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Upgrading Asus 1201pn


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#1 dazza555

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 12:05 AM

Hi all

 

The current specs of my computer are:

 

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 
 
Display: 12.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1366x768) Screen
 
CPU: Intel® Atom™ N450 Processor
 
Chipset: Intel® NM10 Express Chipset
 
Memory: DDR2, 1 x SO-DIMM 2GB
 
Storage: 2.5" SATA 320GB HDD 
 
Wireless Data Network:
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
Bluetooth V2.1+EDR(Optional)
Camera: 0.3 M Pixel Camera
 
Audio: 
Hi-Definition Audio CODEC 
Stereo Speakers
High Quality Mic
Interface:
1 x VGA Connector
3 x USB 2.0 
1 x LAN RJ-45 
1 x HDMI
2 x Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-In)
1 x Card Reader : SD/ SDHC/ MMC
 
Basically I want to upgrade two things and I'm fairly confident about how to go about it but I would still appreciate some guidance and conformation that my line of thinking is correct.
 
Firstly I would like to upgrade the HDD with a SSD. Can I simply clone my current drive to a new SSD and swap them over? I have read that the bios needs to support the SSD but after much searching I am unsure if my computer's bios does.
 
Secondly, and this is where I have done little research so far, can I upgrade my RAM. I'm under the opinion that windows 7 32bit can support up to 4gb of memory (may display something like 3.2gb though). When I first purchased the computer I rang asus and asked about upgrading the RAM. They simply said we can't guarantee support of anything over 2gb. Now I have no idea if I have any free slots or what my options are for a RAM upgrade or if its even worth it so I'd greatly appreciate some input on this matter.
 
Cheers and thanks for any advice.
 


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 02:52 AM

Hi, you can certainly clone your current drive to the new SSD and do a swap over. A SSD upgrade is supported for your netbook as it uses the same SATA interface and i do believe the Bios does not determine whether a system can utilise a SSD or not. One other thing to note is, the SSD will be bottlenecked by the SATA2 interface on the netbook but nevertheless, the snappy and responsiveness will be much better then a HDD.

 

From what i have gathered, your netbook only has a single RAM slot and according to Asus and Crucial, the maximum RAM it can support is 2GB of RAM. So essentially, you're stuck with 2GB of ram which isn't too bad for basic uses like browsing the internet, word processing etc. 


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 23 June 2014 - 03:20 AM

Thanks killerx525 that answers all my questions perfectly. Shame about the RAM but it'll do for what I need.

Before I go researching which SSD to get do you have any advice of what to look for or which brands are reputable?

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:45 AM

There a lot of SSD brands on the market and i suppose the cheaper you go, the lower the quality of the NAND in the SSD is but popular 120GB SSD's like the Samsung Evo series, Crucial M500, Intel 530 are solid in terms of performance and reliability while maintaining a reasonable price tag. Is there a specific capacity and price range you're looking at?


>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:17 AM

I mostly store things on external hdds so I don't need much. Enough to install windows, several programs and about 50gb for storage of my uni files. So around 120gb all up would be plenty.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:29 AM

Sorry, completely skipped over the price part, price tag isn't really important I'm happy with around $250 but I'm happy to pay more if I'm going to get better. Thanks for the help so far.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 04:14 PM

Also one other question is where you're are located, so i can direct you to a specific site in your area to purchase the SSD?


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 June 2014 - 10:59 AM

I'm in Melbourne, Victoria.

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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:06 PM

Ah perfect, a awesome well known online store is PcCaseGear which are based in Mulgrave. If you want a good value SSD then the Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB for $149 is a great price and the 120GB model is $89.


>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 05:30 AM

Wow, at that price I'll go for the 240g one. Thanks for all your help. When dealing with partions on a ssd is there anything special to know or does it work the same as a hdd? I'm thinking partitions are probably a bit redundant on a ssd anyway. Asus however have a hidden recovery partition on my current drive so I'd like to keep it that way.

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 07:55 AM

Hmmm, with the recovery partition it will not be cloned over unless you manually partition the SSD and then clone both the recovery partition and OS separately. Personally, i would not bother with it as it can be a hassle and may lead to some potential problems during the process.


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 04:02 AM

What problems might I encounter? The recovery partition is only 12.1GB so I'm not losing a large bit of my new drive. Am I better off cloning my C drive and copying the files from my D drive partition that I want onto the new drive and keep the old hdd to use as a recovery disk? I already have a sata to usb cable (extremely handy cable too) so its not much trouble to do things that way. Am I correct in assuming that creating partitions on a ssd is not useful at all? I'll be picking up the new ssd tomorrow anyway.

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 04:32 AM

The sort of problem could be is the cloning may break the recovery feature but your idea of keeping the original drive with everything intact for future recovery process is not bad a idea. Whether creating partitions on a SSD is useful or not depends on your needs, for example, on my Macbook, i have my SSD spilt in two partitions so i could install Windows 8.1 while still use OSX. 


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 June 2014 - 10:26 AM

That answers my question mostly. About the partitions though on a hdd it makes sense to have seperate partitions for the OS and storage so the computer can boot and run programs faster cause the files are in a smaller space and all close together. I was wondering if this still applies to a ssd because there's no distance a head needs to travel. Thank you so much for all your help too, really appreciate it.

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 04:00 PM

You can spilt the SSD for storage purposes too and the speed of the SSD should not be affected at all. Although, a SSD is not intended to be used as a storage drive and it is highly recommended not to fill up the SSD to it's near capacity.


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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