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this, what nerve to question the STORAGE EDITOR, lol jk jk tongue.gif
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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.

tell that to the one that I rma'd like 2 years go, could be a recent change? certain manufactures?
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this, what nerve to question the STORAGE EDITOR, lol jk jk tongue.gif

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I just know what ive done. its all about tryin to help thumb.gif
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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.

tell that to the one that I rma'd like 2 years go, could be a recent change? certain manufactures?:

Which one? so I know which clearance externals to buy, so far WD and Seagate go by serial numbers and the ones used in externals have no warranties tied to them.
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Yeah the Seagate 320 gig used in my laptop that failed had no warranty, specified on the site to contact the 3rd party supplier (HP laptop)
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Awesome feedback guys. I knew some of this stuff. But definitely a little eye opener.

I will be definitely using a delecate touch instead of the sawsaw I was thinking of using!tongue.gif

Rep to a few of you.

On my 640, there isn't much I NEED to backup, so I will probably just test it out on that first.

Both are WD drives....

WD6400E035

WDBAAU0020HBK

BRB...opening up the ole case! ....actually its brand new...biggrin.gif
    
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So, after opening up the drive it is a WD6400AAKS. I forgot to take B&As on the HD Tune of the drive. But, I will do that for the 2TB drive.
    
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I did it with my old 250GB Maxtor external HDD and my WD 2TB, for some reason the 250GB needed formatting to be recognised as a usable drive (it only appeared in Disk Management) however the 2TB didn't.

My 2TB external HDD was actually cheaper than buying the internal drive, I smell profit in there somewhere. thinking.gif
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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......

Thanks.
It's usually safe, although YMMV depending on brand and model. As Sean pointed out, some of the smaller ones have weird connectors right on the PCB.

I bought a 3.5" Hitachi External (2TB) for about $70. I ripped it open and found a warranty-less Hitachi 7200RPM drive inside. At the time those sold for $120, but now they cost even more! It's currently acting as my Steam games drive. thumb.gif
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I did it with my old 250GB Maxtor external HDD and my WD 2TB, for some reason the 250GB needed formatting to be recognised as a usable drive (it only appeared in Disk Management) however the 2TB didn't.
Sometimes externals write the MBR in a different location (so that they can store other stuff at the front of the drive), or sometimes they have encryption. If it's simply that the MBR isn't standard, TestDisk should be able to detect the partition and rewrite a partition table. But if the enclosure has encryption built in, there's not much that you can do without your original enclosure.
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My 2TB external HDD was actually cheaper than buying the internal drive, I smell profit in there somewhere. thinking.gif
You'd be right about that. A few years back eBay was flooded with WD 2TB Blacks for about $90 each. Most came from cheap ($60-70) 2TB externals. None had valid warranties. rolleyes.gif
     
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Sometimes externals write the MBR in a different location (so that they can store other stuff at the front of the drive), or sometimes they have encryption. If it's simply that the MBR isn't standard, TestDisk should be able to detect the partition and rewrite a partition table. But if the enclosure has encryption built in, there's not much that you can do without your original enclosure.

That's more technical than what I know, I just removed it from the enclosure, removed the adapter and tried plugging it in. tongue.gif

Another benefit is I now essentially have a 'dock' (the small PCB that was plugged into the SATA and power sockets on the HDD) for using any HDD's that I can't be bothered to put in the rig. I can just plug them in via USB 3.0 and power them from the wall. tongue.gif
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