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Icons and Open file dialog are messed up after backuping Windows system folders on external hard drive

On Windows 7 I moved my Document and Desktop folders (using Windows Explorer, not on command line) to an external hard disc (directory F:\backup\). When the hard disc is not attached and I use File ...
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What is the fastest way to backup external harddisk

I came across various free tools such as Macrium Reflect. May I know does Macrium free version provides "resume" capability? As my current HDD contains a lots of files and folder which I believed it ...
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Trying to boot OS X snow leopard from external hard drive, but not showing up as a startup disk

As the title says, I'm trying to boot from an external hard drive, but for whatever reason it isn't showing up under System Preferences>Startup Disk. I saved about 211 GB of data onto my external hard ...
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Hard disk space less than advertised [closed]

I am sorry I am asking this old beaten up question and this question is not code related. I understand why 500GB advertised hard disk in actuality is only 465 GB because of the 1024 bit system. For a ...
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Hard disk used space wrong

I'm having an issue here that, so it seems, many users have had. My used disk space on an internal disk is off. And not just by a few GB. It's an external Western Digital backup drive. I use it for ...
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My Book Essential Edition : switch box

I have a My Book Essential Edition 1To. Sadly I connected the wrong power cable and so a bad smell was coming from the box. As it was out of support, I opend it thinking I will plug it directly to ...
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Problems using Diskpart to resolve 'Read Only' issue on external 2TB external MyBook

I've got a problem with an external disk which suddenly, mid-session decided it was read only. I've tried the right click, properties, attributes, read only - to no avail, so then decided to approach ...
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Can a TrueCrypt container file be mounted from an external hard drive?

I created a 200GB TrueCrypt container, and thinking that you should be able to mount it from anywhere, I transfered it to my external hard drive. Then I tried to mount it, but TrueCrypt won't even ...
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How can I password protect my hard-drive completely? [duplicate]

I have a password for my Windows OS, so if my computer is stolen (hopefully) the thief will not be able to start up the operating system. But one can easily remove the hard drive and access the files ...
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External hard disk is not getting detected

I have a 1 TB buffalo external hard disk which has data around 750 GB. Recently something wrong happened to this. when i am plugging it, system will make a sound and i can see that in "safely remove ...
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After using external HDD in Windows 7, it stopped to be readable in Windows XP

After using an external hard drive with Windows 7 (Prof), it stopped to be recognized in any Windows XP (Prof), telling (in XP that it is not formatted and should be formatted for using), though it is ...
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How to control Seagate external drive power options

I have a 3TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 drive. I want to control the drive power options to have it turn off after a period of time, and have installed the Seagate Dashboard app just to set the power ...
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If USB 2.0 max speed is 35MBp/s (480 mbits) why am I transferring at 120MB over gigabit?

I have a USB 2.0 External HDD and when I transfer something to/from the HDD over a gigabit network, I have a 120MB transfer speed, but USB 2.0 over supports 35MB
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Real time backup software [closed]

Last week I bought Samsung D3 external hard disk but I am not so happy with the included software. I know that on the web there are many software for real time back up, but I want really trustworthy ...
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How to make a hardisk from a portable hardisk?

I have a acer 500 gb portable harddisk and want to convert it in to a network hard disk. so that i dont have to carry it along and also not to keep my computer power on for whole day. I have iball ...
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Will a higher hard drive size affect performance

My laptop came with a 500 GB hard drive. I use my laptop for storing my digital photographs, and only have about 14 GB of file storage left on the original hard drive. I have a 750 GB external hard ...
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How can I automatically require a password when connecting to a WD MyBookLive?

I have created a user which has specific privileges to access the shares on our WD MyBookLive Network drive (ie it requires a password to connect), however after connecting once Windows seems to ...
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Moving existing RAIDed drives to new DataTale enclosure

I have 4 2TB hard drives from a Mac Pro that were RAID 5'ed. I sold the Mac Pro but kept the hard drives. I just bought a DataTale 4-bay RAID enclosure that supports RAID 5 ...
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How do I turn a shared computer back into a shared media drive?

There is an external hard drive that is set up as a shared media device for a TV. I tried to hook up my the library on my desktop as a shared media drive to watch movies from my computer on the TV. ...
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External HDD is not accessible after using on TV [duplicate]

I cannot see any files on my external hard drive after using on TV. I have already posted details in this post. I can repair some files using recovery software, but I would like to know a reason of ...
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Cannot see files in my external HDD

I have HDD with a lot of video files. Usually I connect my HDD with TV to watch videos. Today I've connected the drive to my PC and noticed some hidden files, but nothing related to video. The files ...
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1Tb disk formatted on Linux won't mount on windows nor mac

I have an external HD (western digital) with 1Tb. I use Linux but I wanted to reserve a cross platform partition on the disk. I decided to create two partitions and used the "disks" application to do ...
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Is it Incorrect to use Copy Paste for Backup

I have a 'large' (~200 GB) music collection on my storage drive in my PC. For backup and mobile DJ purposes I keep a copy of this folder on an external USB hard drive. Any new music that I obtain goes ...
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HDD is not recognized/initialized via USB, only via SATA - is a reformat through USB a bad idea?

I have a 4TB Hitachi HDD that I purchased in Europe (I use it as a backup disk); I use Windows 7. When I connect it to a SATA port, it is recognized in Windows Explorer and gives no problems, even ...
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How to recover JPG files that turned into folders on a portable drive?

