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    2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    Looks a good idea to me:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/94325/Nov...ard_Slots.html

    Cooling would be the only concern though.


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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    for a 2.5" drive? I wouldn't worry about cooling.

    Perhaps if you put one of the new SAS Velociraptors in there, but a regular 2.5" drive only draws ~500mA, and SSDs don't get hot do they?

    I like the idea though

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    Woot - great idea with SSDs coming down in price every day. Shame about the price though - around £30 on top of the cost of the drive is a bit steep...

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    Nice idea. Are there any cases with 2.5 bays yet?

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    With SSD capacities rocketing and prices plummeting, I cannot see a long-term need for these.

    I am sure it won't be long before cases come with an abundance of 2.5" drive slots and a lot of RIAD-style cages appear that convert multiple 3.5" and 5.25" drive bays to 2.5"


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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    I'd think it's more likely that drive manufacturers will start packaging SSDs in 3.5" cases, no? Then they can charge a premium for 2.5" sized drives! That's what I'd do, anyway...

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    I'd think it's more likely that drive manufacturers will start packaging SSDs in 3.5" cases, no?
    No. Primary market for SSDs is laptops, which make up more than 50% of PC sales anyway, so no point designing for the minority.

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Primary market for SSDs is laptops
    While this is true currently, do you not think, as SSD capacities increase and prices drop, they are going to become more prevalent in the desktop and enterprise markets? Assuming this does happen, it would make more sense for SSD manufacturers to design into that market than to expect that market to adapt to a new hard drive standard...

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    I rather like this one - as it's a bit easier to get to the front then the rear bay:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Jou-J...-single-35-Bay)

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    While this is true currently, do you not think, as SSD capacities increase and prices drop, they are going to become more prevalent in the desktop and enterprise markets?
    Yes.
    Assuming this does happen, it would make more sense for SSD manufacturers to design into that market than to expect that market to adapt to a new hard drive standard...
    No.

    Desktop PCs are all about adaption to new standards. As long as you can fit a 2.5 drive into a 3.5 bay using a bracket then they'll continue to be 2.5 - it happened for the switch from 5.25 to 3.5, so I don't see why it won't happen from 3.5 to 2.5. We just need some forward-looking case manufacturers to start including 2.5 mounting bays.

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    Quote Originally Posted by david@scan View Post
    i rather like this one - as it's a bit easier to get to the front then the rear bay:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/jou-j...-single-35-bay)
    404?

    Ah, needs the ) in the url!

    Correct link:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Jou-J...single-35-Bay)

    That looks neat. Do want

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    This is also very cool (4x 2.5" in 1x 5.25"):
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/RakMa...-inc-2x4cm-fan

    Or indeed this (8x 2.5" in 2x 5.25"):
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Super...tswap-SAS-Rack

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    And at some point we'll end up paying more for the bracket than the hard drive...

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    Re: 2.5 inch HDDs in Expansion Card Slot

    Oooh, I do like the 8x2.5 hotswap. Shame it's about 3 times the cost of most cases I'd consider buying

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