Purchasing an external case is a convenient way to turn a replacement internal hard drive into an external drive. Virtually any hard drive can be converted to . This is useful when you want a backup solution or additional storage. It is also a convenient way to transfer data from one computer to another. With a few simple steps, you will be using your internal drive as an external one. Things You’ll Need
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Open the cabinet. You may need to consult your cabinet manual as all cabinets are slightly different. However, there will usually be a pair of Phillips screws on the side, front or rear of the case that you need to remove before sliding the case back out of the body . Some cabinets can also split into two halves instead of sliding apart.
Set the jumper on the internal hard drive to “Single /Master”. This only applies to IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) drives, which have a long series of pins on the back. If the drive is new or came out of a computer with a single hard drive, the jumper is probably already set correctly. The bridge is a small plastic tab that “jumps” over two of the eight or 10 pins grouped on the back of the unit, to the right of the more strings of interface pins. Jumper settings must be printed on the unit or available in the car manual, but normally “jumping” the two center, top and bottom pins will be adequate.
Connect the cabinet connectors to the drive. There will be an interface connector and a power connector
If this is an IDE disk, you connect the wide ribbon connector to the long, series of pins on the hard drive; . It will only fit one way. There will also be a four-pin power connector, which also only fits one way.
If you are connecting a SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drive, ie one with long L-shaped connectors, both the interface and power connector will look similar, although the interface connector is longer. Both will only fit in one direction, aligned with the “L”.
Place the hard drive into the retention bracket and secure it in place with Phillips screws attached to the sides or bottom of the drive.
Slide the case back together and secure with the Phillips screws previously removed.
Connect the power cord and interface cable into the cabinet. The interface cable will be either USB (Universal Serial Bus), FireWire or eSATA (external SATA). Turn on the power and connect the other end of the interface cable to your computer to complete the installation.
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