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2nd HDD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-p26...

Question: 2nd HDD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-p26...

Hello everyone! I am planning to add a SSD to my HP Pavilion 15-p263nl Notebook PC. I found on some sites that I can remove the optical drive and put a second drive using a caddy adapter into the optical drive bay. I found that some people on the forum have done it successfully, but nothing about my PC model. I want to know if it could work with my product. In other words, there is my plan:1-Remove the actual HDD from the hard drive bay and replace it with the new SSD.2-Remove the optical drive and replace it with the caddy adapter containing my old HDD.3-Do a clean install of Windows 10 on the SSD, using a USB recovery flash drive made with my actual Windows 10 system (which was updated from Windows 8.1 by July 2016). I already have a 120 GB SSD drive from OCZ (OCZ Vertex 3). I have some questions before buying the adapter:1- Will the two drives (my old HDD and the new SSD) be recognized by the motherboard / BIOS and the operating system (Windows 10)? Is there a limit of one unique HDD/SSD drive on the computer?2- which dimensions does the adapter have to be? I found offers for both 9.5mm and 12.7mm that are said to be suitable for HP Pavilion generally speaking3- Do these parts work together and with my computer (size, compatibility)? Do you expect any problem with this upgrade?4- Will the clean install of Windows 10 work, since I plan to install it on a different drive than the one I used to create the USB recovery flash drive? I have never done a clean Windows installation before. Thanks in advance for your replies.Alessandro p.s. in this topic of the forum (from which I took the most part of the post) the solution worked almost perfectly, but that is a different Pavilion 15 product ^^

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Answer: 2nd HDD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-p26...

Hi, 1. Yes,2. Your machines uses 9.5mm SATA tray,3. Problem ? I can't answer this question because who knows anything down to the track.4. I don't know how did you create recovery USB but a proper clean install should work. Regards.

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I want to replace my optical drive with an ssd. So i want to know the height of the drive caddy i should purchase? whether 9.5mm or 12.7mm height is the required height?Please help me out. My model is HP Pavilion 15 ab549tx.

Answer:2nd HDD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-ab5...

From the Manual: Optical drive Fixed, serial ATA, 9.5-mm tray load You seem to know what you want to do but let me just toss out a couple things you may not have considered. The optical drive port is a lower speed SATA than the hard drive port. So if you put an SSD in there it will be running slower than it can. Also it is not bootable so you would be using an SSD just for storage. You may want to consider just putting a bigger and less expensive mechanical hard drive in there for storage.  The laptop has ports for 2.5 inch SATA hard drives and a SATA-type M.2 disk so you can add a solid state drive that will work way better, just not in the optical bay.  Service Manual Post back if you need any more help.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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I want to replace optical drive with SSD, now I am not sure if its better to replace Optical drive with SSD ot to replace HDD with SSD and Optical drive with HDD. Dont know the difference. Then I want to do clean install of WIn10 on SSD. I bought 128 gb SunDisk SSD. I wanted to buy caddy with these specs:2.5" SATA III HDD/SDD caddy 9.5mm   Size: 125mm*125mm*9.5mm Both SSD and HDD if I checked correctly are 2.5' and SATA. What I dont know is Optical drive SATA aswell. What I am asking if someone can confirm that it will fit and witch option is better (above).And is there any other parameter that I should check out before ordering caddy? Thanks in andvance.

Answer:SSD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-au003nm

Here are some things to consider about an optical drive caddy. 1. A drive placed in there will run slower than a drive placed in the main SATA bay. 2. A drive in an optical bay adapter/caddy will not be bootable so will not be able to hold the OS.  So, what you want to do is take that SSD and place it where the hard drive currently is located and then place the old hard drive in the optical caddy. You can still access data on the optical bay drive and transfer is fast enough for video streaming and music but will not be optimal for things like video editing. Just pure raw storage, really. Here is the Service Manual: Manual Hard drive access is on page 32 and optical drive removal is on page 27. The optical drive is 9mm, not 9.5mm and we have had some people report trying to use a 9.5mm bay adapter will not work as it is just a hair too thick to fit inside the laptop. You might find that a 9.5 mm drive adapter will fit, but I cannot guarantee it. It only uses 7mm hard drives but if you happen to have a 9.5 mm form factor hard drive you can (carefully) see if it will fit in the optical bay slot.  Your laptop does have an M.2 mSSD ("gumstick") hard drive slot which would have been a better choice for upgrade. If you can return the 128 gig SSD might not be a bad idea. It only uses the SATA type 2280 M.2 disks with the B + M keys.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.   

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Hi Everyone, My issue is the following: I replaced my optical drive, and insert an additional HDD to my ThinkPad T440p computer using and ODD caddy ICY-BOX AC640. However, the replaced unit seems to blink the activity led for a short time (~1 sec) only when powering on and powering off the machine, and is not detected neither in the BIOS or by the OS.Additionally, the most recent BIOS version (GLET81WW (2.35 )) has only limited settings available compared to the previous versions, so that options regarding the handling of disks is unavailable.I run LinuxMint 17.2. Any hints/helps regarding the topic is welcome.Regards,Marton 

Answer:T440p Replacing optical drive with ODD caddy 9.5mm - not working

Hi,I'm having the same problem with the B50-80. I replaced the original HD with an SSD and it worked fine. But when I insert the second HD in the optical bay with the proper caddy neighter the BIOS nor Windows recognize the hd. The only application that reads the hd is Device Manager that detects an unknown device with the right name of the hd (toshiba). I am running Windows 10 and the 3.0 bios version. Does anyone have an idea? Thanks

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Hello, I'm going to be replacing my primary HDD (1tb) with a SSD and will place the HDD in a drive caddy, replacing the existing DVD drive. 3rd party vendors list both 12mm and 9.5mm drive caddys for this - I imagine a newer laptop would have the smaller form factor, unfortunately this spec info is not available from the manual or Lenovo tech support - does anyone happen to know? Might be best if I yank the drive and measure it or take it with me to buy a caddy in person, rather than order online. Thanks for reading,Paul

Answer:Replacing the Optical drive on Ideapad 510151SK with HDD caddy, need drive size -12mm or 9.5mm?

Per page 63 of the Lenovo ideapad 510-15ISK/ ideapad 510-15IKB Hardware Maintenance Manual item #4, your laptop uses one of 3 9.0mm optical drives (see below) so a 9.5mm caddy may not work.   There are some 9.0mm universal versions like this one available, but I have not used them, so be sure to check with the seller for capatability before ordering. No     Description                                                                      Part# /FRU4        HLDS GUE0N 9.0mm Slim Tray Rambo ODD             5DX0J464884        PLDS DA-8A6SH 9.0mm  Slim Tray Rambo ODD      5DX0F864044        TSST SU-228GB 9.0 Rambo ODD                                5DX0H14227 Lenovo ideapad 510-15ISK/ ideapad 510-15IKB Hardware Maintenance Manualhttps://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/ideapad_510-15isk_510-15ikb_hmm_201604.pdf Cheers,

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I would like to buy a caddy for an extra hard drive for my HP Notebook - 15-ay168sa but I would like to know the dimension of this laptop to buy the cady because there are two version one is 9.5mm and the other is 12.7! so would you please help identifying which one fits my laptop?

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I have an Edge 14. Intel i3 M370 model.  I ordered a OBHC and installed a 160 Gb SATA drive, loaded with WIN 7.  In the main drive bay I have an Ubuntu OS setup.Trying to set up a dual boot configuration.  But, when I boot the drive and enter the BIOS set up, the drive in the caddy doesn't show.  If I let it boot from the main drive, Ubuntu starts up. If I put the Ubuntu drive in the caddy and nothing in the main bay, "NO OPERATING SYSTEM." When I look at the computer in Ubuntu, the OS7 drive is there.  All three partitions (Lenovo, OS and startup).  I can mount them, etc.  When I use Disk Utility in Ubuntu, the drive shows up listed under the SATA controller and is located at position 2 of the SATA bus.   I updated the BIOS and it is now 1.26. Still no sign of the HDD in the caddy.  Very odd.  When I power up the computer, the LED in the caddy does light up. When I run sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, the WIN 7 loader shows up in the list.  So a bootable OS is seen.  But if I select WIN 7 loader in the GRUB list at boot, I get a "no such drive" message, and am lead back the the GRUB list. In the BIOS, the config menu, the startup list only includes HDD0.   Is there some secret BIOS trick I need to play?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there aren't any jumper settings, etc. on a SATA drive, right?  Nothing there to change. Any suggestions would be very much appreci... Read more

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Greetings, I ordered a 9.5mm "Universal" drive caddy from Amazon which stated compatibility with the V5-571, but it's terribly tight trying to get it to fit and even though I push it until it feels like it's seated in the SATA port, the screw holes under the keyboard don't line up and I can't get Windows 7 to recognize the 1TB 7200rpm NTFS-formatted drive, even though I've verified that the drive can be recognized on another Win7 system. I'm concerned about the mis-fit and wondered if anyone here has had success in installing a caddy in the optical bay? If so, I would love to know if there is a measurement or other specification I need to look for, or better yet, a link to where I might find one. Many thanks.

