How to open and upgrade HDD

Discussion in 'EP121 Slate' started by JohnathanKong, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. shigchiro

    shigchiro Pen Pal - Newbie

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    That won't work. Needs to be mSATA.
     
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    Question. If I do this am I violating the waranty?

    In other words, if the machine bricks because of a usb short out and I send it to Asus with an 80 GB SSD will they send it back and say "enjoy your new paperweight"? Will they know even if I put the 32 GB back in first?
     
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    Thank You!! This made upgrading my SSD quick and painless. Now
    I just need to return the external dvd burner that I'll never use again.
    Nice to have 120 GB of storage.
     
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    Thanks to all of the wonderful information in this forum I've successfully upgraded my 2/32 unit to 4/120. I performed the upgrades the same day I received my ep121 so I was able to reinstall the OS using the restore disks provided by ASUS. Again thanks to you all for all of the excellent info!
     
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    First off, let me begin by saying a big 'thank you!' to those who have come before me and shared their wisdom on how to do this. It was a tremendous help, and made a somewhat intimidating task a 15 minute process for me. I am rocking the Bulletproof 128 GB now.

    I wanted to share my advice on another really easy way to do this, using Acronis True Home. I have been using Acronis both personally and professionally for about 10 years now, and it just keeps getting better. It is $40.00, and is one of those purchases that pays for itself the first time that you use it.

    You don't need an external USB hub for this exercise. You will need:

    A USB thumb drive (you'll make it bootable using Acronis)
    A USB hard drive (where your Acronis image will be stored)
    A USB mouse
    A USB keyboard
    A small phillips screwdriver

    Install Acronis True Home on EP121
    Take a backup of your system, pointing it to your USB hard drive to store the image. This process took about 20 minutes on my 64 GB drive.
    When complete, plug in thumb drive, go to 'tools' in Acronis, and choose to make a startup disk using the thumb drive.
    Unplug the USB hard drive, and plug in the USB keyboard.
    Reboot the machine, and hold down the 'ESC' key. You should go into the bios settings.
    Choose boot options, and pick the thumb drive.
    Unplug keyboard, and plug in mouse.
    Reboot. You should boot into your Acronis drive.
    Once you have verified that this works, shut the machine down, and proceed with installation as mentioned above.
    Once complete, plug thumb drive and mouse back in.
    Boot machine.
    Should boot to Acronis. At the main screen, use USB mouse to click 'start Acronis'.
    Once in the main program, unplug the mouse. You won't need it.
    Plug in USB hard drive.
    Follow the prompts, telling Acronis to restore the image on your USB hard drive to the new SSD drive on your slate.
    Once complete, unplug USB hard drive and plug your keyboard back in.
    Reboot, holding ESC key.
    Back in bios, tell it to boot to the new SSD drive (rather than the thumb drive)
    Sit back, and enjoy life.

    Hope this helps someone else. Let me know if you have questions!
     
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    Thanks for this information.

    However, I couldn't get my case open.
    Any tips? I tried to pry it apart with my fingers at the usb ports but got no where. Also tried a credit card but it bent.
    I'm a little afraid of breaking something.

    Another question:
    Will a Crucial M4 128gb SSD work?

    Thanks in advance.

    (I'm running Windows 8 and love it).
     
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    M4 is 2.5 inch and a case..would not fit.

    Look at the links on ssd and you will see exactly how the ssd look like.
     
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