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how to make a internal hdd external hdd

Discussion in 'Hardware Q&A' started by rajesh_verma, Feb 18, 2006.

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  1. rajesh_verma

    rajesh_verma New Member

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    Hello I have a 5gb internal hdd i want to use it as external. Please tell me the whole proceedure to make it as external
     
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    dude!! you will get an external USb casing for RS 700/-.
    you can also connect you CD & DvD writer in it. Check if it supports USB 2.0(faster speed!!)

    But if you dont have an HDD to boot from, then how will you start your computer?
    I am not sure about this But if you still want to do so then try knoppix.The os which runs from CD!!
    check if it supports usb devices!! If this works:: WALLA!!
    Cnverted from InTeRnAl to ExTeRnAl

    Enjoy!!
     
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    amitsaudy New Member

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    Seems he has another hdd to boot from as he has not stated that.
    If thats it then no need for the live cd.
    Just buy an ide to usb hdd casing.
     
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    grinning_devil New Member

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    on looking at this thread just gave me an idea to make use of my old 40GB IDE PATA HDD(currently iam using 2 SATA drives)....

    guys we just need a free USB port...thats it ???
    lemme search on ebay and hen i'll look for it in nehru place!!
     
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    infra_red_dude Wire muncher!

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    yeah, if possible get a usb2.0 casing. connect it to a usb2.0 controller supported port and thats it!
     
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    okk....ebay doesnt have any ...
    what will be the expected price ???
    under 1 k ???
    and recommended manufacturer ??
     
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    Buy only a branded one.
    TRANSCEND
     
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    grinning_devil New Member

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    any online shop i can buy frm...
    bcoz i think locating a branded casing in nehru place will be a lil difficult....
    nd ofcourse the price..
     
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    ashu888ashu888 Core i7 (nehalem) Owner

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    infra_red_dude wrote:
    WIll there be any transfer issues like slow transfer speeds using a USB casing and conenctivity?? :? :?



    amitsaudy wrote:
    Can u try to post a screen shot of how this External USB casing (for an Internal HDD)looks like??

    cheers n e-peace.....
     
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    amit u r right i had another 80gb hdd from which i m booting
    Thanks everyone for nice suggestion
     
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    grinning_devil New Member

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    purchased a local brand...(gemini) USB2.0 External HDD Casing.... working like a charm!!
    costed me 400bucks...cheap na ?? :))
     
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    are yaar!!!!
    i bought it for 700/- RS.

    KAY PHATAPHAT PRICE KAM HOTA HAI!!!!!

    I am wondering about the prices after this budget!!
     
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    lets hope for the best !!
    i also purchased 50 blank DVD's Local Brad...for 450/- ...comes down to 9rs per DVD ... !! have burned 3 down...looking god till now...
     
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    Dude tat is all True salla Budget mein kya hoga God Only Knows.
    BTW 4m Where did u get d DVD yaar v v Cheap i get Mosarbaer for 20 Bucks /DVD.
    Mulund really Sucks
     
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    grinning_devil New Member

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    frm nehru place,delhi....
    nd dont compare ur moserbaer with my local unbrabded one...
    they are not comparable...
    the pack of 100 DVD's frm Moserbaer were for 1550/- !
     
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    Ankur Gupta Wandering in time...

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    Well grinning_devil is right on the money!!!!
    he has qouted the prices of np perfeclty right.
    moser for 20/-
    sprint-15/-
    unbranded-10/-
     
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    "how to make a internal hdd external hdd"
    Its going off topic guys.Dont post for DVD costs.
     
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    ok is it better to buy a 5.25" enclosure (as it has a fan), and use a mount to keep the 3.5" drive secure in it


    OR

    to buy a 3.5" enclosure (no fan)

    @ashu

    Regarding the difference in speed, there is definitely a latency involved, but it isn't noticable if you use USB 2.0. If on the other hand if you use USB 1.1, then your transfers are gonna take forever
     
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    I have 3 USB2 cases (2 x 3.5" and 1 x 2.5") and 2 USB2IDE cables and I have found the Vantec cases the BEST - the Vantec 3.5" case cost me 2500/- ... I think it is worth it to get this case. The other 3.5" case I have is the BAFO which does not recognise HDDs larger than 127GB.

    Regarding speeds.....

    when I have my 2 HDDs conntected to the computers Controller I get a data transfer speed of around 48mb/s

    when I move one of these 2 HDDs to a USB2 case the data transfer speed comes down to 24mb/s

    The USB2 2.5" case with a Seagate 20GB 5400RPM HDD gives me 11mb/s

    This same Seagate 2.5" HDD when connected to the USB2IDE cable gives me 18mb/s

    The Techcom USB2IDE cable is not good. The one to buy is...
    http://www.dansdata.com/rdriver.htm
    I got one of these from Lamington Road for 650/- 6 months back - I heard it is a bit cheaper now. The advantage of this cable is that it takes 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs as well as Optical drives and writers.
     
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