How To Fix & OR CLEAN AND REUSE YOUR OLD HARD DRIVES!
Question? Do you have hard drive chaos in your house or business? Well today is your lucky day if you’re someone like me and you have a lot of good drives left over from your old PCs, laptops, ECT. You have a chance to turn them from useless unknowns to working usable drives for storing life's data, music, videos anything! All you need is the right disk enclosure & some free software which can be easily obtained from Cnet's download.com website called (EASEUS Partition Master 9.1.0 Home Edition) or you can use windows format utility program. First for the enclosure make sure what type of drive you have either a 2.5inch or a 3.5inch drive plus check if it’s a sata or ata drive then shop away! The best sites for cheap but good priced hard drive enclosures are NewEgg.com & Tigerdirect.com; Tigerdirect has a lot of the same popular drives as NewEgg.com sometimes more of the corporate type enclosures for the technology advanced. As for NewEgg.com you can get very decent priced great quality drives with most of the time free shipping, you can't beat that.
Ok got the enclosure that you want now go ahead and install on your PC or laptop the software or if you have chosen to use the Windows format utility go with that, now let's put that hdd you have chosen into the enclosure, attach it to the enclosure's cable, next screw up the sides or bottom with the provided hdd mount screws, then enclose that enclosure with its hard shell, next any screws or clips to close it up screw in now, done... Now plug in with its provided cables and or power cable to the pc . Windows should recognize that a drive is connected to it when powered up, if not go to the my computer part and select refresh or search new devices, when Windows finds the device and the HDD still has data on it and you want it gone go to (EASEUS Partition Master 9.1.0 Home Edition) and start it up and select the new drive then select format or erase to clean everything off the drive you can do a more deep format for a more secure clean NOTE: this will take a longer time. If you choose the Windows format utility select format quick or full format & the type of format me personally I would keep the NTFS format for larger drives or for a small drive FAT or FAT 32 is the way 2 go. But still choose NTFS for a safe clean format that will keep your drive working for a long time. Congratulations Now you have a working external drive on the cheap to take with you any where you go! For a more added maintenance perspective for your drive use a defragmentation program called smart defrag which can be downloaded for free from download.com and search by name this program will help to keep lots of files organized on your drive and use if knowing Microsoft's disk check utility for added protection.
One last thing for major paranoid people wanting total drive working conditions use a Paid program called SpinRite from www.grc.com or Google spinrite it’s a $89.00 program but worth every penny all professionals use this disk utility in their PC shops!
For more uses for drives like USB Drives I have ideas below;
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