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    Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    I'm looking for a 13-14" laptop for £1000+ which has the space for me to add a 2.5" SSD.

    I can't see the spare sata expansion slot listed in any spec anywhere... do these laptops exist?

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    Would the/an optical drive be needed? I'm fairly sure they can be replace with 2.5" drives using an adapter.

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    Yes. I want to leave the laptop as is (with original HDD/optical), and just add an SSD.
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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    I've never seen a 14", let alone 13" notebook with an optical drive and two 2.5" HDD bays! I'm sure they don't exist.

    As Matty suggested you can replace the optical drive with a HDD, most laptops with standard optical drives can be replaced with 2.5" caddies. One step up from this is a modular bay; where an optical drive and HDD with its caddy can be hot swapped without tools, like I can do with my Dell Latitude E6400.
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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    So I would need a monster DTR for 2 x 2.5" + optical?

    That sucks.

    What about 15-17" laptops as long as they are not too heavy?

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    You can always try and find a Laptop with a spare mini PCI-E slot and chuck an SSD in there. you probably won't get the same performance as a 2.5" drive, but will keep your options open

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    Msi ge700?
    Looks like it might fit the bill. I prefer it with a quad core though (are the mobile i7s good?)

    Quote Originally Posted by circuitmonkey View Post
    You can always try and find a Laptop with a spare mini PCI-E slot and chuck an SSD in there. you probably won't get the same performance as a 2.5" drive, but will keep your options open
    Need it with full speed. Its pointless paying top dollar for a SSD and crippling the speed!

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    I've just got the i5 m430 in my Vostro 3700, and it's doing a stellar job so far, if you want me to run any benchies just let me know

    SuperPi 1m is ~18.2s, so its not the fastest, but it's certainly nowhere near sluggish compared to other options

    the i5 m430 is quad

    Not HT though, HT is only on i7s
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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    SuperPi 1m is ~18.2s, so its not the fastest, but it's certainly nowhere near sluggish compared to other options
    That's 0.2 faster than my Q6600 at 3GHz

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    Must admit I never knew anyone made laptops with 2 hard drive bays.

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    Quote Originally Posted by matty-hodgson View Post
    That's 0.2 faster than my Q6600 at 3GHz
    Really? I'd expect more from a 3GHz C2Q, my Latitude E6400 with its 2.66GHz T9550 does 1M in 17.5s!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Must admit I never knew anyone made laptops with 2 hard drive bays.
    There are a number of DTR and gaming notebooks with two HDDs in RAID0
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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    my dads vaio laptop has dual hard drive slots and 13" but it's a few years old, i'm sure they've moved to single drive now

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Need it with full speed. Its pointless paying top dollar for a SSD and crippling the speed!
    I don't know mate, some of the drives on scan are claiming Write speeds of 100MB/s and Read speeds of 150MB/s
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/32GB-...k-(SSD)-Retail

    That's not so slow

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    Re: Looking for a laptop with spare space for extra 2.5 sata drive

    dell studio 17's have 2 drive bays and an optical ....... but they are HUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEE

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