Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher
Depending on the age of the drive, it could be straight sata cables or adaptor cables for IDE and power.
You'll want 2.5 to 3.5 or 5 1/4 cages to secure it in your case I you don't have 2.5" slots.
Holy crap it's Cryptosporidium!
All told though I can only back up what Cypt- Zepher has said. A laptop drive is 2.5in while a desktop drive is 3.5in, so you'll be wanting a 2.5 - 3.5 adapter to allow you to install it in your desktop's ordinary HDD cage.
Alternately a 5.25 bay is what you stick your-... Optical drives in, so an adapter from 2.5 - 5.25 will let you put your laptop drive up where the big boys live.
And depending on your board you will need, as stated, a plain SATA cable (and power), a plain IDE cable, or a convertor from IDE - SATA.
Another option that some people like to use is to employ a simple enclosure. You put your laptop drive inside of a housing with the right connector inside, then plug this into a free USB port to act like a store-bought external hard drive. Simples!