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2Leonard2
12-17-2015, 04:17 AM
Hi everyone !

Thanks in advance for your help. So i bought a GL552VW-DH71, and i want to upgrade with an SSD as my main OS drive, but i can't seem to find definitive information on the type of SSD that will work... I'm hesitating between two models :

NVME : http://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-SM951-128GB-Solid-MZVPV128HDGM-00000/dp/B014FYUPVU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450297545&sr=8-1&keywords=128gb+m.2+2280

AHCI : http://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-SM951-128GB-AHCI-MZHPV128HDGM-00000/dp/B00VELD5D8/ref=pd_sim_147_5?ie=UTF8&dpID=41g82mZ2OWL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0E20959QZ7ZR6EARFS1W

One last quick question : After doing a clean windows install of the OS on the SSD (or a OS migration), i understand that i will need to remove the HDD to be able to boot from the newly installed SSD. Does this mean that i will need to format the HHD with an external hub in order to reinstall it in the laptop and use it as mass storage ? Thank you everyone so much for your help !

Bootes
12-17-2015, 08:27 AM
I bought a GL552VW-DH71 a couple weeks ago and put a SATA m.2 Samsung 850 EVO in it and it works.

What I find confusing is the Asus store page for the the SSD model says "Ultra-fast m.2 PCIe SSD and 1TB HDD". Maybe someone else here knows what's going on with that.

I'm not sure about how to format it, but maybe booting to USB would do it. Before you format the old drive, search for your .icm files and save them because the current splendid files Asus has didn't have the the right ICC profiles and it won't install.

One last thing, the laptop didn't come with a screw for the m.2 ssd, but I found one that fit in a laptop screw kit.

Bootes
12-17-2015, 08:51 AM
I just read the m.2 ssd thread for GL752 and someone wrote that Canadian GL752 are pcie and U.S. models are sata III. Even though we have GL552's this is getting confusing. I now wonder if the GL552VW has two types of m.2 for different countries.

surri76
12-17-2015, 09:38 AM
The conector type of sata 3 and PCI-E are different. I have a new GL552VW bought in Spain and i have a PCi-E x4 conector but the SSD i'm trying to boot is a SM951 NMVe and mi it doesn't show on the boot selection when i install windows10 x64.

2Leonard2
12-17-2015, 02:43 PM
Hello again ! Just to clarify, i want to add an ssd in the PCIe slot, not replace the HDD with a 2.5" SSD.

Surri76, so you're saying this model :
"http://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-SM951-256GB-Solid-MZVPV256HDGL-00000/dp/B015CWQY4Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450363048&sr=8-1&keywords=samsung+pcie+m.2"
Does not get recognized by the Bios ? In this case, i may try the AHCI model.

I just wish we had more information from those who successfully added an SSD in the PCIe slot of their GL552VW. Returning products is an assle and i'd love to buy the right SSD the first time.

Also, any suggestion on how to go about migrating the OS ? I'v seen multiple times people mentionning the need to make a clean install. Can i simply boot from HDD, copy my HDD partition to my SSD, then reboot from SSD and format the HDD ?

Finally, what are .icm files ?

Thanks a bunch !

2Leonard2
12-17-2015, 03:00 PM
I bought a GL552VW-DH71 a couple weeks ago and put a SATA m.2 Samsung 850 EVO in it and it works.

Hi Bootes ! Did you need any kind of kit to upgrade to the 850 EVO ? Like screws and cage and stuff like that ? Also, i assume you used an external hub to copy your HDD to the SSD before switching, right ?

Thanks !

taimur792
12-17-2015, 09:38 PM
Hi everyone !

