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

fsyowad 169 October 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM in Computers (4)
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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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.
Pretty sure the Crucial deal I linked to is 7 mm, so you should be safe if it's still alive. 7 mm will fit in 9.5 mm, but obviously it won't work the other way around. That drive is actually the same one crucial recommends for your laptop if you go to their website.
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Pretty sure the Crucial deal I linked to is 7 mm, so you should be safe if it's still alive. 7 mm will fit in 9.5 mm, but obviously it won't work the other way around. That drive is actually the same one crucial recommends for your laptop if you go to their website.
I called Dell ...they were pretty much clueless. I asked what SSD from their website they recommend and they recommended this...http://accessories.dell.com/sna/p...pid=235020

It does not state weather is it 7mm, or 9.5 mm.

I will probably go with the one you recommended. Just in case 7mm is the wrong size can I buy an adapter for a better fit?
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I upgraded my laptop'a 7200 rpm drive with a 128 GB Crucial M4 and it is now blazing fast. I tested them both with benchmarks before and after the install. 90 MB per second on the hard drive is a lot lower than 500 MB per second on the SSD. The point is, SSD'd are MUCH faster than ANY hdd. Even faster than 10k rpm drives. With a hdd, boot time may be anywhere from 30 seconds to a couple minutes. With a SSD, you'll be at the desktop and ready to open programs in 10 seconds.
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I called Dell ...they were pretty much clueless. I asked what SSD from their website they recommend and they recommended this...http://accessories.dell.com/sna/p...pid=235020

It does not state weather is it 7mm, or 9.5 mm.

I will probably go with the one you recommended. Just in case 7mm is the wrong size can I buy an adapter for a better fit?
If your laptop's bay is indeed 9.5 mm, there shouldn't be any problems fitting a 7 mm because it would be smaller. SSD's slide into the slot with ease and just need to be screwed down to hold them in place. After installing it, all you would need to do is a fresh install of windows and you're good to go. Activation shouldn't be a problem as long as you are installing the correct version of windows that the key on the underside of you laptop is for.
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If your laptop's bay is indeed 9.5 mm, there shouldn't be any problems fitting a 7 mm because it would be smaller. SSD's slide into the slot with ease and just need to be screwed down to hold them in place. After installing it, all you would need to do is a fresh install of windows and you're good to go. Activation shouldn't be a problem as long as you are installing the correct version of windows that the key on the underside of you laptop is for.
I found out this drive comes with a 9.5mm adapter also. . Thanks for the advice.
It is appreciated.
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Just an update...
Upgrade was successful. I bought the Crucial drive recommended. The stock Dell HD replaced was 7 mm , but a 9.5 mm drive would have fit just as well. I ended up using the adapter anyway. I also upgraded the memory to 8gb . I did a fresh install of the os too .
Many thanks to all.
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Just an update...
Upgrade was successful. I bought the Crucial drive recommended. The stock Dell HD replaced was 7 mm , but a 9.5 mm drive would have fit just as well. I ended up using the adapter anyway. I also upgraded the memory to 8gb . I did a fresh install of the os too .
Many thanks to all.
Hi,
I am also planning to upgrade to SSD.

How you transferred the data to new SSD including the OS?

Did you faced any issues with partitioning ?

Did you referred and article or video to do this? please share those links
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Hi,
I am also planning to upgrade to SSD.

How you transferred the data to new SSD including the OS?

Did you faced any issues with partitioning ?

Did you referred and article or video to do this? please share those links
I used the disks Dell sent me, drivers/operating system. Dell tech support walked me through it . I did not partition the drive.I could have done it without them.
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