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can you use a 3.5" hdd enclosure with a 2.5" hdd?

By pedrojrnegrillo ·
would it be okay to use 3.5" enclosure with a 2.5 hdd?? how?
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You can only do this if you are using SATA Drives

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to can you use a 3.5" hdd en ...

You just plug the drive into the Case the connections are the same and the voltages is also the same so there is no difference.

However if you have IDE or older drives you can not use a 3.5 inch enclosure to mount a 2.5 inch drive as the interfaces are different.

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Physical Mounting Concern

by TheChas In reply to can you use a 3.5" hdd en ...

As Hal stated, you can make the electrical connections to a 2.5" SATA drive in a 3.5" SATA enclosure.

However, if you plan to use this as a portable drive, you need to figure out how you are going to physically secure the 2.5" drive inside the enclosure.
The 2.5" drive will be offset to one side of the 3.5" enclosure so the standard adapter brackets will not work.
If the drive is close enough to the side of the enclosure, you might be able to drill new holes that line up with the side holes on the 2.5" drive so that you can mount it on one side of the enclosure. That should provide enough support as the 2.5" drive is much lighter than a 3.5" drive.

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