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October 13, 2023

How to Upgrade a Dell Inspiron 3558 to an SSD

Dell laptops are known for being fairly well built and easy to upgrade. They’re not the most open laptops in the world, but they do allow you to upgrade things like RAM and storage, which is nice. If you’re looking to get more performance out of your Dell Inspiron 3558, however, you will need to replace the original hard drive with an SSD.

In this article, we’ll show you how to do just that, removing the base cover of your laptop and swapping out the old 120GB hard drive for a new 128GB SSD. The Dell Inspiron 3558 uses an M2 2230-sized SSD, which is a little smaller than the more common M.2 2280 used by drives like the Samsung 970 Evo and our 1TB Firecuda.

To get started, turn off your Dell laptop and remove the power cable. Then, disconnect all other cables and unscrew the screws holding the laptop’s back panel in place. Store these screws carefully, as they’ll need to be re-installed later on.

Once you’ve removed the motherboard, you should be able to see the two existing DIMM slots for the memory. Dell labels them as DIMM A and DIMM B, so just be sure to match up the correct slots with your replacement sticks.

Next, you’ll need to clone your hard drive to the new SSD. To do this, we recommend using EaseUS Partition Master. This powerful disk cloning software offers numerous features, including the ability to migrate OS, applications, settings, etc. to an SSD, ensuring a smooth transition.