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SATA drive in Edge 14 optical drive bay in caddy: BIOS doesn't see drive

Question: SATA drive in Edge 14 optical drive bay in caddy: BIOS doesn't see drive

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 appreciated. RDS

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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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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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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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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 all,

I've looked all over the internet, contacted HP, and updated my Mobo BIOS, but to no avail. I have an HP Lightscribe DVD1070i optical drive that has one Serial ATA data connection, and one Serial ATA power connection. There are no jumpers for Master or Slave. I have an MSI K9N2G Neo Mobo with BIOS version 1.20. It is not detecting my SATA optical drive, but it is detecting my SATA HDD. The optical drive i have right now is an IDE drive which I would like to move to my secondary Desktop, but can't because it would leave my Main without a working Optical Drive. I was told by HP to install SATA controllers but I can't find anything like that for my Mobo on the internet. The MSI Live Update program doesn't even find anything for me. So, is there anyone who can help me with my dilemma?


Answer:MSI Mobo doesn't detect HP SATA optical drive

If it helps, HP has told me to connect my SATA drive to another computer, but I can't because there are all too old and don't use SATA.

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Recently I added additional internal HDD (WD 2TB SATA3 64MB Green) as a secondary storage.

The original SATA cable connector is:
SATA3_0 - WD 1TB
SATA3_1 - Samsung DVD-RW
SATA2_2 - Empty
SATA2_3 - Empty
SATA2_4 - eSATA connector cable from computer's casing - Empty
SATA2_5 - eSATA connector Cable from Computer's Casing - Empty

I rearranged the cables to:
SATA3_0 - WD 1TB
SATA3_1 - WD 2TB
SATA2_2 - Empty
SATA2_3 - Samsung DVD-RW
SATA2_4 - eSATA connector from computer casing - Empty
SATA2_5 - eSATA connector from Computer Casing - Empty

Once done, the motherboard BIOS only detects both the HHD. It doesn't detect the DVD-RW anymore. Before this both the HDD and DVD-RW was working fine.

I tried changing the DVD-RW's SATA cable to a new one, tried connecting the DVD-RW in other SATA2 port but still same.

Note: I didn't change any setting in BIOS.
BIOS Setting:
In "Standard CMOS Features" all IDE Channel 0-3 is set to "AUTO" hardware detection.
In "Integrated Peripherals":
- PCH SATA control mode is always been [AHCI]
- SATA Port0-3 Native Mode is always been [Enabled]

Please help me to solve this problem. I want the BIOS and Win 7 to detect the Samsung DVD-RW as well.

My system:
CPU: Intel i7-2600 3.4 Ghz
MB: GA-P67A-UD3P(rev. 1.0) - BIOS Ver : F4
VGA: Sapphire Toxic HD6850 1G
RAM: Corsair DDR3 2*4GB 1600 MHz
OS: Win 7 64-bit SP : 1
Power Supply : 600 W
Hard Disk:1)... Read more

Answer:BIOS not detecting Internal SATA DVD/CD optical drive

Apart from the detection on the screen, does the drive seem to work normally? If so, I would leave it alone.

If not, the drive has likely failed... it doesn't take much for an optical drive to go bad.

Final test? Does it work in another computer?

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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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after an update to 2.01 then  2.03 the drive will not write to disks. software will claim to have written to the disks but nothing is on them. i found an earlier version of the bios (1.xx) which worked fine. I know going back to 1.xx will work but don't have that file. any assistance would be appreciated. regards

Answer:Updated bios to 2.03, optical drive doesn't write to disks

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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 updated the BIOS to 4.70 in my P100 PSPAAE. After the restart I was waiting for about 10 minutes, but nothing happened, after the BIOS screen the display went black. I turned the laptop off than.

I chose "start windows normally" option. Since than (I suppose) the laptop doesn`t boot from the optical drive. No matter I set it to boot from there. Everything else works fine.

Is it because of the BIOS update, or something else can cause this problem? Any idea or help appreciated!

Answer:Re: Satellite P100 - After BIOS update it doesn't boot from optical drive


Is the optical drive recognized from BIOS?
Can you read the disk in Windows?

Maybe you should load the default settings in BIOS and try another bootable disk.

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So, my computer doesn't recognize my optical drive after I reformatted my computer. It's there as drive D: but I can not burn anything using it. And it's my only drive .

So here is my conversation with Gateway support chat guy: In it contains more information of my problem.

