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CONVERT INTERNAL BLU RAY DRIVE TO EXTERNAL

Question: CONVERT INTERNAL BLU RAY DRIVE TO EXTERNAL

I have rescued my LG Bluray internal drive from mty old computer. Is it possible to buy an enclosure that I can fit it into and then use it as an external USB 3 Bluray drive?

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I will be removing a Dell's OEM mechanical HD and installing an SSD then installing Windows 10 clean.

Although the mechanical HD is a dog I'm thinking that it would serve just fine as a USB/Macrium Reflect destination for this laptop.

Is it possible to buy a 'box' that not only would house the 2.5" drive but also have a USB cord/plug as part of the box? If so, what is this box called?

Mark

Answer:How to convert an internal drive to external?

It's an enclosure or caddy very cheap Hard Drive Caddies Enclosures inc StarTech.com | Ebuyer.com

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How can i use my old internal Pc hard drive as an external usb
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I have changed my system and have a Seagate 30Gbyte hard drive from my old computer. I thought I would be able to use it in the new machine as a backup device.My problem is that the old drive is connected to the m/b by a 'wide cable' and the new one via a totally different cable, much narrower. Not very technical I'm affraid.Is there a way that I can connect the old drive externally? Perhaps via a caddy and either parralel or usb?Any thoughts would be appreciated.Keith

Answer:can internal hard drive convert to external?

No problems at all. An external USB2/Firewire (whichever suits you - probably USB2 is marginally more straightforward) enclosure with an internal IDE interface will do you nicely. They're the commonest type and available just about "anywhere".

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Hello, I want to format my internal drive that is now an external HD = How do we do that ? Knowing that it was an internal HD = with The Hard drive / The Recovery HD / And system Drv :/ ThaNks for the help













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Answer:Convert an Internal Drive to External Drive = How to fornat the Lenovo Style

which os are you running? 

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!
 

Answer:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

Yes
it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
 

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I have an unused 40GB hard drive. When I upgraded hard drives about a year ago, I decided to keep it for the time being in case something went wrong with the upgrade, but nothing did and I just let the old hard drive sit there, disconnected, inside the computer until now. I was trying to install a PCAC (see here if you can help with that), and decided to take the old HD out while I was at it. What's the best way to convert it into an external HD?

In particular, what would I need to power it, and to make it USB compatible?

For details, take a look at the attached pics:
 

Answer:How to convert an old internal HD into an external HD?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817193025
Here's an enclosure that is designed for IDE hard drives. It ships with all the tools (usually all that's needed is a Philips screwdriver) and the instructions. But it's really self-explanatory. You open the enclosure and inside is an IDE cable to plug into the data header on the hard drive, and a 4pin molex connector to plug into the power connector on the hard drive. You then slide the hard drive into the enclosure, tighten a couple screws, plug it into the supplied power adapter, then plug it into a USB port on your PC after Windows has booted up. That's it! It will show up in My Computer as drive E: or F: or G: (it depends on how many other drives are connected) after about 30 seconds. Each time you plug it in after the first time, it will take less than 10 seconds to show up in My Computer. If you're running an older version of Windows (like Win98) you will probably need a special driver, but it should be included with the enclosure.

BTW- there are MANY different styles, colors, and varieties of these enclosures and they're available for both SATA and IDE drives in both 3.5" (desktop) and 2.5" (laptop) sizes.
 

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Hey guys. I have a 120gb 7200rpm Maxtor OneToutch USB2.0 external hdd. I want to convert it to an internal and use it as a primary HD for game use and such. Is there an easy way to do this?
 

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I have a spare ibm travelstar 48gb hdd that I should like to use as an external drive.The model is IC25T048ATD05 5400rpm ATA/IDE.I cant identify the cabling I need, as it's got a 44 + 4 pin type connector.Can anyone help ?Many thanks.John

Answer:Convert internal hdd to external ?

try hereclick here

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Dear all, I have read this somewhere but cant remember where. What do i need to buy to convert an internal HDD to and external one?Thanks

Answer:How to convert an Internal HDD to external

Hard disk caddy in the correct size click here or otherwise will get you one for about 15.

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I can see that there are many configs for different types of hdd caddies, but I'm not sure which is suitable for my hdd.It's an IBM Travelstar 48gb model IC25T048ATD05 5400rpm ATA/IDE, 2.5", and is 12.5mm thick.It's got a single connector, with 44 pins(one missing in the middle) then a space, then 4 more.There's no separate power socket, and it reminds me of a miniature SCSI, but that may be just a coincidence.I'm afraid I need a bit more advice on cabling and caddy types after my previous thread. I'd be only using it to act as a temporary backup store so there would be no great power drain at other times, so usb would be ok. However,the only caddies that I've seen illustrated just show a usb cable externally, and don't show if this particular hdd will fit the internal socket.

Answer:Convert internal hdd to external ? - again.

That's fine , normal pins for an IBM/Hitachi laptop drive , should fit without problems . Ashley

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I want to convert my sony cd burner into an internal one, and replace my current internal pos cd-rom drive. Besides removing the external's case, would there be anything else I'd need to do to make it ready for internal usage? (It's usb right now, which might kill the idea altogether).
 

Answer:convert external cd burner into internal one

Tonglebeak said:



I want to convert my sony cd burner into an internal one, and replace my current internal pos cd-rom drive. Besides removing the external's case, would there be anything else I'd need to do to make it ready for internal usage? (It's usb right now, which might kill the idea altogether).Click to expand...

Why does it bother you that its external? it being USB already means you would be messing with holes n stuff to get the cable outside then back inside, unless you cut the wires and buy the little prongs and connect it directly to USB +0/+1 on your mobo. Also removing the casing voids warrenty, and you can potentially mess up its internals. Plus since internal IDE dvd/cdroms have metal casing, all your circuitry would be in the air succepitble to dust and what not, and It would NOT mount onto the cdrom port.
 

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I have a sony vaio VGN-NR330E that I have just bought a new hard drive for (doing a fresh install of vista) and the internal optical drive spins up but won't boot off the cd, and after a blinking cursor says O/S not found, so i tried it on an external usb drive, and it didnt boot, same black screen followed by O/S not found. I tried booting from a knoppix live cd that worked on another computer and it wouldnt boot either. I have no idea of any what to do, since it wont boot off of an external HDD internal optical drive, external optical drive, and any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:sony vaio vgn-nr330E won't boot to any external drive, or internal optical drive

What are the current boot options...as set in your BIOS?

http://www.ehow.com/how_8022156_change-bios-settings-sony-vaio.html

If not listed as the first boot option...it's unlikely that the system would boot from either drive.

