Seperis (seperis) wrote,

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for people who like to mod their computers

Okay, question.

I want to strip out my DVD/CD writer on my new laptop and put a second hard drive there, because I can count the number of times on one hand I actually use it, and a.) put that into an enclosure to use with the eSata connection and b.) put a second hard drive in the place that the writer was. Becuase my ultimate goal is to move the new 500G into that slot and get a SSD in the primary and basically have a really creepy tech orgasm for days.

Okay, I know I can do that, but here's my question.

Everywhere I read it keeps saying I need to buy this caddy to replace it with, and I'm not sure why. From what I read on the specs, the writer is sata (if it's not sata, I won't bother unless I can find another sata connection on the board) and I can't see why I can't pull out the writer, gut it, and put the hard drive in there and plug it into the writer's sata connection. What am I missing?

I experimented with this already but I ran into the problem that no one makes the correct kind of pata/sata interface with slimlines and it required me to buy a caddy or find an engineering student who might trade a blowjob for designing me a working interface (and that was a close thing) as the specific type of interface I needed basically didn't exist. If I'm doing sata to sata, I should be able to just do that myself with an interface cable? And create screw holes to screw the drive into the writer's old caddy? Or is this a heat issue? I read the specs for the caddy and it's not like it looked all that hard.

If you need more specifics, I can be more specific. Any suggestions? I mean, I could buy the caddy, I get that, but building my own caddy will keep me more content with the universe while I still destroy motherboards learning to solder. If I can get this to work, I swear I will write up a complete post with pictures illustrating how it's done.

ETA: Link to the caddy, one with pata and one with sata. I'm not seeing why I couldn't do this myself with a sata; the pata interface, yeah, that seems to be impossible to find.

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