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

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  1. dr.pratik

    dr.pratik Notebook Evangelist

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    Also you should remove bookable windows partition from hard disk.
    It may conflict with ssd.
     
  2. User Retired 2

    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    If the bios isn't allowing boot off the SSD then can either:

    1. Use EasyBCD to add an entry to your bootmenu that boots your Windows on your Vertex SSD in the optical bay caddy.

    2. If using grub2 bootloader, add a Win7 entry to boot off your Vertex in optical bay caddy to the bootmenu.

    3. If your bios hasn't initialised the Vertex as a drive such that bootmanagers in (1) and (2) above can't boot it then try using PLOP bootmanager booted off USB stick to attempt boot off the optical bay caddy.
     
  3. BathtubGin

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    Do the caddies for "ICH9M or newer" chipsets support SATA-III?

    Is there any pitfall to buying a generic one from these eBay sellers from China (over something brandname)?

    Assuming putting the faceplate from the optical drive on the caddy, does it matter if the caddy is specifically marketed as being compatible with your machine, or are all 9.5mm's basically the same?
     
  4. Shemmy

    Shemmy Notebook Evangelist

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    I have a 4430s, and put my SSD into the main HD slot. I have an HDD in the caddy. Works better that way. Oddly enough, I still get the upgrade bay boot option when I press F9. I'm not sure what that's about. However, I can tell you that speed-wise, you're better off with the SSD in the main HD slot.

    Also, do you have a link to the enclosure you ordered for the optical drive? I need to get one.
     
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    hankaaron57 Go BIG or go HOME

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    I have to say, that in all, this is the best thread I've seen in a longggggg time. I love it. I bought a cheapo optical HDD bay caddy and I have a 1TB WD Blue drive in there now and I love it.

    By the way, if any 1TB drives popup that are 9.5mm and a reasonable price, please shout.
     
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    1TB WD 10TPVT is 12.5mm 750GB WD7500BPKT is 9.5mm.
     
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    Hey guys, I use This caddy and when it does the spindown to save battery life (DV6-6108us) I can't get it to spin back up and it ends up dismounting from My Computer.

    This is problematic because all my multimedia files are on the HDD in the caddy. A working solution so far that I found was to increase the time before spindown to 99999 minutes, therefore canceling any potential spindown and keeping the drive mounted.

    Pics Attached:

    Before Spindown (Ignore Drive F:)
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    Power Settings for Spindown:
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    After Spindown (Settings changed to turn off HDD on battery after 1 minute):
    [​IMG]

    Any thoughts on how I can get my HDD in my optical caddy to wake back up without a restart?
     
  8. dr.pratik

    dr.pratik Notebook Evangelist

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    I Suggest bios update shall be useful.
    do try latest bios update.
     
  9. Kogarasumaru

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    After installing it in my caddy, I occasionally hear a clicking sound. Is this because of the caddy, or is my hard drive is dying. Also posted what i'm getting for data from HD Tune 2.55. From the data, it doesn't look good but I'm not sure if I'm intrepreting this correctly.

    HD Tune: WDC WD3200BEKT-60V5T1 Health

    ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status
    (01) Raw Read Error Rate 200 200 51 0 Ok
    (03) Spin Up Time 176 174 21 2200 Ok
    (04) Start/Stop Count 100 100 0 600 Ok
    (05) Reallocated Sector Count 200 200 140 0 Ok
    (07) Seek Error Rate 100 253 51 0 Ok
    (09) Power On Hours Count 86 86 0 10915 Ok
    (0A) Spin Retry Count 100 100 51 0 Ok
    (0B) Calibration Retry Count 100 100 0 0 Ok
    (0C) Power Cycle Count 100 100 0 547 Ok
    (B8) (unknown attribute) 100 100 97 0 Ok
    (BB) (unknown attribute) 100 100 0 0 Ok
    (BC) (unknown attribute) 100 96 0 79 Ok
    (BE) Airflow Temperature 57 25 40 43 Ok
    (BF) G-sense Error Rate 1 1 0 99 Ok
    (C0) Power Off Retract Count 200 200 0 34 Ok
    (C1) Load Cycle Count 189 189 0 34318 Ok
    (C2) Temperature 104 72 0 43 Ok
    (C4) Reallocated Event Count 200 200 0 0 Ok
    (C5) Current Pending Sector 200 200 0 0 Ok
    (C6) Offline Uncorrectable 100 253 0 0 Ok
    (C7) Ultra DMA CRC Error Count 200 200 0 0 Ok
    (C8) Write Error Rate 100 253 51 0 Ok

    Power On Time : 10915
    Health Status : Ok
     
  10. Rykoshet

    Rykoshet Notebook Deity

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    Any good HDD caddies for the Dell E6520, without paying $50+ for newmodus?

    Thanks!
     
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