Louis

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

Answer:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?
 

Answer:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.
 

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This is my second time attempting to convert the drive, both have failed saying there may be inconsistencies on the disk, so im running chkdsk on it now...any ideas?

---EDIT--- im trying to convert to NTFS from FAT32, how stupid of me to not include that information, AND also if its any help the hard drive is 1tb in size.

Answer:External Hitachi drive will not convert.

have a look at this to ensure you are following the correct steps.
not my area really but i found this after a quick google.

How to Convert FAT Disks to NTFS

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I had a PC (XP) that is pretty much toast, I believ the HDD was still good though and it has some data on it that I'd really like to recover. I pulled the drive from teh old PC and got an enclosure for it.

When I try to access the drive after attaching it to the new (Vista) PC. I see that the drive is there but there is no drive letter. I set the jumper to Slave already and i see the drive in the BIOS settings. I am able to get the drive information in Disk Management and it says it is "Healthy (Active, Primary Partitin)" I have tried rebooting the new PC, switching USB ports and moving the jumper setting to OS.

Any suggestions would be a great help.
 

Answer:Get files from old HDD - Convert to external Drive

I had the same problem and I'm so sorry! Zenosinck solved it for me. See the topic

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic104141.html

if you can't do this using the directions from Microsoft (see his link) because of the disparity in OS, you might try the Linux (Ubuntu (free) and NTFS-3G (also free)) solution if you don't mind (and can) adding a dual boot to your Vista machine. Otherwise, ask folks around your neighborhood if they have XP and would share.

Good luck.
 

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.

So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.

So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?

Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one... Read more

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hi,

how do you boot norton ghost from external usb dvd drive instead of internal dvd drive when you start up the comptuer? i notice that the internal drive can read the norton ghost cd but when i place the cd in my external usb dvd drive, it doesnt work, the computer cant read that there's a disk in there.

i pressed F2 and change the boot sequence so that the external usb drive would boot first but its not working, what am i doing wrong?

Answer:how to boot norton ghost from external usb dvd drive instead of internal dvd drive?

Try putting your usb dvd in the 1st usb port at rear of PC (has to be 2.0 of course) and don't have any flash drives or other usb devices plugged in and try it

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.

So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.

So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?

Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one go and not f... Read more

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Hello all, This is an ASUS P5P43TD-Pro socket 775 Q8400, latest BIOS release. Works normally in all known other aspects. Windows 7 Enterprise, x64. 16GB memory. BIOS settings all "auto", i.e. no OC or anything of the sort. On-board LAN, Serial, parallel, IEEE all disabled. NVidia 220 video card, also set for defaults. There are six internal SATA ports (native ICH10R), with five fixed internal drives connected. The sixth port goes to an external SATA tray intended for hot-plugging bare drives. The BIOS does not distinguish between fixed and removable drives as some newer BIOSs permit. All you get to set is IDE emulation or AHCI. The drives are all set for AHCI to enable hot-swapping. The SATA driver in Windows is the Intel RST recommended by ASUS for this board. I have not allowed it to update to more recent versions. All this stuff basically works, but there's one screwy problem I can't seem to resolve. Out of the four drives that typically get hot-plugged into the external bay, three of them work exactly as you'd expect them to. The OS detects them and mounts them with a drive letter (H:, which is the next in line). No problem. ONE of the four drives causes this weird problem where it actually causes a dismount of one of the fixed drives. Not only a dismount, but it disappears from the list of devices too. And to make it even stranger, the new drive mounts with the correct drive letter (H), even though it knocks off the drive designated E! A... Read more

Answer:Hot-plug external drive = forcibly dismounts internal drive. Why??

That's a first time hearing an issue like that, I am puzzled as well, I'd look at BIOS settings and drivers as cause or bad drive electronics on the ONE.

Is there something different about that one?

I would have your co. pay for another drive in that situation and probably perform destruction procedures on the one not working, or DoD procedures to wipe it if it's under warranty before RMA'n it.

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I have just connected an old 6GB hard drive via a USB caddy. This is working fine but it tells me the old HDD is FAT32 and my Internal HDD is NTFS. Does this matter as the disk is working fine.

Answer:External HDD not same as Internal drive.

Try copying a saved file from the ntfs drive to the fat32 drive and then see if it opens the same on fat32 drive. From memory I think it will in which case it should be ok.Let me know.

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I have an old computer with an ide internal hard drive can I use this as an external drive,if I take it out? and if so how do I connect it up? The computer I wish to connect to runs xp pro.Please help.

Answer:can I use an old internal drive as an external

Yes just get a caddy, You just open the caddy and plug the cable into the drive.

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I am looking to purchase a HDD for backup purposes but I am not sure which is best, an internal drive or an external.

I know external via usb are portable but this is not a neccesary requirement.

Do they work the same or do I have to configure an internal drive to get it to work? I have read about partitioning etc. Is this going to be too much hassle?

Any comments please
 

Answer:Internal or external drive?

Externals have a habit of overheating if left running for long periods. An internal with a fan keeping it cool is a much better idea in my opinion.
An internal will also be quicker too.
 

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I think I am going to replace my dvd/cd-rom drive and would like to know what kind is better an internal drive or external? or does it matter? Just wanted to know.
 

Answer:internal or external cd/dvd-rom drive?

Doesn't really matter, need a little technical proficiency to put in an internal is all. External gives a little more flexibility on placement if there's a more convenient place than in the tower, but it also takes up a little bit of extra space.
 

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I have an e machines T2042 with 2GHz and 40 GB hard drive. It came with a dvd drive and a cd rw. My brother-in-law has an extra internal zip drive (don't know details) that he can give me but I don't has any extra space. Can I use it externally and what would I need. He has offered to modify my case, but he is a high schooler who thinks he knows more than he really does.
thanx
 

Answer:internal/external zip drive

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.
So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.
So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?
Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one go and not file after ... Read more

Answer:save file on external drive not the same as internal drive

Dear pintree3,
I've noticed that you posted the same "verbatim" in techguy.org with no answer forthcoming!
external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive - Tech Support Guy Forums

Can you please bring more clarity to your query? That will start the juices running in all of us here to ponder and post. Sorry if i sounded rude.

regards!

