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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How can I calculate how many “free clusters” my 1.0 TB hard drive contains? (I am running chkdsk and it's taking forever..!)

How can I calculate the number of free clusters that exist on a freshly formateed NTFS 1.0 TB hard drive? I began running chkdsk (osn an external USB connected hard drive) about 12 hours ago and it ...
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How to format my external HDD back to as “removable storage”?

Recently I formated my Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex external HDD in Mac OS X using GUID partition table since I wanted to install another Mac OS X onto that external HDD. However I changed my mind after ...
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Is there a limit of max. number of files in external hard drive folder?

I have a FAT32 external hard drive where I keep backups downloaded from webserver. I have a directory with 30 subdirectories. One of the subdirectories contains 21381 files and when I try to copy more ...
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Dropped WD External Harddisk, now it's shown as “Not initialized”

So, the WD my passport external harddisk is dropped, and after that, the computer is unable to read it anymore. I was hopping if I can just find another case to try if the harddisk is still readable, ...
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Hitachi SimpleDrive mini not recognised

My Hitachi SimpleDrive mini USB HDD, 500 GB, is not being recognized on my Windows 7 machine. It's LEDs flash with a delay, continuously. After I plug it out, Windows asks me to format it. I have a ...
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WD Elements Desktop External - Not recognised on a single computer

My WD Elements Desktop External is no longer recognised on my main computer. It has worked fine in the past, but now all of a sudden is not detected. It does not prompt when plugged in, nor does it ...
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ownership of hard drive recoveery of files Windows 7

Here is the issue. I have an old laptop that died that was running xp. I now have a win 7 laptop. I need to get the files off the old drive. Win 7 will not let me take ownership of the drive. I can ...
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Windows External Harddisk drive letter after cloning boot partition to it [Installing Windows in External drive]

I cloned my windows 7 installation on c: to external hard drive. I applied usb patch using pwboot and i could successfully boot into windows. But My problem is even though i am booting in to external ...
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How to access external hard drive from within home Wi-Fi?

I have a 3TB WD "My Book" and I want to use it as home file storage. At home I have 2 laptops + 1 10inch netbook. What are the best ways to share this drive within a Wi-Fi network? Some kind of ...
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Transcend External hard disk: continuous beeping

I have a 500GB Transcend StoreJet external HDD. The problem is it beeps for long time. When it beeps I can not access the drive. Even sometime I can, I dont see full file listing or empty folder! It ...
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Use Windows 7 offline sync with external usb hd

Yeah, truly the whole question in the header. Is there a way to use Windows 7 offline sync (which we know from network mapped drives) with a external usb hd? When not, are there similar built in ...
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Mounting a drive that was formatted as NTFS on a different computer

I recently downloaded some files that were over 4 GB, but they wouldn't do a direct transfer to an external HDD. This was attempted on a separate computer called Computer1. My computer, called ...
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Can't change current working directory to external drive in Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using cd Command in Windows Command Line, Can’t Navigate to D:\ CMD cd to other drives except C:\ not working I'm trying to run a program located on an external USB ...
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How do I configure Time Machine to correctly mount my external hard drive after waking my laptop up?

I have a an external hard drive attached via USB to my 13 inch Mac Book Air 2011 running 10.7.4. I have Time Machine setup to backup to this drive exclusively; this hard drive serves no other purpose. ...
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missing bootmanager after win7 installation from external hdd

today i tried to install win7 from an external hdd to my system. i tried this tut http://www.pcworld.com/article/165159/install_windows_7_from_an_external_hard_drive.html and everything went fine till ...
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network share on external harddrive gone after restart

I want to share a folder to my network. I currently do this with rightclick on the folder and then settings and then network share (not sure what its called in englisch. the german word is ...
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How to protect an external hard disk files from accidental deletion?

I had a bit of problems in the recent months with the data I have on my External hard disk. I have large content in each folder. If you think about it, it takes only two keys to delete a folder - ...
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What causes my USB harddrive to stop working after unmounting?

I have recently bought an external harddrive to use with my Linux notebook. The harddrive is spec'ed at USB 3.0 while the notebook only supports USB 2.0. The drive seems to work fine when I plug it ...
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Creating multiple factory images on one external hard drive

What is the best way, or should I say most logical way, to create multiple factory images of different PCs on one external hard drive? The company I work for, we order multiple computers each month to ...
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Western Digital 1TB Hard Drive with Randomly Named Folders That I Can't Access or Delete [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Random directories in c:\ that I cannot delete I recently purchased a 1 TB Western Digital hard drive and today my laptop did 20 updates before shutting down. When I ...
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How to automount a Truecrypt volume before login in Windows 7?

I have an external hard drive containing all my documents, and it is encrypted with a password via Truecrypt. I'd like my desktop computer at home to automatically mount the volume prior to my ...
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Delete files on external hard drive affect SSD?

I've got a SSD as my primary hard drive. I have an external HDD hard drive which I use to store downloaded files. At the moment I have to delete 80 GB of that external hard drive. I realized that if ...
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Seagate 3TB hard drive loses format information

I have a Windows 7x64 Ultimate, 6 GB memory, 1 TB HD. 3TB Barracuda XT HDD. The HDD is installed on a StarTech 4 bays external enclosure I had troubles so I converted to a GPT, created 1 partition and ...
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Trying to retrieve data with a thermaltake blacX enclosure: Windows 7 believes the drive to be “uninitialized”

I have a laptop that won't boot. It appears to be a power problem ... laptop auto-turns-off within about 10 seconds of pressing the power button (with power buttons lighted temporarily and no display ...
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Cannot mount external hard drive on Windows and Linux

My brother has a problem with his external hard drive (Western Digital 500 GB, NTFS file system), he can't read the stuff on it with his Windows 7 PC, however I think Windows recognizes it as he is ...
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How much the USB slows down my external hard drive?

