After spending some time with the MINIX NEO Type C Hub with a built in 250 GB SSD, I can say that I both love this device but I wish it had more storage. Sure 250 GB of storage is fine for most people but I would not categorize myself as “most people”. Officially, MINIX does not support upgrading the SSD in the MINIX NEO Storage Type C hub and to make matters worse, you cannot officially buy a version of the MINIX NEO Storage with capacities greater than 250 GB… With all that said, lets try to unofficially cram a 1 TB M.2 SSD into this thing. Here are the steps
WARNING : Although this modification is very easy to perform, I cannot be held responsible for any damage you cause to yourself or hardware. I will do my best to document my findings in a reproducible way and include a list of all required hardware. These modifications may void your warranty.
- Approximate Time To Complete : 10 Minutes
- Difficulty Level : Easy
- Approximate Cost : $200 (or $250 if you need a toolset)
You will need to have the following parts:
- A 250 GB MINIX NEO Storage Type C Hub
- A 1 TB M.2 SSD (I recommend the Crucial MX500 1TB M.2 but any “B & M Key 2280SS” Drive will work)
- 1x 1.0 MM Philips Screwdriver
- 1x J0 Philips Screwdriver
- 1x Metal Case Opener Tool/Pry Tool
- Silicone Work Mat (Optional but recommended)
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Backup Your Data
Copy all important data from the MINIX NEO Storage to another hard drive. You should still be able to access the data on the old M.2 SSD by either inserting it into a M.2 reader, Motherboard that supports M.2 drives or by converting the old M.2 Drive into an external hard drive. This backup is in the unlikely event that things go horribly wrong.
Opening the Case
This case was not designed to be user serviceable so you will need to CAREFULLY pry the case open. This is actually the hardest part of the upgrade. Gently press down on the USB cable until the bottom of the case flexes slightly and use a metal pry tool to gently force the case open. The case top portion of the case is pressure fit and held in place with some retaining clips. Gently apply pressure to each of the retaining clips to remove the top of the case from the bottom of the case. Go slowly and be aware that there are clips on each corner along with the clips on the side of the case.
Using your 1.0 MM Philips Screwdriver, remove each of the screws that secure the board to the case (in red). You will also need to use the larger J0 Philips screwdriver to remove the larger screw (which seems to be upside down). Once the screws have been removed, carefully lift the board out of the case and set the case aside.
Removing the old M.2 SSD
On the underside of the board, you will see the factory installed M.2 SSD. The drive is held in place with a red adhesive that can easily be peeled off with your fingernail. Carefully remove the factory M.2 SSD and store it in a anti-static bag.
Inserting the new M.2 SSD
Ensure that all of the old adhesive has been removed from the M.2 slot on the board and carefully insert the new M.2 SSD. The M.2 SSD will have a flat side and a side containing the NAND flash chips. The NAND ships should be facing away from the board, do not force it in as the drive will only fit one way.
You may want to secure the new drive down with a small amount of electrical tape.
You can now proceed to re-assemble the Type C hub making sure to replace the screws that you removed in the earlier disassembly step an pressure fit the 2 halves of the case.
Go ahead and connect the MINIX NEO Type C hub to your computer, you should be prompted to perform an initial format of the drive which may take a few seconds. Your drive is now ready to be used
As I said in my official review, I LOVE this Type C Hub but with the added storage, I LOVE it even more.
Also published on Medium.
18 thoughts on “Upgrading the MINIX NEO Storage M.2 SSD from 250 GB to 1 TB”
Keith thanks for the review and upgrade guide on this fantastic little device, it’s just what I’ve been after for a new Chromebook with too little and slow rmmc storage.
But in regards to crostini, does it constantly get unmounted from the VM/container every time you sleep the Chromebook?
You mean the SSD in the MINIX NEO? If so, yes as sleeping does cut power to the USB port.
Hi Keith, I followed you instruction and tried a 512GB and 1TB m.2 SSD. They can’t power up by Samsung Note 9, but the original 240GB one is fine. Does your Samsung Note 9 can power up this Crucial MX500 1TB M.2 ssd without connecting external power?
I do know it did work without issue on my Note 9 without external power but with that said, I had it conencted to power more often then not for Dex access. I sadly no longer have the Note 9, I have since updated to the Note 10+ so I cant go back and re-test it.
Thank you for your update. I ordered the Crucial MX500 1TB M.2 ssd and will try it with my Note 9 once arrived.
Ordered the same Crucial MX500 1TB and received today. Repalced and tested with my Note 9. It seems need to connect external power from the USB-C port. Samsung Note 9 can’t power it up. I think that’s why the builder only put the maximum 240GB SSD in it as it’s the limit that Samsung mobile could provide.
It is possible as there would need to be a fair amount of power drawn for the drive but it should not be too much for it to handle. Do you know if you have any he Snapdragon or Exynos variant?
I’m in Australia, and all Samsung local stocks are all Exynos ones. How about your Note 10?
I also have the USB-C enclosure, but Samsung Note 9 can’t power it up as well.
I saw some reports showing Samsung phones has limited power out from the USB-C port, therefore they can’t handling the USB-C enclosure m.2 sata or NVME SSD. Huawei phones seems more powerful and runs them well. Maybe will buy a P30 Pro next time……
Hello thanks for the tutorial. Is the MINIX NEO Storage M.2 compatible with an Intel Consumer SSD 660p 2TB NVMe M.2? The Intel M.2 SSD seems to be of type “M”, not “B & M”. Would it work the same ? Thanks.
No, it will not work with NVMe drives, just m.2 data drives.
Hey man , awesome tutorial!
How is the SSD working so far? Any problems?
Does it work without having your laptop connected to a power source?
Want to do the upgrade as well with a macbook pro 2018
I have gotten it to work on a Laptop without a power source (HP Spectre) It seems to be hit and miss on phones right now.
How do you mean a hit and miss on phones?
you connect it to your phone? I am confused, sorry
Yes, it can be connected to any USB-C Phone, iPad Pro, USB C Chromebook, USB C Android/Windows Tablets and any laptop with a USB Type C port.
Nice one. Big thanks for this, as i was uncertain if this was upgradable. I use this now on my SteamDeck as its one of few which have Power Through (PD) also. Opening the case was pretty nasty indeed. in the end i used a Stanley knife and a small screwdriver. I am now sanding down those pegs, so it makes it easier for future opening.