By Ivy / Last update December 10, 2020

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How to upgrade SSD for my Lenovo ThinkPad 13?

I have just ordered a Lenovo ThinkPad 13 laptop, I am happy with all of the specific parameters except for the 256GB SSD drive, which seems too small for my daily use as my main computer. I wonder can I upgrade the 256GB SSD drive to a 1TB SSD. How can I upgrade successfully? Please give me some tips about this replacement, Thanks.

What SSD will be compatible with Lenovo ThinkPad 13?

As we all know, SSD is more portable and reliable to use due to its excellent performance. However, there are different SSD drives according to the connector interface. To figure out which type of SSD drive can be used in your Lenovo ThinkPad 13. According to the specifics of Lenovo Thinkpad 13, a PCI-E SSD or M.2 SSD can be used in ThinkPad 13. Or conduct your manufacturer if you are not sure. Now, we will take a closer look at the PCI-E SSD and M.2 SSD.

Lenovo Thinkpad 13 M 2 Ssd

M.2 SSD drive is a bare circuit as well as mSATA SSD. It supports both SATA and PCI-E interface. In other words, there are a variety of different width and length combinations, allowing for more flexibility in its usage. PCI-Express (PCI-E) SSD uses the PCI-E interface. The PCI-E SSD is the most expensive but also offers the best performance.

Compared with these two types of SSD drive, the M.2 SSD drive could be your best choice. Like Kingston UV500 M.2 SATA SSD, Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA SSD, they are quite affordable for ordinary people. Then how to upgrade SSD for Lenovo ThinkPad 13?

How to upgrade Lenovo ThinkPad 13 SSD in Windows 7/8/10?

Generally speaking, the ThinkPad original SSD drive could be 128GB/256GB SSD and installed with your Windows 7/8/10 operating system, and installed programs. Upgrading SSD for Lenovo ThinkPad 13 is quite easy for the hard drive cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional. means you should backup your system to external hard drive, then restore it to the larger new M.2 SSD.

Before upgrading, please free download AOMEI Backupper Professional 30-day free trial, which is a perfect software to do Lenovo ThinkPad 13 SSD upgrade in Windows 7/8/10. And it helps you to speed up the computer with SSD alignment. (The clone features in free trial can be demonstrated only, please upgrade to enjoy)

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There are two ways to perform Lenovo ThinkPad 13 SSD upgrade:

  • Clone SSD to larger SSD with Disk Clone feature.

  • Backup SSD to external hard drive and restore disk image to larger SSD.

let me explain details for you one by one.

Way 1. Upgrade Lenovo ThinkPad 13 SSD to Larger One with Disk Clone

The easiest way to upgrade Lenovo ThinkPad SSD is cloning SSD to larger SSD with Disk Clone feature, please refer to the following steps to upgrade:

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, choose Disk Clone under Clone tab.

Choose Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 SSD as the source disk, press Next.

Select Lenovo ThinkPad 13 SSD

Step 3. Choose the larger SSD as the destination disk, and hit Next.

Select Larger SSD

Step 4. Tick SSD Alignment to speed up for SSD and press Start Clone >> to upgrade SSD for Lenovo ThinkPad 13 easily.

Disk Clone SSD Alignment Checked

★ Tips:
✍ Edit Partitions could help you adjust the partition size and location automatically especially while cloning smaller disk to larger disk, and it make easy to fully use the storage space on the destination disk.
✍ Sector by Sector Clone will clone all sectors on the source disk, including used sectors, bad sectors and blank sectors, and the spending time will be much longer. Uncheck this option will skip bad sectors, which helps you to clone failing hard drive easily to prevent data loss.

After the cloning process finished, please restart the computer to enter BIOS, change the boot order to boot from the cloned SSD; Or Shut down your computer, replace the smaller SSD with the cloned larger SSD, then boot from it.

Way 2. Lenovo ThinkPad 13 SSD Replacement with Backup and Restore Features

Before upgrading, please do the following:

  • Generate a new larger M.2 SSD drive that is compatible with Lenovo ThinkPad 13.

  • The extracting tool.

  • External hard drive to store disk backup image.

  • Create a WinPE bootable media created by AOME Backupper Professional.

The detailed steps are listed below about Lenovo ThinkPad 13 SSD replacement:

Step 1. Backup Windows 7/8/10 System

First, connect the external hard drive to your Lenovo ThinkPad 13, install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional to its home window. Select System Backup under Backup column.

System Backup

Second, edit the Task Name to differ from other backups. Then choose the external hard drive as target disk to save Lenovo ThinkPad 13 system image file,

Select Path

Third, click Start Backup to Create Windows backup.

Start Backup

★ Tips:
✍ The partitions associated with system files, boot files will be automatically selected other than manually.
Options allows you to comment, split, compress, encrypt the backup image, use VSS, sector by sector backup, etc.
✍ You could create a schedule backup to run this backup daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers, USB plug in with Schedule.
✍ You could enable backup scheme to delete old backup images to free up space automatically.

Step 2. Create Bootable Media

After backing up data completed, create bootable media with this program. On its main window, select Home -> Tools -> Create Bootable Media, then follow the instructions to create bootable USB drive.

Create Bootable Meida

Then shut down your Lenovo Thinkpad 13, using extracting tool takes out the original SSD drive carefully, then put the new larger M.2 SSD drive into the slot and make sure the M.2 SSD connected successfully. At this moment, boot your Lenovo ThinkPad 13 with the bootable USB drive into WinPE environment.

Step 3. Restore System to Larger M.2 SSD

Your computer will automatically run AOMEI Backupper Standard once entering WinPE environment. Then you could restore system backup to the new larger M.2 SSD drive, make sure you have connected the external hard drive with the system backup image:

1. On the Restore tab, Select Image File to choose the disk backup image.

Select Backup Image

2. Choose Restore this system backup, and hit Next.

Restore Entire Backup

3. Preview the operations and ensure you have checked Universal Restore option, then click Start Restore to restore all the data to larger M.2 SSD drive.

Universal Restore


There are two ways provided to perform Lenovo ThinkPad 13 SSD upgrade with the help of AOMEI Backupper Professional. If you're advanced users, please try command line backup/restore/clone. Besides, you could migrate Windows operating system to SSD without reinstalling to speed up your computer, real-time sync, merge backup images, and dynamic disk volume clone/backup/restore, RAID 0 backup, etc.