Gary_GWER9390 joined the incident.

Gary_GWER9390 says:
Thank you for contacting technical support. My name and badge number are Gary_GWER9390. Please hold while I review your issue.

Ilya says:
I was speaking with Shannon_GWER1666 and our chat session disconnected accidentaly

Gary_GWER9390 says:
You mentioned that your serial number is CSX7******45, which refers to a GM5478 system and your current email address is ************. Are these correct?

Ilya says:

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I was speaking with Shannon_GWER1666 and our chat session disconnected accidentaly

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I was speaking with Shannon_GWER1666 and our chat session disconnected accidentaly

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My computer can not recognize my dvd-rw drive as a dvd-rw drive

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I cannot burn anything

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I did reformat my computer a week ago, and prior to the reformatting, everything worked perfe... Read more

Answer:Computer doesn't recognize my optical drive as a dvd-rw drive!

Please? I really need the help!

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

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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

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Hi All,
I have searched and tried several different things that are suggested to fix this problem, but can't figure it out..... I'm simply trying to add a extra storage drive to my HTPC and when I install the drive it's recognized in the bios, but when I start up windows 7 it says it's installing new hardware then comes up with the error "Hardware drivers could not be installed for your device" or something along that line..... and the drive shows up in device managers unknown devices with a yellow mark. I have tried two sperate drives a 1TB WD Blue and a 2TB Seagate both are Sata3 6g drives and my Motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H that has 6 sata3 ports.
Here's what I've tried
As I said 2 seperate drives, both reacted this same.
Tried different sata cables.
Tried going into disk management to make the disk usable BUT it is not listed there.
I used a Linux based "recovery tools" cd to boot the system (which BTW sees the drive just fine) to use the Seagate drive utility to partition the drive and format it NTFS.
I also read here to try uninstalling the drive controllers in the device manager and reboot and let windows set them back up.
Obviously.... None of this has worked, and I'm at the end of my wits here... lol
Any suggestions that you all can give me would be VERY appreciated!

Answer:Bios see's sata drive but windows doesn't?

Hmmm..... no suggestions?

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Hello there:confused

so my computer doesnt detect my CD/DVD-Drive but the Harddrive SATA is detected

In boot drop menu there is
1st: floppy
2st: HDD40W SATA ... something with the name of hdd

There is a windows installed onto it but we cannot activate it without internet registration..

And now also im getting error when trying to continue to login screen where the activation is

"missing or corrupt <windows root>\system32\hal.dll. and re-install it"

But i cannot boot anything so and it doesnt even find any "removable media"
in drop boot-menu

Any advices? :cry

Answer:BIOS Doesn't Detect CD/DVD Drive? but HDD SATA

Greetings, pajajn289.

We need more information:

What is the make and model # of your machine, and the operating system version and Service Pack #?

Also, please download and run Free PC Audit, a stand-alone system information tool.

(If you get a Security Warning, don't worry about it - uncheck the 'Always ask before opening this file' box, and click 'Run').

When the scan completes, click File > Save As, name the file 'Report', and save to an easily found location, such as your Desktop.

Then attach that file to your next post per these instructions: HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post.


Did the CD/DVD issue always exist, or did this just happen? If this is a new install, did the optical drive come with any installation disks?

Concerning the "hal.dll" message, check this:

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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 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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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 just built this pc and the Western Digital 160 Sata hard drive isn't recognized in the bios but it will boot from it sometimes. I had to restart it 4-5 times this morning to get it to boot. I'm running winxp, ASUS A7N8X mobo, I had to get a SATA controller card to run this drive. I overlooked that this mobo doesn't have SATA connectors. My mistake and I couldn't return the hard drive because I had already opened the package. I upgraded the bios to no avail and now I'm at a complete loss. Need help. Thanks.

Answer:BIOS doesn't recognize SATA drive but it boots from it.

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I had this SATA drive in an external drive for storage, but wanted to put it in my puter as the main drive due to the older drive was having intermittent problems. So I cloned the old drive to the SATA-no problem. Installed in pc and it works but in the BIOS it is not detected! I still have an IDE drive as the slave(has always been the slave). In disk management, it shows both drives and has the IDE as the master......What do I need to do to overcome this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Why doesn't my computer BIOS detect my new SATA Drive?

You should probably set the IDE drive to either Master or Cable select, if it's the only drive on that ribbon cable. Is there a setting in your bios for SATA compatiblity mode/Native or something along those lines?

