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Question for my geeky friends

Does anyone know how to turn a regular, internal-style hard drive into an external hard drive? Because I have a spare hard drive and my computer apparently only has one internal slot for a hard drive.

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deaana
Jul. 28th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yes! You have to buy an enclosure, connect your hard drive to it and close it up, then it'll be a usb drive.
fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Will it have to be formatted?
livelaughlovep
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
Nope. Not with an external casing. :) Just plug er' in. YOu may want to format it though if it has an operating system on it, because that takes up mucho space.
fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
So... using it as merely an external storage device, not needing the OS, I'd... what? Format it to FAT?
livelaughlovep
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
You should be able to plug in the drive, and when windows recognizes it, you can right click the drive, hit format and it should pick things automatically for you. :)
fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Ah, okay.

I might explore what's on it, first, in case there's any programs I want to keep. No idea if there's even anything on it at all, but worth a look.
livelaughlovep
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
We're happy to help! :D :D

Yeah, take a look, salvage things if you want it, and then format it. Cause you don't need to format it, its just that if some form of windows is on it, it can eat a lot of space. :/
deaana
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
yup, you can do that after you connect it via usb though.
kengr
Jul. 29th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Not if it was already formatted in a manner the OS recognizes.

ENU sells external drive enclosures so if you can get over here a bit earlier next time and bring your bike (and the drive, just so I can be sure what type it is) we can head out there and check things over.

Also, if you've got free slots for CD/DVD type things, there are "adapters (mounting kits is more like it unless you want the drive to be removable) That will let you put the drive in one of those bays.

ps. The extrenal units will require a free USB port, so you may want to pick up a *powered* USB hub.

Edited at 2008-07-29 03:13 am (UTC)
fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
Cool!
livelaughlovep
Jul. 28th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817716007

That is really similar to the model we have, I like it. (They have a few different colors if you don't like silver)

Its really easy to use, too. Just unscrew it, and take your hard drive, and plug all the cords together... which is easy, because there are only two cords that only fit in one place each. :D Then just plug the USB into your computer, and wham, shiny new external HD.

fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Cool!

Okay, related question: I know from kengr that there are two different kinds of hard drives, SATA and something else. The spare drive I seem to have appears to be a SATA drive (at least, according to the bag it's in, though I dunno if that's the original bag). Does that thing work for both kinds of hard drives?
livelaughlovep
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
SATA cables are thin, red cables with a small connector at the end, and IDE/ATA drives have a broad flat ribbon looking cable, with a wide black connector.

That said, the one I linked you is IDE only. Here's one thats SATA.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817716059

(if your still confused and nervous, just photograph the cables and the harddrive and email it to me, I'll tell ya what you've got :D)
fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
My camera is out of batteries. Lemme read what it says on the hard drive itself:

"DiamondMax Plus 8
ATA / 133 HDD
40 GB"

"Code: NAR61HA0"

Maxtor brand, 3.5 series.

The rest, I dunno. Too many bar codes on this thing.
kengr
Jul. 29th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
ATA / 133 HDD

is enough to tell me it's an IDE drive. The connector is two rows of 20 pins, Right?

A SATA connector isn't much bigger than the power connector.
fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
Ah yes, I remember now the difference. Thanks for reminding me. Yeah, it's a bunch of pins.
fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I suppose I could show it to kengr and she would know what it was.
livelaughlovep
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Its a regular IDE drive, you'll want the first link I linked to you. :)
fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Wow, you figured that out just from what I read off to you? Cool.
livelaughlovep
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
My boyfriend does computery and tech stuff for a living/hobby/existance. I'm just merely his parroting mouth :P
^___^;
fayanora
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Ah. Well thank you both!
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