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How can I bring back my lost folder?

I have an external HDD. I moved my C:\Users\MyUser\Videos folder to my HDD. Today I tried to rename a folder in Video folder then I found out that the hard is not listed in Computer so I detached it ...
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Computer won't recognize new hard drive

I have a 1TB external drive. It is actually an internal laptop drive I got out of my old HP Pavillion DV7 which I broke. I liked that computer so much I found the exact same model on eBay and bought ...
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Relocate AppData, except hard-linked files and folders

Since i got an SSD, i'm trying to relocate some files and folders (temp,logsetc) to my ext.disk (which is always attached). I did this with my appdata folder as well, and used the mklink command to ...
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Why is Windows 8.1 using an external USB drive as the primary for .EXE Decompressions?

Funny issue here. I have bought a Samsung 250GB SSD drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 8 on it which I updated to 8.1. in addition to this drive this machine also has 2 internal drives and 1 ...
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1answer
85 views

Windows 8.1 installation: Which drive is the F drive?

I am doing a clean install of Windows 8.1 on an old PC. It was purchased as download from Microsoft Store and written to and booted from a USB flash drive. It went through all of these steps: ...
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How to detect if a USB port is 3.0 or 2.0?

I have a Toshiba Canvio 3.0 external HDD. It has USB 3.0. It flashes blue if you connect it to a USB 3.0 port. If it is a 2.0 port, the light becomes white. Yesterday, I plugged it in and the light ...
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161 views

How to encrypt an external hard drive so a password is required only on computers other than my own?

I want to encrypt my external hard drive but I only want it to require a password if being accessed by a PC other than mine. This is because I have Backblaze set-up on my own PC and if Backblaze ...
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1answer
111 views

Using a large capacity drive in windows 8.1?

I bought a 4TB Western Digital drive, and also have an external 3TB USB 3.0 drive. I'm using that enclosure to test a bit. Using USB 3.0, I can format both drives and use them- life is good. But if ...
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28 views

Windows 8 drive somehow keyed to a computer?

Having an odd issue wherein I am working on a Windows 8 laptop and cannot access the hard drive after extraction and placement into an external enclosure that works. I removed the drive to pull some ...
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2answers
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Formatting and partitioning a 3TB disk?

Have a 3TB Lacie minumus disk. External with USB3.0. I can see the thing okay, but can't seem to format it as NTFS or exFAT on windows 8.1. No matter what I do, it just shows as RAW. Using the ...
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Windows 8 leaving temporary folders on external drive

Since installing Windows 8 on this machine, I've found that Windows is writing what appear to be temporary folders to the root one of my external USB hard drives. The first answer to this discussion ...
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1answer
45 views

Windows 8 - Compress Drive did not continue after cancel/reboot

I checked the "Compress Drive" option on an external drive (1TB) on Windows 8. After clicking OK, the OS started to compress the files folder by folder on the drive. As it took too long, I shutdown ...
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473 views

Can't recognize 4TB GPT HDD in Windows Explorer

OS: Windows 8 HDD: 4TB WD Green plugged in to a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk PC: Awesome home rig to Acer Aspire U all-in-one. So this is a pretty weird problem. The drive worked perfectly fine on ...
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1answer
66 views

Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it

I am Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it. I tested this with process explorer and it says there is a handle to F: being used by the explorer.exe. I restarted ...
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2answers
752 views

Mount and dismount hard drive through a script/software

is there a way to mount and dismount a connected harddrive through a script or a simple utility software in Windows 8.1? Basically, I have a hard drive in the ultrabay slot of my ThinkPad (instead of ...
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1answer
80 views

Portable HD transfer speed decelerates to 0 KB

I have a western digital 2 TB portable HD. My laptop is running windows 8.1. I'm having trouble transferring files from on to the other. On occassion transferring files works fine but sometimes I see ...
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1answer
108 views

