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MaxFuse
12-30-2014, 01:10 PM
Just wondering if it were possible to use a slim sata III extension cable on the secondary drive to connect it to the sata III port in the primary drive bay (with the m.2 sata drive) to achieve sata III speeds ? or is that port disabled when using the m.2 in that bay ?

hmscott
12-30-2014, 05:37 PM
Just wondering if it were possible to use a slim sata III extension cable on the secondary drive to connect it to the sata III port in the primary drive bay (with the m.2 sata drive) to achieve sata III speeds ? or is that port disabled when using the m.2 in that bay ?

MaxFuse, I doubt it disables the SATA III port, but you won't know until you try :)

The problem with moving the SATA III connection is that a 2.5" disk is already filling the bay, sliding it away from the SATA II connector doesn't leave any room for a 2nd connector, and you have no elevation down/up to move the SSD to make room for the extension cable/connector.

What might work is to use a PCIE extension cable to put the PCIE SSD (without carrier) into the Right Bay, and then plug in your SATA III SSD into the Left Bay - coexisting with the PCIE extension cable. It would take the right PCIE cable/connector to fit, and a thin enough cable to cross through to the other Bay, and you would need to angle the PCIE SSD/connector/cable just right, but it might work.

There are also various form factor 1.8" SSD's that with an extension/conversion cable from the SATA III port in the left bay might fit in the right bay, here are a few:

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos GO Deluxe 1.8-Inch 480/240/120GB SATA-III SYNC Solid State Drive (MKNSSDCG480GB-DX)
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Enhanced-1-8-Inch-SATA-III-MKNSSDCG240GB-DX/dp/B00CWVGG8A/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1419962043&sr=1-5

Kingston Digital, Inc. SSDNow KC380 480/240GB SSD Micro SATA 3 1.8-Inch SKC380S3/480G
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-1-8-Inch-SKC380S3-480G/dp/B00KUSN98C/ref=sr_1_12?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1419961573&sr=1-12

Intel DC S3500 Series SSDSC2BB480G401 480GB 1.8 SATA III 20NM MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-S3500-SSDSC2BB480G401-480GB-Internal/dp/B00DPOHGQE/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1419962157&sr=1-9

Google Search
https://www.google.com/search?q=1.8%22+ssd&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

Here is the Amazon search:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_n_feature_keywords_0?fst=as%3Aoff&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A541966%2Cn%3A129 2110011%2Cn%3A1292116011%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_tw o_browse-bin%3A4929542011%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_four_brows e-bin%3A6158693011&bbn=1292116011&ie=UTF8&qid=1419961987&rnid=6009674011

Be careful and make sure the transfer rate is SATA III (6gbps) as those above, some are SATA II (3gbps)