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Monday, March 14, 2011

Utilizing 2.5" Laptop Hard Disk in Desktop PC

We found how to make use of a 2.5" SATA Hard Disk commonly used in Laptop in an normal Desktop.
Conventional SATA HDD used in Laptops
The reasons for using this is to decrease the HDD noise, lower power consumption and compact size.

We need to first understand the connector requirements.
SATA connector on the Laptop HDD
The Connector on the Left is the Data connector(8Pins) where the Red SATA cable goes to and on the Right is the Power connector(15 Pins) for SATA.
SATA Power cable
This specific type of the SATA Power connector is needed.
SATA Looks like this on the normal 3.5" HDD
This would not work for 2.5" HDD
Following is the correct cable Set you would need to connect the Laptop HDD:
These are the Cables needed for the 2.5" HDD
Now to connect the SATA 2.5" HDD to the PC - connect both the plugs on the back of the HDD. Then connect the Red SATA Data cable to the Mother Board and the Power Cable to the Cabinets PSU.
CAUTION: People Suggest Snipping off the Yellow Wire (+12V) if you want to be safe. (NOT TESTED). Also this technique might Harm your HDD if its in compatible to the Power connector.
Thus Keeping this in mind we have the connection:
And this is the Final Setup how it looks like.
You can have a better holding or clamp for the HDD so that its safer while moving the Desktop. This technique saves you power and also the annoyance of the HDD noise.

Good Luck Modding !!

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