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

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

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!

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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 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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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?
 
 
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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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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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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My external hard drive went bad. I would like to replace it in its caddy, which I like. But I notice when I took the HD out of the caddy, that there are no actual connections. There is a metal area on the side of the hard drive which I presume is a contact. I don't recall seeing this "contact" on other hard drives.
Do all hard drives have such a contact? How do I know if the HD I buy will operate when I install it in the caddy?
Many thanks for advice or links.
Jack

Answer:Replace hard drive in caddy

Can you post an image of the connection. Some HP and Dells have a plastic plastic adapter that attaches to the serial connections.
 
Edit: What is the make and model of the computer.
 

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Hi,

I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,

P.S.

The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

Answer:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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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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Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a 2nd hard drive?  I've installed a 128GB SSD as my primary drive on my Y560.  I'm interested in disassembling the laptop and replacing the Optical Drive with a secondary hard drive for storage.  It doesn't appear that the DVD Drive is designed to be removed, but is it possible with some effort to replace?

Answer:Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

found this when searching for the same thing..http://newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=253

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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
 

Answer:2nd dvd drive hard drive sata caddy?

Nexus_ said:





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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Hey GuysI have a x200 Tablet that came with a 64GB SSD drive, i want toreplace it with a 500GB 7200RPM 2.5" drive but i need a new hard drive caddy. I have looked on eBay an Amazon but they only have caddy's for thex200 (not Tablet model)  and x61 Tablet will they fit into x200 Tablet? Can anyone help please.Thanks

Answer:Replace Lenovo x200 Tablet Hard Drive Caddy?

Hi and welcome to the forum!

It will work. eBay does have caddy for X200 tablet though.

Hope this helps.





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Hello, any information would help here,

My graphics card (built into motherboard) has blown and I had to buy a new PC. I would like to transfer some of the files from the old PC (not all files, just some) onto my new PC and was told I needed a hard drive caddy. My new PC is an ACER and my old PC was an Acer L100 with a 3.5 hard drive. I was wondering, what would be better for accessing/opening and transferring files from the old PC onto the new PC. Either
A. Using a USB to SATA adapter shown here :

IOMAX USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Adapter Kit with Power: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

B. or using a hard drive caddy, shown here:

Dynamode 3.5 inch SATA and IDE Slim Line Storage Disk Caddie: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

Or do I just need a USB cable to connect to both computers.

Thanks if anyone can help,
Regards,
David

Answer:Hard drive caddy or USB to SATA adapter

You can hook your old drive to your motherboard, most likely. You may not have the room to fit one in, but most likely you have more SATA ports available that you can use. What is your new Acer model?

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Hello guys,

Can 9.5mm Universal SATA 2nd HDD SSD Hard Drive Caddy work on Lenovo Laptop G510 ?

Regards.

Answer:9.5mm Universal SATA Hard Drive Caddy work ?

Don't know why it wouldn't. Most laptop cd/dvd drives can be removed and caddy put in.
Lenova specifically? Not 100% but no reason it not.

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I am having an ejecting problem with my caddy secondary HD. Basically every time I close the lid, the secondary HD is ejected or, in case ejecting fails, I obtain an error message..very annoying situation. How can windows 7 avoid to eject it? Do you know a best practice to configure properly the 2nd SATA Hard Drive Bay Caddy?? Thanks in advance!Fabio













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Answer:Ejecting problem on my 2nd SATA Hard Drive Bay Caddy

  Hard to understand what is happening.  The T400/500 series have a dual action meachanical Ultrabay adapter eject mechanism.  I know of no way for it to happen from the OS or other software.  What model is your Thinkpad?

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.
 

