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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Undo the CLEAN command on the portable hdd : DISKPART

When using DISKPART I accidentally used the CLEAN command on my portable WD 500gb HDD. Now it is not showing as a drive in my computer, though shows as unallocated space in Disk Management. Thanks ...
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Wireless back up speeds

I'm thinking about buying a wireless router with usb capability and attaching an external usb drive to it. This drive would only be used for wireless backups from a Windows 7 machine. Does anyone ...
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Accessing an AirPort Extreme-shared hard drive over the internet

I have an AirPort Extreme with a 16GB flash drive formated in FAT32 attached to it via USB. I can see it as a network location on my Windows computer. On the AirPort Utility I have "Enable file ...
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Connecting to a 2.5" laptop drive using USB

So I swapped my MBP hard drive with a SSD drive, and I want to connect to my old hard drive. I bought a nextstar 3 external 2.5" drive enclosure that has a USB 2.0 interface. I watched an online ...
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Retrieve serial number backup w/o booting from external

I have a back up copy of my Windows XP operating system in an external hard drive ever since I upgraded to Windows 7. I cannot find the XP serial number to install on another computer. I can access ...
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Windows can't see the external exFAT partition but Mac OSX Can

I have a 2TB external hard drive that was pre formatted as one giant NTFS partition. I used windows 7 disk utility to partition it into two 1TB partitions and then formatted as FAT. The formatting ...
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SpinRite on USB drive

I had a laptop that one day stopped booting. I took the hard disk (WD, SATA, 320GB) out and tried it in a USB caddy and tried to connect it to my desktop PC. It behaves erratically, constantly ...
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“plug and play” hdd (Arch linux)

I'm using Arch linux. I have a sata HDD that i use as storage disk. It's always off until i need it. Then i plug it into (running) computer and with Windows 7 it's easy - i just go to the "Management" ...
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UUID in Mountain Lion

I am trying to find my external HDD UUID in Mountain Lion but diskutil info /dev/disk1s1 returns: Najis-MacBook-Air:~ ****$ diskutil info disk1s1 Device Identifier: disk1s1 Device Node: ...
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Encrypt Windows 8 file history

File history in Windows 8 is great, but it saves my files on an external drive without any encryption, and stores them using the exact same folder structure as the originals. If a bad guy gets his ...
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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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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 ...
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What to do with a new external HDD in order to be used under Ubuntu?

From a description of an external HDD for Western Digital My Passport 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - WDBBEP0010BBK-NESN: There's nothing to setting up the My Passport when used with a Windows ...
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Is it possible to set the logical sector size of a USB HDD?

I have two supposedly identical 3TB Western Digital USB HDDs. One contains nearly the full 3TB of data. I want the other to be a backup of that data. There are lots of small files, so running cp would ...
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Automatically Fixing File System Errors

This problem is related to my WD External HDD. It has developed File System Errors. I found that out when I saw that the HDD is taking unusually long time to read the data and whenever I try to open ...
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What is the stack of protocols for communication between laptop and USB 2.0 external HDD

When connect a USB 2.0 external IDE HDD to a laptop, what is the stack of protocols for communication between the laptop and the external HDD? Is it similar in a way to OSI model in network? If I ...
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Move OS from external HDD to internal HDD

I installed Mountain Lion on my external HDD a while ago, just to test it and the new XCode out, but without realizing what I was doing, I adopted it as my main OS. Now I am stuck having my external ...
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Changing the Owner of a folder back to SYSTEM

ISSUE1: This is what I get when I try to open my C:/Documents and Settings.Although I am the owner of the computer I was denied permissions to open the folder. So, I changed the owner of ...
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External hard drive won't mount on Mac

Anyone had problems mounting an external hard drive on a mac? It shows up (dimmed) in disk utility and all is fine according to first aid, but it just refuses to mount. It simply says "The disk My ...
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Mounting a USB drive that doesn't automatically install in Windows 7

I have an external usb hard drive enclosure. I'm attaching some very old IDE drives to from an old computer to see if there are any photographs or things worth saving on them. I plug the enclosure in ...
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Are there differnces in life expectation for 1~2TB external (portable) HDD and external (desktop) HDD

According to current technology and most popular products, are life expectations for 1~2TB external (portable) HDD and for external (desktop) HDD significantly different? Which one will likely be ...
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How to deal with used external IDE HHDs that will no longer be used?

I have two external IDE HDDs purchased in 2005 and they are still looking new. The HDDs inside are both Seagate IDE (model: 8t3160021A) 7200rpm 160GB 3.5", and the enclosures are still working fine ...
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Transfer files to external harddrive - USB to USB

I'd like to transfer files to this Archos TV+ device from my Windows PC. (XP) Is it possible to connect the device over USB to USB like an external harddrive? Thanks.
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Read internal hard drive externally on Windows

Recently swapped out a good laptop HDD with an SSD. Hooked up the old HDD with an external HDD enclosure and plugged it into a USB port on my Linux box - everything works fine. Next, I unplugged it ...
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External Hard Drive wont search

I plug my USB 2.0, 1TB, into my computer usb port. When i open the expansion drive and try to search it won't pull up any of my files. It used to, though now it won't. I tried on another computer, and ...
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Portability of external HDD, especially NAS and RAID

