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Can I make my internal HD external and I change the type of microsoft it runs with?

Q: Can I make my internal HD external and I change the type of microsoft it runs with?

I currently have a pc that was windows 2000 that is now not working. I recently put a new hard drive into the pc and it currently store all my music (itunes) and document flies. I would like to if it is possible to take the hard drive out and connect it to my other computer externally. The only other issue is the other computer is running on vista. Is it possible to do this?

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A: Can I make my internal HD external and I change the type of microsoft it runs with?

Yes, you can take that hard drive out of the 2k machine and read it just fine in Vista. What you can't do is take your OS drive from 2k and boot another machine with it, but I don't think that is what you were asking.
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A:How can I change which internal hard drive runs windows 7?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums.

I'm not sure I understand. These two internal hard disks are in another computer? What operating system is running on this other computer?

Be aware that you can't transfer the MSI Windows installation to another computer for two reasons:

1. It probably won't run.
2. Microsoft does not allow transfer of OEM licenses between computers.

Also, please fill out your system specs completely, so that we can help you better.
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1St problem, Do I need to do anything special to make the Device a Plug and Play ?
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A:Make Internal HDD to External

Diskpart isn't the easiest way to do so, and I hope that didn't do anything to the drive. The easiest is to assign the drive a letter in Disk Management. But, to back up a bit, is it recognized in Disk Management, first.
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That drive does not sound good. I would not trust it.
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A:Can I make an INTERNAL hard drive EXTERNAL?

Yeah just buy an external HD enclosure and bingo instant portable HD. Most of them use PATA IDE HDs and USB to connect to a PC.
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A:Make your laptop internal & external speakers play together

Props to OP - I've found a somewhat related hassle-free solution for desktops with Realtek Audio.

In the settings, you can 'disable front jack detection'. Therefore, speakers connected to the rear panel won't stop when you plug something else in the front.
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do you have the remove hidden data feature installed and turned on?
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A:can't change computer type back to original type in device manager!
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A:External vs Internal Speakers - Keeps switching to internal?

Hey Ryan, i had a similar issue with my laptop and i think it has a very easy solution. (But may vary from laptop to laptop)  When i had this issue, i simple went to and the technician there were happy to help me with this problem. I hope you find the answer to the problem. Thanks!
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A:All icon change to WMP and all target type change to EXE File

Hello Kechik Crew, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could do a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened to undo and fix this quickly.
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A:Need to make sure program is closed on all machines before backup runs

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Originally Posted by Coloradolime

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I have an idea...
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Quote: Originally Posted by jimb0616

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I've about filled up an internal HD to an HP notebook and I need to decide if the best approach is to 1) see if I can get a larger internal HD, or 2) if it is just simpler to go with an external for storing all general files and keeping my programs on the internal.........?

Any thoughts?

And, no matter which route I take is there a clear list of things to do in the order of doing? Like, being careful what I do to my OS and other programs?


A:External or internal HD-looking for best practice

Get a larger internal if your HP will support a larger capacity drive. Use an external drive to back up important files like documents, pictures and music, removing these from time to time from the internal drive
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will my W/D IDE work in an external case to extract files/folders or do i need to buy a complete external HDD to access files on this drive ?

A:Internal IDE in external case ?

As long as the drive works and you get the proper enclosure everything should go smoothly. You should look for an external enclosure that is supports an IDE drive. You can find them on the net pretty cheap.
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How safe is it to use the Internal hdd as an external

as in keeping it packed out of the comp always and using it only as an external....

have the external connectors for using the internal hdd as a usb device....
is it safe to keep this external as internal and not keep it plugged in inside the computer

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OK so I have one GB Seagate Cuda Hard Drive There good Model the is the newest model it's got the Back-Up HDD. Internal, External..?? or MB cache and Gb s transfer they are good drives and they are getting Fairly cheap I can get a brand new one for right now at Buy com So Here is my question I have nothing to back-up all my Back-Up HDD. Internal, or External..?? Data to I really really need a second drive just in case of a Drive Back-Up HDD. Internal, or External..?? failure it's happened to me once I never wanna loose everything again I have over songs and Lots of Photo's and video's I'm going to get one ASAP I wanted everyone's opinion I was thinkin to get an identical drive and just make exact copy of my current drive and then have a program always do that so if I get a failure I'm ok cuz I can just swap them out But then I started thinkin that maybe I want an external If I'm going out going to a freinds house or whatever I was thinkin maybe a Seagate External or Maybe those cool My Passport ones whatever is best and mid priced So what does everyone think what would be my best bet for best Drive safest and overall a good price ratio I know external's sometimes die faster than internal cuz always getting moved and what not or from heat in that tiny enclosure so I'm just not sure Peoples Opinion's are very much wanted Let me know what you think I should do I'm only using around GB now maybe a lil more but I plan to add to that Thanks Cheers

A:Back-Up HDD. Internal, or External..??