Answer:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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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'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 finding conflicting information with google searches. Trying to find out what options are available for upgrading this laptop from a normal hard drive to an SSD. I'm not sure if there is a m.2 slot or not, or if it would be the best choice. Anyone know? Thanks! Edward 

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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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Hi
My sons use my old Evesham computer (approx 8 years old) for homework and surfing the net. It has Windows XP Pro on it, and has been working well until recently. However, booting up takes approx 3-4 mins and it hangs on the Blue Windows XP Desktop page for ages before the desktop icons (5) appear.
I thought the best thing to do would be a clean install to remove any clutter and rubbish from the system. Only 15% of the 250GB hard drive is used. Whilst using DBAN to wipe the hard drive before a clean install, I wondered whether replacing the WD Sata 1 hard drive with a SSD would be possible.
I have two in my Mac already, but wondered whether I am likely to get much speed improvement with an older PC.
P4 3.6 Chip
1GB memory
256MB Ati Graphics Card
Thanks in advance
Matt

Answer:Evesham Computer - Can i replace sata 1 hard drive for ssd

It's not straightforward installing XP on an SSD. Partition alignment, AHCI mode, lack of 'trim' and disabling various drive tools. Search for instructions on installation to see if its worth doing.
I'd just do a fresh install of XP on your drive. You can download SP3 for XP if you haven't got that vesion of XP. Will save a lot of updating. I don't use software such as DBAN I just format during installation.SP3

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Hi, i want to replace my Solid State Disk with a regular hard drive. But I found out, that the Carrier in the HDD Bay for Solid State Disks doesn't have the form factor for a regular HD. My new Drive ist a   Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500 GB 6,4 cm (2,5 Zoll) interne Festplatte HDD S-ATA 300 Mbit/s 7200rpm 1... Any Suggestions where i can get a proper HD-carrier for the Bay?Thanks in Advance,Sebastian

Answer:x200s Replace Solid State Disk with 2,5 SATA Hard Drive

http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/Thinkpad-X200-X200s-Hard-Drive-Caddy-Rails-Cover-Screws-/350234086652
 
you need something like this. 

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I have a Dell Vostro 200. It has a hatachi 80 GB harddrive. It has no OS installed. I want to switch it with a 1TB hard Drive. 1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate. And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start? Oh, I don't believe it has ever been used. It was supposed to be a vista...yuck!
 

Answer:Is it hard to just replace a SATA hard drive?

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1st does it matter who the manufacter is? Dell wants WD. I want Seagate.Click to expand...

Brand names are irrelevant especially when you are installing your own OS.




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And do I just load the XP Pro disc in and start?Click to expand...

That would be the idea if you have it set to boot from disk in the system BIOS. The CD/DVD must have first priority over the HDD to boot.
 

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Hi everyone,
 
I have tried new Lenovo Product: IdeaPad 500 ISK with Intel Real Sense Technology.
 
It is great experience with this device in my country whereas price / perfomance is super great .
 
However, one unbelivable issue coming when I have tried to replace the DVD (ODD) with a SSD drive.
 
Using a caddy bay at ODD, testing through F11/F12 Boot Menu Selection, we get the following results:
 
1. Internal HDD: SATA 3.0 (6.0Gb/s) Hard Disk 750GB
Caddy Bay: SATA 3.0 SSD Samsung 850 EVO
=>> Unable to Boot through SSD (F11 Selection, also not appear in BIOS) also not detect SSD after booting to Windows.
 
2. Internal HDD: SATA 3.0 HDD 750GB
Caddy Bay: SATA 2.0 HDD Toshiba
=>> Both drives detect in BIOS and Windows.
 
3. Internal HDD: SATA 3.0 HDD 750GB
Caddy Bay: SATA 3.0 HDD Seagate
=>> BIOS and F11 selection only detect Internal HDD but Windows could detect also using Caddy Bay Hard Drive normally.
 
I have also tested some other cases with different Caddy Bay Brand, Hard Drives, with Switchs change in Caddy Bay and got the same result.
 
Making some research over Internet I have found some other users got the same issues like this.
 
To sum up, it is right time for Lenovo to help us with new BIOS which bring better compatible to SATA 3.0 device under their SATA 2.0 port for DVD. (This is also a strange in design which a new powerful Skylake still have some SATA 2.0 Port).
 
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Answer:500 ISK - Suspect BIOS Compatible (SATA 3.0 Hard Drive on ODD via Caddy Bay not dectect by BIOS)

Hi, anybody here?I have contacted with Lenovo Support also no feedback ?

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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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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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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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The hard drive in my laptop just died, it was a 250gb 2.5" SATA hard drive, I'd like to replace it with a Corsair FORCE GT SATA 3, 210 GB solid state drive. Can someone tell me if this will work?

