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X1C1 SSD replacement with eBay DIY SSD success

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X1C1 SSD replacement with eBay DIY SSD success

#1 Post by aabram » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:11 pm

Coming from this topic X1 Carbon Gen-1 UNICORN found: a real 20+6-Pin-to-mSATA adapter I thought I'd make a separate post just for visibility.

I successfully replaced my X1 Carbon 1st gen (2012) dinky 128GB proprietary SSD with this one from eBay: 256GB SSD for ThinkPad X1 Carbon. It's a DIY hack but it works.

Here's what it looks like:

Here's it inserted. It's a bit wider than original so speaker cable gets in the way. There's no room to wiggle the cable around because SSD blocks the contacts anyway.

So I just placed it on top of speaker cable and fixed it with original screw which holds it in place. It's a bit higher now than original setup but not much. It does not produce any bulge under the keyboard.

Here it is in place, ready to be covered with keyboard.

And here's the boot screen, BIOS recognised it immediately.

Imgur album has few more images, if you're interested.

The trickiest part was to get my (actually wife's) stuff back from old drive because I can't attach this old SSD to any adapter that I happen to have (and I have lots of them). I made drive image with Driveimage XML to external HDD just in case. I then replaced the HDD and instead of booting from some sort of rescue drive decided to reinstall instead. I could've booted it up with bootable thumb drive, but I decided to do clean install instead. Fortunately I had activated Windows 10 on this computer so I could just make bootable Win 10 install thumb drive with Windows Media Creation Tool and install Windows 10 again. Then I connected external HDD with Driveimage XML backup image from old drive and browsed the contents, extracting files I want to copy over to new SSD.

That's it. Now I have X1 Carbon 1st gen with normal size SSD. I haven't run any tests yet but this new SSD appears to be quite a bit faster than original drive was.

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Re: X1C1 SSD replacement with eBay DIY SSD success

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:10 pm

Thanks for posting this.
If that were mine, I would just cut the "copper-plated" corner with mounting hole out, that now covers the speaker connector.
After that it would be a perfect fit!
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Re: X1C1 SSD replacement with eBay DIY SSD success

#3 Post by w0qj » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:11 am

Wow, many thanks for your sharing!

Sure gives some hope to some of us who are also looking for a way out with a viable SSD replacement for X1C3 (Generation 3),
which has SSD with the (apparently outdated) ACHI format.

By the way, noticed in your signature that you are probably using a very new T450s.
Would love to get our hands on a "X450s" however ;)

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