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Replacing optical drive in Macbook pro with SSD drive

Q: Replacing optical drive in Macbook pro with SSD drive

Hello there,

First off thanks in advance for reading this! I would really appreciate some advice

I have a 17inch Macbook pro i7 laptop.

I was looking at the possibility of replacing the optical drive with a SSD drive (i never really use the optical drive anyways)

I found a place online where one can purchase the SSD drive and case so it fits into where the optical drive is also.

My question is has anybody else done this? and if so is it a good /bad idea?

And also once I replace the optical drive with SSD can I have it so my OS is working off of the new SSD drive and my original 5400rpm HDD will appear up as a separate drive for storage.
Im not sure if its relevant or not but here are the specs of my laptop

Mac osx 10.6.8
2.66 GHZ i7
8gb 1067 MHz DDR3

Thanks!

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Preferred Solution: Replacing optical drive in Macbook pro with SSD drive

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Hello, I'm going to be replacing my primary HDD (1tb) with a SSD and will place the HDD in a drive caddy, replacing the existing DVD drive. 3rd party vendors list both 12mm and 9.5mm drive caddys for this - I imagine a newer laptop would have the smaller form factor, unfortunately this spec info is not available from the manual or Lenovo tech support - does anyone happen to know? Might be best if I yank the drive and measure it or take it with me to buy a caddy in person, rather than order online. Thanks for reading,Paul

A:Replacing the Optical drive on Ideapad 510151SK with HDD caddy, need drive size -12mm or 9.5mm?

Per page 63 of the Lenovo ideapad 510-15ISK/ ideapad 510-15IKB Hardware Maintenance Manual item #4, your laptop uses one of 3 9.0mm optical drives (see below) so a 9.5mm caddy may not work.   There are some 9.0mm universal versions like this one available, but I have not used them, so be sure to check with the seller for capatability before ordering. No     Description                                                                      Part# /FRU4        HLDS GUE0N 9.0mm Slim Tray Rambo ODD             5DX0J464884        PLDS DA-8A6SH 9.0mm  Slim Tray Rambo ODD      5DX0F864044        TSST SU-228GB 9.0 Rambo ODD                                5DX0H14227 Lenovo ideapad 510-15ISK/ ideapad 510-15IKB Hardware Maintenance Manualhttps://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles_pub/ideapad_510-15isk_510-15ikb_hmm_201604.pdf Cheers,

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I love hp products and my laptop, but... The optical drive has performed poorly since purchase. When I load a DVD, it searches and grinds. Data is retrievable, but video does not play. I can retrieve data from CD-R's, but the drive also makes awful noises and is prohibitively slow. The computer is less than one month old. The drive has never worked acceptably. Before the negative experience I rarely used optical media which leads me to my question: Can I replace the DVDRW DU8A5SH SATA with a Solid State Drive or a combo HDD/SSD? Kind thanks for your thoughts and time.

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 ?Hello, I have replaced the old HDD with SSD. And now I want to place the old HDD to a DVD drive. Would it work? The optical drive is 9.0mm high, but couldn't find the fitting caddy. What caddy should I use? Any suggestions? 

A:Lenovo Z50-70 - Replacing optical drive with HDD

 I have replaced the old HDD with SSD. And now I want to place the old HDD to a DVD drive. Would it work? The optical drive is 9.0mm high, but couldn't find the fitting caddy. What caddy should I use? Any suggestions? 

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A:replacing optical drive bezel

 Hi, Check the video from minute 2:10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9EewzcS2ys

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Hi!I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T440P with optical drive (SMD,HLDS,SATA,9.5mm,x8,SBS13)I wish to replace this with a SSD. (256GB/516GB/1024GB)Is it possible? which SSD to choose. ThanksProfessor Volt

A:T440P Replacing optical drive with ssd

Hello and welcome,
 
I don't know so I fed your subject line to The Google.  Many hits including videos, so it looks like it's possible.
 
