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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Data not visible after unsafe removal

I have a little problem. I had a laptop with Ubuntu on it. I copied approximately 100gb of data to a external harddisk. Then when the copying was finished I removed the harddisk without fist ...
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Remove System Volume information folder from external drive

I have currently found out that System Volume information folder on my external HDD takes around 124GB of space. Hence I decided to delete it to free up some additional space. But for now everything ...
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Move OS from one drive to another

I have elementary OS(based on Ubuntu 14.04) installed on my Laptop. I wish to install Windows 10 on my laptop's primary hard disk. I have another external hard disk which I want to use for elementary ...
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Does Western Digital Hardware encryption works at the time , in dying stage of hard disk drive? [on hold]

Does Western Digital Hardware encryption for it's external drives, works at the time , in dying stage of hard disk drive ? i.e. when the hard disk is on the verge of about to die (in the later dying ...
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How risky is to install windows on external hard drive?

i have a hp laptop which currently has no HDD installed into it,so i decided to install windows to my Western Digital my passport 2TB external hard drive. i found two article on how to install ...
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Why do non-standard USB enclosures even exist? [closed]

Consider this piece of garbage external 2.5" USB enclosure: This particular example comes from this SuperUser thread. The asker in that question is having problems putting his Mac to sleep with ...
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External HDD in USB 3.0 case unmounts on sleep

For starters, I haven't tried it on anything but my MacBook Air (10.11). I know I should have, but I can't. Further details: The disc: Hitachi 5K500 B-320, named DSRD USB 3.0 case: LogiLink UA0106 ...
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Hdd not showing in Finder

I have a USB HDD that it was working normally. I've deleted a lot of files. Then I remove the USB (in a unsafe way) and then it stopped showing in Finder. When I try to open Disk Utility, it loads ...
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Recovering data from a corrupted external 1 TB hard drive [duplicate]

I have a corrupted external hard drive that I am trying whatever I can try myself to see if I can recover any data from. When hooking up the external drive to my machine via a SATA/IDE converter, I ...
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Hard Drive Space Missing

After creating a restore partition on my external hard drive, I noticed that it had wiped everything, created a new Restore partition that was a whole 30 gigs, after I created a 500 MB Partition, ...
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IO blocking on USB 3 installed OS?

I'm working with an HP Stream 13 that has a set storage size of 32GB. I purchased a fast 128GB Samsung USB 3 low profile drive to eliminate the storage issue. Upon installing various Linux distros ...
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Dynamically assign letters to external HDD partitions

I just created 4 partitions on my Seagate external HDD. Windows system assigned G, I, J, K letters to identify those partitions. Now if I plug any other flash drive before my HDD, Windows assigns G ...
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External drive throwing ATA errors. What's the issue?

I have an SSD in my system and an external hard drive (attached via eSATA) as a backup medium. I use "rsync" to synchronize the internal drive to the external drive. My backup drive was once a Seagate ...
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External hard drive not being recognized by Windows virtual machine on Mac

Using: VMWare Fusion 8.0.0, El Capitan 10.11.4 on MacBook Pro (Late 2013), Windows 10 x64 (trial version by the way), LaCie 1TB Porsche Design Mobile Drive (USB 3.0, NTFS) Goal: Read/write/delete/etc ...
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3.5 inch disk powered with 5V

I want to connect a 3.5" drive to an eSATA port. My HTPC happens to have a mainboard (some years old, ASROCK A330 ion) with 2 powered eSATA ports. From what I found out it has no extra pins ...
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Generic USB Hub propagates Vendor/Product ID of 0000 to Win XP?

I am trying to use a Apacer portable USB HDD, which is USB 3.0, with Windows XP, and have some trouble on this machine. First, when I connect the USB HDD directly to XP, it gets recognized as a ...
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Hard Disk Drive has failed in all softwares, save for one, where it is perfectly, smoothly readable. What will resolve this?

