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Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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Just purchased an Inspiron 3670 from Costco. It has on onboard M.2 slot for an SSD. Before getting too far down the setup and configuration road, I'd like to know how to set it up to boot Windows 10 from the M.2 SSD. I believe that the process is just:

  1. Make recovery disk
  2. Purchase M.2 SSD and install
  3. Use clone software to clone C: to SSD drive
  4. Disconnect HDD and set system up to boot from SSD (in BIOS)
  5. Reconnect HDD and format it

Is there an official how to published anywhere?<\p>

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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And my third 3670 PC went the same way for cloning. Zero issues with Macrium Reflect Free. Once the cloning process was done, I just shut down the PC, then disconnected the 1TB drive that came with the system. And when the PC reboots, it boots from the 250GB M2 NVMe drive that was installed. And boots in a few seconds.

I had no need to mess with the BiOS. The PC did everything on it's own. It automatically booted from the M2 NVMe drive, that was cloned from the 1TB drive that came with the system.

All three of my 3670 PCs behaved the same way when cloning with Macrium Reflect Free. It was trouble free and painless. And best of all the free version of Macrium Reflect doesn't cost anything.

 

I'm just glad I decided to go with all Dell PCs this time around. With my old 2013 Dell, with a 3rd Gen core i5, I also had no issues cloning. But another PC I got back then, an HP, I had run into problems. I have been extremely pleased with the Dell PCs over the years. And these 3670 Dells are no exception. They were a great deal for the price.

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Re: Seeking How To: Inspiron 3670 boot Windows 10 from M.2 S

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I think you got it mostly right.  However, you need to clone the entire hard drive to the M.2 SSD.  You can't just clone the "C" partion of the drive as the M.2 also needs the boot partition (at a minimum).  Actually clone may not work or work properly.  Best option is to make a disc "image" of the Dell hard drive to a separate drive with a program such as the free (and popular) Macrium Reflect. Then restore the image to the new M.2 SSD.  Then set the boot in the BIOS.   This is basically what I did with my Dell Inspiron 15 laptop when I installed a larger M.2 SSD.  

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree



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Re: Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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 I bought the same one but mine did not accept m.2 ssd, I had to use an nvme m.2 ended up getting samsung 970 500 GB, wow is it super fast 2 second boot.  But is there any way to get it to boot of the nvme as the primary and use the hard drive as a secondary drive without formating it.  Like a dual boot if the m.2 has a problem for some reason.   I have a bunch of boot drives on my old pc and also got a new dell notebook last year I added a 512 GB M.2 SSD to that and it worked fine with the original HDD. 

I tried changing the boot order & boot record but it keeps resetting itself after a reboot and booting from the super slow HDD (like its not saving for some reason).

Any ideas other than a reformat?

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Re: Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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Nope, I doubt if it will tolerate a dual boot.

Dell XPS 8920 silver edition
7th gen i7 Intel CPU
Samsung 850 evo SSD for boot
Added front fan
16gb of memory
AMD video/graphic card
I buy a new Dell every 4 years for the last 25 years

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Re: Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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 I just recently installed an M2 NVMe drive(Mushkin Enhanced Pilot 250GB) in each of the two 3670 PCs I got from Best Buy. All I did was install the M2 drives. install Macrium Reflect. Then copy all partitions from the 1TB drive to the 250GB M2 drives I got. I left all the paritions the same size except the C drive. Which I shrunk down to fit in the 250GB drive. Then I just shutdown the PC. Disconnected the 1Tb drive, and when I turned the PC back on, it booted right up from the M2 NVMe drives. 

 

And wow, those two to three second boot times are fantastic. i used the same procedure on both 3670 PCs i have, and they both worked great cloning the drives this way.

 

I have a third 3670 coming later this week. And hopefully Everything works out great with that one too when I clone the 1TB drive to the 250GB M2 NVMe drive.

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Re: Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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And my third 3670 PC went the same way for cloning. Zero issues with Macrium Reflect Free. Once the cloning process was done, I just shut down the PC, then disconnected the 1TB drive that came with the system. And when the PC reboots, it boots from the 250GB M2 NVMe drive that was installed. And boots in a few seconds.

I had no need to mess with the BiOS. The PC did everything on it's own. It automatically booted from the M2 NVMe drive, that was cloned from the 1TB drive that came with the system.

All three of my 3670 PCs behaved the same way when cloning with Macrium Reflect Free. It was trouble free and painless. And best of all the free version of Macrium Reflect doesn't cost anything.

 

I'm just glad I decided to go with all Dell PCs this time around. With my old 2013 Dell, with a 3rd Gen core i5, I also had no issues cloning. But another PC I got back then, an HP, I had run into problems. I have been extremely pleased with the Dell PCs over the years. And these 3670 Dells are no exception. They were a great deal for the price.

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Re: Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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It took a while (just a lot of other things going on), but I did the following:

1) Installed M.2 drive. Had to purchase a standoff with internal screw online. I know I could get a bunch of them cheaper, but this worked: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XBG1783

2) Used Macrium Reflect to image the boot drive onto the SSD (resized primary partition so it fit)

3) Power off, disconnect internal hard drive, power on. Booted from M.2 SSD without any changes.

4) Power off, reconnect internal hard drive, power on. Still booted from M.2 SSD (Hurray!)

5) Used Macrium Reflect to image M.2 to a portable hard drive as a backup.

6) Installed an additional 2.5 inch 2 TB drive. The inside of the case (front side) is set up for two 2.5 inch drives with holes predrilled. Used the vertical install point, attached with two M3x4mm (might have been 3mm) screws and straight connector SATA power and data cables. It's a nice touch that all of the holes in the case are labeled with the screw size that they take (not the depth though.)

 

There is a horizontal orientation 2.5 inch mount point near the bottom of the case. That mount point doesn't work with either straight or "right angle" connectors because it's too close to the side (removable side of case). There isn't room for the straight connectors, and the "right angle" connectors would turn out through the front.

The 2.5 inch drive only mounts in that one orientation (the openings in the drive for the flanges on the case and the screw holes only align one way.) I have a "left angle" (or 270 degree) data cable, and am waiting for a "left angle" adapter for the power cable. Once I have that, I'll see if I can mount a second 2.5 inch drive.

I haven't tried these yet, but this is what I ordered to try the bottom (horizontal) 2.5 inch drive case mount:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FHGW5K

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077952PBQ

 

 

 

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Re: Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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42390836_10156088083698305_3471026452177092608_o.jpgVertically mounted 2.5 inch drive42432930_10156088083403305_8595245933241827328_o.jpgM.2 SSD mounted on motherboard

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Re: Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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Good catch on the 2.5" drive mount, didn't notice that before.

What did you use for SATA power, a splitter from the one power cable? 

I hate that Dell moved to the new 6-pin power connector on the motherboard. I haven't been able to find a compatible cable to utilize the second SATA connector.

 

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Re: Inspiron 3670, M.2 SSD, Windows 10 boot?

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Mounting hdd's are never a problem, you can drill new holes, use washers with screws, use double sided tape, etc. Just find a spot you can bring cables to. My ssd and front fan are both mounted with double sided tape with zero problems but don't use too much !

Dell XPS 8920 silver edition
7th gen i7 Intel CPU
Samsung 850 evo SSD for boot
Added front fan
16gb of memory
AMD video/graphic card
I buy a new Dell every 4 years for the last 25 years

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