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August 19, 2017

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Lenovo IdeaPad 110S – Storage Upgrade

by GFR2

20170818_111553469_iOSSo the other day I decided I wanted to actually fully write my blogs when out and not wait until I was home to finish them off.  The iPad is good but image editing isn’t that easy and adding images to WordPress is much easier on a fully functional laptop.

Not having a huge budget meant looking around for something small, functional and cheap – I found the Lenovo IdeaPad 110S-11IBR at Argos for £169.99.

Pretty good spec for the price –

  • Intel Celeron N3160
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB eMMc Storage
  • 11.6″ HD Screen
  • 3 USB Ports (2×2.0, 1x 3.0)
  • MicroSD Card Slot
  • Full Size HDMI

But the storage space isn’t great, as you can see it’s only 32GB, but when you take into account drive size rounding, system and recovery drives it drops to 27GB usable space, add Windows and pre-installed apps and you have around 10GB left which is OK for basic things as browsing, streaming and blogging.

I didn’t have any problems until I wanted to update Windows 10 (Home Edition) to the latest Creators Edition, the download was fine but it really ate up the disk space so you need to spend time tidying up things afterwards.

With this in mind, I went searching to see if anything could be upgraded – Running 2GB RAM is good, but more is always better!  And the storage could do with boosting.

Bad News – The RAM is on the mainboard and can’t be removed/upgraded.  The 32GB eMMC storage is also on the mainboard and can’t be removed.

Good News – There is an empty M.2 slot on the mainboard which takes a 2280 SATA SSD, yep its upgrade time!

First of all pick your SSD, I opted for a 128GB ADATA Premier Pro from Amazon for under £60.  Other drives were available for around the same price (all 128GB) but the delivery was 1 – 4 weeks!

M.2 supported Drives – this unit only supports M.2 SATA drives not PCIe. For more information on the differences, please visit Kingston SSD M.2 FAQ

Installation –

A lack of teardown instructions exist for this laptop, probably because not many people buy and upgrade them!

Simple to install though.

What you’ll need –

  • The IdeaPad (obviously)
  • A suitable M.2 2280 SSD – this unit does not support M.2 PCIe, it only supports M.2 SATA.
  • Small Philips Screwdriver
  • Plastic prise tool
  • 1 x M2 2.5mm Philips screw (not supplied)

Flip the laptop over and remove ALL the screws on the underside, no hidden ones to worry about and they are all the same size too.

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Gently prise the back cover off with the prise tool.

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The empty M.2 slot is highlighted in yellow above.

Inset the M.2 SSD and install the screw (yellow circle), I didn’t have the screw so used the screw from the battery corner (red circle) and dabbed a bit of superglue in its place.

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Specifics for my SSD. Note this is an M.2 SATA, an M.2 PCIe drive is not compatible.

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Once this is done, clip the back of the case on and re-insert all the screws – Check you have no spares!

Now the fun starts……

Power on the laptop and Windows will see the new drive, you’ll need to go into Disk Management to format, assign a drive letter and label it – You now have 128GB of extra storage.

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You can use your favourite cloning software to clone the current install to the new drive, boot up and then use the 32GB drive as extra storage.

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Do a complete fresh install – I opted for this method as it killed 3 birds with one stone, install on the new SSD, removed value added applications that I don’t use and upgrade to creators edition.

Now I have a very fast, light, portable laptop with plenty of storage for just over £200 and my blogging can commence!  In fact this blog was written entirely on said laptop.

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For those who would like it, here is the full Ideapad 110s Teardown Manual as supplied by Lenovo.


Lenovo 110S-11IBR from Argos – http://www.argos.co.uk/product/7509425

ADATA Premier Pro M.2 SSD from Amazon – http://amzn.to/2fUnKXO

Other storage is also available from –



119 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oct 16 2017

    Hi,

    Your review is very useful, compliment!.
    I have the same laptop of you but instead of upgrading it with the ssd that you used in your review, I bought the 850 EVO M.2 SATA III SSD for 130 euro. The shop tell me that it will be fine, otherwise, if not, they will refund me the moneys. I will received it in few days.

    I have only a question for you:
    I will clone the 32GB eMMc Storage on the ssd using the Samsung Migration Data (I know that this software works really well, I have already cloned with success other 3 desktop with this software) but how I will let the laptop understand which storage to use as primary for booting windows?
    I think I need to go in the bios and change the boot sequence putting the ssd before the eMMc, right?
    Then the laptop will start (boot) using the ssd to load windows 10, right?
    And which driver letter it will use? I think the C: right?

    Thanks in advance for your response.

    Regards,
    Marco

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    • Oct 16 2017

      The 850 Evo SSD is a good choice of drive so you shouldn’t have any problems with it.

