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I have 2 500gb Laptop HDDs, can I use them on my desktop?

#1BlackmonPosted 8/22/2013 7:28:05 AM
My 1 TB hard drive on this desktop is basically full with only 10 gb of space left. I was wondering if I could use the 2 500gb HDD on my laptop on my desktop? I'm not sure what RPMs they are but when I was playing games on my laptop, the rpms didn't bother me. My laptop's GPU is broken so it will be a looooong time before I would take the risk to change the GPU.

I think they're 2.5 and I'm pretty sure they are SATA.

I was wondering if there was anything else I needed? According to my case, it has 4 2.5" Drive bays.

Anything I need aside from SATA Cables? I know I have those.

Thank you and have a nice day.
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#2Orestes417Posted 8/22/2013 7:34:42 AM
Hard drive's a hard drive. Should be able to just plug them in. Worst case you need an adapter for mounting them
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#3GlitchwerksPosted 8/22/2013 7:46:22 AM
You simply need a kit.

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=HD-108

You can also get an external kit, if you'd rather hook it up that way.
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#4Blackmon(Topic Creator)Posted 8/22/2013 7:58:12 AM
Thanks a lot for the replies.

Looking at my desktop case's box, I think I found 2 items that are used for mounting 2.5" HDDs. So I'll need just these 2 and 2 sata cables, right? I'm pretty sure both HDDs are Satas and not IDEs. I bought the other 500 gb hdd when I ran out of space for games on the laptop.
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#5Lonestar2000Posted 8/22/2013 8:01:07 AM
They use the same connectors as 3.5" desktop HDDs.
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#6ThePCElitistPosted 8/22/2013 8:17:49 AM
Sure they all work together just make sure you have a bay that supports 2.5 hdd's and if you don't it's inexpensive to buy a bracket converter. I use 2 SSD's and a 500 GB 2.5" 7,200 rpm hdd in my rig.
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#7rpgianPosted 8/22/2013 8:22:19 AM
As long as they fit. You can get a little usb cable that attaches to them from China/Ebay for a buck or two. I have dozens of old drives and they work fine whatever they plug into.
#8Blackmon(Topic Creator)Posted 8/22/2013 11:29:51 AM(edited)
I just did it. And they're working just fine. I'll be reformatting for sure but the question now is, if I should wipe the HDD with my laptop's operating system on it (Vista). I know I'll be replacing the GPU on the laptop someday but not sure when. I'll probably kick myself if I fix the laptop and I have no OS to run it with.

I dropped one of the HDD by accident and thought I totally broke it. But it's still running just fine.


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#9Blackmon(Topic Creator)Posted 8/22/2013 12:22:37 PM
Sry for a 2nd post.

I found out that one of the hdd was a 350gb hdd. I dropped the HDD when I was installing it on the 2.5" enclosure.

It's working fine when I started the computer again. I decided to reformat it. it had 2 partitions, 149 gb for the old OS and another 149 for random files and a 10gb for "primary partition". I deleted the volume and reformatted it fully. I also deleted the 10gb primary partition that was showing.

Now, it just says 298gb instead of the supposed 310 gb. Is this normal? Or was the 10gb space damaged when I dropped it?
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