[SOLVED] First time installing new SSD on prebuilt computer, need some help

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I imagine this is a super simple task for a lot of you.
I very recently got into gaming PCs.
I got a prebuilt with these specs.

Intel i7 9700 (3.00 Ghz)
RTX 2080 SUPER
32GB DDR4
1TB SSD
Gigabyte B350M D3SH Motherboard

My SSD recently got corrupted. Can't format or install new windows on it. Can't delete any files. Always 100% disk usage. A whole bunch of problems.
The SSD is the Teamgroup GX2 1TB SSD.

I want to replace the SSD.
And also get a clean install of windows on the new one and start fresh.
I want to replace with a new one which is the same make and model.
In my head that would result in less compatibility issues with this prebuild.
Anyways, this is what my SSD looks like currently.

View: https://imgur.com/a/sR6pUBB


My main question is:
In order to replace this, I basically just have take the old one out.
Put the new one in the same spot and just plug in the wires in the same ports as the old one.
That should be everything I need to do right?
And then, use a USB to install windows on the new SSD since the SSD won't have windows on it when i order it from newegg.
Is there anything else that needs to be done in this process?
Sorry for the dumb question, I just want to make sure i'm not missing any steps in this process.
 

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Yes, your steps are pretty correct.

From some other working PC, create a Win 10 USB to install with.
Physically swap drives.
Physically disconnect any other storage devices.
Boot from the USB and install.

Read through this a time or two to get familiar with the process.
 
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Yes, your steps are pretty correct.

From some other working PC, create a Win 10 USB to install with.
Physically swap drives.
Physically disconnect any other storage devices.
Boot from the USB and install.

Read through this a time or two to get familiar with the process.
 
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Lafong

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Is there an over-riding reason why you want to replace the failed SSD with the same make and model?

You've got the general idea correct.

Remove the old

Install the new in the same spot.

Disconnect ALL other drives.

Go to Microsoft and use their "Media Creation Tool" to make a bootable installer on your USB flash drive that is at least 8 GB in size.

Boot from it, probably using a boot menu.

Follow the prompts with crossed fingers.
 
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Is there an over-riding reason why you want to replace the failed SSD with the same make and model?

Disconnect ALL other drives.
Honestly, there's not really much of a reason I'm replacing with the same make and model.
I just figured if the prebuild came with this SSD, It is probably more compatible with the motherboard.
Also, the price of this one is pretty cheap ngl.

Also, you said "disconnect ALL other drives".
Should i be disconnecting more wires other than just the ones connecting to this SSD?
I don't have any other drives. Its literally just this one SSD (Local C:)
I don't have multiple drives connected.
The only drives being used in this will be the new SSD and the USB which I will take out once it restarts after windows installation.
Hopefully, there's not any other wires I should be disconnecting than just the main ones to this SSD. Let me know if thats what you mean.
 
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Actually, no.

You get a better SATA III SSD.
Samsung 860/870 EVO, or Crucial MX500.

I wouldn't buy another copy of your existing TeamGroup on a bet.
Those SSD recommendations are pretty good honestly, im kind of on a budget right now.
But im worried if replace this prebuild with another make and model of SSD, will it work and be compatible with my motherboard/processor/ram etc..?
 
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It will absolutely work.

What is your budget for this new drive, and where might you be buying from?
In terms of size, 1TB is just fine, I dont need more.
In terms of price, literally anything below $130.
I'll probably be getting the SSD from newegg. Unless of course i find a good price on a best buy nearby.
I don't know any other sites that are reliable for computer parts and this sort of thing.
I will do some shopping around for those SSDs you recommended.
If you know any other good sites/stores that could hook me up with a cheap/reliable SSD, let me know too.
 

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Newegg or Amazon are good sources, assuming you buy DIRECT from them rather than a reseller.....which could be shaky.

Crucial MX500 is a good choice for a standard SATA 2.5 inch drive.

You likely won't notice the difference between drive candidates for a normal user assuming they are not DOA and have some longer term durability....which is all but impossible to speculate about.
 
