Rob Freeman, the man in the Click office whose head seems permanently shoved inside his computer, sorts out some more of your hardware problems.
A while ago, we looked at how you can copy data from your old computer after you've bought a new one. That led to a flurry of messages with tips and questions on upgrading hard disks. Some of them were so good we decided to go back to the subject.
First off a question, from Amit Dhakulkar in India:
In my computer I have already two hard disks, a CD-R, and a CD-RW, but now I want to attach another hard disk to my system. With all the slots filled, how can I do this?
Other viewers have suggested using an external drive case to add more storage capacity.
This is also known as a hard disk "caddy". Inside is an empty space for the disk and power socket; it connects to your main computer via the USB connector.
They are not just useful for adding a hard disk - because the type of connection in this casing is IDE, you can use it to connect other IDE devices, like a CD or DVD writer.
So it can be useful for expanding your system for more than just extra disk capacity - although beware, you need to get a bigger box if you want to use a CD.
And because it is a USB connection, you could also use one with a laptop, or an older computer which does not have the space inside to take a new disk.
Speaking of laptops, there is a caddy version specially made to be a bit more mobile: the kind of hard disk you will find in a laptop is much smaller.
Now, back to data transfer. Jay Parmar in Ahmedabad, India, asked:
What is the best way to transfer a large file from my computer to someone else's?
This is exactly what I use these caddy devices for - they are excellent as a way to move a large amount of information from one place to another.
Plus, they are a very good way to back up data.
Mel Price in the UK has recently bought one of these, and says:
Windows XP found the drive and made the settings automatically. No messing about with the inside of my PC.
I've now got a portable 60 gig drive I can plug into any machine, anywhere. Very easy for technophobes like myself.
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