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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Protected sharing over a home network (mac)

I have an external drive connected to one of my Mac systems. I was hoping to share that over the home network. We can do so by just going into System Preference->Sharing->Turning on File Sharing. ...
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Cannot mount western digital hard drive. Can I clone it?

I have a 1TB Western Digital USB3 external hard drive. Last day I dropped it and after that I was unable to mount it. The hard drive doesn't have a SATA connector but the circuit board translate from ...
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Are there multiHDD bays that offer multiple usb or esata connections? Is it even possible?

RAID can be used for multiple HDDs that are connected by separate connections. Theoritically, the same should apply to HDD bays. Are there any or is it possible, with them being connected to one usb ...
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Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt raid with CentOS 6.5

We have ourselves a rather expensive Mac Pegasus R6 external thunderbolt raid and a CentOS box that we would love to use it. On a Mac it's plug and play, however on our CentOS box it's not recognized ...
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Forgot password for external hard drive

I created a password for WD Elements 2T USB 3.0 external hard drive and I just forgot it. Is there a way to retrieve it or a workaround? My operating system is OS X Yosemite
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2 slot external hard drive dock with 1 eSATA connection?

Does anyone have experiencing using a dual slot external hard drive docking station with only one eSATA port on the back? Do both drives show up in the OS even though only one eSATA cable is ...
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External hard disk is not loading

I have a Sony 1TB Hard disk, which has been working fine for a year. The Hard disk is powered by a USB cable. It had 300 GB free space. Now when I connect my HD, my Windows keeps loading it and all I ...
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Cannot write to Seagate Slim drive from iPhone

I have installed everything needed for my Seagate Slim drive on my new MacBook Pro and iPhone. When I try to transfer photos from my iPhone to the Seagate drive, I get a message stating cannot write ...
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Can't install wireless drivers to Windows 7 on an external drive

Today I installed Windows 7 to a 1TB external USB hard drive. Everything worked fine, set up Windows and went to install drivers so I could connect to my LAN. My primary OS is Ubuntu, so I booted into ...
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Hard drive won't connect to PC

I loaned my Seagate 500G GB external harddrive to a friend recently so that he could put some TV series on it, but he said (upon returning it) that after he started the transfer, for some reason it ...
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External hard drive 'complains' after computer switched off

I have a Hitachi external Hard Drive, powered by 2 USB leads. On my previous (XP) computer, I only needed to plug one of these into a USB socket; however on my new (Windows 8) computer I need to plug ...
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Efficient way to refresh an external hard disk

I have done some research and found that unplugged hard disks slowly lose their magnetic states over time, therefore I need to refresh the data periodically. Some answer in Superuser suggested I ...
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Move folders from various locations to a specific folder — Win. 8

I just purchased an external hard drive and was thinking about moving my movie backups over to it. The problem with this is that I didn't really take the time to organize my movie backups to begin ...
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How to get my USB 3 hard drive working with a USB 2 device

I recently bought a 2TB USB 3.0 hard drive to keep my family videos and photos. I want to use it with my Sumvision Micro Cyclone Micro 2 media player. The player works perfectly with an older hard ...
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Can a USB power surge cause on one port cause damage to another device?

I recently discovered that an external hard drive is giving a "device not recognized" error. It has been plugged in and in use for several years. A couple days before realizing that the hard drive ...
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files different on removable hard drive in linux

I'm having a problem with my external hard drive when using it on my linux system. I am running ubuntu with kde, and I have a 1tb hard drive (formatted in ntfs, I think). I was working perfectly when ...
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Demagnetization of External Hard Drives

I hope this is not too silly of a question but I feel like I am confused about this topic of demagnetization of CD's, DVD's, and external hard drives. Recently I have bought two identical external ...
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How to keep harddrive spinning / prevent spindown?

I'm using Windows 8.1 with an external hard drive. My external seems to go to sleep very quickly, like in a single minute. I constantly wait 2-3 seconds when accessing files on my external harddrive ...
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Power off External Hard Drive that has separate data and power cables

I modified the cable that my external hard drive has so that the data cable feeds into my raspberry pi and the power feeds into a usb charger, when i turn off the pi, the hard drive does not turn off, ...
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Quick Way To 'Hide' or Encrypt Several Terabytes Of Data? [closed]

I'm trying to adopt some best-practices (or at least less-bad-practices) with my external data storage. I'm looking for a way to quickly provide some minimal level of protection from prying eyes for ...
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Drive unable to initialise,“Device Not Ready” when attempting to connecting hard drive to windows 7

I have an old Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 hard drive that I am attempting to connect to a Windows 7 machine by using a USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter.(it was previously connected to an internal IDE ...
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How can a MBR formatted hard drive exceed 1.81 TiB capacity?

I recently purchased an external disk drive with 3 terabytes (2.72 TiB) of storage capacity. Now according to Wikipedia's article on MBR, the maximum addressable storage space on a disk formatted ...
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What is the safe way to scan external drive for viruses

I have an external drive which contains lots of important files and MacOS time machine backup. I had to plug it to a computer in our school and my drive is infected by viruses. Now I'm worrying about ...
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Fastest Transfer from CFast 2.0 Card to Hard Drive

I'm thinking of buying a camera that uses Cfast 2.0 card. Filming in RAW format gives you just 6 minutes of filming time per card. These cards are ultra expensive so I need to figure out how to ...
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How Do Those 4TB External Hard Drives Have One Partition Yet Work In XP?

