SSD or HDD in caddy frame?

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  1. Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Pro (1909)
       #1

    SSD or HDD in caddy frame?


    I am going to upgrade a six-years old Dell laptop, with an SSD.
    The laptop has HDD and my plan is to keep them both, the one (SSD) as OS disc (Win 10), and the other (HDD) as storage disc.
    A caddy frame, in the optical drive, will be used.

    Plan A
    SSD inside the laptop/HDD in the caddy frame
    Plan B
    SSD in the caddy frame/HDD inside the laptop

    With faster speeds in mind, which plan should I prefer?

    Thank you!
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  2. Posts : 264
    Windows 10
       #2

    I am going to upgrade a six-years old Dell laptop, with an SSD.
    What more else is there to say?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Your question reads..

    You want to put a SSD in your laptop as a primary but you are trying to work out if it is faster inside the laptop or externally?

    Realistically no one would run their primary drive externally because its a liability.
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  3. Posts : 38,307
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #3

    Plan A - guarantees the faster interface, assuming there's a difference.

    This discussion gives some clues if you wish to explore further:
    Identify if optical drive in my laptop is SATA or PATA in Windows 7 - Super User
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  4. Posts : 19,883
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.2546 (x64) [22H2]
       #4

    Yep. Plan A
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  5. Posts : 4,800
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #5

    Replace the ODD with a HDD caddy and install a small SSD for Windows and programs and use the HDD on the caddy for data. That is what I did on mine.

    Do a clean install and I recommend you move C:\Users from the SSD to the HDD (D:\Users)
    Relocate Users.zip

    There are two sizes of ODDs. 9.5mm and 12.7mm. Make sure you buy the correct one for your laptop.
    12.7 mm HDD caddy Newegg.com

    9.5 mm HDD caddy Newegg.com
    Last edited by Megahertz; 06 Dec 2022 at 07:39.
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  6. Posts : 17,260
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #6

    Hello @Skakner,

    Skakner said:
    I am going to upgrade a six-years old Dell laptop, with an SSD.

    The laptop has HDD and my plan is to keep them both, the one (SSD) as OS disc (Win 10), and the other (HDD) as storage disc.

    A caddy frame, in the optical drive, will be used.

    Plan A
    SSD inside the laptop/HDD in the caddy frame

    Plan B
    SSD in the caddy frame/HDD inside the laptop

    With faster speeds in mind, which plan should I prefer?
    Definately Plan A.
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  7. Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Pro (1909)
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Plan A!

    Thank you all!
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  8. Posts : 4,800
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #8

    Please mark this thread as solved
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  9. Posts : 18,050
    Windows 11 Pro
       #9

    And come back and let us know how it is working!
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  10. Posts : 134
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (dual boot)
       #10

    Skakner:

    You did not provide a description or a service tag number of your 6-year old Dell laptop.

    Are you sure it supports only 1 internal storage drive?

    I have two Dell 17.3" laptops, and they support 3 internal storage drives, along with a disc drive.
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