How to Install an M.2 into a Laptop

How to Install an M.2 into a Laptop

Posted by Ish on 26th Feb 2021

Step 1.

Assemble the necessary tools and components to perform this installation.

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Laptop
  • M.2 SSD

Note: Please ensure your laptop is turned OFF and unplugged from its power adapter to prevent any electrical damage from occurring.

Step 2.

Unscrew the back plate of the laptop

Depending on the model of your laptop, you may need to properly inspect the entire back plate to ensure all screws are removed as different manufacturers have a different quantity of screws.

Note: We do also recommend using a magnetic parts holding tray to ensure your screws do not go missing.

Step 3.

After the back plate has been removed locate the M.2 slot on the motherboard.

If you are replacing an existing drive, simply unscrew the screw holding the M.2, remove it and place it to the side. Gently pull the existing drive back and it should unplug out of the M.2 slot easily. If you meet any resistance, please DO NOT force the drive out, doing so can cause physical damage of the drive.

If you are adding a drive to your laptop, find the M.2 slot and remove the existing M.2 screw to free up the standoff.

Step 4.

Line up the grooves of the M.2 drive and the M.2 slot and insert the drive gently. Once in place, the end groove of the M.2 and the standoff should line up. Fasten the screw in place to secure the SSD. Do not over tighten the screw as this could cause damage to the drive.

Step 5.

Reposition the back plate back onto the laptop and ensure that it is secured in place and. Fasten the screws for the back plate and ensure they are secure. Do not over tighten the screws as this could damage the back plate or the motherboard itself.

Step 6.

Once everything is secured and screwed on. Plug the power adapter back in, and power on the machine.

At this point you may install whatever Operating System you like.

Please note that the drives come empty and without any software installed.