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I need advice on SSD upgrade for a Dell Inspiron 15R 5537

fsyowad 2,633 239 October 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Hello all..

I need advice on a SSD upgrade for a Dell Inspiron 15R Touch (5537).

I just received it a month ago and would like to do the upgrade. Dell has already sent me OS and drivers, utilities disks, and offered tech support for the install. I need recommendations on a ssd purchase around 250GB..I want to make sure I buy the correct size, and one that is compatible with my system.I see a lot of people are happy with the Samsung drives.

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SSD's in laptops don't make much of a difference over a 7200 HDD from my experience.I'd stay away from an SSD in any laptop.

Desktops...I fully support Crucial, Intel, Plextor or Samsung as a Boot OS/program drive with all DATA on a HDD

SSD's should never be fully trusted with all of your data, as in a laptop scenario.

Also ...If you care about trouble free operation on your laptop.
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SSD's in laptops don't make much of a difference over a 7200 HDD from my experience.I'd stay away from an SSD in any laptop.
You are flat out smoking crack. Even on my old Macbook with SATA I, it made a huge difference.

OP, find out how big your existing drive is 9 mm vs 7 mm. I tried to find that info, but couldn't. Typically ultrabooks will be 7 mm and all others will accommodate 9 mm. Calling Dell might yield some answers... Aside from this potential issue any SSD will work fine and provide a very big performance benefit.

People are keen on Samsung because they hold some benchmark records, but this is for their PRO line of drives. Their standard line of drives will also work just fine for your needs and for simplicity sake I would just wait for a deal on one of those.
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You are flat out smoking crack. Even on my old Macbook with SATA I, it made a huge difference.

OP, find out how big your existing drive is 9 mm vs 7 mm. I tried to find that info, but couldn't. Typically ultrabooks will be 7 mm and all others will accommodate 9 mm. Calling Dell might yield some answers... Aside from this potential issue any SSD will work fine and provide a very big performance benefit.

People are keen on Samsung because they hold some benchmark records, but this is for their PRO line of drives. Their standard line of drives will also work just fine for your needs and for simplicity sake I would just wait for a deal on one of those.
Disagree I have seem SSD's on many different laptops not impressed in the slightest over a normal 7200 HDD, if you "think" there is a major difference good since you spent money on it. Did you mac have a 5400?

I see it the same way as the difference between an i5 laptop or i5 desktop..the desktop will ALWAYS smoke the laptop. That i5 and i7 laptops aren't that much better than an i3 laptop and a waste of $
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Disagree I have seem SSD's on many different laptops not impressed in the slightest over a normal 7200 HDD, if you "think" there is a major difference good since you spent money on it. Did you mac have a 5400?

I see it the same way as the difference between an i5 laptop or i5 desktop..the desktop will ALWAYS smoke the laptop. That i5 and i7 laptops aren't that much better than an i3 laptop and a waste of $
Every single benchmark out there would disagree with you. I don't want to belabor the point, as we're here to help OP find an SSD, NOT talk OP out of an SSD.
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Every single benchmark out there would disagree with you. I don't want to belabor the point, as we're here to help OP find an SSD, NOT talk OP out of an SSD.
My advice is save the money and be happy and more reliable with the current set-up. Not much to be gained other than headaches..doubt OP'S laptop is by any means slow as is. Why spend needlessly. he already has nearly $1000 invested. Stats are not everything usability is. The SSD will not improve performance on that laptop for the outlay in cost and decrease reliability...significantly and he would be downgrading space...1TB Hard Drive (5400RPM) to 240 GB SSD as per your suggestion.
. SSDs are falling out of favor after the initial thrill. I'm here to shed some common sense when various questions are asked. Besides anything heavy duty should be done on a desktop. Laptops by their very nature are less secure. If anything get a 750GB 7200 WD Black for that laptop.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822136835 <$90 that way space for work stuff is not the issue at 240GB not much room for VM's or ISOs..better than a 240GB SSD
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My advice is save the money and be happy and more reliable with the current set-up. Not much to be gained other than headaches..doubt OP'S laptop is by any means slow as is. Why spend needlessly. he already has nearly $1000 invested. Stats are not everything usability is. The SSD will not improve performance on that laptop for the outlay in cost and decrease reliability...significantly and he would be downgrading space...1TB Hard Drive (5400RPM) to 240 GB SSD as per your suggestion.
. SSDs are falling out of favor after the initial thrill. I'm here to shed some common sense when various questions are asked. Besides anything heavy duty should be done on a desktop. Laptops by their very nature are less secure.
Again, here you go being a loon. SSD upgrades are the single best performance gain to an existing laptop. You are flat-out, plain-and-simple, WRONG.

