Cheap laptop with emmc 2.0

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Joe C, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    I have got a laptop with one of those emmc 2.0 drives. The problem is it's only 32gb running Windows 10 home. I think I can get a 500gb SSD drive in it but then I have this useless 32gb drive that can not be used for much. There is an HP proprietary connector on this emmc drive so I can not do anything else with it outside of the motherboard.
    Can I use this entire 32gb emmc drive as virtual memory and if I do, will that help improve the performance of this laptop? It currently only has 4 gb memory and there's only one memory slot available in this thing
    HP Model: 14am052nr
    Thanks
     
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  2. pf100

    pf100 MDL Expert

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    Using an emmc drive for virtual memory would be far slower than using the swapfile on an SSD for virtual memory. Just use the emmc for storage, or put a backup os on it like linux, or forget about it entirely. I don't know how much money you're willing to put into this, but the ultimate upgrade would be 8gb ram and an ssd.
     
  3. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    This is not for me personally and adding 8gb of memory with a SSD would outweigh the total cost of this laptop.
    How fast is an emmc 2.0 compared to other drives and storage?
    ie: platter drives, SSD's and USB/ SD Flash drives?
     
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  4. pf100

    pf100 MDL Expert

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    emmc is closer to an sd card than an SSD in speed. Faster than a mechanical hard drive (most of the time), and slower than an SSD. This will vary of course depending on the device and emmc. emmc performance is pretty bad generally.
     
  5. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    yea.... but 32gb would just suck for any type storage. Most of my USB flash drives have more than that
     
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  6. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    Joe C i think is a dead end 32gb is just to small in todays standards.