Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook SSD (Solid State Drive) Removal and Installation

In this Dell laptop tutorial we are going to show you how to install and replace the SSD (Solid State Drive) on your Dell XPS 13 (L321X) Ultrabook laptop. These installation instructions have be made into 4 easy to follow printable steps. We have also create a video tutorial that shows you how to install your Dell XPS 13 (L321X) Ultrabook SSD (Solid State Drive).

Before you begin

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Tools needed for this laptop repair

  • 1 x small phillips head screwdriver
  • 1 x T5 star screwdriver
  • 1 x small plastic scribe

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XPS 13 L321X Hard Drive

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Installation and Removal Instructions
Dell XPS 13 (L321X) Ultrabook SSD (Solid State Drive)

Lift the base cover off of laptop.

Step 1

  • Remove the 10 base screws.
  • Lift the base cover off of laptop.
Unplug the battery.

Step 2

  • Unplug the battery.
Carefully peel back the protective plastic.

Step 3

  • Carefully peel back the protective plastic.
Remove the SSD (Solid State Drive) from the ultrabook.

Step 4

  • Unscrew the SSD (Solid State Drive) screw.
  • Remove the SSD (Solid State Drive) from the ultrabook.

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  • Josh

    What is the interface of the SSD? I have an XPS 13 and I am just curious. Is it a proprietary interface?

    • The SSD hard drive has a mini PCI Express card style interface and plugs into a full size laptop mini PCI Express card slot.

  • mindblanked

    Are these instructions the same if replacing a 1TB drive with a SSD?

    • The XPS 13 uses a very specific SSD. As long as the 1TB drive is the same type of SSD then it would work (I don’t think 1TB mini pci SSDs are available yet) but, if you are trying to convert it to a SATA type hard drive, the XPS 13 simply doesn’t have enough room internally. You could hook up a SATA drive externally using a USB caddy.

  • MonkeyBoy

    Can 2 ssd drives fit?

  • Scravi

    Is there an adapter made that can read this ssd hard drive? I have an ultrabook that gave up the ghost, bu this hard drive may be ok? How can I read it out of the comptuer?

    • You would need a mSATA SSD PCI-E to 2.5 inch SATA converter adapter and a SATA USB external hard drive caddy. You would then be able to plug it into another computer and access the files.

  • Xtian

    I just installed a new Samsung Evo 850 500GB but it doesn’t show when up when you open my computer. it still says I only have 5gb of free space like it did when i had my 128gb installed. What am I doing wrong?

    • Eric Bodiwala

      I’m having this exact same issue. What did you do to resolve it?