Laptop SSD Vs Desktop SSD

Laptop SSD Vs Desktop SSD

Laptops parts like CPU, GPU, RAM are specifically made for them and you can’t use these parts on desktops. But as the SATA ports are basically the same, so what about SSDs, can you use an SSD of laptop on a desktop?

Well, let’s discuss what are their main differences and is it really possible?

Laptop SSD Vs Desktop SSD: Laptop and desktop SSDs are almost the same. However, laptop SSDs, specifically SATA SSDs come smaller sizes sometimes to fit properly, but as their connector type is the same so we can say that they are basically the same.

Now, how you can exactly use a laptop SSD in desktop:

Is Laptop SSD Different From Desktop:

Although laptop SATA SSDs sometimes come in smaller sizes however as both SSDs support SATA, so laptop SSDs can be easily installed on desktops. On the other hand, NVMe and M.2 SSDs on both laptop and desktop are the same, so if the motherboard supports it, they can be installed.

There are different types of SSDs too, so let’s discuss them one by one:

Installing Laptop SATA SSD In Desktop:

We can mostly see two SATA SSD of two sizes, they are 2.5inch and 3.5inch. Earlier, for desktops 3.5inch and for laptops 2.5-inch SSDs are used. But nowadays, most of the SSDs come in 2.5-inch size and they are almost the same.

You have to connect both laptop and desktop SATA SSDs through the SATA III port which is almost the same on both laptops and desktops.

Meaning, if the SSD is installed on the laptop through SATA, you can easily install it on the desktop too after getting it out.

You just have to make sure that your desktop motherboard has SATA III port (which almost all the latest mobos do).

Till now I was talking about only the SATA SSD. But what if you want to use other SSDs, NVMe (PCIe), M.2 on your desktop?

Laptop NVMe SSD On Desktop:

It is possible to use a laptop’s NVMe SSD desktop, however, the motherboard has to support that and should have the specific port where you can install the NVMe drive and M.2 SATA SSD.

But be careful, as these M.2 or NVMe ports are very tiny so it is pretty easy to skip it.

You can’t install the NVMe SSDs like the SATA SSDs. In SATA SSDs you only need the SATA port on the motherboard, which every motherboard does have.

However, for NVMe SSD, the desktop motherboard should have an NVMe SSD slot, without it you can’t even insert it.

To install NVMe SSD on desktops motherboard:

  • First, open the screw.
  • Then slide the SSD backward.
  • And apply a little bit of pressure downwards and fix it with the screws.

Overall, it is possible to use almost all kinds of laptop SSDs on desktops if the motherboard supports them.

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Things To Keep In Mind While Installing Laptop SSD In Desktop:

Dual Boot:

If your laptop SSD also has an operating system, then after installing it with the desktop without formatting, your desktop may show dual boot.

Meaning, you have to choose the operating system between those two. And every time you start your desktop, you are gonna see that.

However, having two operating systems on a single desktop is not good, I recommend deleting one as soon as possible.

That’s why you should first backup the data of your laptop SSD, then format it after installing it on the desktop. After that, you can easily use it like any normal storage drive.

NVMe And M.2 SSDs Are Different:

Although both NVMe and M.2 SSDs look almost similar and can be installed on the same port, but they are not the same. The M.2 SATA SSDs can provide around 600MB/s reading and writing speed. But the NVme SSD can provide at least 2100MB/s and more.

If you look carefully, M.2 SSDs have two cut marks while NVMe SSDs have only one.

Although their size is the same, their performance varies a lot. Now, the thing is, all motherboards don’t support NVMe SSD (PCIe SSD) as it is latest technology.

You have to manually check it out and then only install it on the motherboard.

Now let’s have a look some common questions that people ask:

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can Laptop SSD Fit In Desktop?

As desktop cabinets have way more space and lots of storage drive trays than tiny laptops, so there will be no issue in fitting laptop SSD in desktop. But if the motherboard doesn’t support the SSD, especially NVMe SSD, then you can’t insert it on the motherboard.

So, you don’t have to think about any space issue for installing a laptop SSD on desktop.

Can You Use A 2.5” SSD In A Desktop?

Most of the laptop SATA SSDs come in 2.5-inch sizes. So, it is pretty easy to use a 2.5inch SSD on a desktop as they come with 3-4 hard drive slots.

For installing a 2.5-inch SSD in desktop:

  • First, slide And open the hard drive tray.
  • Then insert the SSD and fix it in the tray.
  • After that connect the SSD with the SATA III port.

Then you can boot up the desktop normally and you will be able to see the SSD drive in the desktop like any normal storage drive.

What To Do With Small SSD?

No matter how small the SATA SSD is, if it uses traditional SATA connectors, it can be installed on desktops and laptops easily. Some Laptops do have small SSD, but they can be used like other SSDs in different motherboards.

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Wrapping up:

I hope after reading this post, your questions about using laptop SSD on the desktop are cleared. If you have anything further questions in mind regarding this, feel free to ask me.

See you in the next one, be techy:)

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