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My laptop has a 120GB 2.5" hard drive. I took it out today (out of interest, no specific reason) and I noticed it had the standard SATA connections on it. Does this mean I can hook it up to my desktop PC, as I would a standard 3.5" SATA hard drive, for backup and scans etc?

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Well the power fitted, and the data fitted. Booted it up and it didn't show in BIOS. I seem to have 2 types of SATA port on my motherboard so I connected the drive to a SATA cable from one of the working 3.5" hard drives and it showed in My Computer, I can access it fine and it even shows the two partitions.

One last question: I heard SATA is hot-swappable once. Is this true?
 

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Well the power fitted, and the data fitted. Booted it up and it didn't show in BIOS. I seem to have 2 types of SATA port on my motherboard so I connected the drive to a SATA cable from one of the working 3.5" hard drives and it showed in My Computer, I can access it fine and it even shows the two partitions.

One last question: I heard SATA is hot-swappable once. Is this true?
While I have hot swapped many non-hot-swappable disks in my time, I would not, in general, recommend it. AFAIK, SATA is not considered hot-swappable.
 
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