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HP Pavilion 15 bc406TX
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I recently purchased a new laptop HP Pavilion 15 bc406tx. Spec sheet here- https://support.hp.com/in-en/document/c06074517

It comes with a 5400 RPM 1 TB convenctional hard drive. I want to upgrade the boot drive by installing a new M.2 SSD in addition to the 1 TB hard drive.

HP chat support was not much helpful since it confirmed that my laptop has a M.2 slot but he couldn't verify the type of interface and the chat got disconnected. 

I have few questions regarding HDD upgrade-

1. Whether this laptop has a M.2 slot?

2. If yes, what kind of M.2 SSD will work on the slot? Ky kind I mean Sata 3 or PCIE interface. Since Sata 3 speeds are enough for me, I would like to know whether this M.2 SSD -  https://www.amazon.in/Samsung-860-EVO-Internal-MZ-N6E250BW/dp/B07864V6CK?tag=googinhydr18418-21&tag=... will work on my laptop or will I have to buy the costlier PCIE M.2 like this one- https://www.amazon.in/Samsung-250GB-Internal-Solid-MZ-V6E250BW/dp/B01M211K53?tag=googinhydr18418-21&...

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HP chat support has been astonishingly unhelpful in solving this simple query related to HDD upgrade. This is very basic information that should be provided even without asking for upgrade purposes. Yet HP support will make you go round and round but not answer your simple question. Very poor support from HP. You cannot even tell what kind of SSD will my laptop support? Pathetic. Good hardware backed by such poor tech support. 

Anyway to all those searching the answer to the same question, HP Pavilion bc-406tx supports M.2 Sata SSD. I have installed Samsung 860 Evo M.2 Sata SSD 250 GB- https://www.amazon.in/Samsung-860-EVO-Internal-MZ-N6E250BW/dp/B07864V6CK?tag=googinhydr18418-21&tag=...

 

After putting the drive in slot and cloning, great HP BIOS will not recognise the drive as boot device and you either have to somehow format the windows partition on your original HDD or disconnect it physically in order for it to recognise the SSD boot. It wont boot from SSD unless you wipe the windows partition from the original HDD. I followed the following steps-

0. Backup your data in case you do anything wrong.

1. Install SSD in M.2 Slot. Turn on the laptop and see in the device manager that the disk is recognised. It will not show in My PC until it is initiated from the Disk Manager. No need to initiate as of now. Just make sure that it is recognised in the device manager.

2. Clone your OS to SSD using Macrium free.

3. Restart. The laptop will boot from HDD and not SSD. The SSD wil not be an option to boot from in the BIOS.

Now you need to either physically disconnect the HDD in order to boot from SSD or somehow wipe the OS partition from the original HDD. Wiping is difficult because your laptop is running on that partition and cannot wipe itself. To do this, boot from SSD using these steps- (Thanks and kudos to Element2r and Thingkerer )

4. Restart and go into bios options. Turn off safe boot and turn on legacy support. (Undo these changes after the whole process is completed)

5.  Go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced Start Up > Restart Now > Choose Device (HD's might not be labeled, it will be the second option under the main one preselected) > Select the SSD and Start up off SSD > Wipe and format your original HD (Might have to use a third party as Disk Management may not allow a total wipe) > Restart Computer.

REMEMBER NOT TO FORMAT YOUR RECOVERY PARTITION. YOU MAY WANT TO KEEP YOUR RECOVERY PARTITION ON HDD EVEN AFTER CLONING FOR WARRANTY/BACKUP/RECOVERY PURPOSES.

6. If the recovery partitions are showing in the My PC folder and it is annoying you, you can remove the recovery partitions drive letters using command prompt. To use recovery partition in future, you will have to assign a letter to it using elevated command prompt.

Hope it helps.

