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Can I replace a SATA hard drive by an SSD hard drive ?

by flows69 / September 27, 2011 12:55 PM PDT

Hello all,

The hard drives of my laptop are having some trouble and I need to replace them. For now I have two 500gb 5400rpm. I was told that I could significantly improve the speed of my computer by choosing an SSD hard drive where my operating system would be installed. In order to compensate for the small space available with SSD I would like to couple it with a SATA hard drive 700gb 7400rpm.

My questions are the following; is it possible to couple an SSD hard drive with a SATA hard drive ? Would they even fit together in my laptop ? Do you think it would be a good idea do adopt such a configuration ? You will find my laptop configuration under this post.

I have to buy the hard drives by myself before giving it to the University Computer Service and thus needs to make sure I make the right choice.

If it can help, I looked over and can propose two examples of what I would like to try:

SSD hard drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706

Normal SATA hard drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136835

Any Help would be really appreciated, thank you for reading

Florent JANIN

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I bought a laptop with a
by orlbuckeye / October 10, 2011 4:56 AM PDT

750 GB Hard Drive and I added a 120 GB SSD drive. Most SSD drives have a SATA connector. I moved the HD to the second bay and plugged the SSD drive into the first bay where the SATA HD was. I have and Acer and for some reason in USA they dont sell the model that is 2nd drive ready out of factory. I had to purchase an adapter for the SATA drive to use the 2nd bay.

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So far, interchangeable.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2011 1:08 AM PDT

Your post didn't reveal what stopped you from doing this. This is why I can't answer "yes" to your "Can I replace a SATA hard drive by an SSD hard drive ? " question.

Many of the M17's had dual drive bays. Your word "couple" seems odd here. Yes I can install 2 drives and it does not matter one is SSD and the other is a HDD but what is this coupling?
Bob

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Sorry for phrasing my thoughts strangely
by flows69 / September 28, 2011 11:14 AM PDT

Hi,

First of all thank you for the fast answer. I truly appreciate it.

My main concern is that I have to be really careful about what to buy as I have never replaced a hard drive on a laptop. I wanted to know how I could make sure the two hard drives I proposed could be installed in my computer e.g. if the SSD could replace a SATA. Is my proposed choice good for you ?

Florent

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"if the SSD coulde replace a SATA"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2011 11:41 AM PDT

Sorry but the SSD you noted is supplied with the usual SATA connection. I'm unsure why the makers and sellers are not telling you to use it like any SATA drive. OK? I wrote it for them,.

As to the good choice, I know about the limited life span so I've opted to wait for something they'll claim we'll get 10+ years on.
Bob

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Sorry for phrasing my question so badly
by flows69 / September 28, 2011 11:16 AM PDT

Hi,

First of all thank you for the fast answer. I truly appreciate it.

My main concern is that I have to be really careful about what to buy as I have never replaced a hard drive on a laptop. I wanted to know how I could make sure the two hard drives I proposed could be installed in my computer e.g. if the SSD could replace a SATA. Could yougive me your opinion on the choice I proposed ?

Florent

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