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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Does it make sense to buy an external SSD?

I'm going to be getting a new work laptop with a regular HDD (I don't know the specs yet). The company is not providing SSDs, so I've considered purchasing an external SSD drive. One note is that I ...
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In OSX, external hard drive doesn't automatically mount after computer boots. Fine if unplug/replug

Hopefully that title isn't too long, but I was trying to encapsulate the whole problem. The external drive that I use for my Time Machine backups doesn't seem to mount automatically when the computer ...
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Can I rescue data from a WD MyBook 320GB that is not able to mount?

I have a WD MyBook 320GB. Both Windows and Linux can see the device but are not able to recognize it. $ lsusb Bus 002 Device 017: ID 1058:0910 Western Digital Technologies, Inc. MyBook Essential ...
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“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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MySQL database on external encrypted hard drive

I want to move MySQL database installed on my "Windows 7 Enterprise" PC to an external hard drive which is PGP 2.0 encrypted. Could you please suggest how to do this?
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My 4TB Seagate Backup plus works externally, not internally [duplicate]

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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Music files hidden on external drive

Music files are now hidden on external drive on Windows XP. All folders are there, some with album art but no music files. They are visible on iTunes, but cannot see them on my computer. I have ...
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External HD suddenly stopped working

I have (or had) a Samsung M3 1TB drive. Yesterday I removed it and it was working normally, today, I plugged it in, and the LED turns on normally, but the "engine" of the HD not. So, the HD is not ...
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How do I find the remaining space on an External Drive?

Through terminal on Linux, what exactly would I type to find External HDDs and their remaining storage space?
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Why is the temperature so low and airflow temperature so high on my HD?

I have had this same exact SeaGate external 1TB USB2.0 hard drive for a few years. In the past I have been using SeaGate's own diagnostic tool to check the drive for errors but it wouldn't let me see ...
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How do I verify hard drive in Ubuntu?

I am running Ubuntu. I have taken a 250GB hard drive from my old machine, and wanted to use it as an external hard drive with my laptop. I bought a USB to SATA cable, and connected it to my laptop, ...
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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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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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Input/output error in OS X but not Linux on NTFS external hard drive

My external hard drive contains a directory. On my Mac I can't see this folder, neither in Finder nor with ls -la. But I know that it exists, since there is no problem with it on Linux. Because I'm ...
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Portable hard drive broken media

My portable hard drive fall on the on floor hard yesterday and stopped working, the hard light is flashing blue but my PC can't see it, i tried it with many machines, but the same , it is not working, ...
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Is it safe to use a power adapter with a hard disk which has output current 60% of the startup current required by hard drive?

When I was checking my external hdd Buffalo HD-LX2TU3, I found the startup current of Seagate ST2000DM001 (aka Barracuda or Desktop HDD) in it is 2.5A and output current of the adapter comes with ...
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Truecrypt Rescue disk unique for each system?

I want to decrypt an external USB harddrive wich I have encrypted using Truecrypt system encryption. I want to use a laptop for this which harddrive is also system encrypted using Truecrypt. Both are ...
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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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Can't eject an external hard drive

I was attempting to backup my system with Time Machine and for whatever reason a passerby disrupted the hard drive wire and the backup failed due to an 'improper ejection'. Now, after attempting to ...
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WD External Hard Drive Not Showing Entire Capacity

I've got a Western Digital Elements 320 GB External 7200 RPM (P/N: WDBAAR3200ABK) Hard Drive. It's not been mine for very long-it's second hand, and used to contain some sort of Wii games collection. ...
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Difference between S.M.A.R.T. error 0x05 (Reallocated sector) and 0xC6 (Uncorrectable sector)

My 2TB external HDD has recently started reporting a very high number of 0xC5 (Pending sectors) errors (Raw value: 309), and just today reported an uncorrectable sector error (Raw value: 1) while the ...
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Can Windows 7 file and folder permissions be disabled?

I have a Windows 7 desktop computer with an external hdd always plugged in. Almost all files get put on the external hdd and the other day I wanted to take the external hdd and plug it into my laptop. ...
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How to recover partitions from an external hard disk?

I have a 1TB Seagate external USB hard disk gone corrupt and showing "You need to format the disk before you can use it" error in Windows 8. What is the best way to recover the partition/data from ...
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External hard drive not playing nice with usb hub

I have just purchased a new USB hub and am having issues getting it to work with my external hard drive. When I first plugged in the external hard drive, I received an error message stating it needed ...
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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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How warm should SAMSUNG D3 drive be?