The folders on my Seagate backup hardrives have been changed to shortcuts and no computer I plug them into can access the files

While using my Seagate backup hard drives, my Webroot anti-virus detected and cleaned some type of computer malware I encountered. Afterward the folders on the external hard drives have been changed ...
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2answers
46 views

external hard disk not show

I bought new Dell Inspiron laptop and took apart my old HP probook laptop to get its hard disk and use as an external hard disk for my new laptop. The hard disk already has Windows 8 installed and is ...
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0answers
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How do I stop Windows 8.1 trying to find an external drive

A few days ago I backed up my hard drive to an external USB drive. I did it by various methods including using Control Panel>System and Security>File History. I then added a SSD drive and cloned my ...
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0answers
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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
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Error 0x80000FFF: Catastrophic failure on external hard drive

Hi I am not really sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but here goes. Yesterday after installing team foundation server 2012 on my PC I tried to set the workspace for it on my ...
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Is it better to leave on or turn off external hard drive?

Okay here is my situation, I have a 1tb internal hard drive that is plugged in via USB Dock, and has external power, that I use for weekly backups, but my question is, is it better to leave this hard ...
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231 views

windows 8 performance which is installed on USB SSD (boots from USB 2)

is any one here tried installing windows 8 to external USB SSD drive and booting drive from usb 2.0 port. i also want to install visual studio 2012 kind of ides and programming related softwares in ...
0
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0answers
178 views

External hard drive spindown causes frequent filesystem corruption in win8

Win8 box with usb 2 attached Blax dual-bay dock. The standard power settings are set to spin down the drives if unused for 20 minutes. Also, by default windows has file cache disabled for "quick ...
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1answer
495 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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1answer
37 views

How do I actively back up a folder to an external hard disk in windows 8?

I have an external hard disk I use for regular (manual) backup of my files. How do I copy my files automatically to my hard disk? Is there a built in way to do this through windows or do I have to ...
3
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1answer
986 views

Explorer is very slow after connecting external HDD

Recently I've got a new laptop with SSD drive. However, sometimes when I'm connecting external HDD to this laptop, explorer seems to work painfully slow, even when browsing folders on my internal SSD. ...
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0answers
113 views

Portable Hard Drive being incorrectly recognized as Internal Hard Disk

I'm using windows8 in my machine and my 1TB WD external hard drive being recognized as a internal hard drive not as a removable storage so i can't safety remove it. But when i try it on other ...
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Empty .zip file at end of Windows Backup & Restore backup

I have a Windows 7 or Vista computer that was backed up onto an external drive (WD Passport) using Windows Backup & Restore every week for almost a year. Now I am viewing these files on a Windows ...
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0answers
248 views

External hard drive won't show certain files

Recently I got a new external hard drive (Seagate, with 931 GB of free space). I plugged it in to my desktop and copied some files on to it (Where then I had 920 GB of free space). Then I plugged it ...
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1answer
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What to do? Everytime I insert my Apollo M100 USB external drive, Windows 8 telling me to restart to fix driver issues

Then after I restarted, its working fine, but when pulled out the drive again and insert it back, the same notification. I cannot find drivers for it on Imation website, anybody can give me the ...
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1answer
222 views

Can someone help me, I cannot access/use my portable hard-drive, Samsung S2 Portable 600gb

Its okay for me to reformat it, theres no important files there, but I just cannot go through with it, it says there: There is no Disk in the drive, insert a disk then try again, etc., etc. Also - ...
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1answer
317 views

External Hard Drive Partition now “unallocated” space

I created a 32GB partition on my 1TB Western Digital External HDD. The partition was created without a problem. Both the 32GB partition and the remaining partition were fully functional. I then ...
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Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted

I can not access my external harddisk. When I plug my HDD in my computer the OS tells me "Do you want to format?" It seems that its partition table has deleted. I test it by CHKDSK /F and I got this ...
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votes
1answer
325 views

