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Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement

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  1. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Back cover removal: step 1, image 1 of 2 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Back cover removal: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the following ten screws securing the back cover to the frame:

    • Six 7.6 mm PH1 screws

    • Four 5.7 mm PH1 screws

  2. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 1 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 2 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Insert an opening pick: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Insert the rounded edge of an opening pick between the back cover and the frame in the lower right corner.

  3. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Release the front clips: step 3, image 1 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Release the front clips: step 3, image 2 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Release the front clips: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Angle the pick to about 45˚.

    • Slide the pick along the front edge to release the clips securing the back cover to the frame.

  4. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Release the right clips: step 4, image 1 of 2 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Release the right clips: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Insert the rounded edge of an opening pick between the back cover and the frame on the right edge.

    • Angle the pick to about 30˚ and slide down the right edge to release the clips.

  5. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Release the left clips: step 5, image 1 of 2 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Release the left clips: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Repeat the same procedure on the left edge to release the clips.

  6. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 6, image 1 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 6, image 2 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Remove the back cover: step 6, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the back cover up and remove it from the chassis.

    • During reassembly, this is a good point to power on your laptop and test all functions before sealing it up. Be sure to power your laptop back down before you continue working.

  7. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 1 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 2 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Disconnect the battery: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Use the pointed edge of a spudger to push each side of the battery connector to loosen it.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to push out and disconnect the battery cable.

  9. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, SSD removal: step 9, image 1 of 2 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, SSD removal: step 9, image 2 of 2
    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the 3.3 mm screw securing the SSD to the motherboard.

    • The SSD will spring up to about 30˚ when the screw is removed.

  10. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 10, image 1 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 10, image 2 of 3 Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 SSD Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 10, image 3 of 3
    • Grip the edges of the SSD near the screw indent.

    • Gently pull to remove the SSD.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Lenovo IdeaPad answers community for help.

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perfect explanation, operation worked like a charm.

Guillaume E. - Reply

Is it possible to add 2nd SSD? Which type?

Torsten S - Reply

same doubt...

Aldrin -

is it possible ? help us AND THANKS FOR ALL.

Axel Garay -

It is possible, as I'm in the process of doing it. The original M2.NVME is a short one, I began by removing it as I could see the original short screw stand off could be unscrewed, leaving one for the standard longer length M2 drives. I thought I'll put the short M2 drive in the 2nd slot (higher up) but then noticed that stand-off wasn't in the right place either. Then I noticed the unused higher up slot stand-off could be slid right, removed and there was the same clamp system to the left where the stand-off could be resituated.

I now have 2 M2.NVME drives in, cloned the smaller to the larger and can format the 2nd if I want.

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