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Sep 7, 2010

Re-Use Your Old Laptop's Hard Drive

Hard Drive Enclosure
Inexpensive hard drive enclosures are ideal for recycling old laptop drives that have been replaced by higher-capacity models.

An enclosure is essentially an external case for that internal drive, one that lends it a USB interface. When all is said and done, you'll have a compact USB hard drive you can use for backups, extra storage, transporting files, and so on.

More immediately, an enclosure lets you easily restore your data onto the new drive--a simple drag-and-drop operation. With that done, you'll have to decide if you want to wipe the drive or keep it intact.

When shopping for an enclosure, make sure to choose one that offers the proper kind of interface for your old drive. Again, if it's more than a few years old, it's probably IDE. Any newer and it's more likely to be SATA. In either case, you should be able to find one for just Php400 to Php700.


Anonymous said...

I'd find one of these really handy. I wonder if an enclosure is available with an ethernet interface?

Jonas said...

Yep there are available enclosures with an ethernet interface. But most are designed for desktop hard drives and they cost more. I believe its called a Network HDD enclosure.