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

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  1. gazzacbr

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    excellent stuff nando4, just what ive been looking for. with bootable flash/usb drives, my dvd caddy was becoming dusty :)
    although it is a blu-ray drive, so maybe useful if i could afford to buy a blu-ray movie
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    For my G50VT, I just unscrewed it, slid it out and measured the height with a caliper.



    Confirmed 12.7mm drives work, I have a 500GB 12.7mm in there right now.
    Can you link me to the 1TB ones? I didn't know they have them.
     
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    WD10TEVT - 12.5mm 2.5" 1TB SATA HDD
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    Thanks again nando, I got my ocz vertex ssd today and put my 320 gb hitachi in the caddy (while running win 7 from the ssd).
    It works like a charm on my notebook (xxodd/sager 5797?clevo m570tu).
    Adjusting the bezel was easy and it looks really snappy ;)
     
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    Thanks very much for this, such a great solution!

    I'll be doing this in my XPS 16 for sure!
     
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    i got the newmodeus sata-pata for my acer 6920g. when i boot up, it tries to boot from the caddy hard disk (wd 250GB). if i go to the bios setup, it does not see the internal disk drive at all :( what am i doing wrong?
    edit: hang on, i think i have to set one to slave? its a western digital, there are 4pins and a jumper covering the left 2 nearest the sata connector. anybody know which 2 to make it slave? no luck on WD site so far
    edit 2: doh, thats the reduced power spinup/spread spectrum clocking ( ?????? ) so still looking for help
     
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    6920G=965PM chipset=ICH8M I/O chipset. So the primary bay is SATA and the optical bay is PATA. The jumperless newmodeus sata-to-pata caddy boots up as Slave. It is unusual that the primary SATA bay would not be seen at all. Worth check for bios updates to correct as well as double check the optical drive in Windows Device Manager to see if it's the primary (Master) or secondary drive (Slave).
     
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    @nando4: the board i have does not have the jumpers on it. bios is latest. where exactly can i see in Device Manager the primary/secondary?
    CD location says location 0,channel 0, target 0, lun 0, physical dev is \dev\Ide\IdeDeviceP0T0L0-0
    my hard disk is also location 0,channel 0, target 0, lun 0, \device\Ide\IdeDeviceP2T0L0-4
    can i hot-plug the device after booting?
     
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    Your optical drive is set as master. The optical caddy is running as slave. There's your bootup problem. Suggest asking newmodeus for the jumpered master/slave REV_C board as shown in my last post.

    Yes - you can hotplug the ICH8M PATA interface. Use hotswap! to do it safely by disabling the optical drive prior to swapping in the caddy. Then use it's 'Scan For Hardware Changes' to detect the caddy.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Can anybody has PATA type of dvd interface confirm how fast it is?
     
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