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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External Hard Disk — System freezes when initiate a transfer from PC to HDD

I am facing a unique issue with my PC. I have a new Seagate 1TB external Hard disk. The hard disk is detected without any issues and I am able to browse the folder on the hard disk. When I initiate ...
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External HDD not recognized in windows 10, cmd or disk manager

I purchased one external HDD from a shop, it work there in the shop. I took two of my own notebook HDD to check through a box. According to me, they "don't work" but they indeed work there, I saw it. ...
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My 1TB WD Hard Drive has failed. Can it be fixed?

My 1TB WD hard drive contained more than 400 movies. It has failed. I used it in connection with a WD TV HD Media Player to watch the movies on my TV screen. I unplugged the drive one day without “...
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External USB hard drive appears as USB to SATA device and won't automatically assign drive letter

I can assign it a letter every time i plug it in (which requires a restart, since the drive letter i assign it in diskmgmt stays occupied until i shut my pc down), and it will work fine from then on, ...
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External HD Sleeping on Windows 10

I have an external SSD HD (Kingston HD with an Orico USB3 enclosure) that seems to fall asleep after 15 minutes of being idle. I've checked all my power settings for USB and for Hard drives to never ...
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Reset SMART on Hard Drive

I'm wondering if there's any common way to reset SMART readings on a hard disk. The reason is that I got long ago one of those cheap USB 3.0 drives (sold by LG but the inner HDD seems to be Toshiba)....
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filesystem conversion from fat32 to ntfs on external hard drive

i'm currently having problems with a filesystem conversion on a 1TB external usb hard drive. The drive is filled with about 300GB and attached to a windows 7 system. The conversion was started using ...
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List of damaged files from chkdsk process [duplicate]

I chkdsk'ed my external HDD and found that some files have been damaged. Can I get the full list of deleted files from this chkdsk process? Command prompt window shows part of the file list but even ...
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access to hard drive on plex media server

I am attempting to set up a plex media server on my Ubuntu 15.04 system from a few external hard drives. However, the plex system is unable to find my hard drives. The following is shown where ...
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Weird behavior of external hard drive

I use an external hard drive which was previously used as internal loaded with Linux Mint and Windows. When I started using it as external I removed all files from OS installations but now I face a ...
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List of deleted files from chkdsk process [duplicate]

I chkdsk'ed my external HDD and found that some files have been damaged. Can I get the full list of deleted files from this chkdsk process? Even I scroll up to the top, I can't see the entire file ...
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chkdsk stopped before it's done?

I ran 'chkdsk /r' command on command prompt on my Windows 7 64-bit. As in the picture, the process finished while it says '10 percent complete'. I think it took about 8~10 hours. It's a 2 TB Western ...
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External HD stops working while transferring files

I was moving some files into my external HD (WD Elements 4TB) when it suddenly stopped working, on the copy window i had a message saying that the destination was not available. When i touched the HD ...
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Ubuntu installatiion on external usb hard disk doesn't load

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04.3 on a usb external hard disk using this youtube video tutorial: Tutorial: Install Ubuntu 13.04 To An External Hard Drive I have windows 10 installed on the common ...
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What can I do for hard disk error?

It's a follow-up question for this question. Dropped external HDD Using HD Tune, I learned that my external HDD has some errors on it. Then what can/should I do? Is there any way that I can 'flag' ...
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Can't see some files on external hard drive?

A few hours ago I started my PC and plugged in my Western Digital passport 2 TB(NTFS). When I tried to copy a new app to the software folder, there was only one folder. I check to see if there is any ...
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Can a virus from a external drive end up on the host computer? [duplicate]

If I connnect a external drive to a computer that has viruses, and somehow these viruses get on the external drive, like someone copying infected files on it or whatever, and then I connect this drive ...
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Dropped external HDD [duplicate]

I dropped my external HDD (WD My book 2TB, non-portable) from 1m (3ft) height on the hard floor. Now there seems to be no problem, but is there any way that I can check if it is okay? In the old days,...
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Is it possible for Windows to cache thumbnails and directory info of folder on a external device?

I use my phone(or camera) to take photos of parts frequently. Every time I plug my phone in to the computer to browse for photos Windows has to generate all thumbnails and directory info again(can be ...
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Trancend StoreJet 25M3 USB 3.0 1TB less than a few days old and seems dead

So I got an external 1TB USB 3.0 hard disk drive 3 days ago at Christmas Eve the 24th. Today it’s the 27th. I’ve been using it every single day from the 24th. Two hours ago I noticed I couldnt access ...
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File copying much slower than rated Firewire speed

While copying a lot of files to an external hard drive using Firewire I notice that the copy speed is a lot slower than the Firewire data transfer rate. The supposed transfer rate for Firewire 400 is ...
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How to auto sync a folder on my external hard drive with a folder on my computer [duplicate]

I would like to know if there is a way to somehow auto sync a folder on my external hard drive with a folder on my computer. You see, previously my computer's internal Hard Drive got damaged and all ...
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HP Pavilion P-3825 won't boot with external monitor connected

We have a 17" Pavilion LapTOP with the B&O speaker, 17-G030nr? There's no model # marking on the outside that I've found. Its got the aggressively minimalist Insyde BIOS- no control for the ...
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Two specific files won't transfer to an external disk

The progress bar won't move, and the dialogue will just stay there hanging. The files are small (<500 MB), so it's not an issue of the progress bar moving slowly because of the size. The problem ...
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My laptop Dell XPS 13 has only one USB port

Will I be able to connect an external USB DVD±RW that needs two? I also have an external hard drive that needs two USB ports. I briefly connected it and it seemed to work but I didn't do enough ...
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mount .dmg from one hard drive to another

