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Windows 7: Adding SSD to my laptop's 2nd HDD/SSD Slot

15 Mar 2014   #1

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Adding SSD to my laptop's 2nd HDD/SSD Slot

Hello guys. This is my laptop:

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http://english.11st.co.kr/product/SellerProductDetail.tmall?method=getSellerProductDetail&prdNo=475745578
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http://www.noteforum.co.kr/news/index.htm?nm=20548
If you scroll down a bit, you can see the feature about another HDD/SSD Slot that I can use. I know the whole text is in Korean so most of you here might not understand but I think the pictures are enough to show it. Especially the 2nd link, there's a picture I think in the middle wherein it shows the slot itself and please check if what I'm saying is true, that it supports SSD too not only HDD. Just to be sure.


What's the best SSD that I can buy? I'm planning to get 256 GB one.


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15 Mar 2014   #2

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If it will take another ordinary SATA HDD, it will take an SSD. They use the same connections and cables.

Best brands?? If I was buying tomorrow, I'd get a Samsung 840 EVO or a Crucial M500, whichever was cheaper.

But, you aren't likely to notice the difference among any of the more common brands. They will differ in benchmarked speeds, but that's very difficult to notice in actual use.

They might differ in price, warranty, return privileges, included software, etc. The only brand I'd avoid like the plague is OCZ.

Samsung and Crucial should be among the least expensive, so that's where I'd look.
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15 Mar 2014   #3

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Thanks for the input bro. How about Kingston X110?
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15 Mar 2014   #4

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Never heard of that model Kingston.

I have heard of a Sandisk X110.

Are you sure you've got it right?

Kingston is generally a good brand for RAM, but I have no info on that model SSD.

What brands and models can you get in the right size?

http://ssdboss.com/ssds/SanDisk-X110...on-SSDNow-V300
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15 Mar 2014   #5

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Oops my bad. I was talking about Sandisk X110. Haha. Is it a good one? Or Samsung's still better?

And what do you mean by: " What brands and models can you get in the right size?"
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15 Mar 2014   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crusher25 View Post
Oops my bad. I was talking about Sandisk X110. Haha. Is it a good one? Or Samsung's still better?

And what do you mean by: " What brands and models can you get in the right size?"
Look at this link:

SanDisk X110 SSD vs Samsung 840 EVO

I have no knowledge of the Sandisk other than that I know of the brand.

I meant what brands and what models can you get at your preferred store in the capacity you want--120 GB, 240 GB, whatever size you need?

What do you want to put on this SSD? Windows? Pictures of your cat? What will you then use the other drive for?

Normally, you'd put the operating system on the fastest SSD, but I have no idea why you are buying an SSD in the first place. You haven't said.

Is the other hard drive an SSD?
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15 Mar 2014   #7

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Oh sorry about that. I can get as much as 512 GB but my budget is up to 256 GB only. Haha. Also, I think the top brands like Samsung, Intel, Sandisk, Crucial are available.

I'm going to put my OS on the SSD and other programs like Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, Photoshop CS6, Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. Mostly for programming stuff and maybe some games too.

The other drive is just an HDD 500 GB and maybe I will use it for storage of my other files like movies, etc.
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15 Mar 2014   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crusher25 View Post
Oh sorry about that. I can get as much as 512 GB but my budget is up to 256 GB only. Haha. Also, I think the top brands like Samsung, Intel, Sandisk, Crucial are available.

I'm going to put my OS on the SSD and other programs like Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, Photoshop CS6, Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. Mostly for programming stuff and maybe some games too.

The other drive is just an HDD 500 GB and maybe I will use it for storage of my other files like movies, etc.
OK.

Unless budget is a big consideration, I'd go with known quantities: Samsung 840 EVO or Crucial M500. They are widely used, highly regarded, among the fastest, and price-competitive. I'd go with something else only if I couldn't get one of those two or if other brands were a lot cheaper. Intel is an excellent choice, but they tend to be more expensive.

I assume you have some reason to believe you need 256 GB. Windows takes up no more than 20, but I assume you know how big C will have to be to hold your applications.

If you plan to put some of your data on the SSD and some of it on the HDD, that can complicate your backup strategy (if you have one). Normally, I'd try to put all of my data on a single drive---probably HDD in this case, and then back that up to an external drive of some type.

Disconnect that HDD before you install Windows to the SSD. Then reconnect it when all is running well on the SSD.
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15 Mar 2014   #9

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Thanks for the piece of advice. By the way, how can I disconnect the HDD inside? Since it's the default hard drive. I don't want open my laptop because it might ruin the warranty sticker.
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15 Mar 2014   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crusher25 View Post
Thanks for the piece of advice. By the way, how can I disconnect the HDD inside? Since it's the default hard drive. I don't want open my laptop because it might ruin the warranty sticker.
Never owned a laptop.


But I think hard drives can in effect be disconnected through Windows---maybe Device Management or in the BIOS?

It's a precaution to avoid having Windows install certain boot files on the HDD when you really want it to put them on the SSD.

Is your current hard drive shown as "Disk 0" in Windows Disk Management? Windows normally will try to install boot files to Disk 0--which may be the HDD. The way around that is to make sure the SSD is disk 0 or to disable or disconnect the HDD so Windows can't install anything to it.
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