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No drive bay space or caddies in a desktop PC for a new hard drive or SSD? Some quick & dirty ideas!

Hello again fellow readers & fixers! Today, we have some ideas to share with you about improvising with installations of hard drives and SSDs.

Chances are, you find yourself in a situation, where you decided to upgrade your desktop PC with an extra SATA HDD or SSD for extra performance and/or storage space, only to find that you can’t install your new drive in the normal manner. Perhaps as it turns out, you don’t have any spare drive bays for your new hard drive or SSD, or maybe there are no suitable caddies or brackets for your desktop PC.

Well, before you start returning the hard drive or SSD, you could try improvising with how you install it into your machine. Here are a couple of ideas that we have come up with, that you can try.

You could use adhesive pads that you can attach to the drive, and then mount onto some free space at the inside base of your computer, or the inside of the side panels. 2.5 inch SATA SSDs are recommended for this, as they are typically lighter than hard drives and are therefore less likely to fall away from the adhesive pads.

You could use other parts of the inside of the chassis as mounting points for securing hard drives and SSDs with screws, as long as they don’t impede airflow inside the case too much; some good places to install drives in this way would be at the inner front edge of the case (if possible, with the screw holes at the edge of the drive aligned with the holes on the case), and the mounting rails for installing case fans. The latter space is applicable for many cases designed for enthusiasts who like to build their own computers; these cases tend to have rails instead of fixed holes for adjusting the position of case fans once they are installed into the unit.

If you have come up with ideas with regards to how you improved with installing a hard drive or SSD in your own desktop PCs, please feel free to share them with us in the comments. So until next time, stay safe, keep calm and just keep on fixing!