Thanks in advance for your help. So i bought a GL552VW-DH71, and i want to upgrade with an SSD as my main OS drive, but i can't seem to find definitive information on the type of SSD that will work... I'm hesitating between two models :

NVME : http://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-SM951-128GB-Solid-MZVPV128HDGM-00000/dp/B014FYUPVU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450297545&sr=8-1&keywords=128gb+m.2+2280

AHCI : http://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-SM951-128GB-AHCI-MZHPV128HDGM-00000/dp/B00VELD5D8/ref=pd_sim_147_5?ie=UTF8&dpID=41g82mZ2OWL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0E20959QZ7ZR6EARFS1W

One last quick question : After doing a clean windows install of the OS on the SSD (or a OS migration), i understand that i will need to remove the HDD to be able to boot from the newly installed SSD. Does this mean that i will need to format the HHD with an external hub in order to reinstall it in the laptop and use it as mass storage ? Thank you everyone so much for your help !
I am also planing to buy a new Asus rog Gl552vw-dh71 but after reading reviews online I found many people complaining about the build quality. Just wanted to know what you think about the laptop. Is it really worth the money? Should I go for Ali instead?

2Leonard2
12-18-2015, 01:14 AM
I am also planing to buy a new Asus rog Gl552vw-dh71 but after reading reviews online I found many people complaining about the build quality. Just wanted to know what you think about the laptop. Is it really worth the money? Should I go for Ali instead?

Hey there ! Build quality of the GL552VW is OK. It's not nearly as bad as some people say, but the fan positioning (side) and the bad track pad can be a bit of a problem. If you don't use the trackpad and keep your laptop fans clean, these should'nt be an issue.

However, ASUS support for installing a SSD as been atrocious. I just cannot get any definitive information on the matter. I bough the Samsung 951 AHCI 256gb M.2 PCIe, i'll report back if i managed to install it and make it work.

That said, you can always swad the mecanical HDD for a 2.5" SSD instead. Less expensive than the M.2 PCIe, more simple, but you will lack dual disks.

One last point : i bough the GL552VW from Newegg.CA (Canada) and the price was very attractive considering the CA to US exchange rate at the time. I would not have bough the laptop for 100$ more. If you CAN fork out the additional 300/400$ for a better built laptop, do it. If you are on a very tight budget, then the GL552VW is a good solution.

Bootes
12-18-2015, 03:25 AM
Hi Bootes ! Did you need any kind of kit to upgrade to the 850 EVO ? Like screws and cage and stuff like that ? Also, i assume you used an external hub to copy your HDD to the SSD before switching, right ?

Thanks !

I just did a fresh install of windows 10.

The only thing I needed to install the m.2 ssd was one of the screws from the kit below. I don't know exactly which one it was, I just found one that fit best.

http://frys.com/product/7229923?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

I saw a similar kit on amazon.

taimur792
12-18-2015, 04:49 AM
Hey there ! Build quality of the GL552VW is OK. It's not nearly as bad as some people say, but the fan positioning (side) and the bad track pad can be a bit of a problem. If you don't use the trackpad and keep your laptop fans clean, these should'nt be an issue.

However, ASUS support for installing a SSD as been atrocious. I just cannot get any definitive information on the matter. I bough the Samsung 951 AHCI 256gb M.2 PCIe, i'll report back if i managed to install it and make it work.

That said, you can always swad the mecanical HDD for a 2.5" SSD instead. Less expensive than the M.2 PCIe, more simple, but you will lack dual disks.

One last point : i bough the GL552VW from Newegg.CA (Canada) and the price was very attractive considering the CA to US exchange rate at the time. I would not have bough the laptop for 100$ more. If you CAN fork out the additional 300/400$ for a better built laptop, do it. If you are on a very tight budget, then the GL552VW is a good solution.
You have the metallic version or plastic version?

2Leonard2
12-18-2015, 04:04 PM
I have the metallic version !

cl-Albert@ROG
12-18-2015, 06:56 PM
I just read the m.2 ssd thread for GL752 and someone wrote that Canadian GL752 are pcie and U.S. models are sata III. Even though we have GL552's this is getting confusing. I now wonder if the GL552VW has two types of m.2 for different countries.

