Laptop - Second drive caddy

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by QuantumBug, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    Does anyone know of a good, trusted source to purchase laptop second HDD caddys to replace the optical drive? I need to replace my main drive with an SSD and keep the 500GB as my data drive.

    Thanks in advance, Dave.
     
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  2. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    Nobody? :(

    I found one on eBay in the end :)
     
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  3. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    Thanks but as I mentioned above I've already purchased one. Your link was also removed by admin because external links can be classed as spamming, especially to websites dedicated to good or services.

    Thanks anyway.
     
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  4. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    did you get dvd hdd 2nd caddy ?
    did it work for your pc to boot from it ?

    i got lenovo T410 with no detect no boot from it.. but it blinks once on powerup post. :confused:
    dsdt _EJT might be doing it and part of code to treat as dvd ide ?
     
  5. QuantumBug

    QuantumBug MDL Developer

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    #5 QuantumBug, Mar 9, 2016
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    My caddy worked fine.

    Never tried booting from a second drive host as most BIOS don't allow this function. Or don't support separate dual booting.

    Check your original optical drive works, check HDD and check caddy. If these are okay then it probably doesn't support boot from that port.
     
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  6. bpwnes

    bpwnes MDL Member

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    I just ran into one of these actually (I didn't look at the brand). The guy had replaced his HDD with a SSD and got one of these adapters to put his original drive in. It was an Alienware 14" notebook (M14x maybe? It has a slot-load ODD) set up using the IRST RAID driver. The second drive would show in BIOS and Intel RAID utility but not in the operating system at all. I found some forum post online saying that the OS will only see the drive if you can jumper it down to 1.5 Gbps. The drive was an HGST 1TB w/o any jumpers, so nothing we could do. Disabling RAID and using AHCI/IDE didn't even help, so it's some sort of incompatibility.

    I have used these adapters w/o problems in the past. I think the last one I did was a ThinkPad E540 and I couldn't tell you the brand of adapter (they all are pretty much the same), but the OS drive was in the bay and booted just fine. This is probably something you just need to try. Every laptop with an ODD can boot to it, so there shouldn't be any problem booting to a HDD in it's place. The only real concern is the thickness of the adapter as not all ODDs are the same form factor.
     
  7. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    #7 LatinMcG, Mar 10, 2016
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    i tried a few drives SSD and WD blue 500gb... likely its bios related too.
    bios shows on boot devs the option for second but no hdd brand detected..so it should work then.
    makes sense. older drive might work or time to edit bios sata 1 detection or OPRom intel mod
     
  8. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    I use the drive Caddy since 6 years already for to replace the with a 2. HDD and it just works fine. Mainly all m,y laptops acre Acer, for the reason that Acer has the best Company Service in Thailand for Laptops. With AHCI enabled all times, I could even change the HDD in drive Caddy with DVD while the laptop's OS is running.

    On that HDD's I've now running:
    1. HDD as WD Blue 750 GB 5400 rpm: Windows 10 Insider Preview. HDD is partitioned in 200GB (System C and 550GB (Data, set as Drive A, plus 2 partition System Reserved and Recovery
    2. HDD a WD Black Scorpio 7200 rpm: Windows 7 Ultimate 2 Partition, 1 for System (Drive C and Recovery 100MB.

    All of that works very well with no any problems.

    I use to have in all computers some drives set as Drive A: for data and even some external USB HDD as Drive B: for additional data. USB HDD's I have a lot for different work, and for sure for Backup's, as well as Windows Drives to Go!!
     
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  9. TrustMe

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    bpwnes, can I copy and paste your reply into another forum? I also belong to the Windows 10 forum and there is a guy who has a Alienware M14x that removed his DVD and replaced it with a hard drive caddy. The hard drive does not show up in Windows. If he jumpers the drive down to 1.5 Gbps, do you think it will show up?
     
  10. bpwnes

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    Sure go for it. This is just what I saw on some post on some forum somewhere. I don't know if it's true, but supposedly it'll work.
     
  11. LatinMcG

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    #11 LatinMcG, Mar 12, 2016
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    tried all of it 3 drives .. seems its power issue. with this generic 9.5mm .. didnt say for t410.
    likely missing some extra caps in this crap one i bought.

    ordered another one better T410 specific model compatible generic witht the right plastic mount quick release clips included 8.99 1$ more than the first. o_O

    Edit: yep that one works fine!