Samsung 840 SSD won't fit into my Vaio T13

By Danny Alvarez
Feb 24, 2013
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  1. Hi all,

    Hey so I bought a new SSD since my T13 has an empty HDD slot and to my surprise it doesn't even fit.....
    I bought the laptop with an SSD already installed, is there any way to have 2 SSD's installed for this laptop?
    If so, would I have to get an adapter?
    The SSD I bought is 7mm and 2.5", I thought it would have been compatible......:confused:

    Anywho any solutions/help would be greatly appreciated..... I tried googling this problem but have not found any solutions.
  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,240   +960

    Most laptops don't have 2 drive bays. What are you looking to do with the 2nd SSD? RAID it?
  3. Danny Alvarez

    Danny Alvarez TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That's the thing I'm pretty sure mine does, it has a drive caddy and what seems to be a SATA port/connector. I forgot to mention this earlier but the empty port/connector has its pins vertically positioned rather than horizontally.

    I'm pretty sure it's possible because my laptop was designed to run a regular HDD and a micro SATA SSD. I'm pretty sure Sony coined it a hybrid drive. I bought this model with an SSD instead of that hybrid drive so I'm assuming that I have a 256GB micro SATA SSD and an empty drive bay that would have been normally for a regular HDD.

    I could snap a pic if it would be of any help?

    Hope I cleared some things up
  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,240   +960

    Yeah a pic would help. I am having a hard time visualizing this.
  5. Danny Alvarez

    Danny Alvarez TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,240   +960

    Well, does the PC come with a cable to attach an SSD or HDD to it? I dont know how you will fit cables in a laptop, there must be an adapter you can purchase. The small connection on the bay as shown above is SATA and the other I am not sure what you call it. It is for power though
  7. Danny Alvarez

    Danny Alvarez TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nope, laptop came as is.

    How do you know it's for power? Almost all of the laptops I've owned with SATA ports have both power and data connections as one part.

    I've tried looking for adapters but I haven't found any that looked appropriate, since I don't know the name of the connector I really can't make any specific searches either.

    There is only one connection being shown btw, all three pictures are of the same connector.

    :confused:Looks like I'm back to square one again, thanks for you're input though.
  8. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Maniac Posts: 976   +73

    Looks like it might be a mini pci-e connector, hard to see with the pictures but the pin count looks like it matches. Here`s a picture of a mini pci-e ssd.

  9. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,240   +960

    I think that is what he has in it.
  10. Danny Alvarez

    Danny Alvarez TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah Unknown's right, I opened up my laptop last night and it was as I assumed. The drive that came with it was a mini pci-e SSD, I also compared both connectors and they are definitely different.

    I may or may not have stumbled upon a breakthrough though, upon hrs of googling and disassembling a lot of my old laptops I think I have a vague theory.

    Looking through various forums, I found that many people with a similar problem and similar laptop had to purchase/find a very specific adapter from Sony. Searched a lot of online stores but couldn't find anything worth risking the $ for. So going through a couple laptops I found that the HP DV series all had adapters attached to they're HDD's, all of them having the same # of pins and same form factor. So I'm assuming like HP, Sony did/does the same thing with they're HDD's. I ordered an HP adapter because it was a lot cheaper and easier to get, if all goes well all I am going to have to do is break/bend some plastic parts of the adapter to fit it into my Vaio connector.

    Will post back with results as soon as I get that part....if it's a success hopefully this will help others who might have the same problem.
  11. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,240   +960

    Sony is very difficult. They block a lot of third party things. For example, you cant install a graphics driver straight from nvidia/amd or any driver on a VAOI since they dont allow 2rd party driver installs. This is the same with toshiba I think
  12. 4ngelo

    4ngelo TS Rookie

    Hey Danny Alvarez how it ended up?
    did you solve your problem?
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,905   +203

    Yes, if you look at the installed SSD, you will have to get the proper adapter to fit another SSD or even a regular hard drive into the empty drive bay
  14. 4ngelo

    4ngelo TS Rookie

    Is it possible to add the second ssd euse in raid 0?
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,905   +203

    I would think so as long as the bios sees both SSD's

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