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tiger2218

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Hello everyone,
I am not the best with computers but a friend asked if I could get their music and pics off an old laptop that wouldnt power up. I bought the external drive case and removed all requested files. I need to know what do I need to do to make it a permanent external drive for them meaning does it need the operating system? Do I need to format the drive? And if so how do I do that? Any and all ideas are welcome, Thanks
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With the music and pics on the drive now all they have to do is plug it in to almost any computer and the drive should be recognised and the files should be accessible.
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Welcome to Geeks To Go!

Just to be clear, you cannot install Windows on it while it's in an external case (at least not without a fair amount of technical know-how). For most of us, the drive would need to be installed internally on a laptop to install Windows on it.

What you can do, however, now that you've bought an external case for it, is leave it in there and use it as a backup drive for music files, pictures, videos & documents, just about anything that you want to back up for safekeeping.
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Thanks for the help. I just reformatted the drive and will use it as an external drive. :)
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