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Just ordered a 62z and found a great deal on Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD - 2.5" Form Factor, SATA III from TigerDirect.  It is only 7mm thick. Will that fit in the 62Z AIO alongside the current HDD?

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




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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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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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Hello Lenovo community, Im completely floored as to why no one has even bothered to ask this question, even when i searched it on  Is it possible to have a second hard drive in a thinkpad edge 14 series by removing the optical DVD storage device with a HDD caddy?  If so what type of hard drive caddy would i need, and if you could please link to it. Much appreciated!

Answer:Thinkpad Edge 2nd Hard drive Caddy

Hi and welcome to the forum!

The Slbook doesn't mention anything about SATA HDD Bay adapter, even the optical drive is not termed Ultrabay, I think it's suffice to say that such expandability option doesn't exists for Edge.

Hope this helps.

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Hi, having recently upgraded the stock hard drive to an SSD in my Edge 11 laptop, I've misplaced the carrier part that secures the drive to the laptop, preventing it from coming out when knocked or moved. Everything works apart from when the drive comes loose and the laptop then needs a re-boot, as well as removing the back plate to refit it. As you can imagine, this is a massive inconvenience, especially when I'm out.I've called Lenovo support but the rep i talked to didn't seem to know anything about a caddy to secure it, and said he could not help me as it is a third party hard drive. Does anyone on here have any idea where I can buy one, or even have one themselves to sell? Any help appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Thinkpad Edge 11 Hard drive Caddy

joecarver, welcome to the forum,
the only easy way to get hold of the hdd caddy is to purchase a hard drive from Lenovo as an accessory or spare part for your system.
One of the sponsors of may offer them, (see advert at the top of the boards), but they are unfortunately in the USA. You may have some luck and someone here pops up with the unknown FRU number or has a broken system which they are parting out.
Good luck!

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I'm trying to replace the OEM PATA CDR/DVD-ROM in my recently acquired S50, and can't seem to find a setup configuration which will allow it to boot with an LG SATA DVDR as a replacement. Cabling is not the issue--there's a SATA power connector right there at the drive cage, and the two SATA data connectors in the middle of the motherboard. With the DVDR connected, the system won't boot past the Windows logo screen. Disconnect it, and the system boots fine. I've searched the User Guide and Hardware Maintenance Guides for every SATA reference, and they only refer to a SATA hard drive as an alternative to the PATA hard drive. All references to the CDR/DVD-ROM assume it is PATA. Googling did not produce a definitive answer as to whether this is a permitted configuration (PATA/SATA mix). I'm hoping someone here can say either "No, not possible," or "Yes, I've done it--here's the setup parameters." Mike

Answer:Can S50 BIOS handle SATA DVD drive and PATA hard drive configuration?

Hi Mike "Yes, I've done it" Go to my inputs to this forum in late October for my trials and tribulations with the self same problem. My solution was to remove & refit the CMOS battery as described. I've retained my PATA hard drive & installed a SATA DVD rewriter plus I have access to Setup Utility ( ie BIOS access) whenever I need it. I hope it works for you. Call back if you need to.  Regards Kemar  

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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: Computers & Accessories

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

Dynamode 3.5 inch SATA and IDE Slim Line Storage Disk Caddie: Computers & Accessories

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

Thanks if anyone can help,

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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Hi. I have Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E530 (i7-3632qm I think it was) from September 2012. I installed hard drive caddy/bay in place of the DVD-ROM drive 1-2 years ago. I have lately noticed that the harddrive turns off very often. I has done this before, maybe from day one but I always thought that it is mean to do that (power saving). Now that for the first time I use the harddrive actively (with Sample Libraries when doing music) I started to notice that it really is a problem. There are constant delays when the harddrive has turned off while I do something and when I load the next sample it first needs to turn back on. I suspect (I hope I am wrong) that it is a BIOS hardcoded feature as BIOS maybe thinks that there is a DVD-drive connected, which would be the normal use case. The caddy which I am using was meant for Thinkpad T-series, but I removed a part from the edge so it went nicely inside E530. I also had to disconnect one pin (by cutting the soldering) from the caddy, because otherwise the machine would not even boot (I think it was boot loop, BSOD or something, I dont remember. I am on Win7. I did a clean install and installed only the most neccessary drivers (no lenovo bloatware). When the harddrive is in use it works fine. E.g. I just transferred 23GB file from my other computer via LAN and during writing this file the hard drive does not power off. It seems to do this only when it thinks it is not needed.  I have set from Win7 power optio... Read more

