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HDD Caddy installation instead of optical disc drive

Question: HDD Caddy installation instead of optical disc drive

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 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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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 Manual Cheers,

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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... Read more

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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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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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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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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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 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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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


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 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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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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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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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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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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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 : , and it's working. I installed the hdd inside.

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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:

Related BIOS configuration screens:,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 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. 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 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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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 have a Thinkpad R40 2723-3XU running Windows XP and I am having difficulty with it not recognizing the disc in the CDRW/DVD tray. When any disc is inserted, the drive will spin up, the light will blink, continue to spin up for about 30 seconds and then stop activity. I try to explore the disc, but it says that there isn't a disc inserted. There is no problem with ejection of the tray. In device manager, there are no errors present regarding the drive. I updated the BIOS and installed the embedded controller program. This is the second optical drive that I've tried on this laptop thinking that the first may have died, but this new one is showing the same problem. I have a feeling that it may be a problem with the ultrabay itself but that is pretty much my worst fear. Any help regarding this problem is highly appreciated.Message Edited by MMV8612 on 08-15-2008 10:20 PM

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i`m building my first pc and i havent seen any revues of cd/dvd combo drives anyone got any suggestions for a decent/fast one.also any hard drive opinions

Answer:which optical drive / hard disc

Western Digital hard-disks are the most reliable. Seagate is a close second. Performance of both is excellent. Maxtor is not bad peformance-wise. Avoid IBM-Hitachi.I've no experience of combo optical drives.

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Hi All,

Please could someone advise on this annoying situation! My CD drive has disappeared from Mycomputer and inputting a CD doesn't do anything.

I get this error; tsst corp cddvdw su-208fb has a driver problem when running troubleshoot. But doesn't help in advising what to do next!

Any ideas?


Answer:Optical disc drive has disappeared

Hi Neo

Which notebook model do you have?
Is optical disc drive listed in device manager?
Some unknown device listed there?

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The title says it all.I have a W540 with a HDD in the bay slot.It was pre-installed with Win7 (my company ordered it) but I want to use Win8.1. I have ordered Win8.1 recovery media, but I'm not sure how I'm going to use it since I can't use DVDs.I tried installing an upgrade, mounting a standard Win8.1 image, which seems to start ok, but after the first reboot it gives me an error and says it's reverting to the original state. It's possible that it's because I'm mounting the image with virtual clonedrive that it can't get to the source after reboot, so craps out at that point, but I though the installation first copies the files it needs do do the rest of the install before rebooting. I guess I could be wrong in that assumption.1) Will the same method be any more successful with the recovery media? I assume not.2) Can I create a bootable USB drive from the recovery media?

Answer:How do I use recovery disc with no optical drive?

You can use a USB optical drive.

W540: i7-4700mq, K2100m, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB Samsung 840 EVOT510: i7-620m, NVS 3100m, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB Samsung 840 EVO

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I noticed today that dvd drive in my laptop keeps blinking and checking for disc every 2 or 3 minutes.I use windows 8.1
Can anyone help me please to fix this problem?

Answer:optical drive keeps checking for disc

Eject and retry with a different disk
remove the disk and see if it still searches for a disk.

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My optical drive no longer recognizing any disc I put in . Since win 10 install it has worked but now it quit recognition of any disc. Properties says drive is working properly. Have reinstalled latest driver a couple times but still no luck. Anybody else have this problem?

Answer:My optical drive quit recognizing disc

It is actually very common. This says Windows 7 and 8 but the autofix will work in Windows 10 and if that does not work try the manual registry edit. If none of that works, we start thinking hardware problems and the best way to diagnose that is to try booting from a bootable disk in the optical drive. If that works, then the problem is software (Windows issue) and if it will not boot the drive probably needs replaced. It is not expensive or hard to do, and HP would of course do it free under warrranty if you still have it. Post back if you need any more help.

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Please can u tell me what is this update for?

*Firmware Update*
*This firmware solves some problems of the optical disc drive*

What is meant by the optical disc drive?

thank u

Answer:What is optical disc drive firmware update for?


Optical disk drive means the CD/DVD drive.
As mentioned the firmware update solves some problems with CD/DVD drive.
Sometimes if the CD/DVD drive doesn?t read or write some single CD?s or DVD?s then a firmware update could be helpful


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i have a new probook 645 and am unable to open the DVD player.  i cannot find an eject button anywhere on the machine, and the drive does not show up under devices.  any ideas?

Answer:cannot open optical disc drive on hp probook

Presume you mean the HP probook 645 G1.  What version of Windows are you using? Does CD/DVD drive appear in Device Manager and is there a yellow exclamation mark or red X? Look at the diagram, page 12 of the Manual for the placement of the Drive and the Eject button.

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Hi guys, there is some seriously issue with my optical drive. When i put in any DVD inside it just have a sound "like the DISC is running" for 3 times and it stopped. I tried a lot of different disc. It doesn't read the Disc at all...