      I changed the boot order after cloning but the software I was using meant the MBR was still on the 32GB eMMC rather than the new SSD. As the laptop was new I opted to just download the creators edition of Windows 10 and run a clean install, installed the driver software from Lenovos site and let it update the drivers needed. Had I used other software then the clone would have worked first time, but I didn’t have access to the software I normally use.

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  2. Gilmaan
    Nov 5 2017

    sir is this will support Samsung 960 EVO Series – 250GB PCIe NVMe – M.2 i had the same model lenovo ideapad 110s 11ibr

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    • Nov 5 2017

      Update – From further checking it would appear that this laptop does not support M.2 PCIe drives and only supports M.2 SATA drives. M.2 is the form factor so both drives will fit into the slot, but the protocol differs between SATA and PCIe. For more information, please go to – https://www.kingston.com/en/ssd/system-builder/m2_faq

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  3. Gilmaan
    Nov 5 2017

    thank you very much sir for your reply

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  4. maser7632
    Nov 6 2017

    hey man

    I have the sae computer lenovo 110s I was thinking to buy samsung 850 Evo or 960 pro. I was wondering can I use the Samsung migration program to clone 32gb internal storage to the new M.2 ssd.

    If yes, after completing the migration should i go and change the BIOS boot option if so with steps please.

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    • Nov 6 2017

      I’ve not used the Samsung cloning software, but assuming it works like most then yes you could do that and yes you will need to change the boot option in the BIOS. Changing the boot order is very straight forward, enter BIOS, go to boot and in there you will see the boot options – move the new SSD higher than the eMMC option then save your settings.

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      • JimSTX
        Oct 11 2018

        Everything worked. Rather than a clean install, I cloned Windows to the SSD drive, then changed the book options to boot from the SSD. My only problem is when Windows updates. The final stage of the 1803 update returned the boot order to its original configuration. Then Update assumed that something had gone wrong, so it returned me to the previous OS. The SSD is still above the 32GB drive in the order, but the Windows Boot Manager went back to the top. Apparently it still gives the 32GB priority. How do I change the order in it? — JS

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        • Oct 11 2018

          It sounds as though its marked the 32GB as the active boot partition, to be honest it’s probably quicker and less hassle to do a fresh install.

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        • misar
          Oct 11 2018

          Since I last posted on here (on 11 August) I worked out how to avoid this.

          I used the bcdboot.exe command-line tool which copies critical boot files to the system partition and by default adds a new entry for the cloned SSD system to the top of the Windows Boot Manager menu. Hence you no longer need to use the BIOS boot manager to boot from the SSD by default.

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  5. sam daniels
    Dec 1 2017

    Hey, the SSD you listed was out of stock, so i bought the adata SX8000 PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD 128 GB but i cant get the bios or device manager to recognise it. Any idea why? I can’t tell if it isn’t compateble or if it is just a broken SSD.

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    • Dec 1 2017

      I’ve had a look and from what I can tell the 110S only supports the SATA version and not the PCIe version. Good news is the drive isn’t faulty, bad news is that it’s not supported. I’ll update the review to make this clear.

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      • sam daniels
        Dec 3 2017

        Thanks for responding so promptly. What would you suggest buying instead due to the listed SSD being out of stock. I have a budget of around £100

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  6. Chris
    Dec 4 2017

    Thanks for your article; I’m definitely going for this upgrade! 😀 Do you know what the maximum size ssd is that the mainboard supports? I’m looking at a Crucial MX300 275GB ssd (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-MX300-275GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B01IAGSDJ0).

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    • Dec 4 2017

      Unfortunately that is not documented anywhere, the Lenovo manual lists a 128GB and a 256GB SATA SSD. In theory based on it being SATA it ‘should’ support SSDs in the region of several TBs.

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      • Chris
        Dec 8 2017

        Thanks so much for letting me know. I think I’ll just play it safe and look around for a 128gb or 256gb.

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  7. Dec 7 2017

    Based on what you have said in this article is it safe for me to assume that this model will work? http://www.microcenter.com/product/486062/545s_256GB_SATA_III_6Gb-s_M2_80mm_Internal_Solid_State_Drive

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    • Dec 8 2017

      Looking at the spec of that SSD, there is no reason why it shouldn’t work fine. It shows it as an M.2 2280 SATA based drive which meets the requirements of the 110S.

