By Lily / Last update August 3, 2020

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Can I input an SSD into the Alienware HDD slot?

Hi, guys. I am planing to replace the original 1 TB HDD on Alienware 17 r4 with a 4TB SSD, Is it possible to replace HDD with the SSD in my Alienware computer? Any help would be appreciated.

If you are intending to perform the Alienware hard drive replacement, please know more about the Alienware 17 specifications first and then choose the right SSD to upgrade your Alienware hard drive.

Alienware 17 Specifications

With the Dell Alienware 17 computer, and it supports the following hard drives:

1. One 2.5-inch SATA hard drive (HDD).

2. Three M.2 SSDs:

  • Two full-size M.2 PCIe/SATA drives(2280, 22-mm wide and 80-mm long)

  • One half-size M.2 PCIe/SATA drive(2242, 22-mm wide and 42-mm long)


And all the HDD and SSD are upgradable. Check your hard drive specification or consult for your computer manufacturer and find the right hard drive or SSD to replace with the old one.

If you would like to upgrade Alienware hard drive (HDD) with a SSD drive, it should be a SATA 2.5-inch internal solid state drive for laptop, like Crucial MX300 2TB (quite expensive, $200-$350), Samsung 860 Pro 1TB ($300) or Samsung 860 EVO 1TB ($135), etc. (3.5-inch for desktop)

If you prefer to upgrade your M.2 SSD to another larger M.2 SSD, please find the M.2 SSD, like Crucial P5 PCIe M.2 2280SS SSD (2TB, 1TB, 500GB, $85-$400), Crucial P2 M.2 SSD, Crucial MX500 M.2 SSD (2TB, 1TB, 250GB, $50-$230 ), Samsung 960 EVO (250GB/1TB, $120-$470), etc. to clone M.2 SSD to M.2 SSD without losing data.

Why Replace Alienware Hard Drive?

Dell Alienware laptop is famous that many users use it to study, work, and play. However, with the time goes by, you may meet many problems that you need to replace your Alienware hard drive.

  • Alienware hard drive is running out of space, you can add a hard drive or using a larger hard drive to replace the existing hard drive.

  • Alienware running slow due to the poor computer performance. To get a better performance, replace Alienware hard drive with SSD (solid state drive) is a good idea.

  • What’s the worse, if your Alienware laptop hard drive failure, replace the hard drive should be the only way to solve the problem.

In a word, Alienware hard drive replacement is meaningful to you if you use Dell Alienware laptop.

Easiest Way to Replace Alienware hard drive

Alienware hard drive replacement could solve many problems. But how to replace Alienware hard drive without losing data? Please clone entire hard drive (HDD or SSD) to another one with powerful hard drive cloning software before replacing to protect everything important.

The all-in-one Dell SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional will help you clone Alienware hard drive and replace it easily, and it’s available on Dell Alienware, Asus, Sony, HP, Samsung, Lenovo or other computers. The supported Windows operating system includes Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit).

Step 1. Alienware Clone HDD to SSD

Alienware hard drive replacement with AOMEI Backupper will become an easy thing. Before Alienware laptop hard drive replacement, please do the following:

  • Screwdrivers.

  • The new SSD to replace the HDD.

  • Connect your new SSD to your Alienware laptop through SATA, make sure it can be detected.

  • Please download Dell SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional 30 day free trial first and install it on your Dell Alienware 17 computer. (Clone feature in trial version can only be demonstrated)

Download Free Trial Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Here are the simple steps of how to replace Alienware HDD with SSD in Windows 7/8/10 without losing data by using AOMEI Backupper (assuming that you are going to clone HDD to SSD).

1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Professional on Alienware 17 computer. Choose Clone tab and then Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

2. Select the Alienware 17 hard drive(HDD) as the source disk. Click Next.

Choose Alienware HDD

3. Select the new SSD as the destination disk. Click Next.

Choose New SSD

Tip: Please backup important files in advance if your SSD drive has some data on it. Because the SSD will be deleted while the cloning process.

4. Check SSD Alignment to optimize for the reading and writing speed for the SSD, as well as its lifespan. Press Start Clone >> to perform Alienware 17 hard drive upgrade.

Disk Clone SSD Alignment Checked

✍You could click Edit Partitions to adjust the storage space on the destination disk while clone smaller HDD to larger SSD to fully use the space on destination.
✍The Sector by sector clone will clone every byte on your hard drive no matter it used or not, even bad sectors, which would take a lot of time and storage space. Uncheck this option will skip all the bad sectors.

Wait for a couple of hours, it will finished quickly. And the cost time depends on your data size on your Alienware HDD. After cloned, the cloned SSD is bootable.

If you are trying to migrate OS from Alienware HDD to SSD, please upgrade AOMEI Backupper Professional to try system clone feature to clone easily.

Step 2. Shut Down Your Alienware 17 Computer

Step 3. Remove the Back Panel with Screwdrivers

Remove screws on the back cover with the screwdrivers you prepared, and take out the panel.

Remove Alienware Back Panel

Step 4. Install Cloned SSD

1. Find the Alienware hard drive bay, remove power supply, SATA cable, and screws carefully.

2. Remove the Alienware HDD from the SATA connector.

3. Connect the new cloned SSD with the SATA connector.

4. Put everything to the right location to install SSD correctly.

Alienware Replace HDD with SSD

Step 5. Boot from the Cloned SSD

Restart your Alienware computer, and boot from the cloned SSD on your Dell Alienware 17 computer. Or change the boot order to boot from the cloned SSD in your Alienware computer.

Summing It Up

Until now, Alienware hard drive replacement has been done successfully with only 5 steps. All the above steps are applied to other computers as well. Clone HDD to SSD with AOMEI Backupper Professional to protect everything before replacing Alienware hard drive. Alienware hard drive replacement with AOMEI Backupper is such a simple thing.

Besides, AOMEI Backupper Professional provides you more advanced features, command line clone, clone larger disk to smaller disk, dynamic disk or volume clone/backup/restore, create a Windows PE bootable rescue media to restore system to early state if system failure, etc.

If you are running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2), please try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more.