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The others have pretty much got it but I would suggest checking the dell website for any drivers or software that would be specific to the model you have. They might not require any but it's always worth checking
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how bout this drive??

http://www.microcenter.com/product/442387/850_EVO-Series_500GB_SATA_III_6Gb-s_25_Internal_SSD_Single_Unit_Version_MZ-75E500B-AM

i still have about $48.00 left on a gift card i could use towards this......

then maybe this
http://www.microcenter.com/product/436265/Black_Laptop_Performance_750GB_7,200_RPM_SATA_III_6Gb-s_25_Internal_Hard_Disk_Drive

for storage?

I hope you're on tonight...not sure when it ends or if it does on 2/13...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA6BM3T90744&nm_mc=EMC-MP020716&cm_mmc=EMC-MP020716-_-EMC-020716-Index-_-index-_-9SIA6BM3T90744

CRAZY good deal! $150 for a 500GB SSD is darn good, especially samsung. I'd go for that!
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I hope you're on tonight...not sure when it ends or if it does on 2/13...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA6BM3T90744&nm_mc=EMC-MP020716&cm_mmc=EMC-MP020716-_-EMC-020716-Index-_-index-_-9SIA6BM3T90744

CRAZY good deal! $150 for a 500GB SSD is darn good, especially samsung. I'd go for that!

Should look at Microcenter's deals right now on those. It's only $144 for the 500gb 850 Evo. $169 for the NVMe 256gb PCI-e ssd. I went back and got my $35 back from the 512gb NVMe drive going on sale for only $297 when it was $330 when I bough a week ago.


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i have a dell XPS 17. its a great laptop serves me well. HOWEVER the HDD is failing. id like to get a SSD for it, but im not sure i can find my dell discs. since ive never replaced a hdd in a factory built machine before.........(here comes the dumb question)....

can i just buy a windows 7 disk ( unless i can find my factory discs) and install windows? or is there some weird thing that wont allow me to? i have all my drivers in a folder. id just like to get a little more life out of this laptop so im hoiping i can just get like a 250gd ssd or maybe a lil bigger, install windows and be up and running( and possibly faster)

thanks for the help!

You can just make a USB installer from Microsoft's website so you can install fast and easy from USB drive, then just use your code that's on the bottom of your laptop and all is good. Don't buy anything bud.
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Will you be planning on getting windows 10 on this thing? ^^ If so, just fresh install windows 10 then put your win7 key into it and it will activate ^^
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Yeah, I agree. I like windows 10 a lot more than 7 for sure. If you want to go fresh install of windows 10, just google windows media creation tool, the first thing that pops up in google search should be the page that you can download the creation tool. Then that will let you make the USB installer from that very easy. Takes about 20min or so. Then installing 10 is simple.

EDIT:
Here, no need to search, here's a link to the page, just towards the bottom you see download tool. That's all you need, and a 4 or 8 gig usb drive thumb.gif

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
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Sorry for crashing your thread, I followed the windows 7 iso download link and entered my product key, it just says error :|

Anyone know how to fix this?

Serial number is acquired from a recently purchased M15x
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Sorry for crashing your thread, I followed the windows 7 iso download link and entered my product key, it just says error :|

Anyone know how to fix this?

Serial number is acquired from a recently purchased M15x

You have to install the EXACT same copy of windows that the code is labeled for as in Home, Pro, Ultimate. You can't have a windows 7 home code, and install 7 pro and it work. That should be the only reason why the code wouldn't work. I've done this over 100 times easy for all the laptops I've reloaded for many people. 90% of the laptops I do for people consist of pulling the stock (5400rpm most of the time) mechanical drive out and putting a 256gig - 500gig SSD in, and then installing a fresh copy of windows from Microsoft, not the bloatware infested versions that come on the laptops, and then install drivers, software, and tools needed for the laptop to work as it should. I have never ran into a problem installing a copy of windows like that.
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You have to install the EXACT same copy of windows that the code is labeled for as in Home, Pro, Ultimate. You can't have a windows 7 home code, and install 7 pro and it work. That should be the only reason why the code wouldn't work. I've done this over 100 times easy for all the laptops I've reloaded for many people. 90% of the laptops I do for people consist of pulling the stock (5400rpm most of the time) mechanical drive out and putting a 256gig - 500gig SSD in, and then installing a fresh copy of windows from Microsoft, not the bloatware infested versions that come on the laptops, and then install drivers, software, and tools needed for the laptop to work as it should. I have never ran into a problem installing a copy of windows like that.

I mean here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows7?ppud=4

The ISO from microsoft requires your serial key to download it.


When I enter my serial key from the windows genuine sticker, the website just says error
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