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External HDD I/O Error, disappearance problems

I have a problem with my HDD Toshiba Hitachi HDS5C3020BLE630 2.0 TB. I recently bought it with a damaged IcyBox where it came from. I attempted to boot it but it's not working. I tried many ways to ...
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Installing OS on target disk from external dock

I want to install Windows on my SSD, but I don't want to plug it in via SATA. I have an external HDD dock, so I'm going to plug it in there. Question is; how can I install Windows from my external HDD ...
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Is there any solution or, osX XX fix to get spot light indexing external drives? [closed]

Is it hard or can't be fixt? Please, APPLE let spot light index external drives. There is an interest in this type functionality in Osx. But now more people then ever want to have their (digital) ...
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What HDD diagnostic tool to trust?

I recently purchased external HDD (Samsung M3 Portable External Drive 1TB). I run basic diagnostic tests with SeaTools for Windows and unfortunately Short DST and Short Generic tests fail. I then ...
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Seagate External Drive works on PC but not mac, sometimes

I've having some trouble with my Seagate USB External hard drive. It's formatted FAT32 and I use it primarily on my Mac (OSX Mavericks) Every now and then (it's happened twice now), It would stop ...
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What does the output of rsync look like when it completes successfully?

I used rsync to back up my main drive to an external drive last night. At some point in the night the external drive was unplugged. This is the tail of the output of rsync -avRP ... ...
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How do I get my MacBook Pro to connect with external hard drive?

I have a 1TB hard drive almost full of my data. I was previously using it with Windows 7 operating system. Now I have switched my operating system to Mac. My MacBook Pro does not recognize my ...
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Folder on new HDD keeps getting corrupted

I have a Sans Digital JBOD TR4U+B HDD enclosure, I've had 2x 3TB HDD's running in it for a year with no problems. I recently added a 4TB HDD to it and I put some folders on it. I'm running Windows 8. ...
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Is it okay If I do partition on my external Hard disk?

I have 1Tb hard disk NTFS file system 5400 rpm.If i choose to partition my hard disk, Is it going to decrease my hard disk performance?how? I have partitioned my hard disk into 3 parts(250,250,430) ...
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How to rename actual portable HDD *device* name? (not volume name / label)

I have a few Toshiba Stor.E drives connected to my pc for backup purposes, then shipping them to differen physical locations. But when working with a few of them I have to check many times if I use ...
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Windows 8 leaving temporary folders on external drive

Since installing Windows 8 on this machine, I've found that Windows is writing what appear to be temporary folders to the root one of my external USB hard drives. The first answer to this discussion ...
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External hard drive not recognized by windows 8.1 (works in windows 7 and ubuntu12.04)

So as is stated in my title, I have an external hard drive (2.5 inch internal laptop drive attached to a USB bridge). It worked perfectly on my windows 7 x64 machine. Then I did a clean install of ...
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External Hard Drive Wont Reformat or Read in PC

History: My Dish DVR failed and I tried to use my external hard drive to recover movies from my DVR. I attached it to the DVR with the USB. It lit up as it was trying to function but It wouldnt ...
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How do I reset a WD Elements external hard drive to factory format?

I own a WD Elements 3TB external hard drive (WDBAAU0030HBK-01) which I disassembled and converted into an internal SATA drive. When I did that I partitioned the drive after installing it in my ...
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External harddrive recognized, but no activity?

I have a WD passport external hard drive, which is very full and has been in use for a while. For a while now it has been running extremely slowly, and I have had trouble copying stuff off it. I have ...
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Can USB 2.0 power a USB 3.0 external HDD?

I'm on the verge of buying myself a new bus-powered USB 3.0 2.5-inch external hard drive. However, my computer only has USB 2.0 ports on it. I understand that the USB 3.0 HDD will simply run slower on ...
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Why does the transfer rate of my USB 3.0 flash drive drops after a few seconds of copying?

I've just bought a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 64GB flash drive. The spec says that the drive's max read speed is 80Mb/s. I only have a USB 2.0 port, and I've made these tests: Writing a 4GB file on the ...
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Difference beteen using an external Hard Drive Disk Docking Station vs USB to SATA cable

I have a SATA hard disk that I want to connect to my laptop externally. Seems like I have two options. One is to buy a docking station and the other is to buy a cable only. What I would like to know ...
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Weird HDD Slowdown Issue

I'm experiencing a strange issue with one of my SATA HDDs. Basically I have two internal HDDs that I am connecting to the PC through a SATA-to-USB adapter. I am not keeping them inside the PC since ...
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1TB Seagate external drive not being detected

I have a Seagate 1TB external hard drive I am trying to recover information from. I had Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 running when my nephew accidentally kicked over the drive. The game continued to ...
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Permissions Error, cannot access both my Ex-HDDs

I'm in quite some trouble now. I'm a photographer and I store all of my important RAW files and processed photographs on my extrernal hard drives and have been doing so for quite a while. A few months ...
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Unable to access WD external drive

Basically the HDD started acting weird (couldnt access files on it) and event viewer was flooded with "bad block" reports. Now the HDD cant be accessed at all. It shows up in windows explorer when ...
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Is this hard drive recoverable?

I'm trying to fix (and hopefully recover files from) a USB hard drive belonging to one of my roommates which suddenly stopped working. The storage on the drive is not recognized on any computer. ...
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Attach Zip Drive To Hard Disk Enclosure

I have a 3.5 inch IDE/SATA (it has cables for both) enclosure, an old internal IDE Zip drive and 20 Zip disks. I just want to pull whatever's on them off and store the files somewhere else. I'm not ...
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Is it safe to remove a usb hard drive while it is spinning?

