I have an Inspiron 530 that I'm going to put Windows 7 on. I thought that rather than trying to upgrade the OS, I'd add an new primary drive to do a clean install of 7 on and make my existing drive the secondary drive for data. Along the same thought process, I thought going with an Solid State Drive for the primary drive would give an additional performance boost.
Does anyone know of any "gotchas" that would keep me from using a SSD as my primary drive on my 530?
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Thanks Robin. I had read on some other forums of motherboards needing BIOS updates before the SSDs could be used. Hopefully the 530 is not one of them.
I installed my SSD in the floppy drive/reader 3.5" bay of the 530 MT, using a bracket similar to this:
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Hey, did you have any issues installing your SSD? Did you do a clean windows install or clone your old HDD thanks. I am doing a clone which I have been told is ok to do but when I try to boot from the SSD after enabling RAID it doesn't boot, any ideas? Mine is an inspiron 530.
I didn't have any problems using a SSD and I did do a clean install. I've since replaced this with a new PC that also uses a SSD. I haven't run into any problems with using SSD drives but I've never tried one in conjunction with a RAID configuration.
What if any changes did you have to do in the bios before booting it up with the SSD and doing a clean install with the Windows disk/thumb drive? No changes to BIOS, clean install from Widows Disc.
Did you encounter any issues with the drivers? No.
I will be going from Vista home premium 64 bit too win 7 64 bit. I went to Win7 32-bit so I can't speak for the 64-bit version.