Solved mounting SSD in rebuild desktop

Microsoft / Asrock k10n78
May 15, 2013 at 07:11:14
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Athlon II X4 640
I just took delivery of the final batch of components for my rebuild, including a Samsung 840 series 250GB SSD.

I didn't realise that particular SSD doesn't come with a 3.5" to 2.5" mounting adapter. From looking at various sites/forums it would appear that an SSD doesn't actually need to be screwed down - it can be taped, velcro'd, left hanging even!

My thought is to see if it will screw onto the side of the 3.5" drive bays and have it set up vertically as a temporary measure until I get hold of an adapter. Will this work safely or should I put the build on hold until I can get an adapter?

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May 15, 2013 at 07:15:41
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SSD, because they are solid state. are not subject to the same problems of banging, vibration and other mechanical shocks as conventional drives are.

You could screw it to anything, upside down if you want, for all the difference it would make.


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May 15, 2013 at 07:17:57
Firstly good choice of SSD, i have one of these and its seriously good.

All the machines i have built with SSD's have them either mounted horizontly using mounting brackets or fabricated brackets. I have also mounted a feww verticly on the case itself behind one of the doors.

The beauty of SSD is that they have no moving parts so really you have no issues with mounting them how you like, obviously taking into account that it gets some cooling from a fan.

Unlike the mechanical drive which have a spinning platter and a reading arm which moves continously, i hate to mount them any other way than horrizontaly, some cases force you to mount them in vertically because of the way the drive bays are designed, i would always fabricate or find a way to mount horizontaly.

With SSDs you can mount them as you like.

This is my view anyways, from experience and from videos i have seen and sites i have visted.

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May 15, 2013 at 07:53:29
Thanks for the advice.

I chose the 840 series mainly because it gets good reviews. I've got fans at the front and back, so wherever it is, it'll be subject to a constant airflow. I'll try screwing it vertically to the 3.5" drive bays. If I'm not happy with that setup, I'll find a bracket to mount it horizontally. I'm pretty sure I've got some aluminium sheet in the garage so I can make one if I need to.


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May 15, 2013 at 09:09:19
Peel & stick velcro pads - done!

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May 15, 2013 at 09:14:48
That's a fair answer! Just got to make sure it's stuck in the right place.

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May 15, 2013 at 12:40:40
Issue resolved!

I just ordered a Silverstone SDP08 drive bay adaptor. I was quite happy to use velcro but my parents want a proper job done and for ~£5 it isn't exactly expensive.

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