So is it my hardware problem?? ARG...

Answer:My optical drive doesn't read DISC

It sounds like a hardware issue. You could try to put it in another computer as a test, or look for updated firmware.

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Is there any info,as if we can replace our optical dvd writer with a *blu ray writer*? (not only reader...)
Thank you for your help.

Answer:Satellite A200-23W and blu-ray optical disc drive

It is very interesting question. I didn?t find any relevant info about Blu-ray ODD compatibility for Toshiba notebooks. Check Qosmio category.
Several months ago I saw one thread about it and one user has successfully upgraded his Qosmio with Blu-ray drive. Maybe is the same drive compatible with your notebook.

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Hello there,

the optical drive of my Qosmio G 50 is not working properly anymore, it reads only some movie-DVDs, but sadly no videogameDVDs at all, so I cannot instal any games.
The warranty has already expired too. So I wanted to ask if it is possible to change the drive myself, if it is then how should I do it, and if by doing it would the laptop be in
serious risk of getting damaged?

I would be very thankful for every tip and every help you guys can give me!!!

Best regards,

Answer:Qosmio G50-10J: How to replace the Optical Disc Drive (ODD)?


In different cases the ODD replacement is not very tricky.

If you want you can check this forum category.
Here you can find some videos how to replace the ODD on different notebook models:

Here is also a nice Youtube channel which provides the instructions how to replace the ODD:

But maybe the ODD laser lens is dirty. In my case I could solve similar issue cleaning the laser lens using a cotton-wool tip and alcohol.
But be careful doing this!

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I cannot read discs, burn disc or even see my CD drive.

When I try to burn a disk I am getting a message
"Cannot locate a CD burner on your computer
If you have cd burner, please insure it is properly installed.

I also cannot bring up the CD drive in the "My Computer" window, however when testing the driver it states " this driver is working correctly

This is interesting as I was able to do so prior to today.
Satellite X200 PSPB9A-057022
Any Help?

Answer:Faulty optical disc drive on Satellite X200

What is the status of optical disc drive in device manager?

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Just realized the optical disc drive of my quite new Portege R-600 is dead.
It will not open and when I do it with a paper clip, CD/DVD will not be read. It used to work fine and I cannot imagine what happened for the ODD to go altogether inactive.
Is it a case for reinstalling Windows XP or is there an easier way to deal with the problem?

Thanks for helping.

Answer:Optical disc drive dead on my Portege R600

Can you boot from Bootable CD's? Try the memtest ISO at

I doubt reinstalling Windows would fix it, it sounds like the Drive or Cable is faulty.

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the optical DVD CD ROM disc drive is not on the computer and will not read anythingi have got onto the support pages and can not locate a download can anyone help me locate it?

Answer:Ideacentre B520 DVD Optical Disc Drive Not Installed

How do I get the downloadfor the DVD RW drive I am really stuck it will not place DVDs or any discs

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I would like to replace the optical disk drive (ODD) with a Solid State Drive (SSD) on my Portege R700.
So my first question is : what is the way to remove the ODD?

And my second question is: can I replace it with a HDD Caddy like ICY BOX IB-AC642 or Akasa AK-OS2SSA-BK?
Will the caddy's SATA interface fit with the ODD interface?

Thank you for your answer

Answer:Portege R700 - How to replace the Optical Disc Drive?


It?s really tricky because the ODD is placed inside and to remove this you have to remove all screws fixing the bottom cover.

I would not do that since you would lose the warranty.
Additionally I doubt you could get the second HDD to work in the ODD bay.
I think this is not supported?
Just the notebook?s like Port?g? M400, M700, M750, Tecra M9, S3 or S4 with an slim select bay support would handle the 2nd HDD instead of ODD.

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Back again with this issue and this thread started afresh as it appears the initial thread has been 'locked' ~ been awhile so that's aceptable.

I believe that the TSST TS-L633C DVD/CD RW on my system is actually dying slowly, now I cannot even use Toshiba DVD PLAYER to view DVDs. See for history.

Using the Windows 'FixIt' tool on a blank DVD got all the green ticks OK but when I went to play DVDs ~ Nothing!

The way the drive 'hunts' when I put any DVD into it, and then fails, suggests that the drive has been failing bit by bit and I ought to be looking for a new one. Shame really, 'cause I have not used this much at all, hence the long times between my replies to this forum.

So OK, where to from here.

The nearest service centre is 5 hours drive away and I'm not going to sent this laptop, to busy getting other stuff done and my financial resourses no longer allow me to simply replace this system and start from scratch.

I am prepared to buy another drive but cannot locate any online (new) and am not aware if there are any other brands / types that would be suitable.

Toshiba Satellite L500D PSLKOA-00U009 - TSST TS-L633C DVD/CD RW

Any ideas anyone?

Answer:Re: Satellite L500D - Cannot get Optical disc drive to work

To be honest the whole situation is strange to me and I think you spent too long time with all this.

