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

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@kwmcc wrote:

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

 

 

 


I used this Cablecc 90 Degree Right Angled SATA 22Pin 7+15 Male to SATA 22P Female Extension Convertor Adapter with great results in all three of my 3670 PCs. For that lower 2.5" drive location.

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00S5WPSZ2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I didn't want to use the option pictured a few posts up where a straight connector was attached. Since it was difficult for me to remove it. The angled connector worked best for me. So I got them to use in all three of my 3670's.

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

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how to did the power cable and data cable for the SSD vertical mount? My iinspiron i3670 does not have spare cables?

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@leogiri wrote:

how to did the power cable and data cable for the SSD vertical mount? My iinspiron i3670 does not have spare cables?

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I got mine from Amazon.

I got this for power. Which connects to the Mini 6 pin ATX port on the Motherboard and provided two more power connections

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071CG67ZC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Then I got this 90 degree right angle adapter to put on the hard drive.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00S5WPSZ2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And then I got some sata cables.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010WYTK0E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

 i only needed the right angle adapter for the lower, vertical hard drive mount.

I used this hardware with all three of the 3670 PCs I got. Since I used both of the vertical, 2.5" hard drive locations. In addition to the 3.5" hard drive location.

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

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I managed to get the Dell Inspiron 3670 to dual boot, , so it is possible. My config was Windows on the M2.SSD and a 1TB internal for data. The bit I was stuck on was how to get the internal drive to show up in the BIOS. i.e after pressing F2 and checking under "Boot Sequence" I could only see the M2.SSD and not the internal disk When I boot from the M2.SSD, the Boot Sequence options were being read from the EFI system partition (ESP) on the M2.SSD which is why I could only ever see one entry in the FILESYSTEM LIST box eg HD(1,GPT,FB88A86F-F9E1-43E1-B4C0-C6409DA4DFDE) and the FILENAME BOX has \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi So I got rid of the NTFS filesystem on the internal disk, and created a new EFI system partition (ESP) of 650MB, formatted as fat32 on the internal 1TB disk. I did this using microsoft tool diskpart I then mounted this partition using mountvol /? as letter S: and copied the entire contents of the M2.SSD ESP partition to an ESP partition on the internal disk using bcdboot S:\Windows So it looks like this 1TB Internal Disk (ESP) (rest of disk is blank) M2.SSD (ESP) (windows partitions) After doing that, I have an ESP on the internal disk. I can then go into the BIOS under System Configuration, and uncheck the M2.SSD (leaving all of the other sata drives checked) After I save this, and go into the BIOS, what happens is the BIOS then uses the ESP on the 1TB Internal disk, and entries for the 1TB disk appear in the Boot Sequence Menu. So you can create a new boot option "1TB internal disk' HD(1,GPT,A32B1BDE-B10F-42D6-8635-D17D8DC3DD1D) or whatever your GPT GUID is For the filename list box, \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi The point of all this is to get the internal disk to appear in the Boot Sequence in the bios. I'm not actually going to use this boot option - (linux is going to overwrite it) I can then turn UEFI on, secure boot on, and boot from a UEFI USB stick containing linux. When linux boots, it can't "see" the M.2 SSD, as I disabled it in the bios. This also means linux can't overwrite the ESP on the M2.SSD containing windows. It can only see the internal 1TB drive, and the ESP on the internal drive. So I can go ahead and install linux on the 1TB internal disk, and linux will destroy the ESP copy I made on the internal disk and install it's own (containing grub2) After installing linux, in the bios there is a UEFI boot menu ubuntu So then restart, F2 to go back in the bios. Under System Configuration, re-check the M2.SSD to make the ESP containing the Windows Boot Manager visible again Under boot sequence, I now have two options setup Windows Boot Manager File System List: HD(1,GPT,FB88A86F-F9E1-43E1-B4C0-C6409DA4DFDE) File Name: \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi and ubuntu File System List: HD(1,GPT,A32B1BDE-B10F-42D6-8635-D17D8DC3DD1D) File Name: \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi And I can either use the up and down arrows on the Boot Sequence menu to change their boot order around, or use F12 at boot time. In summary I had to make an ESP on the internal drive to get it to appear in the Boot Sequence menu, and I used diskpart, mountvol /?, and bcdboot to make this happen. Once the internal disk was in the Boot sequence menu, then that was enough for the linux installer to be able to do the rest. (If you are going to try replicating something similar, make sure you don't overwrite your windows ESP or you won't be able to boot afterwards)
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Thanks for that info, worked like a charm !!!
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