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Windows 7: HDD in laptop CD drive bay

10 Nov 2012   #31
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I've been looking at sata caddys and they all look identical to what mine is, so i think i must have missidentified it.

I'll get a photo later, I've updated the specs an genres a link to the specs page from HP.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...link=ot_search


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10 Nov 2012   #32
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Ya canno tell Sata from Pata just by looking and the connections. You have to identify the interface.

You might damage components if you connect the wrong type, so be certain - read the specs

Thanks for the updates.

Bill
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10 Nov 2012   #33
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

You're getting very good guidance form everyone else that's posting here. I'm sure they are better to answer your inquiries based on what I've read.

I was reading about your machine and noticed that it has an external eSata port. I'm guessing that you want to maintain portability with the added capacity.

Anyway, I'll let the other folks guide you, but if you think you might want to keep your OD and add external capacity
here's google shopping for sSata 2.5 drives.

and I'm out

Bill
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11 Nov 2012   #34
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I can't see where it says SATA or IDE, but in almost 100% sure that it is SATA because IDE connectors look nothing like mine.


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11 Nov 2012   #35
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

That's definetly a SATA. I mean really, how can one not distinguish SATA from IDE (that changed name in PATA after they made SATA) at first glance?

(I know, these are hdds but it doesn't matter, just look at the connector)

Pat on your own shoulder, you can install good HDDs on that.

To seee if it is SATA II or III (I think it's unlikely it's a SATA I, the laptop is far too new for that) I think you have to use softwares like PC wizard or maybe speccy. The connectors are exactly the same (I, II, III), the difference is in the electronics controlling data movement.


Btw, your CD drive seems to have a non-standard cover. You may have to remove it and place it on the HDD caddy for it to disguise itself the right way. It should be easy as it's just a cover.
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11 Nov 2012   #36
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Ok thanks, the SATA 2/3 thing doesn't matter hugely, as it'll be for my files only not the OS.
The metal casing on is the only cover, just one layer. Obviously there's the front cover which can be removed but other than that it's just bare metal.
I may have misunderstood you if so do tell.
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11 Nov 2012   #37
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

I knew I was going to catch flak after posting "Ya no can tell..."

Tried to duck with "I'm sure they are better to answer your inquiries based on what I've read."
pulling foot out of mouth now

Bill
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13 Nov 2012   #38
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

A quick googling can be a lifesaver in those situations. Usually you find some page that teaches how to tell A from B.
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13 Nov 2012   #39
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Thanks Bob,

My original post was based on researching an enclosure for a 2.5 HD from one of my machines that had died. I wanted to test the drive and save the data if possible. Google advised me to identify the drive interface (Sata / Pata) and match the enclosure to drive, additional warnings included dire consequences if types were mismatched.

Having become more familiar with the two, I should have known those warnings made little sense. I originally posted in haste and then attempted to rectract gracefully from the conversation.

Anyway, I think I get it - Googled returned this when I searched
English | Italian - curtesy of Google translate

Bill
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