GDonbavand2
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New XPS 15 Additional M.2 SSD

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Hello
I have recently purchased the highest specification new XPS 15 (www.dell.com/.../pd. This comes with a 1TB SSD. I would like to add an additional SSD for Windows, programs and some files and use the existing 1TB SSD for certain other files. (I have this setup in my current laptop and find it works well).

I think I can add an M2 SSD because the lower XPS 15 has a 32GB SSD along with a larger normal HD.

Can anyone please confirm it is correct that I can add an M2 SSD to my computer?
Are there are limits as to how large it can be?
Would a 'Samsung 960 EVO 250GB m.2 NVMe Solid State Drive' be suitable? Are there any other models I should consider? Will this be at least as fast as the included 1TB SSD?
Do I need to buy insulation for the M2 drive, if so what and from where?

In terms of installation would the process be:
Create bootable USB stick with the Dell operating system recovery image
Remove back cover
Insert drive with insulation
Replace cover
Install Windows to new SSD
I can then wipe the existing 1TB SSD and format as single drive

Also does the Dell recovery image include all relevant drivers for my computer or do I have to download and install them separately?
Do I need to install the Samsung driver?
Do I need to do anything with the BIOS (except maybe change boot order)

Anything else I should have asked but haven't?

I am used to changing/adding HDs and installing operating systems and partitioning drives etc but normally this is with the standard size ones on computers with an optical drive where everything runs off the DVD until installed but just want to check as I don't want to mess up my new computer and haven't come across the M2 drives before.

Any help very greatly appreciated!
Thank you,
Graham

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ejn63
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RE: New XPS 15 Additional M.2 SSD

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It will depend on the battery you purchased.  If you purchased the system with the larger capacity battery, the 2.5" slot (which can hold a 2.5' drive or adapter for a second M.2 drive) is not free -- only with the smaller capacity battery is there space to install a second drive.

The system WILL NOT take a second NVMe drive -- it would have to be SATA.

Samsung magician works ONLY with Samsung retail drives - it does not work with OEM drives (the ones that come with new systems).

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GDonbavand2
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RE: New XPS 15 Additional M.2 SSD

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Oh, and do I need to install the Samsung Magician software?

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ejn63
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RE: New XPS 15 Additional M.2 SSD

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It will depend on the battery you purchased.  If you purchased the system with the larger capacity battery, the 2.5" slot (which can hold a 2.5' drive or adapter for a second M.2 drive) is not free -- only with the smaller capacity battery is there space to install a second drive.

The system WILL NOT take a second NVMe drive -- it would have to be SATA.

Samsung magician works ONLY with Samsung retail drives - it does not work with OEM drives (the ones that come with new systems).

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GDonbavand2
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RE: New XPS 15 Additional M.2 SSD

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Thank you so much, I hadn't realised the included 1TB was already the M2 drive, I had thought that was in the 2.5" and the M.2 was free but I see now the battery takes up the 2.5" space.  Thank you very much for clearing this up for me, Graham

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