Introduction: Turn Your Old 2.5'' or 3.5'' Hard Drive Into Portable/External
You have an old Hard Drive 2.5'' or 3.5'' left from your laptop or PC and you don't know what to do. Then turn it into portable, that can be plugged-in every device that has an USB port.
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Step 1: HDD Interface Types
The most common interfaces are SATA and IDE
SATA - Serial Advanced Technology Attachment is most common in the newer PC and Laptop interfaces it is a hundreds of times lot faster than IDE and its been used since 2003.
IDE - Integrated Drive Electronics aka PATA (Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment) is mostly used in PCs and Laptops between 1986 and 2003.
Check the photos above to see the difference between them !
Step 2: You Will Need:
An HDD enclosure and a hard drive (SATA or IDE). And 12v 3 W power suply If you hard drive require higher power to work.
Step 3: Put the HDD in the Box
First plug the Hard Drive in the SATA / IDE to USB board and then put the Hard Drive inside the enclosure, turn the screws.
Step 4: Connect to PC
Connect the hard drive with your PC and wait for a few seconds to boot, and you are done !