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Lose external space on external HD

I accidentally restored windows image into one drive of my external hard disk using Ghost 1.5 CD. Now that one drive of my external hdd is full, all of the window files and the free space size and ...
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Are hard drive disks airtight?

I would like to take out an external 2.5" hard-drive (Toshiba MK2555GSXF 250GB SATA) out of its external case (Icy Box IB-AC603A-U3 Adaptor) and place it onto a laptop cooling pad (Zalman ZM-NC1000). ...
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How to full recover from a external hard drive with a password?

When I tried to recover using Acronis True Image it didn't work and I think I know why. The external hard drive the backups are on doesn't mount until the user enters a password. How do I get around ...
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What is the difference in writing data to an external HDD compared to a USB flash drive? [closed]

I have a Humax satellite receiver with the ability to record programmes (with an external storage connected via a USB slot). What was surprising when I read the manual is it said that only USB hard ...
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Automounting External USB 3.0 HDD on Ubuntu

I have an external 1TB USB 3.0 HDD (NTSF formatted) and a laptop with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0. My laptop runs Ubuntu 13.10 with XFCE. For a few weeks, I have used my HDD and it was always ...
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How to automatically sync external drive to cloud storage? [closed]

Im looking for a cloud storage service that will allow me to store my computer files (Macbook) as well as everything in my external hard drive. I prefer for the files to be adding automatically ...
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Not able to see my hard drive in windows explorer?

but when i go to computer management and open the external hard drive(drive H) it opens from there
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WD (Western Digital) Mybook appears and disappears

Don't know but maybe it's an odd problem, Using windows 8, didn't have critical errors, sometime I got the blue screen on Win8, after restarting it didn't show my WD MyBook 2TB USB3 external drive, I ...
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Automount usb drives and external hard drives with custom permissions

When I insert a usb drive or an external usb hard drive, how would I have them automatically mounted with specified permissions? I prefer to use the options "rw, user, exec" I am using IceWM so this ...
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Can't recognize 4TB GPT HDD in Windows Explorer

OS: Windows 8 HDD: 4TB WD Green plugged in to a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk PC: Awesome home rig to Acer Aspire U all-in-one. So this is a pretty weird problem. The drive worked perfectly fine on ...
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Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it

I am Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it. I tested this with process explorer and it says there is a handle to F: being used by the explorer.exe. I restarted ...
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USB 3.0 ports don't recognize USB 3.0 devices

I have recently bough a new PC. Now that everything is put together and installed I am facing only ONE problem. I own an Adata Nobility NH13 External HDD which is USB 3.0. When I plug it into any ...
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Mirroring In External Hard Drive

I've recently bought a Seagate Expansion external hard drive (STBV2000200). Searched the Internet but it's still unclear to me how it actually works. Does it have two internal 1TB drives ? ...
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Write Errors while cloning my external HDD with HDClone 4.3 on Win7

Yesterday I bought a new external HDD Western Digital 2.5" My Passport Ultra 2000GB, and I want to clone my old external 1TB hard drive on this new one. I decided to use HDClone 4.3, everything was ok ...
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Front panel usb3 not recognizing usb3 hdd

The problem is the following... My PCs front USB 3.0 ports (which are connected to the usb3.0 internal headers) do not work with my USB3.0 External HDD... If I plug it in via a USB 2.0 cable it works ...
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Mount and dismount hard drive through a script/software

is there a way to mount and dismount a connected harddrive through a script or a simple utility software in Windows 8.1? Basically, I have a hard drive in the ultrabay slot of my ThinkPad (instead of ...
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USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting

I'm running Debian 7.2 on an old late 2006 Macbook Pro. I've got two 4 TB Seagate Backup Plus hard drives connected to it that I've got in a mirrored ZFS pool. Recently one of the drives died, and I ...
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How to search in unconnected external hard drive?

I have three harddisks. 1. Laptop harddisk ( 720gb ) 2. Two External harddisk ( 1TB each ) These two external hard disk mainly contain movies, songs, games etc. Now, the point is I can't remember ...
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Desktop (3.5“) vs Portable (2.5”) external hard drives, which one is more reliable? [closed]

For someone who seeks an external hard drive as reliable as possible, where size is not an issue and cloud backup is not an option: would a desktop external hard drive be less fallible than a portable ...
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Restoring Win7 from System Image. Will external HDD be affected?

I want to restore windows 7 using a system image I created a while back. The image is located on my external HDD and my question is will the contents of my external HDD be deleted or the drive ...
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What type of power cord do I need for my external hard drive?

I have an external hard drive and I've lost all of its cords. I'm not sure what I should get. I don't want to get the wrong voltage and ruin it. This is the drive (but mine is 1TB, I think, don't ...
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Windows programs hang when external hard drive wakes up

My 1-TB Western Digital external hard drive keeps waking up randomly. This leads to several parts of Windows to hang e.g. the flash plugin in Firefox or the Windows Explorer while browsing files on ...
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Recover Hard Drive Accidentally reformatted from NTFS to Ext4

So me and my friend were installing Arch Linux on my external hard drive. My external hard drive had no data on it, ready to roll. My friend had partitioned my external hard drive (I am positive that ...
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installing an image of a VM on an external hard drive for dual boot

I'm working on a virtual machine (Linux Mint on VirtualBox, with Win7 as host), but for better performances I'm thinking about installing Linux directly on an external eSATA and dual-boot. Is it ...
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Portable HD transfer speed decelerates to 0 KB

I have a western digital 2 TB portable HD. My laptop is running windows 8.1. I'm having trouble transferring files from on to the other. On occassion transferring files works fine but sometimes I see ...
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Is my data gone after unplugging my external hard drive while formatting with TrueCrypt?

