[PLUG-TALK] Extract 2.5" SSD from 3.5" case

John Jason Jordan johnxj at gmx.com
Mon Dec 30 22:03:11 PST 2019


On Mon, 30 Dec 2019 17:07:09 -0800 (PST)
Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> dijo:

>I purchased an ADATA SU800 256G SSD through Newegg. It's listed as a
>2.5" drive (including on the box) which is what I need to replace the
>original 140G HDD in the ThinkPad X200.
>
>The box contains a 3.5" plastic case which is fine for mounting in a
>desktop 3.5" drive bay, but not for mounting in a laptop's 2.5" drive
>bay.
>
>I see no screw holes in the case and a lable covers the entire side
>warning that the warrantee is void if removed.
>
>Do I need to return this for a naked 2.5" drive or is there a way to
>extract it (in working condition) from the larger case?

This curiositized me, so I looked into it. On the ADATA web site they
have a datasheet as a PDF, so I looked at it. From the images it looks
like there are four screws on one side. It also looks like the width is
marked '69.85,' which I assume is mm. That would make it about 2.75" - a
funny dimension for a drive. Or maybe I misread it; the print was
really small. Maybe the datasheet was just for the drive and not
including the (I'm guessing) included adapter for a 3.5" enclosure.

In any event, if they sold it to you as a 2.5" drive and it's not, I'd
demand that they take it back. After they agree to take it back, but
before dropping it in the mail, I'd employ a high-tech tool that I use
for such things* to see if I could pry the case apart.

*Also known as a utility knife.


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