I got a brand new 3TB Seagate FreeAgent external disk. But it is TERRIBLY slow! Slow as a dead rabbit. Is it because of the USB 2 connection it uses? (Unfortunately is has no SATA connector). It ...
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Windows somehow got convinced that a file is a folder. How do I change it back?

I recently moved an external drive from my usb-enabled router to my desktop machine, and ran into some permissions-related issues. A number of files were giving me errors when I tried to take ...
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Mac Finder: WD My Passport won't mount

I really need your help. I have a WD My Passport 650GB (with Firewire and USB). I'm using it for almost a year now and it always worked fine. While underway I simply plug it in via Firewire - at home ...
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Is it possible to FORMAT an external hard disk that has been encrypted using Storagecrypt?

I lost approximately 680 GB of data on my Seagate 2TB hard drive while experimenting with a software called StorageCrypt. I used it a few months ago and today I tried it again. But, I didn't know ...
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Resume interrupted multiple-file disk images created with dd?

This is the effort to recover a failed hard drive containing several important research works. To sum up: with the method I tried (described below) I could not resume failed multiple images created ...
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My WD passport detected but not working

After installing Windows 7 32-bit, my Western Digital Passport drive is being detected, but I cannot see a drive to open it. I checked the drive on another system and it works, but not on mine. What ...
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windows 8 on external drive: how to make a volume bootable?

I want to install Windows 8 Release preview on an external drive. When I selected a partition from my external HD, it displayed Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Setup does not support ...
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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 ...
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Sync files to an external hard drive and the cloud at the same time

I have been looking for a way to sync my files (on my Windows XP machine) to the cloud and at the same time sync those same files to my external hard drive. Is there any software out there (pref ...
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SEAGATE Barracuda 7200.11 HDD not running

After a huge research, I'm stuck at the beggining of getting my HDD data back. Whats happening to me is that in the moment when I plug the power wire to my external 1TB SEAGATE Barracuda 7200.11 ...
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External 3TB hard drive shows only 746GB

I'm having problems using an external 3TB hard drive. I've tried using both MBR and GPT, and in both cases my computer only sees 746GB. However, I have another 3TB hard drive (also Western Digital, ...
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New Seagate GoFlex external hard drive reporting temperature 50C and higher--defective or normal?

I have a brand-new Seagate GoFlex hard drive, and my SMART diagnostics program (CrystalDiskInfo) is warnings me that the drive is running too hot. The lowest reported temperature I've seen it is 48C, ...
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Cannot copy anything onto WD Elements 1TB External USB HDD

I have a Western Digital 1023 Elements 1TB External USB HDD. Recently, it has started an unusual problem. I cannot copy any file of any size on to that 1TB hard-drive, eventhough it has more than 400 ...
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Can a hp SimpleSave 2TB External Hard Drive be recovered thats possibly been infected by a Mac computer?

A hp simplesave 2TB external HD owner, recently lent it out. When it came back, it couldn't be used with Windows anymore They thought it may have become too full It went to the 2nd person again with ...
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OS X Lion thinks Windows UDF-formatted external drive as exFAT and tells that the drive is invalid

I've recently bought a Mac, and I want to share my Seagate FreeAgent 1.5 TB external hard drive with both my Mac and my PC. I've searched and found that exFAT or UDF is the way to go to have ...
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Install Ubuntu 12.04 on an external hard-drive

I want to install Ubuntu on an external hard drive, using these instructions. However, I don't want this installation to ever affect my current Windows installation, so that whenever I plug in that ...
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What do I need to do to install Windows onto my new SSD?

I am in the process of building a new computer, and while I'm still waiting on the important parts of the computer, like the CPU and the Motherboard, my 120 GB Solid State drive has arrived, and I ...
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how to make a bootable partition on an external hard drive? or solve my dynamic disk woes

I have a 250 gig external hard drive and I need to make a small partition on it and run Ubuntu live from it to recover files from a corrupt hard drive that Windows can no longer read. I want to make ...
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Sleeping external hard drive slows down program search in Windows 7

I am running Windows 7 and have a couple of external hard drives attached via USB. The external hard drives are configured to spin down when not used for a while. The downside of this is that when I ...
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xp laptop can't handle 2 external hd

I have an old XP laptop with 2 big powered external usb hard drives (1 TB) each. Either one works correctly by itself, but the second one I plug in does not get recognized. I wanted to copy the data ...
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Newly formatted (NTFS) external hard drive already has 'Used space'. What determines the used space's amount? Is it correlated to the HD's capacity?

I just bought a new external hard drive (WD Elements - 1 TB). In a PC with Windows 7, I formatted it by Right-clicking the drive > Format (Quick Format - NTFS) before using it and, and then checked ...
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How to limit access just for one user on external drive folder?

I have an external drive with one TB capacity, which is being used by others also to store their personal data. Usually the hard drive is being used with different versions of windows some times I ...
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Is my HDD toast?

My hard disk keeps getting remounted in read-only mode. Disk is a 1.5TB external USB2 on Debian squeeze (armv5tel). Had similar errors previously so reformatted with a full surface scan (mkfs.ext4 ...
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What would have happened to my external hard disk drive?

I accidently plugged in the power cable of my laptop into my Seagate external hard disk drive, 1TB. That is 19.5V, 6.15A in place of 12V, 1.5A. Now the drive does not show up. Obviously I blew up ...
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Suggestions for data recovery from an external hard-disk

Recently when I was installing Ubuntu on my Laptop, I had an external 500 GB SeaGate hard-drive attached to the Laptop. During the installation setup Ubuntu asked where I would like to have my ...