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Intel 180 GB 530 Series M.2 SSD vs Samsung EVO 850 250GB M.2 SSD

My Alienware 17 R4 is shipping with the Intel 180GB 530 Series M.2 SATA SSD (https://goo.gl/toLCgf) I believe which would naturally be the boot drive.

I bought the Samsung EVO 850 250GB M.2 SATA SSD (https://goo.gl/vy2VIm) separately as additional SSD storage for Programs, Games etc.

Which one of the two should I keep as my primary/boot/OS drive? Which one's the better or faster drive and is the performance difference significant that I should consider migrating everything from the Intel to the Samsung? Please let me know. Thank you.
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    Zero difference.
    Leave the system on the 180GB Intel.
    Add the 850 EVO as a second drive.
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  2. USAFRet said:
    Zero difference.
    Leave the system on the 180GB Intel.
    Add the 850 EVO as a second drive.


    agree 100%

    I would add that you may want to create a backup IMAGE of your C-drive (the Intel SSD) in case of issues in the future. The best way for you MIGHT be to get a USB HDD, and Acronis True Image 2017. You can setup a profile to backup say, once a month (and auto-delete older backups).

    The USB HDD isn't normally attached but you cans create a reminder in Outlook or other place, then just plug in the HDD. If it's time for a new backup it will do it automatically.
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  3. photonboy said:
    USAFRet said:
    Zero difference.
    Leave the system on the 180GB Intel.
    Add the 850 EVO as a second drive.


    agree 100%

    I would add that you may want to create a backup IMAGE of your C-drive (the Intel SSD) in case of issues in the future. The best way for you MIGHT be to get a USB HDD, and Acronis True Image 2017. You can setup a profile to backup say, once a month (and auto-delete older backups).

    The USB HDD isn't normally attached but you cans create a reminder in Outlook or other place, then just plug in the HDD. If it's time for a new backup it will do it automatically.


    Thanks. I do have a 1TB 7200RPM HDD in the 2.5" bay as well so I could do the auto-backup to this drive. Anyway I know I'm going to struggle using this HDD much so might as well make the most of it this way. Makes sense?
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