06-28-2016 05:11 PM
I would like to remove the DVD drive from my laptop and replace it with an SSD. Is it possible to connect a SATA laptop drive to this anyway, and if so how?
my laptop HP 15-AC143WM
Any help appreciated,
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06-28-2016 05:41 PM
After looking through the Maintenance and Service Guide for your PC, I would have to say yes ... but ...
Here is the link so you can read it for yourself : http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04653884
As I see it, there are three issues: space, connector, fixed mount.
It appears that a laptop-sized hard drive could fit into the space left by the optical drive, so that is likely not a problem.
There is no second set of SATA hard drive connectors, but since the DVD drive uses the same connectors as a hard drive, you could use those -- but since those are not designed to be used for a hard drive, they will fit, but they might not work.
The worst problem is the lack of a fixed mount for the hard drive. The optical drive is designed to fit exactly into the space and is held firmly in place with a screw through the laptop case. There is no bracket for holding a hard drive into that space, and most likely, no way to secure it to the case. You don't want a hard drive sliding around in the optical drive bay, so for me, that would be a show-stopper. If you were willing to consider an SSD instead, that would not be such a problem.
And last, but not least, this is my own personal view of your situation. I do NOT represent, nor do I speak for, HP -- so if you want to do this as an experiment, you are on your own -- any resulting damage will void any warranty you have and you will be on the hook to fix it at your own cost.
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