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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Slow file transfer speeds

I was moving a file about 180 Megabytes from my external hard drive (7500 rpm, 1 TB) to my 8GB flash drive. It was moving at about 20-40 Megabytes per second when the speed started to drop down to 2 ...
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Seagate Expansion portable drive not showing in disk utility on macbook pro

I am trying to reformat+backup to Seagate Expansion Portable device hard drive. I have inserted it into my macbook pro but it is not showing anywhere. Not on desktop, not in finder, not in disk ...
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External Hard Disk cannot be formatted after dd command on Mac OS

I was trying to create a bootable disk to install Windows 10 on one of my PCs. I was doing it on my Mac using a 500GB external hard disk. This is the command I have used on the Terminal to change the ...
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External Hard Drive is periodically hanging over for 1 minute when plugged in to PC via USB 3.0

I have an external hard drive Transcend ST2000LM003 2Tb USB3.0. I am already using it for 1 year. Everything was ok when I was using it plugged in to PC via USB2.0. When I used it on another PC ...
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Is volume label information for an external hard drive saved on the drive itself?

I have an external hard drive, which I use to transfer files between two computers (computer A and computer B). Suppose I rename the external hard drive (i.e., rename the hard drive's label) in ...
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SSD, SSHD, HD - what to use for imaging backups? [closed]

What I want to do is to hook up a 2.5" drive via USB 3 (I have no eSATA) (notebook is ivy bridge so my understanding is it is probably an H77 motherboard - Inspiron 7720SE 17R i5-3230M) So I'm not ...
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Can I add a partition to an external hard drive without reformatting the existing one?

I have Windows 8 on my laptop and I want to transfer some data from a Mac using an external hard drive. I have a 1TB drive that I could use, but it's NTFS. I would like to partition it and reformat ...
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Mount Unknown Type External HDD (was NTFS)

I'm new to Ubuntu and came here as my i can't read my external HDD in Windows. So i've booted up my Ubuntu 15.04 install to check if it pops up within the program Disks. The strange part in this ...
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How to create a $RECYCLE.BIN folder on external hard disk?

Just the opposite of thise question: How to delete $RECYCLE.BIN folder on external hard disk? I have an external USB drive that I use for all of my media files. On my Sync tool, it shows me the ...
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Is it possible to run Windows 10 installed on a external HDD in different computers? [duplicate]

Super User community. TL;DR: I have MacBook Pro Retina 13" as my laptop computer, and also a desktop computer in my home. Desktop has AMD HD 6950 GPU, will I suffer performance? As I'm a developer, ...
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Transcend External Hard disk not giving full storage

I purchase a Transcend external hard disk with 640 GB, but it only able to store 32 GB. The unit working perfectly. I reformat it still the same, why.
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two external hard drives simultaniously

I have two external western digital usb3 hard drives connected simultaniously to my windows 7 system. I can use them just normally in windows explorer and all is fine. However I want to use one of ...
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How to repair hard disk [closed]

I have Buffalo HD-PCTU3 : MINISTATION™ USB 3.0 hard disk. It was working fine but now its now performing well. It sometimes shows in My computer but sometimes doesn't show. Reading content from hard ...
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Unable to detect Seagate Expansion hard disk

I am in big trouble. After searching over internet, I realised that my PCI Driver not installing because of Virus Probably. But I can see that system is detecting device And In Disk management, ...
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Indexing and Searching External Hard Drives When They Are Disconnected [duplicate]

I have a few external hard drives that I use to store various files and media. I would like to be able to index these drives and have that index be searchable even when the drives aren't plugged in; ...
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You can not read an external hard drive. we want to preserve data on the disk

My external drive will not start. when I try to run the he gives me that wants to format . This can be any news or bypassed without loss of data on disk ?? My external drive is the brand WD Elements ...
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Need windows session saved when switching OS HD between PC's

Recently I had an idea to increase my productivity so I could work with the same data and applications both on my business address and my home address. The idea: The idea was to use 1 SSD Hard Disk ...
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How to resize (enlarge) C: partition in Windows 8.1 | MiniTool, Paragon, and Disk Management all failed

