Legion Y530: Adding a HDD afterwards
The Legion Y530 can come with either one or two storage drives. It supports one M.2 SSD and one 2.5″ SATA drive. Thinking about getting one with the M.2 SSD only, and adding the 2.5″ drive later? This is the article for you!
The drive options in the Legion Y530
The Legion Y530 has two drive bays. One is a M.2 drive bay that can take NVMe SSD drives. The other is a 2.5″ drive bay that can take any 7mm HDD or SSD of the 2.5″ form factor.
There are different configuration options, some include both a M.2 drive and a 2.5″ HDD, some include only the SSD.
The HDD tray and cable
Looking at the parts lists or the hardware maintenance manual for the Y530 you will see that it includes both a HDD tray that is supposed to hold the 2.5″ drive, and a special cable to connect it to the mainboard. The big question: if I order without the 2.5″ drive, where will I get the tray and the cable?
Well, the answer is:
- The tray is installed inside the Legion Y530
- The cable is included in the sales package, along with 4 tiny screws to attach your 2.5″ drive to the tray.
Please note, that this statement that the HDD tray and cable/screws ship with the system is true in the EU! I am unable to verify if the same thing is true for other regions around the world.
Adding a 2.5″ drive to the Legion Y530
How difficult is it to add a drive to the Legion Y530? I had to find out, since my model came only with the M.2 SSD. I had a spare 500GB SSD laying around at home, which I thought I will add to it to expand storage.
You need to open up the Legion Y530 first. You can read about removing the back cover in my article about the Legion Y530 RAM upgrades.
- Remove the four screws that keep the tray in place.
- Add the 2.5″ drive to the tray
- Connect the cable to the drive
- Put the tray back and secure it with the four screws you took out in step #1
- Connect the cable to the system board
When connecting the cable be very careful, the connector on the system board is tiny and feels really fragile! I suggest you open it up with a tool, like the iFixit spudger. Slide the cable in. Then close the plastic flap again with the spudger.
Then follow the RAM upgrade article on how to close up your computer.
You will need to format and partition your new drive. You can do this inside Disk Management in Windows.
Enjoy your extended storage space!