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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Installing Windows 8.1 from external hdd - enters to loop

I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 from external hdd using this: http://www.intowindows.com/install-windows-8-from-external-hard-drive/ but after that step: it does restart and then go again to the ...
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Windows 7 won't launch after updates - I just want to save the files

I have Windows 7 64-bit and I did a lot of updates after I didn't do for a long time. And now Windows won't start, it's stuck in the colurful swinging logo and restart again. It suggest doing a REPAIR ...
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Does an external hard drive draw more current writing or deleting files?

I have an external hard drive that is powered off of the usb connection to my Raspberry Pi. I use it for Time Machine back ups so it is almost always writing data to the external hard drive. However, ...
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Cannot find WD partitions although Disk Utility see them

I have an external harddrive Western Digital that is locked wioth a password using their built in solution "WD unlocker". I put in my macbook, enter the correct password. But then no disks show up. I ...
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Default internal hard drive settings on a Macbook pro

I have two questions about what the default settings on a 2009 Macbook pro internal hard drive are (when you first purchase a new one): 1) Format: Is the default hard drive format when you first ...
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Make another folder my desktop on Mac

I will be buying a new iMac soon but the price to upgrade the storage is horrendous. I started researching and figured out that I could simply buy an external SSD and then store everything onto that. ...
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How to format external drive? Can create new volume but format stuck at 0%

So I'm hoping the drive isn't dead. The drive is a WD My Passport and was given to me to fix. When I plug it in I can hear the drive spinning and the light blink. At first the drive would freeze up ...
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S.M.A.R.T reads 'Caution' on external hard drive but no bad sectors were found

I have a 3TB Western Digital My Book that I use to store all of my media. I have had it for almost 3 years and have only moved it a handful of times, and because the drive is only accessed on ...
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OS X - copy files issue - Resource busy

Calling all OS X experts. I copied two 1Tb drives (ex-Windows) onto a new 2Tb USB 3.0 drive using Finder on the Mac (OS X 10.9). The 2Tb drive is now about 90% full. I now want to duplicate that ...
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Hard drive working on TV but not on computer(s)

I have Seagate external powered 1TB hard drive. Its around 5 years old. Around 1 year before I brought Samsung LED TV which supports USB drives to watch media content. After that I use to switch that ...
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Western Digital MyCloud EX2 can't see USB drives

I have a new WD EX2 with 8TB of storage. The device and storage are working fine. I'm using the device's built in management site under http://wdmycloudex2.local/ and I should be able to plug in a USB ...
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Using a Mac harddrive on a PC

I ordered a portable harddrive, a Western Digital USB3 500GB, to be exact. Upon receiving it, I realized that I had accidentally ordered one "For Mac". While the intention is to use this on a PC as a ...
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Troubleshoot creating a system image to external hard drive

Need some help with a complex issue. I recently purchased a ASUS laptop and swapped out the original HD with an SDD. Everything is updated, and all drivers loaded. I then took the original HD and ...
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Getting Rid of Software Records for Software installed on an external disk?

So I'm cleaning out an old computer, and several of the programs it thinks it has were actually installed on an old drive, that's now gone. For some of them, it prompts to get rid of them because it ...
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external hard drive not available once in a while, needs to restart

I have a 3tb WD external drive, that once in a while (1 time a week), I get the error "An error has occured. The destination you have specified does not exist". I have to restart the pc, and then it ...
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Safely connecting and disconnecting internal drive externally

I just bought an IDE/SATA-to-USB2 cabling system (not an enclosure) which supplies power from an external AC adapter. I intend to use it to finally image all the stray IDE hard drives I have so I can ...
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Will a 4TB external hard drive work on Windows XP?

I'm still on XP, and was wondering will a new external hard drive still work on XP? I heard XP can only handle up to 2 TB.
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Windows 8.1 in PC cannot access one partition in my external HDD (win XP) [duplicate]

I have exactly the same issue as Windows cannot access my external harddisk partition not responding does it make a difference if the PC system is windows 8.1 and the previous (external HDD) was on ...
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How to use testdisk on external hard drive that freezes whenever connected?

I've been trying to recover files from my WD external hard drive, and nothing has worked so far. I've heard of testdisk but I can't use it because as soon as I connect my external, it freezes the PC. ...
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Internal hard drive connected by usb no longer displays in Disk Management. How to get the drive to show without deleting it's data?

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RORMF6 3TB internal hard drive to back-up data across multiple computers. When I connected the sata cable to USB, the hard-drive did not ...
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How to recover files on dead WD 1TB External Hard Drive? [closed]

I accept defeat. This piece of crap is dead. Is there anyway to recover the files on it? Stupid me for never backing up on cloud, DVD's, etc. Please I need those files. :(
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WD 1TB External Hard Drive keeps freezing

My WD External Hard drive started messing up yesterday when it would lag my PC and then altogether just freeze my PC. Every time it's connected, it freezes. And then when I unplug, the PC starts ...
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Does the Raspberry Pi 2 put USB external drives to sleep when not in use for a while?

I recently got a LaCie 2TB Thunderbolt bus-powered USB external rugged drive. I am using it with the Raspberry Pi 2 and it works fine. It's being used as a remote backup via rsync. However, I am use ...
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Harddrive won't mount in windows 7

I've got an external hard drive, that doesn't seem to want to mount in Windows 7. The drive was working but unfortunately Windows froze (I even got a windows has stopped responding - do you want to ...
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Windows didn't recognize my External HDD properly, should I replace it?

