m.2 SSDs compatible with Asus UX430u?

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    alexo Notebook Enthusiast

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    As the title says.

    Son's laptop stopped recognizing the SSD, 95% of the time it boots into UEFI, showing no boot devices. I did manage to trick it into booting after unplugging and replugging the SSD, but it may have been a coincidence. It did bluescreen the next day and the situation recurred.

    Is there a list of SSDs compatible with that model?

    Thank you!
     
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    Which SSD is installed now? Have you made sure to keep it's firmware (and the notebook's BIOS) up-t0-date?

    Any other information you provide won't be for naught. ;)
     
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    alexo Notebook Enthusiast

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    128GB SSD's are scraping the bottom of the barrel in terms of not only performance but reliability also. There's a reason they're so inexpensive. ;)

    Can you try a different SSD in your notebook? Right now, I don't see it being a compatibility issue - this looks like the drive is flakey to me.

    Btw, how long has it worked in this system... and, was it a new drive?
     
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    alexo Notebook Enthusiast

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    That was the original SSD that came with the laptop.

    I don't have any extra SSDs and would rather avoid the hassle of buying one, finding out it is incompatible and returning it. Thus the reason for my question.

    I never claimed that the failing drive was incompatible, I was asking about compatible replacements.

    It was the original drive. We got the laptop used so I am not sure of it's exact age. I'd say it worked at least a couple of years before starting to glitch.
     
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    Given the info, buy any name brand SSD you want. If you want to keep using this notebook. ;)

    I would still recommend a minimum of at least a 512GB model here (last summer I would say 1TB and today 2TB models only) but this isn't a normal M.2 PCIe drive though. It is a SATA M.2 drive. You'll have to try (or search for confirmation either way) if an M.2 PCIe drive will fit/work here.

    Find a store with a return policy (and no restocking fees) and buy both a PCIe and an M.2 SATA SSD. Try the PCIe M.2 variant first, and if it works; return the SATA version.

    I would recommend the Samsung M.2 SATA SSD's and for a notebook; an XPG SX8200 Pro PCI-E x4 NVMe M.2 SSD of at least 1TB capacity.

    You're not just buying performance and capacity with the larger SSD's; you're buying an exponential increase in reliability too (especially if you OP the drive too by 33% as I recommend for maximum performance and longevity too).
     
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