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pipspeak
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T440p Ultrabay caddy HDD rails/spacer

I bought the official Lenovo Ultrabay IV caddy for my T440p but apparently I need a spacer to ensure the HDD does not move around in it. Currently there's a 3mm gap on all sides of the HDD. Can someone point me in the right direction?

 

The HDD is a Travelstar 7K1000, so it's exactly the right size for the caddy (2.5", 9.5mm). I tried the plastic surround from the main drive bay, but even that allows a slight bit of movement, which is obviously a no-no for a mechanical drive. I'm at a loss what I'm supposed to use, short of literally jamming some strips of plastic in the gaps.

 

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Re: T440p Ultrabay caddy HDD rails/spacer

Great hdd you've got.  Just use some dual sided tape and your problem is solved.  Snag a small roll for a buck at the dollar store.  More importantly, why did you spend $70 on the "official" Lenovo caddy when they are $9 on ebay?


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Re: T440p Ultrabay caddy HDD rails/spacer

got the Lenovo version much cheaper than list price, but I'm amazed at how useless it is for an official Lenovo product. A hard drive adapter that is too big for the hard drive? Nice one Lenovo!

 

not sure I'd trust double-sided tape - it would have to be stuck to the circuit-board side of the HDD and I'm not sure how well it would last with drive heat. I might try adapting some cheap rubber rails, or simply drilling holes in the bottom so I can secure the drive using screws. 

 

Anyone have a more elegant solution?! Can a Lenovo engineer please explain why the company sells a hard drive adapter not fit for purpose?

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Re: T440p Ultrabay caddy HDD rails/spacer

Pssst, you tape the sides not the bottom.  I do it all the time with our machines.  Never fails, ever!

 

But if you're looking for a posh and elegant fix, then this is your solution.  Same thing you have on your 7mm main hdd.

 


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Re: T440p Ultrabay caddy HDD rails/spacer

I can't tape the sides because there's a large (3-4mm) gap between the caddy walls and the drive. I'd have to pack in several layers of tape to have any effect. The only part of the drive in contact with any part of the caddy is the bottom (and the connector, obviously). 

 

I will try a set of rubber rails, although the T440p main drive bay now uses a different drive carrier system (a hard plastic surround that's secured to the machine with a screw).

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You fold the tape.  It works like a charm.


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sporto69
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Re: T440p Ultrabay caddy HDD rails/spacer

** Nevermind i found it here. 

http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/t440p_hmm_en_sp40a25467_01.pdf

 

Do you know where I can find the instructions to access the Bay to replace the Optical Drive with a Disk Caddy?

 

Thanks

JM516
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realnot
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Re: T440p Ultrabay caddy HDD rails/spacer

Sorry, may you provide the FRU part number, i'm not able to find it, on ebay and on amazon.. thanks!

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