How to convert an Internal HDD to external

  herc182 19:28 02 Jan 2007

Dear all, I have read this somewhere but cant remember where. What do i need to buy to convert an internal HDD to and external one?


  sean-278262 19:30 02 Jan 2007

Hard disk caddy in the correct size click here or otherwise will get you one for about £15.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:44 02 Jan 2007

HArd drive type IDE or Sata?

size 3.5 or 2.5

make sure type and size of extrneral case is correct

if IDE then set the jumper on the drive to MASTER before fitting in the case.

  herc182 19:47 02 Jan 2007


I cant remember which size HDD i have. Its the same size as the one that came with the tower unit. I assume its 3.5". Does this caddy mean i just plug in the hard drive and then it acts as a USB unit?


  herc182 19:47 02 Jan 2007

its definately IDE (i dont have SATA).

and i assume its 3.5"

  jack 19:55 02 Jan 2007

Caddies come all flavours but generally a small circuit board in side with IDE connector.
Power is supplied internally or from a mains'Brick'
Best avoid those that rely on the USB power to run
may pull the 'puter PSU down and stall other USB devices

  herc182 20:00 02 Jan 2007

Jack do you recommend one? I have no idea! I will just analyse it to death otherwise and I have a headache (yes yes boohoo for me :-))

  jack 20:30 02 Jan 2007

There are so many out there that it would take for ever

One I have [I have several] with internal Power is ICE BOX
Others are not branded.
click here Dabs allready mentioned
Do a google or even dare I mention -E-Bay

  Newuser38 20:36 02 Jan 2007

Maplin click here also stock them

  herc182 20:54 02 Jan 2007

would this do the job?

click here

  woodchip 22:13 02 Jan 2007

Do not Forget, the Hard Drive jumper must be set as Master before putting it in the caddy.
The Drive should be a 3.5ins. Caddy will be supplied with drivers cables and a mains adapter

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