Full Guide to Enable Dell Inspiron 15 SSD Upgrade

If you want to complete Dell Inspiron 15 SSD upgrade, you can read this article carefully to follow the full steps. The powerful software introduced here will help you transfer all the data to a new SSD securely.


By Clytze Updated on February 9, 2023

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Why need to upgrade SSD on Dell Inspiron 15 3000?

Upgrading your Dell Inspiron 15 SSD or HDD with a new SSD is a great way to improve computer performance. An SSD offers you faster boot times, faster application loading times, faster data transfer speeds, and longer battery life, and it can also help to extend the life of your Dell laptop.

Dell Inspiron 15 SSD Upgrade

You may want to upgrade SSD on Dell Inspiron 15 series computers due to the following reasons:

Upgrading SSD can result in better performance such as fast operating speeds, noise-free working environment and disk arrays for advanced users.

Hard drive failure can also require an SSD upgrade. If you purchased your Dell computer several years ago, or if your current HDD/SSD has been in use for a long time. Now is the time to replace it with a new SSD.

Reduce power consumption. SSDs can consume less power than traditional hard drives, thus reducing the energy consumption of your computer system.

Best Dell Inspiron 15 SSD cloning software

If you’re looking to upgrade your Dell Inspiron 15 with an SSD, you’ll need to use a cloning software to transfer all the data from the old drive to the newly prepared SSD. AOMEI Backupper Professional is such a powerful cloning software, specially designed for Windows 11, 10, 8/8.1, 7, XP and Vista. It allows you to clone Dell hard drive with recovery partition to SSD and make the cloned SSD boot securely. With it, you can:

☎ Easily transfer all of your data and settings to the new SSD including operating system, system reserved partition or efi partition, installed programs, personal data, etc.
☎ Upgrade the old hard drive or SSD to a new SSD on Dell Inspiron laptops of all common brands, including Samsung, Crucial, WD, etc.
☎ Accelerate the reading and writing speed of SSD disk with the "SSD Alignment" feature.

Then you can follow the specific tutorial to finish Dell Inspiron 15 3000/5000 SSD upgrade task.

How to enable Dell Inspiron 15 3000 SSD upgrade

#1. Preparations before cloning

Before the upgrading process, there are some points you need to take care of:

✎ Before you begin the cloning process, you’ll need to make sure that your Dell Inspiron 15 is compatible with the new SSD, and whether it has enough space to accommodate all of your data.

Connect the new SSD externally or internally according to your Dell Inspiron 15 laptop mode, which including 3000 series, 5000 series, 7000 series. If your Dell laptop type has only one drive bay, you should connect the SSD to USB port via a SATA to USB cable.

Backup files on the target SSD if you still need them, because the prepared new SSD will be completely overwritten during the cloning process.

Once you’ve confirmed that everything is in order, you can begin the cloning process. Just download this software and start to replace old Dell laptop HDD/SSD with new SSD in the next part. 

#2. Stepwise guide to clone SSD with AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Have the powerful SSD cloning software AOMEI Backupper Professional downloaded on your PC to have a try.

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( The Clone feature in the trial version can only be demonstrated. To clone Dell laptop SSD to SSD, whether it's MBR or GPT, please upgrade to the full version of AOMEI Backupper Professional.)

Step 2. Launch this software and click Clone > Disk Clone in turn. To clone OS only to the destination SSD, please use the System Clone feature to clone only C drive.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select the Dell old SSD as the source disk and click Next.

Source Disk

Step 4. Select the new SSD as the destination disk and click Next.

Destination Disk

Step 5. Tick SSD Alignment to optimize the performance of the destination SSD. Then, click Start Clone to begin Dell Inspiron SSD cloning.

Start Clone

👉 The above steps are also applied to other computer hard drive replacement, including HP, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Microsoft, etc.
👉 Sector by sector clone: This feature will clone all sectors of your old drive including the unused sectors to a larger HDD or SSD. If you clone laptop hard drive to smaller SSD with this feature, the cloning process will fail. 
👉 AOMEI Backupper supports cloning data disks and system disks of all brands and partition styles, such as cloning MBR to MBR/MBR to GPT or GPT to GPT/GPT to MBR directly.

#3. Replace the old SSD with the cloned one

After the cloning process is done, you can start replacing the old SSD with the new cloned one. Shut down your Dell laptop, and you may use a screwdriver to open the back panel of the computer to remove the original SSD.

Unscrew Drive

How to boot Dell Inspiron from the cloned SSD

► For Dell Inspiron laptops with only one slot, after the replacement of the SSD in the above part, you can restart yout laptop and directly boot from the new SSD. 

For Dell Inspiron laptops with more than one slot, you don't necessarily have to remove the old hard drive right now. Just shut down the computer, keep pressing the specific key (depends on the manufacturer) to enter BIOS, set the SSD as the first boot option and save the settings then exit.

Change Boot Order


That’s all for how to enable Dell Inspiron SSD upgrade with the help of Dell SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional. Upgrading your Dell Inspiron 15 with an SSD is a great way to improve its performance. With AOMEI Backupper, you can securely transfer all data to the new SSD without losing them.

Moreover, about the old SSD, you can reset SSD to factory settings after the upgrading process with the help of Disk Wipe feature provided by AOMEI. After erasing, you can use it for other purposes. Don’t hesitate to try it now!

Clytze · Editor
Clytze, an editor at AOMEI Technology, is passionate about safeguarding your digital world. She dedicates her expertise to empower users like you in data security and recovery. She firmly believes that everyone should have the tools and knowledge to protect their digital assets through computer backup, seamless disk cloning, and efficient file synchronization. Clytze is your trusted guide on the journey to data safety.