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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by brbpab94, Feb 5, 2003.

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  1. brbpab94

    brbpab94 Thread Starter

    Nov 25, 2002
    I pulled a couple of hard drives out of a couple of computers and I was wandering what I would need to do to use them as a second hard drive for backup.One is a western digital Caviar 21000 and the second one is a western digital Caviar2540.

    What would I need To do to make them external?

  2. hw45


    Dec 15, 2002
    First of all download the diagnostic tool here . Check the drives if everything is ok with them. When they are ok then you can set them either as slave on IDE0 or master/slave on IDE1. What you have to do is to set the jumpers on the HDD's back and plug in the IDE-cable the right way - red mark on pin1 (motherboard) and beside the power plug (HDD).
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Well, to connect them internally, you should just have to jumper them as a slave, and connect them to the second connector on the cable. Of course, connecting the power is required. :) If you want to make them external, the easiest way is with a USB 2.0 IDE disk cabinet, they start around $50 on Pricewatch, though I'd want something a bit larger in the cabinet. I have a pair of 120gig drives in the USB 2.0 cabinets, very handy for backup. ;)
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