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Notebook hard drive + mATX motherboard, will it work?

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March 18, 2014 12:22:42 PM

Hi all,

Hopefully this will be the last bit of help I need on this forum; it kind of feels like I've been coming here for everything, as it seems I haven't been able to pinpoint this exact topic with any amount of Googling.

My question is, simply, if connecting the two will allow my PC to boot from the drive. The drive itself is healthy.

The last of the parts that I ordered for my new build came in today (motherboard and PSU), with the exception of the case (Rosewill Challenger), which is in the possession of a friend of mine. I've been told by multiple different sources that they are all compatible.

The final hurdle I need to overcome is to determine whether or not the HDD I have in my possession will work with my new motherboard.

The motherboard I bought is a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 of the Micro ATX form factor,
as shown in this picture: http://i.imgur.com/4HZv8cP.jpg

The hard drive I have is a notebook hard drive. It is a Hitachi HTS727575A9E364 SATA Disk Device. It is shown in this picture: http://i.imgur.com/V1AGBd3.jpg
I am not concerned with being able to mount the drive inside the case, as the case comes with several 2.5" mounting brackets.

The motherboard came with two SATA cables, both of which I can connect to my hard drive, as shown in this picture: http://i.imgur.com/UjvSyZw.jpg
My concern here is the exposed contacts, as I am not sure if these are necessary for the drive to work.

The motherboard has several SATA II slots, as shown in this picture:
http://i.imgur.com/8nebqwV.jpg
I can connect the other end of the SATA cable to these slots.

If it comes down to it, I will buy a proper 3.5" drive, but as I can't work during school time, I'd like to avoid spending any more money until I can work again in the summer.

Any help is appreciated,

Kyle

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March 18, 2014 12:25:48 PM

You can mount 2.5" disks in desktops no problem, they use standard SATA connectors (drive connectors you pictured are standard). It is really plug and play. And since your case has a 2.5" drive bracket, you already have a place to secure it to.

The cable you connected is the SATA data cable, the exposed contacts are for power (check your power supply for SATA power connectors)
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March 18, 2014 12:27:13 PM

Is that true? Sorry for my incompetence, Google has led me to believe that I needed some sort of adapter or something similar.
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March 18, 2014 12:29:42 PM

The only sort of adapter you would need is to make it fit in a 3.5" drive bay, if you didn't already have a 2.5" bay to mount it in, which from what you said you do.

I edited my post above, the exposed contacts are for power, so you would find those on your power supply.
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March 18, 2014 12:48:48 PM

Snipergod87 said:
The only sort of adapter you would need is to make it fit in a 3.5" drive bay, if you didn't already have a 2.5" bay to mount it in, which from what you said you do.

I edited my post above, the exposed contacts are for power, so you would find those on your power supply.


I couldn't have asked for a clearer answer. Thanks so much.
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