Question about SSD's for M18x

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by I_AM_MUSTANG, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. Maxware79

    Maxware79 Notebook Deity

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    You may need to reinstall Windows after all.

    You could try setting your BIOS to AHCI but I'm not sure what will happen. The OS is loaded on your HDD so it should still boot fine but the mSata probably won't be a cache anymore so you'll find that Windows will load slower
     
  2. I_AM_MUSTANG

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    HI, thanks for your reply. I'm not experienced with messing the configuration settings, when I press CTRL-I and get through to them how should I configure them?
     
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    It's been a long time since I have played with storage settings so I'm probably not the best to guide you through it. If you are using an HDD with a cache mSata then you won't be getting the best performance anyway so you are best to do a clean install on the new SSD. Also make sure you put the SSD in one of the Sata3 ports on your connector. I believe Slots 1 and 3 are Sata3 and the middle slot is Sata2.
     
  4. I_AM_MUSTANG

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    Hi,

    Ok, so I've managed to get the computer to recognise the SSD, i've assigned a drive letter and am now cloning my existing disk to the SSD.

    I'm presuming I can just swap them and as it's an SSD I should switch to AHCI and it should work. Fingers crossed
     
  5. I_AM_MUSTANG

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    UPDATE:

    Hi everyone, all up and running. Used Macrium Reflect to clone the drive, replaced it one for one and it booted without changing any configurations.

    Thanks all for your help
     
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    very nice, glad you got it all set up
     
  7. Maxware79

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    How did you get it working?
     
  8. I_AM_MUSTANG

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    I just cloned the entire drive in the end. I bought two SSD's but one of them is not showing up anywhere now. Not in disk management, not in device manager, not anywhere. But if I plug it into USB with a SATA usb cable it shows up. Not sure what to do.
     
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