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0answers
95 views

USB hub damages an external hard disk (and storage devices) on use attempt

I recently bought a USB hub because I find myself needing more than just two USB ports on my prebuilt laptop. However I come to the problem that when I use an external hard disk with it I cannot ...
0
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2answers
215 views

Why my USB drive is treated as Internal Hard drive?

I have 8GB Sandisk Cruzer USB drive, just purchased few week ago. I use two system viz Window XP and Windows 7 Professional. When I connect my drive to win 7 its working properly as external usb ...
0
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2answers
1k 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 ...
1
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1answer
106 views

Copying files from external HDD to USB stick - will files remain anyhow on the computer's system drive?

Just wanted to see if you could help me out with something. I moved some files (all in one folder)from an external HDD to a jump drive using my work computer. This HDD was old, and I wasn't sure of ...
16
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2answers
1k views

Is it safe to remove USB media when a computer is suspended?

We are often cautioned against unplugging USB drives in case it is currently being read from or written to. When a computer is suspended, hibernated, or asleep is it obviously not writing any data; it ...
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5answers
180 views

Why is deleting a file faster than copying?

Why it takes more time, say 10 minutes when copying a file But It takes very less time when deleting the same file, it would take 10-20 seconds.
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2answers
48 views

What is the difference in writing data to an external HDD compared to a USB flash drive? [closed]

I have a Humax satellite receiver with the ability to record programmes (with an external storage connected via a USB slot). What was surprising when I read the manual is it said that only USB hard ...
0
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0answers
37 views

How can I run VirtualBox VMs off an external HD without importing?

This is the only thing I really miss from VMware, where I was able to run VMs right off an external hard drive or USB stick without having to import it to my machine. I can’t seem to do this in ...
0
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1answer
251 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 ...
4
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2answers
5k 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 ...
0
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1answer
652 views

Is an external hard drive considered a USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install Windows 7 from an external hard drive? I have a StoreJet 25M3 (USB 3.0) external hard drive. Does Windows recognize it as a USB flash drive? I ask ...
3
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2answers
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External SSD drive vs Flash drive (USB 3.0)

I was wondering about the reasoning behind introducing external SSD USB3.0 drives on the market. To me a USB3.0 128GB SSD drive is the larger sibling of a USB Flash key with same interface and size. ...
3
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2answers
5k views

Access to a disk drive using volume ID instead of a drive letter in Windows

Can I access to a disk drive using volume ID instead of a drive letter in Windows? It could be very useful for external drives.
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2answers
4k views

What is the difference between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0? [closed]

I want to buy a Pen Drive and a HDD. For both case I get two categories. USB2.0 and USB 3.0. I wish to ask my T.V. is compatible with USB 2.0 pen drive. I wish to buy USB 3.0 pen drive. But that is ...
2
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2answers
3k views

I want to use a USB stick as a harddrive - hardware questions

I installed the latest Ubuntu OS on a USB stick and I'm having some (expected?) lags. Updating packages takes hours, but I can live with that. But the general response time is pretty bad. For instance ...
3
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2answers
1k views

Slow Transfer Speed Between USB 3.0 Devices

I have an SSD installed, and when I'm transferring to or from an external HDD via USB 3.0 I get speeds of upwards 100mb/s. However if I'm transferring between 2 external HDDs both on 3.0 I get a ...
3
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3answers
9k views

Speed difference between Portable HDD and USB Flash Drive?

I am considering purchasing one of the following for data backup purposes. In either case, they would be used with a USB 2 port on XP Home SP 3. Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive ...
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1answer
572 views

RAID with pen-drives, it is possible?

Can Windows 7 manage 2 or more pen-drives (or external disk drives) to implement a RAID-1 to backup the content of them? I have a pen-drive and an external hard disk, both with really relevant and ...
1
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2answers
604 views

Actual danger posed by surprise removal of NTFS volumes?

I've seen a lot of warnings to always use the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the notification area (a.k.a. "system tray") before disconnecting a drive formatted as NTFS, implying dire consequences ...
0
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2answers
813 views

Does an external hard drive or USB thumb drive use a journaling file system?

It was said that nowadays, common file systems such as NTFS and HFS+ use a journaling mechanism so that when power is cut out or if there is a power outage, the hard drive is still in good shape and ...
10
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2answers
38k views

USB stick appearing as hard disk drive, not removable storage device

I just plugged in a very simple 1GB USB stick from the office in hopes of making it a Fedora Live USB stick. For that to work, I need a removable storage device, or else it won't appear in LiveUSB ...
17
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5answers
22k views

How can I remount an ejected (not just unmounted) USB drive on Mac?

