Fitting a second drive to a laptop - avoiding pitfalls?

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Found 2nd Dec 2016
Just had the mother of all nightmares after I foolishly disclosed I had fitted a second drive to a small 32GB laptop I bought from John Lewis ("Never knowingly good customer service" it seems) that needed escalating to and past the Operations Director to arrange a return when it was faulty out of the box. Oo

The laptop fits the needs very well of the friend I was helping with this except for the capacity (and the reliability of this one!), so wanting to try again from somewhere else, or find one very similar....so:

- Any manufacturer who explicitly support customer access of their laptop drive expansion bays?

- Any shops who understand this feature and recognise it does not cause a fault nor should it invalidate right to return either under warranty or, as in this case, actually the Consumer Rights Act.

The one I bought was an Asus E402SA(/MA) and it fits well. I know about the Medion equivalent, but slower, not exactly a stellar brand for reliability or warranty support anecdotally. sub 1080p screen not a deal breaker.

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I am not familiar with this machine or machines which utilise with eMMC ( embedded MultiMedia Card ). Do they really have the ability to fit a traditional HD or SSD inside them?

Any modifications to the hardware will void the warranty of any laptop as far as I'm aware.

If you don't break any of the warranty seals or make a dogs dinner of the job as long as you remove it drive before sending it back you should be fine.

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tardytortoise

I am not familiar with this machine or machines which utilise with eMMC … I am not familiar with this machine or machines which utilise with eMMC ( embedded MultiMedia Card ). Do they really have the ability to fit a traditional HD or SSD inside them?


Not all but the 2 I've mentioned do.
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