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Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement

What you need

  1. Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement, Open the kickstand: step 1, image 1 of 2 Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement, Open the kickstand: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Make sure your Surface Pro X is turned off, and laying screen-side down on a soft surface.

    • After turning off your device, make sure to remove the SSD from the Surface before starting any repairs. This will disconnect the battery and prevent damage to the device.

    • Lift the kickstand to at least a 90° angle, so that it is perpendicular to the Surface's screen. The further you open the hinge, the easier it is to access the SSD and SIM card door.

  2. Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement, Open the SSD and SIM card door: step 2, image 1 of 2 Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement, Open the SSD and SIM card door: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Insert a SIM card eject tool or a paperclip into the small hole in the bottom right corner of the SSD and SIM card door, located near the bottom right corner of the Surface.

    • Press firmly to open the door.

  3. Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement, Remove the SSD and SIM card door: step 3, image 1 of 1
  4. Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement, Remove the SSD screw: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T3 Torx screwdriver to remove the 2.4 mm screw securing the SSD.

  5. Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 5, image 1 of 3 Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 5, image 2 of 3 Microsoft Surface Pro X SSD Replacement, Remove the SSD: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Use your finger or a spudger to lift the SSD just enough that it clears the edges of its recess.

    • Don't lift the SSD more than you have to—doing so may damage the SSD or its socket.

    • Gently pull the SSD straight out of its socket.

    • When reinstalling the SSD, be sure it is properly seated before reinstalling its retaining screw.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

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

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The only question remaining is: where does one purchase a M2. 2230 SSD?

richard.brock57 - Reply

How do you clone or copy windows to the new drive?

Ismail Akudi - Reply

To “richard.brock57”, you can search for M.2 2230 SSD and you should find retailers including CDW, Newegg and Insight who sell these. Or you can look specifically for a version, such as KIOXIA BG4 (Kioxia is the rebranding of Toshiba’s SSD drive business). Unfortunately retailers do not yet sell the 1TB version (at least as of my writing this on May 12, 2020), so if you really want 1TB you can do what this fellow did:

https://dancharblog.wordpress.com/2020/0... who purchases the Caldigit Tuf Nano 1TB external drive and swaps the Kioxia BG4 1TB M.2 2230 SSD in there for the one in his Surface Pro X. Currently that drives sells for $219 on Amazon.

To “Ismail Akudi”, you can go to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/surf... to download a recovery image of Windows 10 onto a USB drive and use that to set up your Surface after you’ve upgraded the drive. You can look at the instructions at the link; they’re reasonably straightforward.

Edward - Reply

Where can one find a replacement 2.4mm screw, and what is the exact size/type?

anonymous 8834 - Reply

Even without that screw, the lid will keep the drive in its position. I know :)

BTW: if you still have the screw, don't throw it away. If the screw does not grab the thread, it usually is the thread that got damaged.

Weljo - Reply

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