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    Installing ssd

    I am intending to fit a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB ssd to my acer V3-571 laptop.The existing hdd is a Toshiba MQ01ABD100 1TB and is 9.5mms.The Samsung ssd is 7mms. and the ssd comes without a fitting kit.Can anyone tell me what I could use as a spacer or where to purchase one?

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    They are called mounting adapter brackets. You can get them from amazon (here) or any computer parts store in your area. If it's for a laptop, look for 2.5" mounting adapter bracket.
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    Thank you very much for your help!
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    Sorry to be a nuisance but I'm not sure exactly what to get.They all seem to be something like 2.5" to 3.5" etc.Is there any chance you could give me further assistance?Thank you.
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    1" = 25.4mm,

    7mm = about 17/64"

    9.5mm = about 23/64"

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    2.5 to 3.5 is if you are going to install it to a pc which uses 3.5" hdd. You only need 2.5" as that is the size of laptop hdd. Some brackets are dual. Read the description carefully.
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    I couldn't see a Samsung 840 User Manual on the Samsung website, but the 830 User Manual can be found HERE. If the 840 is the same as the 830, it seems as though there's three different kits depending whether you're fitting it to a laptop, a desktop or just the bare drive.

    In the laptop kit there appears to be a 7mm to 9.5mm mounting spacer included in the kit (as per the below photos). I've just done a quick Amazon search and strangely enough the mounting spacer doesn't seem to be available separately. Have you got them in your hands, as in the instructions it says 'if needed', so I'm not sure whether it would be possible to fit it without the bracket. Or looking at the picture in the THIS video, maybe make something out of cardboard? Without seeing it, it's difficult to tell.

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    Last edited by ARC1020; 24 Apr 2013 at 19:00.
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    Thank you very much for the replies.The pictures of the fitting kits are extremely helpful and I've got a much better idea now of what to do.
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    Hi there
    Most laptops I've ever used / opened up the SSD will just normally fit straight on to the connectors WITHOUT needing any mounting screws etc. The Laptop cover assembly / panel piece holds the whole thing in place.

    Sometimes there's a piece of rubber at one of the ends to ensure a really tight fit, but could you open up your laptop and take a mobile phone pic of the slot where you insert the SSD.

    If the old laptop HDD has a small caddy this will identically will fit on the SSD - these can be different for each laptop - but often you won't even need these.

    All the SATA cable thingy's etc are for mounting in a 3.5 inch slot on a standard Desktop - the SATA cables are for connecting to the mobo. On a laptop none of this is necessary - the SSD just plugs straight in to the two sets of pins and is a reasonably rigid fit.

    Incidentally Samsung 840 256 GB SSD -- Great choice - currently fastest performer out there for the price.

    Last edited by jimbo45; 26 Apr 2013 at 03:36.
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    Thank you very much for your reply.My son in law is going to fit the ssd tonight for me.He works in I.T. and fitted a ssd to his laptop recently so he knows what he is doing.I'll let you know how it goes and hopefully it will help somebody else the way everyone on here has helped me for which I am very grateful.
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