Lykaon
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Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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I just picked-up a Inspiron 3847 and I'm looking to upgrade to a solid state drive.

I think I'll need:

2.5" mounting bracket

SATA cable

Will I need a SATA III card or will the existing interface work (I couldn't find clear specs on what the existing interface actually was)?

Anything else I'm missing?

Thanks!

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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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You cannot install an SSD as the boot Drive while the original drive is hooked up.

There will be issues.

You can install an ssd after upgrading DBAR to 1.7.5.64 and then making a 16 gig or larger usb flash recovery.

Then install the SSD

and then optimize it.

Then put the old drive back as a secondary.

I Usually recommend INTEL Retail drives for this so that you get Tools for optimization.


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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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Hi Lykaon,

Yes you can upgrade the system to SSD the existing SATA cable and power cable is enough. You will need to purchase a 2.5 inch mounting bracket to fit the hard drive on the desktop.

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chrishencz
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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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Can you install the SSD and also keep the original 1tb hard drive on the Dell 3847? Thank you.

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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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You cannot install an SSD as the boot Drive while the original drive is hooked up.

There will be issues.

You can install an ssd after upgrading DBAR to 1.7.5.64 and then making a 16 gig or larger usb flash recovery.

Then install the SSD

and then optimize it.

Then put the old drive back as a secondary.

I Usually recommend INTEL Retail drives for this so that you get Tools for optimization.


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chrishencz
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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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Thank you so much for your fast response. I'm very glad I got a Dell. I do have a couple more questions, I hope that's okay. I was thinking about getting the Samsung 850 pro SSD. I've read it has really good software for installation as a primary drive. Do you think that would be alright? Also, my computer came with Windows 7 installed but it also came with a "Windows 8.1 recovery media for Windows 8.1 products" disk, (I assume this is the Windows 8 operating system disk). I would like to keep Windows 7 after installing the new SSD as my primary drive. Do you know how I can do this without having the Windows 7 disk or product key?

Again, thank you so much for so of your help. I really appreciate it.

Chris

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chrishencz
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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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Sorry, I just have one more question. Will the stock 300W power supply work with the extra SSD, a GeForce GT 730 1GB graphics card and up to two external 1TB hard drives hooked up? Thanks again for your help.

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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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External Drives are not an issue.  SSD drives use less than 10W of power so its fine.


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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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The software that samsung comes with is worthless and does not Optimize the Disk.

The INTEL Retail Drives set Buffering and Prefetch and other parameters so that the drive does not die in less than 10 hours due to being Written to death.


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Dan-H
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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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The software that samsung comes with is worthless and does not Optimize the Disk.

The INTEL Retail Drives set Buffering and Prefetch and other parameters so that the drive does not die in less than 10 hours due to being Written to death.

 I guess that's one person's opinion. Not really shared by the rest of the market though.

I have a 3 year old crucial/micron 120GB that runs 24x7 in a workstation with no problems.
I have several samsung 840 Evo's in laptops that run flawlessly, and with the firmware patch are faster again.

I'd trade any of my SSDs for an equal size intel 730, but I won't pay the 50% more premium .

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RE: Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

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Disable search indexing

The search indexer made searching for files on a traditional hard drive speedier, but it doesn't do much on an SSD except perform small writes

Defragging won't be disabled on a cloned drive as well and this can lead to permanent damage.

The INTEL Drive Tool box makes sure that all of these Items are set properly.


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