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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Error Loading Operating System - SATA External Hard Drive

I bought a SATA to USB adapter to attempt to use my labtop's hard drive as an external one for my desktop. If I plug the adapter into my desktop after already booting the current OS, I can see my ...
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Prevent external hardrive damage from blue screens or power cuts

I've recently been thinking about getting an external hard drive in order to backup all the stuff that I have, as well as having extra room for some more. Naturally security is an important concern ...
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Retrieve data from possibly broken HDD

My younger sister accidently dropped my Inspiron n5010 from her lap. Since then whenever I try to boot it I get this - A disk read error occured. My first guess was a broken HDD, so I used a ...
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Transferring large file to/from USB drive causes system to hang until transfer is done

I have a box running Ubuntu 16.04 server. It has an internal SATA hard drive with the OS on it, and an attached USB 3 hard drive which I use for storage of large/long term files. A lot of times, this ...
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creating windows to go with AOMEI, will it delete everything?

I have a Western Digital my passport ultra 2TB external hard drive. which is partitioned in 5 sections. i want to install windows 10 pro on one of the partitions using AOMEI partitions assistant.when ...
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Don't have write permissions anywhere on samba server

I set up a Raspberry Pi with an external hard drive, and we messed something up at first so it was using the SD as storage. I have since moved the directories to the external hard drive, and update ...
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How to force rsync to stop if destination disk is full?

I am using rsync (version 3.1.0 on a centos) to do some backup task. I develop a software that monitor my rsync processes to fit the backup configuration to my buisness logic. My software launch some ...
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WD Elements not mounted, appears to be disabled and can't be read on any platform

I use a Mac, and my portable HD suddenly quit on me. I searched the forums here and tried some of the terminal commands I came across to no avail. Here is the diskutil this is what it looks like ...
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How to format external hard drive with Mac OS Extended (Journaled) without a Mac computer?

I want to connect a Seagate external hard drive to my Airport Extreme usb port but I don't have a Mac computer to format it using the required Mac OS Extended file system. Is there a way to do this ...
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Can a SATA 2.5" disk with a smart error work as removable disk?

I have a hard disk that reports a smart error when I try to use it as the installation disk for w10, but when i plug it as an external device it seems to work fine. Can I use it as removable disk ?
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INACCESIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE after swapping out hard drive

I had a regular HDD in my laptop. I decided to switch it to a SSD recently. I put my old hard drive into a USB3 casing so I could boot to it still for programs I still need on the Windows side, and to ...
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How to install windows 7 OS into external Hard disk from linux

I have a linux machine installed in my computer and i have a external hard disk of 1TB inserted into linux machine. I tried installing windows into external hard disk but i get some error like you ...
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SSD HD works for 10 seconds and shuts down

I used Samsung MZ7LN256HCHP SSD Hard-Drive for quite a while. Yesterday it broke. It didn't turned on the operation system (windows 10) and just stuck on loading. On rare cases it did turned it on, ...
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Unable to mount WD SDD, GPT/sector boundary issue

I have a simple thing I want to do (mount a 4Tb WD drive via my hot-swap bay) but my OS (Debian Jessie) apparently isn't playing nice. Mount auto/vfat claimed I wasn't dealing with a valid block ...
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Can't uncheck encrypt content on my own encrypted file from external hard drive

I have some files on my hard drive that I really need access too but appear to be encrypted. I did not encrypt this file (well not that I remember). I have changed the owner but I still don't have ...
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Hybrid laptop - external USB HDD

I have a laptop with an SDD and with a free HDD slot. I also regularly use a desktop computer with its own HDD. However I have maybe an strange setup where to fully use this 2 computers an external ...
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Hard disk freezes copy programs after copying certain files

I am trying to rescue the data off a failing external hard disk, but I am running into a number of problems. The file transfer will consistently freeze up on specific files, and the program being ...
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Implementation of systemd service with dependency on external HDD

