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Optiplex optical replacement with HDD


Best Answer Ten_dollar_bill , 02 February 2016 - 10:07 PM

Not really, dude. This thing only has 2 sata connections, so I have to sacrifice the OD Since I barely use it, I can just swap it into the system if I really need it. Thanks a lot for your input.S... Go to the full post »


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Hi there geeks(Yes, I can use the term, I'm one too! ;) )

Looking to replace my Optiplex 740 DVD/RW drive with another HDD in it's place.

Is there any problems with this, apart from losing the optical drive? Do I need a special bracket to contain the 3.5 HDD, or can I just screw it onto the chassis?

Cheers in advance

Tdb

 

*Forgot to mention: It's an SFF, so only space for 1 HDD, I removed the FDD, and replaced it with a multi card reader, and 1 optical drive. I hardly ever use the optical drive, since I use ISO images, but I need more space for games, and rather than update the primary drive, and lose game progress, I just want to install more space to the system.

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Edited by Ten_dollar_bill, 02 February 2016 - 07:22 PM.

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Appears the DVD is a SATA device so if you can fit it in there should be no problem.  Suppose if worst comes to worst you can drill a few holes to mount it and keep it from rattling around. Might not be very pretty unless you can cover up the front panel hole.  


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Thanks for the reply, RKinner

I just wasn't sure if I needed some special bracket, or something. I bought the system for $25, so I'm not worried about its prettiness, just its functionality. Problem might arise since it's vertical, rather than horizontal, but I guess I can work with that ;)

Cheers, dude

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Don't think the drive cares that much whether it is vertical or horizontal.  What it doesn't like is being turned on an axis while it's running.  The gyro effect causes it to put a heavy load on the bearings which shortens it life.  

 

I put an SSD in my PC and just used tie wraps to hold it in place.  

 

Two of the four SATA connectors on the motherboard broke off.  Really a stupid design.  Had to buy a card for $18 from Amazon to get them back:

 

IO Crest 2 Port SATA III PCI-Express x1 Card (SY-PEX40039)

 

So that might be an option for you if there's space to squeeze in another drive and keep the DVD.


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Not really, dude. This thing only has 2 sata connections, so I have to sacrifice the OD :) Since I barely use it, I can just swap it into the system if I really need it. Thanks a lot for your input.

Sorry to read about your connection prob. I've had bent pins on IDE connections, that I had to straighten with a pair of needle-nose pliers, and also a *very* old cpu, but that was over a decade ago! ;)

Unfortunately, the beast has no space for a 2nd drive.

Still happy with it, though.

Tried to put it into an ATX case, until I realized it had EVERYTHING backwards! Power, slots, etc, was on the WRONG [bleep] SIDE! Sooo unhappy :/

Ah, well. Life goes on ;)

Cheers, dude/ette

Pete

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