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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 ...
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Only 30MB/s transfer between two USB3 4TB External Hard Drives

I have a GPA-890-UD3H AMD motherboard with two USB3 ports and two USB3 HDDs that I want to transfer files between. For some reason I only get around 30 MB/s between the two drives. Although, i can get ...
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Can't eject an external hard drive

I was attempting to backup my system with Time Machine and for whatever reason a passerby disrupted the hard drive wire and the backup failed due to an 'improper ejection'. Now, after attempting to ...
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WD External Hard Drive Not Showing Entire Capacity

I've got a Western Digital Elements 320 GB External 7200 RPM (P/N: WDBAAR3200ABK) Hard Drive. It's not been mine for very long-it's second hand, and used to contain some sort of Wii games collection. ...
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Difference between S.M.A.R.T. error 0x05 (Reallocated sector) and 0xC6 (Uncorrectable sector)

My 2TB external HDD has recently started reporting a very high number of 0xC5 (Pending sectors) errors (Raw value: 309), and just today reported an uncorrectable sector error (Raw value: 1) while the ...
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Can Windows 7 file and folder permissions be disabled?

I have a Windows 7 desktop computer with an external hdd always plugged in. Almost all files get put on the external hdd and the other day I wanted to take the external hdd and plug it into my laptop. ...
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How to recover partitions from an external hard disk?

I have a 1TB Seagate external USB hard disk gone corrupt and showing "You need to format the disk before you can use it" error in Windows 8. What is the best way to recover the partition/data from ...
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SSD Perfomance - Internal vs External?

I got a SSD for Christmas and it came with the option to have it installed internally or externally. I'm wondering if I have it setup as an external hard drive, will there be any major performance ...
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How warm should SAMSUNG D3 drive be?

I have an external 3GB Samsung D3 Station 7200rpm hard drive and my SMART diagnostics program (CrystalDiskInfo or HDSentinel) is warning me that the drive is running too hot. The temperature in the ...
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Using FireWire 800, does it makes sense to use a SSD hard disk as opposed to a 7200rpm?

Does it makes sense to buy a SSD HD and use it with the Firewire 800 port? Or should I buy a standard 7200rpm one? Firewire 800 is slower than internal HD (am I right?) so I was thinking the ...
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I/0 error on external hard drive (owncloud server)

I have an owncloud server setup on a raspberry pi with debian. As a mass storage I use a Intenso 500 GB USB drive which is plugged into a LogiLink USB hub because the Raspberry pi can't power the USB ...
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“This device can perform faster.” Appears Even Though I Inserted External HDD to USB 3.0 Port

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external HDD. It supports USB 3.0 and has an USB 3.0 cable. Whenever I connect it to my laptop, the message "This device can perform faster. This USB mass storage device ...
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OSX tilts on creating new dirs, allows new files on external drive

I've an external drive that was working fine until this morning. Now, I'm able to create new files (with copy, touch whatever), but I can not create/move new directories. Any ideas? $ mount ...
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Seagate expansion 1TB USB 3.0 on USB 2.0

I'd like to buy this drive (Seagate 1TB Expansion USB 3.0), but I have USB 2.0 only. Do I need an external power supply? Will 500mA of USB 2.0 be sufficient?
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Windows 7 is not indexing a network drive [duplicate]

I have mapped the drive in Win7, but it's not doing index by default. Is there a way for this work done? I don't want the solution as make available offline to index since I don't have much hard disk ...
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External Hard Disk is not accessible. “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”

I have a 1 TB AgentGoFlex seagate External HDD. Lately is was causing some issues like few folders which had data were not showing any file in it. Few folders were not opening, etc. So I tried ...
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External hard disk is not shown

i have a wd 500gb external hdd i was working fine but from past week i am facing serious problems like whenever i am connecting the hdd to my pc it is not shown in my computer only name is visible of ...
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external hard disk not show

I bought new Dell Inspiron laptop and took apart my old HP probook laptop to get its hard disk and use as an external hard disk for my new laptop. The hard disk already has Windows 8 installed and is ...
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External hard disk not regonized

I have an external hard disk that has important data stored inside. When I plugged in the USB cable into my PC, there is no additional drive appearing in My Computer. But when I navigate using the ...
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Files get corrupted frequently while copying to external hard drives

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit (updated all important updates yesterday) and have several external usb hard drives (self powered 3.5 inch). I recently noticed while copying files to the external drive ...
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How do I stop Windows 8.1 trying to find an external drive

A few days ago I backed up my hard drive to an external USB drive. I did it by various methods including using Control Panel>System and Security>File History. I then added a SSD drive and cloned my ...
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Folders are hidden inside external hard disk

I have a 500 GB external hard disk, I think it's due to virus, all of the folders are hidden with read only attribute. I tried this command in Command Prompt under Administrative privilages: attrib ...
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USB Flash drive too slow

I've tried like 10 USB flash drives, and they are all slow :( External USB hard-drives are much faster. For example transfer speeds on the WD passport are like 20 MB/sec compared to like 2 MB/sec on ...
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Run Windows from SATA to USB enclosure?

I have a SATA HDD with an integrated SSD that has Windows 8 installed, which I've put into a SATA to USB 3 enclosure. I'd like to run Windows from it, but it will not automatically boot from it after ...
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Diagnose external hard drive to see if it still works

About 3 years ago my husband dropped my connected Western Digital external hard drive from the desk and now it will not connect to the computer. I plug it in and I get an error message The disk ...
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Win8 BitLocker encrypted WD MyPassport drive does not auto-unlock on boot, but does on hot-plug

I have a WD MyPassport external USB drive (1 TB), encrypted with BitLocker on Windows 8. I have the drive set to auto-unlock in its "Manage BitLocker..." right-click properties. The problem is, it ...
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Moving/copying to Windows 8 Storage Spaces parity pool, slows to a halt every time after Windows 8.1 upgrade

I recently set up Windows 8 with an external (USB) storage space parity pool (4 drives, varying sizes 1.5&2TB drives). I managed to move about 3TB to this pool without a hitch, then the Windows ...