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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)

PCIE Lanes:

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Precision 7510 | 7520:
                                                                                                                
Maximum internal dives supported: 2
                                                                      
Drive configurations supported: (1xM.2), (1x2.5 SATA) (2xM.2) (1xM.2 and 1x2.5 SATA)
                       

PCIE Lanes:

M.2 slot supports 4X

The 2.5 Inch bay is wired as 2X

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)

PCIE Lanes:

M.2 slot supports 4X

The 2.5 Inch bay is wired as SATA

Parts needed in order to install a M.2:

1x 88DJK thermal pad ( no plate required )
1x 4270E  M2X3 screw

Parts needed in order to add a 2.5 inch drive:

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.

Precision 3510:

Maximum internal dives supported: 1

Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2) or (1x 2.5inch SATA)

PCIE Lanes:

M.2 slot supports 4X

2.5 Inch bay is wired as SATA

Parts needed to upgrade from 2.5 inch drive to M.2 drive:

1x X3YR8  M.2 end bracket

1x 1X2MT thermal cover

2x 4270E  M2X3 screws                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Discussed here on SpiceWorks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Precision 3520
 
Maximum internal dives supported: 2

Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2) (1x 2.5inch SATA) (1x M.2 cache drive and 1x 2.5 inch drive )

PCIE Lanes:

M.2 slot supports 4X

2.5 Inch bay is wired as SATA

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


 
Latitude E5270 | E5470 | E5570:

Maximum internal dives supported: 1

Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2) or (1x 2.5inch SATA)

PCIE Lanes:

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

2.5 Inch bay is wired as SATA

Parts needed to upgrade from 2.5 inch drive to M.2 drive are same as 3510 above.

Latitude 5280 | 5480 | 5580:

Maximum internal dives supported: 2

Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2) (1x 2.5inch SATA) (1x M.2 cache drive and 1x 2.5 inch drive )

PCIE Lanes:

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

2.5 Inch bay is wired as SATA

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)

PCIE Lanes:

M.2 slot supports 2X

Parts Needed in order to upgrade to M.2:

1x DJ69P thermal cover

2x 4270E screw M2X3 ( most systems will have at least one of these already included )                                                                                                                                                     
Discussed here on SpiceWorks.

Latitude  7280 | 7480:

Maximum internal dives supported: 1

Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2)

PCIE Lanes:

M.2 slot supports 2X

Parts Needed in order to upgrade to M.2:

1x R6TGF thermal cover

2x VJYP9 screw M2X3 ( most systems will have at least one of these already included )

XPS 13 9350 | 9360

Maximum internal dives supported: 1

Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2)

PCIE Lanes:

The M.2 slot available supports up to 4X

Parts needed:

1x 4270E screw M2X3

XPS 13 9365

Maximum internal dives supported: 1

Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2)

PCIE Lanes:

The M.2 slot available supports up to 4X

Parts needed:

1x 4HP13 - Thermal plate

2x JPRFM - M1.6x2.5 screws 

Optiplex 5040 | 7040 ( Mini Tower ):

Maximum internal dives supported: 2

Drive configurations supported: (1xM.2) (2xM.2) (1xM.2 and 1x2.5) (2x2.5) (1x3.5)

PCIE Lanes:

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.

On-motherboard M.2 bay:                                                                                                           
1x R7HGK thermal pad ( installs onto the motherboard under the M.2 drive )
1x YYJF8 screw M2X3.5                                                                                                         
 
2.5 inch bay with M.2:

1x 6J3FV SATA cable
1x X9FV3 M.2/2.5 inch bay adapter/caddy                                                                                     
On motherboard M.2 installation instructions found here.

Optiplex 3050 | 5050 | 7050 ( Mini Tower ):

Maximum internal dives supported: 2

Drive configurations supported: (1xM.2) (1x2.5) (1x3.5) (2x2.5) (1xM.2 and 1x2.5) (1xM.2 and 1x3.5)

PCIE Lanes:

The single on board M.2 slot supports up to 4X

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 ):

Intel 14.8

Dell 14.5

Dell 15.2

Samsung Driver

Also see: Installing Windows 7 on a SKYLAKE system using MDThttp://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.

Discussed here on SpiceWorks.

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

Justin C

Dell Technical Support L3 | Project Sputnik

Dell Support is also on Twitter! https://twitter.com/DellCaresPRO

 

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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?

  • Follow-up question:

    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

  • Hi Justin,

    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.

