If you have recently upgraded the hard drive on a laptop computer, or if you have a laptop that is faulty and no longer in use, you can use the portable hard drive on a desktop computer as a backup or secondary drive. Because a portable hard drive is significantly smaller in physical size than a regular desktop drive, you’ll need to use an adapter kit to install the drive into a desktop computer. Installing the smaller unit, however, is not as difficult as you might think, and you should be able to accomplish the task in less than an hour. Things You’ll Need 2.5 Inch
2.5 Inch Laptop Hard Drive
To 3.5 Inch
IDE Ribbon Cable Adapter Kit
anti-static wrist strap
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Turn off the computer and remove all cables and peripherals. Place the computer on its side on a flat, stable surface.
Loosen the securing screws on the back of the desktop computer that hold the side cover panel in place. Slide the panel cover off – turn off the computer and set it aside.
Align the screw holes on the 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter brackets with the screw holes on the portable hard drive. Use the screwdriver to insert the screws and tighten them to secure the brackets to the unit.
Align the pins on the IDE adapter circuit board and push the board over the pins on the back of the laptop’s hard drive. Connect an IDE cable to the outer pins of the adapter circuit board.
Locate an empty 3.5-inch compartment on the computer. On most desktop computers, there should be one or more slots above or below the installed hard drive.
Slide the portable hard drive (with brackets attached) into the empty 3.5-inch bay. Secure the drive to the bay with the included mounting screws.
Insert an available 1.5-inch Molex power adapter from the computer’s power supply into the plug of the power cord connected to the adapter circuit board. < br>
Plug the free end of the IDE ribbon cable into an available IDE slot on the motherboard. The cable only fits into the adapter one way, so you don’t have to worry about the cable adapter’s orientation.
Attach the activity LED wire to the disk activity jumper unit on your motherboard if your adapter kit has one.
Replace the side cover panel and secure with the fixing screws.
Return the computer to its original location and reconnect all cables. Turn on the computer and configure the drive in the computer’s BIOS and its operating system.
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