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March 2, 2013 1:25:31 AM

I have fairly simple and annoying problem to present to you all. It is one that I myself think I know the answer too, but I want other's opinions on if it will even matter if I do this.

I am going to buy a SSD in a day or so, but I have no 3.5" bays available in my case (argh), BUT I do have a empty 5.25" bay that I plan on never using as a CD/ROM drive or anything, so I figured I would put the SSD there.

Problem is: 2.5" does not equal 5.25"
Fairly simple math.

The immediate solution to this is "oh, get an adapter"
Well, that is what I thought, and after some searching I found out to get a good quality bracket/adapter for my 5.25" bay was at least $15. which--while not very expensive--is something I do not want to pay to simply put a solid state drive in my 5.25" bay.

So I then thought "Is there any reason I cannot just let it sit right in there with my own bracket to keep it from sliding out?"

That is all I want to know: Is there any reason I cannot pretty much put my solid state drive right in my 5.25" bay without a manufactured adapter?

It is not like it would be moving around, it would be in my eternally in one place desktop. If I need to, I can make my own makeshift brace to prevent sliding from vibrations.

All I want to know is if you think there would be any repurcussions from doing that, as I do not really want to buy an adapter, partly because I do not want to spend the money, and because I do not want to deal with how much of a pain it would be to install in my empty 5.25" bay (a big pain).

SSD will most likely be the Samsung 840 Pro 128GB if you were wondering.

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a c 108 G Storage
March 2, 2013 1:44:06 AM

My advice is to make it fit any way you can. I have my SSD ziptied in my Antec 1200 since the screw holes on my 2.5 adapter don't really line up with my SSD.
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March 2, 2013 1:45:04 AM

anort3 said:
My advice is to make it fit any way you can. I have my SSD ziptied in my Antec 1200 since the screw holes on my 2.5 adapter don't really line up with my SSD.

And you have had no problems from that?
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a c 108 G Storage
March 2, 2013 1:47:35 AM

Nope. Not for the 2 1/2 years I have had the SSD. :) 

An SSD does not have issues with vibration like a mechanical drive can.
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March 2, 2013 1:48:15 AM

I dont think you could without an adapter, I believe the screws they use are smaller, but you could give it a go just screwing it to one screw hole. They also sell 3.5 inch bay adapters as well for about half the price of the 5.25 inch adapters. Also if you get the desktop upgrade kit of the 840, that comes with an 3.5 inch adapter for about 20 bucks more than the bare drive, so an aftermarket bracket would be the way to go. In all honesty if you have open space on the floor of your PC (eg. your PSU is top mounted), then you could just set in on the floor of your case. That is what i did with mine for the first 4 months because i forgot an adapter bracket, lmao, it worked fine.
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a c 101 G Storage
March 2, 2013 1:53:28 AM

SSD's dont vibrate like HDD's, nor are they susceptible to physical shock (within limits, if its snapped in half it wont work). You should be fine to just get some double sided velcro and stick it wherever in the case.

Or just hook up the SATA connections and just leave it wherever it will physically fit.
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March 2, 2013 1:56:52 AM

anort3 said:
Nope. Not for the 2 1/2 years I have had the SSD. :) 

An SSD does not have issues with vibration like a mechanical drive can.

I meant vibration from other random shaking things in my PC, or my leg hitting it lol.
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March 2, 2013 1:58:03 AM

MotherFerJones said:
I dont think you could without an adapter, I believe the screws they use are smaller, but you could give it a go just screwing it to one screw hole. They also sell 3.5 inch bay adapters as well for about half the price of the 5.25 inch adapters. Also if you get the desktop upgrade kit of the 840, that comes with an 3.5 inch adapter for about 20 bucks more than the bare drive, so an aftermarket bracket would be the way to go. In all honesty if you have open space on the floor of your PC (eg. your PSU is top mounted), then you could just set in on the floor of your case. That is what i did with mine for the first 4 months because i forgot an adapter bracket, lmao, it worked fine.

Yeah, that is pretty much what I wanted to know, if it really mattered if I actually had the drive mounted. Thanks!
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March 2, 2013 1:59:21 AM

manofchalk said:
SSD's dont vibrate like HDD's, nor are they susceptible to physical shock (within limits, if its snapped in half it wont work). You should be fine to just get some double sided velcro and stick it wherever in the case.

Or just hook up the SATA connections and just leave it wherever it will physically fit.

That's what I thought, I know they don't vibrate, I know what a SSD drive is and how they work lol. Thanks for the input!
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a b G Storage
March 2, 2013 2:12:54 AM

Yep - velcro (mine) or a zip tie works fine.
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March 2, 2013 6:36:33 PM

Best answer selected by matter37.
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