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Lenovo Thinkpad T450s SSD Installation and Guide

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Take your time with opening up the case, I recommend using something like a credit card to work your way around and un-snap the casing. Also make sure that you're grounded by either wearing an ESD strap or touching a piece of metal every so often. Music: Sleep -SparkyBeats https://soundcloud.com/sparkybeats-1/sleep I do not own the music in this video nor do I make a profit off it, this video is sheerly for educational purposes, all rights and credits go to the rightful owner.
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Hugo Canales (1 month ago)
That little screw driver was so cute, I paused the video and looked at it for a bit, it gave me joy in my heart. Thank God for little screw drivers!
Minor Details (2 months ago)
The T450s is still awesome in 2018. I just went out and bought one because they run Linux extremely well, have great battery life, and are built like tanks. I bought a secondhand T450s for peanuts and am lovin' it.
Minor Details (5 days ago)
I purchased it for just under $200 USD. Since then, I also purchased a Core i7-6600U ThinkPad T460s for peanuts!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! Beautiful machines for running Linux - absolutely beautiful. I love my T460s too :)
snap ko (14 days ago)
Define "peanuts" :) Am thinking on getting one as well, but they are still pricey
tarun sachdev (3 months ago)
Thank you for the great video. Please could you help me understand if it is possible to maintain both HDD and M.2 SSD in T550 and make Windows 10 boot from M.2 SSD drive while keeping HDD as a storage drive. Would you mind sharing a video that explains installation instruction
Mitke997 (6 months ago)
Is there two or just one slot for RAM?
Kumar Sundara (4 months ago)
Tech Fnatic That's what u did too
Kyle Dulay (6 months ago)
That's correct, I have 4GB soldered to my board and then I added an additional 8GB to the empty slot for a total of 12GB
Mitke997 (6 months ago)
Tech Fnatic And one is solderd?
Kyle Dulay (6 months ago)
one slot
Malcolm Davis (6 months ago)
you seem to be confused about the disk size. you DO get 256. but 1k is count as 1024 bytes, not 1000. hence those 223G instead of 256G. this is some basic computer stuff and has been so for decades ...
Kyle Dulay (6 months ago)
Yes I understand that, I just didn't think it was important to expand on that since this video is just about installing the SSD and allocating the disk space
jim bob (8 months ago)
You forgot to install the RAM?
Jubes121 (8 months ago)
Hi Tech Fanatic, Great video! just wondering if I have a T450s and want to add a 500GB m.2 2242 instead of a 250GB, Would there be any issues with this? I was looking at the https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TGIVVKU/ref=twister_B00U2G8PUO?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 you recommended this model a year ago MZ-M5E250BW
Kyle Dulay (8 months ago)
Yeah unfortunately this one isn't going to work because of where the screw holes are placed, sorry about that
Jubes121 (8 months ago)
oh my... i just reread your comments with Dennis a year ago. I bought the one which will not work! argh.
walldoo99 (1 year ago)
you never get the full 250 gig because it's not there. The call it 250 because it's 250,000 Mb and a gig is actually 1056 Mb but everyone seems to accept that a gig is 1000 Mb. So while you don't get the full 25 Gb you are getting the full 250k Mb. It's funny how I keep coming back to this video to learn more things and remind me to turn off the internal battery.
walldoo99 (1 year ago)
funny thing is I was watching this to remiond me how to disable the internal battery. I had no clue there was an m2 socket. I might not sell this after all
Kyle Dulay (1 year ago)
Haha, glad I could help. I'm still rocking the T450s, it's a beast, I would hang on to it as well if I were you
Ghazy Abdallah (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing
kiriakos1988 (1 year ago)
i have a lenovo g710 can i put the same ssd? some websites says yes but when i check the motherboard online i dont see slot
Eric Kksheng (1 year ago)
upgrade the system would void the warranty?
