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After a little looking around I found that obviously it is possible to make an External HDD into an Internal, it just is a Internal with a case and IO change up on it...but...what risks are involved? Anything I should know before trying this? Is there a likelyhood of me breaking this thing...I have two, one 2TBs, and one 640GB...but I want some better speeds and less clutter on my desk...and better heat protection...should I back up the 640 on my 2TB just to make sure? That might take a while......

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post #2 of 26
They're literally desktop drives in an enclosure

Just don't break the connectors on the hd when removing and its the same as buying the drive without the enclosure
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they should be just fine, assuming you don't drop them or anything smile.gif done this before with drives that the USB connector broke off or stopped working
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CravinR1 View Post

They're literally desktop drives in an enclosure
Just don't break the connectors on the hd when removing and its the same as buying the drive without the enclosure

This. Just be careful when you take it apart.

Definitely a good idea to do this imo, seems like externals are always cheaper for some reason...
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post #5 of 26
For one the connection may be different than SATA so you may need to find an adapter that works.

Warranty = gone

And back up data = yes
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

For one the connection may be different than SATA

why would they make a differant drive. any external i have ever torn appart, which is every one that ive owned becuase the stupid external enclosures always stop working after a while. it is always a normal drive.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

And back up data = yes

why would the data be gone unless you delete it?



as for the OP question, ive never had problems i just tear all the plastic off the outside and install the drive.
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Warranty = gone

and this could be wrong for WD, I accually had an external that was out of warentee so i tore it open to install drive and test like that, for giggles I tried to see what the drive warentee was, and the drive itslef was 2yr warentee and the external was only a year, so it accually made the warentee better than originally. (or somthing like this, may have been 2yr/3yr or somthing I just remember it worked out to my advantage
Edited by NKrader - 4/27/12 at 11:34am
     
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Quote:
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For one the connection may be different than SATA

why would they make a differant drive. any external i have ever torn appart, which is every one that ive owned becuase the stupid external enclosures always stop working after a while. it is always a normal drive.

Your drives =/= everyone's.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1222829/i-tried-to-use-an-external-hdd-as-an-internal-for-my-laptop
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

And back up data = yes

why would the data be gone unless you delete it?
Accidentally drops it or, although very unlikely, random static shock fries something, or he accidentally hits it with the tools he is using and damages the PCB to a point that renders the drive useless...doh.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Your drives =/= everyone's.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1222829/i-tried-to-use-an-external-hdd-as-an-internal-for-my-laptop

haha, thats so lame. ive never seen that, but i suppose ive only taken appart a few of the lappytop sized ones as i have no use for 2.5hhd thumb.gif

and I can only see them doing this with the small drives, as im guessing that the drives use direct connects to usb from computer to save space?
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Quote:
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why would they make a differant drive. any external i have ever torn appart, which is every one that ive owned becuase the stupid external enclosures always stop working after a while. it is always a normal drive.
why would the data be gone unless you delete it?
as for the OP question, ive never had problems i just tear all the plastic off the outside and install the drive.
and this could be wrong for WD, I accually had an external that was out of warentee so i tore it open to install drive and test like that, for giggles I tried to see what the drive warentee was, and the drive itslef was 2yr warentee and the external was only a year, so it accually made the warentee better than originally. (or somthing like this, may have been 2yr/3yr or somthing I just remember it worked out to my advantage

You dare question the Sean Webster?

He shall be banished!
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Also keep in mind that hard drives used in external drives don't have a warranty on the drive itself. I believe another member pointed this out.
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