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How to detect if a USB port is 3.0 or 2.0?

I have a Toshiba Canvio 3.0 external HDD. It has USB 3.0. It flashes blue if you connect it to a USB 3.0 port. If it is a 2.0 port, the light becomes white. Yesterday, I plugged it in and the light ...
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How to encrypt an external hard drive so a password is required only on computers other than my own?

I want to encrypt my external hard drive but I only want it to require a password if being accessed by a PC other than mine. This is because I have Backblaze set-up on my own PC and if Backblaze ...
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Incorrect writing to a TrueCrypt partition on USB 3.0 HDD

Hardware: HDD: WD MyPassport 2TB (USB 3.0). Motherboard: ASUS-B85-PLUS. Software: OS: Windows 8.1. TrueCrypt 7.1a. There is an external HDD connected via USB 3.0 port. It contains a TrueCrypt ...
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Unable to boot off of previously bootable external hard drive

My previously bootable Seagate external hard drive has had Ubuntu on it for quite some time and after making some changes to my main hard drive(installing Windows 8) I can no longer boot into my ...
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Windows 7 deleting files off external HDD

I have a 500GB external partitioned into two separate halves. One is for storing things like important documents and other things I don't feel safe having on my internal HDD. The other is formatted ...
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Can my laptop's Hard Disk be cloned and loaded to another laptop? [duplicate]

I bought an Asus X202E laptop and installed Ubuntu on it and then completely formatted it which deleted everything including the recovery partition. So i could not restore it. Then I installed Windows ...
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WD My pasport is not recognized by computer

I am not really sure how to describe my problem so I'll just state the facts. Given: External HDD WD My Pasport 1TB (WDBBEP0010BBK-01); inside WD10JMVW (only USB 3.0 connection, no SATA-to-USB ...
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Eject command in the Windows Explorer drive context menu for external HDD drives [duplicate]

If we insert a flash drive into a USB port of a pc, we have the Eject command in the latest versions of Windows Explorer: However, this very handy command doesn't appear for external USB HDD ...
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Slow write speed on external SSD

I am experiencing slow write speeds using an external Inatek USB 3.0 2.5" External Enclosure (UASP supported) with a Samsung 840 120GB drive. I just started using this setup on a late 2013 iMac as an ...
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Why my USB drive is treated as Internal Hard drive?

I have 8GB Sandisk Cruzer USB drive, just purchased few week ago. I use two system viz Window XP and Windows 7 Professional. When I connect my drive to win 7 its working properly as external usb ...
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Unable to mount external hard disk in Ubuntu 13.10

When I tried to mount via terminal: sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb /mnt it shows the following message: $ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb /mnt [sudo] password for ****: NTFS signature is missing. ...
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external raid 1 system basic questions

For my cubox-i I would like to have external RAID 1 system in order to have a reliable storage. Do RAID external systems work out-of-the-box or are any additional drivers required? Is there ...
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External HDD not detected in Gentoo

I am using Gentoo Linux and I have an issue with Seagate Expansion 500G external HDD. The system does not detect the drive properly. A similar problem is described in this thread on Arch forums. Here ...
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Worth getting USB 3.0 enclosure for old HDD?

I have a WD 500GB MyPassport which is a couple of years old (2009-2010). Will I be able to see a noticeable speed difference if I remove the HDD and use it with a USB 3.0 caddy instead?
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Running Windows 7 through External Hard Disk via USB?

I have a laptop where even the BIOS is locked by the administrator and requires password to make changes. But I can select the device to boot from at the boot time. I have cloned a Windows 7 ...
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USB hard drive not recognized

Until recently I was using the portable USB hard drive in my win 7 laptop and ubuntu laptop. Suddenly now none of the laptops recognize it. This is the message i get by doing lsusb... Bus 001 ...
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Using a large capacity drive in windows 8.1?