In my opinion you should handle quick. The fist question is: is ODD defective or not?
The reasons why it doesn?t work with Toshiba DVD player is not relevant at all. You can test it with ?VLC media player? to see how it works.

So I recommend you to do follow:
You must not change your preinstalled OS that you use for work or anything else. Try to obtain other HDD. Exchange it and install OS again using recovery disc. Test ODD functionality with ?factory settings? to be sure the problem persists or not.

At the end, if you are ready to exchange the drive check user?s manuals and there you will find the list of all compatible optical disc drives you can use with your notebook model.

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hi all.
i have search all over trying to see how to replace the ODD (optical disc drive) of a Toshiba Tecra R940 laptop? pt439a-00n003
its suppose to be easy, but can not work it out.

anyone know where i can get some info on how to do the ?

thanks for reading!

Answer:How to replace optical disc drive on Tecra R940

I think there is just one or two screws holding it in on the Base cover, it then slides out.

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Does this laptop the C50-B/50T-B have a disc drive as I can't find any help in the manual. It mentions blue rays and discs but not if it actually has a drive. Can anyone help thankyou

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I have a problem with my external optical disc drive. I burn DVDs and after I copy the source disc, the disc tray pops out. That is fine because I put the blank disc that I want to copy to into the disc drive. However, I watch in my computer folder as the E: drive disappears for a few seconds, burning fails, and then reappears after. Any thoughts?

Answer:Computer won't recognize external optical disc drive

Can we have some more info on hardware and software please mate.

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Hi, there.

I was wondering where I could order a replacement Optical Disc Drive from a Toshiba reseller, online or wherever from.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite A200 - Where can I purchase a replacement Optical Disc Drive?


You can order the optical disk driver which is compatible with your Toshiba notebook from a Toshiba ASP in your country.

Here you can find a list of whole ASPs worldwide: -> Support & Downloads -> Find an Authorized Service Provider


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The SD-2212 drive in my laptop failed.

I purchased an identical drive, turned off the laptop, installed the new drive, turned the laptop back on and the drive is not being found. I took the drive out and replaced the old one and preformed a system restore to no avail.

I have tried manually scanning the laptop for new hard ware all to no avail. The computer now no longer finds the old or new drive!!

Please help!

Message was edited by: scott74

Answer:Installing a optical disc drive (SD-2212) in a Satellite 1900-305


Which notebook P series you have exactly?

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HI again Toshiba users.

Since I've had my Satellite L500D I've had a problem with TSST corpCD/DVDW TS-L633C ODD. I run 3 OS ( Tri-boot ) and all have the same issue, so, even though I've upgraded the firmware to the TO02 version, I cannot get this drive to work reliably. Once in a while it will 'play' the DVD / CD but most often not.

Basically, when I put a DVD or CD in, the drive makes a "hunting" noise and nothing else happens.

I've been down several tracks from high-low registry settings, OS specific upgrading, and tonight a firmware upgrade.

Because of the propriety programs I use on this system I cannot surrender this unit to some 'tech shop', even if there was a local one.

I myself am a qualified technician in the electronic and electrical field but have not been exposed to the workings of such a DVD drive so seek guidance here before I put on the magnifying classware and go for a look.

My problem, what do I look for ?

Any suggestions anyone ?

Answer:Satellite L500D - Cannot get Optical disc drive to work reliably


Which Satellite L500D do you have exactly (L500D-xxx)?
Have you downloaded TO02 from Toshiba support and download page?

To be honest I don?t know what the problem can be but you can remove existing HDD, put other HDD, install OS using Toshiba recovery image (I hope you have created recovery DVD) and test ODD functionality with clean preinstalled OS (factory state).

If the problem persists maybe you should contact authorized Toshiba service provider and ask for help. They can check ODD and replace it if necessary.

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Hi friends..

Actually I can play the original DVD/CD but if I try for a corporate DVD/CD it throws me an error - "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."...
I don?t know whether the problem with the drive or the configuration. I have checked in my device manger it shows the drivers are installed properly and its working fine ...

Can anyone give me suggestion about my drive problem?


Answer:Optical disc drive cannot read corporate CDs/DVDs - Qosmio F20

I would like to know what the corporate CDs or DVDs are. Is someone responsible for any kind of support for these medias?

Sorry but it is not easy to offer some solution if you use some ?not-commercial? stuff.

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My 10 year-old son has a Toshiba laptop which he is using to play CD games, watching DVDs, etc.
A few days ago, he complained that he cannot play his CD's and DVD?s anymore.

When I checked it, I found out that the PC's DVD R/RW at drive e is full when I right click on it and open properties. It says 0 byte remaining and the pie is full with no available space. I don't know what happened, so is my son. You see I am not good with this kind of stuff so please somebody tell me what to do. Thanks...

By the way, our laptop is only one and a half year old. It was bought brand new.

