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Can I install a laptop 2.5" SATA drive on a desktop without any adapters?

The drive is:

Kingston SSDNow V+200 SVP200S3 / 240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-alone Drive)

Can I use this drive in my desktop computer?

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You can also use an adapter or enclosure to make it into an external (USB) drive that can be used with most things. –  Synetech Jul 9 '12 at 21:46

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Yes, a laptop hard drive can be used in a desktop computer.

You need to buy a Hard Drive Adapter that allows you to build your 2.5 hard drive into your desktop tower. And possibly you'll need a SATA III cable. Make sure one of your hard drive bays is free, too.

If your computer is fairly recent, you will probably need just a SATA cable. If it is older and sports an IDE, you'll also need an adapter from SATA to IDE

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Apparently SATA drives use the same cabling, while IDE needs an adapter. –  Simon Sheehan Jul 9 '12 at 21:31
    
I perhaps wouldn't call it an adapter, but more a modified drive bay. –  Simon Sheehan Jul 9 '12 at 21:33
    
I think adapter is a common term for this kind of contraption and it would show up useful results in a Google search. –  user 99572 is fine Jul 9 '12 at 21:35
    
That works too :) I recommend adding in your answer that an appropriate drive bay will be needed to secure the drive properly. –  Simon Sheehan Jul 9 '12 at 21:36
    
like this (see above)? –  user 99572 is fine Jul 9 '12 at 21:39

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