There were times when USB 2.0 hard drives were hot. Well, they still are, but now that the USB 3.0 standard is here, things have started to change. For one reason as to why people prefer using the 3.0 standard hard drives, whether they are portable, is fast performance rate.

With this simple tutorial, you will be converting your old USB 2.0 hard drive to a USB 3.0 disk. Of course, there are some limitations to following this tutorial, but it will help you if you have done exactly as I told you here.

Things Needed:

  • USB 2.0 Drive… Duh of course
  • USB 3.0 Hard Disk Casing/ Enclosure Only
  • Screwdriver (Philips Screwdriver recommended)

Caution: If there is a sticker at the side of your USB 2.0 Hard Drive that says, “Warranty void if removed”, they mean it. You will be voiding the warranty but who gives a rat’s ass? I flashed my DVD drive yesterday and had no issues with it.

So you have your old USB 2.0 drive in your hand. The thing that matters here is that it has crappy performance – so much so that you no longer give a shit to its warranty related issues. There is also a strong possibility that the old USB 2.0 hard disk is not eligible for warranty claims, well … because it is too damn old.

usb 2.0 to 3.0 conversion guide

Step 1: Remove your old USB 2.0 hard drive from its enclosure. To do this, take a close look at the edges of the casing. Does it have screws? Use the 4 head Philips screwdriver that I was talking about. If the damn thing doesn’t have screws, then look for seams as they always tell how the enclosure was assembled.

In the end, you’re gonna have to pry open the casing with a little bit of force. In doing so, you will be damaging the old USB 2.0 enclosure, but on the bright side, you are not damaging the hard drive itself, and it is waiting to be installed to the new USB 3.0 enclosure.

Some USB drives have rubber padding at the bottom side. Remove these rubber stickers and the screws will be revealed.

Step 2: After opening the enclosure of your old USB 2.0 drive, carefully remove it from the tray. The disk itself will be connected to the SATA connection port, so don’t force it. Be a little gentle and nudge it left/ right to loosen up things. There are usually mounting screws inside the tray to further secure the actual hard drive; remove them with the help of a micro screwdriver.

Step 3: I’d prefer that you buy an Aluminum USB 3.0 enclosure. Aluminum computer component casings are expensive but they are a huge addition to helping you maintain a low temperature. Plastic enclosures USB 3.0 drives are also good but plastic gets warm quickly, which can damage the hard drive inside.

usb 2.0 to 3.0 conversion guide

Make sure that the USB 2.0 hard drive snuggly fits inside the new USB 3.0 enclosure. At times when you have a bulky enclosure/ casing, the drive may not fit perfectly. Installing the hard drive inside a new casing is very easy. There are instructions about the process all over the internet. You just have to remove the screws inside and outside the new USB 3.0 external drive casing, insert the hard drive and then put things back together.

After connecting the newly converted USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 hard drive to the computer, the setup process will run. It will take a few minutes, depending on the speed of your computer, to get things going. Once done, you will have a brand spankin new USB 3.0 hard drive, at the cost of a USB 2.0 hard drive. Cheap CHEAAAPPP CHEAAAAPPPPPP..

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