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I have a Chromebook C710-2856, and I want to install a 64 GB REALLY fast SSD. I want to so this so that I have enough room for windows 8, which I will be installing. I am aware that the drivers for win8 and this laptop are kinda wierd, I will find a workaround for that (I might just virtualbox win8 in ubuntu) Anyways, I want to install windows 8, and so I need a bigger hard drive than the current 16GB one. The current hard drive is a 2.5" SATA drive that is not very long. The one I want to buy is a little longer, but still 2.5" on the SATA side. Looking at the area where the hard drive is, there appears to be plenty of room to put in the new drive.

What do I need to look for to make sure this drive will fit in my C710?

  • The specifications need to be the same; don't even tell us how much longer it is... – Ramhound Nov 21 '14 at 17:29
  • @Ramhound can you please clarify what you're saying? What I stated is that both the current and new drive are 2.5" across, although the lengths are different. Are you saying a lnger one won't work? The connections are the same and there is plenty of extra space in the laptop for the longer drive to fit in. The Acer C710 was meant to be upgradeable, I have heard of many people adding physically bigger SSD's. – user16871 Nov 21 '14 at 17:35
  • How much longer is it? – Ramhound Nov 21 '14 at 17:57
  • Most computers are not designed around a specific hard drive. If your question relates strictly to physical size, you should be able to use any drive with the correct interface and power requirements if it fits in the space. – fixer1234 Nov 21 '14 at 18:09
  • @fixer1234 - I think the only challenge to you statement is the thickness of the drive 7mm - 9mm could make a diff of fitting or not. :) but otherwise, I agree. – Carl B Nov 21 '14 at 18:49
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I do not think it is the length you have to worry about, but rather the thickness. This appears to be a rather thick 9.91mm drive according to specs on Newegg.

There is a running list of working upgrades for your Chrome book to include SSDs here. There is one note by a submitter that using a Crucial V4:

"This is 9.5mm thick. If I were doing it again, I would order 7mm thick replacement as it would fit without removing the sponge cushions."

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In any event, there are success SSD installs by type and manufacture there to give you some guidance.

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