Lenovo ThinkPad X250 Disassembly and RAM, HDD, SSD upgrade options

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In this guide, I’ll be taking apart a Lenovo ThinkPad X250 in order to access and upgrade the hard drive, SSD and RAM.

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1. Removing the bottom cover

First of all, unlock and remove the battery.
Remove eight screws securing the bottom cover to the laptop.

Remove the SD card tray from the laptop.

Here’s the SD card tray.

There are seven clips securing the bottom cover to the body.
You can release the clips with a guitar pick.
Once all clips were released, you can remove the bottom cover.

2. Upgrade the M.2 SSD

Under the bottom cover you can get access to the following internal components:
– Hard drive
– RAM module
– M.2 SSD
– Internal battery
– Heat sink and Cooling Fan
– Wireless card
– Speaker
The laptop comes with a 16GB 2242 M.2 SSD. My new M.2 2242 is Transcend MTS400 SATA3 M.2 SSD. By the way, Plextor M6G is also compatible the Lenovo ThinkPad X250.

Remove the screw and take the SSD out of its slot.

Install the Transcend MTS400 SATA3 M.2 SSD into the slot

3. Upgrade the hard drive and 2.5″ SSD

The laptop comes with a Seagate 500GB 7200RPM, and you can upgrade to a larger capacity hard drive, or replace it with a 2.5″ SSD.

In my case, I replace it with a 2.5″ Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB SSD.

4. Upgrade the RAM

The Lenovo ThinkPad X250 comes with an 8GB DDR3L-1600MHz RAM. It has to meet my daily needs, so I did not upgrade the memory, but a user has been upgraded to 16GB, and can be used normally, please see this thread from Lenovo forum.

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