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How long does low level format of external HDD take?

I'm kind of at a situation where I'm having to do a low level format for my 1 TB WD external hard disk drive. Earlier, I tried all possible ways of formatting it but it just would not get formatted. ...
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My external Hardisk in not working

I have My passport Essential SE 1TB . the problem with my device is. The light is blinking and the harddisk is spinning but it is not shown in My computer. I am using Windows 8.1 64bit. The device is ...
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Toshiba 2TB USB External HDD disconnects during coping of files on Debian/testing

My new Toshiba 2TB USB3 external hdd is repeatedly disconnecting during transfer of files on Debian/testing running 3.14-2 Kernel. The partition I'm transferring to is NTFS as I use it for shared ...
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What is the fastest operating system to put on my external HDD? [on hold]

I would like to ask regarding the best operating system to put on my external HDD, I want to use this external HDD in case of emergency. Example, my computer's operating system becomes corrupted and ...
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How to solve external hard disk doesn't detect on PC

I'm having problem with my WD Passport 1TB external hard disk. When I plug it into my laptop it's not showing in My Computer, but I can safely remove it via toolbar. I have tried with my other laptop ...
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Unable to access hard drive

I am trying to mount my external hard drive but I keep getting this error Unable to access “Backup Data” Error mounting /dev/sdb3 at /media/root/Backup Data: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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WD Elements external hard drive has just stopped working

I bought it two months ago and it has been working fine but now does not show up at all when I plug it in to my computer (apple) or my daughters (Windows). It has worked perfectly until now. When I ...
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Are loud “scratchy” hard drives always prone to failure?

I have been using the same hard drive to back up my main computer for around 4 years now. It hasn't failed yet, but has been getting increasingly louder with time. The sound isn't "typical" of normal ...
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Any way to read the dead external storage?

I have managed to gather a huge collection of dead storage disks (USB drive and external hard drives). Some of them are my own and some of them from office. They have all completely stopped responding ...
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Decision to make a NAS server

I have a 1 TB seagate external HDD with four partitions on it. Many a times my Windows 7 does not allow to me to "safely remove hardware" - I googled on solving this in the first place, only to find ...
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External HDD “forgets” partitions

I have a Samsung Story Station 2TB external HDD. It had several issues in the past, mostly regarding to the short cable that Samsung provided with it. Today, I powered on my computer and booted ...
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How to repair bad sectors

I am using hd sentinel to monitor smart status and it reporting that currently 9 sectors are pending that may be reallocate later. I don't know what causes this error but is it possible to repair ...
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Booting Windows 8 from WD My Passport Ultra

I have ubuntu linux 13.04 installed on my ASUS laptop, and I am able to boot from USB keys from my BIOS. I have a 1TB external WD My Passport 0820 USB disk on which I have "installed" (per these ...
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Failing 1TB HHD WD Passport

I have a failing 1tb hdd with password protected. I tried to use ddrescue but it wont work as it gets some error due to access. I assume that the problem is caused by the password protection on the ...
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Linux, Saving data from old HD (connection randomly drops)

Background: I have an old HD which I am trying to save data from (important, not so urgent). I am using a SATA adapter (& external power source) to connect the HD to my laptop. lsusb calls my ...
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Can I use the controller of an external hard disk to connect a SSD to a USB port?

Can I use a 2.5" Intel SSD with the USB SATA adapter from a My Password external drive? The adapter looks like this: Has anyone tried it? Did it explode?
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IDE HDD + USB to IDE + PSU + AC cable = external HDD?

