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Converting A Spare Internal Hard Drive To An External USB 3.0


Hard drives are dirt cheap these days when compared to the prices from times past, especially when you consider the massive sizes of the drives currently on the market.

That’s why many people are choosing to upgrade the hard drives on their existing computers instead of buying an entire new PC.


If you’re one of those who have taken the plunge and upgraded the hard drive in your computer, you might be wondering what you can do with your old drive. 

You have several options, but our professional recommendation is converting that old drive into an external USB hard drive. All you need to do is purchase an external USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure and plug your drive into it.


Here are a couple of things to consider should you decide to convert your old internal hard drive into an external USB hard drive:

1 – If your computer doesn’t have USB 3.0 ports, you can probably add some for pretty cheap.

2 – After installing the drive in the enclosure and plugging it into your PC, you’ll probably want to reformat it. Simply right-click on the the drive in Windows Explorer / File Explorer and click Format.

Make sure your new drive and its Windows installation is working as it should and That you’ve copied all of your files off the old drive before you format it!

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