XPS 8700 SSD Upgrade


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XPS 8700 SSD Upgrade

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Just bought a XPS 8700 and would like to swap the hard-rive out and put in Samsung 840 Pro SSD in.Could use some guidance, their is a msata on this board so it should not be a problem.

Anything special I have do do in the bios other than select the new drive?

will the OS install on another drive? If yes just do a backup and re-install on new drive? or do I need to get a new retail copy of windows 8 to do this?

Opening it wont void the warranty as I can upgrade the drive and memory, but if i have any issues i have to send it back to dell in the original state i purchased it in correct?


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  • Hi chrisyackulic,

    mSATA drive uses the SSD technology to make the system faster. If you replace the normal mechanical hard drive with SSD hard drive the IRST technology feature would be nullified.

    However, to use the SSD on the system please change the SATA operation mode in the BIOS from IRST to AHCI. You will need an operating system reinstallation disc to install it on the system. Backing up the image will not work as the SATA operation mode is different with previous hard drive.

    You can use the link below for placing a request for operating system reinstallation disc.


    If you are not able to place a request for the disc from the link above, then please send me a private message with the computer's service tag, Name registered during the system purchase and email address so that I can check what can be done. To send a private message, click on my name and select start conversation.

    Replacing of hard drive or memory on the system will not void the warranty.

    Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
    Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

  • I'm considering the XPS 8700.

    Like the OP, I want to install an 840 Pro SSD as the boot/OS drive.

    My question is, should the mSATA drive be physically removed from the mobo, or will the BIOS change basically by-pass it?

    (I'd like to ensure it doesn't cause a bandwidth bottleneck)

    Thank you.

  • I've recently bought 2 XPS 8700's and am interested in adding an mSATA card onto the motherboard, but keep the existing 1TB HD as a slave drive.  Dell tells me the only authorized card (for the XPS 8700) is a 32GB card with Dell part # H9R7V (@ $100), but that seems very limiting.  Ideally I'd like to add a larger card (128 or 256GB) and move the win 8.1 operating files (and maybe MS Office) to this SSD. 

     Physically adding the sSATA drive onto the mobo looks easy, and I see your suggestion to change the SATA operation mode in the BIOS (from IRST to AHCI).  Would like to understand which mSATA drives are safe to use with this mobo, and steps to walk me thru the software transfer, as well as any other setup steps (change boot sequence, turn off 1TB as a boot drive, etc).  Even how to back out if things go south.  I've also requested the operating system reinstall disc from Dell.