Is it a good idea to re-purpose the hard drive from an old desktop, and use it a

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  1. Teddletonmr profile image70
    Teddletonmrposted 4 years ago

    Is it a good idea to re-purpose the hard drive from an old desktop, and use it as an external drive?

    Why is it a good idea, or why not?

  2. Ayyaz sharif profile image59
    Ayyaz sharifposted 4 years ago

    Its a very good idea because re-cycle process and aslo you have an external drive.But if the Hard is like 40gb or low its not a good idea. smile

  3. CWanamaker profile image97
    CWanamakerposted 4 years ago

    Its definitely a good way to make use of an old harddrive.  The only issue could be that because the harddrive is old it may be close to reaching the end of its useful life.  Harddrives typically last around 5 years before they fail.

    1. Teddletonmr profile image70
      Teddletonmrposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      CWanamaker thanks for the 5-year tip, which is good information to keep in mind.

    2. Ayyaz sharif profile image59
      Ayyaz sharifposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      CWanamaker thanks for five year tip but i have about 8or9 years old hard drives many hard drives but they gooooood i meant very good smile

  4. ilikegames profile image76
    ilikegamesposted 4 years ago

    Recycling is always a good idea. I would just recommend taking good care of it as they aren't designed to be used externally so be gentle.

    1. Teddletonmr profile image70
      Teddletonmrposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Ilikegames, I understand one must be gentle with old hard drives when removing and re-purposing such things. Along those lines, my thoughts were to house the drive in an inexpensive aluminum storage case. My quandaries, spending the extra bucks on a

  5. Tolovaj profile image87
    Tolovajposted 4 years ago

    I second CWanamaker and add:
    It depends on how much was in use before. It is very likely this disk will not work so hard as before. If you intend to use it as a backup disk, it can run only few minutes per week, for instance. Of course it not a good idea to have only one old external disk for important backups...

  6. KEPitz1005 profile image60
    KEPitz1005posted 4 years ago

    I certainly hope so - because that's exactly what I'm doing with my old Gateway. Fried motherboard - but nearly empty hard drive. The stuff that IS on the drive is music by indie artists worldwide that nobody else has & I need to rescue it! I also need the storage space because my laptop hard drive is 98% full!

 
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