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  8. Jens
    Dec 10 2017

    Thinking about buying this and upgrading to ssd, as it currently only £129 at john lewis. At the moment there is terrible choices for compact laptops everywhere. Just a few years ago everything was quite cheap and included touch screens, 500gb hard drives and other decent features. Now it seems this laptop is about the best choice. On other hand another thing that bothers me is wifi card. It seems it does not have A/C card? Only 802.11b/G/N? I have Intel 3165AC 3165NGW Dual Band Wireless AC + Bluetooth4.0 Mini NGFF card from other laptop. Would that work on this laptop?

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    • Dec 10 2017

      I know what you mean about the choice, a few years ago these little notebooks were the thing to have, then the iPad happened and numerous clones by everyone and these little notebooks died out. I’d check on the exact model you are looking at, as mine has the Intel AC-3165 as standard. If it helps, look at the box they have it in, On one side there is a spec sheet with details, serial number etc. There is a line on mine that says WLAN: WIFI 1×1 AC+BT4.0 – If it says this, then you should be good.

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  9. Jens
    Dec 10 2017

    Ordered one. Should arrive in a few days. I will let you know how things go with it. Need something basic, inexpensive and light. The problem these days, that manufacturers just don’t not make what people want at prices that people like. 32GB of storage? It is barely enough for windows updates! How about giving 320GB 2.5″drive instead? Celeron processor is fine for basic computing, but 2GB of soldered memory is too little. My 2 year old 11″ laptop had the same processor, flip and touchscreen, 2GB of upgradeable memory, 500gb hard drive (removable). I paid only £190. Windows 10 was free upgrade that I downloaded myself. Now even poor spec laptops are around £300.

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    • Dec 10 2017

      With the SSD upgrade you should find that 2GB will be more than enough for a lot of things. I use mine for writing blogs including basic photo editing using paint .net After having the back off it would be very difficult to squeeze in a 2.5” drive without making it deeper or using a smaller battery. Even devices like the HP Stream laptops which I like also have 32GB, it’s just not enough – minimum should be 128GB. For a semi-decent spec laptop (i5, SSD etc) then you’d be looking at £500+, tablets fill that gap! Of course there are things like the MS Surface book, but for a decent spec you are looking at £1000!

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  10. tom
    Dec 12 2017

    Hi,

    I don’t have my OS activation key. is there a way to preserve the genuine OS before doing a clean installation on the new ssd.

    Thanks.

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    • Dec 12 2017

      If its Windows 10 then the key is stored within the TPM module, providing you use the same version (eg home) then it won’t ask for a key during installation. You could use some free cloning software to create an image file and save to a USB key.

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  11. Jens
    Dec 13 2017

    Anyone who wants to buy Asus 110s at current price of £129 from john lewis (no affiliation, just a deal hunter), I can confirm that this model DOES HAVE EMPTY M2 slot available. It also includes free 1 year microsoft office 365 subscription. So I think it is very good deal. Laptop has intel wifi AC card with BT 4. Overall it is a great laptop at current price (the cheapest brand name laptop in UK market?), very portable, light and with decent battery life. It actually feels faster than my old laptop with the same processor, but 2.5 spinning drive and 8GB of RAM. It is capable of viewing HD content from YouTube, running a few programs at the same time. On other hand I noticed one interesting detail- it shows downloaded videos in poorer quality vs watching them on youtube when using Microsoft Edge (always use Microsoft Edge when viewing HD content on youtube, since even google chrome struggles with HD content even on more powerful computers). Out of the box it shows 27.2GB of hard drive space, but only 10.9GB available. That fills up fast. All I did is windows update, microsoft office activation, VLC, 2 browser and adobe flash installation. Now I have only around 4 – 2.16GB left(it changes, since windows is constantly updating) . At the moment I am using micro sd card and redirected all my pictures, documents, downloads, videos, music etc to sd card. You can install apps on sd card too). I hope there will be some deals at/around Christmas to buy m2 drive as this is not the biggest problem for me at the moment.

    Also, for people who don’t know- you can plug in your old hard drive from other computer WITH WINDOWS 10 and boot it from that drive (change bios boot sequence) with no problems. Windows automatically downloads drivers and whatnot in order to work with that drive.

    I have to thank the creator of this blog for directing me to this purchase. I considered it at the beginning, but dismissed it since I thought that nothing is user upgradable on it. I also have to say, that this Lenovo model is way better looking and way lighter than similar bigger “brothers” – 14″ or 15″ from Lenovo.

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    • Dec 13 2017

      If you like it now, wait until you add an M.2 SATA SSD – Power on to full desktop use takes less than 20 seconds! It is a hidden gem of a device.

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  12. Claude
    Dec 14 2017

    Would it be beneficial to, after upgrading the ssd, make the 32 gb original storage as boost memory? My ssd is coming in the mail today and I will be upgrading my 110s to the same specs as yours and might make the 32 gb storage into boost memory since it is onboard. It would still utilize the 2gb ddr3 onboard memory as well as the other. What are your thoughts? Would that risk messing up the computer since it would cycle the 32 gb storage like memory, reducing the life of the computer?

