Need advise on SSD upgrade...


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Hello community!

I have a 2013 HP Envy dv7 laptop that has 2 SSD/ HDD slots. I have installed a Samsung 860 EVO in the primary caddy that hosts Windows, and a 1TB HDD (that came with the laptop) on the 2nd bay. Here are the specs:

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I'm planning to buy additional storage (1TB or 2 TB), but unable to decide between an external SSD or an internal one.

I'm NOT sure if my Motherboard supports modern PCIe/ M.2 slot.

I want to keep using my laptop as long as it works well, and I hope it will last me atleast another couple of years or more. But if for any reason I end up upgrading it any sooner (and even otherwise), I would like to be able to use the new SSD that I am planning to buy on the new laptop.

Essentially, I am looking at a modern, future proof purchase, preferably an internal one if it can work with my current laptop too.

Need advise on what to buy. Let me know if you need additional info.

Thanks.
 
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It is sata 2 so you will at most get about 300 MB/s. No nvme. So just get another SSD. Your system won't take full advantage of its speed, but it will be much better than a hard drive.
 

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It is sata 2 so you will at most get about 300 MB/s. No nvme. So just get another SSD. Your system won't take full advantage of its speed, but it will be much better than a hard drive.
Do modern laptops come with the traditional SSD slots? These days OEMs are preferring miniaturization as well as non-repairability, aka non-upgradability. Asking because if I buy an internal SATA SSD, will I be able to use it on the newer laptop (whenever that will be purchased)? I'm pretty sure that my next laptop will have the latest m.2 NVME, so that will only be used to install the OS.

Would you recommend that I just buy an external SSD to future-proof it? And if so, which one?
 

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You don't have any M.2 SSD slots in this model, if you want to increase the storage, you can either replace the 250GB SSD with a Samsung 870 Evo 2TB SSD or Crucial MX500 2TB SSD, there won't be any noticeable difference in performance.
 

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You don't have any M.2 SSD slots in this model, if you want to increase the storage, you can either replace the 250GB SSD with a Samsung 870 Evo 2TB SSD or Crucial MX500 2TB SSD, there won't be any noticeable difference in performance.
I'm confused between getting an internal or external SSD.

The external one will have the additional benefit of portability as well as using with my other laptop (which is currently my primary laptop). Given that this laptop is now over 8 years old, I am wondering if I should upgrade its internals (at the moment it is performing great).

If I get an internal SSD, then I might have to buy a case later if I can't install it on the new laptop, and this SATA SSD won't be as fast as NVME.
 

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    HP Envy dv7
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3630QM
    Motherboard
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    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Crucial MX500 on bay 1.
    1 TB Seagate HDD on bay 2.
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
You are limited by your hardware, what I would suggest if you are looking to upgrade the current system in a year or two that you do only minimal changes to this system.

My reason for this is that you will not get any benefit from a new SATA SSD in a new laptop in the future, Current laptops on sale which would be NVME and not compatible with your current SSD..

If you are desperate for space you could replace your current SSD with a larger one, what I would do is spend the money on an external backup storage Conventional spinner drive

When you upgrade in the future this drive can still retain it's purpose, and you could also retain the current SATA SSD in a case to provide portable spare fast storage
 

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I'm pretty sure that my next laptop will have the latest m.2 NVME
You are right. Any laptop your buy will use likely use M.2 as system drive and any additional storage slot will also be the same. So it really doesn't matter whether at this time you buy another SSD or HDD, you won't be able to use it internally in a new laptop. If you think m.2 will still be the standard when you buy, you could leave your setup as is and buy an m.2 and put it in an enclosure and use it for storage now. Sure, you will be sacrificing the speed but as it will be used for files you access only occasionally you probably won't notice it.
Then at such time you buy a new laptop, if that laptop uses m.2 you can use it internally and get all its advantages. If at that time, you still need more storage, you'll have the 2 drives you now have that can be used as external drives. By then usb 4 will be standard. Who knows, there may even be a usb 5. But consider this. By the time you buy, there could be an entirely different interface than m.2. It will all depend on how far into the future you buy a new laptop.