Thank you
 

Answer:Solved: Replace SATA hard drive with a SSD SATA3 in a Sony Vaio pcg-7153L

Yes, it should work. You won't get the full speed of the SSD due to the laptop's SATA controller only being SATA 2(3GB/s) but it should work and be a lot faster.
 

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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 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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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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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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Hi,

I'm currently running a system with a Gigabyte GA-K8-NXP-SLI Mobo that has only one HD on it - an old Western Digital (Henceforth WD) 80Gb drive that is 60Gb full.

The machine is not nearly as noisy as it used because I replaced all the fans but my WD drive makes more noise than I'd like (because I use it a lot at 3am when my wife is sleeping).

Anyway, I've bought and have sitting right here on the desk one brand new Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160Gb - more than enough storage for what I want but I figure this should last out it's 5 yr warranty that comes standard (I think only with the retail kit though).

Anyway, I would like to image the old WD drive smack-dab onto the new Seagate drive then replace the WD with the Seagate transparently and end up exactly where I am now but with a newer quieter faster bigger HD and a the WD HD sitting in a draw somewhere able to be plugged in if something happens with the Seagate

I want to copy everything from the WD drive exactly - Filing System, Boot Settings, absolutely everything so that I can plug the Seagate into a SATA port next to the WD Drive - Copy the data, settings, kit, kaboodle and all and then move the Seagate into the port where the WD was and boot straight from the new Seagate with no changes of any kind.

I don't want RAID (obviously) I just want a straight replacement.

What's the 1. easiest 2. most idiot proof 3. quickest way of doing this?

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Answer:Need to Replace old noisy SATA drive with new SATA drive - with same data

What's the 1. easiest 2. most idiot proof 3. quickest way of doing this?Click to expand...

Migrate Easy can solve all your problems just in minutes.
 

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I have a Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK LaptopMachine Type: 80NT00FTUS I want to install a "Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD" and I decided to replace the DVD drive with a caddy which the SSD mounts in. However, I seem to be having a hard time finding one. Anyone have any suggestions or tips of where I can buy one or to look?

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I bought a esata-sata cable and tried to connect a esata external hard drive througn a sata 2nd hard drive caddy. The result is that my T42 can not detect the external hard drive. The caddy, cable, and the external hard drive are all functional with other setups. As I know, the signal of esata and sata are the same. It should be just passing through. I don't understand why it fails. I observed that both the leds on the caddy and above the caddy are lighting when I boots T42. However, both leds dims after that. Any suggestion?PS. I know using a pcmcia will be easier. However, several reviews confirmed that the writing speed is limited to 30 MB/s through pcmcia. The writing speed on the caddy is at least 55 MB/s when I tested it with a 2.5 in hard drive.

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Hi, hopefully should be straight forward enough...

I have just bought one of these space saving Acer Revos which does not come with an Optical drive.

I have a Blu-ray reader (dvd writer) which is SATA, but the Revo only has USB or eSATA.
So... i was wondering what is needed to get this (SATA) drive to work via eSATA or usb?

Is it as simple as a SATA to eSATA cable or will this not give the necessary power to the drive?

Or do i need an eSATA enclosure, and if so what size for an optical drive 5.2?

Cheers for any help.
 

Answer:New PC with no optical drive or SATA connection (can i use a SATA drive in it?)

Ya no problem use it. For more details contact us at www.sacatech.com
 

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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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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Does anyone know how to replace a ThinkPad SL400 optical drive and where to get replacement optical drives? I decided to swap continously between my current Blu-Ray drive and a DVD Drive. Why: I use the DVD drive if I need long battery life then if I need to watch an HD movie, I swap over to the Blu-Ray drive. Any help would be useful.   Fastguy397Proud ThinkPad SL400 Owner





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Answer:Replace Optical Drive?

Procedure to remove the optical drive is in the Hardware Maintenance Manual:http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-69929There's a single screw which holds it in and once removed, you push/pry the mounting tab towards the side of the system and the drive pops out. Not as easy as a real Ultrabay but still serviceable. I would imagine that eBay has them; in a quick search at shop.lenovo.com I could not find any way to order a drive separately.

