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School me on External HD Enclosures

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Fiberoptic Jesus's picture Fiberoptic Jesus
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Heres the situation.
My old shitty desktop's boot drive died so I thought fuck it and upgraded to a fancy new laptop.
Now I had another internal drive in the desktop that I'd like to retrieve files from.

Since it was formatted to the old computer, if I yank it out and put it in an external enclosure for the laptop am I gonna need to format it for the new one?
That would sorta defeat the purpose.

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