Smart Bays, Can't find them or any info about 'em

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  1. Hubbard0

    Hubbard0 New Member

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    To start, I have a Dell Inspiron 1705. My CD drive is pretty useless and I only rarely use it. I am however, filling up my 80 GB hard drive and am looking for some expansion. So I asked a nerdy friend about replacing my removable CD drive for a unit that could hold a hard drive.

    My problem now is that I can't find anything but card readers for the smart bay. Newegg and Tigerdirect yield nothing and a google search only pulls up links to computer forums with no leads.

    Are they out there or what? I could use some assistance in finding one.
     
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    Smart bays networked together, became sentient and began to attack humans through well timed CD-ROM ejections and seizure inducing screen flicker, leading to the Smart Bays Act of 2003, which outlawed them completely.
     
  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Maybe you should ask DELL for help, since they sold you the computer in the first place.
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Ah yes my friend, but with the help of my 1.3 jigawatt powered Delorean, I was able to travel
    back in time and observe the nefarious bastards and their wicked schemes.
    After weeks of time travelling, back and forth across the cosmos, I discovered the wicked
    plot of one known as the "The Great Ice Woman in Crystal"

    [​IMG]

    It seems that this loathsome individual and her cohorts were too busy plundering
    the proletariat for campaign donations to actually outlaw the Smart Bays. But instead,
    the devious scoundrels took under their employ, a madman by the name of L3x Hax0rs who
    changed the name in every computer reference on the planet for the "Smart Bays",
    to that of simply "drive bays".
    So it is no wonder my friend, that when the poor lad of a thread starter sought comfort in his
    world with his simple needs of a smart bay, that he could find no solace.

    Advancing back to the present, however, and I have located a supply of the boxes formerly
    known as "smart bays", for the mere price of $12.99 + $5.84 S&H.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835230005
     
  5. crontab

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    do a search for "removable hard drive bay" instead and the interface you want to use, ide or sata.

    if you just need storage an external usb/firewire enclosure with a large drive may suffice
     
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    Run a search on dellcommunity.com.

    I read a post there last week about putting another hard drive where the CD drive is.
     
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    Advancing back to the present, however, and I have located a supply of the boxes formerly
    known as "smart bays", for the mere price of $12.99 + $5.84 S&H.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835230005[/quote]



    Am I crazy or is the OP talking about a laptop in which this thing won't fit? I wouldn't mind getting something to put a harddrive in a LAPTOP cd drive too.
     
  8. deusexaethera

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl: What the fuck is wrong with you people!

    - - -

    He's talking about a plastic thing that he can bolt a hard drive into, that is specifically designed to slide into the slot where his slim DVD drive is. They are only sold by the manufacturer of the laptop (i.e. Dell, in this case), and that's who he needs to talk to.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Oh yeah, like I would know that was a crummy laptop.

    :squint:

    But that was good though, right?
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Fantastic, thanks for the help.

    As far as using an external, I already have a 320 GB that is about full. But the reason for increasing HDD space on the laptop is because my music collection is continually increasing and I like to keep all my music available at any time, including being in the car. I plan to get another 500 GB external for my movies and tv shows.
     
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    I laughed, didn't I?
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    :werd:

    A rare triple roffle, it was.



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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Wouldn't it suck if thread starter waited a week or two and found out they sold out?

    :mamoru:
     
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    That would be less than fortunate. :)
     
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    Unfortunately, this is the drive caddy for the hard drive itself, and not for the media bay the CD/DVD drive is in. If you purchased a larger hard drive, you could use this to use it in the computer, however, it would be only one drive at a time and not both at once.

    The type of drive you are looking for will be a Media Bay or D-Bay drive (D-Bay because its for a D-series system, just like the older C-series systems used a C-Bay with a slightly different connection).

    I've checked the documentation, and it appears that the Inspiron 9400/E1705 does not have a secondary hard drive bay option listed. The Precision Workstation M70, however, does have a Media Bay hard drive option which might work with your E1705. The bays are the same on the two systems, but the M70 is a variant of the Latitude D800 series system and has a different motherboard than the Inspiron 9400/E1705, so I don't know for sure if a hard drive will work in the bay or not.

    I hope this helps.

    Larry
    Dell Customer Advocate
     

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