External HDD – can the drive be removed and used as a standard internal

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  • mdavids
    Member

    I need an internal sata drive for a PC build but prices have just tripled over the last couple of weeks.

    Apparently half the worlds hard drives are made in Thailand and the floods there are causing major supply issues which could go on for months.

    Just found this on comet and wondering if I could take out the actual drive from the housing and use it.

    Anyone had any experience pulling these to bits?

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
    Subscriber

    Yes.

    Good luck hacking the outer case to bits though. Took me bloody ages.

    mdavids
    Member

    Was hoping I could just unscrew it to be honest. Is it really that difficult to get in?

    Also once I’m in can I just unplug the drive from whatever interface it uses to go from sata to usb

    cranberry
    Member

    It shouldn’t be that hard to open, and once the drive is out simply fit it into a spare bay in the PC and connect up the power and data cables.

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