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will this work? im thinking about doing this to my laptop.

i saw it somewhere (i think youtube) that someone did this mod.

used a laptop CD driver to hard drive cover.

also is there a chance that i can do raid? tongue.gif
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Do what? English please? You want to run two HDD's or convert a CD-ROM into a HDD?
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i think he means remove the cd drive on his lappy and instal a hdd in the empty bay, which i have heard been done before smile.gif
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My old Dell CPxJ had two bays in the front, one for the battery and one for CD-ROM/FDD/HDD so, yea nothing new. But since the invent of large drives, probably bit more trouble than its worth,
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I don't know if the OP is still looking for a solution or has found one. Anyways, I'll throw in my 2cents.gif. I was looking for something like this I think last month. My answer was to look through eBay or NewModeUS. Here's the link.

http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/

And my thread.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1198556/laptop-optical-bay-to-2-5-hard-drive-bay

Edit: and if you're wondering about SATA 3 (6GB/s) support, I sent an email and yes, the caddies support it. You just need the laptop to support it too.
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Yes, I have used some optical to 2.5" bays at my job. I don't know if that bay is exactly standardized though...so even if you can find one of these bays, I'm not sure you can use it on any laptop. If anyone could provide insight, that'd be great. I think it'd be a good idea for a SSD + HDD solution.
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Yes, I have used some optical to 2.5" bays at my job. I don't know if that bay is exactly standardized though...so even if you can find one of these bays, I'm not sure you can use it on any laptop. If anyone could provide insight, that'd be great. I think it'd be a good idea for a SSD + HDD solution.

NewModeUS makes specific ones for different laptops. Some laptops have the same bay dimensions so they just use one for a couple. For example, they have one for all of the Asus K laptops (I think K*3 ones only. I don't remember).
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also is there a chance that i can do raid? tongue.gif

i guess once you install the new drive, you could RAID them if your motherboard supports it.. or if it doesnt use a more SW RAID approach which RAID can be set up in win 7 or something like FreeNAS smile.gif
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post #9 of 12
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NewModeUS makes specific ones for different laptops. Some laptops have the same bay dimensions so they just use one for a couple. For example, they have one for all of the Asus K laptops (I think K*3 ones only. I don't remember).

Interesting, I'll check them out.

As for raid, I am willing to bet vital parts of my anatomy that the laptop's motherboard does not support any raid features. Most of those features really slow down the boot process (pre-windows), and since almost no one has multiple disks in a laptop, there is no reason for them to include it. You could try a software-based raid solution, but those aren't exactly worth the effort.
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It will work, but most likely you'll have to do a software raid since most laptop BIOS are typically locked (unless you can uncover the hidden raid options using HEX editing to edit the BIOS file - I have done this a few times and it has worked, it seems every laptop has the option to raid its just hidden within the bios, but its an extremely time consuming process, but it does work) It's quite a headache to explain but I use to love modding laptop BIOS to uncover hidden overclock features and such, it was an old hobby of mine.
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