XPS 15 7590 Dual Drive Configuration

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Is a dual hard drive configutation possible on the XPS 7590

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  1. pwr2wh8

    pwr2wh8 Newbie

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    Finally looking to upgrade my XPS 15, however for me, internal storage capacity is a higher priority over battery. I'm trying to confirm if all models are capable of a dual drive setup with a smaller battery. Reading some of the manuals, there looks to be an option for a hard drive with the use of a smaller battery as with previous models, however the smaller battery is only available on the 9300H. Reps from Dell seem to state a dual drive not possible.
     
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  2. Double 0

    Double 0 Notebook Geek

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    I’m not the expert but From what I saw it’s possible.... you can get the I7 but you will have to buy and swap in the smaller battery plus you will need the 2.5 bracket and ribbon cable
     
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    custom90gt Doc Mod Super Moderator

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    It's easy to tell which models come with the smaller battery, just look for the ones with the 56whr battery. That also means that sadly the higher end systems come with the larger battery so like Double 0 said, you'd have to buy the smaller battery and the bracket/cable.
     
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    pwr2wh8 Newbie

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    wonder when you'll be able to purchase these components seperately
     
  5. pressing

    pressing Notebook Deity

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    I don't think Dell ever offered the 56whr battery, the HDD cradle, the SATA cable for sale as retail parts for the essentially similar XPS 9550, 9560, 9570 models. Not sure why they would change.

    If you search the forums, you can see some Chinese sources for parts that might have worked. Some people questioned if full SATA III speeds were available on that bus but I never saw any convincing data either way. It really didn't matter when people were throwing big HDDs in that slot.

    If you are throwing in a big new SSD but it is crippled by say 3Gb/s bus, that would be irritating and bad allocation of $. If the bus indeed is that slow, a HDD might make more sense, although it will be a bit slower, noiser, and maybe power hungry; I couldn't get my stock 1TB SSD to stop whining in my 9550 so I just unplugged it.

    Given low prices of nvme drives today, I think it makes sense to buy a big nvme drive and keep the big battery.
     
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    magicbri Newbie

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    I have ridden my 1st Gen 9530 as long as I can and am now looking to upgrade. The biggest barrier I see is storage capacity. My 9530 has a 1tb msata and a 4gb 2.5 ssd. I own a media production company that does graphic design, photo and video, so there are always tons of huge files, templates and resources in play. I am having a hard time with the concept of constantly needing an external drive to function. I rarely run on battery so the idea of the smaller battery with a 2.5 slot seems close to ideal (ideal would have been a second msata slot like the Aero, IBM and others offer). Has anyone successfully gotten a 2nd drive into the 7590 yet? How did it perform?
     
  7. jeremyshaw

    jeremyshaw Big time Idiot

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    I'll note both ports show up in the BIOS, but that doesn't mean much.

    The Precision 5540 (Precision variant of the XPS 7590) allows for dual drives to be configured from the factory. Lots more options on that model, too.
     
  8. Thysanoptera

    Thysanoptera Notebook Consultant

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    I had a look at it and there are two weird config options:
    1. Can't select 64GB RAM and 3-cell battery.
    2. Can configure it with two 2.5 inch drives. That's an obvious error, just wondering what will they send if you order it like that.
     
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