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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Running Windows 7 through external USB hard drive on Windows 8 machine

We have just relocated from the US from the UK. In the UK my husband was using an HP computer with a 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive which says it is SATA with 64MB Cache and has the code WD10EARS on ...
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External HDD disk must be turned on twice always

My external 3.5 inch, 3 TB hard disk must be always started twice. Each time power it up (after about 2-3 days of not using it, as it acts as backup drive only) it starts emitting a very constant ...
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WD 500gb harddrive does not show up on pc [duplicate]

I was transfering files to my external hard drive when it stalled during the transfer. I unplugged the hard drive. Now when i connect it, the light on the hard drive comes on and flashes. You can ...
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windows 7 asking to format harddrive which is working fine on Linux and HDTV

I have 2TB WD HDD which suddenly is asking to format drive on Windows 7 system. While HDD is working fine with Linux (Ubuntu 14). Also, my HDTV able to detect and play files as usual. No slow ...
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Reserve letter for external hard drive (Windows) [duplicate]

Is it possible on Windows 8 to reserve a letter for an external hard drive so that Windows recognises it as this letter whenver it is attached? I know that by going into disk management, the letter of ...
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Sync Dropbox to External hard drive, unlinking, etc

My laptop is jam packed full in terms of storage (it is quite old and has limited storage anyway) and I have just got some external hard drives to free up some space. Approx. 30GB of this is ...
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Transform my Samsung M3 External HDD to Internal?

So I've got an external hard drive which is a Samsung M3 Station 3 1.5TB USB 3 (here is the manual). Now I've disassembled it as I could (kinda proud of myself, it's very clean :D) and I've got a HDD ...
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External hard drive corruption odd behavior

I have a 750GB External HD, formatted exFat. I accidentally disconnected it from my Mac OS X Yosemite without safely "ejecting" it first. It would no longer mount on my Mac. I tried "Verify Disk" ...
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WD USB HDD not recognized: Elements 10B8 [duplicate]

Any idea what could be the problem and how to solve it? Details: HDD: WD Elements 2TB (P/N: WDBU6Y0020BBK-05) When first connecting the device to my ThinkPad T420si (4174-E37), a dialog appeared ...
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Set Default Windows Installer Disk [duplicate]

I was wondering if it was possible to set the default disk to be used my MSIs, E.G. Install to D:\Program Files by default rather than C:\Program Files, and, if it is possible, how to do so. Thanks!
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Can I reformat windows 7 using an external rather than a blank dvd? [duplicate]

I am not sure about all the terminology, so pardon me if reformat isnt the correct term. I would like to reset windows 7 and my ssd to factory, but I dont have any blank cds or dvds laying around. I ...
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Converting server drives into external drives

My workplace recently decommissioned a Dell Poweredge server, and I'm permitted to scavenge for bits I want. In particular, there are a few Seagate Cheeta 10K.7 Ultra U320 SCSI drives that I'd like to ...
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Can I use a 3.5'' hard drive on a notebook with a psu and a sata-e-sata cable?

I have a spare 3.5" HDD at home and I want to use it on my notebook. My notebook have a e-sata port and I have a sata-e-sata cable, if I use the e-sata cable with a computer psu, can I use it on my ...
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HDD connected via USB cable - Disk unknown not initialized

I am using laptop with windows 8. I have connected my HDD via USB cable. There are two lights on cable 'Access' and 'Power' access is glowing bright red and power dim red. When I connect HDD system ...
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HD Tune questions/suggestions - Sectors counts and such

I'm new here and this is my first question. As the title says, I have some questions about HD Tune's infos. (Or programs like this.) I'll post two screenshots: System HD: This HD is 'very' old, ...
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Seagate External Hard zero size

I have a seagate external hard disk and recently I encountered some problem with that. I am using both windows and Ubuntu environment and my hard disk detecting on both but, in windows it's says the ...
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How to back-up an external drive using Windows File History

Windows File History only back-up Library Folders, I have an external drive I also want to back-up its got about 1Tb of data so it would be useful to back-up changes as they happen as well as my ...
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Touro USB3 drive stopped working in Windows 7

I have a Hitachi Touro 1TB USB 3.0 drive I use to take films from my desktop PC (Windows 7 64 bit) so I can watch them on my BluRay player or my laptop (Surface Pro 3, Windows 8 64 bit). Suddenly the ...
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My StoreJet 1TB Transcend does not show the files, why?

