Can i use quickview hard drive in pc

LinuxGuy_1978

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You will need to change the jumper cap so it covers the two pins on the right instead of the pins on the left on the back of the drive. Once that's done, your PC should be able to see it. By default, if it came from a DVR/PVR it will likely be formatted EXT2 or EXT3 for use in Linux, however, you can use the Windows MMC Snapin or get a free partitioning tool from the web to make the drive useable in Windows.
 
LinuxGuy's answer seems sort of specific to the case where you salvaged it from a DVR and you are already running an IDE drive. To be a little more general, it depends on your motherboard and whether or not you are willing to erase whatever may be on that drive now.

That drive appears to be an IDE drive, which would use a 40-pin ribbon cable to attach to the controller on the motherboard. The SATA interface, which uses a 7-pin cable, is much more common these days. What model of motherboard, or prebuilt PC, do you have? Then we can look up the specs and see if it has an IDE controller. What drives are already in it, and what are they attached to on the mobo?
 

LinuxGuy_1978

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The answer given works for both SATA and for IDE. The cap is to set the drive on either "DVR Mode" or "PC Mode". I'm running a 250 GB Quickview SATA-2 drive in my PC right now that I got from a DVR.