Windows 10: How to convert an internal drive to external?

Discus and support How to convert an internal drive to external? in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; I will be removing a Dell's OEM mechanical HD and installing an SSD then installing Windows 10 clean. Although the mechanical HD is a dog I'm... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by markg2, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. markg2 Win User

    How to convert an internal drive to external?


    I will be removing a Dell's OEM mechanical HD and installing an SSD then installing Windows 10 clean.

    Although the mechanical HD is a dog I'm thinking that it would serve just fine as a USB/Macrium Reflect destination for this laptop.

    Is it possible to buy a 'box' that not only would house the 2.5" drive but also have a USB cord/plug as part of the box? If so, what is this box called?

    Mark

    :)
     
    markg2, Jun 11, 2017
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  2. Martmcd Win User

    Backing up an internal drive to another internal drive

    some other points to note/try

    1) if you are running any third party security software, try disabling it (temporarily) to see it has any effect.

    2) check that the following services are not disabled (click start, type services and press enter)

    Windows Event Log

    Task Scheduler

    Windows Backup

    3) run the system file checker, click start type cmd right click on command prompt and select run as administrator. in command prompt type

    sfc /scannow

    press enter

    let us know the response
     
    Martmcd, Jun 11, 2017
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  3. Mark-NY Win User
    Backing up an internal drive to another internal drive

    The final result is is: It cannot be done within Windows 10. RIght now I'm just making a copy of D: onto E:, but that's not going to be a practical way to approach this. I'm looking for some third party software that may be able to do this.

    Cheers.
     
    Mark-NY, Jun 11, 2017
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  4. Samuria Win User

    How to convert an internal drive to external?

    Samuria, Jun 11, 2017
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  5. markg2 Win User
    I went to Amazon ($ not pounds<g>).

    I don’t get it. 2 similar boxes, same manufacturer, different product numbers, seem to do the same thing, neither includes the cord yet one is 2+x the cost of the other? Is it because the more expensive box is ‘optimized for an SSD’?


    This box is $9.99 Prime: Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Lay-Flat Docking Station for 2.5 or 3.5in HDD, SSD [Support UASP] (EC-DFLT)

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...rd_i=160354011


    Whereas this device is 22.99 Prime: Sabrent 2.5-Inch SATA to USB 3.0 Tool-free External Hard Drive Enclosure [Optimized For SSD, Support UASP SATA III] Black (EC-UASP)

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...rd_i=160354011
     
    markg2, Jun 11, 2017
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  6. storageman, Jun 11, 2017
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  7. zbook New Member
  8. markg2 Win User

    How to convert an internal drive to external?

    Thanks, I purchased the Inateck--good review, good price.
     
    markg2, Apr 4, 2018
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