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M.2 SSD Slot Compatibility

I have purchased a Asus Laptop Q525UA which i have opened up and checked and it has a M.2 SSD Slot. From the screen shot i have included it looks like i have a B key slot. So my question is if I purchase a B&M key SSD card will it work in B key slot or do i have to only purchase B key SSD cards?

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Clarification Request
Did you find out compatibility information?

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Hi nofroyo,
Were you able to install m.2 drive on your Q525UA? If so, what was the conclusion?

Thank you,

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Should be fine.

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Supports NVME

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I bought this laptop, and could find no information about the SSD except this post.
I contacted ASUS they said it supported SATA SSD. I thought that was odd since it has an m key.

I went ahead and put a samsung evo nvme ssd in it.

https://imgur.com/a/0VlWeKH

I contacted ASUS and they told me it should support SATA3
Very odd that Asus seems to have lost track of it's hardware capabilities.
They also are unaware that they have production laptops with newr bios versions than available on their website.

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M.2 SSD Slot Compatibility

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M.2 SDD is the latest version of the computer. first, check your computer is compatible.only the latest motherboards are compatible and you need an M.2 connector on your PC. As per my information, ASUS supported SATA SSD.

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ASUS Q525UA

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Hello Spodemaster... I wrote to ASUS and all the information they toll me was wrong, they no have idea that the motherboard of my ASUS has a m.2 port...

Could you confirm what was the SSD you bought? (Is this: SSD 970 EVO NVMe M.2 500GB - MZ-V7E500BW)

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Use the other information source.

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I'm always checking at Crucial.com for such information.

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ASUS Q525UA

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Hello Proffitt... Crucial do not have information of SSD m.2 for ASUS Q525US

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What SSD models do they offer?

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If Crucial only offers 2.5 inch models then that's what fits.

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Asus Q525UA M.2 SSD slot

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The newer Asus motherboards and bios can use both, a traditional 2.5 SATA 3 and the new M.2 types SSD drives; singularly or together.

Yes, you can upgrade the existing 2.5 HDD with a Crucial 2.5 SATA 3 upgrade as shown on the CRUCIAL website. More importantly, you can ADD an M.2 SSD and move the OS/APPS there and have a really fast boot drive; leave the old drive as a data drive.

You have two choices for use of the M.2 slot depending on the bios. (1) Install either an M.2 slot NVMe SSD drive (if you have a newer bios) or, (2) an M.2 type SATA 3 SSD drive which is slower but still many times faster than the existing 2.5 HDD.

We added the following M.2 SATA from Amazon because we had an older bios installed:
(1) Crucial MX500 250GB 3D NAND SATA M.2 Type 2280SS Internal SSD - CT250MX500SSD4

(2) We kept the existing 2.5 2T HDD as a data drive. I would prefer to replace the HDD with a 2.5 SATA 3 drive and make the HDD into an external backup storage drive, but a large 2.5 SSD is expensive.

It is clear that Asus has not properly detailed the existence of the M.2 slot on this motherboard or other similar motherboards. I have seen them offer these boards in different configurations through mass retailers where they use the slot and drive along with upgraded memory to sell the same machine at a higher price point. It is my opinion they do not want us to buy a discounted version and then upgrade it ourselves using 3rd party parts.

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how to determine / upgrade bios

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1. How does one determine which BIOS they have and whether it is old or new?
2. Can the BIOS be updated?

Thanks
Dave

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Here's how I work that area.

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1. I use SPECCY to get a report on the PC. In that report is the motherboard make, model and usually enough information to see what version motherboard. The CURRENT BIOS version and date is in the report.

2. I use the motherboard maker's web page for this motherboard to see if there is a BIOS update but won't update all that have updates. I want to have a good reason to do this.

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