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    Question* HardDrive Hook up through USB

    Well I have this two HardDrives from my older pc, and I was wondering if I can somehow hook them up to my laptop through USB. Is it Possible?
    If it is, what kind of cables do I need? please help
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    are they standard reg size hard drives

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    One is a one year old harddrive, 40GB, the other one is 20GB. Can't remember the name of the brand.
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    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...155-502&depa=9

    you need something like these that attach by either usb or firewire what ever you have

    go to “compusa” or “frys” and ask they will know what you need

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    Yeah, internal laptop HDs are smaller IIRC. As Andrew911tt said, you'll need an external enclosure for USB/firewire.
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    For normal HDD's you need a 3.5" external enclosure, for laptop drives I think you need a 2.5" external enclosure.

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    dont u just buy a cheap IDE to USB cable and plug it in ur HD and put it in a case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonchiu
    dont u just buy a cheap IDE to USB cable and plug it in ur HD and put it in a case?
    And spend a bunch of money when he could just spend $20-$30 for a enclosure?
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    o right well the enclosures are dirt cheap here so i was'nt thinkin about that.

    what is the alturnative?

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    Oh, I'm sorry, I misread you saying that he should buy a cheap HD and not a cable.

    And this is for his laptop, not a desktop.
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    I think if I can find a cheap enclosure i'm going to get that. It's just I don't want to through away those HD's I have, if I can use them for storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brembo
    For normal HDD's you need a 3.5" external enclosure, for laptop drives I think you need a 2.5" external enclosure.
    This is incorrect
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenezzite
    I think if I can find a cheap enclosure i'm going to get that. It's just I don't want to through away those HD's I have, if I can use them for storage.
    If you are looking at enclosures, try to find one that has a cooling fan. I have an aluminum USB2.0\FireWire enclosure that has an 80mm cooling fan and I can leave it running 24\7 with no heating problems at all. It obvsiouly cost a bit more than a plastic enclosure, but I would highly recommend looking for one with a fan.
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