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reddog093
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Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

Is it possible to replace the optical drive with a 2nd hard drive?  I've installed a 128GB SSD as my primary drive on my Y560.  I'm interested in disassembling the laptop and replacing the Optical Drive with a secondary hard drive for storage.  It doesn't appear that the DVD Drive is designed to be removed, but is it possible with some effort to replace?

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Re: Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

reddog093
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Re: Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

Perfect! Thanks!

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Re: Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

I'm waiting for one in the mail, I got it from eBay for half the price.

 

Couple of things to note:

 

1) Ensure the listing is for some Lenovo Y line. I know the Y450, Y550, and Y530 share a common drive size. I'd assume the Y560 and Y460 share a common sizing too.

 

2) The one I ordered clearly shows how to swap with your optical drive's cover, so that you don't have an odd gap on the side of your machine.

 

3) Note the accepted hard drive size. In the one I'll link below (I found they have good reviews, tracking number doesn't work though, whatever), it takes 9.5mm drives.

 

http://cgi.ebay.ca/2nd-hard-drive-caddy-Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y450-Y460-Y530-/280607616925?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal&hash=item4155846f9d#ht_1976wt_1139

 

I chose this one because it actually says Lenovo Y450, so I know it'll work.

 

If you get yours before I do, let me know how it works out. I'll do the same for you!

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Re: Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

I ordered a caddy for the Y460P which supposedly uses the same one as the Y560. Both it, the SSD, and the computer should arrive early next week and I'll be sure to post a thread on the installation (with plenty of picture goodness).
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Re: Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

Don't mean to take this off topic, but which SSD, from where, and how much? I'm looking into one.

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Re: Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

I ended up choosing the OCZ Vertex 2 60GB. Got it off of Newegg for $129. I think that should be perfect for using as a boot disc and holding one or maybe two games. I'll have the original 750GB HDD in the NewmodeUS caddy in the optical drive.
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Re: Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

Cool! I picked up a Corsair Force series device, looks as though the speeds are the same.

 

Word is the best methodology is to put the SSD in your current bay, and the original in the CD bay.

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Re: Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

Yup, that's the plan. I have the caddy already, hopefully the SSD arrives tomorrow as well so I won't have to setup Windows 7 twice.
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Re: Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

I am eagerly waiting for your post as I am planning to do the same.

 

Please let me know if this works for you.

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