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SATA Laptop HDD in a Desktop - Any voltage issues?

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November 28, 2012 6:36:25 AM

I'm thinking about putting the SATA HDD from my dead laptop into my desktop tower for some extra storage (I'm using the CM HAF X, which comes with a couple options for mounting 2.5" drives). My only concern is the voltages. From what I understand, 3.5" drives use both +12 V and +5 V, whereas 2.5" ones only use +5 V.

Would this be a problem, or would the 2.5" drive just ignore the +12 V and run off the +5 V?
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November 28, 2012 6:42:26 AM

Use the proper adapter it (~$10) will be no problem. I've done this many times.
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November 28, 2012 7:06:47 AM

By "adapter", I believe abbadon_34 is referring to brackets that physically adapt a 2.5" drive to a 3.5" bay, not a voltage adapter.
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November 28, 2012 7:12:25 AM

Sata Laptop and Desktop drives all have the same wiring and voltages
Its due to SATA being a standard all devices have to conform too
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November 28, 2012 7:33:14 AM

fzabkar: Correct, no voltage adapter.

As kitsunestarwind said, Laptop and Desktop drives are the same, data transfer connection, power transfer connection. You have a converter that makes the connections on one drive plug into the other computer, and you are done.
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