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Alienware R5 - SSD + HDD - is it possible?

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August 27, 2013 2:09:56 PM

Since I had very little time when purchasing my m17x R5 in the USA, they only had the 1925$ one available on stock, so I went with that option.

Sadly, it has no SSD. My previous R1, I got 5 years ago, has both an SSD and an HDD. Can I install both of these on my new laptop, or is that impossible since I would keep the HDD for my files and collateral stuff, but would move all of my good programs on the SSD.

Is there an installation guide for it somewhere so that I can see what steps I should take to install it?

Thanks for your time and am awaiting any info.

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August 27, 2013 2:16:13 PM

The m17x Series starting with the R4 Supports two 2.5 drives and an mSATA card. M17x R1-R3 supports two 2.5 drives.

The mSATA drive can be used for cache or as a normal drive.

You can add a third 2.5 drive by replacing the optical bay.

Instructions on how to replace drives can be found here.

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/e...
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August 27, 2013 5:04:22 PM

Kraszmyl said:
The m17x Series starting with the R4 Supports two 2.5 drives and an mSATA card. M17x R1-R3 supports two 2.5 drives.

The mSATA drive can be used for cache or as a normal drive.

You can add a third 2.5 drive by replacing the optical bay.

Instructions on how to replace drives can be found here.

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/e...


Ok, based on what you said, the mSata is the internal SSD - so I should buy that. But you said a third drive. I don't need a third drive. Currently I only have an HDD.

Also, your reply was based on the R4. The one I currently have is an R5 - or the Alienware 17 - as advertised. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alienware - I just bought it. I'm not sure your answer fits the bill. But i'll look into an mSata and if I can add one of those.

EDIT: Jesus Christ, I am not going to be able to go through the process of installing an mSata drive for nothing in the world if it requires something this extreme: http://www.alienwarearena.com/forums/topic/48754/hardwa...

So my question remains is it possible for the r5 to have an ssd and a hdd?
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August 27, 2013 5:15:17 PM

There is no such thing as an R5, You have an R4 MLK. Also the chassis on the R3 and R4 are almost exactly the same so the instructions apply to both.

Yes if you look at the hd instructions your 2.5 ssd will fit in one of the two open 2.5 slots fine.
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August 27, 2013 5:26:55 PM

Kraszmyl said:
There is no such thing as an R5, You have an R4 MLK. Also the chassis on the R3 and R4 are almost exactly the same so the instructions apply to both.

Yes if you look at the hd instructions your 2.5 ssd will fit in one of the two open 2.5 slots fine.


What is an R4 MLK... Ok, the chassis is completely different from the R4. You are clearly unsure, but have just sustained your point without checking. First thing - my alienware, does not have a removable battery. Second, the wiki tells you R5 just came out, and I explained that as well.

Based on what your link showed me, that laptop is similar to my R1. This one, that I just purchased now, like I said, has nothing similar to that one. So then again I ask. Are you sure of what you are saying? I won't be opening this thing up and see something completely different?

http://www.alienware.com/Landings/laptops.aspx - have a look. Does that computer look anything of the likes to what you are telling me?
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August 27, 2013 6:19:33 PM

Considering I work for Dell which you can see in my other posts. Fairly sure I know what im talking about.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r_T8NzIQ3Y for a video if it makes you feel better. The chassis has been more or less the same for a long long time.

MLK stands for mid life kicker. Like the current m14x r2 the haswell version is just called m14x r2 mlk.
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August 28, 2013 2:23:08 AM

Kraszmyl said:
Considering I work for Dell which you can see in my other posts. Fairly sure I know what im talking about.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r_T8NzIQ3Y for a video if it makes you feel better. The chassis has been more or less the same for a long long time.

MLK stands for mid life kicker. Like the current m14x r2 the haswell version is just called m14x r2 mlk.


Sadly I just joined so I did not know. Kudos to your superior knowledge and much appreciated for the info. My last question then on the matter is http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CSSD-N256GB3-BK-256GB-N... would this be an ok ssd for my configuration. I have the 750 GB hdd that I would use for storing work and files and would like to install my programs and software on the corsair.

And again, a serious thanks on the matter, I seriously thought you were pulling my leg.
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