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Can "internal" HD be "external"?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by tpiini, May 11, 2005.

  1. tpiini

    tpiini

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    I'm getting rid of my desktop & going exclusive laptop. But... I recently added a 160 GB internal hard drive to my desktop as a backup. If I were to remove it, is there a cabling system I could get to use this drive with my laptop? I'm not current on computer goodies, but I guess what I'm wanting is something that I can "dock" the hard drive to & run something like a USB cable to my laptop. ???

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Tom
     
  2. cgwahl

    cgwahl Sheriffs a near

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    You're going to want a hard drive case. Basically turns an internal HD into an external USB HD.

    To give you an idea of what you're looking for (pricewise, etc.) here are a few areas to get you started.

    I'm not recommending these places...I just did a search in Google to find some places that sell them so you can see what they look like.

    Also, the type you're looking for will probably be a bit more expensive because you will want it to be more portable.


    http://www.bizrate.com/buy/products__cat_id--466,keyword--Hard Drive Case.html

    http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/usb_hard-drive.html

    http://www.dvshop.ca/drives/cases.html

    http://www.bizrate.com/buy/products__cat_id--466,keyword--External Hard Drive Case.html
     

  3. tpiini

    tpiini

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    Yep. That's what I was looking for.

    Thanks,
    Tom.


    Now watch for my upcoming pile of stupid computer questions...
     
  4. darin2

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    Make sure you get a case that will handle large hard drives. Some of the older/cheaper ones will not handle anything larger than 137GB.
     
  5. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    the whole thing can be external (see pic)
     
  6. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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    here's one from arfcom, i think...
     
  7. Sulaco

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    Make sure the one you get has a fan in it and is aluminum. The plastic ones and all of them without fans don't dissipate heat quickly enough to keep the drive cool. Heat kills hard drives dead.
     
  8. tpiini

    tpiini

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    Thanks for the help. I ended up going to www.newegg.com and reading a buttload of reviews on all of their cases. I ended up buying an aluminum Bytecc. It doesn't have a fan, but all the reviews said that this particular model dissipates heat well without one. I got it yesterday, plugged it in, and had my old hard drive (and all my backed up files, thank you) running right away. And who says posting on GlockTalk is a waste of time???

    Tom