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Free up An External Drive Bay

On some PCs with smaller cases, one problem that can occur over time is that you may run out of places to put peripherals. If you are in the habit of adding hardware to your machine frequently, as I am, you may find yourself running out of external drive bays. This will make it impossible to add a device such as an additional floppy drive, Zip drive, tape drive, etc. You may be able to free up an external drive bay if one has a hard disk in it that you can move to an internal drive bay. (Both internal and external bays are inside the PC case, but they differ in that an external drive bay has an opening to the outside of the case and can therefore be used for removable drives, while an internal bay is in the middle of the case and cannot be accessed from the outside. It is suitable for use only for hard disk drives.)

Some PC manufacturers put hard disk drives into external drive bays, either out of laziness or lack of concern about expandability. If your case has a hard disk in one of these external bays, and if it has an available internal drive bay that you can use, you can usually swap the drive from one location to another. The only concern is whether you will have problems with the cables reaching the drive in its new location. Experiment to see if it will work, and make the change if this will benefit your expansion plans.

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