Jonathanhsm
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Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

Just purchased 2 in 1 Inspiron i7 7000 which has a 1tb hard drive and and 120gb SSD.  After set up it seems to have installed Windows on the 1tb hard drive which is designated as C: and the SSD data designated as 😧 drive is empty.

I tried to speak to Dell - long distance hard to hear conversation - and they seemed to say this was right. And that there was only one hybrid drive with partitions?

Other literature suggests there are in fact two separate drives. And that Windows should be on the SSD.

Is that right?  And if so how do I fix it? There is nothing else of importance on computer so drives can be wiped etc.

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RE: Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

Was Windows installed by Dell, or by you?

It IS possible to install WIndows to a 128G SSD, but you'll have to be very vigilant in what you install.  It isn't hard to fill up a 128G drive in normal operation -- make sure you don't have plans to install large packages like the Adobe Creative suite, games, etc. to the SSD.

If you do, you'll run out of space in short order.

Windows CAN be loaded to the 128G drive if you wish (and yes, the system will be significantly faster).

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Jonathanhsm
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RE: Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

It was installed by Dell - I simply went through startup procedure as per quickstart instructions.

So how do I move windows to the SSD ?  Where do most people have Windows ?

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Saltgrass
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RE: Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

Do you have the model number of the hybrid drive?

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XPS 2720, Inspiron 17 7779, Inspiron 15 7567, XPS 13 9365, Inspiron 1545, TB16 Dock

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Jonathanhsm
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RE: Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

I don't think it is a hybrid drive. I think there are two separate drives. ..

The C: Drive is 'local fixed disk'  917.33 gb

The 😧 Drive  is a Toshiba THNSNK128GVN8 M.2 2280 128gb

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Saltgrass
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RE: Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

If you go to the Dell Support site and enter your service it is supposed to show you the exact configuration of that system.  If the other drive is, in fact a Hybrid drive, it has its own acceleration handled internally.  

And, as was mentioned, 128 GB may not last long.  I went to at least 256 GB a couple of years ago.  One thing you do not want, with the way Microsoft is doing updates, is to have a primary OS partition without enough room to handle the updates space required.

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XPS 2720, Inspiron 17 7779, Inspiron 15 7567, XPS 13 9365, Inspiron 1545, TB16 Dock

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8 Xenon

RE: Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

It isn't clear why Dell would bother shipping this configuration - why put the OS on the slower hard drive and leave the faster SSD for storage.

That said, carefully consider whether 128G is sufficient before you install the OS on the SSD.  To do that, you can download the image for your system or a Windows installer, write it to a flash drive, and remove the hard drive from the system.  Boot the system from the flash drive and load onto the SSD.  Once that's done, you can reconnect the the hard drive.

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Jonathanhsm
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RE: Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

Thanks - how do I 'remove the hard drive from the system' - as it is built in?

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8 Xenon

RE: Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

Which model?  7559, 7668, etc?

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Jonathanhsm
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RE: Hard Drives Dell Inspiron i7 7000

Sorry late reply - been away. It's a 7779

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