Add a second internal hard drive to your laptop

[Andrew] sent in something we’ve been considering for our 17 inch Dell. He squeezed a 100GB PATA notebook drive into the spare space in his Compaq laptop. He used a USB interface to provide the connection and added a toggle switch to conserve power when he doesn’t need the drive spun up. The mod would be even nicer if you added a keyboard activation switch like [sprite_tm]’s keyboard light.

17 thoughts on “Add a second internal hard drive to your laptop

  1. My 17″ HP laptop already has a second hard drive bay so I can add a new drive if I need to. This is a good idea for laptops that don’t have a second bay though.

  2. That switch is kind of a second left foot, a smaller low profile unit may have been a better bet. You’d think that big one would get caught and stuff taking it in and out of the brief case.

  3. The laptop doesn’t travel, so there’s no issue with briefcases. That switch is pretty obnoxious, but I couldn’t get anything smaller on a Sunday :-D.

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