I have couple of 40 pin IDE HDDs which I want to use as external HDDs. Also I have old 300W PSU with AC cable and plan to buy cheap USB to IDE converter like that: I'm not sure if I haven't missed ...
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Can't read from the source file or disk

I'm having a two WD external hard disk with capacity of 1 TB. I'm trying to copy SAP file(capacity - 250 GB ) in the extension of .vmdk from one hard disk to another hard disk. But when ever i'm ...
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Windows cannot access my external harddisk partition not responding

I'm currently having problem with my External HDD Partitions OS : Windows 8 64 bit. I plugged in my laptop USB port and my laptop recognized the HDD and this is what I sees in "My Computer" So ...
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Convert Drive to NTFS from FAT32

I'm having strange problems converting my HDD from FAT32 to a NTFS file storage. I first ran chkdsk N: /f and came up no problems so I ran convert N: /fs:ntfs but it tells me there is a problem. ...
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External Hard-disk giving Input/Output error

I have a 1TB External Hard drive which I'm currently not able to access. When I open the External drive in Finder, It shows it's empty. When I use the option to "Get Info", I get the dialog box ...
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Hard drive failed, suspected filesystem corruption, still cannot salvage any data from harddrive

Firstly, I am terribly sorry if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find a similar issue to mine, so here goes. I have a 1TB hdd bought around 8 months ago used as backup hard drive. I have not used ...
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Do eSATA HDD docking stations have a capacity limit?

I'm looking at perhaps buying an eSATA docking station to be able to easily plug in and unplug hard disk drives, particularly but not necessarily only for backup purposes. Note: This is not a ...
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Need help identifying the type of cable used in my external portable hard drive

I purchased my Seagate external hard drive about 4 years ago. Recently I have started experiencing problems with the provided USB cable. So I am guessing it is time to replace it. However I am just ...
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Cloning a drive with DriveImage XML renders the clone unbootable

I have a computer that I would like to completely transfer to new (better) hardware. I have an external hard drive, and I am attempting to clone the entire C: drive to it, making it bootable. The ...
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Adobe Reader out of memory error after Windows wake up

I opened a PDF file by Adobe Reader. I put Windows on sleep mode. After I woke Windows up, Adobe Reader shows only some recent pages (all of other pages are blank) and reports out of memory error on ...
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Will external SSD (via USB 3.0) be faster than HDD when it's running a VMWare?

I have read on this site than an external SSD will be faster than an external HDD (in my case I am using USB 3.0). It has been said that the SSD will be particularly faster when accessing many small ...
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Why is my external HDD mounting an extra SCSI storage device after BIOS flash on laptop?

I just flashed a HP Laptop BIOS to a client's laptop, stupidly, with an External HDD plugged into a USB slot on the laptop. That was dumb, I know. But I didn't realize it until it had finished. I ...
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How can I connect an external hard drive to a Windows 95 computer?

I have an old Windows 95 computer at home. It's a Dell Dimension XPS D266. I've decided to get rid of it, but first I want to get all of the data off of it. It has a 16 GB hard drive, and I have a new ...
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Hard drive checking by using of dd and md5sum tools

I bought new external USB 3.0 hard drive WD Elements 2 TB and decided to check it by using dd, head and md5sum tools. First I zeroed all hard drive: root@yurko-laptop:/home/yurko-laptop# dd ...
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Why is Windows 7 showing my Toshiba dwc130 3 TB external hard drive as full when there is only about 300 GB being used?

No errors other than it's showing full. I emptied the recycle bin and that freed up 512 KB. It's ExFat formatted. Disk Manager says it's healthy, error-checking scan says: No problems were found... ...
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How to Replicate External Harddrive to Google Drive

I've recently had a scare (near failure) with an external harddrive which I store all my data on. Although I do backup to another external harddrive, I would like to backup to Google Drive. I don't ...
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How to fully clean hard disk before further use?

