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What should I do with it? Is there an easy way to plug it into my current computer and use it as a secondary hard drive? Do secondary hard drives mess anything up? Is it dangerous to install a second one?

It's a perfectly good hard drive, so I don't want it to go to waste, but I'm just not sure how to use it or what to do with it. Also, if I were to get it set up on my computer, is there a program I could use to completely reformat the drive without touching my main drives?

Oh, and it's a long shot but is there such thing as like an external 'case' that you can install your hard drive into and then plug using like a USB port?
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post #2 of 14
Just plug it in and you can use it right away, no strings attached

If it were me I would take it apart and scratch the platters
    
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post #3 of 14
Yes plug it in and format it and use it as a second drive, and yes you can get a new USB enclosure for around $20.
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Just plug it in and you can use it right away, no strings attached

If it were me I would take it apart and scratch the platters
Would my computer already have the wires and stuff for it already?
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post #5 of 14
Its not dangerous as long as you know your way around your case.

If you have a prebuilt and havent popped it open before, I wouldnt recommend just plugging in cables to things.

If it were me, Id make an external drive. These have good reps and internal fans, havent had one myself though
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Would my computer already have the wires and stuff for it already?
It should have came with some IDE/Sata cables
    
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Its not dangerous as long as you know your way around your case.

If you have a prebuilt and havent popped it open before, I wouldnt recommend just plugging in cables to things.

If it were me, Id make an external drive. These have good reps and internal fans, havent had one myself though
No, I had it custom made and have already popped the hood a few times to give it a spring cleaning, but have never looked for wires or anything...but I think an external hard drive enclosure would be my best choice, because I don't want to make my computer any hotter than it already is and would like to be able to easily remove it for transportation...Do you have any good recommendations for an external case? My hard drive is a 'Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 80GB ATA/133 HDD' and is like 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches.
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post #8 of 14
Most IDE cables come with a slave connector some OEM machines only have one, You can go to any computer shop and buy a new one with the master and slave connectors. Also there are jumpers on the back of the drives, set your main C drive to "master" and the second drive to "slave", there is also a "cable select" set of pins but I have had problems at times using those pins.
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If you want to sell it, PM me.
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post #10 of 14
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If you want to sell it, PM me.
Sorry, I really need it. My current 250GB is about to rip at it's seams because I have it so packed full, which is why I started to look into how to put this 80GB to good use.

EDIT: okay, would something like this fit/work?
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