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G3-710 Hot Swap drives G3/G6

Hesster56Hesster56 Member Posts: 4 New User
edited March 27 in Predator Desktops
Hello everyone!

I’m thinking of getting a Predator, and had a question about the front drive bays. 

I’m hoping I can basically drop in like a spare 1TB hard drive and basically double the HD space. Is that accurate, or am I way oversimplifying? 

Thanks!

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  • billseybillsey Posts: 8,793 Trailblazer
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    Well, dropping another drive in is different than 'hot swap'. Hot swap implies you can change drives without powering the system down. :)

    Now to answer your actual question... Most Predator models do support inserting more hard drives. Look at the spec to verify, or give us a model number and we can likely check for you. Typically a second drive would give you the additional storage, but it'd be under a different drive letter. If you want to put a second drive and and make C: bigger you have to jump through a lot more hoops.
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
  • ColdrakeColdrake Posts: 3 New User
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    I just installed a new HDD this afternoon in my Predator G3 710. The SATA cable was already hooked up. All I had to do slide the bracket with the new HDD in, initialize the drive in Disk Management and I was good to go, all in about 5 minutes. Needless to say it's the fastest I've ever installed a HDD. =)

    Gotta love the easy swap bay!







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  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 8,793 Trailblazer
    Accepted Answer
    Well, dropping another drive in is different than 'hot swap'. Hot swap implies you can change drives without powering the system down. :)

    Now to answer your actual question... Most Predator models do support inserting more hard drives. Look at the spec to verify, or give us a model number and we can likely check for you. Typically a second drive would give you the additional storage, but it'd be under a different drive letter. If you want to put a second drive and and make C: bigger you have to jump through a lot more hoops.
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
  • Hesster56Hesster56 Member Posts: 4 New User
    Thanks! Yeah, my terminology is way out of date. And I was just hoping for a C: and a D: or whatever for the extra storage. 
  • Hesster56Hesster56 Member Posts: 4 New User
    Okay! Hello again all. Happy new owner of a Predator G3-710 model. I've opened up the expansion bay, slotted in a Seagate Firecuda 3.5" 1TB drive, restarted the system, and...no drive. Is this a bios issue that I need to search for, or am I missing another step? Thanks again!
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 8,793 Trailblazer
    We'll start with the easy one... did you connect a SATA cable between the drive and the motherboard? How about the power cable for the drive?
    ;)
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
  • Hesster56Hesster56 Member Posts: 4 New User
    billsey said:
    We'll start with the easy one... did you connect a SATA cable between the drive and the motherboard? How about the power cable for the drive?
    ;)
    I had not! I had assumed that those cables had been already set up and I just needed to insert the drive. 

    Feel free to make witty comments about people who make assumptions. 
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 8,793 Trailblazer
    Heheh, you would be surprised to find out how many people call tech support because their new computer doesn't turn on, only to discover they forgot to actually plug it in... PEBKAC
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
  • ColdrakeColdrake Member Posts: 3 New User
    Accepted Answer
    I just installed a new HDD this afternoon in my Predator G3 710. The SATA cable was already hooked up. All I had to do slide the bracket with the new HDD in, initialize the drive in Disk Management and I was good to go, all in about 5 minutes. Needless to say it's the fastest I've ever installed a HDD. =)

    Gotta love the easy swap bay!







  • kevinishkevinish Member Posts: 1 New User
    i have an Acer Predator AG3-710-UR53.  It looks like 3.5" SATA III drives will work fine, but are 2.5" SSDDs supported?  If so, is there an adapter bracket out there?

  • SterbenzSterbenz Member Posts: 3 New User
    Look at YouTube under Acer Preditor G3-710 for videos on adding memory and installing SSD in drive cage.  You have to hook up ssd to both data and power cables.  Note I installed a 4 TB HD in front drive tray slot (under the DVD/CD slot).  connections to the HD (or SSD) power and data are already in place in the tray at the back.  Make sure that you push the tray with finger to seat the device into the connections before shutting the front latch.  MS OS 10 recognized the HD without any input from me.
      However I can not find where I can get additional trays.  Acer is no help.
  • billseybillsey ACE Posts: 8,793 Trailblazer
    This is what I see in the FRU list:
    I'm thinking the top one might be what you're looking for? Or is that only the plate the second one is attached to?
    Click on "Like" if you find my answer useful or click on "Yes" if it answers your question.
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