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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Device for easy hard disk imaging

I am looking for a device of which I don't know how it should be called. The current situation is that we provide computer services and often have to take disk images of hard disks before doing ...
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External Seagate does not working anymore

A Seagate (500 GB) hard drive was working very well some days ago, I went to my friend and tried to transfer a 23-gigabyte game but while the transformation process the first 200-300 MB went well then ...
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How can I bring back my lost folder?

I have an external HDD. I moved my C:\Users\MyUser\Videos folder to my HDD. Today I tried to rename a folder in Video folder then I found out that the hard is not listed in Computer so I detached it ...
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External USB 2.0 hard drive asking me to reformat

Had a power loss yesterday, but the external hard drive are connected to UPS. Today when I turn on computer and click on this drive in my computer, it's asking me to format this drive before use, but ...
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Connecting 14 different external hard disk together to a Windows 7 PC

Is there any way I can connect 14 different external USB hard disk together to Windows7 64 bit normal Desktop PC? My PC system has only two USB ports. I want to mount all these external disk together ...
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External Hard Drive To Android Tablet and Power Supply

Is it possible via USB Y cable or any other means to connect a Samsung 10.1 30 pin to an external hard drive and at the same time, an external power supply to the Hard Drive. I have concluded getting ...
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Recover file overwritten with >

I was copy/pasting some commands into CMD (Windows 7) and accidentally pasted in an entire cmd history (from the Select All command). This included something along the lines of Y:/>database.mdb ...
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External drive not showing after NTFS format

I just refreshed my Windows 8.1 installation, and I wanted to make a system image on my external drive using the native System Image program. It required me to backup to an NTFS drive, but the ...
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When Deleting Files from External Drive I am Constantly Being Prompted for Assurance

I have the new Mac Pro with 10.9.3. The Home Folder is on a separate drive using magnetic links. Lately things have not been running normally. One of the main issues is that every time I want to ...
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Computer won't recognize new hard drive

I have a 1TB external drive. It is actually an internal laptop drive I got out of my old HP Pavillion DV7 which I broke. I liked that computer so much I found the exact same model on eBay and bought ...
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USB hub damages an external hard disk (and storage devices) on use attempt

I recently bought a USB hub because I find myself needing more than just two USB ports on my prebuilt laptop. However I come to the problem that when I use an external hard disk with it I cannot ...
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Keeping internal HDD as external

I am looking to get a disk to backup all my data in case something hapens and both my internal drives' filesystem get corrupted. I am thinking of getting an 'internal' hard drive and simply keep it ...
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remove power from one of laptop's usb hubs

my laptop (hp probook 4530s - windows 8.1 x64) has 4 usb hubs; I attached 1TB external hard-drive to one of them and it works just fine; if i set the external hard-drive to offline mode then it's ...
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Relocate AppData, except hard-linked files and folders

Since I got an SSD, i'm trying to relocate some files and folders (temp,logsetc) to my external disk (which is always attached). I did this with my appdata folder as well, and used the mklink command ...
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Toshiba external HDD shows no media in disk management

I have a Toshiba 2TB external HDD which was not showing in explorer (windows 7). I opened disk management, it showed the volume size and all. First I tried assigning a letter but nothing new ...
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Hard Drive Connected to Router Randomly Loses Files Or Turns Them Into Empty Folders

Several months ago, I decided to replace my network storage device with a standard external hard drive that hooked up to the USB connection on my Linksys EA3500 SMART WiFi Wireless Router. The ...
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Starting Windows 7 from an external hard drive on a Mac

I would like to run windows on my MacBook Air with Mavericks 10.9.3. I currently have a Windows 7 64 bit ISO I can use. The problem is that my MacBook does not have enough space to install windows and ...
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How to read a Linux HD from a NAS on a windows machine?

I have/had a Buffalo NAS drive, LS-WSX Series working fine until I decided to clean out the trash folder on the NAS. Since then I can not access the shared folders that I had set up. I have spoken ...
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No drive letter assigned to partition

I have an external drive for backups, which worked perfectly for a while, but suddenly I can't access it. I've tried to run recovery programs and what I understand now is the following. The ...
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Hybrid hdd in external case over USB

I'm using external 2.5" drive in USB box like this and I wonder if using hybrid SSD would gave improvement in speed. Will it function and use it's cache properly if it's connecter using USB? I ...
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What's the difference between a RAID enclosure, and a JBOD enclosure connected to a RAID controller

I've currently got an Areca ARC-1222 raid controller card connected to an iStorage Pro JBOD enclosure via miniSAS, on a mac, used for video editing. I'm speccing out a PC to replace it and have become ...
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Why is Windows 8.1 using an external USB drive as the primary for .EXE Decompressions?

Funny issue here. I have bought a Samsung 250GB SSD drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 8 on it which I updated to 8.1. in addition to this drive this machine also has 2 internal drives and 1 ...
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Is installing multiple OS in External Hard Drive harmful?

I have installed Ubuntu,Lubuntu and Linux Mint in my 2TB External Hard Drive. All are working fine, but seems like external is heating up very fast(also may not be cause I didn't see how much it is ...
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Keep external hard disk running regardless of inactivity

After being inactive for about an hour, my Seagate 3TB hard disk becomes inaccessible to programs (such as Deluge). The moment any file/directory related tasks are initiated nautilus prompts me with a ...
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OS X does not release external disk cache (in inactive memory)?

While I am using an/any application that does reading from an external disk, free memory continuously decreases and inactive memory increases by the same amount, which is aproximately the amount of ...
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External Hard drive doesn't show up anywhere

I have already checked Device Manager and Disk Management already so please don't suggest those two. My problem right now is that my WD My Passport stopped being recognized one day out of the blue. It ...
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How to set up wireless external hard drive at home?

