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Installing a SSD or solid state drive in your new Dell notebook or ultrabook PC has many advantages over the older hard disk drives, like faster boot times and longer battery life.

And they are easy to install too, here's how.

But before you begin there are a couple things you need to know.

First, if you're installing an SSD in a new computer, setup will be a breeze, just make sure you have the install discs that came with your computer.

Otherwise, you will need to backup or clone your existing drive.

And before upgrading anything in your computer, it's always a good idea to make sure your system BIOS is up-to-date.

Check Dell's website before you begin.

Next, your work surface should be clean and you should ground yourself first by touching an unpainted metal surface to prevent damage to any components.

And lastly, in many cases, a simple Phillips head screw driver is all you'll need to replace the hard drive in your notebook computer.

With your computer shutdown, remove the power adapter and the battery.

And just to be sure all the remaining power is drained from the computer press the power button after the battery is removed.

Next, find where the hard drive is located.

Usually on the underside of your computer.

If you have trouble finding it, check Dell's website first.

Now, unscrew and remove the cover and you should have a good view of the old hard drive in your computer.

Each model will be slightly different, but carefully remove the screws, to disconnect the SATA and power connector, usually by sliding the drive away from the connection to remove the drive from the computer.

And if you have a supporting bracket, like we do, remove it and set it aside.

When installing the new SSD drive, re-attach any brackets that were used on the old drive to the new SSD drive first.

And it's important the SATA and power connection is securely connected when you slide the SSD into the drive bay.

It'll fit snugly, but don't force it in.

Screw it into place.

Replace the cover and the battery, now flip the computer back over and turn the computer on.

You may be alerted that there's no operating system, just insert the original install discs that came with your computer and restart again and boot from the CD-ROM.

Just follow the prompts to install the operating system and restore from a backup.

And that's it.

If you have any other questions or need additional help installing a SSD in your computer, be sure to visit www.


Com/support for more information.

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