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Can i replace a optical drive with caddy on G50-80 laptop? will it void warrenty?
Which caddy i need to use 9.5 mm or 12.5mm?
 
 
 
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Does the Acer Aspire E5-574g have the sata connection for a 2nd hdd via a optical drive caddy? The e5-574g does not come with an optical drive installed. If it is possible, will a 9.5mm drive caddy work in this computer?

Answer:optical drive caddy for 2nd hdd in acer aspire e5-...

Hello, Unscrew the screw marked in the attachment and remove the dummy ODD. You should see normally a SATA connector in the bottom of the housing. The heigh of the original ODD is 9.0mm.

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Does the Acer Aspire E5-574g have the sata connection for a 2nd hdd via a optical drive caddy? The e5-574g does not come with an optical drive installed. If it is possible, will a 9.5mm drive caddy work in this computer?

Answer:optical drive caddy for 2nd hdd in acer aspire e5-...

Hello, Unscrew the screw marked in the attachment and remove the dummy ODD. You should see normally a SATA connector in the bottom of the housing. The heigh of the original ODD is 9.0mm.

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I have HP Probook 6570b notebook. I bought this machine without optical disc drive. So It has jus a plastic box on the optical disc drive's place. Nowdays i bought a HDD Caddy, but I can't fix it to the notebook with twists and i have not faceplate (or bezel) that it would be aesthetical. My question, how can i purchase order faceplate or (if simplier) optical disc drive with accessory?

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I bought myself a SATA caddy to replace the optical drive on my Lenovo Z51-70, with a 2.5" SATA Drive.The caddy and the hard drive work, as tested on another HP Laptop.But on my Z51-70, the Hard drive is not detected, either in BIOS, or within Windows itself. I checked the Device Manager and Disk Management, but it is not visible anywhere like it is on my HP Laptop. Any and all help and suggestions will be appreciated!I desperately need this to work!Please Help! 

Answer:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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Hi,
I am trying to replace my optical drive with a HDD Caddy with a Seagate 2TB HDD. When I start my laptop with the drive installed both my bios and os don't recognized it. If I start my laptop and then slide the caddy into the optical bay my os picks it up immediately. If I restart the computer the drive is gone. I have discussed with the caddy manufacturer and they aren't sure what the issue is. I have updated all my drivers and my bios via Dell's website.
Can anyone provide some insight?
Thank you.

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I just bought I used Portege M750 because my M700 was broken. Unfortunately, the select bays between both models are not compatible. Although the availability of a 2nd hdd caddy is mentioned in the users manual, I couldn't find the part no of the HDD caddy for the M750. I tried a standard SATA-SATA HDD caddy, but I get an "select bay error" message on startup, although the caddy works in windows as long as you don't hibernate.

Does anyone know the part no of the genuine 2nd hdd caddy for Portege M750 / M780? Or is there another 2nd hdd caddy which does work with the M750 without any restrictions?

Answer:Portege M750 - 2nd HDD caddy in select bay instead of optical drive

Hi

I assume you will need an Hard drive caddy part number: P000452980
Then you could place this into the Toshiba's Ultra Slim HDD Adaptor PA3408U-1ETC and PA3408U-2ETC

But you can also contact the Toshiba ASP in your country to get an confirmation...

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I wish to move my ssd with Win 7 installed to an internal caddy fitted in an optical drive space.
I am using the same data cable, and the bay is powered.
On bootup Windows is not recognising the drive.
I tried using my installation disc to reinstall in the new location, but again the drive is not recognised.
Take it out of the caddy and it works fine.
Partition Magic recognises the drive when in the caddy.
ssd is Samsung evo 850
Any suggestions appreciated
My Win7 is an upgrade version from XP so I beleive I can't use Sysprep.

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Model: 80TV01CKMXThe laptop has a dummy bracket.Can this be removed and install anything useful like an optical drive or a SSD?

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My ideapad 500-15isk is equiped whit a 128 GB SSd and has no optical drive.I'm wondering if i can place a HDD-Caddy and put a 1TB drive in it, since there is not an optical drive in this laptop.On the seller's homepage it says: The caddy comes with 1pcs flat Standard faceplate , and it is not an exact match. All buyers need to remove their optical drive's faceplate to attach onto caddy for proper working. Any other accessories like Mounting Bracket or ejector latch will not included. Please take it from optical drive to re-use.This is to get to get it to work properlyAlso, i read that some people have troubles to get the laptop to recognize the HDD Caddy.I really need to know for sure if it works before i order the caddy and the HDD.Anyone has any expierence with this option and specific laptop?Greetings,D. Karel

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i am planning to replace my HDD with a samsung 850 evo 250gb ssd and place my current HDD to my optical drive after removing it . But i am not able to find any answers online for as to which caddy i can use for the HDD . can someone please suggest 

Answer:optical drive hard disk caddy for HP Notebook - 15-ay011ne

  HP does not make the caddy for the optical drive but nearly every Chinese shop does so the market is flooded with them.  https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/HDDBAY-02/ There are some compromises that will be made with one of these devices which I am happy to explain if you wish. Also, are you clear on how to open it up and replace the HDD with the SSD? Happy to help further. 

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I've gone through several of these caddys.

My laptop (a Lenovo G500) continually has the same problem; it refuses to recognize the HD I connect to it using an Optical Bay Caddy I purchased on eBay (I've tried several, it does this with all of them). The first time I connected it it saw the Hard Drive and worked perfectly. I rebooted and it hasn't shown up in the BIOS's Boot Screen or anywhere else since.

Here are some pictures of the caddy itself: https://imgur.com/a/qEXbq#0

Related BIOS configuration screens: https://imgur.com/Xmv8ZIx,bq46dDy,Ofcp0XW,6RFCQVn,RK28j...

Laptop specs:

System: Lenovo G500 CPU: Intel Core i3-3120M CPU @ 2.50GHz Dual-Core
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000, 1366 x 768

What could be causing this?
 

Answer:Laptop refuses to recognize Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy?

Have you tried setting Sata Controller Mode to Compatible? I assume it's just a name for the old IDE mode, which means that if it works,it will be slower.
 

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I am having difficulty finding any compatible caddies? Has anyone succesfully added a drive caddy in place of PLDS DVD-RW DA8A5SH optical drive?
 
thank you.
 
 
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Answer:Flex 2 15 - Any options to add a ssd caddy in place of optical drive w. Flex2 15?

Hi. I bought from ebay : http://www.ebay.ca/itm/for-Lenovo-Flex-2-15-Swap-UJ8FB-DVD-2nd-SATA-Hard-Drive-SSD-HDD-HD-Caddy-Adap... , and it's working. I installed the hdd inside.

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I have an Acer E5 772g 57Q7 notebook. It does not have an optical device, but it has a black blank installed. The lettering on the blank was this: TS:442.04X0B.0001#1REV:AO1.15.08.26.NBJT130322#1 Is there an option to switch this out with an optical drive hdd caddy, and if so, where could I find one?













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Answer:Acer Aspire E17 e5 772g 57Q7 Optical Drive Caddy?

Oups! About the bezel, you can request a quote and place an order from your Acer store by chat or by phone. (part number stated in the first column .... cheap part).

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The plan is to do a fresh install of windows 10 on the SSD once installed. How do I do that? I think I have a digital licence

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I just bought a Thinkpad T540p with a HDD. I would like to replace the HDD with an SSD and to place the HDD into the optical drive. Will Removing My DVD Drive and Replacing It with an HDD Caddy Void My Warranty?

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Hello there! I was wondering if removing my cd/dvd drive and replacing it with a HDD caddy will void my warranty on my z500 (non touch)? I really wanted to boost performance with an SSD and i just upgraded my warranty. Thanks for your help in advance!













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Answer:Will removing my DVD drive and replacing it with an HDD caddy void my warranty on my z500?

hi bigboy61,
 
Thanks for Posting!
 
      This will not void your warranty, Given that the replacement procedure did not induce any physical damage on the system.
 
   Part replacement or Part upgrade will affect the warranty of other hardware parts warranty of the computer.
 
