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Can you connect old internal hard drive to new comp via USB??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Neostorm, Mar 29, 2006.

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  1. Neostorm

    Neostorm Thread Starter

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    I was just wondering if there's a special piece I can connect to the hard drive internal plug (that used to connect to my comp) that will like change it and make it into a USB??
     
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    Actually there is a way... You need to buy a USB 2.0 or1.1 IDE Adapter, which you can find in many computer stores. If you cant find it, go to the fairplex computer show and look around for a USB 2.0 or1.1 IDE Adapter. That is where I got mine. You should make sure that it works for your system.
     
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    Opppps!!! I forgot to tell you that It connects to the back of the hard drive. It connects through the pins. Its an IDE External Adapter.
     
  4. Neostorm

    Neostorm Thread Starter

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    OMG I LOVE YOU :)

    Thanks for the quick response
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Actually, what you really want is an external enclosure, which has a power supply, box, and the controller to convert IDE to USB. Start your search with the NewEgg External Enclosure Search Engine, lots to choose from.
     
  6. Neostorm

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    I was wondering if this will do the trick

    http://www.factorydirect.ca/catalog/product_spec.php?pcode=EX2309

    so the hard drive that i have is from an XP comp and I'm going to be connecting it via USB to my sister's laptop that is also XP.

    Will it be relatively easy to do this? Just plug it in and check the drives like a USB key? Or do you have to some configuration.

    This is the hard drive that had the boot up problem that i talk about in this thread:
    http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/453944-ntdlr-missing-xp.html

    All i want to do is remove my document files and tax files and some music files and then burn it to a DVD and i'll be putting the old hard drive back to the comp and doing a complete format of my computer.

    Thanks for the help :)
     
  7. lycos5

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    there's another way to fix your missing NTLDR problem without going thru the hassle of trying to recover files, formatting the drive and reinstalling everything.

    if you're interested I'll tell you what to do.
     
  8. Neostorm

    Neostorm Thread Starter

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    Ohh sure! I've tried everything that i could find. :(
     
  9. Metaphoric

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    Looks like the product you linked to will work fine :) Should be able to just plug it in.

    You might need to reboot to see it, but hopefully it will just act like a USB key. Im sure there will be detailed enough instructions inside :)

    Hope that helps
     
  10. lycos5

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    I'll post the fix on the other thread since this is a different problem
     
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    I really like either of These Enclosures
     

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    You may not care to have an external USB hd case after you read about this item.
    http://www.surpluscomputers.com/store/main.aspx?p=ItemDetail&item=CRD10181
    I have ordered from this firm before and found them to be reliable.
    I do not have one of these but I would have considered one before I bought an external case from them. I did not know such an item as this existed. I understand Newegg charges about $25 for what looks like the same item.
     
  14. Neostorm

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    So i bought it, I plugged it in and my laptop finds nothing :(

    It's connected to a power source.. maybe my jumpers are wrong??

    Does anyone know what i could do to set the jumpers correctly??
     
  15. JohnWill

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    buf, why would you want your hard disk laying on your desk bare, instead of in an enclosure?
     
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