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Tear_a_Bee
02-27-2012, 03:29 AM
Does anyone know of a guide that has step by step instructions on how to install an SSD on a G74? I've looked around on Google and havent come across anything good? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

dstrakele
02-27-2012, 03:37 AM
Does this help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWoQl4RaDtk ?

or this: http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?3652-G74SX-A1-Second-Hard-Drive-Install-(SSD)?

Here's another with photos and Brody's excellent guidance: http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?9073-Adding-SSD-to-G74SX&

Tear_a_Bee
02-27-2012, 03:44 AM
I got that part but is installing windows on the SSD the same as doing a clean install?

dstrakele
02-27-2012, 03:59 AM
It can be. You also have the option of restoring a Windows System Image to the SSD as Brody elaborates in: http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?8618-G74SX-XN1-SSD-installation&

If it were me, I'd be doing the clean Win 7 install...

Doan
02-27-2012, 04:22 AM
I opted to install to my SSD fresh, rather than an image, just to be safe. With the Vortex 3 I didn't need to do anything different than I would when installing on an HDD. I've been running for about two months with zero issues. Before installing, I did plan to update the firmware for the SSD, but it was already up-to-date. I don't use hibernation, which some have claimed issues with, so I don't know if that'd work or not. I disabled the file page about a month after I'd been using the SSD, but I didn't have any issues with it before.

End point: I installed Win7 x64 on a Vortex 3 SSD the exact same way I'd install it on an HDD, and I've had no issues.

BrodyBoy
02-27-2012, 07:13 AM
Does anyone know of a guide that has step by step instructions on how to install an SSD on a G74? I've looked around on Google and havent come across anything good? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Did you already do your clean install? If so, you can move that installation onto the SSD, if you'd like.

But if you haven't done your clean install yet, you can easily install the SSD (as described earlier), and then do the clean install onto it exactly as you would on an HDD. (In this scenario, the new SSD will appear as one block of unallocated space in the Windows Setup partition table.)

Tear_a_Bee
02-27-2012, 12:42 PM
I havent done my clean install yet so I'll wait till my SSD arrives and then I will do the install. thanks to everyone on this forum you are all amazing!!! Also would all SSDs fit/work in the g74sx?

xeromist
02-27-2012, 05:38 PM
would all SSDs fit/work in the g74sx?

Yep. Your machine is designed for 2.5" drives but I think you could use a 1.8 with an adapter (not sure why you would want to though).

Boosted_R
02-27-2012, 06:24 PM
Once you install your SSD check this optimization guide out....its not a must but very good tips

http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/

Tear_a_Bee
02-27-2012, 11:58 PM
Also does anyone have any recommendations for an SSD I was just about to order one but I decided to ask first. I'm looking for a 40gb or a 60gb.

BrodyBoy
02-28-2012, 12:12 AM
Also does anyone have any recommendations for an SSD I was just about to order one but I decided to ask first. I'm looking for a 40gb or a 60gb.
I'd definitely go with the 60Gb. Intel makes some good ones in that size range. Crucials are also really good, but I don't know if they make something that small, at least not SATA III. (Since your computer is SATA III-capable, might as well get one of those.)

Avoid off-brands....this is going to be your system drive, so you want it to be reliable and well-supported by its manufacturer.

Tear_a_Bee
02-28-2012, 12:17 AM
I was looking at this one, what do you think? http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force-2-5-Inch-Solid-State/dp/B005ACIYXI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330388106&sr=1-1

BrodyBoy
02-28-2012, 12:25 AM
I've read good things about Corsairs. That's a good size option, SATA III, nice price. Looks good to me.

Tear_a_Bee
02-28-2012, 12:45 AM
I'm going to buy this one from Crucial. http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-64-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT064M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKWG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330389691&sr=1-1

Boosted_R
02-28-2012, 01:05 AM
I would look at the INTEL 520 series. more expensive but worth it for the reliability...... the 120GB option has the best GB:$

Tear_a_Bee
02-28-2012, 01:20 AM
I would go for Intel SSD but I did just buy a $1500 notebook, a little low on cash at the moment. That's mainly why I was looking at the Crucial m4 pretty good price, performance, and really good reviews from 2 websites I looked at (Amazon and Newegg).

BrodyBoy
02-28-2012, 01:42 AM
I'm going to buy this one from Crucial. http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-64-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT064M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKWG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330389691&sr=1-1
Nice choice. I've got a Crucial in the G74....never had a hint of an issue with it.

justinslot
03-03-2012, 11:23 PM
It can be. You also have the option of restoring a Windows System Image to the SSD as Brody elaborates in: http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?8618-G74SX-XN1-SSD-installation&

If it were me, I'd be doing the clean Win 7 install...

Just so I'm clear on this--the easiest way to do a clean Win 7 install is with the Win 7 installer download linked to in the first post in the Drivers/Apps/How-tos thread, right?

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?5224-Drivers-Apps-and-How-to-s

And I activate it with the product key on the bottom of my laptop I assume.

BrodyBoy
03-04-2012, 06:56 PM
Just so I'm clear on this--the easiest way to do a clean Win 7 install is with the Win 7 installer download linked to in the first post in the Drivers/Apps/How-tos thread, right?

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?5224-Drivers-Apps-and-How-to-s

And I activate it with the product key on the bottom of my laptop I assume.
Yes, this is correct. But it's not as simple as just installing Windows and calling it done. There are additional drivers you also need to install. Are you doing a clean install onto a new SSD?