Laptop HD in desktop ?

Jim_b0b

Active Member
Im thinking of building a HTPC with a laptop hard disc, will it fit straight in or are the laptop drive physically not as wide and therefore require some kind of adapter ?

Thanks.
 

MikeC

Active Member
you will need to get an adaptor to physically get them to fit.

Regarding the electrical connections, if you are using s-ata then they appear to use the same connectors (much to my surprise).
If you're using IDE then you'll need an IDE adaptor (3.5" to 2.5").

HTH
 

badbob

Banned
Why are you using a 2.5" drive? They are usually too small (Gig wise) and too slow.

They are, but once it's booted up, and applications loaded they're ok. Low power/low heat/low noise. I'm using a 2.5" IDE 60GB for my desktop HTPC OS drive, with two Samsung 500GB for stoarge.

I believe for SATA laptop drives the power and data cable is the same as 3.5" drives, but with IDE you need a 3.5" to 2.5" adaptor with a molex connector.
 

deksawyer

Active Member
I have 2 in my HTPC (was just going to use the Scorpio, but got the other drive fairly cheap) and they're superb.

Not slow, and plenty of room for everything I need - although I do have a central media server in the house.

D.
 

Jim_b0b

Active Member
I suppose the answer was staring me in the eyes, laptop - 2.5", desktop - 3.5" lol

So anyone know where I can get some sort of adaptor to fit a 2.5" drive into a 3.5" slot, I cant see nothing on scan on an initial look.
 

MikeC

Active Member
So anyone know where I can get some sort of adaptor to fit a 2.5" drive into a 3.5" slot, I cant see nothing on scan on an initial look.

just had a quick look at Maplins here at a tenner, its slightly pricy

better perhaps is misco here for under 7GBP

HTH
 

badbob

Banned
If you're not moving the PC around, I'd just place something soft and lay it on the case floor. I'm using the silicon washers included with the P182 .

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