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I've googled the hell out of it and come come to a solid answer.

Would I be able to use a 2.5" laptop Sata Drive in my desktop rig?

The only thing I can see becoming a problem is that the power supply sata power cable could overvolt the laptop drive. Unless the sata power cable on the psu doesnt push all of its volts at once.

Examples in mind:
corsair 650hx
asus gene-z
and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136314

The reason being, Im using a silverstone tj08-e and im trying to save space and reduce heat. The laptop drives will be used for storage, not booting OS or games.

Thanks everyone
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yes, as long as it shares the same connections, power and sata, you can use it.



overvolting wont happen as far as I know, the psu only supplies the power needed, not an all at once scenario.
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Yes. The majority of SSDs that people use in desktops are 2.5" drives.
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cool thank you. Yea I was hoping to psu only supplied power needed. Some people (from searching tom's hardware and other google sites) said that their drives just died when they were plugged in.

Thanks for your input, Ill keep this thread open a little longer to get some more opinions before I purchase anything.

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Yes. The majority of SSDs that people use in desktops are 2.5" drives.
Oh, I didnt meant the size, I can get a bay converter for that. I was speaking of an actual laptop hard disk.

Thanks though
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I understand what you meant. What I was getting at is if an SSD will work, an HDD will also work. There is no distinguishable difference between a 2.5" and 3.5" drive other than the physical size.
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I understand what you meant. What I was getting at is if an SSD will work, an HDD will also work. There is no distinguishable difference between a 2.5" and 3.5" drive other than the physical size.
Ok thank you. For some reason i thought that 2.5" hdds had lower volt requirements and in turn was hoping that they couldn't be overvolted.

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Quote:
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I understand what you meant. What I was getting at is if an SSD will work, an HDD will also work. There is no distinguishable difference between a 2.5" and 3.5" drive other than the physical size.
Yep.

Form factor and connection standard is all that matters. There is generally nothing that distinguishes a 2.5", 9.5mm thick, SATA drive from another as far as laptop vs. desktop use goes.

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Ok thank you. For some reason i thought that 2.5" hdds had lower volt requirements and in turn was hoping that they couldn't be overvolted.

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SATA connector delivers the same standard set of voltages, no matter what system it's in (assuming it's not some purely custom rig).
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