What to do with windows hard drive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Honey Bee, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Honey Bee macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi
    Would it be worth gutting my old (working) Dell windows xp and using the 80 gb hard drive in an external enclosure ?
    Would it be possible to do this for use with OS X ?
    And can any hard drive cassette use fire wire as long as you have a fire wire port on your external enclosure ?
    I know I have a 500gb in my mac so it would not be large enough for time machine but I am just wondering all the same.
    Thanks for your time.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    1. That is up to you, if you need an additional 80GB, but it is possible. Just make sure you identify the correct interface - IDE/PATA or SATA.
    2. Yes. See below:
    Format Your Hard Drive Using Disk Utility
    Partition Your Hard Drive With Disk Utility


    3. You can either use a Firewire or USB enclosure for that external HDD, but if you go with a Firewire enclosure, you might be better off just getting an external HDD with 500GB, as that might be cheaper.
     

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