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    • Dec 14 2017

      ReadyBoost only uses externally connected devices so you wouldn’t be able to use the onboard storage, plus as the M.2 SSD is faster you probably wouldn’t notice any performance improvement. I use the 32GB as data storage, my Onedrive folder sits on there and happily does its thing, I also use OneDrive on demand which also helps.

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      • Claude
        Dec 14 2017

        Thank you for your input! Extremely helpful.

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  13. Jens
    Dec 16 2017

    Looks like I will upgrade to ssd sooner than anticipated. Last few days windows 10 update went to overdrive and consumed all hard drive space. Update with external hard drive failed. Now I keep deleting windows updates in temporary folder. Let’s hope that Adata SU800 will remedy this. 128GB is currently under £50 on amazon.

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    • Dec 16 2017

      This was the reason I upgraded, Creators Edition (not the fall version) ate up all the space and required a stupid amount of drive housekeeping. With the 128GB SSD, once you take into account size rounding and system drives it shows as 118GB in Windows and I currently have 84GB free space and that includes Office 2016, Paint .net, Xbox Smartglass (and yes I have streamed games from the xbox One!) and a few other apps. That Adata SU800 M.2 looks pretty good and should work well.

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  14. Karl
    Dec 26 2017

    Hi I was wondering if there is a maximum amount of storage that you can add ?
    Do you think it works if I put a 525 go SSD M.2 2280 ?

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    • Dec 26 2017

      Providing Lenovo haven’t cut any corners and have configured the BIOS properly, then it should take a 525GB with no issues, the maximum supported size should be larger than the currently manufactured M.2 SATA SSDs – the manual only states 128/256GB as replacements because Lenovo only shipped those 2 sizes.

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  15. Tony
    Jan 1 2018

    Hi. Thank you very much for the very clear article. I’ve added a 128gb ssd hard disk and it works fine. I opted for your option 1 but despite deleting/moving as much as I can off the 32gb disk, there is still not enough space for the W10 1709 update.
    What are the steps for a clean install on the SSD? I have never done much basic disk stuff. I suppose the question is “How do I get W10 to clean install on the SSD drive and rename it as C:\ in the process then boot from it?”
    Thank you again.

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    • Jan 1 2018

      I’ll create a basic guide and add it as a separate post, its pretty simple and straight forward to do – you’ll spend most of your time looking at progress windows! You will need a USB key minimum of 8GB in size.

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  16. Tony
    Jan 1 2018

    Hi there. Many thanks for your speedy reply. I’ll look out for your post, USB key at the ready!

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  17. Arnoud
    Jan 21 2018

    Hi, I bought the Lenovo 110S and the ADATA SU800 M2 128GB. My experience; Installing no problem. You will need to use a program like MiniTool partion to make the new SSD visible in your explorer and format the drive. I have been trying all sorts of things, including use the cloning software that you an download from ADATA to move the OS to the new drive. However, noting like that has been successful. Eventually I decided to reinstall Windows on the new drive using the MS’s “refresch tool” and a USB flash drive which worked fine. Make sure that you doe not use the a non USB3 drive in the USB 3 connection because it will not work. Once setup it is a nice and relative cheap handy LT.

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    • Jan 21 2018

      Providing the drive is showing in the BIOS, you can just use Windows Disk management to initialise the drive, then format and assign a drive letter. Or if starting from fresh you can select the drive during setup.

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  18. Jan 26 2018

    how much additional space did the upgrade provide (GB)?

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    • Jan 26 2018

      As I installed a 128GB SSD, it gave me 90GB available on C (after Windows 10 plus office etc) and the whole of the original storage (29GB due to rounding).

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  19. Iran
    Jan 31 2018

    Hey there, i just bought that notebook, the ssd you were sugesting is not avalaible, do you think this one is a good replace. Thank you for your time.

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    • Iran
      Jan 31 2018

      ADATA SU800 M.2 2280 128GB Ultimate 3D NAND Solid State Drive (ASU800NS38-128GT

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      • Feb 1 2018

        According to the spec I can find for that model it should work with no issues.

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  20. Primo
    Feb 2 2018

    Hi I purchased the “ADATA SU800 M.2 2280 128GB Ultimate 3D NAND Solid State Drive (ASU800NS38-128GT” and installed per your guide. The laptop isn’t prompting me at all to install a new hard drive. I did a complete new Windows install. Is there anything else I should do to try to get it to work or should I purchase a different SSD?

