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finalhour
12-16-2013, 01:20 AM
Hey!

It's been a bit since I've had to post. I've had a few minor issues but taken care of them through trial and error/troubleshooting up to now. Today, after flying home for winter break from school, I had a "Please select proper boot device" loop on start up. I panicked at first, I thought it was a corrupt boot sector or something, but it was actually just that my SSD slid out of its slot. This is the first time in over a year of having this set up that it's happened.

But upon closer examination there is a 1/8" gap between the SSD and the edge of the drive bay, i.e. it has too much room. Any ideas for what I could stick in there to keep it in place? I don't want to insulate/screw with the dissipation of the heat inside the computer, but I didn't even drop the thing and it slid off, that's not supposed to happen.

Any advice would be appreciated

Cheers,

Nate

rewben
12-16-2013, 01:38 AM
hi @finalhour, i don't understand: how could it slide off? i thought there are at least two screws that secure the hdd bracket holding the ssd very well? (mine is fine; i have tried 9.5mm and 7mm versions. both are secured nicely)

finalhour
12-16-2013, 01:51 AM
hi @finalhour, i don't understand: how could it slide off? i thought there are at least two screws that secure the hdd bracket holding the ssd very well? (mine is fine; i have tried 9.5mm and 7mm versions. both are secured nicely)

Hey!

So I did have the bracket screwed on, and I do believe it was tight, but the bracket itself isn't attached to the SSD, just to the plastic/metal of the drive bay, so that might be the issue? I don't have any way that I know of to mount it to the bracket.

Nate

rewben
12-16-2013, 02:05 AM
ah.. that's the problem. you should secure the ssd to the bracket first. you need 4 screws to do that. the ssd should have 4 side holes for you to do that (of the ssd's that i have they all have those screw holes to secure it to the bracket)

finalhour
12-16-2013, 02:19 AM
Wishing I had those screws now >_< hahaha

rewben
12-16-2013, 02:31 AM
now i think of it, you're using the laptop without securing the ssd properly up until recently? that's cool lol!

hehe yeah i took a look at some images at google about your ssd. the side holes are there :) temporarily you can take out 2 screws from your hdd and secure the ssd with them.

finalhour
12-16-2013, 02:46 AM
Can I buy the screws instead? I'd rather do that just to know that both are set. I have 0 clue what size and where to get them though. Any advice?

Clintlgm
12-16-2013, 03:02 AM
Yea my 530 came with a plastic spacer, I haven't installed it anywhere yet, but I assumed that it would go on the bottom side to line up with the SATA socket?

rewben
12-16-2013, 03:09 AM
oh.. that. i am not sure about this. i guess you can try several ways:
1. ask for help from asus service center;
2. try to look 'laptop 2.5" hard drive screws' at ebay, amazon;

the screws should be of standard size and you can find it at local computer shops, too.

edit: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-100-Laptop-Hard-Drive-HDD-2-5-Caddy-Screw-M3X3mm-/230732678996

Clintlgm
12-16-2013, 03:10 AM
The screw pitch and size are the same as for any hard drive but much shorter I'll bet you could get some on ebay or amazon. Usualy they ship four with a hard drive 2 1/2" drives have shorter ones less threads. As Rewben said though take two from your hard drive. If you got along with out any for this long 2 should last you the life of the SSD or NB.

finalhour
12-16-2013, 03:24 AM
Won't my HDD need them? And do you mean stealing two from the caddy where they attach to the drive?

rewben
12-16-2013, 03:45 AM
Won't my HDD need them? And do you mean stealing two from the caddy where they attach to the drive?

yeah stealing it. there are 4 screws that secure the stock hdd to the bracket. take one from each side and use them to secure your ssd.

note that this is just a temporary measure. you still need to get the screws. to me i think i will just try my luck at any laptop repair shop closest to you.