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external usb (backup) hard drive: is power down or sleep more harmful

I have an external usb hard drive on which I clone my mac's hard drive. I have it on a clock timer. It turns on about 30 min. before the backup process starts and turns off roughly 30 min. after the ...
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What is the Difference Between WD My Passport Esssentials and WD My Passport Ultra

I'm planning to buy a 2TB WD My passport but then, I'm curious what is the difference between the WD My Passport Essentials and Ultra? I already have a 1TB WD My Passport Essentials which I bought few ...
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Linux installed on external HDD won't boot

I installed Arch Linux on the second partition of my external hard drive and marked the partition as bootable in GParted, however it won't boot even if I select it from my BIOS' Boot Menu (it says ...
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How to index all files on mulitple external hard disks and able to search while all HDs are offline?

I have multiple 2TB external hard disks. I need a way to keep a catalog of contents on all of them and be able to search without connecting all the hard disks. Kinda of like Google Desktop but I ...
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Where is “WD SmartWare” stored on the drive?

My Western Digital external harddrive came with a (so-far useless) extra chunk of information (named WD Smartware) that mounts itself every time I plug in the external harddrive. I assumed it was ...
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Hard Drive Failure? Cannot run CHKDSK. Recovery?

I have WD My Book Essential 3TB external drive for more than 2 years now. It worked fine until about a month ago when it stopped being recognized. After extensive googling, I ran chkdsk /r on it and ...
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Do hard disk drives turn on 512e (512byte emulation of 4k sectors) as-needed depending on host controller?

I have a 4 TB hard disk that has 4k physical sector size (Advanced Format) and I attached it to two SATA host controllers (one internal and one in a USB enclosure). On the (older, about 2010) it comes ...
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Where do I find the “send to” Compressed (Zipped) folder

I am trying to compress a Zip archive to an external hard drive on my PC. Space is limited on the system so I can't compress it locally. I have access to WinZip but can't download or install any ...
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What's the best and 'fastest' way to secure data on an external HDD?

I have a transcend 1 TB HDD that has some sensitive data in it. I want no one to be able to access that drive. I know that there's an option to encrypt the whole drive but I think it will be ...
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Can't see external hard drive formatted by linux, inside windows

I formatted a usb external hard drive in linux with ext4 format. In windows 7, I deleted all these partitions using disk management. Windows doesn't display the drive when I connect it. How do I ...
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Synching 4 external hard drive to Desktop with Vista 64 and Laptop with Win7 64

I have to reformat my SSD in my Vista Desktop. I backed it up 9 months ago but the external drives were fresh. Now I need to re-backup my documents, photos etc. What is the best way without going ...
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Is it safe to remove USB media when a computer is suspended?

We are often cautioned against unplugging USB drives in case it is currently being read from or written to. When a computer is suspended, hibernated, or asleep is it obviously not writing any data; it ...
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Why is deleting a file faster than copying?

Why it takes more time, say 10 minutes when copying a file But It takes very less time when deleting the same file, it would take 10-20 seconds.
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unable to view the contents or rename a partition

On 2TB HDD, I had about 500GB unallocated space which was not available on PC. Recently, I connected this HDD through the router USB port as external drive and the partition became available. I ...
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iTunes: How to have the same library on two external harddisks?

I have my iTunes library on an external hard disk at home. I'd like to listen to my music also at work. For this I have another external hard disk at work. Is there a way to have the same iTunes ...
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cannot safely remove external hard drive

I am facing a similar situation with this here,the only 2 differences being that I am facing the problem with an external HDD and in win7. I tried this solution here-using Sysinternals Process ...
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Mounting 2-bay HDD docking station with 4TB * 2 on FreeBSD 10 or 9.2

I am using an 2-bay HDD docking station. when I attached 4TB(WD Green) and 128GB(Samsung SSD) in the dock, the two devices are working as well. but if I attached two same 4TB HDD(WD Green), only one ...
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Windows 8 - Compress Drive did not continue after cancel/reboot

I checked the "Compress Drive" option on an external drive (1TB) on Windows 8. After clicking OK, the OS started to compress the files folder by folder on the drive. As it took too long, I shutdown ...
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Lose external space on external HD

I accidentally restored windows image into one drive of my external hard disk using Ghost 1.5 CD. Now that one drive of my external hdd is full, all of the window files and the free space size and ...
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Are hard drive disks airtight?

I would like to take out an external 2.5" hard-drive (Toshiba MK2555GSXF 250GB SATA) out of its external case (Icy Box IB-AC603A-U3 Adaptor) and place it onto a laptop cooling pad (Zalman ZM-NC1000). ...
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How to full recover from a external hard drive with a password?

When I tried to recover using Acronis True Image it didn't work and I think I know why. The external hard drive the backups are on doesn't mount until the user enters a password. How do I get around ...
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What is the difference in writing data to an external HDD compared to a USB flash drive? [closed]

I have a Humax satellite receiver with the ability to record programmes (with an external storage connected via a USB slot). What was surprising when I read the manual is it said that only USB hard ...
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Automounting External USB 3.0 HDD on Ubuntu

I have an external 1TB USB 3.0 HDD (NTSF formatted) and a laptop with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0. My laptop runs Ubuntu 13.10 with XFCE. For a few weeks, I have used my HDD and it was always ...
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How to automatically sync external drive to cloud storage? [closed]

Im looking for a cloud storage service that will allow me to store my computer files (Macbook) as well as everything in my external hard drive. I prefer for the files to be adding automatically ...
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Not able to see my hard drive in windows explorer?

