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Fitting in a second hard drive


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#1 killerx525

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:00 PM

I have a spare Toshiba 80GB hard drive, that i would like to put in. I have open the empty cover but there is no SATA connector. How do put it in? My model is a Toshiba Satellite Pro A300 (PSAGDA-01C00R).

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:11 PM

I dont think your laptop has a port for a second drive.

Can you take a picture of where you wanting to install it?

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 01:54 AM

I dont think your laptop has a port for a second drive.

Can you take a picture of where you wanting to install it?

Nah, it doesn't have a second port. It just has the outline of the port but no actual port. Mu uncle told me i can put a second hard dirve using RAID but how can you do it if you don't have a port for it?

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 03:48 AM

The second HDD bay is a dummy on that model. The second SATA channel is brought out to the eSATA port (combi USB/eSATA). An external eSATA/USB enclosure doesn't cost much, and while it mightn't be as neat as having the drive in the laptop, it would mean you can use the drive with other computers as well.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 03:52 AM

The second HDD bay is a dummy on that model. The second SATA channel is brought out to the eSATA port (combi USB/eSATA). An external eSATA/USB enclosure doesn't cost much, and while it mightn't be as neat as having the drive in the laptop, it would mean you can use the drive with other computers as well.

So the empty space is completely useless. What is a optibay?

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 04:04 AM

So the empty space is completely useless. What is a optibay?

The same casing will be used for other models also. I gather an OptiBay is an adaptor for fitting a hard drive into the optical drive bay in an Apple:

http://www.atpm.com/14.06/optibay.shtml

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 05:33 AM

Is there are way to attach a port?

Edited by killerx525, 28 October 2010 - 05:44 AM.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 07:02 AM

You mean a SATA port into the second HDD bay? No I don't think so. The motherboard that's in the laptop wouldn't have a place for it.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 03:33 PM

You mean a SATA port into the second HDD bay? No I don't think so. The motherboard that's in the laptop wouldn't have a place for it.

Hmm, weird why would my uncle tell me that he can fit a second hard drive in my laptop using RAID although there is no SATA port? Also how does RAID works and what is it?

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 07:14 AM

It would be best to ask your Uncle I guess. He might know something we don't, if he's actually seen the laptop, but also he might just have assumed you'd be able to use the second drive bay.

A simple explanation of RAID is it lets you combine more than one HDD together and if you wish have them just be a single partition. There's actually a lot more to it than this - Wikipedia has an article on it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID

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