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Upgrading hard drive of Asus K55A laptop to SSD and recs on 2nd Hard Drive

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January 16, 2014 3:41:23 PM

Hi all,

I recently bought an Asus K55A at a really good price. I want to switch the current 500GB HDD to a Kingston HyperX 3K SSD. I'd also like to know if the HyperX is a reliable drive. I have a few questions:

I most likely will get a caddy and install a 2nd Hard Drive. I want the SSD to hold the OS and programs I mainly use such as STEAM (and I play a lot of League of Legends). For optimum performance, should the SSD be in the caddy slot or the hard drive slot?

Secondly, I'd like recommendations on which 2nd hard drive to buy. I'm looking for a drive that is EXTREMELY reliable yet still fairly quick that has storage space between 500GB - 2TB (obviously, the more the merrier). My price range is around 70-ish bucks but am willing to go up to $100 if the drive is really exceptional.

Early thanks for all the help!
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January 16, 2014 3:47:03 PM

why not keep the current 500gb as secondary? they would both work as fast on either the internal or caddy. easier to insert the ssd in the caddy.

kingston is fine. but you can get also a samsung evo or pro if it's in budget.
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January 16, 2014 3:49:08 PM

For the SSD to HDD install I would perform a one for one swap. As for a reliable secondary HDD, there is no such thing as anything mechanical can and will FALE! Will this secondary HDD be used for backup purposes only?

WD Green's for backup purposes due to slower speed and lower heat generated.
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January 16, 2014 4:59:11 PM

laviniuc said:
why not keep the current 500gb as secondary? they would both work as fast on either the internal or caddy. easier to insert the ssd in the caddy.

kingston is fine. but you can get also a samsung evo or pro if it's in budget.


Thanks for the response! I already bought the HyperX and got a really good deal (I think) for $70 shipped.

I bought the K55A used. While everything is in very good condition, I don't know how long the drive has been used or in what "shape" it's in. I would just feel more comfortable buying a new 2nd mechanical drive, you know?

What do you think? Any suggestions?
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January 16, 2014 5:01:54 PM

elmo2006 said:
For the SSD to HDD install I would perform a one for one swap. As for a reliable secondary HDD, there is no such thing as anything mechanical can and will FALE! Will this secondary HDD be used for backup purposes only?

WD Green's for backup purposes due to slower speed and lower heat generated.


The secondary HDD will be used to store larger files such as movies, music and more games. I'm trying to figure out the best configuration of what programs and files to have on which hard drive to have the best performance possible.
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January 16, 2014 8:19:36 PM

I PewPew U Too said:
elmo2006 said:
For the SSD to HDD install I would perform a one for one swap. As for a reliable secondary HDD, there is no such thing as anything mechanical can and will FALE! Will this secondary HDD be used for backup purposes only?

WD Green's for backup purposes due to slower speed and lower heat generated.


The secondary HDD will be used to store larger files such as movies, music and more games. I'm trying to figure out the best configuration of what programs and files to have on which hard drive to have the best performance possible.


If you are using the secondary drive for storage then the WD Green will suffice however if it is performance you are after then go with a WD Black or possibly a Blue (mid drive between Black and Green). I'm partial to WD as they are more dependable however that is relative to say the least.
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January 16, 2014 11:09:27 PM

I PewPew U Too said:
laviniuc said:
why not keep the current 500gb as secondary? they would both work as fast on either the internal or caddy. easier to insert the ssd in the caddy.

kingston is fine. but you can get also a samsung evo or pro if it's in budget.


Thanks for the response! I already bought the HyperX and got a really good deal (I think) for $70 shipped.

I bought the K55A used. While everything is in very good condition, I don't know how long the drive has been used or in what "shape" it's in. I would just feel more comfortable buying a new 2nd mechanical drive, you know?

What do you think? Any suggestions?


so what you could do, is get a nice 1-2 tb internal hdd and keep the old 500gb one in an external usb3 adapter for additional backup/storeage. no reason to throw it away, 500gb laptop hdd-s are just recently the norm so it may have years ahead of it. you can check with hdtune btw how slow each section can is.

this one combines a ssd and hdd in same 2.5" enclosure (no need for a caddy) - problem is it launched just recently and is rather expensive
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...

edit: sorry still sleeping here, i forgot you bought a ssd already:
pick from here: based on budget and capacity:
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/internal-hard-drive/#f=4,...
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January 18, 2014 3:01:20 PM

Well thank you all for the help! I've never really done this type of swap before. What is the best and simplest procedure and programs to use? How do I keep my authentic certificate for Windows? Many thanks again!
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January 20, 2014 8:24:13 PM

I PewPew U Too said:
Well thank you all for the help! I've never really done this type of swap before. What is the best and simplest procedure and programs to use? How do I keep my authentic certificate for Windows? Many thanks again!


If you are to use the new HDD then download and install Macrium Reflect Free, whereby you will then be able to image the smaller drive onto the larger drive. However since the MS license is good for only one machine, only the new HDD should be used unless you swap out the drives then you will be fine.
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