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August 4, 2012 11:14:29 AM

Hello, im doing a bit of research to find out if i can convert my optical drive bay into a hard drive. Im planning on buying a 7200 rpm seagate later this month. My question is all about the speed in which the Hdd will operate.
My Pc is the dv6t-7000 cto:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?cc=us&dlc=en...

Can someone tell me how i can fin out what port the dvd drive uses? Sata II? Sata III? If i do get one of the 2nd hardrive caddys like this: http://www.amazon.com/JacobsParts%C2%AE-12-7mm-Universa...
Will i be able to use the Hdd at its full speeds? i know my laptop offered blueray as an upgrade, which probably means something. Is their a software way to check? Can one of you techies pull it out of the linked product specs? I guess i dont know where to look.
Thanks.

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August 4, 2012 11:43:06 AM

Well it probably won't matter since you are putting a mechanical hdd into the slot, Sata 1.5 gb/s will suffice in bandwidth and I would imagine that it would be running Sata 3 gb/s
August 4, 2012 11:52:11 AM

ilikemoneygreen said:
Hello, im doing a bit of research to find out if i can convert my optical drive bay into a hard drive. Im planning on buying a 7200 rpm seagate later this month. My question is all about the speed in which the Hdd will operate.
My Pc is the dv6t-7000 cto:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?cc=us&dlc=en...

Can someone tell me how i can fin out what port the dvd drive uses? Sata II? Sata III? If i do get one of the 2nd hardrive caddys like this: http://www.amazon.com/JacobsParts%C2%AE-12-7mm-Universa...
Will i be able to use the Hdd at its full speeds? i know my laptop offered blueray as an upgrade, which probably means something. Is their a software way to check? Can one of you techies pull it out of the linked product specs? I guess i dont know where to look.
Thanks.


Don't count on this working. Myself and several friends have tried it. The problem isn't the hardware, it's the firmware. Most brands of laptops have the optical drive connector locked so that the BIOS will recognize certain *optical* drives, and no hard drives. There's a slim chance it will work for your HP model. If it does, please post that in this thread. And count yourself lucky that yours is the one in a thousand or so that has a BIOS flexible enough to allow for a 2nd hard drive.
Again, you should be worried about the BIOS more than anything. And no, don't expect HP to write a special BIOS just for you. Although they should. IMHO, any BIOS that won't recognize a hard drive is *defective*. But apparently the laptop manufacturers don't agree.
On a side note, I think your best bet might be to try this with a Toshiba brand laptop, but I can't confirm that...
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August 4, 2012 1:55:04 PM

Well, the DV6t-7000 has a i7-3610QM in it so I guess, based on the price of the laptop, it is using a HM75 chipset mobo, so that should give you SATA III.
August 4, 2012 1:59:59 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P8eCA7u5Ec

Im guessing it has worked in at least the previous generation of the Dv6. Im hopeful, it only 20 bucks. its either that or i just wont use my 5200 rpm hdd i currently have, will use the 7200 rpm one either when i get it, would be cool if i could use them both though. Im glad to hear it might run at 3gb/s because that really is plenty for an extra hdd (that on will be my old hdd)

Btw, im looking into adding more ram to, from 6gb to 8gb. Do you think a 7200 rpm hdd will improve my speeds more then the extra ram?
August 4, 2012 2:05:11 PM

Pyree said:
Well, the DV6t-7000 has a i7-3610QM in it so I guess, based on the price of the laptop, it is using a HM75 chipset mobo, so that should give you SATA III.


i7-3612QM on the HM77

how can you tell the HM75 has it?
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August 4, 2012 2:09:17 PM

I am just taking a guess. For the price of the laptop, it has to be one of the HM mobo (not QM77, QS77, UM77 as they are for business class laptop or ultrabook). Turns out my guess was wrong (it's down to 1 out of 3, HM75, HM76, HM 77 and I guessed wrong).

Upgrade on RAM could improve your performance if you are currently maxing out your RAM. HDD, not too much gain from 7200 vs 5400 rpm, but a SSD would be the difference between night and day.

Also, I am confident (99.95%) the HDD on optical bay will work.
August 4, 2012 2:24:25 PM

Would their be a gain using a hybrid Hdd? Seagate XT 750gb to be exact. If not i might save my $$.
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