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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Thank you for your question.
Yes, the Vostro 14 5468 does support M.2, according to my documentation.
1x 3P44J M.2 bracket
2x 7CJG4 M2*2 screws ( I'm still confirming if this the correct part number )
Please note that I'm not an expert on drive performance but I have my statement for you below:
It's my understanding that the number of lanes is a separate specification from the actual throughput speed supported by any one model. Example: 4X throughput from say a E5570 may be different from the 4X throughput speed on a Precision 7710. When I submit my questions to Dell engineering they're not related to throughput speed and historically, Dell does not give out exact throughput speeds per model.
Thank you for your kind feedback. Yes, I plan to get more information on the new models in the near future. Below is what I have so far for your 5580
2FFR0 - M.2 frame ( clip on the end )
X3DN4 -Thermal plate
4270E - End screw
I wasn't able to get exact technical detail on the RAID behavior. However, the assumption is that the two 4X drives will run at the same performance as the 2X drive it's grouped with in the RAID 5. Same goes with RAID 0 and RAID 1.
As to your class 50 question: Drive classes and lanes are considered separate. Class 50 drives have slightly better performance than a class 40 drive. Class 40 and class 50 drives can work with either 2 lane support for 4 lane support. In other words a class 50 drive will have slightly better performance on a 2 lane port when compared with a class 40 on a 2 lane port. Same goes when you have 4 lanes and comparing performance between class 40 and 50.
Hope that makes sense.
I had the previous document I linked deleted. I now have a new document that is more clear regarding M.2 BIOS password support. Here: www.dell.com/.../no-bios-to-set-a-hard-drive-password-on-nvme-ssd
I will add it in to the original post.
I went back to Dell engineering and they confirmed that there are physical limits on the Vostro 5468 motherboard that only allow support for M.2 SATA. I've reported this fact to the documentation team and the NVME support claimed in the user's guide is going to be removed.
I will work on getting a better answer on the caching but it will take some time. I should be able to have the answer in a couple weeks, probably in the form of a brand new document outlining scope of support and the technical aspects all in one place.
Dell 5480 "H" and Dell 7480 "U" are both PCIE 3.0.
The 7510 supports 2280 M.2 SATA and 2280 M.2 PCIE.
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.
Thank you for your question and interest in the 5580.
It's very rare for Dell to adjust any system firmware in order to limit a system to below NTFS or GPT standards. I have no reason to believe that a firmware limit has been set on the 5580. Even when the user's guide says 512GB max.
I pulled up my internal customization page and my internal parts replacement page and each reflects maximums of 512GB drives. This means that Dell simply hasn't, and currently does not sell the 5580 with a 1TB M.2. This does not mean that the firmware does not support drives that are over 512GB.
I suspect that Crucial has tested this by physically installing a 1TB M.2 drive and found that it worked for them. Now can I guarantee any one 1TB drive will work? No. You'll simply have to try it at your own risk. It's my firm opinion that most 1TB M.2 drives will work with the 5580 however.
i want to upgrade my Latitude E5570 HTG34 (500GB HDD) with a Samsung SSD SM951-NVMe 128GB (or similar). Will this work as a bootable dirve?
Greetings from Germany
The answer is yes. The M.2 drive will be the main boot drive as it would actually be the only drive inside of the unit at that point.
I'd like to find out whether would it be possible to upgrade my Vostro 14 5468 with m.2 Sata ssd (6Gbps)?
I've also having Vostro 14 5468, and i'm thinking to add another SSD in the 2nd bay. May i know if the bracket and ribbon cable are ready in the 2nd HDD bay or i need to purchase it.
I have upgraded my Inspiron 17 7778 to a 2TB SSD, but cannot get my new Sumsung 950 Pro M.2 to work in the M.2 slot. Any suggestions?
It would take me a while to find that out. It will be faster if you remove the cover and check from your end.
Try installing the Samsung driver listed in my original post. It's under "OS install notes:"
So if we want to add an M.2 SSD or a 2.5'' HDD to, say, a Precision M5510, exactly where do we go (other than auction sites) to order the needed parts?
e.g. when I search for "88DJK" (the M.2 thermal pad), "XDYGX" (the HDD cable) or "3XYT5" (the rubber side isolators for HDDs), here on dell.com or dell.com/support, all I get is "No results found" for those part numbers.
Also, what size screw is needed to secure the M.2 module? 3mm?
I've added in the screw part number for the 5510. 1x 4270E size: M2X3
For spare parts and upgrades you can call 1-800-357-3355. If you still need help after calling send me a friend request with your info and I'll see what I can do.
Can you check the Vostro 5468 M2 socket support M2 PCIe x2 or x4. Because when I attached the Samsung 950 Pro 512GB NVMe, it cannot detect. many thanks
I will try to find out the number of lanes on Vostro 5468 and get back with you.
As for the detection problem it's probably not a matter of lanes. When you say the drive isn't detected, where exactly are you discovering that? Is it during an operating system install? Or have you gone into the BIOS and found that the drive is not listed there?
If the drive is listed in the BIOS then you need to make sure you're using the Samsung driver for proper drive detection and performance. That driver is found here: www.samsung.com/.../Samsung_NVMExpress_Driver_rev11.zip
If you need help regarding how to install this driver reply back and I'll see what I can do.
I heard back from a source who advised that the M.2 port on the Vostro 5468 is wired as SATA M.2, not PCIE M.2. So you actually could have an issue with drive type, like you had assumed before. I don't know if the Samsung NVME drive is backwards compatible with SATA M.2 ports. You'll have to contact the manufacturer to find out.
Interesting... how about the M.2 port on a Precision 3620 tower?
I plugged a Samsung 850Pro 1TB NVMe drive into one and the 3620 doesn't see it, even in the BIOS settings.
The Precision 3620 comes with a PCIE 4X slot.
I can't say why the Samsung 850Pro 1TB NVMe isn't detecting but I think you're probably seeing a compatibility issue.
I can only offer support for drives we sell with systems. For example: Part number W53CK - 1TB PCIe PM951 for Precision 3620.
I have a Dell E7470 with default M.2 Lite-on module. I try to upgrade it to Plextor M8PeGN for the last 4 months, but I can't get it working. First I was thinking the module was the issue. The bios reconise the module. In the Windows 10 Pro setup I see the Module and can install Windows without any issues. Only after first boot the boot partition is not find.
After try a new install from Windows I see the old partitions and see also the data. Only it issn't possible the format a partition or delete them. After this I can't do anything anymore.
I use the latest bios, try latest sata drivers in windows setup. For the rest no idear anymore.
I understand from Plextor that the module is compatible with E7470, but is this correct?
Anybody else with the same issues? I can't find anybody with Plextor Module and E7470.
Another question is the Samsung 960 Pro working with the E7470?