Kyle Dulay (1 year ago)
It's a bit weird how Lenovo handles this. It doesn't void the warranty, but at the same time they won't service your computer if there are any parts added to it that are not made by Lenovo, so if you wan't to send your machine in for repair just remove any of the parts that you added
Pingus (1 year ago)
Seriously considering to ditch my heavy 8560w and switching to the 840 G2 or this Thinkpad (prevously owned an old x31). But removing 8 screws and using a credit card to remove the cover is just stupid to do upgrades like a new ssd or adding ram. Why didn't they keep maintenance hatches ? And they could have use a m2 port instead of m-sata...
Kyle Dulay (1 year ago)
Yeah, it's definitely a pain in the ass to do all this stuff the first time, but once you have opened the laptop up for the first time it's extremely easy to snap the bottom cover off for future repairs, the pros outweigh the cons big time with this laptop so I'd still recommend getting it, thanks for watching
Baram Burum (1 year ago)
This is 2242 size drive, but does it support 2260 as well?
Kyle Dulay (1 year ago)
no, the form factor must be 2242 in order to fit, otherwise the screw hole will not align and you won't be able to screw down the SSD
Nick Marshal (1 year ago)
Most Lenovo T series allow you install an additional msata. Once your install OS on it, the whole labtop performance is boosting. Just found newegg T450 is on sale 25% and your video. Thanks again.
Kyle Dulay (1 year ago)
Yup, the SSD is a solid performance booster, thanks for watching!
TheSeraphim75 (2 years ago)
Thumbs up for the video. Stupid Design on these Lenovos. You shouldnt have to take apart a laptop to swap a hard drive out.
Eliot Jordon (2 years ago)
I noticed you put the m.2 ssd on top of the wifi wire. is it possible to have the wifi wire sit above the m.2 ssd and not get squished?
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
Nice observation, I would definitely try and sneak the ssd under the wire rather than over top of the wire like I did in the video. I doubt it would make much of a difference but you don't want to risk cutting or kinking the wire in any way.
idic5 (2 years ago)
please tell us how to put the OS on the ssd as well as how to tell the t450s to boot from the ssd . thanks
Ruderuud (2 years ago)
How did you get the Thinklight/backlit keyboard on the T450s? I thought these models where the only ones without. I miss the backlit....
spaceapes (7 months ago)
It’s an easy upgrade, you can buy a backlit keyboard and fit it in under 5 minutes. I did it for my T450.
Dan Bax (8 months ago)
I have the Thinkpad T440s and it has the backlit KB as well -- I believe it is an option, when ordering. These are older machines, now, so you have to find a used one with the backlit KB. From my research, if your T440s did not come with the Backlit KB then you cannot just buy a new KB with that feature and install it, as you MB will not have a connection for it. Wouldn't it have been nice if all of the Thinkpads had come prewired for Backlit KBs?
Ruderuud (2 years ago)
You welcome. To bad the 450 does not support pcie-nvme
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
If you order off of the site the backlit keyboard is an option, I believe it costed about $50 extra but it definitely helps when I'm working late/in the dark, well worth the money in my opinion. Thanks for watching!
Larry Butkus (2 years ago)
I JUST got my t450 and was able to upgrade to Win. 10 for free. However, I now want to get a m.2 drive and migrate my os to that drive. I don't want to do a clean install because I'd be stuck with 7 or 8.1. or I'd have to pay for 10. What is the best way to clone and migrate the os to the 2242 so that I can keep the hdd as storage. Thanks for the video.
username (2 years ago)
i enjoyed watching you do it for some reason
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
Thanks for watching!
scikick (2 years ago)
Hi. Could you post a link to where I could buy this online? Is it this one? https://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD-256GB-Super-Boot-Drive/dp/B00NY4VIPA
scikick (2 years ago)
+Tech Fnatic Thanks. I plan to make it my primary drive with Linux partition. Hope it'll work well.
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
Yup, that's the one!
porajase (2 years ago)
Great video thanks. Would like to know would there be any performance gain running the OS on the m.2 SSD vs running the OS on a regular sata SSD?
HeadingForTomorrow (2 years ago)
I am actually doing opposite, I got my T450s with 180GB SSD for internal drive, but of course I ran out of space pretty quickly, so I ordered the Super Boot Drive 128GB for under $45 and it will be keeping my Outlook archive, Dropbox, Downloads and other random large storage files that run on the computer like windows search data (not sure why it's SOOO HUGE) or the huge chrome profile (again, not sure why these things get so huge).
porajase (2 years ago)
cool thanks for the response much appreciated
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
No. You will notice no difference whether you run SATA III or M.2, the reason most people with thinkpads choose to run M.2 is so that they can keep their 2.5 inch HDD as a storage drive.
