Does a SSD really counts that much?
I have promised you all in one of my first posts on this blog (Lenovo Z500) that I will come back with the feedback after upgrading my stock HDD with a new SSD. I will describe to you below the process so that you will know exactly how to perform this upgrade on your Lenovo Z500 laptop.
Before explaining the steps I have to say one thing and one thing only related to this SSD upgrade: I love my laptop now more than the first day I bought it. The improvement is colossal. Even though you can see this improvement in the Windows Experience Index that changed from 5.9 to 6.8, it is not enough. This mark does not reflect the real feeling. As an example, before this upgrade, on Power On, my laptop needed 4-5 minutes to finish loading all the startup applications and become fully operational. This was the reason that I was always leaving it in sleep mode. Now all of this happens in 35 seconds. 35 SECONDS. That’s how big the difference is.
Now with the actual steps of upgrading your Lenovo Z500.
What do you need ? I have recently bought the SanDisk Ultra II which in my opinion is the best low cost solid state hard drive there is on the market.
You also need a mean to connect your SSD to your computer through USB. There are a lot of solutions out there and I chosen one that I have bought some time ago: Sharkoon Dock SATA QuickPort Duo 8,8 cm (3,5″) 300 Mbit/s. You will also need some small cross slot/ Phillips screwdrivers.
The first thing you’ll need to do is cloning your old system partition. This is only in the case that you do not want to install Windows and everything else all over again. You can find here how to clone a hard drive in 3 easy steps.
Once you have your system cloned on your new SSD all you need now is to replace the old HDD.
– Power Off your laptop.
– Flip it over and place it on a scratch free surface in order to protect its cover. I used a small towel.
– Remove the 5 screws that are visible. There will be 3 small ones and 2 larger ones.
– Remove the 4 rubber feet in order to be able to remove the 4 screws underneath them.
– Remove the keyboard. If you will look in the picture above you will see a black arrow that points to one of the screws. You can push the keyboard through that hole on the base of your laptop, in order to easy remove it. A part of the keyboard will pop up and it will be easier to remove the other clips that fix the keyboard. DO NOT PULL YET!!! You need to disconnect the keyboard first. Lift the plastic security that cover the strips and pull the strips out. Now you can remove the keyboard.
– Remove the base cover. After removing the keyboard you will see 6 screws (M 2.5×6) that you need to uninstall in order to be able to remove the base cover. After removing the one on the far right, you must remove the optical drive by pulling it to the right. Flip again the laptop and you will see 3 more small screws in the place where you removed the optical drive. Remove them. Now with the help of an old credit card that you do not need, or with a flat nylon tool, slowly release the base cover and remove it.
– Remove the HDD. Now you can see the HDD protective cage installed with other 4 screws. Remove them and slide out the protective cage and the HDD. The HDD is fixed to the cage with another 4 screws. Remove them, slide out the HDD and replace it with the SSD.
– Installing. You have to install everything back in the exact reverse order.
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Here you can find the promised update with how to Replace the ODD with a HDD on Lenovo Z500