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I have another PC now as my old one died. It did have a new HDD in it.
Is there a way I can make an external drive out of it at a relatively inexpensive cost? I saw it done but the enclosure(tool free)cost $ 400.
Too much for me as I was thinking under 50$
 
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Depending on your new case, you might be able to install it as a second internal drive.

Walmart has external drive enclosures for $8.99.
 
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Walmart external drive; is it the kind you just install no tools and you can just plug in or do you have to buy parts for it?
I never did this so I don't know if you buy a cable also.
 
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As far as I can tell from the website it is an enclosure you install your hard drive into and then it plugs into USB port.
 
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Originally Posted by peterr
I have another PC now as my old one died. It did have a new HDD in it.
Is there a way I can make an external drive out of it at a relatively inexpensive cost? I saw it done but the enclosure(tool free)cost $ 400.
Too much for me as I was thinking under 50$
No, that price is way off.

A common "Hard-Drive-Encolsure" is around $20 from amazon.com, that is for the enclosure and the USB cables to connect the drive to the new computer.

The most common hard drive connection is (SATA) (two "L" shaped slots" in either size of 2.5" (laptop) or a 3.5"(desktop) drive, size.

You'll need to know
- what size is the drive? 3.5" or 2.5"
- what connection is the drive> SATA or IDE
- what connection does your computer have (usually USB 2.0)


You'll about
 
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I assume you're referring to a 3.5" hard drive. You need to determine what interface your HD has (IDE or SATA). If it's SATA, you can purchase one for $20 from Amazon. It has a USB 3.0 interface, so it's fast, and the USB cable is included. It's tool-free, so you don't even need a screwdriver to install the HD into the enclosure.

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-.../dp/B01MZC303G
 
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Thank you all for your help. I will get the SATA 3.5, USB 3.-it came out of my old Dell XPS 8300 which is a replacement for the original which died. I have info in it but it is saved in another drive so after I buy it and the cables and insert it to the new PC (desktop) what do I do as far as software is concerned. Do I format it or.....? Also what cables do I get for it, SATA and power but what are the specifics?
You have saved me a bundle as I really need another external.
 
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If you're planning on buying the Amazon drive, it comes with the power supply and USB 3.0 cable, so you don't need to buy anything else in order to use it. The SATA & power cable for the drive come with the enclosure. To use the drive, you can either reformat the drive, or merely delete whatever files/folders you don't want on the drive.
 
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I guess after assembly you can either format it or create a new simple volume win disc management.
Thank you all.
 
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