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Gebruik deze handleiding om de SSD in je Steam Deck te vervangen.

Zorg dat je je toestel, voordat je begint, volledig uitschakelt en alle kabels van je Steam Deck loskoppelt. Houd ook alle veiligheidsvoorschriften omtrent elektrostatische ontlading (ESO/ESD) in je achterhoofd tijdens het repareren van het toestel.

Deze stappen beschrijven enkel hoe je de SSD fysiek verwijdert en kunt vervangen. Het kan zijn dat je extra software-tools nodig hebt en meerdere procedures uit moet voeren om een besturingssysteem te installeren en de SSD naar behoren te laten functioneren.

    • Om het risico op schade te minimaliseren, zet je je Steam Deck aan en laat je de batterij tot onder de 25% ontladen voordat je begint met de reparatie. Een geladen lithium-iuon batterij kan erg gevaarlijk zijn als deze per ongeluk wordt doorboord of beschadigd.

    • Schakel je Steam Deck, voordat je met de reparatie begint, uit en koppel alle kabels los.

    • Als een extra voorzorgsmaatregel raadt Valve je aan om je Steam Deck in BIOS in de battery storage modus te zetten voordat je met welke reparatie dan ook begint. Lees hier hoe je dit kunt doen.

    • Als je een microSD-kaart in de Steam Deck hebt zitten, verwijder je deze ook voordat je met de reparatie begint.

    • Gebruik een Phillips-/kruiskopschroevendraaier om de acht schroeven, waarmee de achterste behuizing is bevestigd, te verwijderen:

    • Vier 9.5 mm lange schroeven

    • Vier 5.8 mm lange schroeven

    • Zorg dat je, tijdens deze reparatie, goed bijhoudt welke schroeven waar vandaan komen zodat je zeker weet dat je ze op de juiste plek terugplaatst. Zo voorkom je schade aan de Steam Deck.

    there should be a picture of the SD card slot at the start of every Steam Deck teardown. i know the note is there but i generally use the pictures to guide me and forgetting to remove the SD card is a very critical step

    Nathan Barrow - Antwoord

    What is the the #1 philips used for? Only the #0 is mentioned in the instructions.

    Christopher Martin - Antwoord

    I wish they would specify which size to use for which screws.

    Mark D -

    Be careful you can strip the screws take your time

    I use PH00 bit

    jaybush74 - Antwoord

    I used the PH1 bit for this. You can use smaller bits but ideally there should be no play of the bit in the screw head.

    Charles Semple - Antwoord

  1. Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Maak de klemmen van de achterse behuizing los: stap 2, afbeelding 1 van 2 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Maak de klemmen van de achterse behuizing los: stap 2, afbeelding 2 van 2
    • Steek een openingsplectrum in de dunne opening tussen de achterste en voorste behuizing, langs de rand van het rechterhandvat.

    • Wrik de achterste behuizing omhoog om deze uit de klemmen los te maken.

    I found it easiest to start this process at the top of the device near the fan exit.

    Peter Lindberg - Antwoord

    second that and inserting the pick in the bottom middle and sliding the pick to each side

    Sub -

    I also found the top near the fan exit to be easier

    Travis Patton -

    same; i pried from the top of the screen area. I was unable to find an opening on the side

    Dennis Wu - Antwoord

    I also started from the middle of the deck and worked my way out since I couldn't get a grip with the pick on the deck's side grips. Since this is a common step for pretty much all guides for opening the deck I think it's also worth noting that you should be careful not to bend the trims/seams where the front and back covers meet with the pick. When I first opened my deck you can definitely see where I nudged the pick in between the covers since I was probably using too much force on the pick itself.

    Kaleb McKone - Antwoord

    It would be useful to note here that if you want to insert the little blue triangular iFixit opening picks into the right side along the edge, there isn't actually a gap as the directions say, at least not on newer Decks. You'll be making the initial gap using the pick. Brace it on something because you will need to use enough downward force that you're flexing the pick a bit and it'll probably be digging into the skin of a bare hand. With enough force suddenly it will make a click and go in just a bit, and then you're in business.

    CaptFrost - Antwoord

  2. Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de achterste behuizing: stap 3, afbeelding 1 van 3 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de achterste behuizing: stap 3, afbeelding 2 van 3 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de achterste behuizing: stap 3, afbeelding 3 van 3
    • Als de klemmen eenmaal los zijn gekomen, komt de rest gemakkelijk los.

    • Pak de achterste behuizing vast bij de opening die je zojuist hebt gecreëerd en trek deze van het toestel weg om ook de klemmen langs de lange zijden los te maken.

