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XPS 8500 - Replacing HDD and SSD

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I'm looking to upgrade storage on my my Dell XPS 8500... My question here is two-fold:

  1. I want to replace my current 2TB HDD (storage drive) with either a 4TB or 5TB HDD. Will I be able to use and see the full 4-5TB? Or is this a case where I won't be able to utilize the whole drive or will need to partition? Is there a BIOS update that will allow me full access to the drive?

  2. I'm also looking to replace my 256GB mSATA SSD (boot drive) with a 500GB mSATA SSD... will there be any issue reading that drive once it's installed (plan to do a clean Windows install and reload my programs)?

Thanks for your help. Hoping to upgrade soon, but didn't want to purchase until I knew what I was getting into.

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RE: XPS 8500 - Replacing HDD and SSD

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Its a fairly new machine with a UEFI BIOS so it should be fine... If you have already upgraded to Windows 10 then your system is already a Windows 10 Device and you should be able to clean install Windows 10 on the new SSD. If you haven't you should upgrade now as the Free Upgrade expires tomorrow.#

You should use AHCI as the SATA operation. I assume you have your system already setup this way as you have a 256 GB mSATA already.

Dr Philip Yip
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8 Krypton

RE: XPS 8500 - Replacing HDD and SSD

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Its a fairly new machine with a UEFI BIOS so it should be fine... If you have already upgraded to Windows 10 then your system is already a Windows 10 Device and you should be able to clean install Windows 10 on the new SSD. If you haven't you should upgrade now as the Free Upgrade expires tomorrow.#

You should use AHCI as the SATA operation. I assume you have your system already setup this way as you have a 256 GB mSATA already.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
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jonquest
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RE: XPS 8500 - Replacing HDD and SSD

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Thanks so much!  I appreciate the quick response!  I have already upgraded to Windows 10 and will be creating an install disk soon.

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