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chrismcfet
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Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

Hi all, I recently obtained an Optiplex 760 SFF. It's a couple of years old but still runs pretty well. It has a Core Duo 2.5ghz processor, 4GB DDR2 ram and a 80GB HDD. I was hoping to use it as a home computer and to speed it up slightly was thinking of adding a SSD to the unit. Have any of you done this? Do you know if it'll work? From what I see there are two SATA ports on the motherboard, one of which is currently being used for the system hard drive. At present the unit does not have a disk drive, so I was going to put the extra storage drive there. Ideally I'd like the Windows OS on the SSD and all my documents/pictures on a standard HDD. If any of you have had experience of this, or know if it's possible, I'd love your comments.

Thanks in advance, Chris

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RE: Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

Hi chris,

You can install SSD on your OptiPlex 760 SFF. But you would need an optical drive caddy to place the hard drive intact. Please connect the SSD to blue SATA port (SATA0) on the system board and second old hard drive to the black SATA port(SATA1).

Thanks and Regards,
Shrikanth G
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

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chrismcfet
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RE: Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

That is great news! Thanks. I'm very excited now. I presume these items can be found somewhere on the Dell site. Would you be able to suggest which optical drive caddy to purchase? Also, would I need an additional cable to power the SDD drive?

Thanks again, Chris

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RE: Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

Hi Chris,

You can buy the optical drive caddy depending on your SSD. You would not be able to find it in Dell website. But you would definitely find them on third party sites.

Optiplex 760 SFF comes with two Sata ports as you know. You would be connecting the two HDD’s to the respective ports. You would be left with optical drive. Please have a look at this picture where it is labeled as (11) you will find an internal USB connector. So you would need a slim line Sata to USB adapter (second picture) to connect to connect the optical drive. It would detect as an external drive.  

(Note: Dell does not recommend part upgrades apart from the one that came factory installed)

Thanks and Regards,
Shrikanth G
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

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RE: Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

Thanks and Regards,
Shrikanth G
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

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RE: Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

This is the adapter you would need for the optical drive.

Thanks and Regards,
Shrikanth G
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

Yes it will work, see:

http://www.crucial.com/uk/upgrade/Dell-memory/OptiPlex/OptiPlex+760+Series+(Desktop,+Mini+Tower+and+... 

You can use a 120 GB SSD or superior for example. If you got by so far on 80 GB then the 120 GB drive would probably do you.

The 120 GB SSD or superior then it would be superior to your current 80 GB drive in every way. 

If you really want an adapter for the Optical Drive to the SSD this one can be used (it is for Notebook drives but the SFF has this type of optical drive anyway):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/LEICKE-Universal-Adapter-Notebooks-Height/dp/B004MLWFRE/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&...

If I'm honest however I don't think its worth the time replacing the optical drive for only a 80 GB conventional hard drive. The price for the caddy would be better put towards an external hard drive as you can get a 500 GB external hard drive for about £40 (and the caddy is £20).

For the 2.5" SSD to fit in the 3.5" hard drive bay you can use a 3.5 " to 2.5 " adapter which can be found for really cheap or might even be provided with the SSD:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-5-to-3-5-SSD-to-HDD-Black-Metal-Adapter-Mounting-Bracket-Hard-Drive-Hold... 

For Windows 7 installation on the SSD follow Windows Reinstallation Guide/A Clean Install of Windows 7:

http://philipyip.wordpress.com/dell-community-forums/ 

Note I would advise bringing the BIOS to the latest revision A16: http://ftp.dell.com/FOLDER01655581M/1/O760-A16.exe before installing the solid state drive. See Step 17 of A Clean Install of Windows 7 for more details on updating the BIOS.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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EByrne001
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RE: Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

Hi,

I am adding a SSD to my Optiplex 760 SFF and I am going to keep the HDD.  If I want to keep the internal DVD I guess I will need this adaptor, right?  Where can I buy one?  What's it's official name?

Thanks

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RE: Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

Hi EByrne001,

You can check with any local computer store (staples) for this adapter. It is called as Slim line sata to usb adapter. You would also find it online.

Thanks and Regards,
Shrikanth G
Dell Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status : http://dell.to/1fgKSTr
Download Drivers : http://dell.to/1hcxG98

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Nexwork
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RE: Adding a SSD to Dell Optiplex 760 SFF

I am contemplating doing something similar to this to update my Dad's ancient Dimension 2400 for under $200. Am I to understand that the intent of the caddy is to put a 2.5" drive in place of the existing slim DVDRW drive, and the SATA to USB adapter is so that the slim DVDRW can be operated externally by connecting one end to the internal USB header and routing that cable outside the case? What about power connections to all 3 drives?

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