GT60 2QD Dominator ssd upgrade

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Hello everyone!

I am a computer noob, so I might be asking funny questions.
I bought my GT60 2QD Dominator laptop in 2015, and only now someone suggested I upgrade or add my memory, possibly with an SSD.


Is it possible for my laptop to get the upgrade? I cant seem to find out.

I hope someone here can help me, let me know if you need extra information.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Hello everyone!

I am a computer noob, so I might be asking funny questions.
I bought my GT60 2QD Dominator laptop in 2015, and only now someone suggested I upgrade or add my memory, possibly with an SSD.

Is it possible for my laptop to get the upgrade? I cant seem to find out.

I hope someone here can help me, let me know if you need extra information.

Thanks in advance!
According to the manual you can do it, but it isn't something user serviceable unless you know how to take a laptop apart correctly. Whether its worth the effort and cost depends on your system spec and use case.
 

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Hello everyone!

I am a computer noob, so I might be asking funny questions.
I bought my GT60 2QD Dominator laptop in 2015, and only now someone suggested I upgrade or add my memory, possibly with an SSD.

Is it possible for my laptop to get the upgrade? I cant seem to find out.

I hope someone here can help me, let me know if you need extra information.

Thanks in advance!
You can install a SATA SSD 2.5``
It will be much faster in everything.

 

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According to the manual you can do it, but it isn't something user serviceable unless you know how to take a laptop apart correctly. Whether its worth the effort and cost depends on your system spec and use case.
Thanks for the reply! Could you link me to the manual please?

Thanks! Im happy to hear that. Is a SATA SSD 2.5`` a specific brand and model, or every company has its own SATA SSD? Where can I look for one?


Thanks for the replies again!
 

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Thanks for the reply! Could you link me to the manual please?


Thanks! Im happy to hear that. Is a SATA SSD 2.5`` a specific brand and model, or every company has its own SATA SSD? Where can I look for one?


Thanks for the replies again!
The manual is under support from the link you posted. You should also update the laptop bios and firmware before upgrading. Sata ssd 2.5 is the part type you want. Try amazon or any major electronics retailer.
 

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Thanks for the reply! Could you link me to the manual please?


Thanks! Im happy to hear that. Is a SATA SSD 2.5`` a specific brand and model, or every company has its own SATA SSD? Where can I look for one?


Thanks for the replies again!
I prefer Samsung EVO and PRO series, or WD for SSDs.
Link for manual below.

 

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I prefer Samsung EVO and PRO series, or WD for SSDs.
Link for manual below.

Im looking at some to purchase today, since there are deals and stuff.
Im not sure what the restrictions are what kind of 2.5 SATA I can get...I see some that are 1tb, some that are 4tb. Will my laptop accept them all, or is there some specification that it needs?

Here are the deals https://www.newegg.ca/CYBER-MONDAY-...ar-_-Cyber+Monday+Deals&N=100011700 600038463
 

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Im looking at some to purchase today, since there are deals and stuff.
Im not sure what the restrictions are what kind of 2.5 SATA I can get...I see some that are 1tb, some that are 4tb. Will my laptop accept them all, or is there some specification that it needs?

Here are the deals https://www.newegg.ca/CYBER-MONDAY-SALE/EventSaleStore/ID-289?cm_sp=Head_Navigation-_-Under_Search_Bar-_-Cyber+Monday+Deals&N=100011700 600038463
I prefer Samsung or WD, the 1TB will work for sure, 2TB should work, but some older laptops might have issues with this size and larger capacity drives.
I have a 2TB WD SSD installed on the 2.5" on my GE72 6QF, was lacking space for my games and it works just fine, a lot more room than the 1TB Samsung EVO it replaced.
 

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2TB+ works still on SATA 2.5
but must be UEFI mode + GPT table on disk
 

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Hey guys!

I really appreciate your help and replies, helped me decide on what to get. I didnt ask about RAM in the topic, but I would like to upgrade that too.

Here is what I ordered, let me know if you think itll work with my laptop:

SSD: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B078211KBB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
I checked on the Crucial website, and it says that its compatible. Only worry is that the MSI specification for my laptop says:" Up to 768GB- Super Raid 2 (3x256GB mSATA SSD,Raid 0) + 1TB HDD 7200rpm "

RAM #1: https://www.newegg.ca/Crucial-16GB-204-Pin-DDR3-SO-DIMM/p/N82E16820148614?Item=9SIAWYTE3U4505
Crucial website says its compatible with my laptop, MSI specs says I can have up to 32gb, so this extra 16gb will get me to 24gb. Should be fine.

RAM #2: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0145WDNF2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
Timetec 16gb ram. Never heard of this company, but it will arrive a month before the Crucial ram. Cant find out if its compatible with my laptop, but the specs seem to be ok.


What do you guys think?
 

