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Is it possible to upgrade an iSSD in an ultrabook?

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I have an Asus S46 Ultrabook which has a 24GB iSSD and a 1 TB mechanical drive. I downgraded from Win 8 to Win 7 and as a result the SSD is not really functioning as a Hybrid Cache device.

If I could upgrade the SSD to something bigger (64 or 128 GB), I could then just load my OS onto the iSSD and use the mechanical drive as storage.

I haven't been able to determine (without taking the laptop apart) if I can indeed just swap out the iSSD entirely.

Is this possible?



It currently has a Sandisk i100 24GB SSD and a Western Digital 1 TB mechanical drive.


Apparently Sandisk makes the iSSD up to 128 GB in capacity.

http://www.sandisk.com/products/embedded/issd/

I found a Canadian etailer that sells the 64GB and 128 versions ($90/$161) and would happily pay that price if it would work. They are actually in the greater Toronto area so I could get the part pretty easily.

http://www.agileelectronics.ca/search/product-search.asp?product_search=SANDISK%20%20ISSD


Thanks
Edited by Robilar - 2/13/13 at 5:13pm
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It appears to be an SSD that is soldered to the motherboard. For that reason, you cannot replace it without professional soldering equipment.

Sorry
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That is what I was afraid of... I figured because I could find the part to buy, it could be swapped.

Kind of a silly decision, it would be so easy to put a decent SSD in these ultrabooks.
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