it to be shipped. For several reasons i need it to be equipped with a third party SSD, so i chose the (cheaper) 128gb SSD configuration.After i've placed the order I've started wondering if the M.2 SATA3 configuration i've choose could mean that the laptop i've ordered could not support NVMe.Could someone please tell me that the SATA3 choice affects only the SSD part and that i'll be able to mount correctly a M.2 SSD NVMe? thanks  

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I recently updated to the new bios, 1.30, that adds RAID support for the Thinkpad P50.My P50 came with 2x pcie nvme 512gb m.2 drives. (I think they ship with the sm951, but not 100% sure) Upon activating raid in the bios, I can select "M.2 SSD" as the mode, and successfuly create a raid volume from the 2 drives. The new raid volume shows up in the boot manager and appears to be healthy. Macrium Reflect can even see and clone to the Raid volume. However the installer for Windows 7, 8, or 10 cannot see the Raid volume. (Using a usb drive since i opted out of the cd drive). I assumed this was a driver issue and proceeded to download basically every Intel RST driver I could find including the 3 on the Lenovo driver website and all the below:64bit Intel RSTe AHCI & RAID drivers v15.2.0.100864bit Intel RSTe AHCI & RAID drivers v14.8.12.1059 WHQL64bit Intel RST AHCI & RAID driver v11.2.0.1006 WHQL64bit Intel NVMe Windows Driver v1.7.0.1002 WHQL64bit Intel RSTe NVMe drivers v4.5.0.2122 WHQL for Win8-10 x64RSTe_4.5.0.2123RSTe NVMe 4.5.0.2125intel_rst_14.8.1.1043intel_rst_14.8.0.1042Universal 64bit Intel RST Software v15.0.2.1044Universal 64bit Intel RST Software v14.8.12.1059 Even after trying every single one of these, I still can't get Windows to see the raid volume on install. I tried turning on and off secure boot, and CSM, but made no difference. There's really not many options provided in the Lenovo bios. I've done a normal raid set... Read more

A:Thinkpad P50 - NVMe M.2 Raid 0 - Can't install win...

Just to add a bit more, I do have premium support and was on the phone with 6 different people for 2 hours, none of which could really help or understand what was going on. In fact several didn't even know what Raid was and needed help spelling it. Below are the ticket numbers to keep everything together.Ticket #'s:402NCL7402NC9M402NC77

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It's interesting to see that Lenovo updated their storage test and PCI Express test programs for Thinkpad X1 Carbon 3rd gen on 4/11/2016 including changes of "ADD: Storage - NVMe". Hope that is a sign for future NVMe SSD support.

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Hello I have already tried yo add an Samsung 970 Evo (NVMe) but is failed with error 2104. When I talked with helpdesk on Lenovo they told me that wasn´t compatible. I wonder if the Samsung 970 Evo Pro. Or should I use a older model for example Samsung 960 Evo Pro.

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Hello, I need to add a "Samsung 960 PRO Series - 1TB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD" on my Thinkpad. What is the P/N I need to install it? I think is the tray to insert the disc. THINKPAD P51 SIGNATURE EDITION - Intel Core i7 - 7700 HQ - CPU @2.80 GHz - 16 GB - Windows 10 - 64 bits

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I have a weird issue with my P70's. I have six of them. They all have Windows 7 installed on NVME M2 drives. Recently we decided to get them on Windows 10 but keep the Windows 7 environment in place for a year or so in case the Win 7 environment is needed. We do not have a 2.5 inch drive at all. So we bought an additional SATA M2 drive for each machine since the P70's have two M2 slots. I installed the SATA M2 drive in the second slot and installed Windows 10 on it. No problem with that. I can hit F12 and load into either drive with no issues. Here is my problem ... I wanted to go into the BIOS and set the new Windows 10 drive as the default so they don't have to hit F12 every time they boot up. When in the BIOS I hit the right arrow key to move to the startup options section. Once I get to that menu section the computer freezes and becomes completely unresponsive. You have to hold the power button down to turn it off.  This behavior occurs on ALL 6 laptops. If I remove either drive the BIOS is once again responsive. I even tried swapping slots but the BIOS still locks up. I did a BIOS update but the issue persists. So for now 2 of the machines luckily boot to the Windows 10 environment by default. The other 3 have to hit F12 on every boot up and select the Windows 10 drive.  I do have one last laptop that will need to be done this month so I am trying to solve this before I can get my hands on it. I am goi... Read more

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Hello, I have the following laptop ideapad700-15isk with i5-6300hq, 8gb of ram, 950m 4gb and a 1tb hdd.I want to buy a m.2 ssd and use both hdd and ssd. The ssd would be use for OS and the hdd for storage of files.From what I've read I understand that both samsung 850 evo(sata3) and samsung 960evo(nvme) would work.My question is would the samsung960evo(nvme) disable my sata 3 port and would not allow me to use in the same time the hdd?And is the speed difference from 850 evo to 960 evo worth for daily use? OS and Browser activity? Thank you,    

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I have a weird issue with my P70's. I have six of them. They all have Windows 7 installed on NVME M2 drives. Recently we decided to get them on Windows 10 but keep the Windows 7 environment in place for a year or so in case the Win 7 environment is needed. We do not have a 2.5 inch drive in the laptop at all. So we bought an additional SATA M2 drive for each machine since the P70's have two M2 slots. I installed the SATA M2 drive in the second slot and installed Windows 10 on it. No problem with that. I can hit F12 and load into either drive with no issues. Here is my problem ... I wanted to go into the BIOS and set the new Windows 10 drive as the default so they don't have to hit F12 every time they boot up. When in the BIOS I hit the right arrow key to move to the startup options. As soon as it reaches that section of the BIOS, the computer freezes and becomes completely unresponsive. You have to hold the power button down to turn it off.  This behavior occurs on ALL 6 laptops. If I remove either drive the BIOS is once again responsive. I even tried swapping slots but the BIOS still locks up. I did a BIOS update but the issue persists. So for now 2 of the machines luckily boot to the Windows 10 environment by default. The other 3 have to hit F12 on every boot up and select the Windows 10 drive.  I do have one last laptop that will need to be done this month so I am trying to solve this before I can get my hands on it. I... Read more

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For some reason, the Samsung 960 M.2 NVMe will not boot in an XPS8920 system with SATA set to ACHI.  With SATA set to RAID, it works just fine.  I wanted a larger replacement that I could boot Windows on without having to use SATA-RAID.
Before returning the computer to the store I decided to exchange the Samsung for another if I could find one. So far I've been pretty loyal to Samsung and not really bothered looking at other SSD's.
I exchanged it for the Toshiba OCZ RD400 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2. The logic being that since Dell shipped a Toshiba in the original system, this might have the best chance to work if any would.
To be clear, in my specific case, WORK, means allow me to have the BIOS set to SATA-ACHI and boot from this drive in the M.2 slot. Something the Samsung could not (currently) do.
Somewhat surprising, it works!
So if you have an XPS8920, want to put in a new/different M.2 NVMe SSD, and desire to boot from this SSD with the BIOS set to SATA-ACHI, the Toshiba above will work. Probably others might also. Caveat: As of today at least, with the 1.0.4 BIOS that's currently available in this system.
I've not bothered with any benchmarks yet or even had time to install the Toshiba drivers which they recommend for peak performance.
This is how I migrated my original Dell SSD to the Toshiba RD400 - with ALL original partitions intact. I've not tested the recovery partition but I was most interested in the diagnostics partition and it works fine ... Read more

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