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Use this guide to replace the SSD in your Lenovo ThinkPad T470 laptop.

An SSD (short for “solid-state drive”) is a storage component in a computer. SSDs use flash memory, as opposed to the spinning disks and moveable parts used in an HDD (hard disk drive). As a result, SSDs are much quieter and operate more quickly than HDDs. Signs your SSD may be faulty include corrupted data, read-only errors, frequent crashes, or blue screen of death.

If you are able to recover any data saved to your SSD, be sure to back up your files before beginning this guide. Also, make sure to disable the internal battery, power down your device, and disconnect from any external power sources before you begin.

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    • Before you begin this guide, make sure to disable the internal battery, power down your device, and disconnect from any external power sources.

    • Place the laptop so that the bottom is facing upwards.

    • Slide the latch on the left side of the battery to the left until it clicks in place.

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    • Slide the latch on the right side of the battery to the right and hold it in place with your thumb.

    • Use your other hand to slide the battery towards the back of the laptop.

    • Lift the battery up and away from the laptop.

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    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to loosen the six captive screws on the bottom cover of the laptop.

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    • Use your hands to pull up on the back cover and release the plastic clips starting on the bottom side of the battery compartment.

    • Potential for device damage: Be sure to detach the plastic clips in this area first. You risk cracking the bottom cover if you attempt to detach it from around the edges of the laptop first.

    • Use your hands to pull up on the right side of the bottom cover to release the plastic clips.

    • Use your hands to pull up on the left side of the bottom cover to release the plastic clips.

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    • Remove the bottom cover from the laptop.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to flip up the metal clip securing the SSD connector to the motherboard.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to separate the connector from its socket.

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    • Grab the tab on the left side of the SSD assembly, and pull up to remove it from the laptop.

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    • Use your fingers to detach the plastic bracket from the SSD assembly.

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    • Flip the SSD assembly over so that the green connector board is visible.

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    • Use a Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove the two 4 mm screws from the metal bracket.

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    • Use your hands to lift the metal bracket up and away from the SSD assembly.

    • There may be some adhesive attaching the metal bracket to the SSD.

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    • Remove the single 4 mm screw using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the SSD up slightly and pull it out of the slot with your other hand.

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    • Remove the two 4 mm screws from the SSD connector board using a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  16. Lenovo ThinkPad T470 SSD Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 Lenovo ThinkPad T470 SSD Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use your hand to remove the SSD connector board from the metal enclosure.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Try some basic troubleshooting, or ask our Answers community for help.

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