M.2 32GB SSD LITEON CS1-SP32-11 42mm + Bracket - eBay / ecomputers-org-uk - £12.99
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M.2 32GB SSD LITEON CS1-SP32-11 42mm + Bracket - eBay / ecomputers-org-uk - £12.99

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Found 7th Jul 2016
eBay deal but they seem to have lots in stock.
32GB M.2 SSD
Not the largest but handy if you want to use a free M.2 slot for cache or to dual boot a laptop (I've got linux on it)
£12.99 delivered


42mm size but comes with a bracket too
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Too small even as a bootable drive for Windows. Great for certain distros of Linux though.
malachi

Too small even as a bootable drive for Windows. Great for certain … Too small even as a bootable drive for Windows. Great for certain distros of Linux though.


Sure about that? Plenty tablets come with 32GB. My Linx 10 does and it's fine. Horses for courses.
piginabox

Sure about that? Plenty tablets come with 32GB. My Linx 10 does and it's … Sure about that? Plenty tablets come with 32GB. My Linx 10 does and it's fine. Horses for courses.

Yeah, you need to compress the Windows installation though (which will slow it down slightly):
COMPACT.EXE /CompactOS:always
Ideal as a cache drive tho.

My HP laptop has a slot just for these that can only be used for cache drives. Well, you can use it for boot drive but tediously.
How long do we reckon these drives might have been in use? Can we estimate how much life they've got left in them? Seller's description says they've been pulled from Dell laptops (and does mention 90 day return policy, which sounds good).
HarryFenner

How long do we reckon these drives might have been in use? Can we … How long do we reckon these drives might have been in use? Can we estimate how much life they've got left in them? Seller's description says they've been pulled from Dell laptops (and does mention 90 day return policy, which sounds good).



Says pulled from new dell laptops so I guess these are cache drives being resold. If the description's accurate though they should have no wear.

Word of warning though they're not fast, I've got a 128GB liteon SSD in my dell venue 11 pro and it's fine most of the time but has poor 4k random performance and sometimes stutters.
CampGareth

Says pulled from new dell laptops so I guess these are cache drives being … Says pulled from new dell laptops so I guess these are cache drives being resold. If the description's accurate though they should have no wear.Word of warning though they're not fast, I've got a 128GB liteon SSD in my dell venue 11 pro and it's fine most of the time but has poor 4k random performance and sometimes stutters.



What operating system is on it?
CampGareth

Says pulled from new dell laptops so I guess these are cache drives being … Says pulled from new dell laptops so I guess these are cache drives being resold. If the description's accurate though they should have no wear.Word of warning though they're not fast, I've got a 128GB liteon SSD in my dell venue 11 pro and it's fine most of the time but has poor 4k random performance and sometimes stutters.



Thanks for the info on your experience. I'm just looking to replace the OS disk (2007-era 500GB, Western Digital) on my old Vostro 200 MT, so I think I'd still be winning!
HarryFenner

Thanks for the info on your experience. I'm just looking to replace the … Thanks for the info on your experience. I'm just looking to replace the OS disk (2007-era 500GB, Western Digital) on my old Vostro 200 MT, so I think I'd still be winning!




But does your Dell laptop have the m.2 connection this requires?
is this compatable with a c720 chromebook?
HarryFenner

Thanks for the info on your experience. I'm just looking to replace the … Thanks for the info on your experience. I'm just looking to replace the OS disk (2007-era 500GB, Western Digital) on my old Vostro 200 MT, so I think I'd still be winning!



Oh yeah you'd be winning, any SSD is far better than a hard drive. I've just gotten used to Intel 335s (which are considered quite slow these days) so I'm a little spoiled :P
tonyt3rry

is this compatable with a c720 chromebook?



No.
rvcshart

Ideal as a cache drive tho.My HP laptop has a slot just for these that … Ideal as a cache drive tho.My HP laptop has a slot just for these that can only be used for cache drives. Well, you can use it for boot drive but tediously.


Would that be done in the bios? Or in the software eg Adobe After effect?
The Dell XPS 9550s come with 1TB HDDs, with these 32GB drives for cache, effectively to create an SSHD.

The lower tier i5 9550s can come in around 900 quid if you know where to shop. Stick an SSD in them, and they're 300 quid more at least.

I think I know how these guys are making their money.

booper

Would that be done in the bios? Or in the software eg Adobe After effect?



Ya know I've had my hp about 2 years but never tried it so dunno. Most likely bios I expect.

