SSD not fitting in original HDD bracket (laptop)

I have a new Crucial M4 128 GB SSD. I am trying to install it in a Gateway NV57H26u laptop [http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/model/LX.WYY02.011] purchased August 2011. The SSD will replace a 2.5” Hitachi 5K750-500 HDD that came with the laptop.

I took the plastic panel off the bottom of my laptop (2 screws) and slid out the HDD. It has a bracket that holds the drive on each side. The same 2 screws that hold the panel in place also go through the bracket.

Removing the hdd from the bracket, I found that one of the screws had been put in at an angle, but ok.

Then I tried to put the SSD in the bracket. 3 screws go in perfectly. One of the holes on the bracket, labelled “#1”, does not line up with the hole on the SSD. The screw goes in at an angle (again) and sticks out - I have tried several methods to get it to go in normally. When I put the ssd into the laptop’s storage bay, the protruding screw prevents the bracket from sliding in properly.

So I removed the screw and tried with 3 of 4 screws in place. It slid in almost all the way - SATA connection seemed ok, but 2 panel screw holes on the laptop did not line up with those on the bracket - so I could not secure the panel while the ssd/bracket was there. I could have closed it, but without the screws holding the SSD in place...

So, I’m wondering how to get the ssd to fit in the bracket? Should I look into getting a new bracket?

Also, in trying to fix the screw, I repeatedly touched the ssd’s connectors (by accident). This is not ideal, but is it a big problem?

Visually, the ssd and original hdd are the same size (all dimensions).

Any help or advice is much appreciated! Thanks.
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  1. My idea is to install the SSD w/bracket into the system without the bad/mis-aligned screw. It's more than likely that the extra screw really isn't needed, so I wouldn't fret too much.
  2. Thanks for the response. Yeah, the SSD will fit in the bracket fine without the bad screw. But there's another problem: securing the bracket to the rest of the laptop. It slides into the storage bay almost all the way - the sata connection seems solid. But there are 2 OTHER screws that run from the outside of the laptop, through the bottom panel covering HDD and RAM bay, through the bracket. These screws are necessary to secure panel and bracket to laptop frame. The screws do not line up with the holes on the bracket b/c bracket does not slide all the way in like it did with original HDD. So while SSD can be secured to bracket, bracket cannot be secured to frame. Further, I can't use bracket unsecured, because it blocks screws securing bottom panel to frame.

    I realize my descriptions are confusing... Will try to include picture soon. Maybe when I try to set it up for the picture it'll suddenly work! (Right now I'm running off live usb with no internal hdd/ssd)
  3. Seems to me like you might have the bracket on backwards or in the wrong orientation, but that is just me guessing from a distance :)
  4. I'll take another look now - I hope you are right :). It really only goes on one way though, and I'm fairly sure this is how it was fit on the original hdd...
  5. zapdos said:
    I'll take another look now - I hope you are right :). It really only goes on one way though, and I'm fairly sure this is how it was fit on the original hdd...


    I've run into this before with another HD bracket (laptop). That is why I mentioned this. I've made the mistake of not noticing the orientation of the bracket when pulling it out and then realize later that it was a different way than what I "thought" was right.
  6. Yeah, that's a very reasonable consideration, and I am pretty inattentive so I was probably not paying attention when removing the bracket. Unfortunately I don't think that is the problem - just checked again and it only fits the ssd or my original hdd one other way, but that blocks the sata connector so clearly cannot be the right orientation. Also tried some screws from the bracket in my external enclosure but those screws result in same angle problem.
  7. Well without seeing the real problem I'm just guessing. Anyway to get some pictures of the situation?
  8. Update: I've now installed the SSD, moved my OS over, ensured alignment and did some of the tweaks. Appears to be working without issue, but the installation process was eventful. Benchmarks seem normal and programs seem to load super fast. I do some home recording/ amateur music production in Ableton Live and it loads very quickly. Moreover, many of the lags I noticed (within the program) before are now gone!

    This weekend, or maybe sooner, I intend to post a model/brand-specific 'guide' to the physical installation and issues concerning Gateway recovery, with pictures. I could post it on Crucial's forum too/instead. I will probably just update this thread. There are a lot of great tutorials out there already, I just want to post problems specific to Gateway and this model specifically, because my own searches did not yield results.
  9. zapdos said:
    Update: I've now installed the SSD, moved my OS over, ensured alignment and did some of the tweaks. Appears to be working without issue, but the installation process was eventful. Benchmarks seem normal and programs seem to load super fast. I do some home recording/ amateur music production in Ableton Live and it loads very quickly. Moreover, many of the lags I noticed (within the program) before are now gone!

    This weekend, or maybe sooner, I intend to post a model/brand-specific 'guide' to the physical installation and issues concerning Gateway recovery, with pictures. I could post it on Crucial's forum too/instead. I will probably just update this thread. There are a lot of great tutorials out there already, I just want to post problems specific to Gateway and this model specifically, because my own searches did not yield results.


    Sounds good to hear that you have it all figured out. It seems that you had a bit more issues when trying to install the SSD, but persistence paid off :)
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