Windows 10: Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive

Discus and support Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hi I just received my purchased MEDION AKOYA P5218 F - Intel Core i5-6400, 2,7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, WLAN, Windows 10... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by xyz, Nov 18, 2016.

  1. XYZ
    xyz Win User

    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive


    Hi

    I just received my purchased MEDION AKOYA P5218 F - Intel Core i5-6400, 2,7GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, WLAN, Windows 10 Desktop computer.

    Since I had recently just bought a WD 1TB Black Hard Drive I wanted to fit this inside.

    Although there appears to be a tiny cramped space for a second Hard Drive (have marked the place where I think it should go? and use any free electric cable in that bundle?) I was unable to see anywhere to plug the cable into the motherboard.

    I bought this computer as replacement to my i3 3220 which was no longer good enough for my multimedia software; I did not have a lot of money over, but wanted an i5, so this was my compromise (but extremely wary - Medion!!). I did read it had a "Hot Swap" but did not really understand what this was (other than you could easily swap drives):


    Hot-swap mobile rack - Swap hard drives quickly and easily – even while the PC is running. Perfect for data backups, data exchange and alternative operating systems.

    http://www.medion.com/gb/shop/multim...ed-description


    But fully understand I did not!

    Anyway - and I am just guessing here - it looks like the Hot Swap is using the motherboard socket for a possible second Hard Drive. And there is no other free socket.

    So - guessing again - if I have understand correctly from Google searches - the Hot Swap is not intended to be used as a second internal Hard Drive ? Or have I understood wrong? Can it be used for my second Hard Drive?

    Really confused here about this!!! SO HELP!

    If not I guess I will have to unplug the Hot Swap and use this to plug my second Hard Drive?


    ANOTHER but related question:

    The built in Hard Drive looks to be a 1 TB WD Blue

    The Hard Drive I want to build in is a 1 TB WD Black

    As far as I can tell the Black is a better drive than the Blue (was certainly more expensive)

    So should I move the system (if I am capable of doing this easy - have no experience and not that computer technical) from the Blue to the Black? (does it bring significant performance or none?)

    Or just leave it as it is?

    AND - guessing again - I figure I might be able to use this Hot Swap to somehow move my system over to the black (only if it is better for system performance?) - clone/copy - or? have never used such a thing (Hot Swap) before so unsure about this?

    Really stuck here on this Hot Swap be glad of speedy help - and many thanks


    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive [​IMG]

    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive [​IMG]

    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive [​IMG]

    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive [​IMG]


    :)
     

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  4. pbcopter Win User

    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive

    Yes you can use the hotswap drive tray for another "internal " hard drive. I could not tell from the description., is it a 3.5 inch drive tray?

    I use 5 trays in my system, each containing a drive for storage as well as one for my operating system.
    This give a lot of flexibility.
     
    pbcopter, Nov 18, 2016
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  5. XYZ
    xyz Win User
    Thanks pbcopter

    Really appreciate the help

    I guess it is a 3.5 but don't know for sure.

    I don't even know how it opens. Once you open the outside cover you see a tray with a handle on it (see photo) but how does this open - have tried gently pulling but it seems pretty firmly in place? Too afraid to pull it harder.
    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive [​IMG]
     
  6. XYZ
    xyz Win User
    Okay got it open


    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive [​IMG]

    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive [​IMG]

    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive [​IMG]


    So I can use this just the same as installing a second drive inside main housing - that's great

    Do you have any thoughts on using the WD Black as main drive (transfering system to the WD Black - which I guess I can do by using this Hot Swap?) - or it is not worth the bother (risk - I am new to this) and leave the system on installed WD Blue?

    Thanks
     
  7. pbcopter Win User
    I would leave the operating system on the WD blue. The 1TB blue units are faster than the 1TB black drives.
     
    pbcopter, Nov 19, 2016
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  8. XYZ
    xyz Win User

    Hot Swap and fitting second Hard Drive

    okay pbcopter

    thanks a lot

    you have been really very helpfull
    really appreciate it a lot
    thanks
     
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