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Hello, I am looking at replacing my optical drive with my HDD & replacing my HDD with an SSD.  Upon doing my reasearch I was told I need a SATA 2nd HDD Hard Drive Caddy such as one in the link below. My question is do I need  the 9.5mm one or the 12.7 mm one ? Any help reguarding this would be greatly appreciated   Thank you   https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/HDDBAY-02/

Answer:Replace Optical Drive

the 15t Slim Quad doesnt have an optical drive

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I have a sata pci card on a computer that only uses ide. Which is why I bought the sata pci card of course. The card itself has 3 sata ports and one extra ide header. I bought a sata optical drive and connected it to the old pc with a molex to sata power connector, and it powers on fine. But I can't say the same for the data. I have the sata data connector plugged from the optical drive to the pci sata cards 2nd sata port, and I can't see the drive in Win XP!!!!

I don't know why... I checked my device manager and scanned for new hardware but still can't see it. Nothing comes up, and there is nothing with an exclamation.

Hopefully someone can help... I will try to check the cable connections now and see if one end is loose. But I'm sure it's plugged in right.
 

Answer:Sata Optical Drive Not Recognized By Sata Card

I had a sata cable connected to the 1st sata connector on the card but nothing plugged into the other end of it. Just kept it there in case I ever wanted to attach anything to it. It would be ready that way... So I unplugged that useless cable and plugged the optical drive to that sata port on the card. Weird it works in the 1st sata connector on the sata pci card now that I've switched it over. Though I still have to test it and see whether or not it plays dvds fine without lags, and burns without a glitch.

Does anyone have any idea why it wouldn't work in the second port on the card?

I did a massive windows update yesterday on this pc since I hadn't turned it on in like a year. Maybe it installed something that was useful for my Win XP SP3 to make it work. I'm going to test this optical drive now and than plug it back into the second port on the card and see if it works. Than if it does I'll plug the useless cable back into the 1st port and see what happens.

I'm hoping the ports aren't shared. It's a sata pci card I don't know much but don't think the ports should be shared since they're both internal and meant for adding devices! Why would anyone make a card that shares two internal ports? lol
 

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I have an apparent hard disk failure and I am planning to install a new disk, but I want to insert the failed disk into a disk caddy to attempt recovery of a few items of data which were not backed up.

There is however a clip which secures one of the cables onto the drive housing, and I have not encountered this type of clip in previous drive rescues. The clip is pictured in these linked images:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5EglFQB3L3oWmFzcTFuZkJyR3M
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5EglFQB3L3oNHlWTnVoaDlCX0E

(The clip is the small metal protrusion at the very centre of each image)

I need to know how to remove this clip, please - preferable in a way so that it can be reinserted if I am in fact able to recover the drive. Any help much appreciated!
 

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I have a 120GB 2.5" SATA drive spare that I want to use on my desktop PC. I have one of those USB caddy devices - the USB cable is two-headed at one end with one plug on the other. If I use it on my laptop, I plug the two USB cables into the side and connect the HDD into the caddy and it works perfectly - Windows (8.1) shows the drive immediately.However, when trying it on my desktop (and I have drive many different USB ports) the LED on the caddy comes on, but when connecting the drive (or connecting the USB cable to the caddy with the drive already in place), nothing happens - sometimes you can hear the drive attempting to start, sometimes you can hear nothing. But nothing registers on the PC either - there is no USB connection sound for example. The drive is in good condition and hasn't ever been used that much. And it shows on the laptop as working perfectly. So why can't my desktop PC (also Windows 8.1 and clearly has more power available to give out) start the drive?Thanks for any ideasmessage edited by Alex2002

Answer:SATA drive caddy works on laptop - but not on desktop?

Maybe the two close USB's are using a common power source. If you have a USB extension lead it would be worth seeing what happens if you use two USB's that are further apart.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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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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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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Is it possible to replace optical drive with 2nd HDD (ssd)? Laptop Model# 15-ay013nr Any help would be great! Drive enclousure sizes, directions, suggestions, etc... Thanks

Answer:Is it possible to replace optical drive on laptop with 2nd H...

