Swaping SSDs (Hardware swap)


nick11

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My Dell Inspiron 3511 laptop suddenly powered off and I can't power it back on. I suspect something malfunctioned or got fried but upon a visual inspection I can't see anything wrong. Anyway, I don't have time to investigate right now. My sister has a working Dell Inspiron 3520 laptop. How good of an idea is to swap the SSDs so I can recover the data from the SSD in my laptop? See, my latest backup is 3 months old. Both SSDs are Windows 11 boot drives . Will Windows go along with the swap?
 
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System One

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    Windows 11
It would be safer to use an external USB adapter for your SSD.

There are inexpensive adapters for both 2.5" SATA drives and M.2 drives. It's not clear which type your Dell Inspiron 3511 has. (Could be either.)
 

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    Windows 11 22631.2861
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    homebuilt
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    Amd Threadripper 7970X
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    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
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    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
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    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
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    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
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    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
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    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
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    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
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    Intel I9-13900K
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    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
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    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
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    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
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    built in Realtek
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    Asus PA329C
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    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
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    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
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    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
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    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
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    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
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    Logitech M500s (wired)
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    Logitech K120 (wired)
I have this one - you can just take your drive out and put it in this external casing, plug it into another computer and copy the files off.

Ugreen M2 nvme ssd enclosure
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 14-ce3514sa
    CPU
    Core i5
    Memory
    16gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 evo plus 2TB
    Cooling
    Could be better
    Internet Speed
    200mbps Starlink
    Browser
    Firefox
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    Originally installed with a 500gb H10 Optane ssd
It should work but I also have usb to nvme m.2 adapters to back everything up on another drive just in case. Again, it will most likely work just doing the swap. Be patient as it may take a bit of time to do the reconfigure.
 

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  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI
    CPU
    i7-10750H
    Motherboard
    MSI MS-17F5
    Memory
    16GB Samsung DDR4 3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel + Nvidia RTX3060 Laptop
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24" Curved
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Sabrent Rocket Gen3 1Tb Smasung EVO 870 1TB
    Antivirus
    Avast

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  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
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    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)

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    11 Pro 23H2
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    Laptop
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    MSI
    CPU
    i7-10750H
    Motherboard
    MSI MS-17F5
    Memory
    16GB Samsung DDR4 3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel + Nvidia RTX3060 Laptop
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24" Curved
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Sabrent Rocket Gen3 1Tb Smasung EVO 870 1TB
    Antivirus
    Avast

My Computer

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  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI
    CPU
    i7-10750H
    Motherboard
    MSI MS-17F5
    Memory
    16GB Samsung DDR4 3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel + Nvidia RTX3060 Laptop
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24" Curved
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Sabrent Rocket Gen3 1Tb Smasung EVO 870 1TB
    Antivirus
    Avast
reconfigure?
I think the assumption is that you might simply put your drive into your sisters laptop and reboot using your drive. Thus the reconfiguring to the new hardware. As others have suggested it is perhaps easier to simply pull the drive(s) from your dead laptop and use an external enclosure to save/access your Data.
 

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    Win 7/10/11
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    PC/Desktop
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    I'm a computer enthusiast so have quite a few systems that I run. More like an advanced hobby.
I'm not sure if I have a half-length SSD or a full-length SSD. Am I correct that a half-length SSD is a 2230 and a full-length SSD is a 2280?
According to the Dell Support page for your Inspiron 3511 it could have been supplied with either a 2230 or a 2280 PCIe NVMe SSD, the 2230 is up to 1TB, the 2280 is up to 2TB.

Go here and enter your Service Tag: Support | Dell US to get the specs for your exact PC. On the Overview page, click the 'View product specs' link in the 'Quick links' box on the right. It will list the original configuration as shipped. Scroll down until you find the SSD. You may need to Google the part name to find out what size it is. My Dell has a 512GB Toshiba (aka Kioxia) BG4 SSD.

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My one is 2230. Toshiba BG4 NVMe SSD Review

And while we're talking about enclosures, I recently upgraded on of my laptops and 'liberated' it's original 2230 NVMe SSD, so I put it in one of these to use as an external drive.

Amazon UK | UGREEN M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure
 
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  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.
Page says "Support SSD Drivers Size: 2242, 2260, 2280mm"

I'm not sure if I have a half-length SSD or a full-length SSD. Am I correct that a half-length SSD is a 2230 and a full-length SSD is a 2280?

For my purpose I don't use it as a permanent enclosure, I use it for the interface to save the data to a different drive. Because of this I don't put the cover on it, I just insert it into the connector and rubber band it in place to keep it secure during the transfer. The half or full size should not matter unless you're looking for a permanent usb home for it. I use the adapter as a tool rather than an actual portable drive enclosure.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI
    CPU
    i7-10750H
    Motherboard
    MSI MS-17F5
    Memory
    16GB Samsung DDR4 3200
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel + Nvidia RTX3060 Laptop
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24" Curved
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Sabrent Rocket Gen3 1Tb Smasung EVO 870 1TB
    Antivirus
    Avast
The one thing I haven't seen mentions is the possibility that the drive is dead; probably not, because you didn't mention being told the system couldn't find a hard drive.

Still, something to consider . . .
 

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    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy TE01-1xxx
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-10700 CPU @ 2.90GHz 2.90 GHz
    Motherboard
    16.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1463MHz (21-21-21-47)
    Memory
    16384 MBytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Monitor 1 - Acer 27" Monitor 2 - Acer 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G-1006 (SSD)
    Seagate ST1000DM003-1SB102
    Seagate BUP Slim SCSI Disk Device (SSD)
    PSU
    HP
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    HP
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    Standard
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    Logitech Wave K350
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    Logitech M705
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    500 mbps
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's all Folks!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 (10th gen) 10700
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Built-in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 27" & Samsung 24"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x
    Hard Drives
    SSD (512 GB)
    HDD (1 TB)
    Seagate
    PSU
    Intel i7 10th Generation
    Case
    HP
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    HP/Intel?
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Internet Speed
    50 mbps
    Browser
    Firefox 90.2
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Headphone/Microphone Combo
    SuperSpeed USB Type-A (4 on front)
    HP 3-in-One Card Readr
    SuperSpeed USB Type-C
    DVD Writer
Scroll down until you find the SSD. You may need to Google the part name to find out what size it is. My Dell has a 512GB Toshiba (aka Kioxia) BG4 SSD.

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My one is 2230. Toshiba BG4 NVMe SSD Review

Thank you. The 3511 says "SSDR,256G,P34,30S3,TOSHIBA,BG4". It looks like a 256GB version of the same drive. So, it must be a 2230.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
For my purpose I don't use it as a permanent enclosure, I use it for the interface to save the data to a different drive. Because of this I don't put the cover on it, I just insert it into the connector and rubber band it in place to keep it secure during the transfer. The half or full size should not matter unless you're looking for a permanent usb home for it. I use the adapter as a tool rather than an actual portable drive enclosure.

Same here, just to save the data..
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
The one thing I haven't seen mentions is the possibility that the drive is dead; probably not, because you didn't mention being told the system couldn't find a hard drive.

Still, something to consider . . .

I thought about it too but why would the system power down if the drive died? I had a power down in another laptop. Then a visual inspection revealed a browned out part in the motherboard. A new motherboard fixed it. But this time I can't see anything on the motherboard.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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