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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:

(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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Hello guys,

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


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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Hi guys, i wonder if you can offer any ideas here. I have a brand new T420s which came with an optical slot place holder piece of plastic. I removed this and popped in a 'Lenovo DVD Multi IV DVD Multi Recorder CD-RW' P/N 45N7453. It clicked into place fine, but the power light on it does not come on and the eject button does not work.This same drive works fine in 2 other T420s laptops my colleagues have, so the drive is ok. I tried disabling the optical drive in the bios, rebooting, re-enabling, rebooting but nothing. Is there anything else i can try or would you say its a board issue and i'm stuck with it ?

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Can anybody recommend where you could buy a cheap (and quality) hard drive caddy for Thinkpad Edge E530...? All I can get from my local store is a harddrive caddy designed for T-series and it costs 100eur, far over my budget. I could order from UK or Germany internet shop if somebody just confirms me a working model with url or something ...

Answer:Thinkpad Edge E530 hard drive caddy cheap in Europe...?

I did find one that costs 35eur with postage. But it is meant for T-series I suppose:  1. Does a caddy meant for T420, T520, T430, T530 etc... work in Edge E530...? And does it fit well enough so that you dont get any too big gaps near the outer layer of casing...? 2. Can you still get this product cheaper from somewhere...?

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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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Hi!I want to put a BD-drive in my edge s430. Do i have to pay attention to something or can i use any 9,5 mm drive?

Answer:Optical drive Edge s430

Unfortunately kidacid the optical drive in the Edge s430 is a fixed drive and will required the keyboard to be removed and a screw to be taken out to remove the optical drive.
But you could always get an external blue-ray drive.
thank you lead_org
 As far as I can tell from the support site any 9.5mm drive should work.

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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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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.


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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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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?


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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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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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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Hi There I just ordered myself an S430 with a 128gb SSD HDD included. I didn't see an option to replace the optical drive with a secondary HDD (e.g. a 500gb) so have the optical drive in as standard. Now, I would have rather changed this out for a secondary HDD or for a Blu-Ray drive, thinking I could do this myself once bought...Looking at other posts it looks like you can swap out the optical drive for a Blu-Ray drive, although I would preferably get a secondary drive over the Blu-Ray, but I'm hesitant over a few things: Is this possible to do myself (swapping out for either secondary HDD or blu-ray drive) without voiding the warranty? (I got it with 2 year warranty)Is it actually possible to do at all? (swapping out for a secondary HDD) Thanks


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Answer:Thinkpad Edge S430 - Swapping out optical drive for HDD?

Hello wfdc,
Removing the drive will not void the warranty, nor will changing it out.  The only thing to remove is the keyboard which is a customer removable part and the optical drive is also a removable part.  Here is a link to the Hardware Maintenance Manual:
I hope this help,

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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. 

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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?

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 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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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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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.


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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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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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Hallo,I would like to know the interface type of the optical drive sata port of a ThinkPad E540. It's a sata I, sata II or sata III?Kindest regards,gianpaolo


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Answer:ThinkPad E540 optical drive sata port

I installed a new HDD in a optical bay hard drive caddy and I found that the port is a SATA2 (3 Gbit/s).I hope this will be useful to other owners of a E540.

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I installed an internal SATA dvdrw today and the system won't boot. It gets stuck at this screen that says "Broadcom UNDI PXE-2.1 v9.4.4" Then it shows the client MAC address, then next line says "PXE-E53: No boot filename received" then next line "PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM" then it just restarts and gets to this same screen, over and over. If I unplug the SATA optical drive from the mb, it boots just fine. Why would installing an optical drive hose up the boot sequence? My system is a ThinkCentre and the mb has two sata connectors, first one is taken by the hd.

Answer:Solved: Installing SATA optical drive isn't working

What's the boot sequence in the BIOS?

Switch the SATA connectors on the board.

