This tag is for questions on external hard drives.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

1
vote
2answers
100 views

Is it better to leave on or turn off external hard drive?

Okay here is my situation, I have a 1tb internal hard drive that is plugged in via USB Dock, and has external power, that I use for weekly backups, but my question is, is it better to leave this hard ...
3
votes
2answers
102 views

Extra free space when moving a hard drive to an external enclosure

My secondary 1TB internal hard drive filled up recently, so I bought a 2TB disk to replace it. The cheapest 2TB disk I could find was actually a Buffalo Drivestation USB3 enclosure. I used SyncToy ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Can't see disk in Windows explorer

I purchased a new 4TB HDD and put it in an enclosure for external use. I formatted that HDD using the disk management tool (as GPT rather than MBR) and assigned a drive letter to it. I was able to use ...
0
votes
2answers
767 views

Removing EFI partitioning from 3 TB hard drive to restore a default

I just got my WD 3 TB hard drive. I put it in an external dual disk duplicator (max USB3) and partitioned and formatted it GUID with partitions of 2.2 TB and 800 GB. The larger partition was for Time ...
1
vote
1answer
306 views

Western Digital Elements Fell - Computer won't recognize it, but it's not making any noise either

I have a 2 TB Western Digital Elements drive that fell flat off the top of my desktop onto the floor (cable got snagged) while plugged in (not sure if it was actively being read from/written to but ...
0
votes
1answer
126 views

Can't get rsync to sync two external harddrives

I'm trying to use rsync to copy files from one external HDD to another external HDD. I use the following commands rsync -rv --exclude=.DS_Store ~/Volumes/Backed /Volumes/Hero where Backed is the ...
0
votes
0answers
444 views

Hard drive not recognized by usb 3.0 ports

I have storejet 1000GB with usb 3.0 connection but it seems that in my laptop runs windows 7, the computer identifies it only when connecting it to the usb 2 port. There was period it was identified ...
0
votes
0answers
62 views

How Mount and Share a USB Hard Drive from Kwheezy to Macs Using Netatalk?

I have successfully set up netatalk to share files from my Linux box to my MacPro and vise versa. My problem is that I cannot access anything that is not in my /home directory on the Linux system. I ...
1
vote
0answers
186 views

External hard drive USB connector has broken, Ubuntu can't read it through SATA

I bought a WD My Book external hard drive in 2009 and used it for a few years so I have a lot of important data on it. One day I accidentally knocked it off a table. The table was not too high but ...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

Windows recognizes external USB HDD as internal HDD: No safe removal button

I installed windows from external HDD. And opened windows for the first time with this external HDD. And I think because of this, windows 8 recognizes this HDD as internal. As you see, here is USB ...
0
votes
3answers
190 views

How does hard drive formatting work? [duplicate]

What exactly happens when you format/wipe a hard drive ? Is it overwritten with random data or something else ? Is the format process the same for all types of hard drives and for all brands ? Also, ...
3
votes
1answer
110 views

RAID-1 causes far more noise than non-RAID?

After moving two 2 WD 1TB Black drives to a hardware RAID-1 system on my GA-Z87X-UD3H Gigabyte motherboard they started making a lot of noise and rattle. I've tested both of them separately in a ...
2
votes
2answers
166 views

How to protect my portable HDD from physical damage? [closed]

I have a 1TB Portable HDD - Western Digital: My Passport. I usually keep it in my pocket and move around a lot, I wanted to know what I can do to protect it from possible damage (if there is any). I ...
1
vote
0answers
94 views

Slow copying of files from Bricked NAS to computer via USB 3.0 to SATA

Unfortunately I bricked my "Western Digital MyBookLive 3TB" network hard drive. (Only had an ethernet port to access files via network) After realising it was not going to work again, I decided to ...
0
votes
1answer
69 views

I think I stuffed up my external hard drive

As in the title, I can't get it to work. I should probably say, it's an internal HDD in an External case. Last night I was working on copying old files off it onto my new computer, however, somehow, ...
0
votes
0answers
376 views

Very low HDD read speed: 100% disk activity read speed max 1 MB/s

Issue When copying data from my external HDD (My Book USB 3.0 3TB) the read speed barely goes over 1 MB/s most of the time it stays at around 500 KB/s. I'm using a USB 3.0 cable. I have tested ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

Force spin-down of external hard-drive on linux (raspberry pi)

I'm currently setting up a home-server using a Raspberry Pi with an external hard-disk connected via usb. However, my hard-drive will never spin down when being idle. I tried already the hints ...
0
votes
0answers
261 views

RunDLL ~$WT.FAT error when accessing HDD, changed to no longer being able to access HD

I ran across this Q&A while searching for results, for which I have/had a similar problem. Actually, I HAD the same problem. Now, however, my identical problem has changed into no longer being ...
1
vote
1answer
107 views

Should I use uninterruptible power supply for an external HDD?

