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    Wink Replace SSD

    Hi, Im new to all this, new to tablet PC's and Andriod, I know my way around PC's rebuilds ect and have no problem repairing Windows software problems. But does anybody know about replacing the internal SSD in the TF201 and backing up/cloneing the hard drive.ANYBODY??

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    Welcome to the forum!

    The internal storage is a chip soldered to the board, so replacing it will not be easy.

    As far as a full backup (cloning) the closest I know of is a nandroid backup done through ClockWorkMod Recovery) It backs up all except the kernel. Restore nandroid, flash kernel and you are back in business.

    Bad part - with the Prime you have to unlock the bootloader (and void the warranty) to install CWM Recovery.
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    Internal hard drive replacement

    Hi anybody replaced the SSD in their TF201 yet or know how to do it?
    Last edited by Swipe; 06-03-2012 at 10:41 AM.

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    Ok thanks not what i was hoping for but thankyou anyway

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    I am pretty sure no one has done it, and I already more or less answered how in the other thread.

    There is a nand flash chip on one of the motherboards that will have to be unsoldered, and a new one soldered in place.

    Next, you will have to set up the internal partitions (for recovery, data, system, etc.). Not sure this is something anyone outside of ASUS would ever even think of attempting.

    EDIT: Decided to merge the similar threads.
    Last edited by Frederuco; 06-03-2012 at 11:45 AM. Reason: merged


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    Quote Originally Posted by jayvandriver View Post
    Hi anybody replaced the SSD in their TF201 yet or know how to do it?
    As already noted? There is no real way to do this, as Asus did not use a standard SSD architecture on their devices. So even if you are capable of doing surface-mount soldering (not something easy to do by hand-- and you will need a very strong magnifying glass-- a stereoscopic one is best) you'll not be able to drop standard chips in there. You'll need to understand the "glue" chips that "talk" to the memory chip, and know which memory organization architecture Asus went with-- there's literally hundreds of possibilities here.

    This is not something you could do on a kitchen table-- you'll need an oscilloscope too (as I remembered these things from the early days of memory change-outs).

    Your best bet? Is to purchase a TF201 from someone, that has a busted screen, but also has more memory than yours, and swap out the motherboards.

    That is something you could conceivably do on a kitchen table...
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