Originally Posted by Bob-California
Would you recommend formating the drive before I remove it?
Does the HDD need special partitioning or formatting?
What do I do if the computer does not see the drive?
After all Windows updates and drivers are installed I believe the computer should ecognize the harddrive.
When the laptop was working I had set the bios the the values you described.
I was getting 7.9 Windows Experence Index for the mSATA
My latest bios version is 09
Thanks for the help
You could if you wanted to... not totally necessary. You can do a quick or full format in windows drive management after the fact.
When you first install the drive, the PC will probably not see it (if it is unformatted). You right click on computer and select "manage" then storage, then disk management. it will list all the drives installed in the PC, and the partitions on those drives.
once in there it should see the drive you right click on the drive you installed, and click format, or you may need to create a partition... its pretty self explanatory.
I would make sure to set the stoarge mode or sata mode in the bios to AHCI before re-installing windows.
Have you called Dell yet?
Originally Posted by Shiftstealth
I would leave the HDD in and format it and the SSD at the same time with the windows disc so you know its clean as can be. I am not a fan of formatting drives in windows.
but if I remember correctly, windows will install some stuff on the mechanical drive... wont it?
I usually install with a single SSD, then install the mech drive and format it in windows...Edited by identitycrisis - 10/26/12 at 6:03am