I bought a Toshiba 500GB External Hard Drive from Newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) and I just opened the enclosure to find the 2.5" HDD inside. I'm assembling a new system and I'm short on money. I can afford all the parts except for the HDD and the Optical Drive(The money I could have used for them will be used on Keyboard and Mouse, HDMI, and Headset because of the pre Black Friday Sale). I thought that maybe there was a casing I could put around the Toshiba hard drive so it would fit in the 3.5" drive bay and would convert the power to 5V. Is that possible? If not, I was wondering about if it matters how I connect my hard drive to the computer. I mean, does it matter how I connect it to my computer if I'm trying to boot from it? Can it be connected through USB so I don't need to make it internal? Thank you for helping!
If it is SATA, you should be able to plug the SATA connectors to the drive with no adapter and it will work fine. The SATA power connector has a ground, a 3.3V, a 5V, and a 12V. The drive will use the 5V and 3.3V, and it will just not use the 12V line. A desktop drive would use the 12V as well.
Thanks! Now I just need to back up everything on that hard drive and put Ubuntu 9.10 on it until I can get a different hard drive as well as a copy of Windows 7. If only Windows was open source, right? I wouldn't mind the bloatware as much as long as the OS was free of price and restrictions of the sort.
You have two kinds of Windows oem disks. You have the ones that look for the specific brand of computer they are being installed on - like a Dell disk trying to be installed on a Toshiba laptop. And you have the generic Windows disks.
Bloatware generally comes on what are known as recovery disks.
Oh, my cousin got a virus on her Toshiba laptop so I used the recovery disk for her. Speaking of computers and OS's, are there any kinds of computers made so a different OS can't be installed on it? I've had trouble installing Linux Mint 7 as well as Ubuntu 9.10 on two different Toshiba laptops.