Do they make a case that I can put my hard drive in to connect it to my new computer?

by on February 18, 2013

Q: I recently had my dell desk top computer (running windows xp) go down. I have had it repaired four times and didn’t want to do it again so I bought an new dell (with windows 8). Here is my question. I have a case for a hard a hard drive. Can I take the drive from the old computer (xp), put it in the case, and run it on my new computer as an external drive? Or will windows 8 on new computer and xp on the external drive have issues?


3 Responses to “Do they make a case that I can put my hard drive in to connect it to my new computer?”
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    They do and they call them hard drive enclosures. You will want to look at one that is for a 3.5 inch drive. The 2.5 inch drives would be for laptop drives. Make sure to get one that gets better than average reviews.

     
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    And running the WInxp drive in an external case with your Windows 8 image should not cause any issues. Your Windows 8 computer should just see the XP hard drive as nothing more than another drive letter.

     
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    Thanks for the response. That is exactly what I need. I simply need to get some documents off the old xp drive and then use it as a back up. Thanks again.