HeadingForTomorrow (2 years ago)
What's a good SSD now, has anything changed since you got yours? I am running out of space in my 180GB SSD (made a mistake when ordering) so I am planning to add 256 M.2 for storage and keep my internal SSD for as boot drive.
HeadingForTomorrow (2 years ago)
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll order one of these and move my storage there. Thanks again!
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+HeadingForTomorrow Sounds like you have a good plan, I would definitely just use your existing SSD as the boot drive like you mentioned. As for the M.2 SSD, you want anything that is a 2242 M.2 SSD, some of the best ones on Amazon are: http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-256GB-MTS400-Solid-TS256GMTS400/dp/B00KLTPUG4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1463893906&sr=8-1&keywords=2242+M.2+ssd And http://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD-256GB-Super-Boot-Drive/dp/B00NY4VIPA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1463893906&sr=8-2&keywords=2242+M.2+ssd
Dennis N. (2 years ago)
I bought the t450s with smart card reader and ssd drive. I want to add more memory by taking advantage of adding a m2 ssd. how is the m2 ssd workin out with the wifi card right by it? also I noticed the auxiliary cable of the wifi you placed under the ssd. is it better over or under the m2 ssd?
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+Dennis N. Hmm, good point, it seems like the Samsung one with not work... sorry about that. If you go online and search for 'm.2 2242 ssd' almost all of them are going to work (assuming the screw holes align)
Dennis N. (2 years ago)
+Tech Fnatic thanks!!! how does one mount the samsung 850 m2 ssd. I see it has 2 holes instead of one like the my digitalssd one?. thank you for all the info btw it really helps!!!
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
Sorry for the late reply, these are some brands I would personally go for: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-mSATA-2-Inch-MZ-M5E250BW/dp/B00TGIVTP2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462413778&sr=8-1&keywords=m.2+2242 And this: http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-256GB-MTS400-Solid-TS256GMTS400/dp/B00KLTPUG4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1462413778&sr=8-2&keywords=m.2+2242 This one as well: http://www.amazon.com/MyDigitalSSD-256GB-Super-Boot-Drive/dp/B00NY4VIPA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1462413778&sr=8-3&keywords=m.2+2242
Dennis N. (2 years ago)
+Tech Fnatic thank you!!!. this tutorial will help me get my m2 ssd. Any brand you would recommend to use on a t450s?
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+Dennis N. The SSD works just as you would expect along side the network card, unfortunately my SSD had a problem so I'm waiting for a new one but it works great. That wire you see going from the network card should stay above as it leads to the antenna and is very important when it comes to your WiFi connectivity. Thanks for watching!
ydskydive (2 years ago)
Hi, which Philips Screw Driver did you use ? Mine opened the case fine but I had tremendous difficulty unscrewing the screw over the M.2 slot. In fact I almost stripped the screw and I had to use pliers to grip the screw on the head to unscrew it . I am thinking of getting a better set of tools .
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+ydskydive hmm, weird. I haven't opened up my T450s for a while since installing my RAM but I am almost certain the screws were the same. Your best bet is to check with lenovo, they might even ship you a new screw or tell you which one to buy.
ydskydive (2 years ago)
+Tech Fnatic Thanks - that was fast . The case screws and the motherboard screws were actually different. I think the problem was that Lenovo torqued the screw all the way in , probably mine was just torqued way too much .
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+ydskydive That is odd, I believe I used the exact same Philips screw driver for everything and it worked just fine. Try buying a new screw to mount your SSD with, you might have got a philips head screw that wasn't manufactured correctly, or your tools may be the issue as well. Thanks for watching!
First Last (2 years ago)
you should do some more videos on this laptop for sure, im trying to replace my keyboard with a backlit one. thatd be cool.
Elva Liu (2 years ago)
GOOD VIEDO!!!!!!!!