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Hi all

I had an old laptop that died by water damage, its OS was Vista. I removed its internal hard drive as it contains valuable photos. I read that you can convert internal hard drives into external USB ones so I purchased the necessary 2.5" sata case from ebay, put it all together and plugged it into my new Windows 10 laptop. The new laptop does not want to acknowledge the drive. I changed the drive letter to one that wasn't used, 'M' in this case, it shows as Drive M on my file manager but when I click on it it only asks me to put a disk into the drive. I have run a couple of scanning programs on it, Stellar Phoenix data recovery and Recuva with no luck. I do not want to lose the data that was on there so can anyone help with any solutions?
Many thanks!!
Sarah
 

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I have a HP Pavillion laptop computer. I needed to replace my hard drive, the salesman at the store said I could buy an external hard drive and remove it from the case and use it as an internal. I did that. Now I get NTLDR is missing. I ordered recovery discs from HP but nothing happens when I try to use them. HP said I need to format the new hard drive but I don't know how. Can someone help a beginner?
 

Answer:Solved: how to format an external drive to be an internal drive

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I have a Lenovo external hard drive, and it is formatted as Fat 32. Can I use my T61 to format it as NTSF? Fat 32 cannot handle files of 4 GB or larger, and I have such files. Thank you very much!





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Answer:Using T61 to convert Lenovo external hard drive to NTSF?

Hello!You sure can. Just make sure that you have all the data on that drive backed up (if relevant).Steve

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I want to convert external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS. I know it cannot be changed back. I have some files that I want to use in a video editing program (Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 12) which need to come from NTFS. I noticed I cannot move AVI files from the NTFS to theFAT32 system as all necessary data is not able to be transferred-found that out this morning.
I have Win Vista as my main computer and a Tablet PC running XP tablet edition. I would assume XP will be able to read the NTFS format without difficulty.
The external drive is not partitioned-I haven't done that before-not sure if one needs to. For an external drive the only right click option is 'format' there is no 'convert' option. I have 43.9 Gigs free of 76.6-not sure why it shows up as 76.6 as the external drive is 100Gigs. I have enough room on my Vista computer to back up the files. Not sure what will happen with the avi files though.
Any suggestions on how you would do this?

Here's what Windows Help and Support says about doing this although I am not sure they are talking about an external drive.


Convert a hard disk or partition to NTFS format

The NTFS file system provides better performance and security for data on hard disks and partitions or volumes than the FAT file system used in some earlier version of Windows. If you have a partition that uses the earlier FAT16 or FAT32 file system, you can convert it to NTFS by using the convert command. Converting to NTFS does n... Read more

Answer:Solved: Convert External Drive From Fat32 to NTFS

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I have a Rosewill RX-DU100 Sata drive dock. Whenever I plug a HD into it on any of my W7 Pc's, it shows up as an internal drive. That's great for me as I use Carbonite and they only backup internal drives. I was wondering why W7 sees it as an internal and I could fool Windows into thinking other drives were internal as well?

Answer:External drive shows as internal

If you are connecting using the eSATA connection and not a usb that would basically explain it away.

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I heard this was possible but I have no idea how to do it.
My old computer died, [the power supply died on me(overheated?) and the mother board is on the way out].

I have the Master drive (20GB), which has some programs that I can't get back, and it also has a slave drive, because I like taking photos and my parents complained that I was taking up too much space. That one is 40GB.

I was hoping to make either one, or both of them into externals because my computer computer doesn't have a space on the mother board to support them.

My current computer has XP on it, thanks!
 

Answer:Making an internal drive an external one.

You can buy an external enclosure for the drive and connect it by USB. But the programs would need to be reinstalled in the new system and won't run from the external. Installation is a complex process that involves the registry and multiple folder locations, so programs must be installed to be correctly integrated into the system.
 

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I have a Sata 160 gig hard drive which is partioned 50/50 NTFS/FAT. The C: drive is used for applications and everyday stuff and the D: drive is used for storage of music files, photos, videos etc. this is rapidly filling up and I'm thinking of another larger drive for storage purposes only. Which would be better an external plug in or an internal one? bearing in mind I've only ever fitted memory modules and replaced a cd burner drive with a dvd drive in an older PC, would an internal one be hard to fit? would it have to have an operating system on it? or do you thing a portable device might be better?Also need to think about cost as wellThanks

Answer:Internal or External Hard Drive?

External deffo! You usually just plug in and it will play. You can also take it with you or keep it away from the computer and PCW are flogging a 500gB ONE FOR 80...click here=

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Hi,

I want to increase my storage space and I was thinking of going for either an internal or external hard drive. I was thinking of getting 250GB for my desktop, but i've noticed you can get 500GB or 1TB or a few bucks more, so might as well get a bigger one? But then comes the question as to how long these would last? Is it a one time investment or 3 years down the lane it would stop working?

Also, I'm not sure how the Ext HD works. For example, can I install a PC game on the Ext Hard drive and then play it from there? Or that will not work? I know I can download stuff to it, but can I actually use the Ext HD to run programs, like DVDs, music or most importantly video games.

The one i'm interested in transfers data at about 400MBps through the USB @ 7200 RPM. Not sure i that makes a difference....

Would really appreciate your help here!

Regards,

S
 

Answer:Internal vs External Hard Drive.

Hi there,

Well from my own personal experience I've found my internal hard drive to be much more reliable than the external, although I did carry the external hard drive around a lot so it might have become a bit battered etc. lol.

Anyway, I very much doubt you'll be able to play something like a game although you wouldn't have any problems using video files from the external hard drive. The main problem you'll have with games is that because of the amount of information having to be accessed and because you'll most likely be connecting the external drive to a USB port or at best, a FireWire port, you'll notice performance issues and the hard drive just won't be able to keep up with your computer's requests because of the slow transfer rate.

Cheers,

Andrew.
 

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So Ive been holding onto this older 8x cdrw drive for a few years because a system admin tech friend of mine told me it could be used to create things like plug and play external hardrives exc.

Well now I just recently purchased a internal dvd/rw-lightscribe that Id rather attach to my laptop then one of my 2 older, slower desktops.

Anyone know (and w.o specs exc I understand its a guess not a promise) is it possible for me to re-use the housing of the cr/rw for my dvd/rw and then plug it into the laptop? Will the dvd/rw install discs still make the computer understand it, or is this going to get way beyond my ability to rig together.
 

Answer:Converting a internal drive to external

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I have an AMD 64 socket 939 system, with a DVD writer and one Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200gb hard drive. I am considering adding a second internal drive, likely to cost about 60 if I install it myself ( a bit apprehensive but I have done pretty well every other installation on my previous computers) or possibly avoid that complication and buy an external drive such as the Maxtor One Touch likley to cost about double that.Any ideas on the advantages/disadvantages of either route?

