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Computer shell
« on: April 28, 2012, 06:55:47 PM »
My brother in law was building a computer but bought a Apple instead of finishing it. So he gave it to me. can i use a laptop hd for it? What else do I need to do? 
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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 11:21:35 PM »
    If the drive is a SATA interface you can use it directly with the same cables as a larger drive.  You may need a 2.5 > 3.5" mounting kit to mount the drive in a standard desktop case.  Laptop drives are significantly slower than the larger desktop drives and drives are fairly cheap.  Just sayin.

    If your laptop drive uses a ribbon cable it is an IDE drive.  You can get adapter kits but you would wind up spending near the cost of a desktop drive.

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    « Reply #2 on: April 28, 2012, 11:34:26 PM »
    For something on the order of $80, you can get a 1TB 3.5" drive, full speed, delivered to your doorstep.

    As Jesse mentioned, you'll likely have a performance hit with a laptop HD, and end up spending about half as much as much in mounting adapters and cables.

    I'd say it's worth the $40 to move up a full hard drive.

    Hell, let me check around here, I might have a 320GB I don't need...

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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #3 on: April 29, 2012, 12:12:02 AM »
    I tried with the SATA interface and it wont open, or boot up windows.
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    « Reply #4 on: April 29, 2012, 01:04:41 AM »
    I tried with the SATA interface and it wont open, or boot up windows.

    Does it have an IDE interface on the motherboard too? You might need to select the correct boot device in the BIOS.
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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012, 01:47:19 AM »
    No IDE interface. I have tried 2 HD, both from laptops, one wants to go through a "fix" prompt and the other is not even recognized, it goes to DVD/CD prompt.
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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #6 on: April 29, 2012, 12:54:24 PM »
    The fix prompt probably means that the mobo recognizes it, but the OS isn't recognizing the hardware.

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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #7 on: April 29, 2012, 04:32:17 PM »
    What can/should I do?
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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #8 on: April 29, 2012, 05:19:38 PM »
    How much memory is installed?

    Trying to move a hard drive with a Windows installation from a laptop to a desktop is probably not going to work.  Buy a hard drive and install Windows. If you need to move files from the laptop drive to to the new system, get something like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HZEX1K/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i01

    If you have a working laptop and want to transfer profiles and such to Win7, use Windows Easy Transfer.
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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #9 on: April 30, 2012, 06:32:23 PM »
    8GB ,it has a 600w power supply too
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    « Reply #10 on: April 30, 2012, 06:49:42 PM »
    8GB ,it has a 600w power supply too
    That is plenty of RAM

    OK, if it was Linux I could boot from a rescue thumb drive and (probably) fix the boot problems.  Windows, once installed however, is more tightly bound to it's hardware.  The only way I can see to fix it is a fresh install.

    I'm a UNIX guy and may be overlooking something.  Is there a rescue disk/CD/USB drive for Windows XP/7?
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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #11 on: April 30, 2012, 08:26:06 PM »
    I think im just going to start from fresh, new HD + XP install.
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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #12 on: April 30, 2012, 08:53:45 PM »
    I think im just going to start from fresh, new HD + XP install.

    It'll be easier on you, plus more stable in the long run...

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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #13 on: May 01, 2012, 12:28:56 AM »
    I would say forget the xp and try out linux, I just started running MINT and it was basically like getting a new system. Linux is much better at handling resources and all around more stable. As long as you arent trying to play high end pc games, I really cant see why you would want to go with something else. By the way it's free, and has really great support
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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #14 on: May 01, 2012, 06:56:06 AM »
    Fair point. If this is just an extra system, have fun with it.  Try out a few Linux distros, see if you find one that you like.

    My student has been trying out Mint, and really liking it. Granted, he's a Computer Sci major, but still...

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    Re: Computer shell
    « Reply #15 on: May 01, 2012, 08:08:38 AM »
    I tried mint on a laptop that had heating issues, my wife grabbed it as her own computer. When the laptop headed downhill she told me I could put Mint on whatever I replaced it with. Mint is pretty familiar feeling if you are a windows user. The only issues we ever had with it was my 2 year old playing with it while we weren't looking and changing some menus, tearing keys off, and smearing yogurt onto the screen (all repaired now). I also used it as the OS on the family loaner laptop. It is familiar enough that it is usable but not so comfortable they want to keep my laptop. I have had requests to put it on their machines as well. Just can't say enough good things about mint.

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