> I am about to purchase an Intel Extreme X25-E SSD drive. However,
> given that it is a 2.5" form factor, and I would like to be able to
> use it on a desktop with a 3.5" drive bay, I presume I need some kind
> of adapter kit ??
> Furthermore, if I understood correctly, my desktop uses SATA 3.5"
> drives ( while the Intel X25E are of course SATA 2.5" drives ). I
> assume that these SATA 3.5" drives uses a different power requirement
> ( e.g. 12V ?? ) and uses a molex connector ??? ... while the Intel
> Exteme X25E requires 5 volts. Will the 2.5-3.5 adapter KIT deal with
> the voltage conversion as well ?
> ... or am I mistaken and that SATA 3.5" drives ( or SATA regardless of
> form factor ) also uses 5 volts ?
The internal view of the product here, shows standard SATA connectors
as near as I can tell. Power is via the 15 contact power connector,
data is via the 7 contact connector. If you don't have any SATA
power connectors in the computer, you'll need an adapter. (I'm using
an adapter right now like that.) http://techreport.com/articles.x/15931
This is a picture of an LP4 to SATA power adapter. This one has
two SATA connectors, to power two drives. The black connectors have 15
contacts each. http://c1.neweggimages.com/NeweggIma...200-060-01.jpg
These brackets take you from a 3.5" drive to a 5.25" bay. You'd also
need the plastic or metal sliders that come with the computer case,
as part of the "bracket sandwich". These used to come with disk drives
at one time, which is where I got mine. http://www.startech.com/item/BRACKET...r-Bracket.aspx
slider -- bracket ----- disk_drive ----- bracket -- slider
<------------------------ 5.25" ------------------------->
This one is supposed to adapt a 2.5" drive to a 3.5" bay. Startech
also has another couple versions, which place two 2.5" drives
in some orientation, into a 3.5" bay. http://www.startech.com/item/BRACKET...Drive-Bay.aspx
The Startech web site prices are high, and some sites sell their products
for much less. Or, alternately, you might get lucky, and get a
"straight from Taiwan" version from a competitor, at a more
With those two mechanical adapters, you should be able to
put a 2.5" drive in a 5.25" bay if you wanted. So there are
mechanical adapters to help with problems like this. You can
also rig up your own mechanical adapter, because the orientation
of the SSD drive doesn't matter, and it is relatively shock
resistant. (Just don't bang an SSD against solid, heavy metal.)
You might even be able to suspend it with nylon ties.
Hope that gives you a few ideas,