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    • Feb 2 2018

      When you installed Windows, you should have seen the smaller 32GB drive and the larger 128GB – was this the case? Also, if you open disk management in Windows, do you see 1 or 2 drives?

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  21. Primo
    Feb 2 2018

    There was only the smaller 32 GB drive and the USB 64 GB that I had plugged in. In disk management there is only 1 drive. I am assuming the SSD I bought isn’t compatible so that is why it’s not registering at all, I just wanted to see if I should do anything else before returning it and trying a different SSD.

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    • Feb 2 2018

      I would check that it’s seated correctly first and if you can see the drive in the BIOS. Its the correct spec so there is no reason why it shouldn’t work unless faulty or loose.

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      • Primo
        Feb 2 2018

        Ok so I do see it in the BIOS, should I do the complete fresh install following your other guide then? https://gfr2reviews.com/2018/01/02/window-10-quick-install-guide/

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        • Feb 2 2018

          It showing in the BIOS is a good sign, make sure you set it as the primary drive and then do a full fresh install, you should then see it as an option during the drive selection.

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          • Primo
            Feb 2 2018

            Thanks for your prompt replies, everything works

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  22. bryan seibel
    Feb 4 2018

    Hello, I have the same laptop, installed the ADATA SU800 M.2 2280 128GB, cloned the new drive off the factory drive. Went into bios changed boot option but will not boot from new drive. In disc management the new drive is shown. Thanks for any help.

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    • Feb 4 2018

      I’ve seen a couple of people say the same thing and I suspect its down to the cloning software not marking the new drive as the active boot drive. A fresh install is the best way forward as it does tidy things up.

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  23. Feb 4 2018

    Can I go in and swap drive letters of drives then? I don’t want to do something to lose the original O/S

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    • Feb 4 2018

      You can, but it becomes risky and you may need to reset the MBR – the worst case is the system becomes unbootable and you need to use the recovery options.

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      • Feb 5 2018

        Can I ask the process to migrate this new drive to work correctly so to solely operate as the new c: drive. Thanks

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        • Feb 5 2018

          With least amount of hassle, a fresh install would be best. If you absolutely need to keep the contents of that drive (I’m assuming you have installed a few extra apps) then the best way is to get an external USB caddy for the M.2 drive, clone the to this and then when you are 100% happy that its cloned then wipe the smaller internal, insert the M.2 and then it should boot from that.

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  24. Lassi
    Feb 5 2018

    Superb review! Gonna go to my local comp store tomorrow for a new drive. I want to do complete new install. Do I just use RefreshWindowsTool for this?

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  25. Feb 6 2018

    Ok…so clone the original 32gb drive to usb drive then wipe smaller drive and format then the laptop will boot from cloned 128gb new drive? Thanks I hope this is the right way.

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    • Feb 6 2018

      It’s along those lines but its critical that the clone is done correctly, if you aren’t 100% sure on the process I would recommend that you do not proceed.

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  26. Jeniffer
    Feb 11 2018

    Hello there!

    I found all the information you gave very helpful. Thank you!

    I am coming across one problem…I just upgraded my Lenovo 110s last night with the solid state drive. I was able to go in to bios and make those storage as #1. From there I am stuck and trying to figure out how to do a complete fresh install. I am trying to upgrade my windows 10, but an error comes up saying that I don’t have enough storage place and to clean out my disk. I’m sure this is a simple fix. Would you be so kind to guide me? Thank you in advance!

    Have a fantastic Sunday!

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    • Feb 11 2018

      If you have a look on the home page you should see a Windows 10 Install guide which should guide you through a fresh install.

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  27. Michele A Woodward
    Mar 4 2018

    I just installed a SSD in my PC(same as one in this blog) and I just used it for about an hour and it got really hot and shut down on me. It has never gotten this hot. Any suggestions?

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    • Mar 4 2018

      Pop the back off the case and check that the fan isn’t jammed or accidentally disconnected. An SSD uses no moving parts and generally don’t generate much if any heat so the overheat and then shutdown protection is likely to be from the CPU.

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  28. Lee
    Mar 10 2018

    Hi may I ask if the m.2 sata ssd can be used in lenovo ideapad 100s 80R2 model?
    Thank you

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    • Mar 10 2018

      Sorry I wouldn’t know as I’ve never taken one of those apart.

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      • Lee
        Mar 11 2018

        Does it make sense to reinstall and run windows 10 in a faster micro sd drive instead of the emmc 32gb drive?

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        • Mar 11 2018

          I don’t know what revision of eMMC is in the 110S, but unless you have a very very good MicroSD card (and ultimately expensive) then I doubt it’ll be faster – if you want portability then look to boot Windows 10 from a USB 3.0 drive on the USB 3.0 port. Your best fixed option for speed is an M.2 drive.

