domingo, 22 de febrero de 2015

Surface Pro 3 SSD Upgrade I7 with 1 TB SSD!!!

I must say that I don´t want you to do the same with your surface in any way, and I'm not responsible if you try to do the same.

Let me say first, that I live in México City, and my english is pretty bad, so, I recommend you go through all the photos first.

If you prefer to read the whole history, lets start!

I bought a Surface Pro 3 with i7 processor and 256 GB SSD on Amazon for 1,340 USD (before Microsoft cut 100 on original price), without keyboard neither pen, and plan to upgrade it to 1TB!!.

I was looking for someone that has succesfully open a Surface Pro 3. Unfortunately I find no one, IFixIt can made it, but with a big crack in the screen, CNET do the same. I find a great idea in a little post. At first it looks easy, but believe me, you must have the right tools and patience, a lot of patience.

First I grab an image of the inside of the Surface Pro 3, then, using Power Point, I print it closer to the real size, the image have a low resolution, but you can see very clear where is the msata SSD.

I check the size versus Surface.

And make the marks to cut a "window" to the SSD.

From the beginning, I consider 3 things, first, it will be very dificult to make a perfect cut, second, surely the material of the "window" will end in the trash (or in a nice key chain), and third, I must consider to make a little square inside the "window" cut, in order to avoid the screw attached to the back of the Surface.

My cut tool was a Dremel, with the stand to make it a drill.

I start to make the cut with a medium-hard tip, I have the wrong conception that VaporMG (the material of the Surface Pro case is made of) was metal over plastic, but is all metal!!

The first cutting tip that I try, was only capable of make a medium scratch.

So, I try another 2 tips, until realize that this metal need a really bad-ass cutting tip, a tungsten carbide cutter tip, its the first from right to left.

This tungsten tip cut the VaporMG like if it was wood, it took me a little to control the cut.

I'm was happy with the first line, so I decide to continue.

At the end, the window was not perfect, but was in the right place.

At this point, some of my worst fears of this upgrade come to me, so I check if the Surface still boot.

Ok, looks good, the next part is to take off the "window", using a wood tip, and a metal key from the dremel.

After a little effort, I finally get the "window"off, except for the little square that was attached to me SSD with a screw.

Taking off the little insulating tape, and using my dremel with a normal cutting tip, carefully separate the support of the second screw of the SSD.

This cut was really easy, and fortunately I can take the SSD a little up, the black part in the "window" close to the windows logo is the battery, and I dont even have to move it, or touch it.

And finally, the SSD is out, with the 2 screws untouched.

I return the SSD to check if windows starts normally, and it does!!

 I bought an Samsung 840 EVO 1TB msata SSD on ebay for 400 USD, the next step it´s clone the SSD.

I use a msata to sata adapter in order to have a "common" interface for clone the SSD.

Cloning windows 8 with UEFI is a little bit hard, I try 3 options but the one that works perfect was using a cloning station, I have to use a normal hard drive to make a temporary image, because I only have one msata to sata adapter. The path was 256SSD ---> 320HDD ---> 1024SSD.

Finally I get windows working with the new SSD, expanding the windows partition with AOMEI Partition Asistant.

And voila !!! A Surface Pro 3 with 1 TB SSD !!! =D

The last step was cover the back of the surface, using cardboard, a little piece of foam and an avery decal, I made a simple decal, and now nobody see the "window", that remains there, ready to get a upgrade when 2TB SSD´s arrive to the market.
I will make a better decal, but for now, I´m happy with this one =D

"Si las cosas que valen la pena, fueran fáciles, cualquier pendejo las haría!!"

36 comentarios:

  1. ¡¡¡La madre que te parió!!! Hay que tener cojones para hacerle algo así a un aparato que vale esa cantidad de dinero, pero... ¡¡¡olé!!!

    Mi enhorabuena por la operación satisfactoria.

    (En mi caso, yo le puse una SD de 256GB y así tenía 512 de disco).

    1. Perdón, me equivoqué, quise decir de 128GB. De 256GB valían demasiado dinero y solo había un modelo.

    2. Gracias!! Mi problema original era el almacenamiento (en mi anterior laptop tengo un SSD de 250 y un HDD de 1TB, ambos al 85% de capacidad) y aunque una unidad usb 3.0 hubiese sido lo mas sencillo, definitivamente fue mas excitante (peligrosa!!), y gratificante esta modificación.

  2. Muchas felicidades Jorge!!!

    Enhorabuena, hasta HackADay ha publicado tu logro, asi que espera un buen numero de visitas a tu pagina.



  3. You are awesome !!!! I respect it alot !

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  5. Hola Senior. Usted son mi bleeping HERO!

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  7. I must say that I don´t want you to do the same with your surface in any ...

  8. Is it possible to do the same using laser to open surface?

  9. I did it also!
    Thanks for the inspiration. I have put up a site with photos that have some measurements on it in case someone else wants to do it. Warning this is not for the faint of heart and you take a good chance of bricking a very expensive device...

  10. Saludos ; de favor incluye las dimensiones en milimetros donde queda localizado el SSD. Please!

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  12. Alguien sabe hasta cuanto de memoria sd se puede ampliar el surface 3 pro

  13. Thank you for sharing your experience. Very cool!

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  17. Dude, you are insane! That was absolutely BRILLIANT! Not sure I have the patience or steady hands to take a Dremel to my SP3 though! Well done!

  18. And this is how to do it MacGyver style!

    1. Thanks for the post, was a nice guide. Btw, I only did this way because my SSD was dead! Didn't have much to lose. Worked like a charm ;)

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  21. Hola ! Cómo hiciste con los driver y el sistema operativo? Cómo los instalaste de vuelta? Las licencias de Windows pro y las de office ? Eso Cómo se soluciona?

    1. En el post menciona que clonó el disco duro usando otra computadora, lo hizo por medio de un adaptador mSATA a SATA y creo una imagen temporal en una pc (no menciona que software uso para clonarlo, pero te recomiendo "Acronis") y sólo transfirio la imagen al mSATA nuevo, despues uso AOMEI Partition Asistant para agrandar la particion del mSATA nuevo y que utilizara el espacio completo

  22. amigo que increible logro!!! mis respetos

    ¿crees que se puedanlograr en una surface pro 1?


  23. i just achived this thank you so much :-)

  24. ¿Y cómo haces para cambiarle la batería de porquería que trae? ... porque encima tiene una vida útil la batería de 2 o 3 años dependiendo del uso ... básicamente si no podemos cambiar la batería en 2 o 3 años o lo usamos siempre enchufado o a la basura ... es algo descartable. Impresentable que no puedan traer una simple tapita para cambiar las cosas.

  25. Puff muy bueno, acabo de dar con tu modificación en que buscaba info sobre la surface pro 3, aunque la que quizá adquiera es la de 64gb