I am thinking to upgrade my HP 550-153na and I would like to install extra hard drive which would be used just for booting and running OS and some programs. For his purpose, I would like to use Samsung 960 EVO 256GB Not sure that my motherboard ( https://support.hp.com/rs-en/document/c04790427) is compatible with this SSD, could you guys clarify that for me, please? If not what should I need to buy to connect standard SATA SSD?
That SSD will not work with your system as the M2 slot is not compatible and is usually used for wifi module. You can connect a standard 2.5" SSD such as the Samsung 850 and use for the OS and applications. You are going to need Sata cable which connects to motherboard. Look inside the case and see if there is a free sata power cable coming from the PSU. If there is not one you will need a splitter for the sata power. From the pictures it seems like you will be able to screw the ssd to the mounting for hard drives, however you might need a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket.
You will need to reinstall the OS to the SSD either with HP recovery disks, migrating an image to the SSD or clean install (downloading windows 10 from Microsoft).
Yes it would have been a very fast SSD. However already changing a mechanical drive to an SSD will give a very noticable boost in speed. After using SSDs it is difficult imagining going back to a regular drive.
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