Why do you even bother answering with such inaccurate information? What do you gain by derailing everything?
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Again, here you go being a loon. SSD upgrades are the single best performance gain to an existing laptop. You are flat-out, plain-and-simple, WRONG.

Why do you even bother answering with such inaccurate information? What do you gain by derailing everything?
I work with various computers everyday so I know what I'm talking about. I don't get enamored with fluff on line specs. Rather actual usability and reliability.

I would rather have in every case a significantly larger and similarly fast regular HDD thats much more reliable (7200 WD BLACK) over a much smaller less reliable SSD on any laptop.

Just becuse one spends money on SSDs does not make the overall experience worth it... more to satisfy the spending ego..and be a lemming

Desktops YES..... SSD are great as an OS/Program main drive with DATA on HDD becuse you have space to separate your stuff on different regular HD drives. I like the ability to seperate OS/Programs from my data ..my i5 desktop from cold start is completely ready in under 10 seconds surfing the web

My i3 Vaio wakes from sleep with a 7200 HDD in under 1 second... I'm not going to be doing video encoding on a laptop thats crazy. The 7200 is fast enough for most anything you do on a laptop .If it made sense I would have done an SSD upgrade years ago on the Vaio ..I didn't because I know better. The SSD would decrease reliability I regularly use between 400-450 GB on the Vaio HDD.. and SSD at 500GB would be very high cost and you are not to fill SSDs up so I'd be up against the wall always even at 500GB.

I guess if all you do is game on the laptop perhaps you aren't worried about reliability..so go for the SSD Alienware does...they stripe them also.
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I work with various computers everyday so I know what I'm talking about. I don't get enamored with fluff on line specs. Rather actual usability and reliability.

I would rather have in every case a significantly larger and similarly fast regular HDD thats much more reliable (7200 WD BLACK) over a much smaller less reliable SSD on any laptop.

Just becuse one spends money on SSDs does not make the overall experience worth it... more to satisfy the spending ego..and be a lemming

Desktops YES..... SSD are great as an OS/Program main drive with DATA on HDD becuse you have space to separate your stuff on different regular HD drives. I like the ability to seperate OS/Programs from my data ..my i5 desktop from cold start is completely ready in under 10 seconds surfing the web

My i3 Vaio wakes from sleep with a 7200 HDD in under 1 second... I'm not going to be doing video encoding on a laptop thats crazy. The 7200 is fast enough for most anything you do on a laptop .If it made sense I would have done an SSD upgrade years ago on the Vaio ..I didn't because I know better. The SSD would decrease reliability I regularly use between 400-450 GB on the Vaio HDD.. and SSD at 500GB would be very high cost and you are not to fill SSDs up so I'd be up against the wall always even at 500GB.

I guess if all you do is game on the laptop perhaps you aren't worried about reliability..so go for the SSD Alienware does...they stripe them also.
Just because you "fiddle" with computers does not mean your experience translates to the general masses.

The speed difference between a standard 7200rpm and a decent SSD is tremendous. The SSD does cost more per GB but if space is your only concern then a conventional drive will do. If your goal is increased speed and not storage, an SSD is likely the best option and there are reasonable prices out there for them.

So buying a SSD makes one a lemming, and is to satisfy the ego.... You are really off your rocker.
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I work with various computers everyday so I know what I'm talking about. I don't get enamored with fluff on line specs. Rather actual usability and reliability.

I would rather have in every case a significantly larger and similarly fast regular HDD thats much more reliable (7200 WD BLACK) over a much smaller less reliable SSD on any laptop.

Just becuse one spends money on SSDs does not make the overall experience worth it... more to satisfy the spending ego..and be a lemming

Desktops YES..... SSD are great as an OS/Program main drive with DATA on HDD becuse you have space to separate your stuff on different regular HD drives. I like the ability to seperate OS/Programs from my data ..my i5 desktop from cold start is completely ready in under 10 seconds surfing the web

My i3 Vaio wakes from sleep with a 7200 HDD in under 1 second... I'm not going to be doing video encoding on a laptop thats crazy. The 7200 is fast enough for most anything you do on a laptop .If it made sense I would have done an SSD upgrade years ago on the Vaio ..I didn't because I know better. The SSD would decrease reliability I regularly use between 400-450 GB on the Vaio HDD.. and SSD at 500GB would be very high cost and you are not to fill SSDs up so I'd be up against the wall always even at 500GB.

