Externalize a hard drive?

I've found many instructables, but they all require an expensive SATA to USB adapter. Are there any projects that don't require this item? It would also be acceptable to find one that would let me wire multiple drives to the same SATA port.

Question by metalshiflet   |  last reply


External RAM

I was thinking today about possible ways to make my pc better without adding internals. (I like external plug and play stuff). So anyway, I was thinking about my RAM and how to make it better. Then it hit me. What if I had external RAM? Possibly using 2 or more USB ports. Any Ideas? This would allow me to run large programs on any PC! Please collaborate.

Topic by gimmelotsarobots   |  last reply


An external cd-rw drive into an external HDD?

I saw an instructable on making an external hdd from an old external cd-rw drive....im just curious if i can do it with an IOMEGA drive..  If anyone can tell me if its possible(or something else to do with it)  it would be great. Thanks!

Topic by valmont325   |  last reply


modify a floppy drive into an external usb drive

Hello, I was googleing this subject, but found nothing. Is there a way to modify an ordinary floppy drive into an external, usb one? Thank you.

Topic by spilja 


Internal HD to external?

I have a 80Gb IDE hard drive that I want to turn into an external one. I don't want to buy a an enclosure for 80 gigs! What can I do? Please and thank you.

Topic by ficofeto   |  last reply


PLEASE External hard drive?

I upgraded my laptop and got a new HD. I've heard of a way to make the old HD into an external hard drive. Is there an instructable on how to do that or am I missing it?

Question by huntleyi   |  last reply


Primary and Secondary on a usb external drive?

I've got a external usb drive connector, and it only has a short yellow ide connector, what would happen if I connected a regular ide cable to the pins, would I be able to connect two drives? IE: 2 dvd burners?

Topic by Punkguyta   |  last reply


External hard drive problem

G'day, I have a WD 2Tb External Hard Drive.  It was working perfectly, now my 3 computers will not recognize it.  I have tried new cables etc.  I have tried everything I could think of.  I would appreciate some help please. Cheers Perry

Topic by Perry The pom   |  last reply


Laptop DVD Drive to External?

I recently salvaged a dvd drive from a broken laptop. I was wondering what I would have to do/ buy to convert it to an external usb one. Here are some pics of the plug in part and the specs. PS(I do not want to buy one of those kits.)

Question by DELETED_MakerNinja   |  last reply


Dead external hard drive?

I've been searching the internet for answers for the last couple of hours, but no solutions have helped me so far. The more I think about it, the more I'm sure that I have to either take it to an expert for data recovery, or if that isn't possible I'll have to accept the fact that the files are gone. So earlier today I was frapsing some PS4 content with the help of a Roxio video capture (PS4 signal blocked so I used Fraps to get around that). I've been saving the files on my C: drive, but since fraps files tend to get quite big, I changed the save destination to my external hard drive (Buffalo). Immediately after I ended the recording, my computer froze and I had to force shutdown. Upon restart, it started to repair damage to the disc (translated from Finnish), and once it was ready, it then proceeded to the system recovery menu. After at least 2 hours of trying all other options, I ended up choosing the option that resets my computer. Well that really wasn't the end of the world, since the most important files are on my Buffalo hard drive, but after the reset was complete, I couldn't access my external hard drive. I tried everything in Disk Management, at least what was suggested in similar issues, but nothing really changed anything. I can see my external hard drive in the Disk Management, but can't access it. When I try to initialize the disk, an error pops up that says: "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)", and it just shows that the disc is not initialized, and that it is unallocated. Is there any other option than either taking it to an expert for data recovery, or is that too late now? Thanks in advance.

Question by Shiroe   |  last reply


Encryptin External HDD

I have an 80Gb external/portable hard drive but I want to protect all the data on it. Does anyone know of a good free program that will encrypt or passwird protect my portable hard drive. It needs to be self contained on the hard drive and not installed on a computer. Thanks.

