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HDD to USB

By K861974 ·
Is it possible to convert HDD from
my old desktop into a portable USB storage device?
I remember reading somewhere that by encasing the HDD in suitable enclosure it can be used as portable storage device. If anyone knows how to go about it if at all it is possible please let me know. I have a 40GB HDD which i do not want to waste.

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thanks

by K861974 In reply to You can get that informat ...

Hey buddy thanks for the information and it definitely would be useful. As am a non-tech guy trying to learn somethng about all these guys like you make a difference when it comes to learnig and acquiring new information. Keep the good work bloke. Great day. And a wonderful new year.

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Enclosure

by Mohammad Oweis In reply to HDD to USB

Yes, there are a lot of enclosures in the market.
Some of them can take IDE & SATA HDD and convert them to USB, but all of the enclosures need a power adapter. because you need to supply the HDD with 12V and you can't get it from the USB.

I have some enclosures at work, they are good.

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hi

by K861974 In reply to Enclosure

Hey buddy thanks for the information and it definitely would be useful. As am a non-tech guy trying to learn somethng about all these guys like you make a difference when it comes to learnig and acquiring new information. Keep the good work bloke. Great day. And a wonderful new year.

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Exclosure

by dldorrance In reply to HDD to USB
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Look here

by OH Smeg In reply to HDD to USB

USB IDE Enclosures

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

Most USB Drives need to be set to Master not Cable Select when used like this.

SATA Enclosure

http://www.cooldrives.com/sahadrenfors.html

Only thing to remember is that these enclosures allow a drive to overheat so if you need to use it for long periods of time you should use an Actively Cooled Enclosure like the MX1 from Antec

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NDc=

You also need to Dismount the Drives before turning off the computer that they are connected to or unplugging them so use the Dismount Option under Linux or the Safely Remove Option under Windows.

If you do not dismount the drives before unplugging them or turning off the computer the Partition Tables on the drive will get corrupted and then you'll have to pay to recover the Data. Also don't move the drive after unplugging it till the Platters have had time to stop spinning and most importantly Do Not move the drive while it is running.

The 2 biggest killers of Mechanical HDD's is Vibrational Damage or Overheating. So if you keep that in mind the drive will last a very long time in the enclosure. If you ignore that the drive will report as Blank/RAW and your Data will be gone and the drive can not live as long as it otherwise should.

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Thanks...!!!!

by K861974 In reply to Look here

Hey buddy thanks for the information and it definitely would be useful. As am a non-tech guy trying to learn somethng about all these guys like you make a difference when it comes to learnig and acquiring new information. Keep the good work bloke. Great day. And a wonderful new year.

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Your Welcome Glad to be of some help EOM

by OH Smeg In reply to Thanks...!!!!
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how to convert hdd to usb

by technocrat25 In reply to HDD to USB

es, you can buy a kit to convert an internal hard drive to an external hard drive. There are a variety of connection options, including serial, USB and Firewire. One company that makes these kits is Addonics.

I recently had an old computer with a IDE hard drive that I wanted to install as a second drive in a new PC. But the new PC only had SATA connectors on the motherboard. So I bought an external hard drive enclosure kit at my local Radio Shack for $39. You remove the drive from the old computer, pop it in the enclosure, and then you can use it as an external drive. Just plug it into the USB port (mine came with a USB cable) of your laptop or any other computer.

This is a really good idea if you have a spare drive sitting idle, since you can use it as either portable media or a backup device.
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by OldER Mycroft In reply to how to convert hdd to usb

http://askbobrankin.com/convert_internal_hard_drive_to_external.html

Clearly, you are such a dumb sob you don't understand the word PLAGIARISM so from now on I'll simply call it STOLEN. :^0

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