Need to mount 2.5" SSD in a Optiplex 3020

Dell, in all their penny pinching proprietary wisdom, has made it virtually impossible to mount a 2.5" SSD as a second drive in an OptiPlex 3020. You can get a 2.5" to 3.5" mounting kit but the problem with these kits is that they center the 2.5" drive in the bracket. At that point the power and data connectors aren't exactly where they are in a true 3.5" drive. They are off by about half an inch and Dell, in all their infinite wisdom, doesn't give you a half inch of play in the power supply leads.

   The long an short of it is that the 2.5" to 3.5" mounting kit has to leave the power connector and data connector exactly where it is on a true 3.5" drive. Doesn't anyone know of such a mounting kit?
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LockDown32OwnerAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It is a tower.

1. Can you place it in the drive bay without an adapter, insulated with static free plastic and then duct taped in place to prevent vibration.

2. Can you place the drive outside the case insulated and taped to the outside.
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rindiCommented:
I'd use a velcro fastener rather than tape. The advantage of SSD's is that they don't have moving parts so they don't get damaged easily even if they are jolted around, So the way they are mounted doesn't matter much. With velcro fasteners you can easily remove them, and they still stay in place when they have to, and you can place them optimally easily.
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dbruntonCommented:
Or replace the cables with longer ones.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Velcro is a good idea (and tape will also work). Be sure to insulate the part so that you do not touch metal with it.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
I want this to be a professional, solid install. You almost have to look at these Dell desktops. Very proprietary. You can't do anything with the cables or power supply leads. There has to be a 2.5" to 3.5" mounting kit somewhere. Here is one but it is an enclosure:

http://www.startech.com/HDD/Brackets/2-5-to-3-5-hard-drive-adapter-enclosure~25SAT35HDD
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can cobble a decent way to this with Velcro or tape and make it work properly. If you cannot change then cables then a self made outside the cage arrangement is likely your only answer.
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dbruntonCommented:
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I've mounted MANY SSD's with Velcro, and they work very well and in my opinion still look very professional.   But I understand your reluctance to use Velcro ... it may seem a bit "MacGyver-ish" to some :-)

The StarTech adapter you listed is almost certainly the best choice for a truly professional look ... it solidly mounts the 2.5" unit inside a 3.5" case and effectively turns it into a 3.5" unit.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
Can't do anything with the cables. The interface to the drives is right up against the save so it has to be 90 degree on both power and data. Even getting valcro in there would be a challenge. The Startech enclosure above works fine but is a tad expensive and enclosed. I can't believe that someone doesn't make an inexpensive mounting kit....
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
This is a bit less expensive than the StarTech unit, but does the same thing [i.e. relocates the SATA connections to exactly the same spot as a standard 3.5" drive]

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer+Technology/ADPTADRV/
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nobusCommented:
would extension cables help?   you can find these anywhere  http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Cables-Extension-length/dp/B002P6W9UG
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
Just extend the cables with something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Cables-Extension-length/dp/B002P6W9UG
(S-ATA Power extension cord)
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nobusCommented:
andreas - why do you post exact the same as i did??
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
sorry. didnt refreshed page b4 sending. it was the 1st link on google upon s-ata power extension ;)
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nobusCommented:
no refresh after 2 hrs??  come on be serious
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@LockDown32 - Thanks and good luck mounting your drive.
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