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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Updating windows 8 “to go” to windows 10

I have an installation of windows 8 on an external hdd. When I try to update to windows 10 the update fails with the message that windows on usb drives cannot be updated. Is there a way to update this ...
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External disk not accessible

My WD Elements external disk connected via USB 3.0 cable is not accessible. I tried it with two versions of Windows and with Ubuntu 16.04 kernel 4.6.0. The disk was working some days ago. Then, ...
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Would a 2 TB USB 3.0 WD My Passport HD overpower a powered USB 2.0 hub?

I asked a question a few months ago about what I thought was possibly a failing external USB HDD. I have disconnected that HDD and the powered USB 2.0 hub has worked better. But I noticed that the USB ...
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External SSD doesn't appear on my computer

I have an SSD and bought external enclosure USB 3.0 for it, but when I insert it in my Dell laptop (windows 10 os) it does not appear on my computer window although it was working fine with an older ...
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Time Machine drive can't be mounted

I have a "WD My Passport for Mac" external hard drive that I've used for over two years as a Time Machine disk. I have recently removed about 130GB of data from my internal drive (Macintosh HD) to ...
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Is it possible to repair the boot sector on an external hard drive?

Is it possible to repair the boot sector of an external hard drive without a Windows installation disk, without any CD-burning capabilities, and without a USB key drive? In other words, I have an ...
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External harddrive not showing proper partition table when removed from external case

I have a 2.5TB WD external hdd. I was trying to copy some large files to it and thought I would temporarily shuck it so as to remove the usb 2.0 bottle neck. However when I plug it in directly via ...
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Windows 7: Error Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device

Sometimes, when trying to eject (remove) an external USB hard drive, Windows 7 issues the following error: Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device Windows can't stop your 'Generic volume' ...
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Booting from external drive does not work on some machines

I have arch linux installed on an external ssd. I have already booted from it on five or so different machines, but now I have a fairly old laptop (Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro 2040) where it doesn't ...
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is there a limit to how many drives I can connect to my Mac?

I am on Mac Book Pro running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and I use a lot of drives for my personal data and data from clients (and every drive has a redundant drive constantly being updated in case of ...
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External disk wakes whenever file delete dialog is opened

I've recently dug out an old 1TB external drive (USB 2.0) for some temporary storage, it's quite slow (5400 I think) but it's fine for storing unimportant files until I upgrade. However, every time I ...
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Accessing “unknown” volume in external drive

I have an external USB drive I use for file backups in my home network (for both Windows and OSX machines). It's normally plugged into my wireless router (TP-Link Archer C9). It works fine but I ...
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How to make my PC recognize my USB hard drive as a USB flash drive

I wanted to install a official ISO image of windows 10 for another PC.I already have the key so I only need a installation media for the process. I installed the MEDIA CREATION TOOL from the official ...
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Ubuntu on external drive

Can I put a full version of Ubuntu on an external hard drive and boot off of that hard drive and ignore the built in one. So I dont have to partion drives for dual boot but can boot just from a Ubuntu ...
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Why my smartphone shows as usb or external drive on my pc

Normally,when a smartphone is connected to a computer it is seen or recognize by the pc as external drive.Why is this the case? Did any one know where i can read to find out the reason behind this?
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WD Passport reformatted from Mac to PC (NTFS) capacity reduced from >100GB to 126MB

I just had to move files from a Mac to a PC. I copied all my files off of my WD passport, reformatted it for Mac & copied about 100 GB of photos from the Mac. Then I used HTFSExpress to pulled ...
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Hard drive detected but not showing up in device and drives in computer

Following issue happened when i pluged in external hard drive on my windows 10 machine.How can i fix this error.
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How to show an external hard drive as offline

Googling this question is not giving me relevant searches so i'm asking here. I recently upgraded my laptop by switching the 1TB sshd with an 240 GB SSD , i got an hard drive enclosure and now i'm ...
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External hdd is not working properly after setting it into enclosure

I had a seagate external hdd. Its external port where cable inserts got broken. The only choice i had was to change its case to 2.5 hdd enclosure. After doing that whenever i connect it to the system ...
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How to externally access the parent hard disk after cloning it and using the clone as primary internal drive

I have cloned my internal HDD C-drive (parent) to an internal SSD (clone) and I am now running my laptop (Windows 10) on the clone SSD. I have kept the parent as a backup HDD. Now I wish to access ...
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Hard drive showing 333 MB of used space even though there are no files?

I've been using an external hard drive for quite some time, and recently I've upgraded to an internal drive and therefore moved all of my files from the external hard drive to the internal one. Now ...
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Does an SSD wear out using files stored in an external HDD?

I've an internal SSD in my MacBook Pro and I like editing videos. If I use an external HDD to store these files to work with, importing them in the video editing software, will this do the internal ...
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What can cause my enclosured external HDD to be detectable but not accessible?

I have this small Sata HDD and I bought an enclosure for it, the asmedia as2105 usb device. Now, my computer does detect the enclosure, but not the disk in it. I've tried other disks too, but no joy. ...
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What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure?

What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc (and HOW do I do that?) or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure? (and I've got some idea how to that, but I don't know ...
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Cloning a HD vs. Copying Files - Which is faster?

Which is faster if I wanted to copy all files on a 6 TB hard drive to an 8 TB external hard drive? Cloning the 6 TB hard drive with Macrium Reflect or copying all files with UltraCopier? I noticed ...
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Copying files to USB 3.0 external HDD connected to USB 3.0 hub with external power supply connected to USB 2.0 port hangs and stops with IO error

When I connect my external HDD to USB 3.0 hub with external power supply connected to USB 2.0 port copying any bigger file to that HDD will freeze and eventually stop with error message. The same disk ...
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Why does USB drive run at the speed of USB 1.1 when connected to a USB 2.0 hub?

