whats broken on the laptop, like it just won't boot at all? if it won't you could use a 2.5 => 3.5" adaptor kit i got one for $8 at a computer show and works great.
I have aqquired an old compaq 1700 and im trying to see if the hard drive works any suggestions
It works until it starts doing the system check then the screen turns bright green then goes blank
Ill look for an adaptor