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SSD croaked - can I replace it with an HDD?

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#1 Brerg8r


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 07:55 AM

I have a Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 with a 512 GB SATA 2.5 inch SSD - the drive died right after the warranty expired (of course) - PC won't even recognize that it's there, says "hard drive not detected." already checked cables and connections. I want to replace it with an HDD, but Dell TS said I can't because it would have different connectors.... is this true? I have a techie friend that says I should be able to put an HDD in its place.

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#2 Platypus


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 08:12 AM

It's technically possible that Dell could write into the BIOS to only recognize certain drives, but I think it's unlikely. I would expect a regular HDD should be fine, but really, it'll feel slow after an SSD...

Another consideration is, is there any consumer protection provisions under the legal jurisdiction where you live? I'm in Australia, and here, legally a manufacturer can't simply say "that's too bad" if something fails out of their declared warranty period, but still within a period when it would be reasonable to expect a product not to fail.

Edited by Platypus, 19 September 2017 - 08:13 AM.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 09:59 AM

you can get whatever adapters you need to put a HDD in it's place.  unless it's one of those clip in drive boards that plugs into a SSD slot.


if you don't want to just replace the SSD then you also have an option if you laptop has a CD/DVD drive.  you can get a 2.5" HDD cady and replace the cd drive

with a HDD.  they are cheap and work well.

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:45 AM

All SATA drives that I've seen, both desktop and laptop, have the same connectors.  However, if the drive is an M2 drive and the laptop doesn't have a SATA option the Dell TS would be correct.  For example the HP machines we get at work are now M2 drives, but we could install a SATA drive if we wanted.


I'd suggest pulling the drive and connecting it to another computer to verify that it is indeed dead.

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