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@Somya_Verma

 

You can find all information you need on the fisrt few pages of the first manual on the following link

 

    https://support.hp.com/au-en/product/hp-pavilion-15-bc400-notebook-pc-series/20913084/manuals

 

Direct: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05955459.pdf

 

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On page 11 of the very helpful manual provided by you, it says that it suports M.2 sata storage. Under dual storage heading, it says "1 TB, 5400 rpm, 9.5 mm/7.2 mm hard drive + 128 GB SATA, TLC, M.2 solid-state drive." Does it mean that it supports only 128 GB M.2 sata SSD? I wanted to install a 250 GB one. Link- https://www.amazon.in/Samsung-860-EVO-Internal-MZ-N6E250BW/dp/B07864V6CK/ref=pd_ybh_a_4?_encoding=UT...

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HP chat support has been astonishingly unhelpful in solving this simple query related to HDD upgrade. This is very basic information that should be provided even without asking for upgrade purposes. Yet HP support will make you go round and round but not answer your simple question. Very poor support from HP. You cannot even tell what kind of SSD will my laptop support? Pathetic. Good hardware backed by such poor tech support. 

Anyway to all those searching the answer to the same question, HP Pavilion bc-406tx supports M.2 Sata SSD. I have installed Samsung 860 Evo M.2 Sata SSD 250 GB- https://www.amazon.in/Samsung-860-EVO-Internal-MZ-N6E250BW/dp/B07864V6CK?tag=googinhydr18418-21&tag=...

 

After putting the drive in slot and cloning, great HP BIOS will not recognise the drive as boot device and you either have to somehow format the windows partition on your original HDD or disconnect it physically in order for it to recognise the SSD boot. It wont boot from SSD unless you wipe the windows partition from the original HDD. I followed the following steps-

0. Backup your data in case you do anything wrong.

1. Install SSD in M.2 Slot. Turn on the laptop and see in the device manager that the disk is recognised. It will not show in My PC until it is initiated from the Disk Manager. No need to initiate as of now. Just make sure that it is recognised in the device manager.

2. Clone your OS to SSD using Macrium free.

3. Restart. The laptop will boot from HDD and not SSD. The SSD wil not be an option to boot from in the BIOS.

Now you need to either physically disconnect the HDD in order to boot from SSD or somehow wipe the OS partition from the original HDD. Wiping is difficult because your laptop is running on that partition and cannot wipe itself. To do this, boot from SSD using these steps- (Thanks and kudos to Element2r and Thingkerer )

4. Restart and go into bios options. Turn off safe boot and turn on legacy support. (Undo these changes after the whole process is completed)

5.  Go to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced Start Up > Restart Now > Choose Device (HD's might not be labeled, it will be the second option under the main one preselected) > Select the SSD and Start up off SSD > Wipe and format your original HD (Might have to use a third party as Disk Management may not allow a total wipe) > Restart Computer.

REMEMBER NOT TO FORMAT YOUR RECOVERY PARTITION. YOU MAY WANT TO KEEP YOUR RECOVERY PARTITION ON HDD EVEN AFTER CLONING FOR WARRANTY/BACKUP/RECOVERY PURPOSES.

6. If the recovery partitions are showing in the My PC folder and it is annoying you, you can remove the recovery partitions drive letters using command prompt. To use recovery partition in future, you will have to assign a letter to it using elevated command prompt.

Hope it helps.

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Can i use Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500 GB NVMe M.2 PCIe Internal Solid State Drive (MZ-V7S500BW) https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07MFBLN7K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_VgTVDbZ6F9CQD

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I have the same model :

bc 406 tx

Hp support was unable to help me to know if my laptop supports NVME ssds also.

I want to know if my model supports the SAMSUNG 970 EVO NVME ssd.

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@hari_navada
Thank you for posting on the HP Support Community.

 

After reading your post, I did go through the Product specifications of your product and found that you have 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA hard drive installed on the PC.

To get the answer to this question, this computer HP Pavilion - 15-bc406tx supports M.2 SATA storage and M.2 solid-state drive.

See the below table on storage: 

Click here: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c06325755 to know more about Hard drive. ( Refer to 1 Product description-Model numbers: 15-bc400~15-bc499 ) NOTE: HP does not recommend upgrading or downgrading hardware parts or software that is bundled with the product as It may affect the manufacturer's warranty and performance, however, you could change the configuration at your own discretion.

Hope this helps! Keep me posted for further assistance.
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