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Dell Studio XPS 1340 hard drive replacement

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I have a Dell Studio XPS 1340 laptop and the hard drive has failed.
1. need to know how to take apart the unit so that I can replace the hard drive.
2. what type of hard drive is in the unit?
3. can I replace it with a solid state drive?
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You can download the service guide here.
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/sxl13/en/sm/sm_en.zip

It's a SATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive

Yes you can use an SSD drive.
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Just installed the SSD drive but the windows 7 pro disk won't find the drive. it shows up in the bios scan
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What model SSD drive did you get?
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Kingston SSDNow 100 64GB drive pt#SV100S2/64GZ
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I don't know much about this drive but maybe this can help.
http://www.kingston.com/support/ssdnow/faq/KSD-005500-3.asp
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Now I'm not sure what the issue is.
With the Windows 7 Pro disk, it gets to the part where it looks for a hard drive, can't find one and asks for a driver to be installed. I thought that was because it was an SSD but it did show up in the BIOS scan

When I install a regular SATA drive, boot up with the Dell XP SP3 disk, I get a stop 0x0000007B error.

I'm just running diagnostics on the machine so will see if that will tell me anything.

Nice to have straight forward problems like this :-)
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Did you try to disable the AHCI feature in the BIOS. Or, you might have a setting for the SATA controller. If you do, what is it set as?
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Ok, I broke down and purchased a 320GB standard SATA drive, installed it and it's working fine. I'm not going to worry about the SSD for now.
Thanks for your help
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