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Is this laptop compatible with M.2 ssd?

Hi everyone, I'm new to this site so be gentle.

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15ISK model (i3-6006U; 8gb RAM; 1TB hdd). The problem is, the system is painfully slow, especially on startup, so I'm thinking about getting an ssd, but I want to keep the hdd as secondary storage. But, I can't find any information about M.2 compatibility with this product. I've watched a couple disassembly videos, and I think there is an M.2 slot on the MoBo but there isn't any information about this, at least in my knowledge.

So my question is, is there any slot for an upgrade or I need to replace the HDD with a 2,5" SSD drive?

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Thank you very much. Now I know that the M.2 slot on those videos are for Wlan cards. I will dig into this ODD replacement you mentioned, but I think the easier solution would be to use the replaced HDD as an external storage. Which one would be better / more budget friendly in your opinion?


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Hi @danh_91 ,

Here is a link to the service manual for your laptop.

There is no mention in it regarding an M.2 slot or that an M.2 board is even used in any of the model's variants.

If you have no need of the ODD you could replace it with a caddy to hold your 1TB HDD for use as the storage drive and insert a SSD as the main drive. On p.72-73 there is a list of SSDs that are used in the various models.

Hopefully this is of some help.

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Hi @danh_91 ,

Looking online there aren't too many caddies that are for the 320. There are plenty for the 310 but I don't know if they are the same size.

I found this one which seems cheap enough.

Connecting your HDD as an external storage drive would involve buying an enclosure, and most probably a power supply for it as perhaps a USB port might not supply enough power (haven't checked this out so might be wrong)

Also with this arrangement you would lose the portability of a laptop as you would be tied down carrying the external components with you if you needed to access the storage drive for whatever reason.

It may be easier to go with the ODD replacement option and buy an external DVD drive if you ever feel the need to use it.

Just my opinion


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