Question about SSD's for M18x

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  1. I_AM_MUSTANG

    I_AM_MUSTANG Notebook Guru

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    So........

    I currently have;

    ID 0 Toshiba MK5061GS 500GB Non-RAID Disk
    ID 5 Samsung SSD PM83 29.8GB Cache Disk (1)

    I have run out of space to install games and need more storage. I don't want to reinstall windows or anything. Can I just buy an internal SSD (500GB) and add it into one of the open drive slots? Or will I have to reinstall windows?

    Many Thanks

    Mustang
     
  2. maxslo

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    You can, but i recommend that you make an image of the HDD and apply it to the SSD, that way your system will be much snappier and you can reuse the 500GB toshiba to be a data drive instead.
     
  3. Azther

    Azther Notebook Consultant

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    i 2nd the imaging of the drive to ur new SSD, I use Macrium reflect free edition for this.
     
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  4. Maxware79

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    No need to clone anything. You can keep things set up as you already have them. You have 3 x 2.5" drive slots available and it sounds like you are only using one of them. You just need to carefully remove your HDD caddy and ribbon cable and throw 1 or 2 new drives in the spare slots.
    When removing the caddy you need to loosen the 4 screws holding in the caddy and use tweezers to CAREFULLY pull up the white ribbon cable connector tab. If you pull it up too quickly it will pull out from the connector and snap. Do not try to straighten the ribbon cable or it will break.

    - Loosen the 4 screws and pull the connector tab up and pull the caddy straight up and out with the ribbon cable attached.
     
  5. I_AM_MUSTANG

    I_AM_MUSTANG Notebook Guru

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    Hi,

    I have installed the SSD in one of the empty slots but the SSD is not showing up anywhere when I switch on the laptop. Not in file explorer, not in device manager or in dsik management, any ideas what i've done wrong?

    Many Thanks

    Mustang
     
  6. I_AM_MUSTANG

    I_AM_MUSTANG Notebook Guru

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    Also, the drive is showing in the BIOS on startup but just not recognised anywhere else. Not sure what to do.
     
  7. Maxware79

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    Type in Disk Management in the start menu and you should be given the option to Create and Format Disk Partitions, or something like that. Just see if the drive is recognised in here. You may have to right click on it and make it a Simple Volume.
     
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    No, not showing up in disk management. Even downloaded Ease US software, that doesn't recognise the drive either.
     
  9. Maxware79

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    If it's in the BIOS then it could be how the drives are set up. I can only assume it's because the mSata is being used as a cache drive and your system will be set to RAID. There is also the drive setup splash screen while booting. I think you have to press CTRL - I quickly as it splashes up during boot.
    I used to have 2 x 2.5" Samsung SSD's set up in RAID and then an extra HDD for storage and it worked fine but I didn't have an mSata at the time.

    The only other thing I can think of is that your sata cable is damaged just enough for the drive not to work in Windows. Just check that it's seated int he connector properly.
     
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