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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Hi, I has Dell Inspiron 7460, it come with Sandisk x400 128gb in m.2 ssd slot, I plan to replace it using samsung 960 Evo 256Gb on it because it has same slot m.2 type that is M-Key, does it will support this samsung 960 evo?
Will the M.2 card installed into the 2.5" adapter be treated as a SATA SSD or as an NVMe SSD?
Otherwise, there a kits that will support TWO SSDs in ONE SSD adapter case. For example, the StarTech.com 2x M.2 SSDs to 2.5" SATA (6Gbps) RAID Adapter Converter with TRIM Support 25S22M2NGFFR
I have a 1 month old Optiplex 3620 which is originally equipped with a 512GB M. 2 PCIe-NVMe from Toshiba. At first time the system worked perfectly. However, I never switched off the computer properly, only putting it into hibernation mode.
Last Friday a Windows update was distributed, prompting the PC to reboot. Afterwards the M. 2 was not recognized by the BIOS any more. I contacted Dell support and after some attempts they said I needed a new motherboard and a new PCIe-NVMe.
On Tuesday I tried to start the PC again, which worked to my surprise. I didn't turn it off for 2 days and it runs without problems during this time.
Due to delivery difficulties with the motherboard, the replacement was delayed until yesterday.
I don't want to list all the details here, that would be way too much information. In fact, a total of 2 x motherboards, 2 x Toshiba NVMe and 1 Samsung 960 Pro were tested in all conceivable combinations. But nothing worked, the computer only sporadically recognizes an M. 2, but cannot be booting in this case.
Do you have any other ideas? Dell support will now send me another Toshiba NVMe to exchange. I can already imagine the result of this test.
Thank you for your help.
Are you sure you don't have a Precision 3620 instead of an Optiplex?
Duplicate posts typically delay answers, by the way.
Oh yes, you're right. It is a Precision (Midi) Tower 3620.
You are correct. Just keep in mind that the 2242 that goes in the WWAN slot is a cache-only drive.
Yes, you can replaced the current M.2 with a larger M.2 if you don't want to install a 2.5 inch drive.
Sandisk x400 = B & M keyed M.2 SATA
Samsung 960 Evo 256Gb = M key M.2 NVME ( PCIE )
I took a look at the replacements parts we have for the 7460 and all I see is M.2 SATA drives. My assumption is that the 7460 only supports M.2 SATA and it's port not forwards compatible with M.2 NVME drives.
I don't think the 960 evo will work on the 7460.
I was told by engineering that the 2.5 inch bay drive connector is wired as SATA and NVME. It's wired as 2X.
Send me a friend request, including your service tag and email address. We can work something out.
Hello, Justin, hi Darr.Darr
Yesterday I received the announced new NVMe. It's not a Toshiba as they said on Wednesday, its a Samsung SM961. But even this was not recognized by the BIOS.
Since now the whole system didn't start anymore, a Dell service technician comes in today and replaces the motherboard again. Allegedly, a refurbished board was used last Wednesday and that was might be probably not quite in order. Now a completely new motherboard should be installed today.
The behavior of the pc is at time as follows:
When I plug in the power cable, the fan moves very shortly. Then the Power Button lights orange. Static, not flashing. I suppose that means something like "PSU is working but failed to fetch code."
As soon as I get new information, I'll tell.
So far, thank you for your help.
I have a Precision 3520. It goes with 68 Whr and 2TB HDD. I would like to update to M2.0 SSD. I search google and I found your answers here. I would like to ask for detail.
Based on your information:
My question is will compo 1x M.2 cache drive and 1x 2.5 inch drive returns performance as a 1x M.2?
If not I want to upgrade to M.2.
Do I really need to upgrade to 92 Whr like the manual suggest? or I can use my current battery? I don't want my laptop heavier.
Where can I get the part to upgrade to M.2 drive? Can you provide me a link for it?