The scenario: Dell XPS 8910 adding SSD
Dell XPS 8910 Desktop, featured with Intel I7 Quad Core processor and high-performance graphics, powers all your tasks from photo/video editing to gaming. One of the amazing parts about Dell XPS 8910 is the easy-open chassis, which enables you to expand and upgrade things like graphics and memory to meet your specific needs.
Some users consider Dell XPS 8910 adding SSD so that they can use the SSD as a boot drive and the OEM hard drive as a storage drive. Following is what one user asked in Dell Community:
“I have an XPS 8910 with a 1TB HDD and would like to install a 256GB SSD which would act as a C bootup drive. Can someone please explain how this is done? Would I be able to restore Windows 10 and my other programs to the SSD and leave the data on the existing HDD?
Thanks for your help!”
Actually, there are two methods you can resort to in this situation. First, you can backup Windows 10 operating system and other programs and then restore them to the SSD. Second, you can clone Dell hard drive to SSD without the restoring process. I’ll walk you through the second method.
Best disk cloning software for Dell XPS 8910 SSD upgrade
Reliable, specialized disk cloning software will help you a lot with Dell XPS 8910 hard drive replacement or upgrade. AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best backup software for free, works as disk cloning software as well. It supports all Windows PC operating systems like Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.
It owns the features of Disk Clone and Partition Clone. You can use it to copy either the entire disk or just a particular partition according to your situation. You are allowed to clone large HDD to smaller SSD only if the smaller SSD is large enough to hold the data on the HDD. Cloning SSD to larger SSD is also supported.
What’s more, the cloning process will run in the background, so you can use the computer for other things during the process. Learn step-by-step guide for Dell XPS 8910 SSD upgrade from the next part.
How to realize Dell XPS 8910 SSD upgrade simply?
Bear in mind that the destination SSD will be overwritten in the cloning process, so do disk backup for your SSD before clone if there are important data on it. Now follow the instructions below:
Step 1. Add the target SSD to Dell XPS 8910 and make sure it is detected. Download AOMEI Backupper and follow the wizard to finish installation. It will be installed in a short time.
Step 2. Launch AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.
Step 3. Select the original HDD as the source disk and click “Next”.
Step 4. Select the destination SSD you have connected to your computer and click “Next”.
Step 5. Tick “Align partition to optimize for SSD” to improve the performance of the destination SSD. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.
If you tick “Sector by sector clone” in Step 5, AOMEI Backupper will clone every sector on the source HDD no matter it is used or not. Do not enable it if the source disk is larger than the destination disk.
If you want to clone OS only to the destination SSD, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and use System Clone feature. You can also manually adjust the partition size on the destination SSD with AOMEI Backupper Professional.
After the cloning process is completed, you should restart your computer and set the SSD as the first boot device in BIOS. If Dell XPS 8910 boots successfully, you can wipe data on the old HDD and use it as a storage drive. You may backup your personal data to the HDD with the File Sync feature in AOMEI Backupper.
You have learned the whole process of Dell XPS 8910 SSD upgrade. The same method applies to Dell XPS 8920 SSD upgrade as well. Other than the clone feature, AOMEI Backupper owns backup & recovery function. You can make Windows 10 manage backups automatically and reimage a Lenovo laptop via it. Give it a try and you won’t be worried about data loss anymore!