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User Info: Wygun

Wygun
3 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.)

User Info: TheOpposite

TheOpposite
3 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.

User Info: Wygun

Wygun
3 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.

User Info: Dragnfyr

Dragnfyr
3 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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User Info: cancerstorm

cancerstorm
3 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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User Info: SolidManifest

SolidManifest
3 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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User Info: Wygun

Wygun
3 years ago#7
The drive has a label which says: "5v 700mA - SATA 5400rpm". And its not ssd.

User Info: VIP86

VIP86
3 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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