7710 and 7510 HD Replacement

If this is the case, your friends at Merk America are here to help by providing you the simple steps needed to replace or upgrade your NVME m.2 SSD HD (Hard Drive) into either a 7710 or a 7510. Both of these models are very similar in setup.

Dell Precisions are some of the most powerful workstations in the market and can be quite the investment. Opening up the back of your system may be intimidating to some but do not let technology get the best of you! Perhaps you purchased a machine with the intention of upgrading it at a later date.

Perhaps you want more power, storage or a combination of the two. But first…

A Little HD Background

Believe it or not, the Precision 7710 can house up to three hard drives, two of which would have to be m.2’s while the third is a 2.5” SATA SSD. The Precision 7510 can house up to two hard drives. One being the m.2 in addition to a 2.5” SATA SSD.

I think it’s important to first discuss the differences between hard drives. Technically, there are 3 different types of SSD hard drives. However, for the sake of this blog and not confusing you, we are only going to discuss the two (SATA and m.2) that directly relate to the DELL Precision 7710 and 7510.

SATA SSD

The SATA SSD is physically very different than the m.2. While the weight is still very light and it has no moving parts, it mimics the larger 2.5” hard drive that once populated our older laptops and desktops. The 2.5” casing fits any 2.5” space in these current systems.

m.2

The other SSD is the slimmer, bare circuit board NVMe m.2. The advantages of the m.2 are that it’s faster and much smaller than a SATA SSD and come in a variety of different width and length combinations allowing for more flexibility.

For those in need of speed, space and power, we can totally convert an m.2 HD into a SATA SSD (2.5”) space to increase the number of m.2’s accepted in the Precision 7710 to three m.2 hard drives and the 7510 to two m.2 hard drives.

 

NOW, How to Install it.

Now that we have all the basics covered, let’s dive into the fun part. In this BLOG session, we are installing an NVMe m.2.

Step 1

To reduce any possibilities of cosmetic damage, I suggest having a soft mat for your work space.

Flip your system upside down so that you can remove the battery cover.

     

Step 2

Remove the battery and any external power sources if applicable.

Once the battery cover is removed, you’ll find two screws on either side of the of the system as shown. Remove those two screws.

I always recommend having a place to put your screws to keep track of them.

Remove the bottom assembly cover by gently sliding it backwards and then removing it completely.

           

Step 3

Locate the two slots with removable shields. On the 7710 they are on the left side by the fan. On the 7510 it is one slot just above the left fan.

Unscrew and remove the cover. There should be an additional screw that needs to be removed on the opposite end of where you insert the m.2 stick into the slot.

          

     

Step 4

Gently insert the m.2 into the slot. It is possible to bend the connectors if it is strongly handled. Make sure that it is securely in the slot. Replacing the screw on the back end of the HD will help ensure a proper fit.

          

Step 5

Replace the shield over the HD and insert the shield screw.

   

Step 6

Replace the bottom assembly cover by sliding it back into position and then replace the two screws that were holding it into place.

          

Step 7

Replace the battery and the battery cover.

     

Step 8

Flip your system upright and power on your system. At the DELL SLASH screen (it takes a bit longer to load when a hardware change takes place) press and hold the F12 key to jump into the system configuration.

On the boot screen highlight <BIOS Setup>, hit enter.

We are doing this because we want to make sure that the system is reading your NEW HD.

     

Step 9

A list of configuration options and settings will appear in a new window. The highlighted bar is usually already on <System Information> and if you arrow down the right side, you will see the <Device Information> area. That’s where you check to see if m.2 is showing up.

     


CONGRATULATIONS!

You have conquered the task of replacing /upgrading your new m.2 hard drive. If this was an extra hard drive your system is ready to save!

If this was a blank HD replacement, then the fun is just beginning. To bring this hard drive to life you must now install an operating system on it. To find out how to do this you can reference our blog on how to set up your new HD by clicking HERE. Those hard drives don’t operate on their own.

If you feel like adding an additional hard drive is a bit too much on your own or simply don’t have the time, no worries, we can modify your system in house prior to shipping.