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Will external SSD (via USB 3.0) be faster than HDD when it's running a VMWare?

I have read on this site than an external SSD will be faster than an external HDD (in my case I am using USB 3.0). It has been said that the SSD will be particularly faster when accessing many small ...
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Why is my external HDD mounting an extra SCSI storage device after BIOS flash on laptop?

I just flashed a HP Laptop BIOS to a client's laptop, stupidly, with an External HDD plugged into a USB slot on the laptop. That was dumb, I know. But I didn't realize it until it had finished. I ...
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How can I connect an external hard drive to a Windows 95 computer?

I have an old Windows 95 computer at home. It's a Dell Dimension XPS D266. I've decided to get rid of it, but first I want to get all of the data off of it. It has a 16 GB hard drive, and I have a new ...
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Hard drive checking by using of dd and md5sum tools

I bought new external USB 3.0 hard drive WD Elements 2 TB and decided to check it by using dd, head and md5sum tools. First I zeroed all hard drive: root@yurko-laptop:/home/yurko-laptop# dd ...
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Why is Windows 7 showing my Toshiba dwc130 3 TB external hard drive as full when there is only about 300 GB being used?

No errors other than it's showing full. I emptied the recycle bin and that freed up 512 KB. It's ExFat formatted. Disk Manager says it's healthy, error-checking scan says: No problems were found... ...
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How to Replicate External Harddrive to Google Drive

I've recently had a scare (near failure) with an external harddrive which I store all my data on. Although I do backup to another external harddrive, I would like to backup to Google Drive. I don't ...
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How to fully clean hard disk before further use?

Is it possible to completely erase a corrupted internal Hard Drive and then use it as an external HD for extra storage with a HD enclosure case? Or would I face problems with it as an external? Any ...
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2 TB hard disk extremely slow/stuck if used through a USB docking station, works perfectly with SATA or e-SATA

I have a 2 TB hard disk which I'm sure works fine. I have bought a hard disk docking station which should support disks up to 4 TB. This dock can use either USB 3.0 or e-SATA. Using the HD with e-SATA ...
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USB 3.0 hard drive in usb 3 port only recognized as usb 2

Today, I bought a Sabrent CP-4PTU USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller. I installed the latest software from the website, and after a reboot, I plugged in a USB 3.0 hard drive into the controller, and the ...
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TrueCrypt Failing to Decrypt External Hard Drive after changing Enclosures

I have a 4TB external hard drive that was previously encrypted using TrueCrypt. The power source on the hard drive enclosure failed, so I had to switch the hard drive itself into a new enclosure. I ...
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My 3TB seagate external hard drive fell of my 12" high pc onto wooden flooring and now has stopped working, is there anyway to fix it?

Every time I plug it in it sounds like it is starting up but then it sounds like it power downs after 5 seconds or so. The weird thing is that as soon as it fell to the ground I immediately checked ...
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive can't be found on my computer

I'm trying to recover/troubleshoot my external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus), for some reason it had just stop working. I'm on OSX and trying to troubleshoot it using my Windows XP running on ...
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Can I transfer data from an old Dell laptop to an external hard drive and then be able to transfer it to a new Apple laptop

My daughter has a new Apple laptop. Her old laptop is an older Dell Inspiron. It runs Windows XP. The Dell has pictures and videos of her son (my grandson), we want to transfer to an external hard ...
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Files suddenly disappear (and reappear) on a NTFS USB drive used with Linux?

I recently bought a portable 1TB external USB drive which I intend to use mostly with my Ubuntu laptop, but I would like to be able to use it with other OS as well. It came formated as NTFS, and that ...
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External hard drive shows partly full although there are no files on it

I want to reformat an external hard drive and for this purpose I saved all files I had on it onto my internal hard drive. But although I deleted all files from the hard drive, in the explorer it ...
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WD MyPassport copy speed drops to 0

If i try to copy some large files (say around 400MB), it starts to copy, showing speeds around 33MB/sec, then after 5-6 seconds speed drops to 0Mb/sec and later copy error appears. If I copy small ...
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External hard drive permission issue

I am using an old external hard drive with Windows on it. I am trying to access C:\Users\MyUserName, but I receive a pop up for permission. After I press "Continue" it starts loading and just hangs ...
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How to turn on bitlocker on 4 TB USB HDD?

