How can i connect this hard-drive into my laptops' second drive *solved*

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Found 7th Aug 2009
I've just upgraded my primary hard-drive to a SSD in my dell studio 17 and I intended to put my older, bigger one into the secondary slot as storage. I've come across a problem though, the connections seem to be different. I was wondering if anybody on here could help me find a converter so i can plug it in?

I also know I will need a caddy to enclose the hard-drive, i found it on the american dell website for $10.99 but cannot find it now.

any help would be appreciated

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Original Poster

I want to move the hard-drive in the bottom left to the HDD2 area
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/874/sdc10804.jpg

My problem is that the connectors are different!
http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/7334/sdc10802i.jpg

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/8805/sdc10801m.jpg

http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/1781/sdc10794g.jpg

Have you looked at the service manual? According to it there is an interconnect (they label it as the interposer) which is required for the drive connected in bay 2:

support.euro.dell.com/sup…htm

John

Original Poster

ah! thats great so i know its possible. A dell engineer told me it was impossible now all i've got to find is the interposer and hard drive cage online

golemsmate;5958111

ah! thats great so i know its possible. A dell engineer told me it was … ah! thats great so i know its possible. A dell engineer told me it was impossible now all i've got to find is the interposer and hard drive cage online



Dell engineer wants you to pay.:w00t:

Original Poster

to be honest i think he didnt know much, he explained how he has an illegal copy of windows 7 etc i was shocked!

i found the imposer, i just cant find the cage accessories.us.dell.com/sna…012

180377692562 cage which will work.

Original Poster

haha! i found what i was looking for, the imposer information got it for me, rep for you!

if anybody else is looking to install a new hard-drive into ur dell studio buy from here, it includes imposer, screws and the caddy

accessories.us.dell.com/sna…101

Original Poster

grrr you can only buy it within the US... not on the UK site either. Chatting to dell seeing if they'll make an exception

Try doing what this guy did

send an e-mail to technical support and ask them to explain to sales - … send an e-mail to technical support and ask them to explain to sales - exactly what you want




second post from the bottom of the page

en.community.dell.com/for…dhs

Dell US are great for buying pretty much any part, Dell UK are a total joke.

I'm surprised the engineer you had called to your machine gave you wrong information although as the work is subcontracted there can be variance in who you get. Most of the engineers up here know the machines extremely well, they can take them apart and get them back together extremely quickly. One engineer though couldn't even get the case open though, told Dell never to send him again.

John

Original Poster

john, mine didnt know it took him 5 minutes to take the lid off. then he told me "your cables broken it wont go back in..." "oh doesnt matter done it"

He even replaced a working part, my laptop has a knocking noise. i thought it was the hard-drive its been replaced and the noise is still happening near the fan

Original Poster

barneydog;5958650

Try doing what this guy didsecond post from the bottom of the … Try doing what this guy didsecond post from the bottom of the pagehttp://en.community.dell.com/forums/p/19269759/19470779.aspx?c=uk&l=en&cs=ukdhs1&s=dhs



will do and ill get back to you lot

Banned

you're a chirpy chappy ain't you!

Original Poster

bykergrove;5958820

you're a chirpy chappy ain't you!



yuppo i try to be! lol email sent hopefully they'll reply sometime today

Original Poster

barneydog;5958650

Try doing what this guy didsecond post from the bottom of the … Try doing what this guy didsecond post from the bottom of the pagehttp://en.community.dell.com/forums/p/19269759/19470779.aspx?c=uk&l=en&cs=ukdhs1&s=dhs



wow i wasnt expecting much. they've emailed me an invoice and they're willing to send it me. in total it will cost 2.99 for the actual parts and 7.00 postage + some vat. My email had gone to the manager

and a big plus. instead of putting my name on the order, they've decided to put my dads name and debit card on so he can pay RESULT :thumbsup:
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