Is it possible to completely erase a corrupted internal Hard Drive and then use it as an external HD for extra storage with a HD enclosure case? Or would I face problems with it as an external? Any ...
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2 TB hard disk extremely slow/stuck if used through a USB docking station, works perfectly with SATA or e-SATA

I have a 2 TB hard disk which I'm sure works fine. I have bought a hard disk docking station which should support disks up to 4 TB. This dock can use either USB 3.0 or e-SATA. Using the HD with e-SATA ...
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USB 3.0 hard drive in usb 3 port only recognized as usb 2

Today, I bought a Sabrent CP-4PTU USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller. I installed the latest software from the website, and after a reboot, I plugged in a USB 3.0 hard drive into the controller, and the ...
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TrueCrypt Failing to Decrypt External Hard Drive after changing Enclosures

I have a 4TB external hard drive that was previously encrypted using TrueCrypt. The power source on the hard drive enclosure failed, so I had to switch the hard drive itself into a new enclosure. I ...
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My 3TB seagate external hard drive fell of my 12" high pc onto wooden flooring and now has stopped working, is there anyway to fix it?

Every time I plug it in it sounds like it is starting up but then it sounds like it power downs after 5 seconds or so. The weird thing is that as soon as it fell to the ground I immediately checked ...
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive can't be found on my computer

I'm trying to recover/troubleshoot my external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus), for some reason it had just stop working. I'm on OSX and trying to troubleshoot it using my Windows XP running on ...
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Can I transfer data from an old Dell laptop to an external hard drive and then be able to transfer it to a new Apple laptop

My daughter has a new Apple laptop. Her old laptop is an older Dell Inspiron. It runs Windows XP. The Dell has pictures and videos of her son (my grandson), we want to transfer to an external hard ...
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Files suddenly disappear (and reappear) on a NTFS USB drive used with Linux?

I recently bought a portable 1TB external USB drive which I intend to use mostly with my Ubuntu laptop, but I would like to be able to use it with other OS as well. It came formated as NTFS, and that ...
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External hard drive shows partly full although there are no files on it

I want to reformat an external hard drive and for this purpose I saved all files I had on it onto my internal hard drive. But although I deleted all files from the hard drive, in the explorer it ...
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WD MyPassport copy speed drops to 0

If i try to copy some large files (say around 400MB), it starts to copy, showing speeds around 33MB/sec, then after 5-6 seconds speed drops to 0Mb/sec and later copy error appears. If I copy small ...
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External hard drive permission issue

I am using an old external hard drive with Windows on it. I am trying to access C:\Users\MyUserName, but I receive a pop up for permission. After I press "Continue" it starts loading and just hangs ...
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How to turn on bitlocker on 4 TB USB HDD?

When trying to turn on Bitlocker on an external 4 TB USB HDD using Windows 7, there's error A device attached to the system is not functioning. in a rather unhelpful dialog, as shown below: Now ...
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HDD Bad sectors Regeneration

I've been trying for few days to figure this out and eventually I need some help. All suggestion gathered by the software are like 'get new hard drive'. My 2nd HDD got some troubles runing normaly and ...
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Windows 8 - Using External HDD as Storage Drive?

I wanted to know some opinions on a setup like this: Have 2 External Hard Drives (1TB each) - I'll call them HDD1 and HDD2. I would set most of my folders where I keep data (My Documents, My ...
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How to disable EFS on external hard drive?

I'm trying to transfer old files from my old PC to my new PC via external hard drive. When I try to copy it, the encryption stays. I can't manually turn them off because they're a lot of folders and ...
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Hard drive spinning down/up while playing music

I'm playing music from my hard drive and at routine intervals it stops playback and waits for my drive to spin up again (takes about 2-5 seconds). Is there a way to fix or avoid this? It's a Buffalo ...
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BitLocker “Encryption in progress” dialog after reboot - what did I do wrong?

Yesterday, I connected an empty external hard drive to my laptop and then enabled BitLocker encryption for that drive via the control panel (this is Windows 8.1). Everything seemed to work properly, ...
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External hard drive won't format due to “read-only” files

I have an external hard drive that has all of my media and files on it. It normally boots right up, but for some reason it's been having trouble. I normally use it on 2 computers, one with windows ...