Topic by gimmelotsarobots   |  last reply


internal CD drive to External CD drive?

Could you take a CD/DVD drive from a pc and wire it with a USB so you could use it with a notebook/ anything without a CD/DVD drive? If so, HOW?!?!? it would make a great instructable. Just sayin'...

Question by kooool   |  last reply


OG xbox drive into external usb drive???

It just so happens I have 3 OG xboxes sitting in my room and a netbook with a dead hard drive. I was wondering if there was a way to use one of the xbox drives and turn it into an external usb drive to plug into my netbook. Im familiar with hardware and what most things do, but I havent had much experience with electronics. Any ideas? Thanks for any input!

Question by daner   |  last reply


Repair crashed external WD hard drive

I dopped a 500 GB WD My book and was told by Geek Squad that the drive had crashed (heads on platters) and would take $800 to $2000 to repair. Would you have a cheaper way of doing this or would you know of someone who can do this cheaply. I am in Phoenix AZ

Question by Greg1954   |  last reply


How can i make a USB external hard drive enclosure from scrach?

For SATA drives to use in Win XP / Vista before any one starts they go for about 350 of Brazilian money thats about 175 USD and I am very capable of making one my self

Question by cassiorichiniti   |  last reply


How can I recover data from a dead external hard drive?

I have a 2TB external hard drive with lots of stuff on it Recently it stopped working and now I cant access it I have tried it in many computers but they only ever find the SATA to usb bridge which connects the hard drive to the computer I have also tried some hard drive recovery programs, some of them find the hard drive but when they scan it, they find nothing Does anyone know of a good, working, reliable hard drive recovery program (free if possible) or any other way to get the stuff off of it Thanks

Question by Jareadx   |  last reply


What can I do with a MK3008gal Hard drive besides use It for an Ipod or Zune?

I would somehow like to make an external Hard drive out of this. Links or suggestions would be kewL..

Question by klarkg   |  last reply


Portable External Hard Drive from Laptop Hard Drive?

Is it possible to turn an old laptop hard drive into a portable external hard drive?

Question by swagramp   |  last reply


How to make internal dvd drive external?

Hi all, I am trying to figure out if you could take a dvd drive from a laptop and make it external for the same computer.I have a Dell Inspiron 1150 that I want to put in a heavy duty plastic carry case(like a suitcase),I plan on using it for camping and so on.I am going to take the laptop appart and have only the touch pad,keyboard and on/off button showing when you open up the case,so it will look like the army ones.I am also going to extend the wires from the body  so I can stick the screen on the roof in the  inside of the case,then I will add two computer speakers on each side of the screen,so it will be like a little cinema,when you open up the case. My biggest problem is I will most likely use it to watch dvd's but if I put it in a plastice box and make a custom cover , so you only see the  keyboard and touch pad, I wont be able to access the dvd drive to put dvd's in unless I pull the whole laptop body out. Is there any suggestions on what I should do, Should I pull the drive out and place it some where easy to access it by extending the wires, like the screen, or can you make it so it's a usb connection? I know this sounds stupid but I like the look of the army laptops,ever since I watched 'Green Zone' where Matt Damon uses one. Cheers for any help Luther

Question by luther303   |  last reply


Can an old internal floppy drive be used externally?

I need a floppy drive to look at some old disks. I have an internal floppy drive that's from a Dell desktop computer. Any way to use this externally, usb?

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Make an external HDD work with Xbox 360?

