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Just a curious question here.

Inspiron 17R 5720 and the Inspiron 17R 7720 are very similar laptops, and have a similar motherboard. There are 2 hard drive bays. On the Inspiron 17R 5720, there is NOT an available SATA connector present on the motherboard in the empty bay, however, there ARE solder dots there where the STAT port should be.

http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshoo ... n-17r-5720

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/ ... 7r-se-7720

I've worked on both of these systems, and while the 7720 is a Special Edition, and is a bit more powerful, and it does contain the 2nd SATA port, it seems essentially the same.

Being a "tinkering" person, would one be able to add this, or, is something like this even available to do? I'm quite sure it would void any warranty one had.

Dell's "answer" is either an external hard drive, or remove the Optical Drive and use some sort of kit they have and use that port, or use the MSATA port. If one wanted to NOT lose the OD but, still have use of that 2nd hard drive slot.

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If the motherboards are identical size, then perhaps that can be swapped instead?


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So does your board contain the logic for that Sata Port?


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I don't know.

I don't actually own this laptop, but, I often work on it, and I'm asked that question.

As a contracted tech, I have to refer customers back to Dell, but, as a curious tech, I wanted to put the question out there.....


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