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Lenovo Yoga 2 13 HDD UpGrade

March 17, 2018 Jon 23 Comments

Lenovo Yoga 2 13 HDD UpGrade
Hello, Tubers – In this video I disassemble the back cover, take out the inside HDD SSD and show you how to do it. 🙂
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Lenovo Yoga 13 - Add 2nd SSD Detailed Instructions

The original Yoga 13 has a space for a second SSD so you can expand your storage dramatically by adding a second 128 or 256GB SSD.

This video gives very detailed information about what tools you needs, where the clips, cables and screws are. If you follow the precautions on handling the keyboard and underlying cables, it becomes a very simple installation with little risk.

However, if you aren’t comfortable with it, I would suggest buying an SSD and getting a local shop to install it for you.

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  1. Kyle Matlock
    March 17, 2018 - 10:40 pm

    popped one open for a friend but the thing had no hdd and thus no mounting bracket for it. know where i can get one for a sata hdd?

  2. nervousquirrel
    March 17, 2018 - 11:20 pm

    This is awesome, thank you! On my system, the 20344, the hard drive is a total bottleneck for the system. What is the best option for a replacement that will be quicker than the stock HDD?

  3. Daniel
    March 18, 2018 - 12:17 am

    Can you upgrade the HDD SSD with a SSD instead? That's what I want to do?

  4. Armand Cruz
    March 18, 2018 - 12:54 am

    h**lo, did you buy another cable for SSD?

    like SATA cable with 8-pins?


  5. Alfredo V
    March 18, 2018 - 1:50 am

    Thanks for the info.

  6. Alfredo V
    March 18, 2018 - 2:01 am

    Where can I get it? Thanks

  7. Alfredo V
    March 18, 2018 - 2:32 am

    What kind of hard drive is the one you use ?

  8. Mike Birkhead
    March 18, 2018 - 3:15 am

    This is a 710.
    Do you have a video for the Lenovo Yoga 720 (13)? I’d like to see a complete tear down and/or rebuild.

  9. Michael
    March 18, 2018 - 3:34 am

    Did anyone did a benchmark comparison between original SSD and new SSD (eg. EVO 840, 850)?

  10. Westpoint Construction Group
    March 18, 2018 - 4:24 am

    Excellent post. I know very little about these things. I just followed your detailed instructions (including buying the torx screwdriver set and going into the BIOS – whatever that is lol). Anyway, because technology is always changing, I was able to install an internal Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD hard drive!! Now, I can continue using my 2013 Lenova 3 Ideapad (which I think is one of the elite laptop/computer/tablets ever made!). Thanks again.

    Here's the link for the torx screwdriver set. It's a great value and even came with a plastic tool that safely let me open the keyboard case. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015F734P0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=A13PRKMVKLJGWH&psc=1

  11. Citroon lemon
    March 18, 2018 - 5:14 am

    Great guide.

    However you don't need that specific SSD you just need the correct size M.2 drive 🙂

  12. 69Rik69
    March 18, 2018 - 5:44 am

    Great job to share that. Thank you very very much!

  13. Biker Lemur
    March 18, 2018 - 6:12 am

    Thank you for the video, I followed all the instructions and it worked flawlessly. I just think it is awesome when people such as yourself share your knowledge. Initially, as you said, it would not recognize the new SSD but after going into the BIOS it did recognize it. I also used Biz of Tech video to help format the new hard drive and have had no problems.

  14. Martin Waterhouse
    March 18, 2018 - 6:18 am

    Thanks for the video – I got a little concerned when I saw no clips behind the keyboard and one end of mine seemed to be "stuck" down but it was gradually releasing. I followed closely along but at first neglected to remove the torx screws since you only mentioned them in passing "facepalm moment". I was able to ease the case apart and get my 500G Samsung SSD installed.

    …. BUT as I was about to replace everything I noticed the blue-ended ribbon on the right side of the keyboard seemed to be flapping in the wind 🙁 I was not sure how it was connected all I could see was a small plastic flappy flange with some copper spikes where the connector came from. Examining the copper contacts I could see small indentations so I assumed it was just a pressure contact rather than broken.

    I panicked for a bit until I found this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOE4T6nykQ4

    I carefully used some needle nose pliers, slipping the ribbon cable back under the flappy flange and pressed it down – it now all seems to be working and I have another 500G of storage 🙂

  15. Tim Hepworth
    March 18, 2018 - 6:19 am

    Excellent post – very useful and clear! Thanks a lot 🙂

  16. Albadji
    March 18, 2018 - 6:30 am

    h**lo! I added 500go Crucial SSD to my lenovo yoga 13 following your video. but since that, I get death screens with kernel data inpage error and a lot of other messages.
    during a few days, every thing worked fine! but after updating firmware of crucial SSD and doing some settings to optimise it, i get the Blues screens!
    would remind that Os is still on the original lenovo ssd! I'm using the new on juste for storage. I also created some dynamic links to store every thing on Crucial drive : desktop, videos, pics, dwlds …etc.
    do you know how a can fix that plz!

  17. Steven Engorn
    March 18, 2018 - 7:13 am

    Check the post to Danielle Leger by AxelFan91 and Steve Engorn (me) since I had the exact same problem. After installing my 512GB mSata drive (2nd SSD) I received a message when booting that the boot disk could not be found. Those posts allowed me to find the problem and fix it. Thanks everyone.

  18. Ever Antonio Vasque Fuentes
    March 18, 2018 - 7:31 am

    can i do it to my lenovo yoga 12 256ssd i want another 256gb ssd

  19. Pranav Sharma
    March 18, 2018 - 8:16 am

    Hi, I followed the instructions as in the video and now the laptop does not recognize either hard drives. I removed the new hard drive and still no change the BIOS and booth manager are not finding hard drives. I have not touched the original, primary hard drive. It's my father's primary and only computer and any help would be of great help. Thanks!

  20. TheGeneralReview
    March 18, 2018 - 8:44 am

    Great video! Do you happen to know if the Yoga 2 13 also has this second drive option? Thanks!

  21. 2jomok2
    March 18, 2018 - 9:37 am

    Just an FYI. There are four clips underneath the center of the keyboard. It is important to press down across the center of the keyboard while sliding it towards the front in order to engage those clips. If you don't engage those clips, the keyboard will be very bouncy. Thanks for the useful video. I just upgraded my Yoga 13 to 8GB RAM and added a second 500GB SSD to the existing 128GB. My Yoga has been around the world several times and been used in rain and dust and I've never had any trouble with it. I'm hesitant to upgrade to the Yoga 2 or 3 for fear they are not as robust.

  22. Howard Solovei
    March 18, 2018 - 10:02 am

    Help.  Followed the video.  Everything seemed to go fine but now won't power on.  Tried the reset b**ton next to the power switch.  Still nothing.  Any ideas?

  23. Süleyman Aslan
    March 18, 2018 - 10:57 am

    can you tell me how i did you see ssd at bios pls i can't find ssd (i installed properly)

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