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  29. Mar 13 2018

    I need a product key which is not available through Lenovo???

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    • Mar 14 2018

      Windows 8 and Windows 10 both store their product key in the TPM module of the device, when you rebuild (assuming you have the correct version) it will pick up the key from the TPM and then licence itself against the MS servers.

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  30. Mar 13 2018

    I called Lenovo support and was told $39 for recovery media. WOW

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  31. Brandon
    Mar 19 2018

    Does the motherboard support Legacy boot mode if I wanted to experiment with Windows 7, or only UEFI? I just snagged one of these on ebay for $90 USD and want to experiment with a 128GB m.2 SSD and Windows 7.

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    • Mar 20 2018

      Good question, not something I’ve actually checked. Not sure if you are aware or have the media but Win 7 SP1 64Bit does support UEFI mode.

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      • Brandon
        Mar 22 2018

        Yeah I knew that could be done but have never tried it. Anyways, my laptop showed up today and it DOES support Legacy boot in the BIOS, and I have my SSD on the way, so I’ll post an update later and let you know how my Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installation goes. Ideally hoping for full driver support with my Windows installation running on the 128GB SSD and re-formatting the 32GB of onboard storage as an empty storage drive.

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        • Brandon
          Mar 24 2018

          After hours of work on this thing (and just as many hours of driver searching and research), I have managed to get every single driver installed and properly working under Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit with 2 exceptions – the eMMC driver for the internal 32GB storage drive (Windows 7 can’t see the drive without the driver installed) and the micro-SD reader (a similar driver apparently). Neither is really a deal-breaker since I don’t really need the extra 32GB for storage and I can use a simple USB to SD adapter if I want to read SD cards, but it’s a shame that Windows 7 is unsupported by Intel’s braswell SD controller.

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          • Boris
            Dec 10 2018

            I try in my Lenovo IdeaPad 100s reinstall Win7 too, but not very
            successfully … I do not know where the problem is.
            Please, which drivers I need to install and where can I find these
            drivers?
            And, can I install Win7 into USB key too?

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          • Dec 10 2018

            If you have an iso image for Windows 7 then yes you can use the Microsoft USB boot creator tool to make a bootable USB stick. For the drivers, the best thing to do is go to http://www.lenovo.com and go to the support page, you can then enter details of your device and it should so a list of drivers. Personally I’d be looking at Windows 10 myself over Windows 7.

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  32. Alan Trup
    Mar 20 2018

    Followed the advise and it has worked perfectly , thank you has made my “holiday” laptop so much better

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    • Mar 20 2018

      I’m glad you found it useful, thanks.

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  33. Mar 27 2018

    hi am having this mark of lenovo i formated it but to install a fresh os there again it’s given me though time because it just telling ” windows could not be install on this drive ” anytime i try it again. I have try the same windows 8 that was there but still is not working

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    • Mar 29 2018

      Don’t format the drive, instead delete all the drives in the view so it resets back to a single drive – then select this drive and install Windows. Take a look at my installation guide which should help with this.

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  34. Andrew
    Mar 29 2018

    I’m needing some direction please! My mother picked up this same laptop and was plagued with the same storage/update issues. I found this well written and very informative article. I popped the back off her laptop, verified the empty slot, closed it back up and ordered her an Micron M550 M.2 2280 SATA SSD. It came in today and there are two problems! First, the piece on the board that the drive actually slides into is not there! There are two holes where it should be attached, but the “bridge” isn’t there. What can I do? Can that be added? Second problem is, when I lay the drive in position where it should be, it’s too short. Lining it up with the contacts on the board, it lands about a half inch from the screw hole that is supposed to hold it in place. Where did I go wrong? Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated!

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    • Mar 29 2018

      I think I follow what you mean – can you send a picture to my email address (from the about me tab)? Its sounds as though you may have been sent the wrong SSD.

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  35. Chris
    Apr 2 2018

    Took 2 days but working now.

    following these steps
    installed adata 128GB M.2 unit
    cloned HDD onto SSD via easeUS Todo (edit partition to max)
    Set BIOS as
    -ADATA (1)
    -Windows Boot (2)
    -on board HDD (disabled “!”)

    reboot and voila

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  36. Michael Barnes
    Apr 5 2018

    Could you please offer instructions or a video on how to go about getting the new memory/storage set up as primary? I can follow directions easily but I have never done this before.

