Really cheap SSD upgrade for ASUS EEEPC 701?

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  1. BrendanS

    BrendanS Notebook Enthusiast

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    Okay, so I still have an EEEPC 701 running...keyboard's broke, but all the other inputs are fine. Makes a nice little nettop.

    The problem is that I am worried the original 4 GB SSD is wearing out - it's been 7 years.

    I would like to replace it with something more capable, but really cheap.

    Any SSD that fits in a 701, is greater than 4 GB, and is cheap is just fine with me.

    Anybody have any suggestions?

    (I live in Canada, so I'd be shopping from the .CA portals of popular on-line stores, if that helps.)
     
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    Okay, so I did a little checking around, and apparently the 701 models used a non-standard flash drive.

    Some models of the 701, however, reputedly use a second empty SSD bay, in which a conventional SSD can be installed as a slave drive.

    The primary 4 GB SSD, however, is generally considered non-removable.

    Here are some discussions I found:

    Computer Notebook -- Updating the EEEPC

    My EeePC Blog: Install a 2nd SSD to my EeePC 4G


    EEE PC 701 SSD upgrade - what works? | Motherboard Forums


    The SSD in Asus Eee PC 701 - Asus - Notebooks


    Overall, it looks as if removing the standard 4 GB SSD is a no-go, but some models of the 701 may allow the installation of a secondary slave SSD.

    Removing the stock 4 GB SSD is only reasonable if no soldering is involved. Allegedly, this was possible in some early models.

    It is possible to install certain other currently-supported OSs on the stock 4 GB. If I am planning to put something more modern than Xandros, maybe I should have upgraded the RAM to 2 GB instead of 1 GB!


    It all seems very silly to go to the trouble to investigate this, but why throw out a working computer when it can be upgraded with a current OS? If only I knew where to get a cheap EEEPC 700-series keyboard.


    By the way, is this the right forum to post this question in? Or should I post it in "Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades."
     
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    Hey Brendan,

    Yes, you're in the right forum. :) Isn't that 4 GB soldered flash drive used as a cache drive? 4 GB is far and away not enough for Windows Vista and up, although XP only requires about 1.5 GB (but then there are updates and the issue of drivers). Some minimalist Linux distros will fit, but barely, still. Your better bet would be to install an OS to the 2.5" SSD if you populate that other connection you mentioned, though setting up the 4 GB storage chip for cache will be another task in and of itself.

    And maybe one of these will work for you. :)
     
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