If you have an old hard drive from a desktop computer that you no longer use, you can use it to create an external hard drive for your laptop. You can use external hard drive to back up important files or to store files when your laptop drive is running in short space. You can mount an external drive and connect it to your laptop in a matter of minutes. Things You’ll Need
USB External Hard Drive Case Enclosure
Hard Drive IDE or SATA
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Remove the fixing screws on the side or bottom of the case to open it. Remove the case cover or mini circuit board from the enclosure (depending on case design).
Place the desktop hard drive into the chassis mounting slot. Insert the included retaining screws through the slot brackets and into the hard drive, then tighten them with a Phillips screwdriver. Connect the ribbon cable from the chassis or circuit board to the back of the hard drive. Connect the power cord from the case enclosure to the adapter on the back of the unit.
Make sure the jumper for the desktop hard drive is in the “Master” position (the two pins closest to the ribbon cable in most cases).
Insert the desktop hard drive (with the mounting bracket attached) into the outer case cover of the external case . Insert the fixing screws into the case and tighten them securely.
Plug the small end of the USB data cable into the corresponding port on the external hard drive enclosure. Connect the AC adapter cable to the case as well as if applicable (not all external cabinets have an AC adapter cable).
Plug the other end of the USB data cable into an empty USB port on your PC. Wait while Windows detects and configures the new external hard drive for use on your computer.
Double-click “Computer” or “My Computer”. Right-click on the drive letter assigned by Windows to the new hard drive, then click “Format” from the pop-up menu. Choose either the FAT32 or NTFS format type and click “Format” or “Start”. Wait while Windows formats the new external hard drive.
Access the new hard drive via “Computer” or “My Computer”.
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