When trying to turn on Bitlocker on an external 4 TB USB HDD using Windows 7, there's error A device attached to the system is not functioning. in a rather unhelpful dialog, as shown below: Now ...
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HDD Bad sectors Regeneration

I've been trying for few days to figure this out and eventually I need some help. All suggestion gathered by the software are like 'get new hard drive'. My 2nd HDD got some troubles runing normaly and ...
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Windows 8 - Using External HDD as Storage Drive?

I wanted to know some opinions on a setup like this: Have 2 External Hard Drives (1TB each) - I'll call them HDD1 and HDD2. I would set most of my folders where I keep data (My Documents, My ...
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How to disable EFS on external hard drive?

I'm trying to transfer old files from my old PC to my new PC via external hard drive. When I try to copy it, the encryption stays. I can't manually turn them off because they're a lot of folders and ...
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Hard drive spinning down/up while playing music

I'm playing music from my hard drive and at routine intervals it stops playback and waits for my drive to spin up again (takes about 2-5 seconds). Is there a way to fix or avoid this? It's a Buffalo ...
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BitLocker “Encryption in progress” dialog after reboot - what did I do wrong?

Yesterday, I connected an empty external hard drive to my laptop and then enabled BitLocker encryption for that drive via the control panel (this is Windows 8.1). Everything seemed to work properly, ...
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External hard drive won't format due to “read-only” files

I have an external hard drive that has all of my media and files on it. It normally boots right up, but for some reason it's been having trouble. I normally use it on 2 computers, one with windows ...
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Zalman drive enclosure does not start up (example case ZM-VE400)

Your Zalman ZM-VE400 (or potentially other similar drive enclosure?) from the manufacturer shows the model name when plugged in but never arrives in the menu despite pressing buttons on the keypad. ...
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How to force Finder to refresh external drive? OS X

I use an external hard drive for Time Machine backups. Recently, I moved it to a USB hub (so that I don't have as many cables to deal with). This has slowed down the speed which I can read/write to ...
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Recover Mypassport from misapplied permissions

I have a good working 2TB Mypassport. This morning I was trying to set it up as a shared drive through the network, and haven't yet had a cup of coffee I went to Permissions (instead of Sharing), I ...
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External drive in constant use the moment a track from it is added to iTunes

Adding tracks to my manually managed itunes library takes ages. I've noticed that the drive goes into a "constantly-in-use" mode (from the blinking led and spinning noise) the moment I drag a track ...
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How to format/recover data from external SATA hard disk of notebook? [duplicate]

Recently I was bought a lenovo notebook. but due to motherboard issue It not started. I removed SATA hard disk from there and try to format and recover data but It not working in other machines.. ...
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Copying files: Do any of the mainstream operating systems (excluding e.g. Linux with ZFS) hash files when moving them?

What I tend to do to go about making sure I don't lose my data is I pick and choose what files I want to keep, and once I have my large (in bytes, not in heft) external hard disk attached (usually ...
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Seagate Expansion external drive not recognised in Windows 8.1

Can someone PLEASE tell me why my Seagate Expansion external hard-drive is NOT recognised in Windows 8.1? It worked perfectly on my other Win 7 Pro laptop, I just bought a new laptop with Win 8.1,and ...
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Dell Latitude E5430 with PR03X Dock not recoginizing ext HD through eSATA port

I have a Samsung HD103SIf TB drive that originally came in an ext usb caddy. I used it with an older Dell Laptop running Windows XP. It worked fine until one day it would not power on. I pulled the ...
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Grub doesn't see external drive (Intel mac)

