Can you use a hard drive as a USB?
If you’ve an old hard disk, one way to reuse it is to convert it into external USB storage. For little money, you can install it in an external enclosure and use it as an external USB drive.
Can I use an external hard drive instead of a USB to install Windows?
Technically, YES. Microsoft’s tools do not allow you to make an install medium using an external USB HDD or SSD instead of a USB pendrive. You could create an ISO Windows installation file using Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool and then use a tool such as Universal USB Installer (UUI) from PenDriveLinux (Google them).
Can a USB drive be converted to an external hard drive?
Most external hard drives are simply standard hard drives in a box with an additional circuit board that converts their native interface to USB. Depending on the drive, there might be an external power supply, or “ brick ”. So yes, open the case and you’ll likely find a standard hard drive you can then install directly into your PC.
Can a flash drive be connected to a hard drive?
The flash drive is usually integrated with a USB Type-A or a USB Type-C interface. Thus, you can plug it directly into your computer to use. However, the external hard drive usually needs a matching cable to connect it to your computer. Of course, the cable uses USB Type-A or USB Type-C interface, too.
How can I connect an external hard drive to my computer?
If the cable shipped with the external hard drive is not matched with the USB port on your computer, you can solve it by buying a USB adapter, for example, a USB-C to USB-A adapter. Step 2: Plug the other end of the cable into your external hard drive. Step 3: Now you need to format the external hard drive.
Can a hard drive be installed into a PC?
Depending on the drive, there might be an external power supply, or “brick”. So yes, open the case and you’ll likely find a standard hard drive you can then install directly into your PC.