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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Time Machine does not backup all content?

I had to move from a Macbook Pro to a Macbook Air, and so I backed up my Pro using time machine onto an external hard drive. The backup ran smoothly and no errors were displayed. When I went to see ...
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Windows 7 Ult 64-Bit Laptop [on hold]

I have recently bought a USB 3.0 Dual HDD Dock/Cloning Device. The laptop I am using it on has no charge capability so it is only good for external power. I bought the dock due to the laptop having ...
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Cloning two internal HDDs on to one external HDD as a backup

My Asus M51AC desktop PC has a 500MB HDD with pre-installed Win 8 (upgraded to Win 8.1), so I also installed a 1TB HDD with OEM WIN 7 Pro SP1. Can I copy/clone both HDDs to one backup 2TB HDD, so I ...
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Can Windows 10TP be installed without replacing or modifying the existing Windows installation?

Some documentation indicates that Win 10TP can be installed fresh on an empty partition. Other documentation seems to describe that it must replace an existing Windows installation and/or that it will ...
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Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite - Mac Mini 2.6Ghz i7 16Gb Ram, 256GB SSD

I have just upgraded my mac mini to use an SSD for the boot drive. I have successfully installed YOSEMITE as my OS, with a clean installation. I intend to use this for music production. This is my ...
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SSD in external USB 3.0 closure not recognized as SSD

I've brought an SSD and external closure that supports UASP and USB 3.0. The drive is recognized and the speed is ok. But the drive is recognized as normal hard drive by Windows (8.1). I.e. when I ...
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Partition broken: Testdisk can see files and copy them, but I can't recover the partition

Some days ago I attached my usb external hard drive, and windows started to say like that: "Disk/drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" So I downloaded testdisk and I tried to repair ...
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Confirm HDD errors were due to USB enclosure not supporting large capacity drives?

I suddenly started getting errors when copying files to my external hard drive. There is plenty of free space: 1.64TB free of 3.63TB. I was able to complete the file copy by doing one of two things: ...
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Correct external HDD permissions

I have just reformatted a 2T external to use the EXT4 file-system with GPT partitioning from NTFS using ms-dos. Currently the permissions for this device are 755. I think this is correct, but I am ...
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Making backups of 10 hard drives. Should I just make disk images?

I am going to be making backups of about 10 hard drives, around 4 TB of data. I will be using a USB to SATA adapter and then be transferring the data to a 4tb external USB drive. I will most likely be ...
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What is windows 7 secretly putting on formatted USB drives? [duplicate]

Initial actions: I wanted to copy some files that were very close in total size to the USB stick memory size (<8G). So I checked size of all files vs available space. A few more KB were needed for ...
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Is exFAT now the best choice for an external hard drive that will be used for Windows, Mac, and Linux? [duplicate]

I'm running a Windows, Mac, Linux tripleboot off of a single SSD, and am now, unsurprisingly, in need of additional storage space in the form of an external hard drive. I want to format my hard drive ...
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diagnosing spurious hard-drive spin-down

I've got an external USB drive that is being used for backup purposes. Occasionally it will spuriously spin-down and Mac OS X will complain that the disk wasn't ejected properly. One reason I have ...
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Leave my Seagate Slim Connected? [duplicate]

It seems to me that my recently purchased Seagate Slim is spinning all the time. At least the lights on all the time. So is it spinning its life away? Is keeping it connected going to reduce the life ...
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External hard drive losing files, what's happening and how to recover? [closed]

My Toshiba EHD (about 4.5 years old) is losing files in a very peculiar way: whenever copying file(s) from the EHD to my Mac fails, those files disappear entirely, and sometimes all the files in the ...
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Possible FUSE corruption?

I have a 1 TB NTFS external hard disk used for data. It got corrupted and I repaired it with chkdsk in Windows. Chkdsk recovered a collection of system-looking files, none of which I recognized. ...
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How Do I Get My Seagate Harddrive To Show Up In SeaTools Using A USB To SATA Adaptor

Application Being Used: SeaTools For Windows Hard Drive Model: ST320005 42AS Interface: USB-To-SATA Adaptor I keep running into an issue when trying to use SeaTools from Seagate. I have a USB to ...
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A:/ is not accessible, access is denied. (windows 8.1)

I have an external 1TB hard drive which is having 2 partitions, I am not able to access one partition in normal boot which is giving me error. A:/ is not accessible, Access is Denied The drive is ...
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Reboot causes DegradedArray event on Raspberry Pi

I tried to setup a RAID1 with two external SATA drives connected over USB to my Raspberry Pi (Model B+ running Raspbian Wheezy). The disks are both new Western Digital WD20EZRX drives with 2TB ...
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Ubuntu-Rescue Remix Does Not See Hard Drive

I am trying to copy over data using the Ubuntu-Rescue Remix bootable cd but this cd does not see my hard drive! What can I do so that the URR is able to see my hard drive and I can save my data? I ...
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Files take up more space on one drive than another?

I have about 1.5TB of files on one external hard drive (a WD My Passport Slim). I copied these files onto another drive (an internal drive, a WD Red, that I have attached externally via an adapter). ...
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Are some USB hard drive enclosures unsuitable for system drive use?

I have a number of hard drives in USB 2.0 enclosures. Some of these produce odd but consistent software failures when trying to use them as a Linux system drive. The problem appears to be tied to the ...
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Moving bulk files from one external disk to other does nothing

I am trying to move all my music (~700GB) from one external hard drive to another one. While in the past, I used to do that with just dragging and dropping the files, now it does nothing at all. Not ...
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Internal hard drive runs faster in an enclosure then plugged into the case

Long story short: My OS is on an SDD, I use a secondary hard drive for storage. Secondary hard drive fails, backup data and put it on a new laptop sized HDD I bought. Runs horribly, have to put it ...
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WD portable hardrive My Passport 1TB

I have an issue with my WD Passport 1TB. I have set up security password before I can access actual data. when clicked to open the file "WD Drive Unlock.exe" it shows strange behaviour and it's ...
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Access Ubuntu formatted HDD as external USB drive from MAC

I am having one HDD in which Ubuntu was installed, now that system is not working properly and I wan't to use that HDD as external HDD with my MacBook Pro installed OS X Yosemite. I have HDD Case to ...
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random filenames on external hdd drive

i am in big troubble. My friend gaves me his external usb hdd drive and told me, his files are deleted and renamed. I just want to restore the data with the program "recuva" but it dosn't work. I ...
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Recovering BUFFALO 3TB USB drive

I went into a problem mounting a Buffalo 3TB external drive in Linux, formatted as EXT4. It failed to mount after I reboot on my Desktop PC running MINT on Dell Inspiron. Any help or pointers to much ...
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USB 3 Hard disk interferes with Wireless KB/M

I have a DELL Inspiron 17R SE laptop, which I use with a Microsoft wireless desktop set. On occasion I connect a WD 2TB Elements external hard disk When I do that, I notice the sometimes the mouse ...
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Remove none existent external drives

I'm installing windows 8, it has completed installation but won't finish until I unplug an external drive. The problem rests in the fact that I don't have external drives connected, except of course ...
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Kernel panic when reading from /dev/sdb via pv

I have a external Hitachi Hard Drive that has the annoying "Advanced Power Management" feature, that puts the device to sleep, if I do not use it for a minute. It is also not possible to turn this ...
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External HDD appears to be mounted rw, but switches to ro

When I first mount my external HDD, it claims to be mounted rw: # mkdir /media/external-hdd # mount /dev/sdb1 /media/external-hdd # mount | grep sdb1 /dev/sdb1 on /media/external-hdd type ext3 ...
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Oracle VirtualBox that has Mac doesnt detect my WD MyPassport HDD 2TB