I have a strange problem with my USB drive (WD Express). When I connect it to my Windows PC's only USB port, it works at high speed (USB 2.0). However, when I connect it to a USB 2.0 hub as the only ...
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When unplugging a USB external hard drive, is it safer to unplug the cable from the computer, or from the external hard drive?

When unplugging a USB external hard drive, is it safer to unplug the cable from the computer first, or from the external hard drive? I am asking as I saw an EHD died right after the USB cable had ...
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Powered external HDD causing USB conflicts [closed]

I've got a HD in a USB connected HDD enclosure, and despite having an external power adapter rather than being powered via the USB port, it is causing problems with my keyboard and mouse (both USB) ...
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External HDD formatted to ZFS, another external HDD as (offline) backup. How do I protect my data against silent corruption?

I am an amateur photographer using a base model MacBook Air (128 GB SSD) with a macOS/Ubuntu 16.04 dual boot. Because the SSD is too small to store my photo library on, I used to store it on a 500 GB ...
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Ubuntu not recognizing external hard drive

I have 2TB Wester Digital external hard drive. I connected it to USB 3.0 port on my laptop with Ubuntu 14.04 (64 bit) installed. It was working fine till yesterday (Haven't tried on any other OS). ...
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Hard Drive Unknown / Not Initialized - how to recover data?

I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since. I just got it out as I ...
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Booting from external linux drive destroyed internal windows installation?

I have installed Arch Linux on an external SSD. I have already used it for some time without errors to use my own arch Linux installation on other machines. Now I started using two different ...
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Seagate Momentus 7200 4 250GB HDD is not working anymore [closed]

I got the hard drive and when I plugged it in I heard it spinning and clicking but it won't work! In the past I tried the Acer laptop and it detected and booted to unsupported windows which was just ...
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Portable HD Failure

While performing a disk defrag on a portable samsung 2TB NTFS Hard disk, I was on a boat the power just went out. Frying the BIOS battery of the laptop and causing a great deal of files on the HD to ...
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Why have multiple PNG files been transformed to glitches on the external hard drive?

Pictures have been made and edited using Adobe Photoshop and saved as PNG on a MacBook If the hard drive of the PC is almost full the edited pictures will be copied to an external hard drive in order ...
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How to get notes from Notes.app off hard drive and onto Mac

I recently wiped my mac's hard drive clean in order to reclaim a bunch of memory which I had no idea where it was being allocated. Before I wiped everything I backed it all up on my external hard ...
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What is the total storage for this server? Is it an external or internal? [closed]

Please help to understand!!!! H/W path Device Class Description ======================================================== system Computer - /0 bus Motherboard /0/0 - memory 141GiB System memory /0/...
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My laptop isn't showing the external hard disk

I am using a Seagate external hard disk of 1TB. Unfortunately my laptop was out of power and got hibernated with the HDD connected to it. And I disconnected the HDD before re-starting it. And now my ...
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How to identify the cause of slowness of an external hard disk?

I have 2 Western Digital external hard drives, namely: 1 WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN) 1 WD My Passport Ultra 2 TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive I connect ...
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Hard Drive Not Accessible Access Denied [duplicate]

I am currently attempting to transfer files from an internal server to an external server based terminal. I have copied the files I need onto an external hard drive using the internal based server. ...
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Proper connection to external disk via USB3

With a small internal disk in my laptop (Macbook Pro Retina), I need an external disk. Sitting on the couch, the cable disconnects easily. What hardware setup can I use to prevent this from happening?
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Will my HDD fit in this enclosure?

I needed a portable SATA external hard drive case so i saw some pictures but, i saw it uses SATA II version but my drives are just SATA. Will my drive plug in to SATA II if i have original SATA pins? ...
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External Hard Drive Problems in Event Viewer

I'm using a Western Digital My Passport Ultra (2TB) 1.5 years ago and I've recently been seeing a lot of problems with this external drive in event viewer. So far, whenever I connect this to the ...
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Windows 8 stopped recognizing My Passport Ultra Drive

I have Windows 8 on Dell Inspiron 15 R laptop. I purchased a Brand new My Passport Ultra Drive. For past two weeks I plugged in My Passport Ultra Drive and created System Image. This week, my ...
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External hard drive troubleshooting

I've got a 2TB WD Ext HDD that I'm guessing is starting to fail. The thing is that I currently have almost 2TB of data on there, and really don't want to lose some of it. It's been written and read ...
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Windows 10: No option to Eject External HARD DRIVE (NOT USB Stick)

When I plug in my external hard drive (again, NOT USB stick), and right click on the icon in This PC, there is no option to eject the drive. There is a system tray option to "safely eject" it, but ...
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Fastest External Hard Drive recovery

500 GB External Hard drive got formatted... please help to recovery it fast.../ currently running test desk Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 476940 64 32 Analyse cylinder 1741/476939: 00% ...
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External HDD for Games with an internal SSD?

I have an SSD of 250GB 2.5" (SAMSUNGS EVO 850) and the laptop have 1TB hdd. The problem I am facing is which one to put on the sata slot. I am planning to put the ssd in the sata slot and then buy a ...
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Performance with multiple instances of rsync across different direct-attached storage devices?

Would running multiple instances of rsync with all the sources and destinations on different direct-attached storage devices cause any performance hits, or would the speed limits for each individual ...