Installing SSD alongside a HHD or replacing with optical drive

I have a Dell Inspiron 15R SE 7520.

I purchased http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=0D9-0021-00005
and I wanted to make the SSD my boot drive.

I have a few questions. Does my laptop have enough room to hold both the original HDD and SD? If not, I would like to remove my optical drive and place either one there. How would I go about doing that? Would I need SATA cables? Would I need SSD caddy? If so can you link me where to buy such items/model, etc.

Now for the software part. How do I move my OS from my HDD to my SSD? I've done reformatting and reinstalling of windows/mac OS on the same HDD but never "moved over" an OS.

I learn fairly quickly so any help would be appreciated.

Thank You
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  1. 1. Can I have an SSD and HDD in th eunit at the same time/

    No, laptop only has one drive bay and no option to use the optical drive as a second.

    Now saying that, if you keep the HDD, you can fit a 32Gb mSATA flash memory drive to use as a cache device using Intel Smart Response Technolog

    2. Transfer from HDD to SSD?

    You need to clone the recovery partition from the HDD to the SSD, free software like Clonezilla will do this, then reinstall as normal, unless you get recovery media on optical disk and then it should create the recovery partition back on the SSD.

    3. If you go the SSD route, you can put the HDD in an external USB3 caddy without too much performance loss.
  2. Hello,


    Removing an optical to put in a SSD isn't a great solution. The reason is that they are different sizes so if did somehow manage to connect it properly for power and data, it would be loose in there because you wouldn't have a place to secure it and there would be an opening now where your optical drive used to be with a smaller SSD in there.

    My SUGGESTION would be to get a larger SSD, 500GB or 1TB if your laptop can handle that size and use that for everything. That way you don't need to have 2 drives in the machine.
  3. das_stig said:
    1. Can I have an SSD and HDD in th eunit at the same time/

    No, laptop only has one drive bay and no option to use the optical drive as a second.

    Now saying that, if you keep the HDD, you can fit a 32Gb mSATA flash memory drive to use as a cache device using Intel Smart Response Technolog

    2. Transfer from HDD to SSD?

    You need to clone the recovery partition from the HDD to the SSD, free software like Clonezilla will do this, then reinstall as normal, unless you get recovery media on optical disk and then it should create the recovery partition back on the SSD.

    3. If you go the SSD route, you can put the HDD in an external USB3 caddy without too much performance loss.


    Ok that seems easy enough to do. Now considering the size difference between the two drives. I don't want my SSD bumping up and down in my laptop. Is there some sort of caddy to keep it stable?
  4. Brighttail said:
    Hello,


    Removing an optical to put in a SSD isn't a great solution. The reason is that they are different sizes so if did somehow manage to connect it properly for power and data, it would be loose in there because you wouldn't have a place to secure it and there would be an opening now where your optical drive used to be with a smaller SSD in there.

    My SUGGESTION would be to get a larger SSD, 500GB or 1TB if your laptop can handle that size and use that for everything. That way you don't need to have 2 drives in the machine.


    My laptop is Dell 15R Inspiron 7520 as I mentioned above. Also, I just wanted to get 120gb because I got it very cheap. I might be replacing my laptop within a few months so didn't wanna spend too much.
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