I, like many people, got the new Xbox for Christmas. However, my mom failed to notice that it was the 4GB model, rather than the awesome 250GB. When I realized this, I immediately went online and looked for a 250GB Xbox S Hard Drive, and found that they're $130($0.52/GB)! Well I knew that the Xbox can use flashdrives for storage, etc. so it should treat an external hard drive just like a big flashdrive, right? So I went to BestBuy and bought a 500GB external hard drive for $60 ($0.12/GB- 4.3x cheaper!). Upon plugging this into my Xbox, and going through the configuration process, I see that my Xbox is only picking it up as 16GB. "Are you kidding me? There's a lot more than 16GB on that thing!" I went online, and did some Googling, and YouTubing. All I could find was formatting the drive, and even then only being able to transfer movies, music, etc from you computer. I read multiple times that you couldn't put games or profiles on it(I wanted to do this, so I could transfer everything from my old original Xbox 360 HDD, and then sell it). Could somebody please tell me a way to make an external hard drive work with Xbox 360? I'd rather not format anything, but I will if I must. Thank you!

Topic by metrogdor22   |  last reply


Am i able to save my Ipod?

 My Ipod got wet a couple months ago, still doesn't work. Is there any hope of saving it? Could i still use the hard drive? It's a 60 gig so i don't want to toss it. 

Question by First88Rx7   |  last reply


Reusing an old hard drive

I was recently disecting an old laptop (HP, roughly 6-8 years old) trying to find a use for the parts, as i have had very many replacements since I had stopped using that one. I removed a 10GB IBM hard drive. From the picture, you can see that it has a total of 44 pins. I am not sure if each pin goes to the same destination as the one opposite to it. i was wondering if there was any way that I could convert this into an external drive that I could attach via USB or something similar. If you have any ideas, let me know. Id love to find a use for this instead of just throwing it away.

Topic by phephq   |  last reply


turning an internal laptop DVD drive into an external DVD drive?

Ok, so I have a laptop DVD combo drive from an old IBM laptop. I'm not familiar with the "plug" for laptop DVD drives. are they standardised like regular HDDs? eg ide/sata , etc. is there an adapter I can get to make an internal dvd drive into an external? I know you can get IDE to USB2 adapters for regular 3.5 and 2.5 ide HDDS and Regular DVD burners. years ago it seemed that DVD internal laptop drives were proprietry. has this changed? sorry, I'm not up with Laptop internal drives. sorry long question. my question again incase you have forgotten can I turn an internal laptop DVD drive into an external DVD drive?

Question by altomic   |  last reply


How do i turn an internal dvd rom into an external dvd-rom?

I would like to turn an internal dvd-rom drive into an external usb dvd -rom drive. Any suggestions or leads?

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Hard drive enclosure to turn internal into external?

Hello all, I have what may be a dumb question - so hopefully it will be an easy one to answer! I have a couple old hard drives from old computers that I want to put into a case/enclosure to repurpose into an extra external hard drive. When I take exact measurements of the hard drives they are: 4" x 5 3/4' x 1 (W x L x D). I've been looking around for enclosure kits but I don't see any that are 4" in width. I see a lot of 3.5" and not many others besides smaller 2.5" casings. So my possibly stupid question is: Do I want the 3.5" enclosure for my hard drive? I know that sometimes the sizings can be off when it comes to stuff like this. Thanks for the help, RW

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Does anyone know how to cleanly open a Hammer "morespace" 1 TB external disk drive case? Thanks in advance!?

As stated in the question, I have the external 1 TB morespace disk drive by Hammer Storage. I have found 2 screws on the case under warranty stickers. I would like to open this case up, hopefully without totally destroying it, b/c I need to convert this drive to an internal drive on a Linux Box. Thanks in advance!

Question by bikerdudenc   |  last reply


Is there a way to replace the cd drive in my laptop, with a cd drive from my old PC? Answered

I need to replace the cd drive on my laptop, and I have a couple old PCs laying about. I'm not especially technically minded when it comes to the hardware aspect of a comp though. If I could just wire up a cd drive to be external, that would work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Question by maviax   |  last reply


HDDisappeared Answered

I was doing a HDD clone to an external hard drive. The computer froze and had to be reset. Now my external doesnt show up in "My Computer." It makes the noise and then shows the little safe to remove icon, but i cannot access it at all. Any tips on what I might be able to do to fix this would be appreciated.

