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Using a notebook internal hard drive for desktop storage?

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a b G Storage
October 24, 2013 5:58:54 PM

I'm building a gaming pc and had a notebook internal hard drive laying around (SAMSUNG Spinpoint MP4 HM250HJ 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5). I thought I could use this and save some money. I don't have many files to store, just some music and pictures (~60gb). I will be loading my OS/programs on my SSD. Would this internal hard drive work with my desktop? What would I need? A 2.5" to 3.5" bracket thing and what else? What is your opinion on using this?

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a b G Storage
October 24, 2013 6:02:35 PM

I have my home server running from a 5400 rpm notebook drive, there's nothing wrong with doing it at all, you should only need a bracket (unless you have more than 1 2.5" mounting point, the rest is all the same.
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a c 817 G Storage
October 24, 2013 6:06:57 PM

Yes, it's just another drive. My wife's desktop (built last year) runs solely off an ex laptop drive.

It will work. Just have to figure out the mounting if your case doesn't have a dedicated 2.5" mount.
That drive is held in with zipties, suspended from the 3.5" drive mount holes. has worked just fine for over a year.
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