Answer:Back up - internal or external drive

An external, via USB / Firewire will be pretty quick and has the added advantage being able to be taken to another PC easily.

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I was wondering if there was anyway i could use my old hard drive from my desktop as an external drive for my laptop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.Keep in mind that i am not computer literate.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive as External?

Welcome to Computerhope anotherJeff.Use a external USB enclosure.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817609001

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Is there anyway to make an internal hard drive an external USB one?
 

Answer:External & Internal Hard Drive

Yup just buy an external hard drive enclosure. Drive mounts in the enclosure that provides power and usually has a fan built in. Something like this. Lots to choose from. Just get the ones for USB input. Enclosure has its own power supply and plugs into 115 VAC or whatever the normal power is.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1204
 

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compared to internal drives external HD's are over priced. i was looking at an iomega 500GB ext which was about 160 or around there. but i found an internal drive that cost only 150 and gives me 750GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136131&Tpk=22-136-131

that's the drive. but now the problem is the case, i don't know much about cases so please advise me on what to do.

also if you know any stores that sell this HD or ones similar to it in price and size please let me know, i live in canada though

P.S. i have a mac with firewire 400/800, and USB 2.0

thanks
 

Answer:making an internal drive external

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got an older compaq ipaq intel pentium III computer w/ 256 mb, 8455 mb hard drive & only 1.1 gb free space on c drive.  so i gotta have more space & am thinking about buying one of following external hard drives on sale: 1)Maxtor Shared Storage Drive w/ 200 gb for $93 or 2) a Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 w/ 200 gb for $80, or see if I can remove the Seagate internal hard drive & install a larger hd. anyone know if this computer is capable of running a newer faster internal hard drive or would i be better off adding 1 of the 2 external hard drives?  also i read one gent's horror story about downloading maxtor's cd at:http://www.computerhope.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?num=1166019659/7#7would the maxtor external hard drive work ok w/out downloading their cd?  thanks all & merry christmas!

Answer:internal vs external hard drive

dede...If you plan on keeping this computer, you'd probably want to install a larger internal drive.  It just depends on how confident you are with your computer abilities.  Are you replacing the old drive and reinstalling the OS or are you JUST looking for more space?  If it's the latter, then you just might want to purchase an external drive.  They're easy to install and can be switched between other computers relatively easy.As far as installing Maxtor's Backup utilities, that should be optional.  The only thing needed to make the external drive function is the driver.Merry Christmas!

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Does anyone know a kit where I can make my internal hard drive change to a external one i.e. a case where I can put it in....

Would a USB2 be better than serial? or which is the best for this sort of application?

Answer:internal hard drive -> external

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...146-034&depa=0

do you mean that?

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Hi.

My question is: If I have an external IDE HDD (connected via USB), and an internal SATA HDD, can I clone from the IDE drive to the SATA drive? (I am aware that some cloning software is capable of doing the reverse)


Detailed info if needed:

I have a laptop and I am currently upgrading from an IDE HDD + IDE mobo, to a SATA HDD + SATA mobo.

I want to clone the existing Windows XP installation from my IDE HDD to my new SATA HDD.

I have at my disposal a 1TB USB/FIREWIRE external HDD, and a USB IDE HDD caddy.

Old IDE HDD is 160GB (will probably have only 20-30GB of used space, once I have moved non-system files to 1TB drive).
New SATA HDD is 500GB

Am using Windows XP sp2

I intend on doing the following (but I am not sure if it's possible, or what software to use)...

I can't do anything with my new SATA HDD until I install my new SATA mobo and connect the two. So I have to do that first.

I then intended on putting my old IDE HDD into the caddy, then connecting that to my laptop via USB.

I want to then clone the external HDD onto the new internal SATA drive.

I need to know...
1. If this is possible, or whether I need to rethink the whole thing.
2. If it is possible, what software is best (preferably freeware)
3. Any hints and tips that a cloning noob needs to know :O)

I am aware that some cloning software runs outside Windows, so it would be nice to not have to install a temporary installation of Windows onto the new SATA drive, but... Read more

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My brother has PC with with a couple 2-3 hundred gigs. He is already running out of space on his computer, as he is a gamer, but only has two games. I've tried to delete a bunch of unneeded files, but that didn't work. Our dad then got him an one terabyte external hard drive. At this moment, I'm trying to figure out how to use it to get more space on his computer. This is my first time on this site after I looked through the interwebs to find nothing of use. Is there a way to make an external hard drive look external to the computer (run with male USB) or at least use it for extra space?
 

Answer:Using external Hard drive as internal

Not sure what you mean by your question. But when you plug in any external drive, Windows will recognize it as a hard drive and assign a drive letter to it. You can then use it like any normal internal drive.

Where things get dicey is if you intend to install programs or have programs point to this drive for basic execution. You can run into a situation where if you use different external drives that there will be a "pointer" issue. But if this is the only external drive you'll use, then it shouldn't present a problem.
 

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Has anyone ever opened up a External Hard Drive and installed it as a Internal Drive? I ask because my computer (HP s3700f) dosen't have the space for a second hard drive and I'l like to replace the 320 Gig with a 1.5 Tb I have.ThanksJohn

Answer:External to Internal Hard Drive

Yes...it will work.But to do it properly even if there isn't enough space would be to create a Clone image of your drive...and then clone it to the new one.Course you'll need to borrow another external since yours is going in the PC.

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Hello Techies,

I have a netbook (no cd/dvd drive).
I have a desktop PC too.
The desktop PC is loaded with DVD Rom and DVD Burner.

Question: is there ANY way i can turn my entire desktop PC (as it were) into just a DVD rom as seen through the USB port???

I want to connect a USB cable from the Netbook, to one of the desktop's USB built-in ports and thus use the desktop's DVD drive as if it were an "external drive".

any suggestions?

To seed some creativity: there are what i think are "near miss" utilities out there (which i haven't tried) like USBASPI.sys (which attempts the reverse of what i want, i.e. mapping an external USB drive to ASPI) or also, for example the "subst" command in DOS (which maps folder space in HDD to a virtual drive).

I hope my question is clear. if not i will rephrase if required.
 

Answer:how to MAP internal drive to USB port for external use?!

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Hi Everybody,
I was looking at the Seagate 120GB Internal Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive on best but for $39.99 and don't wan't to pass up this deal but my computer doesn't have enough space for annother drive. Can i get an external one to put this in?

Answer:Can you get an external enclosure for an internal drive?

I believe a similar question was recently asked.