Question by NativeSs   |  last reply


Dual Booting From A Usb External Drive.

Ok well today I got my Hard drive enclosure and I rammed a Hdd in it and I have already put one Operating system on it but I would Like to Dual boot from it . Is this possible and How.

Topic by littlechef37   |  last reply


External Hard Drive enclosure for eSATAp connection

Hey, I want to buy a Power over eSATA kit (aka eSATAp) to use with 3.5inch internal hard drives (which are cheaper and faster than laptop 2,5inch drives). I'll be using it on desktop computers on and off, so the higher power consumption of desktop drives is not the issue. Thing is, I want to enclose the internal 3.5inch hard disk in something, for transport. Some case that leaves room for the cable connection (see GIF). Does anyone know if I can adapt existing SATA hard disk enclosures? Or if there is some boxy-thingy out there that I can best adapt to suit my purpose? I was looking for an instructable on this but couldn't find any. Thanks!

Topic by akaleeroy   |  last reply


Any way to make an external hard drive appear as a usb flash drive?

I would like to use my external hard drive to connect to my bluray player, to play .mkv files. The bluray player supports this but only when a usb flash drive is used. When I plug in my hard drive, it says that it cannot recognize the device. I've googled this topic for about a month now any havent gotten anywhere. So....my question is, is there anyway to make my external hard drive (powered externally, not over usb) appear to the bluray player as a usb flash device? Thanks in advance.

Question by face2345   |  last reply


Can you make a external hard drive from an old internal hard drive without buying a hard drive enclosure?

I got several internal hard drives and want to make a couple of them into external hard drives. I don't have a way to buy any hard drive enclosures and would like to avoid buying enclosures completely.

Question by SleepyDude   |  last reply


is it possible to reinstall an os with an external optical drive? Answered

The title says it all -- this is for a diy project and i need a really small (and cheap) laptop.. i just need to know if i can reinstall an os on there using an external dvd drive, since it probably wont have an internal one

Question by raykholo   |  last reply


External hard drive as a replace for an laptop internal? Answered

 Okay, alittle background. My computer is screwed, beyond hope. I have no idea what is wrong with it. Thats another problem. But it leads to ths problem. I have an old laptop that is 100% fine, except for the hard drive, fried BEYOND hope. Idk why, all i know is that if i could possibly get it working, I could keep it instead of it landing in a landfill. So help for the environment? I have a Terabyte external hard drive, and a laptop in need of a replacement hard drive. Anyway that could work? sorry no pictures. currently

Question by Whales   |  last reply


Laptop disc drive converted to external usb disc drive for a netbook

I bought a netbook last night on an impulse. So i didn't realize it didn't have a disc drive. I do have an old laptop drive, images below i hope, that i'd like to use. So i was hoping maybe someone knew of a converter or some way to make it work as an external drive as mentioned before. Any help is welcome. Even if it's someone saying i can't.

Topic by cfoster17   |  last reply


external power supply for arduino/ driving motors? Answered

I need to use an external dc power supply for arduino. I have the male jack for the power jack on the arduino (that is what the black round jack next to the usb jack on arduino uno is right?) but, given the power supply from the usb is 5v, should I use 4.5v or could I use 6v? I also need to run two 1.5-3v motors on it. I read that because the arduino digital pins have a total output of about 20 ma, and if you plug something larger into it, it could fry the processor, and that you should use mosfet transistors to connect the larger items. but could you just use  NPN transistors rather than the mosfet transistors? 

