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I have a dell xps 435mt... i7920, 6 gb ram... i just use it for internet browsing basically.... but I have a bunch of programs at start up... takes about ten mins to boot... my friend suggested that I get an SSD drive...
1) Can I install a third hard drive? This only has two slots... I have a free DVD slot... I'm assuming that's sata and I can have all 3
2) Is it hard to install a fresh OS on it? I have windows 10 on my hard drive now... I don't want to have to buy another copy of the OS
3) Which drive should I buy? My friend recommended at least 250 gb: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5...B00OAJ412U

I was thinking something less expensive like this...

https://jet.com/product/SanDisk-S...5790bf8ea4
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I have a dell xps 435mt... i7920, 6 gb ram... i just use it for internet browsing basically.... but I have a bunch of programs at start up... takes about ten mins to boot... my friend suggested that I get an SSD drive...
1) Can I install a third hard drive? This only has two slots... I have a free DVD slot... I'm assuming that's sata and I can have all 3
2) Is it hard to install a fresh OS on it? I have windows 10 on my hard drive now... I don't want to have to buy another copy of the OS
3) Which drive should I buy? My friend recommended at least 250 gb: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5...B00OAJ412U

I was thinking something less expensive like this...

https://jet.com/product/SanDisk-S...5790bf8ea4

The 850 evo is the way to go. Stick with Samsung, Crucial or Intel SSDs and get at least 250 GBs as it is not worth having to deal with potentially running out of space for the OS and your C Drive.

The 850 evo will come with Samsung data transfer so you should be able to just run it and it will clone your C drive. You may want to buy a usb 3 to Sata docking station\cable to make the cloning easier or you can just connect it internally to an open sata connection and clone that way.

As long as you have an open sata connection, you should be able to buy mounting hardware for the open DVD drive to add another disk.
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AOMEI Backupper to clone to SSD

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The samsung 850 is one of the best drives on the market. The Sandisk extreme you choose has only ok reviews, its just not as fast. The ADATA Premiere S550 is a pretty good drive for the dollar, but not a tip top performer, reviews here http://www.anandtech.com/show/101...ssd-review

Best way to find out if you have any spare SATA ports is to open up your case (With the PC off) and see. If you don't use your optical drive you could use that one.

Now if your PC legitimately takes 10 minutes to boot you really need to reinstall windows (And be careful about what you reinstall) not clone the OS.

Do you want to move to windows 10? If so the reinstall is pretty simple and you can go to 10 directly. Use the media creation tool here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../windows10 to create your usb drive boot to it and the key in your dell should be recognized automatically.
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1) Can I install a third hard drive? This only has two slots... I have a free DVD slot... I'm assuming that's sata and I can have all 3
They sell SSD trays that will hold 1-2 SSD drives in a 5.25" slot. They're less than $10.
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The samsung 850 is one of the best drives on the market. The Sandisk extreme you choose has only ok reviews, its just not as fast. The ADATA Premiere S550 is a pretty good drive for the dollar, but not a tip top performer, reviews here http://www.anandtech.com/show/101...ssd-review

Best way to find out if you have any spare SATA ports is to open up your case (With the PC off) and see. If you don't use your optical drive you could use that one.

Now if your PC legitimately takes 10 minutes to boot you really need to reinstall windows (And be careful about what you reinstall) not clone the OS.

Do you want to move to windows 10? If so the reinstall is pretty simple and you can go to 10 directly. Use the media creation tool here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../windows10 to create your usb drive boot to it and the key in your dell should be recognized automatically.

Thanks...yea...need to do a fresh install of the os...I have a lot of nonsense on the other drive..bought the Samsung Evo I linked in op

Did a fresh install.. boots in around 15 seconds now!
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They sell SSD trays that will hold 1-2 SSD drives in a 5.25" slot. They're less than $10.
I just bought one of these - works great for 2 SSD drives:
Sabrent BK-HDDF 2.5 Inch to 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Disk Drive Mounting Bracket Kit [newegg.com]

As far as cloning - your better off with the clean install if you have a lot of crapware on your old HDD, but Samsung EVO's they have their own migration software that works very well. See this LINK [samsung.com] under Migration

Also here's bench scores for a Sandisk Ultra Plus (better than the cheap one you wanted) vs. Samsung Evo - you did the right thing: http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Comp...1511vs2977
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I just bought one of these - works great for 2 SSD drives:
Sabrent BK-HDDF 2.5 Inch to 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Disk Drive Mounting Bracket Kit [newegg.com]

As far as cloning - your better off with the clean install if you have a lot of crapware on your old HDD, but Samsung EVO's they have their own migration software that works very well. See this LINK [samsung.com] under Migration

Also here's bench scores for a Sandisk Ultra Plus (better than the cheap one you wanted) vs. Samsung Evo - you did the right thing: http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Comp...1511vs2977
just did a fresh install...wouldn't I need a 5.25 inch bracket in the dvd slot? right now I just put it flat where an internal card reader would go
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I needed to get on my old hd to pull some program settings ... when I boot windows it was stuck on please wait for a good few hours... I left it overnight and it got past that, but was stuck loading with my name on the screen... windows 10 never booted... any ideas?
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old OS suicided because you chose a new one? JK.

or just coincidence, the HDD was dying with lots bad sectors, that's why it was so slow. 10minutes seems too slow. look at it's health, CrystalDiskInfo
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There are many popular brands for SSD, such as Crucial, Corsair, Samsung, SanDisk, Intel.. You can make a comparison, but you should prepare for that SSDs will be more expensive than traditional HDDs due to their much better performance. 250gb is really good for common use (more will be a waste while less is not enough). After getting an SSD, you can use a freeware to migrate OS to SSD [disk-partition.com]so as to avoid re-installing and there is no need to buy another.
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You can have two drives, and also you can clone entire drive to ssd with a free software so that you can keep an exactly copy of your old drive.
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I needed to get on my old hd to pull some program settings ... when I boot windows it was stuck on please wait for a good few hours... I left it overnight and it got past that, but was stuck loading with my name on the screen... windows 10 never booted... any ideas?
I would do the install with the new SSD, then mount the old HD as an external to see what you could recover. Do you have a backup? It might be easier than working with this failing hard drive.
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