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How to use desktop hard disk in laptop?

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#1 davidjames9001


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:55 PM

I want to use my old desktop's 1 TB hard disk in laptop ad portable hard disk drive. Is there any way to use it as portable?

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:21 PM

Put the drive in a drive enclosure.  Since this is a desktop drive you're going to need AC power to use it as USB does not provide sufficient power for a 3.5" desktop drive.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:19 PM

Kilroy's got it . I use the enclosure that supports IDE, PATA, and SATA.  Runs on its own power and connects to the PC or laptop by USB.  I also use it to recover clients drive contents for transfer to a newer unit.  Very handy.  Not that expensive either, $30. USD.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 02:44 PM

Yeah pretty much need a caddy as desktop hard drives are normally larger than laptop drives in physical size.

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 04:06 PM

If you are going to use it a lot get one with a cooling fan like the $28 one on sale in the link in Kilroy's post #2, I have seen a few go south from heat.

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