I bought a 4TB Western Digital drive, and also have an external 3TB USB 3.0 drive. I'm using that enclosure to test a bit. Using USB 3.0, I can format both drives and use them- life is good. But if ...
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Windows unable to see file system of external HDD

When I copy files from(or to) the external HDD to an internal one by USB 3.0 port, a disconnect happens and I get a Windows' message, that this HDD must be formatted. Windows can't see the file ...
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Portable External vs External Desktop Hard Drives [closed]

What are the differences between a desktop(the bigger not so portable USB cases) and portable USB drives. Is it basically 2.5" vs 3.5" drives, or are there any other major benefits besides size and ...
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Windows 8 drive somehow keyed to a computer?

Having an odd issue wherein I am working on a Windows 8 laptop and cannot access the hard drive after extraction and placement into an external enclosure that works. I removed the drive to pull some ...
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How to Format External 3TB Hard Drive as ext4 via Command Line (CLI)?

I know there are several similar questions out there, but many of the answers are terrible. I guess fdisk can NOT support drives larger than 2TB? The interactive menu changed on me so I don't know ...
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Connecting sata2 device inside of turned off device

I would like to connect my laptop which has sata2 connectivity on the case to a PC which does not have any hdd. By doing this I would be able to use the data on laptops hdd on PC without unplugging a ...
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Formatting and partitioning a 3TB disk?

Have a 3TB Lacie minumus disk. External with USB3.0. I can see the thing okay, but can't seem to format it as NTFS or exFAT on windows 8.1. No matter what I do, it just shows as RAW. Using the ...
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Cannot modify or delete on external HDD from Linux

I recently bought a 1TB Seagate Expansion Portable HDD (model number: SRD00F1). It works fine on my Windows 7 laptop. On my Linux desktop, however, I can read from the HDD, but I cannot delete files ...
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How to store personal data locally (non-cloud solutions)? [duplicate]

As the title pretty much summarises, storing data in External HDD (especially the ones which require power supply) is not exactly a risk-free solution. I have burnt my hands more than once even with ...
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How To Make My WD My Passport External Hard Drive “Public”?

I have a WD My Passport External Hard Drive. I'm not sure what I did, but I just played around with the 'security' thing on the properties. My problem is this: I can not open this hard drive on ...
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Can't see any files on my external hard drive

On my external hard drive, after I first start up my computer, it works fine and all the files work fine. But after my computer has been on for a while, the files in the external hard drive are still ...
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Dropped an EHD and corrupted it, now what? [closed]

I dropped a Seagate 3 tb EHD about a foot or so and now it's corrupted. Sometimes the drive shows up and sometimes it doesn't. When it does I can sometimes access the files briefly but then it seems ...
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hard drive detected internally but not externally

I have an acer laptop with a WD hard drive I have been using for about a year. Of late I noticed my system slow down dramatically. Further inspection revealed that the hard drive was going bad. The ...
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External HDD I/O Error, disappearance problems

I have a problem with my HDD Toshiba Hitachi HDS5C3020BLE630 2.0 TB. I recently bought it with a damaged IcyBox where it came from. I attempted to boot it but it's not working. I tried many ways to ...
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Installing OS on target disk from external dock

I want to install Windows on my SSD, but I don't want to plug it in via SATA. I have an external HDD dock, so I'm going to plug it in there. Question is; how can I install Windows from my external HDD ...
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What HDD diagnostic tool to trust?

I recently purchased external HDD (Samsung M3 Portable External Drive 1TB). I run basic diagnostic tests with SeaTools for Windows and unfortunately Short DST and Short Generic tests fail. I then ...
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Seagate External Drive works on PC but not mac, sometimes

I've having some trouble with my Seagate USB External hard drive. It's formatted FAT32 and I use it primarily on my Mac (OSX Mavericks) Every now and then (it's happened twice now), It would stop ...
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What does the output of rsync look like when it completes successfully?