I have used safely remove function in windows, but my hard drive is still spinning sometimes even with clicking sound, is it safe to remove it? (my usb hard drive is toshiba v73600-H)
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Windows 7 - play songs contained in external hard drive Mac journaled

I have an external Mac journaled formatted hard drive containing all my music, but Windows 7 doesn't recognize the file system, so I can not open any files contained in it. By searching on the web I ...
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Is it possible to convert an external hard drive into a virtual disk and if so how?

I have an old laptop hard drive that I installed into a USB hard drive case. I can't set the BIOS of my desktop to boot from a USB device (USB hard drive cases aren't recognized as boot devices, from ...
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What does hardware encryption mean on external HDDs?

While shopping for an external HDD I've noticed some models have this feature (hardware encryption). Being a type of fella who only uses HDDs in general for storing data, with some hopes he will still ...
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Setting up a RAID 5 Array

I am currently trying to convert my drives from just a bunch of external disks, each one individually shared from my (CentOS) server into a RAID array (ideally, RAID 5). At current, my drives are: ...
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What's windows' reaction if TEMP folder location is removed?

What I'd like to know is what appends if the said RamDisk or the USB SSD is removed? I'm used with moving the TEMP/TMP folder to a faster drive. I used to do it on a RamDisk with a script and now ...
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Cannot see external hard drive on my computer, although it is shown in Disk Management

I cannot see external hard drive on my computer, although it is shown in Disk Management. I read in other forums that I need to assign a drive letter, however when I right-click to assign all other ...
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SATA/USB hard disks in Virtual Machine

I want to show my external USB hard disk as a SATA hard disk in a virtual machine but neither VirtualBox nor VMware give me that option. They only allow .vhd, .hhd, parallels hard disk, etc. ...
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What are the differences between “rugged” external HDDs and “regular” ones?

Two example models (off the top of Amazon best seller list), Western Digital Elements Portable (regular) vs Transcend 25M3 drive (rugged) True, one is enclosed in rubber casing, the other is not. ...
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Unable to write to WD external hard drive from centos 6.1 system

I have a WD 2.5 T My passport ultra external USB drive. I attach it to centos 6.1 system on lenovo E430 laptop. The centos has the latest ntfs-3g packages. The external drive is recognized and its ...
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VirtualBox in Win7: cannot acces external drive from guest Windows7

I have started using VirtualBox in Windows 7 out of curiosity and for testing purposes. (Mainly, I want to test Linux distros and to try and see how Windows works in this environment - so that I might ...
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Hard drive not recognized anymore, recording of noise included

Yesterday I was doing a monthly backup on a Samsung HD502IJ 500GB HD and, when it was getting to end of the backup, there was an I/O error. I tried running a fsck on the drive and it said the ...
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Archos TV+ media player doesn't boot anymore

My Archos TV+ media player doesn't boot anymore. One morning the player booted by itself and after I turned it of by pressing reset, the player isn't working anymore. I tried to reset it again but ...
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How to avoid carrying my laptop everywhere I go?

I wonder if there is a clever but useful way of avoiding the case of taking the laptop everywhere I have to go, especially when it is about the long travels. I have back problems caused by extensive ...
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Hard Drive Not Being Detected

I have an external HDD that used to work just fine. When I took it to another house, and plugged it in, it tried to install drivers, and seemed to work fine, but then the hard drive was appearing in ...
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Is it a bad idea to set external hard drive always spin?

I recently bought this external hard drive: WD 1TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBUZG0010BBK-NESN) This drive, which is connected to my laptop(Windows 8.1 x64) via USB, has a ...
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What's the “System” process on Windows and how to restart it if suspended?

Yesterday, I entered the "Resource Monitor" (using the command "perfmon.exe /res") on Windows 7 in order to check out what process was using my external hard drive, since I wasn't able to remove it ...
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Copying files from external HDD to USB stick - will files remain anyhow on the computer's system drive?

Just wanted to see if you could help me out with something. I moved some files (all in one folder)from an external HDD to a jump drive using my work computer. This HDD was old, and I wasn't sure of ...
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External Hard Disk not showing up

I have a samsung external drive 3TB. The device shows up in the device manager but it wont sow up in my list of drives in My computer. I have to remove it and plug it in about 10 times before it shows ...
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WD MyBook Essentials HDD shows up as “unallocated” when connected as an internal drive

Having decided that I no longer needed my 1TB WD MyBook external harddrive to be portable, I disassembled it and connected it as an internal drive on my Windows 7 PC. However, it did not show up in ...
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Resuming Truecrypt installation on external hard drive

I hit the defer button on the installation process for Truecrypt on my external hard drive last night as it was taking hours to install (we got to 10% of the encyrptian process). It told me doing so ...
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how to recover data from a logically corrupted external hard drive using testdisk

So I think ignored too many of my computer's warnings and disconnected my external hard drive without properly ejecting it and now it seems the file system is corrupted. Are there any programs that ...
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Copy files to location, skipping duplicates (in source and dest. location)

I have an external hardrive I think is running down breaking (unable to delete some files from it). I copied a bunch of files over already but ran out of space. How do I dedup while copying/How to I ...
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Ubuntu unable to detect external USB hard drive

I tried mounting external usb hard drive.But it does'nt detect. Here is dmesg log: [ 3025.963395] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, address 3 [ 3194.935661] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device using ...
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external usb (backup) hard drive: is power down or sleep more harmful

I have an external usb hard drive on which I clone my mac's hard drive. I have it on a clock timer. It turns on about 30 min. before the backup process starts and turns off roughly 30 min. after the ...
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What is the Difference Between WD My Passport Esssentials and WD My Passport Ultra

I'm planning to buy a 2TB WD My passport but then, I'm curious what is the difference between the WD My Passport Essentials and Ultra? I already have a 1TB WD My Passport Essentials which I bought few ...