Z.

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The optical drive on my veteran HP Compaq nx7300 has begun to fail (intermittent read errors), and I'm considering removing it and replacing it with an SSD or second hard drive. Is that possible, and is there a service manual available to guide the process?

A:Replacing optical drive in HP Compaq nx7300 with SSD?

You can replace it with SSD but unfurtunatly it will not be faster as your sata controller is too old Serial ATA-150. I recommended to replace it with Normal disk. Dont waste your money for SSD on this machine !  Steps to remove the HDD you can find it HERE 

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I want to replace my optical drive with an ssd. So i want to know the height of the drive caddy i should purchase? whether 9.5mm or 12.7mm height is the required height?Please help me out. My model is HP Pavilion 15 ab549tx.

A:2nd HDD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-ab5...

From the Manual: Optical drive Fixed, serial ATA, 9.5-mm tray load You seem to know what you want to do but let me just toss out a couple things you may not have considered. The optical drive port is a lower speed SATA than the hard drive port. So if you put an SSD in there it will be running slower than it can. Also it is not bootable so you would be using an SSD just for storage. You may want to consider just putting a bigger and less expensive mechanical hard drive in there for storage.  The laptop has ports for 2.5 inch SATA hard drives and a SATA-type M.2 disk so you can add a solid state drive that will work way better, just not in the optical bay.  Service Manual Post back if you need any more help.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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So I have an Alienware Sentia m3200. My brother broke the CD part of the laser assembly. I guess I must replace this.

I was looking around the almighty net and although DVDRW drives are listed as different for different laptops they are very often the exact same size and use the exact same IDE connection.

Can I buy any DVDRW drive that is left-mounted, IDE 50, slim and replace the drive cover with my Sentia's?
 

A:Parameters for replacing a laptop optical drive?

I don't see why not.
 

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A:2nd HDD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-p26...

Hi, 1. Yes,2.  Your machines uses 9.5mm SATA tray,3.  Problem ? I can't answer this question because who knows anything down to the track.4. I don't know how did you create recovery USB but a proper clean install should work. Regards.

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OK... Here's the situation.

Today, I went onto ebay to find a replacement for my broken slot loading optical drive, and found several with the same model number as mine. One was priced quite low, but the connecting cable differed from mine (most pictured had no cable at all), and I inquired as to whether the cable was removable and could be swapped with my cable. Instead of answering my question, the response was, "This drive WILL NOT work with your laptop."

I do not wish to take my laptop apart needlessly and risk damage (since it is very difficult to get to the drive in my computer), so I'm hoping to get input as to what to look for when replacing the drive. I have a Dell Vostro 2510 laptop with an IDE Sony Optiarc slot-loading optical drive, model number AD-7640A. I didn't look closely to the back of my drive when I removed it, but there is a ribbon cable attached that slides into a connector that latches and holds it in place. Does anyone know if this ribbon cable is likely just plugged into the back of the optical drive, and if all such cables would be? Or do manufacturers ever permanently affix them? So, if I buy a "bare drive" or one with other cable, I could simply remove my cable and attach it to a replacement?

Some Ebay listings:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230688482169

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110802758624

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230720191575

Thanks so much!
 

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I want to replace optical drive with SSD, now I am not sure if its better to replace Optical drive with SSD ot to replace HDD with SSD and Optical drive with HDD. Dont know the difference. Then I want to do clean install of WIn10 on SSD. I bought 128 gb SunDisk SSD. I wanted to buy caddy with these specs:2.5" SATA III HDD/SDD caddy 9.5mm   Size: 125mm*125mm*9.5mm Both SSD and HDD if I checked correctly are 2.5' and SATA. What I dont know is Optical drive SATA aswell. What I am asking if someone can confirm that it will fit and witch option is better (above).And is there any other parameter that I should check out before ordering caddy? Thanks in andvance.

