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Old 06-12-2008, 05:38 AM   #1
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I have an semi old Simlpletech SimpleDrive external hard drive. I was wondering if it was possible to turn it in to an Internal hard drive for my desktop. Is this possible or should i just keep it as an external hard drive??
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it should be possible although i have hear some of the old external drives had there usb things soldered on as apposes to nowa days they jus clip on
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i know you can turn an internal into an external using a hard drive enclosure. not sure if it works vice versa
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Most external hard drives are just internal ones in a case. Just unscrew the case and pop the harddrive into your computer.
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Old 06-12-2008, 09:42 AM   #5
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silent1mezzo: Most external hard drives are just internal ones in a case. Just unscrew the case and pop the harddrive into your computer.
I did uncase it some weeks ago and it looked like a hard drive with a circuit board in a case. I look to see if it is soldered or clipped on(the USB and power). The only problem I have a question I have now is this, when I have it setup as a USB external drive, I always get a keyboard failure. I'm not sure, but I think it is because the box is looking for the keyboard settings and the external hard drive is searched before the internal drive. I think it is a bios setting malfunction. Any other possibility??

I just open the case and undid the drive till I got what I would put into my desktop. I found an error. It needs a ribboncord(I think that is what it is called, the last computer course on what is inside the computer, I took in like 2003 on a computer that was made in '97). I am sending links to the photos of the actual cords and the ports/connectors on the hard drive itself.
http://rzitex.deviantart.com/art/Sim...Drive-88487644
http://rzitex.deviantart.com/art/Sim...cords-88488448
Is there anyway around that problem or the usb about as far as I'm going to get with this thing??
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:19 PM   #6
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That's an IDE hard drive. Also known as ATA. Find an IDE cable and connect it to your motherboard. (Most motherboards have at least one IDE port)
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Thx Mammoth. I just found some reasonably priced ones. Now I can use hackintosh or solaris or windows without interference issues with linux.

I just reformatted my drive to ext3 and I still get the same problem. My laptop mounts it, my desktop doesn't. should I reformat to ext2 or should I try changing
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I take it you'll have a power cable as well for when you mount it in your case. They use different connectors than SATA drives. IDE uses the large 4 pin cables.

And I too have an IDE hard drive I'm gonna install Linux or Hackintosh on. (Of course I screwed up in the process..)
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I didn't attach the hard drive as an internal. It's still an external drive. I don't have any IDE cords, so I have to go to a computer/electronic store. I'm just want to use it as an data holder. I'm not going to call hackintosh on it since I don't have any programs for OSX and thats an interweb project for another day. but I still need help with the drive. It's been doing this to me even before I reformatted the drive. It won't mount. Please help.
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I actually have no clue what's up with your hard drive's mounting issues. Sorry. (I'm having issues with my mistake where I set an empty hard drive as the boot partition)
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