Summary: My HDD is (pretending to) fail. I tried a few types of recovery software, none of which seem to help. Except for one. WinHex. Proof. It views it perfectly. I have no clue what hex editing ...
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WD My passport ultra is not detected when USB 3.0 enabled in BIOS

I got new Thinkpad T450 which has 3x USB 3.0 ports. BIOS is having three modes for USB config namely Auto (default), USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Working Usecases WD drive is detected in USB 2.0 BIOS mode ...
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Not able to detect WD elements 2TB external hard disk

I am not able to detect WD elements 2TB external hard disk output of lsusb lsusb Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0c45:6709 Microdia Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:8001 Intel Corp. Bus 001 Device 001: ID ...
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Corrupt windows hard-drive - everything still available when using Mac

first time poster - i apologised if i've overlooked this question being asked already. I have a 2TB western digital "My Passport Ultra" which has become corrupt on my windows machine. I cannot access ...
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Device does not have enough capacity to power a USB external HDD

I'm trying to connect my USB 3.0 External HDD to Raspberry Pi. However the HDD spins for a few seconds and stop. I think the Pi does not have enough capacity to power the HDD. What are my options? ...
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Can not copy data from HDD, because it has become very slow?

I have an external hard drive, that I cannot copy data from, because of very slow read speed: The speed gradually decreased overtime. Hard drive doesn't make unusual noise, and I can not see anything ...
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windows does not mount usb ntfs superfloppy

I have a Transcend Storejet external USB hard disk. This is not an SSD, but a mechanical disk with rotating plates. I have formatted the whole disk, without partitioning, as NTFS. I have used 'mkntfs' ...
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How can I compare lists of files for manual incremental backup purposes?

I have backups of my hard drives in a physically different location. Periodically I will bring my hard drives to this location to update the backups. I do this because the data on my drives is ...
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External hard drive unreadable after copy

So I had a macbook pro on loan from school. I had to turn it in yesterday so what I did was copy all the files that where on there to an external hard drive. After that I tried too copy the ...
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External Hard Drive Stops Responding During Copy when on an Powered USB Hub

During file copy tasks from the main hard drive of my computer to an external hard drive, the copy process will suddenly drop to zero and never pick up again. This happens consistently on any largish ...
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External USB Port Damaged

So here's the basics. I work in a bit of a cramped area and tend to, once and a while, trip over my cords pulling my External Hard Drive (i know that's not good for it). So this morning seems to have ...
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My external hard drive(StoreJet 25c)500gb is always telling to format

My hard drive is always asking me to format. i will always format,it will work for a very short period,then later i realize that when i send files to that hard drive it sends very slowly,then starts ...
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File is too large for destination file system - Already NTFS

This is my first SuperUser post, so please bear with me if I make any mistakes, thanks. I have some large database files (4-7GB) that I need to transfer to an external hard drive (WD My Book, 6TB). ...
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Reverse Rufus process on WD Elements 10B8 2TB

My external worked 100% untill I (by accident) used Rufus to make it a bootable 4GB now disk part keeps throwing a I/O error when I try to remove the partition which doesn't seem to show up for some ...
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File permissions not preserved on external hard drive

I have a brand new 3TB Western Digital "Elements" external (USB) hard drive. When I copy (cp, rsync) stuff across from my laptop file permissions are not preserved. In fact everything (files and ...
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Trying to find out what's wrong with our external hard drive?

We have had the external hard drive since 2010 and we've had ongoing issues with it for the past 2 years. I'm hoping I can find out exactly what's wrong with it. Details: BUFFALO 500GB Hard Drive ...
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External Hard Disk or USB stick , keeps data of previously connected PCs?

Do External Hard Disks or USB sticks keeps in some table or so, the data to which computer they were connected? Is it possible from the external HDD or USB stick, retrieve the info (name or ...
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Is it safe to put two hard disk in one case?

