I currently have a xps8000 running two SATA HDD and looking to upgrade them to SSD drive.
Can someone please advise:
1) Will any SSD work with the xps8000?
2) Once installed will the BIOS pick it up automatically?
3) Can I mix SSD with HDD?
4) Will a SATA III drive work? I presume the xps8000 is backwards compatible so would run the SSD at SATA II?
5) Can I take an image of my current OS, install the SSD, then restore the image and boot up?
Thanks in advance
Dell Studio XPS 8000 uses Intel P55 chipset and support SATA operations at SATA II speed (300 MB/s). Dell has tested this system with 3.5" SATA 7200rpm drives of upto 1.5 TB capacity. The answers to your questions are as follows :
For installing/replacing parts, you may refer to Service Manual.
Note : Please follow safety instructions in manual before installing parts in system.
Hope this helps.
1) Will any SSD work with the xps8000? Standard 2.5-inch form factor SSDs should be compatible.
2) Once installed will the BIOS pick it up automatically? Yes
3) Can I mix SSD with HDD? Yes
4) Will a SATA III drive work? I presume the xps8000 is backwards compatible so would run the SSD at SATA II? Yes on both
5) Can I take an image of my current OS, install the SSD, then restore the image and boot up? Yes, if the image will fit in the SSD's space
I installed an SSHD drive on my XPS 8000 : Seagate ST2000DX001. Of course, everything is working ... except the functionnalities brought by the SSD technologies : because the last avalaible version of the XPS 8000 BIOS (A03) does not support ACPI. It is impossible to configure this option in the Bios panel.
I don't think that the Bios will evolve because the XPS 8000 does not seem to be supported. Unless Dell has time to spent ?...
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