CX62-6QD SSD+HDD Combo will this work?

shawn.recupido

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My brother has this laptop and his birthday is in a few months. I'm appalled by how slow a pc can boot up in 2017 especially with an i5 and 8gb of ram. Anyway I want to throw this ssd in there because it's cheap http://www.microcenter.com/product/475162/M600_256GB_SATA_III_M2_SSD and will definitely be faster than his hdd. But, I want to have his hdd as an option for putting stuff on as well . Will that work with this system? I know some motherboards disable a sata port when an m.2 drive is in use
 

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shawn.recupido date=1487090078 said:
My brother has this laptop and his birthday is in a few months. I'm appalled by how slow a pc can boot up in 2017 especially with an i5 and 8gb of ram. Anyway I want to throw this ssd in there because it's cheap http://www.microcenter.com/product/475162/M600_256GB_SATA_III_M2_SSD and will definitely be faster than his hdd. But, I want to have his hdd as an option for putting stuff on as well . Will that work with this system? I know some motherboards disable a sata port when an m.2 drive is in use
Hi shawn.recupido,

According to MSI, the CX62 6QD has a single combo M.2 slot. This means it should be able to use either an M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD or an M.2 SATA SSD. You've chosen the latter. The PCIe NVMe are much faster---but they also cost more. But here's the rub: Even though some of MSI's notebooks have combo M.2 slots, some customers have complained in this forum that MSI never tested one or the other SSD type with the slot and would not provide support if it didn't work. So the first thing I would do is contact MSI Support and ask them which M.2 SSD type they recommend for the CX62 6QD. If they say "M.2 SATA SSD", then the Micron M600 you selected should work fine. I have two Micron M.2 SATA SSDs in my GT80 2QE and they are very fast (for a SATA-3 SSD).

Another possibility you might consider is simply replacing the HD with a 2.5-inch SATA SSD. The Samsung 850 EVO models are reasonably priced and offer storage capacities up to 4 TB (though such a high capacity is expensive). By replacing the entire HD with a 2.5-inch SSD, you could simply clone the OS partitions to the new drive, making for an easier transition. Samsung includes free cloning software and SSD optimization software with its SSDs. If you go this route, your brother will have full solid state storage and he should experience a very nice increase in performance. Plus, he'd still be able to add a second SSD later via the M.2 slot if he desires.

Kind retards, David
 

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It would actually be better and cheaper probably if i could just use both in combination. Like i could install the os on something like https://www.amazon.com/Intel-128GB-M-2-80mm-SSDPEKKW128G7X1/dp/B01K375SWE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487111395&sr=8-1&keywords=intel+128gb+m.2+ssd and just have the games on the hdd
 
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