Originally Posted by donkey
Any ideas how to convert the old hard drive that i remove from laptop into a portable USB connected hard drive? is there a special box and cable that i need to buy to place this into? or special formatting/set up required for this? or can it not be done.
Thanks...........ooh so many questions...but you guys are so so helpful lol
I think to convert an internal to an external youll need an enclosure ( this could vary from 2.5" to 3.5" depending on the hard drive youd like to put in )
You also need a USB power lead, I think most enclosures do come with these but do check before purchasing. Not much is needed to install the external drive itself unless your making it the master/primary drive.
I just plugged mine into the USB cable and got the message 'New hardware...' bla bla bla. Though Im sure if it dosnt work that way, drivers can be found on the hard drive manufactuars website.