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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Freecom portable drive is not working with longer cable

I got a FREECOM 2.5" Mobile Drive XXS 500 gb portable hdd, but on my laptop which stands on a laptop cooler it's coming unhandy for me to plug-it in, because the cooler it's too tall, so my hdd has to ...
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Copied C drive contents to external HDD, half of the content is not there, but content size says otherwise

I copied my C drive onto an external HDD. The folder which holds this shows that it has about 20GB of data. However, when I open the folder, and check the sum of all contents, it only adds up to about ...
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Connecting a Hard Drive, Laptop-desktop What's the Difference [closed]

I was just wondering what's the difference when connecting a desktop and laptop hard drive to a computer, as I know from attempts, you connect them both internally no problem but if you were to use a ...
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Seagate external hard disk does not power down

When my computer is off, this external hard disk remains on, consuming power. It is permanently warm, and inside components are active (perhaps the fan?). I have a UPS for the system so a complete ...
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Hard Drive Caddy corrupting drives

Something very funny is going on with my External Hard drive Caddy. I am running Linux Mint 14. I had a laptop breakdown just before Christmas, removed the drive and placed it into a 2.5" SATA ...
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Share HD between laptop and Panasonic TV

I have a 1TB Western Digital USB external hard drive, which I originally wanted to use solely with my Panasonic Viera TV for recording missed programs, etc. This setup was fully functional, but I now ...
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How can I boot from an external USB HDD if it has 3 partitions, 2 of which should be bootable?

I'd like to use Clonezilla for backing up the C partitions of two separate laptops. My idea was to create two bootable FAT32 partitions on my external USB HDD (next to a main partition for other ...
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Did I bust my new hard drive? (Ultra DMA CRC Error Count)

I have a new 3TB hard drive (external | 3.5 In | SATA | NOT SSD) and was transferring from old disk to new, across a network when my system BSODed referring to a tcpip.sys fault. When I rebooted, the ...
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Any software can protect external hard drive from being browsed and copied?

Is there any windows software with media player that can protect media data on container level encryption? In other words, users who plugged this HD to a computer with any OS will not be able to copy ...
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booting into a virtual machine from a linux installed on external hard drive

I am running windows 8 and have a linux Ubuntu 12.04 installed on an external hard drive, can I install a virtual machine on windows and run the linux system installed on my external HD?
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Is an external hard drive considered a USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install Windows 7 from an external hard drive? I have a StoreJet 25M3 (USB 3.0) external hard drive. Does Windows recognize it as a USB flash drive? I ask ...
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Copy/Cloning A Windows Installation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? What I have: 1 Laptop w/ vista and failing hard-drive. (only 1 drive bay) 1 Brand new ...
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Seagate External USB 3.0 HDD doesn't register when connected?

I've got a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive that I use for backups. I previously had issues with USB ports not supplying sufficient power to the drive, but that was ...
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Accessing a Macbook Pro in Target Disk mode over Thunderbolt from Windows

I have a MacBook Pro late 2011 with Thunderbolt booted into Target Disk Mode, as well as a Gigabyte motherboard model number GA-Z77X-UP4 TH running Windows 7. The MBP has two internal disks formatted ...
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Installing XP via external Hard drive

I'm having a few problems trying to install Windows XP via an external hard drive. I've formatted the hard drive to NTFS, pasted all the files from the XP CD to the Hard Drive and then tried to boot ...
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SSD Drive - external vs Internal [closed]

I have 2 computers, a faster iMac at work (i5) and an old macbook (C2DUO 2.0Ghz) at home. The macbook at home has a SSD drive in it, I upgraded it and it's performance is really great. Now I was ...
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Segate NTFS hard disk on Mountain Lion

I have Segate external hard disk which can hold upto 1 TB data. I was able to use this hard disk on my Mac laptop even after upgrading to Mountain Lion. However since last 2 weeks I am not able to ...
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Why does my USB hard drive stop reponding occasionally?

I have two Western Digital 1TB external USB 2.0 hard drives. These drives are connected to a server running Windows XP. I stream video files from both drives on this server to a variety of settop ...
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Checking files on an external drive to whole computer for duplicates

I'm looking to use an external drive for a new purpose and want to see which, if any, files on it are not already on my main pc. I've seen comparison programs that can compare folders or one drive to ...
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Powering multiple external 12v devices (HDDs and Media player)

I have two x 2TB external HDD drives with their individual 12 external power adapters and their usb outputs connected to a media player, which also has a 12 v external power adapter. What I'd like to ...
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How can I get my data off the hard drive that won't power on?

I have a Westell 160gb external that will no longer power on, how can I get my data off the hard drive? Is it possible?
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How to partion external HD on Ubuntu without erasing

I have an external HDD ADATA, 640GB. I want Partitioning into two parts. The OS I am using is Ubuntu .
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First the hard drive then the PC bombes out

I am not sure what has happened! I went on holiday and left with nothing wrong. I came back, started work and overnight the external hard drive packs up! Of course I had every intention of backing it ...
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Cannot format external drive as it could not be detected

I have an external HDD. Suddenly, I got the message to format the harddisk in order to use it. I clicked on format. I accidently aborted the format as it was taking hell lot of time. Now that I plug ...
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Store Thunderbird emails in external hard drive (Ethernet) and let client machine read from there

Is it possible to do that? I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Alternatively, could I install Thunderbird in that drive so as the emails be considered as "local" files, and then let each machine lunch its ...
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External 1TB HDD Is “Stuck” in RAW Format

I have spent the past few weeks trying to resolve this problem and all attempts thus far have proved fruitless. I have attempted all of the commonly-suggested things to do which include: Formatting ...
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Unable to deleting damaged files on external drive as root

I have an encrypted, external hard drive that I use for backups. The backups are hardlinks to simulate incremental backups (using rsync). I am using Debian stable. Apparently some of the files are ...
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How do I securely format a Buffalo NAS wirelessly?

