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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Windows 8.1 in PC cannot access one partition in my external HDD (win XP)

I have exactly the same issue as Windows cannot access my external harddisk partition not responding does it make a difference if the PC system is windows 8.1 and the previous (external HDD) was on ...
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How to use testdisk on external hard drive that freezes whenever connected?

I've been trying to recover files from my WD external hard drive, and nothing has worked so far. I've heard of testdisk but I can't use it because as soon as I connect my external, it freezes the PC. ...
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Internal hard drive connected by usb no longer displays in Disk Management. How to get the drive to show without deleting it's data?

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RORMF6 3TB internal hard drive to back-up data across multiple computers. When I connected the sata cable to USB, the hard-drive did not ...
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How to recover files on dead WD 1TB External Hard Drive?

I accept defeat. This piece of crap is dead. Is there anyway to recover the files on it? Stupid me for never backing up on cloud, DVD's, etc. Please I need those files. :(
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WD 1TB External Hard Drive keeps freezing

My WD External Hard drive started messing up yesterday when it would lag my PC and then altogether just freeze my PC. Every time it's connected, it freezes. And then when I unplug, the PC starts ...
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Does the Raspberry Pi 2 put USB external drives to sleep when not in use for a while?

I recently got a LaCie 2TB Thunderbolt bus-powered USB external rugged drive. I am using it with the Raspberry Pi 2 and it works fine. It's being used as a remote backup via rsync. However, I am use ...
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Harddrive won't mount in windows 7

I've got an external hard drive, that doesn't seem to want to mount in Windows 7. The drive was working but unfortunately Windows froze (I even got a windows has stopped responding - do you want to ...
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Windows didn't recognize my External HDD properly, should I replace it?

Some details: External HDD: WD Elements Portable 1TB OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, SP1 The External HDD was working fine except sometimes when I eject it, windows says the device is in use. the ...
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Mapping network drive from a shared external HDD

I am using Windows 7 OS. I have recently changed my Linksys smart router to an Asus RT-AC87U. The router has an external HDD connected to it that serves as a file server and can be accessed from the ...
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Changing Connectivity of Windows Storage Spaces Drives

I plan to have 2 identical SATA drives attached via SATA configured in a 2-way mirror Windows storage space created in Windows 8.1 or later. If I were to unplug those drives later, put them in a ...
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stops playing movies after only a couple mins [on hold]

I've got a Toshiba 750gb external hard drive. I plug it into my tv and proceed to pick a movie. It will play the movie for a few mins and it stops. Sometimes it goes to the next movie, or the tv stays ...
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Why have a single partition on an external hard drive? [on hold]

I have several external hard drives that I've formatted (in ext4) without creating a partition table and a partition first. I formatted the raw block devices, and they work fine. I only want one ...
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Software/Hardware RAID vs Windows Storage Spaces for DAS

I plan to upgrade my Intel RST Software RAID1 setup with 2 internal SATA drives to something more versatile: Drives need to be external (they have to reside in an enclosure connected to PC via eSATA ...
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how to connect internal hard disk to laptop via usb?

I have a seagate internal sata hard disk as well as an external sata hard disk.Can i connect the internal hard disk via the external hard disk USB cable ? this is the cable i have with me
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External USB hard drive and risk of internal condensation?

Apparently you can kill a USB hard drive by moving it from a cold to warm environment and powering it up. The killer being internal condensation. Q1: How real is the risk? What kind of temperatures ...
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Asus AC66R Wireless router won't recognized Western Digital My Passport external hard drive

I have an Asus AC66R Wireless router. It has 2 USB ports for sharing data on external hard drives. I have a Seagate Free Agent (1TB) external hard drive. The router detects it, and it works fine. I ...
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Fastest way to duplicate encrypted hard drives?

