View Full Version : Asus G752VT on the road!! Council / Questions about HDD Upgrade

01-25-2016, 02:25 AM
Hello, i'm writing you for ask some council.

First of all, the G752 that i bought, have 1tb hard disk + 128gb ssd m2.
I have Samsung 850 Evo 521gb too and i want to insert it, leaving the 1tb's hdd.

Doing that, I'll lose warranty?

Anyway.. for make a clean windows 10 configuration, how i can backup the Asus partition?
I wanna keep it for the future..

And.. how i can read the windows license if i need to reinstall a clean operative system?

Thanks anyway!!

01-25-2016, 09:05 AM
Simplest way would be to Clone you hard drive to your SSD then you'll still have it just as it is now only on our SSD. Macrium Reflect (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx)is a good one, some of the other imaging software will work too.
here is a video to help you (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh4uRhWwZT0)
You notebook is already registered with MS Servers you won't have to worry about activating again it will happen after a clean install online automatically.
Clean Install is not necessary and you could have issues better to just clone to get your SSD running. After Clone is complete on reboot hit your Esc key that will bring up a boot menu select your ssd to boot from and format your old hard drive as a logical drive for storage.
Asus' partition is on the SSD M2?
If yes.. is better remain it here or use Samsung 850 Evo? Which is the fastest?

01-25-2016, 01:28 PM
It wouldn't affect your warranty at all because the hard disk/SSD is stored in a user-serviceable area of the laptop.

01-25-2016, 01:57 PM
Looks a bit confusing here.

Firstly this will not void your warranty.

If what I am seeing is correct you wish to remove the 7200rpm spinner and put an 850 EVO in its place. Just unplug the old, put in the new, and boot up and open disk manager and initialize the new drive then create your partitions on it. Piece of cake.

Yes the OS is on the 128GB and even though its been shown to be one of the slowest M2 NVMe drives it still blows the SATA III SSDs out of the water. If you don't intend up upgrading that then leave it as is. I would however recommend upgrading to make better use of the NVMe potential for one and give yourself some breathing room as well. 128GB isn't much space, my programs exceed even the 256GB SSD.

Two I can recommend. The machines that come with larger drives have the Samsung SM951 256GB or 512GB NVMe drives. You must make sure you are getting the correct drive though as Samsung in their infinite stupidity has two version of the very same model that varies by only a single letter in the model number.

MZHP=ACHI and not what you want
MZVP=NVMe this is what you want.

Also very easy to choose as there is nothing different other than size is the 950 pro that comes in 256GB and 512GB versions.

Changing these drives if your machine came with the SSD already installed is very easy. Simply put the new drive in the empty slot and Samsung data migration tool will clone it perfectly. When it shuts down remove the old drive and move the new one into its place and you are done. I recommend taking the original and putting it away for safe keeping. Some will say do a clean install on the new drive, that is a bit tricky but can be done. Personally I have found it much easier to just clone the original drive and remove the "bloatware" I don't want, not much of it anyhow. Takes far less time and aggravation than a clean install followed by spending the rest of the day getting all the drivers installed and configured.

One warning though. The Samsung Magician Software or drivers DO NOT WORK ON THIS PLATFORM ON ANY DRIVE!! You can install it and get limited support for the 850 EVO but the M2 often is not even seen and when it is its shown as a different drive. The only thing you can do with magician that cant be done otherwise is update the 850EVO firmware but that is not operational so its a waste of time to install it. The rapid mode is over rated and only works in bursts. IF you run a benchmark on it with a file size other than small files you will see that it spikes up momentarily then plummets right back down to earth with the drives not running it.