I have an Intel Mac (MacMini) and an external usb-drive. On the internal drive, I have a partition with an OSX install, and one with Ubuntu+Grub2. On the external drive, I have a copy of my complete ...
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Converted External 3TB WD Mybook Essential to an internal drive, but it's not visible in disk management

My external hard-drive (WD MyBook Essential) stopped working a couple months ago (via USB) so I decided to take it apart and try to make it an internal drive. At first the drive was visible... I ...
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How do I recover my missing files [duplicate]

I have a Windows 7 computer that I put iTunes on. I have an external hard drive. I had iTunes organize my music in the external hard drive into a different directory. I now find that all my mp3's ...
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Can't 'see' contents of USB hard drive in Max OSX 10.9.2

I used this external hard drive with my Mac before. Last time there was a sudden Mac automatic restart (kernel panic?) while this hard drive was connected (usb) to my mac and after that I am unable to ...
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Installing OS from external hard drive without formatting it

I've a 1 terabyte WD external hard drive and there are images of Linux OS on it, is there any way to boot them from this external drive without formatting all 1 terabyte space?(there are many file ...
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USB drive stop working while is in use

First of all i'm sorry for my english. I post here because i've searched a long time in google and i've not found anything useful. I've seen some post on this forum too but all are too old or don't ...
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External HDD seems okay, but is not recognized

I know this is a question that gets asked often, but I didn't find any info on my specific situation, so please bear with me. My friends asked me to take a look at an external USB HDD that they can't ...
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Best practices for copying large amounts of files

I got a new 2TB WD Ultra External HDD and want to transfer all files from my 3 year old external hard disk to the new one. Does it really matter if I select all and copy and paste once, or should I ...
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SATA external hdd is detected as a removable drive and asks “please insert a disk”

I have external SATA hdd of Samsung 200GB. When i try to connect it to my PC, it's being recognized as a removable Disk and when I click on it, a message of "Please insert a disk to the drive" pops. ...
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Connect Seagate expansion external hard drive via Router

Recently I have brought Seagate expansion 2TB. I have desktop as well as laptop. How can I access the Seagate expansion on both the machines or one of machine, without changing the location of hard ...
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WD My Book Essentials- Can only copy files from command prompt very slow

I have an External WD My Book Essential 3tb that I was running a windows check disk with both options checked (fix file system errors, attempt recovery of bad sectors) during the process the check ...
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How can I efficiently transfer a large file using a smaller external disk?

I need to transfer a large (multi-terabyte) file from one Linux computer to another. I have a 1TB external SSD drive that seems like it's the fastest way in terms of bandwidth. My best guess right now ...
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Need a new hard disk case for my hard disk but not sure what I should have

A long, long time ago I bought an external hard disk. It worked fine, but now I have difficulty getting the thing powered up. When it started acting up, I opened the case, and saw this: The thing ...
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Changing deleted partition back to NTFS without having to recover to another drive

Recently, I accidentally deleted a partition off of my external hard disk. I had a copy of Minitool Power Data Recovery left over when the same drive had become RAW about a year ago. When I selected ...
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USB 3.0 backward compatible external HDD in VirtualBox

I have Xubuntu 14.04 32-bit installed as a guest in VirtualBox 4.3.12, hosted on a MacBook Air running Mavericks. I can acccess two external USB non-NTFS drives in Xubuntu after ejecting them when ...
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Hard drive no longer works in Windows works fine in Linux

I have a Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB hard drive which was installed in an external drive enclosure. The enclosure held two hard drives. The other is another WD 500GB. The 1TB drive was used as ...
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Unable to create disk image using disk utility (Input/output error)

I want to create a disk image of source 100.03 GB Ext Hard Disk Media on destination 5TB Lacie ST5000DX000-1H2170 there is greater than 1TB remaining on the destination disk. The Disk Utility progress ...
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Device for easy hard disk imaging

I am looking for a device of which I don't know how it should be called. The current situation is that we provide computer services and often have to take disk images of hard disks before doing ...