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Dell Vostro dual hard drives Vista plus XP

MikeT Avatar
[mod] 8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
I have a Vostro 1700 here that I am going to have a play with dual drives in it.

Most seem to be ordered with just one drive so in order to fit another hard drive you will need to get a few parts from dell first. Parts required for the second hard drive bay are:
Caddy DLC-C7586
Connector DLC-XK231
Screws caddy to drive and caddy to bay DLC-XC467 & DLC-XC470
Now I just got onto support and told them I had bought a 2nd drive and was unable to fit it as they didnt supply the kit with the machine, they arranged to send me the parts foc, you may not be so lucky and have to pay.

My Vostro came with 160gb 5400rpm drive in bay 1
I have bought a 100Gb 7200rpm drive for bay 2

It looks very much like you should be able to select in bios which of the 2 drives to boot from and maybe use the boot manager to choose Vista or XP too. This is unknown as yet as I've not got as far as installing XP Pro on the 2nd drive yet.
Maybe something horrid will happen when the machine boots to see a 2nd drive with a MBR and one will get deleted, I'm unsure atm

If thats the case then it still means I can trial XP on the vostro to see if its indeed quicker than Vista, I will just remove one drive.

So this is a bit of a work in progress thread and I welcome any input as I'm sure many of you who just bought stonking Dell deals may be interested in doing something like this too.
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[mod] 8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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[mod]#1
Here is the 2nd drive caddy on the left plus the connector shown above the hard drive.

http://bp3.blogger.com/_0rdH8xanL5M/R5u5Ce_RGgI/AAAAAAAAAA8/oQFugqbP1fE/s320/Vostro+drive+caddy.jpg

Drive bay 2 is where this extra will fit, bay 1 has the original drive installed.
http://bp3.blogger.com/_0rdH8xanL5M/R5u5Ce_RGhI/AAAAAAAAABE/0nKRp-5qv6E/s320/Vostro+drive+housing.jpg

This just shows the terminations for bay1 more clearly

http://bp1.blogger.com/_0rdH8xanL5M/R5u5C-_RGiI/AAAAAAAAABM/CoS_0sczclI/s320/Vostro+drive+terminals.jpg
#2
That's annoying - I just bought 3 Vostros 1700s for our company and when I asked our account manager to send us some caddies and connectors to fit second HDDs I was told it's impossible to get them (aside from with the HDD that comes with the laptop).
I looked for the part numbers you mentioned on the Dell website but could find nothing. Are you quoting from the UK or US site?
banned#3
Is this just for the 1700 or does it apply to the 1500 as well?
[mod]#4
biyitch;1508677
That's annoying - I just bought 3 Vostros 1700s for our company and when I asked our account manager to send us some caddies and connectors to fit second HDDs I was told it's impossible to get them (aside from with the HDD that comes with the laptop).
I looked for the part numbers you mentioned on the Dell website but could find nothing. Are you quoting from the UK or US site?


I called Vostro support and gave them the part numbers, they confirmed them correct and ordered them for me, had a call next day from the parts dept to say there would be a delay on 3 parts, the caddy arrived that day, the other parts 2 days later.
Be aware that the caddies are different between bay 1 and bay 2 but the only difference is a cutout in the non connector end is offset, trimming this wider means the caddy/drive assembly will then fit either bay.
[mod]#5
guv;1508706
Is this just for the 1700 or does it apply to the 1500 as well?


This just applies to Vostro 1700 and Inspiron 1720/1721

The Vostro 1500 and Inspiron 1520/1521 have a slot in single hard drive like this.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/vos1500/en/sm/csl_hd_9.jpg
banned#6
MikeT
This just applies to Vostro 1700 and Inspiron 1720/1721

The Vostro 1500 and Inspiron 1520/1521 have a slot in single hard drive.


OK, thanks Mike. I thought that would be the case. No great hardship I guess - 2 1/4" USB enclosure will still work fine!:p
#7
OK. Thanks.
[mod]#8
I now have XP Pro up and running on the bay 2 hard drive (bay 1 drive removed for safety atm) I had to slipstream the dell sata controller drivers onto a disc with XP before I could get the install to take in native AHCI mode.
Interestingly the bios recognised the bay2 drive but even with bios set to boot from it, there is a 1 second delay on boot when it looks to boot from bay1 drive even though its not fitted atm, msg no drive found is displayed. This has to be a dell bios setup thats not changable

No real problems installing all the Vostro 1700 drivers from dells site, a couple of audio ones wriggled a bit before the correct ones were found, but its looking all good right now

Forceware video drivers were quicker, see my other thread on Crysis for details.

The next trick will be to try and get it working with both the Vista bay 1 drive installed as well and a boot manager to choose which OS to boot to.

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