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Old 03-11-2009, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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quick question , so i was thinking.. is it possible to take my external hard drive and place it in my case as an internal? so i could save on buying a second hard drive. would i need to like.. mod it or if i just took it out of its case would it be ready to go?
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yep, it is. I did that with my 500gig external when I accidentally fried the external case just have an extra sata cable ready.
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could you like, hook me up with a guide or something haha
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It varies with each drive on how to take it apart. Just look for screws and be careful/do it slow .
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so all i ahve to do is pop off the case, and plug it into the sata cable ?
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If its a SATA drive then yes. Could be IDE...all depends on what the company used at the time.
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but either way, it would basicly be the same process?
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Pretty much, yes.
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All you really need to know is it's just like a normal hard drive, except it's in a case.
the 'swapping' part also works inversely, e.g. if you have a drive which fits the ext. case you can swap that in for a 'new' ext hdd.
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