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G50-80 - Can i replace a optical drive with 9.5mm caddy on G50-80 laptop?

Question: G50-80 - Can i replace a optical drive with 9.5mm caddy on G50-80 laptop?

Can i replace a optical drive with caddy on G50-80 laptop? will it void warrenty?
Which caddy i need to use 9.5 mm or 12.5mm?



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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













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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No.

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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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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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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,

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

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

Thanks in advance.
black_dragon

Answer:Optical bay caddy for Tecra S10-106

Hey mate,

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

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

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Hi, I've just dumped a dead laptop but have kept the hard drive intending to use it as a spare external drive. However, i am having problems finding a caddy/enclosure to put it in. The laptop was a Packard Bell Easynote F7300. can anyone point me to a website where I might find a caddy to put the hard drive in. Thanks

Answer:Caddy for laptop hard drive

There are thousands og them around, emmandelo, but you haven't said if your hard drive is IDE or SATA. Yon can get enclosures that will take both types though. click here You could also search EBay.

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

Answer:Optical bay caddy read write speed

thanks a lot . I asked about it ...

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Hi there,
Hoping you can help! My laptop (ASUS nj61) died. I bought the nexstar 3 superspeed USB 3.0 caddy. Was able to remove laptop hard drive and insert into caddy.
My new laptop reads this as RECOVERY (D. If I double click on this, I get an HP recovery partition warning. I can't seem to access anything from there.
I was hoping to recover photos; music and other files from my old hard drive.
Can you offer any advice (for a computer dummy ) ?
Thanks for your help....
 

Answer:Recovery of laptop hard drive using caddy

most harddrives would have two partitions a D and a C - D is the recovery partition as you have seen and C would be - should be the Main harddrive

with the harddrive connected to the USB port
go into
Start>control panel> administrative tools>computer manager>disk manager
now you should see the USB disk listed there
can we see a screen shot
To post a screen shot of the active window.
Windows XP
Hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application (Start> All Programs> Accessories> Paint) and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.

Vista or Windows 7
you can use the "snipping tool" which is found in Start> All programs> Accessories> Snipping Tool

Windows 8
you can use the snipping tool > Open Snipping Tool (From the Windows 8 Start Screen, type "snip" and press enter.
>Press the Esc. key.
>go back to your Windows 8 start screen - Swipe from left or press Window Button
>Press Ctrl+PrntScr button to use Snipping Tool
see here
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/opinion/windows/3415854/how-take-screenshot-in-windows-8/
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3405830/how-take-screenshot-in-windows-8/
To upload the screen shot to the forum, open the full reply window ("Go Advanced" button) and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
Full details are available here http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Posting_a_Screen... Read more

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Hi,

I have a Laptop running Win98 1st. Ed. It's on it's 2nd hard drive. The first was a IBM Travelstar (model# DKLA-24320). It was replaced when the Stone Monkey Virus made it impossible to access the dirve.

Now I am looking for what I think is called an external hard drive caddy or enclosure. I would like to place the old hard drive in the external caddy or enclosure. The caddy or enclosure would have to be either Parallel, USB or PCMICA adaptable. I am hoping to then be able to access the old hard drive that way.

Is there such a Caddy or enclosure, does it go by any other name? If there is such a device please tell me the proper name and where I can find them.

I'd also like to know whether, this sounds like a possible way to access an old laptop hard drive?

Thanks
 

Answer:laptop Hard Drive External Caddy or Enclosure

You can pick up USB external disk cases for peanuts for 2.5" disks. I use them for traveling storage. Here's one typical example: http://www.imagestore.us/product.asp?pf_id=HY-2.5case&dept_id=04-005

Note that you may need a cheap +5V adapter to use this case, you can buy them in the $20 range with the supply included. www.pricewatch.com is your friend.
 

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I bought this Laptop from Futureshop:http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/lenovo-lenovo-ideapad-15-6-2nd-gen-intel-core-i5-2450m-laptop...but can't find out which Lenovo laptop it is (searching the model number only finds the Futureshop page and a couple of Canadian discount websites).  From what I see on the Lenovo website, it might be something from the Z serieshttp://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.det... I want to know because I want to replace the DVD drive with a hard drive caddy so I can fit a 2nd hard drive in the laptop. 