I used hard drive duplicator to do the sector-by-sector duplication of hard drives. I think it took about 5 hours. Pros: easy unattended, computer-free operation Cons: hard drive size ...
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Boot windows from moved internal to external HDD

I moved my internal hard disk which have windows 7 installation on it . I'm using it as an external hard disk now . I want to boot from it but when I try to do this I face the blue error screen which ...
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External HDD Disconnects and Reconnects repeatedly

Please note this is not a power issue, My A-DATA HD710's USB 3.0 connector (The socket inside the external HDD) has become loose (somehow, I don't know what happened), now the HDD keeps disconnecting ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 not loading from external hard drive for AMD

I installed Ubuntu 15.04 on a Seagate expansion drive. I tried booting it up from my machine, but it hangs (and I waited over 30 mins, just to be sure). I tried using the drive from an Intel based ...
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boot linux from harddisk in an enclosure

I installed linux to a hdd in an enclosure (ehdd) (before installing I physically removed the sata power to the internal hdd). The boot from usb in the bios settings allowed me to boot from the ehdd ...
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6 year old Mac Hard Drive “date created” and “date modified” changed to 2 weeks ago

I'm having some serious concerns that someone who had possession of my Macbook pro hard drive to do physical cleaning has done something worse. The hard drive is 6 years old and hasn't been ...
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Linux - How to run programs on external media?

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 LiveCD and the full Ubuntu 14.04 install on a bootable USB hard drive. I have g++ installed on the hard drive, but I need to use the hard drive for sneakernet. Is there a way to ...
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Disassemble External HD for internal drives NAS Build Pro/Con

Poked around and I didn't see anythingthat could give me a definitive answer. I am using a Fractal Design Node 304 for a 4-6 Bay DIY Nas build. I want to fill with as much storage as possible, if ...
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DD command running for over 17 hours on external 1.5TB drive

I used dd with nohup to erase a 1.5TB disk and now I can't get feedback from the progress.. Since it's been more than 17 hours I am worried... I ran the command with the disk unmounted. The disk is ...
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image file on external HDD cannot be read and transferred to another drive - created using macrium reflect

I have created a image backup using macrium reflect - it succussfully completed. I can explore the windows partition. The file is on an external 1TB hard drive. The backup is 105GB in size. Contains ...
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Rsync-like automatic delta backup of a removable hard drive on windows

Well a lot of questions have been asked on the SE network about using rsync on Windows. But nothing seems to really do the trick so I'd like to expose the specific mechanism I need to setup. Lets say ...
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use desktop as hard drive enclosure

my aging desktop's motherboard sometimes doesn't boot up. I think one of the hard drives where the OS is is dying... I have 6 other drives hooked up to the motherboard. I was thinking about buying ...
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Booting OSX from External Drive

I'm trying to decide whether to replace an existing hard drive on an iMac 10,1 27inch. I'd much prefer to replace this drive with an external drive as I can get a tremendously bigger drive and the ...
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When you transfer files off a macbook hard drive to another device, is there a log/record of it?

If someone takes out a Macbook Pro hard drive with an enclosure to transfer files to another device …. is there any record/log of it (on the Mac hard drive that was taken out)? I'm talking just the ...
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External hard drive making noise; Can I eject drive during CHKDSK operation?

Whenever I connect external HDD to my laptop. It shows decryption error and suggest to run chkdsk /r. So this time I did so as per this suggestion. It's taking a lot of time. What happens if I eject ...
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Mount USB drive as local folder on Mac

I bought an external 1TB USB drive and I want to make my Google Drive use the USB drive instead of my external disk. The reason why I want to do this is because my Google Drive account is 1TB and my ...
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External hard drive stalled during transfer - Jarmund

I was transferring a .mp4 file when the transfer/drive stalled. When I plug the hard drive in to the PC it does not show in "my computer" or list a drive. How would I verify if the drive has failed, ...
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How can I check whether USB3.0 UASP mode is enabled in Linux?

