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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Do eSATA HDD docking stations have a capacity limit?

I'm looking at perhaps buying an eSATA docking station to be able to easily plug in and unplug hard disk drives, particularly but not necessarily only for backup purposes. Note: This is not a ...
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Is it safe to delete the System Volume Information folder?

I have a 3 TB external NTFS drive I was originally using on Windows. I'm now using it on a Linux samba fileserver, and there's a folder named "System Volume Information" on the HDD root. Windows ...
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How to fix HDD malfunction which gives rapid beeping noise and it's not recognized by PC?

I have a 1TB Seagate External hard drive. Upon trying to plug it in to my TV today, it would not load and told me it was "empty". So I tried to plug it in to my computer, at this point it started ...
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Resetting “HDD Warning???” with Zalman ZM-VE400 external case

Whenever I turn on (or plug in) the Zalman ZM-VE400 I have, it shows HDD Warning???. Sometimes briefly, sometimes until the Menu button is pressed. The case contains a SSD drive and as far as I ...
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Zero inodes even after formatting hard disk

I have an external 1Tb harddisk which due to some reason was showing following under df -i Filesystem Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted on /dev/sdb1 0 0 0 - ...
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External HDD locks Windows XP

I have 1TB Seagate Portable External Hard Drive STAX1000102. When I attach it (USB) to the laptop (Dell Latitude D530) with Windows XP version 2002 SP3, the Operation System goes into strange state. I ...
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Cannot initialize 4TB external hard drive in Windows 7 64-bit using

I have a new 4TB drive, which I want to use as an external drive with my laptop (Windows 7 ultimate, 64-bit). From all that I can read, my Windows version should support it, but I can't find anything ...
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External Western Digital hard drive (USB) not fully mounting

I am trying to mount my external NTFS-formatted HDD in Windows 7 Ultimate, but it is getting stuck. The system remains responsive, but the 'mounting progress bar' never goes to completion and the ...
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How to automaticaly mount luks-partition only when disk is plugged in

I have the following scenario: I want to automatically backup some data from my Laptop(Fedora Core 17) to a external encrypted(luks) hard disk. The disk can be opened by a key file, which lies on the ...
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How to automount a Truecrypt volume before login in Windows 7?

I have an external hard drive containing all my documents, and it is encrypted with a password via Truecrypt. I'd like my desktop computer at home to automatically mount the volume prior to my ...
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Converting a WD Elements into an internal hard drive

The floods that struck parts of Thailand have caused the prices of internal hard drives to go through the roof. Oddly enough, that does not seem to affect the prices of external hard drives. At least, ...
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Trouble viewing files with non-English names on hard-disk

I have a problem that I don't even know where to begin looking for help (google isn't helping) I have an external hard drive formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I had been using it with my ...
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Accessing 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT on different computer?

I have a 3000 GB Seagate Barracuda XT sata drive. It originally came in an external enclosure with a removable USB 3.0 interface as part of the Seagate GoFlex series of drives. When using this ...
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Does it matter which external hard drive case to choose?

I saw branded external hard drive case and unbranded. Questions about unbranded: Must i check first if case supports S.M.A.R.T.? When it comes to S.M.A.R.T. should I consider branded rather than ...
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Installing Linux to external hard drive without burning a CD

Question I'm at a loss for where my USB sticks/CDs are. I want to install Linux on an external hard drive connected via USB without burning a CD/finding a flash drive. This seems like it would be ...
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Low Voltage USB Ports and USB External HDD Problem

I'm facing a low power USB port issue on my desktop PC. I have a USB 2.5" external harddrive and it does not work with any of the USB ports on the computer case except for one. Also if I use a ...
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“You need to format your disk in drive X” message on my external hard drive

I have an external hard drive which worked fine and it is my backup harddrive. There are also some files on it that I would really want to keep. It's a 400GB Freecom drive in FAT32. All of a sudden, ...
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Formatting FAT32 partition on 500GB HDD

