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How to tell if one of the M.2 SSD's would work on my older Dell laptop (Precision M4500)?

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How to tell if one of the M.2 SSD's would work on my older Dell laptop (Precision M4500)?

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Post by scottr954 » Wed May 22, 2019 1:07 am

I was considering this one:

HP EX900 M.2 1TB PCIe 3.1 x4 NVMe 3D TLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Max 2100 MBps 5XM46AA#ABC

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Post by scottr954 » Wed May 22, 2019 1:23 am

Hi Jay. I'd think that paper was written prior to the existence of the M.2 SSD's.

Also, it says SSD "up to 256GB". So that means anything larger in storage capacity wouldn't work?? That's hard to believe.

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Post by mxer » Wed May 22, 2019 4:38 am

All that I can say is that SATA, MSATA, & M2.SATA all have different connections, so you would need to check that you have the right one.
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Post by JayM » Wed May 22, 2019 4:52 am

scottr954 wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 1:23 am
Hi Jay. I'd think that paper was written prior to the existence of the M.2 SSD's.

Also, it says SSD "up to 256GB". So that means anything larger in storage capacity wouldn't work?? That's hard to believe.
I wouldn't think so either, Scott. My guess is that was the largest SSD available at the time Dell published the laptop's specs. Note the copyright date at the bottom of that PDF document: 2010.

I think the best thing for the OP to do would be to contact the tech support at the store he plans to buy his SSD from and ask whether it's compatible with his laptop, and buy from a place with a liberal return policy in case it doesn't work.
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Post by scottr954 » Wed May 22, 2019 8:16 pm

mxer wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 4:38 am
All that I can say is that SATA, MSATA, & M2.SATA all have different connections, so you would need to check that you have the right one.
Ah, that I didn't know! Thank you!!

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Post by scottr954 » Wed May 22, 2019 8:17 pm

JayM wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 4:52 am
scottr954 wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 1:23 am
Hi Jay. I'd think that paper was written prior to the existence of the M.2 SSD's.

Also, it says SSD "up to 256GB". So that means anything larger in storage capacity wouldn't work?? That's hard to believe.
I wouldn't think so either, Scott. My guess is that was the largest SSD available at the time Dell published the laptop's specs. Note the copyright date at the bottom of that PDF document: 2010.

I think the best thing for the OP to do would be to contact the tech support at the store he plans to buy his SSD from and ask whether it's compatible with his laptop, and buy from a place with a liberal return policy in case it doesn't work.
You're absolutely right! Thanks Jay!

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Re: How to tell if one of the M.2 SSD's would work on my older Dell laptop (Precision M4500)?

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Post by Stevo » Wed May 22, 2019 9:21 pm

I believe the M.2 interface didn't start appearing in laptops until around 2015 or so.

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Post by scottr954 » Wed May 22, 2019 9:56 pm

Stevo wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 9:21 pm
I believe the M.2 interface didn't start appearing in laptops until around 2015 or so.
I heard they're very fast! But I also heard they plug right into the motherboard. But I'm not 100% sure about that.

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