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Hey,

I am in the process of purchasing the Y580 (from my previous thread) and I am also planning on purchasing the Samsung 830 SSD with 128gb of space. I was planning on just replacing the SSD with the Hard drive, but since I am going to use this laptop than just gaming and as my day to day use laptop as well, I have just decided to include it in with the Hard drive and sacrifice some speed. I have heard that I should place everything regarding the OS and basic programs on the SSD and the rest for the hard drive. I was wondering how I am able to do this? Everything should be on the hard drive already and I have no idea on how I'm suppose to include that in the SSD from the hard drive. I know of the data transfer kit, but would that be necessary in this case? I also read that formatting it on the SSD will make it faster than just transferring it from the hard drive.

any help is appreciated. thanks!
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When you say include, do you mean a hybrid drive? If so, then you just plop the hybrid dive in the laptop and install windows on it. You don't have to do anything fancy with it.
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Include as in just keep the hard drive that is included in the laptop and add the SSD with it.

Thanks for the comment!
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Assuming it has a free hard drive spot which I'm sure it does, you just connect the SSD as you would a HDD, install windows on it and off you go biggrin.gif
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Okay, thanks!

From what I can understand, I should reformat the laptop with the original Hard drive, install the SSD, and go into BIOS and make it my primary drive and it will automatically install Windows onto it. Is this correct or am I missing something?
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Okay, thanks!
From what I can understand, I should reformat the laptop with the original Hard drive, install the SSD, and go into BIOS and make it my primary drive and it will automatically install Windows onto it. Is this correct or am I missing something?
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
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I am not the proper answer man for this.
Is your laptop set up for two HDD drives? If not are you willing to sacrifice the DVD burner for a HDD cady?

Go into BIOS, insure it is set to ACHI or RAID to enable SSD recognition.
When you install SSD, get latest firmware, install latest firmware if needed..
Install Windows and drivers. (I believe laptops set up a Windows image partition?)
Install programs you want on SSD. AntiVirus. Office. Favorite games (2 or 3?)

When you are satisfied add HDD. At this point I am not certain, besides specifying download location what you need to do to keep what you want on SSD and the rest on HDD.

The two points, enable ACHI or RAID, update firmware if needed are aways mentioned.
A clean windows install is preferred.

Defrag should be disabled for SSD, TRIM enabled.

Comments? sugguestions?
I think a 128 GB SSD has about a 115 GB of usable space,
When you load an SSD more thn half way it can slow down. TRIM and Garbage Collection are important at this point.

Anyone?
Edited by brasslad - 11/22/12 at 2:34pm
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As far as I'm aware, the Y580 has one mSATA slot and one 2.5" slot. Unless, the SSD you're getting is mSATA (there is a Samsung PM830 mSATA but as far as I'm aware, that's OEM only for now), dunno how you'll be able to use both SSD and HDD on that laptop.
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Originally Posted by AndyM95 View Post

http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
This will explain everything smile.gif
Thanks for the link! I really needed that.
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Originally Posted by brasslad View Post

I am not the proper answer man for this.
Is your laptop set up for two HDD drives? If not are you willing to sacrifice the DVD burner for a HDD cady?
Go into BIOS, insure it is set to ACHI or RAID to enable SSD recognition.
When you install SSD, get latest firmware, install latest firmware if needed..
Install Windows and drivers. (I believe laptops set up a Windows image partition?)
Install programs you want on SSD. AntiVirus. Office. Favorite games (2 or 3?)
When you are satisfied add HDD. At this point I am not certain, besides specifying download location what you need to do to keep what you want on SSD and the rest on HDD.
The two points, enable ACHI or RAID, update firmware if needed are aways mentioned.
A clean windows install is preferred.
Defrag should be disabled for SSD, TRIM enabled.
Comments? sugguestions?
I think a 128 GB SSD has about a 115 GB of usable space,
When you load an SSD more thn half way it can slow down. TRIM and Garbage Collection are important at this point.
Anyone?
Thanks for the info. As I do not have the laptop and the SSD right now, I can't answer some of your questions.
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna View Post

As far as I'm aware, the Y580 has one mSATA slot and one 2.5" slot. Unless, the SSD you're getting is mSATA (there is a Samsung PM830 mSATA but as far as I'm aware, that's OEM only for now), dunno how you'll be able to use both SSD and HDD on that laptop.
Lol, well I guess I screwed up then. I am still a beginner in the hardware aspect of computers in general, it seems I did not do enough research. I guess I just have to stick to replacing the hard drive completely with the SSD.
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