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

    Jan 25, 2011
    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

    Nov 28, 2010
    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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