Solved Laptop drive into Desktop hard drive? Tags: Hard Drives Dell Studio Xps Desktops Storage Last response: January 7, 2012 8:00 PM in Storage Share patfactorx January 6, 2012 9:38:13 PM Hello, I have a new Sandy Bridge Dell XPS 17. I want to replace the HDD with a SSD and then put the replaced HDD into my desktop. Does anyone have a how-to for this? More about : laptop drive desktop hard drive | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove beoza January 6, 2012 9:44:59 PM They make drive bay adapters, and handy USB cable for this. Laptop drives are SATA so any onboard cables you already have will plug right in. | Report abuse Best solution k1114 January 6, 2012 9:46:53 PM Sata connections are all the same, laptop or desktop. I'm guessing the issue you have is mounting the 2.5" laptop hdd in a 3.5" desktop bay. You need an adapter like this. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... | Report abuse beoza January 6, 2012 9:50:59 PM Drive bay enclosure http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... USB to Sata cable http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... | Report abuse Related ressources Laptop hard drive on my desktop - Forum How to hook up a desktop hard drive to a laptop - Forum Cable to run desktop as external hard drive for laptop - Forum Without laptop hard drive , can i connect to the desktop HD from laptop - Forum Laptop as Desktop 's external USB hard drive ??? - Forum Ask the community Publish house70 January 6, 2012 9:52:56 PM Keep in mind you will need a new license for Windows. Once you transfer the laptop's system to the SSD, that license is used. You will not be able to use same license for both systems; likely the PC that inherits the HDD will need a new one. | Report abuse patfactorx January 7, 2012 4:36:49 PM Thanks everyone! | Report abuse patfactorx January 7, 2012 8:00:54 PM Best answer selected by patfactorx. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>Laptop drive into Desktop hard drive?> Related ressources: ForumLaptop display broke, can I access the hard drive with my desktop ForumHooking up a laptop hard drive to a desktop ForumMalware on laptop ... Using Desktop to clean Hard Drive ForumLaptop Hard Drive In Desktop ForumHow can i add a desktop hard drive to a laptop ForumRemove laptop hard drive and connect via usb to desktop Forum2.5 inch laptop hard drive in a desktop . ForumCan I use my laptop hard drive on my Desktop to Install Windows 7? ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? ForumPci sata drive damage diagnostic hiren boot Forum[Solved] Cd drive on computer not working ForumTransferring HDD into a new PC ForumHard Disk Problem ForumBackup Hard Disk Taking too much time to load Forum[Solved] Durability of flash drive storage More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !