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assettt
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2nd HDD to replace optical drive - B560

 

I have seen a thread here (http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/2nd-hard-drive-in-a-W510/m-p/346539#M12570) of success replacing the optical drive with a 2nd HDD bay in a y560. I am wrong thinking there is not much difference between a Y560 and a B560, at least concerning the basic chasis and components layout, and a similar HDD bay should work in a B560. Has anyone with a B560 added a 2nd HDD? Many thanks.

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Re: 2nd HDD to replace optical drive - B560

before that, your computer may have second space for second hdd. check this first.

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Re: 2nd HDD to replace optical drive - B560

Thanks for the speedy reply. Did not think of that assuming the B560 lowest in model may not have such goodies usually preserved for the thinkpad line. Would it be okay if I admit I'm not sure what to look for that indicates space for a 2nd hdd. I cannot see any hdd size space once I have removed the ram cover.
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Re: 2nd HDD to replace optical drive - B560

i'm not sure if it works with ideapad systems. they may not fit into dvd-rom space.

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Ok. I'll just use an external hdd for the time being but will give it a try soon when I have time to correct any mess i may end up creating. Many thanks
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Re: 2nd HDD to replace optical drive - B560

Well, the B560 would work fine IMO. I have done it on my Y550. What you want to make sure is that your optical drive is not some kind of weird micro drive. Honestly, it's probably a standard sized DVD drive, to which any adapter would work. I picked up mine on eBay for about $20.

 

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Re: 2nd HDD to replace optical drive - B560

I think the bays are going for about £15 on ebay in UK and the b560 has standard optical drive. I'll resurrect the thread once i've tried it to report progress. thanks for all the replies.

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Re: 2nd HDD to replace optical drive - B560

I wanted to replace the ODD with a 2nd HDD, in that case it should be an SSD.

I ordered a drive caddy at newmodeus.com, especially this model: http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_7&products_id=290

This caddy fits perfect, I even transferred the faceplate from the optical drive to this caddy.

 

But the problem is, the Laptop does not recognize my new (working) SSD. To be more precise, it's worse because sometimes it IS recognized and sometimes it is NOT. I have no idea about this strange behaviour. In fact, I cannot transfer my OS from the old HDD to the SSD, because the (very limited) BIOS recognizes the drive attached to the ODD caddy as "ODD".

 

Is there a BIOS Lock known, that prevents the usage of a 2nd disk in the ODD caddy?

 

My SSD (Corsair Force Series F60) is one month old and ran perfectly in my standalone-PC.

 

Thanks for your help.

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is there any chance that your sdd is about to die?

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No, not at all.

It worked in my PC without a problem, then I decided to use it in the laptop and to buy a bigger one for the PC. In order to test, I put it back to the PC - and the installed OS on this SSD started fine as ever ...

 

I fear the BIOS causes the problems. Is there a chance, that the SATA ports are kind of "hardcoded" in the BIOS? E.G. that the harddisk is only recognized as harddisk on the harddisk port and not on the optical drive port. I've got a screenshot of that, can I upload it here?

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