Is the sata desktop interface different than the one for laptops?

Posted on 2013-11-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
Is the sata desktop interface different than the one for laptops?  And, if so, are there reliable converters between laptop sata and desktop sata, like for the ide drives, where it's just physical conversion of wiring?
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by:Dan Craciun
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You can use a SATA laptop (2.5") drive in a computer/caddy with no adapter needed.

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dlethe earned 250 total points
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They are the same.  But if you want to buy a HDD for a laptop, then get one designed for a laptop (high tolerance to g-force, 2.5",and thin)

Read specs carefully. You care about BTUs, power, dimensions. (Well you care if you are adding one to a laptop, as desktops have more room as SATA drives can be anywhere from 1.8" to 5.25" packages.
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garycase earned 250 total points
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"... Is the sata desktop interface different than the one for laptops? "  ==>  No, they're identical.

The only difference is the physical size of the drives -- clearly you can't use a 3.5" desktop drive in a laptop :-)     But you can use a laptop drive in a desktop system with no problem.

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