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Hi.. I'm running Win7 Home Premium (64-bit) with Intel i7 chip, 8Mb RAM, onboard graphics. My Liteon DVD-writer is only a few months old and performs all its functions without fuss - except one. When I load a DVD-RW or DVD-R containing only 'jpg' images, it takes an age to read them. It won't allow access till that reading is done, regardless of whether I've chosen 'List' or 'Small/Medium/Large Icons' as my view preference. I appreciate there's 4.7Gb of stuff and eventually it does read, but I've never had a rewriter that appears so sluggish in this regard. Its specs say it reads at 16 speed. If I insert a DVD of MP3 files, by contrast, it handles these in a flash and many of these MP3 files are much larger than 'jpg' files! Re-writers in my previous less well-spec'd machines have never exhibited this 'problem' for me. I'm fairly new to Win7 and I wonder if it's linked to Win7 in some way? Anyone having the same thing happen with their Liteon or have some advice? Many thanks

Answer:LiteOn iHAS224 24x DVD±RW DL RAM & Lightscribe SATA Optical Drive - RE

Hello kwil please tell us that are you using any Anti-Virus? if yes which one? coz i had same problem few years back and it was due to the auto-protection feature used by the Anti-Virus which actually tries reading each image by image in row which takes a lot of time.

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Does anyone know what the cable length is when it's mounted at the very top of the case?  Is it 18 inches, 20, or neither?

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Based on my reading the XPS 8910 manual the SATA ports are as follows:
4 - optical drive, 5 - hard drive, 6 - drive connector, 7 - drive connector
When I first open the machine the optical drive SATA cable was connected to 5 and the hard drive connected to 4. I assumed they knew what they were doing more than I.  I added a second SATA HD using SATA connector 6.  The second drive came up as drive F: and worked fine (first HD is C: and the memory card reader is D:
However, the optical drive (E:) was no longer visible.  When I look at the BIO is seems to recognize both HDs and the optical drive. 
Any help appreciated.

Answer:XPS 8910 added second SATA HD now optical drive no visible

Saltgrass and Jesse L
Thanks for the quick response. As for the links discussing how to add a second drive, installing and accessing the second drive was not the problem  The second drive worked fine.  As I mentioned it was visible and viable in both bios and the OS disk management.  The problem was the DVD was no longer visible even when I inserted a valid DVD.
Using Windows 10 pro with all latest updates.  So....I ran one of the Windows fix-it/trouble shooting tools and MAGICALLY, best I can tell, the DVD now recognizes and reads DVD.
I still believe Dell's documentation for the XPS 8910 special edition is either wrong or confusing (or both) concerning the functionality and thus the proper use of SATA ports 4 and above.
Thanks again for the help?

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I purchased a Tiny in one 23 monitor and a M83 tiny with optical drive.  The advertising copy on the Lenovo site states that the TIO 23 is compatible with the M83. When I recieved the two items it turned out that the optical drive is too big to fit in the housing on the monitor. The manual for the monitor has fairly clear instructions on how to mount the optical drive so I am assuming it must be possible. My question is has anyone been able to mount an optical drive in this monitor as shown in the manual and if so can you tell me the FRU # ? Tech support tried hard to find a solution for me but were unable to come up with a part that was compatible with this monitor.  Both people I talked to didn't seem to really know what I was talking about or have any farmiliarity with this product.  Customer Service said " you got what you ordered, you can send it back if you aren't happy".  Sales said we don't have anything like that try a third party. I really got the impression that none of the Lenovo people I talked to had any idea what the Tiny in One was.  Otherwise this is just what I wanted - an easy to upgrade/repair all in one desktop.  I can use the optical as an external drive if I have to but I would prefer to end up with an all in one as advertised.


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Answer:Tiny in one 23 & M83 optical drive doesn't fit

UPDATE:                  OK I finally figured it out.  Turns out there is an optcal drive that fits the TIO 23 Monitor.  I looked for one on the Lenoveo site and somehow missed it the first time and when sales told me there was no such thing I stopped looking. Later I looked more carefully and found the ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One Super-Multi Burner Part number: 4XA0H03972. I called support back and supplied them with the part number and was told they would ship me the correct part.  Fingers crossed - this should solve the problem. I still have to wonder why they bundle an optical drive with the M83 Tiny that is not compatible with the tiny series monitor.  If you read the description at I don't think it is unreasonable to expect that if you order one of the Quote -current generation models- Quotethat the optical drive would mount in the monitor.   Having said all this after setting up Windows, reinstalling my programs and moving all my data from the old computer I am quite happy with this setup. It is very nearly silent and with only one wire (the power cord) makes a very neat and compact unit on my desk.

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My ProBok has an optical drive, but doesn't open and cannot list it in the computer section. There is no symbol or key to open it.

