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 external hard drive won't open properly on Windows 7 (64-bit) [closed]

I have a WD My Passport 1TB USB3.0 drive (wdbbep0010bsl) with multiple partitions. Pretty much all of my games/work are on a NTFS partition (~300GB). The rest is dived up into various unused Mac ...
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Problems with NTFS USB drive after waking Windows from suspend

I accidentally removed a USB hard drive from a Windows computer in sleep mode (thought it was off) and wrote files to it on another computer, running Fedora. Now, the Windows machine is having ...
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Seagate Expansion Drive problems

i was encrypting a 3.5TB Seagate Expansion Drive with diskcryptor, it didnt crash or anything and i confirmed many times the data is still there even tho the encryption is paused at 65% . Now the ...
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Seagate external hard drive is not able to mount either into ubuntu or wondows.showing Dbus Error orh.gtk

I have Seagate External Hard dusk and backup plus drive 1TB. I used to use in UBUNTU laptop and windows in VM.It was working fine.But suddenly got mount error. Please find the below exact error: ...
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Impossible to mount an external hard drive on mac after bug [duplicate]

I made a mistake by plugging my external WD hard drive with my GoPro link (they look like the same). Everything was working, and, during a file transfer, my hard drive disappeared from my MacBook Pro, ...
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What read/write speeds must an external storage have to make it worth putting a swap partition there? [closed]

This question is for my Raspberry pi A+ (256MB RAM) which is on Raspbian Linux. I have no qualms about using a flash drive and using up its read and write cycles if need be. I'm just curious on what ...
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Error while copying files to Hard disk

I am getting this error while copying my files to Western Digital 2TB external hard drive via USB. I am getting error sometimes when copy is done 30% or 60% or 90% and I am getting this frequently. ...
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Why external harddisk are cheaper than internal [closed]

If you look in any online shop you can see that usually external usb harddisk are cheaper than internal hdd with the same size. I thought they where different/older model. But online i found ...
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3TB external suddenly becomes 746GB unallocated [duplicate]

I have an external drive my main drive is a 1TB slave is a 3TB which I used the GPT to get it there my USB drives are in a dual enclosure one being a 1TB the new one I just purchased only shows 746 ...
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How to estimate the time needed for transferring files between internal and external drives?

My laptop usb port is usb 2.0. my external hard drive is usb 3.0. Wikipedia says Due to bus access constraints, the effective throughput of the High Speed signaling rate is limited to 35 MB/s or ...
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Why is the free disk space on an external drive varying wildly while copying files on it?

I'm using Windows 8.1 Explorer to copy image files from my Android mounted as media device, onto an SSD connected via a USB 2.0 drive enclosure (NTFS). While the copying goes on, the free disk space ...
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Internal SDD + External SSD (via firewire) RAID 1 and boot drive version control (like system-wide git)

I was thinking in a theoretical realm about a certain use case, and was wondering if anybody has ever experienced anything like this. If I were to set up my internal SSD and an external SSD ...
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How to bypass external hard drive permissions [duplicate]

I bought an external hard drive from a computer repairman when he could not fix the computer I brought in for repair. I have not been able to access it since bringing it home to use because access is ...
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Does moving data between memory and secondary storage device need to go through cpu registers?

In the memory/storage hierarchy: cpu register - cpu cache - main memory - secondary storage device, does copying or moving data between storages at some levels pass the storage at some higher level, ...
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Recover missing files on an external hard drive

I backed up my files from the office in my external hard drive couple of days ago. The files are from a Mac. Then after I went home I checked the files and the files were there. After that I ...
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External Hard Drive with no WMI info

Had some software crash for a user because it expected TotalSectors from WMI to be present for all Win32_DiskDrive's. The powershell output for it is below. I asked the user if there was something ...
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Misleading “Couldn't mount file” message after successful mounting of removable Virtual Hard Disk that is part of Storage pool

