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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Cheap NAS for connecting a USB drive to the network

I am looking for a cheap way of hooking up a USB drive to the LAN. This could be a router with a USB port, or possibly a more regular NAS device with a USB port. I am hoping to find something below $...
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External hard drive doesn't appear in Computer

I cannot work out why this is happening. I have an external hard drive (which is an old laptop hard drive with an IDE to USB adapter). Plugging it into my computer powers it up. It spins correctly and ...
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External HDD incorrectly detected as internal - how change to enable hot swap/eject?

I have win 7 x64 Home Prem. The HDD is a seagate barracuda, 7200.7 ST3120827AS. 3.5", Serial: 3ms006n6, Firmware: 3.42 (no further updates) NexStar CX External case (drivers installed). I have ...
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How to upgrade OS on Mac Mini with external USB Drive?

We have a G4 Mac Mini, circa 2005, running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and we want to upgrade to 10.5 Leopard. We have a Leopard install disk, but the optical drive in this mini is broken. So we ...
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Complete USB 3.0 potential not being realized

I have a ASUS K55VM laptop which has 2 USB 3.0 ports. I'm running on Windows 8 x64. When I use plug in a USB 3.0 external hard drive from any 1 of the USB ports I get write/read speeds of only ~25MBps....
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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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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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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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WD My Book making odd noises (doesn't sound like Click of Death)

I have a 2TB WD MyBook connected via Firewire. It is set-up as a 2TB drive (striped) rather than a 1TB drive (mirrored). It is less than 6 months old, contains less than 1TB of data, and is used ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why can I transfer only 35 MB/s to my USB 3.0 external hard disk?

I bought a Seagate Expansion portable disk (1 TB). I am using a Dell Inspiron 15R (5521) laptop which has 2 usb 3.0 ports. But when I transfer files to my above mentioned portable drive I do not get ...
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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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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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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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What is the exact capacity of 1000GB HDD?

1 GiB = 1024 * 1024 * 1024 bytes 1 GB = 1000 * 1000 * 1000 bytes That is easy! I don't want to talk about this! I have laptop which should have (according to seller) 1000 GB. That is 1000 000 000 ...
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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 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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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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I found a some bad sectors with chkdsk. Should I be worried?

Yesterday I found a corrupted file in my external usb drive. Since I am using the drive quite often (I am running my vms over there) I decided to run the chkdsk on it This is the result 488384000 ...
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How do I ensure other computers have access to files on an external (removable) hard drive?

I have a Seagate GoFlex 3 TB hard drive with tons of random videos on it and a bunch of files for my website, etc (lots of random stuff, ok?). Today I tried to take it to my friend's house thinking 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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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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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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WD “My Passport” unable to be detected on Lenovo T450

I have a WD "my passport" external hard drive. I got a new ThinkPad (Lenovo T450), and when I plug in the hard drive, the light comes on and the drive makes a "whirring" sound. But the drive is not ...
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What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure?

What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc (and HOW do I do that?) or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure? (and I've got some idea how to that, but I don't know ...
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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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Using a large capacity drive in windows 8.1?

I bought a 4TB Western Digital drive, and also have an external 3TB USB 3.0 drive. I'm using that enclosure to test a bit. Using USB 3.0, I can format both drives and use them- life is good. But if ...
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Encrypt specific folder in exernal harddrive

I have an external Seagate hard drive. I have two folders in it. Encrypted and UnEncrypted. I was a easy solution to password protect the "Encrypted" folder. Is there any inbuilt windows feature to do ...
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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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differences between Spinning down 3.5“ HDD vs. spinning down a 2.5” HDD?

I'm using a simple USB to Sata/IDE adapter to connect a sata drive to Raspberry Pi2 running OSMC. (the adapter you can get on ebay for a couple of dollars) When I have a 2.5" laptop HDD connected, I ...
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external HDDs cannot copy files out

I have 3 different external HDD, 1Tb, exFAT format (for Mac and PC). They all developed the same problem: I cannot copy some files from them. The copying speed just drops to 0 on them and that is it. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 7")...
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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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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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{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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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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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 ...