I hope this is in the right forum. sorry - I'm a noob at this stuff I hope this makes sense.
I managed to get a computer from my work which was used as a CAD computer, it's an HP workstation xw6000 and I already have an OK desktop for home. But my home desktop needs a few things: RAM upgrade, videocard upgrade and more HD space. What I was planning on doing is taking the bits I need from the work desktop and putting them into my computer - except the HD. This is the first step, I would like to use that HD to make an external HD. So here are my questions:
1 - Do I pull out what I need first, then format then make the external? or just format the drive after the external is made
2 - Is there a way to check that the HD is ok? I don't want it crashing out after a week.
3 - Do I need to take the "external" case of the HD off then insert into the external case?
I've found quite a bit of info on making the external HDs but nothing about taking one from an old computer.
I haven't decided on a case yet.
Thanks so much