Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Questions about my SSD and external drive.

01 Aug 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
Questions about my SSD and external drive.

I recently built my first PC and for the time being I'm stuck with this.
I had a 2TB HDD that I can't use right now and I'm waiting for my next paycheck to buy more SSD.

Now I'd like advice on how to utilize this 500GB drive to it's fullest capabilities. I have my Steam library on there and I'd like to know if it's using it's full speed or not.

I plugged it in back through the USB 3.0 port, how can I check to make sure it's good?

I also heard something about taking it out of it's case and connecting it via SATA or something? Anyone know more about that?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Aug 2014   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hatashi of course you can do that I have done it many times. Take the drive casing apart - you might wreck the casing doing it - then take the drive from inside the casing - it will just pull out as if you were removing a drive from a laptop.

Now I am assuming it will be a SATA drive and not an IDE one - take the side off the machine and ground yourself before touching anything inside the machine.
Then find a SATA power cable and fit it to the drive - then just hook up the drive with a SATA data cable to the board SATA port. Turn on the machine and see if the drive is recognised in Computer.

If it is you can then test want you want to and if all is ok then power off remove the cables from the drive and fit the drive into a 3.5" bay adaptor and then fit that into a 3.5" bay. Reconnect the cables and you are finished. Test to see if it is still recognised - done!

Attached Thumbnails
Questions about my SSD and external drive.-bay-1.png   Questions about my SSD and external drive.-bay-2.png   Questions about my SSD and external drive.-bay-3.png  
Attached Images
Questions about my SSD and external drive.-bay-4.png 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Aug 2014   #3

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I'd be waiting before pulling the ext 500GB apart.
It's a 2.5" drive plus you have USB 3 connectivity so I don't think a straight sata connection is going to really give you anything in the speed area from this drive. I keep it for what it's good for ultimately - an ext USB3 drive for data/backup/system images.

You can check the drive using chkdsk or Seagates's seatools diagnostics. You can check the speed using something like CrystalDiskMark. I think the small spinner will be the speed limiting factor and not the data connection.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Aug 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would not pull it apart. USB3 gives you good performance - the Sata port would only be slightly better but not worth it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Aug 2014   #5

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Well I tend to agree with the others I just thought you were bent on doing just that and rather than let you go in heavy handed did my lttle post.

Having said that I have pulled them apart as I described and frankly quite a few I found were NOT actually 6Gbs as you would expect the 3.0 external to contain but just some woefully slow 3Gbs drive That was not exclusive to the cheaper brands either!!

Personally I do not like large drives as I - a) don't store a humungous amount of data and - b) because if it goes south so does a lot of data with it and retrieving it can be painful - but that is just me I would sooner have several smaller drives than one large one.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Questions about my SSD and external drive.

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
External Hard Drive - Reformatting and General Access Questions
I purchased an external hard drive from a second hand store (Toshiba Canvio Connect 500 GB, USB), and I have a few questions on it: Background: When I first plugged in an error popped up saying the USB drive needed repair, I clicked OK and it failed. I opened the properties and the disk space...
Backup and Restore
Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?
So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to...
Hardware & Devices
2 External HD Backup questions
First time with an external HD backup and all seemed to go well. I followed the prompts during the preparation of the backup and burned a "system repair disk" at the conclusion. Question 1: For scheduled backups, does the data need to be erased from the ext HD prior to subsequent backups or...
Backup and Restore
How to reset IE9 security questions for an external app?
Hello, When a link is launched from IE9 and needs to open in a different application, then a couple of security questions are presented before launching it for the first time. How can I reset these questions? (the selection made) Preferably, just for that type of link. Or alternatively, for all...
Browsers & Mail
Installing windows external HD, Partitioning, File Truecrypt Questions
I just did massive research (at least 8 hours or so) reading reviews and considering features of the Tohsiba Canvio Plus usb3 seagate drives iomega drives I have had great reliability with the 320gb toshiba I had in the past so after much consideration, I went with the Toshiba Canvio 3.0. I...
Hardware & Devices
Adding an external display - questions
I have budget laptop that I use primarily as a desktop replacement and I've upgraded just about every piece that can be upgraded, RAM hard disk, OS... and now I would like to add a decent external monitor, and good wireless keyboard / mouse combo. The laptop only has VGA output and a max. native...
Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:59.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App