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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In what state is an external hard drive if it is seen by OS but content is unreachable?

I have an USB external hard drive. If I connect it to my computer which is run under Ubuntu, I can see a new folder corresponding to the hard drive (in both terminal and in the directories browser). ...
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Connecting two routers to create two home networks causes issues

My cable provider provided us with a gateway modem that has it's own built in router. I need to set up two local networks, one for guest and one for admins. The reason is because I have a Western ...
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How to achieve highest performance with multiple USB 3 drives but only one USB 3 port

If a computer has one USB 3 port, and one USB 2 port, and the user needs to connect two external USB 3 drives (backwards compatible to USB 2), will highest speeds be obtained if the user connects them ...
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Why are 2.5" external drives cheaper than their internal counterparts? [closed]

I was looking for a 2TB 2.5" hard drive for a family member, and was a bit surprised when I found out that external drives are about 20% cheaper than their internal counterparts. For example, an ...
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What's causing my hard disk's activity? [duplicate]

I have a set of external hard disks I'm using for backups, so except for the backup in the middle of the night they shouldn't show any activity. Now on one of the drives the LED has been blinking for ...
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Use an old laptop SATA DVD drive with a USB to SATA adapter?

I have an old laptop DVD drive, which I want to use as an external DVD drive. I'd like to use it with an adapter cable like this: Two questions: My DVD drive's sticker says that it needs 1.5 ...
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Uploading large folders to Dropbox from external hard drive

I've got a puzzling dilemma that I've been trying to solve for weeks. I want to backup about 500 GBs from an external hard drive to my Dropbox Pro account. My computer's hard drive is nowhere near ...
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Recovery Hard Disk with Bad Sectors

I have a WD Element 1TB external hard Disk and suddenly I got some errors in data reading and writing. I decided to recover it, and I tried to do so many ways and nothing worked. I tried to run ...
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1TB Dell external hard drive is blinking [closed]

My 1TB Dell external HDD started blinking. When I removed and inserted it again it worked fine, but I am concerned it may occur again in the future. I searched Google and found a source saying my ...
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Is this a bad idea to use a SSD in the slim bay as the primary hard disk?

My friend has a Lenovo ThinkPad T420s (http://support.lenovo.com/en/documents/pd015734). Since he wants better performance, he decides to add an additional SSD to this laptop and uses it as the ...
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External hard-drive keeps ejecting itself

I've got a Sharkoon 5 bay RAID station with 5 x 2TB drives in it. I've let my Mac do a software RAID on it but it seems I've ran into a bit of a problem - at very random intervals the drives eject ...
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Can a program doing i/o on another drive cause writes in its home drive?

Let's say I have a program A installed with windows on my drive C:. I use A to do a lot of processing on a external drive D:. It reads from D:, processes the data, then writes the output back into ...
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Internal to external hdd isn't recognized

My old computer recently broke, so i got all the useable stuff i could get out, that includes the hdd. It's a hdd with a sata cable, so i thought it would be nice to use it as an external harddrive. I ...
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Using external hard drives for personal laptop/computers [closed]

I intend on purchasing a fast laptop (possibly a gaming laptop). I am a programmer, so I enjoy using different programming environments (visual studio with windows, linux, etc) which is why I require ...
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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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Using Virtual Box to install Ubuntu Server 14.04 on an external hard drive

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 onto a server hard drive. The server machine I have only supports booting to CD/DVD, not USB. When I've tried burning the Ubuntu 14.04 installer to a DVD for ...
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Can I restore my NTFS partition in place?

while using the Win2Flash tool I accidentally selected one of my HDD partitions as target USB drive. Previously, I had 5 logical partitions(100 GB each). After the accident, I can see only one of ...
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How can I boot Windows at external hard drive from internal hard drive?

In my internal hard drive, there is a copy of Windows installed at 'sda1'. I use grub to boot into it. In my external hard drive (internal hard drive with a box), I have a complete Windows installed ...
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How to maximize space on recycled external HDD?

