Internal to external?

By cv50
Oct 30, 2011
Post New Reply
  1. One of my PC's crapped out, but the HDD is still intact. If I install it into a external hdd to USB enclosure, will I be able to access it from another PC?
  2. ReMiXeDg

    ReMiXeDg Banned Posts: 19

    I'm sorry but I don't understand your question. If I am getting this right you want to get files from the hard drive right is it IDE or Sata?
  3. cv50

    cv50 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes! The HDD contains the OS, programs, files, emails in Outlook Express, etc
  4. gguerra

    gguerra TS Enthusiast Posts: 559

    The enclosure should work. You can also use a dock or install internally in another PC
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,744   +383

    When the connection works correctly, the external drive will have its own Drive Letter (DLA). Once that appears, you access it just like any other drive.

    HOWEVER, your user files will be accessible and even usable where they sit or can be relocated if so desired, while the programs on that HD will never be usable nor relocatable. WHY? The registry that makes Windows programs work is on that external drive (and therefore inactive) and that data will not migrate onto your active C:\ drive where the OS registry is located.

Similar Topics

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.