ISSUE SUMMARY Can't resize Windows 8.1 system partition to utilize unallocated drive space. DESCRIPTION I am having a heck of a time with this one and have been chasing this for days. I have an HP ...
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Opening an external HDD

I have an external hard drive (WD MyBook Studio 2TB). Preety nice, but right now I am planning to build myself a pc. Can I possibly open it, take the 2x1TB drives and put them in the case of the ...
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How to boot from a bootable ubuntu external hard drive on Mac

I have my pc hard drive which I turned into portable using hard drive cases provided in market. I then installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS onto that hard drive. I know how to boot from that hard drive on a ...
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Message “file too large for recycle bin” on any file on external HDD Win 10

On my external only-files (no Windows) NTFS 2TB HDD Win 10 raises a "file too large for recycle bin" message on any file I delete. I formatted the HDD with the onboard Windows partition tool and the ...
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How is it I can remove an External Seagate Hard Drive from USB without unmounting?

I use Linux and when copying to USB, I have to explicitly unmount unless using sync which slows the copy. However recently I was given an external hard disk 2 TB Seagate and when I plugged this into ...
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USB 3.0 randomly disconnecting and reconnecting, not power config

So I have a Surface Pro 3 running Windows 10, and an external USB 3 HDD. If I plug in the HDD, a process will begin. First the drive will appear with the drive letter only, and be unreadable, but in ...
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Damaged external hardrive, windows cant access it but I can still view all media and photo files via my PVR [duplicate]

My daughter dropped an external hard drive. Now when I plug it into my laptop, Windows tells me it needs to be formatted. When I attempt to format it, Windows comes back with an error. However if I ...
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External hard disk isn't detected in new ports

My Samsung M3 Portable 1TB is no longer detected in any new ports. Error: Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43) A request for the USB device descriptor failed ...
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Encrypt specific folder in exernal harddrive

I have an external Seagate hard drive. I have two folders in it. Encrypted and UnEncrypted. I was a easy solution to password protect the "Encrypted" folder. Is there any inbuilt windows feature to do ...
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Why does my 3TB external drive show as “unallocated” when installed internally? [duplicate]

I have a Seagate 3TB drive with a USB 2.0 interface on it. I took it out of the case and installed into my PC (SATA). Physically, it’s like any other hard disk drive. But all that Windows wants to ...
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Whether it is possible insert in Kingston SNA-DC/U hdd drive, but not ssd?

I have Kingston SNA-DC/U enclosure, it came bundled with ssd kingston drive. Whether it is possible insert in this SNA-DC/U enclosure hdd drive, but not ssd?
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linux samba server with ntfs external

good day all Linux Ubuntu 15.04 - gnome External HDD - 2TB NTFS End result: Stream media from my external hard drive via linux using Samba What I have done/tried: Followed a tutorial, setting up a ...
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My Passport Ultra is plugged in, and I can access it's properties, but I cannot access the files on there

My Passport Ultra is plugged in, and I can access it's properties, but I cannot access the files on there. It doesn't auto open anymore, and when I go to My PC, it doesn't even say that my passport is ...
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How to get data from “dead” hard disk drive? [duplicate]

I went through few questions (see the list below) but haven’t found the answer to my question... How to retrieve data from dead hard disc How To Recover My Data From Not Detected Hard Disk? How do I ...
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Unplugging USB hard drive can damage computer? Seriously?

I’m reading through the manual for a Samsung portable USB hard drive, and I’ve come across this warning: Detaching the USB cable while file transfer is in progress can damage your computer ...
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Backup external harddrive online

My neighbor was asking me for help with her backups. After a few back and forths, this is what I know. She doesn't have a home computer. She does have a laptop from her school (she's a teacher) ...
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Can an internal SSD be used as a removable storage device?

