A hard drive designed to be connected to a computer via an external interface such as USB, eSATA, Thunderbolt, or IEEE 1394.

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Moved OS hdd to USB enclosure, how can I make it boot?

I had a Windows 10 installation in my laptop. I got a new SSD for it so I took out the old HDD and put it in a USB enclosure. The hard disk works fine and great, better than I thought it would on USB ...
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How can I recover data from 3TB Seagate GoFlex home in Mac OS X?

I have a 3TB Seagate GoFlex Home, and it stopped working on me. It’s not a hard drive failure, just a software issue. It’s a Barracuda drive. I can hear the drive spin up without any knocking or ...
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Unable to create windows backup on external hdd

I am having a WD Elements 2TB portable hard disk (exFAT) I am unable to do backup of windows on it. My windows 7 laptop has ntfs system Please help as I need to do backup
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Windows XP not recognizing my 4TB WD harddrive

Just now got Western Digital 4TB hard drive. WD4003FZEX. I have Windows XP and I know there is no straight forward solution in XP to make use of entire 4TB. Is there any workaround in XP to make use ...
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Seagate Expansion not loading up as a Disk

I am in deep sh*t as my 1TB Seagate Expanstion Portable HDD (STBX1000301) stopped working all of the sudden. It was working fine, like crisp. I was copying data (in GBs) to it and suddenly it stopped ...
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Windows 10 gives error when writing to external drive past 2TB

I have a CoolerMaster XCraft 360 with a 8TB drive in it. It's formatted using the NTFS file system. It's almost 25% full, so I'm just about to hit the magic 2TB mark. When I'm trying to copy a file to ...
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Western Digital My Passport Beeps [duplicate]

My Western Digital My Passport Drive () is broken, when I went to plug it in today, It made beeping sounds when connected. It makes 7 beeps, then 3, then another 3, and then it pauses for a few ...
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How to search for a file that is compressed on a external drive from my mac?

My hard drive went on my mac. I replaced it with a new hard drive. I was able to dump all the data from the damaged drive onto an external drive. The dump separates some of the files into word docs ...
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Seagate Backup Plus 4tb

I have a seagate 4tb backup plus desktop external hard-drive. I use it to house alot of college work, regular work files and a few movies etc. While it has been been plugged into my tv the past few ...
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Hard disk hitachi 2.5" with crc initialize error

I have a hard disk HXCC545032B9A300 Hitachi 2.5 inch hard disk with a OA58732 PC board. My problem is "CRC INITIALIZE ERROR" on the hard disk. Hard disk is running, no click, no noise, recognized ...
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Random file popup errors when plugging in external hard drive

I am seeing the following popups coming on the screen one after another every once in like two minutes while the computer is sitting idle. I don't even have the labelled drives opened in the ...
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How can I make my external USB drive start faster?

I have an external 3 TB Touro hard drive from Hitachi, which works fine; it starts up from sleep mode in a few seconds. Now I've added a 4 TB Touro, and on this drive it takes 30 seconds(!) to start ...
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Issues sharing external HDDs using Win7pro

I have searched everywhere, read dozens and dozens of Q&As, and none cover my specific problem. In fact, when I follow the suggestions found in most posts, the option they show simply does not ...
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Is there a way to make an external hard drive appear as internal in Windows XP?

Title says it all, how can I make Windows XP treat my external hard-drive as an internal (system) hard drive? I'm trying to install an application that will only accept an internal hard drive but I ...
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Types of advanced format hard drive dock/enclosure

I own a WD Caviar Green 3TB. I use it with external enclosures connected to a Linux OS. With some enclosures it shows in the OS as 2 disks (approximately 2TB and 0.7TB). With other (better) ...
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I just moved 300GB+ files from one external drive to another, but now the folders show up empty?