Some details: External HDD: WD Elements Portable 1TB OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, SP1 The External HDD was working fine except sometimes when I eject it, windows says the device is in use. the ...
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Mapping network drive from a shared external HDD

I am using Windows 7 OS. I have recently changed my Linksys smart router to an Asus RT-AC87U. The router has an external HDD connected to it that serves as a file server and can be accessed from the ...
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Changing Connectivity of Windows Storage Spaces Drives

I plan to have 2 identical SATA drives attached via SATA configured in a 2-way mirror Windows storage space created in Windows 8.1 or later. If I were to unplug those drives later, put them in a ...
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stops playing movies after only a couple mins [closed]

I've got a Toshiba 750gb external hard drive. I plug it into my tv and proceed to pick a movie. It will play the movie for a few mins and it stops. Sometimes it goes to the next movie, or the tv stays ...
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Software/Hardware RAID vs Windows Storage Spaces for DAS

I plan to upgrade my Intel RST Software RAID1 setup with 2 internal SATA drives to something more versatile: Drives need to be external (they have to reside in an enclosure connected to PC via eSATA ...
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how to connect internal hard disk to laptop via usb? [closed]

I have a seagate internal sata hard disk as well as an external sata hard disk.Can i connect the internal hard disk via the external hard disk USB cable ? this is the cable i have with me
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External USB hard drive and risk of internal condensation?

Apparently you can kill a USB hard drive by moving it from a cold to warm environment and powering it up. The killer being internal condensation. Q1: How real is the risk? What kind of temperatures ...
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Asus AC66R Wireless router won't recognized Western Digital My Passport external hard drive

I have an Asus AC66R Wireless router. It has 2 USB ports for sharing data on external hard drives. I have a Seagate Free Agent (1TB) external hard drive. The router detects it, and it works fine. I ...
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Fastest way to duplicate encrypted hard drives?

I used hard drive duplicator to do the sector-by-sector duplication of hard drives. I think it took about 5 hours. Pros: easy unattended, computer-free operation Cons: hard drive size ...
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Boot windows from moved internal to external HDD

I moved my internal hard disk which have windows 7 installation on it . I'm using it as an external hard disk now . I want to boot from it but when I try to do this I face the blue error screen which ...
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External HDD Disconnects and Reconnects repeatedly

Please note this is not a power issue, My A-DATA HD710's USB 3.0 connector (The socket inside the external HDD) has become loose (somehow, I don't know what happened), now the HDD keeps disconnecting ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 + AMD,purple screen when booting after install,stuck at initramdisk

I installed Ubuntu 15.04 on a Seagate expansion drive. I tried booting it up from my machine, but it hangs (and I waited over 30 mins, just to be sure). I tried using the drive from an Intel based ...
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6 year old Mac Hard Drive “date created” and “date modified” changed to 2 weeks ago

Edit: deleted because I made a mistake in providing the original situation / scenario. The "hard drive" dates were not changed ... I was mistakenly looking at the child "volume" "Alias" which always ...
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Linux - How to run programs on external media?

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 LiveCD and the full Ubuntu 14.04 install on a bootable USB hard drive. I have g++ installed on the hard drive, but I need to use the hard drive for sneakernet. Is there a way to ...
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Disassemble External HD for internal drives NAS Build Pro/Con

Poked around and I didn't see anythingthat could give me a definitive answer. I am using a Fractal Design Node 304 for a 4-6 Bay DIY Nas build. I want to fill with as much storage as possible, if ...
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DD command running for over 17 hours on external 1.5TB drive

I used dd with nohup to erase a 1.5TB disk and now I can't get feedback from the progress.. Since it's been more than 17 hours I am worried... I ran the command with the disk unmounted. The disk is ...
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image file on external HDD cannot be read and transferred to another drive - created using macrium reflect

I have created a image backup using macrium reflect - it succussfully completed. I can explore the windows partition. The file is on an external 1TB hard drive. The backup is 105GB in size. Contains ...
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Rsync-like automatic delta backup of a removable hard drive on windows

Well a lot of questions have been asked on the SE network about using rsync on Windows. But nothing seems to really do the trick so I'd like to expose the specific mechanism I need to setup. Lets say ...
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use desktop as hard drive enclosure

my aging desktop's motherboard sometimes doesn't boot up. I think one of the hard drives where the OS is is dying... I have 6 other drives hooked up to the motherboard. I was thinking about buying ...
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Booting OSX from External Drive

I'm trying to decide whether to replace an existing hard drive on an iMac 10,1 27inch. I'd much prefer to replace this drive with an external drive as I can get a tremendously bigger drive and the ...
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When you transfer files off a macbook hard drive to another device, is there a log/record of it?

If someone takes out a Macbook Pro hard drive with an enclosure to transfer files to another device …. is there any record/log of it (on the Mac hard drive that was taken out)? I'm talking just the ...
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External hard drive making noise; Can I eject drive during CHKDSK operation?

Whenever I connect external HDD to my laptop. It shows decryption error and suggest to run chkdsk /r. So this time I did so as per this suggestion. It's taking a lot of time. What happens if I eject ...
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Mount USB drive as local folder on Mac

I bought an external 1TB USB drive and I want to make my Google Drive use the USB drive instead of my external disk. The reason why I want to do this is because my Google Drive account is 1TB and my ...
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External hard drive stalled during transfer - Jarmund

I was transferring a .mp4 file when the transfer/drive stalled. When I plug the hard drive in to the PC it does not show in "my computer" or list a drive. How would I verify if the drive has failed, ...
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How can I check whether USB3.0 UASP mode is enabled in Linux?

I have a laptop running Ubuntu 15.04 (3.19.0-21-generic) and an external USB3.0 2.5" SATA HDD enclosure which claims that it supports UASP mode (this model by StarTech). I have no problems mounting ...
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Running Windows 7 through external USB hard drive on Windows 8 machine

We have just relocated from the US from the UK. In the UK my husband was using an HP computer with a 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive which says it is SATA with 64MB Cache and has the code WD10EARS on ...