See p. 39 of the Manual here: Manual It is very very easy to remove the DVD drive. It is allowed for end users to do and keep the warranty. You need a 9.5 mm thick optical bay hard drive adapter: https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/HDDBAY-02/ Some things you need to know. The interface will be slower. It will not be a bootable device so whatever you put in there is for pure storage. Get a big cheap 5400 rpm SATA hard drive. You can stream video from it but it will not be great for video editing or anything else requiring fast disk access.  But it is possible to do and easy. Let us know if you need more help.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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Hello all! I have been looking around for a long time for a compatible adapter that would allow me to replace the internal DVD drive with a secondary hard drive, but have yet to find one for this model. Can anyone point me in the right direction, or know of any other adapters that are compatible with the SL510? Also, with these adapters, is this a 'true' SATA conection? Will there be any lag or lesser performance over the standard internal HDD? Any help, suggestions, or ideas people may have are GREATLY welcomed! Thanks!-Woody

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Hello,

I want to replace the optical drive with a 2.5 SSD. Does anyone have a link to a caddy or something that would help hold the SSD in place?

Thanks

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I have ideapad u550 and I want to replace the optical drive (which as you know can be removed easliy) with a ssd. I have 3 problems.1-- I cannot find an appropriate caddy for my laptop I did found one for u330 will that be compatible?http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3172-- will this ssd be compatible with the connection I have?http://www.asiatechtrade.com/team-xtreems2-ssd-120gb-sataiii.html3--- How can I most easliy recover my system? Thank you for your help

Answer:Replace optical drive with ssd U550

any help will be appreciated please reply

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 I have seen a thread here (http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/2nd-hard-drive-in-a-W510/m-p/346539#M12570) of success replacing the optical drive with a 2nd HDD bay in a y560. I am wrong thinking there is not much difference between a Y560 and a B560, at least concerning the basic chasis and components layout, and a similar HDD bay should work in a B560. Has anyone with a B560 added a 2nd HDD? Many thanks.













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Answer:2nd HDD to replace optical drive - B560

before that, your computer may have second space for second hdd. check this first.

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Hello everyone, I own a Lenovo z510 i7 40702MQ, and I am planning to replace the optical drive for an SSD. I would like to know if my warranty will void if I do this. The laptop is was bought in Spain.

Answer:Replace Z510 optical drive for an SSD

I am not aware of this laptop but how do you put an SSD in an optical drive slot?

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a 1TB HDD. I'm sure I read this was possible when I purchased the laptop but now I can only find references to replacing the optical drive with an additional battery. I already have the 1TB HDD so it would be ideal to expand the storage on my V510. Thanks.

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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,
a.z.

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

Hi

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:
http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=115

Here is also a nice Youtube channel which provides the instructions how to replace the ODD:
http://www.youtube.com/user/toshibaeuropesupport

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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A:  I would like to replace the slim Optical drive with a regular sized one.   1:  How do I remove the front cover? 2:  Can I install the regular drive in the bay below the slim drive bay?3:  If yes, how do I remove the front cover of the bay? B:  How can I install a SSD drive for the ATC-710 EB-51?  I saw somewhere there is a SSD card that fits into a small socket on the mother board with a screw to retain it.  I do see the female socket.  Is the SSD card very specific?  What is the spec I need to know in order to purchase the correct type? thanks 













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Answer:Aspire TC-710 case; replace Optical drive; add SSD...

Hi,You are welcome,1. I don't think there's any documents available for users, I don't know the reason also, sorry.2.After releasing those 3 tabs on the left side, swing open the front cover and pull it out.3. Thanks.4.I have to admit that I have no idea whether full size DVD drive will fit in, you may have to wait reply from more experienced members.

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Answer:Can I replace my optical drive with a battery on my T430?

No.

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I installed a second hard drive in place of the DVD drive and now when my computer is plugged in it won't charge (it says plugged in, not charging).  I can't imagine that the power adapter isn't able to handle a second hard drive because I've seen plenty of people that said they put two hard drives in their w530.  Is there some kind of driver or setting that I need to reset to make this work again?  I'm on windows 8.1 by the way so a lot of the solutions I've found by googling do not apply to my system.

