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22 views

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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1answer
93 views

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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1answer
36 views

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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2answers
80 views

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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1answer
17 views

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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26 views

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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0answers
32 views

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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0answers
106 views

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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4answers
107 views

Can't see external hard drive formatted by linux, inside windows

I formatted a usb external hard drive in linux with ext4 format. In windows 7, I deleted all these partitions using disk management. Windows doesn't display the drive when I connect it. How do I ...
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0answers
413 views

Automounting External USB 3.0 HDD on Ubuntu

I have an external 1TB USB 3.0 HDD (NTSF formatted) and a laptop with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0. My laptop runs Ubuntu 13.10 with XFCE. For a few weeks, I have used my HDD and it was always ...
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0answers
28 views

Automount usb drives and external hard drives with custom permissions

When I insert a usb drive or an external usb hard drive, how would I have them automatically mounted with specified permissions? I prefer to use the options "rw, user, exec" I am using IceWM so this ...
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1answer
106 views

USB 3.0 ports don't recognize USB 3.0 devices

I have recently bough a new PC. Now that everything is put together and installed I am facing only ONE problem. I own an Adata Nobility NH13 External HDD which is USB 3.0. When I plug it into any ...
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1answer
55 views

Front panel usb3 not recognizing usb3 hdd

The problem is the following... My PCs front USB 3.0 ports (which are connected to the usb3.0 internal headers) do not work with my USB3.0 External HDD... If I plug it in via a USB 2.0 cable it works ...
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2answers
175 views

USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting

I'm running Debian 7.2 on an old late 2006 Macbook Pro. I've got two 4 TB Seagate Backup Plus hard drives connected to it that I've got in a mirrored ZFS pool. Recently one of the drives died, and I ...
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1answer
46 views

Is system drive involved when transferring files between external sources?

I often transfer files from my external HDD to my USB flash drive. Sometimes I use my computer which has the OS in the SSD and sometimes the other computer with the OS in HDD. Are these file ...
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3answers
68 views

“Old” USB hard drive won't work with newer computers

It's the strangest thing — which is my prefatory way of saying I have no idea why this is happening, so hardly know how to search for answers. I apologize if this is something basic or if it has been ...
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0answers
98 views

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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1answer
112 views

Ext HDD recognised in Device Manager but not accessible

I've got an external HDD connected using a dock and USB2 to a WIN 7 laptop. The docked HDD was previously used on Mac systems without an issue, and I can only assume it was formatted suitably. I ...
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3answers
306 views

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 ...
0
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0answers
199 views

I/0 error on external hard drive (owncloud server)

I have an owncloud server setup on a raspberry pi with debian. As a mass storage I use a Intenso 500 GB USB drive which is plugged into a LogiLink USB hub because the Raspberry pi can't power the USB ...
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0answers
127 views

“This device can perform faster.” Appears Even Though I Inserted External HDD to USB 3.0 Port

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external HDD. It supports USB 3.0 and has an USB 3.0 cable. Whenever I connect it to my laptop, the message "This device can perform faster. This USB mass storage device ...
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1answer
94 views

USB Flash drive too slow

I've tried like 10 USB flash drives, and they are all slow :( External USB hard-drives are much faster. For example transfer speeds on the WD passport are like 20 MB/sec compared to like 2 MB/sec on ...
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0answers
204 views

Win8 BitLocker encrypted WD MyPassport drive does not auto-unlock on boot, but does on hot-plug

I have a WD MyPassport external USB drive (1 TB), encrypted with BitLocker on Windows 8. I have the drive set to auto-unlock in its "Manage BitLocker..." right-click properties. The problem is, it ...
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0answers
115 views

If USB 2.0 max speed is 35MBp/s (480 mbits) why am I transferring at 120MB over gigabit?

I have a USB 2.0 External HDD and when I transfer something to/from the HDD over a gigabit network, I have a 120MB transfer speed, but USB 2.0 over supports 35MB
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2answers
475 views

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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0answers
169 views

Troubleshooting slow write speed on external hard drive

THE SITUATION: I’ve been using a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition WD5000C032-002 500Go USB 2.0 for a couple of years to backup another external hard drive I have. I use SuperDuper on a ...
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2answers
96 views

Backup folder on sometimes attached external usb harddrive

My girlfriend no longer has space her laptops drive to store her photos. The drive she has now is 750GB, so to go to a bigger drive would be expensive, as there isn't many 1.5tb 2.5 inch 9.5mm hdd on ...
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1answer
191 views

Testdisk not finding any errors, but still hard-drive is not working

After reading last night around 3 hours of articles and tutorials on the internet, and not finding anything, I thought it's time to post here. I have an external drive of 500 GB where I have a LOT of ...
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0answers
32 views

Run programs installed on a drive removed from a pc which is currently connected via usb

I had my windows 7 64bit laptop die of a hardware failure in the graphics card, leaving my ssd untouched. So while I am waiting for it to be fixed I removed the ssd and am connecting it to another ...
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2answers
66 views

USB 3.0 vs USB 2.0 for external Hard disks drives

I considered buying this HD USB 3.0. If the writing/reading speed of a HDD is, about, a hundred megabytes per second, it is worth it spending 15€ more for the transfer speed? Isn't it limited by the ...
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How to share my media files from USB external Hard Disk on to my wifi / any adapters available

I am trying to connect my external USB powered USB hard drives (1TB) and various other capacities of USB HDD containing various media files including videos and music on my home wireless network. I ...
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1answer
55 views

Use HDD enclosure as portable hard drive?

