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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Boot Mgt Missing

I have a Vista OS on my Toshiba A305-S683243. I did a complete reformat of the Hard drive. The recovery disks from Toshiba and the most recently purchased one both give me the message "boot management ...
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Funny issue with external USB device interface

Just out of curiosity: A friend had a WD external case + SATA 2.5 disk, which fell on the floor and broke. The disk ended in trash (uprepairable). Out of the broken case, i took the PCB, a model of ...
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Why my external drive turned in read only mode?

I have this HDD (quite new, 4 months old) which I formatted to ext3 (my router supports ext3, not ext4) and I started copying all my data from an older drive on it (1TB data). After a bit (a lot of ...
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Is there a way to boot from a disk to clone an internal hard drive to an external one, and vice-versa?

I've got a dying internal Windows 8 hard drive in a desktop PC. I want to copy the data off of it, but it doesn't boot properly, so I was wondering if I could instead boot from a bootable disk ...
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Does internal HDD read/write speed affect external HDD read/write speed?

I have a Samsung Series 7 laptop with a Hitachi HTS727575A9E364 internal HDD, and was wondering if purchasing a Buffalo DriveStation DDR 2TB HDD would be worth it. Would the speed of my internal HDD ...
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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 02:12 USB ...
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can't access external hard disc files

I have shared some folders on my external hard drive in the office network where I work. After this, when I plug in the external hard drive to my home PC (Windows 7), it gives the message saying: ...
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connect SATA hard drive

I have a Dell Studio 1535 laptop, I removed my HDD and added a SSD. If I connect my old HDD with an eSATA -> SATA cable, computer does not detect it. My cable: I used this eSATAp to SATA power ...
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Running an XP install on a physical disk on vmware

I have a solution I need to solve using XP, I have VMWare Workstation on my Win7 laptop - can I use an external hard disk that has an XP install on it, rather than having to install XP on a vmx ? I ...
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Pictures folder on 1 TB external hardrive corrupted and became an extentionless unreadable file

My 1 TB external drive where I keep most of my photos has corrupted. My Pictures folder has become an extentionless file which cannot be opened. The other folders appear to be OK but I don't use ...
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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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My WD passport detected but not shown on my computer

1TB WD harddisk is detected in laptop but drives not visible on my computer. Under disk managment drives shown without letters. Right clicking on these drives give 2 options: Delete volume Help. ...
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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 ...
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WD 2 TB External Hard Drive not Showing up in Computer

I had the internal hard drive in my HPTouchSmart 600 (Windsows 7 64bit) replaced. When I got it home, I plugged in my WD 2 TB external hard drive. It worked fine. Within the next 24 hrs something ...
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External hard disk inacessible,slow only on my machine [Windows 7 | Ubuntu]

I have a WD My Passport 1TB external hard disk that gives an extremely slow(kBs) transfer speed on both Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Sometimes the hard disk is not even accessible – accessing the contents of ...
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Connecting old 3.5'' HDD to laptop

I have an old 3.5'' HDD, I have an IDE HDD to USB cable connector and a power cable. I'm plugging the whole thing to my laptop. Windows says device successfully installed but I can't find the drive in ...
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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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Windows 7 Home Premium External Drives [duplicate]

I have two external USB drives that when connected assign the same drive letter to both. I have changed to drive name without any luck. Any suggestions as to how to get around this?
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WD My Book external drive never spin up

I got a Western Digital My Book external hard drive that are a couple of years old. I tried to get it running via eSATA the other week and when I was about to try it again the disk itself never spin ...
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Retrieving a Windows Directory Index

So I have a desktop with Windows 7 and I also have an external hard drive (1Tb). The usual thing happened: I accidentally dropped the drive and the data on the drive isn't backed up anywhere. The ...
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Long running chkdsk on Windows 7 1TB external hard drive

We had a lightning storm and power fluctuated. External hard drive lost some files. I thought I could run a chkdsk on the drive. It has been running over a week. I checked box, "Automatically fix ...
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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 ...
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Home Router - How to make USB HD available online to map in Windows?

I have a router with openWRT and a connected USB HD. Is it possible to setup it so the HD is available online and that I can map in Windows?
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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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Why does my exFAT USB drive need repair whenever I accidentally unplug it?

Whenever I accidentally unplug my USB exFAT drive without ejecting it first, it either becomes read-only or disappears altogether from my file system when I plug it back in. I have to run a repair ...
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Create a bootable hard disk drive containing multiple OS

I have a portable 1 TB hard disk drive. It contain various folders and it also contain the setup for windows 7 x86 and x64. I also plan to download Ubuntu and backtract later. I also have other files ...
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Disk Utility not finding disk

I have an external drive that was dropped. It doesn't mount anymore on my OS X box and Disk Utility doesn't see it. Is this the point where I'd need to bring it somewhere for expensive data recover?
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Changed access permission & ownership but still cant access files & folders

HDD from an old Win XP laptop is usb-connected to a Win7 laptop. I have changed the permission as well as the ownership of the drive and its sub folders, YET I can't access the content of the files ...
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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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Old HD not botting, now external drive, can't get files

SO my old hard drive wouldn't boot anymore, I think the error had something to do with MUI not being full or something? So I bought a new computer and pulled the drive from my old computer and put it ...
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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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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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How to read the partitions in an external hard disc which is used to create a recovery folder

I have 500 gb external HDD, recently I have been trying to create a recovery disc for my laptop. hence I chose one of the partitions (it has 4 partitions) in my external hdd to create one. it so ...
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Best allocation unit size for external HDD

What is the best allocation unit size for a 2 TB external hard drive? It will be primarily used as a file storage. My main goal is to save space, and performance isn't a priority. No software will be ...
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Seagate 1 TB Backup Plus extermal HDD not detected in Ubuntu 10.04

I have a Seagate 1 TB Backup Plus external hard drive that is partitioned in NTFS. I don't know what's gone wrong – it was working perfectly under Windows.
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what does this stad for [ 4200.237911 ] in i/o buffer error?

When i try to mount an external HDD of a friend of mine,this error is all over my screen.It shows a lot of errors which are unfamiliar to me ,but onething i know , it has many bad sectors in it. I ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Windows C Drive --(transfer to)--> Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted) : Within Windows

I have an external hard drive whose format is Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted), and I would like to copy my friend's entire computer--it's running Windows 7 Home Premium--to the ...
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Encryption of Time Machine backup went wrong

I use an (Mac OS - journaled formatted) external Lacie harddrive to back up my Macbook Air via Time Machine (The external harddrive also contain other data besides my backups). The OS is Mountain ...
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What is the simplest free physical solution to backing up files from multiple computers? [closed]

I don't want to consider cloud, as none are free beyond a certain amount of gig, and I have put files on bitcasa before that have just infinitely gone missing. I have also been bitten by physical ...
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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) ...
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Is it true that a hard drive need to be used once in a while to stay alive?

I have heard someone saying that someone else said hard-disks need to be "moved" once in a while, meaning it has to spin or data has to read or written to once in a while or something like that. I am ...
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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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Keep track of external files

what is the most elegant way of keeping track of your external data (archives)? I don't want to download a file which is already somewhere on my external USB drive. Right now, I use "dir /s ...
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Vmware workstation takes too much time to shut down

Each time I shuting down my virtual machine - it takes like 30 minutes for VM Ware to complete the process. The shut down is done, but it shows a black screen and doesn't respond to any command. I ...
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What happens when a file has restrictive permissions and the owner is not available?

I'm curious as to what happens to a file if let's say, it's permissions only allow the owner to read and write, and the group and everyone have no access at all. (700, or rwx------). Let's say the ...
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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 - ...