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Old 07-27-2005, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, here's the situation. I own a computer business. I'm looking to get a "test pc" so that when customer's bring in their virus infected pc's, I can hook their hard drive up as a slave on the "test pc" and scan for viruses. I've been looking at some cheap desktops because the only thing I will be using the pc for is for scanning hard drives.

Now, I've always wanted to have a laptop to carry around to customer sites because of the ease of diagnosing networking problems among other things. So that brings me to this. If I end up getting a laptop, could I just purchase an external hard drive enclsure so that I could still scan hard drives for viruses? I'm not familiar with how these things work. About all I know is that most of them connect to a PC via USB. Any help is much appreciated.
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Old 07-27-2005, 11:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i beleive u could a 30$ hdd cooler and enclosure would do it and it hooks up throught usb heres one from newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145746
looks good too
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Old 07-28-2005, 01:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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those are pretty cool, except i don't think they are for swapping HD's, they are used more to transfer/back up large files...
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Old 07-28-2005, 07:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I should still be able to hook up hard drives though....right? I mean, I don't get customer's bringing in virus infected PC's every day. I probably average about 1 or 2 per week. And because it's USB, wouldn't XP just recognize each hard drive that I plug into the enclosure? It is plug-n-play right?
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Old 07-28-2005, 08:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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That looks like the Adaptec unit I got from Best Buy.

Yes, it would work exactly like you think it would. It just becomes another hard drive.
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Old 07-28-2005, 10:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, I will get the laptop and the external hard drive enclosure. Thanks for all of your help!
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