TUTORIAL: How to upgrade Intel Optane memory to M.2 SSD?

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Ok so i purchased a laptop with 16gb Intel optane SSD inside. It is a recent technology which doesnt exactly show up as a hdd/ssd in your My Computer space.

It is a drive with a dedicated software combination that intelligently decides which app or program or file goes into the optane memory. The end user has absolutely no control over it.

The end result is definitely a much faster PC than a 5400rpm hdd can provide. But since the 16gb was too low to my liking and having no control over it I immediately decided to replace it with a m.2 ssd in the slot iot occupies.

But i had a few hiccups on the way so i decided to make a tutorial for someone who decides to upgrade to a ssd from intel optane.

STEPS:

PREPARE YOUR COMPUTER FROM WITHIN WINDOWS 10

Open Intel Rapid Storage Technology Application, then CLICK ON INTEL OPTANE, THEN CLICK DISABLE.

This step dumps the data from intel optane ssd to the hdd back. This is the most critical step that i had missed and ended up opening my laptop twice!! Remeber the optane memory is no a volatile ram type memory but the data is permanently written onto it.
IF YOU MISS THIS STEP THEN YOUR COMPUTER WILL BE NON BOOTABLE!!

OPEN UP YOUR LAPTOP

  • Find your SSD slot/ M.2 SSD Slot.
  • Remove the screw that fixes the ssd onto the motherboard.
  • Lift up and release the ssd using a zig zag motion along the width of the ssd.
  • Replace the slot with a new ssd that you purchased.
  • Intel optane memory slot accepts NVME SSD so you can go with the fastest one and all other old ones are compatible due to backwards compatibility but just remember to get the 22m by 80mm SSD

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5 replies »

  1. Does anyone know if this connector will support “M.2 (2280) – PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express SSD” for the full speed allowed by a PCIE Interface, or is this just a SATA Interface?

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