A:SSD caddy replacing optical drive for HP Pavilion 15-au003nm

Here are some things to consider about an optical drive caddy. 1. A drive placed in there will run slower than a drive placed in the main SATA bay. 2. A drive in an optical bay adapter/caddy will not be bootable so will not be able to hold the OS.  So, what you want to do is take that SSD and place it where the hard drive currently is located and then place the old hard drive in the optical caddy. You can still access data on the optical bay drive and transfer is fast enough for video streaming and music but will not be optimal for things like video editing. Just pure raw storage, really. Here is the Service Manual: Manual Hard drive access is on page 32 and optical drive removal is on page 27. The optical drive is 9mm, not 9.5mm and we have had some people report trying to use a 9.5mm bay adapter will not work as it is just a hair too thick to fit inside the laptop. You might find that a 9.5 mm drive adapter will fit, but I cannot guarantee it. It only uses 7mm hard drives but if you happen to have a 9.5 mm form factor hard drive you can (carefully) see if it will fit in the optical bay slot.  Your laptop does have an M.2 mSSD ("gumstick") hard drive slot which would have been a better choice for upgrade. If you can return the 128 gig SSD might not be a bad idea. It only uses the SATA type 2280 M.2 disks with the B + M keys.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.   

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A:T440p Replacing optical drive with ODD caddy 9.5mm - not working

Hi,I'm having the same problem with the B50-80. I replaced the original HD with an SSD and it worked fine. But when I insert the second HD in the optical bay with the proper caddy neighter the BIOS nor Windows recognize the hd. The only application that reads the hd is Device Manager that detects an unknown device with the right name of the hd (toshiba). I am running Windows 10 and the 3.0 bios version. Does anyone have an idea? Thanks

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I bought this laptop exactly a year ago and it's starting run quite slow (restart time is 2:30) which is pretty frustrating. It has 1TB HDD which is plenty of space. I have been thinking about replacing my optical drive (which I have never used) with a caddy and SSD to use as the boot drive. I am plan on using Samsung 850 EVO 250GB (SATA III). I have a few questions about the process.Is this storage compatible with the laptop?What SATA port does the optical bay have? (SATA II or SATA III)Would it be better for some reason to swap the HD with the SSD and use the HD with a caddy? Or any other compatibility issues anyone can point out? I just want to make sure I cover all my bases before I go out an buy the SSD and caddy.Caddy I am planing on using 

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A:sony vaio vgn-nr330E won't boot to any external drive, or internal optical drive

What are the current boot options...as set in your BIOS?

http://www.ehow.com/how_8022156_change-bios-settings-sony-vaio.html

If not listed as the first boot option...it's unlikely that the system would boot from either drive.

Louis

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A:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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Hi,

I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,

P.S.

The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

A:I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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Hi,
I am trying to replace my optical drive with a HDD Caddy with a Seagate 2TB HDD. When I start my laptop with the drive installed both my bios and os don't recognized it. If I start my laptop and then slide the caddy into the optical bay my os picks it up immediately. If I restart the computer the drive is gone. I have discussed with the caddy manufacturer and they aren't sure what the issue is. I have updated all my drivers and my bios via Dell's website.
Can anyone provide some insight?
Thank you.

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A:Hard drive and optical drive only work when IDE cables are disconnected

hi

check that the cables are plugged in the right way round, the red stripe on the cable goes next to the power socket on the device and the board is usually marked pin 1 or has a dot on it.

does it happen when you plug in a single device or only when you plug in both.

are you using seperate cables or are you putting both devices on the same cable.
 

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I just installed a second dvd drive computor recognizes them both at start up. The problem is the drive that is in the master position will not read discs. Ive swapped them both around but no luck either way. Whatever one is jumpered master will not read. Putting both drives on the same ide chain. Farthest one out is master. Any ideas?

