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SSD for XT2. Which one?

DeadDeal 83 February 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM
I am interested to upgrade my Latitude XT2's current hard drive to a SSD. I chatted with Dell representatives (3 of them), and they all indicated that the SSD I would need is this: 64GB SSD [dell.com]. Looking at it's spec, it indicated the SSD's form factor to be 2.5". I then directed the rep to this link: OCZ Vertex 2 [newegg.com] and asked whether this one will also be compatible. After a few moments, he assured me that it would be compatible. I went ahead and purchased it. Unfortunately, it does not seem to fit. The plug is fine, but the SSD's length would stick out which would prevent the battery's compartment be properly attached to the laptop.

Looking at the current hard drive it came with is a smaller size Toshiba hard drive. Here is the spec of the HD:
Toshiba
SATA
160GB
5400RPM
HDD1F18
MK1633GSGF

I did a quick search on the current HD, and it's a 1.8 HD. So does that mean a 1.8 SSD would be compatible or fit with my laptop? I mentioned a lot of times to the Dell Reps regarding the 1.8, but they kept on referring to the 2.5. And even checking the Dell's system compatibility, it also stated the 2.5 SSD. So it is weird... that a 2.5 does not fit properly.

Right in the beginning, I planned to purchase a 1.8 SSD as I think it would fit, but after confirming with them, I purchased the 2.5, but it does not fit. I have gone through a lot of researches before approaching to you guys, and I can't seem to get an accuract information regarding on which SSD for my XT2. So please guys, tell me which SSD would be compatible and not going to stick out like the 2.5 SSD.
Which SSD is compatible and will fit my Latitude XT2?
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Yes, your XT2 has only space for a 1.8" HDD/SSD. A 2.5" simply is too big. The used Toshiba HDD should follow the 1.8" standard so a 1.8" standard SSD should fit mechanically for example a Vertex 2 1.8"

http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-...8-ssd.html

be aware that a re-installation of the OS and programs might be necessary.
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everywhere I look it seems to say that it uses a 2.5".. but if it doesn't fit I guess that's that..
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Quote from slapshot136 View Post :
everywhere I look it seems to say that it uses a 2.5".. but if it doesn't fit I guess that's that..
This is really funny. After spending lots of time talking to several Dell reps... they all suggested that I purchased the 2.5 64GB SSD provided through them because it is made specifically for the Latitude XT2 which I do not believe that only their 2.5 SSD would work because 2.5 should be standard and thus other 2.5 sold from other retailers should fit just fine. I also just sent an email to Dell hardware department, and this is what the agent responded:
Thank you again for choosing Dell Support.

I apologize for the confusion.

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I check the specification of this computer and I suggest that you use a 1.8? SSD. The size of the hard drive that originally came with the system is 1.8?. It is only practical to replace it with the same size of hard drive to make it fit.

The usual size of hard drive for this model is 2.5?, I think that is the reason why the previous technicians gave you that size.
I don't know what's going on??? I am so confused to where Dell is pointing me to. On Dell's website when I checked for the compatible SSD, it stated the 2.5 64B SSD and two agents I chatted with also told me it's the 2.5. I have the 2.5 in front of me and when I placed it into the hard drive spot, it stuck out because it's too long; thus I was unable to attach the battery. I am really trying to use common sense here... two Dell agents along with Dell's system indicate that I need a 2.5 SSD vs me and after finalizing it with an email, the agent finally told me to use the 1.8 SSD. I don't think I know the hardware better than the 2 agents along with its system indicating the required part. But what I have in front of me is the 2.5 SSD and it just wouldn't fit. Perhaps I need to go get my eyes checked and examine the hard drive slot again. Anyway I just hope once I purchase the 1.8 SSD that it would fit perfectly fine.
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i thought it was all answered in your other post about speed/size
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Yes, at first I was confident that it was 1.8 SSD that I would need. Then after speaking to Dell reps to confirm it, they indicated that I would need a 2.5 which I really shouldn't have asked them for help T_T. But it's really hard to stick with my decision as their system along with them indicated a 2.5. I guess sometimes even if somethings seems 99.99999% certain, it still can be wrong T_T.

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Yes, your XT2 has only space for a 1.8" HDD/SSD. A 2.5" simply is too big. The used Toshiba HDD should follow the 1.8" standard so a 1.8" standard SSD should fit mechanically for example a Vertex 2 1.8"

http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-...8-ssd.html

be aware that a re-installation of the OS and programs might be necessary.
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everywhere I look it seems to say that it uses a 2.5".. but if it doesn't fit I guess that's that..
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i thought it was all answered in your other post about speed/size
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You guys are wicked. I already stated that Dell confused me with the compatibility of the SSD... and now viewing the Poll... 33% for each answer... I guess this is telling me that I should still listen to my heart Big Grin. Anyway guys, thanks for confusing me even more, REPS TO ALL!
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