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Accessing and replacing the Solid State Drive (SSD) is useful if it has been damaged or if you wish to swap it out with another one for extra storage space. Exercise extreme caution while removing and handling the drive. Although the drive is fairly sturdy, even a small dent can permanently damage it.

Note: The Yoga 3 Pro requires a M.2 SATA drive. NVMe SSDs will not work for the device.

  1. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro SSD Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before opening your laptop, make sure it is powered off.

    • Remove the ten 3.3 mm screws from the base cover using a T5 Torx screwdriver.

  2. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro SSD Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Slide the plastic opening tool between the base cover and the frame to pry open the computer.

    • Slowly go around the entire perimeter of the computer until all edges are loose.

    • Make sure the plastic opening tool doesn't go too far into the device.

  3. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro SSD Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the panel and place it in a safe location.

  4. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro SSD Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the six 3.5 mm screws surrounding the battery using a Phillips 00 screwdriver.

  5. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro SSD Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • Using either tweezers or your fingers, disconnect the black battery cable by pinching either side of the connector and pulling towards the battery.

  6. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro SSD Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully lift and remove the battery.

  7. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro SSD Replacement, SSD: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the 1.5 mm screw using the Philips 00 screwdriver.

  8. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro SSD Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 2 Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro SSD Replacement: step 8, image 2 of 2
    • Use the plastic opening tool to remove the hard drive/SSD.

Conclusion

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

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Thank you. This looks much easier than I imagined that it would.

jlh105 - Reply

Why do you remove the battery? Can't you just unhook the battery cable?

tombillet - Reply

I don't think this guide is 100% accurate, in that the Yoga 3 Pro (mine anyway) ONLY supports SATA3, and NOT NVME(PCIe), for the SSD interface.

As such, if you order, and try to install the Crucial P5 drive (after imaging the old drive to the P5), it will NOT recognize it, in the BIOS, because it can't bootstrap (or in any way, really) the drive.

Maybe there were multiple motherboards, with different chipsets, for the Yoga3 Pro, I have no idea, on this part, but I know the one we have is definitely limited, to SATA3.

@CPSU-MANESS-F15S12G17 (I hope this tags the team, I couldn't figure out how to tag Federico+LopezCasildo, directly, so I'm tagging "the team"), you might want to review this, and adjust, accordingly (there are plenty of SATA3 drives that can/will work, with this system).

pgrey - Reply

Thanks for noting this! I think you're right—I'll update the guide!

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