I recently took delivery of a Lenovo Yoga 300, the lower-end model of their impressive convertible line.
This otherwise perfectly usable Laptop with 4GB RAM and a Celeron N2840 chip unfortunately ships with a traditional WD Blue hard drive (at the time of writing) and it’s noticeable. With a slower processor, the least I could do to alleviate some of that performance bottleneck is swap the HDD out with a nice, speedy SSD.
The reason I’m documenting this is due to the lack of information online. I ended up following the official service manual supplied by Lenovo which still leaves a little to be desired, though allowed me to get the job done.
The below is documented under the assumption that:
Lenovo have used a combination of M2 screws and plastic clips to secure the bottom panel to the laptop chassis. While the screws come out with ease, the plastic clips take a little more persuasion.
With the front of the laptop facing you, the hard drive is easily accessible on the left.
At this stage the old hard drive should be out and the new SSD in, all that remains is to reassemble the device in reverse order.
Or actually, before you do, flip the laptop the right side up and give it a gentle shake. If there’s nothing rattling about you’ve done a good job. While you’re at it, test the volume rocker on the side to ensure it’s still “clicky” and hasn’t been fouled by the case.
When ready, power on.
Enjoy the added benefits of an SSD and if you need any assistance leave a comment below or @jasonbayton on twitter.