I have a Link Station Duo NAS which is attached to a router, how do I securely erase the information on it? File Shredder and Kill disk require it to be attached to my computer which it isn't. I also ...
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External Hard drive not accessible [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover harddrive data I've got a WD 500GB external hard drive. I've been using it for over a year now but suddenly ran into this problem where neither Windows 7, nor ...
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How to partition an external hard drive?

I have an external hard drive, and I want to make it into some separate partitions. I tried to do that using my Windows 7, but can't find how.
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Unable to open WD external hard drive

I have a 500 GB WD external drive with 3 partitions on it. When I run a disk check, the computer shuts down. After that, I can't access the single partition I have important data on. When I try to ...
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Turn off write cache on all USB External Drives (Debian / Ubuntu / Linux)

How do you turn off write cache permanently for external USB drives in Linux (I'm using Ubuntu)? I've tried: Command line method : hdparm -W0 /dev/sdb <---- that works but only for the current ...
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Which direction should I transfer my files? USB 2.0 to 3.0 or vise-versa?

I have a USB 2.0 enclosure and a USB 3.0 enclosure. I want to transfer large files from one to the other very often. Should I put the source drive in the 3.0, or the 2.0? Theoretically, IF each ...
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External hard-drive inaccessible for PC

I have a Seagate HD 250GB (external USB, GoFlex). It is about year old wasn't used often. I can't see or access this disk after I connect it to my Windows 7 PC. I also tried other PCs with no luck. ...
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I cannot see my usb hard drive on Fedora 17

I plug the hard drive to the computer but it cannot be recognize on the machine. What could I do to mount it automatically. I am running fedora 17 and my hard drive is ntfs.
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What makes a Partition Table valid?

QUESTION: What makes a Partition Table recognizable and valid to an operating system? (Linux specifically) ? Optional Background Info: I thought there was some sort of "signature" that defines a ...
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How do I prevent Windows from randomly spinning up a (green) USB harddrive?

Even if the powersaving feature of Windows is set to never shut down my harddrive, my external USB harddrives will still spin themselves down automatically after some period of inactivity. The problem ...
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Do i need to connect both usb cables?

I have a transcend 1 TB external drive (usb 2); It has two usb cables but also works if i connect the thicker one. Do i need to connect both for it to work properly or prevent damage or something?
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EFI System Partition and unallocated space?

I just got a 3 TB external hard drive (I didn't look closely enough and ended up buying one for Mac but I run Windows 7) and it came with a bunch of software I don't particularly want. I want to ...
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Dual boot drive via USB3, is it a good idea?

I would like to have a dual-boot laptop, but there is not enough space on my internal hard drive. In terms of performance, is it possible and a good idea to have an external system installed on an ...
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How to trigger a script when unmounting a hard drive or restarting?

I've recently installed NTFS-3G through Homebrew in order to access NTFS drives from OSX. There's a slight problem with it: after unmounting the drive, if you take a look at /Volumes/, you can still ...
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External hard drive to work with Windows, OSX & Linux?

I have an 1 TB external hard drive and I'm going to use it with OSX, Windows XP/7 and Ubuntu, mostly for backup. I'm thinking of creating a bigger FAT32 partition to exchange files between the OS's ...
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What would happen if only one of the Y-Cable USB connectors is connected?

I own an external HDD and it is shipped with a USB 3 Y-Cable pictured below. I know that the auxiliary branch is to provide sufficient power for the device to work properly. My question is what ...
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Configure western digital essential 3TB to work with boxee box

I have a new western digital "my book elements" 3TB external harddrive. When I plug it in via USB to my boxee box it is not recognized. Based on feedback from boxee forums I have tried: GPT ...
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Backup data from a faulty external hard disk

I'm using a 1TB USB 3.0 HDD from Western Digital. Since last month, the hdd has been so slow that it takes almost 30 minutes for my laptop to recognize the device! Opening a folder is a 10 minute ...
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How to reach files in a previously windows installed hdd

Here is the situation: My friend's windows 8 installed computer screwed up and we want to recover the data (hdd is working properly) We took the hdd and connected it to another windows 8 installed ...
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External drive corrupted or inaccessible in Windows XP, but works on Linux

Today I connected my Western Digital 1 TB HDD to my Windows XP system and discovered that in Explorer, its name was changed from My Passport to Local Disk K which shows 0 KB and is inaccessible. ...
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Can I find out when a hard disk was connected to a Windows system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to find out WHEN a usb disk was removed? Recently someone stole my external hard drive. I suspect a friend of mine might have done that – I have access to his ...
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Western Digitial My Book: Can't access the data on the drive

My girlfriend has this external hard drive by Western Digital called a My Book. When the external drive is connected, it does not show it as an accessible disk drive on the computer. However, it ...
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Ubuntu says 993GB, Windows says 930GB. Which one to beleive?

I recently purchased an external Hard Drive with 1TB if storage capacity. The only problem here is when I'm in Windows 7, it shows that it has 930GB available but on Ubuntu it's 993GB. The HDD is ...