Hope this helps
Cheers!
 





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Hello,
 
I appear to have a corrupt C Drive, the Lenovo test came back with storage device test failure. This makes sense to me, as I have had nothing but problems with this PC from day one, I had to re-install Windows 10 about 5 times...
It came with Windows 8 originally.
So I guess I need to get a new hard-drive. I remember doing something like this about 15 years ago, where it was just taking something out of a slot and putting something else in instead, but I guess times have changed! What do I need to do, and will this affect being able to install the operating system etc?
Many thanks for any help....
 
I have a H50-50 Desktop 
 
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Answer:Lenovo H50: Options for replacing a failed hard drive (HDD, SSD, caddy, SSHD)

This maybe be an opportunity (as they say, to turn lemons into lemonade.)  Probably the one best thing you can do to add performance to your system (providing your storage requirements aren't extreme), is to replace your HDD with a SSD.  
 
Cable connections are the same as your failed, existing HDD (SATA3 6.0Gb/s data and SATA power), and depending on the physical size of the HDD (probably 3.5" from the specs), you will need a 2.5" to 3.5" caddy. 
 
Best SSDs: Q1 2017
 
Or, as a direct physical replacement, a 3.5" SSHD would be a good upgrade over a standard HDD (I'd avoid any 5400 rpm drives.)
 
Best Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHD) 2017
 
 
 

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Hello,
 
I appear to have a corrupt C Drive, the Lenovo test came back with storage device test failure. This makes sense to me, as I have had nothing but problems with this PC from day one, I had to re-install Windows 10 about 5 times...
It came with Windows 8 originally.
So I guess I need to get a new hard-drive. I remember doing something like this about 15 years ago, where it was just taking something out of a slot and putting something else in instead, but I guess times have changed! What do I need to do, and will this affect being able to install the operating system etc?
Many thanks for any help....
 
I have a H50-50 Desktop 
 
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Answer:Lenovo H50: Options for replacing a failed hard drive (HDD, SSD, caddy, SSHD)

This maybe be an opportunity (as they say, to turn lemons into lemonade.)  Probably the one best thing you can do to add performance to your system (providing your storage requirements aren't extreme), is to replace your HDD with a SSD.  
 
Cable connections are the same as your failed, existing HDD (SATA3 6.0Gb/s data and SATA power), and depending on the physical size of the HDD (probably 3.5" from the specs), you will need a 2.5" to 3.5" caddy. 
 
Best SSDs: Q1 2017
 
Or, as a direct physical replacement, a 3.5" SSHD would be a good upgrade over a standard HDD (I'd avoid any 5400 rpm drives.)
 
Best Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHD) 2017
 
 
 

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 Will be buying Pavilion 510-P079 or P089.  Optical drive is called "Ultraslim-tray SuperMulti DVD Burner". ODD bay on outside is 9.5MM wide (.374" or 3/8"). Can I remove the ODD that comes with the computer, and replace it with an optical drive that is "Lightscribe" enabled that I can purchase on the 'Net (I believe HP makes some, as well as other companies) ? If so, does anyone know the name(s) and model(s)?  --- GREG HUTCHINSON-Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

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I love hp products and my laptop, but... The optical drive has performed poorly since purchase. When I load a DVD, it searches and grinds. Data is retrievable, but video does not play. I can retrieve data from CD-R's, but the drive also makes awful noises and is prohibitively slow. The computer is less than one month old. The drive has never worked acceptably. Before the negative experience I rarely used optical media which leads me to my question: Can I replace the DVDRW DU8A5SH SATA with a Solid State Drive or a combo HDD/SSD? Kind thanks for your thoughts and time.

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So if I want to replace the dvd drive on a y570 with one of the following blu-ray drives is there any reason why they wouldn't work?http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-UJ240-Blu-ray-Burner-DVD%C2%B1RW/dp/B003AXW2YQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qi... http://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-CT10N-Blu-Ray-Combo/dp/B001TOD5E4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top I just want to make sure before I purchase something.

Answer:Replacing Optical Drive

Those drives are probably not going to fit properly because of the drive bezel.  
 
Look at yours.  It has a bend in the middle and it's molded to fit with the lines of the laptop.   Those don't.
 
Lenovo did make a higher version of the Y570 with a blu-ray drive in it.  My suggestion would be to call service and see if it is available from them.  At least have them give you the part number for it.
 
My guess is it's going to be too new of a product for it to show up in any parts supply houses yet.
 
Dave

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I want to replace my optical drive which is of no use to me, with an SSD drive. if any of you have done this kind of job, I would appreciate your kind advice

Answer:ES-575-54E8 Replacing DVD optical drive with a SSD...

Connector inside is micro sata so will need micro sata to sata- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BTDAO6M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  My system had just a empty caddy which I carved with Dremel for drive to sit in so you need some caddy or way to cover the slot from dirt getting in. Was plug and play bios wise, just fired up and it worked.

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My optical drive is making all manner of weird noises, so I'm looking to replace it. I've read the hardware manual on the Lenovo website, and notice that it refers to a release mechanism near the drive. My laptop doesn't seem to have this mechanism. Can anyone advise me?













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Answer:R61i - Replacing optical drive

for most of the R61i laptop it is removable Ultrabay Enhanced device, there is a little latch with a tiny green led light next to it, you push that then a pull tab pops out, which you pull to release the drive. While some cheaper R61 machine use a non-removable drive, which you have to take apart the laptop to remove.  SO what is the model number of your laptop it should be in this format xxxx-xxx DON'T post YOUR Serial Number. Using that we can determine the actual mechanism that holds your drive. 

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I want to install a second hard drive into my Lenovo Ideapad Z580 laptop's optical drive bay. I understand that this will require an adaptor caddy, as well as the additional HDD.
But I'm not sure whether just any optical drive bay caddy and any 2.5in HDD will do. The optical drive is a Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8D1.
Can anyone please advise me on how to ensure that I get a caddy which will fit the bay (and an HDD that will fit the caddy)?
Many thanks for any advice.

Answer:Replacing my laptop's optical drive with a second HDD

Best to specify your model. I'm not sure how many adapter variants there are.
click here
Decide on any 2.5" HDD you fancy but check the thickness (Google the model no. if advert doesn't specify)
A thin 7mm drive may need a spacer or a thick one may foul something.
Just in case. Thickness is usually a problem in the main body of laptops. Optical adapters may take the 3 main sizes without problem.

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 ?Hello, I have replaced the old HDD with SSD. And now I want to place the old HDD to a DVD drive. Would it work? The optical drive is 9.0mm high, but couldn't find the fitting caddy. What caddy should I use? Any suggestions? 

Answer:Lenovo Z50-70 - Replacing optical drive with HDD

 I have replaced the old HDD with SSD. And now I want to place the old HDD to a DVD drive. Would it work? The optical drive is 9.0mm high, but couldn't find the fitting caddy. What caddy should I use? Any suggestions? 

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I want to replace the optical drive in my 4340s. I can change the drive but how do I remove the original bezel to fit to my replacement?

Answer:replacing optical drive bezel

 Hi, Check the video from minute 2:10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9EewzcS2ys

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Hi, the DVD combo drive in my satellite 2450-201 has recently stopped reading dvd

Answer:Satellite 2450-201: Replacing the Optical Drive.

Hi

If i am remember well your unit has select bay and you can remove the DVD drive very easy. At the bottom side you will find SlimSelectBay release latch. Move it to undocking position and remove gently the drive.

The drive is fixed to SlimSelectBay. I don?t remember exactly how many screws are there but the disassembling procedure is not complicated. Check it!

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So I have an Alienware Sentia m3200. My brother broke the CD part of the laser assembly. I guess I must replace this.

I was looking around the almighty net and although DVDRW drives are listed as different for different laptops they are very often the exact same size and use the exact same IDE connection.

Can I buy any DVDRW drive that is left-mounted, IDE 50, slim and replace the drive cover with my Sentia's?
 

Answer:Parameters for replacing a laptop optical drive?

I don't see why not.
 

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OK... Here's the situation.

Today, I went onto ebay to find a replacement for my broken slot loading optical drive, and found several with the same model number as mine. One was priced quite low, but the connecting cable differed from mine (most pictured had no cable at all), and I inquired as to whether the cable was removable and could be swapped with my cable. Instead of answering my question, the response was, "This drive WILL NOT work with your laptop."

