External Drive - Laptop

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Good day!

I have a brand new Western Digital 320GB Laptop drive... Model: WD3200BPVT.

Is it possible to put this drive in some type of enclosure and use it as an external drive?

Thanks.
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Gareth GudgerSolution Architect
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Get something like this: http://www.sharkoon.com/?q=en/content/sata-quickport-xt-usb30-v2
and you will be able to use any 2.5 or 3.5" SATA disk.

HTH,
Dan
Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - Consultant
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Yes, you can put this in an external enclosure and use as external drive.

You jus need to purchase external enclosure. Browse to the link below

http://www.ebuyer.com/lists/list/9779

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Retired
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This works very nicely for converting a laptop drive to an external USB v3.0 drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812123371

You just screw the protective cover on the drive; and plug in the connecting cable.
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Of course you can use it as an external drive. But it really depends what you want to use the external drive for. If it is because you want to boot your m$ OS that has been installed to that drive from the external drive, then no, you can't use it for that, or not easily.

For Windows 7 you would need to do a special installation to that drive, via a virtual machine, for Windows 8 you can do the same, but with the Ultimate edition you also have the option to use "Windows to Go", which is easier to setup. Either way, having USB 3 would be recommended as otherwise the speed can be an issue.

For Linux on the other hand there is absolutely no problem installing the OS to the external drive and booting the PC from it. Here even using USB2 gives you acceptable speeds for most circumstances.

If it is just a drive for your Data or your backups, then using it as an external disk is absolutely no problem.

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