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1. for a regular hdd like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive - what are the common names of the connectors for these drives? are there any easy ways we can tell? for example the name of the connector is labeled on the drive itself would be best 

 

2. when a computer has a hdd with an os running, can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer?  2nd hdd is also a regular hdd. if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

 

know of any good sites that shows either of these info well?

 

 

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1. for more recent drives made in the last decade or so, all you really need is a SATA cable and a power cable.

2. Yes. you can access the external drives information through file explorer.

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2. when a computer has a hdd with an os running, can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer?  if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

 

but how does the hdd connect to computer tho? you dont need any cables or anything ? since you didnt mention any

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SATA, and SATA power

there was IDE and Molex to, but that was long ago

5 minutes ago, datastorage said:

can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer?  if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

if you're running an external usb hdd, yes and yes (through file explorer). If you mean like connect it with sata or IDE than i don't recommend doing it while the pc is on

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2 minutes ago, eeeee1 said:

 

1. for a regular hdd like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive - what are the common names of the connectors for these drives? are there any easy ways we can tell? for example the name of the connector is labeled on the drive itself would be best 

 

are you saying all or almost all (90%) of regular hdd use SATA cable? 

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1 minute ago, datastorage said:

but how does the hdd connect to computer tho? you dont need any cables or anything ? since you didnt mention any

as Letgomyleghoe said, all you need is USB if you mean those external drives meant for like laptop users. it may also need a power cable too. (do note, maybe)

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Just now, datastorage said:

1. for a regular hdd like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive - what are the common names of the connectors for these drives? are there any easy ways we can tell? for example the name of the connector is labeled on the drive itself would be best 

 

are you saying all or almost all (90%) of regular hdd use SATA cable? 

I mean unless you are like goin real jank and getting something really old then it may be different but everything made in this decade or so, should use SATA.

if it doesn't (for some reason) i would imagine the cable needed would be shipped with the drive.

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4 minutes ago, Letgomyleghoe said:

external usb hdd

 

2nd hdd is just a regular hdd, so how you do this or can you?

 

2. when a computer has a hdd with an os running, can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer?  if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

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Just now, eeeee1 said:

all you need is USB if you mean those external drives meant for like laptop users.

those external drives for laptop users use USB or USB-C or ESATA, ESATA is tricky because some supply power and some don't (the original spec does not)

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3 minutes ago, eeeee1 said:

in this decade

i dunno

 

so need answer the question asked anyone else:

 

1. for a regular hdd like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive - what are the common names of the connectors for these drives? are there any easy ways we can tell? for example the name of the connector is labeled on the drive itself would be best 

 

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2 minutes ago, datastorage said:

2nd hdd is just a regular hdd, so how you do this or can you?

then you plug it in like you did with the first, sata and sata power

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1 minute ago, datastorage said:

 

2nd hdd is just a regular hdd, so how you do this or can you?

 

2. when a computer has a hdd with an os running, can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer?  if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

ok here is the full step by step guide for using a external drive:

1. buy one

2. set it up (power if needed)

3. plug it in via USB into your device (location or port doesn't matter)

4. access and modify its contents through file explorer built into windows or whatever os you are running

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Just now, Letgomyleghoe said:

external drives for laptop users use USB or USB-C or ESATA

 

is not 'external hdd'

 

2nd hdd is just a regular hdd, so how you do this or can you?

 

2. when a computer has a hdd with an os running, can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer?  if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

 

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1 minute ago, Letgomyleghoe said:

like you did with the first, sata

 

question asked was how do you connect it externally

 

2. when a computer has a hdd with an os running, can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer? if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

 

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1 minute ago, datastorage said:

2nd hdd is just a regular hdd, so how you do this or can you?

i already answered this above

1 minute ago, datastorage said:

2. when a computer has a hdd with an os running, can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer?  if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

I already answered this and so did @eeeee1

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2 minutes ago, eeeee1 said:

using a external drive:

 

it was said it's not external

 

2nd hdd is just a regular hdd, so how you do this or can you?

 

2. when a computer has a hdd with an os running, can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer? if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

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Just now, Letgomyleghoe said:

above

 

where which one? 

 

you were talking about external drive but 2nd hdd is regular drive

 

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1 minute ago, datastorage said:

you were talking about external drive but 2nd hdd is regular drive

you literally asked about an external drive, if you mean that you want to connect a normal drive externally you need an enclosure.

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8 minutes ago, Letgomyleghoe said:

enclosure

 

pls see op, pls read op

 

it said 'can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer? '

 

it never said 'external drive'

 

pls just link what this 'enclosure' thing that is needed so we can actually see what on amazon we need so we can understand what you mean thx

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11 minutes ago, datastorage said:

you were talking about external drive but 2nd hdd is regular drive

To connect a normal hard drive to a computer through usb, you need an enclosure or adapter. One like this would work. You put the drive inside and then connect it to power and a USB port. To access the data, you would use it like a usb drive (unless you set it up to behave like a system drive). 
https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-External-Lay-Flat-Docking-EC-DFLT/dp/B00LS5NFQ2/ref=asc_df_B00LS5NFQ2/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309818716690&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15153555029571035103&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9012007&hvtargid=pla-365069372813&psc=1

I am far from an expert in this so please correct me if I’m wrong.

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17 minutes ago, datastorage said:

pls see op, pls read op

 

it said 'can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer? '

please read my post, or search it up yourself.

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1 hour ago, datastorage said:

1. for a regular hdd like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_drive - what are the common names of the connectors for these drives? are there any easy ways we can tell? for example the name of the connector is labeled on the drive itself would be best 

 

2. when a computer has a hdd with an os running, can you connect a 2nd hdd externally to that computer?  2nd hdd is also a regular hdd. if you can, then can you accessed data in the 2nd hdd that way? if so how? what do you need?

 

know of any good sites that shows either of these info well?

 

I will attempt to answer this with one post.

 

1. Really, really old HDDs used proprietary connectors, but those were before Windows 95. Windows 95 and up (for the general consumer) used one of three types:
IDE
SCSI (which has many different types but I don't know them all and am not going to go into them here, I've only seen 50-pin SCSI HDDs)
SATA

And sometimes SAS/U.2.

 

2. Except with really small external drives, external hard drives are almost always regular HDDs in special cases with adapters. I've taken apart 2 external HDDs (3TB, 1TB, both WD) and they both had regular HDDs with adapter boards. Both are running in my tower right now. The ways to access these drives:
FireWire (has two different types, 400 and 800, they are not compatible with each other without an adapter/cable)

USB (any of the different types)

eSATA (either eSATA which is just SATA, or eSATAp which had eSATA and power).

 

 

 

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