My husband gave me his 4 year old external hard drive, a WD My Passport 0750, 1 TB, to use with my Windows 8 laptop. There is only 29.8 GB worth of free space and it has too many partitions. How do I ...
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Hard drive (SATA) making trouble when connecting via USB

I have a hard drive from Western Digital (model: WD2500BEVS-75UST0) that is running without visible problems inside my laptop connected with SATA. However, once I connect it with an external case that ...
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restore icons from 2tb HDD (seagate) on Windows 7

Hello guys wondering if anyone can help me i have 2tb x2 that holds my movie collection and I make my own custom movie icon for each movie folder, so as you can tell i have close to 2000 movies the ...
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Will any 3'5 inch hard drive caddy / enclosure be OK to operate a SSHD?

Since there are no external SSHD's on the market, I will make my own. Obviously the size is 3'5 inches - but is there anything else to bear in mind before putting one in the enclosure. Obviously it ...
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Does External Backup Hardisk is usually slow? [closed]

I have purchased a new Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB 2.5" USB 3.0. I have notice that it copy files with a very low rate. I did some test using crystaldiskmark as follow. as you can see it write in a ...
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Sony Vaio Hard Drive on external case dont show my files

i am having problems for booting my sony vaio, i tried somethings and nothing.. now i will do the recovery option to start as a new fresh .. but i need to save my files, so i put the hard drive on a ...
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Windows 7: User Permissions keep resetting for external hard drive

Help my Entire account is gone after following this advice i am sure that was not the goal. but it did happen i am afraid. I am currently trying to solve icons not showing up on my external drive. I ...
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Icons not showing on my my External Drive

My friend could change icons on his external drive. I cant on mine though for some reason. Question 1: I make extensive use of custom icons on my computer. My icons are not working on my external ...
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Copy data from 1TB SSD to 2TB HDD [with speed/cost constraints]

I have data being recorded to an external 1TB SDD at a rate of ~2GB/min. This occurs for multiple consecutive hours until the drive is full. Once that happens, the data needs to be offloaded to the ...
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Why are there no external solid state hybrid hard drives for sale? [closed]

There are external hdds, and ssds, but not sshds. Why is this? Will I have to buy an internal one and put it into a 3'5 inch enclosure? Is it that simple?
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Is there a way to retrieve data from a hard drive that was initialised but where no simple volume was created?

I switched enclosures for my 3.5 inch external hard drive; the drive is a Western Digital. There after the disk showed up in Disk Management but first needed initializing. I used the GPT initializing ...
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Is it possible for data from an external hard drive to be damaged due to power surge?

There was a really intense lightning storm earlier today near my house; there was a power surge/outage and my external hard drive was plugged in (but it wasn't transferring information). It seems to ...
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Unable to see data on an external HDD, is it infected?

I will try to describe the problem directly: suddenly I am unable to acces the data I have on my external HDD. It's name has changed, both Ubuntu and Windows(7 and 8) complain when I plug in the ...
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How to recover data from 2tb wd external harddrive which is showing as 'Not Initialized' in disk mangement?

It is my brother's hard drive & it has very important data. It is a 2tb wd my passport ultra external hard disk which was used as ntfs with only one partition. My brother told me that he deleted ...
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Will keeping my external hard drive plugged into AC (but not USB) wear it down?

