Convert internal hard drive to external back-up drive
The motherboard on my 18 month old HP desktop computer quit working and I have purchased a new HP DT with a 640GB WD HD using VISTA 64 BIT Home Premium OS.I wish to access the data on the WD2500JS (old computer running XP) and ultimately use as a data back-up drive. To that end I have extracted the WD2500JS HD from the old machine and placed in a "Master Cooler" external enclosure and hooked up to the new machine via USB 2.0 connection.The HD appears to spinning and VISTA tries to search for the necessary drivers but cannot and hence the external drive does not register.Can you please advise what steps I need to take?Thank you.
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He should be able to do that , Doris. Although it may be a slow process. His external hard drive is equipped with USB version 2.0. If his old computer is version 1.0 it may take a while. The good news is that the two versions are compatible. you can read more about USB here. P.S. I've done this many times with my external drive. USB Wikipedia the free encyclopedia
If both your Dell and the hard drive have USB ports you may be able to download directly. Other wise you may purchase an external drive and load the data to that. The external drive almost certainly will connect by USB.
Since your hard drive is a SATA drive, there is no such thing as master and slave drive anymore.
All you need to do is plug it into your new computer (assuming there is an extra slot for a hard drive in there). You will need an extra plug from your power supply that will plug into the hard drive as well as a SATA cable that will plug your hard drive into the motherboard.
Another thing you can do is get an external hard drive enclosure and put it in that. Just make sure you get a SATA one, not an IDE one. I hope this helps.
Quite commonly on external drives the usb interface will go bad in the external drives the hard drive enclosed is probably functioning ok. Would try a different usb cord just to make sure the cord is not the issue. If still does not work you may need to purchase a new enclosure that will have a new usb interface circuit board with it. If taken in for service they will probably tell you to purchase a new external drive. Here is a video on recovering data a side from an external drive.Some steps are not necessary if you have access to an ide/sata to usb adapter. These are pretty inexpensive on ebay as well as replacement enclosures.
the external hard drive's motherboard is burnt take it apart (this will be a little hard but it will come apart) after you take apart u will see it is just an internal hard drive in a case so either...
1) put it inside your computer as an internal or..
2) buy a new external hard drive case (that will have a new hdd motherboard in it)
after you install it either way your computer will reconize the hd and WORK i done this just yesterday.
Man you need an english class lol
Ok thats a good one i like your thinking smart and planty of room. Ok this allmost reminds me of the raid tech savy system, Ok i want to say yes but i cant back it cause you made me all fuzzy dude lol
Hote sync type technology you might want to convert to 64bit OS it'll work faster and recovery will be easier may stress your processor
Answer yes but i would hunt down a jump drive type program so they can link instantly and save you the hastle of constant prompts and search's
I had the exact same problem. Solved by removing Simpletech drive from the 'flashy-box'. Unplugged drive from internals and threw the 'Pinnaferrina' case away and installed it on my motherboards extra sata plugin site (if it has one). If you open your computer case it should be labled on the Motherboeard as such. Mine has four. On the first attempt when I started the computer i Had no OS system showing on first boot-up. Shut off computer and power and shifted SATA (RED Cable) to another Sata plug on Motherboard and it booted right up and I had the drive back. You will need a longer Sata cable than the attached to the Simpletech drive and a power cable that matches the one on the Simletech . Forget looking for the drivers on the net and the Simpletech web site was no use.
It is quite easy, do not worry. You only need to bought and USB enclosure, here is a link to many products on ebay http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=p0.m37.l1313&satitle=hard+drive+enclosure+usb&category0=
then you have to connect your hard drive inside the enclosure and the enclosure to your computer using the usb cable and that's it. Just be carefull about the enclosure, I guess it is a Hard drive from a desktop, is in it? because some enclosure are for laptop's hard drive. Also you need to know if your hard drive is SATA or IDE, IDE is the normal gray bus cable with fourty some pins, and the SATA it is a really small cable (I do not use technicims to not confuse you even more).
Also, there are some adapters from IDE/SATA to USB that you can buy in your local computer store (do not go to bestbuy, compusa, ... they only sell external hd), or also get it from ebay. The only diference between the enclosure and the adapter is that the enclosure looks better :D, and the adapter is just a bunch of cables.
I recenctly bought a my book 500 gig drive and it is usb.
the firsttime I plugged the usb cable in it worksed. I had only a 40 gig ide harddrive and so I ordered an internal 500 wd hard drive to replace it. The internal 500 gig is a sata drive. first I cloned the 40 to the sata 500 and then copied the external 500 to the internal. I mover the cables to then make the internal 500 sata my boot drive. The computer would no longer show the external e\when i used the windows explorer. the device manager said it was there and working with no problem but windows did not see it.
After several experiments with diferent configurations I have concluded my motherboard wasauto configuring the external and internal 500 drives as drive 0. Since the usb was detected first and was notthe boot drive then windows assigned the internal drive as drive 0 and since the usb drive was drive 0 also it would not work. windows ignored it. my solution was to return the ide as the boot drive and plug the sata into a slave port. with that configuration both drive are seen and work normally. It took me several days to find this arrangement. so since my sata ports are auto configure and the external has a sata connection i will install an esata port adapter and try to hook it up as a slave sata drive so i cab\n use my internal 500 sata drive as my boot drive.
sorry this was so long but it is my solution to what others may be facing.