Someone here suggested that i should use an external hdd enclosure since my pc doesnt support a 2nd hdd and i want to use my old hdd. I will be permanently plugging that hdd enclosure to my pc and ...
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1answer
4k views

WD Elements 1042 usb 3.0 not recognized by Windows 7

I have a WD Elements 1042 with usb 3.0, Windows 7, Lenovo notebook and My Computer can't see it. Anyway, it's visible in Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printers -> Elements 1042 Properties -> WD ...
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2answers
84 views

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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0answers
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USB root folder was in another new root folder

A few days ago, I lent my friend my usb. When I got it back, it was loaded with virus, and gladly, I scanned beforehand. The viruses are gone but for some reason, my root folder is now a hidden ...
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2answers
1k views

A computer that fails to boot if certain USB devices are plugged in

I don't have an active problem with this but I am curious. Over time, my repair work has lead me to experience many instances (repeatable and reliable ones) where a computer (desktop, laptop, every ...
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0answers
443 views

Hard drive not recognized by usb 3.0 ports

I have storejet 1000GB with usb 3.0 connection but it seems that in my laptop runs windows 7, the computer identifies it only when connecting it to the usb 2 port. There was period it was identified ...
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0answers
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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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0answers
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Is it possible to lose data on an external SSD drive despite using the “safe remove” feature?

I have an SSD disk in a third party USB 3.0 disk enclosure. The drive is NTFS formatted. Lately, I've almost lost some of my data despite using the "safe remove" windows feature. Here is what ...
0
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1answer
57 views

Does Xubuntu keep a log of all USB devices ever connected to the system?

What I specifically need is a log that shows the exact time and date a USB device was plugged in or removed. Example : 14 : 40 USB DEVICE X WAS MOUNTED 14 : 43 USB DEVICE X WAS REMOVED 2 : 12 USB ...
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1answer
436 views

Why USB 3.0 ports are causing high CPU usage?

After two weeks of research and a lot of thinking, it looks like my problem (Explorer is very slow after connecting external HDD) is caused by USB 3.0 ports. In short: after working around one hour ...
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2answers
146 views

External usb storage hard drive unrecognized Anywhere - Tried the usual things

I have read the other relevant questions and searched the internet for hours. My Maxtor one touch 4 external usb hard drive stopped being recognized. I have tried on different computers, operating ...
2
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1answer
180 views

Under Linux, how can I tell the real power consumed by a usb device

I have a freecom external USB HDD, which wont run from a powered hub, so I imagined it was something to do with the powered hub not supplying enough power. However when I connect it directly to a ...
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2answers
428 views

are dual 2.5" hdd enclosures without external power possible / even exist?

I am looking for a HDD enclosure which can make two 2.5" drives available from a single USB port, while not using any external power adapter, i.e. powered entirely from USB port. I failed to find any ...
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1answer
55 views

Is there a way to read the files off of a hard drive that was previously in a Western Digital MyBook External HDD Enclosure?

My external hdd unfortunately took a tumble the other day and it landed square on the usb connector, breaking the socket off so it was inside the enclosure just rattling around, leaving me unable to ...
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1answer
242 views

How to connect an external hard drive to Lubuntu virtual machine in VirtualBox?

I'm trying to get some files off of my virtual machine by connecting my Seagate BackupPlus external hard drive to it. I've gone into the settings of my virtual machine, enabled the USB Controller and ...
0
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2answers
598 views

Why can I transfer only 35 MB/s to my USB 3.0 external hard disk?

I bought a Seagate Expansion portable disk (1 TB). I am using a Dell Inspiron 15R (5521) laptop which has 2 usb 3.0 ports. But when I transfer files to my above mentioned portable drive I do not get ...
0
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1answer
431 views

If an external HDD's USB port gets busted, will plugging the HDD's SATA directly to a PC possibly work?

My Western Digital MyBook Essential crashed recently, and I'm unable to access it through Ubuntu nor Windows. My goal is to recover my data, and wondering if it's advisable to connect the HDD ...
0
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0answers
111 views

External hard drive shown as local drive

I have an external USB hard drive (about two months now) to which I assigned drive letter T:. However, each time I start up my PC, the drive is shown as local drive (K:) and I'm missing my data. When ...
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3answers
626 views

External Harddrive won't let POST complete

I have a Fantom Drives GF3B2000U external hard-drive. USB 3.0. My problem is that if it is plugged in and powered on when I start the computer, it won't get past post. The bios is `v2.58 (C) ...