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    2.5" SATA drive to 3.5" SATA?

    does such an adapter exist? what is it called? I've been unable to locate one that doesn't end up being a SATA to USB adapter.

    Basically I would like to use a 2.5" SATA drive that I have already and plug it into my mini-itx mobo via the SATA connector.

    I'd use a SATA to IDE converter but I'd like to minimize the cables to improve air flow in my DIY carPC case. SATA cables are nice and small unlike an ide cable.

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    Sata connectors are the same 7 pin thick flat cables regardless of whether you are using it with a 2.5", 3.5", or an optical drive. The standard power connector is the same 15 pin cable for each as well. Your mobo won't care what size the drive is.
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    so I should be able to find a connector/cable to connect it? is it the same cable then? I haven't tried it yet as I wasn't sure.

    my SATA cables, from my 3.5" drives, are fairly thin and flat.

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    found my answer. it will work.

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/9378

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach_Ng View Post
    found my answer. it will work.

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/9378
    Your answer was also here : 2.5" SATA drive to 3.5" SATA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach_Ng View Post
    found my answer. it will work.

    http://techreport.com/articles.x/9378
    I know this is an old thread but I have to clear this up: After reading the entire article it says that you have to have an adapter. Several forums other than this one has this article referenced. It seems people missed the last part:

    "Unfortunately, the connector compatibility enjoyed by 2.5" SATA hard drives doesn't extend to mobile ATA drives. Those drives require pin and power adapters to work with desktop ATA systems, which isn't quite as convenient."

    So where's this adapter?

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    2.5" and 3.5" sata HDD's and SSD's use the same data and power connectors. the only adapter you need is a bracket for the difference in size/form-factor

    2.5" to 3.5" adapter

    the nice thing about using 2.5" drives in a 3.5" space is you can mount (2) 2.5"s in the same space as (1) 3.5" by using something like this

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    check it




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