I selected all the folders and used cut and paste. But the second external drive has 331GB data, only I can't see it. All the folders show up empty. I use Windows 10. One of the folders and all its ...
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Unrecognized 2TB 2,5" HDD and floppy: error -5 while reading block 0 errors in Linux under VM Ware

I’ve recently bought a 2TB 2.5" external hard drive (Seagate Expansion Portable STBX2000401). I have a problem with this drive, Linux doesn’t recognize it (I am using VM Ware on Mac OS X). When I ...
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Windows OS on external hard drive

Is it possible to install Windows OS to plug and play storage device such as external hard drives, HDD enclosures (with SATA hard drives), USB flashdrives[1] and the likes? What OS's? And if it's ...
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My external IDE Hard Drive is not getting detected in Windows 7 and 10… rest other drives are working in same machines

Device USB\VID_13FD&PID_1040\0000000000000000W could not be migrated. Last Device Instance Id: USB\VID_0BB4&PID_05F0&MI_01\7&2A4EAB36&0&0001 Class Guid: ...
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Western Digital HDDs not showing up in a docking station while others do?

I recently bought a Kingwin EZ-Dock Model EZD-2535U3 so that I could use some HDDs and SSDs I had laying around for back ups. At the same time I bought a brand new Western Digital WD NAS Red 4TB HDD. ...
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Copied all folders from a secondary drive to a peripheral drive, signifigant size difference?

I recently bought a drive docking station for drives to make some back ups to drives not in my system. In my computer I currently have a 256GB SSD for my OS (Windows 7) and a 2TB HDD for storage. I ...
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WD MY Book external drive power button broke [on hold]

I have a WD My Book 1TB with a 3.0 USB. This one has an on/off button that has stopped working. I have a Toshiba A505 windows 7. I need to recover everything off of the external. I thought I could ...
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Differentiating between internal HDDs and external HDDs in Windows

In Windows, is there a command/function/cmdlet which I can call to help me differentiate between an internal (fixed) HDD and an external (portable) USB HDD? PowerShell commands, such as Get-Volume, ...
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Optimize linux USB hub IO scheduling for external harddrives

When using several harddrives on an USB 3.0 hub, copying large files between them gives transfer rates far below expectation. My guess is, that the hub introduces contention delays as we see if ...
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All hard drives spinning up even though only accessing system SSD

This problem is quite annoying. I've just upgraded to Windows 10 and although I experienced it a bit in Windows 7, it seems much worse in 10. I have 2 SSDS (one C drive for Windows and another for ...
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In creating System Image in Windows 10, do I need to have a separate blank partition in my external drive?

In creating System Image in Windows 10, do I need to create a separate blank partition in my external drive? Or it could just be anywhere in the drive along with some other files? Also, I had already ...
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How can I MOVE all of my pictures (.jpg, .png, .gif, .tiff, .bmp) to an external hard drive? [duplicate]

Preferably a way that doesn't involve me spending an hour and a half trying to find them all. Bear in mind that the images are scattered throughout the system.
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External HDDs are recognised only when waking up from sleep

I've started facing this issue pretty recently (less than 2 weeks). I have several external HDDs (all with separate power adapters) from different manufacturers. Case 1 HDD connected prior to ...
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Is using badblocks without setting the block size pointless?

I'm running badblocks -wsv on a new 2TB white label drive (WL2000GSA6472). I saw this post and the answer states Modern, large disks have 4KB blocks, in which case you should set -b 4096 . . . If ...
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Can't eject external USB hard drive in Windows 10

First, I must state that it is not that "ejecting" the drive always prompt the "This drive is still utilized by etc." message. It is that there is simply no option to "eject" it in the first place in ...
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What strategies can I use to swap the content of two almost full filesystems? [closed]

I've two external HDDs, diskA (1 TB) and diskB (250 GB). Both disks are almost full, diskA has only 10 GB of space available while diskB has 15 GB of space available. I want to transfer a folder from ...
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Would power supply problems cause these I/O errors on an external hard drive

I have a hard drive (Toshiba MK6459GSXP) which was part of an old laptop, now defunct. When I bought a new laptop, I decided to salvage the hard drive and re-use it as an external. I bought a USB3 ...
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External hard-drive partition not showing contained files

I have had this external drive for already a year, using it without any problems. It used to be my laptop's HDD, before I put in the SSD. So, it has 3 partitions: NTFS, NTFS, FAT32. I connect it to ...
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Need help retrieving FAT32 partition from an unallocated portion of and external HD

I was going to create a liveusb out of my external HD, as indicated in the archwiki, using the dd command, except I didn't know what the result of the command would be. I then realized that it ...
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Why UASP isn't being used

According to How can I check whether USB3.0 UASP mode is enabled in Linux?, UASP is not in use on my new HDD enclosure that says it supports UASP. Also, my motherboard's (ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0) ...
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How to repair a corrupted external hard drive?

