What cable do I need to connect an external hard drive to my laptop?
Connect an external hard drive
- Connect the USB cable to the hard drive if not already connected and the other end to a USB port on the computer.
- Plug the other end of the USB cable into a USB port on the computer.
Can I connect HDD to USB?
Yes. Hard drive caddies – or enclosures – are effectively SATA-to-USB converters and allow you to turn an internal SATA hard drive into an external one that you can use for storing or backing up files, or to keep a library of videos that you could leave attached to your TV.
What is a hard drive adapter for?
A device that connects an unenclosed hard drive to the computer via USB. Drive adapters are generally used to clone the contents of an existing drive to a new drive. The adapter plugs into the drive’s connector on one end and the USB port of the computer on the other. See USB drive kit.
How do I connect an old hard drive to my laptop?
You have six options to connect an old HDD to your computer:
- Connect it using a special USB adapter cable.
- Hack an external HDD.
- Build your own external HDD.
- Use a USB docking station for disk drives.
- Install the disk in your PC.
- Install the HDD in a laptop.
What kind of cable does my external hard drive use?
USB is the most common connection type for external devices, whether external hard drive, thumb drives, flash drives, printers, cameras, all kinds of other devices. It is extremely easy to use.
How much power does a USB hard drive need?
drives typically require a 12V power connection, which is not provided by the USB port or the hard drive adapter.
What cables does a HDD need?
You’ll need a SATA cable to connect your new hard drive to your motherboard. SATA cable with a 90 degree plug on one end. You can get different options for the plugs on either end. One end of the SATA cable will plug into your new hard drive, and the other needs to go to a SATA port on your motherboard.