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Answer:Hard drive caddy (unknown Laptop model)

The answer for your question is written on that website right in the main bold title) It's V570 (V570-1066XB2).

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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 Just bought a Ideapad 500 comes with a 2tb HD what i want to know is where to get a caddy from to replace the internal dvd with a ssd (Will move windows over to it then for booting) Thank you

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Toshiba
hello
I change th? optical drive with a caddy ssd. In bios it's ok. I see my hdd and on odd my ssd. I can't install. It stop on a black screen. I I change the bios order and it boots on hdd.

I ?ve got th? last bios update. If i only put the ssd in the hdd box it's ok.

Please help

Answer:Portege R930 replace odd with ssd in caddy

I think the ODD port is designed for ODD only. SSD wont work.

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I'm in the need for more hard drive space than I have right now, so I'm wanting to take out the extra GPU in my Y510p and put in a hard drive caddy. The problem is that there is a little bracket that I need to remove from the DVD drive and put on the caddy, but since I never got the DVD drive model, I can't do that. Is there any place where I can buy the little bracket I need?

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Hi there .. i never use my optical drive and its no use anymore , as i do everything on the usb
i was looking at amazon and found this
http://www.amazon.co.uk/EiioX-12-7mm-Universal-DVD-ROM-storage/dp/B008V66RDY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3H46D8XUO44M 0&coliid=I14DBX147IAAGW
this is my laptop
http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/satellite/L750/L755D-S5363/

i am just wondering what is the best way to do this and if it the right size


thanks

Answer:Re: Satellite L755D - I want to replace ODD with a HDD caddy

Usually every notebook manufacturer offers list of compatible accessories and parts that can be used on certain notebook model. As far as I know such parts Toshiba doesn?t offer for upgrade so with this you are on your own.
With other words you will be very lucky if someone on this forum has the same notebook model, use identical part and can confirm that it works perfectly.

Generally speaking it is not expensive and I think you can buy it and test it.
Do you know how to remove optical disc drive?

Anyway, if you need some assistance you are welcome.


One more thing: has your notebook valid warranty?

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hey guys, I am noticing that some of the ultrabay caddys for sale say you must have the optical drive and not the dual graphics card. I have a dual graphics card that I want to replace with an SSD. Can I do this? Do you know of a specific caddy to buy for that?  is there anything specific I need to know about replacing the card for something else?  lenovo y500 with dual Nvidia GeForce GT 650 cards in there.  thanks!

Answer:y500 caddy to replace 2nd graphic card?

update: here's an example of what I'm talking about, caddy for sale that says not for if you have 2nd graphics cardhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-HDD-SSD-hard-drive-caddy-For-Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y500-Y500N-Y510P-/2214762536..."note: the black bracket is not included. But you can also transfer your optical drive's bracket to our caddy. (Your laptop must have an optical drive rather than a 2nd graphics card in Ultrabay)"

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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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Hi, I bought a hdd caddy for my Y510p and want to replace the 2nd video card with the caddy. Everything is fine with the caddy, 2nd hdd works but how to remove the bezel/cover from the video card to put it on the caddy? There are a lot of videos in internet but showing this only with the DVD drive, not the video card. Any ideas? Thank you

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Hi all,
New to the forum.
I have an Dell Inspiron 15-5558 and am wanting to swap the optical DVD drive for a Sandisk Ultra II 240GB ssd for the operating system.
I'm quite newbie with modding hardware so just wondering what I would need apart from the hard drive itself.
I know I'll need some sort of bay to hold it in but does anyone know where I would source one to the same specs as the drive so the case is all flush

Answer:Swap Laptop Optical Drive for Solid State Drive

You will probably need some sort of Tray and it's likely to be smaller than the Standard Hard Drive

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Hello, I have a Sony Vaio VGN-N38E laptop and the optical drive seems to be dead. Can someone give me a link to a compatible Optical Drive that I can purchase?
I'm not sure how to find out what type it needs (or what types there are).

