It’s getting easier to buy bigger SSDs for the Steam Deck and Surface PCs

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Expanding / Microsoft’s Surface devices have user-replaceable SSDs, but they are hard to find in the right (physical) size.

Andrew Cunningham

Microsoft’s Surface devices had a well-deserved reputation in the early days of being unrepairable, but Microsoft is now trying to change that.new surface features Detailed repair manual And, in theory at least, it’s an easily upgradeable SSD.

I say “in theory” because it wasn’t as simple as going out, buying a drive, and installing it. The Surface’s storage slot uses a standard M.2 interface, which most devices can easily access, while the PC uses a relatively rare 30mm-long drive, one of the major SSD makers’ Most are not offered to regular consumers. This made it harder to do the old tech-savvy money-saving trick of buying a 128 GB or 256 GB version of a computer and upgrading it to a 512 GB or 1 TB drive. .

But that is slowly changing. Some small but reputable SSD makers include: Sable When inland finally started offering 30mm length versions of some SSDs with retail packaging and standard warranty. Until recently, the best way to upgrade these drives was to buy white label, presumably used, unwarranted drives from places like Newegg or eBay. So being able to buy his SSD in a full retail package with an actual warranty is an improvement.

DIY storage upgrades can save big

Laptops and Small Form Factor PCs Full-scale adoption of M.2 connector in 2015 and 2016. It is (and still is) most commonly used to save space in thin and light designs, replacing larger SATA and mini PCI Express connectors and devices. But it has since become the go-to interface for fast storage. High-end PC motherboards often come with three or more separate M.2 connectors for SSDs, and it’s also the format of choice for expanding the PlayStation 5’s internal storage.

M.2 devices come in a variety of physical sizes, the most common being the gumstick-esque ‘2280’ for SSDs (so called because it’s 22mm wide and 80mm long).all from Samsung’s high-end 990 Pro Western Digital budget-friendly WD Blue SN570 is a 2280 drive, and most laptops and motherboards are set to use 2280 drives by default (and may even include mounting holes for long or short M.2 devices). This is a self-perpetuating cycle. Other M.2 sizes exist, but most PCs use 2280 drives, so most SSDs use the 2280 size, and most PCs continue to use 2280 drives.

This 30mm long Sabrent Rocket SSD is one of the few available with retail packaging and a retail warranty.
Expanding / This 30mm long Sabrent Rocket SSD is one of the few available with retail packaging and a retail warranty.

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However, 2230 SSDs with a length of 30 mm are gradually becoming popular. Microsoft uses them everywhere. surface pro 9 To Surface Laptop Go,Moreover Xbox Series X When S. A 2230 M.2 drive is installed inside. It is also the selected drive size. valve steam deckAlso, although 2230 drives like the Sabrent Rocket are relatively expensive for mid-range SSDs ($90 for 512GB When $160 for 1TB).

Upgrading the Surface Laptop Go 2 from a 128GB SSD to 256GB will cost you $50-$100 if purchased from Microsoft or other retailers, and larger drives are not available. Microsoft charges $300 to upgrade the Surface Pro 9 from a 256GB SSD to 512GB, and $600 to upgrade from 256GB to 1TB.on the steam deck various price ranges There are other benefits not related to storage, but moving from the base model’s 64GB of slow eMMC storage to a 256GB SSD will cost you at least $130.

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