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Which SSD to Replace my HDD?

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June 29, 2014 12:55:13 AM

My Asus X502C has the following harddrive installed:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would like to replace it with a 128 gig SSD and then re-install Windows.

Which of the following ssds are compatible and should I buy? I'm looking to spend 60 to 70 tops, Thanks!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...

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June 29, 2014 1:02:46 AM

I HIGHLY recommend the Samsung 840 Evo 120GB. It performs better , but costs $80
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June 29, 2014 1:05:39 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W0...

That one? I may consider although a little higher than I wanted to spend. What would be your second choice?

Also, are all of these 2.5's gonna be totally compatible in terms of fitting in the case as the Hitachi does now? Is there anything else I should worry about before I buy something that won't fit properly? Thanks!
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June 29, 2014 1:08:49 AM

the samsung 840 Evo is 7mm tall. It should fit.
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a b G Storage
June 29, 2014 7:26:49 AM

The HD yo replacing is SATA II so really you just want the cheapest current SSD - the Crucial MX 100
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June 29, 2014 9:57:43 AM

snowctrl said:


No reason not to, but the MX100 is better value per GB

Also, will u b ok with only 120GB?

Be aware the MX100 is a newer drive than the M500



128 gigs is more than enough. I just web browse and write papers on it. Should I get the MX100 instead? Is it faster?
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June 29, 2014 11:48:55 AM

It is a little faster, but any decent current SSD will be maxing out the SATA II port anyway, which is why really going for max value is what it's about here. Last time I checked, the MX100 was better value than the M500, but prices are always varying, and I was looking at higher capacities...

As an aside, the Samsung 840 EVO is worth considering as it comes with software that doubles it's speed for a high percentage of data types.... But given it's higher price, and for your use case, I would recommend max value, ie MX100.

By the way there's no need to reinstall Windows - just make sure your HD has little enough data on it so it fits on the SSD, then use an external SATA drive caddy and the disc cloning software that comes with the MX100 to clone your current Windows onto the new drive.
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