[CS-FSLUG] Notebook drive in desktop?

Michael Bradley, Jr. michaelsbradleyjr at gmail.com
Mon Nov 27 12:03:48 CST 2006

On 11/27/06, Eduardo Sanchez <lists at sombragris.org> wrote:
> Hi listfolks,
> I need to mount a notebook drive on a desktop chassis. Some people here
> suggest me that this is not possible. The notebook drive is a standard
> 2.5" notebook hard drive, and the desktop system is a PIII-500 on an
> ASUS motherboard. Can I mount the notebook hard drive on the desktop
> system?

Yes, but you will need an adapter cable -- I know from experience as I've
done this procedure myself, several times.  Such an adapter is available for
purchase through many websites, for example:


Without the adapter, you will not be able to connect the drive to either the
IDE bus nor to the desktop system's power supply.

You will also need to buy a mounting bracket if you wish to keep the
notebook drive installed in your desktop permanently or even for longer than
a few hours, otherwise the probability of it's getting damaged will be very
high.  When I've done mountings like this, it's always been for the purpose
of copying a disk partition onto a replacement drive (or something like
that), and so I haven't used a bracket and screws as the procedure is
usually finished in a few hours, at most.

In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

Michael Bradley, Jr.

My home on the Net ::

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