Thanks
 

A:Added 2nd optical drive wont recognize master drive

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I recently replaced my hard drive with a SSD and put a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium edition on my laptop. I've had a lot of trouble getting all the drivers to work but fixing the optical drive seems to be giving me the most trouble. I've looked around on this website and on several forums. I've gone into the device manager where the DVD/CD-ROM DRIVE entry only appears when I select to see hidden devices, and even then it is not the optical drive that is installed but something to do with my android phone so scanning for hardware changes makes no difference. I have seen tips on going into the registry to delete two files named upperfilters and lowerfilters, neither of which exist in my registry.  The drive can be seen from my BIOS but appears nowhere else. When I insert a disc I can hear and feel it moving so the hardware is still functioning.  When I installed the new hard drive, I did not unplug anything else so I am certain that the drive is just as connected as it was before when it was working properly. Any other suggestions?

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So, my computer doesn't recognize my optical drive after I reformatted my computer. It's there as drive D: but I can not burn anything using it. And it's my only drive .

So here is my conversation with Gateway support chat guy: In it contains more information of my problem.

Code:
Gary_GWER9390 joined the incident.

Gary_GWER9390 says:
Thank you for contacting technical support. My name and badge number are Gary_GWER9390. Please hold while I review your issue.

Ilya says:
I was speaking with Shannon_GWER1666 and our chat session disconnected accidentaly

Gary_GWER9390 says:
You mentioned that your serial number is CSX7******45, which refers to a GM5478 system and your current email address is ************. Are these correct?

Ilya says:
yes

Ilya says:
I was speaking with Shannon_GWER1666 and our chat session disconnected accidentaly

Gary_GWER9390 says:
Thank you for verifying your information.

Gary_GWER9390 says:
How can I help you?

Ilya says:
I was speaking with Shannon_GWER1666 and our chat session disconnected accidentaly

Ilya says:
Could you send me to her?

Ilya says:
him?

Gary_GWER9390 says:
He is not available at this moment.

Gary_GWER9390 says:
Can you tell me your issue.

Ilya says:
Alright

Ilya says:
My computer can not recognize my dvd-rw drive as a dvd-rw drive

Ilya says:
I cannot burn anything

Ilya says:
I did reformat my computer a week ago, and prior to the reformatting, everything worked perfe... Read more

A:Computer doesn't recognize my optical drive as a dvd-rw drive!

Please? I really need the help!

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Hi all, I've recently bought a second hand Lenovo Z580 and the optical drive needs replacing. I've looked up the hardware maintenance guide and it lists the following: ODD, 12.7MM Rambo, PLDS DS-8A8SH
ODD, 12.7MM Rambo, PSN UJ8C1
ODD, 12.7MM Rambo, Optiarc AD-7740H
ODD, 12.7MM Rambo, TSST SN-208ABI'm not interested in Blu-ray combo replacement so I haven't listed those. My question is, do I have to get one of the drives listed above or can I get another brand as brand new is cheaper (see below)? https://www.businessdirect.bt.com/products/liteon-8x-internal-slim-dvd-rw-black-oem-ds-8acsh-BY5D.ht... I understand I would need to swap the bezel around :-) Thanks




Thanks for any help in advance, Pete

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Hi all

I have installed an optical drive in my computer today and my drive letters were changed. I have changed them back to what they were and after restarting my computer I was unable to log to Windows 8.1 due to the OS being unable to find user profile (my user profile is moved outside of the system drive).

I restored my system to the point from before the new drive installation, but I still would like to change the drive letters around, as some of my software relies on specific directory paths with drive letters.

1. The state from before the installation of the new optical drive.

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Passport (F:)
Storage (G:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
2. The state after installation of the new optical drive:

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Optical Drive (F:)
Passport (G:)
Storage (H:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
3. What I'd like to have:

System (C:)
Virtual Box (D:)
Program Files (E:)
Passport (F:)
Storage (G:)
Program Files 2 (I:)
Optical Drive (any letter, preferably X:)

My user profile WAS located in G:\Users

It is now located in H:\Users and I can log in to Windows. After changing the drive letters around to 3. above I can no longer log in, as Windows is unable to find the user profile on H:\Users anymore.

