M.2 Slot and SSD type for HP Pavilion CX (8th Gen) Laptops

Jul 3, 2018
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Hi all,
I just purchased an HP Pavilion cx0140tx and since it's the base variant, it didn't came with an SSD. When I had inquired about installing an SSD, I was told by the HP retail staff that my variant does not have an M.2 Slot altogether, which got me worried. However, the HP Manual does mention that it supports an M.2 Slot.

Here is the picture of my Board

My queries are:
1) Does the laptop indeed support an M.2 Drive (is it the yellow marker in the image above) ?
2) HP manual mentions that it supports an M.2 'ATA-7' Interface, so will this drive 'Samsung 970 Evo MZ-V7E250BW' which is an NVME PCIe M.2 2280 based interface be compatible with my laptop ?
3) If the Samsung 970 Evo is not supported, what are other best options for my laptop?

 
Jul 3, 2018
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Yes I did! Only thing left, is to find out if Samsung 970 Evo can be used instead of the recommended OEM drive.



 
Jul 3, 2018
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I am happy to report that the Samsung 970 Evo works perfectly. I installed it and booted up my computer and went into Disk Manager and it was recognized immediately!

 
Nov 15, 2018
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Can you please help me?. I have the same laptop and the back isn't coming out after removing the 7 screws. Also does the pcie slot have a M2 screw
I have bought the Evo 860

 
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The back will come off using a pry tool. Use a plastic pry tool as a metal one would dent the plastic. Yes the M2 PCIE slot has a screw on it.
 
Nov 15, 2018
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Well thanks for the info. I'll retry soon. Also did you remove the physical HDD after cloning in order to force it to boot from the SSD?. I've heard that the cloned ssd sometimes doesn't appear in the bios boot options

 
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