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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Device does not have enough capacity to power a USB external HDD

I'm trying to connect my USB 3.0 External HDD to Raspberry Pi. However the HDD spins for a few seconds and stop. I think the Pi does not have enough capacity to power the HDD. What are my options?
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Can not copy data from HDD, because it has become very slow?

I have an external hard drive, that I cannot copy data from, because of very slow read speed: The speed gradually decreased overtime. Hard drive doesn't make unusual noise, and I can not see anything ...
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windows does not mount usb ntfs superfloppy

I have a Transcend Storejet external USB hard disk. This is not an SSD, but a mechanical disk with rotating plates. I have formatted the whole disk, without partitioning, as NTFS. I have used 'mkntfs' ...
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How can I compare lists of files for manual incremental backup purposes?

I have backups of my hard drives in a physically different location. Periodically I will bring my hard drives to this location to update the backups. I do this because the data on my drives is ...
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External hard drive unreadable after copy

So I had a macbook pro on loan from school. I had to turn it in yesterday so what I did was copy all the files that where on there to an external hard drive. After that I tried too copy the ...
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External Hard Drive Stops Responding During Copy when on an Powered USB Hub

During file copy tasks from the main hard drive of my computer to an external hard drive, the copy process will suddenly drop to zero and never pick up again. This happens consistently on any largish ...
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External USB Port Damaged

So here's the basics. I work in a bit of a cramped area and tend to, once and a while, trip over my cords pulling my External Hard Drive (i know that's not good for it). So this morning seems to have ...
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File is too large for destination file system - Already NTFS

This is my first SuperUser post, so please bear with me if I make any mistakes, thanks. I have some large database files (4-7GB) that I need to transfer to an external hard drive (WD My Book, 6TB). ...
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Reverse Rufus process on WD Elements 10B8 2TB

My external worked 100% untill I (by accident) used Rufus to make it a bootable 4GB now disk part keeps throwing a I/O error when I try to remove the partition which doesn't seem to show up for some ...
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File permissions not preserved on external hard drive

I have a brand new 3TB Western Digital "Elements" external (USB) hard drive. When I copy (cp, rsync) stuff across from my laptop file permissions are not preserved. In fact everything (files and ...
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Trying to find out what's wrong with our external hard drive?

We have had the external hard drive since 2010 and we've had ongoing issues with it for the past 2 years. I'm hoping I can find out exactly what's wrong with it. Details: BUFFALO 500GB Hard Drive ...
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External Hard Disk or USB stick , keeps data of previously connected PCs?

Do External Hard Disks or USB sticks keeps in some table or so, the data to which computer they were connected? Is it possible from the external HDD or USB stick, retrieve the info (name or something)...
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Is it safe to put two hard disk in one case?

I want to put two hard disk in one case (cover). One hard disk is on the top of another and there is no gap or there is nothing between it. As shown in the attached photo. Is it safe to do so? Does ...
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(External USB) HDD not accessible as usual after strange behaviour

first of all, I'm using Linux (but have access to a Windows PC as well). During some data transfer, my external USB hard disk drive (NTFS formatted) suddenly was no more accessible, I could not ...
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Mac OS 10.9 external hfs formated disk access via terminal mount command?

I have a 2Tb harddisk connceted via USB toaster to my MacMini Mavericks. It was used to recuperate as much data as possible from my son's MacBook Pro (OS 10.6.8) before reformatting and reinstalling ...
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Is it safe to use a bare drive in a 2.5" metal enclosure?

I just recently replaced my Seagate Momentus 7200.4 with a Samsung Pro 512GB SSD. I wanted to continue using the Seagate Momentus (as a way to access old files should I need to), so I bought a Sabrent ...
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Can/How do I utilize external hard drives >9TB with Windows 8.1?

I currently have several external hard drives in use, either as storage (constantly connected) or removable back-ups kept in a safe for security (all are WD "My Book" brand and the oldest is probably ...
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Filesystem: allocating big blocks of disk space to files for efficiency?

My computer was SLOW. A defrag took HOURS. The disk still seemed messy afterwards! "Time is money!" My file-system dates from an era when disk space cost a fortune. Today, even terabyte drives ...
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Hard disk recognised by laptop but can not copy/past data from it

I had a hard disk, the main disk that came with the computer. Due to power failure my computer shut down and the drive was not detected. So, I replaced it. Now I have the old drive and as I have ...
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Is it safe to defragment platter-based USB hard drives?

Occasionally defragmenting internal IDE/EIDE/ATA/SATA/SATA2/SATA3/etc platter-based hard drives is often a recommended practice. What about external USB/USB2/USB3 platter-based hard drives? Is it a ...
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External hard drive with an old manufacturing date

I just received my external hard drive (HGST Touro S) from eBay but was slightly disappointed to find out that it was manufactured almost 2 years ago. It is completely sealed and comes with 3-year ...
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5400rpm HDD speeds in a USB 3.0 connectivity enclosure

I plan to replace my laptop's 5400rpm HDD with an SSD in the near future. I then want to make the old HDD an external HDD. I want to get it to work with USB 3.0. Will I get better speeds from my ...
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Recover a particular folder from the hard disk

I am learning about recovery processes of corrupted / deleted data etc. from hard disks. So, I took an external hard disk and made 3 big folders with Pictures Videos and Music. The total data content ...
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Files disappeared after hard reboot

hopefully this is the correct place to ask this. So on my external hard drive (Seagate 1.5 TB) I was holding some data I wanted to analyze as well as my Steam video game library. I was downloading ...
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WD external hard drive some folders can not be viewed due to a possible virus?

Now I am using a windows 8.1, Samsung laptop, with WD Elements 1tb. The problem is one day some folders in my external drive decided to not show up. I figured it might be due to some virus affecting ...
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Image tagging solution for files on external hard drive on windows/linux dual boot pc?

I have a Windows 10/Linux Mint 17.3 dual boot PC with an NTFS formatted external hard drive. I have a lot of image files (probably a few GBs) on the external HD I use for art reference (mostly png, ...
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How do I check whether the enclosure failed or the hard drive failed?

I have a spare 500 GB 3.5" internal SATA HDD which I decided to be used as an external HDD. Recently, I bought an 3.5" enclosure (3.5 inch Cavalry EN-CAXM SuperSpeed USB 3.0 enclosure) for this. I am ...
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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 /dev/...
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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 5588....