I want to put two hard disk in one case (cover). One hard disk is on the top of another and there is no gap or there is nothing between it. As shown in the attached photo. Is it safe to do so? Does ...
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(External USB) HDD not accessible as usual after strange behaviour

first of all, I'm using Linux (but have access to a Windows PC as well). During some data transfer, my external USB hard disk drive (NTFS formatted) suddenly was no more accessible, I could not ...
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Mac OS 10.9 external hfs formated disk access via terminal mount command?

I have a 2Tb harddisk connceted via USB toaster to my MacMini Mavericks. It was used to recuperate as much data as possible from my son's MacBook Pro (OS 10.6.8) before reformatting and reinstalling ...
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Is it safe to use a bare drive in a 2.5" metal enclosure?

I just recently replaced my Seagate Momentus 7200.4 with a Samsung Pro 512GB SSD. I wanted to continue using the Seagate Momentus (as a way to access old files should I need to), so I bought a Sabrent ...
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Can/How do I utilize external hard drives >9TB with Windows 8.1?

I currently have several external hard drives in use, either as storage (constantly connected) or removable back-ups kept in a safe for security (all are WD "My Book" brand and the oldest is probably ...
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Filesystem: allocating big blocks of disk space to files for efficiency?

My computer was SLOW. A defrag took HOURS. The disk still seemed messy afterwards! "Time is money!" My file-system dates from an era when disk space cost a fortune. Today, even terabyte drives ...
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Hard disk recognised by laptop but can not copy/past data from it

I had a hard disk, the main disk that came with the computer. Due to power failure my computer shut down and the drive was not detected. So, I replaced it. Now I have the old drive and as I have ...
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Is it safe to defragment platter-based USB hard drives?

Occasionally defragmenting internal IDE/EIDE/ATA/SATA/SATA2/SATA3/etc platter-based hard drives is often a recommended practice. What about external USB/USB2/USB3 platter-based hard drives? Is it a ...
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External hard drive with an old manufacturing date

I just received my external hard drive (HGST Touro S) from eBay but was slightly disappointed to find out that it was manufactured almost 2 years ago. It is completely sealed and comes with 3-year ...
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5400rpm HDD speeds in a USB 3.0 connectivity enclosure

I plan to replace my laptop's 5400rpm HDD with an SSD in the near future. I then want to make the old HDD an external HDD. I want to get it to work with USB 3.0. Will I get better speeds from my ...
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Recover a particular folder from the hard disk

I am learning about recovery processes of corrupted / deleted data etc. from hard disks. So, I took an external hard disk and made 3 big folders with Pictures Videos and Music. The total data content ...
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Files disappeared after hard reboot

hopefully this is the correct place to ask this. So on my external hard drive (Seagate 1.5 TB) I was holding some data I wanted to analyze as well as my Steam video game library. I was downloading ...
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WD external hard drive some folders can not be viewed due to a possible virus?

Now I am using a windows 8.1, Samsung laptop, with WD Elements 1tb. The problem is one day some folders in my external drive decided to not show up. I figured it might be due to some virus affecting ...
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Image tagging solution for files on external hard drive on windows/linux dual boot pc?

I have a Windows 10/Linux Mint 17.3 dual boot PC with an NTFS formatted external hard drive. I have a lot of image files (probably a few GBs) on the external HD I use for art reference (mostly png, ...
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How do I check whether the enclosure failed or the hard drive failed?

I have a spare 500 GB 3.5" internal SATA HDD which I decided to be used as an external HDD. Recently, I bought an 3.5" enclosure (3.5 inch Cavalry EN-CAXM SuperSpeed USB 3.0 enclosure) for this. I am ...
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Unable to boot Kali Linux from External Hard Drive, with Ubuntu

I have installed Kali Linux on an external hard drive. ON my laptop Ubuntu is installed. When I connect the external hard drive via USB cable and booted the laptop from external USB/hard drive. Kali ...
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Using External Harddisk as an internal desktop SATA Harddisk

I have a 2TB Western Digital MyBook Essential External Hard-disk. I wanted to use the Hard-disk as an internal hard-drive for my PC running Linux Mint. So, I dis-assembled it, and took out the SATA ...