Wiping and reusing an odd SSD in a new pc (as extra storage)

I have a broken laptop which I was able to get a local computer store recover data from (data now on an external hard drive). The guys told me that the SSD in the laptop was working fine.

I would like to know if it would now be possible, to wipe the data from this SSD and install it in my desktop PC; which already has two hard drives (1 HDD & 1 SSD).

If this is possible, could I get a step by step guide?

Thanks
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  1. Remove it from the laptop, and connect it like any other drive.
    Your case probably even has dedicated 2.5" mount points for it.

    Once installed in the system, power up and verify it is NOT in the boot order anywhere.
    Then, open up Disk Management, and delete all partitions on it, leaving one large blank space.
    Create a partition, give it a drive letter, and use it just like any other secondary drive.
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  2. USAFRet said:
    Remove it from the laptop, and connect it like any other drive.
    Your case probably even has dedicated 2.5" mount points for it.

    Once installed in the system, power up and verify it is NOT in the boot order anywhere.
    Then, open up Disk Management, and delete all partitions on it, leaving one large blank space.
    Create a partition, give it a drive letter, and use it just like any other secondary drive.


    I will need more laymen instructions sorry, I don't know what deleting partitions means.. I#ve been reading about erase tools online?

    Sorry I have limited knowledge when it comes to hardware management.
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  3. Once you have the drive removed from the laptop and connected int he PC, open Disk Management.

    You'll see something that looks like this:


    Discover which one is the NEW drive (be VERY careful here), and right click on that space in the bottom pane.
    The menu will give you the option to Format.
    Do that.
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  4. USAFRet said:
    Once you have the drive removed from the laptop and connected int he PC, open Disk Management.

    You'll see something that looks like this:


    Discover which one is the NEW drive (be VERY careful here), and right click on that space in the bottom pane.
    The menu will give you the option to Format.
    Do that.



    Ok think I've got it. So I dont have to mess around with BIOs or anything? Just connect and wipe it this way?

    Thanks
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  5. alba89 said:



    Ok think I've got it. So I dont have to mess around with BIOs or anything? Just connect and wipe it this way?

    Thanks


    In the BIOS, you just have to ensure that the system is not going to try to boot from that new drive.
    It almost certainly won't, but check just in case.
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  6. How do I put this SSD in my desktop case?, It's like the one in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUSBm1KZZp8
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  7. alba89 said:
    How do I put this SSD in my desktop case?, It's like the one in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUSBm1KZZp8


    That video refers to a Dell laptop.

    What is the make/model of your case?
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  8. Dell XPS 15 (2015 model, not sure of the exact model)
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  9. alba89 said:
    How do I put this SSD in my desktop case?, It's like the one in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUSBm1KZZp8


    alba89 said:
    Dell XPS 15



    So this is a laptop?
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  10. Yes as I explained I have a broken Dell XPS 15, and Im looking to remove its SSD and put it in my PC (custom build), as additional storage. Obviously the SSD found in Dell XPS, is smaller than hard drives usually found in Desktop PCs
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  11. alba89 said:
    Yes as I explained I have a broken Dell XPS 15, and Im looking to remove its SSD and put it in my PC (custom build), as additional storage. Obviously the SSD found in Dell XPS, is smaller than hard drives usually found in Desktop PCs


    OK then....a standard 2.5" drive, going into a desktop.
    As asked...what desktop case is it? It probably has a dedicated 2.5" drive mount. If it does not, there are adapter plates available for cheap.

    But not knowing what desktop case it actually is...it is impossible to say if it has that specific mount point.
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  12. Oh right I apologise. The case is an InWin 805
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  13. alba89 said:
    Oh right I apologise. The case is an InWin 805


    https://www.in-win.com/en/gaming-chassis/805#product_spec
    ----------------------------
    Internal Drive Bays
    2 x 2.5"/3.5" 2 x 2.5"/3.5"
    4 x 2.5" 2 x 2.5" (Max up to 4)
    ----------------------------

    Multiple dedicated 2.5" drive mount points.
    No adapter needed . It will screw right in.
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  14. I have just realised this SSD is mSATA
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  15. alba89 said:
    I have just realised this SSD is mSATA


    Then you need one of these:
    https://www.amazon.com/Syba-mSATA-2-5-Inch-Adapter-SY-ADA40050/dp/B007PPZ2I8

    I have one in my HTPC. Works seamlessly.

    Or this, for a cleaner look:
    https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-2-5-Inch-Aluminum-Enclosure-EC-MSSA/dp/B01MS6669V
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