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Old 01-02-2020, 11:44 AM
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Default Additional HD space in Corsair One i180?

Hi there, I have a Corsair One i180 (the silver one) and was wondering if there is any space for an additional HD? It has an M2 in and a 2tb HDD but I'd love to get an additional SSD in there if possible.

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Old 01-02-2020, 12:19 PM
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There are a total of 3 M.2 slots on the i180/i182. The original SSD is on the top back side of the motherboard. There is an easily accessible M.2 slot on the front side of the motherboard next to the CPU. The third slot is harder to access and is on the back lower side of the motherboard. You will need to remove the graphics card to access it. Also nothing stopping you from replacing the internal HDD with a high capacity SATA SSD.
I have done all of the above operations on my machine without issue. Only thing to be aware is to consider thermals for M.2 drives since the airflow on back side M.2 slots is not ideal I would try to opt for drives that are relatively efficient.
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Old 01-02-2020, 12:22 PM
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Thanks Jake that is really good info. Do you know if there are any images anywhere I can use? The only videos/images I can find that take the One apart are for the black (i160?) version and it seems to be different inside.
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Old 01-02-2020, 01:15 PM
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I wasn't able to find good detailed teardowns of the i180/i182. I attached a low-res photo showing the front M.2 slot already populated (it seems on that particular review unit, the original drive was installed on the front of the motherboard). In my i182 units, the original drive was put on the back of the motherboard, leaving the easily accessible front slot available for upgrade. I don't know what your system will look like. Maybe the i180s all have the drives installed on the front?

If your i180 has the front M.2 daughterboard on the left side of the CPU unpopulated, that would be the easiest one to access. The risk to screw things up on this slot is very low. Just pop it off like if it were a RAM stick, slot the new drive into it, screw the SSD down, and push the daughterboard back into the slot.

The SATA HDD -> SSD conversion on the i180 is the same as for the i16x series and so the online photos should be just as good for that. This is also a very low risk operation.

If you're not experienced in tinkering with tight SFF PCs, I wouldn't attempt removing the graphics card to access the 3rd slot. It's pretty tight and therefore the risk is a little higher.
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Old 01-02-2020, 01:18 PM
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Thanks again that's fantastic! I'll get this one open again and check where the m2 currently is. Thanks for all your help!
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Old 01-02-2020, 09:46 PM
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The motherboard inside the i180/i182 is an ASRock X299E-ITX/ac (a modified/custom verison of that motherboard. Known differneces between the retail motherboard and the one inside the Corsair One i180/i182 is the USB 3.0 header orientation is changed so that the radiator can fit with a USB3 internal cable attached. Otherwise the cable would have protruded far too high above when populated).

As Jake had stated the motherboard should have a total of x3 M.2 SSD slots (one on a riser card on the front and two on the rear of the motherboard, inaccessible without removing the GPU). The front M.2 slot can be removed quite easily due to it being designed like a vertical RAM SODIMM slot. Removing the riser card is the same process as removing a RAM stick.

There is only room for one 2.5" Drive and it's populated with a HDD as standard.

The manual for this motherboard is available on ASRock's website.
ASRock X299E-ITX/ac manual link

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Old 01-08-2020, 04:23 AM
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The two M.2 slots at the back of the motherboard are connected to Intel VROC controller, which only works with certified M.2 SSDs.
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Old 01-08-2020, 06:01 PM
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To clarify just in case someone is misled by the above information: those slots work perfectly fine with any M.2 NVME SSD as long as they are not in RAID mode. Enabling RAID mode will require a VROC license if they are not intel SSDs.
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