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A quick amateur's question, how do I install an external SSD flash drive into my Dell Desktop? Thanks, Ron Felber

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It installs just like a normal hard drive, but you need an adapter connector to suit the hard drive connector to connect to the motherboard.

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How do I add a separate Samsung ssd 128gb drive with windows 7 on a Dell xps 8700 with windows 8.1 already on it? Is it possible?


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SSD installs but does not show in "Computer"


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good idea


first run disk utilities, then defrag disk, then connect ssd to computer via usb external drive, then clone disk or install disk into machine and then insert system disk and boot from system disk and hold down c key.

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Why does my SSD cause the beach ball of death on OSX?


Try a NRAM/PRAM/SMC reset.

The best thing is to get a copy of OSX 10.8 3, load it to a flash drive or burn to disk, then secure erase the SSD with the erase tool from Crucial, do a fresh install of OSX.

Then do a reset of these again, its the best way to get the system working with no problems.

That is a good SSD.

Just google NRAM/PRAM/SMC RESET and read how for your Macbook pro.

Then get a small external drive for backups, so you can secure erase the drive when needed.

Remember Apple turns off TRIM when its not one of their SSD's, so you need to give the drive time to use garbage collection.

You can Google TRIM enabler, but if you have any problems after installing it and turning it on, just turn it off.

I have no problems with it.

A new update for 10.8.3 is coming soon to public, beta 12D76 is working great.

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Ssd won't show up as destination drive.


I'm not sure this is your problem, as you question isn't descriptive enough. But here's a solution if I do understand your question correctly.

When I have installed new hard drives in the past, I did the physical install, turned the computer on, and they just worked. Not so with SSDs I've installed. After the physical install, the SSD does not show up in the "Computer" window with all the other drives; because it's not FORMATTED.

Solution:
Navigate through:
Start > right-click on "Computer" in the right pane > select "Manage" > in the left pane select "Disk Management"

All the drives will show up in the main window, including the SSD you just installed. If it does not show up, there's a problem. Maybe one of the cables isn't fully inserted, or there's a defective cable, or a defective SSD.

You can tell the SSD from the other drives by the Gigabyte capacity, and also by the fact that it does not have an assigned drive letter (e.g. C:). Also, it's named something like "New Edition".

To continue to formatting, navigate:
Right click the SSD > select "Format" > select "Quick Format"

A drive letter will be assigned. You are given the option to change this letter if you want. Also, you are given the option to name this drive. This name will appear with the drive listing in the "Computer" window. I simply used the name "SSD", however if you want something more discriptive or colorful, it's your computer, it's your SSD, you can name whatever you want.

The other format option is for when one is installing a used HD which may have bad sectors. That option scans for bad sectors, and takes a LOT longer to format. Not necessary for a new SSD. Plus, you can scan a drive for bad sectors anytime with the "chkdsk" command.

The SSD is now ready for use, including for use as the main drive. Windows will happily load onto this drive.

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When you connect the USB hard drive adapter to the laptop, the laptop will see it as an external storage device, you can then open the various folders anf files and copy them to your new hard disk.

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Cannot install whs on ssd using flash drive


I would suggest cloning the OS install.
Install the OS on the 80GB SSD with the Foxconn board that is giving you troubles with the 40GB SSD. Then clone the drives and swap SSDs.
WHS 2011 probably will throw up a flag stating that it needs to be reactivated because of hardware changes, but it should go smoothly.

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My Dell desktop computer will not boot and it is too old to spend money on repairs. However, I would like to be able to get the files off my hard drive. If I buy a kit and turn the internal hard drive...


Nope. you cannot access your files. even if you use a external hard dive to access the files.

i suggest you install windows 7 in your computer but do not reformat the hard disk . in that way your files will still be saved in your harddrive.
Once you have access to your files i suggest you save them in a flash drive or external hard drive if you have one. then reformat your computer and install a windows xp.

here is a tutorial on how to install windows 7 without reformatting your harddrive.

Goodluck. If you have any success using my solution please give me updates.. Thanks

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