I use two-way mirror feature of Windows 8 to regularly and transparently backup my important disks on USB drive. Size of my USB drive is much higher than size of disk to backup, so allocating whole ...
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What are the implications of plugging a USB 2.0 hub into a USB 3.0 hub [closed]

I have a notebook that when im at home i use for work with a keyboard/mouse, a monitor (the monitor is HDMI) and some peripheals. Well, i already have a cheap USB 2.0 powered (5v/1A) hub with 7 ...
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Wester Digital Passport External Hardisk failure

I dropped my WD passport from a height of about 3 feet on a solid surface. I connected the harddisk to my Lapotop running windows 8.1. The LED on the haddisk is blinking. I can feel the hard disk ...
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How do i recover data without reformatting drive after USB to SATA conversion?

My External USB Hard Drive became unusable. Removed the enclosure and connected via SATA. Windows is failing to recognize without formatting. What are my options to recover drive without losing data? ...
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Cannot get RAID working with Mac Mini after adding drive

I had a working RAID array with 3 2TB drive in an external Startech.com SATA enclosure that was set to RAID5 I wanted to add another 2TB drive, so I added the drive but according to the manual, I ...
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External hard drive returns a “The semaphore timeout period has expired.” error

I haven’t used my pretty much full 2TB external hard drive in a few months and wanted to grab some movies off it. But when I plug it into my laptop it either won’t show up in my computer or it shows ...
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USB 3.0 HDD is working in High-Speed mode instead of SuperSpeed

I've got Asus R500V with one USB 3.0 port. I've installed a proper driver from Acer site. I've got WD My Passport [USB 3.0 version] and I connected it to the 3.0 port. Treeview says it's working in ...
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WD Elements Bought 2 weeks ago : clicking noise on only Some devices

I bought the 1TB WD Elements USB3 external hard drive 2 weeks ago, and i have some weird issues with it when i tried on: windows 7 >> worked - Read & write linux mint 15 >> Not recognized. ...
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Duplicate last full backup from Areca

Using Areca Backup, I create full and incremental backups to a secondary drive during the week. I want to replicate the latest full backup or full + incremental to an external hard drive, which is not ...
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Understanding the wide variation in reported performance of a hard disk drive in a USB 3.0 enclosure as shown HD Tune

I have a USB 3.0 external HDD enclosure, and I installed an old HDD from my desktop into it. Naturally I’d like to see how it will perform, so I have HD Tune running a benchmark. However the graph ...
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Can't read iomega Ego external Hard Drive Drive - detected in Disk Management, but assigning a drive letter is grayed out

I have a problem with my iOmega Ego external Hard Drive. I can connect it to my laptop (Windows 8 & 7 & Mac have been tried out) and it is always shown in Disk Utlity/Disk Management (see ...
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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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Seagate 2TB external hard drive not showing up in Disk Management

I have a Seagate 2TB external hard drive connected to my machine but this does not show up in Disk Management once I'm in Windows. I have tried this on both my desktop machine and my laptop. Any ...
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disk to disk clone in Clonezilla, how to use a part of the backup drive as a disk?

I want to do a disk to disk clone in Clonezilla. I have an external hard drive but I don't want to delete all of it's contents. Is it possible to do a disk to disk clone and choose to backup to a ...
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(Ubuntu) External hard drive is read only. How to change it? [duplicate]

So I'm trying to save everything from an internal hard drive by moving all its files to an external hard drive. My SSD boot drive with windows on it died and the other hard drive has all my files on ...
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External drive connects and disconnects from laptop [duplicate]

I decided to try something new for storing my files by buying an SSD and putting it in an enclosure, using it as an external drive. It's a Samsung SSD 840 PROSeries 512GB 2.5'' and I put it in an ICY ...
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How to transfer OS from failing hard disk to new external drive?

I have an old Vista Laptop whose hard disk is failing. For various reasons I must have the same exact system back again. I copied the entire OS on the C drive over to a new external drive and made it ...
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Is there a way to make hard drives/optical drives easily removable?