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H Guys,Need help with this one. Got three Dell Latitude C810 Laptops and all three are coming up with the same message. Primary Hard Drive: NoneFixed Optical Drive: Not installed.I am very comfortable around computers / laptops  and thought I knew my way around them until now.The hard drives are all brand new 40GB IDE hard drives that work fine on other laptops (tested them). The laptops have the HD adapters fitted before I installed them in the laptops. Even bought three replacement adapters - just in case. Did not make any difference.When the units power up, they go through POST, spend ages on the splash screen and the error messages come up.The HD and Optical Drive is not registering in BIOS.I read somewhere to take out the battery, unplug laptop from mains and hold power botton for 30 seconds or so. Tried that no luck.Also read somewhere to have the Caps, Num and Scroll keys all on in or before going into BIOS and do the Alt+E, Alt+F and Alt+B. The Alt+B combination was supposed to be held until the laptop reboots itself. Held them down for almost a minute and nothing happened. Laptop did not reboot. The Alt+F did reset the Laptops Bios to default setting and dates, and nothing more. They still did not register the HD or Optical Drive.I have swapped out HDs, DVD ROMs, with or without battery, Swapped out RAMs - ram memtest on another laptop. They all came back okay.This is really thrown me and I'd realy appreciate some assitance.Cheers guys.KS

Answer:Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see...

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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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Hi,
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?

Hi

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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M900Z: Is it possible to upgrade SSD 256GB to SSD 512/1TB or replace Optical Drive with SSD?

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I was given a pc (asus K8N-E) the problem is that although it powers up, mobo light works cpu fan spins and system fan spins front panel lights work, the hard drive and optical drive wont power up unless i disconnect the IDE cables, when disconnected the hard drive spins and the light on and drawer on the optical drive work. its as if the IDE is somehow disabled, i have tried different cables but to no avail any help appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard drive and optical drive only work when IDE cables are disconnected

hi

check that the cables are plugged in the right way round, the red stripe on the cable goes next to the power socket on the device and the board is usually marked pin 1 or has a dot on it.

does it happen when you plug in a single device or only when you plug in both.

are you using seperate cables or are you putting both devices on the same cable.
 

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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Is it possible to remove the optical drive and replace it with a traveller cover? it's nice to have the optical drive sometimes, but most of the time i don't need it, especially when i'm travelling with my laptop. so is it possible to do so?thanks in advance!

Answer:[E420] Is it possible to remove the optical drive and replace with traveller cover

hey dustinchan,welcome to the forums,yes you can do that. refer to this manual : http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0a60575_02.pdfon how to remove the optical drive to add on the travel cover





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Hello guyz,
pliz help me with the steps involved in upgrading or replacing an MFM hard drive with IDE-class hard drive
 

Answer:STEPS TO UPGRADE/REPLACE an MFM hard drive with an IDE-class hard drive

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

Any chance the motherboard has and IDE controller built in? If not, what kind of expansion card options does it have?
 

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I recently replaced my hard drive with a SSD and put a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium edition on my laptop. I've had a lot of trouble getting all the drivers to work but fixing the optical drive seems to be giving me the most trouble. I've looked around on this website and on several forums. I've gone into the device manager where the DVD/CD-ROM DRIVE entry only appears when I select to see hidden devices, and even then it is not the optical drive that is installed but something to do with my android phone so scanning for hardware changes makes no difference. I have seen tips on going into the registry to delete two files named upperfilters and lowerfilters, neither of which exist in my registry.  The drive can be seen from my BIOS but appears nowhere else. When I insert a disc I can hear and feel it moving so the hardware is still functioning.  When I installed the new hard drive, I did not unplug anything else so I am certain that the drive is just as connected as it was before when it was working properly. Any other suggestions?

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I have two identical hard drives connected as master and slave on primary ide channel, and two optical drives on secondary ide. The problem is that the slave hard drive will only run in pio mode, and not udma mode 5 (as the primary does). The upshot of this is that any file transfer to or from my slave drive results in 100% cpu usage, and it's very annoying. As I have an uptodate motherboard do you think that putting a hdd on each ide channel with optical as slave would speed things up?

Answer:Hard drive- optical drive configuration problem

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I have a T400 without optical drive. Want to change hard drive.  What's the easiest way to copy OS and files to the new hd? Thanks.

