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Connecting an internal hard drive to a Laptop

by ess2484 / April 16, 2006 4:39 AM PDT

I was wondering if it's possible to connect an internal hard drive from a PC to a laptop. Is there some sort of IDE to USB or Firewire connector?

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hard drive mounts
by bceagle7 / April 16, 2006 6:26 AM PDT

You can connect an internal drive to a laptop, or almost any other computer, by way of a external hard drive mount, which is basically a case that encloses an internal drive and connects to the computer via usb, and some have firewire as well.

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external enclosure
by linkit / April 16, 2006 12:25 PM PDT

Google: 3.5'' external hard drive enclosure

3.5'' = desktop HD
2.5'' = notebook HD

External enclosrues are made for both sizes. There are models available that will enclose an IDE (PATA) or SATA HD. Your local computer and electronics stores carry them. Cheapest prices are usually found online.

Adapters without a case are available as a nice temporary solution. Example:

NOTE: Connecting an external HD to a Windows XP machine via USB 2.0 has a better track record than Firewire. There are also some models that connect to an external SATA port.

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