My external hard disk drive gave a message that it wants to be formatted before i use it, but when format it refuses and says it cannot complete formatting and i cannot get access to the drive. what ...
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How do you mount an external drive as different user on linux?

Say I'm logged in as user 'rabbit'. Is there a way to mount external hdd as user 'kingcrab'? I tried chown -R kingcrab:kingcrab /media/drive/ but the command doesn't stick. Owner of /media/drive ...
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“Disk Not Ejected Properly” Alert after computer goes to sleep USB3 only

Ok so this is a relatively new one for me, I recently upgraded my computer, both to Yosemite and installing a USB3 Card from Sonnet. I have downloaded the drivers for the Sonnet card, and everything ...
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Windows 10 not seeing external drive

I can no longer see my external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus 3TB) in Windows Explorer after upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I can see the drive in devices and printers and device manager ...
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Windows Backup got interrupted, how can I find and delete the backup files created during the interrupted session?

I tried to create a backup on my external hard drive, but unfortunately that got interrupted. Before I ran the backup program, the external hard drive had 860 GB free. Now, it says it has 660 GB free. ...
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Is a Seagate BUP Sim Mac SL SCSI Disk Device not useable with Windows?

I'm on windows 10 trying to access a Seagate external drive - The device wont show up in file explorer like normal, but I downloaded Seagate's software SeaTools and it detected the device and said it ...
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Why I can't format 500 GB drive as FAT32 under Windows 7? [duplicate]

What can cause Windows 7 to prevent me from formatting 500 GB (actually 465 GB) external USB disk as FAT32? No matter, what I did (Windows Explorer, Disk Management), the only options I was presented ...
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Can a VirtualBox VM (Windows 7) run from an external hard drive?

If so, must anything special be done to run the VM from the external hard drive, besides saving its files to the drive?
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My External Hard Drive fell and I cannot access storage anymore. How can I fix it?

My eternal hard drive fell and now I can no longer access the files through My Computer. (under devices and drivers) The hard drive is a Seagate Expansion Portable Device: Model SRD00f1 Seagate ...
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Windows 7 safely remove USB multiple disk enclosure from command line

I want to eject a USB multi-disk enclosure from the command line or with a tool that offers command line support. I can find information about ejecting a USB drive but nothing that seems to support ...
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Virtual Machines - External Hard Drive - Windows 98

I recently bought a USB - external hard drive, is there any possibility that I can run a Windows 98 environment on it? If so, what would be the steps I need to take? Else, what requirements am I ...
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Upon booting an Arch Linux installation media, how do I know which drive is which?

So let's say I have a 5 disks. How do I know which one is /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc and so on?
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USB 3.0 hard drive docking station does not work unless using USB 2.0 port

I have a Sharkoon SATA QuickPort with USB 3.0 connection (http://www.sharkoon.com/?q=en/content/sata-quickport-xt-usb30-v2). Whenever I connect this device to a USB 3.0 port on my computer with a hard ...
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External hard drive does not show up on Windows 7 - Disk Management says 'You must initialize a disk before logical manager can access it'

I recently plugged in an external hard drive of mine and noticed that it doesn't show up on the list of drives in Computer. I opened Disk Management (dskmgmt.msc) to check and it said that 'You must ...
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Windows 7 ejects external drive

Windows 7 seems to randomly eject an external drive. I've deactivated the usb sleep mode but it still happens. Not sure if this information is useful but this only seems to happen while I'm running a ...