Thanks for any help
 

Answer:Need new laptop optical drive

I'm sorry, I don't understand? Please help me find a replacement drive as I cant even read discs on my laptop (or boot any from BIOS).
 

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I'm having issues with my internal optical drive on my g50-80 laptop.I need a replacement one but I don't know what optical drives are compatible with my laptop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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I tried seraching for size in mm for my optical drive but not successfull . Is anybody aware of spec and size for Optical drive used in my model : Hp-15-be001tx. I intend to remove my optical drive and instead install Harddisk on that space so i have to order a case for this , which i can see in 2 sizes: 9.5mm and 12.7 mm. Obviously connector type also different PCI and SATA.

Answer:Optical drive size for my laptop

Hi: The service manual for your notebook, chapter 3, page 40 indicates the optical drive for all models is part # 858505-001. When you enter the part # in the box at the link below, it will give the size in mm of the drive. http://partsurfer.hp.com/search.aspx 858505-001DVD+/-RW Double-Layer SuperMulti optical drive - 9.5mm form factor - Includes bracket and bezel   

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Good morning!
Reinstalled XP to a friend's Dell Latitude D620 laptop using Dell Recovery Disc. Had to manually find drivers for just about everything - Intel chipset, graphics, audio, wired and wireless, etc. Device Mgr. shows no question marks now.

However, the internal Philips SCB5265 optical drive shows up as a removable USB device. The little "Safely Remove Hardware" icon is always on in the lower right corner of Desktop. The drive appears to be functioning OK - any disc I pop into the drive comes up as one would expect - but it's going to be confusing to the users.

Googled around a bit - tried Microsoft Fixit utility but that didn't do anything.

Answer:Laptop optical drive shows up as USB?

Hi have you tried uninstalling it from device manager and rebooting windows will install it again

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I need a laptop, smaller than 13" and weighing a few pounds or less, WITH an optical drive, that plays DVD's.  So please let me know the SMALLEST laptop u have that has an optical drive.  It seems this is like impossible to find, and I would really hate to look at Dell and HP because they are horrible companies.  Thank you.

Answer:Need Smallest Laptop WITH Optical Drive

How about something from the Thinkpad x61 series? It has no optical drive inbuilt, but you can use a docking station with an Ultrabay Slim. This allows even an additional harddisk or battery. The docking station also provides serial and parallel ports, nearly impossible to find on modern laptops.Technical data -- Core 2 Duo 1.6 Hz- up to 8 GB RAM- even 12,5 mm harddrives fit- display size 12,1", 4:3 format- typical 1024x768, SXGA+ display with 1400x1050 available- PCMCIA/Cardbus slot- SD card slot- 2x Mini-PCIe internalThere is also a tablet version available which uses a Wacom pressure-sensitive stylus (256 steps of pressure), great for artists or paperless writing. There's also a combinated display with multitouch + Wacom pen available, but only in 1024x768 resolution.Fully tested operation systems are Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005, Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8 64 bit and Ubuntu 12 64 bit - all have support for the Wacom screen. Partially working are AROS (no sound or 3D graphics), Android-x86 (no WLAN), OSx86 10.6 or 10.7 (graphics not 100%). AROS and OSx86 also need a certified WLAN card with Atheros 5000 chipset.I'm very pleased with my x61 tablet, especcially the high resolution of 1400x1050 is great. It's also useful that 12,5 mm drives fit (with a trick), maybe a supplier will produce notebook drives with a higher capacity with this height. It is also possible to use SCSI with an Adaptec 1480 series PCMCIA adapter, but it'll work only on 32bit-Windows versions. Recomm... Read more

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Hi,I have a compaq laptop which has a faulty DVDRW.The connection is IDE,so will any make of internal laptop DVDRW fit my model ?Cheers

Answer:are all laptop optical drive sthe same ?

I would get the exact make and model of the drive (from device manager) then google for a direct replacement."The connection is IDE,so will any make of internal laptop DVDRW fit my model ?" No all current drives are sata and will not be suitable.

