Lenovo T470 - Can I replace my PCIe NVme with a SATA SSD?

I have a Lenovo T470 with a 256GB PCI Nvme and I'd like to get "downgrade" to a 1TB SATA SSD.

I don't need the speed of the PCI NVme drive nor the much higher price for the upgrade.

Is it possible to put a 1TB SATA SSD in my T470 given that configuration? Can it replace the PCI NVme or is there space to make it an additional drive?

Attached are 2 photos of the inside of my machine

Thank you.
 

 



 
Joshua MillicanAsked:
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Jonny BConnect With a Mentor Tech (CEO)Commented:
The connector you have pictures above is a pci-e m.2 interface.  This is why i asked if you see any sata connectors in that bay area.  If not, then yes you have to use the same type of interface that is in the laptop.  Also if you have a WWAN port in your T470, then according to the Lenovo forum its also a M.2 connector and can be used for a 2nd drive bay.

I know those drives are expensive, I use them in my high end workstations for clients.  However, they are so much faster then SATA 6GB hard drives.  So maybe see if your particular model has the WWAN slot for a secondary for storage.
(Sequential Read Speeds up to 3500MB/s and Sequential Write Speeds up to 2100MB/s ) vs around 600Mb/s

I get the cost difference a 1TB Samsung on amazon is $608.00.  :(
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think this is what you need to know. I trust it is.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3395241/regular-ssd.html

Make sure you wish to do this (since NVM-e drives are so much faster)
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Jonny BConnect With a Mentor Tech (CEO)Commented:
Does your laptop have the serial ata connections to plug a standard hard drive??  Where the hard drive by should be?

From the Lenovo site its not looking good.  :-(  Slightly confusing though..  Some of the have the pci e drives and some say they have SATA

You may just have to put a 1TB drive in or from the link below.  the WWAN port could be used as a second hard drive

See the link a attached

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/Lenovo-Thinkpad-T470-upgrade-HDD/td-p/3907445
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Joshua MillicanAuthor Commented:
Apparently I have a M.2 SSD/PCIe NVMe, and 2 PCIe ports, which the forums all seem to think are backwards compatible. Of course most people want to upgrade to the faster drive, but price wise it doesn't make sense
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
While that looks like a caddy that could hold a standard 2.5" SATA drive, the connector is NOT SATA.  Look inside where you the drive goes - if there is no SATA connector, then I see no way you're going to get a SATA drive connected to it.  (There are adapters, but those are typically for desktops as the adapters add space to the overall size of things and you can't easily squeeze physical space out of a laptop.
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Joshua MillicanAuthor Commented:
I believe what I have will connect to a regula M.2 drive, not SATA.

Does that make sense?
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I believe what I have will connect to a regular M.2 drive

Yes. It says that on the NVM-e Module in the picture above.
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Joshua MillicanAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your assistance
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome.
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