Install A M.2 SSD Drive In A Lenovo Y700 14″ Laptop (Y700-14ISK)

By installing a M.2 drive in your Lenovo Y700 laptop you’ll get a significantly faster laptop and have 2 drives. This article will show you what you need to get and how to install the correct M.2 drive. The laptop that is being upgraded is a Lenovo Y700-14ISK.

The video below will give you an overview of the entire process.

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The Type Of M.2 Drive You’ll Need

The Lenovo Y700 needs a M.2 drive with a SSD interface. This means you’ll want to purchase something like the Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB M.2 drive. I installed the 256GB version and already wish I had spent the extra bit and gone with the 512GB version.

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Samsung M.2 SATA SSD Drive

Samsung M.2 SATA SSD Drive

You might ask if you can install the Samsung 950 series M.2 drive. The answer is no. The 950 has a PCIe 3.0 interface that will work as a 2nd drive in Windows 10 but you will not be able to boot from it no matter how you tweak the current BIOS.  I know this because I made this mistake originally.

If you’re really interested in the differences in SSD hard drives and PCIe vs SATA the following two videos are a good overview

Understanding the different SSD drives out there in this ASUS SSD overview.

PCIe vs SATA SSD

So just to recap, you need to purchase a M.2 Drive with a SSD interface like the Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB M.2 drive.

Tools And Equipment For Installation

You will need the following for the installation process:

There is no screw to hold down the M.2 drive so you’ll need a M2x3. I didn’t have one laying around so I ended up getting a laptop screws set just in case I needed some extra screws for another project.

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Laptop Screws and Precision Screwdriver Set

Laptop Screws and Precision Screwdriver Set

Opening The Case

Make sure the laptop is powered off (not sleeping) and unplugged.

Flip the laptop over face down. You might want to do this on a surface that won’t scratch the top of the laptop. There are 10 screws that you need to unscrew. All of them are the same length except the center one is a little longer. Also, you need to unscrew the ones at the front at an angle.

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Lenovo Y700 Screw Location

Lenovo Y700 Screw Location

Taking off the back of the laptop case is a little weird. First, separate the Y700 case at the front.

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Open the lenovo y700 Case Starting With The Corners

Open Case Starting With The Corners

Next, you’re going to lift the front slightly and push back on the lifted section. I tried to provide you with two points of view for this procedure in the video at the top.

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Lift Up Y700 Case First To Open

Lift Up Y700 Case First To Open

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Push To Back To Remove The Case Bottom

Push To Back To Remove The Case Bottom

Installing The Y700 M.2 Drive

The drive will go in only one way. If you’re using a Samsung 850 drive the sticker will be face up.

Put the drive in at a 45 degree angle and push it forward to seat it.

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Putting The Drive In Place

Putting The Drive In Place

Press the drive down in place

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Securing M.2 Drive Down With Screw

Securing Drive Down With Screw

And secure it with the M2x3 screw.

Closing the Y700 Case

For closing the case I found the easiest way was to slide the bottom back on. Then put the laptop on it’s nose and press forward. This will snap the area around the speakers in place.

From there you will snap the rest of the case in place and put the screws back in. Remember the long screw is the one in the center.

Initializing The M.2 Drive

Your new hard drive will need to be initialized. To get to disk management in Windows 10 you will

Right click on the start icon -> select Disk Management

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Initializing The Drive In Disk Management

Initializing The Drive In Disk Management

You’ll probably get a popup saying you need to initialize a disk

Make sure GPT is chosen and click ok (What is GPT?)

Copying The Old Files To The New Drive

Since we’re using a Samsung drive we’ll use the Samsung drive copy utility to copy over the files from the original drive to the new one.

  • Go to the Samsung SSD site
  • Download and install the Samsung Data Migration Software
  • Start the Program

Just follow the instructions and let the program copy the files over. At the end you’ll be asked to click OK to shutdown the laptop. Go ahead and do that.

What will happen, is in addition to copying the files it sets the new Samsung drive as the primary drive to boot from by disabling the original drive.

Formatting The Second Drive So You Can Use It

Let’s see how you can turn that original 1TB drive into a second drive in your laptop. Go back into Disk Management by

Right click on the start icon -> select Disk Management

Once you’re in there, the original drive will be Offline.

Right click on the drive and select Online.

From there you’ll select partition you don’t want anymore,

Right click on the partition and select Delete.

You’ll notice there are certain partitions marked recovery that you won’t be able to delete this way. To get rid of these you’ll need to use DISKPART. There is a quick video below showing you how to use DISKPART in Windows 10.

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After you’ve gotten rid of the partitions you want to,

Right click on the Unallocated Disk Space and select Create Simple Partition

From there you’ve got yourself a second drive on your laptop.

Hope you found this helpful. Just a reminder this is the hardware and software you’ll use to do this installation:

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5 thoughts on “Install A M.2 SSD Drive In A Lenovo Y700 14″ Laptop (Y700-14ISK)”

  1. I tried to do this. I did everything through copying old files to the new drive. After restarting I got the message below. I cant do anything, even access the start menu. Any idea how to reverse this?

    E:\\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is unavailable. If the location is on this pc, make sure the device or drive is connected or the disc is inserted, and then try again.

  2. Thanks for your very clear instructions. I followed them closely and everything went fine up to cloning: The drive cloned fine but I can’t get the Y700 to boot from the SSD. The cloning software doesn’t make the SSD primary. Any ideas of how to do this? Should we disconnect the old HD to force the Y700 to boot from the primary and reconnect afterwards?
    Thanks for any ideas you may have!

  3. I’m guessing you’re not really moderating these comments anymore but FWIW I did something that caused the Y700 to boot from the new drive. Wish I knew what but now everything works perfectly. Thanks again!

  4. Very helpful, but I found i had to physically disconnect the original (1tb) drive, then restart, before it would allow me to reformat the original drive.

    I had even tried moving the ssd to first order in boot sequence, but the original drive always stayed online, until i physically removed it.

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