I have an external 3GB Samsung D3 Station 7200rpm hard drive and my SMART diagnostics program (CrystalDiskInfo or HDSentinel) is warning me that the drive is running too hot. The temperature in the ...
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Using FireWire 800, does it makes sense to use a SSD hard disk as opposed to a 7200rpm?

Does it makes sense to buy a SSD HD and use it with the Firewire 800 port? Or should I buy a standard 7200rpm one? Firewire 800 is slower than internal HD (am I right?) so I was thinking the ...
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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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“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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Seagate expansion 1TB USB 3.0 on USB 2.0

I'd like to buy this drive (Seagate 1TB Expansion USB 3.0), but I have USB 2.0 only. Do I need an external power supply? Will 500mA of USB 2.0 be sufficient?
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External HDD disconnects

On a Win 8 machine, I've connected a Samsung 2TB external HDD via USB, and mapped it to erive T. However, it keeps 'dropping out' (?). When I plug it in, it is recognized as volume T. After a while - ...
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External Hard Disk is not accessible. “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”

I have a 1 TB AgentGoFlex Seagate external HDD. Lately it was causing some issues like a few folders which had data were not showing any files.  A few folders were not opening, etc. So I tried ...
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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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Files get corrupted frequently while copying to external hard drives

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit (updated all important updates yesterday) and have several external usb hard drives (self powered 3.5 inch). I recently noticed while copying files to the external drive ...
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Folders are hidden inside external hard disk

I have a 500 GB external hard disk, I think it's due to virus, all of the folders are hidden with read only attribute. I tried this command in Command Prompt under Administrative privilages: attrib ...
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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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Run Windows from SATA to USB enclosure?

I have a SATA HDD with an integrated SSD that has Windows 8 installed, which I've put into a SATA to USB 3 enclosure. I'd like to run Windows from it, but it will not automatically boot from it after ...
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Diagnose external hard drive to see if it still works

About 3 years ago my husband dropped my connected Western Digital external hard drive from the desk and now it will not connect to the computer. I plug it in and I get an error message The disk ...
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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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Moving/copying to Windows 8 Storage Spaces parity pool, slows to a halt every time after Windows 8.1 upgrade

I recently set up Windows 8 with an external (USB) storage space parity pool (4 drives, varying sizes 1.5&2TB drives). I managed to move about 3TB to this pool without a hitch, then the Windows 8....
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Will dd_rescue wipe my output hard drive?

I'm planning to use dd_rescue (as per IT support's instructions) to try and get the data contents of a faulty hard drive. We only have one external hard drive to back up onto which has enough free ...
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What is the funny noise when disconnecting USB HDD without safe remove?

I know I must power down a HDD before disconnecting the power. But my Freeagent portable usb hard drive does not (ever) make a noise when I do so, it just slowly fades down in speed smoothly. However, ...
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How to fix external USB NTFS hard drive that stopped working in Windows but works in Mac Os X?

I have an external USB 1 TB hard drive which is formatted in NTFS. After copying of large amount of small files it stopped working. Meaning when I connect it to Windows XP or 7 the OS starts to lag ...
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eSata enclosures can reach 6Gn/s

I have an relatively older eSata external enclosure that works OK. But I'm planning now to swap the hard disk for a SSD, and wonder if I should update the eSata enclosure too. In principle I ...
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What is the fastest way to backup external harddisk

I came across various free tools such as Macrium Reflect. May I know does Macrium free version provides "resume" capability? As my current HDD contains a lots of files and folder which I believed it ...
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Trying to boot OS X snow leopard from external hard drive, but not showing up as a startup disk

As the title says, I'm trying to boot from an external hard drive, but for whatever reason it isn't showing up under System Preferences>Startup Disk. I saved about 211 GB of data onto my external hard ...
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Hard disk space less than advertised [closed]

I am sorry I am asking this old beaten up question and this question is not code related. I understand why 500GB advertised hard disk in actuality is only 465 GB because of the 1024 bit system. For a ...
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Hard disk used space wrong

I'm having an issue here that, so it seems, many users have had. My used disk space on an internal disk is off. And not just by a few GB. It's an external Western Digital backup drive. I use it for ...
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My Book Essential Edition : switch box

I have a My Book Essential Edition 1To. Sadly I connected the wrong power cable and so a bad smell was coming from the box. As it was out of support, I opend it thinking I will plug it directly to ...
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Problems using Diskpart to resolve 'Read Only' issue on external 2TB external MyBook

I've got a problem with an external disk which suddenly, mid-session decided it was read only. I've tried the right click, properties, attributes, read only - to no avail, so then decided to approach ...