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Add extra ssd hp Zbook G3 studio - Drive surgestions

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Dear Community,

 

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.

 

Crucial MX200 500GB M.2 Type 2280 (Single Sided) Internal SSD

 

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,

Greetings,

Rick,

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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:

 

https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SM951-512GB-NVMe-MZVPV512HDGL-00000/dp/B015CWR4M2/ref=pd_lpo_147_tr_t...

 

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:

 

Manual

 

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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Dear Huffer.

 

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,

Greetings,

 

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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. 


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I am trying to install a m2 ssd in my second m2 slot on a Zbook Studio. Do I need a mounting kit todo this or just put the SSD in as it is?

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It needs a screw to hold it down but no mounting kit. 


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Dear Huffer,

 

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,

Greetings,

Rick,

 

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Which one did you buy? No reason not to have 2 x SSDs in the laptop that I can think of. Do you want to clone the old disk to the new or do a clean install on the new? 


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Thanks a lot for the reply! I bought the 960 pro. I installed it this morning beside my original hard drive and it works like a charm! Thanks again for the excellent advice!

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