Alienware 15 r2 ssd upgrade

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In this guide, I’ll explain how to disassemble Dell Alienware 15 to remove the service cover, battery, RAM, SSD, hard drive, CMOS battery, keyboard, palm rest, display assembly, cooling fan and motherboard. Refer to this guide. You can repair your Dell Alienware 15.

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Remove two screws securing the service cover.

Remove the service cover.

Under the cover, you can access the RAM, SSD, hard drive and wireless card.

Separate the clips and remove the RAM.

Dell Alienware 15 comes with two 8GB PC3L-12800S RAM.

Remove the screw securing SSD.

Dell Alienware 15 features a Samsung 256GB M.2 NGFF SSD.

Disconnect the HDD cable from the motherboard.
Remove the screws securing the hard drive.

Dell Alienware 15 features a Toshiba 1TB hard drive.

Remove one screw and disconnect two antenna cables, the wireless card can be removed.

Remove all screws from the bottom case.

Pry up and remove the palm rest.

Remove four screws securing the LCD hinge and disconnect the LCD cable from the motherboard.

Remove the screen assembly.

Remove all screws securing the motherboard.

Disconnect all the cables from the motherboard.

Remove the motherboard.

Dell Alienware 15 comes with a 92WH Li-ion battery.

Remove all screws securing the heat sink and disconnect two cables from the motherboard.

Remove the heat sink and cooling fan from the motherboard.


Hi @chucky22  welcome to this user to user discussion forum. 

Support for Alienware 15 R2 Storage says this has two M.2 slots and a 2.5-inch bay. The M.2 slots will accept a fast or ultrafast M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe card or a slow M.2 SATA card. The 2.5-inch SATA bay will accept a slow Hard Disk Drive or a slow Solid-State Drive. 

The Windows operating system should be installed on the fast or ultrafast M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe card which is then your OS(C:) boot drive. The other M.2 slot becomes a fast NVMe Data drive, the 2.5-inch bay is a slow SATA Data drive. 

It would help if you would share how the Alienware 15 R2 is going to be used, and your expectations on what the proposed upgrade is going give you. 

The Samsung 970 EVO is a fast M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe card and can be installed in the M.2 slot. The fast Samsung 970 EVO has Read/Write speeds up to 550/520 MB/s, the newer ultrafast Samsung 970 EVO Plus has Read/Write speeds up to 3,500/3,300 MB/s. The 1TB and 2TB usually have better Read/Write speeds, your Alienware 15 R2 has the ultrafast Read/Write 3,500/3,300 MB/s capability.

Amazon's Samsung 970 EVO Plus reduced sale price makes this an attractive purchase. 

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@danj I don't know with 100% certainty which one it came with, but I suspect it came with the 9.5mm SSHD, judging from the datasheet I can find that matches the era of the laptop. That said, most Dell laptops use the 7mm SSHD. Dell has also used these Seagate SSHD drives for a while (at least since Haswell). I'm not fond of them because of past Seagate drives failing younger then they should multiple times (My SSHD began degrading at 10k hours) but if someone has good luck then they should use them. My go to since the 7.01/7200.11 has been WD (Specifically WD Black drives).

It looks like this one uses a drive plate so the chassis will need to support it, rather then the hard drive caddy. My Latitude is similar except it uses that cover and rubber bumpers and it's a side mounted drive, rather then a bottom mount where the PCB is at the bottom and the rest of the drive goes into the chassis.

I've never heard of a 6.5mm drive - it must be a typo.

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