I use EaseUS Partition Master 10.0 to change the drive letters.

Is there any way I can change the drive letters and make Windows aware of user profile path change?

Thanks.

A:Drive letters changed after an optical drive installation

right click start flag > disk management >

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Hi,

I have an HP Pavilion p6240f desktop purchased in 2010 that came with a 750GB C: drive. I'd like to replace the drive with a new 3TB drive using a cloning program to copy the old drive contents to the new drive. I've read that to access and boot from drives larger than 2TB "your system must be UEFI-capable".

I've looked around on HP sites and other places to determine if my desktop is UEFI-capable but have been unsuccessful. Can anyone tell me if my desktop will work properly with a 3TB drive?

Thanks,
Mike

A:Problem Replacing 750GB Boot Drive with 3TB Drive on older Desktop?

You can plug in the drive alone, attempt in Disk Mgmt to initialize it MBR creating a partition smaller than 2tb. If it will allow this then you'll be able to clone or image over the old install to that partition.

You might even be able to create other partitions once you initialize it with a partition smaller than 2tb for Windows.

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I told my sister I'd help her replace the broken hard drive in her 6 year old HP laptop (G60-120US). We plan to restore the Vista OS that's on the restore disk which came with the machine.

I was concerned about finding a hard drive with the same geometry as the existing drive because I know that was a potential problem some time ago. But then I became convinced that it doesn't matter because ...

1) There's no geometry info on the hard drive currently installed in the laptop (which is a 250GB WD).
2) Sellers of laptop replacement hard drives don't say anything about the geometry of the drives they sell.
and 3) I found this, below, on an HP site but nothing about geometry considerations other then the new AF sector size.
"Customers using original HP supplied recovery discs on systems that have had the 512-byte sector drives replaced with a new Advanced Format HDD may experience issues and may not be able to re-image their system. The most common issue customers will see is that they will not be able to use their current recovery media if they try to install Windows Vista or Windows 7 on AF Drives."
I found other HP info which said only that you need to replace a laptop HD with one of equal or larger capacity.

But then I was looking at hard drives from Discount18, an Amazon seller, and their web site said that once you've replaced a HD with one of their drives you have to do a full OS install, you cannot use the restore disk. I asked about that and got this res... Read more

A:Replacing a Laptop Hard Drive. Is Drive Geometry a Potential Problem?

Sorry for tAking so long, a laptop drive is any 2.5" drive, either regular or ssd will be fine.

You will need to reinstall your OS, if you have the disks, just load from there. I believe your quote is referring to using the HP recovery disks, but your disk may be different.

Honestly, your best solution is to get a copy of vista and use your serial to install a clean copy, though you will need to get your drivers from HP.

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I replaced the harddrive on my HP Pavilion DV1000 laptop. I have the original disks that came with the computer. I set bios to boot from cd. However when I turn the computer on with the xp cd in the optical drive, I just get a blank screen. I can here the cd drive start and stop. Any suggestions on what the problem may be?
 

A:Blank screen after replacing hard drive w/XP boot disk in CD drive

Hi , Is the hard drive you have fitted brand new, nothing on it? Or does it have an OS on it from previous PC? In the BIOS does the new drive show in the list ? And are you using a genuine MS Windows disc, or the HP recovery disc, (as supplied with a new PC?).
 

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Looks that way.

Ever since the technician replaced my defective CD drive, I've been noticing a quick flash of a message saying "diskette drive failure" while I launch Windows. The screen goes by too fast for me to read it, but when I put a floppy disk into my drive, the computer prompted me to insert a floppy disk.

What could have the technician done? I was never getting this error or problem before he came.

He only said his name was Allan. No phone number or anything to contact him.
 

