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Do I need a hard drive mount to add a 2.5" SSD to the SATA for my NUC8i7BEK system?


I have searched everywhere on the internet in regards to how this gets mounted into the 8th Generation NUC8i7BEK models. I have been unsuccessful in finding how it gets installed, or if I need to purchase a hard drive harness. The NUC8i7BEH has a the drive bay, but not the NUC8i7BEK. I understand it is the slim model, but it has the SATA port and says it can support a 2.5" drive up to 7mm.

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While the NUC8i7BEB board that is used in both the NUC7i7BEK and the NUC7i7BEH does indeed have a SATA port and SATA power connector, only the NUC7i7BEH has the drive bay necessary to hold a SATA HDD/SSD/SSHD. To use a HDD/SSD/SSHD with the NUC7i7BEK, you need an external drive bay that will support connection via USB 3.0.

H​ope this helps,


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  1. Just to correct the typing error in Scott's post above, replace NUC7i7BEK with NUC8i7BEK and replace NUC7i7BEH with NUC8i7BEH.
  2. I understand from your post that you are asking how to install storage drive in your NUC8i7BEK, since there is no drive bay for 2.5" HDD.
  3. You should be aware that on the board in your NUC8i7BEK, there is a M.2 slot for mounting Solid State Drive (SSD). In this slot you can install SATA type SSD or NVMe type SSD. The NVMe type SSD is preferred, since its throughput is approximately 4 times faster than the SATA SSD. So you din't need SATA SSD on your system. In the high NUC version (NUC8i7BEH), the 2.5" HDD is mostly used for data storage (because of its low price). See para. , page 36 in Technical Product Specification
  4. On this page , open the section Drives: M.2 SSD , to see the list of tested and Intel validated SSD drives for your NUC. I personally prefer the Samsung drives, however do not take this as endorsement to buy it.
  5. Probably you are aware that in addition to baying a storage drive to your system, you need also to buy System memory (SODIMMs), for you NUC. The validated memory you may find, on the above page in the Memory Modules section.
  6. This video may help in installation process:


Hope this helps