10-16-2016 07:58 AM
I would like to add an extra SSD to my Hp Zbook g3 studio. I found that the following SSD is compatible with my laptop but unfortunately it has been sold out for the last 2 months.
Therefore, I have some questions regarding an extra SSD:
- Is it better to add a 500gb SSD and use external storage or a 1 terabyte SSD?
- Is every M.2 2280 (single Sided) SSD compatible with my laptop?
- And does somebody maybe know an alternative SSD to the one above that is compatible with my laptop?
Thanks a lot in advance,
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10-16-2016 08:45 AM - edited 10-16-2016 08:47 AM
The complexity of all this is way out of hand. What you are showing there is an M.2 SATA drive. I just put a 512 gig M.2 NVME (aka PCI-e) drive in my Zbook G3 (not studio). I know your laptop is a bit different but I am fairly sure it has the same kind of M.2 slots and I am not sure a SATA will work. I know it does not work the other way around. If the laptop is made for SATA M.2 drives only, you cannot use a PCI-e. I actually installed an official HP part. The ordering process is another whole matter, but let's just say I got it and it turned out to be a Samsung SM951:
I used it to replace a 256 gig Samsung PM951 which is like the budget PCI-e M.2 model so I know both of them work.
Look at the pictures and you can see a difference. The SATA drive has 3 prongs that plug in and the PCI-e only has 2.
The Manual on p. 2:
does specify EITHER a SATA M.2 or a PCI-e so you may be OK but I will tell you a PCI-e has double or triple the read/write speeds.
Mine supports 2 x M.2 and a 2.5 inch SATA. Yours accepts 2 x M.2 as I read the Manual and what appears to be a non-standard 2.5 inch SD.
I actually still have the 256 gig PM951. We can help you find something compatible and I can tell you the HP part was priced at a very favorable point (about the same as the Crucial that is out of stock) if you can stand to wait through the rather difficult and slow ordering process.
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12-23-2016 06:19 AM
Sorry for the late response. I had some bussy months. Thanks for the amazing answer! There seems to be a 256 gig SATA-III 6gb/s in my laptop. So replacing this one with the 512 gig PCI drive sounds good! After doing some research I found 2 SSD's I like. The Samsung SM961 512GB you suggested and the Samsung 960 Pro.
Which one would you suggest?
And I guess it's not smart to put a 1 terabyte drive in my laptop when I can easily do with 512?
Thanks a lot in advance,
12-23-2016 07:30 AM - edited 12-23-2016 07:30 AM
The 960 Pro is probably a bit faster since it is a "Pro" but I believe either one would work. The capacity of the drive you install depends on your budget and needs. 512 is plenty for most people but some people download a lot of movies or such and need more space.
02-06-2017 01:05 AM
Thanks for the amazing response. The SSD just arrived and I want to install it this week. Would you suggest installing it in the second slot or as a replacement for the original SSD. Are there any downsides of having two ssd's in the laptop?
Thanks in advance,