A:Dell Technician Broke Floppy Drive While Replacing CD Drive

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Hi,

My Fujitsu Amilo Li1705 laptop has been reaching full capacity (80gb) for a while so I decided to get a new hard drive.

I've updated the RAM from 1gb to 2gb with no problem.

My hard drive has arrived but with no cables, instructions etc. and searching the web has proved just as unfruitful as most sites refer to external hard drives.

I don't have an external disc so was wondering if there's any way of copying everything over. I've heard of temporarily taking the CD drive out to have the two drives at once but wouldn't know where to start.

Any help/ instructions would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Dale
 

A:Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external drive?

Obviously you did not build a Recovery Disc originally?

You can just order a Recovery Disc from HERE

If your machine is not supported, then then sometimes the Fujitsu forum members will help, at Their Forum

That's 3 ways of getting your Recovery media. I hope it helps
 

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I have read conflicting advice regarding replacing the existing mSATA 32gb drive on my Inspiron 15R SE 7520 laptop. Some say larger drives (upto 480/500gb) will work some say they won't.
I was trying to buy the following drive from Dell's web-site:
Samsung mSATA 250gb Manufacturer Part # MZ-M5E250BW, Dell part # A8313020.
Can Dell support confirm if this mSATA SSD is compatible with my 7520 before I buy this item.
Is there a video available to show how I can replace my existing mSATA drive as I could only find videos on replacing the 1TB hard drive.

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Dell Dimension, win XP.
PC has original DVD drive, added DVD burner and added floppy.

Power at least is connected to DVD (light comes on). Burner and Floppy don't have lights. Compputer does not show the drives as available.

I was selling the PC, so I deleted some apps(MS Office, Photoshop), games, etc., then ran a HDD cleaner to wipe empty space.

Tried re-seating cables, looked at BIOS, but I really don't know what I'm looking for.
 

A:Solved: Optical Drive/floppy drive not available?

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I just built a nice little powerhouse for my girlfriend. It's all up and running great, but I ran into a strange snag along the way.

First of all I'm using the new 915 Intel board (not sure the exact number ATM, but it is Intel brand) with a PCI Express, LGA775 chipset.

I currently have one 36.7 GB WD Raptor on a SATA connection. The only optical drive is a CD/DVD +/- RW combo on it's own (and only) IDE channel. I opened up the BIOS on first boot, and noticed that even though the correct model number showed up in the Drive Options, it was displayed as being a Floppy Drive!

Confused, I switched the jumper setting.... still no change. Switched to the last jumper setting.. tried removing the jumper completely, nope ! OK, so I decide I'll set the jumper back to the Master position and let Windows try to sort it out.

I install windows off my USB DVD-drive. Flawless install, but even in Windows it displays a Floppy Drive! There is no Floppy drive connected. I then proceed to close the case and barf all over the damn thing out of pure frustration. puke:

I'm freakin out here! I've built several computers and worked on countless others and have NEVER EVER seen anything like this. Granted, the RAID thing is new to me, and I'm guessing it probably has something to do with that.
 

A:Optical Drive being recognized as a Floppy Drive !

Welcome to Techspot !

I know you are experienced ,but sometimes the simple stuff.
Given the newness of this architecture I would lean towards the necessity of a bios file update.
Since the bios sees it as a floppy but has the correct Model and I take you loaded Windows from it, it obviously works.
Does your Bios settings allow you to manually chose the drive type and DMA etc.If yes
Disable all IDE channels not in use. and turn off 'auto configure '
Check the web site and tech support there could be a bug fix in the works.
Let us know how far you get.

P.S. Sorry missed you loaded from USB,However if the drive can read media etc. my point is the same.
 

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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I need to replace Dropbox.
Wanted some opinions: Google Drive or One Drive?
Assuming I can install and then forget about - the files just sync themselves?

Any pros and cons I should be aware of?

