It's too small for a Windows installation, but yes, it can be done. You need to change the SATA mode to AHCI in BIOS setup and reload everything.
Yeah. 2x1 TB HDD, plus 256GB mSATA SSD..
You can have a whopping 2.25 TB space, and speed of SSD for all your programs (256 GB is enough, store movies n stuff in HDDs).
If i could only get a decent 9-cell battery for this, i can put the 2-lakh alienware 17x systems to shame :D
I'm booting from 256G mSATA, which holds win8pro plus all my applications. BOOTS IN SEVEN SECONDS!! For my own convenience, I have it partitioned into a couple of 120G partitions: C drive for OS & apps, and D drive for "data". The 1 TB slow drive I just use for backups, at present. In a few months (I'm waiting for price of SSDs to come down) I will pull the 1TB drive ...and replace it with a couple of large SSDs. This machine only ever sits on my desk, so I'm not complaining about the battery life- not much you can really expect running a full-HD screen and a quad core i7...
I am confused. I just ordered the 17 Special Edition, it comes with the 32GB mSATA, which only appears to be cache memory? And a 1TB Drive.
The sales person sold me on the mSATA unit being the C:/ drive! Is the 5400RPM 1TB drive the C:/ drive?
Please, respond only if you are certain! No assumptions.
Thanks a lot!
Hi, I too have a similar confusion. Which of the following upgrades are recommended:
1. 16gb ram + 64GB msata (for using the Intel rapid start, if it is possible) + second 1TB hdd
2. 16gb ram + 128gb msata (will disabling the caching help upgrading the msata in this case?)
3. 16gb ram + replace 1tb default hdd with regular sata of 250/512gb?
As far as the battery goes, these will NOT fit your laptop. Rather, though they will snap in, the lid of the laptop, if you notice it from the back, will come down behind the laptop and hit the extra battery length. You apparently did not read your links very well either. If you would have, you would have seen the following warning by the seller stating:
"If your laptop is the Dell Inspiron Series, like Dell Inspiron 14R, 15R, 17R Series, please do not order this 6600mAh battery, because of it not allow the laptop's lid open fully. " (** Their grammar issue mot mine, it's a straight copy/paste quote **)
Also, you should purchase an external drive enclosure with SSDs or other hard drives (I prefer SSDs due to hard disk life being very hit and miss for external bumped around drives) as you can not raid internal drives on this laptop and in all practicality you should simply use better disk space management practices, deleting older unused or otherwise archive-able or way less often used data to the external drive, that you could bring along on trips, etc. if need be.
As for your graphics issue, you can certainly disable the nvidia chip in BIOS and use the intel in-CPU graphics, though your laptop will be a LOT slower, and will likely not give you much better battery life since it will most likely still draw power, just not as much since it will simply be idle.
More cooling paste will never give you a performance increase. It may have a VERY small increase in cooling performance, but you should be able to run your computer full-bore without it throttling due to cooling issues. If you are in a dusty environment, simply buy some compressed(canned) air and spray it in your exhaust ports. Opening up your computer and messing too much with it will likely void your warranty and could damage the unit. Please also do so with it turned off, as you don't want a static discharge/shorting from the dust cloud you're making.
Good luck with all that, and next time, build your own desktop with all the performance you need, and get a thin/light laptop for travel and be happy.