I do not wish to take my laptop apart needlessly and risk damage (since it is very difficult to get to the drive in my computer), so I'm hoping to get input as to what to look for when replacing the drive. I have a Dell Vostro 2510 laptop with an IDE Sony Optiarc slot-loading optical drive, model number AD-7640A. I didn't look closely to the back of my drive when I removed it, but there is a ribbon cable attached that slides into a connector that latches and holds it in place. Does anyone know if this ribbon cable is likely just plugged into the back of the optical drive, and if all such cables would be? Or do manufacturers ever permanently affix them? So, if I buy a "bare drive" or one with other cable, I could simply remove my cable and attach it to a replacement?

Some Ebay listings:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230688482169

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110802758624

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230720191575

Thanks so much!
 

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Hi,
Is it possible to replace the DVD writer with a second hard drive or an SSD?

Thanks,
Michael.

Answer:Satellite L650-10H - replacing the optical drive for a second HDD/SSD?

Hi

First of all I don't know why you want to abstain from ODD... I use ODD always and would not miss it...

Well, some notebooks like Tecra did support such feature.
For that you needed an special enclosure where the HDD would be placed.
This enclosure was placed into the ODD bay.

But I?m not quite sure if the L650 model would support this? Personally I doubt this would function due to the controller on the motherboard.

However, if you want to be sure, I would recommend asking an ASP in your country if a compatible enclosure be available for the Sat L650.

Greets

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The optical drive on my veteran HP Compaq nx7300 has begun to fail (intermittent read errors), and I'm considering removing it and replacing it with an SSD or second hard drive. Is that possible, and is there a service manual available to guide the process?

Answer:Replacing optical drive in HP Compaq nx7300 with SSD?

You can replace it with SSD but unfurtunatly it will not be faster as your sata controller is too old Serial ATA-150. I recommended to replace it with Normal disk. Dont waste your money for SSD on this machine !  Steps to remove the HDD you can find it HERE 

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I'm trying to replace my DVD drive with an SSHD and can't get it to work. Are there any known limitations on what is supported? I already tried two different adapter cages to put an additional hard drive in the dvd slot. At first I tried a Seagate FireCuda 2TB which is not recognized most of the times. I got it to work one or twice but don't know how. It always was after I suspended and then resumed the laptop, never after a reboot. If I replace the stock SSD with the FireCuda the drive is recognized. But the SSD is not recognized when I connect it to the optical drive connector. I also tried to use an old WD Scorpio Blue 500GB HDD and it works when connected to the optical drive connector. Why is this so complicated? What can I do about it? I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. 22:50 $ dmesg | grep -i ata[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: [mem 0x000000008d259000-0x000000008d2fefff] ACPI data[ 0.000000] NODE_DATA(0) allocated [mem 0x26eff6000-0x26effafff][ 0.000000] Memory: 7984780K/8302348K available (8452K kernel code, 1293K rwdata, 3976K rodata, 1484K init, 1316K bss, 317568K reserved, 0K cma-reserved)[ 0.156296] ACPI Exception: AE_ALREADY_EXISTS, During name lookup/catalog (20150930/psobject-227)[ 0.171072] _OSC request data:1 1f 0[ 0.193337] ACPI : EC: GPE = 0x50, I/O: command/status = 0x66, data = 0x62[ 0.193611] libata version 3.00 loaded.[ 0.827987] Write protecting the kernel read-only data: 14336k[ 0.881343] ahci 0000:00:17.0: AHCI 0001.0301 32 slots ... Read more

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Hello there,

First off thanks in advance for reading this! I would really appreciate some advice

I have a 17inch Macbook pro i7 laptop.

I was looking at the possibility of replacing the optical drive with a SSD drive (i never really use the optical drive anyways)

I found a place online where one can purchase the SSD drive and case so it fits into where the optical drive is also.

My question is has anybody else done this? and if so is it a good /bad idea?

And also once I replace the optical drive with SSD can I have it so my OS is working off of the new SSD drive and my original 5400rpm HDD will appear up as a separate drive for storage.
Im not sure if its relevant or not but here are the specs of my laptop

Mac osx 10.6.8
2.66 GHZ i7
8gb 1067 MHz DDR3

Thanks!
 

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Has anybody found any free ways of cloning the 1TB SATA drive to a SATA SSD (256gb)? I want to replace the 1TB drive in my system with a smaller SSD, but all the cloning programs I've found either have issues with the hybrid drive setup. Or I can't use them because I have to boot from a CD. I have no optical drive, because my Y500 came with the extra video card in the ultra bay. I figured out how to boot from a USB drive finally, but it gives me an error and says that the EFI security doesn't allow it. I know it's possible, but I can't figure this thing out. Would anybody be able to give me some programs or tips? I'm seriously about to send this back and get a different laptop that has an optical drive. I'd just load up Win7 on it then.













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Answer:Y500, Replacing HDD with SSD - no optical drive - security error when trying to boot from USB

I see most people suggesting to just upgrade the mSata drive, but that's not an option for me as I already have the SATA drive.

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My 4-month old Pavilion Notebook 15's internal DVD Drive / Optical Drive has stopped working. The button does not open and when I open it with a paperclip, insert a DVD, it will not play. The disc does not spin. I removed the drive today to get the numbers off of the part (has HP logo):Model: SU-208SU-208HB/HPMHF   6Y6H2019SB   F/W=HH00H/W:A   Ver.HB   FEBRUARY 2016 HP PN# : 820286-FC0CT: 7FEMV01DD14X85 I have done many searches and cannot find this part. (for USA)I have found SU-208FB for sale Is there a compatible part? Can I buy from HP Direct? It is easy to pop out the old one and slide in the new. I just want to replace with compatible drive. I just found this and I'm going to buy one...https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Samsung-Burner-Writer-Internal/dp/B00QF5JMA8 Fingers crossed! Thanks!Sheila  

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I'm replacing the HD on my HP 17-f247-cl notebook with a new Samsung SSD and adding additional memory. The laptop came with Windows 8.1 installed on it. However, after I install the new SSD, I intend to do a clean install of Windows 10. The notebook has a clam style case, which is quite different than what I had on my previous Dell laptop on which I installed an SSD about 3 years ago. So, I watched a couple of videos on YouTube showing how to open the case on similiar, but smaller models of Pavilion laptops. I disconnected the cord, removed the battery, and then I removed all the tiny (# 0 Phillips) freaken screws. There were two plugs that appeared to cover screws-I removed the silver covers and plugs. One had a screw beneath it. I thought the other cover and plug covered the screw holding the optical drive in place. There was nothing underneath the plug. I only see what looks to be case for the optical drive. The optical drive will not come out. In the videos I watched on YouTube, there was a screw holding in the optical drive. It appears that the optical drive needs to be removed in order to open the case and to gain access to the HD and the memory. If there is no screw holding the optical drive in under the cover and plug, what is holding it in? I need to remove that drive. I would appreciate any help on how to get that sucker out. 

Answer:how to remove the optical drive on HP Pavilion 17-f247cl

Look on the bottom of the notebook's case for an icon that looks like an optical disk. 

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The device didn't come with an optical drive, which I knew. So I bought an LG external optical drive (sb80nb60.) Iinstalled the software or came with - CyberLink media suite. Then I told it to play a movie inserted a DVD. I got an error stating, "CyberLink power media player does not support the playback of this media format." It is a store - bought DVD of atelevision series. VLC did not work and I'm not sure why. Windows media player didn't work either. How can I play DVDs on my computer?

Answer:External optical drive pavilion x360

Hi, Probably the format of the DVD  is NOT a DVD format because TWO players rejected it ? What is it ? Can you try a normal DVD movie ? Regards.

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DVD shows in device manager but does not show in file manager. It shows in dvd player app but gives message that there is no disk loaded.
Worked in Win 8.1 but no work in Win 10.

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Hello everyone                  I have an HP Pavilion a6519fh desktop pc where as the CD/DVD Burner no longer works. I looked on the internet and found only 2 that still carry the replacement part (RX881-69001 HP CD/DVD burner) at 89.00 and the other 181.00! I don't think so. Does anyone know of a compatible CD/DVD burner I could replace it with but for less money then an original replacement would cost. I don't even need lightscribe. Thank you in advance : )

Answer:Replacing CD/DVD Drive for HP Pavilion a6519fh

Hi, From its specs, it has CD/DVD disc driveSuperMulti 16X DVD(+/-)R/RW 12X RAM (+/-)R DL LightScribe SATA driveFigure : Optical DriveInterface: SATAData buffer memory: 2 MBMaximum storage capacity: 8.5 GBMust use Double-Layer media discs in order to take advantage of the DL technologyMust use LightScribe-enabled media discs and supporting software in order to take advantage of the LightScribe technologySource:   http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01471500 Since you don't need LightScribe, there are many around such as:     http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dvd-bluray-drives/internal-dvd-drives/pcmcat189600050010.c?id=pcmcat1896... Regards.

