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I havea 5.25 sata to usb adapter, can i use it on sata laptop drives?

Last response: in Storage
January 24, 2012 6:55:24 PM

i have a slew of sata laptop drives laying around, and a 5.25 mountable sata to usb adapter, if I don't use the power cable, can I use i to use the laptop sata drives?

a b D Laptop
a b G Storage
January 25, 2012 1:31:47 AM

You must use the power cable to provide power to a laptop drive, just like a desktop drive.

Also, some laptop drives have a custom adapter attached which must be removed to expose the standard SATA data and power connectors.
a b G Storage
January 25, 2012 1:58:20 AM

The 2.5" and 3.5" SATA drives use the same data and power cable form factors. If you can plug a 3.5" drive in, you can plug a 2.5" drive in. So do 5 1/4" drives. But the power connectors are generally separate from the data cables. Like Phil said, you will ned to get power from somewhere.
January 25, 2012 11:17:08 AM

Thanks so much guys, works fine! Just didn't want to blow anything up!