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    Laptop Required with quick release HDD Caddy

    I need to purchase a laptop that has some sort of quick release HDD caddy so that hard-drives can be swapped over very quickly. Does anyone know of such a feature on laptops. The budget is £500 apparently.

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    How quickly and does it need to be a caddy? Quite a few HP Elitebooks have just 1 or 2 screws; the old Dell Latitudes used to be the same so it was pretty quick to remove/replace a drive but I think the new ones put everything under the keyboard.

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    I'm not sure about quick release, but the closest I've seen is the Tosh's (L200's or A200's I think) that have a second HDD bay.

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    Thanks guys, by quick I'm talking flick a release lever, pull caddy with HDD out, slot other HDD in - so about ten seconds or less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Thanks guys, by quick I'm talking flick a release lever, pull caddy with HDD out, slot other HDD in - so about ten seconds or less.
    So you gonna need additional caddies then too. Is this the main HDD we are talking about, or a second 'slave' HDD?

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    I have to ask. Why?

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    Yeah seems a very strange request to be honest and one which I cannot find any reason for.

    Why not just a usb dock for 2.5 sata drives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Yeah seems a very strange request to be honest and one which I cannot find any reason for.

    Why not just a usb dock for 2.5 sata drives?

    Ben
    Perhaps the user wants one seperated OS for himself, and one for his partner. So when his partner wants the laptop he sticks her drive in, boots up and presto. When he wants the laptop he can stick his drive in and have all his pr0n ready and waiting for him, without his partner suspecting a thing

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    What suspicious minds people have! The removal hdd is required so that it can be removed and stored overnight in a fire proof safe.

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    so just undo the screws and swap them over only takes 2 mins

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    Hah, so you expect a non-techie to do that every night?! These are people who can't even operate a toaster properly!

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    BTW this isn't at my place of work - it's for a charity I do IT support for.

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    Will a laptop not fit in the safe?

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    Safe may be fire proof, but is it heat proof?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    BTW this isn't at my place of work - it's for a charity I do IT support for.
    Take the plastic bit off and as long as the hard drive is pushed firmly against the connector , will just be a case of sliding the hard drive in or out of the hard drive bay ?

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