Tunasalmon
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Alienware 15R3 SSD upgrade

Hello all, I am new to computers and wanting to find more about it

I currently have the Alienware 15R3 128GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1TB 7200RPM. Im looking to upgrade my SSD drive and had couple question whether I should just replace my 128GB SSD to 250gb SSD or to have both. so..

  • Can I just have 3 drives operating at once?  (ex. 125 SSD 1 + 250 SSD 2 +1TB HDD D:drive) I’m sure AW built 3 slots for a reason but I was wondering if I should just keep my OS & Drivers on the 128gb ssd and my other games in 256gbSSD?) or is it better to just replace my 128gb ssd to 250gb SSD and install all my OS and games there?
  • I’m thinking of getting the Samsung 970 evo series, and heard Samsung have their own migration system app. Any experience with this? Would this be essentially cloning? If I were to just keep 1 SSD in my AW, would I just put the new SSD in the 2nd slot and migrate the files over to the new SSD?

Thank you

 

 

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jphughan
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Re: Alienware 15R3 SSD upgrade

If you have dual M.2 slots, then yes you can have an M.2 NVMe SSD, M.2 SATA SSD, and 2.5” hard drive (or SSD) all at the same time, although I’m not sure why you would want this. A 128GB SSD is pretty small by today’s standards and will be much slower than an NVMe SSD, so I personally would just buy an NVMe SSD with enough capacity that I wouldn’t need the 128GB SSD anymore and then just replace it with the new SSD rather than keeping both.

Samsung does have a data migration utility. I haven’t used it personally, but I’ve read good things, and yes it is essentially cloning. For that part I actually WOULD recommend having both SSDs installed simultaneously for simplicity, otherwise you’d have to capture an image of the existing SSD to somewhere, then swap the SSDs and restore that image to the new one. The end result is the same, but it requires an extra step. Macrium Reflect Free is also a popular imaging/cloning option if you have trouble with the Samsung tool.

Yes, the 970 Evo is compatible with the AW 15 R3 because that system supports NVMe SSDs.

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Tunasalmon
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Re: Alienware 15R3 SSD upgrade

Awesome! Thank you for your input!

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mza500
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Re: Alienware 15R3 SSD upgrade

but can you boot in the EVO ?? alot of people say you can't
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