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How can I use the internal hard drive from an old laptop as an external hard drive for my new laptop? Answered

My Acer laptop died and I pulled the internal hard drive (HD) from it before recycling it.  There's data on the HD that I'd like to retrieve.  How can I access the data on this internal HD while also using it as an external HD with my new laptop?  When answering my question, please assume that I'm a techo-idiot.  Thanks. 

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PrfesserBest Answer (author)2010-04-23

If you're not in a hurry, external hard drive enclosures are available from eBay for around $6.  With free shipping.  If the laptop isn't too old, it's probably a 2.5" (width) HDD so you probably need a 2.5" enclosure.  As to how to install the HDD, that's been covered:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-an-External-Hard-Drive/
Usually it is quite simple.  I've done it for four different HDD over the years.  Each one was smaller and simpler to do.  Good luck!

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rusticacres (author)Prfesser2010-04-24

Wow.  I had no idea there was so simple a solution to my quest! I measured my HDD and it's 2 3/4" wide.  Is there wiggle room inside the 2.5" HDD case to accommodate my drive? 

You're correct about finding the HDD cases on e-bay - I found gobs for approx. $6.  Thanks heaps for your assistance.

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steveastrouk (author)2010-04-22

Go down to the local PC store and buy an external hard drive case, with aUSB output. Plug in old drive in case, plug USB into PC.

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rusticacres (author)steveastrouk2010-04-24

I checked with our local Radio Shack and HDD cases there begin at $30 plus tax.  Although I'm into instant gratification, I decided to wait a bit and bought a case through e-bay for less than $6.  Thanks for your help - I had no idea there is such a simple fix to my problem.

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