Solved how do I insert 2nd DVD drive into HP a6109n Desktop case?

October 23, 2013 at 16:53:39
Specs: Windows 7
I want to add a 2nd DVD drive to my HP a6109n. There is an open bay. I have the cables SATA & power and know how to connect the drive to the power & motherboard. What I can't figure out is how to get the drive physically into the computer. The front of the bay (behind the flippy door) has a cage. So even if I could slide it in from the back, (which would be quite difficult because there are a lot of things in the way in the back) the cage would block access totally. The cage has a clever stamp of a screw driver in the center, like it's telling me to use a screw driver, but of course, there are no screws. Any clues or assistance will be appreciated.

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October 23, 2013 at 23:09:24
The manual Fingers links to shows how to remove the 'knockout plate'. It's what I thought it was. They recommend using the screwdriver to twist if off. My guess is it'll be easier to wiggle it loose.

If you remove the pocket bay won't it leave a hole in the front? Does it contain a floppy drive or card readers?



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October 23, 2013 at 20:21:51
First check that the blocking piece isn't removable. Sometimes it was held in by a screw on the side--like where you'd attach the front side screw for the drive.

Otherwise--and I can't say for sure with that particular case--but with others that had the front of the bay blocked with a metal 'cage', you had to break it off. They're usually soft metal and attached to the main bracket on each side. But the attached area was small and you'd wiggle the blocking piece (cage) back and forth unilt the small attaching area became fatigued and broke off. At least that's how I did it.

If it doesn't break cleanly you can use a pair of pliers to bend any burrs back or even use a file. But if you use a file be careful that none of the metal filings fall inside the case.


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October 23, 2013 at 20:40:38
Look at this for your details, use Control+ to zoom in as needed.
User Guides>Upgrade and service guide:
(The first is the link and in case it does not work the second is where I found the other)
http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manua...
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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October 23, 2013 at 21:53:36
Thanks. this was helpful. I'm going to tackle this tomorrow. I looked at the books i got with the computer (I keep everything, and even organized) and none were this one. You'd think they would have included it. I talked to a friend too and he told me about taking off the front. But the rest of the illus. were really helpful.Q: do you think I can remove the dumb pocket drive bay without problems. I've never in all the years i've had this computer ever even seen a "disk" that would go in there...

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#4
October 23, 2013 at 23:09:24
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The manual Fingers links to shows how to remove the 'knockout plate'. It's what I thought it was. They recommend using the screwdriver to twist if off. My guess is it'll be easier to wiggle it loose.

If you remove the pocket bay won't it leave a hole in the front? Does it contain a floppy drive or card readers?


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#5
October 24, 2013 at 16:42:18
Yes, I succeeded. All is well. The knockout plate popped out pretty easily. (I was just surprised to see it in the first place). The side tabs/latches are even holding the drive in.
You're right about the pocket drive. It will leave a hole if I remove it. I have card readers at the top. But no floppies. I think I'll leave the pocket drive where it is. What would I do with it if I took it out? I even searched for pocket drive media and nothing related comes up. Never have seen it in my file manager either! thank you everyone for your help. this was cool. it worked.

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#6
October 24, 2013 at 18:07:21
Other than you mentioning it and seeing it in the manual that Fingers linked to I'd never heard of a pocket media drive. I got a little information on them. The drive bay looks to have a USB interface and is usually used for a removable hard drive although other devices such as card readers can be used if they're designed to fit the drive bay. You shouldn't need drivers for the bay itself and the OS should have drivers previously loaded for whatever the bay accepts.

I'm guess your pocket bay is empty? Yeah, you may as well leave it in. You never know when you might have a use for it.


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#7
October 24, 2013 at 19:12:03
The pocket bay isn't empty. It has the drive, it just doesn't have any media in it. It's like a disk drive with no disk. A little springy eject button (like an old floppy drive). But it's always been empty.
It would be nice if I could find media for it. I don't think I can slip in any old hard drive. It's not a normal hardrive size. If I could find media, I could make use of it for backups, etc. It plugs into the motherboard into USB pins...

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#8
October 24, 2013 at 20:40:18
The drive is fitted in a case that fits the pocket bay so no, a regular drive can't be installed.

You should be able to remove the drive that's in the bay and maybe we can get a model number off it and determine what it is.

If the computer is running you'll need to do a 'safely remove' procedure since it's a USB device.

I found this that gives some general info about pocket media:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...


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#9
October 24, 2013 at 20:53:47
Thanks for the link. I looked it over. Problem is, I don't see the drive in the list in explorer. I don't see it in the device manager either. I never have (it was a vista computer. Now it's windows 7.) I never saw it in Vista either. It's a) probably not well connected to the MB, b) the USB "pins" are bad or c) who knows... bottom line: since there doesn't seem to be any pocket media on the planet to slip into that hole, the info becomes pretty moot. Since as they say in Maine, you can't get theya from heya...


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#10
October 24, 2013 at 22:25:39
It might not show up as a drive unless there's a disk in it. But just to make sure you don't damage anything you should probably remove it with the computer off.

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#11
October 24, 2013 at 23:10:45
Thanks very much DAVEINCAPS!

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#12
October 25, 2013 at 00:08:50
You're welcome. Post back if you get info/model number on the drive.

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