What is the height of my Toshiba Satellite C655-S5193's optical bay?

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What is the height of my Toshiba Satellite C655-S5193's optical bay?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite C655-S5193 laptop. I want to replace the optical bay (i.e. DVD drive) with a hard drive or SSD.

When I google [toshiba satellite C655 optical bay SSD, some webpages ask me to choose between different bay heights. So what is the height?

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Re: What is the height of my Toshiba Satellite C655-S5193's optical bay?

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Probably the easiest way is to take the optical drive out of the bay and measure it. Then you can shop around for an SSD caddy like this.. The link is to an HD caddy but they have them for SSDs as well.

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Re: What is the height of my Toshiba Satellite C655-S5193's optical bay?

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TooMuchTime wrote:Probably the easiest way is to take the optical drive out of the bay and measure it. Then you can shop around for an SSD caddy like this.. The link is to an HD caddy but they have them for SSDs as well.
Thanks for your reply, toomuchtime,

Would pressing the button on the drive be good enough for measuring? Or do I need to completely remove the drive?
And am I just measuring the highest point to the lowest point?

I tried to find a software-way to determine height. Maybe, I thought to myself, if I figure out the make/model of the DVD drive, I can then google the height.
~ $ dmesg | egrep -i --color 'cdrom|dvd|cd/rw|writer'
[ 2.088571] ata6.00: ATAPI: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633Y, TF20, max UDMA/100
[ 2.111709] scsi 5:0:0:0: CD-ROM TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633Y TF20 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[ 2.131980] sr 5:0:0:0: [sr0] scsi3-mmc drive: 24x/24x writer dvd-ram cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
[ 2.131986] cdrom: Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20

A section of lshw:
*-cdrom
description: DVD-RAM writer
product: CDDVDW TS-L633Y
vendor: TSSTcorp
physical id: 0.0.0
bus info: scsi@5:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/cdrom
logical name: /dev/cdrw
logical name: /dev/dvd
logical name: /dev/dvdrw
logical name: /dev/sr0
version: TF20
capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc

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Is 12.7 mm the height?

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I googled the drive's name + the word "height" and came across https://www.impactcomputers.com/index.p ... l633y.html. It says
Height (Y) 12.7MM
Lenght (Z) 127MM
Width (X) 128MM
Does 12.7mm sound right for a Toshiba laptop purchased in 2011?

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It's connected via SATA (not ribbon cable)

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Based on picture in http://picclick.ie/Toshiba-L655D-S5066- ... 94634.html
http://thumbs.picclick.com/00/s/MTIwMFg ... 3Y-_57.jpg
It uses an SATA connection. Now I need to figure out what the SATA speed is (e.g. SATA 1, SATA 2, etc).

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Re: What is the height of my Toshiba Satellite C655-S5193's optical bay?

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Yes, 12.7mm sounds okay. Most optical drives are usually 12.7mm or 9.5mm. So you'll need a 12.7mm SSD SATA caddy. I think you'll be good with the SATA III drive because it is backwards compatible with a SATA I and SATA II interfaces. Here are some SATA differences. According to some specs I found on CNET, your laptop has a SATA 300 (SATA II) interface. So if you buy a SATA III SSD, you will only get SATA II speeds. But that SSD can be reused at a later date in a system with a SATA III interface. Your call.

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