Dell XPS 13: How to Upgrade to a 512GB SSD
For years, the standard in laptop storage has been the hard drive (HDD). There’s one major downside to this kind of storage, though; they are slow. Sometimes painfully slow. And while you can still buy laptops with HDDs, most have switched to solid state drives (SSDs) because of their speed and overall performance advantages. If you have a Dell XPS 13 and are looking to upgrade your storage from 128GB SSD to 512GB SSD, this article will show you how to do it without losing any data or having to reinstall Windows.
What You Need
Before you can install your new solid-state drive, there are a few things you need to have on hand. You’ll need your laptop and an 8mm or 9mm Phillips-head screwdriver. That’s it! This guide should work with any Dell XPS 13 (and probably with other models too) but if you’re not sure, check out Dell’s official laptop specs page for more info.
Remove the old hard drive
The first step in upgrading your Dell XPS 13’s hard drive is removing it from its casing. Start by unscrewing both of the screws that secure it in place and lifting out your old hard drive. You may have to pull up on it gently, as well. Set aside both pieces for now; we’ll come back to them later.
Connect the new hard drive
Once you’ve completed your installation, power up your laptop and boot into Windows 10. It should automatically recognize your new storage device—but if it doesn’t, download and install Samsung’s Data Migration software from here . This will allow you to transfer all of your files from your old hard drive onto your brand-new one. For some computers with smaller SSDs, however, it might not be necessary (or possible) to connect an external hard drive—if that’s what you have, check out our guide on how to replace your laptop’s internal drive instead.
Put everything back together again
Even if you’ve never opened up your laptop before, it’s relatively simple to take apart and put back together again. In fact, upgrading your storage space is one of the easiest ways to add more value to your laptop. If you’re worried about voiding your warranty by doing it yourself, don’t fret—after we upgrade our Dell XPS 13’s storage from 256GB SSD up to a 512GB version, we’ll show you how easy it is. Read on for our step-by-step guide.
Take care with Windows updates
If you’re using a computer that came with Windows pre-installed, you might want to check for available updates and install them. These updates make your operating system run more smoothly and ensure that your machine is secure from viruses, malware, worms, and other security threats. It’s better to take five minutes now than potentially have problems later on down the road. You can easily check for updates by clicking Start > All Programs > Windows Update. If any are available, click Install Updates then restart your computer when prompted (and don’t forget to log in after it restarts). See Windows Update if you need more info on how it works or what an update actually does—we promise it’s not rocket science!