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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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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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Hard Drive Failure? Cannot run CHKDSK. Recovery?

I have WD My Book Essential 3TB external drive for more than 2 years now. It worked fine until about a month ago when it stopped being recognized. After extensive googling, I ran chkdsk /r on it and ...
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Do hard disk drives turn on 512e (512byte emulation of 4k sectors) as-needed depending on host controller?

I have a 4 TB hard disk that has 4k physical sector size (Advanced Format) and I attached it to two SATA host controllers (one internal and one in a USB enclosure). On the (older, about 2010) it comes ...
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My 4TB Seagate Backup plus works externally, not internally

I just recently purchased a a 4TB Backup Plus and installed about 1.5GB worth of data. I connected it using the USB 3.0 input on my motherboard.. Works fine. .. I then decided to use the bare drive ...
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Connect external SATA or PATA drive without USB?

A couple of times each month, a friend or relative will hand me a smoldering computer and ask me to retrieve the data then ditch the drive. I connect the drive to my trusty Frankenputer, copy the ...
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Only 30MB/s transfer between two USB3 4TB External Hard Drives

I have a GPA-890-UD3H AMD motherboard with two USB3 ports and two USB3 HDDs that I want to transfer files between. For some reason I only get around 30 MB/s between the two drives. Although, i can get ...
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SSD Perfomance - Internal vs External?

I got a SSD for Christmas and it came with the option to have it installed internally or externally. I'm wondering if I have it setup as an external hard drive, will there be any major performance ...
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HDD is not recognized/initialized via USB, only via SATA - is a reformat through USB a bad idea?

I have a 4TB Hitachi HDD that I purchased in Europe (I use it as a backup disk); I use Windows 7. When I connect it to a SATA port, it is recognized in Windows Explorer and gives no problems, even ...
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Is it safe to just use SATA-USB connector and plug it in permanently to the pc as extra drive?

I was thinking of buying an external HDD enclosure but I dont wanna spend that much. The 2.5 enclosure is cheap but my hdd is 3.5. Can i alternatively, use just a sata to usb connector and plug it in ...
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Clone external e-sata drive to external e-sata

I have a pair of e-SATA II drives that have been corrupted in a Windows Media Server NAS device. Before I launch into system repair, I would like to clone both of these drives to ensure I can recover ...
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External hard drive USB connector has broken, Ubuntu can't read it through SATA

I bought a WD My Book external hard drive in 2009 and used it for a few years so I have a lot of important data on it. One day I accidentally knocked it off a table. The table was not too high but ...
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RAID-1 causes far more noise than non-RAID?

After moving two 2 WD 1TB Black drives to a hardware RAID-1 system on my GA-Z87X-UD3H Gigabyte motherboard they started making a lot of noise and rattle. I've tested both of them separately in a ...
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Slow copying of files from Bricked NAS to computer via USB 3.0 to SATA

Unfortunately I bricked my "Western Digital MyBookLive 3TB" network hard drive. (Only had an ethernet port to access files via network) After realising it was not going to work again, I decided to ...
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connect SATA hard drive

I have a Dell Studio 1535 laptop, I removed my HDD and added a SSD. If I connect my old HDD with an eSATA -> SATA cable, computer does not detect it. My cable: I used this eSATAp to SATA power ...
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WD Hard Drive UUID protection mode?

I have a WD Green Power 2TB hard drive (WDC WD20 EURS-63S48Y0) out of a bricked WD MyBook Live NAS device. I have two different SATA-USB adapters; one a generic multipurpose dongle type and the other ...
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1answer
54 views

Sata II and USB2 for external hard drive disk?

I'm looking for a good external hdd solution, currently i already have a ST9500423AS 2"1/2 using SATA II, and i looking for a good external hdd enclosure who keep a nice transfert speed through the ...
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Hard drive uninitialized when switching enclosure

I have a 3TB SATA drive which I've been using in an external USB enclosure. Today I upgraded the enclosure in order to take advantage of USB 3.0 speeds. However, in this enclosure I am unable to ...
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554 views

What is the exact capacity of 1000GB HDD?

1 GiB = 1024 * 1024 * 1024 bytes 1 GB = 1000 * 1000 * 1000 bytes That is easy! I don't want to talk about this! I have laptop which should have (according to seller) 1000 GB. That is 1000 000 000 ...
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SAS 15,000rpm RAID 0 slower than external eSATA single 7200rpm drive. Why?

