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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 ...
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Zalman drive enclosure does not start up (example case ZM-VE400)

Your Zalman ZM-VE400 (or potentially other similar drive enclosure?) from the manufacturer shows the model name when plugged in but never arrives in the menu despite pressing buttons on the keypad. ...
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How to force Finder to refresh external drive? OS X

I use an external hard drive for Time Machine backups. Recently, I moved it to a USB hub (so that I don't have as many cables to deal with). This has slowed down the speed which I can read/write to ...
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Recover Mypassport from misapplied permissions

I have a good working 2TB Mypassport. This morning I was trying to set it up as a shared drive through the network, and haven't yet had a cup of coffee I went to Permissions (instead of Sharing), I ...
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External drive in constant use the moment a track from it is added to iTunes

Adding tracks to my manually managed itunes library takes ages. I've noticed that the drive goes into a "constantly-in-use" mode (from the blinking led and spinning noise) the moment I drag a track ...
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How to format/recover data from external SATA hard disk of notebook? [duplicate]

Recently I was bought a lenovo notebook. but due to motherboard issue It not started. I removed SATA hard disk from there and try to format and recover data but It not working in other machines.. ...
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Copying files: Do any of the mainstream operating systems (excluding e.g. Linux with ZFS) hash files when moving them?

What I tend to do to go about making sure I don't lose my data is I pick and choose what files I want to keep, and once I have my large (in bytes, not in heft) external hard disk attached (usually ...
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Seagate Expansion external drive not recognised in Windows 8.1

Can someone PLEASE tell me why my Seagate Expansion external hard-drive is NOT recognised in Windows 8.1? It worked perfectly on my other Win 7 Pro laptop, I just bought a new laptop with Win 8.1,and ...
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Dell Latitude E5430 with PR03X Dock not recoginizing ext HD through eSATA port

I have a Samsung HD103SIf TB drive that originally came in an ext usb caddy. I used it with an older Dell Laptop running Windows XP. It worked fine until one day it would not power on. I pulled the ...