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Convert Optical Drive to HDD Bay

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I have an Acer 4743g laptop that came with a 640gb 5400rpm hdd and I replaced it with a 64gb Crucial M4 ssd the day I bought it.

I'm thinking of buying one of these to replace my DVD drive because I need more storage space.
I don't want to lug around an external hdd everywhere I go.

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Now as you can see that hdd bay doesn't have any cooling at all. Would it be better if I put my ssd in there instead of the hard drive?
..and are the sata ports on a laptop's optical drive the same as the one's on it's hard drive (ie no bottleneck)?

Thank you for your input. smile.gif
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HDDs aren't really cooled (Experience from taking apart my old laptop about 20 times. Compaq CQ61-319WM) So it wouldn't really matter which one is placed there.

EDIT: The connector is something you'd have to figure out as finding a pick just of that part would be impossible on google images.
     
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Thank you. +

I guess I'll take my dvd drive apart and take it to the store to compare.

One other thing I'm worried about is that 2 hdds / ssds would lower the battery life but I don't know how significantly.
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Thank you. +

I guess I'll take my dvd drive apart and take it to the store to compare.

One other thing I'm worried about is that 2 hdds / ssds would lower the battery life but I don't know how significantly.

They wouldn't lower it one bit. SSDs and HDDs take up very little power.
     
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They wouldn't lower it one bit. SSDs and HDDs take up very little power.

HDDs and SSDs use 2-8w in use and .5-5w idle. While these may not sound like a lot, they can have an minor impact on battery life.
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One other thing I'm worried about is that 2 hdds / ssds would lower the battery life but I don't know how significantly.
It should not be that bad especially if you allow the device to park and go idle.
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