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What is this computer part called?


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moscatomg1

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Hi all, I have a toshiba nb505-n508bl for which I am seeking a bare bones aluminum?/metal part.

See, I just purchased two new Seagate Momentus HDDs (Seagate Momentus ST9750420AS 750GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive).

One was for a Dell mini 1012.

The Dell has an extra metal case/slip/bracket? that the HDD fits (and even screws) into.

Now the Dell works fine w/ the new HDD, HOWEVER this new hdd spins so much faster than the previous one that it actually causes significant/noticeable vibration in the Toshiba--b/c the Toshiba has no such extra part that the HDD fits into. . . .

And after searching for internal laptop HDD 2.5" SATA case/slip/bracket/caddy, etc. I still can't find this part online. . . . So, please, can someone let me know WHAT IS THIS PART CALLED? (Or a Newegg/Amazon link would be even better!)

Thanks so much!
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I'm not sure if you are talking about the hard drive caddy? That is usually the piece people refer to when they are trying to hold their hard drive in place, and without it the hard drive will vibrate much faster, thus shortening it's life. i'd try to google images of it if you are confused and see if it looks familiar. If it does, you probably have it and if not, i'd research it a bit more.
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thank you for the reply. yes I found it--it was, as you say, called the hdd "caddy."

BUT the vibrations of this new, faster hdd still feel a bit too noticeable in my toshiba nb505-n508bl. . . . I just wonder that maybe this toshiba netbook was not really designed for this speed hdd (again, 7200 RPM)--that and this caddy meant for the toshiba nb505 is just a very thin, flimsy piece of aluminum. . . .

Can you (or anyone else?) recommend a different caddy for the toshiba nb505--that works better & still fits?
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Is it the vibration of the HDD on the laptop itself? Or maybe the vibration of the laptop on the surface your putting it on? Maybe try fitting a bit of rubber on the bot? :S
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no, it's definitely the vibration of the hdd inside the laptop. it's not a crazy, abnormal vibration--but it's enough that I want to do what I can to dampen it.

and right after I last posted I decided to accordion-fold & tape a couple small pieces of aluminum foil (as the "caddy" seems to be flimsy aluminum too) for some extra pads to stabilize it more. . . . there were already two such very small "pads" on the inside of the netbook's detachable case part that accesses & sits right above the hdd. . . . my extra two custom pads do seem to have helped dampen it a *little* more, although of course it still vibrates more than the old factory installed 5400(?) rpm hdd.

I really wish there was a better, more secure caddy to fit this little netbook (like my wife's dell mini I mentioned above), but I have already done a lot of searching and found nothing.

oh. . . , "howtheflip" mentioned extra hdd vibrations can shorten the hdd life. I had this new hdd for a few weeks before I even got the minimal, flimsy aluminum caddy. could the hdd have been compromised already in that short time?
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