I have a laptop running Ubuntu 15.04 (3.19.0-21-generic) and an external USB3.0 2.5" SATA HDD enclosure which claims that it supports UASP mode (this model by StarTech). I have no problems mounting ...
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Running Windows 7 through external USB hard drive on Windows 8 machine

We have just relocated from the US from the UK. In the UK my husband was using an HP computer with a 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive which says it is SATA with 64MB Cache and has the code WD10EARS on ...
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External HDD disk must be turned on twice always

My external 3.5 inch, 3 TB hard disk must be always started twice. Each time power it up (after about 2-3 days of not using it, as it acts as backup drive only) it starts emitting a very constant ...
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WD 500gb harddrive does not show up on pc [duplicate]

I was transfering files to my external hard drive when it stalled during the transfer. I unplugged the hard drive. Now when i connect it, the light on the hard drive comes on and flashes. You can ...
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windows 7 asking to format harddrive which is working fine on Linux and HDTV

I have 2TB WD HDD which suddenly is asking to format drive on Windows 7 system. While HDD is working fine with Linux (Ubuntu 14). Also, my HDTV able to detect and play files as usual. No slow ...
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Reserve letter for external hard drive (Windows) [duplicate]

Is it possible on Windows 8 to reserve a letter for an external hard drive so that Windows recognises it as this letter whenver it is attached? I know that by going into disk management, the letter of ...
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Sync Dropbox to External hard drive, unlinking, etc

My laptop is jam packed full in terms of storage (it is quite old and has limited storage anyway) and I have just got some external hard drives to free up some space. Approx. 30GB of this is ...
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Transform my Samsung M3 External HDD to Internal?

So I've got an external hard drive which is a Samsung M3 Station 3 1.5TB USB 3 (here is the manual). Now I've disassembled it as I could (kinda proud of myself, it's very clean :D) and I've got a HDD ...
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External hard drive corruption odd behavior

I have a 750GB External HD, formatted exFat. I accidentally disconnected it from my Mac OS X Yosemite without safely "ejecting" it first. It would no longer mount on my Mac. I tried "Verify Disk" ...
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WD USB HDD not recognized: Elements 10B8 [duplicate]

Any idea what could be the problem and how to solve it? Details: HDD: WD Elements 2TB (P/N: WDBU6Y0020BBK-05) When first connecting the device to my ThinkPad T420si (4174-E37), a dialog appeared ...
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Set Default Windows Installer Disk [duplicate]

I was wondering if it was possible to set the default disk to be used my MSIs, E.G. Install to D:\Program Files by default rather than C:\Program Files, and, if it is possible, how to do so. Thanks!
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Can I reformat windows 7 using an external rather than a blank dvd? [duplicate]

I am not sure about all the terminology, so pardon me if reformat isnt the correct term. I would like to reset windows 7 and my ssd to factory, but I dont have any blank cds or dvds laying around. I ...
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Converting server drives into external drives

My workplace recently decommissioned a Dell Poweredge server, and I'm permitted to scavenge for bits I want. In particular, there are a few Seagate Cheeta 10K.7 Ultra U320 SCSI drives that I'd like to ...
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Can I use a 3.5'' hard drive on a notebook with a psu and a sata-e-sata cable?

I have a spare 3.5" HDD at home and I want to use it on my notebook. My notebook have a e-sata port and I have a sata-e-sata cable, if I use the e-sata cable with a computer psu, can I use it on my ...
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Is there any way to make a bootable version of windows 7 from a flash drive or external HD? [duplicate]

I have tried installing Windows 7 on an external drive, but the setup says windows 7 cannot be installed onto usb devices. Can I, in fact, put Windows on a external drive, and if so, how?
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HDD connected via USB cable - Disk unknown not initialized

I am using laptop with windows 8. I have connected my HDD via USB cable. There are two lights on cable 'Access' and 'Power' access is glowing bright red and power dim red. When I connect HDD system ...
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External Hard Drive not accessible at all and keeps disconnecting

During copying two video files to my external hard drive, a Western Digital My Passport 500G, the process suddenly halted and I don’t know what the reason was. After that whenever I connect my ...