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Installing A New Hard Drive


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Bslforever

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Hi, this is my first post on this site :)

Ok, i have gotten hold of a new 300gb hard drive that i would like to use as an additional drive for my Laptop. I dont know if this is even possible as i received the hard drive for free. This explains the reason for my lack of knowledge about the particular drive.

Ok, its a Maxtor ATA hdd. I am not sure of its exact specifications. If you could prompt me to find relavent information, it would help a lot.

I would like to install it on my laptop, its an NEC laptop, about a year old. I use XP.

Can anyone give me a hand with this? I dont even know if what i would like to do is possible.

Thanks in advance.

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Probably best to get a drive enclosure with USB or Firewire, if you have Firewire. A laptop will only hold one hdd and it will be a 2.5", not a 3.5".
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Hmm i was hoping that something like that would be possible, thanks a lot.

A few questions:

How much would something like that cost and would i need to alter any settings or would it just be plug and play?

Thanks for the quick reply, much appreciated.
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$100 to whatever you want to spend. It all depends on the capacity you want.

Yes an external USB hard drive is plug and play.
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Sorry to seem thick but i only want the drive enclosure. I already have the drive. I only wanted to know how much the enclosure would cost. Is the $100 for the enclosure?

EDIT: http://www.amazon.co...8298089-0853407 is this the type of thing i need. I think i gave a 3.5" HDD (it says 3.5 series).

Edited by Bslforever, 09 February 2008 - 04:29 PM.

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james_8970

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Is this hard drive IDE or SATA? No an enclosure alone will be much cheaper.
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Edited by james_8970, 09 February 2008 - 04:49 PM.

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Bslforever

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Ahh great, i was worried there :)

Its an ATA. Again, i dont know much about these things, but its not SATA.
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The drive you selected should work just fine.
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Great, thanks a lot.

You were more than helpful :) i wasnt expecting to sort this out on the same day as i posted my problem. Thanks a lot.

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Not a problem. By the way, welcome to geekstogo :)
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Thanks, this was a great way to get welcomed.
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