JK9610 (2 years ago)
hi I am thinking about getting a m2 ssd on my T450s for additional space. I have a full size SSD pre installed with the OS. If I install this ssd will there be any problems like the computer confusing which drive is the main drive?
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+darksoul1381 No, all you will have to do is install the M2 SSD and then configure it within the OS. You can follow this video I made in order to setup your new SSD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD7T1QnlJCU The computer already knows which drive is the boot drive so it won't get confused
Yamari Martin (2 years ago)
just got this sucker and am planning to buy additional ram and the Samsung 250 gb ssd drive but I'm wondering if I should wait until I get those to start using the computer or if I can just use it now until I get it?? also I don't have to remove the HDD drive if I have an extra one of those slots? I ordered an extra slot for me to install the ssd drive and I'm just wondering if I have to remove anything indefinitely or just like insert it.... also how do I move windows onto the ssd drive??? or is it already on the lil 16gb ssd micro thing?? IM SO CLUELESS HELP MEEEEE ;-;
waleeds (1 year ago)
Hi, I am planning to do the same thing. so if I moved the OS to the new M.2, can I remove the old drive completely from the laptop? just to reduce weight and power cons. Thx
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+Yamari Martin You should be fine using your laptop while you wait for your parts to arrive but it's really your choice, what I would recommend for you is to purchase an 2242 M.2 SSD that way you do not have to remove any parts you can just add your new SSD and RAM. Then you can do a fresh install of windows 10 on your new SSD and completely wipe your hard drive that came with the laptop.
Rajat Chakravarty (2 years ago)
Great video! I was wondering if cloning the HDD to the SSD affects the Windows recovery option?
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
If I were in your shoes I would get an M.2 SSD strictly for applications and operating systems (Maybe about 500GB in size) I would completely wipe the HDD and use it as a storage drive for my documents and files. This would probably make your PC run the fastest and would be the cleanest way to do things. If you get the 16GB M.2 from lenovo just completely leave that alone and let it do its own thing.
Rajat Chakravarty (2 years ago)
+Tech Fnatic Thanks for the reply. So I was considering buying the T450s, with the 16 GB m.2 SSD and the 500 GB HDD that comes with it. My fear is that if I upgrade both the m.2 SSD and the HDD to another SSD at the same time, then I may have issues with Windows recovery in the clone drives. All I really wanted to get some fast boot times, so would you recommend I purchase a higher capacity m.2 SSD and install all of Windows on it? Or it does not make a difference if Windows is simultaneously installed on both the m.2 SSD and the 500 GB HDD (or an eventually replaced SSD in place of the HDD).
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+Rajat Chakravarty What do you mean by it affecting the Windows recovery option? When cloning the HDD to SSD you should ideally have the exact same image of the OS nothing should change at all, thanks for watching!
WillieStrok3r (2 years ago)
Good Video. One thing though. Why didn't you just clone the SSD from the HD? Then wipe the HD.
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+WillieStrok3r Yeah, honestly I think you would be satisfied with either version of the 850 both seem to have great reviews on any site I've looked at
WillieStrok3r (2 years ago)
+Tech Fnatic Ya, from looking at the comparison reviews, i don't think there will be any real world benefits. However, for $25-30 more, the 850 Pro seems more reasonable versus the $100 initial price difference. Thanks for the subreddit link!
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+WillieStrok3r that's a great deal, you might want to take a look at this sub-reddit too where people suggest the best SSD for the T450s: https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/comments/38ifva/most_recommended_25_inch_ssd_for_t450s/ One of the people actually said that they don't really notice a difference between the 850 evo and 850 evo pro.
WillieStrok3r (2 years ago)
+Tech Fnatic Best price for 850 pro ($260) + use -$25 visa checkout promo http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147361
Kyle Dulay (2 years ago)
+WillieStrok3r the 850 evo pro which is the first one I linked has faster read/write than the 850 evo, the second one I linked. although I honestly wouldn't spend 50% more money on it for that reason alone. but I would for sure stick with Samsung they're known to have good ssd's same with Intel although they're even more pricey. I'm sure the first SSD I linked has more benefits but I'd have to read up on it

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