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Often, depending on the DVD it seems, when I pop one into my laptop I hear a loud whirring like vibration humming noise coming from the optical drive as the DVD is spinning. The sound generally seems to speed up (get louder) and then slow down (get softer) as I'm doing things such as switching to various menu places on the DVD. The DVDs that cause this sound play through okay, but obviously there shouldn't be this loud sound I describe coming from the drive. And these are commercially produced factory quality DVDs, not irregular in any particular way. These DVDs are ones I borrow from a friend, not sure if it something caused by some player he's previously played them on or what. Most other DVD's, also borrowed from him, play fine with absolutely quiet operation from the drive, it's sort of random whether the noise will happen or not.
I found the following info online, but don't really know if this could be causing the issue:
Rotational vibration. Some discs are less balanced and cause more wobbling and vibrations, which in turn, lead to more noise. The imbalance of discs is random and uncontrollable. However, some drives seem to deal better with imbalanced discs because of clamping / damping mechanisms.
Any comments appreciated.
 

Answer:laptop optical drive noise

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

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

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

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I need to change my optical drive (cdrw/dvdrom combo drive), and I found someone selling these dvd writers. How do I know if it's compatible with my laptop?

DVD writer - http://www.panasonic-industrial.com/servlet/PB/menu/1115209_l2/index.html
Laptop - http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/Toshiba_Satellite_1130_S155/4505-3121_16-21063537.html

Thank you very much.
 

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Not sure of my laptop model number, but the optical drive is SU-208.I found one on Amazon but it says its for Toshiba even tho its an su-208 optical drive. Is there a difference? Any place in particular I should go for a replacement?Thanks!

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Mods: I tried searching for a thread about this, but the system rejects small words and common words so that failed. I did my part there so on with my question.

My Toshiba Portege 3490CT has no optical drive built in and though I can get a "docking station", this is the only thing I would use it for.

I tried running a base XP Pro install with the drive in a Tecra 8200, but it would BSOD during boot, even in safe mode. Likely XP Pro locks itself to a particular system because it was the NT kernel that asploded.

What I do have: 2.5" to 3.5" interface adapter

I can put the laptop drive in my desktop but that's it. No floppy, nothing.

I found a technique involving reformat of the drive with FAT32, install of DOS 7.10, copying of everything from the i386 directory of the XP disc and jumping through hoops but is there an easier way?
 

Answer:need help installing XP Pro on laptop with no optical drive

I can think of two ways:. Either run an installation of XP from a USB flash drive by copying all the files to the drive, making it bootable and enabling smartdrive, then run the winnt command to do a DOS-mode installation. This will be slow though.

You could also try an installation from the Tecra using the hard drive of the Portege, Sysprep it, and then replace it in the Portege to run. The sysprep, if executed properly should eliminate the BSOD issue (which was probably an 0x7B error due to incompatible mass storage controllers). You will need the i386 folder, a copy of the System Deployment Tools (which should be in the TOOLS folder of an XP Pro CD, in the DEPLOY.CAB) and all the necessary drivers for the Portege. The Setup Manager (setupmgr.exe) will help you make a Sysprep.inf file. Use the below link as a reference to Sysprep.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;302577&sd=tech

In the Sysprep.inf file, to help eliminate any BSODs due to incompatible mass storage controllers, you'll want to specify a:

[Sysprep]
BuildSysprepMassStorage
[SysprepMassStorage]
PCI\VEN_10B9&DEV_5215=c:\windows\inf\mshdc.inf
As a note the PCI\VEN etc...is asking for:
"PCI\Vendor Device Instance ID = %systemroot%\%directory%\driver.inf" where driver.inf is the driver for the particular piece of hardware. Usually the chipset maker will have drivers for the mass storage controller if needed in their chipset installation package, or the microsoft gen... Read more

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My friend needs needs to install softwares and games in his new laptop, which is a hp elitebook (windows 10) and doesn't have a cd drive. But his old laptop (windows 7 or 8) does. Is there any way, the apps and games can be installed from the optical drives of old laptop to the new one?

