Hi! Hope you're all doing well : )
So, any news from any side about the issues discussed here? Some ordered the brackets for the HDD, and I am curious if they arrived, and how much they cost exactly...
the bracket and the cable arrived. I've ordered a additional Seagate Ultrathin 500GB HDD.
Both bracket and mSATA cable from Dell Germany cost 13€ each. No shipping costs.
The bracket only works with these 5mm HDDs. For an 7mm HDD I would say that there is no space for an additional bracket.
Great news! I always thought I definitely need the bracket, partly because of dariusz.qrek's post in this threat, where he says he used the bracket with a 7mm drive with no issues. Maybe I misread. Also because of warranty concerns I hesitated to install an HDD without a proper bracket.
Anyway, I am convinced now that I should give it a go asap, which I'll do. I'll let you know how it works out : )
Quick update: the drive works without issues - thanks for your help!
Looking back I have to admit I was just too careful (and worried about warranty) to not just try using the drive without a bracket.
Hi folks...good thread...I just got my e7440 and see that the 128GB SSD is in the mSATA slot and not in any 'interposer'. There's what looks like a blanking cage in the HDD space - just to fill the space it looks like. When I removed this cage I see that there's no connector to connect a SATA HDD to.
If I want to fit a 7mm HDD in this space what parts exactly do I need - just the HH0YC (RoHS:Yes,ASSY,CBL,5MM-HDD, E7440)? Where does this cable connect to the board exactly?
Hello extra-ordinary guy,
hope this is extra ordinary advice! ; )
Sorry to hear you got the version of the E7440 without the HDD SATA connector. That means you will need the HH0YC SATA cable.
If the HDD you want to use is 5mm, you will also need the 0WPRM metal bracket. In case the disk is 7mm you don't need the bracket (in fact there wouldn't even be enough room for it).
I have no idea how the cable would actually be connected to the board. For that you might want to consult the manual. You find it here:
Hope this helps! Here is a picture how it all looks with a 5mm HDD, the metal bracket and the black SATA cable:
Thanks for the reply. Yes I figured I'll probably just need the SATA cable for a 7mm drive, although I'm wondering are the rubber spacers on the drive bracket for the 5mm mechanical drives for shock resistance as well as just making up the space?Trying to source this SATA cable I need is proving to be a bit of an issue as Ireland / UK Dell are giving me a bit of a runaround and at one point told me the part has been discontinued!?
So far I've found that a large section in the centre of the keyboard is unsupported which gives a lot of flex/bounce causing a good few typos. I've also found the touchpad to be far from satisfactory with a very vague feel to controlling the pointer on the screen. The other point I'd previously read but not fully investigated before purchasing is the fact that one of the USB ports is in fact USB 2.0.
I doubt the rubber spacers would even fit in there together with the 7mm drive. It is a very snug fit!
At one point I tried ordering the metal bracket. The Dell representative quoted a price of 70 Euros, which still makes me dizzy. Luckily I did not need it in the end.
My keyboard issues (you are referring to my notebookreview.com post, right?) are not with the center keys, but rather some of the outer keys. I have not much flex/bounce.
The one USB port next to the power connector is only USB 2.0. But it apparently offers power even when the laptop is switched off. I can live with only two USB 3.0 ports.
...very strange - I'm getting USB 3.0 speeds off both rear USB ports - it's the one on the side that I'm getting only USB 2.0 speeds from - and this is despite Dell advertising it as having 3 x USB 3.0 ports.and all USB ports on the laptop having the SuperSpeed USB symbol.
You can turn off the 'always on' USB port in the BIOS AFAIK
Yes, my point about the rubber spacers was that, if installing a 7mm HDD, would that leave this drive vulnerable without any 'shock absorbers'?
Spoke with an agent today who has told me that I may be able to buy the SATA cable from the 'Out of Warranty' department - is that where you got yours?
Hi Extra-Ordinary Guy,
i've contacted the German support of Dell by a support ticket and then communicated by email with them. They offered me directly to order the bracket and the cable.