I guess if all you do is game on the laptop perhaps you aren't worried about reliability..so go for the SSD Alienware does...they stripe them also.
Yes, and I've been using computers since 1984, been building computers since 1996, have over 10 years of IT experience, half as a sys admin and half actually working on computers every day and then tack on another 5 years as an engineer. But, as I'm sure you are unaware, that is known as an appeal to authority. So instead of actually showing us proof of your ridiculous claims you continue to fall back on your own flawed experience vs the hundreds of reviews sites out there that say you are wrong both on the speed issue and the reliability issue. And if you want reliability there are studies done by data centers using thousands of SSDs and showing failure rates.

Oh and on top of that, I will repeat, as always, that an SSD is the SINGLE BEST PERFORMANCE UPGRADE I've ever seen for any computer period!

At this point you are trolling, because we don't care about your flawed opinion and the OP doesn't care about your flawed opinion. If you are not prepared to help people answer the questions they ask, then why waste anyone's time here, most of all your own.

PS - There are even plenty of youtube videos that show how dead wrong you are. That's video proof and yet you still deny it!
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Yes, and I've been using computers since 1984, been building computers since 1996, have over 10 years of IT experience, half as a sys admin and half actually working on computers every day and then tack on another 5 years as an engineer. But, as I'm sure you are unaware, that is known as an appeal to authority. So instead of actually showing us proof of your ridiculous claims you continue to fall back on your own flawed experience vs the hundreds of reviews sites out there that say you are wrong both on the speed issue and the reliability issue. And if you want reliability there are studies done by data centers using thousands of SSDs and showing failure rates.

Oh and on top of that, I will repeat, as always, that an SSD is the SINGLE BEST PERFORMANCE UPGRADE I've ever seen for any computer period!

At this point you are trolling, because we don't care about your flawed opinion and the OP doesn't care about your flawed opinion. If you are not prepared to help people answer the questions they ask, then why waste anyone's time here, most of all your own.

PS - There are even plenty of youtube videos that show how dead wrong you are. That's video proof and yet you still deny it!
I disagree. SSDs are great for some things not laptops as the single sole drive. You are entitled to your perspective as I am mine.
BTW more RAM or better GPU is much better than SSD on many computers performance wise (depends on current hardware installed and needs)..so your "SINGLE BEST UPGRADE ON ANY COMPUTER PERIOD!" based on your experience with computer for many years is a fallacy of an "expert" claim and negates much of your "expert" statement.

SSDs are good/great/fantastic I use them in three desktops personally. Crucial, Samsung and SanDisk..great OS/Program drives

IMO the OP is much better off overall with a WD BLACK Scorpio 7200 750GB HDD @ $90 over any reasonably higher priced over 50% smaller SSD...the current 5400 rpm TB drive is a tad slow.
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Nah, I'm going to have to disagree as well. Unless you're low on RAM (not likely these days), an SSD is the one best upgrade you can do on any computer, simply because a spinning HD is by far the slowest component.

I WILL say, however, that an SSD sometimes has much less of an impact on overall speed for laptops because the lag on those can be dependent on the network. Meaning if you're carrying a corporate laptop that's part of a domain, every time you boot it up it's going to search for the domain, possibly wait for a timeout, possibly apply new software, possibly apply new policies, etc. In THAT case, sitting 2 machines side by side, one with an SSD and one with a spinning drive, the performance will look about the same because the bottleneck has moved from the disk to the network.

However, take 2 laptops brand new out of the box with a fresh load of windows, one with an SSD and one with a spinning drive, and the SSD machine will be noticably faster.
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+1 on the ssd. Its a no brainer. Between the office computers I support and family I have at lease 20 ssd's in operation. 5 in laptops. They are a mixture of crucial, intel and samsungs. Not one single problem. After every install, the performance boost was extreme even in laptops that had 7200 rpm drives (hp 4530s).
There is additional benefit to the ssd in that it is not subject to damage as easily as a result of shock as there are no moving parts. Boltman is smoking dope. Unless you NEED the extra room, get a 250gb drive and forget about it.
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You are flat out smoking crack. Even on my old Macbook with SATA I, it made a huge difference.

OP, find out how big your existing drive is 9 mm vs 7 mm. I tried to find that info, but couldn't. Typically ultrabooks will be 7 mm and all others will accommodate 9 mm. Calling Dell might yield some answers... Aside from this potential issue any SSD will work fine and provide a very big performance benefit.

People are keen on Samsung because they hold some benchmark records, but this is for their PRO line of drives. Their standard line of drives will also work just fine for your needs and for simplicity sake I would just wait for a deal on one of those.
Thanks for the reply. I will call Dell tonight ,and ask for the correct size. Since this is a semi popular notebook I was hoping someone may have done the upgrade already and could share their insight.
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