SSD drive for Toshiba Portege R705-P41

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I have a Toshiba Portege R705-P41 laptop that's around 2 years old. See link to it here: Link It came with a standard 500GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial ATA). I would like to replace that with a SSD drive (don't need more than 250GB or so). How do I know if I can put an SSD drive in it? And, what do I need to buy?

How hard is it to install? I've installed drives, cards, memory, ports, etc. in a desktop but have never opened up a laptop.

Help is appreciated.

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I have a VERY similar model (same age too) with the same question

Yep, you can. Standard 2.5" SSD will work.

RushnRockt said:   Yep, you can. Standard 2.5" SSD will work.

Thank you. I seem some discussion about msata support -- am I okay with an msata drive?

CMeys said:   RushnRockt said:   Yep, you can. Standard 2.5" SSD will work.

Thank you. I seem some discussion about msata support -- am I okay with an msata drive?


Not so sure about that, it appears to be SATA connector: http://www.crucial.com/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=DE3F267FA5C...

I've finally purchased a drive.

Now, I do not want to use my recovery disks or clone the old drive; I want to start new and clean.

I have a Windows 7 unused license and CD that I want to use. I've saved a backup of all drivers with Semper and downloaded all of the included apps from the Toshiba support site.

I've set the BIOS to boot from the optical drive. Do I need to do anything more to get going than to put the Windows CD in the drive and let it boot from that and install Windows? Obviously after that to reinstall any drivers still needed and then software.

Just want to be sure I'm not missing something before I start.

TIA.

nope, seems ready to launch


CMeys said:   I've finally purchased a drive.

Now, I do not want to use my recovery disks or clone the old drive; I want to start new and clean.

I have a Windows 7 unused license and CD that I want to use. I've saved a backup of all drivers with Semper and downloaded all of the included apps from the Toshiba support site.

I've set the BIOS to boot from the optical drive. Do I need to do anything more to get going than to put the Windows CD in the drive and let it boot from that and install Windows? Obviously after that to reinstall any drivers still needed and then software.

Just want to be sure I'm not missing something before I start.

TIA.

CMeys said:   Now, I do not want to use my recovery disks or clone the old drive; I want to start new and clean.

I have a Windows 7 unused license and CD that I want to use.

Is this a Windows 7 Upgrade copy? Because it's not going to let you install it on an empty drive. There's methods around it, detailed in these links:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade...
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_use_your_windows_7_u...

marsilies said:   CMeys said:   Now, I do not want to use my recovery disks or clone the old drive; I want to start new and clean.

I have a Windows 7 unused license and CD that I want to use.

Is this a Windows 7 Upgrade copy? Because it's not going to let you install it on an empty drive. There's methods around it, detailed in these links:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade...
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_use_your_windows_7_u...


Thanks, that won't be a problem. It's a regular copy, not an upgrade.



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