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oh damn, okay
the crucial mx500 looks very inticing, i might have to do it.
I feel strange installing a new make and model of SSD, like i'm stepping out of my comfort zone with this.
Even though, its probably not a big deal to change up the SSD models.
Maybe y'all can answer this but does cheaper SSD mean less quality SSD usually?
 

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Maybe y'all can answer this but does cheaper SSD mean less quality SSD usually?
Vague correlation...........low enough to be trumped by chance.

Maybe you pay some attention to the controller or the specific memory chips, but that can again be easily trumped by stuff you cannot control at all....mainly bad luck.

Build quality is what you'd like to know, but how do you determine whether or not the main quality control guy at the factory isn't a winehead on a 3 day bender?

These are commodities flying off an assembly line like crackers.
 
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Another point about brand - warranty.

Dec 2018, my 960 GB SanDisk SSD died. No idea why, just suddenly dead.
33 days past the 3 year warranty. I knew it was past, SanDisk knew it was past....they replaced it anyway.

I doubt any of the second/third tier brands would have done that.
 
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Another point about brand - warranty.

Dec 2018, my 960 GB SanDisk SSD died. No idea why, just suddenly dead.
33 days past the 3 year warranty. I knew it was past, SanDisk knew it was past....they replaced it anyway.

I doubt any of the second/third tier brands would have done that.
Damn, im glad you got it replaced.
Well thanks for the info, im going to take some time and decide on these options.
I appreciate the info, god bless yall
 

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Unless someone can correct me, i've never heard of a "compatibility" issue with any hard-drive brand and a computer.

When it comes to memory, i always go samsung or WD. I don't want to take any risk with something as annoying as losing files/having to re-install windows/programs because an affordable hard-drive brand died or got corrupted.
 
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Unless someone can correct me, i've never heard of a "compatibility" issue with any hard-drive brand and a computer.

When it comes to memory, i always go samsung or WD. I don't want to take any risk with something as annoying as losing files/having to re-install windows/programs from an affordable hard-drive brand dying or getting corrupted.
No, you're correct.
SATA III is SATA III.

Any SATA III drive will work as a direct drop in replacement for that dead TeamGroup thing.
Or even a SATA HDD.
 

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I imagine this is a super simple task for a lot of you.
I very recently got into gaming PCs.
I got a prebuilt with these specs.

Intel i7 9700 (3.00 Ghz)
RTX 2080 SUPER
32GB DDR4
1TB SSD
Gigabyte B350M D3SH Motherboard

My SSD recently got corrupted. Can't format or install new windows on it. Can't delete any files. Always 100% disk usage. A whole bunch of problems.
The SSD is the Teamgroup GX2 1TB SSD.

I want to replace the SSD.
And also get a clean install of windows on the new one and start fresh.
I want to replace with a new one which is the same make and model.
In my head that would result in less compatibility issues with this prebuild.
Anyways, this is what my SSD looks like currently.

View: https://imgur.com/a/sR6pUBB


My main question is:
In order to replace this, I basically just have take the old one out.
Put the new one in the same spot and just plug in the wires in the same ports as the old one.
That should be everything I need to do right?
And then, use a USB to install windows on the new SSD since the SSD won't have windows on it when i order it from newegg.
Is there anything else that needs to be done in this process?
Sorry for the dumb question, I just want to make sure i'm not missing any steps in this process.
If your current SSD has failed, I would get a completely different brand - unless you are getting a warranty claim. Right now in the United States, SK Hynix has their popular SSD on sale on Amazon for $43 (500GB) or $75 (1TB): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SK5BNM1/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_dl_DDR4PCK5QJEAWX9ES2N7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
 

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All above is great advice. Follow that and it WILL work. Just an FYI, although you don't really need this. The step of "disconnect all other drives" is VERY useful when installing Windows in a system that has MORE that one drive, because of an odd feature of Windows for protecting itself against future drive failure. BUT you do NOT have any drives other than the new SSD, so do do NOT need to worry about that item.
 
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Hey, just wanted to give an update on this thread.
So I decided to go with the Samsung 870 EVO 1TB SSD.
All I did was a straight up drop in replacement.
And it worked like a charm.
PC feels brand new again.
Downloaded windows from the USB in like 3 minutes.
Didn't even have to change any settings in the BIOS.
First SSD installation successful.
Thanks :)
 
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