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Author Topic: Large yet compact storage  (Read 513 times)

kalos

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Large yet compact storage
« on: November 12, 2017, 12:54 PM »
Hello!

My laptop only has a 128GB SSD which barely meets my requirements. Which solution would be best in terms of maximizing storage capacity without bulkiness?

I got a low profile USB but it is only 128GB :(

Thanks!

Shades

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 01:20 PM »
Internal or external? Assuming you are talking about a laptop.

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 01:22 PM »
Get a larger ssd to replace the one already there, assuming you can access/replace the current drive. (newer consumer-laptops won't let you do that though)

Install a (large) SD carrd in the slot (most laptops have such a slot).

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 01:29 PM »
SSDs are wonderful for laptops since they improve startup time.

kalos

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 01:59 PM »
I am afraid I wont be able to upgrade the hardware, I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 20175 (convertible) do you think it would be upgradeable? Also which compatible SSD I could use?

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2017, 06:52 PM »
It's an mSATA SSD, go buy a bigger one.

Is there some philosophical reason it always takes half a dozen posts before we get enough information?

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2017, 08:32 PM »
Is there some philosophical reason it always takes half a dozen posts before we get enough information?
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Ah, my apologies @4wd, but I suspect this may come from a clone replication of the CONTRO AI that I recall having explained about in a separate thread.

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2017, 08:46 PM »
Ah, my apologies @4wd, but I suspect this may come from a clone replication of the CONTRO AI that I recall having explained about in a separate thread.




@kalos: Search404

I've been reliably informed that the same search also works on Google, Bing, Yahoo, the Whispering Wall, a letter sent to Santa, and a bottle with the question inside thrown into the sea at a random location.

PS. You will note that in the order above the time between the question and the answer increases, this is commensurate with the time to get relevant information before said question can be asked.

PPS. If you feel that you lack the technical expertise to carry out such an exercise: Samsung T3 & T5 Portable
« Last Edit: November 12, 2017, 09:00 PM by 4wd »

Shades

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2017, 01:38 AM »
If you can open the case of the computer, it's inner parts are upgradable. But if you cannot put back the inner parts in the original case anymore, then it might not be such an good idea to upgrade. And this is a choice only the owner of the device should make. Besides the above, getting the upgraded parts to work correctly with the original hardware could be an Herculan effort. Desktops usually contain parts that are easily interchangeable. Laptops are much more problematic in that regard.

From a very brief search on Google I understand that Lenovo Yoga models are difficult to repair. Still, upgrading a hard disk should in theory not give you much problems, unless it is soldered or glued to the mainboard. In those cases all bets are off. It could still be relatively easy if you have the expertise and equipment at hand, but there is a much higher chance you end up with a pretty expensive doorstop.

Repairability/upgradability from any model of computer I intend to purchase is the first thing I look for. Especially nowadays, where more and more manufacturers apply "planned obsolescence" into all of their products.

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2017, 02:45 AM »
Keep in mind that even if swapping the SSD is physically possible (and maybe even easy) there is the additional complication of getting the contents of the old drive over to the new drive.

You might find something like this to be helpful: Sabrent USB 3.0 mSATA II or III/6G SSD Enclosure Adapter

(Note: I have not used the above item)

kalos

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2017, 06:48 AM »
It's an mSATA SSD, go buy a bigger one.

Is there some philosophical reason it always takes half a dozen posts before we get enough information?


Well, I started the thread having in mind a portable storage device, as I didn't expect my laptop to be upgradable!

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Re: Large yet compact storage
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2017, 08:37 AM »
Replacing the SSD on that particular laptop is actually pretty easy, if you are reasonably good at hardware maintenance.  If in doubt, a competent repair technician should be able to do it in less than an hour.

ifixit.com has detailed instructions for replacing components in the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 20175.