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.


  1. miked says:

    i approve of this post.

  2. CalcProgrammer1 says:

    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.

  3. The best reason for a second drive would performance if you do database stuff etc. I think that a USB interface wouldn’t give you the performance you needed, sadly.

  4. James says:

    I approve of banning “miked”‘s IP from making further comments. I’m sure I’m not alone.

  5. Mark says:

    That switch is ridiculous.

  6. mike says:

    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.

  7. Fewt says:

    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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  10. BigD145 says:

    Next time use a rocker switch. I’ve done them on laptops and they work well.

  11. Holly says:

    Would the second HD also play as back up for a HD faliure?

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