Precision M6500 three HDDs without RAID?

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  1. htfan

    htfan Notebook Enthusiast

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    Can the M6500 run three hard drives (in the two internal bays and one in the optical/media bay) without needing a RAID setup? Dell.com doesn't seem to allow you to configure three drives unless some form of RAID is used.

    BTW, what's the part number for the extra hard drive module/carrier that goes in the optical bay? Where's a good place to get that?

    Thanks!:)
     
  2. debguy

    debguy rip dmr

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    Yes it works without RAID. I have this setup running.

    I don't know if Dell has any part number for the media bay caddy, or even the part at all. It's a standard slot with 9.5mm height and SATA interface. So any caddy that matches these criteria should work. I got mine from here:
    2nd Hard Drive (or SSD) Caddy for DELL Precision M6400, M6500 [OBHD9-SATA-SATA-B] - $42.00 : NewmodeUS, Hard Drive Caddys for Notebooks

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    You should watch out when configuring this 3 drive setup! It might be that the 3rd drive is not an HDD/SSD in the media bay but the flash module which has an extra port.
     
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    Thanks! :)
     
  4. debguy

    debguy rip dmr

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    Does the secondary slot actually support 12.5mm drives? I haven't checked so far but it would come in handy. I'm not sure about the primary slot either but I think I've seen that this one won't support 12.5mm drives.
     
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    Sorry, I'm not sure if I got you right. The DVD slot in the M6500 can definitely not handle a 12.5mm drive. There might be enough room in the primary HDD slot for a 12.5mm drive, but as far as I can tell, the caddy itself isn't high enough. The same might apply to the secondary HDD slot and caddy, but I never took this caddy out.
     
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    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The M6500 ODD is 12.7mm high, so a 12.5mm height HDD should fit. You just have to find a compatible HDD caddy. The other two HDDs are 9.5mm, while the third listed HDD is miniPCIe.
     
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    Yes i am running 3 HDs in my M6500 with no issues and not in any RAID config .. 1 SSD and 2 Mechanical..

    I bought that caddy from NewmodeUS but i had to file the plastic bezel down to make it fit properly which was rather disappointing .. The model i ordered was the correct one, part number etc..

    Other then that everything is working correctly..
     
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    No! The M6500 has an ODD bay of 9.5mm height. I'm sitting in front of my M6500 and have another laptop with a 12.5mm DVD drive not a meter away. So believe me, I know the difference.

    Thanks for the confirmation! I had the same problem, but somebody else who ordered the same caddy told me that it fits perfectly. So I thought I just had bad luck.
     
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    Whoops, I was thinking about the HP 8740w (also the W701 uses 12.7mm).
     
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