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Putting a 3.5 inch hard drive in a Laptop


I have had a bunch of times when you need to use a hard drive designed for a Laptop in a desktop system, say for formatting, or copying massive amounts of files. Laptop drives are by spec. 2.5inch wide, while desktop drives are 3.5 inch wide. This isn’t a problem for the average user because we have these nice 3.5 to 2.5inch adapters, however what if you wanted to put a full scale drive into a laptop? You’re screwed. Of course, in most cases you couldn’t even fit the full drive into the laptop just due to it’s actual size, not just the different adapter.

Read more about my build here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-a-full-sized-HDD-in-a-Laptop/

IDE-LED


This project has been on my mind for a few years now, and has been a long time coming. If you know me, you could probably just guess the amount of shit that I have saved up on my desktop and servers. In my main desktop system I have several drives consisting of 40gb, 40gb, 80gb, 160gbRAID (2x80gb), DVDRW. This is all well and good, however to show off my collection of drives I have a single red led on the front which is almost always on. Sorta weak.

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