I just want to share a few thoughts about my first systemd configuration. So far I just used commands like start and stop this time I want more. I have a raspberry-pi running arch. I have a external ...
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Copy files from external hard drive that Disk Utility can't repair

I have a 2 Tb WD MyPassport Ultra external hard drive containing lots of important data, and a Macbook Pro running OS X 10.9.5. The harddrive fell while pulling down lots of data via wget, and now ...
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Seagate STSHX-M401TCB(M) SATA interface

I'd wish to upgrade my laptop's internal drive, and put the original one in an external enclosure to use it via USB. I could buy an 2.5" HDD and a 2.5" tray separately to accomplish this. However, ...
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External USB drive shows up as unformatted in Windows, but mounts OK on Mac [duplicate]

A friend gave me a Seagate Freeagent external USB drive, formatted as NTFS, to try to recover data from it. When I plug it into a Windows 7 machine, the computer detects it, but it prompts me to ...
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What's wrong with my WD my book live?

I have a WD my book live that I can't find on my network. The device was stored at my warehouse for few years, and I would like to read/use again the files that are in it. I plugged it in to my ...
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How to use your USB External drive as primary drive?

I would like to use my main Internal drive to install software's but use my external USB drive to saves my files. Sound simple but I want it to be done automatically, like exchanging My Documents, ...
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Your PC/Device needs to be repaired (external hard drive plugged in during boot). Error code 0xc000000e

Sometimes when I boot my Windows 10 computer I get a bluescreen with error code 0xc000000e saying "Your PC/Device needs to be repaired". Recently I realized that this happens when I've my external ...
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Microsoft Remote Desktop not writing to external hard drives?

Alright, so I have a computer with data for my research (OS: Windows 8.1). To transfer the data, I use Microsoft Remote Desktop to make a connection from my work computer (Mac Pro, OSX 10.10.3). The ...
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File Explorer Crashing With Storage Drive

Over the last few days for absolutely no rhyme or reason, when I plug in my external storage and try to load the contents my file explorer (W8) takes AGES to even open a folder them freezes/crashes. ...
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Is it possible to create an alias for a drive name on Mac?

I have an external drive that I now reference via: /Volumes/FreeAgent Goflex Drive/ I wish to rename this to something that doesn't have spaces, as AngularJS's lite-server doesn't work on paths ...
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What external drives work with Windows 10 Storage Spaces?

What external drives work with Windows 10 Storage Spaces? I'd like to set up a mirror with two external 4 TB WD drives, but I can't tell if they're compatible with Windows 10 Storage Spaces. Is there ...
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“Directory not empty” when I try to remove a folder from trash

I am going crazy: I can not delete a folder inside the trash of my external drive. The file path is /Volumes/drive_name/.Trashes/501/dir_name/ I tried sudo rm -R ...
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Data not visible after unsafe removal

I have a little problem. I had a laptop with Ubuntu on it. I copied approximately 100gb of data to a external harddisk. Then when the copying was finished I removed the harddisk without fist ...
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Remove System Volume information folder from external drive

I have currently found out that System Volume information folder on my external HDD takes around 124GB of space. Hence I decided to delete it to free up some additional space. But for now everything ...
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Move OS from one drive to another

I have elementary OS(based on Ubuntu 14.04) installed on my Laptop. I wish to install Windows 10 on my laptop's primary hard disk. I have another external hard disk which I want to use for elementary ...
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How risky is to install windows on external hard drive?

i have a hp laptop which currently has no HDD installed into it,so i decided to install windows to my Western Digital my passport 2TB external hard drive. i found two article on how to install ...
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External HDD in USB 3.0 case unmounts on sleep

For starters, I haven't tried it on anything but my MacBook Air (10.11). I know I should have, but I can't. Further details: The disc: Hitachi 5K500 B-320, named DSRD USB 3.0 case: LogiLink UA0106 ...
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Hdd not showing in Finder