Usually I'm able to answer my own questions by looking at the forums here and other places as well as searching online; but this one seems elude me. I'm going to focus specifically on the Seagate ...
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My files and folders on my usb disk changed automatically to FILE format

I have a 465 GB Maxtor USB external hard drive. I use it for games on my Xbox 360. Today I turned on my Xbox 360, started XexMenu 1.1 and there were only a few games show on it. I pluged-in my ...
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Don want to use safe remove EX HDD in MAC OS…

I am using iMac with OS 10.6.8. Every time when I eject my External HDD I have to eject from finder. I want to use like Plug n Play just like in windows no need to give safe remove. If there is any ...
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Symlink to a nonexistent drive in Windows

When I try to create a directory junction to a windows drive that does not yet exist, I get the following message: C:\>mklink H H:\ /J Local volumes are required to complete the operation. I ...
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Can I use Time Machine with an external hard drive that is Mac compatible but already has some data files on it ?

Basically, after updating my OSX to Yosemite. My Mac becomes really slow and I have to reboot the machine twice every day, which is annoying. I heard the solution is to do a clean install of OSX. ...
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How to boot from external USB hard drive when no internal drives are connected

I installed Windows 7 on my external hard drive, and it was working fine. It was booting up, and I was actually able to go online and install programs on it. But then when I try to take out the ...
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Connect hard disk to laptop using usb-to-sata cable

I have a laptop (Dell Latitude E5420) with 5400 RPM hard disk and the speed seems slow. I also have a 7200 RPM desktop computer’s hard disk drive. So my question is if I connect that 7200 RPM desktop ...
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Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive only working with own sata/usb adapter

I opened up my Seagate Expansion Drive (3TB) to get to the hard drive itself. I wanted to use it in my PC and access it through SATA. But I cant mount the drive on linux. If I try to access it through ...
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What will happen if I format my external hard drive?

I have an external HD, it's maybe 3 years old. It's 1 TB and is almost full at this stage, 950+ gigs used up. There a several folders, movies, music, tv shows, etc... When I open some, I get a ...
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External HDD gets recognized under Linux Mint but not under Windows 8

I have a system with Windows 8. I had the problem, that whenever I plugged in my external hard drive, the HDD booted up and then, after 5 seconds shut down again. At first I thought this would be a ...
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Can't see external hard drive on Mac or PC

As mentioned in the title, I can't see my external hard drive on Mac finder and PC. I checked on Mac disk utility and it does appear over there. I thought about trying to repair it but i'm afraid ...
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WD Passport Ultra Stops Working out of nowhere

My WD Passport Ultra has stopped showing up in device manager/windows explorer and anywhere really. I've tried it on a different computer and with a different USB 3.0 cable as well as plugging it ...
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External HDD on a Windows 8.1 HP

I have Win 8.1. First day in Windows. Just moving over from Mac. Can;t affored a new Mac. I have lots of data on an external HDD from my Mac. I want to access those files on the PC. When I plug the ...
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use two external hard drive as one

I am planning to purchase a second external hard drive and I am trying to figure out a minimalist setting to use two external drives at the same time (I don’t want to plug two drives into my computer, ...
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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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Which external drive is better for server data backup? [closed]

I need to backup my server from data center having around 700GB of data. Which external drive shall I use (it will be directly connected to the server) for backup? How long it will take to copy data ...
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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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What cable do a need to connect a SATA SSD to a computer with eSATA and USB plugs?

I have a laptop (Dell Precision M 6700) with an eSATA plug and some free USB ports. What type of cable do I need to plug the SATA SSD to the eSATA and power it? Is there a cable with eSATA on a side ...
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How to get access to unaccessible SSD drive and weird partition volumes?

I bought a ASUS S46CB a month ago, and it boasted, among other features, two hard drives: a 20Gb SSD and a regular 1Tb hard drive. After booting, I saw that the 1Tb disk was splitted in half and ...
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Can't copy data into NTFS-formatted external HDD from Macbook [duplicate]

I have copied my whole HDD into a Macbook Pro. Now I formatted the HDD from FAT32 to NTFS. Macbook is not allowing me to copy the data back to the HDD. What do I do now?
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Files Larger Than 4GB Are Not Transferring To Hard Drive?

Moving things from my laptop to a 1TB hard drive. Stops at any file larger than 4GB saying that that there isn't enough space on the hard drive. I checked the formatting on my hard drive and it is ...
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Seagate Dashboard 3 isn't showing latest backups

I have a 3TB Backup Plus Desktop (Windows) and I'm trying to restore my files into a custom folder on a new computer (Windows 8.1). The files were backed up on the drive from an older Windows 7 ...
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OS X Yosemite Mac WD elements external hard drive

I have a WD 1TB external hard drive Exfat. I drag the files to the trash, but can't delete the trash. Message reads "The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access some ...
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Is this hard-drive beyond recovery? [closed]

A family member dropped a couple of their external hard drives as they were swapping to a new computer. Needless to say both drives have been ruined, but with different symptoms; the first drive works ...
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External SSD drive(s) in USB enclosures are not being recognized by Mac OS X

I have two external SSD drives that Disk Utility Mac OS X on my 2014 MacBook Pro doesn’t see at all. The laptop basically gives zero indication that something has been plugged in. I’m connecting the ...
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Is it possible to configure a multiplatter hard drive as separate drives?

I am looking to set up a RAID mass storage array, and have been reading about how large disk sizes are jeopardising rebuild because of the time required to execute a full rebuild and the chance of ...