The problem is can't see any of my files at Transcend 1TB portable Hard Disk. Well, the drive is shown at My Computer and it showes that there are files but when i open it, i see an empty drive. Some ...
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Show an image/icon for a drive [duplicate]

I recently bought an external hdd(WD Elements), when I connected it to my pc, the drive shows up in Computer, but it showed, instead of the default icon for a drive, the logo of Western Digital. Then ...
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Is a 7200rpm USB 3.0 drive going to have very similar performance to an internal 7200rpm drive or is it still going to be noticeably slower?

I use my old 500gb drive to store all temporary stuff (windows temp folder, adobe scratch disks etc), and anything that needs thousands of small files to avoid unnecessarily fragmenting my C drive. ...
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3 external HDDs not recognized by 2 different computers?

Not sure how to approach this problem. We have 3 external HDDs: 2TB Fantom, 2TB and 4TB G-Drives. Manual backups, no automated/software. We each use 1 and use the 4TB for a duplicate backup of both ...
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Can't access shared external drive on Windows 8.1

Internal hard drives are shared on Windows 8.1 and accessed successfully using username/password login via ES File Explorer on Android. Upon sharing a WD Essentials 2TB USB 3.0 HDD and attempting to ...
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Can't use Portable Hard Drive formatted under linux with Windows

I hope you can help me, I have this two 2.5" hard drives (250 and 500GB, respectively) that I put inside Acteck USB 2.0 drive cases and formatted them under linux, creating a new GPT partition table ...
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Use 3 different USB HDDs always on same drive letter [duplicate]

I am using 3 different USB HDDs of the same model for regular backups with Acronis. This software wants me to set up a target path for the backup files, so I depend on my external HDDs to always have ...
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Connect computer to external hard-drive using ethernet port

I have an old Seagate Central external hard-drive which has a USB-A and Ethernet port. It's meant to be connected to a router and accessed remotely; with the USB-A port used for chaining an ...
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why there is less space in my external HDD than it supposed to have [duplicate]

I have purchased a WD 1 TB external HDD.From the size specified i should expect i will have 1 TB of disk space.But it came with 930 GB of space.I am getting approximately 70 GB of less space. Is it ...
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External hard drive spinning down too early

I have a Mac Mini 2007 running Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS with an external Hitachi Touro Mobile 3.0 attached. APM is 127 (hdparm -B127) with standby value of 1 hour (hdparm -B242). But the disk is ...
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How do I share an OSX external drive with a Seagate GoFlex media box?

At home, I replaced a Windows 7 box with an iMac running OSX Yosemite. We used to stream our photos and (own homemade) music stored on the PC to the TV set via a Seagate GoFlex media server. All I had ...
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HDD maintanance. minimal power on of external hard drive (for backup) [duplicate]

I want to use a external hard drive (not ssd) for backup. however I have heard that because of the mechanical nature of a HDD, it needs to be powered on and spin regularly to maximize its lifespan. ...
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How do I install a Windows OS given only a ISO file and an external hard disk? [duplicate]

There is a new machine that need to install a Windows OS. However, you are given an ISO file (that contains the Windows OS) and an external hard disk only. How do I go about to install it? Please ...
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How to troubleshoot my Bytecc T-300D dual SATA docking station not recognizing 1TB drives

I've a Lenovo laption running Windows 7, Premium Home Edition, 64-bit (service pack 1), and I bought a Bytecc T-300D to help with my data. I have three drives. A 500MB Seagate, 1TB Samsung, and a ...
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Create a Windows bootable partition on external hard drive with multiple partitions (FAT32, MAC OS Extended, ExFAT) on a Mac

On my external hard drive, from Disk Utility, the 1st partition is FAT32, 2nd is Mac OS Extended, 3rd is ExFAT. I want to use the FAT32 partition to boot on another machine to install Windows on this ...
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Why do I get wildly different file transfer speeds via SATA

Single windows PC, with 4 internal HDD's and one external HDD connected via e-SATA cable. My mobo is the older SATA 3, not SATA 6. I get wildly different file transfer speeds when transferring from ...
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What controls the HDD spindown (power cable or data cable)?

