Good day Dell Community,
Because of your questions I'm pleased to present the below information, specifications and requirements for M.2 on various Dell models.
Precision 7710 | 7720:
Maximum internal dives supported: 3
Drive configurations supported ( max ): (3x M.2) or (2x M.2 and 1x 2.5inch SATA)
The 2 M.2 slots available are wired as 4X
The 2.5 Inch bay is wired as 2X
Parts needed to install M.2 into the dedicated M.2 slot:
1x HR8P8 thermal cover ( comes with cover and thermal pad )
1x 4270E Screw: ( Holds the cover down on top of the M.2 drive )
Parts needed to install an M.2 into the 2.5 inch bay of 7710 and 7510:
1x 745TM 2.5 inch metal bracket - most units will have this already included
1x Y1WJX M.2 bracket ( goes inside of 745TM )
4x 2864D M3X3 screw. Most systems will have these already included. These screws hold in the Y1WJX M.2 drive carrier, or a 2.5 inch drive into 745TM.
1x WPTND M.2 Interposer Board. This installs into Y1WJX M.2 bracket.
5x 4270E M2.0*3L screws
1x HR8P8 M.2 thermal cover
Find instructions here on the Dell Community.
M.2 slot supports 4X
Parts needed to install an M.2 into the 2.5 inch bay are the same as the 7710 above.
Precision 5510 | 5520 and XPS 9550 | 9560:
Maximum internal dives supported: 2
Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2) (1x 2.5 SATA) (1xM.2 and 1X 2.5 SATA)
The 2.5 Inch bay is wired as SATA
Parts needed in order to install a M.2:
1x XDYGX cable
2x 3XYT5 rubber side isolator
1x 3FDY3 metal HDD bracket ( some units may already have this installed even if a 2.5 inch drive wasn't ordered from Dell originally )
Discussed here on Dell Community.
Maximum internal dives supported: 1
Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2) or (1x 2.5inch SATA)
2.5 Inch bay is wired as SATA
1x X3YR8 M.2 end bracket
1x 1X2MT thermal cover
Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2) (1x 2.5inch SATA) (1x M.2 cache drive and 1x 2.5 inch drive )
Parts needed to upgrade from 2.5 inch drive to M.2 drive:
1x 2FFR0 end bracket
1x X3DN4 -Thermal plate
1x 4270E - End screw
E5270 supports 2X
E5570 with H processor supports 4X
E5570 with U processor supports 2X
E5470 with H processor supports 2X
E5470 with U processor supports 2X
Parts needed to upgrade from 2.5 inch drive to M.2 drive are same as 3510 above.
5280 supports 2X
5580 with H processor supports 4X
5580 with U processor supports 2X
5480 with H processor supports 4X
5480 with U processor supports 2X
Parts needed to upgrade from 2.5 inch drive to M.2 drive are same as 3520 above.
Latitude E7270 | E7470:
maximum internal dives supported: 1
Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2)
M.2 slot supports 2X
Parts Needed in order to upgrade to M.2:
1x DJ69P thermal cover
Latitude 7280 | 7480:
1x R6TGF thermal cover
2x VJYP9 screw M2X3 ( most systems will have at least one of these already included )
XPS 13 9350 | 9360
The M.2 slot available supports up to 4X
XPS 13 9365
1x 4HP13 - Thermal plate
2x JPRFM - M1.6x2.5 screws
Optiplex 5040 | 7040 ( Mini Tower ):
Drive configurations supported: (1xM.2) (2xM.2) (1xM.2 and 1x2.5) (2x2.5) (1x3.5)
The single on board M.2 slot supports up to 4X
The M.2 drive installed into the 2.5 inch bay: 2x
Parts needed for M.2.
1x 6J3FV SATA cable1x X9FV3 M.2/2.5 inch bay adapter/caddy On motherboard M.2 installation instructions found here.
Optiplex 3050 | 5050 | 7050 ( Mini Tower ):
Drive configurations supported: (1xM.2) (1x2.5) (1x3.5) (2x2.5) (1xM.2 and 1x2.5) (1xM.2 and 1x3.5)
Installing M.2 into the 2.5/3.5 inch bay is not supported
Parts needed for M.2:
1x DHR6X spacer (goes between the motherboard and M.2 drive)
Installation instructions found here
Learn how to reset drives to non-Optane here
OS install notes:
There's an updated storage driver (IRST F6) to include PCIE support. ( The one you have to install for Windows to see the drive during installation ):
Also see: Installing Windows 7 on a SKYLAKE system using MDT: http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/HOW11493/en
Obtaining an ISO image:
For some systems you can obtain Dell operating system images through Dell Hosted image
Note: not all systems and service tags will have an image available for download.