Answer:Optical Drive doesn't open

When it is booting, do you see the light on the front flash? If it does, then it is getting power and sounds like a driver problem. If it doesn't, it could be that the power cable could have come undone.

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I have a Toshiba P55T-B5262 but I have removed the blu-ray driver and put a Caddy for second HD, the bios dont recognize this and I not be able to boot from the second HD.

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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!.

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

Yes it is and yes they will.

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Hello, My SSD shows 6gb/s when inserted in the main bay but capped at 3gb/s when using hdd caddy (I checked it using intel rst software). I'm not sure if it's ODB or the caddy that's capping it.  Lenovo Y580BIOS-5DCN40WWIntel i7-3610QM, 8GB RAMNVIDIA GTX660M 2GBWin8boot/OS on Sandisk Extreme SSD 120GB, UEFI-GPT formatUsers folder relocated to HDD caddy 1TB (occupying odd bay), MBR format

Answer:Does Y580's Main HDD Bay and Optical Drive Bay Both Operate on SATA III / 6gb/s Speed ?

The specs for the caddy says SATA only. It could mean SATA I. But based on your statement that it can provide up 3 gb/s only that means SATA II. If you want 6 gb/s choose SATA III interface. Of course the unit's interface will also capped the speed so check the interface where you will place the caddy.

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I have a SATA DVD/CD optical drive that will not open to remove a boot capable disk, (CD or DVD, such as a XP or Vista O/S disk or a partition tool), when re-booting from that disk so that it is before loading any operating system. Once booted into a O/S then it opens fine to remove a CD or DVD disk. This is a Intel Core 2 Dual ASUS motherboard 1 year old desktop type computer which has both the hard drive and optical drives as SATA. So will this issue be resolved if I add in a 2nd optical drive which is standard PATA IDE type connection ?

Answer:SATA DVD/CD optical drive will not open to remove a bootable disk

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Hi, I got W541 with DVD-RW but i am not gonna use it, at all. Want to add extra hard drive into caddy insted of optical drive.Called Lenovo but they couldn't answer me what is the SATA port version in Optical Drive connector. Anyone here able to confirm? If is SATA 3.0 then will go for SSD (512GB-1000GB) drive in caddy, if slower then thinking about regular HDD (1-2TB). Thanks for help in advance

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Hello, could someone please tell me if the optical bay uses SATA III? I am planning to install ssd in there. The notebook is the one with i5-4210M + GT 840M. Chipset is Intel HM86. Product codes are E5-572G-57RK / NX.MQ0EC.001 Thank you.

Answer:Acer E5-572G-57RK SATA version of optical drive ba...

Hi,Yes this computer has SATA III, 6.0Gb/S,.

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My Win10 install, 64 bit, (over Win7 64 bit) runs OK. But Device Manager doesn't see the Optical Drive. The drive was "G" under Win7 and functioning.
Tried the "New Hardware" tab several times and looked at the BIOS. Nothing seems amiss but the drive is not there.
Can anyone explain this?

Answer:Win10 install doesn't see optical drive.

Is the drive listed in the BIOS?

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Just bought the new Z500 model and the optical drive doesn't seem to be working quite right. When I press the button to open the drive, the green light flashes and I hear a "click", which seems to unlock the disc tray, but the tray doesn't actually slide out--I have to manually pull it out in order to put in a disc. The drive reads discs just fine so it's more of just an annoyance than anything, but I'd still like to fix the problem if possible.  Any suggestions? Thanks

Answer:Z500 optical drive doesn't open on its own

Hello bjgarbe, It may be a faulty latch that is supposed to push it open upon opening the disc tray. Since you're in warranty, I would just call in Lenovo support and order a replacement Optical drive under your warranty. It should easily be replaced under warranty. Hope that helps.

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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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I have an ASUS BC-12B1ST SATA combo drive that works great from a cold boot, but never comes online after a reboot. It's done this since install a year or so ago, and it's not bothered me much because I was leaving the machine on 24/7 for BOINC anyways.

I had a MB & processor fry out lately, likely due to prolonged high load from running BOINC on 4 to 6 cores full throttle for 2 years plus. After that, I decided no more BOINC for this machine, and once I got parts in, including a fresh mobo, processor, and PSU, I have been shutting the machine down when not in use. It's really just an annoyance that I can't reboot if I want to use the optical drive. Of course this happens only if I've had updates that require a reboot.

As I said, it's done this since day 0. I imagine it's due to a power conditioning/protection function within the drive that prevents it from operating on what it sees as poor quality power. Anyone have an idea how to change this behavior?

