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adamkm
03-11-2015, 03:47 PM
Hi All

Took delivery of the G751 yesterday, i7 4710, GTX 980, and with 256GB M.2 SSD + 1 TB 7200 rpm drive.

I switched out the 1 TB 7200 drive for a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive, that is now connected to the SataII bay: This drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837

The M.2 drive Pre-installed is this SSD drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147366

And finally, I stripped down the Samsung Evo out of its 2.5" enclosure and fitted it in the SATAIII bay next to the M.2 drive. It actually fits really nicely there when its stripped down out of its Samsung aesthetics. I used a bit of electrical tape to keep it in place. Not much though, already a nice snug fit. This drive is here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AT2MA3364&cm_re=evo_840-_-20-147-248-_-Product

Nicely, the M.2 which was already the boot drive continued to be so and I didn't have to change a single thing, I simply booted windows and all 3 drives were instantly present. Good stuff :)


Now I ran CrystalDiskMark on the 3 drives all same settings (1 after the other of course, not simultaneously) I did 2 iterations with the maximum 4GB file size.

I thought my Samsung 840 Evo was fast in my last machine, but JESUS the speed of these new M.2 drives is DOUBLE. I'm basically posting this so people can compare and see for themselves what they can get out of this.

I don't seem to have had a single issue that anyone else is having with this laptop. It seems amazing. I've spent about 8 hours gaming so far (World of Tanks on maximum graphics) and not noticed any ill effects. Maximum GPU temp I've seen is 68 degrees. I am using a laptop cooler pad, wouldn't ever play without 1 tbh.

From left to right: M.2 drive, Samsung Evo 840, Seagate Momentus XT

MaxFuse
03-13-2015, 02:20 PM
could you post a picture of the two hard drives in the m.2 bay?

Zip1
03-13-2015, 05:02 PM
Could you also tell us the specific model and who you bought it from (maybe a link)?

adamkm
03-17-2015, 07:59 PM
Here's the picture from inside, nothing fancy. The SSD has been taken out of its enclosure and plugged in. They are really tiny when you take em out.

adamkm
03-17-2015, 08:01 PM
And another

Xehanort
03-17-2015, 11:54 PM
First of all, thank you so much for this thread and the pictures...

This is amazing! I would love to try this on my G751JY, as soon as SSD's reach an acceptable price.

Did you need to remove the M.2 SSD before inserting the Samsung EVO into the SATAIII port? My fear is removing the M.2 SSD, never removed or replace one in my life and this laptop cost me way too much to start taking risks. And all you use is electric tape to fix the EVO drive with the M.2? It's kind of hard to understand how much tape you used from the picture, it looks like you put tape under the EVO drive as well :S

adamkm
03-18-2015, 07:45 AM
No it was incredibly easy to be honest. The SSD overlaps the M.2 by about 0.5mm, the chips don't touch. I put a small strip of electrical tape over the very edge of the M.2 where the SSD is near it. SSD doesn't actually touch it, theres a tiny gap, it was just incase. Then I inserted the SSD which is a really nice snug fit so theres no way that is coming loose on its own. I put 2 little strips over the edge of the SSD to stick it a bit to the metal bracket that holds the m.2 and finally 1 long strip over the ssd and touching the m.2 drive although I don't think this piece if necessary but it keeps it in place a little bit.

I did check temps before and after but I didn't write them down, I ran 3D mark11 before and after and there was a 1 degree temperature difference. I game on this a LOT and it performs perfectly :)

adamkm
03-18-2015, 07:48 AM
Oh to directly answer your question... No you don't need to do anything with the M.2 drive. It just sits there happily... just put a bit of tape along its edge. I think i'm going to cut the last piece of tape over the top of them both down to about half size, its only serving to stop any potential horizontal movement of the SSD but its so snugly fit that it really cant move anyway.

Xehanort
03-18-2015, 10:35 AM
Great stuff, thanks for the reply :D

I was planning on getting a 1TB Samsung EVO...with a 1TB this wouldn't work now, would it? Because i'm sure it would be fairly larger than a 256GB in physical size...

joshindaphils
03-19-2015, 02:48 AM
AdamKM,

Original add a SATA SSD along with your M.2 drive thread over here:

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?58104-How-to-add-a-4th-drive-to-your-G751&highlight=drive+m.2+sata

Please add your findings / pics there to consolidate the discussion as well the questions asked here are answered over there already (add 1TB drive etc.).

