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Can I use my laptop's hard drive with a desktop computer permanently? And what do I need?

Can I use my laptop's hard drive with a desktop computer permanently? And what do I need? Topic: Network drive case sata
July 18, 2019 / By Noll
Question: I am moving out of my house in a few days. I have a laptop that hasn't worked for a few months. I made the mistake of buying an Acer and the screen hinges broke and then one night I just couldn't get it to turn on. Internally it seemed fine until that night. My friend has given me his old desktop computer but it doesn't have a working hard drive. So... My question is: can I permanently replace the desktop's broken hard drive with the one from my dead laptop so that I can have all my files on the new desktop? Or do I need to buy a completely new desktop hard drive? If I can use my laptop's HD, how do I go about doing it? I don't know much about the inner workings of computers.
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Kurtis Kurtis | 9 days ago
There are two main types of internal hard drive connections, one is SATA, and the other PATA (Parallel ATA). One uses a small cable that is about the thickness of a phone or network cable, and has a small connector, that is a SATA connector. The other type, the PATA (also called IDE and ATA), will have a wide flat ribbon cable that is about 3 inches wide. In this image, the top red cable is the SATA, the bottom wide gray cable is the ATA/IDE style: http://www.ixbt.com/short/2k2-07/serialA... The very first thing to do is figure out what type of connectors you have on your hard drive, and the motherboard in the PC. If they both have SATA then you are good to go, no adapters needed, the hard drive will plug right in to the motherboard and you can use it just like any standard internal drive. If the motherboard is older, it will not have SATA connections, but ATA/IDE. If the hard drive is a SATA then you are stuck. There is no way to adapt (internally) a SATA hard drive to be used on an ATA/IDE connector. You will have to buy a SATA expansion card and put it in one of the motherboard's PCI slots in order to get the hard drive to be used as an internal boot drive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLis... If the hard drive is an older ATA/IDE, then its possible to connect to almost any PC motherboard, because most PC motherboards, even the newer ones that have SATA connections, they will also have the older ATA/IDE connection (for backward compatibility or DVD drives). The problem here is, the smaller laptop drives are not big enough to accommodate the standard ATA/IDE ribbon cable and a power connector, so on the 2.5 inch laptop hard drives, they made those connections smaller and more compact. They sell adapters to allow laptop hard drives to work on standard motherboards, though. This one has not only the wiring adapters but also rail adapters so it will fit where in a standard case meant for 3.5 inch hard drives: http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=...
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Kurtis Originally Answered: How do I permanently move files from my laptop to my external hard drive? Having issues?
Memory is not storage. Storage is permanent, until you delete the items using the space on the hard drive that is storing the data. Memory comes in two forms: there is Computer memory that is cache, in the CPU. it is 'volatile', meaning that it isn't retained when you turn the computer off. Memory is the amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) that is installed in the computer. It is microchips that store XXX amount of data that is being used by the programs/games whatever that is running in the computer. The more RAM installed, the better. This 'Memory (RAM) is also volatile: when you close down the computer or the Program/Application you are using, all data being held/used in the RAM is destroyed so to speak, it is not actually destroyed, it is not retained in Memory. It is still there in Storage for you to access and use again. Phew!!! . When you again start the computer, the RAM is used to hold the data that is being used by all of the Processes that are running in the background. So. where you are getting the use of the words 2.04GB I don't know. Are you saying that that is what you are being told when you look at the External hard drive icon in "Computer" or that is what it is saying in Task Manager in the 'Physical Memory' (MB) if you click the 'Performance' tab Physical Memory tells you how much memory (RAM) is installed. how much is in use and how much is left available....so, is this 2.04GB in there as available Memory?? No it isn't is it because in Task Manager Performance, Memory doesn't show in GB, it shows in MB and 2.04GB will show as 2040 (MB) SO.......If the 1TB external hard drive is saying that there is 2.04GB of STORAGE space left on it then there is 927.6GB of STORED data on it already: note that I said 927.6GB and not 997.6GB. 1Terabyte isn't 1000GB. There