With technology advancing at such a fast pace, we can only guess at what laptops will be 2-3 years from now. If you don't want to take a chance that it might still be m.2, from an economic standpoint, you could just change out that 1 tb drive to a 2 or 4 tb sata to tide you over with storage until you get a new laptop. Compare the numbers in dollars and cents. Also think about how prices of m.2 drives will have decreased by then.
 

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I'm confused between getting an internal or external SSD.

The external one will have the additional benefit of portability as well as using with my other laptop (which is currently my primary laptop). Given that this laptop is now over 8 years old, I am wondering if I should upgrade its internals (at the moment it is performing great).

If I get an internal SSD, then I might have to buy a case later if I can't install it on the new laptop, and this SATA SSD won't be as fast as NVME.
2.5" HDD and SSD have same dimensions and connectors. are completely interchangeable. Where there's a place and connector for SATA HDD you can connect an SSD, They work same way.
SATA SSD may not be as fast as HVME but are helluva faster than any HDD. If you are replacing HDD with SSD, there's no reason it wouldn't work.
I would replace HDD with SSD and use USB adapter on HDD so you can use it as external. Unless your laptop has latest and fastest USB 3.1 all speed advantage of SSD connected as external will be lost.
 

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You are limited by your hardware, what I would suggest if you are looking to upgrade the current system in a year or two that you do only minimal changes to this system.

My reason for this is that you will not get any benefit from a new SATA SSD in a new laptop in the future, Current laptops on sale which would be NVME and not compatible with your current SSD..

If you are desperate for space you could replace your current SSD with a larger one, what I would do is spend the money on an external backup storage Conventional spinner drive

When you upgrade in the future this drive can still retain it's purpose, and you could also retain the current SATA SSD in a case to provide portable spare fast storage
Although more storage is welcome, I am not really running short on storage. If I organize my files well, I will be able to see much more free space that what I currently have, because there are a lot of duplicates that can be gotten rid of.

I won't be buying an HDD again. Already have a few and given the performance differentials, I will stick to SSDs or anything newer.
 

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    Windows 11
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    HP Envy dv7
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Crucial MX500 on bay 1.
    1 TB Seagate HDD on bay 2.
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
One other thing with regards to the current status of NVME drives, they are still fairly new and are in a constant state of improvement, ( this has always been the way with Computer hardware, at the start of availability the improvement curve is extremely steep and eventually will level out).

If you purchase a NVMe Drive now and put it into an external case until you update to a new laptop that can take advantage of it fully, by this time the devices will have improved massively and for the same price you pay now you will get a much faster drive, this is especially true if you buy the drive installed in a new laptop
 

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You are right. Any laptop your buy will use likely use M.2 as system drive and any additional storage slot will also be the same. So it really doesn't matter whether at this time you buy another SSD or HDD, you won't be able to use it internally in a new laptop. If you think m.2 will still be the standard when you buy, you could leave your setup as is and buy an m.2 and put it in an enclosure and use it for storage now. Sure, you will be sacrificing the speed but as it will be used for files you access only occasionally you probably won't notice it.
Then at such time you buy a new laptop, if that laptop uses m.2 you can use it internally and get all its advantages. If at that time, you still need more storage, you'll have the 2 drives you now have that can be used as external drives. By then usb 4 will be standard. Who knows, there may even be a usb 5. But consider this. By the time you buy, there could be an entirely different interface than m.2. It will all depend on how far into the future you buy a new laptop.

With technology advancing at such a fast pace, we can only guess at what laptops will be 2-3 years from now. If you don't want to take a chance that it might still be m.2, from an economic standpoint, you could just change out that 1 tb drive to a 2 or 4 tb sata to tide you over with storage until you get a new laptop. Compare the numbers in dollars and cents. Also think about how prices of m.2 drives will have decreased by then.
Which m.2 (and case) would you recommend?

