From what I've read in the forums it doesn't sound like it is worth the cost to install a pci card. Take a look in the forums.
Without the pci card you will only get SATA 2 speed, but that still will be a huge improvement. It's my understanding that the difference between SATA 2 and SATA 3 will only show up when loading larger files, where SATA 2 speed does bottleneck. Most of your disk access is random access of small files, where there is little difference.
I don't believe that the size of your SSD will matter - you should be able to install any SSD as per the directions in this thread.
I found it easiest to use paragon software to clone my old boot drive to the SSD. I ran into issues with a clean install of windows 7, mostly because of the install of drivers during the install process. If you are going to do a clean install of the operating system take the time to read about having your drivers available at the right point in the install.
Another alternative you could look at is to purchase a new motherboard. They aren't that expensive and it isn't that hard to install a motherboard, but you would also need to purchase a new copy of the windows operating system as the Dell license is specific to your current motherboard. Make sure the motherboard is compatible with your cpu if you go that route.
I have a new build, but I still have my Dell studio running with a ssd and a GTX 750 TI video card, which is perfect for this older system and has low power requirements. Runs great.
I'm not able to change a motherboard..i've no experience in this matter of things, in fact i ask you what cable I must buy to connect a ssd 2.5 (no bay as it is) 🙂
I want to clone my hard disk to ssd and leave my original as secondary archive storage.How i must configure bios to do this?
Given that this is rather new to you, I would recommend that you purchase paragon software as it will take care of partitioning issues during the clone. (Just google paragon clone ssd.) I've used it twice. It is very easy - if you are a typical pc user you could follow the directions. (Just google paragon clone ssd.) It costs about $20.
There may be some freeware out there that you could use to clone but would probably require a higher level of technical skill. You would need to find some good guides online or a good friend who has cloned a hard drive.
Or you could go to Staples or Best Buy and get them to clone to the SSD. I think Staples charges about $50.
Here are my notes from when I cloned (from earlier in this thread).
1. Backed up to an external hard drive and made a boot CD. (Just to be safe.)
2. Ran Microsoft Fix it 50470 to make the registry changes. Must do prior to next steps. support.microsoft.com/.../922976 Very important.
3. Enabled RAID (F2 during reboot - then look for the menu item that allows you to select RAID).
4. Installed the SSD (C Drive) in the 0 slot and moved the HD (F Drive) to extra slot. The 3.5 bracket provided by Corsair doesn't match the frame - I ended up using tape to supplement the bracket as suggested in another forum. Note what cable is attached you to your current hard drive. You will use that same type cable for the SSD. I'm pretty sure you already have enough cables for both drives. Take a digital photo of the existing cable/hard drive if you think you might get confused.
6. Used Paragon to migrate - worked like a charm - worth the $20. Did not move music, video, photos, or documents to leave maximum space on SSD. Migration takes a couple of hours.
7. Changed boot order to make sure SSD was first. (F2 during reboot)
8. Defined the location for documents, music, photos, videos (eg right click on My Photos and move location to F Drive where my photos are now located).
9. Made sure Media Center knew where libraries were located - it took a while for MC to re-index photos, etc.
10. Adjusted settings on a few programs that pointed to C for data when data was on F.
That's pretty much what you need. Just go slow and don't take shortcuts unless you really, really know what you are doing.
I just stumbled on some detailed directions using freeware to clone over on the Lifehacker website. Just google "lifehacker how to migrate to a solid state drive". (I don't seem to be able to post the address for the article - must not be allowed in the forum.)
Follow the directions above (#2 and #3 to enable RAID) then follow the directions in Lifehacker to clone your operating system.
I hope that helps.
Open up your case and look at your hard disk. You will see two connecting cabless. You will use the same cables for your SSD.
I didn't have to purchase additonal cables so you should be fine.
There are lots of images on the web if you google SSD cables.
I've already opened the case, and I noticed power cable and sata cable attached to hard disk and cd/dvd writer, so I want to add a the original hard disk as secondary drive, I must buy another cable (what?), or detach that connected to cd/dvd writer.Right?
But you said that putting RAID in bios can create problems with cd writer, so you use an external dvd reader.
That's right - my cd/dvd would not work after I enabled RAID. The cd/dvd is an ide device and enabling RAID moves you to ahci that's required for the SSD (so TRIM works).
An external cd/dvd will work just fine as it will be on usb.
Maybe I used the cables from the cd/dvd, but I don't think so. I think there were enough connections. (It's been a while 🙂 )
In any event, you can disconnect the cd/dvd as you won't be able to use it when you switch to ahci. I did disconnect the cd/dvd.
I could take a digital photo of my connections and send you if that would be helpful.
I now recall that I had purchased a new psu when I added a video card and an audio card, so maybe I do have more cables than the original psu.