M.2 SSD Addition

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  1. jmmenes

    jmmenes Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello, I'm looking to buy a new m.2 ssd for my laptop. But I am not trying to replace the existing one running my OS.

    I want to simply add it as another drive for storage/gaming

    Is that possible with 2 different SSD's? & how do I do that?

    I haven't found an answer to this.

    I have an Alienware 17 R4
     
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    Simply buy an M.2 SSD from amazon. I like the samsung 960 evo. Fit it in your laptop. format the drive and your good to go.

    I have an M.2 as OS Drive programs etc. M.2 for Steam, SSD for origin games and storage.
     
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    So when I install the new M.2 it will be recognized right away ?

    Then I right-click to format ?
     
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    It will be recognised as an unformatted drive so you have to go into storage manager, run the Wizard to format the new drive by right clicking on the unallocated space and then once done, right click again to assign it a drive letter.

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    Ok thanks, so it does not matter if the default m.2 ssd is different from the one I will be purchasing ?
     
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    Choose NVMe or SATA drives with form factor M.2 2280.
    Crucial MX300,Samsung 850/960EVO,Samsung 960 Pro, PM961 etc will be formatted and will work out of the box. Make sure its in AHCI for max compatibility.
     
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    Or Toshiba XG5, these are also really good unlike the XG3 or 4

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    Thank you guys so much, I'm counting on seeing a great deal for an M.2 SSD this holiday season.
     
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    Dell has a western digital 500gb for 150$ on its site it is kind of slower for a boot drive but you just using it for games and storage it should be fine

    I picked it up for 50$ had 100 in rewards points if you have any points it not a bad deal at all
     
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    Share the link if you find it pls
     
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