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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How to know if CHKDSK is still running?

I am trying to repair one of my disks with CHKDSK. Unfortunataly I get the following message: "corruption was found while examining the volume bitmap" Now, I don't know if it is still running or if ...
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Restore windows 7 hard drive from raw image

I have an unfragmented raw image of my laptop's hard drive stored on an external hard drive (created with ftk imager which just makes a raw .001 file, not through windows to make a .iso file). My ...
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External HDD unable to be mounted / shows empty partition after putting in a new case

I have a 1TB external hard drive for storing my data. Unfortunately the USB connector became loose, so that the HDD didn't work anymore. So I just bought a new 2.5" case and put my HDD in the new ...
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External SSD vs. Internal standard HD for speed?

I am using a laptop for gaming because I am not able to build a desktop currently. I was thinking about getting an external SSD for the speed, but I was wondering if it would be worth it, as I am not ...
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cannot open WD 1TB Hard

I Cannot open my hard drive. When i plug it to any PC the hard appears as this picture then i opened the computer manager the hard drive appears as this picture I cannot open the drive or ...
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How do I my connect laptop hard disk to desktop via USB?

My laptop recently died, but I got the hard disk out. I put the hard disk in an external case; I connected this disk to my desktop via the usb cable, it worked fine. However, when I later restarted my ...
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External Hard Drive Possible Not Reporting Bad Sectors

I have a 3TB WD external hard drive that has been scarcely used (but isn't under warranty any longer, AFAIK), and lately it has been showing signs of brokenness: some files don't open/freeze, when I ...
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External hard-disk cannot safely remove [closed]

My external hard drive cannot be remove in my laptop. Usually, it have 'safely remove this device', but mine doesn't have one and cannot be eject. It is because of the virus? I already install Unlock ...
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Windows 7 hangs on shutdown until external drive is unplugged

Occasionally (maybe 1/20 times) my pc will get stuck when shutting down until I remove one of my external hard drives. This happens regardless of whether I have accessed the drive. What could be ...
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OSX refuses to create a partition on my 4TB external, despite free space

I have a 4TB HGST external Hard Drive. The first partition is for backing up my Windows system, which is 3.5TB, and there is ~500GB "free space" to let OSX create it's own HFS+ partition for Time ...
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Wiping external drives & encryption?

I decided to start encrypting my external usb drives and wonder whether i should wipe them first. So far i only had experience with 'Eraser' on my internal drives, but not sure how healthy that is ...
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Does deleting files speed up chkdsk on a corrupted drive?

My external 500gb hard drive has become corrupted, and accessing its data incredibly slow. Most of my important data is still available, but I need to run chkdsk to repair as much as I can. However, ...
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GRUB not listing extended partitons

So I just installed Arch Linux on a external drive. I created a extended partition and created swap and root partition inside. There is another partition with old files. The problem is GRUB doesn’t ...
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What is OTB (one touch backup) on SATA HDD Enclosures?

What is OTB (one touch backup) on SATA HDD Enclosures? And how does it work? Many external HDD enclosures feature the OTB functionality, which I hear is a one-button to backup system to hard-drive. ...
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External hard drive missing files and odd folder names

I have a Western Digital 2TB MyPassport external hard drive. All of a sudden, multiple files disappeared from different folders (not all of them) and I can´t find them anymore (they´re not hidden). ...
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Why it takes long for 'Safe To Remove Hardware' icon to appear? [closed]

I regularly connect a WD (My Passport) 2TB external HDD to my PC (Windows 7, 32-bit) via USB. To eject it, I follow the standard procedure which I am writing down in steps for easy reference in the ...
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External USB HDD not being detected properly

My laptop (Arch Linux) refuses to recognize USB hard disk drives properly, while flash drives are working fine. The specific drive in question is a 500GB NTFS volume. I’ve already encountered this ...
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How to boot into a Linux installation on an external hard disk through a virtual machine