I was able to create a clone from a failing 1 TB HD via Data Rescue 3. The .dmg that is produced is 1.01TB and currently sitting on a borrowed 2TB hard drive. In order to mount this onto the brand new ...
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Hard drive detected but not showing up in device and drives in computer

Recently when I tried to open a video file from my external hard drive, the explorer menu started to become 'not responding' and later, it stopped showing up in device and drives from My computer. It ...
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How do I reset a Seagate hard drive PCB's rom

I have two Seagate Barracuda 500 GB (ST3500641AS with Firmware 3.BTD) external hard drives, both of which are same in terms of model and firmware, one of the hard drives has a PCB issue and clicks ...
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Lock access to external USB disk

I am using an external USB3 disk drive for backups. My PC works under Windows 7. So far, the USB disk has permanently been connected to my system. Probably not a good idea anyhow, as the disk is ...
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External HD format type and data loss

I have read that ext4 is more reliable than ntfs in terms of possible dataloss. However I have also read that ext4 'uses' 5/7% of the available disk space so it can be assigned to the root user in ...
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On running an OS in an external HDD (SATA-to-USB3) on a Macintosh laptop for nostalgic-gaming

TLDR; What significant performance difference would there be if I run an OS (say, Windows) in an external HDD through USB3 (a SATA-to-USB3 connection), comparing to running it natively, on a ...
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Degraded performance on using external disk

I am fairly new to MacOS, been using Ubutnu from beginning, i was forced to switch to MacBook for work reason. My issue is that when i plug in my 2TB WD passport hard disk, macbook sort of dies....
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How to harden external hard disk against ransomware

With the basic consumer backup setup that uses a permanently connected external hard drive to store the backup, with simple backup software or a robocopy script, what can be done to protect the disk ...
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External hard drive can't be mounted. OS X(10.10.4) running huge fsck_hfs process

It is sad to say that my external hard drive is currently facing issues. The hard drive is listed when I run diskutil list (TOSHIBA_EXT): /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME ...
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How to recover files from a hard drive that fell down [duplicate]

My external hard drive fell down two days ago and since then, if i connect it to my computer it would not be visible. it stopped spinning but making funny beeps. i'll be very glad if anyone can assist ...
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Can I access command prompt through an installation disk without a C drive?

My C drive can't load into Windows 7 anymore. Any option I choose, advanced, normal, repair, it just says that it's loading windows files and then a black screen. I've read that this is the hard drive ...
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Cannot access external drives

Whenever I plug in external devices, (USB, iPhone, iPod, etc.), a prompt pops up saying I "don't currently have permission to access this folder." After I click continue, it tells me I've been denied ...
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Backing up win 7 files to unrecognized external hd

I have an win7 laptop that I'd like to backup. I have an old wd 500 gb external usb hdd. I tried to use the win7 backup program (typing 'backup' at cmd line), but the edd is not recognized for backup ...
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Explorer doesn't recognize HDD

Windows explorer doesn't see my USB external HDD, and I can't see it in disk management. The software of the manufacturer can see it, and says it's completely working. I tried to uninstall the device,...
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What is the fastest way to transfer data to an external hard drive? [closed]

What is the fastest way to transfer files between my computer and an external hard drive given currently available products? Thunderbolt SSD? USB3 SSD? Are there any good benchmark tests out there ...
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removed devices still appear as attached

Linux, Centos 7 I removed USB hard drives from my machine. They are /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc. I think they were not properly umounted before removal. I have since tried to umount them (also with -l). ...
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I hear a soft click on external HDD

I hear a soft click every 20-30 seconds from my external hard drive. I don't think it is the "click of death" but it is giving me some concern. I've tried chkdsk only to cancel it after 15 hours (...
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WD ELEMENTS 1024 can't be read and crashes explorer.exe

I've used this external drive (WD ELEMENTS 1024 1TB) for some 4 years and stored a lot of data in it including music, photos and games in it because my C drive doesn't have much space. It worked fine ...
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Using laptop (without os) as an external hard drive

I want to use my laptop as an external hard drive. I've deleted all partitions and run shred so the hdd is completely empty. There is absolutely nothing on it. Is it possible to connect the laptop to ...
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External HDD detected, but doesn't have drive letter or show up in Windows Explorer

Today my Kodi HTPC, a Revo RL80 (Intel Celeron 1007 1.5GHz, 2GB RAM), gave me the option of upgrading to Windows 10. I thought I'd give it a go. I backed up Kodi and other such things and upgraded. ...
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WD 5TB external HDD out of Mybook enclosure [duplicate]

I have a WD mybook witha 5TB HDD in it, formatted as a single partition. I removed the drive from its MyBook enclosure and installed it into my desktop computer. When I open disk management I see 6 ...
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external HDDs cannot copy files out

I have 3 different external HDD, 1Tb, exFAT format (for Mac and PC). They all developed the same problem: I cannot copy some files from them. The copying speed just drops to 0 on them and that is it. ...
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What's a good power supply (volts and Amps) to power a USB hub to use with external HDs

I'm using a 7 port usb hub found here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/AC-Power-Adapter-Cable-for-PC-Laptop-7-Port-USB-3-0-Hub-On-Off-Switches-/331707642029 The power supply it came with was very weak. It ...
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new hard drive makes noise and hangs for a while

I have a new Seagate "backup plus fast 4tb". The problem is : once in a while (like once an hour), I hear a little noise, and the disk stops working for some time (like 2 minutes) then starts to work ...
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Boot debian from USB external hard drive

I used to have debian on my laptop. Then I removed the old hard drive (with the debian OS on it), and put it in a USB external hard drive box. And installed a new SSD hard drive into the laptop, ...