I unplugged my external hard drive while it was being formatted 30 seconds in, using TrueCrypt's Volume Creation Wizard. I unplugged the external while it was actively being formatted because I ...
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eSATA enclosure powers down SATA HDD after 5 minutes

I bought a new Delock 3.5″ External Enclosure SATA HDD to USB 2.0 / eSATA for some backup SATA HDD drives that I keep around and everything works just fine, except that if I leave the drive to idle ...
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WD My Passport Reformat

My WD has run out of space. I have deleted all the files on it, but doing this did not free up space; it is still at capacity. Thus, I was thinking reformatting the drive might purge all the old ...
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Why would re-formatting an external disk drive stop random drive disconnects in OSX Mavericks?

My old MacBook Pro Retina was over heating, so after a long story omitted, I got a new MBP Retina with Mavericks pre-installed, and my Seagate Thunderbolt(TB)/USB3 drive started unmounting and ...
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Installation of scientific linux on external storage [duplicate]

I would like to install scientific Linux on my laptop. But, before that I used the live USB to know if I would like it. Now, I would like to install SL (but not on the hard drive of my laptop) on a ...
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Is system drive involved when transferring files between external sources?

I often transfer files from my external HDD to my USB flash drive. Sometimes I use my computer which has the OS in the SSD and sometimes the other computer with the OS in HDD. Are these file ...
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In OSX, external hard drive doesn't automatically mount after computer boots. Fine if unplug/replug

Hopefully that title isn't too long, but I was trying to encapsulate the whole problem. The external drive that I use for my Time Machine backups doesn't seem to mount automatically when the computer ...
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Can I rescue data from a WD MyBook 320GB that is not able to mount?

I have a WD MyBook 320GB. Both Windows and Linux can see the device but are not able to recognize it. $ lsusb Bus 002 Device 017: ID 1058:0910 Western Digital Technologies, Inc. MyBook Essential ...
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How can I run VirtualBox VMs off an external HD without importing?

This is the only thing I really miss from VMware, where I was able to run VMs right off an external hard drive or USB stick without having to import it to my machine. I can’t seem to do this in ...
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“Old” USB hard drive won't work with newer computers

It's the strangest thing — which is my prefatory way of saying I have no idea why this is happening, so hardly know how to search for answers. I apologize if this is something basic or if it has been ...
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compartmentalization of external hard drive

I am told that it is good to compartmentalize your hard drives. Recently I have bought Seagate backup plus 1 TB external hard drive. I am not aware of the process of compartmentalization. So if any ...
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My 4TB Seagate Backup plus works externally, not internally

I just recently purchased a a 4TB Backup Plus and installed about 1.5GB worth of data. I connected it using the USB 3.0 input on my motherboard.. Works fine. .. I then decided to use the bare drive ...
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Music files hidden on external drive

Music files are now hidden on external drive on Windows XP. All folders are there, some with album art but no music files. They are visible on iTunes, but cannot see them on my computer. I have ...
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External HD suddenly stopped working

I have (or had) a Samsung M3 1TB drive. Yesterday I removed it and it was working normally, today, I plugged it in, and the LED turns on normally, but the "engine" of the HD not. So, the HD is not ...
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How do I find the remaining space on an External Drive?

Through terminal on Linux, what exactly would I type to find External HDDs and their remaining storage space?
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Why is the temperature so low and airflow temperature so high on my HD?

I have had this same exact SeaGate external 1TB USB2.0 hard drive for a few years. In the past I have been using SeaGate's own diagnostic tool to check the drive for errors but it wouldn't let me see ...
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Folders on ext. HDD has been replaced with an mp3 file How get the folder Back?

My external hard drive is in NTFS format and I'm using a mac computer. In order to write to the hard drive I'm using "Paragon NTFS for Mac", have been using this for years without any issues, until ...
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How do I verify hard drive in Ubuntu?

I am running Ubuntu. I have taken a 250GB hard drive from my old machine, and wanted to use it as an external hard drive with my laptop. I bought a USB to SATA cable, and connected it to my laptop, ...
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The folders on my Seagate backup hardrives have been changed to shortcuts and no computer I plug them into can access the files

While using my Seagate backup hard drives, my Webroot anti-virus detected and cleaned some type of computer malware I encountered. Afterward the folders on the external hard drives have been changed ...
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Connect external SATA or PATA drive without USB?

A couple of times each month, a friend or relative will hand me a smoldering computer and ask me to retrieve the data then ditch the drive. I connect the drive to my trusty Frankenputer, copy the ...
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Input/output error in OS X but not Linux on NTFS external hard drive

My external hard drive contains a directory. On my Mac I can't see this folder, neither in Finder nor with ls -la. But I know that it exists, since there is no problem with it on Linux. Because I'm ...
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Portable hard drive broken media

My portable hard drive fall on the on floor hard yesterday and stopped working, the hard light is flashing blue but my PC can't see it, i tried it with many machines, but the same , it is not working, ...
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Is it safe to use a power adapter with a hard disk which has output current 60% of the startup current required by hard drive?

When I was checking my external hdd Buffalo HD-LX2TU3, I found the startup current of Seagate ST2000DM001 (aka Barracuda or Desktop HDD) in it is 2.5A and output current of the adapter comes with ...
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Truecrypt Rescue disk unique for each system?

I want to decrypt an external USB harddrive wich I have encrypted using Truecrypt system encryption. I want to use a laptop for this which harddrive is also system encrypted using Truecrypt. Both are ...
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Ext HDD recognised in Device Manager but not accessible

I've got an external HDD connected using a dock and USB2 to a WIN 7 laptop. The docked HDD was previously used on Mac systems without an issue, and I can only assume it was formatted suitably. I ...