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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Unable to boot Kali Linux from External Hard Drive, with Ubuntu

I have installed Kali Linux on an external hard drive. ON my laptop Ubuntu is installed. When I connect the external hard drive via USB cable and booted the laptop from external USB/hard drive. Kali ...
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Using External Harddisk as an internal desktop SATA Harddisk

I have a 2TB Western Digital MyBook Essential External Hard-disk. I wanted to use the Hard-disk as an internal hard-drive for my PC running Linux Mint. So, I dis-assembled it, and took out the SATA ...
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OSX (El Capitan) seems to break USB HDD's

Ive been reshuffling my backups and it seems I've broken two disks so far that mac doesn't even recognize them anymore. Today I started to move stuff from my 750 GB HDD to another HDD and the moving ...
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Having problems booting up and shutting down

I've had a custom-built PC since last year which has been giving me a lot of concerning problems while booting up or shutting down since last month. Here's a list of the main concerning issues: If ...
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external hard drive can not be fornatted

While I was formatting my external hard drive (this one: http://nl.transcend-info.com/Products/No-284), another program that was running caused a failure that aborted the formating. Since then, I have ...
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Pending sector count went down to zero without being reallocated?

A week ago I had a smartctl alert saying that the Current Pending Sector count went up to 1. The alert had repeated for 4 days, and stopped. I was expecting for the sector to become reallocated, but ...
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Prevent task manager from calculating disk usage with external drive included

I had installed an external hard drive onto my PC and task manager, in the processes tab where it shows disk usage, seems to be calculating both my internal hard drive and my external hard drive's ...
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Configure Centos external raid drive on restart

I am using Centos 7 with an external file server attached. After determining the drive name with "fdisk -l" I edited the /etc/fstab file so that the drive can be mounted: # Add the file server ...
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It it possible to corrupt external HDDs by cloning big git repositories?

I bought a Seagate Expansion 5TB external hard drive and I started cloning the git repositories I contributed to. There is a big git repository (~16GB, 1GB is just the .git directory): after cloning ...
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I need help to cancel my Hard drive partition

My hard drive is partitioned into two let say ( drive G and drive H) and I have files on both. I will like to cancel the partition and have the hard drive as one. Will I lose the documents or files ...
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Can a USB hub damage my external hard drives?

I have a self-powered 4-port USB hub. It's about as cheap as can be. I got it 5-6 years ago at the register of an office supplies store. I think it was $1 and it has no brand name. I use the hub to ...
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Connecting a Seagate 5T Backup Plus drive to a TP link 1750 router to use with a Mac El Capitan and a PC W8 or 10

Title says it all about my goal. I have already partitioned the Seagate to 2, 2 and 1 all in FAT though nothing is in stone so I can repartition. I did this because one forum said TP Link can't ...
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Can I move a hard disk platter to another hard drive?

My hard disk just started making a ticking sound, and then it stopped spinning. I checked the inside and saw that the r/w head is broken. Can I just move the platter to another hard drive or will it ...
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Using an external drive from Seagate with an HDD from Samsung

I have been running my external drive Seagate STBV20002004.5 for 2.5 years until it started showing read errors. I disassembled it and replaced the HDD with a Samsung HD501LJ (which, I am sure, is ...
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Is it possible to set Windows 10 to save memory dumps to an external drive?

I have a new but cheap and underpowered netbook which came with Windows 10 and has some issues I'm trying to sort out. This is hindered by the fact that the internal storage is quite small so every ...
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can an external 2TB USB HD be locked from admin but not need passwords for guests to reaad files?

Western Digital USB2 2TB drive that has an administrative cd (600MB) pre-built in the drive separate partition. Is there are way to use the administrators log in to: assign guest only privileges for ...
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Can I change folder icons permanently on external 2TB hard drive?

Any way to embed (or permanently change) folder icons (or folder thumbnail images) on file folders on an external hard drive so that the picture will be shown on all computers that access the drive ...
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Samba high external disk usage

I have a problem with my Samba file server. My computer (HP t5710 Thin Client, running Debian Jessie) is fitted with two HDDs - one is connected via IDE (small, 20GB drive, holds system), while ...
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how do i sync files to an external drive in windows 10?

okay, so I have a USB HDD that I use with my TV as a media drive, and I want to know if there is a way to; when I plug it into my laptop, automatically sync a specific folder on the pc to a specific ...
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Windows 7 randomly umounts and mounts external HDD

I have bought a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SATA 2.5'' enclosure to connect the HD extracted from my old laptop to the new one.I have tested it and succesfully used it for transfering files (for example a 17 ...
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Linux in external Hard Drive

I installed linux on a external hard drive but when the external hard drive is unplugged I cannot access windows(kind of grub appers, but grub is in the external hard drive), only if I put the ...
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how to erase sensitive data “permanently” if hd broken and cannot do full random overwrite?

I purchased a broken hard drive. I copied some of my movies on it. It is broken now. I want to send it back to the factory. I wanted to permanently delete all my files with "Sdelete" secure tool. ...
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Windows 10 not reporting RAID correctly

I just installed 4 x Western Digital Red 6TB NAS HDD's into a Vantec HX4R enclosure and set the RAID to 5. The JMicron HW Raid Manager Software that came with the enclosure shows all 4 Disks ...
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blue screen error upon external disk connection

In Windows 7 enterprise edition, When I connect my 1 TB external disk, famous blue screen error comes up and my computer restarts immediately. I want to fix my external hard disk. What is your ...
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Explaining the behavior of 8TB disk in different USB adapter

I was trying to make a backup onto a 8 TB Seagate SATA disk, so I placed the disk into a USB 3 adapter QP0020 by LogiLink and initialized the disk to be a GPT disk, using the whole capacity in one ...
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How do I copy an entire HDD to another external HDD without errors? (Mac OSX)

Recently I got a hard drive adapter that would finally let me open my old Macbook Hard Drive. I want to copy every single file on the hard drive (basically the whole thing). But there is a problem, ...
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External drive does not spin down when unplugged

I have a Captiva USB3-SATA bridge, which contains an asmedia ASM1053 chip. It spins down when it is plugged into the server after 10 minutes idle time, but it spins indefinitely when the server is not ...
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What controls the spin down of idle external hard drives?

