jmcinvale
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Dell Inspiron 1521

I have a Dell Inspiron 1521 laptop that only has the WIFI card installed.

I had read somewhere online where one of the other two slots could be used for a mini pcie SSD or whatever the card is called?

If so which card would work and which slot would I use?

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RE: Dell Inspiron 1521

Hi jmcinvale,

Dell Inspiron 1521 system cannot be configured with mSATA card. 

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jmcinvale
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RE: Dell Inspiron 1521

I read somewhere that it may be possible with certain cards depending on whether or not the card uses PCI or USB data lines.

What I had read is someone used a 500 gig card, but I don't remember where I read it and googling doesn't seem to bring up the website I read it on.

Maybe I read what I saw wrong.


Don't really need to do it, but figured it would be an easy way to get extra storage.

Since that question has been answered I have another.

Is the optional bluetooth module (mine doesn't have it) capable of sending music to a bluetooth receiver and if so will the audio be high quality?

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Dell Inspiron 1521

Get a SSD that's 2.5" and not mSATA as mSATA is not compatible with this system.

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jmcinvale
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RE: Dell Inspiron 1521

I was thinking of that, but I don't want a SSD as my main drive quite yet.

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RE: Dell Inspiron 1521

The system won't take any other type of SSD than a 2.5" one - and since there's just one bay inside, the hard drive needs to be replaced to upgrade to an SSD.

The answer to the bluetooth question depends on the bluetooth card you have (or purchase).

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Philip_Yip
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RE: Dell Inspiron 1521

The whole point on have a SSD is to install Windows on it so it boots faster and in general performs better. One other option is to convert your optical drive into a HDD bay for your HDD and put the 2.5" SSD in the original bay. The original bay being faster and hence better for the SSD and better for the boot drive.

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jmcinvale
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RE: Dell Inspiron 1521

The bluetooth card would be the one that connects to the small connector on the top side of the laptop under the cover that has the power and media buttons on it unless I can get a better bluetooth card that will fit in one of the free slots near the WI-FI card.

The main reason I don't want a SSD right now is I've heard they have a limited number of read/write cycles.

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RE: Dell Inspiron 1521

The read/write limitation is inherent to flash memory -- just as susceptibility to heat and shock are the downsides of conventional hard drive.  SSD manufacturers currently warrant their drives for as long or longer than hard drive manufactuers -- so, you have nothing to worry about for 3-5 years either way -- and 3-5 years is far beyond the useful lifetime of the 1521.

SSD technology appears headed toward direct PCIe connections and newer formats such as NGFF -- I wouldn't even count on using a 2015 SSD in a new system a year or two down the road.

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jmcinvale
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RE: Dell Inspiron 1521

Oh ok.

I just can't see using a SSD when it most likely will not last as long as a regular hard drive.

I have a 13 year old Windows XP system where I replaced the original working hard drives about a year or two ago in order to get more storage and make it faster given the original drives used the IDE interface.

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