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Unable to access WD external drive

Basically the HDD started acting weird (couldnt access files on it) and event viewer was flooded with "bad block" reports. Now the HDD cant be accessed at all. It shows up in windows explorer when ...
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Is this hard drive recoverable?

I'm trying to fix (and hopefully recover files from) a USB hard drive belonging to one of my roommates which suddenly stopped working. The storage on the drive is not recognized on any computer. ...
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Attach Zip Drive To Hard Disk Enclosure

I have a 3.5 inch IDE/SATA (it has cables for both) enclosure, an old internal IDE Zip drive and 20 Zip disks. I just want to pull whatever's on them off and store the files somewhere else. I'm not ...
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Is it safe to remove a usb hard drive while it is spinning?

I have used safely remove function in windows, but my hard drive is still spinning sometimes even with clicking sound, is it safe to remove it? (my usb hard drive is toshiba v73600-H)
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Windows 7 - play songs contained in external hard drive Mac journaled

I have an external Mac journaled formatted hard drive containing all my music, but Windows 7 doesn't recognize the file system, so I can not open any files contained in it. By searching on the web I ...
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What does hardware encryption mean on external HDDs?

While shopping for an external HDD I've noticed some models have this feature (hardware encryption). Being a type of fella who only uses HDDs in general for storing data, with some hopes he will still ...
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Setting up a RAID 5 Array

I am currently trying to convert my drives from just a bunch of external disks, each one individually shared from my (CentOS) server into a RAID array (ideally, RAID 5). At current, my drives are: ...
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What's windows' reaction if TEMP folder location is removed? [duplicate]

What I'd like to know is what appends if the said RamDisk or the USB SSD is removed? I'm used with moving the TEMP/TMP folder to a faster drive. I used to do it on a RamDisk with a script and now ...
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Cannot see external hard drive on my computer, although it is shown in Disk Management

I cannot see external hard drive on my computer, although it is shown in Disk Management. I read in other forums that I need to assign a drive letter, however when I right-click to assign all other ...
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SATA/USB hard disks in Virtual Machine

I want to show my external USB hard disk as a SATA hard disk in a virtual machine but neither VirtualBox nor VMware give me that option. They only allow .vhd, .hhd, parallels hard disk, etc. ...
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What are the differences between “rugged” external HDDs and “regular” ones?

Two example models (off the top of Amazon best seller list), Western Digital Elements Portable (regular) vs Transcend 25M3 drive (rugged) True, one is enclosed in rubber casing, the other is not. ...
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Unable to write to WD external hard drive from centos 6.1 system

I have a WD 2.5 T My passport ultra external USB drive. I attach it to centos 6.1 system on lenovo E430 laptop. The centos has the latest ntfs-3g packages. The external drive is recognized and its ...
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VirtualBox in Win7: cannot acces external drive from guest Windows7

I have started using VirtualBox in Windows 7 out of curiosity and for testing purposes. (Mainly, I want to test Linux distros and to try and see how Windows works in this environment - so that I might ...
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Hard drive not recognized anymore, recording of noise included

Yesterday I was doing a monthly backup on a Samsung HD502IJ 500GB HD and, when it was getting to end of the backup, there was an I/O error. I tried running a fsck on the drive and it said the ...
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Archos TV+ media player doesn't boot anymore

My Archos TV+ media player doesn't boot anymore. One morning the player booted by itself and after I turned it of by pressing reset, the player isn't working anymore. I tried to reset it again but ...
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Hard Drive Not Being Detected

I have an external HDD that used to work just fine. When I took it to another house, and plugged it in, it tried to install drivers, and seemed to work fine, but then the hard drive was appearing in ...
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Is it a bad idea to set external hard drive always spin?

I recently bought this external hard drive: WD 1TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBUZG0010BBK-NESN) This drive, which is connected to my laptop(Windows 8.1 x64) via USB, has a ...
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What's the “System” process on Windows and how to restart it if suspended?

Yesterday, I entered the "Resource Monitor" (using the command "perfmon.exe /res") on Windows 7 in order to check out what process was using my external hard drive, since I wasn't able to remove it ...
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Copying files from external HDD to USB stick - will files remain anyhow on the computer's system drive?

