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Joe0480
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HDD internal storage upgrade

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Omen 25L GT12-0045na
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I'm looking to buy a 2nd internal HDD for my desktop. I'm planning on buying an equivalent 1TB 7,200 RPM HDD to put into the secondary slot at the front of the machine. My questions:

 

1) Can the slot hold a 3.5" HDD?

2) Do I need to buy 4 X mounting screws, or will the black removable mounting bracket inside the slot hold the HDD in place?

 

Rgds,

 

Joe.

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I looked at: OMEN 25L GT12-0045na Desktop PC Product Specifications | HP® Customer Support

but I did not see anything about the specifications for the case's drive-bays.

 

But, that web-page does state that: 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State is an option.

So, you could purchase this, and "clone" your current disk-drive onto it, and boot from it.

That will speed-up your computer!

Then, your current disk-drive, however it is attached, can be "repurposed" or replaced.

 

 

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Hi,

        thanks for checking, but no, that doesn't really help. I need to know about the spare drive bay for an internal storage expansion. The M.2 slot is already in use with 256 GB for the OS.

 

Rgds,

 

Joe.

 

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My disadvantage is that I cannot view your computer case's drive-bays nor the leads from the power-supply.

 

Do you have an "empty" drive-bay where the optional CD/DVD device would go?

That bay probably is 5.25 inches wide. So, you would need a "tray" of that width to hold a 3.5-inch disk-drive.

 

Does your motherboard have an unused SATA socket, available to be used by a CD/DVD or an additional disk-drive?

 

Does your power-supply have an unused SATA-power connector that is long-enough to reach the desired placement of the CD/DVD/HDD device?

 

Does your motherboard have an eSATA connector on the back-plane? If so, you could use an eSATA cable to connect to an external disk-drive. Such an eSATA connection should operate the external disk-drive as fast as if an additional internal HDD was used.

 

 

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The current HDD is at the front of the PC on its side in the first photo. It is held in place by a bracket. Now, is that 3.5" or 2.5"? Secondly, as you'll see from the 2nd photo showing the empty slot below it, I noticed 4 x small pins (NOT threaded mounting screws) around the plastic mount. Will they work to hold in a new HDD, or are they just stoppers put there for show?

 

Many thanks,

 

Joe.

 

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