Should do a forum search.

Answer is yes.

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First i am new to the forum, so howdy all.. I am planning on adding another hard drive to my system for games, mp3 stuff like that so i can free up my hard drive now for normal windows operations and to speed it up. So my question is what should i get another internal drive or should i just go with a external drive?
 

Answer:Buy internal or external extra drive

Unless you are goign to be swapping mass amounts of data between 2 systems I don't think you can go wrong with an internal one. And they are cheaper for the same amount of storage.
 

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Saw this devive in a catalog...you take any hard drive and
this device converts it to a portable that connects via USB. Anyone used or heard anything about this device? Do not remember catalog name(it's at work).I have a spare 6 gig I would love to use for this device.
 

Answer:Converting internal drive to external?

I've seen similar housings that work with parallel ports. Basically it is an enclosure with a power supply and a converter board - converts parallel (USB in this case) to IDE. You have to install drivers on your system to make it work. USB won't work in DOS or Windows NT, but if you are using it for Windows 9x/ME/2000 that won't matter.

As with all things, you should make sure it is from a reputable company and has a decent warranty.

The concept is solid, there is no reason to expect trouble. But cheap parts can cause trouble with anything...
 

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I recently replaced my internal hard drive on my laptop. Is there any way that I can see what is on my old hard drive or use my old hard drive as an external one instead of an internal one? Can I purchase an external hard drive case and do it that way?
 

Answer:Internal to External Hard drive??

Yes, all you need is a 2.5" external USB case.

Quite cheap and very useful.
http://insidecomputer.stores.yahoo.net/2usb20alhadr.html
 

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I have a seagate ide 120gb hard drive from my old computer that I am tempted to use as a USB external drive on my main computer.I have read numerous reports on these caddy's/enclosures/external disk cases. My question. Is it really as easy as placing this drive in one of these, attaching the cables and pluging this into a USB port on my box. I run XP home/SP2. Will this be recognised as an external storage device that I can immediately reformat?thanks in advance

Answer:Using an Internal Hard Drive as USB External

Hi alljust noticed a similar question to mine earlier in the thread, so I have my answer!

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Is there anyway I could use a old internal hard drive as a external hardrive

Answer:External/Internal hard drive

click here for very reasonable caddy's then should be ok.johnny.

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I have a kaser 500GB external hard drive, i belive the enclosure is messed up because the transfer speed is only usb 1.1 speed and i've tried everything possable to change it. I was wondering if i could remove the case and just use the IDE drive as an internal drive? I want to try this first and if its not possible than i'll buy an enclosure.
 

Answer:External hard drive to internal IDE drive

Go ahead and do this... Make sure you pay attention to master/slave settings if IDE or the SATA connections if the drive is Serial ATA
 

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Will my external WD hard drive (used for backups) work with a PC that has internal SATA drives only ?
 

Answer:External IDE Drive vs Internal SATA Drive

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I don't have Windows 7 yet, but I'm just about to install it, but I figure it may be safe to do a back up first. I'm about to do an upgrade from Vista 64-bit to Windows 7 64-bit. I did find these recommendations:

"An image backup of your hard drive offers an easy, dependable way to do just that, since it restores everything on the hard drive: Windows, applications, data, and even the Master Boot Record. To create one, you'll need an external hard drive, and an image backup program. I recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect for image backup, although others will do. Plug in the external hard drive before you create the image, and select that drive as the Backup destination. Also, be sure to create the bootable Rescue CD (this option is on Macrium Reflect's Other Tasks menu) before you start the upgrade."

In these instructions they mention "external hard drive". Does it really have to be an external drive? I have several internal drives to choose from, can't I just use one of them? I have 1 drive with Vista OS and 3 more drives within my computer, so It would be great if I could use one of them.

Answer:Back up on external drive or internal drive

Hello ptoolemy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can save the backup/image to any external or internal HDD you like. It's just recommended to save it onto a separate physical HDD that is not included in the backup/image. That's all.

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I'm trying to install a game onto an external hard drive but it tells me that the game requires an NTFS file system while the hard drive is FAT32.

Is there a way to change the hard drive to NTFS? Will it result in data loss?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Can I convert an external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS?

have a read here
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Convert-a-hard-disk-or-partition-to-NTFS-format
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881/en-uk

But I would not trust it, if the data was important - i would make sure I backed it all up first
 

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I have several old hard drives. Is there an adpater available to convert the 4 pin internal power connector to an external source ?
I have an adapter for the interface but not the power.

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I have several old hard drives. Is there an adpater available to convert the 4 pin internal power connector to an external source ?
I have an adapter for the interface but not the power.

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I have one PC (2100MHz Pentium IV)running xp and another networked (333Mhz Pentium III)running 98SE. I am looking to add an extra hard disk for backups (around 200GB is the size/price limit)Am I better off using an external USB drive or should I use an internal one in the 98SE model. This is currently only used to give permanent access to the Compleat Oxford Dictionary and a couple of other CD based applications.

Answer:External v internal hard drive for back up

bump

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i just had an external hard drive die and i know, usually, the first to go is the circuit board in them so i took the drive out to see if it would work in my pc and either the drive is telling the pc it wants to boot from disc or vice versa but either way it won't let the pc start/boot up it's plugged in correct because i have a second working drive now i just unplugged that and put the drive in question there and sorry for not being very detailed i tried this a few weeks ago and don't remember the exact line it gave. the external is a maxtor one touch 3 500gb my system is xp pro service pack 3 intel celeron cpu 2.40ghz 224mb of ram.. Thanks for any input.
 

Answer:external hard drive died want to try it as internal.

What exactly are you trying to achieve? Just retrieving data?
I think your saying your hopeing it's the external box that died and not the drive itself?
You say you removed your second working drive? So you still have your first (boot drive) installed and the HD you think died?

Easiest thing I can think of is install a working drive in the external case. If it works the other drive is dead and the external case is fine.
 

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I'm having a problem with my internal DVD Drive. It is detected in "my computer" as well as in Device manager, however, it does not read any CDs. Oddly enough it reads DVDs. Also when I use an external drive it reads cd's perfectly fine.

Here are the things I have done so far. Updated the drivers/firmware for the internal DVD drive. Delete the upper/lower values in the registry editor pertaining to the DVD drive.

If anyone has any other suggestions I would love to be able to burn CDs without having to use my annoying external drive.

Thank you very much for your help.
 

Answer:Internal DVD Drive not reading discs but external does.

