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kamilmirza
12-20-2015, 08:37 AM
greetings

I have ordered GL552VW (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01578ZKPO/ref=mp_s_a_1_2)
I am planning to replace my primary HDD with my already purchased Transcend 370s SSD (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00VX82P38/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1450600284&sr=8-1&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=transcend+370s&dpPl=1&dpID=41D-AF0Z6qL&ref=plSrch).
will the SSD be compatible?
can I replace the optical drive to HDD caddy? if so which HDD caddy should I consider? any recommendations/suggestions?
what other options do I have to increase my laptop storage for multimedia purposes?

Clintlgm
12-20-2015, 02:36 PM
Well there are issues with M.2 SSD in these GL models check out the the M.2 SSD issues for the GL 752 and GL 552. Goggle is your friend for Hard Drive Caddy for OD bay. I find USB 3.0 external drives very handy for Data I'm not using every day also for large video file etc. The transfer speeds are petty much the same for USB 3.0 as for internal Hard Drives. With the actual hard drive itself being the bottle neck internally or externally!
At this stage of working with the M.2 SSD I think most people are working with Samsung haven't any other brands being discussed successfully? I would spend some time on Transcend support Forum to see if anyone is having success installing them in GL*** notebooks?

2Leonard2
12-20-2015, 02:57 PM
At this stage of working with the M.2 SSD I think most people are working with Samsung haven't any other brands being discussed successfully? I would spend some time on Transcend support Forum to see if anyone is having success installing them in GL*** notebooks?


Good call, Clintlgm. We have yet to make a Samsung PCIe M.2 SSD be recognized by the BIOS. ASUS reports that the GL552VW should be compatible with SATA M.2, even though the connectors look like PCIe M.2. You may try a M.2 SATA SSD from another company if you have one laying around, and report back to us. Or you could take the easier route and switch the HDD to a 2.5" SSD. Thanks !

Clintlgm
12-20-2015, 08:04 PM
Yes, it seems the M.2 connection is fine, there are 3 different type of SSD that connect to the M.2 connection SATA, AHCI and NVMe While they use the same bus connector. this is where the issue is. I'm pretty sure that in the GL752 thread they learned that the Canadian MB uses the SATA and the US MB uses the NVMe version. So perhaps the Gl 552 has the same issue. I think cl-albert is taking the lead in sorting this all out for us he is Asus C ustomer L oylality support guy for these forums

Clintlgm
12-20-2015, 08:25 PM
See cl-albert reply in the following thread https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?81265-SSD-upgrade-for-the-GL552VW-Please-help-!