Details:

I've been a user if Dropbox for more than 10 years - I started using very very early after it came out.
I have a syncing problem - one account doesn't sync out of 20 accounts that share the same folder.
I tried contacting support and asking on forums. Forums were helpful - but after uninstalling and resinstalling, the problem has come back. The support given by direct support really sucks. Slow replies. Replies where they haven't read what you said in your message to them. Really poor experience.
 

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If I replace my traditional drive with a solid state drive in my home network
Would that improve performance? My network drive is connected USB port on my AC1750
smart WIFi router. Netgear model R6400 Would it be worth purchasing a SS drive for that
purpose.

Thank you,
 

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Hello,

I have 4 - 250gb SATA drives on my WIN7 machine. One has WIN7, One has Vista (I dual boot) and the other two are used for storage. I want to replace one of the storage drives with a larger capacity drive 1TB.

In looking inside the cabinet I cant tell which drive has what on it.

Can I just unplug the cable on one drive at a time and identify it that way? Or would it create a problem, such as, Windows renaming the 3 remaining drives?

What's the best way to do this?

Thanks

Don

A:Replacing a existing drive with a larger drive

Enter BIOs setup and look at HD's to determine which HD is plugged into which port 0, 1, 2, 3.

If this isn't enough, type CMD into Start Search box, rightclick to run as Admin, type "Diskpart," , then "list disk"

Now copy down which drive is in which slot judging by size and content.

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I will explain set up followed by the specific problem needing help.
SETUP;
Desktop running XP crashed.Non recoverable.
New Desktop running Win 7
Named C Drive 'Londonserver'
Also has external drive 'Docsdata'
Downloaded all back up data no problem
Set up network no problem
Implemented Sharing of 'Londonserver' and 'Docsdata' drives

PROBLEM;
On Macbook running WIN XP
Deleted old mapping of drives
Re-mapped 'Londonserver' and 'Docsdata' drives
Can see all folders and files on 'Docsdata' but unable to access 'Londonserver'
have gone back to Desktop and checked all sharing and permissions for 'Londonserver' but unable to resolve this issue.
I would appreciate some advice as to where I am going wrong. Why was it so easy to map and access 'Docsdata drive but not 'Londonserver' ??
Thanks in advance.

HPDeskjet 6500 won't print either but I think this is a driver issue needing an X86 driver on this machine. Problem is I have it but don't know where to place the driver folder or file. In System32 folder maybe?

A:Sharing C Drive Win 7 with WIN XP MacBook

You would not move a driver folder for a printer from one computer to another, you just reinstall the driver. Software & driver downloads HP Deskjet 6540 Color Inkjet Printer | HP? Support this printer does not support Windows XP, only Windows 7 and 8.
On the XP partition of the Macbook Go to Start/Run and type ncpa.cpl and press enter. Right click the Local Area Connection/Properties Un-check File and Print Sharing. Apply and OK. See if that works, if not re-check it again.

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Replaced a small hd (ata) with a sata internal drive connected to a host sata card. Partitioned the new drive into 3 primary partitions. Will use the first partition for the system and the next 2 for programs and data files. While partitioning the new hd left the old drive connected and then cloned the contents of the old hd--C:\ drive to the new drive partition reserved for the system files. There are no open bays, therefore I used the old drive bay. Windows XP will not allow the naming of the new partition/drive to be labeled "C", therefore it reverts to the next available letter, in this case "D" but, I want it to be "C". Checked hardware devices and the new drive is listed along with the old C drive which hasn't been disconnected yet. Disabling the old drive won't work since it calls for a reboot. Turned off the computer, removed the old drive and started the computer. Bios recognized the new drive -- enabled thru the sata card. OK for now. Will not boot XP & asks for a system disk or click F2. Clicking F2 takes me to bios setup, but can't see a way to designate the "D" drive to become the new system "C" drive. What am I missing? What is the fix?
 

