Windows 10: WD Black HDD - Want to move OS to new SSD

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       14 Jan 2017 #11

    NO, Dell XPS-8700 (std.) has NO SOCKET for any type of SSD, just an open 3.5" HDD bay.
    The Dell XPS-8700 (special edition) same year, has much larger motherboard for more RAM, SSD Card (socket on board) plus much more.
    Two very different Motherboards.
    The Dell full XPS-8700 Manual shows all the (special edition version) items and instructions. Quite misleading for (std.) XPS-8700 users.
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  2.    14 Jan 2017 #12

    wen said: View Post
    NO, Dell XPS-8700 (std.) has NO SOCKET for any type of SSD, just an open 3.5" HDD bay.
    You would be mistaken @wen. You can connect a standard SATA SSD and mount it in a 3.5 HDD bay with an adapter:
    SanDisk 240GB Internal SATA Solid State Drive Plus for Laptops Black SDSSDA-240G-G26 - Best Buy

    Standard SATA, plugs into the standard SATA port on the motherboard like adding a HDD or DVD drive, and the standard power supply cable.

    Mounting adapter - you can get these even cheaper on EBAY - for about $3 total:
    Amazon.com: 2.5 to 3.5 Inches Internal Hard Disk Drive Mounting Kit by Sabrent: Computers & Accessories
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       14 Jan 2017 #13

    I was just responding to ROLANDJS about the big difference between Dell XPS-8700 Special Edition and XPS Standard Motherboards.
    I Know I can put a 2.5" SSD (with adapter) in anyone of my four extra HDD "slots" !!
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  4.    14 Jan 2017 #14

    wen said: View Post
    I was just responding to ROLANDJS about the big difference between Dell XPS-8700 Special Edition and XPS Standard Motherboards.
    I Know I can put a 2.5" SSD (with adapter) in anyone of my four extra HDD "slots" !!
    OK.

    RolandJS said: View Post
    "....I found out the SE Motherboard is bigger and has a socket for the SSD..." Can youse guyse educate me about this, I thought the sockets, connections, for almost all SSDs are the same as the sockets, connections, for almost all internal hard-drives? I.e., my Acer Aspire will take either an internal laptop SSD or a laptop platter-driven hard-drive.
    I imagine what wen was referring to was an m.2 slot.
    Understanding M.2, the interface that will speed up your next SSD | Ars Technica

    But you are correct @RolandJS, there are standard SATA SSDs that just plug into standard SATA ports and power supply connections.
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  5.    15 Jan 2017 #15

    Thanks everyone! I was only thinking PlugNPray SSDs and hard-drives for laptops; I totally forgot the original computer in question was a desktop with only standard bays, and should have included in my question how are SSDs installed into desktops, my bad! :)
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  6.    15 Jan 2017 #16

    RolandJS said: View Post
    Thanks everyone! I was only thinking PlugNPray SSDs and hard-drives for laptops; I totally forgot the original computer in question was a desktop with only standard bays, and should have included in my question how are SSDs installed into desktops, my bad! :)
    And the answer is, the same way
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