I've just bought a 500GB usb hdd and I saw it has one primary FAT32 partition using all the space... sounds good... Then I tried some configuration and finally needed to reformat hdd with a single ...
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Windows XP can't find external harddisk

I have a Western Digital Elements harddisk, and a couple of weeks ago I plugged it into my desktop computer. It worked perfectly, then a couple of hours later I was going to plug it into my laptop, it ...
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External Hard Drive Recognised, How to preserve data

I have a WD Elements 1.5TB External Hard Drive. It is under 2 months old, and it sits on my desk and has not been moved. A few days ago, it started appearing in Windows Explorer as "Local Disk F:" and ...
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BSOD “STOP 0x0000007B” after installing WIndows XP on external HDD

I got a bsod saying: STOP: 0x000007B (0xF78A2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) I know this seems to have been asked multiple times, but Í think I'm a different case. I just installed winxp ...
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It takes a long time until Windows XP recognize I connected USB drive

I have a problem with my new USB disk. When I connect it to my laptop with Windows XP SP2 it takes about 4-5min until Windows recognizes it and shows it as a new disk. I can also see (disk's LED is ...
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Any known “gotchas” with Vista & eSATA?

I have a Western Digital eSATA external HDD and have been trying to get it to work with a Medion laptop running Vista Home Premium. No luck whatsoever. Is it likely to be a Windows driver issue, or ...
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Windows 7: User Permissions keep resetting for external hard drive

Help my Entire account is gone after following this advice i am sure that was not the goal. but it did happen i am afraid. I am currently trying to solve icons not showing up on my external drive. I ...
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Externel WD 1TB harddrive not working only on windows but working perfectly on Linux distros.

WINDOWS (7) I've 1 TB WD external hard-disk which recently started giving an error "I/O Error Occurred" and became inaccessible with in a minute after plug in. Later, tried all (freely available ...
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USB 3.0 hard drive in usb 3 port only recognized as usb 2 and detected only when connected to usb2

I have a WD MY Passport ultra 4TB usb 3.0 external hard drive. It does not function when I connect it to an usb 3.0 port, only usb 2.0 recognises the device. How do I resolve this issue?
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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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{Debian}External disk unmounting and corrupting on big files upload with seafile

So I recently bought a little dev board (radxa) to use with a spare external drive that I had to create a dropbox clone. At first I was using Owncloud but due to my system limitation (32 bit) php ...
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Zalman drive enclosure does not start up (example case ZM-VE400)

Your Zalman ZM-VE400 (or potentially other similar drive enclosure?) from the manufacturer shows the model name when plugged in but never arrives in the menu despite pressing buttons on the keypad. ...
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Windows 8.1 installation: Which drive is the F drive?

I am doing a clean install of Windows 8.1 on an old PC. It was purchased as download from Microsoft Store and written to and booted from a USB flash drive. It went through all of these steps: ...
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Are hard drive disks airtight?

I would like to take out an external 2.5" hard-drive (Toshiba MK2555GSXF 250GB SATA) out of its external case (Icy Box IB-AC603A-U3 Adaptor) and place it onto a laptop cooling pad (Zalman ZM-NC1000). ...
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Why would re-formatting an external disk drive stop random drive disconnects in OSX Mavericks?

My old MacBook Pro Retina was over heating, so after a long story omitted, I got a new MBP Retina with Mavericks pre-installed, and my Seagate Thunderbolt(TB)/USB3 drive started unmounting and ...
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Using FireWire 800, does it makes sense to use a SSD hard disk as opposed to a 7200rpm?

Does it makes sense to buy a SSD HD and use it with the Firewire 800 port? Or should I buy a standard 7200rpm one? Firewire 800 is slower than internal HD (am I right?) so I was thinking the ...
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Use HDD enclosure as portable hard drive?

