07-02-2020 10:38 AM
I just ordered this laptop with only the base 256gb SSD with the intention of adding my own SATA drive for additional storage. I found this previous question about a similar laptop:
Is that solution also applicable to my laptop? For instance, is that the caddy and cable that I need?
Am I also limited to a 7mm thick drive? Is there any other limitation on the drive (faster than 5400 RPM, more than 2 TB, etc)?
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07-02-2020 02:07 PM
It has option to add 1TB of HDD for $130 and you did not ppick the option
Now you have to buy HDD, cable, bracket and this would cost more plus labor cost. I can't get its series to be able to work out which parts you need. Please come back in 3 months time when we have a clearer picture.
Mots likely the thickness is 7mm but you need parts for HDD cable and bracket.
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07-02-2020 04:18 PM
I chose not to get the hard drive already installed in the computer because it isn't a good deal.
In the thread that I linked, the parts for that 17z laptop are about $30 (caddy/cable). and here is a link for a 2TB drive that will fit fine and is $80: https://smile.amazon.com/Blue-2TB-Mobile-Hard-Drive/dp/B079BQS5WQ/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=sata+...
I have the tools and skills to install it myself. So for $110 I will have 2TB vs. 1TB for $130 from HP. If a higher capacity drive will work in this laptop, I could have 4TB for $170, I just need to know what the motherboard can handle and if I need the same parts as the other 17z.
07-20-2020 02:19 PM
So, to answer my own questions, everything from this thread is applicable and correct:
That is the correct manual, HDD caddy, and cable as confirmed by the HP rep from which I purchased the laptop.
It needs to be a 2.5" 7mm thick drive, and drives that size go up to 2 TB/5400 RPM. The biggest 7200 RPM HDD I could find was only 1 TB. All of the parts came to just under $110 with a 2TB/5400 RPM Western Digital Blue series SATA drive and it took me about 20 minutes to install. Thanks anyway.