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Converting hard drive into an external?

by ken4063 / July 21, 2006 12:21 AM PDT

My dell dimension 4500s desktop was damaged by lightning, however the new 160 GB hard drive survived. I am replacing the computer with a laptop, but would still like to access the data stored on the drive. It is partitioned into two drives: C, which has Windows XP Pro SP2 and D, which has all my programs and personal files installed on it. Is is possible to make it an external drive without losing any of my data? Unfortunately, while there are other desktops in the house, none of them have big enough hard drives to store all of my data on. Before you chide me, the computer was plugged in through a surge protector and was off at the time of the strike. I would appreciate any feedback, thanks.

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Yes
by jnbhoward / July 21, 2006 1:05 AM PDT

Simply buy a 3.5" external enclosure, and if the drive is indeed intact, you'll have no problem accessing it.

Do note however, that you won't be able to use installed programs, only access data files. So I'd suggest just moving those to the laptop and then formatting the external drive for use as storage space.

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thanks
by ken4063 / July 21, 2006 3:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes

Thanks for the reply. Will do as suggested. Could I just reformat the C(windows) partition for storage? That way, I could keep all my data that is on the D partition. Or would I have to reformat the entire thing?

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That would work too
by jnbhoward / July 21, 2006 5:10 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks

But if it's going to be used solely for storage, I'd just redo it as one big partition. Keeps things simple. Choice is yours though.

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