    I'm sorry.

  • @Orcrone,

    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.

    @Aliexdsg,

    Sandisk x400 = B & M keyed M.2 SATA

    Samsung 960 Evo 256Gb = M key M.2 NVME ( PCIE )

    I took a look at the replacement 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.

    @Critical1,

    I was told by engineering that the 2.5 inch bay drive connector is wired as SATA and NVME. It's wired as 2X.

    @Brueck,

    Send me a friend request, including your service tag and email address. We can work something out.

    Justin C

    Dell Technical Support L3 | Project Sputnik

    Dell Support is also on Twitter! https://twitter.com/DellCaresPRO

     

  • 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.

  • Hi Justin,

    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:

    ================================

    Precision 3520

    Maximum internal dives supported: 2

    Drive configurations supported: (1x M.2) (1x 2.5inch SATA) (1x M.2 cache drive and 1x 2.5 inch drive )

    PCIE Lanes:

    M.2 slot supports 4X

    2.5 Inch bay is wired as SATA

    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

    ================================

    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?

    Thanks

    Thang Nguyen

  • I tried for 2 days on the phone with Dell support and sales trying to get 92Whr battery. They are not available. A senior tech finally told me the 68Whr battery should work fine as the M.2 will use less power than the 2.5 drive. Samsung M.2 950Pro works great in my 5580. The manual is incorrect.

  • Hi Justin

    I just ordered the XPS 13 9360 Developer Edition. I ordered it with the 128GB SSD as my intention is to immediately swap it for a 1TB SSD.

    The info at the top of this page states that the XPS 13 9360 M.2 slot supports up to 4X lanes. My intention is to install a Samsung 960 Evo SSD but I've ready conflicting reports on other forums stating that the 9360 only runs at 2X lanes and so the full speed potential of the drive cannot be achieved. Others say it's due to thermal throttling that the full SSD speeds are not being achieved.

    Can you please confirm that the M.2 slot does in fact fully support 4X lanes and is compatible with NVMe SSDs using 4 lanes. If the speed is being choked by the M.2 slot there is no need to be spending a premium for a super high speed SSD if the speed isn't achievable.

    Is anyone else here using the Samsung 960 Evo in the XPS13 9360 and achieving near full read/write speeds?

    Thanks.

  • @Airthang,

    Thank you for considering the Precision 3520.

    The 2.5 + cache drive set-up is meant to improve performance. However, it does not provide the same level of performance that a single M.2 drive would.

    As Trogspeed mentioned, our user's guide is wrong about the battery and I'm having that corrected. You can run either size of battery along with an M.2 drive. If you run a 2.5 SSD drive, only then do you have to run a 4 cell battery.

    Send me a PM with your service tag and I'll see if we can get you a quote for the parts.

    @H0llym0lly,

    My data come from Dell engineering. I will do more due diligence however and get back with you.

    Justin C

    Dell Technical Support L3 | Project Sputnik

    Dell Support is also on Twitter! https://twitter.com/DellCaresPRO

     

  • Hi Justin

    Any news back on whether the XPS 13 M.2 slot is fully 4 lane capable for NVMe SSDs?

    Thanks

  • Hello Justin-C

    Please excuse me for late reporting.. I am currently on vacation and rarely have access to the Internet.

    On Monday 8 days ago I got a new motherboard from dell support. This was working with the new NVMe PM951, but not the previous Toshiba NVM. But as this doesn't brother me, I agreed with this constellation.

    Last Monday, so. 3 days ago, the computer did not start again. So I called support again. Now I'm supposed to get another motherboard. The fourth one, now!

    The reason why I'm writing this now is not to scold the German Dell support. I have rather made an observation on which I do not see a direct connection. I have connected two Dell U2412M units to the Precision 3620 by DP cable. If I disconnect one of them, I can start the computer. Mostly at least, but not always. Unfortunately.

    Is it possible that two monitors are too much for the PSU? We have many of the U2412M, but no matter which one I use, the computer doesn't want to use 2 monitors.

    Du you having any idea with that information?

    Thanks for your help

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  • @H0llym0lly,

    No new updates. I'm still working on it.

    @Brueck,

    Thank you for your note. Please do send me a friend request with your service tag and I'll see what I can do.

    Justin C

    Dell Technical Support L3 | Project Sputnik

    Dell Support is also on Twitter! https://twitter.com/DellCaresPRO