How to Make an Internal Hard Drive External

We all know that internal hard drive are much cheaper than external hard drives. To use internal hard drive as external simply get an enclosure and put the drive in it and plug it into PC using standard USB or FireWire (IEEE 1394) connection.

How to Make an Internal Hard Drive External

How to Make an Internal Hard Drive External

Let’s discuss step by step how to make internal hard drive external

1. Choose an internal hard drive

If you have Western Digital 120 GB internal hard drive then get a Cosmos Super Link 2.5-inch USB enclosure. You are independent to use mix hard drives and enclosures but before doing that make sure they are compatible.

2. Mount the Drive Into the Enclosure

The enclosure allows you to insert the internal hard drive in it using screws or fasteners. There will be several wires to plug and we will discuss about it later.

3. Plug in the connections

Here’s the sensitive part of the process. You have to make different connections and the most important one is either an 80-wire or 40-wire IDE/ATA or known as PATA cables and are inserted at the back side of the hard drive. There are two variations of 40-wire and 80-wire connections drive. While getting the enclosure for your hard drive make sure both are compatible.

Sometimes SATA connections can also be used to connect modern hard drives in the computers. Regardless of the connections the most important thing is that what your hard drive connects with and the enclosure is capable to accommodate the drive in it.

Similarly there are few more connections and each has it’s own purpose, but keep one thing in mind that you need to know that one place is required to plug them in. Once matched you can connect them.

4. Locate the Slots in your Hard Drive.

At the back side of the hard drive you will see connections slots and they are not that difficult to match you can simple put correct plugs in them.

5. Seal the Hard Drive Enclosure

Once all the ports are connected now it’s time to seal the enclosure for protections purposes from inside. The Sealing process includes screws or simple fasteners which allows you to seal the drive. So now the drive is ready to use as external storage device.

6. Connect the Enclosure

At this point you won’t face any difficulty as it seems lot easier to you. After this your drive will be plug and play. Most of the time the enclosure comes with a USB cable allowing you to connect it with your PC. The same cable servers the purpose of power and connectivity. If it comes with Super Link, there will be a separate cord for power and for running the AC adapter.

7. Connect the Enclosure to Your PC

Now simple connect the USB or FireWire cable to your computer, and wait for the drive to show up. You can also turn it own it it contains a power switch.

8. Plug and Play Your Hard Drive

After you turn it on and plug it in, your Windows machine will immediately recognize the drive and simple use it as plug and play. You can use your drive straightforward and do anything like you do in your computer like browse, open and share files and set it up for receiving security backups and recovery files.

Sometimes PC doesn’t recognizes the drives then you can format the drives to solve the problem.

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