My HP came with a free upgrade to a 1TB SSHD anyway so I never really saw much point in the hassle.
Edited by: "DuckDuck86" 7th Jul 2016
malachi

Too small even as a bootable drive for Windows. Great for certain … Too small even as a bootable drive for Windows. Great for certain distros of Linux though.


32 bit win 10 should be perfectly fine
32gb isn't really that useful.

£12.99 + another £12.99 delivery, and this deal isn't particularly good either.

I'd get a 128gb USB3.0 nano flash drive over something like this. Cheaper, almost as fast and much bigger capacity.

That said, a 42mm M.2 would fit perfectly as a replacement drive for the Acer 720 Chromebook. But that said, is there really much point in spending £26 to replace a 16gb drive with a 32gb one??
Edited by: "Picard123" 7th Jul 2016
Picard123

32gb isn't really that useful.£12.99 + another £12.99 delivery, and this d … 32gb isn't really that useful.£12.99 + another £12.99 delivery, and this deal isn't particularly good either.I'd get a 128gb USB3.0 nano flash drive over something like this. Cheaper, almost as fast and much bigger capacity.That said, a 42mm M.2 would fit perfectly as a replacement drive for the Acer 720 Chromebook. But that said, is there really much point in spending £26 to replace a 16gb drive with a 32gb one??


It's £12.99 delivered. Obviously a typo in first post - if you look at the auction the listed price is £12.99 and standard delivery is free, with the option for next day at £6.49.
reddragon105

It's £12.99 delivered. Obviously a typo in first post - if you look at … It's £12.99 delivered. Obviously a typo in first post - if you look at the auction the listed price is £12.99 and standard delivery is free, with the option for next day at £6.49.



That's not too bad I suppose. Its just that the capacity doesn't make it that useful.

You can get a 128gb 42mm M.2 drive for ~£43 which is probably the better deal:

ballicom.co.uk/ts1…wcB

Edited by: "Picard123" 7th Jul 2016
If 32Gb cost £12.99 and 128Gb cost £24.99... what's the sweet spot for the 64Gb ones?
pedrorq

If 32Gb cost £12.99 and 128Gb cost £24.99... what's the sweet spot for t … If 32Gb cost £12.99 and 128Gb cost £24.99... what's the sweet spot for the 64Gb ones?



128GB for £24.99 - where from?
reddragon105

It's £12.99 delivered. Obviously a typo in first post - if you look at … It's £12.99 delivered. Obviously a typo in first post - if you look at the auction the listed price is £12.99 and standard delivery is free, with the option for next day at £6.49.



Sorry, typo - corrected. Thanks reddragon
Picard123

That's not too bad I suppose. Its just that the capacity doesn't make it … That's not too bad I suppose. Its just that the capacity doesn't make it that useful.You can get a 42mm M.2 drive for ~£43 which is probably the better deal:https://www.ballicom.co.uk/ts128gmts400-transcend-mts400.p1087814.html?ref=PLA&gclid=CjwKEAjw-_e7BRDs97mdpJzXwh0SJABSdUH0C75nMS9BGWtwdRY18GDpB9SFjvr-Q3wA6SN_PnJ46BoCXEfw_wcB


Yeah, agreed. I'm in the market for one because I've just got a new laptop that stated it had a second HD bay, so I was just going to move over the 2x 2.5" HDs from my old laptop, which were a 120gb SSD and a 2tb mechanical drive - but then I opened up my new laptop to find that the second bay is M.2! So if I want the same setup I'm going to have to replace my 120gb SSD with an M.2. I don't want to compromise on capacity, need more if anything, so if anyone knows of a good price on a 120-256gb M.2 it would be much appreciated. Shame they're not as well priced as 2.5" SSDs - wouldn't have bought this laptop if I'd known about it!
Nice find - these are basically the old pre-installed Smart Cache drives that work with Intel SRT from Dells by their description. I got an M.2 and put it in one of these (well, a similar model box):
https://www.amazon.co.uk/ZTC-Thunder-Enclosure-NGFF-M-2/dp/B00KQ4LNJC

To create an ultra-fast, low-latency portable USB drive - up to 450MB/s!
BubaMan

Yeah, you need to compress the Windows installation though (which will … Yeah, you need to compress the Windows installation though (which will slow it down slightly):COMPACT.EXE /CompactOS:always



​Windows 10 Pro will sit comfortably on ~16GB. with updates and page file, ~24GB. this drive is fine for a Win 10 boot drive.
reddragon105

Shame they're not as well priced as 2.5" SSDs - wouldn't have bought this … Shame they're not as well priced as 2.5" SSDs - wouldn't have bought this laptop if I'd known about it!


