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 Post subject: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 5:10 pm 
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I'm looking to upgrade to a SSD in my laptop, but am not quite sure the size/specs that will work with it. The laptop is an Asus K42JV-X1.

Can I even put an SSD into this laptop?

Thanks for the help


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:26 pm 
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You can use any SATA II or SATA III SSD on the market, though you'll be limited to SATA II speeds. No need to get a top end SSD (i.e. Samsung 840/850 series), unless you plan buying a new laptop relatively soon & would like to move it from this laptop to the new one.

Just go with the price & capacity that works best for you... after checking reviews for the SSD(s) you're looking at of course.


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:43 pm 
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It looks like there's a removable cover on the bottom right (if you flip it over). Assuming the original HDD is good, I would suggest getting a USB 3.0 2.5" hard drive enclosure as well. Let us know if you need help migrating over.


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:52 pm 
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Thanks for the info Chaosdsm.

LatiosXT, do you mean getting the enclosure in order to keep the traditional HDD and have it hooked through USB? Thanks for the offer, I will surely need advice if I choose to do that!


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:01 pm 
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repoman88 wrote:
LatiosXT, do you mean getting the enclosure in order to keep the traditional HDD and have it hooked through USB? Thanks for the offer, I will surely need advice if I choose to do that!

Yup. It makes for a really nifty portable drive. I suppose to pre-empt the request for advise, I've had a lot of success with Vantec's stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:29 pm 
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I second Vantec's external enclosures, they're pretty decent for the price!


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chaosdsm wrote:
I second Vantec's external enclosures, they're pretty decent for the price!



+2

I have two of their enclosures. One for the older pin type drive connectors and one for the USB type.


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:19 pm 
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Thanks for the tips on the enclosures. I guess the enclosure choice will be easy :P

As for the SSD, I've narrowed it down to 3, mostly based on price and avg. reviews:

Mushkin 120GB
Crucial MX100 128GB
Crucial M500 120GB

They're all around $70 and have high ratings. As for read/write speeds (from what I can tell), the Crucial's seem much faster with the MX100 being the fastest.

Any thoughts on these 3?


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:35 pm 
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I'd say the MX100. All three will saturate SATA 3Gbps so get the one with the most capacity :D


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:57 pm 
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If you can afford an extra $30 & can use the extra space, there are a two 240GB SSD's on sale at newegg right now for $95 - $100, both with free shipping.

Kingston SSDNow V300 $95
PNY Optima $100 before $20 M.I.R.

Otherwise, I would also say the MX100.


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:02 am 
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actually they all have the same capacity; one just has 8Gb less reserve.


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:45 am 
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FascistNation wrote:
actually they all have the same capacity; one just has 8Gb less reserve.

Adding more to not confuse OP.

A 120GB SSD has 120GB of useable space, 128GB has 128GB of useable space. What FascistNation is saying is they both supposedly have the same amount of memory, just the 120GB has hardwired more space for overprovisioning. It's basically scratch space for the SSD to use to improve wear leveling. It doesn't really matter anyway since SSDs will easily last 10 years of normal use.


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:55 am 
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You can consider the external USB 3.0 SSD, running the WIN 8 OS in any PC. Just got to know Renice is now giving away 256GB USB 3.0 SSD in this month. And it really easy to participate in. More info here http://goo.gl/o9we1A


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:55 am 
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You can't run Windows 8 on an external drive as is. You can create a Windows to Go drive though ( http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1867 ... prise.html or http://lifehacker.com/how-to-run-a-port ... 1565509124 )

But I wouldn't recommend doing that unless you have some compelling reason to do so. And while yes, this means you can boot Windows from any machine that supports USB booting, the problem is that you have issues with drivers and other things if Windows is expecting data from drives on other computers.


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:33 am 
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Yes, the driver or something else may face compatibility issue, but we can download the driver through Windows Update after booting up the system.
Windows 8 boot from Windows To Go driver as default, most drivers are supported, some need to be downloaded from Windows update. The main reason of running Windows to go from USB mass storage is convenience.


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 Post subject: Re: Which SSD will work with my laptop?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:58 am 
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Eh, there's still some limitations of using a live image (for instance, your power options are limited to on or off, no sleep or anything).

There's also the concern that if you're not using the official Enterprise edition, the authentication mechanism may kick in if you're going on another computer.


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