I have a Thinkpad P50 and I am planning to buy and install a M2 SSD drive on it.
The laptop has two built-in M2 SSD slot.
- M2 SSD slot #1: The laptop came with a M2 SSD with OS installed on it.
- M2 SSD slot #2: I am planning to buy and install a Samsung 850 EVO - 1TB - M.2 SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-N5E1T0BW) (http://a.co/6SJ5ZyY)
I have installed lots of IDE or SATA drives on laptops in past 20 years. SATA drives are quite easy to install and I have not had any compatibility issue with and SATA drive.
Also, I have been installing and using Samsung SSD SATA drives with no issue and they have been compatible with all PCs (or laptops) I had - even the older ones.
However, the This is my 1st experience with a M2 drive. The drive I am buying is relatively expensive and there is no return policy on it unless it is defective.
I wanted consult here and check if M2 drives are as versatile and compatible as SATA drives?
Is it possible that a laptop has a very specific M2 specification? This is the case for laptop memory. but I am not sure if M2 SSD are universal or not.
Here is the lenovo part:
Here is the part that I am thinking to buy: