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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Show an image/icon for a drive [duplicate]

I recently bought an external hdd(WD Elements), when I connected it to my pc, the drive shows up in Computer, but it showed, instead of the default icon for a drive, the logo of Western Digital. Then ...
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so Is a 7200rpm USB 3.0 drive going to have very similar performance to an internal 7200rpm drive or is it still going to be noticeably slower?

I use my old 500gb drive to store all temporary stuff (windows temp folder, adobe scratch disks etc), and anything that needs thousands of small files to avoid unnecessarily fragmenting my C drive. ...
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3 external HDDs not recognized by 2 different computers?

Not sure how to approach this problem. We have 3 external HDDs: 2TB Fantom, 2TB and 4TB G-Drives. Manual backups, no automated/software. We each use 1 and use the 4TB for a duplicate backup of both ...
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Can't access shared external drive on Windows 8.1

Internal hard drives are shared on Windows 8.1 and accessed successfully using username/password login via ES File Explorer on Android. Upon sharing a WD Essentials 2TB USB 3.0 HDD and attempting to ...
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Can't use Portable Hard Drive formatted under linux with Windows

I hope you can help me, I have this two 2.5" hard drives (250 and 500GB, respectively) that I put inside Acteck USB 2.0 drive cases and formatted them under linux, creating a new GPT partition table ...
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Use 3 different USB HDDs always on same drive letter [duplicate]

I am using 3 different USB HDDs of the same model for regular backups with Acronis. This software wants me to set up a target path for the backup files, so I depend on my external HDDs to always have ...
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Connect computer to external hard-drive using ethernet port

I have an old Seagate Central external hard-drive which has a USB-A and Ethernet port. It's meant to be connected to a router and accessed remotely; with the USB-A port used for chaining an ...
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why there is less space in my external HDD than it supposed to have [duplicate]

I have purchased a WD 1 TB external HDD.From the size specified i should expect i will have 1 TB of disk space.But it came with 930 GB of space.I am getting approximately 70 GB of less space. Is it ...
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External hard drive spinning down too early

I have a Mac Mini 2007 running Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS with an external Hitachi Touro Mobile 3.0 attached. APM is 127 (hdparm -B127) with standby value of 1 hour (hdparm -B242). But the disk is ...
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How do I share an OSX external drive with a Seagate GoFlex media box?

At home, I replaced a Windows 7 box with an iMac running OSX Yosemite. We used to stream our photos and (own homemade) music stored on the PC to the TV set via a Seagate GoFlex media server. All I had ...
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HDD maintanance. minimal power on of external hard drive (for backup) [duplicate]

I want to use a external hard drive (not ssd) for backup. however I have heard that because of the mechanical nature of a HDD, it needs to be powered on and spin regularly to maximize its lifespan. ...
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How do I install a Windows OS given only a ISO file and an external hard disk? [duplicate]

There is a new machine that need to install a Windows OS. However, you are given an ISO file (that contains the Windows OS) and an external hard disk only. How do I go about to install it? Please ...
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How to troubleshoot my Bytecc T-300D dual SATA docking station not recognizing 1TB drives

I've a Lenovo laption running Windows 7, Premium Home Edition, 64-bit (service pack 1), and I bought a Bytecc T-300D to help with my data. I have three drives. A 500MB Seagate, 1TB Samsung, and a ...
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Create a Windows bootable partition on external hard drive with multiple partitions (FAT32, MAC OS Extended, ExFAT) on a Mac

On my external hard drive, from Disk Utility, the 1st partition is FAT32, 2nd is Mac OS Extended, 3rd is ExFAT. I want to use the FAT32 partition to boot on another machine to install Windows on this ...
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Why do I get wildly different file transfer speeds via SATA

Single windows PC, with 4 internal HDD's and one external HDD connected via e-SATA cable. My mobo is the older SATA 3, not SATA 6. I get wildly different file transfer speeds when transferring from ...
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What controls the HDD spindown (power cable or data cable)?

