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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Heat and External Hard Drive's Lifespan

I am looking to purchase a external hard drive and from what I read the biggest drawback to the drive is it doesn't have the best cooling. My question is how much should I worry about the drive ...
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I recently converted my ex HDD from FAT32 to NTFS. now my pc doesn't find or pick up my NTFS HDD

I recently converted my external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS using the Command Prompt. Everything was working fine, I copied a 7GB file to it and everything worked. The next day I switched on my ...
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Bad USB VFAT drive, what are my repair options?

So, I had a USB drive attached to my router as a poor-man's NAS. It has a VFAT filesytem exported over CIFS. Something went bad with a write and it will no longer mount. 1) Lion can attach to the ...
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Recover data or repair partition from a 1TB external HD used by a Mac

I have an external 1TB HD that was previously formatted with NTFS and then given to a Mac user who, probably, formatted it with HFS+, filled it with data, and then ... BOOM. Nobody can tell what ...
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Is there a way to view Windows recycle bin information from Linux?

I have several Windows hard drives with various files in their respective recycling bin directories: '$RECYCLE.BIN' Is there a way to view information about these files to tell if they are no longer ...
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Cloning old hard drive to new hard drive without External Hard Drive or CD Drive

The previous day I ran some hardware tests, only to find that my hard drive was failing and needed replacements. So I called my computer manufacturer to receive a fresh hard drive under warranty. ...
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Spark coming out of usb port? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do I get sparks from my usb connector when connecting it to my Mac I have this Asus n76vz and when I plug the external hard drive, no matter what port, the port ...
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Do I have to put the cover on the SSD when replacing the HDD?

I'm replacing my HDD with a SSD, and whilst I have the upgrade bundle kit, I'm gonna use my HDD as an external HDD. So, am wondering if I can leave that plastic cover (which is screwed to the HDD) or ...
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external HDD encryption with limited user rights on computer

I want to buy a new external hard drive to have work project files handy on the go. Unfortunately the IT department has realised that security of external drives is an issue but they have not provided ...
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What Filesystem should be used for a 4TB drive for both Windows and OSX compatibility? [closed]

Note: I am aware of similar questions. The one's I seen here are for Windows, OSX, and Linux (which I do not need). I also can use Mountain Lion, which the other questions did not mention. I was ...
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How can I automount an external harddrive if and only if it's connected to the computer as it boots?

I have an eSATA harddrive connected to my laptop's dock. Unfortunately it doesn't automatically mount when Ubuntu boots, nor is editing fstab an option, given that the harddrive is not always present ...
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External HDD loses and regains connection. Windows 7 wd

i have a western digital external hard drive that every day or so, loses and regains connection right away. I can tell this, because of that window prompt that comes up on windows every time you plug ...
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I found a some bad sectors with chkdsk. Should I be worried?

Yesterday I found a corrupted file in my external usb drive. Since I am using the drive quite often (I am running my vms over there) I decided to run the chkdsk on it This is the result 488384000 ...
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External Western Digital hard drive (USB) not fully mounting

I am trying to mount my external NTFS-formatted HDD in Windows 7 Ultimate, but it is getting stuck. The system remains responsive, but the 'mounting progress bar' never goes to completion and the ...
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Windows 7 explorer crashing trying to read external hard disk

I have a 1TB Western Digital hard drive which is almost full and last time I tried to plug it into my laptop, I got a Windows dialog saying "this hard drive needs to be formatted". I did not panic ...
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mounting a multi-drive USB enclosure in linux

I have a OWC Mercury Elite 2-bay USB drive enclosure (OWCMEPT934AL2C). I have it set on "individual" settings for the disks, so the 2 disks show up as two separate drives on my Mac (no raid, or ...
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Unable to access external hard disk drive in Windows XP

Note: I can access a flash disk drive formatted as exFAT. Just not my external HDD. So, you can imagine I have installed the exFAT update for winXP. My external HDD was formatted in Mac OS X as ...
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mount external hard drive in safe boot mode - osx

osx question: Is it possible to mount an external hard drive whilst in safe boot mode? If so, how?
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Hard Drive uses

I have just purchased a Seagate 500GB Expansion USB portable hard drive, to back up pictures and files from my new Toshiba laptop. I have tried to write the system recovery discs onto some new TDK ...
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External SSD drive vs Flash drive (USB 3.0)

I was wondering about the reasoning behind introducing external SSD USB3.0 drives on the market. To me a USB3.0 128GB SSD drive is the larger sibling of a USB Flash key with same interface and size. ...
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Corrupted NTFS Drive showing multiple unallocated partitions

My external hdd with a single NTFS partition was accidentaly plugged out (kids!)... and is now corrupted. Iv tried running ntfsfix - with no luck - output below.. When I look at the disk under disk ...
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Windows 7 not detecting external hard drive but Ubuntu is detecting. Why?

I have a 500 GB Toshiba external hard drive. Since yesterday Windows 7 stopped detecting it, however I do see it listed on the "Safely remove hardware and eject media" icon on the taskbar. Then I ...
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Installing Windows from External HDD

I have external hard drive with some data (movies, music, apps, etc.) and I am wondering whether I can use it as bootable HDD to install windows from it, I have installer on my second PC and I am not ...
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Unable to mount external hard drive

I have a Western Digital My Passport 2.0 TB and I think I may have had a bad ejection one time when I ejected my hard drive. When I try to plug it in on my ubuntu 12.04 machine, it gives me this ...
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Issues saving and creating files on an external harddrive

I recently formatted my system and installed Windows 7. When I connect my 500GB external USB harddrive, I seem to have some sort of permission problem which is preventing me from creating or saving ...
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external hard drive not responding

I made a big mistake by unplugging the external harddrive (2TB, western digital) while it was still copying files. I just forgot it was copying files. Now the hard disk won't respond. When I plug it ...
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My Portable Hard Drive with USB3 didn't work when connected to My Laptop, but it working with USB2 properly

I have Western Digital My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive with USB3 and Model:WDBACY5000ABK-EESN. Until about two or three months ago when I connected that to My Laptop USB3 port, that worked ...
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Files turned into folders on external hard drive

I have a networked hard drive where I like to store audio/video/software and all sorts of other files for my house. While the software files are all intact and working, many of my video and audio ...
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How to automaticaly mount luks-partition only when disk is plugged in

I have the following scenario: I want to automatically backup some data from my Laptop(Fedora Core 17) to a external encrypted(luks) hard disk. The disk can be opened by a key file, which lies on the ...
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External hard drive clicks - doesn't read

My external hard drive isn't being read. I can hear the head begin to spin, then click, and stop. The process repeats a couple of times. Then it stops spinning altogether. I have given the drive to ...
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Using new Terabyte drive with older machines

I've bought myself a new machine and want to use my old machine as a File Server. I've also bought a new external Terabyte drive which I would like to take out of its casing and use in the older ...
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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 ...