does a laptop hdd plug and play exactly like a desktop hdd? i recently purchase a hitachi travelstar 20G (4200rpm) for use on a desktop (carputer project but still 'on the desk' stage), i have the 3.5 to 2.5 converter and i have hooked it up correctly with a cdrom cable (instead of those thinner ata133 cables). i am unable to install windows xp (or any os) to it. the bios recognizes it but the install programs cannot continue after formatting the drive. with a desktop drive i am able to bring it straight from the store, hook it up to the comp and when windows xp install loads up it will write a partition, format and install. is the laptop hdd suppose to act this way as well? or do i need to do some manual config in the bios to accomodate for a laptop drive? i have no experience with laptop hardware at all, but i'm proficient with pc desk top stuff. perhaps i have a faulty drive? please let me know what steps you took to install a laptop hdd! thanks in advance!
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