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Wanting to upgrade from hdd to sshd

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  1. Tucknut

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    I'm wanting to upgrade my Dell Studio XPS 435MT hard drive to a new Seagate SSHD. According to this Seagate video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNWDSUIbrGk , it's a quick and simple process of using their DiskWizard software to clone the hdd to the new sshd, then just swapping the sata cables to use the sshd as the new boot drive and the old hdd as storage. Sounds very quick and easy with no issues like formatting/partitioning, resetting configurations and bios settings, reactivating Windows, etc. But as I've researched the topic, I've run across a few threads that mention a number of issues involved in adding a ssd (not an sshd) to this particular Dell. Some of them are rather extensive issues to solve that I'd probably not want to try my limited experience at.

    So, I'm wondering if this simple Seagate cloning solution is even possible with this xps rig. Haven't been able to learn anything through the Seagate site. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
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    What kind of issues have you heard of in other threads?
     
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    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/291675-32-435mt-general-install-advice-sata-controller
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/293821-32-dell-studio-435mt-upgrade

    Note the issues mentioned by member Hoku in that first thread. Of course, he is talking about adding a ssd, not cloning the hdd to a sshd. I'm hoping those aren't issues that might pertain to what I'm wanting to do.

    Also, in the comments of the Seagate youtube video, one person mentions that their pc doesn't recognize the drive.
    And I notice that the drive is sata3 but I'm pretty sure my x58 motherboard only supports sata2.
     
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    Well the biggest issues from those threads are AHCI(RAID) vs IDE. You can check that anytime by going into the BIOS and can be fixed by doing a registry edit.

    Detection issues are not uncommon for any types of drives in any type of systems.

    SATA II vs SATA III isn't really an issue here since the Seagate SSHD is slower than SATA II. It would be an issue if you got a real SSD.

    What version of Windows do you have?

    Personally I would just get an SSD for the O/S and programs and do a clean install on it and then use your existing drive for extra storage.
     
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