Question SSD for Laptop with no extra drive space

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Hey Guys,

I am very much frustrated with the 100% disk usage in my Dell Inspiron Laptop which as a result causing slower response from it. I've also posted a thread in the forum about it and I was brought to a solution wherein I need to upgrade from the standard HDD to an SSD. But, I just now had a glance at the specs manual of my laptop from the Dell Website. It says that my laptop has only single hard drive slot. It also says there is "an M.2 slot for WiFi and Bluetooth combo". So, can that M.2 slot be used for adding an SSD instead?? If not, are there any alternative ways to add an SSD along with the HDD that's already been in use??

Some details of my laptop for reference,
Dell Inspiron 5459
4 GB Ram
1 TB 2.5" HDD
Windows 10 OS
9.5mm CD/DVD-RW Optical Drive

Many thanks in advance.
 
you clone the HDD to the SSD then remove HHD and have just the SSD not too complicated but can take a fair while to do just take it to PC repair shop the cables and bits and time needed to do it your better of getting somebody that knows what they are doing
 

USAFRet

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Not all m.2 ports are built the same.
If your laptop does not specifically state it can use a drive in there (it doesn't)...then it cannot.

You can clone to a 1 or 2TB SATA III SSD, and completely replace the current 1TB HDD.
We can go into details on that if you wish.
 
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Thanks very much for the response guys.

How about replacing the optical drive with an SSD or HDD in place of Optical Drive and SSD in the slot. I have seen several tutorials and methods in the YouTube. Not sure though if that would work in my case. Any suggestions for that please?
 

USAFRet

Titan
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Thanks very much for the response guys.

How about replacing the optical drive with an SSD or HDD in place of Optical Drive and SSD in the slot. I have seen several tutorials and methods in the YouTube. Not sure though if that would work in my case. Any suggestions for that please?
That is a maybe.
Depends on your particular laptop.

And, the existing ODD connection may not be as fast as the SSD wants.
 
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Thank you!!

So if I have to buy an SSD for my Dell Inspiron 5459 Laptop, which type of SSD should I go far? I just know that there are different type of SSDs. Which type is supported in my case?
 

USAFRet

Titan
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Thank you!!

So if I have to buy an SSD for my Dell Inspiron 5459 Laptop, which type of SSD should I go far? I just know that there are different type of SSDs. Which type is supported in my case?
A 2.5" SATA III SSD, such as a Crucial MX500 or Samsung 860 EVO would be a direct drop in replacement for your existing 1TB HDD.

Crucial - $120
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820156174


Samsung - $148
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147673
 
I am a fan of the Samsung free ssd migration app.
You can download the app and instructions here:

Buy a Samsung ssd of sufficient capacity to hold all of your used data that is current on your 1tb drive.

Likely, you do not have space for a second drive or a m.2 sata/pcie device.
To do the copy, you can buy a usb to sata adapter cable for about $10.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812423235&Description=sata to usb adapter&cm_re=sata_to_usb_adapter-_-12-423-235-_-Product

Google for a video on the process
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB7vXwRCroM
 

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