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  37. Gerel
    Apr 7 2018

    hello, thank you for your article. well i’ve never done any manual maintenance nor do i know lot about software. But it was very informative, actually i bought the same computer just for my studies, i thought i wouldn’t have trouble with memory because i literally have nothing on this computer as files… only couple of office files but the 32Gb storage got somehow full. So i was thinking maybe i should buy some SD card that i can just insert on the side… i hope it’s possible right? or is it necessary to follow your method? What would you suggest?

    otherwise i tried to understand what you said about:
    “But the storage space isn’t great, as you can see it’s only 32GB, but when you take into account drive size rounding, system and recovery drives it drops to 27GB usable space, add Windows and pre-installed apps and you have around 10GB left which is OK for basic things as browsing, streaming and blogging.”
    i don’t get it… if i can drop some systems to 27GB then i will have some 5GB to use no? or did i miss something there?

    Would appreciate it if you can help me on this.

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    • Apr 7 2018

      This is something that I’ve always disliked throughout my career in IT – drive space rounding! It’s done to laziness in part by manufacturers and was never that much of a problem years ago when drive sizes were very small. To put it simply, in 1MB there are 1024KB, but for simple maths they use 1000KB – and then they do the same for larger numbers, so although they advertise a drive as 32GB, its based on the smaller 1000 easy addition number rather than the more complicated 1024, which is where drive rounding comes, that drops down the size. Plus, when you install Windows, it creates additional system partitions for itself that you don’t get to use so on this 32GB drive, you find 5GB is ‘missing’.

      In answer to your other question, yes you can use a microSD card and store data on that – due to the design of SD cards, this isn’t something I’d recommend for long term use and I’d also say spend the money and buy a branded card from a place you know and trust – there are many fakes around which will cause you problems are more than likely end up in data loss.

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      • Gerel
        Apr 8 2018

        oh ok i completely get it… sounds like some manufacturers tried to rise the sell of SD or SSD cards… otherwise i also don’t see the point why they couldn’t just make it at least 64Gb for the minimum sizes. I appreciate your answer… you confirmed my assumption on trustful SD card. Many thanks. It’s awesome what that you’re doing.

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  38. Pete Garlick
    Apr 8 2018

    Thank you very much for this. Like everyone else as soon as the Windows update came along I knew I had to upgrade somehow.

    I have used the Samsung 250 GB 860 EVO M.2 Sata III Solid State Drive which I managed to get at the bargain price of £77 from Amazon. No problems installing or compatibility and so easy to set up using the Samsung data migration tool.

    Thanks again for giving back my little laptop!

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    • Apr 8 2018

      No worries, glad you found the guide helpful.

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      • Roger Moore
        Apr 9 2018

        I just bought and installed the same 250 GB 869 EVO M.2 as Pete, but it doesn’t show up under “This PC”. I can see it in BIOS, but not sure how to move Windows from it’s current location to the new drive. I was going to try to create a system image through backup and restore, but it doesn’t find it. I tried the same, to create a system image onto a thumb drive and i get a message that says “The drive is not a valid backup location”. How do I get the 110S to see the new drive? Would you be able to provide some assistance please?

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        • Apr 9 2018

          If it shows in BIOS but not Windows, then you need to go to Disk Management in Windows and then initialise the disk – it’ll take you through some steps to format and create a drive letter.

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          • Roger Moore
            Apr 10 2018

            @GFR. Thank you for your reply.
            Should I be able to run a clean install without the bloatware from “create a system image” through backup and restore, or is there a better way to reinstall Windows 10 and still use the product key from the current install?

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          • Apr 10 2018

            The product key is stored within the TPM module built into the BIOS, essentially an encrypted electronic copy of your licence key – installing a clean build will reference the TPM and check for a valid licence key so no need to add a key. I’ve created a basic install guide here – https://gfr2reviews.com/2018/01/02/window-10-quick-install-guide/

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          • Roger Moore
            Apr 10 2018

            Thank you for all of your help!!

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  39. Joe
    Apr 9 2018

    Brilliant article. Thank you.

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  40. alexandra
    May 12 2018

    Hi thanks for the article. I recently bought the same device and already have issues with space without saving anything on it. The problem is am not an IT person so don’t how to go about the upgrade, can you help me.

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    • May 12 2018

      Don’t worry you don’t need to be an IT person to upgrade, but I would recommend reading this article and the following article (the Windows install guide) – https://gfr2reviews.com/2018/01/02/window-10-quick-install-guide/ If you are happy enough with the guides then its not too difficult to upgrade, I will stress this though, the 2nd guide is a full rebuild, it will wipe your laptop so make sure you have all your data copied elsewhere before you follow the guide.

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  41. Michael Truax
    Jul 1 2018

    I have a question; do you know what I’d need to search for to buy a new motherboard for this laptop? I think my son may have messed his up as it’s not charging when plugged in, and he has since drained the battery completely. I may have to get a different battery instead, but I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row.

