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poisondartfrog47
05-13-2015, 08:50 AM
Hello,

I very recently purchased a Asus G751JY DH72X notebook. I'd like to replace the existing 500GB SSD and 1TB HDD with 1TB Samsung 850 Pro SSD. I'm paralyzed and my wheelchair takes a toll on mobile notebooks, especially the HDD...so I'm hoping replacing the existing HDD and 500GB ssd with two 1TB SSD (Samsung 850 Pro ssd) will help to reduce problems due to excessive vibration/jolts. This is a true laptop for me.

An increase in ssd capacity from 500Gb to 1TB is a plus in addition to the increased vibration/jolt resistance that using SSD will help with..

I know how to physically remove the existing drives but I don't know the exact step by step process for replacing the drives. This is my first new computer in 17 years. I read somewhere that I need to copy/ghost the existing drives before I can remove them and replace with the SSD.

Can anybody here provide me with a step by step detailed explanation of what I need to do to replace the existing drives with two SSD? (other than the actual physical removal of the original drives)

I don't have a pen flash drive but I do have a SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader and several Micro SDHC & micro SDXC cards that I could use to create a drive copy (If this is equivalent to using a pen drive). I found a posting here in the forums which mentioned backtracker as the software to use to backup the OS Win 8.1 which comes pre-installed on this notebook.

What exactly do I need to do to be able to boot my new 1TB ssd (2) and get this badboy working with all the pre-installed software it comes with on the existing HDD?

I could also use some help with regard to how I should fix the new Samsung 850 Pro 1TB ssd (SATA) into the drive bays (2) so they do not move and fit properly in place? I thought maybe using the existing HDD metal caddy to fix the ssd into the drive bay might work well?

If I used the existing metal HDD caddy I'd have to get a hold of another metal HDD caddy for the second ssd though. Also I was thinking that, once attached to the SATA connection, these ssd might not need any further fixation into the drive bays?


Any help and or advice would be truly appreciated. Thank you

Sincerely,

PDF47

Clintlgm
05-13-2015, 03:41 PM
Well to start with your Slot 0 has a M.2 PCIe 4 lane SSD in there already it runs just about 2x as fast as a SATA SSD. So you won't want to replace that one unless you up for paying for a M.2 PCIe 1 TB SSD. There is a way of putting a SATA 3 SSD in there with the M.2 and your slot 1 is only SATA 2 3 GB, it is possible to put another drive in the DVD bay. Search this thread for 3 drives in G751 for pictures and explanation. check out this thread https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?58901-3-HD-s-installed-G751-Samsung-M-2-Evo840-256gb-750gb-Seagate-Momentus-XT-Hybrid&highlight=drives+G751

AQUASTEVAE
05-13-2015, 10:11 PM
Well to start with your Slot 0 has a M.2 PCIe 4 lane SSD in there already it runs just about 2x as fast as a SATA SSD. So you won't want to replace that one unless you up for paying for a M.2 PCIe 1 TB SSD. There is a way of putting a SATA 3 SSD in there with the M.2 and your slot 1 is only SATA 2 3 GB, it is possible to put another drive in the DVD bay. [/url]

just a couple of things to add here. first, i use the dvd slot with a ssd. it is only one screw to remove the initial plate covering the drives, and then only one other screw to pull out the blueray writer, and put in an ssd. however, you need to purchase the caddie which the ssd would sit in. i got mine from gentechpc.cm. it is an easy painless procedure.
second, you can use acronis disk imaging software to make a full image of your current drives, and a startup disk. then the process of bringing all of that information over to the ssd's is very easy.
lastly i am seriously pissed to hear the asus put a sata 2 connection in drive bay one!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what the hell were they thinking? why would they put a lesser sata connection in DRIVE BAY ONE????????????????????????????????? this might be the most idiotic thing i have heard to date, about asus, and that is a statement in and of itself, as asus has done some pretty stupid things in the past. clintlgm, can you confirm that i am reading your comment correctly? there is a different (lesser) sata port in drive bay one, than the one in drive two????

Clintlgm
05-13-2015, 10:47 PM
Slot 0 has PCIe connection and SATA 3 connection
Slot1 has SATA 2 connection

poisondartfrog47
05-14-2015, 02:35 AM
Hello Clintlgm

I read somewhere that there is some sort of locking mechanism you use once the HDD is connected to the sata.
Is there a sliding lock mechanism that you need to open so you can then detach the existing HDD from the sata
connection in drive bay 2?

Clintlgm
05-14-2015, 10:24 PM
I don't think Asus has change the way hard drives are installed the length of the slot in just long enough to back off of the SATA connector. Remove the 4 screws that hold the hard drive Caddy in place on the motherboard and slide the hard drive and caddy back and lift out.

poisondartfrog47
05-15-2015, 09:36 AM
Hey Aquastevae...I went to visit gentechpc.cm but they don't have a page where they sell the part you described.
I don't think they sell individual parts...just customized Asus G751 models.

poisondartfrog47
05-15-2015, 06:21 PM
AQUASTEVAE...I would like to purchase the G751 optical drive caddy so I can remove the installed 6x blue ray
burner in my G751JY DH72X & replace with a third HDD. Since gentechpc.cm does not sell individual parts but
rather only customized Asus 751 notebooks, I need to find a online store where I can buy a compatible optical
drive to HDD SSD. I read that the caddy should measure 12.7mm.

Do you know where I can buy one of these 12.7mm optical drive to HDD conversion caddies? As you stated...if I
easily remove the existing 6x blu ray optical drive and replace with a 12.7mm optical drive to HDD or SSD conversion
caddy, I can create the drive images I need thus copying them onto the new HDD I install in the optical drive caddy.
This way I won't need to go through the hassle of making backup image of the Win8.1 Recovery partition.

Where can I buy a Asus G751JY compatible (6x blu ray DVDRW) optical drive to HDD SSD conversion caddy?