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My HP pavilion laptop is under warranty and the DVD/CD drive went bad. They sent me a new one today but I have no idea how to put it in. They tried to talk me through it over the phone but I can't understand them (could be the accent). Does anyone know where there is a video or photo tutorial on how to do this?
 

Answer:Replacing CD/DVD drive in HP Pavilion Laptop?

If it is a newer model and the writer is modular, it should be as simple as pushing a spring return latch and pulling forward on the unit. Replacement would be just pushing the drive in until it latched. Without a specific model, that is all that I can offer!
 

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Hi, I wanted to upgrade the optical drive in my HP S5545UK to a BluRay writable one. Having read various reviews and checked the 'Replacing a CD or DVD Drive' article at: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01755009 ...I decided on the LG BH10LS38 and ordered it from Amazon. Following the instructions in the link above, the part about connecting the new drive states that there may be three cables required - one of which is the "Eject or control cable (not needed for some drives)". As this drive just has the power and SATA connection - I presumed this was one of the "some drives" that do not need the eject/control cable. However, it seems that it's not about whether the *drive* needs this cable - it's about the design of the Pavilion case! It's designed so the optical drive sits vertically. Fine, no problem - this drive is designed for that (has extra support in the tray). BUT, the drive's eject button is not only hidden by the front bezel, but also by the front facia of the PC (so even removing the bezel doesn't allow access to the eject button). HP have put their own 'eject' button just below the drive on the front panel, but this is what the third cable is. It connects this switch directly to the original optical drive. Without this connection, there is no way of hardware-ejecting the replacement drive. Sure, I know it can be software-ejected, but that's quite annoying - and there's always those times when you remember just aft... Read more

Answer:Upgrading optical drive in Pavilion Slimline S5545UK

I know this has been a while, 4+ years old, but most drives have a pin hole to hardware eject after shutdown. Additionally, the control cable only makes connection to the external case eject/close button. There is still a hardware button on the drive. All you must do is open the cover flap (or remove it) to access it. I have replaced stock DVD drive with a BD drive that does not have the control cable port and operate it just fine with the cover removed. The front of the case doesn't look as nice, but it?s still more than functional.-Kurt

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hi i have hp pavilion dv 6500 laptopcan i replace my hard drive with  WD Black 750GB Performance Mobile Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 9.5 MM 2.5 Inch - WD7500BPKX thanksA.S

Answer:replacing hp pavilion dv6500 hard drive

Hi, Yes you can but it won't run 6Gb/s, only 3Gb/s. Page 51 of the following manual shows you how:               http://www.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01295877.pdf Regards.

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Hello,

I would like to use a SSD instead of the conventional HDD, but the SSDs are really expensive and therefore I would like to replace the optical drive with my conventional HDD. The optical drive is not often used and therefore I am looking for an optical bay caddy that easily replaces the DVD player. I know from old Tecra systems (e.g. 8100), that such a bay was available.

I do not want to use an external disk, because I do not like to carry to many devices with me. Please can someone help me?

Thanks in advance.
black_dragon

Answer:Optical bay caddy for Tecra S10-106

Hey mate,

I know there are such optical by caddy for certain Toshiba notebooks but I don?t know if they are available for Tecra S10 and if it?s possible.

You should ask an authorized service provider in your country. If such a optical bay caddy is available, you order if from the technicians and they can give you a detailed answer. :)

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How to obtain the four screws that secure the caddy to the laptop body?  
(Not the screws that keep the HDD inside the caddy.)
Does anyone know the specification for these screws, and where I can buy them?
Thanks in advance.

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Since I rarely use my optical drive and frequently back up files to an external hard drive, I'd like to put a HDD in the optical bay and just swap it out for the DVD player whenever that is needed. My T530 (i5-3210M Win7HP) has a 256GB Crucial mSSD for the boot drive and programs;  the original 500GB/7200 rpm in the drive bay has data files, Outlook and Quicken files, music, photos and documents. For the optical bay HDD 500 GB would be plenty, but the 750 GB is only about $10 more, so why not?  (I'd probably put the 750 in the drive bay and make it the data drive, with the 500 in the optical bay for a back up drive... and this is about convenience more than need.) Best I can tell the optical drive supports SATA 6GB/sec but most of the 2.5" 750GBx7200 rpm drives are SATA 3GB/sec.  (On the other hand, the Hitachi MK5061GSY 500GBx7200 that came in my T530 appears to be 'only' SATA II, and most forum posters suggest there's not a noticable difference.) Of the 750 GB drives it seems the Seagate Momentus ($82) and Western Digital Scorpio Black ($78) would be the top two choices.  I think they're both 9.5mm and would fit. Some reviews indicate the Western Digital is quieter. The caddy is more problematic, as there are so many choices, and many appear to be poorly-fitting Chinese knockoffs.  I'm not inclined to pay $70 for the Lenovo, when the others are in the $10-15 range, but I do want one that fits well and works well and lasts.&n... Read more

Answer:Advice needed - optical bay caddy and HDD for T530

try newmodeus caddies. i have ordered both caddy and 2nd hard drive from lenovofor the same reasons you mentioned. sure, after market 750gb hdd is way cheaperthan lenovo 500gb hdd but i didn't want to risk it. newmodeus caddies would be mychoice if i hadn't . unfortunately i don't have any first hand experience with them.but manufacturer seems legit, prices are somewhat higher than ebay options (45 bucks)website is pretty informative... anyway, i would also like to know first hand experienceswith newmodeus caddies if anyone has them. also, newmodeus sells external caddies for optical drives. sure, nothing fancy, butas i said, it seems legit. bit pricey though too. also, regarding your hard drive dilemma,i would humbly suggest western digital (black, stay away from greens and blues) drives.5 year warranty, pretty fast, don't get too hot during extensive operations. have a few blacks.500gb and two 750gb drives and they're working like a charm (knock on wood).





__________________________________________________________________________________________T530: i7-3630QM, 4 GB DDR3-1600, NVS 5400M, 2x 500GB 7200RPM, 9-cell, HD+ 1600x900, Backlit US, WinXP ProL430: i3-2370M, 4 GB DDR3-1600, HD 3000, 320GB 7200RPM, 6-cell, HD 1366 x 768, Win7 Home Premium 64-bit

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I recently installed a second SSD in the optical bay of my DV6-7300. I am getting terrible performance from the drive.  When copying a 5GB file from my main SSD to the optical bay SSD, it starts at a reasonable speed but then quickly drop down to a crawl (going between 5MB/s and 20MB/s) as you can see below:   The strange thing is running a CrystalDiskMark benchmark, it gives better (although not amazing) results:  Is this a limitation of my laptop's SSD controller, or is there some change of configuration that will improve performance? 

Answer:Very slow SSD performance in optical caddy (DV6-7300)

For quite a while I have been advising people not to put an SSD in an otical drive caddy. Why? Because the SATA interface for an optical drive does not need to be anything faster than SATA-I so that is generally what you find. A hard drive/ssd in the optical drive bay will run slow so the only thing it is good for is just mass storage. Video will stream from it but it will not be suitable for operations which require fast disk access like video editing or CAD work, Code assembly, etc. 

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I have just installed a SSD and moved my original HDD to a optical bay caddy. It all worked fine until I fitted the 2nd HDD optical bay caddy. After I did this it now boots from the 2nd HDD optical bay caddy rather than the SSD in the main drive slot. It has also moved the SSD to drive letter E, with the HDD as C. I would just change them back but I'm not sure whether you can just do that when an OS is installed and running on them. My type of BIOS does also not display any of the drives, just displaying 'OS boot manager', 'CD Rom (Internal)', 'USB Key', 'CD Rom (USB)'. I have a HP Pavilion G6 laptop and I'm running Window 8. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: Laptop Booting From 2nd HDD Optical Caddy

I have since disconnected the 2nd HDD Caddy and Windows is booting from the SSD fine with it labeled as the C drive. I fear though if I reconnect it it will push the SSD to the E drive again (the D drive is the recovery partition of the HDD). I tried connecting the caddy when the laptop was switched on but I couldn't get it to display in disk management after a rescan and refresh. As there is no data on the HDD that I actually want (as it is a new laptop) I would happily delete the whole HDD (C drive), the only data on the drive I would wish to keep is the recovery partition (D drive).
 

