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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Explaining the behavior of 8TB disk in different USB adapter

I was trying to make a backup onto a 8 TB Seagate SATA disk, so I placed the disk into a USB 3 adapter QP0020 by LogiLink and initialized the disk to be a GPT disk, using the whole capacity in one ...
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How do I copy an entire HDD to another external HDD without errors? (Mac OSX)

Recently I got a hard drive adapter that would finally let me open my old Macbook Hard Drive. I want to copy every single file on the hard drive (basically the whole thing). But there is a problem, ...
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External drive does not spin down when unplugged

I have a Captiva USB3-SATA bridge, which contains an asmedia ASM1053 chip. It spins down when it is plugged into the server after 10 minutes idle time, but it spins indefinitely when the server is not ...
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What controls the spin down of idle external hard drives?

I'd like to setup a spin down time for idle external hard drives. I have several candidate solution. In order to find the proper one I'd like to know what measures the idle time and starts the spin ...
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Why isn't it possible to write to a HDD in single drive hot-swap enclosure and then read from a 2 bay JBOD?

I have a number of single drive enclosures with hot-swap and I would like to use them on multiple locations with 3,5 inch HDD to store data on them. Then I would like to take the drives out and insert ...
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If someone purchased a Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive and it failed sooner than expected, will Seagate replace the drive?

One of Seagate’s recently popular hard drive models—at the consumer and enterprise level—is the ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive. It seems that many users in different usage realms—desktop environments as ...
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Password issue. MYBOOK 2TB Ext USB HDD does not accept my password

I bought a MY BOOK 2TB External USB data drive for my personal home stand alone computer. I use windows 8.0pro, the data drive is about 5 years old, does not have any wifi, network capabilities and ...
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WD 4 TB My Book from external to internal

I recently acquired a 4TB WD My Book and I'd like to use it as an internal drive in a media storage rig I'm running Plex on. I've seen online the problems people have had in the past when they have ...
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Is it possible to restore corrupt files from USB external HDD

I have a slightly older WD MyBook external 250GB HDD, after moving it form one PC to another, then back a large majority of the file names and extensions have all turned to gibberish: Both PCs are ...
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e-SATA formatted external HDD not recognized by USB

So I have an external HDD, I believe it's a Hitachi, 2tb, working fine EXCEPT: when I formatted this, it was via e-SATA, thru an Expresscard slot in my Mac Book Pro A1151, 2 partition, NTFS/Fat32. The ...
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How to recover data from corrupted WD external hardisk [duplicate]

I have Western Digital Passport 1 TB external Hard disk. It has got corrupted. When I connect to my Window 7 machine, my external hard disk rotates but my machine does not recognize it.I have checked ...
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Can I temporarily put a 2.5“ HDD into a 3.5” USB enclosure?

My laptop is crashing and I suspect my HDD, can I test it in a 3.5" USB enclosure (assuming it fits), or is that a bad idea. I don't have a desktop PC, and the BSOD logs fail to save, so if you have ...
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Copy interruption between hard drives

I'm transferring video files from 1 hard drive to another, if there was an interruption as in the hard drives couldn't be read and I had to click try again in Windows, is the quality still fine in the ...
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Wi-Fi-enable a USB hard drive

I have a "smart picture frame" type of device that displays media files from a connected USB hard drive. I wonder if it is possible to stream some files to this hard drive via my home network by ...
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Using old hard drive as external hard disk

I want to use my old hard disk as an external hard disk without formatting it. I want to access some information from that. It is not showing up in my windows computer as a disk drive or removable ...
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Frequently getting message about corrupt recycle bin

I keep getting the error message the recycle bin on E is corrupt and asks if I would like to delete it. Regardless of what I choose, the error message popsup every 10 or 15 minutes. E: is an external ...
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Remove safely Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive in ubuntu 14.04

I try to remove safely a Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive(1TB) in Ubuntu 14.04(Unity Desktop) but still the LED stays on(It is normal?). I try using Disks application with the power off button ...
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Every time I connect a newly bought external HDD, my second drive goes unallocated

I recently bought an external HDD, that I connect to the power and then via USB 3.0 to my PC. I start doing a copy/paste backup into this HDD, and leave the PC at it. Hours later, Windows is logged ...
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Can an operating system access a network drive that is formatted with an unsupported file system?

I've recently installed Windows Server 2012 and am planning to format my 2tb hard drive with the REFS file format. Afterwards, I would like to set it up as a network drive. I understand that there are ...
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How to recover damaged video file on an External hard drive

So I have a lot of video on an external HDD and most of the videos run fine. However, with some during the video it becomes very laggy and skips over some bits. When I have tried moving the files or ...
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WD elements hdd getting recognized but not showing in window explorer

WD elements hdd recognized and showing in device manager and disk management but not in window explorer. Tried uninstalling/reinstalling from disk drives but didn't help. Tried initializing disk in ...
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take ownwership of system folder of external HDD [duplicate]

I would like to access 'system volume information' folder of my external HDD (WD my book 2TB) to view results of chkdsk process. (I want to know the list of damaged file names) When I try to open the ...
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Upgrade old Lacie 2big Quadra 1TB

I have a (very) old Lacie 2big Quadra with 2 500GB drives. It's USB2.0 but it does feature an esata port so I'm planning on using that for speed. Would I be able to upgrade these with 2 drives of... ...
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Security copy of my Mac Book Pro HDD failed “Cannot allocate memory”

I have a problem with my Macbook Pro 2011. It does not boot (the charging apple appears and stays there forever), so I am trying to make a security copy of the HDD through the Disk Utility of the ...
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changing a ntfs disk to fat32 without farmating and removing the disk [duplicate]

