curtlegion
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Alienware 17 R4....SSD One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA drive?

My Alienware 17 R4 has a One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA drive open. I would like to install a SSD in it.
Will the below one work in it?
Transcend 256GB SATA III 6Gb/s MTS400 42 mm M.2 SSD Solid State Drive (TS256GMTS400S)….
If not what would you recommend?
 
Thanks.
Old Guy.
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curtlegion
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Re: Alienware 17 R4....SSD One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA driv

Any help would be great. Thanks.

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curtlegion
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Re: Alienware 17 R4....SSD One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA driv

Can some one from Dell answer this for me, please?

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jphughan
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Re: Alienware 17 R4....SSD One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA driv

Where are you seeing a half-size M.2 slot available?  The Alienware 17 R4 service manual available on support.dell.com indicates that this system has a 2.5" SATA bay and an M.2 slot that accepts a 2280 size SSD, which is the normal size.

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curtlegion
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Re: Alienware 17 R4....SSD One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA driv

Alienware 17 R4 Setup and Specifications

Storage Table 7. Storage specifications
Interface•
SATA 6 Gbps•
PCIe up to 32 Gbps
Hard drive
One 2.5-inch drive
Solid-state drive (SSD)•
Two full-size M.2 PCIe/SATA drives•
One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA drive

search for "New Alienware 17 R4: Upgrade/Replace M.2 Solid State Drive" video on YouTube...

Look at video at 1:14.....shows it above larger m.2....

 

 

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jphughan
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Re: Alienware 17 R4....SSD One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA driv

Interesting, the Service Manual doesn't explicitly mention that, but I can see on its diagrams that the slots are clearly shown.  As for compatibility, I doubt you'll get an official answer from Dell about it since they of course can't test every possible SSD in this system, and unless they sell the SSD you're looking at from the factory, they probably haven't tested the one you're asking about.  Still, the system specs you posted clearly indicate that the half-height slot supports both PCIe and SATA SSDs, and the unit you're looking at is the correct physical size for a half-height slot, so I don't see why it wouldn't work.

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curtlegion
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Re: Alienware 17 R4....SSD One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA driv

Thanks.

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curtlegion
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Re: Alienware 17 R4....SSD One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA driv

I bought a 64gb for $27.00 and installed it. Worked great.

If it did not I was just out $27.

Now in the future I have the option for 128, 256. or 512gb.

I can now wait for a low price...….

Thanks again for all the help.

 

 

 

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MogRules
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Re: Alienware 17 R4....SSD One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA driv

Any 2242 M.2 should work in there as they are all half size M.2 form factor.  The real kick in the nuts is that 512gb is seemingly as large as the 2242 size seems to go so it isn't super useful, but I guess it's better then nothing.  

Alienware 17R4 | i7 7820HK | GTX1080 | 16GB DDR4 | 120hz G-Sync
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