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SSD Caddy [SOLVED]
« on: March 10, 2016, 06:50:12 pm »
I was taking apart my Acer Aspire E15 (E5-551-T1Z2) ---because, well, I tinker--- and I realized it had a large space next to the HDD. I can only assume it's supposed to be an expansion bay for a new HDD/SSD. I looked around online but I can't seem to find any documentation around it. Frankly I'd love to put an SSD in this thing, the 5400 RPM HDD is one of the lower points of this laptop.

I have never installed a new caddy into a laptop, and I was wondering if anyone had any good resources/articles/tutorials or even just basic tips before I start such a project.

Thank you!
« Last Edit: March 13, 2016, 11:16:50 am by Razznak »

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Re: SSD Caddy
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2016, 07:01:15 am »
Acer E5-551's normally come with an optical drive (DVD drive) as can be seen in all the disassembly videos on youtube, but according to this:
http://www.cnet.com/products/acer-aspire-e5-551-t1z2-15-6-a-series-a10-7300-win-8-1-64-bit-12-gb-ram-1-tb-hdd/specs/
the T1Z2 does not.

So I'm assuming the empty space is where the DVD drive owuld go in the more expensive model .. is there a blanking plate in place of the DVD drive ?

As long as the connector and controller are still there (on the motherboard) for the DVD you  can usually find a caddy for for an HDD/SSD that replaces the DVD drive .. such as:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/EiioX-12-7mm-Universal-DVD-ROM-storage/dp/B008V66RDY

What's the output from:
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dmesg | grep -i sata
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Re: SSD Caddy
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2016, 12:32:39 am »
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And ahh yeah, a space for an optical drive would make more sense now that I think about it. Anyways I'm glad I got this model, I rarely come across physical discs.  :P

I'm not sure what you mean by blanking plate. There is a large piece of plastic that I could slide out from the space once I took a few screws out. Could that be it?
« Last Edit: March 12, 2016, 12:36:11 am by Razznak »

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Re: SSD Caddy
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2016, 01:03:41 am »
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And ahh yeah, a space for an optical drive would make more sense now that I think about it. Anyways I'm glad I got this model, I rarely come across physical discs.  :P

I'm not sure what you mean by blanking plate. There is a large piece of plastic that I could slide out from the space once I took a few screws out. Could that be it?
Yeah, that's it,  It's just something to fill or cover the hole.  I removed the optical drive on my Dell Latitude e6410.  I replaced it with a hard drive caddy.  I fitted a 120GB Kingston SSD in the original hard drive bay and fitted a Western Digital "Blue" 1TG HDD as a /DATA storage drive in the caddy.  It only runs at 5400 RPM and it's perfect for the job.  If your Acer is as easy to upgrade as my Dell.  The whole process should take you no more than 15 mins to complete.  I'll never run a distro from a HDD again.  I'm totally spoiled by the SSD.  My Dell was quick booting from an HDD.  Now launching from the SSD, it goes at warp speed  :o!!
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Re: SSD Caddy
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2016, 03:26:41 am »
can you post the output from:
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Re: SSD Caddy
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2016, 05:10:49 pm »
I don't think this will work for you .. I can only see one SATA controller/port (ata1)  :(
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Re: SSD Caddy
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2016, 11:16:36 am »
Aww darn. Thanks anyways  :)

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Re: SSD Caddy [SOLVED]
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2016, 11:51:06 am »
NP :)
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