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November 4, 2012 12:03:59 PM

Can I swap an optical drive for a SSD?
November 4, 2012 12:40:09 PM

cneelsr said:
Can I swap an optical drive for a SSD?

I would like to replace the Optical drive in my computer with a SSD drive. My computer only has room for 2 HDD's. Since I rarely use my optical (dvd/cd) drive, I would like to swap it out with a 128GB vertex 4 and use it as my boot drive. Would this work OK? :wahoo: 




November 4, 2012 12:51:06 PM

Yes you can.

Ensure the optical drive uses SATA connector
see this for example of what sata connector looks like
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

In Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 whatever. It will see the new drive and install it.

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November 4, 2012 1:19:22 PM

I did the same thing with my laptop, there are adapters for both desktops and laptops alike for replacement.

I haven't used my DVD-Drive....ever. So I too decided why not simply replace it with an SSD?

Everything now days is done digitally, cd-drives are a dying media. It's good to have physical redundancy, but it's just too easy to re-download or re-copy digitally if something happens.
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November 4, 2012 1:25:58 PM

Yes you can, assumigh the dvd drive is a sata attachment.

A SSD is very small, and can fit most anywhere.
If you have an extra sata port, and a sata power connector, I would try to add the ssd.
You can even use duct tape to keep it positioned somewhere inside of the case.

One good use of a dvd drive is for recovery. If you ever need to reload windows or do a repair operation, it is nice to have a bootable dvd available.
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