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Old 04-05-2008, 06:10 AM   #1
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What about buying a hard drive enclosure and sticking the drive in it?
Now, this is an interesting comment. I have a couple of old computers, and I was thinking I could take out the hard drives and put them in an enclosure for backing up other computers. Is this something easy? Does someone know where to get good instructions? I mean written in normal English, rather than with that grammar used in computer English.

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Old 04-05-2008, 07:44 AM   #2
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George,

It's no big deal. There are lots of external drive enclosures that will accept the standard 3.5" hard disks. You have to make sure that the enclosure will work with the interface of the drive itself (PATA or SATA) and that it has an external connection that is compatible with your computers (USB, Fireware, eSATA). Some cases have multiple connections, but cost more.

Basically, you mount the HDD in the case, plug in the connection and put the cover back on. Then plug the cable into your computer. Most "modern" computers will recognize the drive without having to install any software or drivers. A USB connection will run slower than an internal drive, but still be very usable for offline storage or backup. One nice thing is that the drives can be moved between different computers if necessary. But they can (and do) fail or get damaged, so they should not (IMO) be used for archival purposes where there is no other copy.

   
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Old 04-05-2008, 08:46 AM   #3
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As Dick says .....

But I'd recommend getting a drive enclosure that does not just rely on one, or in some cases two, USB connections to provide the power (as well as handle the signals). Get one with a separate powerbrick and a place to plug it into the enclosure!

With laptops they often do not give the full 500mA of power that USB provides for (but allows that less may be supplied) and this could cause problems with the drive running properly.

   
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I'm on track now. Thank you, Dick and Hugh!!!

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Old 04-05-2008, 06:23 PM   #5
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:06 AM   #6
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I use a cheap (about £20 frm PC world) enclosure myself for backup purposes. I also have used it to recover my files from what appeared to be dead hard drives, (one's that My PC could no longer boot from) This has saved me more than once. These external hard drive enclosures are extremely handy things to have around.

Mine also has a seperate Power supply.

   
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:54 PM   #7
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Yes they are useful although for intermittent, like recovery that you mention, I find even more useful this "kit":
Bytecc USB2 to IDE/SATA adapter kit
which covers IDE 2.5in / 3.5in / 5.25in IDE/PATA and SATA drives -- it too comes with a powerbrick. About $30 here in the USA.

I don't know who handles them in the UK.

   
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I don't know who handles them in the UK.
Maplins have them, but they are expensive. I bought just the IDE version for connecting the old drives hanging around here from an Ebay trader at a quarter of the Maplin price.

   
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Pity about the price but although I've only used mine once so far, since I have laptop and desktop hard drives and IDE and SATA connections it made sense to buy something that was not limited and then find the next need was not covered!

   
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Hugh,

Agreed. Glad you mentioned the power brick.

   
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