Thinking of upgrading that smaller hard drive for a larger one? Maybe you own a laptop and can’t add an additional hard drive, or maybe you have already added as many hard drives as you want to add to your desktop. Why not recycle it as a portable hard drive!?
Recycle & use your old Hard Drive as a portable drive
Portable hard drives even with prices coming down can be somewhat still expensive to some users especially if the budget is tight. Sure you could probably post the old hard drive for sale online, give it to friends or family but sometimes we all run into situations where we need just a little more space, and having that spare can be a lifesaver.
Hard Drive Enclosures
Take a look at sites like eBay, Amazon, New Egg, and Pricewatch and search for Hard Drive Enclosures. They are fairly cheap and just as a portable hard drive, they’re portable, lightweight, and best of all, they’re easy to install a hard drive into.
I personally found one on Amazon which is a 2.5-inch laptop hard drive. The big advantage of these enclosures compared to buying a portable hard drive is they are simple to upgrade. If anyone has looked for example at a My Book, it is a job to open one up and switch out the hard drive, ruins your warranty, and doesn’t always work.
With an enclosure, it takes 5 minutes tops (my experience with mine, others may be different) to get it open slide a hard drive out, and add a new one.