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    • Jul 1 2018

      Do any of the lights come on when you plug it in? In order of fault, 1/ Power Supply 2/ Battery 3/ Power connector on mainboard – if 3 these may be very cheap to buy and change if you are handy with a soldering iron.

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  42. misar
    Aug 11 2018

    Many thanks for your article which encouraged me to do the upgrade.

    Works perfectly and in my case is a real bargain. The laptop is now discontinued and I bought it a few weeks ago in the John Lewis clearance (new and unopened) for £80. Found a WD Green 120 GB SSD on eBay for £30 (new from UK) and the identical screw also on eBay (from China!).

    Unlike you I used Macrium to clone the original drive on the SSD, avoiding the need to set it all up again. A tip for anyone else who tries this. In the BIOS boot order list the first (default) entry is Windows Startup Manager but I could not see how to change its settings. The new SSD (now the system disk) is also in the list and I moved it to the top, after which it booted correctly from the new Windows drive. I also left the original 32 GB drive untouched for a while, as a backup just in case anything went wrong.

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  43. Brendon
    Sep 26 2018

    Having trouble getting my lenovo 110s to read he m.2 I bought the same one from the link you have provided and the computer doesnt even show it’s there so that I can start my clone process.. and suggestions

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    • Sep 26 2018

      If you go into the BIOS, does it show it there? If not then its either bot seated correctly or possibly faulty.

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  44. Istvan Nagy
    Oct 11 2018

    Hi,
    I have a Lenovo IdeaPad 120S, not 110S. The M.2 connector is not soldered on the motherboard, but the footprint is there. Since Im a hardware design engineer, I could solder one on. Just I dont know which of the many types of M.2 connectors to use. Interesting that the footprint seems to have only one row of SMD pins, and there is an alternate THT footprint underneath it also. The M.2 connectors I saw on digikey and other places have 2 rows of SMD pins. If I look at the pinout of the M.2 on some websites, it shows that all the SATA and power pins are on the same row, maybe Lenovo omitted half the footprint.

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    • Oct 11 2018

      It would be nice to think that it just needs the relevant connector soldering onto the board, but I’d suspect that additional chips are needed to control it and the connection to the BUS plus the default BIOS may not even support the correct protocol for the M.2 drive.

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      • Istvan Nagy
        Oct 15 2018

        The bios lists an empty sata drive port.
        The sata signals come from the intel chipset directly. There might be a need for soldering ac-coupling capacitors. For that, i would need a picture of a ideapad 120s motherboard photo that has the m.2 support. What a sata drive needs is sata RX diffpair, sata TX diffpair, 3.3V and GND. U have designed several motherboards myself, for industrial applications, Im a hardware design engineer.
        The connector is this one or similar:
        https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/jae-electronics/SM3ZS067B120AB2R1500/670-2753-1-ND/4880004
        This forum mentions the process on a different older laptop:
        https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/7548-lenovo-y510p-self-soldered-m2-slot/

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        • Oct 16 2018

          Well if the BIOS shows its available then it might be that simple, luckily you have the relevant knowledge for this type of application but for most people I think they would shy away from soldering components onto PCBs! I’d be interested to know if this does work for you.

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    • Oct 19 2018

      Which version (product code) of the 120S do you have as I’ve noticed some do claim to have the connector.

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  45. Malcolm Wilson
    Nov 21 2018

    Hi. I have ordered a Western Digital WDS120G2G0B WD 120 GB Internal SSD M.2 SATA, Green which was on offer at Amazon so I am hopefully good to go!
    One question, I will make sure the laptop is turned off, but is it wise to disconnect the battery prior to installing the new drive?
    Best regards
    Malcolm

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    • Nov 21 2018

      Providing the laptop is off and you are careful there is no need to disconnect the battery, but if you more confident to install with the battery disconnected then you will need to disconnect the main cable from the battery to the mainboard – this connector is delicate so be careful and don’t forget to reconnect before putting the case back on.

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  46. Fernando
    Dec 7 2018

    Just a brief note to say thanks for your post. I ve upgraded my laptop with your instructions and works perfect! . the only detail that I need to make visible again the 32 gb hd, I think maybe its a bios issue, but for the moment I have 120gb of space. .

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    • Dec 7 2018

      If you deleted all the partitions then the 32GB is probably there but not visible to Windows. If you open Disk Management you may see the 32GB drive as unallocated space, if so, highlight it, right click and select New Simple volume and follow all the prompts.

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      • Fernando
        Dec 9 2018

        yes, you r right . I did it in less than one min. thanks again. Greetings from venezuela

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