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My hard drive was beginning to fail, SMART was showing a good deal of reallocated sectors, so I thought about a hard drive solution in the meantime until I amassed the amount of pocket change I needed to get a rock solid SSD. So, an idea came to me and I took advantage of it.

I own a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex, so I noticed the SATA connection in it, and decided to pry it open. Inside, sure enough, was an adorable little 2.5" standard-fare Seagate Momentus drive, 5400 RPM. So I said "why the heck not" and took it out and stuck it in the desktop and reformatted it and stuff and now I am putting it to use as my main hard drive. Silly, but it works.

Does anyone have experience with doing something like this? Curious to see how it holds up and if there were any imminent failures of doom I aught to be aware of.
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External HDD's are usually 2.5in green drives. Not the best for everyday use but should serve fine for a temporary fix. I've done the exact same thing.
    
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I had two 500GB seagate externals I bought for $20 each and de-shelled them and they were 7200.12 barracudas. I now have them in RAID 0.
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