Question Upgrading Storage on a Dell Inspiron 5593 laptop

Tom Griffin

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I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 5593. I am wondering if this is possible.

Current Storage Configuration 1x256gb AData NVMe drive and an empty SATA SSD expansion slot. Here is my idea.

  1. Install 1tb Samsung SSD
  2. Using cloning software copy the entire NVMe contents to the SSD.
  3. Enter the bios and set the UEFI boot device to the SSD.
  4. Install a 500gb-1tb NVMe drive
  5. Clone the SSD back to the new NVMe drive.
  6. Reset the UEFI boot device to the NVMe drive.
  7. Format the SSD
  8. Have several beers.
Wondering,
Tom Griffin
 

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How long ago did you get this laptop?

The best way to proceed is just a clean install on the new drive.

But if you do this clone thing:
Step 5.1 - Power off, remove the old drive, and verify the system boots from the new drive by itself.
 
Your plan will work.
Consider bypassing steps 4-7.
A sata ssd will perform about the same as a pcie drive on normal usage.
Random I/O is what windows does most of the time.
That differs little between pcie and sata.
On sequential operations yes, pcie is some 4x faster.

How much space is now used on the 256gb pcie drive?
Perhaps a better alternative is to buy a small 250gb or possibly a 128gb ssd to temporaily hold the contents of your Windows C drive.
Then install a 1tb samsung pcie ssd and copy back to it.

Keep the original 250gb adata drive.
In time, you may want to use it to restore your laptop back to the factory state whenever you want to dispose of it.
The samsung ssd migration app works very well.
It is likely to take you less time that a reinstall of windows and the associated laptop drivers.
 

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Your plan will work.
Consider bypassing steps 4-7.
A sata ssd will perform about the same as a pcie drive on normal usage.
Random I/O is what windows does most of the time.
That differs little between pcie and sata.
On sequential operations yes, pcie is some 4x faster.

How much space is now used on the 256gb pcie drive?
Perhaps a better alternative is to buy a small 250gb or possibly a 128gb ssd to temporaily hold the contents of your Windows C drive.
Then install a 1tb samsung pcie ssd and copy back to it.

Keep the original 250gb adata drive.
In time, you may want to use it to restore your laptop back to the factory state whenever you want to dispose of it.
The samsung ssd migration app works very well.
It is likely to take you less time that a reinstall of windows and the associated laptop drivers.
I have about 80gb left. It has Microsoft SQL Server 2019, Visual Studio 2019. I really like the blindingly fast builds when using the old school command line to build large projects. I will think about this for a bit. Oh in the previous reply my wife and I purchased identical laptops about a month ago for 600(usd) each.
 

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