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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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I recently attached an external HD with eSATA in Windows 7. When I try to enable ReadyBoost, I click Test in the device Properties and nothing happens. Why?

There is a Test button on the ReadyBoost tab within the device properties which, according to help I've seen online, should test my drive's speed and display the results and whether or not I can use ...
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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 ...
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My External USB Hard Drive won't show up

My External USB Hard Drive don't show up. I checked in Computer Management, Disk Management and Device Management, the partition of my Hard Disk exists I was trying to install a linux ...
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Seagate 1 TB External drive encrypted with Bitlocker in error

I have encrypted my seagate 1TB drive with Bitlocker in error. I have not put any files on the drive and would like to return it to its pre encrypted state. I dont know how to format the drive and ...