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  1.    30 Aug 2017 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    Windows 10 Home 64

    Looking for inexpensive laptop with multiple hard drive support


    Hello all!

    Currently, I am having a difficult time finding a manufacturer who makes an inexpensive laptop with multiple hard drive support. I'm needing either dual m.2, dual SSD, or m.2 + ssd. It appears that HP and Dell do provide laptops with dual HDD support; however, both clear the $1,000 range. I don't need a $1,000 laptop. I already have a monster custom PC for that.

    I'm looking for something small and simple, following the above as a backup pc to test software applications, especially backups and just basic web browsing.

    Any ideas?
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  2.    30 Aug 2017 #2
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    Why not look for an inexpensive laptop with an internal dvd drive. You can simply remove dvd drive, and replace with an HDD in a very cheap dvd to hdd converter caddy e.g.

    Universal 2nd Hard Drive Optical Bay Caddy SATA 9.5MM for Laptops; add second HDD/SSD to your laptop, for ACER ASUS DELL HP LENOVO SAMSUNG TOSHIBA SONY etc: Amazon.co.uk: Computers Accessories

    There are even cheaper caddies if you look on Amazon

    Usually, 2nd drive will only operate at SATA II speeds, but that is only a concern with very fast SSDs.

    If you then need the dvd drive, put that in a usb caddy.
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  3.    30 Aug 2017 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    That's something I actually read about and found interesting, but the Sata II is a bit too slow for me.
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  4.    30 Aug 2017 #4
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Indiana/Florida
    Posts : 1,514
    Windows 10 Home x64

    Well ....... depending almost exclusively on your budget, finding a laptop with 2 drive bays may be a little tough. I use lappy's exclusively and while my last 3 have all had multiple drive bays (my Gigabyte had THREE!) they were also very high dollar machines. Just what would your budget be? Knowing that would help us make a recommendation.
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  5.    30 Aug 2017 #5
    Join Date : Feb 2017
    Marietta, GA, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Does this particular laptop need to be new? You can score pretty good deals on refurbished enterprise laptops around the net and they're usually pretty decent feature-wise. I got mine on ebay. Its an HP EliteBook Folio 9480m. Mine came with a 180GB SATA III SSD and an empty M.2 slot. It only set me back about $265 shipped.
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  6.    30 Aug 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by anesthetic View Post
    That's something I actually read about and found interesting, but the Sata II is a bit too slow for me.
    No way for an HDD. Only top of the range ssds might be limited.
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  7.    30 Aug 2017 #7

    Quote Originally Posted by MattMcD488 View Post
    Does this particular laptop need to be new? You can score pretty good deals on refurbished enterprise laptops around the net and they're usually pretty decent feature-wise. I got mine on ebay. Its an HP EliteBook Folio 9480m. Mine came with a 180GB SATA III SSD and an empty M.2 slot. It only set me back about $265 shipped.
    I agree with this. Find a Thinkpad W530 or W520 and they are really inexpensive now. M.2 slot and a SATA 3 2.5" drive bay. You get a quad core i7 and support for upto 32GB DDR3 and a dedicated graphics card. I've had both and they were great machines.
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  8.    02 Sep 2017 #8
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    Thread Starter

    Hello all! I've decided to up the budget and I picked out a laptop. I appreciate everyone's help. Truly, to get a laptop with such a seemingly simple feature, once must definitely spend a little bit more money Lol.
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  9.    02 Sep 2017 #9
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    Might I suggest keeping an eye on that product as things tend to disappear from the market in a relatively short time. I recall working on a 17" Gateway Notebook a few years ago that had 2 x 2.5" HDD bays inside the case but they were of the PATA style [before SATA became popular].
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  10.    11 Sep 2017 #10
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    NW Florida
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    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint

    If you want a new one, this may work. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LD4MGY4...=157V345D175A4

    It has an M.2 SSD and a space to put another SSD/HDD in if needed. It has good specs and seems to get good reviews.
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