Question Hard Drive Swap Out

Oct 26, 2019
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I have a WD 500GB external drive in an enclosure...how do I make this my internal master drive?
 

R_1

Splendid
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maybe you cannot.
you would need to open the enclosure and remove the drive. the drive may be soldered to the control board and if so you cannot, sorry.
if it has a standard SATA interface you can simply remove it and install the disk as you would any other drive.
change the boot order in the BIOS and install the OS to the 500GB.

if the drive has an IDE interface you will need to change the master slave jumpers on each drive or set them to cable select. then connect both drive to the ribbon cable and verify the boot order and go.

Canned Grounding Rant-
shut down system and remove side panel. with the power cable plugged into the PSU touch a bare unpainted metal area of the case. (my favorite spot is an unpainted screw securing the PSU) once you have grounded yourself you can unplug the computers power cable from the PSU and can touch the system.
if you move your feet, or shuffle in your chair, plug in the cord, reground yourself and unplug again.
end canned rant-
 
Oct 23, 2019
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I myself have disassembled a WD External HDD I bought from Walmart it is basically in a case so its "external" But of course I would do this at own risk.
 
Oct 26, 2019
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maybe you cannot.
you would need to open the enclosure and remove the drive. the drive may be soldered to the control board and if so you cannot, sorry.
if it has a standard SATA interface you can simply remove it and install the disk as you would any other drive.
change the boot order in the BIOS and install the OS to the 500GB.

if the drive has an IDE interface you will need to change the master slave jumpers on each drive or set them to cable select. then connect both drive to the ribbon cable and verify the boot order and go.

Canned Grounding Rant-
shut down system and remove side panel. with the power cable plugged into the PSU touch a bare unpainted metal area of the case. (my favorite spot is an unpainted screw securing the PSU) once you have grounded yourself you can unplug the computers power cable from the PSU and can touch the system.
if you move your feet, or shuffle in your chair, plug in the cord, reground yourself and unplug again.
end canned rant-
Thanks for your answer.....if I copied the internal drive contents to the external drive and then swapped them out would that work instead of a complete reinstall of the operating system?
 

R_1

Splendid
Herald
if you remove the drive (assuming its not soldered) cloning your current drive to it would allow you to do that yes.
after cloning change the boot order and verify you are booting on the freshly cloned drive.
 
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Oct 26, 2019
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if you remove the drive (assuming its not soldered) cloning your current drive to it would allow you to do that yes.
after cloning change the boot order and verify you are booting on the freshly cloned drive.
if you remove the drive (assuming its not soldered) cloning your current drive to it would allow you to do that yes.
after cloning change the boot order and verify you are booting on the freshly cloned drive.
Thanks for your answer. this seems the most likely to help me...Thanks, Roy.
 

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