Answer:Optical disc drive stopped working on Satellite A series

hi macdj,

+0 byte remaining and the pie is full with no available space+
it's ok because you cant write to a cd/dvd thats finalized
that means there is no space left to write to...

check if the device manager recognises the drive
there should be NO exclamation mark or a red cross on the device entry
and the name of the drive should not contain "strange" letters...

can you boot from this drive?
- if yes check the "filter driver" - search the content of this forum for this expression...
- if no - drive is gone - ask a servicepartner to exchange it (warranty)

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I'd like to install a CD/DVD Rom in a machine that already has a burner in it for direct recording.There is an expansion slot in the front.I haven't bought the drive or opened up the case yet but I have a couple of questions.

I would hope there would be a secondary input for another drive in the machine.If not I have one of those ribbon cables that adapts 2 outputs to one input.(unsure what they're called).Can I purchase one of these types of cables at a local retailer if I need one as opposed to using the jumper or if it is not long enough.

Also wondering which drive should be the master vs the slave since the new drive will be the source the burner uses for recording.I'd hate to close up the case and have that backwords.Thanks.

Answer:Installation of optical drive

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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.

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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Hi all

I have installed an optical drive in my computer today and my drive letters were changed. I have changed them back to what they were and after restarting my computer I was unable to log to Windows 8.1 due to the OS being unable to find user profile (my user profile is moved outside of the system drive).

I restored my system to the point from before the new drive installation, but I still would like to change the drive letters around, as some of my software relies on specific directory paths with drive letters.

1. The state from before the installation of the new optical drive.

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Passport (F:)
Storage (G:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
2. The state after installation of the new optical drive:

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Optical Drive (F:)
Passport (G:)
Storage (H:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
3. What I'd like to have:

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Passport (F:)
Storage (G:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
Optical Drive (any letter, preferably X:)

My user profile WAS located in G:\Users

It is now located in H:\Users and I can log in to Windows. After changing the drive letters around to 3. above I can no longer log in, as Windows is unable to find the user profile on H:\Users anymore.

I use EaseUS Partition Master 10.0 to change the drive letters.

Is there any way I can change the drive letters and make Windows aware of user profile path change?


Answer:Drive letters changed after an optical drive installation

right click start flag > disk management >

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As above, the drive have disappered from the system.It is still working as i can insert and eject disc. Anyone knew how to remedy. Thanks! 

Answer:Optical Disc Drive not detected in my computer, device manager, BIOS.

Go to device manager, delete this drive from devices and reboot. Usually it helps.

//help will save the world

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I have been trying to install into my friends computer a second optical drive a DVD-RW. He already has a DVD-Rom/CD-RW. Here's what I've done;

1: Installed & screwed the DVD-RW drive into the second case bay below the current drive.
2: Linked a connector strip from the same IDE ribbon cable already linking the other drive so both drives are on the same lead.
3: Connected a spare 4 pin power connector to the DVD-RW drive
4: Booted the PC, both drives LED's flash as they do on power up.
5: Now heres the problem explained below;

The pair of optical drives are now both installed and connected on the same IDE ribbon cable with each using a power connector off the PSU.

Neither of the drives are detetced by the pc on bootup, bios or in windows. I disconnected the DVD-RW leaving the original drive back as it was, on a second pc boot up its all back to normal, for now my friends DVD-Rom/CD-RW is disconnected and the DVD-RW is in use, what I can't seem to do is get both drives working together on 1 IDE cable, 4 hours of tinkering and no luck.

The PC's mainboard doesn't have a spare IDE slot to use the drive on it's own cable, he doesn't use the floppy disk drive so I also tried using the IDE cable from that, original DVD-Rom/CD-RW works this time but no DVD-RW detected.

I did some searching on google and found info about installing a second optical drive and the photo diagrams and instructions was explaining the same ribbon cable can be used, it's the jumper se... Read more

Answer:Optical Drive Installation Problem

yes the only thing you have missed is setting the jumpers. on the back of the optical drive, where you plugged in the 4 pin molex ( power) connector, there will be a spot with small pins in two rows. look at the diagram below to see what i mean. Now what you want to do is look at the older (first drive) and make sure the little jumper is covering the 2 pins marked master. make sure that this drive is connected to the very end of the ribbon cable. then look at the new (second drive) and set the jumper to slave. this drive will be connected to the middle connector on the ribbon cable. if you don't know which pins are which, look on top of the drive and there is usually a diagram explaining it.

i wont explain what the cable select is because without knowing which drives you are using you may get more confused. Good Luck, and post back if it all works out.

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So i had bought a laptop with Windows 8 Pre-installed.

HP Envy 6 1106TX, It doesn't have any CD/DVD Rom or anything. I'm using an external DVDRW

I made my recovery disks and want to do a clean install of Windows 7 on it.

To do this:

I disabled Secure Boot & Legacy something.

Then Set the Boot option to my Optical drive. Finally! the setup started, But as soon as i click on INSTALL NOW At first screen. It doesn't pick up my Optical Drive and says I've to Insert the disk, or choose my USB/CD Drive from the list (which is empty as it doesn't detects it)

So what am I doing wrong or what should I do in this situation?

