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bigben85
Sep 3, 2004, 05:53 PM
I need an external drive but don't want to pay the proce for a 250 gb external drive. Is there any way to use an internal drive as an external one. Do they sell enclosures or transformers to allow usb or firewire cabels to connect drives to the computer?

kgarner
Sep 3, 2004, 06:01 PM
Lots of enclosures available. Just search for Firewire Enclosures and shop around. Be sure to get one with an Oxford 911 chipset. They seem to be the best type. And you may to make sure it can be bus-powered depending on how you are going to use it.

Rabidjade
Sep 3, 2004, 06:01 PM
Yes, just do a google search for "external ide enclosure". Theres thousands of options out there.

dieselg4
Sep 3, 2004, 06:09 PM
there are tons on eBay too, but shop around - sometimes used items go higher than they can be found online. alot of epople will buy them to transfer files from an old computer quickly, then hock it after their done.

Mr. G4
Sep 3, 2004, 06:16 PM
I need an external drive but don't want to pay the proce for a 250 gb external drive. Is there any way to use an internal drive as an external one. Do they sell enclosures or transformers to allow usb or firewire cabels to connect drives to the computer?

Just want to add that make sure that it accept drive bigger than 120GB incase you want to put one that is bigger than that.

jimsowden
Sep 3, 2004, 08:01 PM
OWC has some good ones. You will porbably need an ata133 enclosure, FYI

Macmaniac
Sep 3, 2004, 08:45 PM
External Firewire drives rock, nothing better then giving an old drive new life;)

phonemonkey
Sep 3, 2004, 09:47 PM
go to computergeeks.com and look around. sometimes you'll catch a midnight madness sale also and get a discount. hope it helps.
phonemonkey