Just wanted to see if you could help me out with something. I moved some files (all in one folder)from an external HDD to a jump drive using my work computer. This HDD was old, and I wasn't sure of ...
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External Hard Disk not showing up

I have a samsung external drive 3TB. The device shows up in the device manager but it wont sow up in my list of drives in My computer. I have to remove it and plug it in about 10 times before it shows ...
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WD MyBook Essentials HDD shows up as “unallocated” when connected as an internal drive

Having decided that I no longer needed my 1TB WD MyBook external harddrive to be portable, I disassembled it and connected it as an internal drive on my Windows 7 PC. However, it did not show up in ...
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Resuming Truecrypt installation on external hard drive

I hit the defer button on the installation process for Truecrypt on my external hard drive last night as it was taking hours to install (we got to 10% of the encyrptian process). It told me doing so ...
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how to recover data from a logically corrupted external hard drive using testdisk

So I think ignored too many of my computer's warnings and disconnected my external hard drive without properly ejecting it and now it seems the file system is corrupted. Are there any programs that ...
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Copy files to location, skipping duplicates (in source and dest. location)

I have an external hardrive I think is running down breaking (unable to delete some files from it). I copied a bunch of files over already but ran out of space. How do I dedup while copying/How to I ...
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Ubuntu unable to detect external USB hard drive

I tried mounting external usb hard drive.But it does'nt detect. Here is dmesg log: [ 3025.963395] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, address 3 [ 3194.935661] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device using ...
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external usb (backup) hard drive: is power down or sleep more harmful

I have an external usb hard drive on which I clone my mac's hard drive. I have it on a clock timer. It turns on about 30 min. before the backup process starts and turns off roughly 30 min. after the ...
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What is the Difference Between WD My Passport Esssentials and WD My Passport Ultra

I'm planning to buy a 2TB WD My passport but then, I'm curious what is the difference between the WD My Passport Essentials and Ultra? I already have a 1TB WD My Passport Essentials which I bought few ...
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Linux installed on external HDD won't boot

I installed Arch Linux on the second partition of my external hard drive and marked the partition as bootable in GParted, however it won't boot even if I select it from my BIOS' Boot Menu (it says ...
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How to index all files on mulitple external hard disks and able to search while all HDs are offline? [duplicate]

I have multiple 2TB external hard disks. I need a way to keep a catalog of contents on all of them and be able to search without connecting all the hard disks. Kinda of like Google Desktop but I ...
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Where is “WD SmartWare” stored on the drive?

My Western Digital external harddrive came with a (so-far useless) extra chunk of information (named WD Smartware) that mounts itself every time I plug in the external harddrive. I assumed it was ...
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Hard Drive Failure? Cannot run CHKDSK. Recovery?

I have WD My Book Essential 3TB external drive for more than 2 years now. It worked fine until about a month ago when it stopped being recognized. After extensive googling, I ran chkdsk /r on it and ...
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Do hard disk drives turn on 512e (512byte emulation of 4k sectors) as-needed depending on host controller?

I have a 4 TB hard disk that has 4k physical sector size (Advanced Format) and I attached it to two SATA host controllers (one internal and one in a USB enclosure). On the (older, about 2010) it comes ...
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Where do I find the “send to” Compressed (Zipped) folder

I am trying to compress a Zip archive to an external hard drive on my PC. Space is limited on the system so I can't compress it locally. I have access to WinZip but can't download or install any ...
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What's the best and 'fastest' way to secure data on an external HDD?

I have a transcend 1 TB HDD that has some sensitive data in it. I want no one to be able to access that drive. I know that there's an option to encrypt the whole drive but I think it will be ...
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Can't see external hard drive formatted by linux, inside windows

I formatted a usb external hard drive in linux with ext4 format. In windows 7, I deleted all these partitions using disk management. Windows doesn't display the drive when I connect it. How do I ...
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Synching 4 external hard drive to Desktop with Vista 64 and Laptop with Win7 64

I have to reformat my SSD in my Vista Desktop. I backed it up 9 months ago but the external drives were fresh. Now I need to re-backup my documents, photos etc. What is the best way without going ...
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Is it safe to remove USB media when a computer is suspended?

We are often cautioned against unplugging USB drives in case it is currently being read from or written to. When a computer is suspended, hibernated, or asleep is it obviously not writing any data; it ...
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Why is deleting a file faster than copying?

Why it takes more time, say 10 minutes when copying a file But It takes very less time when deleting the same file, it would take 10-20 seconds.
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unable to view the contents or rename a partition

On 2TB HDD, I had about 500GB unallocated space which was not available on PC. Recently, I connected this HDD through the router USB port as external drive and the partition became available. I ...
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iTunes: How to have the same library on two external harddisks?

I have my iTunes library on an external hard disk at home. I'd like to listen to my music also at work. For this I have another external hard disk at work. Is there a way to have the same iTunes ...
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cannot safely remove external hard drive

I am facing a similar situation with this here,the only 2 differences being that I am facing the problem with an external HDD and in win7. I tried this solution here-using Sysinternals Process ...
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Mounting 2-bay HDD docking station with 4TB * 2 on FreeBSD 10 or 9.2

I am using an 2-bay HDD docking station. when I attached 4TB(WD Green) and 128GB(Samsung SSD) in the dock, the two devices are working as well. but if I attached two same 4TB HDD(WD Green), only one ...
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Windows 8 - Compress Drive did not continue after cancel/reboot

I checked the "Compress Drive" option on an external drive (1TB) on Windows 8. After clicking OK, the OS started to compress the files folder by folder on the drive. As it took too long, I shutdown ...
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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