So, I'm sitting here thinking and right from the start I know it's not a good idea. I should do the chores instead... Anyway, I'm thinking; I have a couple of those 1.5TB 3.5" SATA HDDs that I connect to my laptop via USB 'docks'. My main laptop never leaves my desk... I wonder if it's possible to get an extension / adapter cable to run a desktop HDD sitting on the desk next to my laptop (or rather behind it). I mean, the interface is exactly the same between 2.5" and 3.5", right down to the positioning of the power and data cables. Ok, I can see that there could be an issue with the laptop not supplying enough power to spin up the 3.5" HDD but I doubt it while it's running on mains power. <shrug> Even if that is the case I can run a power brick for the HDD. So has anyone done this? I can imagine a 2.5" HDD-sized 'male' end to the cables and the cables proper snaking out to connect to the 3.5" HDD. When I Google I find lots of adapters to run laptop HDDs in desktops but I've gone mad trying to find the opposite. Essentially I could do it myself if I could find such a thing as a SATA male to female cable.... And with new search parameters in mind I find what I'm looking for! http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=A2869040&dgc=SS&cid=27530&lid=627063 So whaddya reckon? One of these coming out of the laptop hooked up to a multi-terrabyte 3.5" drive for those of us who simply use a laptop mainly for space and power saving rather than portability? Has anyone tried it? -- Cheers, Shaun. "Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life." Terry Pratchet, 'Jingo'. Nota bene: 'Return to' email is very rarely checked, if at all. It's spam city but is a req. of my NNTP providor.