Laptop Hard Drive In Desktop?

By Punkid ยท 7 replies
Aug 31, 2009
  1. is it possible to connect a laptop hard drive to a desktop with the IDE cable...the laptop drive i have is inside an external enclosure,which is seen as USB TO IDE BRIDGE in the Device manager of my desktop PC

    dont ask why i want to connect the drive to my PC
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    I won't ask...
    You'll need to get an adapter to mount it. (2.5" to 3.5" adapter)
  3. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 422   +7

    i figured it out that i cant connect it without adapter...thanks heres the problem that ive got, its on my second PC..i have a 40 gb normal desktop IDE HDD and an IDE DVD Rom...i want to install OS on that PC but the problem is that if i connect both the HDD and the DVD ROM at the same time the PC wont boot..ive tried updating bios etc but it doesnt is there a way to boot to a network location?
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    I may be totally deluded here.. but dont 2.5 inch drives usually have a pata connection?
  5. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 422   +7

    PATA is same as IDE
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +208

    Oh! i always thought it was slightly smaller :) oops!
  7. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Do you not have two seperate IDE channels on the motherboard?

    Yes you can boot to a network location. It is rather old school, but it will work. I am not sure what OS you are trying to install...You will need a bootdisk (floppy?) and/or a CD boot to start loading the OS over the network, so unless you have a floppy I am not sure how much that is going to help.
  8. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 422   +7

    i got it figured out ...i used the jumper to make one of my drives slave and now it works...but thanks anyway
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