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Can an external floppy drive be used as a replacement for an internal floppy, would I be able to boot from a windows start up disc? my internal drive is no longer working I am considering getting an external drive, windows recognises my internal but the BIOS does not I'm told its the motherboard thats at fault.

Answer:External floppy drive as good as internal ?

An external floppy usually connects via USB. In order to boot from a USB device, you will need to have a fairly modern motherboard that is capable of booting from a USB device. In other words, it needs to have USB drivers contained within its BIOS.I am puzzled by your description of your problem.What version of Windows are you using?If Windows recognises your floppy, but the BIOS does not (?), do you mean that you can read floppy disks once Windows has loaded, but not boot from the floppy drive?Who has told you that the motherboard is at fault, and what explanation did they give?More info, please :)

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Hi,

I have question: Could I use my external hard drive (removed from it's casing obviously) and replace my internal hard drive with it?

Here's more context: I recently bought a Kingston V300 120GB SSD to replace my old HDD in my laptop and give it a boost. Performance is noticeably faster (the fresh install of Win 8.1 might have helped too) but the 120GB are filling up quite fast however.

As I was running my defrag program to check if any external drives needed defragging I was surprised to see that my 1TB USB 3.0 Toshiba Stor.E Basics showed up as an SSD along with my Kingston (and thus no need to defrag ). So I asked myself, could I use that drive as my internal drive instead of the Kingston?

So I googled around for a while but didn't find anything. My questions are:

- Will it work?

- If yes, does it need to be configured in any way first?

- Would there be compatibility issues? My laptop is SATA 2 and I guess the drive in the Toshiba would be SATA 3.

- Would read/write speeds maybe be too slow to run the computer properly?

I've always received great help here, so I thank you guys in advance

Daniel

Answer:Remove external USB drive from casing to use as internal

If its a SATA drive it should work. SATA 3 is backwards compatible to SATA 2. As far as I know a SATA 3 drive will work on a SATA 2 motherboard connector, it just runs at the SATA 2 speed. However I would be surprised if the external drive was an SSD drive. Do you have the make and model number? If it is an SSD drive it would have been fairly expensive, how much did you pay for it? I have an ASUS K75DE, it has a 17.3 inch screen and dual drive bays. I did a quick google of your laptop and it appears to also have a 17.3 inch screen. If you have dual drive bays you could install the original drive as a storage drive and move your user folders to it to gain extra space. I have a 128 GB SSD for OS and a 256 GB SSD for Data in my K75DE.

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Hi,I have an HP Pavilion 15-p211ne.Because of its very slow HDD speed (5400 rpm), I want to use an SSD drive as boot and OS device.What's your suggestion ? 1) Could I replace the Optical drive with SSD drive? If 'yes', It will work at full speed and could be bootable for OS ? 2) If SSD instead of Optical drive is not recommended ,What's the best solution ? Could I use External SSD drive as boot and OS device? 3) There is any specific HP Support or solution for these kinds of problems ? Of course, my laptop warranty expired in 4/7/2016 Sincerely,

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Hello. Newb here. I recently took out the hard drive on my old computer and made it into an external hard drive after purchasing an enclosure for it. Plugging it in, I quicky found that I am unable to find files such as pictures, music, and videos.

Questions:

1. Does anyone know why this would be?
2. If I reconnect HD to old computer, is it safe to assume that files will reappear?

Thank you in advance for any feedback.
 

Answer:Internal to external hard drive issue(s)

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I have an internal floppy drive on my desktop computer and at the end of the school year I'm getting a laptop for college. I'm not taking my desktop with me and it has some parts I'd love to be able to use with my laptop, one being the floppy drive. I was wondering if I could buy a case for it (like for a portable hard drive) and turn it into an external USB floppy drive. It has its own faceplate already. If this is possible please let me know where I can buy a case for it.
 

Answer:Solved: Internal Floppy Drive to External

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I brought a new maxtor 120gb internal hard-drive for my pc. However, I want to connect it externally through usb/serial either as a master or a slave (I don't mind as I have operating systems installed on my original hard-drive and on this new one so I can run from either).

I am sure that I saw the conversion cables somewhere before but I cannot find anything or anywhere to buy it on the net. It would be great if anyone knew what I was talking about and pointed me to a site where I could find something. Thanks.

(by the way the internal hard-drive that I want to connect externally is a normal desktop hard-drive. A similar pic is below)

Answer:Make an 'internal' hard-drive 'external'

Just buy an enclosure.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817146255

Is your hard drive SATA or IDE? The one I linked you is SATA.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1791 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 448568 MB, Free - 399972 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XFWHV
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013, Updated and Enabled

I am trying to connect an internal SATA HDD as an external drive for use as a backup medium for my system.

To connect the HDD, I am using a cable-set, consisting of a power-adapter, a cable adapter (6" long, 4-pin to SATA power fitting), two-sided femaile receptacle and ribbon-cable data fitting with a shielded UBS cable attached, 6" ribbon-cable.

With no power on, I connect the power-adapter and assorted cables and adapters to 125V AC power and to a USB port of my computer and to the SATA HDD. Everything seems to fit, mechanically.

I apply power to the computer and to the assembled SATA HDD components. The computer starts normally, but I do not notice any vibration, stirring, whirring of the SATA HDD. Also, when the computer is full booted, and I look at My Computer with Windows Explorer, I find that it does not recognize the presence of anything at a USB port, particularly not my SATA HDD.

I have tried fully booting the computer and connecting the HDD to the USB port afterwards, as I might a memory stick, but it is not recogniz... Read more

Answer:Connecting internal SATA HDD as external drive

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I am new to this site so forgive me for not searching for my answer before posing the problem.

A month ago my five year old Dell running ceased Windows XP SP3 ceased booting. I ended up buying a new machine, Dell running Windows 7. Since the old machine will not boot, I have connected the old hard drive to the new machine because I need many of the files saved there. The problem seems to be entering the hard drive with access as if it were the primary source (Windows XP login and administrator PW). The new machine does recognize the drive and all the files however due to "security restrictions" I can not even view a photo from the old drive.

Is there a way I can access the old drive's files? Ideally, I would like to even to be able to access my email accounts from the old drive so I can transfer files which had been "saved to this machine" so I can transfer them to the server and in turn save them to the new machine.

I am not sure if it is possible but if I were able to create a back door remote access (without being able to initiate it from the old computer) I think I may be able to get what I need and want - like my iTunes, photos, etc...

Any help will be much appreciated, thanks
 

Answer:Accessing an internal hard drive as if it is external.