I already have a Samsung T5 (1TB) and T7T (500 GB), so not too keen to invest in a similar product.

I would rather buy an m.2 and use it with a case for now because I can potentially install it in a future laptop, whenever that happens. As you said, there is not much benefit to buying a SATA SSD now, especially since my hardware is quite old now, even though it is currently performing really well.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy dv7
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Crucial MX500 on bay 1.
    1 TB Seagate HDD on bay 2.
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

@glasskuter

The replacement for the USB3 is already here, but it is not using the same connection The thunderbolt system is replacing the USB form factor on new Higher end devices with the connection using USB-C connectors I have a few NVMe drives in cases that I use with my Laptop Desktop , and even my Phone these are rated at 10+ Mb/s and are already out of date, with the 40Mb/s USB4 imminent ( the USB4 is a working title, I'm sure they'll think of some "Sexy" name for it, especially if Apple are involved, as they will need something they can trademark / Patent to screw money out of users
 

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    Dell XPS 17 9700
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    i7 10750H
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    Stock
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    32 GB
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    Stock 4 speaker
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    2TB M2 NVMe
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    Stock
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    Stock Trackpad +Logi Mx Master 3 or MX Ergo Trackball
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    Internet Speed
    950 MB Down 55 MB Up
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    Latest Chrome
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    BitDefender Total Security 2021
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    Also use an Adjustable Support for Laptop and Adjustable stand for monitor
Rrplace internal hdd with ssd for best performance. Put hdd in a usb3 caddy fir use as backup drive where performance is not really important.
 