I am planning to move my backups to an external USB drive, the reason being that the backups are using about 90% of my home server's space and I am not able to obtain a hard drive larger than 85 GB ...
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Iomega Prestige 1TB portable USB 2.0 hard drive keeps getting randomly disconnected in Windows 8

I have an Iomega Prestige 1TB USB 2.0 portable hard drive with its own external power source that worked fine for several years on my old 2003 Dell desktop running Windows XP. I bought a new Dell ...
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More robust choice for filesystem [closed]

I have to format a new external HD, 1 TB. I want to have an independent partition of ~300 GB which should be very robust against damage (last time I lost the entire HD since it fall down). Of course ...
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Copying files from SD to external hard drive - keeps saying the folder no longer exists but allows me to copy one at a time

So this is a very peculiar problem... I have a 16GB SD card that has RAW photos of it from my Canon DSLR camera. I also have an IOGear SD-to-USB converter. I am trying to copy the photos off of the ...
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Does changing external hdd drive will boost performance boost on xubuntu (virtualbox)? [closed]

Now I'm using Toshiba external drive (USB 2.0) - http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Portable-External-Drive-HDDR250E03X/sim/B0013FSKSA/2 I'm wonder if changing this drive to something new, USB 3.0 (maybe ...
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Is write caching good for HDDs' life?

I have a removable HDD for which Windows disabled write-caching by default, but on occasions I write a lot of data to that HDD and I was wondering, would enabling the caching temporarily improve the ...
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Unable to remove write protection from my SD card in windows 7

My SD card is showing: The disk is write protected So I open Diskpart through the command line in Windows 7 and follow these steps: To check my disk name I type: list disk Now I select ...
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How to password-protect an external hard drive or an external USB drive [closed]

I've got: 1 external 120GB USB hard drive (TrekStor DataStation pocket capa) 2 16GB external USB drives (EMTEC) 2 32GB or 64BG external USB devices (SanDisk, one is USN 2.0 and the other USB 3.0, I ...
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same capacity external HDD,but different price [closed]

i am going to buy 1TB external HDD manufactured by western digital.I have found two of them in the shop's website.Both of them have 1TB capacity,but one is almost 13-14$ more than the other.Models ...
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USB 3.0 not going past the speed of USB 2.0

I have a WD My Passport Ultra, which I know can reach 100MB/s easily while connected to USB 3.0 port, but I'm getting 40MB/s on 3.0 and 2.0 ports. What may be the problem? I run Fedora 18 (32 bit (on ...
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External HDD being detected on Smart TV but not on PC

I've 1TB external HDD. When i connect it to my smart TV it gets connected normally. I can view movie songs etc but at the same time when i connect it to my pc it does not. It is not being detected on ...
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Bootable Partition from External HDD

I'm trying to partition and load a .iso file on to the external hdd to be able to boot it, but also still keep files on the main partition. Is this possible with a Toshiba Canvio Basics 3 drive? I've ...
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NTFS drive not working

I copied some files from another computer to my western digital external hard drive and then after I connected it to my PC Windows can't recognize my NTFS drive. A few month ago I changed partions to ...
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Recover files without formatting from data on a seemingly corrupted Seagate Wireless Plus.

I have a Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB hard disk. Last week, when I was copying videos from my DVD collection to the hard disc, the DVD drive somehow stopped working. Now I cannot access my hard disc ...
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Problems with using an external USB harddrive on android [closed]

I have an external USB harddrive, a 1Tb WD Passport (red), and decided to reformat it for use with both my windows PC and my android tablet. There have been some problems along the way that i've ...
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External hard drive suddenly not recognized on one computer, still works on another computer

I have an Asus G750JW running Windows 8.1. One of my external hard drives—a 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive (Model: SRD0SD0, PN: 1DXAD8-500, USB 3.0)—suddenly stopped working with it. It still ...
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My external hard drive won't open properly on Windows 7 (64-bit) [closed]

I have a WD My Passport 1TB USB3.0 drive (wdbbep0010bsl) with multiple partitions. Pretty much all of my games/work are on a NTFS partition (~300GB). The rest is dived up into various unused Mac ...
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Problems with NTFS USB drive after waking Windows from suspend

I accidentally removed a USB hard drive from a Windows computer in sleep mode (thought it was off) and wrote files to it on another computer, running Fedora. Now, the Windows machine is having ...