Can i turn an external hard drive into internal? Tags: New Build External Drive Hard Drives External Hard Drive Systems Product Last response: November 13, 2011 4:02 PM in Systems Share hbriggs November 13, 2011 12:45:03 PM as hard drive prices are so high would it be possible to take apart my 640 gb external drive and use for my new build as boot drive? thanks in advance More about : turn external hard drive internal vx53c November 13, 2011 12:53:56 PM hahaha, yeah i guess you can. Put a usb extension from the rear of your case inside it and attach the drive into the bay with an adaptor. Very ghetto solution but i like your style http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-5-SSD-HDD-3-5-MOUNTING-ADAPTE... Hey you can even try this thing here http://www.ebay.com/itm/Adapter-USB-2-0-Rear-Panel-Cabl... Unscrew the bracket so that you have just the females, theeen http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-male-mini-B-5-Pin-male-Conn... Awesome hbriggs November 13, 2011 12:58:06 PM well if i take it apart will it not just be like a normal drive with sata etc? Related resources Turning an external hard drive internal - Forum External to Internal Hard Drive Drive Help - Forum Backing up computer - internal or external Hard drive - Forum Macbook Pro reads External but not Internal Drive - Forum Using HP External Hard Drive as a Internal - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer vx53c November 13, 2011 1:03:43 PM Probably, but not surely. Which brand and model you got? hbriggs November 13, 2011 1:05:41 PM Samsung S2 640GB USB3.0 Portable Hard Drive http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD... nordlead November 13, 2011 1:36:02 PM EDIT: heh, turns out the S2 is special made since it has no SATA or PATA connectors. I've never seen a HDD like that before. You could still use it as an internal HDD, but doesn't seem worth it. vx53c November 13, 2011 1:41:50 PM I couldn't find an image of it on the net opened. It probably can be rid of it's enclosure but i cannot give you a definite answer. hbriggs November 13, 2011 1:43:18 PM its fairly modern usb 3.0 so i expect it to be sata i may just buy a 60 gb ssd for boot drive and this for storage hbriggs November 13, 2011 2:20:07 PM will a 60gb boot drive be sufficient for os and a few programs? vx53c November 13, 2011 2:24:11 PM OS, browsers, ms office, photoshop and generally all the essentials go up to 30-32gigas hbriggs November 13, 2011 2:33:46 PM so i could fit 1 game on the ssd. can i run games from the storage drive? vx53c November 13, 2011 2:48:27 PM yup hbriggs November 13, 2011 3:13:24 PM cool can i run programs such as games from the external hard drive vx53c November 13, 2011 3:44:26 PM Yes of course. It will be slower than a normal hdd but you can install your apps and games in a usb stick if you wished it. hbriggs November 13, 2011 4:02:49 PM its usb 3 will that be near the speed of normal hdd Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumInternal/External hard drives question ForumExternal Hard Drive won't turn on. ForumConverting external hard disk to internal after overvolting ForumInternal hard drive to notebook ForumUsing external hard drive as internal ForumIdeal case for turning Internal HDD into External HDD ForumInternal drive as external drive ForumHow to run internal hard drive in any other pc ForumWindows views internal hard drives as external ForumMy laptop has internal hard drive but it is considered as external drive ..then ForumWhich of these computers is better? Forum[Solved] External build - turning off Forum[Solved] Wipe hard drive before installing new motherboard/cpu/ram? ForumSsd or hard drive? ForumCan I do better for the $? More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !