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

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  1. pengy_666

    pengy_666 Notebook Evangelist

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    I need the frontplate for current drive as I will be putting it into a external caddy,


    The HDD bay I have is second hand hence having an incorrect fascia.
     
  2. messwitme

    messwitme Newbie

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    Hey guys, so I'm waiting for ssd and hd prices to go down... any ideas when?
    And when they do go down, my laptop is a sager np5160. After looking around, will any of the 12.7 mm caddies fit?

    Thanks
     
  3. dr.pratik

    dr.pratik Notebook Evangelist

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    HDD will fall by 6-8 months.
    SSD no idea.
     
  4. supirio

    supirio Notebook Enthusiast

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    If you monitor slickdeals.net for 'SSD' there are still decent deals to be had now and then from newegg and the like, for instance the Intel 320 160gb was just $165 after mail in rebate.
     
  5. krizzz

    krizzz Notebook Enthusiast

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    yeah and i jumped on a corsair force gt 120gb for 150 after rebate deal.
    thats affordable and well worth the money
     
  6. DesZac

    DesZac Notebook Enthusiast

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    Does anyone know if a Gateway m285-e has a compatible Hard drive caddy?

    all of these list like HP and stuff but I don't see any for Gateway...
     
  7. DesZac

    DesZac Notebook Enthusiast

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    Does anyone know?
     
  8. dr.pratik

    dr.pratik Notebook Evangelist

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    Take out your DVD drive.
    Measure the height of drive.
    Its the size for your caddy.
     
  9. timohour

    timohour Notebook Consultant

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    I just received my caddies. I ordered a hdd caddy and an external usb caddy to put my DVD in it. Total cost 15,90$ including combined shipping.

    I put my Vertex in there but I can't make it boot. When I press F9 the only option that I get is Notebook Hard Drive. Anybody booted from the caddy successfully?

    My system is an 4530s H65. When I have my DVD in it it shows a boot option Notebook Upgrade Bay, but when I insert ODD caddy with ssd nothing

    Pls advise...

    4530s will take any 12.7mm hdd caddy
     
  10. JKleiss

    JKleiss Notebook Evangelist

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    Put the SSD in the bay the hard drive is in currently, install windows onto that. Put the old HDD into the caddy aftwards or might try boot from that.
     
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