Can't detect my external drive

I have a Buffalo Ministation HD-PCU2 external 500 GB HDD. It's formatted in ex-fat, since I need to use it on my Mac and my PC both. One day I accidentally unplugged it without properly ejecting it ...
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How to delete “System Volume Information” from an external drive when the feature isn't even turned on

I've got an external USB drive that I noticed has a bit of system data on that I don't want there. System Restore isn't even on for the drive, yet the folder is there and it won't go away when I try ...
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1answer
1k views

Weird hard disk errors

I observe strange error messages related to an external USB HDD, Seagate FreeAgent (not an SSD) on my Windows 8 desktop. First, the OS reports that the drive has an error: If I click 'Restart', it ...
0
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1answer
202 views

Making HFS+ volume available to Windows 8

I need help determining the best way to make several GB of files on an OS X HFS+ volume available to a Windows 8 machine. The basics of the situation are as follows: We have a wheezing G4 Mac running ...
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0answers
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My external hardisk is fully utilized all the time?

I Have a 2TB WD external hardrive, with an USB3 interface. When copying a file to it, the transfer speed is very low (800KB/s ~ 1MB/s) In the taskmanager (under the Performance tab) in windows 8 the ...
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1answer
167 views

Can I run Windows 8 dual boot on a mac using an external drive instead of having both OS's on the internal drive

Basically, I want to keep Mountain Lion on my MacBook Pro's hard drive only, I don't want to partition the drive to install Windows 8. I'm already using Win7 and WinXP in Parallels Desktop ...
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1answer
1k views

External HDD not showing in explorer, only have “Delete Volume” in Disk Management

my external hard disk is not showing up in Explorer. In Disk Management, all of the options are grayed out except for "Delete Volume". I tried right-clicking on the Disk and selecting "Convert to ...
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2answers
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Installing Windows 8 onto an external hdd without affecting the MBR

I wish to install Windows 8 on a laptop's external USB HDD. Is this the best and safest way to do it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo27iz1Q3x8
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1answer
2k views

Complete USB 3.0 potential not being realized

I have a ASUS K55VM laptop which has 2 USB 3.0 ports. I'm running on Windows 8 x64. When I use plug in a USB 3.0 external hard drive from any 1 of the USB ports I get write/read speeds of only ...
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2answers
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USB 3.0 randomly disconnecting and reconnecting

I had an old laptop that died so I have bought a new one. I have taken the 2.5 SATA hard drive from the old laptop and I have put it into an external 2.5 SATA enclosure usb 3.0 and I connect it to the ...
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519 views

RunDLL ~$WT.FAT error when accessing HDD

I can't access my hard drive. When I try to do it, I get the following error: RUnDLL, there was a problem starting ~$WT.FAT The specified module could not be found. My computer was infected with ...
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3answers
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Which external USB drives work with Windows 8 Storage Spaces?

First, a bit of background: Microsoft brags about how the new Windows 8 Storage Spaces support any interface (including USB) for attaching drives to add to a Storage Pool: ...
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0answers
660 views

External hard disk not working in windows 8

I am unable to access my external hard disk of seagate in windows 8. It is a company laptop and i am logging from admin account. Model: HP (Elite Book 8470P) I can see both drives when ever i plug ...
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4k views

Windows 8: Cannot access external drives. “Location is not available” “Access is Denied”

Background Information Our office is running a pilot of Windows 8 on a 100 machines. As I've been using Windows 8 at home since the Consumer Preview, I put my name into the pilot. My laptop was due ...
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1answer
219 views

cannot access external hard drive from a previous computer

using a new computer with windows 8 how can I access an external drive that was used as a backup for my previous computer that died. that computer had windows vista
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2answers
1k views

Can I reformat an external hard drive to have the maximum amount space that was previously available?

I set up my external hard drive that had 1.5TB of space as a recovery drive, and afterwards it showed that I have 32GB of space. Is there any way I can get my space back?