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    ASUS Vivobook 14
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    I7
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    Yep, Laptop has one.
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    16 GB
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    Integrated Intel Iris XE
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    Realtek built in
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    Stella Artois
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    Edge mostly
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    Defender
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I Think you have had good advice on what to do and what to get. My choice would be to get internal at least then you can take it out and use in different machine in needed and I hate cable and things attached to my laptop
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
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    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
You don't have any M.2 SSD slots in this model, if you want to increase the storage, you can either replace the 250GB SSD with a Samsung 870 Evo 2TB SSD or Crucial MX500 2TB SSD, there won't be any noticeable difference in performance.
£234.99 for a 2TB Samsung 860 Evo 2.5 inch SATA SSD!? That's called legal theft TBH. One week ago on Cyber Monday I paid only 229 Euros for my new 2TB Samsung 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD that can do like more than a whole dozen times faster read speed in comparison... my laptop's M.2 socket is actually holding back the read speed of this SSD, as this SSD can do 7,000MB/s theroretical read speed via PCIe 4.0 (PCIe Gen4 ×4) whereas my laptop is limited to PCIe 3.0 (PCIe Gen1 ×4) so I am getting only 3,500MB/s out of this thing. The SSD that was inside my laptop when I bought it is a 512 GB M.2 (2280) SATA, Phison PS3111-S11 B27 that is capable of 500MB/s read and 500MB/s write.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
^ Yet that is the normal price for a 2TB 870 Evo. In the US it is $226 on sale. If you don't have an m.2 slot, then that is what you are looking at for a TLC SSD. I imagine the SATA SSD costs the same or more to manufacturer as an m.2 nvme SSD.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Photoshop/Game/tinker build
    CPU
    10900K, 5.2 GHz all cores
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Maximus Hero XIII Wifi
    Memory
    64GB (2x32) G.skill TridentZ RGB 4266 MHz (Hynix) @ 18-24-24-42
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus ROG Strix 4070 Ti OC
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio, Vanatoo Transparent One; Klipsch R-12SWi Sub; Creative Pebble Pro Minimilist
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eizo CG2730, ViewSonic VP2768
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p x 2
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB nvme, SK-Hynix 2 TB P41 nvme, Raid 0: 1TB 850 EVO + 1TB 860 EVO SSD. Sabrent USB-C DS-SC5B 5-bay docking station: 6TB WDC Black, 6TB Ironwolf Pro; 2x 2TB WDC Black
    PSU
    850W Seasonic Vertex PX-850
    Case
    Fractal Design Meshify 2 dark tint glass
    Cooling
    EKWB 360 Nucleus Dark AIO w/Phanteks T30-120 fans, 1 Noctua NF-A14 Chromax case fan
    Keyboard
    Glorious GMMK TKL mechanical, lubed modded
    Mouse
    Logitech G305 wireless gaming
    Internet Speed
    380 Mb/s down, 12 Mb/s up
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender, Macrium Reflect 8 ;-)
  • Operating System
    Mac OS
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple 13" Macbook Pro 2020 (m1)
    CPU
    Apple M1
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1600
    Browser
    Firefox
@barman58 Yep, that's what I meant about "who knows" what it will be 2-3 yrs. from now, so buying a larger drive one can use internally in the future is a gamble. The gamble and the prices being what they are right now, it just makes sense to me to take the most cost efficient route to meet my immediate needs and let the future take care of itself.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3155
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Beelink SEI8
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8279u
    Motherboard
    AZW SEI
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 2666Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus 655
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus ProArt PA278QV
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    512GB NVMe
    PSU
    NA
    Case
    NA
    Cooling
    NA
    Keyboard
    NA
    Mouse
    NA
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Mini PC used for testing Windows 11.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Ryzen 9 5900x
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Strix X570-E Gaming
    Memory
    64GB DDR4-3600
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA GeForce 3080 FT3 Ultra
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS TUF Gaming VG27AQ. ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27” WQHD
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    2TB WD SN850 PCI-E Gen 4 NVMe
    2TB Sandisk Ultra 2.5" SATA SSD
    PSU
    Seasonic Focus 850
    Case
    Fractal Meshify S2 in White
    Cooling
    Dark Rock Pro CPU cooler, 3 x 140mm case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Keyboard
    Corsiar K65 RGB Lux
    Internet Speed
    500/50
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Photoshop/Game/tinker build
    CPU
    10900K, 5.2 GHz all cores
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Maximus Hero XIII Wifi
    Memory
    64GB (2x32) G.skill TridentZ RGB 4266 MHz (Hynix) @ 18-24-24-42
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus ROG Strix 4070 Ti OC
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio, Vanatoo Transparent One; Klipsch R-12SWi Sub; Creative Pebble Pro Minimilist
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eizo CG2730, ViewSonic VP2768
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p x 2
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB nvme, SK-Hynix 2 TB P41 nvme, Raid 0: 1TB 850 EVO + 1TB 860 EVO SSD. Sabrent USB-C DS-SC5B 5-bay docking station: 6TB WDC Black, 6TB Ironwolf Pro; 2x 2TB WDC Black
    PSU
    850W Seasonic Vertex PX-850
    Case
    Fractal Design Meshify 2 dark tint glass
    Cooling
    EKWB 360 Nucleus Dark AIO w/Phanteks T30-120 fans, 1 Noctua NF-A14 Chromax case fan
    Keyboard
    Glorious GMMK TKL mechanical, lubed modded
    Mouse
    Logitech G305 wireless gaming
    Internet Speed
    380 Mb/s down, 12 Mb/s up
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender, Macrium Reflect 8 ;-)
  • Operating System
    Mac OS
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple 13" Macbook Pro 2020 (m1)
    CPU
    Apple M1
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1600
    Browser
    Firefox
^ Yet that is the normal price for a 2TB 870 Evo. In the US it is $226 on sale. If you don't have an m.2 slot, then that is what you are looking at for a TLC SSD. I imagine the SATA SSD costs the same or more to manufacturer as an m.2 nvme SSD.
That's a lot of money to be spending on a slow SSD even if it's still a tad faster than that 512GB Phison that I threw out of my laptop four days ago. Especially in light of the fact that it can't turn a HP laptop from 2013 into a new one.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
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