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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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 ...
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Windows OS on external hard drive

Is it possible to install Windows OS to plug and play storage device such as external hard drives, HDD enclosures (with SATA hard drives), USB flashdrives[1] and the likes? What OS's? And if it's ...
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My external IDE Hard Drive is not getting detected in Windows 7 and 10… rest other drives are working in same machines

Device USB\VID_13FD&PID_1040\0000000000000000W could not be migrated. Last Device Instance Id: USB\VID_0BB4&PID_05F0&MI_01\7&2A4EAB36&0&0001 Class Guid: ...
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Western Digital HDDs not showing up in a docking station while others do?

I recently bought a Kingwin EZ-Dock Model EZD-2535U3 so that I could use some HDDs and SSDs I had laying around for back ups. At the same time I bought a brand new Western Digital WD NAS Red 4TB HDD. ...
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Copied all folders from a secondary drive to a peripheral drive, signifigant size difference?

I recently bought a drive docking station for drives to make some back ups to drives not in my system. In my computer I currently have a 256GB SSD for my OS (Windows 7) and a 2TB HDD for storage. I ...
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WD MY Book external drive power button broke [closed]

I have a WD My Book 1TB with a 3.0 USB. This one has an on/off button that has stopped working. I have a Toshiba A505 windows 7. I need to recover everything off of the external. I thought I could ...
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Differentiating between internal HDDs and external HDDs in Windows

In Windows, is there a command/function/cmdlet which I can call to help me differentiate between an internal (fixed) HDD and an external (portable) USB HDD? PowerShell commands, such as Get-Volume, ...
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Optimize linux USB hub IO scheduling for external harddrives

When using several harddrives on an USB 3.0 hub, copying large files between them gives transfer rates far below expectation. My guess is, that the hub introduces contention delays as we see if ...
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All hard drives spinning up even though only accessing system SSD

This problem is quite annoying. I've just upgraded to Windows 10 and although I experienced it a bit in Windows 7, it seems much worse in 10. I have 2 SSDS (one C drive for Windows and another for ...
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In creating System Image in Windows 10, do I need to have a separate blank partition in my external drive?

In creating System Image in Windows 10, do I need to create a separate blank partition in my external drive? Or it could just be anywhere in the drive along with some other files? Also, I had already ...
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How can I MOVE all of my pictures (.jpg, .png, .gif, .tiff, .bmp) to an external hard drive? [duplicate]

Preferably a way that doesn't involve me spending an hour and a half trying to find them all. Bear in mind that the images are scattered throughout the system.
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External HDDs are recognised only when waking up from sleep

I've started facing this issue pretty recently (less than 2 weeks). I have several external HDDs (all with separate power adapters) from different manufacturers. Case 1 HDD connected prior to ...
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Can't eject external USB hard drive in Windows 10

First, I must state that it is not that "ejecting" the drive always prompt the "This drive is still utilized by etc." message. It is that there is simply no option to "eject" it in the first place in ...
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Would power supply problems cause these I/O errors on an external hard drive

I have a hard drive (Toshiba MK6459GSXP) which was part of an old laptop, now defunct. When I bought a new laptop, I decided to salvage the hard drive and re-use it as an external. I bought a USB3 ...
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External hard-drive partition not showing contained files

I have had this external drive for already a year, using it without any problems. It used to be my laptop's HDD, before I put in the SSD. So, it has 3 partitions: NTFS, NTFS, FAT32. I connect it to ...
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Need help retrieving FAT32 partition from an unallocated portion of and external HD

I was going to create a liveusb out of my external HD, as indicated in the archwiki, using the dd command, except I didn't know what the result of the command would be. I then realized that it ...
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Why UASP isn't being used

According to How can I check whether USB3.0 UASP mode is enabled in Linux?, UASP is not in use on my new HDD enclosure that says it supports UASP. Also, my motherboard's (ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0) ...
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How do you mount an external drive as different user on linux?

Say I'm logged in as user 'rabbit'. Is there a way to mount external hdd as user 'kingcrab'? I tried chown -R kingcrab:kingcrab /media/drive/ but the command doesn't stick. Owner of /media/drive ...
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“Disk Not Ejected Properly” Alert after computer goes to sleep USB3 only

Ok so this is a relatively new one for me, I recently upgraded my computer, both to Yosemite and installing a USB3 Card from Sonnet. I have downloaded the drivers for the Sonnet card, and everything ...
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Windows 10 not seeing external drive

I can no longer see my external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus 3TB) in Windows Explorer after upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I can see the drive in devices and printers and device manager ...
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Windows Backup got interrupted, how can I find and delete the backup files created during the interrupted session?

I tried to create a backup on my external hard drive, but unfortunately that got interrupted. Before I ran the backup program, the external hard drive had 860 GB free. Now, it says it has 660 GB free. ...
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Is a Seagate BUP Sim Mac SL SCSI Disk Device not useable with Windows?

I'm on windows 10 trying to access a Seagate external drive - The device wont show up in file explorer like normal, but I downloaded Seagate's software SeaTools and it detected the device and said it ...
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Why I can't format 500 GB drive as FAT32 under Windows 7? [duplicate]

What can cause Windows 7 to prevent me from formatting 500 GB (actually 465 GB) external USB disk as FAT32? No matter, what I did (Windows Explorer, Disk Management), the only options I was presented ...
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Can a VirtualBox VM (Windows 7) run from an external hard drive?

If so, must anything special be done to run the VM from the external hard drive, besides saving its files to the drive?
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My External Hard Drive fell and I cannot access storage anymore. How can I fix it?