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I found nothing on the internet about the read write speeds of drives (hard drives, SSD) using optical drive bay caddies, therefore I decide to do some tests myself.
I have a Vostro 3450 and recently bought an off-lease Latitude E6410. They both run Windows 7  The optical drive bay of both laptops are removable (more conveniently on the Vostro). I bought the optical drive caddies on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/110940581984?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
http://www.ebay.com/itm/110970738087?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
Both caddies can take drives (HDD, SSD) up to 9.5 mm thick.
First of all, I want to find out what interface the optical drive use to communicate with the laptop. I use Speecy ( http://www.piriform.com/speccy ), a system hardward information freeware to find this informaton. It turns out that this is SATA II (transfer speed 3 Gbps = 384 MBps) on the Latitude E6410 and SATA III (6Gbps = 768 MBps) on the Vostro.
The optical bay caddies of both laptops are "hot swappable" (ie. can be inserted / removed on-the-fly without rebooting, and the new drive will be automatically detected / deleted by the operating system). This is easily done on the Latitude which has an Eject button on the DVD drive (and the caddy I bought - there are models without the ejector). You need to remove one screw on the bottom panel of the Vostro, remove another screw that holds the drive in place, and use a small flat-head scre... Read more

Answer:Optical bay caddy read write speed

thanks a lot . I asked about it ...

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I am pratically computer illiterate. So I'll explain this best I can. I had a Lenovo U460 and I accidentally knocked it off a little stool and it broke, but the harddrive remained intact fortunately. I probably jumped the gun a bit early when I saw a deal on a Y510p Lenovo that had good specs and a lot of the things that my old laptop had. Now basically I got the Y510P because of the deal and because it had an ultrabay which could support another harddrive. The HDD this laptop came with has 1TB which is more than enough. I was wondering if the Hard-Drive from my U460 Lenovo might be compatible to just replace the the 1TB HDD that the laptop came with. I don't need that much space. However, the U460 had  Windows 7 Operating System. This laptop is Windows 8 (I actually prefer Windows 7). Would replacing this laptops HDD with the U460's SSD reboot the laptop with Windows 7, or with no OS? Assuming it were possible. I would have no idea how I would go about doing this since I'm not a very tech person. I'd either bring it in to a repair shop or try to figure a way to do it myself I guess. All I know about the U460's Hard-drive are these stats I've found. SATA 3.0Gb/s, 9.5mm high, Active Protection System ? Now using the Ultrabay with an HDD Caddy to add a the U460's SSD is an option. From what I've heard that makes the hard-drive run a lot slower. I'm also worried about the compatibility of programs from a Windows 7 OS Hard-drive functioning with my Windows 8... Read more

Answer:Y510P Questions Regarding HDD-Caddy Or Replacing HDD

Help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Hi, my first post here but I've been reading a lot on this forum and always found the solution to my problems. Except now, I can't find any post related to my problem:

I've been improving my girlfriend's Acer Aspire 5750G (i7-2630QM - 8GB RAM (upgraded from 4GB) -NVIDIA GeForce GT540M - HD: WD6400BVPT @5400rpm) and I wanted to install a Kingston SV100S2/256G (version: SSDNow V100) with Win7 Home Premium on the SSD of course.
Roadmap to my problem:


The SSD doesn't fit in the normal HDD bay: There are 2 plastic pins above the SATA connector so the SSD doesn't fit in there (the SATA connector of a normal 2,5" HDD isn't covered by the casing like the SSD). I found someone on the webs who just broke these pins off but I don't want to lose the warranty on the laptop... yet.


Solution 1: I bought an optical HDD Caddy for the SSD so I could reinstall Windows with the Acer erecovery program which gave me the next problem: The stupid program doesn't let me choose where to install Win7!


Solution 2: I downloaded all drivers seperatly from the Acer site and installed a second Win7 (from a USB stick) on the SSD. Next problem: I tried to install the 100MB partition with the bootmgr on the SSD but that didn't work when I only booted from the SSD without the normal HDD in it. I realised then that the BIOS didn't recognize the SSD in the optical bay. The BIOS only 'sees' the WD HDD.


Solution 3: I deleted the 100MB partition on the SSD, reinstalled Win7 on it and used Ea... Read more

Answer:Bios Acer 5750G doens't recognize SSD in Optical bay caddy

I also posted this message on the microsoft technet forum... This is what I found out in the meantime (some thing I repeated because the next text is a combination of 2 answers to 2 replies on the technet forum).

I already updated the BIOS to the last version (1.20). In the 75750G's BIOS the AHCI controller is already enabled (only SATA-ports on this laptop, no IDE). In the BIOS menu the SSD doesn't show anywhere. It should be on the ATAPI CD-ROM but nothing to see there. If I change the boot priority to the ATAPI CD-ROM, it doesn't work (with or whitout the WD HDD in it). It didn't even work when the bootmanager was still on the SSD.

I guess the only option I have is to wait until my warranty is over (october 2013) and then try the SSD in the normal HDD bay or hope that eventually Acer releases a BIOS update that will recognize the SSD.I asked Acer if they could help me with the BIOS problem so I'll see if they can help me out in any way... I'll let you know.

I know the problem is not in Windows. It's just that I have a strange system built up now. I just wanted to be able to boot from the SSD without having the bootmanager on the normal HDD and change the SSD drive letter to C:\.

I tried this now:
A different SSD and a normal HDD in the optical bay caddy: nothing recognized in the BIOS. I also tried the optical bay caddy in my Sony Vaio and no HDD to see there either.

So the only conclusion is that the BIOS isn't programmed to look for a HDD in the optical... Read more

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Hello everyone,
I am using HP p028TX as my primary laptop, Reviewed here-
[Honest Review] HP P028TX Laptop Review [Core i3 1.9Ghz, 4GB ram, 1TB HDD, Nvidia 830M 2GB, Beats] | NotebookReview

The laptop is Mostly used For Photo/Videos and Gaming. The laptop came with 1TB HDD and I am lately running out of space. Its very cumbersome to use External USB HDD for certain Data. I have ordered an optical Drive HDD caddy with a view to adding one more HDD and enjoy software RAID.

Here's what I plan to do-
1> Install One more 1TB HDD in Optical Caddy.
2> Convert Both Disks (Internal+Caddy) to Dynamic Disks.
3> Setup Striping RAID 0 array for the data part. I am not touching the Boot partition nor willing to install Windows on RAID.
4> Enjoy higher performance of software for Games/ Large videos etc.

Here are my doubts-
1> Will conversion to Dynamic disks mess up the windows 7 bootup? Is the process better from Inbuilt disk management or I need some professional tool?

2> Will the Windows Image Backup Still able to backup/Restore system C:\ partitions from Dynamic disks? (To external USB HDD)

3> Is the Configuration Reliable Long term? (I am aware of Risks regarding RAID 0, Many PCs at my office Run RAID 0). I am more curious regarding the reliablity of DYNAMIC DISK.

4> Is it very cumbersome to restore/Recover data from a Dynamic disk in case something messed up? I do keep backups of Data on USB HDD, But I rely on windows Image backup for ... Read more

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I am recieving a new dvd-+rw this holiday season. Right now in my pc i have a plextor cdrw and a dvdrom. Which drive in my case should I replace? I have four 5.25 bays and the other two are being used by my audigy 2 pltm and a fan controler.

I am thinking of getting rid of the dvdrom, but the cdrw would have a higher resale value.

Thanks for your input.

Answer:opnion on replacing optical drives

get rid of both

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I am confused about the customization page of W510. Optical device: Multi Recorder Optical Drive. Can it write/record blu-ray disc? There is no explanation or no other device to select. If it can write/record blu-ray disc then it is ok. If not then how can I add a blu-ray recorder/writer in my customization? There is no option to select such device there.

Answer:About W510 Optical device: Multi Recorder Optical Drive

The blu-ray drives have disappeared from the option screens. When I bought my T400 it was available for an extra $400 or something. No idea if it will be back.





