All you need to do is purchase a hard drive enclosure (available from online stores such as newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, etc.) that supports SATA hard drives. (The power and data connections are entirely different, so it must state SATA compatibility...standard ATA/PATA isn't important in your case.) Follow the instructions to insert it into the enclosure, then connect it to your computer's USB (or Firewire) port. No software or driver installations are necessary for it to work. Once connected, open up Disk Management through the Control Panel (Administrative Tools), right-click the new hard drive, and format it using FAT32, NTFS, or whichever you prefer/need. (NTFS would likely be the best option for you.) Once complete it should appear in My Computer and be ready to use.
Hope this helps,
My computer a Dell Dimension E510 has a 80 Gig HDD installed it is an IDE.
I was given a brand new 160 Gig SATA HDD that i would like to turn into an External HDD will i have any problem doing this?
Will i be able to format it.
Can any one tell what i need to do and how to do it ?
Computer Manufacturer: Dell
Computer Model: E510
Amount of memory installed: 1Gb Ram
CPU: 3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
Hard drive size: 80 Gb IDE
Video adapter: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family [Display adapter] (2x)
Modem: Intel(R) 537EP V9x DF PCI Modem
Browser: IE 6
WinXP Media Center w/Sp2