but when i go to computer management and open the external hard drive(drive H) it opens from there
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WD (Western Digital) Mybook appears and disappears

Don't know but maybe it's an odd problem, Using windows 8, didn't have critical errors, sometime I got the blue screen on Win8, after restarting it didn't show my WD MyBook 2TB USB3 external drive, I ...
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Automount usb drives and external hard drives with custom permissions

When I insert a usb drive or an external usb hard drive, how would I have them automatically mounted with specified permissions? I prefer to use the options "rw, user, exec" I am using IceWM so this ...
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Can't recognize 4TB GPT HDD in Windows Explorer

OS: Windows 8 HDD: 4TB WD Green plugged in to a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk PC: Awesome home rig to Acer Aspire U all-in-one. So this is a pretty weird problem. The drive worked perfectly fine on ...
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Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it

I am Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it. I tested this with process explorer and it says there is a handle to F: being used by the explorer.exe. I restarted ...
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USB 3.0 ports don't recognize USB 3.0 devices

I have recently bough a new PC. Now that everything is put together and installed I am facing only ONE problem. I own an Adata Nobility NH13 External HDD which is USB 3.0. When I plug it into any ...
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Mirroring In External Hard Drive

I've recently bought a Seagate Expansion external hard drive (STBV2000200). Searched the Internet but it's still unclear to me how it actually works. Does it have two internal 1TB drives ? ...
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Write Errors while cloning my external HDD with HDClone 4.3 on Win7

Yesterday I bought a new external HDD Western Digital 2.5" My Passport Ultra 2000GB, and I want to clone my old external 1TB hard drive on this new one. I decided to use HDClone 4.3, everything was ok ...
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Front panel usb3 not recognizing usb3 hdd

The problem is the following... My PCs front USB 3.0 ports (which are connected to the usb3.0 internal headers) do not work with my USB3.0 External HDD... If I plug it in via a USB 2.0 cable it works ...
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Mount and dismount hard drive through a script/software

is there a way to mount and dismount a connected harddrive through a script or a simple utility software in Windows 8.1? Basically, I have a hard drive in the ultrabay slot of my ThinkPad (instead of ...
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USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting

I'm running Debian 7.2 on an old late 2006 Macbook Pro. I've got two 4 TB Seagate Backup Plus hard drives connected to it that I've got in a mirrored ZFS pool. Recently one of the drives died, and I ...
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How to search in unconnected external hard drive?

I have three harddisks. 1. Laptop harddisk ( 720gb ) 2. Two External harddisk ( 1TB each ) These two external hard disk mainly contain movies, songs, games etc. Now, the point is I can't remember ...
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Desktop (3.5“) vs Portable (2.5”) external hard drives, which one is more reliable?

For someone who seeks an external hard drive as reliable as possible, where size is not an issue and cloud backup is not an option: would a desktop external hard drive be less fallible than a portable ...
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Restoring Win7 from System Image. Will external HDD be affected?

I want to restore windows 7 using a system image I created a while back. The image is located on my external HDD and my question is will the contents of my external HDD be deleted or the drive ...
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What type of power cord do I need for my external hard drive?

I have an external hard drive and I've lost all of its cords. I'm not sure what I should get. I don't want to get the wrong voltage and ruin it. This is the drive (but mine is 1TB, I think, don't ...
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Windows programs hang when external hard drive wakes up

My 1-TB Western Digital external hard drive keeps waking up randomly. This leads to several parts of Windows to hang e.g. the flash plugin in Firefox or the Windows Explorer while browsing files on ...
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Recover Hard Drive Accidentally reformatted from NTFS to Ext4

So me and my friend were installing Arch Linux on my external hard drive. My external hard drive had no data on it, ready to roll. My friend had partitioned my external hard drive (I am positive that ...
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installing an image of a VM on an external hard drive for dual boot

I'm working on a virtual machine (Linux Mint on VirtualBox, with Win7 as host), but for better performances I'm thinking about installing Linux directly on an external eSATA and dual-boot. Is it ...
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Portable HD transfer speed decelerates to 0 KB

I have a western digital 2 TB portable HD. My laptop is running windows 8.1. I'm having trouble transferring files from on to the other. On occassion transferring files works fine but sometimes I see ...
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Is my data gone after unplugging my external hard drive while formatting with TrueCrypt?

I unplugged my external hard drive while it was being formatted 30 seconds in, using TrueCrypt's Volume Creation Wizard. I unplugged the external while it was actively being formatted because I ...
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eSATA enclosure powers down SATA HDD after 5 minutes

I bought a new Delock 3.5″ External Enclosure SATA HDD to USB 2.0 / eSATA for some backup SATA HDD drives that I keep around and everything works just fine, except that if I leave the drive to idle ...
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WD My Passport Reformat

My WD has run out of space. I have deleted all the files on it, but doing this did not free up space; it is still at capacity. Thus, I was thinking reformatting the drive might purge all the old ...
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Why would re-formatting an external disk drive stop random drive disconnects in OSX Mavericks?

My old MacBook Pro Retina was over heating, so after a long story omitted, I got a new MBP Retina with Mavericks pre-installed, and my Seagate Thunderbolt(TB)/USB3 drive started unmounting and ...
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Installation of scientific linux on external storage [duplicate]

I would like to install scientific Linux on my laptop. But, before that I used the live USB to know if I would like it. Now, I would like to install SL (but not on the hard drive of my laptop) on a ...
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Is system drive involved when transferring files between external sources?

I often transfer files from my external HDD to my USB flash drive. Sometimes I use my computer which has the OS in the SSD and sometimes the other computer with the OS in HDD. Are these file ...
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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 ...