I am looking into putting together 1-2 sata drives on a dedicated board (similar to raspberry PI). I saw that there are some Mini-PCIe to sata adapters but these only contain the data link and the ...
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How to quickly force-clear the dirty bit on ExFAT filesystem

My ExFAT partition is about 1TB and it takes chkdsk about 10 hours to check and clear the dirty bit flag. There is never an error. It is caused by the drive being disconnected in an unsafe manner (it ...
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ssd not recognized by windows 7

So I recently got a 2.5" 500GB SATA3 SSD (Crucial MX200) and a USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA3 adapter. When I try plugging the SSD into my laptop via USB3 I'd expect the drive to show up in Disk Management in ...
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Dropbox - soft link from external hard drive doesn't get recognized by Dropbox on OS X [duplicate]

I store some super large compilation of files on my external hard drive because there isn't enough space on my Macbook Pro. I would like to have them in my Dropbox as well. In this question Uploading ...
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500GB WDC W50 drive fails to initialize, 100% health, cyclic redudancy error

I need help with a 500GB WDC WD50 00AVDS-63U7B1 hard drive that has a cyclic redundancy check, refuses to initialize and has 100% health according to Hard Disk Sentinel. I've been trying to fix it ...
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How to safe remove an external usb hd ntfs?

I did format a hitachi 300GB external HD in NTFS with two partitions, primary and logic. My intention os to use one for "trash" and other as backup of my notebook with Windows 8.1. But after I connect ...
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Safest way to export personal files, wipe PC clean, and Import personal files

I want to wipe my PC clean incase I have any malware, trojans, or viruses. I am planning to store all my personal files on a external HD via USB, however am wondering if its possible that the virus ...
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External hard drive re-formatted for mac (FAT32) but not working on windows

I have a 2TB external hard drive, that I originally bought to store all my files from my old (Sony VAIO vista) laptop, as my new (Macbook pro) doesn't have as big a storage capacity. It was working ...
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Recover a HDD partition after use of Win32DiskImager

I wanted to copy a image to one of my SD cards using Win32DiskImager. But I clicked too fast and it written to one of my external harddrives instead of my SD drive, so I disconnected as fast I could ...
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Access truecrypt encrypted data from hdd of broken laptop

I am trying to obtain data from my previous laptop which is broken. Part of the data was not backed up at the time the laptop broke down. The hard drive is still functioning properly and I can ...
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Script for finding out disk number

I have an external hard disk with two partitions. The first one is an UDF partition and the second partition is a Veracrypt partition. Now I want to use a batch script to load the Veracrypt partition ...
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Hard disk not detected in usb 3.0 port

I have a desktop with motherboard 970A-DS3P and using WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard drive. As it was running out of space, I got WD 2TB version hard disk and wanted to take the back up of 1 ...
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UNIX executable files and WD My Passport

i have a new imac 27" retina display computer I store my photos on a WD passport Recently I had some trouble with my Lightroom program. It kept saying something about corrupt files. I thought it ...
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In what state is an external hard drive if it is seen by OS but content is unreachable?

I have an USB external hard drive. If I connect it to my computer which is run under Ubuntu, I can see a new folder corresponding to the hard drive (in both terminal and in the directories browser). ...
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Connecting two routers to create two home networks causes issues

My cable provider provided us with a gateway modem that has it's own built in router. I need to set up two local networks, one for guest and one for admins. The reason is because I have a Western ...
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How to achieve highest performance with multiple USB 3 drives but only one USB 3 port

If a computer has one USB 3 port, and one USB 2 port, and the user needs to connect two external USB 3 drives (backwards compatible to USB 2), will highest speeds be obtained if the user connects them ...
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What's causing my hard disk's activity? [duplicate]

I have a set of external hard disks I'm using for backups, so except for the backup in the middle of the night they shouldn't show any activity. Now on one of the drives the LED has been blinking for ...
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Use an old laptop SATA DVD drive with a USB to SATA adapter?