(don't have a lan cable)

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The optical drive on my HP ( Model # dv9628nr ) laptop isn't reading ANY discs that I put into it. I've tried updating the drivers, uninstalling and then reinstalling the drivers, putting various cds and dvds into it, and it will not read them. What happens is the disc begins to spin, the drive sounds like it's going to work, but then the disc stops spinning. The drive still sounds like it's trying to read the disc before, during and even after the disc stops spinning. I've tried manually starting up the disc by going into "my computer" but it does not work. I've tried cleaning the lens, blew some air into the drive, but still nothing.

Am I missing something? Is the drive bad and it needs to be replaced? The 1 year manufacturer's warranty has expired, so any repairs or replacements needed I would have to/rather do myself. Where is the cheapest and quickest place to buy a replacement drive for the laptop?

2 other quick items of interest. I'm running Vista. Also, a couple of weeks ago I underwent the task of ripping all my cd's onto my computers (I have 2) and this particular laptop/optical drive was extremely slow at ripping the cds (about 45 min to an hour per cd, whereas the other computer was 5 to 7 min).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:HP Laptop optical drive not working

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I have bought a beautiful Lenovo Ideapad Z500 (i7 3xx2qm + 8 GB DDR3 + 1TB HDD hybrid + 8GB SSD + nVIdia GT740m)....it's very good notebook...but i have one insopportable problem. In datasheet about sellers it report that Wifi it's b/g/n and Gigabyte lan......but it do not support 5 Ghz lan and Z500 have only a 10/100 RJ-45 We are in 2014! How it's possible that Lenovo produced a notebook with a fantastic hardware and not included support to dual band wireless with 2,4 and 5 Ghz and not included support to 10/100/1000 My old notebook (7 years) support this type of connection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1)Can i raplace the wireless card with one that support dual band wifi?2)Can i replace the ethernet card? with a 10/100/1000 lan?3)Can i replace the DVD-RW with a caddy + SSD 250 GB? Thanks

Answer:Lenovo Z500 replace Intel N-2230 wireless card and remove DVD-RW for Caddy + SSD

1)Can i raplace the wireless card with one that support dual band wifi? Answer: NO. But you can use a USB dual band  wifi adapter instead. 2)Can i replace the ethernet card? with a 10/100/1000 lan?  Answer: NO. But this function may not be needed if you properly choose the wifi adapter mentioned in question 1. 3)Can i replace the DVD-RW with a caddy + SSD 250 GB? Answer: Maybe. You have to match the connector and the physical dimension of the caddy.

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OK... Here's the situation.

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

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

Some Ebay listings:

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

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

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

Thanks so much!
 

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I cant get this windows Cd to boot from my optical drive. I went into the bios made sure the boot order was fine. Then that didnt work. Then I tried disabling the hard drive to isolate the problem and that just produced the same result. When I try to boot from CD it just says "please insert bootable media or check settings in bios"...i paraphrased that. I know this Windows CD works because I tested it in my desktop.

I even took apart notebook and reseated everything, checked connections and all was fine. Went back together just fine and still the computer wont boot from a CD and the hard drive isnt working because my cousin deleted some important windows files somehow so I need to boot from original Windows CD to restore O/S.

Please help, thanks!
 

Answer:Cant boot Windows XP Pro CD from Laptop optical drive

on the boot order page in the bios was the optical enabled?
 

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I just put in a new optical drive so I could burn my cd's on my laptop (Dell) - Windows XP. The old optical drive was not working anymore.

Anyway when I inserted it into the laptop normally a pop-up will appear saying the computer recognized new hardware. This did not happen. When I went to open My Computer and search for the Drive C - it was not there.

The drive does open up and I put in a Music CD and when I try to open it - it says there is nothing on the CD.

Can anyone help me please?
 

