I bought a Dell M531R laptop and am needing some advice on a modification. I bought a solid state drive that I want to use as the primary. I have a friend that can copy the sata drive that it came with, over to that and put it in, that is do-able. However I am wanting to see if I can use the original drive for storage. Is there a way to take out the DVD drive, and use that space to house the second hard drive? What type of enclosure or connector would I need?
Answer I'm not familiar with the specs of that particular laptop but unless it has a Secondary drive bay, then no
The cd/dvd rom controller is totally separate technology. It can't be used with a hard drive.
You could pick up a USB drive enclosure, like from Newegg.com and put your old drive in it to use as an external drive but that would be it.
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