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Converting a internal hard drive to a usb external

How cani converta internal hard drive to a USB external hard drive? And where to get them cheap?

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You don't say what computer you have or what drive you want to move so here is a listing of a variety of enclosures one of witch should meet your needs. If you check the site they have videos showing how to do the changeover. I would post a computer teardown for you but I don't know what computer will be the donor unit for the hard drive. I hope its a intel unit but the ppc can be made to work--let me know if that's the case and I'll post a how to. Ralph

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/usb/add-o...

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If you have the choice I would go with a Firewire drive enclosure rather than a USB. You can boot from a firewire but not a USB.

by mayer

Except USB is more universal than FW, so if he wants to use it as a portable one, and use for multiple computers, it's better to choose USB, not so many PC's have FW ports (except for Dells)

by rab777hp

If the computer is a Intel machine it can boot from a USB drive. There are work arounds for PPC but not for the faint of heart. Ralph

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Here's the things you need to know when getting an external enclosure for a drive:

1. Is the drive a 2.5" notebook drive or a 3.5" desktop drive?

2. Does the drive have a 40/44 pin IDE interface or a 7-pin SATA interface?

3. Which external interface do you want the enclosure to have:

- 3a. USB 2.0 (most common)

- 3b. USB 3.0 (brand new these days; rare, but the fastest)

- 3c. Firewire 400 (better for Macs; faster than USB 2.0)

- 3d. Firewire 800 (better for the newest Macs; even faster)

- 3e. Some combination of the above (ie, USB 2.0 + Firewire 400)?

4. Cooling capacity: if the drive runs hot, be sure the enclosure can cool it, either with a fan or adequate conduction and radiation.

5. Power capacity: some older hard drives use more power than some newer enclosures provide. Be sure the enclosure provides more amps than the drive uses (for both 5V and 12V on desktop drives). Many enclosures for notebook drives are powered solely by USB connection: a drive using under 500 mA can get by with a single USB connector; 500 - 1000 mA must use 2 USB connectors always; over 1000 mA cannot be USB powered.

6. Do you want an enclosure that can hold multiple drives? How many? Do you want RAID/JBOD capability (various ways to make multiple drives act like a more-capable single drive).

7. Color & style. There are lots of choices.

My favorite place to shop for things like this is Newegg.com. They have good pictures, specs, and user reviews (and decent prices).

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What you need to do is buy an enclosure for whatever size/interface drive you have, so just google the size and interface and you'll find an enclosure.

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Any reason for the downvote?

by rab777hp

Looks like a good answer to me. Will negate the downvote. Maybe your nemesis has returned. +

by mayer

Thank you.

by rab777hp

I'll add the +1 Ralph

by rj713

Thanks.

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