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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Recovery Hard Disk with Bad Sectors

I have a WD Element 1TB external hard Disk and suddenly I got some errors in data reading and writing. I decided to recover it, and I tried to do so many ways and nothing worked. I tried to run ...
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How to achieve highest performance with multiple USB 3 drives but only one USB 3 port

If a computer has one USB 3 port, and one USB 2 port, and the user needs to connect two external USB 3 drives (backwards compatible to USB 2), will highest speeds be obtained if the user connects them ...
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Why are 2.5" external drives cheaper than their internal counterparts? [on hold]

I was looking for a 2TB 2.5" hard drive for a family member, and was a bit surprised when I found out that external drives are about 20% cheaper than their internal counterparts. For example, an ...
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Trying to retrieve data with a thermaltake blacX enclosure: Windows 7 believes the drive to be “uninitialized”

I have a laptop that won't boot. It appears to be a power problem ... laptop auto-turns-off within about 10 seconds of pressing the power button (with power buttons lighted temporarily and no display ...
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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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Uploading large folders to Dropbox from external hard drive

I've got a puzzling dilemma that I've been trying to solve for weeks. I want to backup about 500 GBs from an external hard drive to my Dropbox Pro account. My computer's hard drive is nowhere near ...
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Lost ability to write to NTFS USB disk using MacFUSE and OS X

Up until recently I was able to read and write files from my MacBook Pro to my 1.5TB USB Western Digital HD. I recently lost that ability after a friend copied a folder onto the harddrive from his ...
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Use an old laptop SATA DVD drive with a USB to SATA adapter?

I have an old laptop DVD drive, which I want to use as an external DVD drive. I'd like to use it with an adapter cable like this: Two questions: My DVD drive's sticker says that it needs 1.5 ...
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How do I view files inexplicably hidden on an external hard drive?

Yesterday I traded some files with a friend by hooking up an external hard drive to his computer. I had created a folder with some files in it for him and likewise created another folder for him to ...
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What's causing my hard disk's activity? [duplicate]

I have a set of external hard disks I'm using for backups, so except for the backup in the middle of the night they shouldn't show any activity. Now on one of the drives the LED has been blinking for ...
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How to repair—or recover—data from a dropped portable external hard drive?

I accidentally dropped my 500GB Buffalo MiniStation portable hard drive on the ground. It was still sorta working afterward, but just EXTREMELY slowly. I then ran the Mac “Disk Utility” hard drive ...
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How to fix crc errors on external hard drive

I was transferring a 2GB file from my desktop to an external hard drive. But I accidentally restarted the computer. Now I'm getting crc errors and I can't access what's on the hard drive. Windows 7 ...
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Safely remove external USB drive fails due to $extend

When connecting an external USB 3.0 hard drive to my USB 3.0 ports I can never safely remove it. Somehow windows always keeps the journal files open: "Always" as in this time I only connected the ...
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USB 3.0 ports on newly built PC don’t recognize USB 3.0 devices

I have recently bought and built a new PC: Windows 8 Enterprise x64, and Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 motherboard. Now that everything is put together and installed I am facing only one problem. I own an ...
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1TB Dell external hard drive is blinking [closed]

My 1TB Dell external HDD started blinking. When I removed and inserted it again it worked fine, but I am concerned it may occur again in the future. I searched Google and found a source saying my ...
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Is this a bad idea to use a SSD in the slim bay as the primary hard disk?

My friend has a Lenovo ThinkPad T420s (http://support.lenovo.com/en/documents/pd015734). Since he wants better performance, he decides to add an additional SSD to this laptop and uses it as the ...
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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 ...
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External hard-drive keeps ejecting itself

I've got a Sharkoon 5 bay RAID station with 5 x 2TB drives in it. I've let my Mac do a software RAID on it but it seems I've ran into a bit of a problem - at very random intervals the drives eject ...
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A computer that fails to boot if certain USB devices are plugged in

I don't have an active problem with this but I am curious. Over time, my repair work has lead me to experience many instances (repeatable and reliable ones) where a computer (desktop, laptop, every ...
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SATA external hdd is detected as a removable drive and asks “please insert a disk”

I have external SATA hdd of Samsung 200GB. When i try to connect it to my PC, it's being recognized as a removable Disk and when I click on it, a message of "Please insert a disk to the drive" pops. ...
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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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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 ...
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Can a program doing i/o on another drive cause writes in its home drive?

Let's say I have a program A installed with windows on my drive C:. I use A to do a lot of processing on a external drive D:. It reads from D:, processes the data, then writes the output back into ...
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How to prevent spotlight from searching external hard drives

I have an external hard drive connected to my Macbook Pro that I always leave on. When I use spotlight to search for something, it always searches this drive. I don't want it to do this because ...
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Can I turn my external USB HDD into a wireless HDD?