2nd thing:

I tried installing a clean version of Windows 8. If i enable Secure boot & Legacy. The Optical drive doesn't show up in Boot options to select it as boot. But when i disable it, It detects the drive and the same after the INSTALL NOW screen on windows 8. It says there's no harddrive/optical drive both :/

What should i do :S?

Answer:Optical Drive During Installation of Windows 7

Check your other thread.
Optical Drive During Installation of Windows 7

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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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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:
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 ( ), 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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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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My Lenovo thinkpad edge e440's optical drive is not functioning. When the disc tray release button is pressed the tray won't open and there is a blinking green light on the exterior optical drive housing and a sound like the motor inside is trying to push open the tray but can't. If I use a paperclip to press the manual release button and load a disc the opical drive doesn't rotate the disc once closed. The laptop makes some noise as if the optical drive is trying to rotate the disc but after a while goes silent as if there wasn't a disc in there in the first place. 

Answer:Thinkpad EDGE E440 - Optical drive not opening, reading, or rotating discs in the disc tray.

It is possible that the drive has failed, but unless it gets used a lot, that is rare.    You might try blowing some canned air into the drive after using the paper clip trick, and see if you can visually see anything in the drive (Legos, cookies or who knows what if you have kids) or any other obsructoin.    I have personally removed the foam spacers shipped with CD/DVD twice myself.   : )     If not, then the drive may have gone bad and you may have to replace the drive.   If the system is still under warrantly that should be covered, or if not it is pretty easy to remove as shown on page 68 of the Hardware Maintenance Manual or in the User Guide See page 25 of the Hardware Maintenance Manual  for steps on how to lookup part numbers (FRU numbers in lenovo lingo) from the support website. Good luck.

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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've just burned a Data DVD with Nero Burning Rom 11, it's the first burn I've done on Windows 7 since upgrading.

When it was finished and I went into the disc, it had items on the disc, but under it it had "Files ready to be written to disc", with a configuration file called desktop...

How can I remove this option?

Answer:Remove "Files ready to be written to disc" from Optical drive?

Xirix mate some system specs would be handy and a pic of that window.
System Info - See Your System Specs

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I know the G40-10E has 1 disc installed and there is space for another one.

The installed disc has a disc caddy around it, is one required for the other disc? If so, any one know where to get one (in the UK).



Answer:Where can I get disc caddy for Qosmio G40?

Hmm? all parts can be ordered from the ASP in your country.
I?m not sure if it?s a simply 2.5? caddy or if you need a special designed part for Qosmio G40 only.

However, the authorized service provider can order such part from Toshiba head warehouse.

Would recommend to make a short call.


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I know the fault is in my computer because I tested the disc at my neighbour's computer and it read fine. Plus, other discs read fine. Even other installation discs, so I am puzzled and feel the only way to get things back to where they should be is to reformat the hard drive. is there another way?

Answer:D drive not reading installation disc

Hmmm...I guess I don't see where formatting a hard drive...would be the way to go when an optical drive doesn't act properly.

What is this "installation disk" that won't be read...what does it relate to? Program? O/S?


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Hii'm using mac pro 2.66 Quad core with 3 GB optic drive is : OPTIARC DVD RW AD-7170A.i'm trying to install logic pro but when i insert the dvd installation disc it spits it back out after 20-30 sec..i've 8 discs of installation and non of them is readable.when i put regular dvd or cd i have no problem.also, i have a macbook pro and when i insert the dvd installation disc its ok and can be read by the optic drive.anyone have an idea of what to do or get across by the same problem and fix it?thanks

Answer:dvd drive not reading dvd installation disc.

As an apple owner but far--far from being an expert: there seems to be a couple of factors that are necessary to know before the question you ask can be answered. \1.What is the O/S?2.What version of logic pro are you trying to install?Just to start you off here is a very general topic link from Google. maybe once the 2 questions i have brought up are factored in your answer may be contained somewhere within the link. Good luck.P.S. it was on the tip of my fingers to advise posting this question on the "apple" forum--except that i have been there a few time (not lately) and it is almost useless to go there as there does not really appear to be a great deal of apple types on the CH forums. You might want to actually try an exclusive apple forum. Not that i want to have you leave us here on the CH forums. But we do have limitations. truenorth

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Im attempting to upgrade from vista 32 to windows 7 on an hp compaq presario cq60 with and AMD athlon Dual Core @ 2.10ghz. When i place the windows disc into the dvd drive nothing much happens. It makes a few noises then nothing. It's an optiarc dvd rw drive which otherwise seems to be working fine. I've already used the 32 bit and 64 bit discs to upgrade on my two other machines so i know there isnt a problem with them. I have checked that the drive is first in line for booting the machine but to no avail. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Answer:DVD drive wont run installation disc.

