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New Life for Old Caddy

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by attar, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. attar

    attar Senior member

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    I have a couple of El Cheapo internal disk caddies and I wanted to install one in a Dell PC.
    This caddy had no power switch or LEDS.
    It's a kind hybrid oddity in that it has a SATA data connector and a Molex power connector.
    I started by popping out the flimsy lock mechanism and inserting a double pole switch in it's place.
    Cut the Molex Red/Yellow leads and fed the 5V/12V power into the respective poles of the switch, then the output contacts of the switch to the caddy side red/yellow wires.
    Since there was no power indicator on the caddy, I also fed 5 Volts from the switch output to a LED/resistor combination (power return was to the 5V ground (black) wire).
    All connections were soldered and heat shrinked.
    The wiring I used was 24 gauge solid strand (3 amp?).
    Since I'm only using a small SSD in the caddy, I thought that would suffice.
    Drilled a 3/16 hole above the switch and popped the LED into it -it's bright but the case sits on the floor so there's no blinding glare.

    Modified another one (it had separate power and data LEDs, but no switch).
    Used stranded wire from a defunct power supply in this instance: I use it for HDD as well SSD.

    Clipboard011. dell 004.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    the 2 blacks are just ground as in not 5v or 12v ground but just ground. open a psu & you'll see all the blacks soldered to the same ground plane.
     
  3. attar

    attar Senior member

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    What about disk activity - whereabouts is it located and is it possible to attach a led to it directly or does it have to be buffered or driven - or will it all end in tears?
     
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    the hd led of your desktop might also show the activity of the caddy drive.
     
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    It does, but it's pinhole size and not obvious.
    I looked into it more.
    This particular caddy has a disk activity led, but it only works when using a conventional HDD - it doesn't work on an SSD.
    Browsing around, I see refences to the voice coil motor on a HDD as the pickup point to show disk access and since an SSD has no motor, that may be why it doesn't work.
     

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