I have an XPS 9530 with 2.5" 1 TB HDD and a 32 GB SSD mSATA for cache(?).
I bought a 2.5" 480 GB SSD (Kingston A400, it was cheap and I don't need more space), I would like to do a clean install of windows on it, I will also like to remove the 32 GB mSATA drive on the XPS to avoid complications(?).
Question: Can I simply remove the current HDD and mSATA, and place the 2.5" 480 GB SSD inside, and then do a clean Windows install from a boot usb?
I believe the steps I have to follow are:
1. Remove SSD cache and HDD
2. Insert new SSD
3. Change BIOS to disable Intel stuff and set disk protocol to AHCI
4. Install Windows onto this new disk
However, I ideally would like to avoid the issues faced here: https://www.dell.com/community/Laptops-General/XPS-15-9530-32GB-mSATA-1TB-HDD-HDD-update-to-SSD-Lapt...
Can anyone confirm these steps? Has anyone done this before with this model?
I’m not sure what happened to that one user in the thread you linked that caused switching from a spinning HDD to an SSD resulted in a slower system (maybe a bad SSD?), but the upgrade you’re considering is very common and has been done with good results by a lot of XPS 15 9530 owners, and yes the steps you’ve described are correct.