Note: Even though Dell Hosted Images have USB3 drivers slip streamed in, they may not include the IRST driver at this time. ( some may know this at the F6 driver ). As a result you may need to install the IRST driver manually during the Windows install process.
Dell is currently working to add the IRST driver to the Dell Hosted Images. No ETA on when this will happen at this time.
Other M.2 Articles:
Imaging M.2 Solid-State Drives in Intel Skylake chipset systems
Only 1 Solid State Drive (SSD) seen on Interposer card
SSD not detected on startup or reboot on New Precision 15 5000 (5510) or XPS 15 9550
PXE Booting with M.2 Solid State Drives
How to distinguish the differences between M.2 cards
Why am I unable to find option in BIOS to set a hard drive password on NVMe SSD
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I am stuck on an issue I am trying to resolve for my company and you seem to be the only guy on the net that has any clue what is going on. But I need a little more granulatiry with my specific issue.
We just got in x13 5580's and I tried to get answers from Dell tech 1 chat support, to no avail. What we are trying to do is spec out 512GB NVMe SSD's as the only drive (C:). It looks like we can but need three specific parts:
I cannot locate a vendor for these parts. How can I obtain them?
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I have a Latitude E5270 with sata SSD
I'd like to add a new m.2 SSD in the WWAN slot.
Is it possible?
Dell only supports M.2 2280 and 2.5 inch drives with the E5270. I have no documentation that would say for sure that a drive will work in the WWAN slot. It's likely the 2242 size for the WWAN slot. You'd have to try it at your own risk to find out for sure.
Justin C, i tried and didnt works
I bought this one: www.amazon.com/.../ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 (to upgrade my corporate laptop)
I have a personal laptop (Dell Vostro 5470) and it is possible to add a SSD m.2 in the WWAN slot.
I will transform this SSD i've bought into ssd external drive
I just purchased a Latitude 5580 laptop with a 128 gbyte m.2 ssd. It appears from your original post that I can add a2.5" SATA HDD to the computer. I have an Intel i5-6300u processor, so I'm guessing it won't transfer data above 2x.
These may seem like some silly questions:
Thanks in advance.
Looking through the manual I came across this:
"NOTE: 92 WHr battery supports only SSD card and USB Type-C port, and cannot support 2.5–inch drive."
So I can forget about the HDD
Thank you for your questions.
The 5580 can't have one 2280 M.2 and one 2.5 inch drive installed at the same time. It can have one 2242 drive and one 2.5 inch drive at the same time. The 2242 goes in the WWAN slot but can only be used a cache drive.
Your choices are one M.2 2280 as boot or one 2.5 inch drive as boot. A battery downgrade to 4 cell, does allow for a 2.5 inch drive to be installed, if you so choose to switch.
And you are correct. 5580 with U processor i5-6300 supports 2X NVME.
Parts required to switch to 2.5 inch:
1x 6F7DD HDD bracket
1x 6NVFT HDD cable
4x 4270E screw
According to my service tag my computer arrived with a 4 cell 68WHr battery. Does that mean I can install a 2.5" HDD using the parts cited above or will I still need to swap out the 2280 SSD for a 2242 SSD?
And now this confuses me: The manual states:
"NOTE: Before installing SSD card, you must make sure that your computer has a 92 Whr battery.". However, it appears mine arrived from the factory with an SSD and a 68 Whr battery.
Yes, you can install a 2.5 inch drive when you have the 4 cell battery. You'll need to remove the 2280 drive in order to do so. Adding a 2242 to the WWAN slot would be optional at that point.
That user guide bit also does not look right to me. I'm able to configure a 2280 and a 6 cell battery with no errors in my sales tools. I'll see about getting the document corrected.
Just stating the obvious to make sure I understand:
A 2.5" drive cannot fit with the 2280 m.2 ssd installed. So in order to fit two drives I need to purchase a 2242 m.2 ssd drive. Then I'll have room for a 2.5" drive. Or I can just replace the SSD with a larger capacity SSD, whether 2242 or 2280 size, foregoing the 2.5" drive. Do I have it correct?