I'd like to setup a spin down time for idle external hard drives. I have several candidate solution. In order to find the proper one I'd like to know what measures the idle time and starts the spin ...
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Why isn't it possible to write to a HDD in single drive hot-swap enclosure and then read from a 2 bay JBOD?

I have a number of single drive enclosures with hot-swap and I would like to use them on multiple locations with 3,5 inch HDD to store data on them. Then I would like to take the drives out and insert ...
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If someone purchased a Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive and it failed sooner than expected, will Seagate replace the drive?

One of Seagate’s recently popular hard drive models—at the consumer and enterprise level—is the ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive. It seems that many users in different usage realms—desktop environments as ...
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Password issue. MYBOOK 2TB Ext USB HDD does not accept my password

I bought a MY BOOK 2TB External USB data drive for my personal home stand alone computer. I use windows 8.0pro, the data drive is about 5 years old, does not have any wifi, network capabilities and ...
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WD 4 TB My Book from external to internal

I recently acquired a 4TB WD My Book and I'd like to use it as an internal drive in a media storage rig I'm running Plex on. I've seen online the problems people have had in the past when they have ...
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Is it possible to restore corrupt files from USB external HDD

I have a slightly older WD MyBook external 250GB HDD, after moving it form one PC to another, then back a large majority of the file names and extensions have all turned to gibberish: Both PCs are ...
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e-SATA formatted external HDD not recognized by USB

So I have an external HDD, I believe it's a Hitachi, 2tb, working fine EXCEPT: when I formatted this, it was via e-SATA, thru an Expresscard slot in my Mac Book Pro A1151, 2 partition, NTFS/Fat32. The ...
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How to recover data from corrupted WD external hardisk [duplicate]

I have Western Digital Passport 1 TB external Hard disk. It has got corrupted. When I connect to my Window 7 machine, my external hard disk rotates but my machine does not recognize it.I have checked ...
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Can I temporarily put a 2.5“ HDD into a 3.5” USB enclosure?

My laptop is crashing and I suspect my HDD, can I test it in a 3.5" USB enclosure (assuming it fits), or is that a bad idea. I don't have a desktop PC, and the BSOD logs fail to save, so if you have ...
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Copy interruption between hard drives

I'm transferring video files from 1 hard drive to another, if there was an interruption as in the hard drives couldn't be read and I had to click try again in Windows, is the quality still fine in the ...
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Wi-Fi-enable a USB hard drive

I have a "smart picture frame" type of device that displays media files from a connected USB hard drive. I wonder if it is possible to stream some files to this hard drive via my home network by ...
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Using old hard drive as external hard disk

I want to use my old hard disk as an external hard disk without formatting it. I want to access some information from that. It is not showing up in my windows computer as a disk drive or removable ...
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Frequently getting message about corrupt recycle bin

I keep getting the error message the recycle bin on E is corrupt and asks if I would like to delete it. Regardless of what I choose, the error message popsup every 10 or 15 minutes. E: is an external ...
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Remove safely Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive in ubuntu 14.04

I try to remove safely a Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive(1TB) in Ubuntu 14.04(Unity Desktop) but still the LED stays on(It is normal?). I try using Disks application with the power off button ...
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External HDD is causing my second drive to unallocate (disappear)

I am running Windows 7 x64 and have two drives, C and D respectively. D is within a RAID array running under Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST). The external HDD in question is a CN Memory ...
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Every time I connect a newly bought external HDD, my second drive goes unallocated

I recently bought an external HDD, that I connect to the power and then via USB 3.0 to my PC. I start doing a copy/paste backup into this HDD, and leave the PC at it. Hours later, Windows is logged ...
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Can an operating system access a network drive that is formatted with an unsupported file system?

I've recently installed Windows Server 2012 and am planning to format my 2tb hard drive with the REFS file format. Afterwards, I would like to set it up as a network drive. I understand that there are ...
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How to recover damaged video file on an External hard drive

So I have a lot of video on an external HDD and most of the videos run fine. However, with some during the video it becomes very laggy and skips over some bits. When I have tried moving the files or ...
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WD elements hdd getting recognized but not showing in window explorer

WD elements hdd recognized and showing in device manager and disk management but not in window explorer. Tried uninstalling/reinstalling from disk drives but didn't help. Tried initializing disk in ...
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take ownwership of system folder of external HDD [duplicate]

I would like to access 'system volume information' folder of my external HDD (WD my book 2TB) to view results of chkdsk process. (I want to know the list of damaged file names) When I try to open the ...
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Upgrade old Lacie 2big Quadra 1TB

I have a (very) old Lacie 2big Quadra with 2 500GB drives. It's USB2.0 but it does feature an esata port so I'm planning on using that for speed. Would I be able to upgrade these with 2 drives of... ...
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Security copy of my Mac Book Pro HDD failed “Cannot allocate memory”

I have a problem with my Macbook Pro 2011. It does not boot (the charging apple appears and stays there forever), so I am trying to make a security copy of the HDD through the Disk Utility of the ...
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changing a ntfs disk to fat32 without farmating and removing the disk

I have a external hard drive that is full of data and i need all of it . I need to change it from ntfs to fat32. Is there any application that lets me change it without formatting and even ...