Any thoughts about cheap storage upgrades?

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  1. Token CDN

    Token CDN Notebook Consultant

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    Seems my laptop caught Covid and I need to reinstall Win.10. Again.

    I'm really getting sick of redoing Windows all the time and would like to do a dualboot with Linux being my main OS. Currently my machine isn't really configured to best do that.

    What I'm currently running is an Acer NitroBE with a 128GB M2 sata and a 1TB HDD. What I'm trying to decide what would be the best improvement for the money. Should I just replace my HDD with a 2.5" SSD, or keep the HDD and upgrade my current M2 drive to a much bigger one?
    I'd think doing the M2 upgrade would be better, since in theory my laptop does support PCIe3x4 (or what ever the faster interface is called), but from what I've read over on Acer's site it can be rather dodgy whether it really will work (folks have been having trouble getting their M2 recognized as a boot drive - possibly a Samsung issue). Based on that fact however it doesn't seem like there would be any benefit in upgrading to a bigger M2 sata over a 2.5".
    I absolutely want to keep this on the cheap (~$100), considering my laptop is old and probably should be due for replacement sooner rather than later.
     
  2. StormFalcon

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    Well, on the cheap would make me want to recommend a SATA SSD. However, getting an nvme drive may be cheaper in the long run as a lot of new laptops don't even have slots for 2.5" drives. But, you could always repurpose the 2.5" SSD into an external drive, so I say go for that.

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    For 100$ if you are in the US you can buy a Sabrent Rocket 1TB m.2 NVMe SSD.
     
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    Starlight5 Yes, I'm a cat. What else is there to say, really?

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    @Token CDN HDD is stealing your battery life and arguably too fragile to be tossed around in a laptop. Unless you're using the laptop sitting safely at a desk at all times, HDD has no place in it. If you want to get an NVME SSD, good m.2 SATA to 2.5" SATA adapter that will allow to use your existing m.2 SATA in 2.5" bay costs $4-something.
     
  5. Token CDN

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    You do make a good point about laptops moving away from 2.5". I was looking at one the other day which had the option to exchange the 2.5" for a bigger battery. I'd absolutely take the bigger battery.

    Sadly, I'm in Canada and those go for a fair bit more. The cheapest option on Amazon Canada is ~$130 USD - which I would consider, but the price climbs to $200. At least the higher end models like those could be repurposed later when I get a new machine.

    The HDD was Acer's idea, it was the only drive when I purchased. I got a stupid cheap deal on the 128GB m2 right after I bought it, so I stuffed that in for OS purposes. Had the laptop for a few years now (4 or 5) and haven't had a single HDD issue. It really surprises me since my old MSi seemed to eat HDDs.

    I did toy with the idea of installing Win10 on the HDD since it's going to be a backup, only used for stuff not Linux compatible. But I still use my old MSi (mostly for a music server) and even though it's HDD is 7200rpm it annoys me to no end using it due to the slow load times - been spoiled by SSD
     
  6. Tech Junky

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    I would opt for the bigger internal SSD/NVME since you can get a 1TB for under $150 with a 5 year warranty and 1700 TBW life span.

    I recently picked up a PNY XLR8 CS3030 for ~$86 w/ an Amex MR discount of 40% by using 1 MR point during checkout. Retail was $130 w/o the discount though on Amazon. The drive preforms pretty well after you upgrade the firmware to 12.3 from whatever shipped with it.

    It compares with the BPX Pro very closely but the price went up on the BPX to $150 from what I got 2 of them awhile back for ~$110/ea.

    If the laptop though only supports SATA and not NVME then you're looking at similar prices w/ 1/3 of the speeds since SATA only supports 500-550MB/s vs NVME up to 3200MB/s. There are SATA options though that aren't too bad in price for the 1TB size as well.

    I would opt for the WD Blue @ $105 on the SATA side of things
     
  7. Aivxtla

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    Right now the recently released SK Hynix Gold P31 is pretty much the best PCIE 3.0 drive right now performance wise under various conditions like full drive etc and power draw wise, across many metrics and is quite competitive with others pricing wise ~$130-135 as well.
     
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  8. Token CDN

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    The only "issue" with going PCIe is will it work as a boot drive? On the Acer forums may people were having problems getting Samsung 970s(?) to even be recognized as boot. The laptop does have PCIe3x4, so you'd think it'd work, but… Acer. I'd absolutely have to make sure to buy from Amazon so I could return if needed.
    SK Hynix doesn't seem to be available here in Canada.
     
  9. Tech Junky

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    Turn off secure boot for starters and potentially switch from UEFI to Legacy and after an install of the OS convert it to UEFI if you so desire. Disable Intel RST as well if it's turned on...doesn't do anything for a single drive anyway.

    Most of the boot issues are how the BIOS is setup ;)
     
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    Another thing I've been reading which was me wondering is plenty of reports of nvme drives speed throttling due to heat. Bad enough having to deal with CPU throttling…
     
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