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Hey, guys smile.gif

Maybe a stupid question, but I have never done that.

Can I connect my spare laptop 2.5 HDD (160 gb) SATA, using this kind of the cable directly into USB port on my PC/MAC?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5Gbps-USB-3-0-to-SATA-22-Pin-2-5-Hard-disk-driver-Adapter-With-USB-Power-cable-/121157652607?pt=US_Cell_Phone_PDA_Cables_Adapters&hash=item1c358f107f

I have seen all kinds of fancy docking/USB ports, would something as simple work for me?


I want to still use that Drive For Storage without permanently attaching it to PC and use it as a huge USB stick :-))



I'm used to seeing them like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/High-Speed-USB-3-0-to-2-5-3-5-SATA-eSATA-HDD-Hard-Drive-Adapter-Cable-Cord-/400466355973?pt=US_USB_Cables_Hubs_Adapters&hash=item5d3da7a705

Question is whether first link adapter will work for me.

The less money the better.
Edited by XLifted - 9/8/13 at 6:09am
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yes you can.
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yes you can.

Awesome!

Does USB power up the drive itself, and is it as simple as plug in play?

Want to make sure it's actually recognized (my Mac and PC running Windows 7 is up to date, and updated regularly)
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Yeah because its a laptop drive, USB would be enough to power it up.

It'll show up as a normal disk in My computer (Like a removable disk). thumb.gif

You could also put it into an external HDD enclosure just for some protection.
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Yeah because its a laptop drive, USB would be enough to power it up.

It'll show up as a normal disk in My computer (Like a removable disk). thumb.gif

You could also put it into an external HDD enclosure just for some protection.

Would it be the same for Mac, or do I need to have additional software for it?

and if I try to do such a thing for 3.5 would it not be enough (not that I have one right now smile.gif ) but still

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Would it be the same for Mac, or do I need to have additional software for it?

and if I try to do such a thing for 3.5 would it not be enough (not that I have one right now smile.gif ) but still

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Yeah, it'll be the same for Mac too. thumb.gif

I've personally converted many of my Laptop drives for use as external ones with my Air and PC.

You can do the same with a 3.5" drive, only downside being it'll require external power from a wall socket.

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Yeah, it'll be the same for Mac too. thumb.gif

I've personally converted many of my Laptop drives for use as external ones with my Air and PC.

You can do the same with a 3.5" drive, only downside being it'll require external power from a wall socket.

Serj is AWESOME!! biggrin.gif

Thank you, GOOD SIR!

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Will I need to plug just the 3.0 plug into the computer, or have both in 2.0 and 3.0 (for proper power to the 2.5 HDD) ?
Edited by XLifted - 9/8/13 at 12:34pm
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That particular adapter has two USB's for power, so it might be able to run a 3.5inch drive. Just plug both of them in at the same time. A single USB connection on its own is enough to power a 2.5inch drive, so they must have included the second USB connector to make it work with 3.5's.
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That particular adapter has two USB's for power, so it might be able to run a 3.5inch drive. Just plug both of them in at the same time. A single USB connection on its own is enough to power a 2.5inch drive, so they must have included the second USB connector to make it work with 3.5's.

NICE! You beat me to the question (just editted my post) thumb.gif

I appreciate it!

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That particular adapter has two USB's for power, so it might be able to run a 3.5inch drive. Just plug both of them in at the same time. A single USB connection on its own is enough to power a 2.5inch drive, so they must have included the second USB connector to make it work with 3.5's.

Probably not. Most 3.5" drives require the 12V rail and USB only provides 5V. Some older USB ports can't power 2.5" drives by themselves so that's probably what the extra connector is for.
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