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Need recommendation !! M.2 SSD

HP ENVY Notebook - 15-k201ne
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)



I need some help in choosing the right 256GB M.2 ssd for may laptop

as the Maintenance and Service Guide shows it can support 2280 (256 GB M.2 SATA (MLC)  / 256 GB M.2 SATA (TLC) )

After a lot of research I'm very confused now because a lot of people here was unable to make there laptops recognise the new M.2 SSD


I understand that the SSD should be 2280, Sata III interface (not PCIe) and maximun 256 GB but (TLC , MLC) ??? some manufacturers doesn't even mention the flash type!


So pleas Can someone recommend me a compatibel M.2 SSD or confirm if any of the next choices well work


Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB MZ-N5E250BW

SanDisk X400 M.2 256GB SD8SN8U-256G

Transcend MTS800 M.2 256GB TS256GMTS800

Kingston G2 M.2 240GB SM2280S3G2/240G

ADATA SP900 M.2 256GB ASP900NS38-256GM-C


I appreciate any help ,thanks.

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Need recommendation !! M.2 SSD

I hesitate to suggest this upgrade as there is a long-running thread here which has essentially come to the conclusion that the M.2 port on some HP models that came without an M.2 drive has been disabled.


The thing that seems to get lost in all this is that if you are forced to use a SATA-III M.2, and at best that is all your laptop will run, then you are just as well off using a SATA-III 2.5 inch SSD. The read and write speeds will be so close it wil not make any difference. The only M.2 worth having is the NVME PCI-e type as the speed on those is in another ballpark. But we know you cannot use one of those. So save yourself some grief and just get a 1 TB 2.5 inch SATA-III SSD. If you must go forward, then if anything will work the first one you listed below, the Samsung 850 Evo would be my choice. And if you can use an M.2 you are not capped at 256 gig by the way: that is just the biggest HP offers. If it is going to work, size (capacity) is not going to be the limiting factor. They are 2280 drives, that is correct. 

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