On prtable harddrive, which was used with several devices, some picture files (JPEG) are turned to directories. It is impossible to "enter" these directories. Filesystem is NTFS. It is impossible to ...
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Error 0x80000FFF: Catastrophic failure on external hard drive

Hi I am not really sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but here goes. Yesterday after installing team foundation server 2012 on my PC I tried to set the workspace for it on my ...
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how to format a 500gb external hard drive to fat32 using windows 7 [duplicate]

I want to partition and format my 3TB wdbacw0030hnk-01 western digital external hard drive. I want to partition the drive to at least 2 partitions, one being 500gb (512,000 MB) and the rest to 2TB ...
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Formatting an external HDD stuck at 70%

My external HDD which is a 250GB WD (powered by USB) seems to have problem! Whenever i try to copy some files, it stuck while copying. I decided to format it. So I used windows tool and performed the ...
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Troubleshooting slow write speed on external hard drive

THE SITUATION: I’ve been using a Western Digital My Book Essential Edition WD5000C032-002 500Go USB 2.0 for a couple of years to backup another external hard drive I have. I use SuperDuper on a ...
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External hard drive not recognized in OS

my Hitashi external hard drive is not being recognized by any OS. On windows when i go to "disk managment" section, i have the partition as "NON INITIALISED/ NON ALLOCATED". no other operation on that ...
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Backup folder on sometimes attached external usb harddrive

My girlfriend no longer has space her laptops drive to store her photos. The drive she has now is 750GB, so to go to a bigger drive would be expensive, as there isn't many 1.5tb 2.5 inch 9.5mm hdd on ...
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Testdisk not finding any errors, but still hard-drive is not working

After reading last night around 3 hours of articles and tutorials on the internet, and not finding anything, I thought it's time to post here. I have an external drive of 500 GB where I have a LOT of ...
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What's the best tool to use to automatically backup selected folders from Windows to my external hard drive? [closed]

I have a 1TB external hard drive and I'd like to periodically schedule backups of my "Libraries" in Windows to the external drive. I'd prefer if it could detect what files have changed and ...
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WD External HDD in exFAT NOT able to convert into NTFS

I'll just keep it short my WD 1 TB external HDD got corrupted for whatever reason into RAW drive and after days of research and wait (2 weeks+), I was successful in recovering all the data on it, yes ...
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Run programs installed on a drive removed from a pc which is currently connected via usb

I had my windows 7 64bit laptop die of a hardware failure in the graphics card, leaving my ssd untouched. So while I am waiting for it to be fixed I removed the ssd and am connecting it to another ...
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External drive has strange files “_*” appearing - culprit is maybe rsync or SMB access?

I'm using rsync to back up folders from my iMac to a WD MyBook and the process seems to leave files such as these: _0O1MN~H.MP4 _2C0X2~3.AVI _ALLYW~B.SRT _VUC69~7 The last one is the most ...
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My External USB drive stops after reading some data

I had the external USB 3.0 western Digital My Book essential 3TB drive. I had loto of data on it. Suddenlt when i start copying data from it then after reading 20GB or so data then i get error that ...
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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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Windows 8.1 Opens a File Explorer Window on Polling External Drives

I just upgraded to Windows 8.1 from 8.0. I have 3 external HDDs. Now when Windows polls the external drives it automatically opens a File Explorer window at the root of the drive. Every time the OS ...
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Could I have destroyed Partitioning-Scheme/Filesystem of HDDs with External Harddrive Case with builtin Raid-Controller?

I had just recently bought a Fantec QB-35US3R to have a nice box on my desk to make some backups to. Along with the HDD-Bay I had ordered some 4TB HDDs to let them run in Raid 5, which is handled by ...
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USB 3.0 vs USB 2.0 for external Hard disks drives

I considered buying this HD USB 3.0. If the writing/reading speed of a HDD is, about, a hundred megabytes per second, it is worth it spending 15€ more for the transfer speed? Isn't it limited by the ...
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How to share my media files from USB external Hard Disk on to my wifi / any adapters available

I am trying to connect my external USB powered USB hard drives (1TB) and various other capacities of USB HDD containing various media files including videos and music on my home wireless network. I ...
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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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Raspberry Pi can't see external hard drive

My Raspberry Pi (Model B) can't see my external hard drive. It was working before without a problem, until I disconnected and reconnected the drive. It is a self-powered hard drive. When I put another ...
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WD Elements 1042 usb 3.0 not recognized by Windows 7

I have a WD Elements 1042 with usb 3.0, Windows 7, Lenovo notebook and My Computer can't see it. Anyway, it's visible in Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printers -> Elements 1042 Properties -> WD ...
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Is it safe to just use SATA-USB connector and plug it in permanently to the pc as extra drive?

I was thinking of buying an external HDD enclosure but I dont wanna spend that much. The 2.5 enclosure is cheap but my hdd is 3.5. Can i alternatively, use just a sata to usb connector and plug it in ...
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Using an external disk as your main storage folder - Best strategies

As I work daily on my office computer and home laptop in a Windows 8 environment, I have been using an external disk as a backup/sync unit: semi automatically, once the disk is connected, a ...
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Clone external e-sata drive to external e-sata

I have a pair of e-SATA II drives that have been corrupted in a Windows Media Server NAS device. Before I launch into system repair, I would like to clone both of these drives to ensure I can recover ...
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USB root folder was in another new root folder

A few days ago, I lent my friend my usb. When I got it back, it was loaded with virus, and gladly, I scanned beforehand. The viruses are gone but for some reason, my root folder is now a hidden ...
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External disk recognized but reported as “unformatted” and will not mount

I used an external (2.5") disk to do a Time Machine backup one day, and the next day when I connected it again, Disk Utility recognized the drive, but reported it as "unformatted" (OS X however did ...