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How to add a 2.5 inch drive to my Inspiron 3668 computer.

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How to add a 2.5 inch drive to my Inspiron 3668 computer

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Tech Support Specialist: ChrisC, Computer Enthusiast replied 5 months ago
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Hi, my name is ***** ***** I'll be happy to help you today!

Are you just wanting to add it as a secondary hard drive for extra storage?

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Tech Support Specialist: ChrisC, Computer Enthusiast replied 5 months ago

Okay, you'd probably have a hard time getting it installed internally.

Have you considered using an enclosure, or are you familiar with that?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Just point me to the procedure along with hardware requirements
Tech Support Specialist: ChrisC, Computer Enthusiast replied 5 months ago

Okay, give me just a few minutes to gather some information for you.

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Tech Support Specialist: ChrisC, Computer Enthusiast replied 5 months ago

Okay, as mentioned, the easiest way to do this is simply to use a hard drive enclosure. Basically what an enclosure does is it turns an internal hard drive into an external hard drive that will connect to your machine via USB.

Here is one example of a hard drive enclosure for 2.5" drives:

https://www.amazon.com/Enclosure-IAUGO-External-Tool-free-Transfer/dp/B071RRX5PK/

You can find more simply by searching on Amazon for "2.5" hard drive enclosure." Most of them are pretty cheap.

Once you have the enclosure, you just pop the drive into it, connect the drive via USB, and then it should be recognized by the system. It's very simple.

If you have any further questions on this, just let me know.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
There is space inside my pc for 2-2.5 inch drives. I don't want any external drives, I want to know how to use the facilities already installed I'm my basic computer.
Tech Support Specialist: ChrisC, Computer Enthusiast replied 5 months ago

Okay, in that case what I'll do is opt out of the question so that another Expert can assist you. I thought you were wanting instructions on the enclosure.

You will be notified when there's another response.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Please provide the response by email or fax. Email is***@******.***. Fax is(###) ###-####
Tech Support Specialist: Damian Costa, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago
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Tech Support Specialist: Damian Costa, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

So you are looking to be a computer tech for a day?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I am an Electronics Engineer. The first computer I worked on was an HP 2100 S/N 3. The disk drive stood 6 ft. tall & it maxed out its internal memory with 64 kb core memory. I think I qualify to open the box & add the additional internal drive. Although I have been retired since 2001, I'm just not up to speed on some of the newer stuff. There appears to be a plastic holding device to lock the additional 2.5 inch drives in place. How do I get this? Also, do I just need a splitter cable for the power? Is the factory power supply capable of handling the additional load?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
P. S. The HP experience was in 1971--47 years ago.
Tech Support Specialist: Damian Costa, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

If you want to proceed...I would be calling you to walk you through everything (additional cost)

Let me know if you want to proceed (if not...I will opt out)

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Tech Support Specialist: Damian Costa, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

It is that $39 popup

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Tech Support Specialist: Damian Costa, Computer Hardware Engineer replied 5 months ago

OR ....I can opt out if you like...just let me know

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Waste of time & money
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Hello, my name is***** will be assisting you today. Lets get started!

I'm so sorry for the extended wait time. Did you still need assistance with your issue?

Kind regards,

Jeffrey

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I guess the question boils down to "will the computer power supply support the additional 2.5" SATA drive in the available drive bay?"
Tech Support Specialist: Jeffrey B,
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I understand.

How much watt does your power supply have?

Kind regards,

Jeffrey

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