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XPS 15 L502X SATA 3 Ports

Discussion in 'Dell XPS and Studio XPS' started by desmondluo, Apr 22, 2011.

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  1. desmondluo

    desmondluo Newbie

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    Hi Guys,

    I am considering adding a SSD to my new XPS 15. I searched up some previous posts and it seems that out XPS 15(L502X) does support SATA III. I am wondering do both the primary HDD SATA port and the Optical SATA port support SATA 3 or only the primary port? If I were to install a SSD, which position should I put it , the primary HDD position or the optical positiion? Why ? Thanks!
     
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    desmondluo Newbie

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    anyone has a clue?
     
  3. acuraintegralove

    acuraintegralove Notebook Consultant

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    I have no idea, but I'm wondering the same thing... I currently have a SATA 2 in mine, but was thinking about going to SATA 3 if it'd make a huge difference.. SATA 2 is plenty fast though...
     
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    gzhtub Notebook Guru

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    Good point, should you replace the original HDD with the SSD, or just add it via a caddy replacing the optical drive - any advice welcomed...
     
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    stonetrap Notebook Geek

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    The original HDD drive is SATA 3, and both the optical and eSATAp are SATA 2.
    It wouldn't be logical to have a SATA 3 optical drive (not sure they even exist) but an SATA 2 HDD. As for the powershare port it is used to rarely to justify.
    There is only one SATA 3 port.
     
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    ZippoMan Notebook Evangelist

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    The L702x supports SATA 3 so I would think the L502x does as well.
     
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    gzhtub Notebook Guru

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    OK, so I can replace the original 500GB (7,200rpm) HDD with a 120GB OCX VTX3 SATA-3 SSD & move the old drive to a Caddy in the bay where the optical drive was, then add an external x12 Blu-Ray burner on the USB-3 port. Total cost of upgrade around $375 - sounds good.
     
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