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Old 07-26-2011, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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when you buy a internal hard drive for a desktop p.c can use use it in a laptop or do you have to buy a special hard drive for a laptop? my laptop is seriously bad. it was crap when bought and now two years later people don't even sell laptops with as little hard drive space as this one.

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Laptop hard drives are usually smaller (2.5"inch) compared to internal drives (3.5").

Basically, a normal hard drive will not fit into a laptop

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Desktop HDD's are larger in size than a laptop HDD, so no you wouldn't be able to.

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Most solid state drives are 2.5" and will work in laptops as long as they use SATA drives.

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if the laptop is your primary computer and it is mostly media/movies/pictures/music that is filling the hard drive, you may want to consider an external drive.
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