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Read this first! Easy install once you get these tips.
on October 18, 2012
This caddy is terrific. It is strong enough without overbuilding and lightweight enough to give as needed. I read all the tips but they were scattered, and none had the use for the included four drive mount screws, which stymied me for my first try. I have a new SSD 128GB Crucial M4 that I loaded the laptops factory restore on last April, and then once booted I installed the Windows 8 preview and have been playing with it ever since. I left Windows 7 on the old mechanical 500GB hard drive, which until now has only been put in service occasionally to update Windows. And then I replaced the SSD with Windows 8. Now that I know I am upgrading to Windows 8 in a couple of weeks I will have to format it and start from scratch as you cannot have two C: boot drives in the same computer. Rather than hassle with all the niggles that can happen I simply burned an image of the Windows 7 drive and image, in case, for any reason I want to go back, and then formatted the drive as D drive in the computer so I can put data on it as I install my programs on a fresh install of Windows 8. I have several other computers and used the laptop as a test bed so have no data on it that is not on my other computers. You might be installing a blank second drive and if you are and it was an OEM bare drive make sure you Google initializing a new drive so your computer can see it and then you can format it. Others may want to dual boot but I think many will want a fast but smaller SSD to boot and load applications like MS Office on so all runs fast, and then store the data, music, movies, pictures and documents on the mechanical storage drive like I am doing.
Here is how to install it:
1. Remove the battery first and make sure you don't have the power supply plugged in.
2. Open the Optical drive tray using a steel paper clip in the hole in the faceplate (Bezel) to unlock it and it will pop out.
3. Turn the laptop over and find either the screw through the case that holds the drive in place or remove the bottom cover that is about where the back of the drive would be.
4. Once you have located the screw remove it and pull the drawer all the way out and pull the drive out wiggling a bit because the SATA connector will hold it a bit firmly.
5. Check the generic drive caddy and if your original drive bezel was curved and thicker the flat one on the caddy will not work. Remove the one on the caddy if it is different.
6. The bracket that the screw went through to hold it in place that you removed in step 4 will have two screws holding it in place. Remember how it was oriented or take a pic and remove it.
7. There are two holes on the same place on the caddy, using the screws install the bracket on the caddy from your optical drive the same as it was on the optical drive.
8. If the bezel on your optical drive was different, and you removed the one on the caddy, do not try to remove the bezel from your optical drive yet. More later.
9. Install the hard drive mounting screws even though you don't see where they could go. Screw them all the way in but not tight or snugged just touching.
10. Drop the drive in so the SATA connectors are lined up. The 4 mounting screws will be behind the plastic tabs until you slide the drive forward to connect the SATA connectors.
11. The screws are now under the plastic tabs and keep the drive secure.in one direction.
12. Take the plastic spacer and note that when the drive is slid into the connectors there is enough room for that plastic spacer to fit to keep it from sliding back and out. It has a slot cut into it that goes over the tab in the back so align the tab with the tab in the back of the caddy and it will fill that space enough without being tight.
13. Now slide the caddy which already has the bracket to hold it into the laptop, and the hard drive installed, and watching for the bracket from the bottom to secure it to the laptop wiggle it in gently until it seats.
14. Now install the screw into the bracket.
15. Re-install the battery and boot the computer.
16. Using Windows explorer see if the drive can be found and it reads the files. If so you are almost done.
17. If the boot drive is new, like my 128GB SSD running Windows 8, and the drive in the caddy is the old boot drive with Windows 7 or whatever version on it, you have to format it to use it for storage to the main drive.
Now about the bezel or faceplate. On my Toshiba L745 using a Toshiba Samsung TS-L633 optical drive with a thicker and angled bezel, I had to remove the flat faceplate that came with this. Now I broke that getting it off but the caddy was fine. I spent a minute checking my bezel on the old drive but am afraid it will break so I decided to just use it with the bezel missing, as that is fine, until I can find a computer repair place with a used unbroken replacement bezel. The replacement bezel if not broken will snap right in but likely not come back off. I don't need to use the DVD drive again as I have an external DVD burner that was for my Netbook, which I still have. But when I sell this one I will likely want to use the caddy/SSD/8GB of SODIMM RAM on my next one and do not want to damage the optical drive and bezel so it looks and performs as new. At that point I put the 500GB mechanical back in place and restore it with the factory restore disks I created when new a few months ago.
Anyway I am off to find a used OK looking bezel that even if broken I can glue in to make it look factory. If I can't find it that is OK too.
I can't recommend this enough. It is so simple that the screws to go under the tabs and the pilot holes to accommodate the bracket screws can confuse a tech who has been doing this for decades but never engineered a caddy for this.
I hope this helps folks who did not figure out the mounting screws and claim their hard drive is rattling inside as they keep it snug without binding. Also to remind folks that their optical drive bezel has to not be broken for use on the optical drive. Any bezel that is close can be glued to the front of the caddy. The bezel on the caddy is nonfunctional anyway and will slide out with the caddy.