Upgrade Hard Drive from 128GB to 512 GB


  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Professional
       #1

    Upgrade Hard Drive from 128GB to 512 GB


    Hello. . .

    I am operating a Dell Inspirion 7786 with a 64 bit Operating system, x64 based processor

    I am attempting to upgrade from an 128GB (filled up SUPER fast) to a 512 GB hard drive. Computer has a separate 1T storage drive.

    I have learned that I have a PCIe x 4 connection.

    The current drive is a PCIe Gen3 x 4 Solid State Drive
    CL1-3D128-Q11 NVMe Liteon 128GB
    Model # CL1-3D128-Q11

    Upgrade Hard Drive from 128GB to 512 GB-hard-drive.jpg

    This a two “tab” SSD. . .I would like to upgrade to an OEM 512GB HD.

    It is my understanding that I have an “M” key with a PCIe x 4

    I am trying to find an OEM 512 GB drive and not having much luck. I have found what I believe to be an OEM replacement KBG40ZNS512G Toshiba hard drive, but they don't appear to be in production. . .

    I am finding a combo B+M Key drive, but finding some conflicting information as to whether or not that drive will work.

    Do you know where I can purchase an OEM 512GB drive. I can find 256GB all day long, but would prefer to jump to a 512 since my 128GB filled up so fast.

    Thank you for you time. . .I know very little about the “workings” of the computer.
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  2. Posts : 12,474
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #2

    Since you have a larger drive there's a couple of things that can be done, one is to use the Tutorial section of this forum in changing where the User folders can be stored and the other is to set your Browser/s to save downloads by default to a folder on the larger drive. I have a 1TB in my newest Desktop partitioned by ASUS as 150GB and 780GB, have been able to Custom install several programs to the larger partition to save room on the smaller. As for things like images and multimedia I move the files to the larger drive or one of my NAS drives.
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  3. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #3

    That's an "all in one", correct?

    I think that Dell is also sold with a 512 GB drive from the factory.

    You might learn something if you downloaded the manual or user's guide for the 512 GB model.

    Or you might learn something by contacting Dell support. Let them tell you what you'd need and then attempt to buy that exact recommended product from someone other than Dell.

    I just ran your model number through the Crucial configurator and it didn't come up with anything other than 2.5 inch drives and M2 drives. That drive in your picture looks completely different.
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  4. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       #4

    I have all of my files storing on my 1T drive. I don't have many pictures on the drive, videos etc. The main usage appears to be basic programs. . .
    Operating system 85G
    Users 32G
    Windows 20G

    etc. . .I am already moving all of my files (my work files can sometimes get quite large) onto my "Extra" drive. Just doesn't seem that the 128G is big enough for my basic needs.

    I'm looking to swap the 128G with a 512G and am having trouble finding a replacement that "fits"

    Upgrade Hard Drive from 128GB to 512 GB-computer-usage.png

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    It is a laptop.

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    ignatzatsonic said:
    That's an "all in one", correct?

    I think that Dell is also sold with a 512 GB drive from the factory.

    You might learn something if you downloaded the manual or user's guide for the 512 GB model.

    Or you might learn something by contacting Dell support. Let them tell you what you'd need and then attempt to buy that exact recommended product from someone other than Dell.

    I just ran your model number through the Crucial configurator and it didn't come up with anything other than 2.5 inch drives and M2 drives. That drive in your picture looks completely different.
    It is a laptop
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  5. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #5

    darrinbailey said:

    It is a laptop
    Go to Crucial dot com and let their configurator "sniff" your laptop and see what it says is compatible.
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  6. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I'm not having an issue with the "how to do" the upgrade. . .I can't find the part that I need to do the upgrade. The unit has a two tab 2230(length) from the factory. . .the picture above is what is currently inside the unit. I can't find a 512 with that size/shape. I can find a 256GB, not a 512GB.
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  8. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Not sure if this will come through as I am trying to make it. . .I have (hopefully) bolded and turned red the information I am concerned about. It states that the B+M will ONLY work in the PCIe x2 speed. My unit is a PCIe x 4 I found that one. . .but I also found this. . .

    While the M.2 standard uses the same 22 millimeter-wide slot for all cards, it’s not necessarily the exact same slot. Since M.2 is designed to be used with so many different kinds of devices, it has some frustratingly similar-looking ports.

    B Key: uses a gap in the right side of the card (left side of the host controller), with six pins to the right of the gap. This configuration supports PCIe x2 bus connections.

    M Key: uses a gap in the left side of the card (right side of the host controller), with five pins to the left of the gap. This configuration supports PCIe x4 bus connections for twice the data throughput.

    B+M Key: uses both of the above gaps, with five pins on the left side of the card and six on the right. Because of the physical design, B+M Key cards are limited to PCIe x2 speeds.

    M.2 cards with a B Key interface can only fit into a B Key host slot, and likewise for M Key. But cards with a B+M Key design can fit in either a B or an M host slot, since they have gaps for
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  9. Posts : 4,457
    Win 11 Pro 22000.708
       #9

    darrinbailey said:
    I'm not having an issue with the "how to do" the upgrade. . .I can't find the part that I need to do the upgrade. The unit has a two tab 2230(length) from the factory. . .the picture above is what is currently inside the unit. I can't find a 512 with that size/shape. I can find a 256GB, not a 512GB.
    You don't need to find a 2230 SSD. The laptop also accepts 2280 drives, which are much more common. (https://www.dell.com/support/manuals...030&lang=en-us) I'm not sure whether you'd have to move a standoff.

    I have been unable to find whether the machine fully supports PCI-E X4 SSDs. The original drive is listed as Class 35. Its performance appears consistent with a PCI-E X2 drive. (Too slow for X4.)

    Crucail lists a 500GB NVME PCI-E X4 drive as compatible: (Crucial P2 500GB PCIe M.2 2280 SSD | CT500P2SSD8 | Crucial.com) Not sure you'll get X4 performance, but it is supposed to work.

    Their price seems about par for that size M.2 SSD, so you could go with that, as Crucial guarantees compatibility.

    I was going to suggest going to a 1TB drive instead. I bought a Sabrent Rocket 1TB 2280 drive last year for $100. (It was cheap because it's a QLC drive.) Sadly, I see that it's $130 now.
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