    • Verwijder de achterste behuizing.

    If you have an SD card, you will want to take it out. I followed the guide and didn't think about the SD card I had inside. When I went to snap the case back on it clapped shut on the exposed SD card, shearing it in half and leaving the bottom half stuck in the SD card slot. I am still endeavoring to get it out.

    Novice - Antwoord

  3. Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de tape die over de verborgen schroef is geplaatst: stap 4, afbeelding 1 van 2 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de tape die over de verborgen schroef is geplaatst: stap 4, afbeelding 2 van 2
    • Gebruik een pincet om het stukje tape dat over de verborgen schroef op het schild van de printplaat is geplaatst.

    • Probeer het stukje tape, indien mogelijk, niet te scheuren, zodat je het weer kunt hergebruiken. Indien nodig kun je een stukje aluminium-tape gebruiken ter vervanging van het originele stukje tape.

    Use some heat here from a hairdryer to make this part easier.

    If you screw up here you can replace the little aluminium square with some aluminium tape from Amazon. No less than 50 microns thick, slightly thicker is fine. and the square is 13mm both ways.

    Matt S - Antwoord

  4. Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de schroeven uit het schild: stap 5, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Gebruik een Phillips-/kruiskopschroevendraaier om de drie schroeven, waarmee het schild op de printplaat is bevestigd, te verwijderen:

    • Eén 3.4 mm lange schroef

    • Twee 3.7 mm lange schroeven

    The procedure ended here for me, used an ifixit PH 00 bit on the screw behind the aluminium tape, bit wouldnt bite too great, one wrong twist and the screw was stripped. Not sure who or what initially screwed in that particular screw as the rest of the screws on the shield were fine, but boy is it in there tight. So now i have a stripped screw and a botched ssd replacement, don't think valve will let me RMA for this, but i'll give it a try and update accordingly.

    Y. van S - Antwoord

    I think the tendency is to go too small on the screwdriver bits because you're working on small electronics.

    I used the PH1 bit on the screw under the foil and the PH0 bit for the two remaining screws without any problems.

    Charles Semple - Antwoord

    What does this shield actually do? Some kind of magnetic protection?

    Corey Cleric - Antwoord

  5. Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder het schild: stap 6, afbeelding 1 van 2 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder het schild: stap 6, afbeelding 2 van 2
    • Verwijder het schild op de printplaat.

    • Zorg dat je, bij het weer in elkaar zetten van je toestel, de kabel van de ventilator op de zijkant van het schild ligt en er niet onder verstrikt raakt.

    When putting back on, run a pick along the edge of the shield between the wires to make sure nothing is pinching and the wires are clear of the shield before screwing down.

    Matt S - Antwoord

  6. Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Koppel de batterij los: stap 7, afbeelding 1 van 3 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Koppel de batterij los: stap 7, afbeelding 2 van 3 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Koppel de batterij los: stap 7, afbeelding 3 van 3
    • Pak de batterijkabel bij de treklip vast en trek deze direct van het moederbord weg om de batterij los te koppelen.

    After fully reassembling my device I found that my battery was not showing any stats anymore. I couldn't start the device without being plugged in, however if I restarted it would stay on even if my power cable was detached. Battery showed 0%. It turns out I had not fully reinserted the battery cable at this stage during reassembly. MAKE SURE YOU PUSH IT ALL THE WAY BACK IN!

    Michael Hoffmann - Antwoord

    Awesome thanks for this tip!

    petergeranio -

    It is helpful to lift up gently with a the tapered end of a spudger underneath the tucked-in portion of the battery cable, creating a bit of flex in the cable before pulling on the pull tab. I found that without doing so, the fabric pull-tab simply tore off of the cable under light-to-moderate force (the fabric itself ripped cleanly across, like a paper towel). Careful, gentle pressure with a spudger can be used to remove the plug by prying gently on the rear ridge of the plastic plug (not the wire!) if this happens.

    Gene Eckser - Antwoord

    This is exactly what happened to me. Maybe it was a pull tab previously, mine was a ribbon cable that tore - captured the image here:

    Ian Wootten -

    I found it less scary and easier to remove the battery connection by using a fingernail on the ridge and pushing it off the connector. I felt like pulling on the battery cable was too harsh.

    montgomery mchargue - Antwoord

    Upon plugging the battery back in, I found it easy to use two spudgers- one on each side- to pull/push the connector back into it's port. Be careful to not put any pressure on the battery wires themselves.

    montgomery mchargue - Antwoord

    When reconnecting the battery cable, you'll know when it's inserted and power is restored, because the white LED will illuminate at the top of the Deck near the power button. You should be able to see it while you're reconnecting the battery cable

    Michael Davis - Antwoord

    Why not just let the battery discharge completely and then not have to disconnect it?

