There is a some inaccurate information on how to upgrade the Dell XPS 8900 SSD on the web, so I thought I would quickly write up my experience.
I’ve had my Dell XPS 8900 for a few years now and the primary storage is out of space. But other than that it is still a decent machine.
The XPS 8900 has an M.2 / SATA slot. So it is not a NVMe capable. More information can be found in the XPS 8900 Service Manual here.
My machine came with a Lite-On 256Gb drive and I have replaced it with a 1TB Samsung 860 EVO M.2 but there are other sizes which might suit you better.
I wanted to clone my existing SSD to the new drive and Samsung provide easy to use data migration software with their SSDs.
The problem is because the existing drive is in the internal m2 slot there is no way to clone the drive without additional hardware. So I also bought this external Transcend M.2 Drive Enclosure:
- M.2 SSD enclosure kit
- Lightweight yet durable aluminum construction
- CM80 enclosure is for Type 2242, 2260, and 2280 m.2 SSD
- All-inclusive package
- Usb Type-A and Type-C supported
I put the new Samsung SSD in the external enclosure and then connected it to the USB 3 port on the front of the Dell XPS 8900 and ran the transfer, it took about 40 minutes to finish.
Once it was complete I installed the new drive in the machine:
I put the original drive into the external enclosure to make use of it again.
Overall this is a quick and easy upgrade to perform., the most difficult part is sliding the graphics card out of the machine. Any m.2 sata SSD should work and there are cheaper options than the Samsung available.