Well, that's the thinner + lighter ultrabook obsession. I blame Apple
However, if you are not limited to 2242 the larger physical sizes are cheaper. Not as good as 2.5" SSDs but better than the tiny ones. Plus higher capacities are available.
Edited by: "Gkains" 7th Jul 2016
Gkains

Well, that's the thinner + lighter ultrabook obsession. I blame … Well, that's the thinner + lighter ultrabook obsession. I blame AppleHowever, if you are not limited to 2242 the larger physical sizes are cheaper. Not as good as 2.5" SSDs but better than the tiny ones. Plus higher capacities are available.


It's a lovely laptop (HP Envy 17-n065na) and it certainly is thin and light but, having removed the bottom to take a look, it does seem like there would be enough room for a second 2.5" drive bay if other things were shuffled around a bit. Maybe not if it was a 15" model but in the 17" versions there's no excuse really. Maybe I'll get an adapter to put a 2.5" drive in the DVD bay.

What are the different sizes and how do I know which one I need?
Running 10 Pro with 23 programs installed: firefox, chrome, word 2016 etc. = 18GB


Edited by: "leetron" 8th Jul 2016
ollie87

No.



Wrong! The C720 uses M2 2242.
BubaMan

Yeah, you need to compress the Windows installation though (which will … Yeah, you need to compress the Windows installation though (which will slow it down slightly):COMPACT.EXE /CompactOS:always



That's complete rubbish. I've installed Windows 7 through to 10 a lot in the last few weeks and I've never had to jump through any extra hoops because of a 32GB boot drive.
piginabox

128GB for £24.99 - where from?



I'm sure he's referring to regular 128GB SSDs (like that Patriot Blast the other day) not M.2 ones.
omgpleasespamme

That's complete rubbish. I've installed Windows 7 through to 10 a lot in … That's complete rubbish. I've installed Windows 7 through to 10 a lot in the last few weeks and I've never had to jump through any extra hoops because of a 32GB boot drive.

Installed, yes... used for 12 months with programs, updates, downloads and cache, less so.
It's not essential but it's highly recommended.
verbumSapienti

​Windows 10 Pro will sit comfortably on ~16GB. with updates and page f … ​Windows 10 Pro will sit comfortably on ~16GB. with updates and page file, ~24GB. this drive is fine for a Win 10 boot drive.

Windows will detect the small drive on installation and automatically compact the OS.
All 16GB Win10 devices will be 32 bit and compressed - check with COMPACT.EXE /CompactOS

Windows 8.1 used a technology called WIMBoot instead - the base Windows installation is compressed into a .wim file (hidden by the OS) and changes to that are stored as regular files.
MS Changed this method to compressed system files for Windows 10 as this way, system files can stay compressed when patched.
Edited by: "BubaMan" 8th Jul 2016
plewis00

I'm sure he's referring to regular 128GB SSDs (like that Patriot Blast … I'm sure he's referring to regular 128GB SSDs (like that Patriot Blast the other day) not M.2 ones.



Phew! Thought I'd missed that when searching, ta.
BubaMan

Windows will detect the small drive on installation and automatically … Windows will detect the small drive on installation and automatically compact the OS.All 16GB Win10 devices will be 32 bit and compressed - check with COMPACT.EXE /CompactOSWindows 8.1 used a technology called WIMBoot instead - the base Windows installation is compressed into a .wim file (hidden by the OS) and changes to that are stored as regular files.MS Changed this method to compressed system files for Windows 10 as this way, system files can stay compressed when patched.



​not true I'm afraid. here is my HP Stream 32GB eMMC showing version, disk size and that it is not compacted https://s32.postimg.org/6iqfesl7p/20160708_232219.jpg
verbumSapienti

​not true I'm afraid. here is my HP Stream 32GB eMMC showing version, d … ​not true I'm afraid. here is my HP Stream 32GB eMMC showing version, disk size and that it is not compacted

I said 16GB.
It's advisable on 32GB though.
BubaMan

I said 16GB.It's advisable on 32GB though.



​this is a 32gb drive - why mention 16gb? I have not seen any documentation that advises what you are advising for 32gb drives. they are usually slow anyway i.e. eMMC, and come in devices with processors and batteries that would struggle with the endless decompression. I would not advise compacting this drive unless you are desperate for the ~10% capacity gain, which Windows 10 is fine without.
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