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Hey guys. I'm about to purchase a Samsung 840 250GB SSD for the Asus A53Z laptop.

I have two questions, however.

1.) The current HDD in the laptop is a Hitachi 5K750-750. According to the physical specs of it, while the form factor (2.5) is the same, the height is 9mm where as the SSD is 7mm. Would this be a problem?

HDD:
http://www.hgst.com/travelstar-5k750

SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147186

2.) The laptop is SATA II, would that pose a big bottleneck?

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: Another thing I noticed is, when I removed the HDD from the laptop, there was this thin aluminum (?) cover around the HDD. It bends quite easily. What purpose does that serve?
Edited by vinton13 - 1/29/13 at 4:06pm
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Originally Posted by vinton13 View Post

Hey guys. I'm about to purchase a Samsung 840 250GB SSD for the Asus A53Z laptop.

I have two questions, however.

1.) The current HDD in the laptop is a Hitachi 5K750-750. According to the physical specs of it, while the form factor (2.5) is the same, the height is 9mm where as the SSD is 7mm. Would this be a problem?

HDD:
http://www.hgst.com/travelstar-5k750

SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147186

2.) The laptop is SATA II, would that pose a big bottleneck?

Thanks in advance.

Not sure about the size, but in reference to the SATAII thing, you'll of course run at SATAII speeds, but that's still ~285 (what I run with my Vertex 3 on SATAII)
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Usually the size thing isn't an issue - you just screw the screws in a bit more or a bit less. The only time it's an issue is when the SATA connector is on the side of the bay door, forcing you to insert the drive upside down. With a thinner drive, it will then be "floating" (2mm off the bay floor) - but a bit of crumpled paper or something should solve that.
     
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Usually the size thing isn't an issue - you just screw the screws in a bit more or a bit less. The only time it's an issue is when the SATA connector is on the side of the bay door, forcing you to insert the drive upside down. With a thinner drive, it will then be "floating" (2mm off the bay floor) - but a bit of crumpled paper or something should solve that.

Well, there aren't any screws securing the drive other than the cover itself. The rubber around the drive is pretty tight though. Luckily the connector isn't on the side of the bay door. biggrin.gif
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