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Wish I knew what UEFI mode + GPT means lol.
:D
BOOT MODE in bios - UEFI for win10 above
and from this mode you need full format disk for modern system - GPT table "1.5TB+"
or when you use LEGACY "win7 boot mode" - your disk is MBR "limited 1.5TB"

Super Raid 2 - is for PCIE/SATA NVME " sata controller - RST + correct drivers"
or must find adapter "replace Super Raid"- SATA 2.5 disk "only SATA 2.5 is here fully supported" !
BIOS/ADVANCED- sata controller - AHCI
or you must replace you HDD "HDD is SATA 2.5 format"
 

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BOOT MODE in bios - UEFI for win10 above
and from this mode you need full format disk for modern system - GPT table "1.5TB+"
or when you use LEGACY "win7 boot mode" - your disk is MBR "limited 1.5TB"

Super Raid 2 - is for PCIE/SATA NVME " sata controller - RST + correct drivers"
or must find adapter "replace Super Raid"- SATA 2.5 disk "only SATA 2.5 is here fully supported" !
BIOS/ADVANCED- sata controller - AHCI
or you must replace you HDD "HDD is SATA 2.5 format"
Oh my god I am so lost haha. Apologies but I barely have any idea about what you said :p
Do you think the Crucial SSD that I posted above will work? Or do I need to do all this bios boot raiding stuff?
 

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Hey guys!

I really appreciate your help and replies, helped me decide on what to get. I didnt ask about RAM in the topic, but I would like to upgrade that too.

Here is what I ordered, let me know if you think itll work with my laptop:

SSD: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B078211KBB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
I checked on the Crucial website, and it says that its compatible. Only worry is that the MSI specification for my laptop says:" Up to 768GB- Super Raid 2 (3x256GB mSATA SSD,Raid 0) + 1TB HDD 7200rpm "

RAM #1: https://www.newegg.ca/Crucial-16GB-204-Pin-DDR3-SO-DIMM/p/N82E16820148614?Item=9SIAWYTE3U4505
Crucial website says its compatible with my laptop, MSI specs says I can have up to 32gb, so this extra 16gb will get me to 24gb. Should be fine.

RAM #2: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0145WDNF2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
Timetec 16gb ram. Never heard of this company, but it will arrive a month before the Crucial ram. Cant find out if its compatible with my laptop, but the specs seem to be ok.


What do you guys think?
The ssd will work well. As for the ram, you need to decide 16gb or 32gb, then buy a set to fit that spec. Don't mix and match ram or you are asking for trouble on a laptop. No idea if the no name brand will work, pot luck. The crucial will work however if you get genuine crucial ram. When it comes to uefi and gpt that's how you must set up things in order for it to work. Uefi is the bios type if you will, and gpt is the set up type for the ssd.
 

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The ssd will work well. As for the ram, you need to decide 16gb or 32gb, then buy a set to fit that spec. Don't mix and match ram or you are asking for trouble on a laptop. No idea if the no name brand will work, pot luck. The crucial will work however if you get genuine crucial ram. When it comes to uefi and gpt that's how you must set up things in order for it to work. Uefi is the bios type if you will, and gpt is the set up type for the ssd.
Thanks! Im getting the TimeTec ram in a matter of hours. 2 sticks of 8. Im not going to mix it with the Crucial ram, ill just replace it when Crucial arrives. I havent though about the ram that is already in my laptop. Will that screw some things up?
 

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Thanks! Im getting the TimeTec ram in a matter of hours. 2 sticks of 8. Im not going to mix it with the Crucial ram, ill just replace it when Crucial arrives. I havent though about the ram that is already in my laptop. Will that screw some things up?
Take out the ram already in the laptop, don't mix and match ram.
 

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Take out the ram already in the laptop, don't mix and match ram.
Im not sure where the ram is, I could only see the 2 available slots. Ill have to open the laptop more to find it I guess...

Out of curiosity, what would happen if I mix and match? Lets say I just plug in the 2 sticks of 8bg Timetec Ram?
 

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Im not sure where the ram is, I could only see the 2 available slots. Ill have to open the laptop more to find it I guess...

Out of curiosity, what would happen if I mix and match? Lets say I just plug in the 2 sticks of 8bg Timetec Ram?
In theory it should boot, in practice it can cause problems. All ram of the same generation like ddr3 sodimm should work together. But often they don't because of manufacturer decisions. Even if it does work, you will incur a performance penalty especially in games.
Something else to keep in mind is the memory slot configuration; they being split into two sets, you need to know how they are numbered.
 
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In theory it should boot, in practice it can cause problems. All ram of the same generation like ddr3 sodimm should work together. But often they don't because of manufacturer decisions. Even if it does work, you will incur a performance penalty especially in games.
Something else to keep in mind is the memory slot configuration; they being split into two sets, you need to know how they are numbered.
Dear god haha.
How do I find out how they are numbered? I was looking at the manual, and there doesnt seem to be anything that specific. Just says if I want to upgrade, I should take the laptop to an authorized person.
 

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Dear god haha.
How do I find out how they are numbered? I was looking at the manual, and there doesnt seem to be anything that specific. Just says if I want to upgrade, I should take the laptop to an authorized person.
Hmm, quad ranks on a laptop is rare, I've never seen one in person. But if I had to tackle this problem I'd first look for marks on the motherboard. If that's not there, then I would see if the bios has an option for showing ram configuration. Otherwise I would use cpuz in Windows and two sticks of ram to map out the configuration.
 
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