I have a USB HDD that it was working normally. I've deleted a lot of files. Then I remove the USB (in a unsafe way) and then it stopped showing in Finder. When I try to open Disk Utility, it loads ...
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Recovering data from a corrupted external 1 TB hard drive [duplicate]

I have a corrupted external hard drive that I am trying whatever I can try myself to see if I can recover any data from. When hooking up the external drive to my machine via a SATA/IDE converter, I ...
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Hard Drive Space Missing

After creating a restore partition on my external hard drive, I noticed that it had wiped everything, created a new Restore partition that was a whole 30 gigs, after I created a 500 MB Partition, ...
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IO blocking on USB 3 installed OS?

I'm working with an HP Stream 13 that has a set storage size of 32GB. I purchased a fast 128GB Samsung USB 3 low profile drive to eliminate the storage issue. Upon installing various Linux distros ...
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Dynamically assign letters to external HDD partitions

I just created 4 partitions on my Seagate external HDD. Windows system assigned G, I, J, K letters to identify those partitions. Now if I plug any other flash drive before my HDD, Windows assigns G ...
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External drive throwing ATA errors. What's the issue?

I have an SSD in my system and an external hard drive (attached via eSATA) as a backup medium. I use "rsync" to synchronize the internal drive to the external drive. My backup drive was once a Seagate ...
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External hard drive not being recognized by Windows virtual machine on Mac

Using: VMWare Fusion 8.0.0, El Capitan 10.11.4 on MacBook Pro (Late 2013), Windows 10 x64 (trial version by the way), LaCie 1TB Porsche Design Mobile Drive (USB 3.0, NTFS) Goal: Read/write/delete/etc ...
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3.5 inch disk powered with 5V

I want to connect a 3.5" drive to an eSATA port. My HTPC happens to have a mainboard (some years old, ASROCK A330 ion) with 2 powered eSATA ports. From what I found out it has no extra pins ...
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Generic USB Hub propagates Vendor/Product ID of 0000 to Win XP?

I am trying to use a Apacer portable USB HDD, which is USB 3.0, with Windows XP, and have some trouble on this machine. First, when I connect the USB HDD directly to XP, it gets recognized as a ...
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Hard Disk Drive has failed in all softwares, save for one, where it is perfectly, smoothly readable. What will resolve this?

Summary: My HDD is (pretending to) fail. I tried a few types of recovery software, none of which seem to help. Except for one. WinHex. Proof. It views it perfectly. I have no clue what hex editing ...
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WD My passport ultra is not detected when USB 3.0 enabled in BIOS

I got new Thinkpad T450 which has 3x USB 3.0 ports. BIOS is having three modes for USB config namely Auto (default), USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Working Usecases WD drive is detected in USB 2.0 BIOS mode ...
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Corrupt windows hard-drive - everything still available when using Mac

first time poster - i apologised if i've overlooked this question being asked already. I have a 2TB western digital "My Passport Ultra" which has become corrupt on my windows machine. I cannot access ...
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Device does not have enough capacity to power a USB external HDD

I'm trying to connect my USB 3.0 External HDD to Raspberry Pi. However the HDD spins for a few seconds and stop. I think the Pi does not have enough capacity to power the HDD. What are my options? ...
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Can not copy data from HDD, because it has become very slow?

I have an external hard drive, that I cannot copy data from, because of very slow read speed: The speed gradually decreased overtime. Hard drive doesn't make unusual noise, and I can not see anything ...
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windows does not mount usb ntfs superfloppy

I have a Transcend Storejet external USB hard disk. This is not an SSD, but a mechanical disk with rotating plates. I have formatted the whole disk, without partitioning, as NTFS. I have used 'mkntfs' ...
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How can I compare lists of files for manual incremental backup purposes?

I have backups of my hard drives in a physically different location. Periodically I will bring my hard drives to this location to update the backups. I do this because the data on my drives is ...