I’ve installed a Linux distro on an external USB hard disk drive through a live session on a virtual machine with my USB hard disk connected. I partitioned the external USB hard disk to three primary ...
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Asus M51AC Windows 10 pro running chkdsk on seagate external hD

Im running chkdsk K: command and want to stop because I located the Seagate software that might be able to salvage some of the drive. Is there a safe way to stop, as I stll can type commands in the ...
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Install Kali Linux on External Hard Drive Disk

I am interested if is it possible to install Kali Linux Sana 2.0 on external hard drive disk or not and if it is possible, how to format external HDD(NTFS or FAT32 or exFAT) an install OS Kali Linux ...
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Fixing broken external HDD partition

Basically I used Quick Format on a HDD (300GB ish) and I was changing it from NTFS to FAT32 I believe it was a while back so I cant remember much but it basically just stopped working. Now it wont ...
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WD My Passport Stopped working [duplicate]

I have a WD My Passport P/N ends with BBK-01 1TB. I had it for couple of years and it was functioning smoothly on Windows 7 and Win 8.1, before upgrading to Windows 10 it stopped working, the Windows ...
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External HDD inaccessible after formatting ext4+LUKS

In an attempt to establish a backup of my Arch Linux installation, I reformatted my My Passport Ultra 1 TB Drive. It was previously used on Windows, so I think the file system was NTFS (although I'm ...
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boot win 7 from external usb 3.0 bsod on each try?

Recently I have installed win 7 on my external usb 3.0 sata 500gb hdd, using wintousb and rufus I was able to do so pretty easily. The issues arise when I try to take advantage of usb 3.0 speed for ...
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External drive installed internally shows as RAW, how to fix?

I have (had) an external drive (Hitachi Touro Desk 2TB) that I have installed internally, plugged into the motherboard via a SATA cable. The drive shows up in Windows, but cannot be accessed, as it ...
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WD My Book World Edition (white light) shares/connection are being lost

I have a very weird problem with WD My Book World Edition (white light). It is connected to the router (CAT6) and so is a Windows 10 desktop. There're a few shares on WD that are used by the desktop ...
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1 TB Seagate External hard disk drive not showing data, says drive needs to be formatted?

I have 1TB Seagate external hard disk drive. The hard disk drive is not showing the data and it says the drive needs to be formatted. What are the options available to me for data recovery and cost ...
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2TB Seagate External GoFlex external hard drive failure: Is there anything I can do?

I have a 2TB Seagate External GoFlex—which has a Seagate 2TB 9VT156-570 installed—that I’d like to recover the data from. It was working and I was going to make a backup. I bought a SATA docking ...
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Media is Write Protected [duplicate]

I have sandisk 16 GB pendrive when fromat its shows an error media is wrtie protected.I search many tool & ways & trick but fail to fix this issue. Please if any one have solution please help ...
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Can't change icons on folders of disk imported from another Windows 7 system

I had a catastrophic failure, just created a new Windows 7 Ultimate system with very little installed. I attached a disk drive from the previous system that has data on it (it wasn't damaged). All ...
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How to best store an external hard drive on a motorcycle

When a hard drive fails from a fall, what actually fails most of the time? Does the reader head often damage the disk? If this is a big cause of disc damage caused by drops / falls / vibrations, can ...
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Remove “WD Unlocker” partition from WD My Book

I have a WD My Book (3TB storage, USB 3), and just like many other enthusiast owners of this external drive, I'm trying to get rid of their crapware. Whenever I plug this device into a computer, ...
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External drive installed driver but not detected on my computer

I recently installed windows 8. Everything is working fine but when I plugged in my external drive, the driver gets detected and installed but I cant see it in my computer. And when I checked on the ...
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How to boot and export from a recovered external hard drive?

