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how to connect a to a pc hardrive

By liztalago ·
Hi there. I currently have a laptop connected wirelessly to the internet. I have a somewhat older pc hardrive that I'd like to somehow connect to the laptop to use as an external hardrive for music storage. Is there a way to do this? Could I view the contents of the pc's hardrive on the laptop's screen if configured correctly? Could I download directly onto the pc's hardrive using the laptop's internet connection? Sorry for the longwinded question. Thanks in advance!

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by WillLuongo In reply to how to connect a to a pc ...

You can get cases that house internal harddrives externally, and then allow you to use them via USB (or SCSI, or FireWire, depending on what model you get).

You would be able to view the contents of the harddrive from your laptop, as well as download directly onto it.

The main disadvantage to this solution is that depending on the size, age, and model of your harddrive, it may be more cost effective to just purchase a new external harddrive.

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by mjd420nova In reply to how to connect a to a pc ...

I have an old P3 unit that sits on the LAN for just that purpose. Right now I have two old drives taken out of other units that failed and placed them in it. They are loaded with tons of music and photos, and have 10GB out of 40GB left so I continue to use them to store more photos and such. When they fill up, I'll add another one. Seems to easy but it is.

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by liztalago In reply to how to connect a to a pc ...

Ok guys unfortunately you are going to have to dumb things down a bit for me. I'm not interested in buying a case for the hardrive, I simply want to connect my tower to the laptop for use as an "external hardrive." What steps exactly would I need to do this. Do i need to have my music downloading software on the laptop in order to connect to the internet and therefore download onto the pc's hardrive? Thanks again

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by CG IT In reply to how to connect a to a pc ...

Your Question:

Comment from liztalago@... on 08/30/06 :
Ok guys unfortunately you are going to have to dumb things down a bit for me. I'm not interested in buying a case for the hardrive, I simply want to connect my tower to the laptop for use as an "external hardrive." What steps exactly would I need to do this. Do i need to have my music downloading software on the laptop in order to connect to the internet and therefore download onto the pc's hardrive? Thanks again


Share a folder between the laptop and the tower. Better if its the tower the shared folder resides on. Then just map the shared folder as a network drive. [open my computer on the laptop. At the top menu bar click on tools, from the list choose map network drive and browse the network between the laptop and the tower for the shared folder on the tower. choose a drive letter not already in use. move, copy, what you want from the laptop to the tower or vice versa.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to how to connect a to a pc ...

When people say buy a USB Caddy they are talking about the ones listed here

http://tinyurl.com/j3m4r

If you look up the USB2 enclosures most have pictures beside them that you can look at. Just remember that this site is in $ AU not US so they will be cheaper in the US as apposed to AU.

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USB to IDE

by arcon2001 In reply to how to connect a to a pc ...

Use a USB to IDE adaptor, you have to move the little clamp near the power input to "master" first. You can also buy an external hard drive case in Compusa, Circuitcity or staples and make yourself an external hard drive, they cost some $10 to $15 bucks. Same thing applies to the "master" option here.

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