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Good adapter; a few hints on using it with a pair of SSDs,
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This review is from: Silverstone Tek 3.5-Inch to 2 X 2.5-Inch Hard Drive HDD SSD Bay Converter, Silver (SDP08) (Personal Computers)
This is a very solid little 2.5" (SDD or laptop drive) to 3.5" bay adapter. It comes with everything needed to mount a pair of SSDs. That said, it could use a bit more documentation on how to use it with a pair of SSDs as opposed to a single one. Here's a few hints:
- The package includes 12 small screws for mounting up to two drives. Why 12 when eight would do? Eight of the screws have (small) flanges on the heads. Those work fine for the top SSD, but are too large to go in straight into the bottom SSD. Use the four screws without flanges for the bottom SSD and they will line up fine. Look at all the small screws and you'll see what I mean. There are also four larger screws for mounting the adapter into your case.
- There are side holes that allow a screwdriver to pass though to fasten down the drive. However, they are not wide enough for a (or at least my) magnetic ratchet screwdriver to pass through. They are not even large enough for the screws with the flanged heads to fit through easily. I used the rub-the-screwdriver-along-a-magnet-a-few-times trick to get the screws to stay on the tip of a non-magnetic screwdriver long enough to get them into the holes on the SSD. You can also tip the adapter sideways so you are pushing the screws up into the adapter (using gravity to hold the screw on the tip), but the magnet version worked better for me.
- The SATA III (SATA 6 Gbps) cables that came with my motherboard have 90° angle (L-shaped) connectors on one end and straight connectors on the other. The closeness of the SATA ports on the motherboard and the fact the motherboard sits nearly flush with the bottom (actually side) of the case meant the straight ends of the cables had to be used there. With both drives in the adapter, the two data ports on the drives line up and are very close. I could use the L-shape on the bottom SSD, but not the top one because there's just not enough clearance for the cable to bend out from the lower drive's cable. I ended up mounting the top SSD upside down so that the data ports and power ports line up on opposite sides. (There's no moving parts, so this should be fine). Doing that allowed both L-shaped cables to be used. It also made hooking up the power cables easier. If you have (or buy) SATA cables that are straight on both ends, this will not be necessary.
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Initial post: Jun 20, 2013 6:29:47 AM PDT
Edward L Micheals says:
Good Review, just wanted to mention the four extra screws are to mount the adapter to your case :)
Posted on Oct 11, 2013 8:13:16 PM PDT
Greatly appreciated your mention of mounting the top SSD upside down. That did offset the two drives enough for me to readily plug in the SATA and power cables readily.
Posted on May 20, 2014 10:22:54 PM PDT
NOTE: this product does NOT come with the screws like mentioned in this comment from 2012.
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