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3.5 External Harddrive Enclosure: formatting?

Posted on 2005-05-16
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Hi guys, i've recently had a problem with my desktop and i want to take out one out of the two harddrives from it, and place it in an external harddrive enclosure and connect it to my laptop.

the harddrive i want to remove from my desktop does not have any operating systems on it. I used it for backup and there's all kinds of media files on it.

The external harddrive case im looking at is hot swappable and plug and play. If I buy the external harddrive case, will i have to FORMAT the harddrive before using it??

that is something i definitely do not want to do.

thank you for any advice
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No you should be able to just plug it in and go without formatting.  Assuming we are talking about windows OS with a firewire or USB enclosure.

About the only case that would be a problem is if the drive is currently formatted with NTFS and the laptop was Win98/me.   In this case win98/me cannot see a NTFS partition.  Any newer versions 2000 or XP will see it fine.

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i have windows xp home, and the harddrive enclosure is usb 2.0.
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