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Introduction

This guide shows how to replace the SSD in the Dell XPS 13. If your old SSD still works, be sure to create a full backup or clone the drive before you begin. You can use this guide either to upgrade to a higher-capacity drive, or to replace a faulty drive. If you install a blank SSD, you’ll need to reinstall Windows (or the OS of your choice) when you’re done with the repair.

  1. Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover. Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.
    • Remove the eight 4 mm T5 Torx screws from the bottom cover.

  2. Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle. Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry open the 'XPS' flap in the middle.

  3. Remove the single Phillips screw hidden beneath the flap.
    • Remove the single Phillips screw hidden beneath the flap.

  4. Use opening picks or a plastic pry tool to pry open the case clips, beginning from the back edge.
    • Use opening picks or a plastic pry tool to pry open the case clips, beginning from the back edge.

  5. Remove the bottom cover.
    • Remove the bottom cover.

  6. Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.
    • Pull the battery cable connector towards the battery to disconnect it from its socket.

    • If the connector is stubborn, push a little at one side, then the other, to "walk" it out of its socket.

    • Do not pull up.

    • Open the display and press the power button for five seconds to drain any remaining charge from the system.

  7. Remove the black, 4 mm Phillips screw securing the SSD.
    • Remove the black, 4 mm Phillips screw securing the SSD.

  8. Slide the SSD out of its socket.
    • Slide the SSD out of its socket.

    • Try not to lift the SSD any more than necessary.

    • During reassembly, make sure the slot in the SSD lines up with the slot in its socket. Do not touch the gold-colored contacts with your fingers.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I’m kinda new on pc upgrading. So once I install a new m.2 I’ll need to install a new window 10 right

burin.int - Reply

Yes, you have to install windows again. or you can clone your existing ssd onto the new one using some adapters easily found online

Anirban Mukherjee -

You will have to reinstall unless you are buying a samsung m.2 which comes with a disk duplicator utility. The xps 13 cames with a samsung early life evo disk (128GB) and transferring from 1 evo to another is very easy with the app. I believe its the same with every disk though I havent tried the latter.

kamathmanoj - Reply

My screws were a T6 not T5 and it took about 20 minutes not 15. I suspect different versions of the XPS 13 have different screws etc. mines a 9370.

it would have been helpful if the guide title or preamble mentioned the specific model these instructions were written against.

The process was the same though and the guide helpful, thanks!

Laurence Hurst - Reply

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