I have a spare SATA HDD that I would like to fit in the spare (HDD2) bay of my laptop. It needs a special type of caddy/enclosure and a SATA connector, where do I get one please?
Welcome to the forums Ed
I've found the <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>@ $10.99.
You'll need to try and track down the adapter yourself though. Assuming it isn't included with the carrier of course?
 Ha! Just noticed you're in the UK as well - so those links are about as much use as a chocolate fire guard
But at least you can get the part number for the carrier off that page, and search for it on the UK equivalent site - 'Parts, Upgrades & Supplies' [/edit]
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Thank you for replying.
I've established that the Dell Part Number is 341-7101, 'chatted' online to an adviser who told me it is not available online.
A further update:
You’re not going to believe this but Dell India (UK parts) told me that the above Part Number is not valid in the UK. She went on to say that a different part number is used in every country, which I simply don’t believe!
How can it possibly be true?
I wanted a bigger drive for my xps m1710 and found a 500Gb one on ebay. I just bought it and the item number is 350186555394 if you are interested. As an extra the seller is including fitting instructions. I am in the UK and the drive is in the US priced at $93
Hope this help you out.
All the best
I am trying to do exactly the same as you and getting the same runaround. It seems that DELL UK are lagging in customer service or simply trying to prevent competition. I have had two phone calls and sent one e-mail - each time they assume that I want to buy a hard drive from them at a 400% mark-up from the street price. In each case I have given them the US part number which they then choose to ignore.
Come-on DELL, we are your present and possibly future customers - I have bought several systems from you in the past and always sang your praises to friends and colleagues.
I have just obtained the necessary parts from DELL UK. It took a bit of time and patience but they came through in the end. The trick is to send an e-mail to technical support and ask them to explain to sales - exactly what you want. Sales may assume that you know nothing at all about computers and that you will damage the computer and invalidate your warranty. You will need to convince them otherwise! The total cost of parts came to £10.06 including VAT and postage. Make sure they have included every item necessary - as they nearly forgot to include the interposer and did forget to include the M2.5x8 screws on my original order.
You will need the following items:-
1 x HDD2 steel caddy, 1 x HDD2 interposer, 4 x (M3x3) screws, 4 x (M2.5x8) screws
Make sure they specify a HDD2 interposer as it is different to the HDD1 interposer.
Hope this helps,
P.S. It would be wise to insulate the edge of the steel caddy with a strip of insulating tape at the interposer end. The offset space is very tight and could cause a short.