ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2nd and 3rd Gen) – M.2 Solid State Drive Replacement

This video will illustrate how to replace the M.2 Solid State Drive in your ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2nd and 3rd Gen).

If possible, back up your data before replacing the internal storage drive. Create recovery media or order it from Lenovo:

** IMPORTANT: To protect against electrostatic discharge, place your machine on a clean, non-conductive workspace, such as a kitchen table or countertop, and use plastic or coated tools when replacing internal components.

For more detailed information on electrostatic discharge and how to prevent it, please watch our “Understanding Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)” video:

Purchase a non-metallic pry tool:

Machine Types Applicable: 20A7, 20A8, 20BS, 20BT


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  • hii,

    Is the X1C G2 battery the same as the X1C G3?

    Skripsi Oh Skripsi April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Question…. if I replace the ssd on my Levono think pad will I have to clone my windows 10?!

    Justin Soberon April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Hi Tim, I wanted to thank you for the video showing how to change the powerjack.

    I had an old X1 from 2012 laying around, but good to use in case of need. So I found a sparepart over the net for around USD 5-6 and replaced it. Thanks! Björn

    Bjorn ML April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • First: EXCELLENT VIDEO!! THANKS!! However: What a clumsy, impractical design! 7 screws and one more inside! And you have to remove the sim card tray! And alter your BIOS settigs! And mess with the internal power cable! Wow, Lenovo! I am not impressed with this at all!

    The G-Man April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • It's not a x1 carbon it's too thick

    DePrEsSiOn's BaCk April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Produced like old school professional TV, with pauses and minimal talking. Music to ears.

    ucheucheuche April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • I HAVE A 3rd gen x1 thinkpad and my ssd m2 does not have that format? it only is i keyway…not 2 lik e the one you are installing..could you tell me what will work in a 3rd gen thinkpad x1 carbon for a ssd hardrive,,,lenovo is stupid,,,1st they weld the ram to the board and start with 4gigs only.. then they use this weird keyway for their ssd,,,unbelievable…to many stupid people working for them,,i liked it better when it was IBM overseeing everything.

    douglas furlong April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Will this work with NVME disk?

    Dominik Gołaszewski April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Hi thank you for the videos but I have X1C3 20BS and the shape of SSD connector is different from the one shown on your video. I just tried a CRUCIAL P1 3D NAND, NVMe, PCIe, M.2, normally this SSD was supposed to work according Crucial website. But when booting my computer with that new SSD, it does not work, got error 2103. What kind of SSD is inside my computer?
    SSD model is SAMSUNG MZHPV256HDGL-000L1
    I really want to upgrade my SSD.
    Thank you in advance for your additional information.

    gab malt April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Is it easy enough to replace the battery on the 3rd gen? Thanks!

    dym April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • how about upgrade in details for my type 1291 ? i can't see in any

    Somkiat Jira April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Can i put 2242 m.2 ssd in it? Thank you

    Andre Aditya April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Hello lenovo support … I want to install SAMSUNG 970 EVO M.2 2280 1TB PCIe Gen3. X4, NVMe SSd on my X1 carbon 3rd gen (type 20BT) but I am not sure if it will work … can you pls help me out … it's an expensive drive so before buying need to be sure if it will work … I am currently using the following drive SANDISK d8sn8u-512g-1006

    Omer Rehan April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • I have same micro ssd card as in this Video, can someone tell me what kind of adaptor I need to get the data from it .

    bharathi kandula April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Hi Folks, Lenovo Support – Can someone confirm whether Samsung 860 EVO M.2 2280 SSD (1TB) will be supported by X1 carbon 3rd generation (20BS model)? If not, can you let me know which 1 TB drive is compatible with 20BS model? Thank you!

    ap April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Excellent video! Thanks so much! The highlighting of the parts/ location is incredibly helpful- I've never seen that done before.

    Brandi Smith April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Can I use the Samsung 960 pro NVME Ssd to my x1 carbon 2nd gen i5 20A7 ???

    FaisaL BaHari April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • My Carbon X1 20A7 doesn't boot and I removed the SSD per above. I wanted an enclosure to recover files off the SSD. Can you recommend an adapter? SSD Info: LGT-256M6G P/N 45N7160/16200487

    Gary Ikeda April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • can you install two ssd's in the x1 carbon gen3?

    meocats April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • Thank you professional version of Homer Simpson!

    Lexi April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • hi…. I have one of these. It seems to be missing a component…. looking under the cover in the same orientation as in your (very useful) video, could you tell me what the component is that is below the ssd? there are two, mine is missing the one on the left. Many thanks in advance.

    CoolBoard Ltd April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply
  • hello.. can be upgrade ram/memory on 3th gen (x1 carbon Intel Core i7 3667U). now have 8gb and i wanna more memory.. can possible ?

    Murat Yıldız April 15, 2020 10:26 pm Reply

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