I have just brought a new PC with a bigger hard drive. Is it possible to take my old hard drive out of my old PC and use it as an external hard drive on my new one. If so do i just have to buy one of the usb enclosures, stick it in and then let it go or is it more complicated than that. Using XP on both hard drives. (Also, the old hard drive uses an IDE lead, the new on doesn't.)
Having looked at cases (or caddies as they are apparently called) they all look a little small. For example there are 3.5 inch cases and 2.5 inch cases. Whats the difference. Do you have to get the right one?? Most of them seem geared towards lap top hard drives. This is an ex-desktop hard drive.(This may be a dumb question, but what do you want from me?)
You want a 3.5", have a look at Dabs or Amazon, theres plenty of choice. Unless you need the portability I'd install it in the case. If your new PC is SATA as it sounds then why not install as Master IDE.
"If your new PC is SATA as it sounds then why not install as Master IDE."
That sounds like what i wanted to do in the 1st place, but i thought it wouldn't be possible. The comp is sata, but the old hard drive runs with IDE cables. Is it possible then to put the hard drive in the actual machine?