Answer:How to change hard drive on system without optical drive

Hello, I would suggest to use Acronis True Image. Make a clone of your hdd onto an usb-drive.  Then attach your new hdd into your system (the other way round won´t work!)and play back the image from your external hdd. Please read here for further suggestions.Message Edited by Agotthelf on 21-11-2008 07:31 PM

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hi im costac19, new to major geeks im trying to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a 320gb samsung ide hard drive how do i do it? are the cables the same and how do i swap the data from one drive to the other. thank you to any one that can help a new member and a novice upgrader.
 

Answer:i wont to swap my 80gb sata hard drive for a samsung 320gb ide hard drive. i a

Hi

No the cables are not the same, SATA and IDE are very different.

So ground info is needed though....

What motherboard do you have, make and model?
If you dont know this info then Everest Free will help just tell us what is listed under Computer > Summary > Motherboard

or tell us if this PC is a OEM build as in HP, Sony, Dell etc again model and version number is needed.

These days most or majority of motherboards that employ SATA only have 1 at most IDE connections, so if your using 2 CD/DVD drives the connector capacity will be full.


If you do have a spare IDE connection, then my advice to you is to keep the SATA drive as the primary C: drive ( as they are faster in data transfer than IDE ) and use the ID drive as storage, so once the IDE drive is installed copy all your normal data/music/video/image etx files to the larger drive and just use the SATA for the OS and applications.
 

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Guys

Have a Dell Latitude E5500 here that keeps losing the optical cd drive. This problem didn't happen prior when the system was Vista....

When a cd is inserted into the drive or the drive tray is activated, the drive reappears within explorer / device manager etc, however after a short period the drive then goes missing from both, hence the cd cannot be accessed.

Under folder options the check box " hide empty drives" is UNCHECKED. It is as though the system is power saving and hibernating the drive, however I cannot find an option that suits the theory.

Is there an option I can edit with registry to help???

The bios pre windows can see the drive each time so it appears as though this is purely a Windows 7 problem.

Have read that many other people have same problem but haven't yet seen a resolution.

Thanks
 

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I have purchased a crucial 256GB SDD as a secondary drive and  HDD caddy to replace the DVD drive bay. The bios will not recognise the device. The light on the caddy is on and I have tried in other makes of laptop and the caddy works first time. I have tried resetting the bios. The SSD works if I put it in the min drive bay but this does not solve my problem as the HDD doesn't work either from the caddy. I know it's not the caddy as it works in other machines. Anyone had simliar issues?

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I was wondering if any exist or weather they will ever be produced? Whilst I can not see any speed advantage, since optical drives are probably slower in read/write than current 133 IDE cables. It would however allow MB manufacturers to put only one type of port on, SATA.

Answer:Is there such an animal as a SATA optical drive?

click here found this

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Hello,
I have an HP m7350n multi-media computer running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (4 gigs RAM, 3.5 recognized due to motherboard limitations I think) and I recently replaced one of the DVD drives with a SATA BDRom/DVDwriter (Samsung DVDWBD SH-B083L). Windows recognizes both drives. However, my favorite burning program (Divx 7 player) no longer recognizes either of the drives. My favorite DVD burning program (TMPG Authoringworks 4) only recognizes the pre-existing IDE drive.

Does anyone know if there is anything I can try to fix this?

Thanks
 

Answer:new SATA optical drive not recognized

uninstall both rom-drives in device manager reboot and windows should reinstall both drives if the sata drivers are installed.
the sata drive should install ok. also check the position of the drive on the ide cable master /slave
also check the hp web site for updates of drivers
 

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hello forum members
i bought Asus Sata DVDRW Model: DRW1814BLT
my win xp doesn't recognize the drive,
my motherboard is Albatron PX865PEC Pro (latest firmware)
i also updated the intel chipset, and it doesn't help

i have 3 ide drives
primary master - WD 60GB
primary slave - WD 120GB
secondary master - NEC 3550A

in the bios i see the asus drive, but still the xp won't recognize it

any suggestions?
 

Answer:SATA Optical Drive issue

you will need to install sata drivers for sata devices.
 

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I have tried two model of Sata DVD's on my MSI 750i and get BSOD with nvgts.sys as the hardware conflict. Nvidia's lateest drivers are no help. New Mobo? Is this fixable on this older mobo?

Answer:Sata Optical Drive BSOD

Did you try these drivers? nForce Driver

It was said other places that this fixed it.