Go to Start ===> Computer

The DVD should be listed with the other drives. Can you launch the DVD by double clicking it?

I've already used the 32 bit and 64 bit discs to upgrade on my two other machines so i know there isnt a problem with them.

I hope you have valid licenses for all of those computers.

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My disc drive will allow the first disc to download, but when asked for the 2nd disc, it says to insert it. It will not read that 2nd disc. This is happening on 2 new games we have gotten. I have noticed this before - I can play one game on the PC then take it out and go to play a different game and it will not read that game has big squares (like fonts off wingdings) where the writing should be (when your looking in My Computer at that drive). I didn't pay it much mind then, just turned the computer off and restarted and then I could play the other disc game. Now that I have some games that require a 2 disc installation, I can't finish the install because it will not read that 2nd disc. What do I need to look at in order to fix this problem?

HP-Compaq, Pavilion 520n, GenuineIntel, 1300MHz, 256MB/512MB, System P6318A, Windows XP Home Edition V2002 SP2

***Thank you very much for all your help....and hope your Christmas was very blessed!!!!

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I have the the Live Drive ii CT4860/ CT4760 interface and PCI card but don't have the installation disc. The latest drivers are updated from Creative but I still need the application to operate. Any assistance?

Answer:Need installation disc for Creative Live Drive ii

Old hardware, no longer supported. might help:!+drive...

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So there was a problem with my computer i renamed my authui with the deviantart version now i followed steps that this site instrunct and thank you for that and now my real problem is i dont have a disc inpiter on my pc yoy know this days doesnt have this so i download the linux and tryin to burn it after im done buying a blank disc so i was wondering can i put the one i burned into a flash drive ive seen disc device that can input a disc and i jst want to fix my pc im just 13 yrs old so i cant afford those device but i have a flash drive can i put the burned disc linux into a flsh drive if this is possable please c reply or maked a video for this and sorry for my bad english

Answer:Disc to Flash drive windows installation

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Hello.I have a sata hard drive on which xp is installed in the C partition and a number of folders in the E partition. I want to put this drive in a usb caddy and then locate an important file which resides on the E partition. Do I need any special software to find and extract this file or will Windows xp be able to see Xp installed on the extenal drive? I have Treesize Pro if that would do the job. I would like to know if this is possible before I buy the caddy. Thanks.

Answer:Extracting file from XP on a hard disc + caddy

Windows Explorer should enable you to find it Ok , otherwise you can do a search for a key word or the file's actual name , all supposing the caddy does it's job and the hdd is visible and the files aren't hidden Ashley

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I was trying to install a game recently, and when the installation hit 49% the drive sounded like it quit running. A few seconds later I got an error message saying there was a problem copying one of the files to my hard drive and gave me the choices to abort, retry, or ignore. Retry did nothing and ignore skipped that particular file only to do it again. The installation was barely continuing and it gave me another message that the installation had failed.

If anyone has any idea what is going on and how I could fix it, please post back.


Answer:CD Drive quits reading disc halfway through installation

Clean that CD, either dirty or scratched (or illegally copied).
Try another CD-drive.

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I am trying to access my BIOS,cannot use f8 or any f to access,cannot load from my original disc yet it loads when the hard drive is not installed?
Any help please

Answer:windows installation disc loads without hard drive

Don't actually understand anything in your post except that you want to get into the bios. Watch the screen when the system first boots for a message that says "to enter bios (or setup) press ??? now". Whatever that key is, press it.

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I am trying to install Windows 7 onto my laptop as I want to do a clean install to wipe off everything and have windows freshly put on.

My cd/dvd drive cannot read the disc. You can here the drive attempting to load up the disc but to know success.
I have tried Microsoft Fix, does not work (however, it has in the past as well as booting from disc at startup-that too has worked in the past), I have tried booting from the cd/dvd drive on bootup, I have attempted to go into the registry and delete lowers installers I think its called (I didnt do this on previously installation attempts and I installed fine).

I have all correct drivers according to my laptop, plus Ive gone into the packard bell website to download the correct drivers and I have used windows update too in case im missing anything.

Nothing is working.

Any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Cd drive cannot read windows 7 disc for installation purposes

Is there noise coming from cd-drive as it's reading your cd ?

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Alright, so I plan to install a third hard drive into my case tomorrow (or whenever it ships to my house), and before I do I want to make sure I have my current 2 TB HDDs completely blank. (I plan on using the new SSD for booting Win 7 and a few other major programs and use the HDDs for storage only).

The last time I did this (when I installed the 2nd HDD) I used the WIn 7 installation disc and somehow got the command line open to the RAM-based drive (X from the "Click Here To Install" screen and proceeded to use that to completely erase the contents of my HDD.

My only problem, is that I complacently forgot how to do that, and scouring the internet has yet to yield any helpful information.

And anyone remind me of the key combination for opening the command line to the X: drive and the syntax for wiping the hard drive from the windows 7 installation disc?