    Jeffrey Martin - Antwoord

    Completely discharging a battery reduces its lifespan. It's completely unnecessary.

    Stefan Camporese (CENTER) -

  7. Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de schroef uit de SSD: stap 8, afbeelding 1 van 1
    • Gebruik een Phillips-/kruiskopschroevendraaier om de 3.4 mm lange schroef, waarmee de SSD bevestigd is, te verwijderen.

  8. Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de SSD: stap 9, afbeelding 1 van 2 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de SSD: stap 9, afbeelding 2 van 2
    • Nu de schroef uit de SSD is verwijderd, zal de SSD-schijf automatisch een tikkie omhoog komen.

    • Pak het einde van de SSD vast en trek deze van de M.2-bordaansluiting weg om de schijf te verwijderen.

    • Zorg dat je de SSD, bij het weer in elkaar zetten van je toestel, in een kleine hoek terug in de bordaansluiting steekt en de schijf vervolgens weer helemaal horizontaal bevestigt met behulp van de schroef.

  9. Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de bescherming rondom de SSD: stap 10, afbeelding 1 van 3 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de bescherming rondom de SSD: stap 10, afbeelding 2 van 3 Steam Deck Vervanging van de SSD, Verwijder de bescherming rondom de SSD: stap 10, afbeelding 3 van 3
    • De SSD is in een bescherming gewikkeld die beschermt tegen elektrostatische ontlading (ESO). Deze zal over moeten worden geplaatst naar de nieuwe SSD.

    • Gebruik een pincet om de bescherming van de SSD af te schuiven.

    • Als de bescherming vastzit, gebruik dan een pincet om de bescherming los te trekken en te verwijderen, waarbij je ervoor zorgt dat deze in de best mogelijke conditie blijft.

    • Enkel de SSD blijft nu over.

    • De Steam Deck maakt gebruikt van een enkelzijdige M.2 2230.

    If ESD shielding needed to be replaced, what would be recommended?

    Jeffrey Martin - Antwoord


Volg bovenstaande instructies in omgekeerde volgorde om je toestel weer in elkaar te zetten.

Breng je e-afval naar een door R2 of e-Stewards gecertificeerd recycle-station.

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idk why valve couldn't have just made the m.2 slot a 2230/2242/2260 & 2280 m.2 NVMe SSDs support??/ they could have done it! im hoping someone out there can make a new back shell that includes the nvme. m2 adapter riser cable extender that moves the nvme ssd to the back case somewhere else with more room and to also not only allow for better cooling of the SSD but also allows us to use any size m.2 nvme SSDs like 2230 up to 2280 m.2 size ssds as i have tons of gen3 x4 2280 nvme ssd lying around from all my AMD ryzen machines from my 1800X X370 all way up to X570 and 5700X / 5800X & 5800X3D etc..

adamnfs2 - Antwoord

I think it has to do with power draw... The Steam Deck isn't designed to cope with a incredibly fast (and power hungry) 2280 drive. I learned this the hard way on my laptop. I changed the drive myself to a 5500MB/s one and I could tell that not only did the SSD run hotter but also the components surrounding the SSD, it completely changed the thermal characteristics of the device. I added this drive to my desktop computer instead and bought a low powered one for the laptop. By having a 2230 drive on the Steam Deck, Valve forces users to choose drives that are typically designed for small and low powered devices.

Dennis -

and possibly even a m.2 door/cover to allow easier m.2 ssd removal W/O having to disassemble our steam deck! if the battery needs unplugged then a battery "KILLSWITCH" or "BATTERY DISCONNECT" Switch be also added to the decks after market backplate/cover to allow the steam decks battery to be disconnected from the unit with a toggle of a switch? allows for safter disassembly and m.2 SSD replacement with out having to repeatedly disassemble the steam deck....(SSD nand flash memory can fail) if i had the tools and capabilities to do this myself i would/ but i still dont even have my steam deck yet (Q3 July -Sept. 2022 ;( my friend just got his (ordered on same day) so WTF is mine valve!?????

adamnfs2 - Antwoord

It's already incredibly impressive that the Deck does what it does, at its price point, with its form factor. It'd be even bigger with any other physical features like that.

