Can you use a laptop HDD in a desktop?

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Can you use a laptop HDD in a desktop?

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Basically I have a 2.4ghz laptop I bought for $60 sitting here because it has a dead mobo (sigh)...was wondering, can I use the laptop HDD in it in a desktop? Thanks

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Yep, sure, you will need an adapter, something like these:
http://insidecomputer.stores.yahoo.net/ ... 3hadr.html
http://www.addonics.com/products/io/aa25ide35.asp

Remember, however, that usually notebook HDD's are slower spinning than desktop ones, so it will have a worse speed in accessing and transferring files, it would be better used for storage of data, rather than as "main" OS install.

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Post by empireum »

If it's an IDE HDD, yes, you need an adapter, if it's a SATA drive, you don't as these share the same connectors with their bigger 3.5" brothers. The 2.5" drives will naturally be slower than their 3.5" counterparts, as already mentioned.

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Post by happy dude »

Damn gotta buy an adaptor... oh well, it'll have to wait, have to buy an iMac G3 for my grandmother for christmas =P

Thanks anyway.

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happy dude wrote:Damn gotta buy an adaptor... oh well, it'll have to wait, have to buy an iMac G3 for my grandmother for christmas =P

Thanks anyway.
Hey, we are talking about a 4 to 10 bucks expense, I guess that if you search a bit around, you can find a place where you can save that amount on the iMac price?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6812119020

I bought one. Works flawlessly.
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Only downside is that i might have to import it into the country which means a wait

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happy dude wrote:Only downside is that i might have to import it into the country which means a wait
Do you mean the adaptor or the iMac?

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The laptop hdd adaptor... it would be WAY too expensive to import an iMac G3
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Post by empireum »

happy dude wrote:The wireless adaptor... it would be WAY too expensive to import an iMac G3
Presumably you can also get it locally. And we're talking about the HD adaptor, aren't we?

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Post by happy dude »

Yes, was talking to Andy about wireless adaptors so yeah

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Post by jaclaz »

Strangely enough, they do sell them down under too:
http://www.mittoni.com.au/25-to-35-ide- ... -1296.html
http://www.stonebridgecomputing.com.au/ ... -6837.html


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Post by atomcomputer »

Very expensive, I've bought mine for less than 2Euros ... You can also find some external hdd case [10USD on ebay], very useful with a 2"5 Hard drive.
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Post by happy dude »

Might just buy the external HDD case...need one =P

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Post by jaclaz »

..or even better, expecially for "universal" use, like drive imaging and backup, something like this:
http://www.midte.com/en_productinfo.asp ... ductID=168
http://www.midte.com/upload/UploadFile/ ... 316820.jpg

I got a similar one and rarely have better spent my money in a gadget!


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