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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My files and folders on my usb disk changed automatically to FILE format

I have a 465 GB Maxtor USB external hard drive. I use it for games on my Xbox 360. Today I turned on my Xbox 360, started XexMenu 1.1 and there were only a few games show on it. I pluged-in my ...
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Don want to use safe remove EX HDD in MAC OS…

I am using iMac with OS 10.6.8. Every time when I eject my External HDD I have to eject from finder. I want to use like Plug n Play just like in windows no need to give safe remove. If there is any ...
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Symlink to a nonexistent drive in Windows

When I try to create a directory junction to a windows drive that does not yet exist, I get the following message: C:\>mklink H H:\ /J Local volumes are required to complete the operation. I ...
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Can I use Time Machine with an external hard drive that is Mac compatible but already has some data files on it ?

Basically, after updating my OSX to Yosemite. My Mac becomes really slow and I have to reboot the machine twice every day, which is annoying. I heard the solution is to do a clean install of OSX. ...
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How to boot from external usb hard drive when no internal drives are connected

I installed Windows 7 on my external hard drive and it was working fine. It was booting up and I was actually able to go online and install programs on it. But then when I try to take out the ...
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Connect hard disk to laptop using usb-to-sata cable

I have a laptop (Dell Latitude E5420) with 5400 RPM hard disk and the speed seems slow. I also have a 7200 RPM desktop computer’s hard disk drive. So my question is if I connect that 7200 RPM desktop ...
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Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive only working with own sata/usb adapter

I opened up my Seagate Expansion Drive (3TB) to get to the hard drive itself. I wanted to use it in my PC and access it through SATA. But I cant mount the drive on linux. If I try to access it through ...
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What will happen if I format my external hard drive?

I have an external HD, it's maybe 3 years old. It's 1 TB and is almost full at this stage, 950+ gigs used up. There a several folders, movies, music, tv shows, etc... When I open some, I get a ...
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External HDD gets recognized under Linux Mint but not under Windows 8

I have a system with Windows 8. I had the problem, that whenever I plugged in my external hard drive, the HDD booted up and then, after 5 seconds shut down again. At first I thought this would be a ...
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Can't see external hard drive on Mac or PC

As mentioned in the title, I can't see my external hard drive on Mac finder and PC. I checked on Mac disk utility and it does appear over there. I thought about trying to repair it but i'm afraid ...
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WD Passport Ultra Stops Working out of nowhere

My WD Passport Ultra has stopped showing up in device manager/windows explorer and anywhere really. I've tried it on a different computer and with a different USB 3.0 cable as well as plugging it ...
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External HDD on a Windows 8.1 HP

I have Win 8.1. First day in Windows. Just moving over from Mac. Can;t affored a new Mac. I have lots of data on an external HDD from my Mac. I want to access those files on the PC. When I plug the ...
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use two external hard drive as one

I am planning to purchase a second external hard drive and I am trying to figure out a minimalist setting to use two external drives at the same time (I don’t want to plug two drives into my computer, ...
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What files can be removed when using dropbox on an external hard drive?

I read on https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/89 : If the external drive is disconnected from the computer while Dropbox is running, there's a small chance that the application will start deleting ...
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Which external drive is better for server data backup? [closed]

I need to backup my server from data center having around 700GB of data. Which external drive shall I use (it will be directly connected to the server) for backup? How long it will take to copy data ...
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How do I get an external USB hard drive recognized in Windows PE environment (WinPE running off disc)?

I'm running WinPE on a disc. I believe it's PE 2.0. It's being run on a laptop with USB 3.0 ports, as I'm sure that may matter. I want to connect either a USB thumb drive or USB hard drive but it's ...
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What cable do a need to connect a SATA SSD to a computer with eSATA and USB plugs?

I have a laptop (Dell Precision M 6700) with an eSATA plug and some free USB ports. What type of cable do I need to plug the SATA SSD to the eSATA and power it? Is there a cable with eSATA on a side ...
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How to get access to unaccessible SSD drive and weird partition volumes?

I bought a ASUS S46CB a month ago, and it boasted, among other features, two hard drives: a 20Gb SSD and a regular 1Tb hard drive. After booting, I saw that the 1Tb disk was splitted in half and ...
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Can't copy data into NTFS-formatted external HDD from Macbook [duplicate]

I have copied my whole HDD into a Macbook Pro. Now I formatted the HDD from FAT32 to NTFS. Macbook is not allowing me to copy the data back to the HDD. What do I do now?
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Files Larger Than 4GB Are Not Transferring To Hard Drive?

Moving things from my laptop to a 1TB hard drive. Stops at any file larger than 4GB saying that that there isn't enough space on the hard drive. I checked the formatting on my hard drive and it is ...
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Seagate Dashboard 3 isn't showing latest backups

I have a 3TB Backup Plus Desktop (Windows) and I'm trying to restore my files into a custom folder on a new computer (Windows 8.1). The files were backed up on the drive from an older Windows 7 ...
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OS X Yosemite Mac WD elements external hard drive

I have a WD 1TB external hard drive Exfat. I drag the files to the trash, but can't delete the trash. Message reads "The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access some ...
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Is this hard-drive beyond recovery? [closed]

A family member dropped a couple of their external hard drives as they were swapping to a new computer. Needless to say both drives have been ruined, but with different symptoms; the first drive works ...
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External SSD drive(s) in USB enclosures are not being recognized by Mac OS X

I have two external SSD drives that Disk Utility Mac OS X on my 2014 MacBook Pro doesn’t see at all. The laptop basically gives zero indication that something has been plugged in. I’m connecting the ...
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Is it possible to configure a multiplatter hard drive as separate drives?

