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Laptop Drive > 3.5"/5.25" Bay

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by rscosworth, 7 May 2006.

  1. rscosworth

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,705

    Location: Glasgow


    Have a spare laptop drive that i was going to use to run my HTPC system, with a larger 3.5" drive for storage.

    Can i buy an adapter that will take the laptop drive but fit it into a 3.5" or 5.25" slot?

    Also, do you think this will be any good for running an htpc or am i just aswell buying a couple of hundred gig drive and running the whole shooting match off one drive?

  2. SiriusB


    Joined: 16 Dec 2005

    Posts: 14,448

    Location: Manchester

    I don't see any problem with using a notebook HDD as your system drive. Works well enough in notebooks :D

    In fact you're probably doing yourself a favour. The notebook drive should be much quieter and draw less power yadda yadda yadda.

    Its also handy having your OS on a separate HDD in case you need to format etc. As for mounting it into a 3.5/5.25 inch bay... no idea im afraid.

  3. squiffy


    Joined: 17 Mar 2006

    Posts: 9,155

    It'll be fine, I'm sitting here with my new HTPC albeit it's naked with no case, 20GB Toshiba with a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adaptor. Dunno how going to mount it into a 3.5" bay though, probably use elastic bands or something. It's a bit slower of course, but really noticeable when installing. With this new HTPC - silent mobo, built in GFX, Seasonic PSU,CPU at 1600 rpm (stock HSF) 20GB laptop...really silent :)