Someone here suggested that i should use an external hdd enclosure since my pc doesnt support a 2nd hdd and i want to use my old hdd. I will be permanently plugging that hdd enclosure to my pc and ...
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What is the simplest free physical solution to backing up files from multiple computers? [closed]

I don't want to consider cloud, as none are free beyond a certain amount of gig, and I have put files on bitcasa before that have just infinitely gone missing. I have also been bitten by physical ...
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Contents of External Hard disk cannot be accessed

I have a seagate external USB hard disk(500 gb). One day it was working fine and the other day when I plugged it into my Windows OS, it was listed as Local Disk instead of Expansion Drive which is its ...
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Will installing windows format the disk?

I have a problem with my hard disk so I removed it, stripped off an external hard disk and inserted it into my laptop. Now i want to install windows 7 on this disk but the installation is not showing ...
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What is the best filesystem for an external USB drive - 2 - 3 TB shared between OSX/Windows/Linux? [duplicate]

I have been using NTFS, but I recently took a drive which is normally attached to a Mac mini running Lion (using Paragon NTFS) and attached it to Windows 7 because the drive was disconnecting ...
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Booting Linux from USB 3.0 External Hard Drive [duplicate]

When I boot my computer, in the boot manager, I have the option to click "Windows 7" (my default OS). When my External Hard Drive is plugged in to USB 2.0, it boots Linux (when I click on "Windows ...
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External HDD unrecognized

I have an external IDE harddrive. I plug the USB to the PC, switch on the power and I hear that the HDD is working(no scratch, no shar noise, just a smooth hdd is what I hear). My problem is, that the ...
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Windows 8: Cannot access external drives. “Location is not available” “Access is Denied”

Background Information Our office is running a pilot of Windows 8 on a 100 machines. As I've been using Windows 8 at home since the Consumer Preview, I put my name into the pilot. My laptop was due ...
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External 1TB HDD Is “Stuck” in RAW Format

I have spent the past few weeks trying to resolve this problem and all attempts thus far have proved fruitless. I have attempted all of the commonly-suggested things to do which include: Formatting ...
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I recently converted my ex HDD from FAT32 to NTFS. now my pc doesn't find or pick up my NTFS HDD

I recently converted my external hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS using the Command Prompt. Everything was working fine, I copied a 7GB file to it and everything worked. The next day I switched on my ...
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Why is writing to my external hard drive slow, while benchmarks show fast writing?

I have an iOmega eGo 320GB portable drive connected through USB2.0 to my laptop running Windows Vista. It's been working fine for quite some time until recently it became very slow when writing e.g. ...
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If I partition a drive connected via eSata will it show different partitions when connected via USB?

I have an odd problem with an external drive. I'm formatting it connected to my laptop prior to connecting it to my router. The HDD enclosure has both an eSata and USB connections. Generally, I ...
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Cannot update files on external hard drive

I recently upgraded my PC to Windows 7. I blew away my previous install of XP to install a fresh Windows 7 system. The problem I am having is with my external backup drive... After the upgrade, I ...
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USB Storage is Write-Protected [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why would disks mysteriously become write-protected? I have a Raidon GR3630-2S-SB2+ External RAID enclosure that I've just hooked into my system. For some reason, it's ...
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External HDD (via USB) not found in OS X

I was copying some files over from my laptop HD (inserted into a 2.5" USB drive caddy) to my iMac, when I got a kernel panic. Since restarting, the external HDD no longer mounts and it doesn't look ...
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Which harddrive format do I use for both Mac and Windows to write/read?

Is there a format for a hard drive that both Mac and Windows OS can read/write to? I want an external hard drive that stores files they can both read/write, and use for backups, etc.
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external Iomega Desktop USB Hard drive disconnects while in use

I got an annoying problem with my external Iomega Desktop USB hard drive. The entire hard drive is encrypted via TrueCrypt. So I am mounting the drive via TrueCrypt after connecting it to USB. That ...