How to upgrade the SSD in the Cube i7 Stylus (Video and Pics)

How to upgrade the SSD in the Cube i7 Stylus (Video and Pics)

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  • #7450
    Chris G
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    The Cube i7 Stylus as of the time of writing this guide only includes a 64GB SSD option. For me, that’s a little too low and ideally a 128GB drive would be better and they aren’t really that expensive. The drive within the Cube i7/i7 Stylus is an M.2 22 x 42mm or M.2 2242 SATA3 SSD, they are now becoming more common and easier to source. The most common is the 2260 or 2280 drives. Unfortunately these will not fit, I have a Sandisk X110 2260 M.2 drive from my old Dell Venue 11 Pro while there looks to be space for it, the place where you screw in the drive to secure it in place is in the way. I didn’t want to cause any damage to the screen so I thought it best to leave it. So a 2242 drive would be the best option here.

    I recommend you only proceed if you have done this sort of thing before, thing could go wrong and TechTablets is not responsible if you break, damage, brick or burn your Cube i7

    The 2242 FORESEE SSD, next to my Sandisk X110 2260 M.2 drive.

    The 2242 FORESEE SSD, next to my Sandisk X110 2260 M.2 drive.

    The tablet is quite hard to crack open, it has plastic clips all around it that latch into the rear metal housing, separating these once started isn’t too hard. But getting started was the hard part, luckily Wootever a member of the XDA forums gave me a great tip that got me on my way to opening up the drive.

    He discovered the best place to use a pry tool to open it up is around the power and volume buttons. Once started it was easy enough to work my way around and unclip the plastic casing and screen assembly from the rear metal unibody housing. Be extra careful around the corners. I did the top ad left and right first, the clips on the speaker side broke, so watch out for that. The bottom was easy as I just pushed down the metal backing to slot it off. See my video guide below:

    The drive is easy to replace, one screen and up and out it comes. Make sure you have a Windows USB pen drive or image backup before upgrading the SSD.

    The Stock 64GB SSD is a FORESEE Brand 2242 M.2 type.

    The Stock 64GB SSD is a FORESEE Brand 2242 M.2 type.

    The 64GB SSD removed.

    The 64GB SSD removed.

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    #7455
    Samuel
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    Nice Chris; it does get warm in that area, but moreso while charging obviously. Nice to know that it’s relatively easy to drop something beefier in there for the drive; btw, since there is a bit of space just above the battery, I want to wish you the best of luck with your “How to simply go about setting up liquid-cooling for the i7-Stylus” video.

    it’s inevitable; you must not deny us this! 😉

    #7456
    darren
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    thanks chris

    #7477
    Chris G
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    Nice Chris; it does get warm in that area, but moreso while charging obviously. Nice to know that it’s relatively easy to drop something beefier in there for the drive; btw, since there is a bit of space just above the battery, I want to wish you the best of luck with your “How to simply go about setting up liquid-cooling for the i7-Stylus” video. it’s inevitable; you must not deny us this! ?

     

    Haha 🙂 Liquid cooled tablet, how practical lol. Sure It gets warm, but I can deal with it getting to 45 degrees on the back. It’s only when pushed hard and not an issue in day to day use. My Dell Venue 11 Pro gets hot there to, but throttles more I think due to having plastic on the back. But the Venue 11 Pro has a huge copper heatsink.

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    #7503
    Aresu
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    Really nice tutorial. That 64gb SSD is one of the few weaknesses of the i7 stylus, so this give us more oportunities to improve it.

    Good job.

    #7517
    darren
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    Hi Chris can you show us more pics of the heat sinks and and other tips to make it more cooler I will be doing the same with mine while swapping the ssd drive but one thing theat size of m.2 is hard to find with chose of brands I can only see transcend 256gb

    #7521
    Chakkapan
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    Should we remove the battery connector before swapping the ssd?

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    #7524
    Efraim Zeevi
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    <b>Thanks to the site I bought and want to upgrade</b>

    <b>I think increasing the SSD 128 and the instructions are very efficient.</b>

    <b>I have a question, is it possible to install double-bot and add Android?</b>

    <b>If so where can I get specific instructions for each process?</b>

    <b>Of course in i7</b>

    #7538
    Janis Veide
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    Could you give more info on those extra thermal pads you installed?

    Did they work, and which ones did you use?

    #7542
    Chris G
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    Hi Chris can you show us more pics of the heat sinks and and other tips to make it more cooler I will be doing the same with mine while swapping the ssd drive but one thing theat size of m.2 is hard to find with chose of brands I can only see transcend 256gb

    Unfortunately, I put the lid back on without taking pics of the thermal pads! I don’t want to risk more damage to the plastic tabs opening it up again for the second time. All I did was place some above and below the one already there. So it will transfer some more heat to the back of the tablets metal casing and away from the CPU/GPU. Plextor do a 2242 in 128GB and 256GB and Transcend.

    Should we remove the battery connector before swapping the ssd?

    Yes, it wouldn’t hurt. I had mine completely powered off (Not connected standby) And had no issues.

    Could you give more info on those extra thermal pads you installed? Did they work, and which ones did you use?

    I used some Artic Cooling thermal pads 1mm and cut them to fit, like these

    So far I’ve seen little effect, maybe a few degrees cooler. Not really worth it unless you’re already there upgrading the SSD. The rear still gets very hot to the touch when gaming or benchmarking.

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    #7560
    darren
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    thanks chris has anyone got there tablet dispatched yet and witch brand better plextor or transend ?

    #7561
    darren
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    • Posts: 8

    hi guys i have a samsung msata 840 will a m.2 to msata adapter fit

    #7583
    clanna777
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    2242

    #8909
    Stroud
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    I’m planning to buy a 256gb NGFF 2242 SSD for this but i am afraid i am missing a few instructions how to upgrade the ssd. If anyone’s upgrading their setup can you please make a complete step-by-step and watchouts so we dont break the lcd glass or the digitizer? also if possible make a video?

     

    thanks

     

    #9289
    sean
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    successfully installed 265 gb ssd

    https://www.memoryc.ie/storage/ssd/256gb-ztc-armor-42mm-m2-ngff-6g-ssd-solid-state-disk.html

     

    had a major issue the screw holding down the sdd it was stuck and couldn’t be removed, i used the correct screw driver head.

    had to break it off. ill tape it down or something.

    ill use the ssd that came with it as a handy external drive.

    no issues installing a clean windows 10 via usb.

     

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