Answer:Completely wipe HDD using Windows 7 Installation Disc (X: Drive?)

On the Install Now screen hit Shift+F10

You will get the X:\Source path inside the command prompt.

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Dear All,

This is my first ever post here. I bought a new Hitachi 300GB hard disc. I put that in a caddy and connect it via a USB port to my computer. I partitioned it into 200GB and 100GB. I tried to clone the C disc of my computer onto this new hard disc with Acronis True.

I tried to swap the new hard disc with the already installed one but it would not work. I swapped to the old one again and tried to use the disc managment. Now the clone does not appear and I also have lost the 200GB space. The disc management shows only a single partition of about 90GB. The two partitions are disappeared.

Spent almost the whole night. Please help to
1. recover the space
2. clone the hard disc.

Answer:External Hard disc in a caddy lost space

I bet you have the Dell HPA issue. See this Acronis article for more information:

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Ok so my brother and I share a computer and he uses his own drive on my computer and decided to delete everything on that drive file by file. I use the main drive on the computer but he must of deleted something very important on that drive because now every time I try to install certain programs just doesn't work.
For example when I try to download Steam it says another installation is running.
Also "Error1336 there was an error creating a temporary file that is needed to complete this installation"
I have been googling this problem for months but I couldn't find a good solution. any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Some Important files were deleted on my Disc Drive, Now Installation Problems

Go to Start/Search and type CMD Right click the CMD icon in the search results and Run As Administrator. In Elevated Command Prompt type SFC/ scannow and press enter. This will replace any missing files.

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I had an HP Pavilion laptop with Vista on it and I decided to downgrade to XP. When I done this I found the laptop just simply was not compatible with XP so I have decided to upgrade back to Vista.

The issue is that I do not have the original disc. Can I obtain another copy of Vista that was previously installed on another machine?

My friend has a vista CD that he is no longer using and he has since upgraded to Windows 7. He did use Vista at one point though and it was installed on his machine using the CD key.

Can I use this CD to install vista again?

Thanks for your help


EDIT to add: I done a full reformat of my hard drive when installing xp

Answer:Vista installation after reformatting hard drive (not original disc)

You need to contact HP and buy (about $25.00 US) a Vista System Recover CD.

It will have all of the drivers and needed software and some you do not want, but is is the best way to go.

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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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Hi everybody! I just bought a third party bay caddy and placed my lenovo shipped HDD in the caddy after replacing it with a SSD. When I insert the caddy into the bay my computer makes no response. I have searched the forums and cant find this problem, so am I missing an installation step oris it likely there is a caddy problem?

Answer:W530 caddy / bay installation?

Hey Dansapien,
I would guess it is a caddy problem being as they don't come with software or drivers. I would assume that the HDD without the Caddy shows up in BIOS and works fine which if is the case would just lead me to believe it to  be an issue the caddy connection to laptop.
Best Regards,

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Hi everyone.

I have just tried to install my Canon Digital camera on my Satellite A100-998 (PSAA9E) , but the disc just wont fire up. It isnt recognizing that the disc is in the drive.

I have tried the drive with a music CD and this works fine, and thinking that the disc that came with the camera was faulty, I tried it in my Desktop pc, and it installed without a problem.

Does anyone have any ideas why my Laptop drive is playing music cd's , but not picking up the software cd..

Your help would me most appreciated.

Answer:Satellite A100-998: CD/DVD drive wont recognize Digital camera installation disc

Sounds weird...
Do you have any burning applications or something which has to do with CD-writing/emulating/etcetc. ?

Maybe these programs can cause such problems. Just achieve what you have on your system and tell us, maybe we can find together a solution.

Greets man

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Thought I'd share my experience with installing an SSD to a Lenovo Z710 ideapad. I am by no means an expert but just a fellow community DIYer that wanted a performance upgrade for my notebook. It is a little long to read but when doing any changes to electronics, I think details are very important.This tutorial is for a fresh install of a Windows 7 x64 CD onto the SSD via my standard optical drive. After reading the forums about cloning issues and dual boot problems with the original HDD, I have decided that doing a fresh install of windows would work best for me. Who likes Windows 8 for a non-touchscreen notebook anyway? So first of all, you need an SSD. I bought myself a 250gb Samsung 850 EVO sata III SSD. You can find these for ~$100 now on amazon, newegg, microcenter, etc.If you plan to use your original HDD as a secondary storage drive, you will also need an HDD caddy. I found one on eBay for $8 shipped. You just need to search for the 9.5mm universal sata HDD caddy. You do not need any other cables.STEPS:1) Pop your Windows 7 install disc into your optical drive. Shut down your notebook completely, unplug the wall charger, remove the battery, and flip the notebook over.2) Remove the bottom cover by unscrewing 3 screws: 2 on the top corners and 1 in the center. Then gently slide the cover down away from the battery compartment. This will expose all the internal components.3) The HDD is in the bottom left corner secured by a metal cover. Unscrew the 4 screws holding the H... Read more

Answer:Lenovo Z710 SSD Installation with HDD Caddy Tutorial

Thanks for posting your experience with the upgrade !

