E320 SSD Fitting - ghetto style

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  1. miicah

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    The E320, while a great laptop is limited to only 7mm drives, which poses a problem for people with 9/12mm ones.

    So here we have a solution (note, this will 100% void your warranty, use at your own risk).

    The bay:


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    The SSD:


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    Careful with this part, I'd avoid touching the PCB as much as possible. Also, keep the casing and screws just in case you put it in another PC.

    First a layer of cardboard to prop up the PCB:


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    Then insert the SSD and wrap it in some anti-static (just in case):


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    Finally another layer of cardboard so it's not pressing against the metal on the access bay:


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    SSD Detected!


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    And that's how you get a 7mm SSD where it doesn't want to go :p
     
  2. Em3xus

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    Nice little how-to there mate.

    One question though: What happens if the laptop gets too hot? You're not worried about possible melt down? (of the anti-static bag that is)
     
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    No, the area below and around the anti static never gets hot, the flash cells get mildly warm but that's about it.
     
  4. mtma

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    AS wrap actually contains metal, making it slightly conductive. This is how is part of how it's "anti-static", it disrupts nonuniform static buildup of stuff contained inside.

    I would use a layer of plastic around the SSD actual, but the bag doesn't seem to be causing you issues at the moment.
     
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  5. Lynch

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    to be honest i don't see the need for the static bag or any of it as long as it secure in the laptop and once its all closed up its not really gonna be anymore at risk of damage then any of the other internal parts.. basically like my revodrive isn't in my desktop
     
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    Oh I didn't realise that, but like you said it isn't causing any issues right now.
     
  7. trackhappy

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    What about using rubber spacers instead? There'll be some more ventilation room around the SSD (even though they're incredibly resilient to temperature anyway) and it'll avoid shocks better, because while flash is impervious to shock, the SATA connector is not, a strong enough whack could dislodge or even snap the connector.
     
  8. BlueRaven

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    Wrap the whole SSD board in a single layer of leccy tape. Job done, no need for cardboard and AS bag. :thumbup:

    Nice work OP. :D
     
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    I used the insulation tape method.
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    The bubble wrap was to stop the bare drive flapping about.
     

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