I am looking into putting together 1-2 sata drives on a dedicated board (similar to raspberry PI). I saw that there are some Mini-PCIe to sata adapters but these only contain the data link and the ...
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How to quickly force-clear the dirty bit on ExFAT filesystem

My ExFAT partition is about 1TB and it takes chkdsk about 10 hours to check and clear the dirty bit flag. There is never an error. It is caused by the drive being disconnected in an unsafe manner (it ...
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ssd not recognized by windows 7

So I recently got a 2.5" 500GB SATA3 SSD (Crucial MX200) and a USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA3 adapter. When I try plugging the SSD into my laptop via USB3 I'd expect the drive to show up in Disk Management in ...
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Dropbox - soft link from external hard drive doesn't get recognized by Dropbox on OS X

I store some super large compilation of files on my external hard drive because there isn't enough space on my Macbook Pro. I would like to have them in my Dropbox as well. In this question Uploading ...
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500GB WDC W50 drive fails to initialize, 100% health, cyclic redudancy error

I need help with a 500GB WDC WD50 00AVDS-63U7B1 hard drive that has a cyclic redundancy check, refuses to initialize and has 100% health according to Hard Disk Sentinel. I've been trying to fix it ...
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How to safe remove an external usb hd ntfs?

I did format a hitachi 300GB external HD in NTFS with two partitions, primary and logic. My intention os to use one for "trash" and other as backup of my notebook with Windows 8.1. But after I connect ...
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Safest way to export personal files, wipe PC clean, and Import personal files

I want to wipe my PC clean incase I have any malware, trojans, or viruses. I am planning to store all my personal files on a external HD via USB, however am wondering if its possible that the virus ...
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External hard drive re-formatted for mac (FAT32) but not working on windows

I have a 2TB external hard drive, that I originally bought to store all my files from my old (Sony VAIO vista) laptop, as my new (Macbook pro) doesn't have as big a storage capacity. It was working ...
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Recover a HDD partition after use of Win32DiskImager

I wanted to copy a image to one of my SD cards using Win32DiskImager. But I clicked too fast and it written to one of my external harddrives instead of my SD drive, so I disconnected as fast I could ...
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Access truecrypt encrypted data from hdd of broken laptop

I am trying to obtain data from my previous laptop which is broken. Part of the data was not backed up at the time the laptop broke down. The hard drive is still functioning properly and I can ...
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Script for finding out disk number

I have an external hard disk with two partitions. The first one is an UDF partition and the second partition is a Veracrypt partition. Now I want to use a batch script to load the Veracrypt partition ...
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Hard disk not detected in usb 3.0 port

I have a desktop with motherboard 970A-DS3P and using WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard drive. As it was running out of space, I got WD 2TB version hard disk and wanted to take the back up of 1 ...
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UNIX executable files and WD My Passport

i have a new imac 27" retina display computer I store my photos on a WD passport Recently I had some trouble with my Lightroom program. It kept saying something about corrupt files. I thought it ...
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In what state is an external hard drive if it is seen by OS but content is unreachable?

I have an USB external hard drive. If I connect it to my computer which is run under Ubuntu, I can see a new folder corresponding to the hard drive (in both terminal and in the directories browser). ...
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Connecting two routers to create two home networks causes issues

My cable provider provided us with a gateway modem that has it's own built in router. I need to set up two local networks, one for guest and one for admins. The reason is because I have a Western ...
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How to achieve highest performance with multiple USB 3 drives but only one USB 3 port

If a computer has one USB 3 port, and one USB 2 port, and the user needs to connect two external USB 3 drives (backwards compatible to USB 2), will highest speeds be obtained if the user connects them ...