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I have an ASUS Vivobook 14 laptop (model: X412D) which seems to have a partial disk failure: the computer boots to BIOS. The Windows OS on a live USB stick failed the repair process. I was able to retrieve the data with a live Ubuntu session from an USB stick, now I would like to change the hardware.

It seems like the computer was not equipped with a "standard" HDD or SSD disk (empty area on the bottom left without any connectors); hence I believe the equivalent hardware is part of the motherboard.

  1. Where is it located on the MB? I have provided an image of the laptop interior.
  2. Is it possible to change this piece without changing the whole MB?
  3. Does it require soldering skills/equipment?

ASUS Vivobook 14 laptop interior - motherboard and battery - grid as overlay

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Examine B4 and any connected squares, and you'll find there is a card-edge connector at the right end and a securing screw on the left end. This is an nvme PCIe solid state drive. I expect you can look up the specifications for your specific model computer and you may also find those specifications under the metal foil. The foil is a heat transfer medium and likely contacts a surface on the removed cover.

A small cross-tip screwdriver is all that is needed once the replacement is ready to be installed.

According to the ASUS web site for that model, you have also a conventional spinning drive at B5, which may be the location from which you were able to retrieve your data and may not be defective/damaged.

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  • I changed the defective NVMe PCIe SSD and the computer works well again!
    – choumat
    Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 8:13

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