I wonder how portability of external HDD is defined in terms of size and weight? In other words, how do you tell if an external HDD is portable or not? Are NAS usually not portable? Are RAID ...
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What decides whether a hard drive enclosure has a separate power supply port different from its USB port? [closed]

I wonder in what cases a hard drive enclosure has a separate power supply port different from its USB port, and in what cases its power port and USB port are the same? Is the size a determining ...
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MacOSX: Truecrypt partition on HDDs with larger sector size than 512 bytes

I have an external USB 3.0 HDD which uses a sector size larger than 512 bytes (4kB). In Linux, I created a truecrypt encrypted partition on it, which works fine on any Linux or Windows Computer. ...
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boot window 7 from external HD

I run windows 7 using bootcamp on my mac. I have backed up my windows 7 partition using driveimage xml to an external HD creating an exact clone. I would now like to try to boot windows directly off ...
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How can I access my external hard drive wirelessly from my laptop?

My desktop crashed so I am migrated over to a laptop. I have wireless in my home so I am trying to be able to use to laptop in any room without any other connections (wireless printer, wireless ...
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What is needed to convert a laptop hard disk into a removable USB hard drive?

What are needed to convert a laptop hard disk into a removable USB hard drive? I want to purchase those stuffs to make my laptop hard disk into a small portable removable hard drive. Can you also ...
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Cannot access my harddrive

I have a hard drive that is detected on Windows 7 but I cannot access it. I plugged in the HDD and and I see it on the "Devices and Printers" but I cannot find it on my Computer. Is clicked on it on ...
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External Harddisk back up

I have a seagate external 1 tb external hard disk. It's USB doesnt work properly, whenever i plug in it takes time and lots of efforts to detect. Once it connects it doesnt copy the files and ...
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Linux - turn off externally powered drive

I'm running Debian (Raspbmc). I have a number of external hard drives connected via USB. These HDD are powered by an external power supply. Since I often fall asleep while watching movies, I want to ...
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executables on external hard drive detect as viruses

I've been avoiding this issue for quite some time, but I feel like this is a good time to ask about it. I have an external hard drive loaded up with most of my important and large files. for a few ...
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Moving files inside my NTFS partition is as slow as copying them. What could be the cause of this?

I'm trying to tidy up my folders and files on one of my NTFS formatted external hard drives, a 2TB Western Digital Elements drive. When trying to move files from one folder to the other, the process ...
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Harddisk advice: Run Visual Studio in Windows 7 in Parallels on external drive

I just bought the latest MacBook Air. I'm running Parallels with Windows 7 and Visual Studio 2010. Since I'm running out of disk space, I want to move the VM to an external drive. Since I will be ...
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Problems recovering data from a 3.5" HD with a HD enclosure

I have an All in One HP TouchSmart computer that has gone completely crazy since I installed Windows 7 updates. I can't reach the login screen for Windows. So I removed the hard drive and plugged in a ...
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Can I replace my power adapter of external hard drive with this one?

I have a removable hard drive. Its power adapter's specification is Flying Electronic factory model: FLY36-5-12 S/N: W0408182331 input:100-240 Vac,2A,50/60 Hz output: 5V 1.5A, 12V 1.5A I found that ...
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How to partition a drive so it can be used for Windows and Mac OS X?

I want to use this 2TB hard drive with this hard drive docking station with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and Windows 7. What file system should I choose for the partition? I plan to do the initial partitioning ...
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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 ...
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External USB hard drive acting like internal drive

The power went out and my external hard drive got pretty messed up. After several repair attempts I gave up and tried formatting the thing. I wasn't watching, but I believe Disk Utility hung on ...
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External drive detects on linux but not on windows

I was copying a few files over onto a directory and suddenly I noticed that there was already a directory that I previously had! So I decided to delete it. Now something happened and I decided to ...
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My “Seagate FreeAgent Desktop USB Hard Dive” does not appear on “computer” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why my “Seagate FreeAgent Desktop USB Hard Drive” will not appear on my computer? When I try to connect my "Seagate FreeAgent Desktop USB Hard Dive" to my PC, usually it ...
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Why my “Seagate FreeAgent Desktop USB Hard Drive” will not appear on my computer?

Just try to watch a movie on Xbox360 but the USB was not recognizable. So my brother he clicked on"configure USB Drive" and he click on "customize". Few seconds later the screen froze, restarted the ...
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Empty “notify” file being created on external hard drive

I recently attached a 1TB USB external hard drive to my Windows 7 Home Premium desktop. I noticed that some program is creating a file on the root of the hard drive called "notify". If I delete the ...
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Multibeast not booting when i connect 2 tb external hard disk.

I have multibeast installed in my mac partition and it is working fine. It shows all drives. But when I connect my 2 tb external drive it is not booting . I get a memory allocation error. Does anyone ...
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Harddrive not showing up on my computer

I have tried to connect the hard drive with two different enclosures and it seems to be working because it installs all the drivers and says my device is ready to use. But after that it doesn't pop ...
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How to copy a linux to a portable hard drive

I already have a linux running on my laptop.Is it possible to port the entire system to a portable hard drive by copy all the file to the hard drive with the existing folder structure and reinstall ...
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Would this AC adapter work with this external HDD enclosure?

So I've lost the adapter that came with my external HDD enclosure, but I have a pile of AC adapters, most are under-powered. This one is the closest, but it seems like the enclosure needs a little ...