adding two SSD to razer 15

Discussion in 'Systems' started by motazhelal, Jul 4, 2018.

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  1. motazhelal

    motazhelal New Member

    hello everyone, i just wanted to know if i can add a 1tp SSD in the razer 15 and than add the original 256gb SSD with a Li-SUN M.2 SSD adapter, will that work just fine? or it won't give the full usage for the SSD??!
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  2. ROSteve

    ROSteve New Member

    There's only 1 m.2 slot. No additional storage mounting options.
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  3. TK-1987

    TK-1987 Active Member

    That adapter you linked is only a USB 3.0. So you will lose some speed. It will be functional though. But you will have a 256gb usb drive. I have seen youtubers us usb ssd's for there steam games. But I don't know from experience how much speed you'd lose. But, if you're gonna just use it as a fast thumb drive you'll be ok.
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  4. GR8-Ride

    GR8-Ride Member

    I'm pretty sure the factory SSD in the Blade 15 is a Samsung PM961, which means it's NVMe only, and not SATA compatible. As of this moment, there really are no NVMe to USB 3.0 adapter cards (M key) available. About the only device I've found is the Netstor Thunderbolt 3 external drive bay, which can support 2 x NVMe SSDs.

    All of the devices on Amazon / Alibaba et al are B + M key (SATA), so they won't fit the factory drive from the Blade 15.

    I've been looking into this for a few weeks now, as I've been looking for an easy way to "clone" my current 512GB SSD from my Blade 15 to my new 970 EVO 2TB drive. It looks like I'm in for a full re-install of Windows and starting from scratch (no big deal...just takes time, is all).

  5. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD
    And there’s also nvme adapter just released around last month from China exporter that I heard from user on same forum, forgot on which pages though.
  6. GR8-Ride

    GR8-Ride Member

    So why would you spend $2K+ on a laptop, and then throttle it with a 500 Mbps SSD instead of a 3200 Mbps SSD?

    By the way, it's a PM981 from Samsung as the factory drive...just pulled my unit open to confirm it.

    As to an NVMe to USB adapter, lots of folks have been talking about some vendor in China has one, or some other vendor in China has one, but no-one has been able to buy one yet. The ONLY one that I know works for certain is the Netstor unit (and it's something like $350 to buy it).

    The point being, while you can take the PM981 drive out of the Razer Blade 15, there aren't any external enclosures that you can utilize it with. I would rather buy an 850 EVO M.2 SATA drive and run that over USB 3.0 and almost be able to max out USB 3.0 speeds, than to throttle my boot drive down to SATA speeds AND run my ultra-fast NVMe drive (if you could get an enclosure that supports NVMe) at USB 3.0 speeds as well. Why buy an ultra-fast, $2000+ laptop and then run it with your foot on the proverbial brake pedal all the time?

  7. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    More storage in way cheaper price from nvme? For gaming needs HDD speeds is actually enough, only for video editing you may need fast ssd, SATA is fast enough for booting windows. I’ll prefer using 2.5 HDD speed instead SATA that is limited on 3.0 usb A speed. My Blade 15 now only has internal 256gb, games Media and works I put on 2 external 2,5 HDD 5TB and 2TB, and it costs me only €150, for 7TB you’ll never facing storage issues, and I load windows not 10 second.
  8. GR8-Ride

    GR8-Ride Member

    Sure, and in your case, you're not removing your fast NVMe drive and replacing it with something slower. You're using your 256 GB NVMe SSD as a boot drive, and running games (SteamLibrary etc) on an external HDD or SSD. That makes perfect sense, and I fully support that idea.

    I do something similar, though probably a bit over the top. I swapped out my 512GB PM981 for a Samsung 970 EVO 2TB as my boot drive, and I run a Samsung 860 EVO 4TB as my external media / games / storage drive. Admittedly, the external 4TB SSD is rather over the top, but over USB 3.1, it's still wickedly fast. I had a 2TB external HDD that was basically full, so I went crazy with something way over the top. Unfortunately it cost me a little more than 170 Euros though...
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