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I bought an SSD, and it doesn't fit as my computer has a 3.5-inch hard disk drive. Can I use superglue to attach it to the metal hard disk drive holder or should I buy and adapter and wait?

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As SSDs have no moving parts, I usually just put them somewhere into the case without any fixture. –  Gene Jun 30 at 11:36
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Just purchase a converter bracket. –  Ramhound Jun 30 at 11:38
    
Superglue traditionally only works on porous surfaces, which metal is not. –  Bert Jun 30 at 15:10
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@Bert Actually, the reverse is what is true for typical superglues. I'm sure there are types meant for porous materials, though. –  fredsbend Jun 30 at 15:41
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My computer also didn't have an SSD bay... Simply just let it sit on the bottom of my computer case, as @Gene said. Had no issues for years. Be careful when you move your PC, though! –  sab669 Jun 30 at 17:08

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Personally, I'd suggest that you buy the adapter and wait!

If you really HAVE to get the thing in and working - just install and use it wihtout glueing it - an SSD doesn't have moving parts, so its perfectly safe to install and run without needing to fix it in place and then when the proper chassis converter arrives, you can attach it to the case - just remember to not move or kick your base unit in the mean time!

While super glue will work and do what you need it to and will not damage the drive, you will be unable to remove the drive without damaging both the drive and drive bay/case when it comes to swapout time.

Just think - what if you find you need a bigger drive? What if the drive fails? what if you change case? Its really not woreth it for the sake of waiting a day. If its that vital - pay for quick shipping!

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What's wrong with kicking your case before you get a converter? I don't see how it can damage an SSD. –  CaptainCodeman Jun 30 at 14:24
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@CaptainCodeman: A falling block of silicon and attached cables inside a running computer could go wrong. Simple example, imagine if the cable got in the way of a fan! –  Phoshi Jun 30 at 14:28
    
@Phoshi aha, fair enough.. but usually hard drives are enclosed in a section that separates them from the motherboard so that's of little risk. My SSD is attached to an adaptor which doesn't fit, so it's basically hanging loose inside my case.. never had any problems. –  CaptainCodeman Jun 30 at 14:39
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@CaptainCodeman - not all cases are as well designed as yours. Its often seen in cases that the drives can slide front to back and drop down onto a fan, heatsink, RAM etc if not secured properly. –  Fazer87 Jun 30 at 14:49
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@fredsbend The amount of heat generated by the SSD controller is really negligible. I doubt you could get one to overheat even if you were putting it into a bag. –  Voo Jun 30 at 23:19

I would use something semi-permanent. Double sided tape, Velcro or even some zip ties (tie wraps). Even if it is secured with one screw it is better than it hanging loose - it doesn't matter if it's hanging at an angle, upside down or back to front so long as the connectors and leads are 'comfortable'. The drive may be fine loose, but one thing to consider is the connector can actually wear if the drive is not secured.

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Velcro tape (velcro with a sticky back) works well for SSDs. –  Brian Jun 30 at 12:04
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I've mounted SSDs using ordinary scotch tape with no problem. –  fluffy Jun 30 at 19:03
    
I've "mounted" an Intel SSD by just letting it hang from the cable without any problems for certainly over a year (or sure I wanted to fixate it with ductape but hey I'm busy). Those things weigh next to nothing and SATA adapters aren't that fragile.. the biggest problem of this method is that it encumbers the airflow more. –  Voo Jun 30 at 23:17
    
You can let it hang loose and insert some styrofoam blocks in the gaps to prevent it from sliding. –  user80551 Jul 1 at 5:06

Bought a £5 CD drive adapter (shaped like CD drive with the right connectors) which was about 1mm too large - and 1mm too large doesn't fit. Took the original CD drive, threw out the insides, used the electronics from the cheap adapter, and fit the SSD drive with strong double sided tape. Works perfect.

Without any case, I'd probably use double sided tape instead of superglue; I just would trust it more to last for a few years and be resistant to shock.

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Yes.

SSDs are usually very light and they never exert dynamic forces on their mounts (as HDDs do), so almost any method of fixing them in place will work. But as others suggested, a permanent method, such as glue seems bit overkill, simply let it lie on the bottom of the case and order a proper bracket in the meantime.

As a side note, look on the back of your case motherboard mounting plate. Many cases have a "hidden" SSD mounting point there. Maybe you don't need any brackets after all. https://www.google.com/search?q=backside+ssd+mount&tbm=isch

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Definitely Not.

The reason is that super glue is extremely brittle and has no tolerance for lateral force. The thermal expansion of the case vs the SSD as it heats up and expands at a different rate than the case will make short work of any super glue bond.

Double sided foam tape is your best bet other than a proper adapter as it can bend as the metal expands/contracts without hurting its bond, don't use too much as you want airflow around it, a square in each corner should do it.

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Supergluing will void the warranty. Regardless of whether it might work, this is a decent enough reason on it's own not to do it.

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How come? It's just some stuff on the outside. Any source? –  M.Mimpen Jul 1 at 12:12
    
Read your warranty. The wording will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but for example IBM/Hitachi define physical damage as Foreign material (e.g., adhesive, oil, dirt, gum), Damaged covers, Dents of any kind, Missing parts, Evidence of tampering –  JamesRyan Jul 1 at 12:53

Do not rely on super glue because :

  1. it gets "old" and fragile and if you try to move the chassis after an year it is possible that the SSD will bounce around and brake something else.
  2. you will have problems moving the ssd if you want after.
  3. the traces from the glue will void warranty.

If you are in extreme emergency try attaching it with plastic or other insulating cord-like material until you get it done properly. Otherwise do not do such a thing to your computer :)

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Take care about fixing it in place though. Since the connector does not have any locker nothing blocks it from just going out. The SATA connector is not tight itself, it easily disconnect with slight movement. In order to avoid data corruption and/or SSD drive failure it is highly recommended to fix it in place.

Even if you freely put on the surface it can creep out after some time because of the vibration.

Fix it anyway until holder arrives.

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Some SATA cables actually do have clips. And most fit fairly snugly, assuming you don't yank it - if yours are disconnecting with slight movement, I'd say there's something wrong with your cables or drives. Though securing the drive is a good idea regardless. –  Bob Jun 30 at 14:49

No. Superglue needs moisture to harden. It does not work over large surfaces where air cannot get to. Use some glue that hardens chemically (epoxy, marine silicone)

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Does the SSD expect the metal case of the drive to be electrically coupled to the grounded metal of the computer case? If so, superglue wouldn't provide that ground and may cause problems down the line.

I don't know enough about the electrical works inside a PC to be able to say if this is actually a problem.

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The hazard with superglue is that it gets hard and brittle over time, especially with heating. Eventually the thermal stresses will cause the joint to fail -- probably not in days or weeks, but easily months or a year or two.

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Don't use superglue because it will become fragile and eventually crack as the case vibrates.

Try rubber bands, instead: http://lifehacker.com/378786/silence-your-hard-drive-with-elastic-suspenders

EDIT: I know that SSDs don't make noise. I suggested this simply as a mounting method, regardless of the "silent" effects.

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SSD's do not have moving parts thus this 'silencing trick' is unnecessary. –  M.Mimpen Jul 1 at 12:11
    
I did not recommend it for silencing purposes, simply as an alternative mounting strategy. –  Sparr Jul 6 at 2:02

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