Jonathan, if the 2.5" hot swappable bays that you mention are just internal extra bays and are not for your boot drive, but rather for just adding extra storage sort of like keeping an external drive, then in theory it should work. The SSDs are just bare SATA. If you want to try it I see no harm in giving it a go. Worst case is you have to buy a SATA dock, but if it works, you'll save yourself $50!
Just curious though, what kind of computer are you using that you have these spare bays? Sounds very cool indeed.
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i am hoping that it does. this would be ultra convenient.
currently i am using a Dell Precision T7600.
i have 8 internal bays that are ultra easy to access. the front panel swings open revealing 4 3.5 on the bottom and 4 2.5 drives on the top.
my config is as such:
Lower 3.5 bays
BAY 0 - Boot 256GB Samsung 840, from dell with OS and drives loaded
BAY 1 - 2 TB seagate enterprise drive RAID 5 1 of 3
BAY 2 - 2 TB seagate enterprise drive RAID 5 2 of 3
BAY 3 - 2 TB seagate enterprise drive RAID 5 3 of 3
Upper 2.5 bays
Bay 4 - 256 GB samsung 840 Pro render drive
all of these are in caddys that pull right out and snap back in to place. it would be so sweet if i could get a few more samsung 840 pros and use them with a BMCC and just put them in the caddys and slide them in and boom! they are recognized.
Dell T7600 is a great system but a bit of a strange animal in that it only has two SATA ports reserved for optical drives; the remaining are eight SAS ports that also work with SATA drives but don't support removable devices, to my knowledge. I.e. once you insert a caddy with a drive into the bay, the drive may not get automatically recognized and you'll have to do a "scan for hardware changes" function in Device Manager before it shows up as a drive letter. No "eject" capability either.
It's not that big of a deal - the rest should work as expected, i.e. you'll be able to access the data from those SSDs once they're recognized by Windows.
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How have the Samsung drives been working for you. I'm thinking of getting either the 500GB 840 or the 512 840pro but haven't found too many people talking about them with blackmagic products. Be it BMCC or hyperdeck.