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How to install laptop hdd in desktop?

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2 years ago#1
Laptop died recently so i was thinking of using his Sata drive as slave. It uses the same plugs as my desktop but the psu apparently provides 12v (laptop drive is labeled as 5v). Ive read about people plugin their laptops hd without problem, others frying it, others having to use a converter and others getting it to work only after cutting the yellow cable. Someone knows for sure which method is right?. I have nothing of value in the drive but i had rather use it than let it collect dust.

(btw spell-check tells me "sata drive" should be "Satan drive". They really need to fix this.)
2 years ago#2
Laptop drives will work fine in desktops. Just hook them up as you would any hard drive. You may need a bracket to secure it.
2 years ago#3
TheOpposite posted...
Laptop drives will work fine in desktops. Just hook them up as you would any hard drive. You may need a bracket to secure it.


You know by experience?. Some people said that fried them. I had the laptop drive connected using a usb enclosure just fine but i want it internally using the sata cable.
2 years ago#4
PSUs provide 12V, 5V, and 3.3V so you won't fry it. Desktop and laptop HDDs are all the same. Usually the only difference is that desktops typically use 3.5" HDDs and laptops use the smaller 2.5" HDDs.
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2 years ago#5
laptop drives are 2.5" rather than the normal 3.5" in desktops. that's the only difference.
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2 years ago#6
Wygun posted...
TheOpposite posted...
Laptop drives will work fine in desktops. Just hook them up as you would any hard drive. You may need a bracket to secure it.


You know by experience?. Some people said that fried them. I had the laptop drive connected using a usb enclosure just fine but i want it internally using the sata cable.


SSDs are laptop size. A good majority of PCH users, use SSDs as a boot drive.
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2 years ago#7
The drive has a label which says: "5v 700mA - SATA 5400rpm". And its not ssd.
2 years ago#8
I took the 750gb 2.5in HDD from my laptop and put it in my desktop. No problem whatsoever.
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