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Easily re-using a drive from a older PC

Any hard drive from a computer (even a laptop) can be easily transferred into a USB Drive Enclosure like the one shown below:-

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This one is for a desktop hard drive (3.5″) – whether an older IDE one or a newer SATA. It can be bought from any Maplin (or PC World) for about £30-40. Those for a laptop hard drive (2.5″) are usually cheaper and have the advantage of not (usually) requiring a power socket connection.

After connecting the power and drive connectors, you simply pllug in the power and a USB cable, simply plug it into any PC. Within a few minutes, it will show up in Windows as a new drive – just like a USB memory stick – with a drive letter like E, allowing you to access  the files.

As it’s come from a Windows PC, you’ll need to look for your Windows profile – which will usually be under the “Users” directory.  Then look for the directories which contain your files such as Documents, Music or Pictures.

Your PC’s hard drive – Is it wearing out?

The hard drive inside your computer, which you may know as “the C drive” stores your Windows setup, all your programs and (usually) all your files. This is what it looks like:-

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So if it starts to become faulty, your computer will become very sluggish – but at this point your data is generally still safe.

So I recommend you take a few minutes to download and install Acronis Drive Monitor, a FREE utility which will assess the health of your hard drive – and alert you as and when it starts to develop any problems. Download your copy here

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This early warning should prevent your drive becoming seriously faulty – at that point your data is at risk – and you may have needed to consider using a specialist to recover the files.

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