You simply need to take ownership of the files, see here: http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to...sions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm
 

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Is it possible to purchase an internal hard drive and an external hard drive enclosure and combine the two?

Answer:Internal/External hard Drive Question

Of course you can.

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what cable do i need for this? i took the optical drive out and put in a ssd cable but would like to make the optical drive an external one. just a msata to esata cable?

Answer:w520 using internal optical drive as external

Here you go:
 
http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=471
 

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So, what can I do with it?

I'm trying to free up space on it so that I can use it as a backup/storage device for my laptop.

Can I delete all of the previous OS files off it? It ran vista...I am also not sure of where to find the files since I really never got a chance to explore Vista before I got a new computer with 7.

Also, it's partitioned. I've got the primary which is 456 GB, and a 9.5 GB "Factory Image Drive" which has recovery files in it from the old PC.

Can I clear that out?

I've already put a backup of my new computer on the old hard drive. so, I'm running out of space. I've got 55GB free. I was thinking of getting rid of the last backup to make room for the new, but I'm not sure I want to clear out my only backup right before I do a new one.
So, my main questions are; what can I do with this external drive? what can I delete? how can I optimize the extra space I have with this thing?

Thanks in advance!
 

Answer:Internal drive from tower turned external...

I'd copy all the data that you want to keep off the drive then delete all the partitions off it and reformat it as a single partition. You can delete the partitions using Disk Management, to open it right click on Computer and select Manager or type DISKMGMT.MSC in the search/run box. Then right click on the external drive and choose Delete Volume until all the partitions are gone then choose Create Volume. Once you create and format the new partition,m copy the data you want to backup onto the drive.
 

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to aninternal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

Answer:RAW external hard drive after making it internal

If no data is on the drive, just format it. Same thing happened to my buddy. Plug in using USB cable, works fine, plug in computer, read RAW. Reformatting the drive was the only fix for us.

If important data is on it, you may want to hook it back up into the external casing and connect externally before doing this. Don't want to lose critical files.

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Hi Peeps, I sadly had to dismatle my old xp desktop (sob sob cry cry) ...pause for a tender moment of remembrance.

Most of the internal guts were far from current so all I think I might be able to use is the sata 3.5" 80gb hdd.

The question is (at last he gets to the question !) it being a hdd that worked with win XP can I reformat it as one could with any external hdd ,considering I will be using it with a vista machine ?

I hope to use a usb to sata 3.5" adapter kit.

Any help would be as always gratefully received

Steve
 

Answer:sata2 internal hdd rejuvinated as external drive...but !

You may use it as a usb drive on vista or windows 7 without problem.I assume your going to use a hard drive caddy and external power supply and all should be well just format as you would any other memory device usually ntfs.
 

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I have been wanting to get an external hard drive to back up data for both my desktop and my wife's laptop, but they're just so doggone expensive. A friend told me that I can buy an internal hard drive with some sort of a case, get a PCI card with an external SATA hookup, and I'm good. I figure this would be cheaper (and a smaller profile to boot). I've already got Acronis True Image so I don't need any backup software. What do I need to look for when I'm shopping for stuff? I'm looking for at least 300 GB
 

Answer:Can I make an INTERNAL hard drive EXTERNAL?

Yeah just buy an external HD enclosure and bingo instant portable HD. Most of them use PATA IDE HDs and USB to connect to a PC.
 

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to an internal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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hello i have 4 hard disk on my pc 3 hhd and one ssd on ahci mode but the Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external why?

Answer:Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external.

Do you have hot plugging enabled in you BIOS?

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to aninternal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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How do I mount the SSD of a Sony Vaio P as an external disk on a computer running Mac OS X.4?
 

Answer:mount internal drive as external on another computer

Some SDDs have different power (voltage) requirements .. (so I've read)

If a Mac can read USB .. and the power is a typical 5v & 12 v .. maybe something like this ???
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156102
 

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hello i have 4 hard disk on my pc 3 hhd and one ssd on ahci mode but the Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external why?

Answer:Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external.

Do you have hot plugging enabled in you BIOS?

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I am thinking of buying an external hard drive but was wondering how it compares with an internal one on performance

Answer:internal vers external hard drive

Ext - Speed limited to the USB2 speedInt - Can go bang with power supply Unit then you lose any backups on drive with it.

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Can anyone out there help? I've confused a quite a few tech supports on this one... I have a game that has multiple games on it that used to fully work on XP. Now I've bought a desktop and a laptop that already has Vista on them. Now all but one of the games on that disc will run on Vista. I have two of the same disc (both originals) and both discs do the same thing on both Vista machines. Tried all the basics stuff (safe mode install, administrator tweaks, updates, drivers, firmwares...). Now the weird part: if I use an external dvd drive, the game works perfectly. The external drive is older than either the laptop or desktop. So I believe the trick to getting the game to work is figuring out why it works on the external drive. Any ideas?

Answer:game works on external dvd drive but not internal

Here's a little more about the issue...

* I own two discs both worked on a no longer owned XP
* the game is command and conquer the first decade, the only game that won't play is generals and zero hour
* first always got "insert correct CD" when trying to play Tiberian Sun, Generals, and Zero Hour
* found that if I go to "games" and use the shortcut installed there, Tiberian Sun will play normally, but Generals and Zero Hour doesn't install any shortcuts
* after a mix of some of the fixes I will mention, Generals stopped prompting to "insert correct CD" and just disappears after the splash screen (in safe mode I was given the crash info included a few emails below)
* neither disc will play generals or zero hour on my vista laptop or vista desktop
* the game, including Generals and Zero hour will play if its through an external dvd drive (but of course I don't intend to attach an external dvd drive to a laptop which is what I use primarily)
* both the laptop and the desktop far exceed the requirments of the game, and the internal dvd drives in the desktop and the laptop are new and exceed the specs of the external drive that does play the games
* all patches are installed
* all drivers are up to date
* manually uninstalled the game and then reinstalled it using safe mode
* manually uninstalled the game and then reinstalled using a new administrator account after deleting the old administrator account so they wouldn't conflict with ... Read more

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Well heres the deal, I have a WD200JB internal hard drive that I've recently put into an external case to run. The problem is i've only been able to register it for 31GB when its supposed to be 200GB, I'm running XP I've got the newest SP and updates all around, even when i use the Data Lifeguard that came with the hard drive it doesn't pick up on it being more then 31GB. What's the deal on that? Thats about all I can say for now i'm quiet bewildered on what to do, I know computers all around but i'm just new to the external hard drive scene.
Any Help Thanks.

