How to Upgrade Lenovo IdeaPad U530 SSHD Hard Disk with an 500GB SSD
Lenovo IdeaPad U530 touch ultrabook comes with a 500GB 5400RPM + 8GB SSHD hybrid drive which is made by Seagate. It uses a combination of Solid State memory and traditional disk memory to achieve an edge in performance, but still being economical for budget shoppers. This hard disk still has the moving disk parts and so not as fast as dedicated SSD, and also still not reliable as they can get easily damaged when subjected to vibration or when laptop is roughly handled.
On the other hand Solid State Drives (SSD) are super-fast and highly reliable as there are no moving parts in it. Like all electronics, they were expensive at launch, but now they are common and well within reach. If you plan to upgrade your Lenovo IdeaPad’s hard disk to an Solid State Drive, this guide may help you as I have personally swapped the hard disk for my laptop without any issues. I bought a Samsung 500GB SSD 850 EVO MZ-75E500B (SATA III) and it is almost same size as that of the included Seagate SSHD.
Make sure to read all these 4 points carefully before beginning the process.
- In the upgrade process, you must unscrew and remove the bottom cover for removing and installing the new SSD. This will void the warranty of your laptop. So make sure you understand the risk and proceed only if you have some experience in dealing with repairs of electronic devices. If you don’t have experience, I suggest to perform the upgrade with an authorized technician. This guide is written in good faith to assist you, but we are not be held responsible if something goes wrong and you laptop is damaged. Use it at your own risk – you have been warned!
- The included 2.5″ 500GB Seagate SSHD is 7-inches thick. So I recommend to go with SSDs that max 7mm thick. Samsung 500GB SSD 850 EVO MZ-75E500B (SATA III) is one of the great choices and I used it in the upgrade process.
- You need a mini Philips screw driver to remove the tiny screws that are fastened to the bottom of the laptop.
- This guide is aimed to assist only on how to swap the hard disk on hardware point of view. Moving data, Windows OS license, and other software oriented process is out-of-scope of this guide and so it is not covered.
1. Power off the laptop and unplug the adapter.
2. Carefully unscrew the 14 mini Philips screws that fasten the bottom cover of the laptop. Note that two of these screws that are located on either side of the hinge are slightly longer than other screws. So remember to put these back in same place when closing the cover!
3. The bottom right corner is where the SSHD is located. Remove the 4 black Philips screws that holds the hard disk and its frame in place.
4. Flip it around and gently pull off the connections.
5. Now remove the 4 screws that holds the SSHD to the metal frame. These screws are located at the thickness sides.
6. Remove the SSHD and screw the frame to the new SSD.
7. Connect the connectors to the hard disk. Make sure to lineup small length and longer length connectors. These carry data and power respectively.
8. Assemble the new SSD with frame in place and fasten the 4 black screws that you removed in step 3.
9. Go ahead and screw the bottom cover in place, remember two long screws go on either side of hinge holes!
10. Press the Novo button on the laptop and boot to BIOS.
11. If everything went well, you should see your hard disk listed there. Congrats!