Ok, so I really needed more hard drive space in my T350p, I am guessing alot of you are in the same boat I am and the machine is great if only it had more hard drive space. Unfornately pretty much all the large drives are in either Zif or sata, so changing the internal drive was not going to get me much more space. So, I looked at other options. I did not want to use an external, they are great and I have several of them, but it is just not as conveniant as having a large built in drive. So, I got a bright idea, I bought a converter about a year back to convert my XPS M1710 cd drive bay into a hard drive bay, and I figured that assuming the sony used a standard CD drive connector, it should work. So, I (very tediously) took apart the T350p, once inside I realized that the sony cd drive was a standard connector, but the drive itself is packaged a little strange, so the whole caddie that the sata converter was mounted in had to go, so I stripped the gutts out of the converter and mounted the bard converter in the bay and plugged one of my spare 250's in and booted up and it worked. There where a few very minor difficulties however. The biggest one was that the vaio had the good problem of of only recognizing up to 131 gig drives, it was servicepack 3 so I figured it must have an old bios, so I pulled the drive and partitioned it in another machine. The other issue is I was constanttly pulling and reconnecting the ribbon cables while testing and cables really are not designed for that and one of them failed, I got lucky and managed to be able to fix it though.
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3/2/09 at 4:55pm