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Need to rescue internal harddrive - make external

My old XP computer suddenly died. I had most of my data saved on a slave drive (80 gig seagate Ultra ATA). I don't want to lose this data as I had already transferred it to my laptop and an overzealous tech reformatted that laptop and took everything I had saved. I have a new Vista desktop. I want to take the internal drive, buy a case and use it as an external, at least long enough to get the pictures and irreplaceable stuff I have on there. Is that possible? If so, what kind of case etc do I need?

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Good idea.

In reply to: Need to rescue internal harddrive - make external

Cases are plentiful, easy to find at newegg.com and geeks.com

If you could supply the make, model of the drive, members could look to see if it's a SATA or IDE drive and what size. Armed with that, there are numerous offerings that work fine. I prefer any with ample cooling.
Bob

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Yes, it is not only possible but easy ...

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what you need is to locate an external IDE to USB enclosure then put your old drive into it. You don't mention the drive size (2.5 inch, 3.5 inch, or 5.25 inch and Seagate made hard drives in all three forms) so you just have to be sure the enclosure you select is for the size drive you have.

A google search finds many -
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=ide+to+usb+enclosure

You can also find them on eBay -
http://search.ebay.com/ide-to-usb-enclosure_W0QQ_trksidZm37QQfromZR40

both searches will also point you to cheaper solutions where no enclosure is used but all necessary adapter cables are provided such as this one at eBay (I have no connection to the seller, it was simply the first link in the search)-
http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-2-0-TO-IDE-ENCLOSURE-CABLE-ADAPTER-FOR-CD-DVD-HDD_W0QQitemZ110304507732QQihZ001QQcategoryZ41994QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Hope this helps.

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help for converting internal to external

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I pulled the harddrive out of the computer. This says Barracuda 7200.70 80 gbytes. It measures 4" x 5 1/2 " THe Model # is ST 380013A. I am not a geek person but I can use a phillips screwdriver ok. I can also use a hammer - but I want to save my pictures!;) What killed my XP computer (I think) was trying to use a transfer cable to move files to my new Vista computer. It threw a fit, died, and now says disk error when I try to reboot. If I can save my pics and songs my son wrote when he was little off that harddrive I'll be happy. Then I'll try to make/buy some kind of external storage drive. I've learned my lesson! BAck up even new computers!

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