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Microsoft announces SSD upgrade modules for the Surface Pro 7 Plus

Microsoft will allow business customers to swap the SSD in the Surface Pro 7+ themselves, in the future. (Image source: Microsoft)
Microsoft will allow business customers to swap the SSD in the Surface Pro 7+ themselves, in the future. (Image source: Microsoft)
One of Microsoft's most exciting changes with the Surface Pro 7+ compared to its predecessor was the switch to replaceable SSDs. The company has finally gotten around to offering official upgrade modules too, albeit only for business customers. Apparently, Surface Pro 7+ SSD Commercial Spares will not work on the Surface Pro X or the Surface Laptop Go either, for some reason.
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In January, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 7+, which was not quite the new Surface Pro device that many people had been expecting. For one, the Surface Pro 7+ is indistinguishable from its predecessor, but there are many internal differences. One of the most exciting changes, in our opinion, is removable SSDs, which Microsoft first included in the Surface Pro X and the Surface Laptop 3.

While Microsoft is yet to offer SSD upgrades for either of those machines, it has announced that it plans to do so for businesses that own the Surface Pro 7+. The company is yet to announce how much these SSD upgrade kits will cost, but we do know that they will contain 'certified refurbished' drives plus a retaining screw.

Oddly, Microsoft claims that its SSD kit will only work on the Surface Pro 7+, and not other devices like the Surface Pro X or the Surface Laptop Go. Additionally, these SSD kits will only be available in the US at launch, but Microsoft plans to 'gradually roll out the kits to all Surface regions'. Unfortunately, it has not offered any timescales for when it plans to offer these kits outside of the US.

Anecdotally, we have had no problems since upgrading our 128 GB Surface Pro X to a larger, and third-party, M.2 2230 SSD. If you are interested in upgrading the SSD on your Surface Laptop 3, Surface Laptop Go, Surface Pro 7+ or Surface Pro X, then Fudzilla has put together a detailed guide on doing so.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-02-25 (Update: 2021-02-25)