I am looking for a wireless external hard drive at home and needing some advice. I started googling yesterday and thought WD My Cloud seems pretty good. Before I make an impulse purchase, i read ...
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External HD error when running processing script

I do computational work, and part of that is post processing ascii data from a text file. I do this through a matlab script I wrote which simply reads in the text file line by line, parses it, then ...
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Ext. USB HDD crashed - managed to recover files, but family videos seem corrupted. Anybody know how to fix them?

Last night I had everybody's worst nightmare. My external 2TB drive crashed, with all my family videos and photos on it. Right now you're all facepalming, but yes, I didn't have another backup. Not a ...
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Is it safe to delete the System Volume Information folder?

I have a 3 TB external NTFS drive I was originally using on Windows. I'm now using it on a Linux samba fileserver, and there's a folder named "System Volume Information" on the HDD root. Windows ...
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Can I boot different operating systems from same external hard drive?

Is it possible to use one external hard drive with multiple operating systems on it so when I go onto the BIOS of my PC and can choose to boot from USB then choose which operating system rom the hard ...
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Could Writing to External Window Drive from Virtual Machine on Mac Damage the External Drive?

I have an external drive that I use with my Windows laptop, and contains all my important files. The drive is in NTFS format. Now, on my Mac laptop, I have installed a Windows 7 virtual machine ...
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do I need to partition new external drive before writing disk image?

I am having trouble rescueing data from potentially dying hard drive (laptop Windows 7, not booting) previous attempts have resulted in the copied files substantially exceeding their original file ...
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Not able to safely remove external disk after having mounted and unmounted a VHD on it

I am using Windows 7 SP 1. I have an external hard disk (Seagate 500GB) which I am able to use without problems most of the time. I am able to plug it in, use it and then safely unmount it via the ...
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Windows 8.1 installation: Which drive is the F drive?

I am doing a clean install of Windows 8.1 on an old PC. It was purchased as download from Microsoft Store and written to and booted from a USB flash drive. It went through all of these steps: ...
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How do I catalog files on several external hard drives that I want to store off-line? OSX

My partner, an artist, has more than 10 external hardisks both USB and firewire and every 2-3 months a new one has to be added (She's working with videos and pictures) currently its >10TB and growing ...
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Convert ext4 hard drive to ntfs fromat without formatting

I have a 1TB external hard drive with about 800gb data of ext4 format. Is there a way of converting it to ntfs format without having to format hence losing my data?
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Computer will not recognize new hard drive formatted to FAT32

I have recently acquired a new seagate hard drive. I formatted it the other day to FAT32, as I had my previous hard drive (the exact same model), and plugged it in to my TV. It worked fine. However ...
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Which external 2.5 inch usb drives contain actual SATA drives? [closed]

I know many of the modern external USB 2.5 inch drives do not contain a SATA drive inside, for instance see this YouTube video about disassembling a 2TB Western Digital My Passport drive. However ...
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WD My Passport External HD stuck at Formatting

My WD My Passport 1TB stopped working all of a sudden. I just got it 3 months ago. The computer recognizes the hard drive and when I went to Disk Management the file system says RAW. The light just ...
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Hard Drive malfunction : rapid beeping noise and not being recognized by computer

I have a 1Tb Seagate External hard drive. Upon trying to plug it in to my TV today, it would not load and told me it was "empty". So I tried to plug it in to my computer, at this point it started ...
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Install Ubuntu on hard disk externally

I want to install ubuntu on my other laptop.The Laptop wont allow me to boot from CD and i cant change the boot order. I dont have access to BIOS Settings (I am locked out of BIOS). I have an external ...
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format windows recovery partition in hard drive externally

I want to format a disk from my other laptop. I have an external drive reader and when I attempt to format the disk, it only formats the main partition but the recovery sector remains intact. I am ...
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You don't currently have permission to access this File/Folder error

I have a folder on my external hard drive that contains a series of images and subfolders that I had set to be locked. I set this up on my old laptop, and that laptop has since died. Unfortunately, I ...
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Western Digital Elements 1TB USB3.0 Spins up and then beeps?

Well, today, I unplugged my WD external HDD from my laptop so that I could move it to a different port. I was not using any program that would be accessing the drive at the time. However, when I ...
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How to detect if a USB port is 3.0 or 2.0?

I have a Toshiba Canvio 3.0 external HDD. It has USB 3.0. It flashes blue if you connect it to a USB 3.0 port. If it is a 2.0 port, the light becomes white. Yesterday, I plugged it in and the light ...
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How to encrypt an external hard drive so a password is required only on computers other than my own?

I want to encrypt my external hard drive but I only want it to require a password if being accessed by a PC other than mine. This is because I have Backblaze set-up on my own PC and if Backblaze ...
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Incorrect writing to a TrueCrypt partition on USB 3.0 HDD

Hardware: HDD: WD MyPassport 2TB (USB 3.0). Motherboard: ASUS-B85-PLUS. Software: OS: Windows 8.1. TrueCrypt 7.1a. There is an external HDD connected via USB 3.0 port. It contains a TrueCrypt ...
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Unable to boot off of previously bootable external hard drive

My previously bootable Seagate external hard drive has had Ubuntu on it for quite some time and after making some changes to my main hard drive(installing Windows 8) I can no longer boot into my ...
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Windows 7 deleting files off external HDD

I have a 500GB external partitioned into two separate halves. One is for storing things like important documents and other things I don't feel safe having on my internal HDD. The other is formatted ...