Question by Higgs Boson   |  last reply


Restore lost external hard drive files and folder after format

The day before yesterday, my external hard drive was dropped to the ground for a sudden shock. When trying to access it again on the computer, the windows just gave me a not formatted error and disabled my access without formatting, so, without deeper consideration, I formatted this drive and finally found all the files and folders were gone. What a stupid operation. In order to access my files and folders of the past two years, I began to crazily search for related articles and questions to see whether there was a way for me to get them back with success. Follows some recommended steps and data recovery programs, like: Firstly, stop using this formatted drive till rescuing everything back. Secondly, attack drive to computer and use data recovery software to scan this drive and rescue original stuffs back as many as possible. Thirdly, save all restored stuffs on another different drives or storage device at last. Fortunately, after trying these steps, I got most of my needed drive files and folders back with success. If you are also experiencing such data loss problems, you also can get some clues with my found articles, like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_recovery http://freeware-fix.blogspot.com/2013/02/external-hard-disk-format-recovery.html Or http://www.ucfix.com/data-recovery/data-recovery-after-format-external-drive-hdd.html Hope my words also can help someone there!

Question by Nicolenon0   |  last reply


8 Track Player External HDD?

Parts 1) broken lacie 500 gig eHDD or multibay sata - USB/firewire 2) old 8 track recorder I wanted to use the 8 track recorder as a eHDD enclosure. Does anyone know where I can buy just the sata - usb multibay / power boards? I basically need everything for a multibay enclosure except for the enclosure. I just don't know what they are called. THANKS!

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Can I use an internal HDD from a desktop as an external HDD to be used with my laptop?

What materials do I need and how do I do it?

Question by mannetti21   |  last reply


Connecting a SDHC card to external hard-drive without computer? Answered

Is there such a device to connect a SDHC card to an USB external hard-drive to transfer photos and videos to the hard-drive WITHOUT a computer?    Small device to transfer data FROM SDHC TO USB external hard drive and still have the same quality. I would like to connect my own EXTERNAL hard drive. My hard drive.

Question by alpe_97   |  last reply


Playstion 3 Hard Drive

I want to combine the PS3's internal hard drive with an external one via USB for more memory, my question is, will this work?

Topic by Caveman477 


Hard drive won't mount?

So, I've had a toshiba 2.5" SATA 250 GB internal HD for a while now. I got it from an old toshiba laptop. I finally got an enclosure for it, and I plugged it in. windows made the sound it makes when you plug something in, and in device manager the usb port said a usb mass storage device was plugged in, but it didn't show up in my computer, nor did it show up in disk management. I searched the net for hours trying to find the problem, reading about how you might need to assign it a letter in disk management, and other more "grim" outlooks on how it might be dead. I listened to it closely, and heard it making very VERY soft ticking noises at a regular rate. I immediately thought the worst, and came to the conclusion that it was dead. The next day, I decided to take it into school with me, as my teacher was pretty smart when it came to computers, and maybe she could provide the tiniest shred of hope. She asked me to plug it into one of the school's desktops. I plugged it in and...it began running like normal. It showed up  on my computer, and showed the correct disk size, as well as a document I'd put on there long ago. I couldn't believe it!  When I got home, I plugged it into my computer, but surprisingly encountered the same problem. I decided to do a bit of experimenting, and I started plugging it into various computers we had around the house, and lined up all the facts I had: It didn't work on my laptop. (runs windows 7 home premium) It DID work on my mom's laptop. (also runs windows 7 home premium) It didn't work on my old desktop. (runs windows xp home edition, but I don't trust it. It's been acting very weird lately) It DID work on my school's desktop. (runs windows 7 enterprise) It DID work on my sister's laptop. (runs windows 7 home premium) I was stumped, to say the least. Can any of you tell me WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?!?!?! The strongest lead I have is that it might not be working correctly on my computer because the usb ports can't provide enough power to mount it. But if my laptop can't mount it, why should my mom's or my sisters be able to? Please provide any other theories you may think are plausible too! 

Question by tylervitale   |  last reply


External HD using salvaged Laptop HD Answered

I want to build an external hard drive using a Laptop HD, and power it via USB. Is this conceivable? I don't have a problem getting or making an external cover. I'm more concerned with powering it solely from a USB drive.

Question by StickStoneBone   |  last reply