I am trying to repair WD MyPassport 2TB HDD to be used in Os X, but I don't have Mac computer so I just use a virtualbox and put mac os X there. I already format the HDD using Paragon NTFS-HFS ...
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When inserted my external HDD all external HDD and flashdrive doesn't detected

I have this weird problem, whenever I inserted my external HDD it will not show in BIOS, device management and even in my computer. It becomes weird becomes when I inserted it it will make other ...
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Complications with External Hard Drive after using partitioning Tool

I have ran into a snag with my external hard drive. Last night I was attempting to shink my 1TB hard drive into a 400GB and a 600GB partition (approx). I was using: MiniTool partition Wizzard Home ...
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In Windows7 my External Drive is recognize as a Local drive

In Windows7 my External Drive is recognize as a Local drive instead of an external drive. Therefore when my backup Dell program DellSafe tries to run it will not backup my files commenting that it ...
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External USB Hard Drive i/o error

I have an external USB hard drive that seems to have crashed. When I plug it into any of my computers it usually will not mount. Occasionally, it does mount, but then when I run an ls command for ...
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Protected sharing over a home network (mac)

I have an external drive connected to one of my Mac systems. I was hoping to share that over the home network. We can do so by just going into System Preference->Sharing->Turning on File Sharing. ...
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Cannot mount western digital hard drive. Can I clone it?

I have a 1TB Western Digital USB3 external hard drive. Last day I dropped it and after that I was unable to mount it. The hard drive doesn't have a SATA connector but the circuit board translate from ...
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Are there multiHDD bays that offer multiple usb or esata connections? Is it even possible?

RAID can be used for multiple HDDs that are connected by separate connections. Theoritically, the same should apply to HDD bays. Are there any or is it possible, with them being connected to one usb ...
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Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt raid with CentOS 6.5

We have ourselves a rather expensive Mac Pegasus R6 external thunderbolt raid and a CentOS box that we would love to use it. On a Mac it's plug and play, however on our CentOS box it's not recognized ...
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Forgot password for external hard drive

I created a password for WD Elements 2T USB 3.0 external hard drive and I just forgot it. Is there a way to retrieve it or a workaround? My operating system is OS X Yosemite
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2 slot external hard drive dock with 1 eSATA connection?

Does anyone have experiencing using a dual slot external hard drive docking station with only one eSATA port on the back? Do both drives show up in the OS even though only one eSATA cable is ...
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External hard disk is not loading

I have a Sony 1TB Hard disk, which has been working fine for a year. The Hard disk is powered by a USB cable. It had 300 GB free space. Now when I connect my HD, my Windows keeps loading it and all I ...
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Cannot write to Seagate Slim drive from iPhone

I have installed everything needed for my Seagate Slim drive on my new MacBook Pro and iPhone. When I try to transfer photos from my iPhone to the Seagate drive, I get a message stating cannot write ...
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Can't install wireless drivers to Windows 7 on an external drive

Today I installed Windows 7 to a 1TB external USB hard drive. Everything worked fine, set up Windows and went to install drivers so I could connect to my LAN. My primary OS is Ubuntu, so I booted into ...
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Hard drive won't connect to PC

I loaned my Seagate 500G GB external harddrive to a friend recently so that he could put some TV series on it, but he said (upon returning it) that after he started the transfer, for some reason it ...
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External hard drive 'complains' after computer switched off

I have a Hitachi external Hard Drive, powered by 2 USB leads. On my previous (XP) computer, I only needed to plug one of these into a USB socket; however on my new (Windows 8) computer I need to plug ...
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Efficient way to refresh an external hard disk

I have done some research and found that unplugged hard disks slowly lose their magnetic states over time, therefore I need to refresh the data periodically. Some answer in Superuser suggested I ...
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Move folders from various locations to a specific folder — Win. 8

I just purchased an external hard drive and was thinking about moving my movie backups over to it. The problem with this is that I didn't really take the time to organize my movie backups to begin ...