I have a external hard drive that is full of data and i need all of it . I need to change it from ntfs to fat32. Is there any application that lets me change it without formatting and even ...
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Restore damage HDD with “live CD” Photorec

I have dropped my laptop accidentally. Its OS is Windows. So I try to learn how to restore the data. I took its damaged hdd(1), and connect it to my computer which has a normal hdd(2) with Win7, and ...
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Cannot unlock My Book 3Tb

I entered the wrong password 5 times. Then I tried erase My Book. The process I started with Disk Security ended with error message. I tried a few more times with the same result. Windows Explorer ...
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Cloning a Hard drive to avoid re-installing OS and other programs

I guess , its been a long time since I did this but I have a HDD whose S.M.A.R.T readings report a "imminent failure" . Its an Apple HDD so I thought it'd long lasting when I bought it but alas - not ...
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NAS vs USB enclosure

What are the practical differences between using a dedicated NAS and a simple USB enclosure plugged in back of the router? Theoretically I'll get the same functionality from both, I guess a ...
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How to make hard disk space virtually unlimited? [closed]

We work with video editing. We produce about 30TB of raw footage every year and we are getting crazy. In fact, we keep buying hard drives and putting new projects into different hard drives every time....
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Best Way to Power Off External Hard Drive

When powering off an external hard drive with a usb cable, a data cable, and an on/off switch, am I supposed to press the switch or to pull the usb cable first? And which way when powering it on? I'm ...
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Recover data from partitions (HDD from broken NAS)

I've seen similar posts around, but no answer that fits my needs (seems that most people just want to format their drives or they run linux?). But it I've missed an answer and this is a duplicate, I ...
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How to check the when internal hard drive connected in the system

-- its not duplicate and no answer available for the same, earlier question was asked for USB mass storage.. But the concern is with the internal drives. Can anyone know the way or software to know ...
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New external USB HDD cannot copy big files and develops bad blocks

I had an issue with external HDD not being able copy out big files but thought it was due to the bad blocks that they had (here is that question). But now I have brand new 5Tb that I am trying to use ...
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how to access external bootable Linux disk from windows 7 machine [duplicate]

I have an bootable external disk which a Linux is installed on it. I can boot into it and use Linux there. It is a 1TB disk. I think it will be better if I can also use it as a storage when I use my ...
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Alternatives for BitLocker technology [closed]

I am looking for a program that can encrypt external hard disk and doesn't need third party application to decrypt. All I found is BitLocker but the problem is that I don't have pro version of ...
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Recovering data from partially formatted external HDD [duplicate]

I had a 1 TB western digital external hard disk filled with data. Mistaking it for another USB drive, my friend right clicked and went ahead with formatting. Within around five seconds after the ...
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Windows won't boot after adding new hard drives

I took two WD external drives, took them apart, and installed them inside my PC. They are attached with sata to a pci expansion card with sata ports. When they are connected the PC freezes at the "...
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Why are some hard disk enclosures limited in hard drive capacity?

Why are these hard drive enclosures advertised as having 160 GB maximum capacity? http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B008MRBMPA USB 2.0 interface (Compatible with USB 1.1), Up to 480 Mbps data transfer ...
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“Error: Your PC needs to be repaired”, during installation of Windows 8 on Mac

Im Trying to install windows 8.1 on an external hard drive on my macbook pro without going through the bootcamp process, since it asks for the internal hard drive to be partitioned which is not ...
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Adjust creation date/time of files already copied?

I recently replaced my laptop's hard-disk with a bigger capacity SSD. Windows was re-installed from scratch and then I copied my data to the SSD by putting the old hard-disk in an external USB ...
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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 Hard Disk — System freezes when initiate a transfer from PC to HDD

I am facing a unique issue with my PC. I have a new Seagate 1TB external Hard disk. The hard disk is detected without any issues and I am able to browse the folder on the hard disk. When I initiate ...
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External HDD not recognized in windows 10, cmd or disk manager

I purchased one external HDD from a shop, it work there in the shop. I took two of my own notebook HDD to check through a box. According to me, they "don't work" but they indeed work there, I saw it. ...
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My 1TB WD Hard Drive has failed. Can it be fixed?

My 1TB WD hard drive contained more than 400 movies. It has failed. I used it in connection with a WD TV HD Media Player to watch the movies on my TV screen. I unplugged the drive one day without “...
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External USB hard drive appears as USB to SATA device and won't automatically assign drive letter

I can assign it a letter every time i plug it in (which requires a restart, since the drive letter i assign it in diskmgmt stays occupied until i shut my pc down), and it will work fine from then on, ...
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External HD Sleeping on Windows 10

I have an external SSD HD (Kingston HD with an Orico USB3 enclosure) that seems to fall asleep after 15 minutes of being idle. I've checked all my power settings for USB and for Hard drives to never ...
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Reset SMART on Hard Drive

I'm wondering if there's any common way to reset SMART readings on a hard disk. The reason is that I got long ago one of those cheap USB 3.0 drives (sold by LG but the inner HDD seems to be Toshiba)....
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filesystem conversion from fat32 to ntfs on external hard drive

i'm currently having problems with a filesystem conversion on a 1TB external usb hard drive. The drive is filled with about 300GB and attached to a windows 7 system. The conversion was started using ...
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List of damaged files from chkdsk process [duplicate]

I chkdsk'ed my external HDD and found that some files have been damaged. Can I get the full list of deleted files from this chkdsk process? Command prompt window shows part of the file list but even ...