External Enclosure + Mobile HD?

calebmanch

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Hey I was wondering if I will be fine using a "Mobile HD" in an External Enclosure. When a Hard Drive says it's "Mobile" or specified for Laptops, does that mean anything other than it's small? It still works the exact same as an internal HD for a desktop, correct?

I was given a Hitachi 120GB 5400/8MB 2.5" Mobile SATA HD. If I throw that into a 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Closure, will it be able to work fine as extra storage from my laptop?

Thank you.
 

buwish

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Assuming the drive is alright, it should work just fine. The only difference being that it probably will be slower than a standard 3.5 inch drive (i.e. 5400 RPM instead of 7200 RPM). Just pay attention to the power requirements for the enclosure, as some of them require 2 USB's to be hooked into a laptop to work. You can also use it with a standard desktop.
 

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