is a 7% loss due to the mathematics of what is a GB. 1 Gigabyte is NOT 1000 Megabytes. It is 1024Megabytes. Anyway, 1 Terabyte is 930 GB (Gigabytes) of real storage space that is available. Now, as for the moving of these files from the Laptop hard drive to the external drive, I dunno just what the heck you are doing.....if you have moved them from the laptop to the ex drive then that is where they are. BUT are you moving them? You say that you "highlight/select the file, then drag and drop to the HD,".....when you drop the files you will get a little window that gives you 4 options: Copy here, Move here, Create shortcuts here and cancel. Which option are you clicking?? These files will not just be moved in the blink of an eye. It takes time and the bigger the amount of Megabytes or Gigabytes to move the longer it takes. When you click the MOVE option, the files are moved from laptop to ex drive. Click COPY and they are copied from laptop to ex drive and left in laptop as well. If you choose the MOVE option then you don't have to go into the laptop to delete them because they are no longer in it: they are now in the Ex drive. Got that?? Another way to transfer from laptop to Ex drive is to open the EX drive on screen and also open the place where the files you want to move are stored. You can have both open on screen at the same time. Then simply click one of the files/folders, then push Ctrl and the letter A at the same time on the keyboard, that will highlight everything in that folder of movies/data/whatever. Then right click the blue area of highlight and click "Cut" Now, move the mouse pointer to the Ex drive and right click and then click "Paste". That will remove everything that is highlighted from the laptop folder and move it to the Ex drive. No need to spend as much time deleting the stuff from the laptop and again from the Recycle bin if you have in one step, moved the lot elsewhere, off the C Drive or whatever drive/partition it is STORED in on the laptop to the Ext drive. Go make a cuppa tea or coffee while its being moved. It takes a while as I said. You will get an onscreen status indicator window that tells you and shows a blank rectangle that fills with green color as the files are moved. When it is fully green, it tells you its finished the transferring. Easy eh!! Memory is NOT Storage Space.. ok Have fun Edit 100: if you want to ypu can try the above Cut and Paste method and if you get a opo up saying that "This file is already on the drive, do you want to Merge it with this one ( it will show two files) click Yes, but also click a check mark in the little bix that says "Do this with the next XXXX(so many conflicts)" and it won't ask you a hundred or more times to do the agree to swap/merge thing. I say to agree to the Merge because, I don't know what you have in the drives from what you say about trying to delete them from the laptop after you put them in the Ext drive and it wanting to pull them back from the Ext drive to delete them from laptop. So, agree to merge or whatever. Then there can be no balls up.
Kurtis Originally Answered: How do I permanently move files from my laptop to my external hard drive? Having issues?
Further to previous answers, you can convert the external hard drive's file system to NTFS by using convert.exe. For example, if your external drive is E:, open a command prompt and type "convert e: /fs:NTFS" (without the quotes). Assuming the the drive is currently formatted with FAT32, this will convert the file system and allow you to use the maximum space on your external hard drive and you won't lose any existing data either. However, this is a one-way process, so you will need to reformat the drive if you require FAT/FAT32 again Good luck!

Irwin Irwin
not sure if it's possible, but if it was, then i wouldn't bother using a laptop hard drive as a main desktop hard drive. it's much slower than desktop hard drives. you can buy a desktop hd replacement for $50 with plenty of storage. as for putting the laptop hard drive to use - you can buy an external enclosure for it with usb2 connections to use as a backup drive.
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Faron Faron
You may not need anything. If it is SATA, and your desktop supports SATA, then you are good to go. The same is with PATA. Otherwise you would need an adapter. it would convert your SATA to a USB.
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Faron Originally Answered: Can a laptop's hard drive be removed and hooked up to another computer?
Your best bet would be to purchase an external drive casing, and put your old hard drive in that. You can buy IDE ones and SATA ones... which one you buy depends on the kind of hard drive you have. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as... There is an IDE for $8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as... There is a SATA for $8. After you put your drive in it, you just hook it up to your working computer through a USB port. end of line

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