My question is, is there a way to remove an optical drive and replace it with an external drive (converted to an internal drive of course) on the fly? In an earlier question I asked about ...
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Does larger disk allocation unit size in HDD makes file searching faster?

Does choosing a larger unit size make it perform faster when it comes to searching files in the disk drive or even writing/reading files? Larger allocation unit means the hard disk needle needs less ...
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How can I write to Journaled HFS+ from NTFS?

I have an external (USB) drive that I’m fairly sure is NTFS formatted. I would like to copy the files off of it, reformat it for Mac, and then put the files back on it. I am aware that you can’t ...
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External Hard Drive Can't access Ubuntu 14.04

I can't access external hard drive connected via usb on my laptop. OS is ubuntu 14.04. dmesg | tail -n 20 outputs is below. [ 153.014931] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 00 00 00 00 [ 153.014986] sd ...
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Is it 'bad' to read of a drive while writing onto it? Can you read and write 'simultaneously'?

I had a client recently who thought I'd be copying data and try read of the same drive at the same time - and according to him it's something you can't do because you'd damage the data/hard-drive. I ...
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Format a hard drive to work with Windows

I have a external hard drive formatted to Mac OS (journaled). I no longer have a Mac, so I would like to format the hard drive to exFat or fat32 from my Windows computer. My computer detects the ...
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How do I set up a WD MyBook 1TB disk as a USB drive on Debian Linux “Lenny”?

I have a WD MyBook 1TB drive that I would like to use for full cron backups (TAR?) on a Debian Linux ("Lenny") server. Is this possible? I don't care about losing the MyBook software if a reformat ...
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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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How to create a (second) virtual USB drive on a external harddrive

I want to be able to have two USB Drives displayed when I plug my hard drive in, one obviously is the harddrive, the other one should be a virtual drive. On the long run I want to be able to create a ...
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Seagate external hard disk cannot format and can not show in computer

I formatted my seagate external hard disk with NTFS using Ubuntu Disk Utility. After that it is bricked, and now I cannot see it as a hard disk in mac /ubuntu /windows, the device can be detected by ...
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WD Elements portable hard drive does not work with Gateway MX6454 laptop running x86 Windows 7

I have a Gateway MX6454 laptop purchased in 2006. It is running Windows 7 Ultimate x86. I purchased a WD Elements external hard drive model wdbuzg5000abk. It is supposed to be compatible with USB 2.0. ...
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Global keyboard shortcut to eject external hard drive on Mac OSX Yosemite?

I tried the Automator approach as described in Global keyboard shortcut to eject external hard drive on Mac OSX Lion? - but on 10.10. this gives me no result. In Finder, there's only an error sound, ...
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How do I access my external hard drive from my new computer with a new user account?

I have a new computer (iMac with Mac OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks) and a new user account. When I connect to my external hard drive—which I had used to back up my old computer—but the folders have a little ...
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“Hacking” Into my own 500 GB Seagate External Hard-drive

Throughout college—and dating back before high school—I had been backing up important information/application etc… on an external 500 GB Seagate Hard Drive. I was anxious about losing the contents of ...
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External Hard disk not showing in window 8.1

I have a window 8.1 and i try to install Ubuntu on window 8.1 that may be overwrite my hard disk data .and now hard disk doesn't show any data .when i connect hard drive externally on other laptop ...
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USB hard drive not mounting or being detected by Disk Utility in Mac OS X

I have an external USB hard drive; I plug it into my Mac, and I can clearly hear it turn on and start doing some work, but it isn’t mounted in Finder, nor is it detected by Disk Utility. It used to be ...
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3TB seagate external hard drive not working after upgrade to windows 8.1

i have a 3TB Seagate external Hard drive that worked perfectly with windows 8, as soon as I upgraded to Windows 8.1 the hard drive was no longer recognized. There is power to the hard drive, it shows ...