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Introduction

You will learn how to open the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and replace the solid state drive. This guide only covers replacing the SSD. It does not cover loading the operating system back on the device.

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  1. Use phillips #2 screwdriver to loosen seven cover screws.
    • Use phillips #2 screwdriver to loosen seven cover screws.

  2. Use spudger to pop open bottom cover, remove and set aside.
    • Use spudger to pop open bottom cover, remove and set aside.

  3. Disconnect the battery connector from the main board by pulling the connector towards the battery.
    • Disconnect the battery connector from the main board by pulling the connector towards the battery.

  4. Use the # 2 phillips screwdriver and remove the screw holding the SSD in place.
    • Use the # 2 phillips screwdriver and remove the screw holding the SSD in place.

  5. Remove the SSD by sliding it out of the connector to the right.
    • Remove the SSD by sliding it out of the connector to the right.

Conclusion

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

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hi, can advise me which of the latest ssd 256/500 GB ssd's would work on a x1 carbon i5?

hardtail1969 - Reply

Really need to put the version/generation of the x1 carbon.. The gen 1 does not look like this inside and I’m spending way too much time trying to figure out what SSD it will take

Eric Metzger - Reply

Even for new models still can be used. same m.2 drive that might be located in the middle or top right of the device. Once the screws are off it is a very easy process.

jwalker8931 - Reply

I just replaced the SSD on my gen 6 and the steps are so easy: undo 5 screws, open up, undo 1 screw to loosen the M.2 module, replace and put things back together. There is no need to mess around with the battery connection at all.

haivu - Reply

A proper way, yes you need to disconnect the battery. You will learn it a hard way just a minor mistake, will blow your Mother Board and you will remember to disconnect them next time. The instruction is great.

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