Congrats on your mod, I've enjoy my extra SSD space as well :D

adamkm
03-21-2015, 10:00 PM
AdamKM,

Original add a SATA SSD along with your M.2 drive thread over here:

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?58104-How-to-add-a-4th-drive-to-your-G751&highlight=drive+m.2+sata

Please add your findings / pics there to consolidate the discussion as well the questions asked here are answered over there already (add 1TB drive etc.).

Congrats on your mod, I've enjoy my extra SSD space as well :D

Oh sorry joshindaphils you're absolutely right. I had seen this mod somewhere else which is why I did it as soon as I took delivery myself. It was on a different site though but the image there is exactly the same image as the 1 posted below your first post in that thread you created so clearly it was taken from there. Kudos to you for finding out you could do this. I posted it after I did it here cos I couldn't find it on here. Until I saw you could do what you did I was leaning more towards the MSI or Alienware laptop of similar spec, not being able to install my own Evo and Seagate hybrid was almost a deal breaker until I came across a post somewhere showing your mod.

Thanks :)

joshindaphils
03-22-2015, 04:34 AM
No worries, I would be nice if you did post your experience over there though. This was my main impetus behind bringing it up. The amount of dupe topics here borders on way too many at times.

It is nice to be able to compare the different drives and techniques in one area. I was curious in regards to yours as I almost went the same route; using an Evo 840 as I had one in another laptop, but ended up justifying the Evo 850 purchase based off it's shorter length, and not going back to a spinning disk on the Laptop with the 840.

Sargatanas
03-23-2015, 07:43 AM
Added a 250gb 850 this Weekend too.
First idea was to use a Mainboard spacer to get a working mounting Point but they were too large.
Added some thermal pads and used this nut to fix it - gonna replace it for something smaller, still no problems to close the cover
I'm still thinking about adding a little heatsink on the upper chips/electronic parts, on the other hand, they were not cooled in the
original 2,5" cover.

http://abload.de/thumb/20150322_071206djxe9.jpg (http://abload.de/image.php?img=20150322_071206djxe9.jpg) http://abload.de/thumb/20150322_0720243ozd9.jpg (http://abload.de/image.php?img=20150322_0720243ozd9.jpg)

SrPhantom
03-24-2015, 09:26 AM
I did it last night with a 500GB 840EVO drive, as the drive is slightly larger then a 250GB 840EVO it is physically overlapping the 512GB M2 SSD. I put some black electrical tape between them to avoid contact and have been monitoring the temps under heavy benchmarking, the drives don't go above 43c so that should be fine ... I hope :p

mdzcpa
03-24-2015, 02:19 PM
I'd like to do this mod as well, but I want at least 500GB of space for the SSD and prefer not to have the overlap. If anyone knows of a 500GB or larger SSD with a short PCB let me know (I doubt it exists though).

SrPhantom
03-24-2015, 03:19 PM
I wonder if using 2 M2 extension cable we couldn't place 2 M2 drives next to each other . . . . need to do some research on this.

EumarZephyr
04-19-2015, 03:10 AM
I did it last night with a 500GB 840EVO drive, as the drive is slightly larger then a 250GB 840EVO it is physically overlapping the 512GB M2 SSD. I put some black electrical tape between them to avoid contact and have been monitoring the temps under heavy benchmarking, the drives don't go above 43c so that should be fine ... I hope :p
could you post pictures of your mod?

poisondartfrog47
05-13-2015, 11:11 PM
Just wondering...is there a latch (drive bay 2) that you need to slide open before you can
detach the SATA HDD 7200 1TB drive to take the drive out of the bay so you can replace
with hybrid ssd?

Clintlgm
05-14-2015, 01:55 AM
Remove the screws and slide the drive away from the SATA connector there is just enough room to do this

poisondartfrog47
05-14-2015, 02:49 AM
I've never made a drive image utilizing a pen drive & backtracker. I need to backup the win8.1 and Recovery partitions
before I can replace the HDD and existing ssd. Maybe you could supply me with a step by step guide for creating
these backup images? I've tried requesting help with making backup images of win8.1 & recovery partitions for G751
using backtracker but no one seems to want to help me with this endeavor.

Any help with the above would be truly appreciated. I don't have a pen drive but I do have a card reader and several
32GB micro SDHC memory cards I could use to create backup images...if possible. I really need help here.

Clintlgm
05-14-2015, 10:37 PM
here is a link to the Asus FAQ on Backtracker http://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1008640/ You will need a USB 16GB. I can't be more helpful since I have never used Asus Backtracker. I use Macrium Reflect. But for my G75VW, I Have the DVD recovery set I created before deleting the recovery partition. When I sell this notebook I'll use the recovery DVD set to put it back into factory shipped condition.