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My client has a laptop that is running very low space. She wondering about the following


https://www.amazon.ca/Samsung-Memory-MB-MC512GAEU-Micro-Adapter/dp/B07H1231S8/ref=mp_s_a_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=512gb%2Bsd%2Bcard&qid=1634930303&sr=8-7&th=1


I think this is little bit of a joke, and though about 1TB USB, even SSD if there is such a thing with USB. Or am I overkilling it?


she will be storing her Dropbox and emails (.ost, .pst) files here.



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rindi

8/22/2022 - Mon
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This is probably not a good idea.  The flash used in SD / SDHC / TF has very short cycle lifetime.  Original flash could tolerate 100,000 cycles or more.  The flash used now has shorter hardware life and with multi-level cells can only tolerate a few dozen cycles before errors invalidate that block.

That's OK in the intended applications -- cameras and cell phones -- because pictures and videos aren't written over and over and over again every day.

What this means is that a 512 GB SD can't be reasonably compared to a 512 GB SSD in terms of lifetime.  When used for working files the SSD will last for years.  The SD might last a few months, and (assuming the SD has wear leveling) when it goes bad, the whole thing will go bad at once with very little warning.

Better to invest in a bigger SSD for the laptop.  Second choice (not so good because then there are two physical drives), remove the CD/DVD drive and install a second SSD in a CD/DVD bay adapter.
rindi

That is Micro SDXC, so first make sure the laptop supports that. They are different from Micro SDHC cards which come with a lower capacity. Otherwise Micro SD cards work fine. There is no problem with them. For cards of that capacity it is important to use High-Speed cards. Class 10 which your example has, is good.

Besides that, Dropbox is located in the cloud anyway, so it wouldn't be much more than a local cache on the PC. Ost files are a local cache of an Exchange server mailbox, so also that isn't very important. Pst files are a different story, but either you use ost, or pst...

But for a real solution I'd think of replacing the HD of the laptop with one of bigger capacity.

nobus

i would check if the laptop has no other options for extra storage
what model is it?
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The client has 2 Email Accounts: Exchange and IMAP/POP3. That's why.

The model is Asus VivoBook Flip 14
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To be exact...
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BTW, will this laptop take this Micro SDXC or Micro SD, if I go that route?
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rindi

The details I can find in the Specs just mention "Micro SD Card Reader", but without any further details, so I can't be sure what it supports. But as it seems to be a pretty new subnotebook, I would think that it supports Micro SDXC cards.

But you should also be able to install an NVMe M.2 SSD with higher capacity. That would of course have you either reinstall the OS, Software & restore data, or do a full backup/restore. But it would then perform best, & it would be a better long term solution.
nobus

you can find the sd reader model in device manager
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When I Google asus vivobook _j401ma so many results come up, and I don't have the laptop physically right now. How do I get the exact specs?

"Micro SD Card Reader", does it mean, not write? SDXC?

What about with this extension?

Does this laptop have a CD-ROM or spot for second HD?

Is there a capacity limit for this laptop, in terms of storage?

What is NVMe M.2 SSD ? (I'm more of a software developer)
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rindi

Although it says "Reader", it can also write, so that isn't a problem.

NVMe M.2 SSD is the type of SSD (Solid State Disk) built into your notebook. They look a bit like a RAM module, & have the contacts that fit into the Slot at one of the long ends. Here is an example:

https://www.newegg.com/sabrent-rocket-2tb/p/14R-00X6-00007?Item=9SIAME8AJ15626&Description=NVME%20SSD&cm_re=NVME_SSD-_-9SIAME8AJ15626-_-Product&cm_sp=SP-_-150799-_-0-_-2-_-9SIAME8AJ15626-_-NVME%20SSD-_-nvme|ssd-_-5

rindi

Although it says "Reader", it can also write, so that isn't a problem.

NVMe M.2 SSD is the type of SSD (Solid State Disk) built into your notebook. They look a bit like a RAM module, & have the contacts that fit into the Slot at one of the long ends. Here is an example:

https://www.newegg.com/sabrent-rocket-2tb/p/14R-00X6-00007?Item=9SIAME8AJ15626&Description=NVME%20SSD&cm_re=NVME_SSD-_-9SIAME8AJ15626-_-Product&cm_sp=SP-_-150799-_-0-_-2-_-9SIAME8AJ15626-_-NVME%20SSD-_-nvme|ssd-_-5

nobus

can you remote in to the laptop ?
then you can find all the info
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Yes, I can login to the laptop, but where do I go to find out the following:

"Micro SD Card Reader", does it mean, not write? SDXC?

What about with this extension?

Does this laptop have a CD-ROM or spot for second HD?

Is there a capacity limit for this laptop, in terms of storage? (and RAM, while I'm at it).
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