I have a Sandisk SSD drive that I bought for about $70 but decided to not install it in my PC. So I guess my question is, can I use it essentially as a thumb drive?
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External hard drive making clicking noises after opening case [duplicate]

I've been using a Western Digital elements 2TB external USB 3.0 drive for half a year now, and it always worked fine, until yesterday. I don't know why, but it just stopped working, instead of ...
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Mac doesn't recognize USB

Details about the Mac: MacBook Pro 13" Processor 2.5 GHZ Memory 8GB 1600 MHZ Since I upgraded my Mac version to Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), the Mac doesn’t recognize any USB devices. Neither disc ...
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“Item Not Found; Could not find this item” external HDD, random occurance

Western Digital My Book 1230 4TB external HDD, bought recently, had the issue since I first plugged it in. When transferring files from the HDD as well as when renaming or deleting them, I get the ...
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Can I run a virtual machine from external USB drive?

A question regarding how to setup my VMs on internal/external disks. First, here's my setup: Host OS: Windows 10 Processor: i7 5600U RAM: 16 GB VMware Workstation Player (Licensed) I have 3 VMs so ...
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Why is my Seagate USB 3.0 drive showing corrupted data when plugged as an internal SATA drive?

I have a 3TB Seagate Backup Plus Desktop USB 3.0 drive, which works fine when in its enclosure, but when I get it off its enclosure and directly plug it as an internal SATA drive, it's just not ...
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Access RAID hard disk drive externally on Windows 7 or 8

We are using Iomega StorCenter ix2 for making our backup. Unfortunately last week it stopped responding and accessing. Earlier I was able to ping the device and only able open it through browser, but ...
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Western digital External HDD issue

So after searching around on Google and here, I end up with nothing so i'll ask. WHen I plug in my WD External HDD, it attempts to install(tried on multiple computers as well) and it install but it ...
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Fritz!Box 7490 (Fritz!OS 6.30): Which USB ext. HDD actually work in USB3 mode?

I have an external USB3.0 Transcend StoreJet (model TS1TSJ25M3) 1TB HDD connected to my Fritz!Box 7490 (tested both with official Fritz!OS 6.30 and "laboratory beta" 113.06.36-31504 BETA). When ...
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Formating ext hdd in JFS (linux) using windows 10 pc

The hdd is to be used as an esata connected to my topfield pvr. Its internal os is a linux based system that uses JFS. I put on a basic partition using my pc device manager and left it unassigned so ...
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What should I do if my Hard Drive isn't being recognized? [duplicate]

I've been attempting to recover files from a damaged external hard drive which starts up and transfers data extremely slowly but still technically "works". After a few different recovery attempts at ...
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Shrinking fat32 partition takes 24+ hrs in Paragon hard disk manager

I'm trying to shrink a fat32 primary partition from 500GB to 450GB in order to get 50GB unallocated space before the partition. The external disk has approx. 380GB data in it and connected via usb ...
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Malfunctioning USB3.0 after sometime of usage

My system is a desktop Windows8.1. I have two USB 3.0 external drives. One is a 1TB Wester Digital and the other is 2TB Transcend. I need to transfer some files from the 1TB HDD to the another. So I ...
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How to run Windows 10 from an external hard drive? [duplicate]

I am currently able to boot from an external drive or multiboot USB. Taking this concept one step further, I have 3 questions: 1) Is it possible to install and run Windows 10 on a portable external ...
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how to quickly copy between local drives over ssh?

I've got a server with Ubuntu 15 on it. I have an external hard drive connected. I'm trying to copy files the USB drive to the hard drives. If I do this locally, it's very quick (~30MBi/s). If I ...
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1 TB HGST Portable HDD - Prompted to reformat

I was viewing files from my portable HDD, but then it hanged. Aftewards, there was a "clicking" sound coming from my hard disk. Then a pop-up window came up and I was prompted to reformat the disk. A ...
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Are external HDD housed or custom built?

The external HDD's are an HD housed or a custom built of an HD? For example, if I open the external HD will I find a regular WD or Samsung driver or w/e or is it a more complicated version built ...