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Laptop Optical Drive/Hard Drive Caddy

Postposted on Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:05 am

I am looking to install a hard drive caddy into the optical drive hole of a future consumer-level laptop (not mac). After combing over many hard drive caddies online in search of compatability with laptop models that fit my requirements, I noticed that most "modern" hard drive caddies look the same. Obviously I need to get a laptop with a tray loading optical drive in order to install a hard drive caddy. Based on my logic, I believe that all tray load optical drives should be universally compatable, hence hard drive caddies should behave similarly. I don't believe that laptop makers are making their own proprietary tray load optical drives so universal compatability would make sense. I'm more of a desktop hardware guy so my logic stems from that "genre."

Can anybody confirm my theory, or do I have my head where the sun dont shine?
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Re: Laptop Optical Drive/Hard Drive Caddy

Postposted on Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:08 pm

Wow, apparently there's not much expertise on this topic out there. Well I've been doing some research of my own (ie taking the optical drives out of every laptop I can get my hands on in the past few days) and I've noticed that there are actually 2 different optical drives thicknesses out there. 9.5mm and 12.5mm. Other than that difference, all the drives I came across looked mostly the same, ie a hard drive caddy would fit into any of them as long as it was the correct thickness.
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Re: Laptop Optical Drive/Hard Drive Caddy

Postposted on Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:23 pm

Every tray loading laptop optical drive that I've seen in the past several years has been exactly the same. They only differ by the face plate attached.
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