My previous laptop had Ubuntu and Windows 8 dualbooted. The hard drive was corrupted, but I had it recovered and exported to an external hard drive, assuming i could boot from it. My new, Windows 7 ...
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Windows can’t find hard disk drive after hard resets but drive works via a USB enclosure

The drive in question is a 3TB SATA Seagate (ST3000DM001-9YN166; Firmware: CC4H) hard disk drive and my system is Windows 7 64-bit. I had some GPU trouble a while back and required to hard-reset a ...
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Moved OS hdd to USB enclosure, how can I make it boot? [duplicate]

I had a Windows 10 installation in my laptop. I got a new SSD for it so I took out the old HDD and put it in a USB enclosure. The hard disk works fine and great, better than I thought it would on USB ...
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How can I recover data from 3TB Seagate GoFlex home in Mac OS X?

I have a 3TB Seagate GoFlex Home, and it stopped working on me. It’s not a hard drive failure, just a software issue. It’s a Barracuda drive. I can hear the drive spin up without any knocking or ...
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Unable to create windows backup on external hdd

I am having a WD Elements 2TB portable hard disk (exFAT) I am unable to do backup of windows on it. My windows 7 laptop has ntfs system Please help as I need to do backup
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Windows XP not recognizing my 4TB WD harddrive

Just now got Western Digital 4TB hard drive. WD4003FZEX. I have Windows XP and I know there is no straight forward solution in XP to make use of entire 4TB. Is there any workaround in XP to make use ...
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Seagate Expansion not loading up as a Disk

I am in deep sh*t as my 1TB Seagate Expanstion Portable HDD (STBX1000301) stopped working all of the sudden. It was working fine, like crisp. I was copying data (in GBs) to it and suddenly it stopped ...
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Windows 10 gives error when writing to external drive past 2TB

I have a CoolerMaster XCraft 360 with a 8TB drive in it. It's formatted using the NTFS file system. It's almost 25% full, so I'm just about to hit the magic 2TB mark. When I'm trying to copy a file to ...
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Western Digital My Passport Beeps [duplicate]

My Western Digital My Passport Drive () is broken, when I went to plug it in today, It made beeping sounds when connected. It makes 7 beeps, then 3, then another 3, and then it pauses for a few ...
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How to search for a file that is compressed on a external drive from my mac?

My hard drive was from my Mac. I replaced it with a new hard drive. I was able to dump all the data from the damaged drive onto an external drive. The dump separated some of the files into Word docs, ...
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Seagate Backup Plus 4tb

I have a seagate 4tb backup plus desktop external hard-drive. I use it to house alot of college work, regular work files and a few movies etc. While it has been been plugged into my tv the past few ...
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Hard disk hitachi 2.5" with crc initialize error

I have a hard disk HXCC545032B9A300 Hitachi 2.5 inch hard disk with a OA58732 PC board. My problem is "CRC INITIALIZE ERROR" on the hard disk. Hard disk is running, no click, no noise, recognized ...
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How can I make my external USB drive start faster?

I have an external 3 TB Touro hard drive from Hitachi, which works fine; it starts up from sleep mode in a few seconds. Now I've added a 4 TB Touro, and on this drive it takes 30 seconds(!) to start ...
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Issues sharing external HDDs using Win7pro

I have searched everywhere, read dozens and dozens of Q&As, and none cover my specific problem. In fact, when I follow the suggestions found in most posts, the option they show simply does not ...
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Is there a way to make an external hard drive appear as internal in Windows XP?

Title says it all, how can I make Windows XP treat my external hard-drive as an internal (system) hard drive? I'm trying to install an application that will only accept an internal hard drive but I ...
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I just moved 300GB+ files from one external drive to another, but now the folders show up empty?

I selected all the folders and used cut and paste. But the second external drive has 331GB data, only I can't see it. All the folders show up empty. I use Windows 10. One of the folders and all its ...
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Unrecognized 2TB 2,5" HDD and floppy: error -5 while reading block 0 errors in Linux under VM Ware

I’ve recently bought a 2TB 2.5" external hard drive (Seagate Expansion Portable STBX2000401). I have a problem with this drive, Linux doesn’t recognize it (I am using VM Ware on Mac OS X). When I ...