My name is Steaphen and i would like to ask you about compatibility between my dell laptop and an ssd , because i am so confused.
I have bought a dell laptop on December 2015.( Dell Inspiron 3542 15.6" intel core i7-4510U/8GB/1TB/GeForce840M).My laptop is out of warranty.
I need to upgrade my hdd to ssd. My hdd has problem after 3 years of using it and is almost "dead", so i decide to upgrade to ssd instead of a new hdd.
I communicated yesterday with dell in greece and they told me that i cannot put an ssd on this laptop (they told me that my laptop has not an "e sataport" or an "n sataport"..i am not sure how they pronounced it to me and i didnt realise it..) They also suggested to me to see the specifications of dell inspiron 15 3542 on dell΄s site at manual and documents category. I saw the pdf file and it is written the following information:
SATA 6 Gbps for hard drive / SATA 3 Gbps for optical drive
One 2.5‑in drive (supports Intel Smart Response Technology)
One 9.5 mm DVD+/‑RW drive)
Αnyway, on the other hand i also communicated with a guy on pcsteps (it is a site about computing in greece) and he told me that my laptop΄s storage can definately be upgraded to ssd. He suggested me to buy the SSD SAMSUNG MZ-76E500B/EU 860 EVO SERIES 500GB 2.5'' SATA3 with 5 years of waranty.
Now i am so confused. I want to buy this ssd but i dont know if there is compatility about this ssd and my laptop. I dont want to buy something that i couldn use it and lost my money.
Can you help me? Can i put an ssd in my laptop? Is there compatility about this ssd and this model of dell΄s laptop?
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Thank you jphughan for your quick response.
I run HDD scan, Crystal Disk Info and HWinfo64 programs for hard drives. All programs said that my hard drive is ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB/D2. Then i decided to took a picture of him. This is my internal Hdd. I suppose is an 2.5 Hdd. Is this corect? If so , then i can buy the ssd samsung 860 evo 2.5 for my laptop. Thank you aggain for your reply. It was very helpful to me.
Yes, that is a 2.5" HDD with a 9.5mm thickness. The 860 Evo and almost all other 2.5" SSDs are only 7mm thick, so it will definitely fit. Depending on how the drive is meant to fit into the system's HDD bracket, the thickness difference MIGHT mean you'll have an air gap between the SSD and one of the bracket surfaces, but based on the diagrams in the Inspiron 3542 manual here, I don't think that will happen. Even if it does, that isn't actually a problem as long as you screw the SSD in tightly and make sure the SSD's SATA connector aligns with the motherboard. Good luck!