Should I plug in my external HDD into the UPS outlet instead of a regular outlet in the wall to prevent data loss in case of power disruption? My UPS already has a PC and a monitor on it, but I only ...
1
vote
2answers
236 views

Can common virtual machines use an enitre 4TB drive as a virtual drive?

I would like to purchase a 4TB external drive USB3 or eSATA, install a virtualization host like VirtualBox or VMWarePlayer on the external drive, and then use the remainder of the external disk space ...
0
votes
1answer
148 views

Sharing external USB drive via Mac Mini with server.app randomly disconnecting

I've got a Mac mini running server and a few people connecting. This is working fine and no issues so far. I bought a sharkoon USB external 5 bay RAID box and connected to the server and setup shares. ...
1
vote
3answers
295 views

How to get files off broken Windows 7 machine onto Ubuntu 12.04 (desktop) machine?

My wife has (had) a Windows 7 laptop (Toshiba Satellite with SATA HD), and last night one of our dogs jumped on it and completely broke the LCD screen. She needs to get some files off of the hard ...
0
votes
1answer
118 views

Out of 3 partitions on External Hard Drive 1 partition is not accessible

Need Solution for the below problem, I made 3 partitions on Samsung External hard disk using a Dell latitude D 620 laptop long back. I had compressed the 3rd drive using the same laptop. On connecting ...
0
votes
2answers
136 views

Is this hard drive about to fail?

I have a 1TB external WD My Book 1110, last night while I was browsing for some old files in there I started getting data access errors while trying to open a certain folder, everything else seemed ...
0
votes
0answers
80 views

Recover my files from External Hard disk drive when the access is denied

I have an 500 GB External hard disk. When I plugged it into my friend's laptop, once my work over, then I plugged in my laptop. In MY COMPUTER it doesn't show properly, so, as usual, I plugged out and ...
1
vote
2answers
185 views

windows 8 performance which is installed on USB SSD (boots from USB 2)

is any one here tried installing windows 8 to external USB SSD drive and booting drive from usb 2.0 port. i also want to install visual studio 2012 kind of ides and programming related softwares in ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Portable Dropbox/Google Drive

I am planning to buy a new external harddisk, which will hold my project files using XAMPP Portable, my contacts, documents etc, as this thing is dealing with sensitive data, and I cannot rely on a ...
1
vote
2answers
338 views

What should I look for to have a silent external harddrive

I want a HD as a home media-server, it will always be on. Most of the time it will not be used, and it should be very silent and not to warm when not used. Should be Regularly priced powered 2-3T ...
1
vote
0answers
75 views

Is it possible to lose data on an external SSD drive despite using the “safe remove” feature?

I have an SSD disk in a third party USB 3.0 disk enclosure. The drive is NTFS formatted. Lately, I've almost lost some of my data despite using the "safe remove" windows feature. Here is what ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Zero inodes even after formatting hard disk

I have an external 1Tb harddisk which due to some reason was showing following under df -i Filesystem Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted on /dev/sdb1 0 0 0 - ...
0
votes
0answers
154 views

External hard drive spindown causes frequent filesystem corruption in win8

Win8 box with usb 2 attached Blax dual-bay dock. The standard power settings are set to spin down the drives if unused for 20 minutes. Also, by default windows has file cache disabled for "quick ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

Boot Mgt Missing

I have a Vista OS on my Toshiba A305-S683243. I did a complete reformat of the Hard drive. The recovery disks from Toshiba and the most recently purchased one both give me the message "boot management ...
0
votes
1answer
387 views

Why my external drive turned in read only mode?

I have this HDD (quite new, 4 months old) which I formatted to ext3 (my router supports ext3, not ext4) and I started copying all my data from an older drive on it (1TB data). After a bit (a lot of ...
0
votes
2answers
121 views

Is there a way to boot from a disk to clone an internal hard drive to an external one, and vice-versa?