I used rsync to back up my main drive to an external drive last night. At some point in the night the external drive was unplugged. This is the tail of the output of rsync -avRP ... ...
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How do I get my MacBook Pro to connect with external hard drive?

I have a 1TB hard drive almost full of my data. I was previously using it with Windows 7 operating system. Now I have switched my operating system to Mac. My MacBook Pro does not recognize my ...
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Folder on new HDD keeps getting corrupted

I have a Sans Digital JBOD TR4U+B HDD enclosure, I've had 2x 3TB HDD's running in it for a year with no problems. I recently added a 4TB HDD to it and I put some folders on it. I'm running Windows 8. ...
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Is it okay If I do partition on my external Hard disk?

I have 1Tb hard disk NTFS file system 5400 rpm.If i choose to partition my hard disk, Is it going to decrease my hard disk performance?how? I have partitioned my hard disk into 3 parts(250,250,430) ...
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How to rename actual portable HDD *device* name? (not volume name / label)

I have a few Toshiba Stor.E drives connected to my pc for backup purposes, then shipping them to differen physical locations. But when working with a few of them I have to check many times if I use ...
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Windows 8 leaving temporary folders on external drive

Since installing Windows 8 on this machine, I've found that Windows is writing what appear to be temporary folders to the root one of my external USB hard drives. The first answer to this discussion ...
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External hard drive not recognized by windows 8.1 (works in windows 7 and ubuntu12.04)

So as is stated in my title, I have an external hard drive (2.5 inch internal laptop drive attached to a USB bridge). It worked perfectly on my windows 7 x64 machine. Then I did a clean install of ...
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External Hard Drive Wont Reformat or Read in PC

History: My Dish DVR failed and I tried to use my external hard drive to recover movies from my DVR. I attached it to the DVR with the USB. It lit up as it was trying to function but It wouldnt ...
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How do I reset a WD Elements external hard drive to factory format?

I own a WD Elements 3TB external hard drive (WDBAAU0030HBK-01) which I disassembled and converted into an internal SATA drive. When I did that I partitioned the drive after installing it in my ...
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External harddrive recognized, but no activity?

I have a WD passport external hard drive, which is very full and has been in use for a while. For a while now it has been running extremely slowly, and I have had trouble copying stuff off it. I have ...
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Can USB 2.0 power a USB 3.0 external HDD?

I'm on the verge of buying myself a new bus-powered USB 3.0 2.5-inch external hard drive. However, my computer only has USB 2.0 ports on it. I understand that the USB 3.0 HDD will simply run slower on ...
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Why does the transfer rate of my USB 3.0 flash drive drops after a few seconds of copying?

I've just bought a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 64GB flash drive. The spec says that the drive's max read speed is 80Mb/s. I only have a USB 2.0 port, and I've made these tests: Writing a 4GB file on the ...
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Difference beteen using an external Hard Drive Disk Docking Station vs USB to SATA cable

I have a SATA hard disk that I want to connect to my laptop externally. Seems like I have two options. One is to buy a docking station and the other is to buy a cable only. What I would like to know ...
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Weird HDD Slowdown Issue

I'm experiencing a strange issue with one of my SATA HDDs. Basically I have two internal HDDs that I am connecting to the PC through a SATA-to-USB adapter. I am not keeping them inside the PC since ...
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Permissions Error, cannot access both my Ex-HDDs

I'm in quite some trouble now. I'm a photographer and I store all of my important RAW files and processed photographs on my external hard drives and have been doing so for quite a while. A few months ...
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Unable to access WD external drive

Basically the HDD started acting weird (couldnt access files on it) and event viewer was flooded with "bad block" reports. Now the HDD cant be accessed at all. It shows up in windows explorer when ...
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Is this hard drive recoverable?

I'm trying to fix (and hopefully recover files from) a USB hard drive belonging to one of my roommates which suddenly stopped working. The storage on the drive is not recognized on any computer. ...