|Item model number||CJESLNA-120|
|Item Weight||3.8 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||5.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches|
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CJESLNA SATA 2nd HDD caddy for 12.7mm Universal CD/DVD-ROM
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- Improve laptop performance and capacity with extra hard drive
- Fully integrated into laptop, no cables/PSU/software driver needed.
- Uses 2.5" SATA hard drives 12.7mm-high
- Fast & Reliable connection in laptop, just as the primary HDD
- Note: Please check the below cool item, that will turn your original 12.7mm sata connection drive into an external DVD drive, better yet, no AC adapter needed; External case for 12.7mm Sata DVD drive.£¨Only a case, not included any drive ); What is included: 1 x Hard Dive Caddy; 4 x Hard Drive Screws
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Note: Please check the below cool item, that will turn your original 12.7mm sata connection drive into an external DVD drive, better yet, no AC adapter needed; External case for 12.7mm Sata DVD drive.£¨Only a case, not included any drive ); What is included: 1 x Hard Dive Caddy; 4 x Hard Drive Screws
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Comes with a dummy CD tray faceplate, which is good. You can easily pop off the faceplate with some force, though when I did it one of the middle clips broke. Not really a problem though. I then was able to pop off my laptop's faceplate and put it on this, so that it fit properly.
One thing to note - the screw holes for brackets are deeper than most cd drives, so short screws won't thread into it easily. I didn't have any long screws to attach the mounting bracket, and the ones from my old drive were too short. I was able to just force some computer case screws into the hole ... used a drill to make the bracket a bit wider. Would have been nice if they included some mounting bracket screws -- there are plenty of holes on the drive for the appropriate mounts, they're just too deep because the plastic around the caddy has no threads.
Anyways, you can use the old faceplate on the CD drive you take out, and buy like a 5$ miniSata to USB cable and use the drive externally when rarely required.
Two issues for my particular hardware, the Satellite and a OCZ Agility. First there is a small bracket in my laptop that secures the optical housing to the machine with one screw underneath the memory bay. There are two screws from the laptop of adequate length to reach the original equipment optical housing though this bracket. These screws cannot reach down to the thread portion located deeper inside this caddy. Although I have probably hundreds of screws, none were both long enough and thin enough to get through the holes in the Satellite's hold down bracket to the caddy. I ended up using electrical tape to secure the bracket to the caddy. I think it will be fine.
Second, the Agility did not appear in the bios or in windows when laptop was booted. After much messing around with other drives in the caddy I finally realized that the Agility was not shoving up tight enough to the connectors. I had to push it from behind with a thick screwdriver. Success. A Vertex was not a problem nor was the mechanical drive. Just the Agility. I believe it is just a problem with this drive, probably connector board a little off but not noticeable when regular SATA and power cables are applied to it.
Last is I guess a non-issue from function but not from form. The bezel or lack thereof. Yes, it will look a little funny without a bezel. I had quite the time removing the Satellite's bezel from the optical drive but did manage it in the end. And I can still pop the optical in when needed (like when I was troubleshooting) and run it without its bezel in a pinch. YMMV
Overall OK certainly for the price. They might want to look into how deep those threads are where a hold down bracket is applied. My mfr screws certainly were not long enough. Would be nice if they could supply two in addition to the HD screws they already do. And the lack of even some sort of generic-ish bezel were the only reasons for the one star off.
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Short and simple; works just as you would expect but take note: I am guessing that because this is a generic caddy that will fit many types of computers it does not have a nice fancy face that will sit flush with your laptop; you're gonna have to hunt for one; maybe grab one off another DVD drive for your computer.
The device installs easily in my Lenovo T420, and ejects just as well; this model does not have the spring loaded stem on the bottom that pushes it out when you release the drive/caddy (the T420 has a second lever to push the drive out).
The 7mm drive I installed went in snugly and needed to be pushed down with a little effort towards the contacts in the SATA connector, but that is better than a sloppy fit. The caddy also includes 4 screws to fasten the drive to the caddy via the bottom mounting holes.
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Use this on a "Dell Inspiron 15R 5520", the process was pretty easy, the caddy fits perfectly, I could attach the hook that my old drive had to secure it to the body of the laptop without problems and also I could put the front plate from my dvd drive and it looks just great.
Has 4 screws without head to secure the hard drive and well is just perfect for my needs, really happy and totally recommended.