Your built-in hard disk drives may have a high storage capability, but it still has its limitations. If you happen to be a heavy PC user who likes saving huge files on your computer, the time will come that you will be required to install an HDD (hard disk drive or simply hard drive) that offers hundreds of gigabytes worth of storage space. However, your PC or laptop can only have one HDD installed. The most sensible way to work around this limitation is to create an external storage solution. Instead of relying only on your built-in HDD for data storage, you can have an external drive that you can simply connect to your PC through one of the USB ports.
This is not an entirely new concept. In fact, many people have found this as a more convenient form of data storage. Even large companies, which have automated operations, used this set-up for external backup of their most important files. To avoid loss of valuable data in case of system crash or to simply boost your ability to store information, you can build your own external data storage. Here are several steps that you can follow.
- Purchase an HDD. You can choose ones with huge capacity for memory. The size depends on your purpose. If you want to bring it along with your laptop then get the smaller one to maximize portability. If you simply want to add more disk storage to your desktop PC, then you can choose between SATA and IDE 3.5 inch drives.
- Buy an enclosure or a casing that will fit the HDD you already have. Make sure that it has USB connections. Usually, if you get an enclosure for big 3.5- inch drives, it has its own power supply. However, if it has the size that would fit a laptop HDD, it will not have a power supply of its own. It will get power from the computer it connects.
- Open the external drive casing. You will use a screwdriver for this task. Once it is open, put in the HDD. Make sure that the power terminal and USB connections of the HDD are placed on the corresponding connections of the enclosure. If it has an external firewire, learn of its exact location.
- After you have placed the HDD, close the casing by putting back the screws. Connect your external HDD to your PC with a USB. Your PC should be able to recognize the new device connected to it. A prompt will appear on the screen saying so, which means that you have already connected your external HDD.
You can go to the Windows Explorer to make an external review of your new external HDD. If you want, you may format the external HDD. From there you can also install necessary protective software and firewire storage to ensure that your data in the external storage is safe. When all these are done, you can start copying files from your internal HDD to your new additional data storage.