Dell 1545 and 7mm SSD Misfit

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  1. theMezz

    theMezz Newbie

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    I am trying to use a 7mm Mushkin Reactor SSD 250GB Drive in my Dell 1545 and it seems tp physically fit, but obviously the SATA pins do not connect.

    I tried to add a 7mm to 9.5 mm spacer but then screw holes are useless.

    Any suggestions?

    Perhaps this 7mm SSD drive simply cannot be used in the 1545

    Any tricks or tips I can try?

    Thanks
     
  2. dg1261

    dg1261 Notebook Geek

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    "Obviously??" Au contraire. In fact, it's supposed to fit, and it should fit.

    The location of the SATA connectors is specified by the SFF-8223 standard to be identical, from the same reference point, for all SATA 2.5" and even 3.5" drives. Hold the drive with the connector end toward you, and the top surface up. In that orientation (looking into the connectors), the lower left edge of the drive is the reference point.

    SFF-8223 specifies the distance from the bottom plane to the connectors, and from the left side of the drive to the connectors. It doesn't matter how thick the drive is, those dimensions should always be the same. (In fact, they are even the same on the larger 3.5" desktop drives!)

    I believe the drive in a 1545 mounts in a caddy, doesn't it? That caddy fixes the position of the lower-left edge of the drive with relation to the laptop, so regardless of the drive's thickness the connectors should always be in the proper position to mate. You should not need, nor use, any shims or spacers.
     
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    theMezz Newbie

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    Thanks for your input.

    I put the spacer on the top of the caddy instead of the bottom and it works !

    Turns out this is common problem with ssd drives SOME notebooks - the connectors line up, but do not make contact without that spacer.

    All resolved and working well now





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