Microsoft is Selling Replacement SSDs for Surface Pro 7+

Posted on February 23, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 7 Comments

Microsoft announced today that it will sell replacement SSDs to commercial customers who purchased a Surface Pro 7+.

“When we set out to design Surface Pro 7+, we wanted to make it easy for enterprise customers to retain data and repair units in the unlikely event of a hard drive failure,” Microsoft’s Tomer Katz writes in the announcement post. (And that would be unlikely since SP7+ doesn’t ship with a hard drive.) “We listened to customer feedback about the critical importance of retaining confidential data and reducing the downtime incurred by a servicing issue.”

Starting today, commercial customers in the United States can purchase refurbished replacement SSDs for Surface Pro 7+ directly from Microsoft. They are available in four sizes—128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB—and each kit includes the SSD itself plus the screw needed to secure it. The kits support Surface Pro 7+ only and will not work for Surface Pro X or Surface Laptop Go, Microsoft says. (Both of those models also feature removable storage.)

To order a replacement SSD, Microsoft says you need to reach out to your regional reseller or Surface specialist via regular commercial channels, in the U.S. only for now. But yes, the firm plans to rollout these replacement kits to all Surface regions in the future.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Microsoft is Selling Replacement SSDs for Surface Pro 7+”

  1. prebengh

    What is a refurbished SSD?

    I’m not sure I would want one of those.

  2. faustxd9

    Interesting that this part is not interchangeable with the rest of the portfolio. I assume that these are higher end parts, or they moved to a different size, but I was hoping these would be standard.

  3. harmjr

    It sounds like they are trying to make this a Microsoft only part. Which is bad. Very Bad. We should have a universal part. Hard drives should always be replaceable.

  4. JH_Radio

    Nothing for consumer. sad.

  5. sevenacids

    You can actually buy a few 2230 M.2 SSDs from KIOXIA and Western Digital as a non-commerical customer, but they were clever enough to build the Surface that standard 2280 M.2 SSDs don't fit inside. If they would, you could just go and buy inexpensive off the shelf SSDs. I was about to applaud Microsoft for not soldering the SSD and make it replaceable, but this way it doesn't matter.