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Can I add a second drive (SSD) to my HP ENVY 17-S143CL?

Product Name: Envy Laptop 17-s143cl
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

The computer has a 1TB drive, but I would like to add a 250 GB SSD. I was under the impression all the 17" models had 2 drive bays, but now that I purchased it, i cannot find any information on this model. Thanks for any feedback or help!

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Re: Can I add a second drive (SSD) to my HP ENVY 17-S143CL?

I linked you to the service Manual. 

 

You just need to buy a 9.5 mm optical bay hard drive adapter:

 

https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/HDDBAY-02/

 

Put the SSD in where the hard drive is, and put the hard drive in this bay and plug it in. 

 

See p. 25 of the Manual for "how to"; very easy. Don't put an SSD in the optical bay. It is not bootable and runs slower than the main SATA port so useful only as a place to store files. 

 

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Re: Can I add a second drive (SSD) to my HP ENVY 17-S143CL?

Here is the Manual so we can see what it looks like inside without actually opening it:

 

Service Manual

 

See pages 31 and 32. There is a place for a single 2.5 inch wide SATA hard drive or SSD. There is no slot for a "gumstick" type M.2 disk. Your only option is to install a 2.5 inch wide SATA SSD. You could theoretically install a modest sized 2.5 inch SATA SSD (say 250 gigs) and then use a optical drive hard drive caddy to place a second hard drive in the place where the DVD drive is located now. Obviously you lose the DVD drive and the performance of such a drive is downclocked but still OK for just storage of files.

 

Post back if you have any other questions. 

 

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Re: Can I add a second drive (SSD) to my HP ENVY 17-S143CL?

Thanks, Huffer.

 

What would be the process to add a second drive in the DVD slot. I would get much more use/benefit from the second drive versus the optical drive, and I already have an external optical from my old 14" laptop.

 

Thanks again.

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Re: Can I add a second drive (SSD) to my HP ENVY 17-S143CL?

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I linked you to the service Manual. 

 

You just need to buy a 9.5 mm optical bay hard drive adapter:

 

https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/HDDBAY-02/

 

Put the SSD in where the hard drive is, and put the hard drive in this bay and plug it in. 

 

See p. 25 of the Manual for "how to"; very easy. Don't put an SSD in the optical bay. It is not bootable and runs slower than the main SATA port so useful only as a place to store files. 

 

If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as SOlution" to help others find it. 

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Thank you both!
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