Yes, I show the GL552VW can also use different motherboards to support either PCIE M.2 SSDs or SATA3 M.2 SSDs (but not both at the same time), so something that should be checked first.
Only seeing the GL552VW supporting SATA3 M.2 SSDs in the U.S. and Canada right now, but better to double-check the full GL552VW-xxxx model name to be sure in case I missed anything, or something changes later.
Thanks and sorry this couldn't be easier.

2Leonard2
12-18-2015, 09:48 PM
Yes, I show the GL552VW can also use different motherboards to support either PCIE M.2 SSDs or SATA3 M.2 SSDs (but not both at the same time), so something that should be checked first.
Only seeing the GL552VW supporting SATA3 M.2 SSDs in the U.S. and Canada right now, but better to double-check the full GL552VW-xxxx model name to be sure in case I missed anything, or something changes later.
Thanks and sorry this couldn't be easier.

Hello Cl-Albert ! I opened up the GL552VW-DH71 that i have, and the connector looked like it was a PCIe connector : There was only one indentation.

According to what i saw, in this image (http://www.hwtools.net/jpg/Compatibility%20M.2%20SSD_M2P4A_1.png), the right connector would be the right one, so PCIe. That does not tell me if NVME or AHCI would work, tho.

I find it extremely disapointing and baffling that ASUS customer service can't even tell me what type of M.2 SSD my laptop is compatible with. I filled a ticket online (through e-mail) AND on the phone (through escalation), and, 3 days later, NO ONE replied.

cl-Albert@ROG
12-19-2015, 12:31 AM
Hello Cl-Albert ! I opened up the GL552VW-DH71 that i have, and the connector looked like it was a PCIe connector : There was only one indentation.

According to what i saw, in this image (http://www.hwtools.net/jpg/Compatibility%20M.2%20SSD_M2P4A_1.png), the right connector would be the right one, so PCIe. That does not tell me if NVME or AHCI would work, tho.

I find it extremely disapointing and baffling that ASUS customer service can't even tell me what type of M.2 SSD my laptop is compatible with. I filled a ticket online (through e-mail) AND on the phone (through escalation), and, 3 days later, NO ONE replied.

Hi 2Leonard2, fyi. Can't explain the M.2 connector that you have right now, but my information shows the GL552VW-DH71 is using SATA3 M.2 SSDs if it matters and Bootes reported installing a SATA M.2 SSD on your same model, so not sure if we can ask them or others who are using SATA3 M.2 SSDs on the GL552VW-DH71 to confirm the type of connector they have or provide a picture (unfortunately, don't have GL552VW units around to check right now)


I bought a GL552VW-DH71 a couple weeks ago and put a SATA m.2 Samsung 850 EVO in it and it works.

2Leonard2
12-19-2015, 12:53 AM
Hi 2Leonard2, fyi. Can't explain the M.2 connector that you have right now, but my information shows the GL552VW-DH71 is using SATA3 M.2 SSDs if it matters and Bootes reported installing a SATA M.2 SSD on your same model, so not sure if we can ask them or others who are using SATA3 M.2 SSDs on the GL552VW-DH71 to confirm the type of connector they have or provide a picture (unfortunately, don't have GL552VW units around to check right now)

But would'nt the SSD connectors have two indentations if it was a SATA m.2 connection ? Maybe Bootes could tell me. I bought the laptop from Newegg.ca, maybe the canadian models have PCIe connectors. Please clarify this for me : do PCIe slot have one or two identations ?

2Leonard2
12-20-2015, 02:53 PM
BUMP ! One last question if anyone knows : Do M.2 PCIe connectors can also take M.2 SATA SSDs ? As i said in my previous messages, my GL552VW has a M.2 PCIe connector, but the model is supposed to take M.2 SATA.

Clintlgm
12-20-2015, 08:23 PM
See cl-albert reply above you in this thread

daselby
12-20-2015, 11:03 PM
cl-Albert, I think I have the USA GL552VW-DH71 and mine looks like a singe keyed PCIe slot. See pics.

