Can I replace my laptop’s failing internal drive with an external drive?

Terri C September 8, 2013
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It’s just a matter of time.  I’ve known it for a while now, but its definitely getting worse – quickly. no surprise really.  My question is can i buy an external hard drive and transfer everything over to it – OS also – or do i have to purchase an internal one?  It’s a Dell Latitude d420 with XP Pro on it. Also the little bit of shopping i have done [on 1tb] seems to all say usb3.0.  I have 2.0 are these mostly backward compatible or do i have to get 2.0?  I always thought that the 3.0 had a different plug.  So maybe that’s hardware too?

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