I've got two internal 135GB SAS drives in a RAID 0 array making a 270GB logical volume talking to my Dell Precission T5500 motherboard via a Dell supplied SAS 6iR controller. Writing Speed I SaveAs ...
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314 views

Are there any advantages to USB-SATA over USB-IDE?

I have an external USB hard disk that I use with VirtualBox (the VM has exclusive access to the disk). It's an IDE disk. I've recently come into possession of a SATA hard disk of the same size. Since ...
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My external HD turned to RAW - How to recover my data?

I have an external HD (WD MyBook Essentials) with all of my backups (1TB) for some unknown reason, when I try to connect the drive (Tried several interfaces: eSATA/plugged it into my PC/USB) I get ...
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External USB Hard drive detected but not assigned a drive letter

I have a USB HD connected using SATA to USB connection to the a PC with XP, before it used to be recognised fine and assigned a drive letter but since some malware issues with my PC, I had to repair ...
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How do I make use of the eSATA port on my laptop with normal SATA drives?

On my laptop I have an eSATA port. And I also have a SATA → eSATA cable. I know that simply using that cable would never work as the SATA disks require an additional power cable. The question ...
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447 views

external HDD with SATA & USB interface?

Anyone know of an external HDD that would have (in addition to USB) a SATA (eSATA) port/cable? i.e. Brand/Model. Preferably one of the name brands so I have a better change of finding it here or ...
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772 views

Trying to turn an WD Mybook 1TB to slave drive in PC

Yes I realise that most external Hard Drives would not be transitioned into internal sitting Hard Drives, but unfortunately we broke the miniUSB connection that transfers the data from external Hard ...
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2answers
399 views

PATA to SATA convertor for FW400 enclosure?

I have a decent USB2/FW400 HD enclosure with an old 250GB PATA HD inside. I am using its FW400 interface. I would like to reuse the box with a newer SATA drive but I wonder if the SATA-PATA adapter ...
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1answer
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SATA External Hard Drive Not Recognized - BIOS, Windows 7, Ubuntu, Snow Leopard (the culprit?)

So I plugged my external hard drive into my mac mini to copy some files over. D'oh. It's formatted with NTFS. I go to format as FAT32. There is some kind of failure in the formatting (I don't ...
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Why would a SATA HDD be the only one unrecognized by a SATA dock?

I have 3 Western Digital Caviar Green hard drives. One 1TB, one 1.5tb, and one 2TB. I have a SATA dock (branded Kingwin ez-dock) and a 3.5" external enclosure from Acomdata. All 3 drives work ...
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How to measure data transfer speed between my internal SATA HDD and External USB HDD?

How to measure data transfer speed between my internal SATA HDD and External USB HDD? I purchased new Seegate freego USB HDD but when i copy somthing from internal HDD to USB HDD or viceversa data ...
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Western Digital External 2.5 disk use SATA or PATA?

I would like to know if an external disk I have, which HD Tune tells me is a WD800BEVS from Western Digital is SATA or PATA? I would like to be sure it is SATA before removing it from the box (and ...
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2answers
201 views

External hard drive

I want to buy an external hard drive enclosure for may laptop and was curious about the power required to use it. I want to be able to use it anywhere. I want speed when I need it through ESATA and a ...
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Using an ATA-100 Hard Drive with a Thermaltake BlacX External Hard Drive Dock

Is it possible for a Thermaltake BlacX HDD Dock to connect to and recognize an ATA-100 Hard Drive? I know that the specifications for the BlacX say that it only supports SATA & SATAII, but I was ...
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An acceptable USB enclosure for a 2TB SATA Drive

I just got me this 2TB SATA drive. However, I can't seem to find an acceptable USB enclosure for it. As I browse newegg or amazon, most of the enclosures state a maximum size drive (e.g. 1tb or ...
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Internal SATA connected to External SATA without an enclosure

Would there be any problem connecting an internal SATA drive using an old PC Power Supply for its power and connecting to an external SATA port on a laptop? Would there be any voltage conflicts? I ...
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How does the USB 3 speed compare to eSATA? [closed]

Will the full speed advantages of the future USB 3.0 be negated by the fact the most HD being mass produced are SATA 3? If so, what would you suggest a person do? For performance reasons, I go with ...
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Difference between SATA and eSATA

Is the following correct? eSATA is SATA except the cable plug has a slightly different shape. As far as the electrical signal goes it's the exact same thing. In theory if you had a powered-on HDD ...