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Are mounting brackets necessary for a 2.5" SSD?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I'm planning on installing an SSD in my HTPC and I'm wondering if there's any need to bother with mounting brackets. Since SSD's don't have moving parts, it shouldn't be an issue to just toss it into a 3.5 inch bay without brackets, right? I never move the computer around, so it should stay put. Will this work, or should I just go with brackets to be on the safe side?
post #2 of 27
Most good SSD models come with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter so just check the model you buy.

Often better level SSDs come with this while cheaper ones do not. Example Vertex3 OCZ does but some agility3 doesn't.

What SSD are you looking at?


Most SSD are 2.5" and most case bays are 3.5" so if it doesn't come with it just buy the adapter separate. They are cheap and easily available.
post #3 of 27
Or just spend $2 for some Velcro and call it a day
post #4 of 27
i personally would make sure it doesnt move at least. vibration from other components can affect it. i might even use velrco or padded double sided tape at least. :P
post #5 of 27
Mine is held in place with 2 wire ties. I have some closed cell packing foam between the bracket and the ssd.
post #6 of 27
Two sides tape would work just fine but honestly an adapter costs couple bucks so just do it right .
post #7 of 27
Not quite the same thing, but back with whatever the last version of Windows was where the install program did not recognize CD drives, I kept a floppy drive in the base of a tower computer, just in case I needed to do a clean install. It was not hooked up to anything, or tied down in any way. It never caused an issue. Gravity is a wonderful tool.
post #8 of 27
I'd just get an SSD that came with adapter.

Vertex3 SSD 120GB is on sale Black Friday for $49 and comes with adapter.

There's no reason to be cheap and do it half assed IMO
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Vertex3 SSD 120GB is on sale Black Friday for $49 and comes with adapter.
There's no reason to be cheap and do it half assed IMO

I thought we weren't going half assed ? biggrin.gif
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

There's no reason to be cheap and do it half assed IMO

But that's the thing. There is no need for an adapter if you have some 3m tape laying around. You won't even see the hard drive with the side cover on so what does it matter? I had mine taped for a year or so, then I took it out to move it and it was stuck on there so well it look a few minutes to carefully peel it off. It's not going anywhere. smile.gif

I didn't even bother re-taping it into the new pc. It's just sitting inside and it's not going anywhere since I never move it.
post #11 of 27
Right now I have an SSD in an adapter bracket mounted in the 3.5" external bay on my HTPC. I'm thinking of adding a card reader to that hole and if it means I have to move the SSD to do it I guess I'll be going all half assed on you and sticking it down with a bit of Velcro...Wanna buy a slightly used bracket? tongue.gif
post #12 of 27
Lol...

I've done it.

I've actually not mounted HDDs too...

Gravity does most if the work .

But if you know upfront my point is its easy enought to do it right.


My hhlalf ass attempts are usually cause I don't have what it takes to do it right.


I can't beat anyone up too much since I do it too.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by olyteddy View Post

Right now I have an SSD in an adapter bracket mounted in the 3.5" external bay on my HTPC. I'm thinking of adding a card reader to that hole and if it means I have to move the SSD to do it I guess I'll be going all half assed on you and sticking it down with a bit of Velcro...Wanna buy a slightly used bracket? tongue.gif

How much for the used bracket? And is shipping included or extra? biggrin.gif

It was more out of laziness than cheapness that I asked, but I guess if the SSD I buy comes with one I'll use it. Thanks for all the tips smile.gif
post #14 of 27
If you have a 3.5" bay just mount one side of the SSD. They're light and rigid enough that it shouldn't be a problem.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by aliaskary77 View Post

i personally would make sure it doesnt move at least. vibration from other components can affect it.

Huh? We are talking about SSDs and not HDDs, right?
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Vertex3 SSD 120GB is on sale Black Friday for $49 and comes with adapter.

I'd like to know where. TigerDirect website has it for $109.99 and Newegg's already sold out. *sigh* Dunno how I missed the deal. I kept checking Newegg throughout the day.

Edit:
Great. Just refreshed my browser and it's down to $49.99 but looks like TigerDirect's servers are getting hit heavily. I'm getting a server error trying to check out.
Edited by ilovejedd - 11/22/12 at 9:15pm
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by ilovejedd View Post

I'd like to know where. TigerDirect website has it for $109.99 and Newegg's already sold out. *sigh* Dunno how I missed the deal. I kept checking Newegg throughout the day.
Edit:
Great. Just refreshed my browser and it's down to $49.99 but looks like TigerDirect's servers are getting hit heavily. I'm getting a server error trying to check out.

Yup.

I tried about 15 times before it took my order.

I checked with my Credit Card statement and it appears pending.. so I think I got one.
post #18 of 27
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by kesawi View Post

If you have a 3.5" bay just mount one side of the SSD. They're light and rigid enough that it shouldn't be a problem.

That's all I do. Run 1 screw through a hole into the drive. Bend and formed the cables so they weren't going to stress the connectors (which I do anyways with the SATA ones) and plugged them in. There really is no need for the bracket unless you want to be able to throw the PC around.
post #20 of 27

Hi guys,

 

Personally, I would get a reliable with high rating converter bracket for my SSD, yet it is not cheap nor expensive. (let say 5-12 bucks at most?) What do you know, SSD price does get cheaper but it is still not that cheap. It is just my thought. :) I hope this comment helps you guys!

post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by flocko View Post

Or just spend $2 for some Velcro and call it a day

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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Two sides tape would work just fine but honestly an adapter costs couple bucks so just do it right .

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Originally Posted by kesawi View Post

If you have a 3.5" bay just mount one side of the SSD. They're light and rigid enough that it shouldn't be a problem.

Any of these will work fine. I have used Velcro and have also hung one vertically with two screws from the top of a 3.5" multi-drive bay.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by Kelsea View Post

Hi guys,

Personally, I would get a reliable with high rating converter bracket for my SSD, yet it is not cheap nor expensive. (let say 5-12 bucks at most?) What do you know, SSD price does get cheaper but it is still not that cheap. It is just my thought. smile.gif I hope this comment helps you guys!
This thread was nearly a year old..... Just....why?
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by mud sloth View Post

This thread was nearly a year old..... Just....why?

You went over your 2 post per year average to point out a Necromancer biggrin.gif
post #24 of 27
I usually keep an eye on the various deal websites and pick up items like 2.5" to 3.5" adapter brackets when they're cheap. That way I've always got one on hand when I need it. I think I've still got a few brackets waiting to be put to good use.
post #25 of 27
I am going to make you all wait and post my opinion on this next year. smile.gif
post #26 of 27
lol
post #27 of 27
Mine is held in place by the bundle of unused cables from my psu. Before anyone says your 600t has 6 2.5 compatible sleds I already know. I chose not to use them at least till I have more then 1 drive in the upper 3.5/2.5 cage.

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