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External Dvd Drive And Hard Drive Possible?


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 11:58 AM

Hi, some PC games are on DVD only so I've got to buy a DVD drive, I don't want to ask the shop to fit an internal one because it takes them 10 days to fit stuff, so an external drive seems the way to go, do I just plug it into the back of my PC?
Anything else I need to know?

I might as well also mention I need a bigger hard drive, my internal one is only 20GiG and nearly full, can it be left inside with stuff on it, working in conjunction with an external one as a double-act?
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 01:18 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

You don't have to have an external anything...if you have sufficient room and connectors inside your current system.

How big a hard drive? Drives are very cheap these days.

What type of system do you have (manufacturer and model)?

References:

How to install a DVD or CD burner - CNET reviews - http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:YoNvn...urner&hl=en

[post="http://www.pcmech.com/article/installing-a-hard-drive-step-by-step/"]Installing A Hard Drive[/post]

Essentially, installing a hard drive or a CD/DVD drive...equates to the same procedures. The difference is that a hard drive must also be formatted in order for Windows to be able to use it. Installing either device is rather extremely easy, if you don't try to make the task more complicated than it is. But first, users need to insure that there is adequate room in the computer case.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822145161

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....amp;Order=PRICE

Just something to think about.

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 12:42 PM

Okay I whipped out my CD-ROM drive and bunged in a DVD drive and its working fine thanks..:)

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Posted 05 July 2008 - 01:21 PM

Well done...and you didn't have to wait 10 days :thumbsup:.

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Posted 06 July 2008 - 07:29 AM

Well done...and you didn't have to wait 10 days :)


Right, and I'm also learning how to get my PC case off quicker, it only takes me about 45 mins nowadays ..:)

Okay, now we've dealt with the DVD drive, I can concentrate on getting a new bigger HD (40GiG at least).
Removing the old 20GiG one and fitting the new should hopefully be fairly easy even for me, but installing WinXP Home on the new one would be beyond me.
Okay, what about this for an idea- I leave my old HD in place, then simply plug the new HD into the back of the PC, so that I'll then have 2 drives (an internal and an external) and can install new games and stuff on the new external one?
Is that apparently simple approach too good to be true?
I mean, it'll save me having to throw out my old drive and fit a new one inside, and it'll save me having to pay the shop to install WinXP Home on the new HD won't it?)

Edited by MickinPlymouthUK, 06 July 2008 - 07:32 AM.


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Posted 06 July 2008 - 08:57 AM

If you can change a DVD player, you can add a spare hard drive for storage
http://www.wikihow.com/Add-an-Extra-Hard-Drive
I'll try to find a better tutorial with pics.
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Posted 06 July 2008 - 09:52 AM

Related thread in Internal Hardware: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/156137/external-hd-working-in-conjunction-with-internal/

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:43 AM

Okay thanx guys i bought a 120Gb external Toshiba HD yesterday and it's working fine, I just plugged its two plugs into my USB ports, if I'd known it was as simple as that i'd never have asked around the Help forums for advice..:)
(I daresay I could have gone bigger than 120Gb but I couldn't be bothered shopping around, it only cost me 55 (80 dollars) anyway, and 120 is more than enough)
It's a beautiful little thing, a 5 by 3-inch slimline rectangular box, no fan or anything, and unlike an internal model, no having to fiddle around fitting it inside the case ..:)




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