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Can anyone recommend a SATA Optical Drive? I have a DVD-ROM that I plan on keeping. I would like to have DVD burning capabilities as well as light-scribe. What about blu-ray? Is it needed?
 

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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I recently bought a SATA Asus lightscribe dvd-writer, and I really need some help getting it to work.

I'm running Windows XP on a Nvidia GA-K8NF-9 motherboard (it uses nforce-4 chipset), with two IDE hard drives, and an IDE dvd-rom. When I plug in the SATA dvd writer, the BIOS recognises it, and it works (I can boot cds from it), but Windows won't start. If I plug it in before starting Windows, windows runs the loading screen, then gives me a blue screen, and reboots. If I then disconnect the drive, it freezes on the loading screen, and I have to restart manually before Windows will work again. If I load windows before plugging in the drive, the same thing happens. Safe mode doesn't work. I've tried disabling automatic reboot on system failure, so I can read the blue screen, but it restarts anyway, so no luck there.

I looked at the event manager just after causing a blue screen, and found the following messages:
Error: The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load: SI3114
Warning: The service "CiSvc" vetoed a target device change request.
Error: Error code 0000009c, parameter1 00000004, parameter2 805461f0, parameter3 b2000000, parameter4 00070f0f.
I've tried installing new drivers, I've tried updating the BIOS, I've made sure SATA is enabled, I've made sure SATA-RAID is disabled, nothing works. I've tried reinstalling Windows (both from the SATA drive and the IDE dvd-rom, and both with and without pressing F6 to install third-party drivers),... Read more

Answer:SATA optical drive with nforce 4 problems

set the ide DVD-rom as slave and plug DVD-RW SATA into the sata port, put in the windows xp cd into one of the drives and boot off it, next go to the repair option and a console should come up, type in: chkdsk , after its done type: exit

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Hi guys, 3 weeks ago I made a threat about an Optical Drive enclosure, and I got it and worked flawlessly.

But now I'm looking for a SATA enclosure, could you tell me if this is the correct one?
http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-NST-530...8&sr=8-1-spell

This is the current drive I want to connect to my laptop:

BTW, sorry for the bad pic, it was taken from my phone...

Answer:I need a SATA Optical Drive Enclosure... Is this the correct one?

Looks OK to me.

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I've connected a spare 2.5" sata optical drive in an enclosure to my Vista desktop via a sata cable direct to the motherboard. Power is from a 5v power connector on the
power supply.

Vista recognizes the drive, the device manager shows OK, however when I attempt to perform read or write functions from several different applications, I get errors after about 80% of the process is completed.

I've tried different disks, applications, etc. No success.

Am I missing something that needs to be set in Vista??????

Answer:External Optical Drive-Sata Connected

Hello and welcome, i was reading in a magazine , about how Sata cables are sometimes faulty. Do you have another cable to swap out with ?
Is Your SATA Cable Slowing Down Your Data Transfers? Max PC Investigates
Posted 11/15/2011 at 1:04pm | by Gordon Mah Ung

Read more here : Search | Maximum PC

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I just built a new PC with a ASUS P5K Deluxe Mobo, Quad core CPU and 2gb of RAM. My 2 HD's are utilizing the only IDE interface on the mobo so I had to get SATA adapters to be able use my 2 existing IDE optical drives with the SATA interfaces on the mobo. The problem is this: I'm trying to load the OS using the bootable CD but the drive doesn't turn on to load the OS. It has to be an interface problem between the SATA cable and the drives. There are no jumpers to configure and setup has been changed to boot to the CD ROM 1st. The drives are not being seen by the mobo. I want to boot the system up and get back to work. Any suggestions?

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Hi, my 10yr old pc (xp with sp3) became so frustrating slow that i decided to replace it in July with a Windows7 system that has a 120Gb SSD +1Tb hdd and 16gb memory. There is stuff on the old pc's hard drive that i'd like to use so, is it possible to remove it and put it in a caddy and connect it to my new pc using a usb cable? If yes, is it straightforward or am i dreaming?? Thanks for any info. - Tony

Answer:Using old hard drive in a caddy

Yes for documents, music, film and photos. You can even transfer any zipped files for extracting and installing. Just find the folders and files. As for the installed programs on the XP disc, then no, you can't transfer them.

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