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Looking to use old HDDs as externals.

#1CammyApplePosted 8/25/2013 12:28:09 PM
I have a couple HDDs that are not seeing any use at the moment. One was taken from the PS3 when I upgraded. The other is one from an Xbox 360 that I removed from it's proprietary shell.

What would I need to do in order to use these as external drives for backing up data? The one from the 360 is really not important as it was 20GB, but I could get some use from the 80GB one removed from the PS3.

Or would it simply be cheaper to buy a 128GB USB drive and just leave these two drives to gather dust?
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#2NicodimusPosted 8/25/2013 12:32:49 PM
You could either Ebay the 80gb and put that money towards a new external or buy a cheap enclosure for it.

The smaller one probably costs more to ship than you'd get for it.
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#3CammyApple(Topic Creator)Posted 8/25/2013 12:35:16 PM
Nicodimus posted...
You could either Ebay the 80gb and put that money towards a new external or buy a cheap enclosure for it.

The smaller one probably costs more to ship than you'd get for it.


Do the enclosures have everything needed to make them usable vial USB? And yeah the 20GB exists only because I was practicing removing the drives from their shells without the proper tools. It worked.
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#4Doomsday FortePosted 8/25/2013 12:52:07 PM
CammyApple posted...
Do the enclosures have everything needed to make them usable vial USB? And yeah the 20GB exists only because I was practicing removing the drives from their shells without the proper tools. It worked.


The two I've used did. Plug it in, your computer recognizes it as a drive and loads drivers or just lets it go right away. All you'll have to do is make sure you have the right kind of enclosure for your drive and you're set.
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#5project_nightPosted 8/25/2013 1:13:57 PM
I did the same with my 360 and PS3 hdds when I upgraded them a few years ago. I just bought some cheap enclosures on ebay/amazon (<$5) and they work fine. The only thing is the cable they tend to give you is crap and it is better to use your own cable if you have an extra(s).


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#6Cush1978Posted 8/25/2013 1:53:07 PM
I always keep one of these around.

http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B001OORMVQ/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1377463948&sr=8-7&keywords=external+hdd+cable
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