Is micro SATA drive on HP laptop bootable?

Gigabyte / Ep43-ud3l
April 4, 2013 at 20:33:19
Specs: Windows 7 64Bit, E8200/4GB
I am purchasing an HP quad laptop for my daughter (specs below) for Photoshop, Autocad 3D, & similar for design work. It has one drive bay (1TB HD) plus a micro SATA 32GB drive. If it turns out that she would like even more performance, I was wondering if I changed out the micro SATA drive for a 120GB version, would anyone know if the BIOS would support the larger microSATA drive, and would it support booting to it? This is not for an immediate upgrade, but in case it is needed, and certainly it would be a nice option. This would not be needed, but the particular model only has the room for a single drive bay (17" model would be too bulky and heavy) and the larger HD would still be needed and I have seen 120GB Micro SATA SSD drives in a reasonable price range.
Specs:
DV6TQE Quad series
Product: A3F49AV
i7-3610QM
GT650M 2GB GDDR5
8GB DDR3 (16GB 2x8 set 1600MGz 1.35V from New Egg to change out memory)
1TB 5400RPM HD
32GB mSSD HD acceleration cache
Windows 7 Home Premium
15.6" model (some specs left out for clarity)

added: I have searched HP's site and Googled, but nothing appears so far. I have download the service manual and the physical swap will not be very difficult, It would be nice to know now, rather than waiting and checking if the BIOS setting appear to support this.

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#1
April 5, 2013 at 06:43:00
Hard to find any HP specs that exactly match your description. That said, I found a site that discussed your configuration. Link below.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/wha...


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#2
April 5, 2013 at 08:21:48
The mSSD is for cache only. It teams up with the slow 5400RPM HDD to provide better performance. It's sort of like a hybrid drive except that the components are separate. I don't see how replacing it with a larger one would significantly improve performance. I couldn't find anything saying it can be used as a boot drive.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2012...

If you want the best performance possible, completely wipe the HDD, repartition, reformat, then install Windows from scratch using a retail disc. But I think you know that.


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#3
April 5, 2013 at 20:35:03
Service manual:
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manua...
Thank you for the links, they are more than I found. Some talk that it should be bootable, but no one so far has tried it, or at least I we have not seen anyone posting about it yet. My thought is that if the BIOS treats it as a regular SATA port, it should work. I guess eventually I will be able to look into this my self when it arrives from HP in a few weeks.
Of course, if anyone has tried this or even has a link to someone who has reported about it, it will be appreciated.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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