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What do I need to install Samsung 840 Pro SSD?

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June 9, 2013 2:09:13 PM

Hey guys, I just got a new HP Envy dv7-7300 laptop which came with a standard HDD. I also bought a Samsung 840 Pro 256gb SSD. I want to install it into the primary slot and use the pre-existing drive for extra storage. However, the Samsung drive came with no instructions and no extra hardware. I am computer illiterate as it is, and I cannot find a clear list of required hardware for installation. Do I need a hard drive mounting kit, and if so, what size? Do I need a SATA cable? Do I need a power cable? Do they need to be SATA 3 cables? I was also thinking about getting a USB-to-SATA cable to make transferring data easier right before I install it. I would really appreciate just a list of what exactly it is that I need to install this so I can get up and running. Thanks!

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June 9, 2013 9:38:56 PM

You should not need a data or power cable (no room for them) as the drive will plug into an existing SATA port that has the power and data connection on it. You may need a drive caddy.
You might find this video helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLP8kjeLW-Q
You can find the hard drive caddy you need here: http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=produ...
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June 10, 2013 8:08:24 AM

I think there might be a problem. The HP Envy dv7-7300 is not a laptop. HP lists that model as a notebook. When configuring the HP Envy dv7-7300 you can only choose one drive. It doesn't look like that model supports two drives.

Have you checked your owner's manual or the HP web site?
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June 10, 2013 10:12:25 AM

Thank you both for your responses. Johnny, it appears to me that some HP dv7 models have a different layout where only one drive can fit. But, I opened up mine and there was a space for a second one. Ken, that looks like the hardware that I'll need for this. That video is also very helpful. I'll return to this thread in a few days once I get everything running and share what worked for me.
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June 10, 2013 11:11:21 AM

That's good news. It's a good thing you took a look. HP and other "off the shelf" vendors do not do a very good job of providing information about components and upgrades.

Good Luck!
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June 27, 2013 6:11:56 AM

The product from newmodeus is indeed the correct one, and the video was also helpful. To anyone reading this in the future, here is a similar question and answer from HP's support forums which also suggests the same caddy: http://www.pcworld.com/article/235277/Paragon_Alignment...
I think the caddy itself is not that special, but the cable from the drive to the motherboard is one-of-a-kind. HP itself does not offer it, so get it at newmode.
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