California-Joe
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adding a 2nd HDD to a new XPS 8910

I  just received my new XPS 8910 tower with a 1TB HDD with Windows 10 home. My  old Dell had an upgraded 2TB SSHD with Windows 10 Pro on it. I'm wanting to do 1 of 2 things- use a recovery drive to wipe the 2TB drive clean and install the new Windows Home on it, making it the primary boot drive and leaving the 1TB as the secondary drive, OR removing the 1TB altogether and putting the 2TB in and using the already installed  Windows 10 Pro as my boot drive.

I was advised by a tech friend NOT to do choice #2.

Can someone please advise on either of the 2 things I want to do? The SSHD is faster booting up, so I'd like to use it as my primary drive, right?

Thanks in advance!

Joe

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RE: adding a 2nd HDD to a new XPS 8910

Hi Joe,


You can configure the 2TB SSHD into the XPS 8910 has primary HDD and make the present 1TB HDD as secondary drive. You will need to install the New Windows Home on the primary drive.





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California-Joe
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RE: adding a 2nd HDD to a new XPS 8910

Hi,,

does the 2TB SSHD need to be in the same position on  the ribbon? I  tried booting off the recovery drive but it didn''t work. It booted off  the SSHD and launched Win 10  Pro.

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RE: adding a 2nd HDD to a new XPS 8910

Hi,


The Hard drive can be placed anywhere in the Hard drive cage but need to connect it to same ribbon SATA connector.


I would recommend to disconnect the factory shipped hard drive during the OS installation stage.



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California-Joe
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RE: adding a 2nd HDD to a new XPS 8910

Hi,

thank you for your help. I'm going to keep the 1TB drive for now as it's faster than the SSHD from last year. One last question- can you tell me what PCIe card and M.2 drive are compatible with my new  8910? I eventually want to get super read speeds of 2000 MB/s. Thanks!

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RE: adding a 2nd HDD to a new XPS 8910

Hi,


Dell XPS 8910 supports PCIe  M.2 SSD on the system. We will be unable to advise which M.2 SSD is compatible.




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Kolelemook
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RE: adding a 2nd HDD to a new XPS 8910

If this system, Dell 8910, cannot accept additional Western Digital SATA hard drives I will be returning it to Amazon!!  I will decide by January 15, 2017.

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