*OFFICIAL* Alienware 15 R3 Owner's Lounge

Discussion in '2015+ Alienware 13 / 15 / 17' started by katalin_2003, Oct 24, 2016.

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  1. Fabio Cruz

    Fabio Cruz Newbie

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    Not sure if you are in the US or not (not sure if it matters), but once you get the laptop you can create a clone of the entire drive on an external device with Macrium Reflect Free > create a live boot disc > install the new SSD (SATA or M.2) > boot to the live disc and restore the backup to the new drive. This will work (i have done it myself on two laptops), unless you are trying to do a clean windows installation in which case.... i have no answer for that haha
     
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  2. hasnain.hyder

    hasnain.hyder Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just saw that it is back. Can't fathom the dell's configuration website. It is too unpredictable.
     
  3. Ydner

    Ydner Notebook Enthusiast

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    Greeting AW R3 owner. How do you manage your stuff like game, video, music and other bulk in this laptop storage.
     
  4. ex-28

    ex-28 Notebook Geek

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    i really need a hand picking out a proper 1 tb hdd for this laptop , i want to pull the 1 td 7200 and use a ssd drive as my seccondary drive .

    please help me choose as theres so many options and i am lost with these ssd, m.2 ,mSATA, M.2 2280

    looking at these 4 /

    #1
    http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&sku=A9219396

    #2
    http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&sku=A7954709

    #3
    http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&sku=A9010216

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    http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&sku=A8351731
     
  5. nicholaslimck

    nicholaslimck Notebook Guru

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    Just got my 15 R3 ruined by a tech. Since my CPU had uneven core temperatures, I requested for a heatsink replacement. Here's what happened:

    After the tech came more than 2 hours earlier than previously agreed upon, I was forced to leave him unattended to attend class. After 2 hours, I come back to a laptop missing a screw and with screws placed in the wrong holes. What's more: my GPU is completely useless at this point. Slight load gives me thermal shutdown as its temperature rises uncontrollably to 100 C.
     
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  6. ThatOldGuy

    ThatOldGuy Notebook Virtuoso

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    Its like they pick any random bloke off the street, give them $50, and tell them to fix a laptop. Seriously, who hires those people. More horror stories about techs than I can count. You learned the hard way to never let a tech touch anything unsupervised. Next time send them back if you can't be there.
     
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    nicholaslimck Notebook Guru

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    I wouldn't suggest buying parts like these from Dell. Even just comparing to prices on Amazon, they're a lot more expensive:

    Crucial MX300 1TB: https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX30...9437483&sr=8-1&keywords=Crucial+MX300+SSD+1tb
    Sandisk Ultra II 960GB: https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultr...437543&sr=8-1&keywords=Sandisk+Ultra+II+960GB
    Samsung 850 Evo M.2 1TB: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-850-...479437592&sr=8-2&keywords=Samsung+850+Evo+1TB

    If you're planning to replace your 1TB HDD, you'd want to go for a 2.5-inch form factor, like the Crucial MX300 or Sandisk Ultra II. Since it'll be a storage drive, you could try a cheaper option like the ADATA SP550 or Mushkin Enhanced Reactor. These drives can be found for 200-250 USD.

    However, if you want to go all out, you can just buy another M.2 drive as the Alienware 15 actually has 3 M.2 slots. One accepts shorter lengths than the other two, so you'll have to check before purchasing.
     
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    ex-28 Notebook Geek

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    I'm trying to find out out which model of the SSD drives are the best as I have a coupon to use at Dell so like to get there

    Sent from my SM-G935W8 using Tapatalk
     
  9. nicholaslimck

    nicholaslimck Notebook Guru

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    Yeah, I really regret it, should've known better when the tech didn't even know how to open the bottom plate of the laptop... I called support and requested for a replacement laptop, hope it gets approved.
     
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    nicholaslimck Notebook Guru

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    Oh, I see. Well, between the Crucial MX300 and Sandisk Ultra II, I think the Crucial MX300 is better. It's a newer drive (2016 vs 2014) and comes with a feature called "Momentum Cache" which boosts speeds. See the Amazon page's reviews for users' opinions.

    Between the two Samsung drives, the mSATA drive should be slower. There's actually a comparison review on Anandtech: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9023/the-samsung-ssd-850-evo-msata-m2-review. Seeing that the price difference between those two is $5, I'd go with the M.2 (MZ-E5E1T0).
     
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