SATA HDD inside eMac


Anonymous Freak

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If you use a 2.5" hard drive, with a 2.5"-3.5" adapter plate, certainly.

If you're talking a standard 3.5" hard drive, I don't know. You may have to modify the eMac's hard drive frame.
 

MatthewLTL

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If you use a 2.5" hard drive, with a 2.5"-3.5" adapter plate, certainly.

If you're talking a standard 3.5" hard drive, I don't know. You may have to modify the eMac's hard drive frame.
My hard drive frame is already heavily bent up from trying to put a 3.5" SATA in there the problem was my adaptor was too high. This one is aproximently 1/2" to 1" shorter in height and would not be any taller than the HDD itself (I don't think it would be).

What 2.5 should i get? a 5400RPM (cheaper) or a 7200RPM (more expensive) also can get adaptors that allow two drives which im sure would be impossible to use in the HDD cage. Would i even NEED a 2.5 to 3.5 adaptor or could i just velcro or duct tape the 2.5 drive to the HDD cage?
 

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My hard drive frame is already heavily bent up from trying to put a 3.5" SATA in there the problem was my adaptor was too high. This one is aproximently 1/2" to 1" shorter in height and would not be any taller than the HDD itself (I don't think it would be).

What 2.5 should i get? a 5400RPM (cheaper) or a 7200RPM (more expensive) also can get adaptors that allow two drives which im sure would be impossible to use in the HDD cage. Would i even NEED a 2.5 to 3.5 adaptor or could i just velcro or duct tape the 2.5 drive to the HDD cage?
Whatever works best for you - you could even go for SSDs!

And most dual-2.5-to-3.5 cages are made specifically to fit in the same space as a conventional 3.5" drive - but you would need to disconnect the optical drive to add the second drive connector.
 

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Velcro and duct tape are passable(if not elegant) solutions for SSDs, but IMO are asking for trouble with a platter HDD. You really need to have a platter HDD anchored pretty firmly.
 

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Velcro and duct tape are passable(if not elegant) solutions for SSDs, but IMO are asking for trouble with a platter HDD. You really need to have a platter HDD anchored pretty firmly.
Not firmly; securely, but softly.
 

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I put the 500GB Laptop HDD from a laptop into a desktop and put one screw throw a random hole in a desktop case and its flops around but it is secure and the computer is never mover it works fine.
If it flops around then it is not secure.
 

poiihy

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it flops around only when inside the case. When the computer is in operation the drive is stationary its only held in by one screw afterall
It doesn't matter; it flops around when it is moved, therefore it is not secure. If it were secure it would not flop around anywhere however you move it.
 

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It doesn't matter; it flops around when it is moved, therefore it is not secure. If it were secure it would not flop around anywhere however you move it.
not possible to secure a laptop HDD into a desktop computer no mounting holes line up. The point of that statement was to say that HDDs work fine if they are not moved while in operation it will not hurt them.

So velcro or tape holding them there will be just fine.
 

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not possible to secure a laptop HDD into a desktop computer no mounting holes line up. The point of that statement was to say that HDDs work fine if they are not moved while in operation it will not hurt them.

So velcro or tape holding them there will be just fine.
Having a hard drive loosely hard-mounted with one screw is worse than having it securely hard-mounted with two or more screw because it would not only transfer vibration to the frame, it would also rattle. Vibration is not good for a hard disk. A hard disk flopping around damages it even when it is off. If the holes don't line up then drill new holes. The best is to use some soft fasteners to attach it, like rubber straps or velcro.
 

MatthewLTL

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Having a hard drive loosely hard-mounted with one screw is worse than having it securely hard-mounted with two or more screw because it would not only transfer vibration to the frame, it would also rattle. Vibration is not good for a hard disk. A hard disk flopping around damages it even when it is off. If the holes don't line up then drill new holes. The best is to use some soft fasteners to attach it, like rubber straps or velcro.
i plan to get a 2.5-3.5 adaptor for it. Already have one in my NewEgg Wish list. It's just not a top priority right now
 

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i plan to get a 2.5-3.5 adaptor for it. Already have one in my NewEgg Wish list. It's just not a top priority right now
Depending on where it mounts, you can just drill holes for it, and then screw it in place with some foam or rubber spacers.
 

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Depending on where it mounts, you can just drill holes for it, and then screw it in place with some foam or rubber spacers.
It's Currently mounted inside of a HP Pavilion a824n. This case has a weird design where the HDD is mounted on the front of the case from the bottom mount holes. Due to the HDD being mounted right behind the Power button and LEDs the only way to mount it in the case as is if longer screws. But i dont have any laptop screws long enough. I suppose i could use Zip ties