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Trouble installing second hard drive in Dell Studio 1747 notebook

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Morthian, Jun 6, 2011.

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  1. Morthian

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    Upon removing the bottom panel on my Dell Studio 1747 notebook to install a second hard drive, I found there is no drive bay or connector present for the second hard drive. The hard drive came with nothing more than itself. What should I do?
     
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    Here is the support site for the Dell Studio 1747 laptop.

    Here is the on-line service manual for it.

    Here is the section for removing/replacing hard drives.

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  3. Morthian

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    I already looked at this; it assumes those components are already in my computer.
    ...Or was there something I missed?
     
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    I just provided you with the links that I thought would be helpful to you.

    I've never owned nor worked on a laptop that has 2 separate compartments for installing 2 separate hard drives, so I can't tell you why your laptop isn't set up to accept 2 hard drives.

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    Unless im missing something you cant put 2 hard drives in a laptop. a tower one yes, a laptop no. laptops are so compact that you just have enough room for the ram, 1 hard drive at a time etc.theres only so much room. if you want an extra hard drive you might want to try an external one.if you could put a second hard drive in a laptop it would have to be quite a large laptop and not very practical.
     
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    Some laptops are indeed designed to accept 2 hard drives. You can also buy kits to replace the optical drive with another hard drive.
     
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    There is an option on some laptops to get an extra bay instead of a cd drive. so yes it can be done if you really choose to go that route.
     
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    There are actually a few laptop models that allow the installation of 2 hard drives.

    I checked the service manual for the Dell Studio 1747, and it does shows images for installing a second one.

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  9. Morthian

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    Yeah, it's a fairly large notebook (17" widescreen), but it serves my needs very well as my primary computer.

    I contacted Dell and they told me I need to contact the sales department and buy the drive bay... which is some serious bs, especially considering I am still under warranty... but whatever; I don't feel like even trying to put up a fight with Dell over something small and inexpensive.
     
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    You could buy a Sata to Usb enclosure/converter and use it as an external.

    That would probably be cheaper than buying a drive bay adaptor.

    The bay adaptor is probably an optional extra and not covered by any warranty.
     
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