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Want To Use Old Hard Drive, What Is Needed So I Can It Use As An External One?

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I have an old hard drive sitting here, from an old pc. I would like to use it every now and again as they have a lot of music, pics and films I would like to see. I did get a cable a while back, but that didn`t work, so do I need a cable with somekind of power source???? could do without spending a whole heap on money, partly because I`m like a Nats chuff.

Thanks in advance, B.T

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You need to provide more info.

Type of drive? Interface? Internal/external? Type of PC? Does it have any open connectors?

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I'm not a techie person so it's likely that somebody will come along and say I'm wrong.

When one of my laptops packed in the guy in the local computer shop took it out and put it in an external hard drive case. This has a couple of USB leads, and they also sell them on Ebay for less than £10. You would need the right one though. Not sure if it's 2.5" or 3.5".

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go to Maplins with the drive and pick up a drive case for it. About £20.

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go to Maplins with the drive and pick up a drive case for it. About £20.

Good call.

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Unless you specifically want it as an external drive couldn't you mount it inside your existing PC as a D drive ? Generally there's a spare power connector and a spare plug on the ribbon cable that connects your C drive to the motherboard - specifically for adding a second hard drive so no cost involved. Use it as a backup for data in case your main drive goes tits up.

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Presuming that you've pulled the disk out of a PC, i believe it should be a 3.5" Disk.

Since you would now like to use it as an external drive rather than an internal one ; you first need to find out the type of the disk. ie is it an IDE or a SATA ? a simple way to determine apart from goin thru the specs on the disk.. is if you have a 2 inch wide ribbon cable then its an IDE if you have a 1cm wide cable its SATA.

the

examples

IDE http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSg250yRvrwIBizGLo4XxX_x4bCM-qr7nQB_r_HihboGNR1KI6-hg

SATA http://www.manser.plus.com/Various/RIGHTHAND%20SATA%20CABLE.JPG

depending on the type of hardware you have you will need either

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EXTERNAL-DRIVE-ENCLOSURE-Indicator-1000gb/dp/B0037JW1Y4/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1328017679&sr=8-15

or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sumvision-Apex-II-inch-Enclosure/dp/B004LX186C/ref=sr_1_5?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1328018612&sr=1-5

or best of both worlds

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sumvision-Apex-II-inch-Enclosure/dp/B004LX186C/ref=sr_1_5?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1328018612&sr=1-5

Enjoy

J

you need a

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Many thanks for all the help/answers so far!

I`m guessing that I`m gunna be looking for an external hard drive case for these 2 hard drives.....

http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=Crb&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&biw=1280&bih=895&tbm=isch&tbnid=6dJrvDovJF6dHM:&imgrefurl=http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/affordable-reliable-80-160-gb-hard-drives,727-6.html&docid=3LUfOnobzGd08M&imgurl=http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2003/12/19/affordable_and_reliable_80_and_160_gb_hard_drives/wd-top-pers.jpg&w=425&h=354&ei=lg8oT8H_Jeis0QX8wcD-BA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=209&vpy=333&dur=3293&hovh=205&hovw=246&tx=116&ty=102&sig=113194996830370946754&page=1&tbnh=165&tbnw=224&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0

and heres the other one

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST380020A-80GB-5400-INCH/dp/B00348RZSA

I use the family pc so would like to be able to just plug either of these in the pc every now and again, would an external hard drive case with power supply do the job? Also would it have a power supply and usb cable so just plug and play ease of use??

thanks once again!

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When my old PC died I took out the internal hard drive. It's now inside an Akasa 'integral' drive caddy, a mains-powered black-coloured box on top of my desk. The caddy plugs my new PC's USB port. It came with all the leads when I bought it online from PC World. Works perfectly well.

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BT

Power from the USB is not enough to power 3.5" drives so any case / caddy you buy should come with an external power supply.

but best to verify before buying you can do that either by looking at specifications, contents of the box or asking the seller the question

if you convert it into an external drive you can plug it in /out of your family PC, and also carry it arround if you need to exactly like any other external drive. The only minor downside I see is that you will also have to carry the small external power supply around.

RE: your question about plug and play; if it is a drive that hasnt been changed since its gone corrupt then it should pop up as soon as you plug the usb into your pc; either as a ready drive or as a "new hardware" which will automatically configure. assuming that the file system on the hdd has not been dropped it should also display all contents on the drive which you can erase by either deleting or format the drive.

hope this answers your question.

J

Many thanks for all the help/answers so far!

I`m guessing that I`m gunna be looking for an external hard drive case for these 2 hard drives.....

http://www.google.co...=1t:429,r:5,s:0

and heres the other one

http://www.amazon.co...H/dp/B00348RZSA

I use the family pc so would like to be able to just plug either of these in the pc every now and again, would an external hard drive case with power supply do the job? Also would it have a power supply and usb cable so just plug and play ease of use??

thanks once again!

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there are divices that plug into a pc that hold 2 or 3 hard drives. you can swap them around so if you have a load of old hard drives you want to access that may be a plan.

Ill dig out more details if there is interest.

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Hi BT

i checked the page. it is a great product whcih allows you to dock ie. hot swap hard disks but the product description says

  • Windows/MAC OS Compatible.
  • Compact Docking station Design.
  • Supports SATA HDD's up to 1.5TB.
  • Patented Design.
  • Supports Hot Swappable.
  • Easily connects all 2.5/3.5 SATA HDD.

Though no mention of it I presume this will have an external power supply but it clearly says SATA which i guess means no IDE. Both the pics you sent earlier show an IDE interface HDD. So i dont think this is something you can use with your drives..

however i found a similar product on amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/DUAL-SATA-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B003DUAPDQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

which allows both SATA/eSATA and IDE interface drives and also has card reader slots in the front..

but best to check reviews and buy..

sticking to the earlier links you sent me with pics of the drives you have I would suggest searching for "3.5" IDE HDD USB Enclosures" or "3.5" IDE USB Docking station"

Rgds

J

Many thanks for all the help, think this is what I`m going to get, does it do all I need?

http://www.play.com/.../-/Product.html

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you can pick up these usb 3.5 in ide enclosures from many computer fairs for a fiver or so .

Most newer ones are of the sata varieties .

Best to buy these things from ebay .

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I'm not sure why you would want to use an old hard drive as an external drive, it would be better to keep your old drive and install it as a second drive on your PC. Your power supply and motherboard should be able to accommodate it and it would take up less space.

If you are sure you want an external drive, it may be better to get a dedicated external drive running off a USB. The data tarnsfer rate will be quicker and would consume less power.

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I can't believe you tagged this thread with "chuff". <_<

No wait, I can.

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If you are sure you want an external drive, it may be better to get a dedicated external drive running off a USB. The data tarnsfer rate will be quicker and would consume less power.

I know this is an old thread but this is simply not correct.

If you bought an external Hard drive and ripped open the case all there will be inside is an internal hard drive. They are identical. So there will be no speed differences whatsoever other than of course SATA is a faster interface than USB2. And SATA is full duplex whereas USB2 is half.

You could get a USB3 Card for your PC and a USB3 enclosure as this is like SATA full duplex. (Full duplex means it can send info back and forth at the same time. Half duplex means it can only send data in one direction at a time).

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