I frequently eject an usb stick, and then realize I still need it. If I unmount the drive in Disk Utility, I can just remount it, but if I eject, it's gone. Not showed in Finder Not showed in ...
3
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2answers
13k views

How do I install Windows XP from an external hard drive?

I'm trying to install Windows XP Media Center edition by copying the install disc image to an external hard drive and making it bootable. Has anyone had success getting this to work on systems that ...
1
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3answers
231 views

Automatically distinguish difference between multiple HDDs in linux?

I'm running Ubuntu Server 9.10. I have two external USB HDDs. I use them each for different backup reasons. So certain data gets stored on one HDD, and different information gets stored on the other ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Why doesn't Windows 7 allow write mode on networked drives?

Windows 7 Home Premium does not allow write mode on USB networked drives, why is this? Is anyone else having this issue also? I can network drives in read mode but read/write mode isn't working! Not ...
2
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2answers
5k views

How should one handle an external hard drive without an enclosure?

How should I go about mounting an external hard drive without an enclosure? I have a IDE/SATA to USB adapter. But where should I put the drive, what side should be facing upwards, etc?
3
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0answers
717 views

No power save on external hard drive - How to implement?

I recently bought a new 3.5" USB external hard drive which I thought had a power save feature on it, but it turns out that it doesn't. So whether it's being used or not, it spins, which wouldn't be a ...
3
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2answers
408 views

Can i use a external USB portable HDD as a main HDD for PC?

Can i use a external USB portable HDD as a main HDD for PC?
0
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1answer
1k views

What filesystems can an Airport Extreme read?/write?

As a follow-up to this question, which fileystems can the Apple Airport Extreme interface wih via the usb port? NTFS seems to be out, and FAT32 and HFS+ both seem to be in. Can anyone confirm that? ...
3
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2answers
9k views

Can Airport Extremes handle NTFS external drives?

I've got an Airport Extreme and an external USB Hard Drive formatted with NTFS. (And a LAN of Windows XP Machines.) The drive works perfectly when connected directly to a PC. When it's connected to ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

Cheap NAS for connecting a USB drive to the network

I am looking for a cheap way of hooking up a USB drive to the LAN. This could be a router with a USB port, or possibly a more regular NAS device with a USB port. I am hoping to find something below ...
2
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2answers
109 views

Options for connecting an external disk to an old laptop

I've tried connecting a 2.5" external drive to an old laptop which has only USB 1. The LED on the disk lights up, but the disk doesn't seem to spin up. Since the same disk works fine on a newer laptop ...
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3answers
2k views

Windows: Changing an External Hard Drive's Drive Letter

I'm trying to resolve a file path error problem with TortoiseSVN in this question on Stack Overflow. One of the answers suggested trying to change the drive letter of my external hard drive. How can I ...
4
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1answer
3k views

USB hard drive doesn't graceful power off after eject on Windows 7

I have a couple of Seagate FreeAgent Go external USB hard drives and would like them to gracefully power off after ejecting in Windows 7. With Windows XP a few seconds after they are ejected they ...
45
votes
10answers
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Automatically mount external drives to /media/LABEL on boot without a user logged in?

This question is similar, but kind of the opposite of what I want. I want external USB drives to be mounted automatically at boot, without anyone logged in, to locations like /media/<label>. I ...
0
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2answers
360 views

the IT specialist at work has denied access to external drives [closed]

I am trying to access my 8GB USB drive at work, but it gives an error that says "access is denied", I know that they have resticted access at work. Is there anyway I can break into this from my local ...
5
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1answer
874 views

Whats the difference between a USB key and a USB harddrive

I have a DVD player that can play files on a USB key. It also works with a cable to my MP3 player (4gb chipod) But it doesn't recognize any external USB hardrive. Even one <32Gb, fat32, single ...
2
votes
6answers
3k views

Why is my PC boot time slow when USB HDD attached?

I have a USB Hard disk that I am using as a secondary drive just for extra storage. When this is attached and I start my PC the second screen says searching for mass storage dives for about 5 minutes ...
16
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4answers
4k views

Which virtual machine can boot from USB drive?

There are any desktop (not hipervisor) virtual machine software able to boot from USB drive? Which one and how?
19
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5answers
38k views

Can I install Windows OS (Windows 7) on a removable USB hard drive?

I wanted to take a sneak peak at Windows 7 so I thought of installing it. I have Windows Vista on my laptop which came pre-installed with it. I didnt want to mess with it. So I created a partition ...
12
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3answers
8k views

Ubuntu - How to automount an external drive at a preconfigured mount point?

Normally, when I attach an external USB drive to my Ubuntu system, the filesystem on it are automounted to /media/label. However, I'd like the filesystem to be mounted at a mount point of my choosing. ...