I have a ThinkPad P50 and I am planning to buy and install an M.2 SSD on it.
The laptop has two built-in M.2 SSD slots.
- M.2 SSD slot #1: The laptop came with an M.2 SSD with the OS installed on it.
- M.2 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 a SATA drive.
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.
This is my first experience with a M.2 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 M.2 drives are as versatile and compatible as SATA drives?
Is it possible that a laptop has a very specific M.2 specification? This is the case for laptop memory. but I am not sure if M.2 SSDs are universal or not.
Here is the Lenovo part:
ThinkPad M.2 512GB SATA SSD (4XB0K48501)
Here is the part that I am thinking of buying: