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2TB ssd upgrade on XPS1340

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Hi,
I have a 9-year old toy Studio XPS 1340 that's still kickin. It has survived the times with an upgraded processor (2.67Ghz P9600), 8GB ram, dual internal HDD (1TB main, 500GB slave), 3 additional USB ports, added bluetooth/wifi combo minicard, and an extended 6600mAh battery.
My question is, can it support a 2TB ssd? I know it will run only on sata II speeds but I wanna be sure if it can handle a 2TB size ssd. I'd appreciate any input...
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jphughan
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Re: 2TB ssd upgrade on XPS1340

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Short answer: You will be fine.

Long answer: The last time there was a hardware-related limitation on drive size was around 137GB because systems had to move to "48-bit LBA addressing" to use larger drives, which obviously happened a long time ago, back in the Windows XP Service Pack 1 days since OS support had to be added for that too.  Other than that, going above 2TB is the next semi-barrier.  Basically, although it's fine to use disks larger than 2TB, there are limitations around creating a single partition larger than 2TB, and not everyone wants to cut up their disks into multiple partitions.  But since you're stopping at 2TB, you'll be fine.

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jphughan
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Re: 2TB ssd upgrade on XPS1340

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Short answer: You will be fine.

Long answer: The last time there was a hardware-related limitation on drive size was around 137GB because systems had to move to "48-bit LBA addressing" to use larger drives, which obviously happened a long time ago, back in the Windows XP Service Pack 1 days since OS support had to be added for that too.  Other than that, going above 2TB is the next semi-barrier.  Basically, although it's fine to use disks larger than 2TB, there are limitations around creating a single partition larger than 2TB, and not everyone wants to cut up their disks into multiple partitions.  But since you're stopping at 2TB, you'll be fine.

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ejn63
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Although it should work from a technical standpoint, does it really make sense economics-wise to put a $650-700 SSD into a system that's worth $50-100?

 

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electroninz
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Hi,
Thanks very much for that informative reply. That's much better than a simple yes. 😉
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electroninz
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Hi,
Thanks very much for that informative reply. That's much better than a simple yes.
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electroninz
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I've got a spare 250gb & a 2tb ssd I use as portable external drives with my xps 15 touch. I just want give a new life to my old toy and see how it runs with ssd. I could have installed the 250gb but I was curious what size it could take.
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ejn63
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If the 2T drive has a SATA interface, it should work fine.  

However, if it's one of the pre-packaged external drives such as from Seagate, WD, etc., these very often don't have SATA connectors on the drive itself -  they are often shipped with built-in USB 3 connectors -- if it's one of these, it it won't work with the notebook system.

 

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electroninz
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It’s a 2TB samsung evo 850 2.5” “internal” ssd in an external case, with sata interface. My old xps 1340 is running Win10 pro, not winXP sp1, so it should be ok according to jphughan.
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ejn63
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Yes, that drive should work fine in the system.  

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