My eternal hard drive fell and now I can no longer access the files through My Computer. (under devices and drivers) The hard drive is a Seagate Expansion Portable Device: Model SRD00f1 Seagate ...
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Windows 7 safely remove USB multiple disk enclosure from command line

I want to eject a USB multi-disk enclosure from the command line or with a tool that offers command line support. I can find information about ejecting a USB drive but nothing that seems to support ...
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Virtual Machines - External Hard Drive - Windows 98

I recently bought a USB - external hard drive, is there any possibility that I can run a Windows 98 environment on it? If so, what would be the steps I need to take? Else, what requirements am I ...
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Can't get “fsck_hfs” to run on my MacBook while checking an external drive

I have a 3TB Seagate GoFlex drive which shows up in “Disk Utility” but not on the desktop. Disk utility can’t repair it so I wanted to try fsck_hfs. Last login: Fri Jul 31 00:22:20 on ttys000 $ ...
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Upon booting an Arch Linux installation media, how do I know which drive is which?

So let's say I have a 5 disks. How do I know which one is /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc and so on?
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USB 3.0 hard drive docking station does not work unless using USB 2.0 port

I have a Sharkoon SATA QuickPort with USB 3.0 connection (http://www.sharkoon.com/?q=en/content/sata-quickport-xt-usb30-v2). Whenever I connect this device to a USB 3.0 port on my computer with a hard ...
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External hard drive does not show up on Windows 7 - Disk Management says 'You must initialize a disk before logical manager can access it'

I recently plugged in an external hard drive of mine and noticed that it doesn't show up on the list of drives in Computer. I opened Disk Management (dskmgmt.msc) to check and it said that 'You must ...
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Windows 7 ejects external drive

Windows 7 seems to randomly eject an external drive. I've deactivated the usb sleep mode but it still happens. Not sure if this information is useful but this only seems to happen while I'm running a ...
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How can I perform a complete backup on Windows 7 without using the optical drive?

I have dell Inspiron N5050 laptop with the optical drive not being detected in My computer and also doesn't open on clicking the button to open.So the optical drive not opening and not being detected ...
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HDD to usb converter for 2.5 inch 5200RPM disk [closed]

I want convert my laptop HDD to external HDD. HDD configuration is: Rotation Speed: 5200RPM Size: 1TB Which converter case is good for normal HDD? USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 as per speed. As USB 3.0 is ...
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Installing Windows 8.1 from external hdd - enters to loop

I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 from external hdd using this: http://www.intowindows.com/install-windows-8-from-external-hard-drive/ but after that step: it does restart and then go again to the ...
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Windows 7 won't launch after updates - I just want to save the files

I have Windows 7 64-bit and I did a lot of updates after I didn't do for a long time. And now Windows won't start, it's stuck in the colurful swinging logo and restart again. It suggest doing a REPAIR ...
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Does an external hard drive draw more current writing or deleting files?

I have an external hard drive that is powered off of the usb connection to my Raspberry Pi. I use it for Time Machine back ups so it is almost always writing data to the external hard drive. However, ...
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Cannot find WD partitions although Disk Utility see them

I have an external harddrive Western Digital that is locked wioth a password using their built in solution "WD unlocker". I put in my macbook, enter the correct password. But then no disks show up. I ...
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Default internal hard drive settings on a Macbook pro

I have two questions about what the default settings on a 2009 Macbook pro internal hard drive are (when you first purchase a new one): 1) Format: Is the default hard drive format when you first ...
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Make another folder my desktop on Mac

I will be buying a new iMac soon but the price to upgrade the storage is horrendous. I started researching and figured out that I could simply buy an external SSD and then store everything onto that. ...
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How to format external drive? Can create new volume but format stuck at 0%

So I'm hoping the drive isn't dead. The drive is a WD My Passport and was given to me to fix. When I plug it in I can hear the drive spinning and the light blink. At first the drive would freeze up ...
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S.M.A.R.T reads 'Caution' on external hard drive but no bad sectors were found

I have a 3TB Western Digital My Book that I use to store all of my media. I have had it for almost 3 years and have only moved it a handful of times, and because the drive is only accessed on ...
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OS X - copy files issue - Resource busy

Calling all OS X experts. I copied two 1Tb drives (ex-Windows) onto a new 2Tb USB 3.0 drive using Finder on the Mac (OS X 10.9). The 2Tb drive is now about 90% full. I now want to duplicate that ...
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Hard drive working on TV but not on computer(s)

I have Seagate external powered 1TB hard drive. Its around 5 years old. Around 1 year before I brought Samsung LED TV which supports USB drives to watch media content. After that I use to switch that ...
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Western Digital MyCloud EX2 can't see USB drives

I have a new WD EX2 with 8TB of storage. The device and storage are working fine. I'm using the device's built in management site under http://wdmycloudex2.local/ and I should be able to plug in a USB ...
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Using a Mac harddrive on a PC

I ordered a portable harddrive, a Western Digital USB3 500GB, to be exact. Upon receiving it, I realized that I had accidentally ordered one "For Mac". While the intention is to use this on a PC as a ...
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Troubleshoot creating a system image to external hard drive

Need some help with a complex issue. I recently purchased a ASUS laptop and swapped out the original HD with an SDD. Everything is updated, and all drivers loaded. I then took the original HD and ...
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Getting Rid of Software Records for Software installed on an external disk?

So I'm cleaning out an old computer, and several of the programs it thinks it has were actually installed on an old drive, that's now gone. For some of them, it prompts to get rid of them because it ...
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external hard drive not available once in a while, needs to restart

I have a 3tb WD external drive, that once in a while (1 time a week), I get the error "An error has occured. The destination you have specified does not exist". I have to restart the pc, and then it ...