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Windows 7: External HD Enclosure help?

25 Jul 2010   #1
Ryn2o01

Windows 7
 
 
External HD Enclosure help?

So my computer was around 6 years old and it finally gave out on me and rather then fix it I've decided to just buy a new one. However it has been a month since I backed up anything and there are things still on the hard drive I need.

My question is if I buy a External Enclosure for my current hard drive in the case and plug it in via USB, would I be able to click and drag files over into the new computer? Both computers have windows 7 installed.


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25 Jul 2010   #2
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yes. Things may be organized a little differently then you are used to seeing, but yes, you can still do it just fine.
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25 Jul 2010   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Is it an IDE or SATA HD ? If you have enough room in the new computer you may want to install it as a second HD. Unless you are talking about a laptop computer.
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25 Jul 2010   #4
Ryn2o01

Windows 7
 
 

Awesome I was worried I had lost it. It's SATA and the new computer I got has 750gb and ive already got a 500gb external so that should be enough to last me a while. Thanks for the info
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25 Jul 2010   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

This is also one of my favorite gadgets. A tri-head USB adapter for all 3 types of HD's.
It lets you connected HD's quickly for testing or transfer of data. Found on eBay


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25 Jul 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Doc, how is this thingy called? Looks neat.
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25 Jul 2010   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Doc, how is this thingy called? Looks neat.

go to eBay search type in sata/ide USB adapter

from $ 0.99 & up plus shipping

I usually get the ones from China, but takes about 2 weeks because of Int'l shipping.
but the price is worth the wait. Nice to have a couple laying arround for testing HD's
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25 Jul 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Got it. Thanks.
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25 Jul 2010   #9
Ryn2o01

Windows 7
 
 

That's actually pretty cool, b/c I probably wont use the old hard dive as an external after I finish transferring.

Dumb question though. I measured my current hard drive and it's 4 inchs...the only kind of cases I see are 2.5 or 3.5 inch ones. Which one should I get?
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25 Jul 2010   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ryn2o01 View Post
That's actually pretty cool, b/c I probably wont use the old hard dive as an external after I finish transferring.

Dumb question though. I measured my current hard drive and it's 4 inchs...the only kind of cases I see are 2.5 or 3.5 inch ones. Which one should I get?
Why don't you get the thingy that DocBrown posted. It's cheaper and you don't have a size problem.
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