T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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Help,
I asked you guys about a diagnosis of a bad motherboard in an HP pavilion. We were all pretty much in agreement about the bad board. Well, I bought a new one and now comes the task of replacing it. Is it difficult? (I am e-literate) How much should I pay to have it done? Any help would be FAB!
Thanks,
Lisa
 

Answer:replacing motherboard on HP pavilion

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Hello everyone, hope we're all well! I'm hoping someone can help me! I recently got a HP Pavilion 15-aw065sa and I love it. I decided to upgrade the SSD, and sadly in doing so, have slightly cracked the underside plastic (about an inch along from the middle of the rear towards the centre of the case). It's not a biggie, but I'd really know if there is anywhere (be it HP or someone else) where I can PAY MONEY (to a limit, lets not go silly, it's just a piece of plastic) to get a replacement. I'm also looking at getting an optical HDD caddy, so a DVD drive front replacement would be useful too! If anyone can help please let me know, it's a great laptop! EDIT: Should mention I checked the part surfer, as well as ebay, and sadly can't find anything 

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Hello guys,
I've recently bought a HP pavilion p6720de desktop and want to upgrade it..
These are the specs about my pc
HP Pavilion p6720de i5-2500 QuadCore 3,3 GHz, 6GB Ram,
1 TB Festplatte, VGA Sapphire Radeon 6570 passiv, (1GB, DVI, VGA, HDMI), interner Kartenleser, DVD Brenner.
But there are some issues with the motherboard..
I want to replace the motherboard..can you guys give advice or recommendations on which motherboard that i could buy?
Thank you in advance

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Hello, Since a couple weeks ago, I have noticed my laptop battery capacity has been significantly lower than before. Without charging, the laptop lasts about 1 hour while it used be around 3 hours. I was thinking about to purchase a new battery in case my current suddenly won't be usable anymore. I have searched for a couple of laptop batteries on the internet to find that all of them were either not similar to mine or had different capacities. At the moment I don't know what to buy, I am not planning on replacing my laptop for at least another year and I'm afraid the battery won't last that long. My laptop is an HP Pavilion 17-f040nd and uses the battery that came through the shipment. The battery and laptop are both 2 years old and have been used almost every day. The battery has a voltage of 14,8V and a capacity of 2700 mAp. It'd be nice if someone could tell what battery I should buy to ensure replacement for my current one. Regards,Mats.

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Have had to get a new keyboard as the old one was faulty.  Have watched a number of videos but cannot find any relating to a  Pavilion1085sa.  Have taken as many screws off the back plate as I can but unable to get one of them out. It would help to see a video of this model.  Would be most grateful for any help offered

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I removed the web camera from my old Pavilion dv4 (the spare part is 650494-001) as this is a high-definition camera.  Can I put it into my new Pavilion Notebook 14 (the spare part in this laptop is 725665-001 but I guess is the same camera but this part includes adhesive and screws)? Thanks

Answer:replacing web camera in Pavilion Notebook 14

Hi,The part number (650494-001) search in HP part surfer website do not list any of the Pavilion series notebooks in its products list.http://partsurfer.hp.com/Search.aspxRegardsVisruth

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Can I replace a 413442-003 motherboard with a 440778-001 motherboard?













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Answer:Replacing motherboard on hp pavilion dv2000

Hello @Highprairieguy , Welcome to the HP Forums!According to the product's maintenance and service guide, none of the motherboards you listed are supported in this notebook. You can try the part, but I can't guarantee it will work. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Thanks!Mario

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Just purchase the HP Pavilion x360 m3-u003dx it has a 128SSD m.2 i would like to replace it with a  samsung  SSD 850 EVO M.2 500GB MZ-N5E500BW.  I have two question The Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 500GB MZ-N5E500BW will this work or is there a better ssd for the X360Price on this is $ 169 What happen to my OS and software the laptop does not have a HD. Only the 128 SSD ? Can i just replace it and the OS and everything is there?  ThanksAny input please

Answer:Replacing SSD on HP Pavilion x360 m3-u003dx

Hi, From its manual for Storage: Supports M.2 SATASupports optional SATA 2.5?in HDDs (7mm)Single SSD configuration:? M.2 SATA DRAM?less: 128 GBSingle HDD/SSHD configurations:? 1 TB 5400?rpm, 7.2mm? 500 GB 5400?rpm, 7mm SSHD with 8 GB NAND? 500 GB 5400?rpm, 7.2mm No other avaliable options for storage as shown on its manual:             http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05087828.pdf Regards.    

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can this be a problem on motherboard if error message is 0251 and 0257? no boot display, press f1 to resume but showing running bar display only

Answer:Replacing motherboard on hp pavilion dv2000

Welcome to this forum. Please post more details, e.g., model-number. When is the error-message is produced -- at power-on?  when booting Windows? Or, later? Since it is a laptop, can you connect an external monitor, to see the first "power-on" messages? > Press F1 to resume but showing running bar display only How long do you wait while that "green-crawling-worm" is displayed?  30 minutes? 1 hour? 

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Hi there,I was wondering which battery I need to replace the original battery for my laptop? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:replacing battery for HP Pavilion dv7-3188cl

Hi, Please use part number from the following link:     http://partsurfer.hp.com/Search.aspx?SearchText=WP586UA As indicated: No longer supplied. You can use part number to buy elsewhere such as:      https://www.amazon.com/Battery-480385-001-Compaq-4400-DENAQ/dp/B0031WRF52 Regards.

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I'm thinking about replacing the factory CD/DVD drive that came with my W530 and lives in the stock 12.7mm Ultrabay caddy, with a 12.7mm slim BluRay burner (say something like this Panasonic UJ-265).  Since the thickness matches, I believe this is possible.
 
So, can the factory Ultrabay caddy be removed and completely replaced with a fixed SATA BD drive like this?
 
If so, is there a SATA cable problem?  In other words, do I need a SATA-to-SlimlineSATA adapter, both for data and power, such as this item (which is shown on the same Amazon page as the UJ-265)?
 
Has anybody done this?  Do you have any suggestions and/or recommendations I haven't thought of?
 
thanks for any help or guidance you can provide.













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Answer:W530: Can I replace the factory 12.7mm Ultrabay caddy and CD/DVD drive with 12.7mm BluRay drive?

The connector looks right.  If I were GUESSING, I would say that it will probably work, but it won't fit into the mechanism that locks the drive in place.

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I'm planning on upgrading to a larger SSD in my T400. It originally shipped with a 1.8" 64GB Samsung SSD and I'm probably going to upgrade it to a 2.5" 7mm Samsung 840 (non-pro) SSD. 
 
I'm not sure if the current caddy in the T400 is going to fit the new SSD, or if I'll need to purchase the 2.5" caddy. If so, does anyone know the FRU # of the caddy I'll need?

Answer:T400 SSD Upgrade Question Do I need a new drive caddy? My machine shipped with a 1.8" drive.

you would need a normal 2.5 inch hdd caddy. The one that goes into the T60 and T61 will do, and cost like 4 dollars on ebay.

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Just bought a new z51 last month and I'd like to replace my Disc drive with a hard drive but I'm not sure which Caddy to get. There are several on Amazon for pretty cheap. Anyone successfully do this?  Thanks! Phen

Answer:Lenovo Z51 - Which Hard Drive Caddy would work to replace DVD Drive?

Any updates? Did it work? I got a 'universal' caddy, but it does not get detected on my Z51. Works on my hp though.

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HelloI'm having this problem with my laptop and i hope someone can help me.So at first I've started to get a few blue screen failures with the error saying "unexpected store exception" or "critical process died". It happened quite often after my battery was ruined and I had to keep the pc plugged in all the time.Then it started showing a smart disk error (301) screen at the startup, but to continue i had to press the enter button. After that smart error screen started showing up the blue screens with the same errors started occuring very frequently,Like I'm on the computer for just 2 minutes and it happens, And even sometimes It doesn't restart it gets stuck at 100%.So my question is: Is it possible to change my hard disk and if so will it fix the problem for me and how much will it cost?

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Hello. Help! To cut a long story short, after dealing with a spillage involving the keyboard, I had trouble working out how to open the siff connector and rather tragically snapped it off! It's whole but I suspect that some sort of connection has fallen out. Is there a way of getting a replacement siff connector? Any advice welcome. Thanks!

Answer:replacing pavilion 15 keyboard siff connector

Sorry I did of course mean zif connector

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Hello, I am looking for any advice,tutorials or links to such that will help me safely access my hard drive for repacement. I found one screw holding a back cover but the cover didn't want to budge after removing screw. Other info: 17.3 AMD A8 750 GIG. Also interested in info related to upgrading/increasing memory and if possible, upgrading to backlit keyboard.  Thank you, Scott













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Answer:need help replacing HDD on HP Pavilion laptop model 17-e118d...

Hi ScottHere's your manual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04069163.pdfGo through Page 6, 49-51, 54 for details & replacement methods.You can upgrade to 1TBRAM upgrade maximum is given as 8GB max in this specs: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04235458You could add another 4GB in the other slot with identical configuration - DDR3L PC3L-12800 1600MHz 1.35V SODIMM SDRAMUnfortunately,Keyboard modification can't be done, motherboard has to changed for that.Thanks,

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My motherboard called it quits recently, and I've been trying to find a replacement that'll work. I finally settled on this Intel one here,  a microATX with a 1155 socket, but when I contacted the seller to double-check that it would work with my current setup, I was told that the HP case is not sized according to industry standard. I have tried to match the dimensions of the new motherboard (9.6 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches) to the one that came with my desktop (it only lists 24.4 cm (9.6 in) x 24.4 cm (9.6 in)), and I'd like to make sure I'm buying a part that will actually fit in my case before I make my purchase.P.S. I would also like to double-check if I'll likely have to re-install/purchase a new instance of Windows 10; my desktop got the free update from Windows 8 to Windows 10 way back in the day.