There's a new league of "wireless HDDs" available out there, For example: The Transcend Storejet Cloud and the Seagate Satellite My question is: is it possible to make use of a wireless USB adapter ...
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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 read and write Mac drives on Windows

I have some external hard drives that are Mac OS Extended (Journaled) formatted. What software can you recommend for working with those drives when under Windows? Do you have any experience with this? ...
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Corrupted NTFS Drive showing multiple unallocated partitions

My external hdd with a single NTFS partition was accidentaly plugged out (kids!)... and is now corrupted. Iv tried running ntfsfix - with no luck - output below.. When I look at the disk under disk ...
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Internal to external hdd isn't recognized

My old computer recently broke, so i got all the useable stuff i could get out, that includes the hdd. It's a hdd with a sata cable, so i thought it would be nice to use it as an external harddrive. I ...
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Using external hard drives for personal laptop/computers [closed]

I intend on purchasing a fast laptop (possibly a gaming laptop). I am a programmer, so I enjoy using different programming environments (visual studio with windows, linux, etc) which is why I require ...
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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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Safely removed external USB 3.0 disk reconnects on its own in Ubuntu 12.04

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit and I have an external USB 3.0 docking station. The docking station is made by Plugable and it has an ASMedia chipset (http://plugable.com/products/usb3-sata-u3). In ...
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New LaCie drive fails to mount on Mac OSX 10.8

I have a new LaCie d2 Quadra 4 TB external harddrive (this one). When I connect it to my Macbook pro with Friewire 800 cable (provided), the drive beeps about 20 times, then I get "The disk you ...
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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 ...
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Hard drive (SATA) making trouble when connecting via USB

I have a hard drive from Western Digital (model: WD2500BEVS-75UST0) that is running without visible problems inside my laptop connected with SATA. However, once I connect it with an external case that ...
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How to fix HDD malfunction which gives rapid beeping noise and it's not recognized by PC?

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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Using Virtual Box to install Ubuntu Server 14.04 on an external hard drive

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 onto a server hard drive. The server machine I have only supports booting to CD/DVD, not USB. When I've tried burning the Ubuntu 14.04 installer to a DVD for ...
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Why is my USB drive treated as an internal hard disk drive?

I have a 8 GB Sandisk Cruzer USB drive that I just purchased a few weeks ago. I use two systems, viz Windows XP and Windows 7 Professional. When I connect my drive to Windows 7, ...
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How to boot from external USB hard drive when no internal drives are connected

I installed Windows 7 on my external hard drive, and it was working fine. It was booting up, and I was actually able to go online and install programs on it. But then when I try to take out the ...
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VirtualBox in Win7: cannot acces external drive from guest Windows7

I have started using VirtualBox in Windows 7 out of curiosity and for testing purposes. (Mainly, I want to test Linux distros and to try and see how Windows works in this environment - so that I might ...
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Can I restore my NTFS partition in place?

while using the Win2Flash tool I accidentally selected one of my HDD partitions as target USB drive. Previously, I had 5 logical partitions(100 GB each). After the accident, I can see only one of ...
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How to maximize space on recycled external HDD?

My husband gave me his 4 year old external hard drive, a WD My Passport 0750, 1 TB, to use with my Windows 8 laptop. There is only 29.8 GB worth of free space and it has too many partitions. How do I ...
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How can I boot Windows at external hard drive from internal hard drive?

In my internal hard drive, there is a copy of Windows installed at 'sda1'. I use grub to boot into it. In my external hard drive (internal hard drive with a box), I have a complete Windows installed ...
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How to share an external USB drive over network in OS X?

I have an external USB drive mounted on my Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" box. I want to share a folder on this volume to another OS X computer over LAN. How is it possbile? If I simply enable the ...
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What are the common causes of Hard Disk malfunction? [closed]

I have a problem with my Hard Drive (SATA III). Shortly and simply I explained my problem in this link. I searched this on internet, so in some forum topics I read your HDD dead, or some in topics ...
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Does External Backup Hardisk is usually slow? [closed]

I have purchased a new Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB 2.5" USB 3.0. I have notice that it copy files with a very low rate. I did some test using crystaldiskmark as follow. as you can see it write in a ...
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restore icons from 2tb HDD (seagate) on Windows 7

Hello guys wondering if anyone can help me i have 2tb x2 that holds my movie collection and I make my own custom movie icon for each movie folder, so as you can tell i have close to 2000 movies the ...
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Will any 3'5 inch hard drive caddy / enclosure be OK to operate a SSHD?

Since there are no external SSHD's on the market, I will make my own. Obviously the size is 3'5 inches - but is there anything else to bear in mind before putting one in the enclosure. Obviously it ...
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Windows 7: User Permissions keep resetting for external hard drive

Help my Entire account is gone after following this advice i am sure that was not the goal. but it did happen i am afraid. I am currently trying to solve icons not showing up on my external drive. I ...
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Icons not showing on my my External Drive

My friend could change icons on his external drive. I cant on mine though for some reason. Question 1: I make extensive use of custom icons on my computer. My icons are not working on my external ...