DIY: Adding SSD or HDD storage using an optical bay caddy

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  1. 2.0

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    It looks good. Does it come with the corner rubber bushings to install the HDD? Does it have holes to install it inside the laptop just like your optical drive or it just sits loose inside? Does your original optical drive sit over 1 or 2 flex ribbons? I'm sorry about the 100 questions but I'm looking to get the same exact one and modify it a bit. It looks like it would fit my old Vaio Z and it's inexpensive.
     
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    I did this conversion a few weeks ago. I removed the Blu-ray burner from my M17x R2 and replaced it with a 750GB HDD, but will soon switch that over to a 1TB HDD. The reason I did so was so that I can have a large storage drive, as well as run an Intel X25-M SSD RAID 0 setup, (2x160GB) Below are a few pics from the process. After I was done, I put the Blu-ray burner in an external enclosure, and ordered a slot load bezel, so that I could still use the blu-ray burner as an external. Its a great compromise since I don't use the optical drive to often.


    Optical Drive Caddy:
    Newmodeus Optical caddy for slot load drives:

    External Enclosure for removed Optical drive:
    USB External Enclosure For SATA Laptop DVD Drive Burner - eBay (item 110511352514 end time Nov-19-10 08:07:41 PST). Comes with both Slot load and tray load bezels.

    Bezel: In the event that you don't get a slot load bezel from the above vendor with your enclosure.
    Slot Loading Optical Drive Bezel Panasonic/Mata - MRC-0089 - Mac Recycling

    EDIT: Switched the 750GB drive for a 1TB HDD.

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    It has the exact form factor of the DVD drive it replaces. As for the HDD, you simply connect it to the SATA interface on the inside and screw the drive down with the 4 included screws that mate with the standard screw holes of HDDs.

    Then you simply slide it into the notebook. The fit is snug. Optionally, you can transfer a back plate from your original DVD so that you can fasten it to notebook - if yours has such a thing.

    Maybe I'll take some pictures on Sunday.
     
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    stamar Notebook Prophet

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    according to intel rapid storage my cd drive has sata transfer rate 1.5 gbs

    it says my two hds have sata transfer rate 3.0 gbs

    First Im sure it says somewhere but can i fix this?

    Do I need to? Isnt 1.5 gbs still faster than a 2.5 hdd can handle?

    I intend to put a 12.5 mm hd in it, not a ssd.
     
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    you cant "fix" this its a motherboard hardware issue

    however yes 1.5Gbs will not bottleneck your HDD for the most part
     
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    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    The optical drive is coming up as 1.5GBps because it's a SATA-I device. It doesn't need SATA-II transfer speeds. Your Intel I/O chipset otherwise can do SATA-II on the optical drive interface.
     
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    That Fenvi caddy has 4 screws that you put in your SSD's sides so it slides under plastic tabs to prevent vertical movement. Once in place the front filler panel is inserted to secure the drive from sliding forward. The combo fixing the drive firmly in place.

    If you really wanted to pin the drive down then would need a newmodeus equivalent caddy OR would need to drill some bevelled screwholes as described here to the ebay caddy.

    I'd suggest just go the ebay "Fenvi" caddy.
     
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    Also, see my post a few posts above.

    I got this one and it works perfectly: NEW Sata 2nd HDD Caddy Adapter IBM Thinkpad R400 DV16 - eBay (item 250710608227 end time Jan-10-11 18:25:57 PST)

    Look to see if Australian eBay sells a optical caddy for Thinkpad R400

    Has removable bezel.

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    Upgraded the 320GB Sami with a 500GB WD drive.
     
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