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Evening, My roommate's laptop just gave out and gave us the BSOD. It won't start up and freezes at random places in the boot sequence. It will not let him log in, and a 'clean install' won't work either. Using the HP diagnostic tool it said that the laptop failed the DST Hard Drive test.. or something. I don't remember at the moment. So what I'm getting is that the hard drive basically doesn't work anymore, which means it's time to replace the hard drive. Keep in mind this computer was purchased in 2014, so the warranty is probably already void. My question: IS it possible to replace the HDD in this laptop with an SSD? If so, how would I go about doing that? The videos detailing deconstruction guides are similar to the build of this laptop but not the same, and I don't want to dive into this thing with a screwdriver before having a roadmap. Thank you for your help! Orion

Answer:Replacing the HDD in a HP Pavilion Model 15-b107cl (Failed H...

Orion,Specs: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03687717Manual: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c03660406Hard drive replacement instructions in Page 39-41 indicates that it needs some major disassembly.Get a new 2.5 inch 7mm thick SATA SSD.Use recovery media to factory reset OS after replacement (at least 250gb SSD needed for this to work).Else you can also clean install Windows 8.1 64 bit in your machine that came with Windows 8 64bit. It'll automatically get activated on installation while connected to internet.Option 1: https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.htmlAdditional drivers from here: http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/HP-Pavilion-15-Sleekbook/5330569/model/5360225RegardsVisruth

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Good morning,   I wanted a certain piece of information about the possibility of replacing the RAM of the notebook model in question, which is a DDR3L with the highest performing DDR4. In fact I noticed that the Chiptest and processor are identical to other notebook models that already come standard with Nuon DDR4. The PIN of DDR4 modules can therefore be adapted to this model that leaves the factory with DDR3L? In fact I love this gaming model especially for HD 2TB not mounting any other notebook with equal performance. Thank you

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I have a hotswap caddy in my Vista Dell PC and need a new hard drive to use in it.
So far I have only used 1 TB drives with it.
Is the physical size of a 3Tb drive the same as 1Tb or Tb drives, and will it go into the caddy?
Will a Dell XPS 435MT (i7 920)with Bios 1.1.2 running 64bit Vista SP2 OS be OK with a 3TB drive?
sorry, I can't find how old the PC is : maybe 3 years?
Thank you!.
JA

Answer:3TB internal hard drive in a hot swap drive caddy?

Yes it is and yes they will.

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Hi, I have a hp pavilion dv6 6135dx and it has a darker color and I want to replace that with a lighter color and I have found a hp pavilion dv6 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hp-Pavilion-dv-6-laptop-notebook-computer-/182482044588?hash=item2a7cc706ac:...) and it is a lighter color could I buy that color hand rest for my hp pavilion? or will it not work?  Thanks!

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Hi, I just replaced the LCD inverter on my dv1000 because my back light stopped working. I have a few problems...I have to attempt to boot up my laptop multiple times before the lcd will finally turn on. When it finally turns on it makes a little high pitched noise...Also, I noticed that the trim around the LCD where the new inverter was located seemed like it was getting really hot. I removed the lcd covering to investigate the inverter and I found that it was getting so hot it actually melted some of the plastic (heat or static shield??) around the chip.Lastly (yes, theres more), the LCD will only even have a CHANCE of turning on if I have the ac power cord plugged into it. The LCD will not light up if the laptop is only running off the batteries...Ahhh, this is very frustrating and any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!

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I purchased a W530 and immediatly swapped out the included hard drive for an SSD. I also purchased the drive bay adapter and planned on moving that original drive to it, but it did not come with a drive caddy. If the drive bay does not come with an extra one, and hard drives do not come with them.... why was it not included? Where do I purchase one? Does it need those rubber sides that are now around the SSD? 

Answer:W530 Drive Bay Adapter and Drive Caddy

Hey Chuntley,
 
If you search around the forums you will find a lot of post on this or close to this subject about installing a second drive to W530.
 
Here is a link to one such post.
 
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/12-7mm-Ultrabay-adapter/td-p/804275
 
If you have any other questions please post back.
 
Best Regards,
Hiro





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Very confused about what the recommended HDD Caddy for T430 is. (to swap DVD drive with a 2nd HDD)Also, is there a non Lenovo HDD that works with this? 1 TB drive preferred.Thanks.

Answer:Hard Drive Bay (Caddy) and drive for T430

Ultrabay caddies come in two thicknesses, 12.7mm for T430 and T530 (0A65623), and 9.5mm for T430s (43N3412.)
 
You can buy these from Lenovo or you can get "clone" caddies quite inexpensively on eBay, e.g. 9.5mm Bezel SATA 2nd HDD Hard Drive caddy bay for T400s T500 T410s X200 is $10 for a 9.5mm unit. This is what I have in my T430s. A 9.5mm caddie will fit into your T430 but will leave a small gap at the top. You can search to see what 12.7mm caddies are available.  
 
I haven't tested the clone caddies with HDDs larger than 500GB. There's no reason they won't work. Note that the HDD must be no thicker than the caddy in order to fit physically. Since you have a T430 with 12.7 Ultrabay opening this shouldn't be an issue for you either.
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Hi all,I've just bought a icy box caddy and a hard drive to setup for a mate an external back up device.However, my brother has just bought a Lacie external hard-drive and suggests it's better/safer to use/handle than a do-it-yourself caddy & drive as the "proper" external drives better protect and against knocks and stuff.(We don't want to take his kit apart and check as it'll void the warrenty.)What's the score?Is there any truth in this?

Answer:External Hard-drive Vs Caddy & drive???

No, an external drive is just as at risk as a drive in a caddy.I myself prefer the icy box rather than an external drive for the simple reason that you can change the disk in side and internal disks are cheaper than external.Also, is good for when when friends need to retrieve their from dead computers that they haven't backed-up!

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Ok so basically i see dvd drives that replace the optical drive and allow you to put a 2nd hard drive on things like laptops.

The issue is i want one for a desktop as the ones i am finding are too small to fit in one of my desktops. Normally there is more than 1 expansion slot for an additional hard drive on MOST desktops but this isn't the case for mine as i am using a sff model and well the only way to add another hard drive is to take off my optical drive and swap it with some sort of expasion.

Anyone know where to buy one of these for a desktop optical drive as the ones for laptops are smaller
 

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Ok so basically i see dvd drives that replace the optical drive and allow you to put a 2nd hard drive on things like laptops.

The issue is i want one for a desktop as the ones i am finding are too small to fit in one of my desktops. Normally there is more than 1 expansion slot for an additional hard drive on MOST desktops but this isn't the case for mine as i am using a sff model and well the only way to add another hard drive is to take off my optical drive and swap it with some sort of expasion.

Anyone know where to buy one of these for a desktop optical drive as the ones for laptops are smallerClick to expand...

Thee are some on this page along with some 2.5" (for laptops) and some hard drives.
 

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Hello,

Can you put a normal Blu-Ray drive, ( http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139985 ) into a normal external caddy?

I'm thinking there could be HDCP issues?

Regards,

Alex.
 

Answer:Can you put a Blu-Ray drive into a caddy?

A Blu-Ray drive is the same size a a non-Blu-Ray drive, so yes you can put it in a caddy
 

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My HP Pavilion 502n has on-board video. The computer turns on but will not display anything on the monitor- it'll just put the monitor to sleep. I tried 2 monitors and it has the same affect on both. I tried both monitors on another computer and they both work fine on it, which makes me think that the on-board video unit has failed.
how can I disable on-board video using "device manager" when I can' t see the display? I'd like to replace it with a video card- do I just install a sound card anyway and hope that it'll work?

Thanks.

~Emil
 

Answer:Replacing failed on-board video w/ sound card on HP Pavilion 502n

You don't replace a graphics with a sound card. They're two different animals. Sure, you can install a sound card but you'll only get sound out of it. You replace graphics with a graphics card.
 

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my pc recently gave up the ghost after some good service. i've retained 2 hard drives from the pc and have back ups on DVDRWs. in the short term am using a laptop until I buy new desktop.Can I use old drives as back up storage device for the lap top and for storing music photos etc.if so can you recommend a reasonably cheap one?thanks

Answer:external drive caddy

Try click here for reasonably priced enclosures.

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