Answer:Laptop Computer won't recognize a new optical CD/RW drive

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Hey guys. I have a Toshiba Dynabook A2 here which lost its interal CDR/W-DVD drive a couple weeks back. I ordered a new one (the nice SD-R2412) online and realized it's gonna be a little bit harder to install than I thought. The laptop is a Japanese model from a about a year ago, and is obviously a DynaBook because it's written across the back of the LCD, but the model name shows Satellite 2801 Series (see this image), a series that doesn't come up on the Toshiba site, Japanese or English. Anyway, I suppose it is related to the 1800 series or 1805 series (US) in design. So I know what notebook this is, but how do I get in the bloody thing? The image above shows all the screws on the system except for the 2 hiding under stickers on the front left and right of the display. I tried removing all of these and I still couldn't separate the top from the bottom, which was being held together by something in the area of the keyboard. I know some laptops open by removing screws located in the keyboard, so I tried to remove a suspicious area of the keyboard, but there was nothing under there.

Like all the dumbass laptop companies, Toshiba does not consider the machine user servicable, but I don't feel like paying more than I did for the drive for a porky technician to flip out the drives in 10 minutes. People on other boards recommend buying a service manual or CD from ebay or something, which just means more $$$ and more waiting. Does anybody have any experien... Read more

Answer:Optical drive meets Toshiba laptop

Nobody's gonna take a crack at this?
 

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I bought a dell 15 5000 5559 laptop but found out the optical drive doesn't seem to recognize discs like dvds or games . Does anyone know a way to fix this?

Answer:optical drive on laptop not recognising discs

Has it been recently updated to Windows 10?

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hello dear all for the guru.............
i have (my friend have) notebook acer aspire 2930..
get problem about optical drive .. why that's can't open if i press..
why?
I've restored them back to who knows it was not caused by a virus
result still.... the led lights just flicker and then die

what should I do but buy a new cd-rom

Answer:OPTICAL DRIVE laptop cann't opened

  
Quote: Originally Posted by kutujenggot


can't open if i press


Is there a very small hole on the front of the CD drive?

You may be able to force it open by inserting a wire (paper clip) into that hole.

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

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can anyone help! the optical drive on my laptop is not working.up to a few days ago it was working fine i was ripping music into windows media player as normal everything hunky dory,then i decided to copy some files on to a DVD R disc(music photos that sort of thing).this happened no problem,, then i removed the disk, and put it back in to the drive, and the drive started up then it stopped, so i took the disc out again and put it back in, and now it won`t work at all with any disc`s i want to play,it just makes a noise for a few seconds and then nothing.ive tryed everthing i can think of such as unistall then reunstall drivers but nothing,also drivers are up to date,but when i click on properties it says used space full(DVD RW DRIVE (E)).help!! iam on vista basic

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I recently purchased a Acer ES1-512-P84G laptop and found it doesn't have an optical drive. Can I install one? What parts would I need to purchase? Are they available through your website? Thanks!

Answer:Acer ES1-512-P84G laptop needs optical drive

You can probably install one, but it would be a lot easier and cheaper to buy a USB optical drive.

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I have a CD/DVD/Blu-ray player that I pulled from my old laptop so I could use it in my current laptop which does not have an optical drive. I purchased a SATA cable to connect it to my new laptop via USB, but most times I plug it in, it does not work. By this I mean, I got it to burn audio files on a DVD-R (thought it was a CD-R), but have not got it to work since then, with DVDs or CDs (behaves the same). It does show up as drive (D:), but when I click on it, it does not do anything.

It consistently freezes Windows Media Player on startup of the program, and causes PowerISO to freeze upon selecting "Burn". When I go to Disk Management, it just perpetually reads loading virtual drives or something

All I am trying to do is burn my grandpa a CD of MP3s from an album I bought (Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits). Any help is much appreciated, please let me know if you need more information.

Here is what I know about the player:
It?s from a Toshiba laptop, I don't remember what model. The player model on the sticker says ?UJ141?, and it says the power supply is ?DC5V?, if that could be the issue

Here is the SATA cable I purchased:
Amazon.com: USB 2.0 to 7+6 13 Pin Slimline Slim SATA II Laptop CD/DVD Drive Adapter Cable: Computers Accessories

Answer:External Optical Drive from Old Laptop Not Working

Do you have that 5vDC power connected ?

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