I should also point out that, during a reboot, the activity light on the drive doesn't come on at all, and that the eject button doesn't do anything. It acts as though the drive isn't powered. Windows doesn't see the drive, but I wouldn't expect it to if the drive itself is refusing to power on. I'll go through the fixes mentioned in the kb article mentioned by Shimshom anyways, just in case. I'll report back if anything changes.

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Even though I didn't have a yellow exclamation in device manager, I went thr... Read more

Answer:Optical Drive doesn't work after reboot.

Have a look at this article and hope it might help
Your CD or DVD drive is not recognized by Windows or other programs

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[font=Verdana, Arial]I am building a 3GHz system with the Intel D865PERL, and this is the first time that I have used SATA drives. Here is how it is setup:

Primary IDE Master: Plextor 8X DVD+/-RW
Secondary IDE Master: Iomega Zip 250
SATA Port 0: Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB SATA Drive
SATA Port 1: Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB SATA Drive

When I was trying to install XP, when I created a partition on the Maxtor on SATA 0, it automatically named it Drive E. It is because of the two drives that I have on the Primary and Secondary IDE channels. So, how do I get it to name the drive C:? I checked the BIOS, but did not see a setting that would fix this issue.


[/font][font=Verdana, Arial]I just tried to update the BIOS to see if that would help. I used the floppy disk version. When it was in the process of doing it, it said that it was copying a program, sw.exe, from the a: drive to the c: drive, but the c: drive is the DVD burner!

It did its thing, and then asked to have me remove the floppy disk from the drive and hit enter, and said NOT TO DO A THING until it had finished. Well, it has been about 10 minutes, and it is still just displaying a blinking cursor (blinking underscore) on a black screen. I hope this didn't hurt the mobo. I'm guessing that it did not complete the process because there was not a c: drive to write to.

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Answer:Need help with new Intel Mobo ASAP - SATA drive = E drive; need it to be C drive

SATA controllers are still fairly new, and a bit of an afterthought as far as Windows is concerned. Windows will always try to call the master drive on IDE 1 your "C" drive.

Easiest way to do it YOUR way is to simply disconnect any standard IDE drives before you install Windows. Windows will then accept your SATA as C, and keep the C designation even after you re-connect your IDE drives.

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I'm running Win7 Home Premium (64-bit) with Intel i7 chip, 8Mb RAM, onboard graphics.
My Liteon DVD-writer is only a few months old and performs all its functions without fuss - except one.
When I load a DVD-RW or DVD-R containing only 'jpg' images, it takes an age to read them. It won't allow access till that reading is done, regardless of whether I've chosen 'List' or 'Small/Medium/Large Icons' as my view preference.
I appreciate there's 4.7Gb of stuff and eventually it does read, but I've never had a rewriter that appears so sluggish in this regard. Its specs say it reads at 16 speed.
If I insert a DVD of MP3 files, by contrast, it handles these in a flash and many of these MP3 files are much larger than 'jpg' files!
Re-writers in my previous less well-spec'd machines have never exhibited this 'problem' for me.
I'm fairly new to Win7 and I wonder if it's linked to Win7 in some way?
Anyone having the same thing happen with their Liteon or have some advice?
Many thanks

Answer:LiteOn iHAS224 24x DVD±RW DL RAM & Lightscribe SATA Optical Drive - READ PROBLEM?

If you open Task Manager and monitor the CPU usage, does it spike and stay that while while trying to access the files?
A quick Google search shows a few different ideas, but it seems fairly hit and miss as to a solution. One person had success by disabling WinRAR's shell integration, another found a virus on their system. It may just be you have to try a few different things before finding what is causing your problem.

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

Answer:W530 Drive Bay Adapter and Drive Caddy

Hey Chuntley,
If you search around the forums you will find a lot of post on this or close to this subject about installing a second drive to W530.
Here is a link to one such post.
If you have any other questions please post back.
Best Regards,

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

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

Ultrabay caddies come in two thicknesses, 12.7mm for T430 and T530 (0A65623), and 9.5mm for T430s (43N3412.)
You can buy these from Lenovo or you can get "clone" caddies quite inexpensively on eBay, e.g. 9.5mm Bezel SATA 2nd HDD Hard Drive caddy bay for T400s T500 T410s X200 is $10 for a 9.5mm unit. This is what I have in my T430s. A 9.5mm caddie will fit into your T430 but will leave a small gap at the top. You can search to see what 12.7mm caddies are available.  
I haven't tested the clone caddies with HDDs larger than 500GB. There's no reason they won't work. Note that the HDD must be no thicker than the caddy in order to fit physically. Since you have a T430 with 12.7 Ultrabay opening this shouldn't be an issue for you either.

