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Best additonal hard drive for Inspiron 7559 laptop

I need advice on what addtional hard drive I can install in my Dell Inspiron 7559 laptop.
Presently, it has a 1TB 2.5" SATA drive manufactured by Toshiba for Dell. The part number is 5K1VD. The specifications of this drive are: 400-AAYK; 1TB (5400rpm) Hybrid HDD with 8GB Flash 400-AAYK; 1TB (5400rpm) Hybrid HDD with 8GB Flash
I want to install a 250GB hard drive that I could use as the boot drive and for my programs and apps. The Toshiba drive would be for data and backups.
I’ve done some research and found that the following drive is often recommended as a boot drive for the 7559: SAMSUNG 850 EVO M.2 250GB SSD SATA III Internal Solid State Drive MZ-N5E250BW.
I’m wondering if anyone has had any experience with installing this drive in their 7559? Specifically, I’d be grateful if anyone could answer the following questions:

1.      Can this drive be installed in the 7559 without a lot of tweaks?

2.      Are there any guides on the Internet to installing this drive in the 7559?

3.      Will the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 work with the Toshiba 5K1VD?

4.      When I buy the Samsung 850 will I need to buy a tray and cable?

5.      What changes, if any, need to make to bios in order to be able to boot from the Samsung 850?

6.      Do I have to identify the Toshiba drive in a particular way in the bios?

7.      Can I just download Windows 10 and install it on the Samsung 850 and then reformat the Toshiba drive so it is a clean drive (I am presently locked out of it because of a malware infection and would just like to wipe it clean – I have no valuable data on it)?

8.      Finally, is there a better 250GB drive that I could install in my 7559?

My thanks in advance for whatever advice and help anyone can provide
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RE: Best additonal hard drive for Inspiron 7559 laptop

You can use any M.2 SATA (but NOT M.2 NVMe) drive in this system.  You'll want to check to make sure the mounting screw for the drive is present - if it's not, you'll need one.

You can install fresh on the M.2 or clone the existing drive over if it'll fit in the smaller capacity M2 .drive.

Either way, REMOVE the hard drive from the system before you install Windows onto the M.2, however you choose to do that.

www.dell.com/.../manuals

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gakerby
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RE: Best additonal hard drive for Inspiron 7559 laptop

Thanks for your quick response. I very much appreciate it.

Clarification though: From what you write I assume the Samsung  850 EVO M.2 will run in my system. Will I still be able to run the Toshiba drive as well?

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RE: Best additonal hard drive for Inspiron 7559 laptop

Yes, you can keep both drives - that said, when you install the OS (or clone the existing drive) - you MUST NOT boot the system the first time with both drives installed.  

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