The unit isn't necessarily designed with modularity in mind, at least not first and foremost. People aren't "supposed" to be replacing these according to Valve; if that were the case then the internals would have to be shifted around quite a bit to ensure that people wouldn't be able to break stuff when they swap drives/etc. Although this is a very easy repair, people will inevitably mess it up. Valve doesn't want to have to replace everyone's devices if they destroy the internals on their own volition.

The fact that the SSD replacement process is this easy, and it doesn't instantly void your warranty, is amazing. Very few companies have this type of policy with hardware of this nature. A handheld device with fully upgrade-able storage to this extent has been neigh unheard of until now.

ralkia -

eh. i guess pwr draw// but adding a 5500mbps nvme sounds like a gen4 pci-e nvme m.2 im sure the steam deck (even thougt it is running AMD's Zen2 (4c/8t ) CPU cores with a small cluster of( i think) 8cus (in the decks APU) but i dont think it has gen4 pci-e support to using an m.2 gen4 speed (4000mps+ (usually gen4 nvme are (1st gen ones like saberent rocket 4(OG model) below specs..

Tech Specs




Up to 5,000 Seq. Read /&/ 4,400 MB/s Seq.Write (yeah this one would not work) but I do have some low power (2280) m.2 nvme gen3 ssds that came from older laptops!

**(Steam Deck cant do these speed cuz pci-e gen4 isnt even supported(not implemented in the apus I/O :( Not even in any laptop APU (except new Ryzen 6000 series with RDNA2 RX 680m igp with (12CU's) (& up to 8c/16t zen3)& does have Pci-e gen4 i think) I wish valve would have used this APU / SoC instead ( this steam deck would have been a much more capable Unit) & i would have paid up to $1000($ or 999) with a 2280 m2

adamnfs2 - Antwoord

GPD WinMax 2

Ryan Couch -

edit last above ( zen2 4c/8t with 8cu rdna2 igp steam deck (aka Van Goah)

adamnfs2 - Antwoord

I've been googling for 15 minutes what size SSD I actually need to purchase for this swap, I've watched two 10 minute YouTube videos. All I can find are videos and articles telling me why I shouldn't use the wrong size- not what the correct size is, even this article leaves that information out!

Mark Gibbons - Antwoord

It's a 2230 size, single sided.

To be honest, this is a pretty easy answers to get. Just type: "steam deck ssd size" into goole and it is literally the 1st answer it will pull up, highlighted mind you.

Are you using bing or something for your research?

Alex Couture -

Would anyone recommend a thinner Thermal Pad under the ESD shielding on the SSD itself?

(I have started doing this religiously in my PCs/Laptops with great results - Even with no Heat Sync.. Just Pad... So I was wondering if anyone would adamantly recommend against it)

DanielF823 - Antwoord

Great guide, but looks like I messed up somewhere when it comes to opening the Steam Deck itself. I was able to put in the replacement SSD and reboot the system, but the top portion of the back plate forms a gap on the top instead of being fully closed. Any help for this? I'm willing to buy an entirely back plate/front plate if I need to.

Ralph - Antwoord

Did you ever figure this out? Take out the skews again. Remember that the longer screws in the holes furthest out to the sides and the shorter screws go in the 4 holes closest to the center(look at the first picture in Step one). If it's not that, take out all the screws and pry it open again and see if something is there up top that could be causing it not to be able to close. You should be able to completely close it if nothing is in the way. Don't put the screws in until you are able to actually close it.

TalonJH -

Here's a screenshot as a reference. (Sorry for the low quality)

Ralph - Antwoord

what about putting it back together without messing any thing up

ellis roberts - Antwoord

No purpose in tearing up the ESD shield. All you need to do is slide it off.

Rolo256 - Antwoord

hello can someone help me i got a new ssd for my steam deck everything was installed according to the instructions via usb recovery mode the error always occurs I eventually get into a desktop mode, however when i try to Re-image I get the error:- !! /dev/nvme0n1 does not exist -- no nvme drive detected? Can anyone help me the hard drives on the PC go bad, so they can't be

Andreas Ulrich - Antwoord

Exactement the same case here ! Not found on USB recovery but found in the BIOS !

Someone can help us please ?

Valentin Crevecoeur -

I was really disappointed with the ifixit screwdriver.. but having the kit was invaluable for this guide :)

Michael Godel - Antwoord

Will the device utilize more than 512Gb? Like a 1Tb? M.2 2230?

Warren Blake - Antwoord

Will the device utilize more than 512Gb? Like a 1Tb? M.2 2230?

Thinking of purchasing the 64Gb model then replacing the storage. (40 years Electronics Tech.)

Warren Blake - Antwoord

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