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How to Install/Upgrade SSD in Lenovo Ideapad 330 Laptop?

If you are using any model of Lenovo Ideapad 330 laptop, you will only see these storage configurations:

  1. 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  2. 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  3. 500 GB SATA HDD
  4. 1 TB SATA HDD
  5. 2 TB SATA HDD
  6. 128 GB PCIe SSD + 1 TB SATA HDD
  7. 256 GB PCIe SSD + 1 TB SATA HDD

So, whichever model you are using with any storage type, you can always upgrade this laptop with a new SSD. Now, the type of SSD will depend on the model itself and surely the available storage slots on your laptop.

In most of the top models of Ideapad 330, you will find dedicated M.2 NVMe slots which will either be allocated to an SSD or free. So, you will first have to check what kind of slot is there and then choose the SSD. The configurations will also vary depending on your region.

In this article, I am going to help you choose the right kind of SSD and then install it on your laptop on your own. Let’s get started.

Depending on your laptop’s model, you can have three different SSD options to choose from. The first one is obviously a SATA 2.5″ SSD.

Secondly, you can install an M.2 SATA SSD.

And, the third option is an M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. The SATA 2.5″ SSD can be installed on all models of Ideapad 330 because each model will have either a pre-occupied or a free SATA 2.5″ slot. But, in order to install an M.2 SATA SSD, the laptop must have an M.2 SSD slot on the board.

Lastly, if you want to install an M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, your laptop much have a PCIe and NVMe-enabled M.2 slot. The availability of the M.2 PCIe NVMe slot will depend also on the price of your laptop. As we discussed earlier, these slots are available only on the top models with faster processor options.

Opening this laptop is fairly easy. You can do it on your own. But, I would suggest you use proper tools to eliminate any chances of physical damages. Let’s see this process step by step.

Note: For this article, I am using the Lenovo Ideapad 330 (81D100FWIN). All other models will have almost similar outer and internal configurations. So, you can easily relate.

Make sure to remove the charging cable and then turn off your laptop. Now, turn it to the bottom. On the laptop I am working with, there were 13 screws. But, you can see 10 or 12 screws on your one. So, check for all of them and make sure to see below the rubber feet. The screws can easily be opened with T8, PH0, or PH1 screwdrivers.

Once all the screws are opened, make sure to take the optical disk drive out. See the image for its location.

Now, depending on the type of laptop and your requirements, you may want to use a different SSD. The availability of slots will also make a difference for sure. So, just discuss all the cases here one by one.

In the low-end models of Ideapad 330, you will see only a 500GB or 1TB Hard Disk. The same case is here with my laptop as well. This laptop has no M.2 slot on the board. The only slot is the SATA 2.5″ where a Hard Disk is already installed. So, I am going to replace it with a new SSD. Let’s see how I did that.

  1. Take your Hard Disk out at an angle. (No screws are going to be there with your HDD).
  1. Release the hard disk from its case.
  1. Install your SSD in the same case and install it back at the same place.
  1. Make sure to push it inside the SATA port at an angle again.

Case 2: Install an M.2 SATA or M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

Obviously, your laptop must have an M.2 slot (either SATA or PCIe NVMe) for this process to happen.

Again, keep a thing in mind that an M.2 SATA SSD will work on your M.2 PCIe NVMe slot. But, you can’t use and even install your NVMe SSD on an M.2 SATA-only slot. See this article for more information on M.2 slots.

  1. Locate the M.2 slot on the motherboar
  2. Open its locking screw
  1. Insert your M.2 SSD inside the slot at an angle
  1. Push your SSD on the screw hole and tighten the screw gently

For this thing, you will need to buy a caddy and install it at the place of your existing disk drive (DVD Drive). This process is going to be a little bit harder because you will have to use open your disk drive completely. For more information on this, you can follow this article.

In some cases, you may need to mount your SSD if it doesn’t show up in the File Explorer Menu.

Once you have installed your SSD using any of the methods given above, make sure to properly attach the bottom cover back and tighten it using the screws. Now, you can turn on your laptop and proceed further. If you want to move the OS from one drive to another, I would suggest using Macrium Reflect software.

Is it good to buy any SSD before checking specifications?

Make sure to go through your laptop’s user manual before you make a purchase of any piece of hardware. It will be good if you just open your laptop and see which SSD is supported and then buy the right product.

My Ideapad 300 is too old. Will its performance increase after an SSD upgrade?

If your system is getting bottlenecked by the slow speed of your hard disk, you will definitely see a performance boost. The OS, software, and games will boot up faster. But, you can’t expect an overall performance boost in performance as you get with a RAM upgrade.

My laptop doesn’t have an M.2 slot and I want to keep my hard disk inside it. What to do?

Just buy an SSD caddy and replace your optical disk drive with it. Now, you can install your SATA 2.5″ SSD on this caddy and use it for any purpose.

ImageModelFeatures and SpecsPrice
Samsung 870 Evo (SATA)Capacity: 250GB – 4TB
Interface: SATA
Speed: 550/510 MB/s
Endurance: 2,400 TBW
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Crucial MX500 (SATA)Capacity: 250GB – 4TB
Interface: SATA
Speed: 560/530 MB/s
Endurance: Up to 700 TBW
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Samsung 970 Evo
Plus (NVMe)
Capacity: 250GB – 2TB
Interface: PCIe 3.0
Speed: 3500/2500 MB/s
Endurance: 1200 TBW
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Kingston
A2000 (NVMe)
Capacity: 250GB – 1TB
Interface: PCIe 3.0
Speed: 2200/2000 MB/s
Endurance: 600 TBW
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