I've got a dying internal Windows 8 hard drive in a desktop PC. I want to copy the data off of it, but it doesn't boot properly, so I was wondering if I could instead boot from a bootable disk ...
1
vote
3answers
271 views

Does internal HDD read/write speed affect external HDD read/write speed?

I have a Samsung Series 7 laptop with a Hitachi HTS727575A9E364 internal HDD, and was wondering if purchasing a Buffalo DriveStation DDR 2TB HDD would be worth it. Would the speed of my internal HDD ...
0
votes
1answer
57 views

Does Xubuntu keep a log of all USB devices ever connected to the system?

What I specifically need is a log that shows the exact time and date a USB device was plugged in or removed. Example : 14 : 40 USB DEVICE X WAS MOUNTED 14 : 43 USB DEVICE X WAS REMOVED 2 : 12 USB ...
0
votes
0answers
116 views

can't access external hard disc files

I have shared some folders in my external hard drive in the office network where i work. After this when i plug in the external hard drive in my home PC it gives the message saying You don't ...
0
votes
0answers
80 views

connect SATA hard drive

I have a Dell Studio 1535 laptop, I removed my HDD and added a SSD. If I connect my old HDD with an eSATA -> SATA cable, computer does not detect it. My cable: I used this eSATAp to SATA power ...
1
vote
0answers
50 views

Running an XP install on a physical disk on vmware

I have a solution I need to solve using XP, I have VMWare Workstation on my Win7 laptop - can I use an external hard disk that has an XP install on it, rather than having to install XP on a vmx ? I ...
0
votes
2answers
104 views

Pictures folder on 1 TB external hardrive corrupted and became an extentionless unreadable file

My 1 TB external drive where I keep most of my photos has corrupted. My Pictures folder has become an extentionless file which cannot be opened. The other folders appear to be OK but I don't use ...
0
votes
1answer
437 views

Why USB 3.0 ports are causing high CPU usage?

After two weeks of research and a lot of thinking, it looks like my problem (Explorer is very slow after connecting external HDD) is caused by USB 3.0 ports. In short: after working around one hour ...
1
vote
1answer
325 views

My WD passport detected but not shown on my computer

1TB WD harddisk is detected in laptop but drives not visible on my computer. Under disk managment drives shown without letters. Right clicking on these drives give 2 options: Delete volume Help. ...
2
votes
2answers
146 views

External usb storage hard drive unrecognized Anywhere - Tried the usual things

I have read the other relevant questions and searched the internet for hours. My Maxtor one touch 4 external usb hard drive stopped being recognized. I have tried on different computers, operating ...
2
votes
1answer
626 views

WD 2 TB External Hard Drive not Showing up in Computer

I had the internal hard drive in my HPTouchSmart 600 (Windsows 7 64bit) replaced. When I got it home, I plugged in my WD 2 TB external hard drive. It worked fine. Within the next 24 hrs something ...
0
votes
1answer
278 views

External hard disk inacessible,slow only on my machine [Windows 7 | Ubuntu]

I have a WD My Passport 1TB external hard disk that gives an extremely slow(kBs) transfer speed on both Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Sometimes the hard disk is not even accessible – accessing the contents of ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

Connecting old 3.5'' HDD to laptop

I have an old 3.5'' HDD, I have an IDE HDD to USB cable connector and a power cable. I'm plugging the whole thing to my laptop. Windows says device successfully installed but I can't find the drive in ...
2
votes
1answer
181 views

Under Linux, how can I tell the real power consumed by a usb device

I have a freecom external USB HDD, which wont run from a powered hub, so I imagined it was something to do with the powered hub not supplying enough power. However when I connect it directly to a ...
-1
votes
1answer
410 views

WD My Book external drive never spin up

I got a Western Digital My Book external hard drive that are a couple of years old. I tried to get it running via eSATA the other week and when I was about to try it again the disk itself never spin ...
4
votes
1answer
125 views

Retrieving a Windows Directory Index

So I have a desktop with Windows 7 and I also have an external hard drive (1Tb). The usual thing happened: I accidentally dropped the drive and the data on the drive isn't backed up anywhere. The ...
1
vote
1answer
921 views

Long running chkdsk on Windows 7 1TB external hard drive

We had a lightning storm and power fluctuated. External hard drive lost some files. I thought I could run a chkdsk on the drive. It has been running over a week. I checked box, "Automatically fix ...