Can I replace my optical drive with a hard drive? I have an Asus N61J laptop, I have seen some sites on the web that advertise this procedure for Apple notebooks. I would prefer not to have an external hard drive.

  • It certainly can be done for SOME laptops. Hell, Thinkpads have an official adapter for this. Hopefully somebody can chime in with details on this model.
    – Shinrai
    May 2, 2011 at 21:18
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    This is possible, in fact the Super User Community Blog has an upcoming post about this very subject - stay tuned! (will post an answer to the blog post, when it is published).
    – studiohack
    May 2, 2011 at 21:23
  • @studiohack I actually dug one up!
    – slhck
    May 2, 2011 at 21:24

2 Answers 2


The thing with Apple notebooks is that it's easy to produce one enclosure to fit several (or almost all) models, because it should seal the slot perfectly.

However, there is an enclosure for your model at newmodeUS, which comes at $44.75.

Add a Second Hard Drive (drive size up to 12.7mm in height) to your Asus N43, N53, N61, N71 or N81, N82 Series laptop using your laptop's optical drive bay.

One additional info though:

Front faceplate/bezel is rectangular and black -- the standard faceplate is not an exact match for the laptop. You can also transfer your optical drive's "original faceplate" to our OBHD caddy.

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    I know it is possible, but just didn't know enough to write an answer... cheers and +1! :)
    – studiohack
    May 2, 2011 at 21:25
  • I ended up doing exactly this. The screw points were not perfect (I thing I left one hole out), but it works perfect. Oct 9, 2013 at 14:02

I wanted to do something similar and found this very well researched thread on a forum: http://forum.notebookreview.com/hardware-components-aftermarket-upgrades/388625-diy-adding-ssd-hdd-storage-using-optical-bay-caddy.html

There are just too many tips there to copy-paste here.

Update: Found the SU blog entry as well: http://blog.superuser.com/2011/05/04/best-of-both-worlds-putting-an-ssd-in-your-optical-bay/

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