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to an internal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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Hello.
I recently bought an Ext HD to store my back-up files. I just plugged it in and set up the Back-up program and it works a treat. However I have noticed that whilst the file system on my normal C drive is NTFS it is Fat 32 on the Ext HD. I wonder will this cause any issues should I wish to recover any files in the future or should I use the convert command and change its file system to NTFS?

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Solved: Should I Convert The File System On My External Hard-Drive To NTFS?

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So I'm having this funny problem as of late with all my external USB HDDs. Basically, the "Safely Eject Hardware" icon no longer appears when the drives are connected, thus I am unable to safely remove it. It used to work, but somewhere along the line, it stopped showing up. I don't recall what, if any, changes were made. The HDDs are SATA drives in external enclosures (two different types).

The drives appear in the "Hard Disk Drives" section of My Computer, and not under "Devices with Removable Storage".

I've tried uninstalling the associated devices from the Device Manager (USB Mass Storage Device, and the listing under Disk Drives). Other USB Media work fine (Flash drives), just not the HDDs.

The drive works fine otherwise, I'm just worried about corrupting data during the disconnect. Basically, it's as if Windows thinks they are internal drives.

Answer:External USB HDDs being treated as internal drive (cannot eject)

Can't remember ever using the "Safely Remove" feature. All I have done since USB devices have come out is just pull the USB cord out.

However, if you need to see if there is a problem; check to see if for some reason that the safely remove feature is hidden. Bring up the "Property Menu" for the task bar then go to the "Notification Area," then check to see if my chance it is hidden.

If that's not the problem check back, and we'll look at other possibilities.

And, BTW "Welcome to the Seven Forums."

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My sister's hard drive was going out, so i decided to buy her a new one. I also got an external enclosure to put the old one it. I installed the new one, and got windows to starting up, then I left. Well, she is now saying the 2.5" external enclosure will not fit her hard drive.

The hard drive in the enclosure is a hitachi 60gig, not sure of the model number. The hard drive in the computer is a 250gig that i bought from circuit city, where the enclosure is from also.

Are there special connections for this? It doesn't make sense that it would take a normal drive to replace the old one, but not be able to use a normal enclosure.
 

Answer:Toshiba Laptop internal hard drive being used as an external

Did you buy the correct enclosure to fit the drive?
Pata or Sata?
 

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Would there be problems in doing this?
I have a computer that wont boot. And I can't even run a boot disk, but the drive works fine when accessed by another running puter.
So I want to know if it would work to install xp via a USB external enclosure. And then after it's installed put it back into the computer and boot it like normal?

Thoughts
Thanks.
 

Answer:Install XP on an internal drive in an external enclosure to run internally?

I don't think you can install XP to a USB drive. You'd also have some other options with a newer OS, which would handle a hardware swap from one computer to another. You could install XP on another computer, and if the drive controllers are of the same type, you could pull the drive and move it back to your main system.

The bigger issue is why the drive won't boot a disc, if I'm understanding it right. If it won't boot from the XP CD, fix that problem first, and you'll be able to install like normal.
 

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Hello, I have a WD MyBook Essentials 2TB external hard drive that I would like to use as an internal drive(Direct SATA).

About five months ago I had trouble with the enclosure, when ever I plug it in it takes a long time to load and only appears as a local desk with no size or other information, although it appears to be a healthy primary partition in Disk Manager.

I googled around and found that it's very common for the USB3-SATA bridge to fail and that the data is most likely encrypted by the bridge.

I was able to recover some of the data using GetDataBack NTFS, then I took the drive out of the enclosure and connected it directly via a SATA-USB adapter, the computes recognized it but it was not initialized and unallocated, it prompted me to initialize it as ether MBR or GPT,I checked MBR and hit Ok then it gave this message:
Data error (cyclic redundancy check)
I tried TestDisk 7.0 but if didn't find any partitions.

I tried HP USB Disk Format Tool V2.1.8, the same error occurred.

I tried DMDE 3.0.6, it kept displaying this message:
LBA:xx xxx xxx (try x): WinEror 1(or 2 ). The system cannot find the file specified.
I clicked ignore all and finally got to this page and I don't know where to go from here:
As a last resort I'm planing to use HDDerase to remove everything from the drive, as it's very risky and I'm using a laptop and to make matters worse, the power is not exactly what you could call reliable around here so I'm hopping I can avoid that.
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I have a hard drive enclosure that was made by Sabrent that is currently not in use. I purchased it earlier this year from Amazon.com (See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001PHLMAE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 [Date accessed: 03-14-2015 @ 7:36 PM]). I have a 4TB SATA Internal Hard drive that is currently not in use. I purchased it earlier this year from Amazon.com (See http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LO3KMK0 [Date accessed: 03-14-2015 @ 7:38 PM]). My question to you is will this SATA Hard Drive, inside the hard drive enclosure, work with my Windows XP Operating system. I also have a 2 TB Hard Driving made by Western Digital somewhere in my house.

Please keep in mind that my motherboard model number is NF4UL-A9. I purchased it from this website earlier this year:

Biostar NF4UL-A9 Socket 939, AMD Motherboard
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331243140431?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
(Date accessed: 01-27-2015 @ 11:52 AM)
(Search engine used: Ebay.com)

The motherboard above was made on or around 2004. I have 4GB (however, it only shows 3.2 GB because it is 32-bit) of RAM installed on that motherboard.

In general, I have two computers. I have the NF4UL-A9 desktop. In addition, I have a HP Pavillion Laptop (Model Number dv7-6b32us) that I purchased in December 2011. It has Windows 7 Ultimate Operating System.
 

Answer:Will a 4 TB Internal/External hard Drive work with Windows XP?

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Hi all,

I have a simple question, and first off a disclosure, I haven't done any system imaging before.

If my purpose is to clone an internal HDD (Fujitsu 120 GB with about 80 GB used) on an old Compaq laptop to an external hard drive (WD Scorpio Black 320 GB), so that I can actually SWAP them when the need arises (ie. install the WD in the laptop), should I expect:
a) an exact copy of the internal drive, including OS, programs, data AND boot files?
b) the above to be done with either Acronis, as provided by WD, or Macrium Reflect?

Also, since I have extra space on the WD drive, should I use it as a plain back up of data as well on a separate partition, or restoring an image works best on one simple partition?

Now, here's the kicker, I read on this and other forums about perfect Image Creations, but definitely not perfect Image Recoveries! Is there a way to test it? Testing it, as in disabling the internal hard drive (thru BIOS?) and starting Windows from the external drive, is that possible? I think not

Thank you.

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