2Leonard2
12-21-2015, 02:13 AM
That's where it get confusing ! My GL552VW -DH71 also is a single keyed PCIe slot, exacly like the one in Daselby's photo. cl-Albert says the GL552VW-DH71 is compatible with SATA 3 SSD. Does that mean that a single keyed PCIe slot can also accomodate SATA 3 SSD ? Or is the connector simply wrong, and our machines are flawed ? I wish we could see Bootes's connector, maybe his GL552VW-DH71 has the proper M.2 connector.

cl-Albert@ROG
12-21-2015, 07:26 PM
cl-Albert, I think I have the USA GL552VW-DH71 and mine looks like a singe keyed PCIe slot. See pics.

Hi daselby, thanks for the screenshot and your PM, but I believe M.2 SATA3 SSDs with the 2 keys (B+M) can still be installed, so that may not be conclusive enough. I still need to confirm this on my end, but emejay pointed out wikipedia mentioned this if it matters.
Looks like we have a competing thread about this topic, but saw your other post there and doesn't sound like you have been able to get the M.2 PCIE SSD working yet?

Anyway, my information shows the same GL552VW-DH71 is sold in U.S. and Canada and supports M.2 SATA3 SSDs, so we may need to see if more people can confirm this works, or if there are any ways to get the M.2 PCIE SSDs working (I don't expect it, but wouldn't be the first time I'm wrong about something).

https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?81143-GL552VW-DH71-What-drive-for-M-2-Slot&p=560852&posted=1#post560852
(https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?81143-GL552VW-DH71-What-drive-for-M-2-Slot&p=560852&posted=1#post560852)

daselby
12-21-2015, 08:30 PM
Thanks for the info cl-Albert. I'll return my sm951 and get a M.2 SATA3 drive to try. Thanks.

lolek74
08-09-2016, 09:04 AM
I can confirm that GL552VW-DM205T and Sata M.2 Evo 850 work very well.

xako
08-23-2016, 09:41 AM
Hi All

I have a tricky question. I got the SSD for the GL752V and I was wondering if there is any issue in using M2x3mm stainless steel screws for holding the drive. I am worried about the conductivity of the screw may damage the motherboard or anything.

Regards,
JORGE

wqdfe
12-22-2016, 07:30 AM
i buy gl552 vw in iran.
but my pc has a nvme ssd,
and the model of ssd is SAMSUNG MZVPV256HDG.

dinoshan
01-01-2017, 05:07 AM
what is your rog model?

DarthVader87
08-07-2019, 07:48 AM
Hi everyone !

Thanks in advance for your help. So i bought a GL552VW-DH71, and i want to upgrade with an SSD as my main OS drive, but i can't seem to find definitive information on the type of SSD that will work... I'm hesitating between two models :

NVME : http://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-SM951-128GB-Solid-MZVPV128HDGM-00000/dp/B014FYUPVU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450297545&sr=8-1&keywords=128gb+m.2+2280

AHCI : http://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-SM951-128GB-AHCI-MZHPV128HDGM-00000/dp/B00VELD5D8/ref=pd_sim_147_5?ie=UTF8&dpID=41g82mZ2OWL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0E20959QZ7ZR6EARFS1W

One last quick question : After doing a clean windows install of the OS on the SSD (or a OS migration), i understand that i will need to remove the HDD to be able to boot from the newly installed SSD. Does this mean that i will need to format the HHD with an external hub in order to reinstall it in the laptop and use it as mass storage ? Thank you everyone so much for your help !

I have an GL552VW-DH71 laptop and was looking for an SSD upgrade since mine didnt come with one. I bought my laptop in amazon US and I read this thread about the compatibility of both SSDs. I can certify that the Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB M.2 SATA 3 Internal SSD (MZ-N6E250BW) works perfectly on the laptop which leads to belive that if you are looking for an SSD upgrade for this laptop you have to get a M.2 SSD SATA drive and not the NVME I think NVme was a little too new when these laptop came out so I think only certain models are compatible with the NVme drives, the rest are SATA compatible. I thought I should share this. cheers