Install A Hard Drive Or SSD In Your Notebook's Optical Bay

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phamhlam

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I thought about doing this. It gives you the speed of a SSD and the space of a HDD. When you need your DVD drive, slide it back in or just use a USB one. I ended up selling my laptop and getting a desktop haahaha.
 

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I think having a 128 - 256 GB mPCIe SSD will be much easier to have :D

+ it will give you the ability to have another HDD for large storage if you can't life with just 128 or 256GB :)
 
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But what about heat? As far as I can see there are no venting holes or I might just be mistaking. :)
 

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Isn't eSATA usb 3 and other ports designed to accommodate external hdd? I agree that external isn't as convenient as build in ,but can be used in several laptops.
 

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Lmao I did this back in 2006, the dell drive bay in your pic is one of the multibay drives used in the first ever XPS and the i9100.

Hears another newsflash, you can also replace the optical drive with hot swappable extra battery's for extra power time! :O
 

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insane prices on toms hardware and confusing article.

resuming:
ICH2-8M chipsets: uses sata or pata
ICH9M or newer: uses sata
ODD sizes: 9.5mm or 12.7mm

you can also put 1.8" drives if you get a 1.8" to 2.5" adapter.

There's 2 types of ODD to HDD adapters:
-Adapter only
-hotswap capable ones that allow the odd caddy to slide


"At about $68 (plus international shipping) the caddy isn't exactly cheap" o'really? toms is trying to rips us off.
here way more cheaper and dozens of models:
http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2&zenid=0dacdbda0327cab9d5e7253d90061d0e

and even cheaper:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-5-Laptop-SATA-HDD-ODD-CD-DVD-RW-BOX-Caddy-12-7mm-/260780207912?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item3cb7b62f28

$12.99!!!
 
I've been looking for one of those for my Asus N3 fro quite some time now 8(

I really think that using that space you could fit even more with custom "bays replacements". We still waste space. Also, making it into a real hdd bay could be great as well.

Cheers!
 

bennaye

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1. Cut a hole in the box.
2. Put your junk in the box
3. Make her open the box.

And THAT'S the way you do itttt~ It's my SSD in a box!
 

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I think this is a great idea for enabling software RAID 1 on a notebook. That would help performance and provide redundancy. With software RAID on Linux you can remove one drive and still boot so it is possible to swap the CD/DVD drive back in, use it, then swap it back out and let the RAID resync.
 

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It's a laptop, can get stolen easily. I think having Wuala, Crashplan, or any secure sync service is a better idea to prevent data loss. Also, never forget to have an encryption if you have business-sensitive information.
 

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[citation][nom]hunshiki[/nom]Because Lenovo's UltraBay is made so poorly, that it won't fit any computer.Just check the reviews at Lenovo: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/de [...] MIGR-73170[/citation]
it fit's. there's specially design odd converters for lenovo.it's a special 7-8mm thing. it's very rare but it does exist. probably cheap on ebay.
 

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Sadly, this isn't an option for laptops that don't come with an OS-reinstall disc and the hidden partition will not allow you to chose which drive you want the OS reinstalled in, such as the N61Jq.
 
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Isn't a 630's optical bay IDE based? Is this adapter using some sort of IDE to Sata converter. I wonder what the performance hit and compatibility is for this sort of conversion?

 

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[citation][nom]A Bad Day[/nom]Sadly, this isn't an option for laptops that don't come with an OS-reinstall disc and the hidden partition will not allow you to chose which drive you want the OS reinstalled in, such as the N61Jq.[/citation]If you don't know how to reinstall an OS on your own or work with partitions, you shouldn't be installing one of these in the first place.
 
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