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Samsung Laptop running Win7 - I have a CDr which has lots of (very) old books on the early motor car (actually it could be a DVDr). Unfortunately, whilst my internal drive used to be able to 'see' it, it can't now and treats it as a blank CD.
I also have an external USB optical drive - and this asks me to put a disc in when I ask it to look at the CD. I would really like to recover the information on the CD (DVD), but how?

Answer:Optical Drives Not 'Seeing' A CD Disc

Unfortunately CDs DVDs don't last forever.
might be worth running a lens cleaner through the player and polishing up the disc themselves.

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I have a couple of T61 Thinkpads, one Type 6457-CTO and one Type 7663-CTO. They currently don't have hard drives and the batteries are bad. I want to find out the display resolutions so I figured I'd boot up Hiren's CD. I select Mini XP, the loading bars go across and it stops dead. Next I try Falcon Four's CD. Same thing. How about MS DaRT 5? Yup, same thing. Next up, a live Ubuntu DVD. It starts the loading then the laptop resets itself. How about Lubuntu 16.10? I get to select the language then the option to run it from the disc. After a few seconds of loading, it resets. Both of them do this with all these discs, with a bad battery plugged in or with no battery. They *will* boot from a BIOS update CD, but then they refuse to flash the BIOS with a bad battery or no battery. Is a good battery and a hard drive installed required to boot them from a live OS from the optical drive? If I install hard drives am I going to have to buy new batteries just to get operating systems installed? A functional battery, or any battery at all, has never been a requirement to boot off of any of the many other brands and models of laptop I've worked on. How can I tell what the display resolution is, without dismantling the lids to find the panel's part numbers? Is there some live Windows or Linux CD or DVD that will boot these without a battery and hard drive?

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Found this blurb yesterday.

You might want to stock up if you like to use Taiyo Yuden blanks for your CD burns.

What's generally thought of as the best replacement? Verbatim?

I don't have further details.

Taiyo Yuden to end optical disc business

Answer:Taiyo Yuden to end optical disc business

You'll have to dig deeper than that.

Rebranded Taiyo Yuden products can be found under Fujifilm, Maxell,
Panasonic, Plextor, TDK, Verbatim and other brands.

Goes to show you there's not much difference between brands.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 580 I may have to uninstall and reinstall windows 7 x64 on my computer. A windows 7 disc did not come with the computer, it came with promises that there was another way. I have a repair disc I made near the time I got my computer. I have a vague memory of something going wrong with the process of making said disc but it was so long ago I'm no longer sure if that's true or if it is what the problem was. Am I right that a back up disc or a restore disc or a repair disc does not reinstall windows 7? If I made a backup disc through the control panel thing will I end up backing up the thing that's causing me a problem? Is there a way I can get a Windows 7 x64 installation disc without going out and buying it? please and thank you

Answer:Backup disc VS restore VS installation disc.

See this tutorial...
Clean Install Windows 7 has a link to download W7 DVD in step 1.

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Every time my computer starts up it pops up, and while i'm using it now too. Why does it keep asking me to put a disc into the drive?


Answer:Windows-Disc. No disc in drive. Please insert disc. Pops up a lot.

you probably have an application running upon startup to prompt for that.
you did not finish an installation of a program/driver properly, and it thinks you are continuing the installation...

START, Run, enter msconfig, and check startup

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Planning to buy a new laptop.
All laptops nowadays are of Win 8 OS.
I've never touched Win 8 before.
It would be better for me if I could try it for a few weeks before buying.
I have an iso file of Windows8 release preview downloaded a year ago
but never tried.

I have a laptop with Win 7 Pro installed.
If the above said Win 8 in iso file is going to be installed on the laptop,
must the iso file be burnt on a disc?

What are the other options, please?


Answer:[SOLVED] Must ISO file be burnt on optical disc for install?

I don't think the preview will be working now as win 8 has now been released for over a year Buy Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Store

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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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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.


Go to Solution.

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 am trying to install Windows 7 on my laptop. When I click on "upgrade" it takes me to a compatibility report that says "the computer started using the windows installation disc. Remove the installation disc and restart your computer so that windows starts normally." When I remove the disc and try to restart the computer, it takes me to a black screen with a bunch of computer gibberish on it and says "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key". In other words, I am getting a message from windows 7 telling me to reboot my computer without the windows 7 disc, but the computer WILL NOT reboot without the disc. When I click on "custom (advanced)" instead of "upgrade", it takes me to a page that says "where do you want to install windows?" with a blank box and a message at the bottom that says "no drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation"
I have tried everything in my capacity as someone who sucks with computers and need help from someone who doesn't. Thanks for the help.

Answer:Windows 7 installation compatibility report- remove installation disc

What is the BIOS set to boot 1st from? (Hard drive, CD/rom, USB)

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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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