Lenovo Ideapad 5 SSD and RAM upgrade

How to open and install additional memory and solid state drive to your Lenovo Ideapad 5 (15iil05) in few easy steps.

What kind of SSD suits to your Lenovo Ideapad 5 and is it possible to upgrade RAM? These questions will be answered very shortly.

This Lenovo Ideapad is pretty pleasant to use and performs all basic functions really well, having quad core Intel 10th generation CPU is really noticeable when multitasking or performing some basic image editing, without dedicated graphics it's definitely not suitable for gaming but having Intel UHD graphics is enough to stream videos in 4K.

Out of the box this laptop comes with 256GB NVMe Samsung M.2 SSD and it is very easy to upgrade to bigger size or faster speed.


How to open Lenovo Ideapad 15iil05

To open Lenovo Ideapad 5 you will need TORX T5 Screwdriver

If You already don't have one then these screwdrivers are available to purchase in any decent hardware shop or if you are online shopper like me then sites like: Amazon or eBay etc. 

Remove all the screws from back panel, keep all removed screws organized because some of them are different size and You would need to remember where they came out to avoid damage to laptop when closing it.

Screws to remove on the back panel:

I do recommend using something sharp and made out plastic to avoid damage to your laptop


How to upgrade Lenovo Ideapad 5 Solid State Drive?

SSD upgrade is relatively simple and should not take you more then 5 minutes, not including the time to install fresh copy of operating system.

See image below of the location M.2 NVMe SSD drive:

To remove SSD you will need standard Phillips screwdriver and pretty sure that there's one in every household.

Before removing SSD or any other components from motherboard remember to disconnect battery.

By default this Lenovo Ideapad 15iil05 has small form factor SSD fitted and fortunately we are able to use standard size M.2 ssd.

You can use any suitable SSD to upgrade but i used Samsung 980 500GB M.2 NVMe solid state drive, see image below:


Can i upgrade Lenovo Ideapad 5 RAM?

Unfortunately Lenovo Ideapad 5 RAM upgrade is not possible, ram is soldered to the motherboard and is non-removable and there's no additional memory slots for upgrade.


Lenovo Ideapad 15iil05 Specification:

❖ Screen: 15.6" diagonal LED backlight FHD Slim eDP SVA Anti-glare (1920 x 1080)
❖ Processor: Intel Core i5-1035G1 Processor (6MB Cache, 1.0 GHz up to 3.60 GHz, 4 Cores)
❖ Ram: 8GB DDR4
❖ Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics G1
❖ Wireless Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Dual Band with Bluetooth
❖ Hard Drive: 256GB NVMe Samsung M.2 SSD
❖ Operating System: Windows 11 Home 64-bit with Office 2021
❖ Sound: Stereo Speakers
❖ 2 x Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 / 1 x Type-C USB
❖ HD Webcam (front-facing) with integrated microphone
❖ Ports: HDMI / Digital Media Card Reader
❖ Power: 45-watt AC adapter / Lithium-ion battery


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