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Is it Possible to get a laptop SSD and put into a Desktop

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My Dads laptop broke and we're wondering if we can recover the data from the drive(if it still works) by somehow putting it into a desktop. If you have any ideas please put it in and if you suggest we need other gadgets or an adapter pls put links to the product. Thank you

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you know... just connect a sata power and a sata cable to it?


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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, LukeSavenije said:

you know... just connect a sata power and a sata cable to it?

so laptop SSD's have same size sata and data cables

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if it's a regular 2.5 inch sata drive it will work no problem. if it's m.2, then it should work providing you have an m.2 slot and the keys are compatible. if it's mSATA, then it likely won't work as i've never seen a desktop board have an mSATA slot (that i know of). if it is mSATA, get a USB adapter and use that to access the contents of the drive (you can also get usb m.2 sata adapters and even 2.5in usb sata adapters, but to my knowledge not m.2 pcie adapters)


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oh boy you would've loved PATA laptop drives then

 

 

for the record, despite laptops typically having that black plastic uni-block that the drive slots into, when you look at it, it's really just a sata power and data feed mashed together into one cheap and mass-manufactured unit


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There are adapters for everything.

 

It's probably 2.5" SATA, in 2hich case you plug it in like a normal HDD/SSD.

It might be M.2 SATA or PCIE, in which case your motherboards needs to have the right connector.

It could be MSATA, in which case you will need an adapter that goes to USB or SATA.

 

But it will be possible to read out the drive through your desktop, provided the drive is alright and you know the password.


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58 minutes ago, Kevork Sarkis said:

so laptop SSD's have same size sata and data cables

correct, 2.5 inch is 2.5 inch


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1 hour ago, Kevork Sarkis said:

Thanks guys. Didn't know laptop SSD's had the same sata and data cables as desktop one's. really appreciate it.

Some do, but not all. There are different types of interfaces and depending on what type your laptop uses you may need an adapter to be able to connect it to your desktop. Depending on the laptop the storage may even be soldered directly on to the motherboard, as is the case with a lot of cheaper laptops.

 

Do you know the model of the drive or the laptop?


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9 hours ago, Kevork Sarkis said:

Thanks guys. Didn't know laptop SSD's had the same sata and data cables as desktop one's. really appreciate it.

Also consoles.  I have my old PS3  "laptop" hdd in my PC right now. 

 

You just need a sata cable for power and data, Windows should be able to read the drive just fine provided it's still functional. 

 

 

@Spotty huh, I didn't know that.  I used to work in a laptop repair shop during holidays and "repaired" probably at least 100 laptops,   the drives were all the same type basically - no cables you just stuck them in there. 

 

I knew RAM can be soldered sometimes, but never seen that either :o


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