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Need to upgrade the HD on my Predator G3-710

RizzitRizzit Posts: 9Member New User
I picked up one of these for the kids in December but it was a bit of a compromise, there were 3 models and I picked the one with the best graphics card at the expense of an SSD.
Now I am fed up with the complaints about how long it takes to start up and we are already short on hard drive space so I want to add large SSD.
The spec is;
G3-710 i5 7400
16GB Ram (I already added 8GB to it)
2TB Hard drive ( I am not actually sure from here if that is a partitioned 2TB or 2x1TB)

Any recommendations on a decent size SSD for the boot drive and open to suggestions on any other upgrade to speed it up.

Cheers
Paul

FAQ & Answers

  • ven98ven98 Posts: 4,045ACE Pathfinder
    If you are planning to use the SSD as a boot drive only without installing games on it 128GB or 256GB would be just fine. 

    To find out if the HDD is partitioned or there are 2  HDDs go to disk management.
    Always post the following characterisitcs of the device:
    -Model number
    -Part number(not required, but helpful)
    -CPU
    -GPU
    -Operating system

    Helios 300 and Nitro 5 users DO NOT update the BIOS to version 1.22 if you don't want the keyboard's backlight to turn off after 30 seconds even when the device is plugged in.


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  • RizzitRizzit Posts: 9Member New User
    I was intending to use it for OS and games, then give myself and my wife 1TB each and the kids another 1TB drive for all their school stuff.
  • billseybillsey Posts: 6,289ACE Pathfinder

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    Get as big of SSD as fits your budget, I'd look at 256GB, 512GB and 1TB M.2 models. You have three HD bays plus the ODD bay, and have four SATA connectors so having multiple drives isn't an issue. Since the SSD is M.2 you don't tie up a SATA slot. I believe the existing drive is a 2TB, but it's pretty easy to count if you open up the side. :)
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  • RizzitRizzit Posts: 9Member New User
    I take it there is just a slot on the motherboard to plug the M.2 drive into then?
  • billseybillsey Posts: 6,289ACE Pathfinder
    Yep, Between the GPU slot and the two 1x slots.

    ...

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  • RizzitRizzit Posts: 9Member New User
    I have ordered one of these, fingers crossed it installs ok :)
    Samsung 970 EVO 1 TB V-NAND M.2 PCI Express Solid State Drive

    Thanks for the help everyone
  • RizzitRizzit Posts: 9Member New User
    Ok so I have the new M.2 SSD, after some head scratching I have found where it fits and installed it, booted up the PC but it does not show up anywhere.
    Should it just appear or will I need to do anything with the BIOS to enable it or anything else?
  • RizzitRizzit Posts: 9Member New User
    I just checked in the BIOS and it does show up there and is recognised correctly, I just do not see it in windows under local storage
  • ven98ven98 Posts: 4,045ACE Pathfinder
    Go to disk management and if the ssd is there shown as unallocated space just right-click on it and select allocate.
    Always post the following characterisitcs of the device:
    -Model number
    -Part number(not required, but helpful)
    -CPU
    -GPU
    -Operating system

    Helios 300 and Nitro 5 users DO NOT update the BIOS to version 1.22 if you don't want the keyboard's backlight to turn off after 30 seconds even when the device is plugged in.


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  • RizzitRizzit Posts: 9Member New User
    No its not there, I thought it was at first but I realised it was showing me the 2TB disk in 4 partitions and the SSD not there at all.
  • RizzitRizzit Posts: 9Member New User
    Updated to the latest BIOS now and no change :(
  • billseybillsey Posts: 6,289ACE Pathfinder

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    Check in Device Manager as well as Disk Management. Sometimes you'll need a driver update to see drives that aren't typical SATA connections.
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  • RizzitRizzit Posts: 9Member New User
    I could not find anything in device manager, did manage to install a 4TB SATA drive in the pull out bay without any headaches tonight, just wish the M.2 was so simple.
  • billseybillsey Posts: 6,289ACE Pathfinder

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    Try booting to recovery mode and use the command line to run diskpart to see if it sees the drive (list disk is the command). I don't see why it wouldn't show up in Disk Management if it's showing up in the BIOS.
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