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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S Disassembly

In this post, I’ll explain how to disassemble Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S to remove and replace the battery, SSD, RAM, cooling fan, speakers, palm rest and motherboard.

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Remove all screws from the bottom case.

Remove two rubber mats.
Under the rubber mats, you can find the two hidden screws.
Remove these two screws.

Turn over the laptop, Lift up the keyboard a little bit, Disconnect the keyboard cable, you can remove the keyboard.

Remove two screws securing the palm rest and unplug one cable. You can remove the palm rest.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S palm rest, there are two little boards and a touchpad on the palm rest.

When the palm rest removed, you can get access to the SSD, RAM, battery, speakers, CMOS battery, heat sink, cooling fan and motherboard.

Remove six screws securing the LCD Hinges and disconnect the LCD cable. You can remove the LCD display module.

Unplug the RTC battery cable from the motherboard. You can remove the RTC battery.
Remove the yellow IO board FPC.
Remove one screw securing the battery and unplug the battery connector. You can remove the battery.

The laptop using a 14.8v, 42wh Li-polymer battery, Lenovo P/N: L11M4P13.

Separate the clips and remove the memory.

The laptop comes with an 8GB PC3L-12800S memory.

Remove one screw securing the SSD and take it out from mSATA slot.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S features a 256GB SSD, Lenovo P/N: 45N8430, 45N8431.

Remove all screws securing the heat sink.
Remove three screws securing the cooling fan and disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard. You can remove the heat sink and cooling fan.

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9 Comments

  1. Hello.
    Great step by step instructions. I haven’t gotten my Yoga 11s yet. I just order it. I’m planning to upgrade to 8 GB’s as soon as I get it. I have a few questions. How did you re-affix the plastic caps/feet after re-assembly? Is it necessary to completely remove the keyboard to do a simple memory upgrade or can I just carefully lift up the keyboard enough to swap the module? Thanks again for the great info!

    1. Mike: I haven’t upgraded the RAM on my Yoga 11s yet, but from the pictures it looks to me like you can swap out the RAM chip without disconnecting the keyboard (as you say you’ll want to lift it up gently, so as to not pull on the connector).

      Cheers,

      Ben

    2. So, just to be clear, you’re supposed to be able to swap out the memory and/or SSD without removing the battery first? Seems risky.

  2. I’m trying to open mine up to take out my harddrive. What size screwdriver do you need for this? I got a starbit T6, but that seems to be too big. I haven’t been able to find anything helpful on their site. What did you use?

  3. Very useful instruction, thank you. My Lenovo died and I’d like to know if I could still use the SSD as an external drive. Could we use an external reader to read/write the content from/on the SSD? If yes, could you give any recommendation? Thank you.

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