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Windows 7: How to use a hard drive as an external hard drive?

27 Aug 2012   #1
angelmichu

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How to use a hard drive as an external hard drive?

Hi, I was going to get a new computer but due to unprecedented events I need to wait longer in order to be able to do that. So in the meanwhile, I dont have a place to put my hard drive in and be able to use the files within.

I was wondering if there's a way for me to be able to adjust it, what would I have to do and whether the windows installed in that hard drive cause issues when plugging it in to a computer with windows already installed..?

Thanks a lot in advance

btw, I found this and it made me think it could be possible:

Newegg.com - Rosewill RX35-AT-SU BLK Aluminum 3.5" Black USB 2.0 External Enclosure


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27 Aug 2012   #2
strollin

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

You can install your drive in that enclosure (assuming it is a SATA drive) and access the files on it without issue. The fact that it has Windows on it doesn't matter, your computer will continue to boot from it's boot drive.
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27 Aug 2012   #3
angelmichu

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

yes its a sata drive, and thanks a lot, i didnt want to buy it and then realize it doesn't work.
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28 Aug 2012   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I use a dock with my notebook to access my spare internal drives (it's much cheaper than enclosures when using multiple drives and the drives require less room to store). One can either use a USB 2.0 or e-SATA connection (sadly, my notebook doesn't have an e-SATA port).
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28 Aug 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angelmichu View Post
yes its a sata drive, and thanks a lot, i didnt want to buy it and then realize it doesn't work.
The only additional suggestion I could make is to buy the open enclosure below. It is more versatile and easier to handle.

Newegg.com - Rosewill RX-DU101 Plastic 2.5" & 3.5" Black USB 2.0 Docking Station
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28 Aug 2012   #6
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I've added three hot swap bays to the front of my desk top and I use them regularly.
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28 Aug 2012   #7
bej

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

I'm using four of the exact Rosewill units you referenced in the OP. They have worked perfectly for three years.
Just be sure and get the "3.5 SATA TO USB 2.0". I made a mistake, didn't look closely, and ordered one "TO USB 3.0".
Couldn't get it to work.
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28 Aug 2012   #8
angelmichu

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Oh ok. Good points every one and thanks a lot for the replies

the swap bays are interesting....
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