I'm always lookin for a good deal. I'm thinkin external because I can have portable 500GB.. that would be great.. I know that Firewire and eSATA are both much faster than USB2.0 but when it's something your only using to Back-up Data to.. and not something I'll be using on a daily basis, I'm thinkin that the speed is not all that much of importance.. yes I could get a external that has USB and eSATA both.. but they cost a good $40 or more just for having the eSATA. and like I said, it's nice but not all that important.. the cheapest one I could find for a 500GB external HD by seagate was like 119.00 USD.. until I found this.

Seagate 500GB FreeAgent USB 2.0 7200RPM External Hard Drive - ST305004FDA1E1-RK -

I'm thinkin I'll get that, Does not have eSATA or anything special. but it's cheap, and just what I need. How does this look. thats a GREAT deal and pretty cheap for 500GB and even better has a 5 yr warranty. what ya guys think?

Edit* Or something like a WD MyBook, I'd get a my passport but they only go to 320. The Mybook looks like it has better cooling, as the Seagate doesn't have any vents at all from what I can see.. what do you guys think.?? Western Digital 500 GB My Book Essential 2.0 - USB 2.0 External Hard Drive WDH1U5000N: Electronics
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For many home users when they connect to a home router there computer is assigned an IP address in class C (in the range - but there external IP (issued by the ISP) is different (e.g. What device is responsible for this translation and how does it not which packet to send to which node on the network?

A:What makes an internal IP external?

The router does it, have a look at this for more detail
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I have an external Western Digital External HDD (500GB) and it is always connected to my PC. When I start the computer up the BIOS tells me that it cannot find a bootable device. I checked the BIOS priority with the EHDD connected and that was put at a higher priority than the internall HDD. Now, the problem is, the Internal HDD was not displayed in the boot priority and was not in the boot list, therefore I could not put it at a higher priority than the EHDD.

Starting the computer with the externall HDD works fine, it's just that it's a pain having to disconnect and connect it all the time.


A:External HDD Booting before Internal HDD

Not to sure how you are managing to boot if your boot drive is not in the boot priority list
When you have the external connected where is the machine booting from?
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I have a dell 910 notebook and the ssd has failed.
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Thank you in advance

A:Using a external hdd insted of internal ssd

Leon478 welcome to SF,
Absolutely you can. I might recommend a new SSD though and a back up drive. On my work lappy I run a 256gb SSD and then a 1TB usb 3.0 HDD external. Another idea would be to get a large SD card and boot from it to a internal spinner. Lots of options but your idea is correct but you will need to change the boot order in your bios.
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Have tried updating drivers, and all the usual sound checks, but to no avail. Even so far as a full factory restore has been done, but still with no joy.

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i am pretty sure my original hard drive is on it's last leg as it clicks often and when i try to reboot windows xp i have a difficult time. right now the clicking has subsided. i have an external hard drive (F) that can accept all the data from the original (c). i tried copying and had no luck. any help will be appreciated. oh no !! i think i hear it clicking. LOL thanks, hchackenbush

A:internal hd data to external hd

Clicking is not a good sign . . What files did you try to copy? . . how did you try to copy the files?

You may have better luck attaching your current drive to a working pc to salvage files you cherish
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I am looking to purchase a HDD for backup purposes but I am not sure which is best, an internal drive or an external.

I know external via usb are portable but this is not a neccesary requirement.

Do they work the same or do I have to configure an internal drive to get it to work? I have read about partitioning etc. Is this going to be too much hassle?

Any comments please

A:Internal or external drive?

Externals have a habit of overheating if left running for long periods. An internal with a fan keeping it cool is a much better idea in my opinion.
An internal will also be quicker too.
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