I am looking to set up a RAID mass storage array, and have been reading about how large disk sizes are jeopardising rebuild because of the time required to execute a full rebuild and the chance of ...
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Automatically boot from usb disk win7

I am trying to automatically boot my win7 OS from an USB drive. The actual booting progress is working fine, my only problem is that every time I am plugging in my external hard drive and ...
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External HDDs keep shutting down and starting up

I have a Lenovo Y50 UHD running Windows 8.1 connected to three Seagate external HDDs. Every time I want to grab a file, the HDDs take a moment to spin back up; this didn't happen when connected to my ...
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NAS - failed hard drive - unable to mount externally

I had two 2TB hard drives in my Dlink DNS-320 NAS, RAID 1 mirrored, working fine up unti. a few days ago, I heard some clicking from my NAS (which points to HD failure), and then I could no longer ...
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Recovering data from a fried external hard drive

I've got an old Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive, 500 GB. It’s the kind that needs an AC adapter to power it. It has been sitting in storage for about 3 years when I pulled it out to get the ...
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Why don't people use unpowered, external HDD enclosures with SATA/power from their mobo? [closed]

I have a PC that has room in its case for 3 HDDs, but 6 SATA connectors to the motherboard, and I have 6 HDDs. I am using these HDDs in a dynamics fashion (software raid, that sort of thing), but I ...
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Blue spinning circle next to folder on WD My Cloud, on MyBookLive

On my WD MyCloud of my MyBookLive, a blue spinning circle next to a folder has appeared and i don't know how to get rid of it. After i uploaded 2 tv seasons into the folder, a blue circle appeared ...
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Windows USB Tool and Unetbootin never detects external hard drive

I like to try out different Linux distro's and I don't like partitioning my main drive. I have plenty of actual hard drives that I can use for that (I like one OS per drive). Anyway, I'm trying to ...
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WD external hard drive turns off

I've got an external hard drive (WD500BMVU) that was dropped and now does not mount anymore if I connect it to my Laptop (Mac). When I connect it with the USB cable, the LED light goes on, I hear the ...
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Win 7 workstation died. Moved Harddrive to external USB drive and trying to recover to new machine but some profiles are missing

I had a Dell workstation running Win 7 32bit. Motherboard Died. I pulled the harddrive and put into an external USB drive shell. I can access the drive from the NEW machine but the main user profile ...
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Unlock External HD after locker has been deleted

I used lockMyDrive software in order to lock my external hard drive. The software locates the interface, where the user should insert the password, in the external hard drive itself. Everything was ...
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Seagate external hard drive starts then stops

I have a 4TB Seagate external drive that stopped working when it was incorrectly ejected from Mac. Since then won’t appear on Mac or Windows machine except as a drive visible in disc utility (Mac) and ...
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Is it faster to compress files before copying? [duplicate]

I have around 80 GB of data I need copy to an external hard drive. Would it be faster to compress all the files first and then copy over? Or would the time it takes to compress and decompress take ...
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Debugging an external HDD

I'm using an external HDD which is my old laptop's HD with 2.5 SATA enclosure. I tried to delete a partition in Windows and stopped it unknowingly. When I reinsert it, my OS including Ubuntu freezes ...
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How to protect my files on external harddisk from being deleted

My brother and I share the same external hard disk the problem I have is how to protect my files from being deleted by him or any body else. I want to make sure that the file can be viewed/copied but ...
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Combining two disjoint ddrescue backup images

I have a 3 TB drive which recently started to malfunction. I was using the ddrescue utility on Debian to read data off the disk to a different external hard drive. However, after 2 TB of data had been ...
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Read data from old hard drive Seagate ST-1239A

I received an old hard drive from which I need to read the data. I connect it using an AT-Interface to USB connector. (I tried two different ones with the same results). I guess it is about 210-211 MB ...
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How come my 7200 rpm external HD is slower than my 5400 rpm portable HD?

I have been reading and writing the same files on two external hard drives connected to the same computer, a 2011 MacBook Pro. I was expecting the 7200-rpm EHD to be faster than my 5400-rpm EHD, but ...
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Hard drive Spins Gets detected but doesn't respond

My Hard disk is WD 500gb. Cutting maters short. It does spins, doesnt makes any noise, Gets detected by Disk Management, but simply doesnt work even with SATA adapter. Is it a problem with PCB or ...
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How to access HDD if it cannot be mounted

So my MBP crashed the other day and when I attempted to reboot it went straight to Disk Utility X. When I used Disk Utility to repair my HDD it says "Disk cannot be repaired, backup as much as ...
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Create Linux swap on external USB 3 hard drive

I have an external USB 3 hard drive USB 3 port on Debian, and I would like to create a swap partition on that drive which drive also holds the partitions for databases and other high-volume stuff. ...
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CHKDSK finds no errors but drive keeps on failing

So here is the problem: I have an external disk that I use to store all the archived data, e.g. photos, movies, etc. The drive is formatted as NTFS, and checking the Disk Management tool from the ...
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win7 not acknwledging external USB HD as “removable”

Win7 does not mark my external HD as "removable". Consistently I do not have an "eject" entry in the context menu. Curiosely the "safely remove" widget does list the drive, but then fails because ...
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Connect 5 external harddisks to a single usb port

I want to connect 5 external hardisks to single USB port. I think that can be done by giving some sort of powersource to individual external HDs. How much voltage should I provide to individual ...
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External HD Damaged During File Transfer

A friend was exporting a project from Final Cut Pro when his external drive containing this HD was disconnected and is no longer accessible. He was using a mac and the drive is formatted for Extended ...
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Wiping the WD my passport portable hard drive while keeping the default programs

I have had my portable hard drive for around 2 years now and so there is lots of stuff backed up on there that I have deleted on my internal hard drive. I was wondering if there was a way of ...