I have an old laptop DVD drive, which I want to use as an external DVD drive. I'd like to use it with an adapter cable like this: Two questions: My DVD drive's sticker says that it needs 1.5 ...
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Uploading large folders to Dropbox from external hard drive

I've got a puzzling dilemma that I've been trying to solve for weeks. I want to backup about 500 GBs from an external hard drive to my Dropbox Pro account. My computer's hard drive is nowhere near ...
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Recovery Hard Disk with Bad Sectors

I have a WD Element 1TB external hard Disk and suddenly I got some errors in data reading and writing. I decided to recover it, and I tried to do so many ways and nothing worked. I tried to run ...
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Is this a bad idea to use a SSD in the slim bay as the primary hard disk?

My friend has a Lenovo ThinkPad T420s (http://support.lenovo.com/en/documents/pd015734). Since he wants better performance, he decides to add an additional SSD to this laptop and uses it as the ...
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External hard-drive keeps ejecting itself

I've got a Sharkoon 5 bay RAID station with 5 x 2TB drives in it. I've let my Mac do a software RAID on it but it seems I've ran into a bit of a problem - at very random intervals the drives eject ...
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Can a program doing i/o on another drive cause writes in its home drive?

Let's say I have a program A installed with windows on my drive C:. I use A to do a lot of processing on a external drive D:. It reads from D:, processes the data, then writes the output back into ...
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Internal to external hdd isn't recognized

My old computer recently broke, so i got all the useable stuff i could get out, that includes the hdd. It's a hdd with a sata cable, so i thought it would be nice to use it as an external harddrive. I ...
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Using external hard drives for personal laptop/computers [closed]

I intend on purchasing a fast laptop (possibly a gaming laptop). I am a programmer, so I enjoy using different programming environments (visual studio with windows, linux, etc) which is why I require ...
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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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Using Virtual Box to install Ubuntu Server 14.04 on an external hard drive

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 onto a server hard drive. The server machine I have only supports booting to CD/DVD, not USB. When I've tried burning the Ubuntu 14.04 installer to a DVD for ...
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Can I restore my NTFS partition in place?

while using the Win2Flash tool I accidentally selected one of my HDD partitions as target USB drive. Previously, I had 5 logical partitions(100 GB each). After the accident, I can see only one of ...
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How can I boot Windows at external hard drive from internal hard drive?

In my internal hard drive, there is a copy of Windows installed at 'sda1'. I use grub to boot into it. In my external hard drive (internal hard drive with a box), I have a complete Windows installed ...
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How to maximize space on recycled external HDD?

My husband gave me his 4 year old external hard drive, a WD My Passport 0750, 1 TB, to use with my Windows 8 laptop. There is only 29.8 GB worth of free space and it has too many partitions. How do I ...
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Hard drive (SATA) making trouble when connecting via USB

I have a hard drive from Western Digital (model: WD2500BEVS-75UST0) that is running without visible problems inside my laptop connected with SATA. However, once I connect it with an external case that ...
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Will any 3'5 inch hard drive caddy / enclosure be OK to operate a SSHD?

Since there are no external SSHD's on the market, I will make my own. Obviously the size is 3'5 inches - but is there anything else to bear in mind before putting one in the enclosure. Obviously it ...
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Does External Backup Hardisk is usually slow? [closed]

I have purchased a new Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB 2.5" USB 3.0. I have notice that it copy files with a very low rate. I did some test using crystaldiskmark as follow. as you can see it write in a ...
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Windows 7: User Permissions keep resetting for external hard drive

Help my Entire account is gone after following this advice i am sure that was not the goal. but it did happen i am afraid. I am currently trying to solve icons not showing up on my external drive. I ...
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Icons not showing on my my External Drive

My friend could change icons on his external drive. I cant on mine though for some reason. Question 1: I make extensive use of custom icons on my computer. My icons are not working on my external ...