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Hi all,I've just bought a icy box caddy and a hard drive to setup for a mate an external back up device.However, my brother has just bought a Lacie external hard-drive and suggests it's better/safer to use/handle than a do-it-yourself caddy & drive as the "proper" external drives better protect and against knocks and stuff.(We don't want to take his kit apart and check as it'll void the warrenty.)What's the score?Is there any truth in this?

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

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

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I recently got a Satellite L40T-A but I doesn't have an Optical Disk Drive. Do they come like that or is mine wrong. What can I do about it?

Answer:My Satellite L40T-A doesn't have a Optical Disk Drive

I want to check specification for your notebook.
Can you please post whole model number and model name?

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Hello, my ThinkPad X301 2774-LFG doesn't recognize the optical drive! Can anyone help me??? Informations about the ThinkPad 1.) Newest BIOS is installed (1.02 (6EET21WW) 2008-10-09) 2.) BIOS-Option  Security->I/O Port Access-> Optical Drive  is ENABLED 3.) Laptop starts fast without Drive and very slow with Drive in Bay 4.) No Drive in 'Boot Device List' when Drive is installed 5.) all other BIOS-values standard too 6.) No drive recognition in Vista (ultimate 32bit) 7.) PC Doctor show no defects 8.) Lenovo sent new drive, but it's all the same Is the board defective or are there still other possible reasons for this problem??? RegardsVolker  


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Answer:[X301] Laptop doesn't recognize optical drive! Help!

Hello Volker, welcome to Lenovo forums! Unfortunately it seems you have already tried everything to force it to work.If it´s not recognised in bios, I would suggest to call support. You might try a Linux live CD, but there´s no really hopeand you already know it too, as an experienced ThinkPad user, I think.    

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Hello, I have the Modelle R400 running Windows 7 Pro (64 bit) on it.The problem is the opticale disk drive is diabled by the energy manager and it dosn't turn on. Anybody can help me?

Answer:R400 optical disk drive doesn't turn on

Hi Reiji,
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
As per your query we understood that you are having an issue with ODD drive on ThinkPad R400.
To resolve the issue you can check with uncheck the ?Disable optical drive? option from Power manger ? Global power settings ? Battery Stretch Setting and restart the system.
Please click here to view the power manager image.
Hope this helps!
Best regards,
Hemanth Kumar

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I'll try to be brief.
1st, I didn't see a topic dealing exactly with my problem. So here goes.
I bought an Inspiron 15 laptop w/o an OS, and the optical drive didn't work. The seller made me aware of this and said I needed to buy an external optical drive to install Vista. He gave me the Vista install/repair disk (and the drivers disk).
While I was waiting for the optical drive to be delivered I loaded Ubuntu from a disk I had made. Don't ask me why the Linux disk would work using the internal drive but the Vista disk won't. Baffling.
So I recieved a new external optical drive and went to work on installing Vista over the Linux OS. I erased the Linux 1st. Then tried to install Vista, but no matter what I did (changing the boot order etc) the laptop doesn't "find" or "see"an OS to install. In other words I can't boot it up with the Vista OS disk using the external drive.
I can provide any details you may need. Fortunately I also have a desktop computer to work from.
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Laptop doesn't recognize external optical drive...

Things to check;
1. The Vista install disk is almost certainly a DVD disk.
2. The Linux disk is probably just an ordinary CD (you would know).
3. Modern ODDs have 2 lasers, one for DVD and one for CD.
4. It's possible for the DVD laser to fail, but the CD laser will work fine. This explains why the Linux CD would load, but the Vista disk won't.
5. So, since the internal ODD loaded the Linux disk, but not the Vista disk, then the DVD laser has failed on the internal ODD. If you replace the internal ODD with a new one, you should be good-to-go.
Now, regarding the external drive;
1. Is it a DVD drive? If not, it needs to be.
2. Is it externally powered, or does it get it's power from the USB port? It needs to be externally powered, because USB power is notoriously finicky for heavy load operations.
To summarize... the ODDs need to be DVD capable to load a Vista disk.

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