Vostro 3450 Hard Drive Replacement - Replace HDD with SSD

This article provides detailed data to teach you to accomplish Vostro 3450 hard drive replacement that is to clone system disk non-destructively using professional cloning software.


By Miya Updated on January 4, 2024

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User Case: How to Perform Vostro 3450 Hard Drive Replacement?

“Hello, in a few days, I'll be a proud possessor of a new Dell Laptop called Vostro 3450. Now I read, that in fact, changing the HDD will be quite a dangerous adventure ^^ But from my older Laptop (Dell Vostro 1500) I got an SSD, which I'd like to move into the new one.

Can I perform Dell Vostro 3450 hard disk replacement? I'm very good at technical modifications etc. it is only a matter of guarantee - I bought 3 years service additional. Will it be touched by changing the HDD? If it's so this will definitely be my last Dell laptop - and I am working for a big institution...” 

Whether you're using a laptop or desktop, there are several scenarios that may prompt the need for hard drive replacement. These include:

Running out of storage space, prompting an upgrade to a larger hard drive.
Slow computer performance, leading to the decision to replace the HDD with an SSD for enhanced speed.
Hard drive failure, requiring a new drive to resolve the issue.

This article offers a comprehensive guide on Vostro 3450 hard drive replacement without the need for reinstalling the system. Explore the detailed steps below.

How to Remove Hard Drive from Dell Vostro3450

In this guide, I'll walk you through the two primary stages of Vostro 3450 hard drive replacement. First, let's see how to remove an old hard disk. Prior to beginning, ensure you back up any essential files from the old hard drive. Follow the instructions below for a seamless process:

Ensure your laptop is powered off and disconnected before proceeding. Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open the laptop case.

Step 2. Identify the hard drive and disconnect both the power cable and data connector from the drive.

Step 3. Unscrew and extract the old hard drive.

Remove Hard Drive

To install the new drive, follow the reversed steps outlined above.


Procedures may vary by manufacturer. For detailed guidance, consult your user manual or search online for instructions specific to your computer brand.

Upgrade Your Vostro 3450 Hard Drive Without Reinstalling OS

Usually after performing Dell Vostro 3450 hard drive removal, you will also need to reinstall the system as well as the required applications and games. And restore your personal files from the new hard disk before you can use your Vostro 3450 computer as usual. So is there a way to replace a laptop hard drive without reinstalling Windows and other applications?

Disk cloning is the solution, and AOMEI Backupper Professional, the premier disk cloning software, can assist you in achieving it.

Seamlessly transfer your entire system, including the operating system, applications, and various files, to a new hard drive.
Experience the enhanced speed of an SSD. If your new drive is an SSD, optimize its performance using the SSD Alignment feature.
Enjoy wide compatibility. The software supports all Windows PC operating systems, including Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.

Follow these steps to upgrade your hard drive without reinstalling Windows:

Step 1. Connect the new hard drive to your laptop using a SATA-to-USB cable and ensure it is detected. Back up files on it if necessary.

Step 2. Download, install, and launch AOMEI Backupper. Then, select Clone > Disk Clone.

AOMEI Backupper

Easiest Windows clone software for personal use.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Choose the old hard drive as the Source Disk and the new hard drive as the Destination Disk, respectively.

Source Disk

Step 4. Verify the operation and initiate the cloning process by clicking Start Clone. If the new hard drive is an SSD, consider enabling SSD Alignment for enhanced performance.

Operation Summary

Step 5. Once the cloning process is finished, proceed to replace the old hard drive with the newly cloned drive as outlined earlier. Your laptop will be ready for use right away.


Adjust Partitions: This feature allows you to resize partitions or change the partition style of the destination disk.
Sector-by-Sector Clone: This option clones every sector on the source disk, regardless of whether it is used or not. While it takes more time, it requires the destination disk to be equal to or larger than the source disk.


Now you have a clear understanding of how to perform Vostro 3450 hard drive replacement without reinstalling the operating system. To avoid the hassle of OS and application reinstallation, utilize AOMEI Backupper for cloning the old hard drive to the new one. In addition to the cloning feature, AOMEI Backupper offers a synchronization feature to effortlessly sync local folders with OneDrive.

For those seeking portable sync software to sync files across different computers, consider AOMEI Backupper Technician or Technician Plus edition. Don't hesitate to choose this tool! If you find this information helpful, feel free to share it with your friends.

Miya · Editor
Miya has an excellent insight and receives professional and systematic technical training since joining AOMEI. She has a comprehensive understanding of computer issues, aiming at helping users troubleshoot all kinds of problems. A lot of computer users around the world have found her articles very helpful!