Upgrading/installing ssd into older pc, do I need mounting bracket adapters?

alpharalpha

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I am newbie to ssd, the pc is older desktop (3.5") do I need to get 2.5" adapters or just sit the ssd in bay (I've read put little tape on bottom to hold it in place?) I also have some extra 2.5 drive holders from my Thermaltake case, different configuration but if ssd doesn't really need secure mounting could attach one of those and put it in bay, give it snugger fit? This is the ssd I'm going to put in it: https://www.newegg.com/crucial-mx500-500gb/p/N82E16820156173 (or do you think there's better for the price? PC will still have the 1tb hdd for storage.)
 

GotNoRice

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You don't need any bracket. SSDs are so lightweight, there aren't really any mounting requirements. Just put it in against the side of a 3.5" or 5.25" drive bay, align one of the screw holes, and put one single screw in. Even just that one screw will be more than enough to keep the SSD in-place.
 

vegeta535

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You don't need any bracket. SSDs are so lightweight, there aren't really any mounting requirements. Just put it in against the side of a 3.5" or 5.25" drive bay, align one of the screw holes, and put one single screw in. Even just that one screw will be more than enough to keep the SSD in-place.
It is a ghetto solution but it works. Using double sided tape also works fine for SSD.
 

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You don't need any bracket. SSDs are so lightweight, there aren't really any mounting requirements. Just put it in against the side of a 3.5" or 5.25" drive bay, align one of the screw holes, and put one single screw in. Even just that one screw will be more than enough to keep the SSD in-place.

I have 3 ssd’s held by a single screw in my crappy case and they don’t mind it one bit. Who’s going to look once the cover is on.
 

Zepher

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I use double sided tape to tape the SSD down if I don't feel like using a 2.5" - 3.5" mounting bracket on an older machine.

In this machine I had it taped to the bottom of the chassis,
you can still see the tape,
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auntjemima

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yup, that will work. but you need to clean out your case! that bottom fan is totally blocked with pet hair?!
No idea. I was going to clean it when I moved to the basement but I am getting a new case for Christmas and I'll clean this before moving my 2P system to it.
 
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