Fitting an SSD into my Libem13v2


#4

Oh sorry.
For the 2.5" SSD/HDD you need a mounting bracked, two M2x3 screws to mount the bracket to the laptop and four mounting screws for the HDD/SSD’s sides.

Cheers
nicole


#5

Thanks, do you know of a suitable mounting bracket? All the ones I’ve found are tailored for desktop machines and fitting the SSDs into 3.5in bays.


#6

Hey Nicole

I need to wake up this topic because I just tried to expand my 15v3 with a 2,5" hdd but was a bit confused about the situation after opening my librem. It seems that the height of the hdd with 7mm is to much. Without force it didn’t get in and on the other side the keys got pushed up. Seems weired so I removed it immediately.

Can you recommend a type of ssd or hdd and what should I consider when I’ll try to built it in?

Thanks a lot


#7

Um, wait, what?
All standard 2.5" 9mm SATA drives should fit, I am confused…

On the L15 you should first remove the FPC cable that connects the mainboard with the smaller daughter card. Before doing that DISCONNECT the charger! Or you cause a short. For removing the FPC lift the (dark) lever of the FPC connector up and the gently pull out the cable - does not matter on which side.

The SSD needs to go in IIRC “upside down” i.e. the bottom side of the SSD needs to face you when you slide it in. This should fit nicely. If not please post or send me a picture so that I can see what’s going wrong.

Cheers
nicole


#8

I put a 2.5" SSD into the machine but have been unable to find a mounting bracket that fits, I ended up fastening it in place with a bit of foam but it has wiggled out a few times when traveling. I asked before about where to get a suitable mounting bracket but didn’t receive a response. As this thread seems to have come to life again I thought I’d ask again.

So where can I get a suitable mounting bracket?


#9

Please email support@puri.sm - it is not in the shop yet.

Cheers
nicole


#10

Many thanks for your fast answer!

I just tried it again. The exact way you described it. The difference between my first attempt is just the removed FPC cable. With my first attempt I slided the hdd below the cable and moved it into the slot.
Now, same result, though the hdd fits and more to the middle of the case it seems fine but the more it goes to the corner of the casing it is too tight

Pic 1, you can see the overlapping hdd:

Pic 2, the cover doesn’t slightly fit, as it used to. It’s possible to get the cover to fit and screw it down

but as result the keys coming up on the other side, as you can see on Pic 3

Pic 4 for comparison how the keys looking regulary

When I swipe my hand on the upper case/ keboard from side to side I can feel it too. The side where the hhd is under is raised and a bit higher than the rest.

The hdd is definitely 7mm and I changed a lot hdd/sdd on other laptops but this here felt quite unusual.

Could it be because it is a metal cased HDD not a plastic cased SSD?

Thanks for every help


#11

OMG!
Do NOT force it close this way!

The HDD is not fully inserted or something, I’d need a picture from the back side, i.e. looking at the opened bottom side to see where it might hang. The HDD must slide in completely and lay flat - on the picture you can see that it sits there in an angle!

Again, DO NOT FORCE it into the laptop!

Cheers
nicole


#12

My interpretation of it is that this connection lays too far down:


(it’s not a picture of my Librem, I can take another one this evening)

And because it’s so down it pushes the hdd up. Maybe this sketch can show it in a way:

I tried to show the HDD as proper as possible in this sketch because I guessed yesterday that a HDD or SSD without that small part below woul perfectly fit. Except that such drives doesn’t exist, would be 5mm.


#13

What type of HDD/SSD is this?

The slot fits 7mm and 9mm thick 2.5" drives, 12.5mm drives are not supported, they will show exactly this behavior.

Cheers
nicole


#14

It’s a Toshiba L200 with 7mm

Cheers,
Olli


#15

Then there is something else going wrong, this must fit. The SSDs we build into the devices are Samsung EVO series with 7mm. The connector on the mainboard side can not be mounted wrong - then nothing would work and fit.

The SSD must fit without force and lay flat on what you see as black in your picture. If it does not then there is something in its way.

Cheers
nicole


#16

Could it be that the mainboard is mounted too strong or there is something missing between the mainboard and the keyboard? That the connector for the HDD lays too down due to that?

I guess when the device were built, because there was no for a HDD/SSD, it could be such a circumstance which gave that result?

Would it be a way that I unscrew the mainboard a bit to fit the HDD proper?


#17

No, it must fit and pls do not try to modify something else to make it fit.
We have shipped literally thousands of laptop and there has been not a single issue like this. There is something else wrong here.


#18

Ok, to sum that up:

My L15 is supposed to handle this HDD and because I got my device a couple of weeks ago it could be a manufactoring error so I take this to regular support.

Thanks a lot for your time and effort!


#19

Was I so unclear?

No, this is not a manufacturing error, everything looks, from what I can see from your photos, normal. There is something either with the SSD or how you try to use it which causes this.


#20

Sorry, I doesn’t want to sound angry or misunderstanding.

As far as I understood, a 7mm height HDD/SDD should easily fit into it. But the one I have doesn’t and as you said, it seems that something else is wrong.

I could try it with another HDD but I guess when I got such a problem with such a small HDD the problem could be in the Librem itself. And I don’t mean that in an accusing way.

To change a SSD/ HDD wasn’t such a challenge on other devices (still… I’m not accusing) but it felt weird from the beginning. I’m totally with you and used to it that a disk easily slips into the connector but it doesn’t on this and my last guess is that something in the Librem itself must be wrong.

I’ll take a look inside again this evening and could share some more pictures.


#21

Are you sure you have a 7mm one? If I look at the product page, they have a 9.5 mm option or the 7 mm slim option.

Have you physically measured it and confirmed it is 7mm? I see you said it is definitely 7mm, so I assume you have, but just want to make sure.


#22

I am curious to see the bottom of your HDD. And to be clear, you are not trying to install an SSD, it is a HDD. Just so we’re all on the same page.

Here is a pic of an old HDD I pulled out of a laptop:

Notice how there is no housing under the contacts, its just bare and almost flat to the bottom of the HDD.

Now on yours, is there a lip or some extra thickness at the bottom of your HDD? As per the diagram above that would seem to be the case.


#23

So, because it’s frustrated me a bit. I ordered a 1 TB SDD to get a comparison and et voila it suits perfect.

It seems that the “measurement tool” I used was not very proper. I measured the 2TB HDD just with a calliper, it is the 9,5mm version. Even though the article infos in the shop where I bought it told me it’s 7mm (funny enough, on the package of it isn’t any info about the size).

Nicole, my sincere apologies. You were totally right!

The idea of a reasonable priced storage wasn’t that good, obviously! But 1TB should be enough for a while.