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November 11th, 2022 02:00

Does Dell Vostro 3470 Desktop have M.2 port with NVMe support ?

Hi,

I have a Dell Vostro 3470 Desktop PC at home. It is just over 4 years old and is not supported under extended warranty by Dell, hence my post here. I want to know if this desktop has an M.2 port with NVMe support, as I want to install an M.2 NVMe SSD on my PC and upgrade to Windows 11. Find Windows 10 working very sluggishly despite having reinstalled OS earlier this year. Was advised to replace HDD with an M.2 NVMe SSD which will offer much faster read-write speeds and hence improve performance significantly. Would appreciate any feedback on this to proceed further. TIA

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Ramesh

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November 19th, 2022 04:00

Exactly, you can have both drives installed and yes the 500GB SSD will be fine. The ideal situation would be to use the SSD as the boot drive and the HDD for storage or games/files/etc. The reason being that the SSD is about 3-4 x faster than an HDD. But if you don't want to clone drives or reinstall Windows then using the SSD for a second drive will be fine.

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November 11th, 2022 09:00

You have an M.2 slot but it is SATA not NVMe. That being said the SATA M.2 SSD is still around 3-4 times faster than an HDD. This YouTube video offers some insight into NVMe vs SATA SSD.

November 11th, 2022 11:00

If I were you I'd get a PCIE card that has an M.2 NVMe port on it. There are even adapters that have 2x M.2 NVMe ports on them, but they can be more expensive than buying 2x PCIE adapter cards. Find one whose brand or company has been around for years, like StarTech's PEX4M2E1. Otherwise you get what you pay for.

November 12th, 2022 04:00

@DynamicDoyle As I just mentioned to @JOcean I am confused which M.2 port I have on my motherboard as the label mentions M.2 SATA1 while it looks like an NVMe compatible port. As SSDs sold online  are "non returnable" I don't want to take a chance. Would help if you can suggest a freeware appln which can confirm which M.2 port my PC has.

November 12th, 2022 04:00

@JOcean I am confused as the M.2 port on my motherboard mentions M.2 SATA1 but the port itself looks like one meant for NVMe (with a single notch on the right, with what's called 'M' key edge connector). As it's a proprietary motherboard of Dell I am unable to verify it by looking it up on Google search. It would help a lot if I can find a freeware s/w which detects and displays ports on motherboard. 

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November 12th, 2022 04:00

From the Dell support page tech specs for the 3470 found here, the following:

Storage specifications

Table 1. Storage specifications

PRIMARY/BOOT DRIVE

SECONDARY DRIVE

INTERFACE

CAPACITY

Solid-State Drive (SSD) M.2 SATA 2280 SATA AHCI, Up to 6 Gbps Up to 512 GB
Hard drive (HDD) 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch SATA AHCI, Up to 6 Gbps Up to 2 TB at 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM

 

For software that will confirm details of your system such as RAM type, motherboard specs, port information, etc. try this software from SiSoft Sandra. It is free and should give you the information you require and will confirm what Dell specs have indicated. And this page at atpinc has information on key types.

Also this forum post confirms the SATA type and it is a B key slot.

November 15th, 2022 05:00

@JOcean- Thanks for the additional info. Meanwhile, I checked again with Dell TS who said I can only have a 128Gb M.2 SATA SSD in my PC if I retain the HDD. If I remove the HDD then I can install an M.2 SATA SSD of up to 512 Gb. Considering the high price of SSDs (possibly due to global chip shortage) I may have to defer my purchase. Hope this one from Samsung would be compatible - Amazon.in: Buy Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA M.2 (2280) Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (MZ-N6E500) Online at Low Prices in India | Samsung Reviews & Ratings

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November 15th, 2022 06:00

Yes that Samsung would be compatible and this one would be compatible as well. The reason that Dell TS told you a maximum of 128GB is that is the largest Dell tested with the 3470 but not the largest that is actually compatible.

November 18th, 2022 20:00

@JOcean Thanks for the response. I don't need a 1Tb storage as keep my personal data on cloud storage. So, are you saying I could buy & install the 500Gb Samsung SSD (link in previous post) AND retain my current 1Tb HDD too (as Dell TS said 128 Gb SSD is max I can use WITH my HDD)? 

November 20th, 2022 21:00

@JOcean Thanks. I intend using an SSD only for OS, but if I manage to get a 500 Gb one I may use it for personal data storage as well, and remove the 1 Tb HDD. I wish I could use an M.2 NVMe SSD which is much faster than a M.2 SATA SSD (though I know that even a SATA SSD would be 3-4 times faster than my HDD).

January 25th, 2023 08:00

Checked physically and noticed that my Vostro 3470 Desktop PC motherboard has an M.2 SATA 2280 with 'M' key edge connector only (no 'B' key edge connector). So, can't use M.2 SATA 2280 SSD from links shared in earlier posts. Only NVMe SSDs seem to come with 'M' key edge connector

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January 27th, 2023 19:00

    Hey Ramesh, I have owned a Dell Vostro 3470 since 11/19. A month later I installed a Western 

Digital WDS500G2B0B SATA M.2 drive and doubled up the memory to 16 GB. The startup took

around 50 seconds with the original HDD. The sata ssd dropped it to 15 seconds. I  cloned the HDD 

to ssd and kept the Hdd as extra storage. The difference was amazing. I am now considering adding 

an NVME like a previous answerer suggested. You probably should just add it by way of a PCIE adapter

and skip the SATA. Why go 3.5 times faster when you can go 22 times faster? 

ps the m.2 slot on your mobo is bm key sata ready. 

 

July 2nd, 2023 05:00

Bro It said i can get up to 2TB HDD but now I got a 3TB HDD and nothing happen

July 2nd, 2023 05:00

Can I use both 256gb m2 sata disk and a 3tb hdd?

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July 2nd, 2023 15:00

      Nguyen, you should be able to use both drives M.2 ssd and the hdd at the same time. I'm not sure what you mean that nothing happened with the 3TB drive. If you cloned your boot drive to the ssd you can change the boot order in the bios to run the ssd as a boot drive. 

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