A:Drive letters after replacing C drive

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My Macbook Pro is from mid 2015 and it's already struggling with things big time and, as Black Friday is fast approaching, I am thinking to upgrade.A few of my friends asked if I would consider windows, and said how much cheaper they are, and I am having second thoughts.Here are the 3, I am considering:Macbook Pro 15" - i9,32GB RAM, ProVega20, 1TB SSD - 3,834Lenovo ThinkPad Extreme Gen 2 - i9, 32GB RAM, Nvidia 1650, 1TB SSD + Multi-Touch Screen + Wifi 6 support - 3,096HP Spectre x360 - i7, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 1650, 1TB SSD + Multi-Touch Screen, Wifi 6 support - 1,799I am going through a lot of courses now, learning video and graphic editing as well as doing a fair bit of LIVE streaming and will be using some device for NOTE TAKING (OneNote). When I had a little play with Lenovo's touch screen on a laptop, I expected it to be poor, but it was actually good!An Ipad Pro 11inch is ANOTHER 1,100 on top of a Macbook.So a top spec Macbook Pro + Ipad Pro would cost me nearly 5,000, what seems absolutely INSANE. No touch screen of WIFI 6 on MACs, that seems just crazy to me in this day and age.The only reason why I am even considering is because I also have an iWatch & iPhone XR. I don't quite know if I could even control devices and do "screen mirroring" and "Clipboard" between an iphone and a windows laptop or TVs.Is there anything "pro macs" that I am missing here? What would you do??

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Hi
My MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid 2012) model has recently stopped working. It was showing a folder with a question mark as it couldn?t locate the hard drive. I?ve tried everything and is hasn?t worked, so I took it the Apple store an they said the hard dive needs replacing but will cost 200. I?d rather do it myself for far cheaper. My question is can someone tell me what hard drive I require, which hard drive will meet performance needs and where I can buy this hard drive. Thank you
 

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Hello all,
I am trying to access my wife's macbook hard drive via my Windows computer using the Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter. The Apple techs said they could not get the drive to register when they hooked it up. However, we gave it a good drying with blow dryer.

The adapter works fine and all the correct drivers installed.

I am in disk management and the 250GB drive seems to be showing up. However, it is not showing up in My Computer and right click shows "assign a letter" is grayed out.

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A:SATA USB Adapter With Macbook Formatted Hard Drive

You are going to need a utility like MacDrive
to read the files. About all you can do directly from the windows management in this instance is format the drive. (which would result in the complete loss of data on the drive)

Also if any of the apparent moisture involved got inside the housing it's very possible the data is damaged beyond recovery. Since hard drives save data to the disk by creating what is essentially rust (iron oxide) manipulated magnetically on the surface.

There is likely a free utility out there that does the job. I just don't deal with mac's very often personally so it's not something I would be aware of, you might try google.

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Hey, While playing CDs (legally bought) in disk drive, it causes crackling in sound. That does not happen with every CD I have, so far it happens with 4 CDs, but that's still problem, because songs crackle even after copying them from the CD. I have streamed those songs, people have confirmed that crackling really is happening. I have tested different media players, I have played those CDs on DVD-player and in another disk drive (another computer), no problems. As well, I have changed frequenzy settings, etc. no help. The crackling always starts from the 1st song of the CD and it slowly disappears when we are going on from track to track, so usually the last song on the CD does not crackle, but usually at least 4 first tracks of the CD do crackle. I did not nuy my computer from Acer Shop, and Live Chat page says that "Our records indicate the serial number you have entered is no longer eligible for warranty support."nor SNID work. I don't think that my computer is warranty eglible anymore (however, my computer isn't even 1 year old yet), as I opened it already, in hope that I can change my disk drive, but it seems like I can't do it. I contacted to one computer and components seller webshop through customer service and they said it's hard to find fitting disk drive for my computer so they told me to contact Acer. However it seems like I can't do that either, or? I think and hope that changing my disk drive would... Read more

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