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What is the expansion bay on the front of my computer used for? And how do you open it?

 
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Re: What is the expansion bay on the front of my computer used for? And how do you open it?

Hello, 

 

Can you tell us more about what computer you have (model number, etc).  Smiley Happy

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I have the same question - I just bought a new HP Pavilion Series model no. p7-1039 ---*** there is actually a button to press that is to the right of the expansion bay. When pressed nothing happens.  Help would be appreciated!

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Hi russbuss,

That expansion port is a place holder, you could put a blue ray drive in there, or another dvd/cd burner, something like that.  If you do put another drive in there, the button to the right would open and close the disc tray.

Enjoy your new computer!

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I was told by HP product support that you could place (you have to take the cojmputer apart, I believe) an external Hard Drive, an optical drive, a pocket media drive (whatever that is) or "another hard drive" (which seems redundant.  My real question is:  which of these makes best use of the computer.  The tech guy opined that another hard drive would be most additive, but I already have a terabit of storage and another terabit on a removable drive.  So I'm still confused about "best use". 

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Re: What is the expansion bay on the front of my computer used for? And how do you open it?

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Hi,

 

The extra bay that you have referenced in typically used for a second 5.25" optical drive. Hence the need for the lever to open the bay door.

 

You could use that bay for other purposes depending on your needs. 

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