[SOLVED] Need help picking a SSD replacement

Mar 10, 2020
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I have a SamSung Notebook 7 Spin.
Model: NP740U3M-K01US

It's starting to act slow. I want to replace the HDD with an SSD. The only problem is I lack experience in doing this sort of stuff and not sure which SSDs are compatible. The laptop also has a unused M.2 SATA3 port. If anyone could help me picking out a replacement SSD and a M.2 SDD. I would gladly appreciate it. Also, what are some good sources online to buy upgrades in the U.S besides the typical Amazon or Best Buy?
 

RealBeast

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And 2.5 inch SSD up to 9mm z height will work fine -- that laptop according to specs comes with a Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT in different sizes 80GB to 1TB. All are standard 2.5 inch laptop 5400 rpm drives.

I usually use Amazon, Newegg, or a reputable place that has the part cheapest according to PCPartpicker at the time.

I've not replaced a drive in that particular model, but there are how to videos on YouTube. I generally stick with Samsung SSDs (or Crucial MX for cheaper builds).
 

RealBeast

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And 2.5 inch SSD up to 9mm z height will work fine -- that laptop according to specs comes with a Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT in different sizes 80GB to 1TB. All are standard 2.5 inch laptop 5400 rpm drives.

I usually use Amazon, Newegg, or a reputable place that has the part cheapest according to PCPartpicker at the time.

I've not replaced a drive in that particular model, but there are how to videos on YouTube. I generally stick with Samsung SSDs (or Crucial MX for cheaper builds).
 

RealBeast

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I would get an M.2 sata drive, and then use your current drive for additional storage. The Crucial MX500 would be my pick.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/fgZFf7/crucial-mx500-500gb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-ct500mx500ssd4
I was going to suggest a SATA m.2 but found some people on Samsung support that said it did not work for them and one had checked with support apparently: "In terms of booting from the SSD having spoken to Samsung support - you can't do it."

Not sure why it wouldn't but I would be wary and at least check with Samsung to see if a bios update ever fixed that shortcoming.
 

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