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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Copying files from SD to external hard drive - keeps saying the folder no longer exists but allows me to copy one at a time

So this is a very peculiar problem... I have a 16GB SD card that has RAW photos of it from my Canon DSLR camera. I also have an IOGear SD-to-USB converter. I am trying to copy the photos off of the ...
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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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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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Unable to remove write protection from my SD card in windows 7

My SD card is showing: The disk is write protected So I open Diskpart through the command line in Windows 7 and follow these steps: To check my disk name I type: list disk Now I select ...
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Does changing external hdd drive will boost performance boost on xubuntu (virtualbox)? [on hold]

Now I'm using Toshiba external drive (USB 2.0) - http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Portable-External-Drive-HDDR250E03X/sim/B0013FSKSA/2 I'm wonder if changing this drive to something new, USB 3.0 (maybe ...
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Is write caching good for HDDs' life?

I have a removable HDD for which Windows disabled write-caching by default, but on occasions I write a lot of data to that HDD and I was wondering, would enabling the caching temporarily improve the ...
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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 to password-protect an external hard drive or an external USB drive [on hold]

I've got: 1 external 120GB USB hard drive (TrekStor DataStation pocket capa) 2 16GB external USB drives (EMTEC) 2 32GB or 64BG external USB devices (SanDisk, one is USN 2.0 and the other USB 3.0, I ...
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USB 3.0 not going past the speed of USB 2.0

I have a WD My Passport Ultra, which I know can reach 100MB/s easily while connected to USB 3.0 port, but I'm getting 40MB/s on 3.0 and 2.0 ports. What may be the problem? I run Fedora 18 (32 bit (on ...
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same capacity external HDD,but different price

i am going to buy 1TB external HDD manufactured by western digital.I have found two of them in the shop's website.Both of them have 1TB capacity,but one is almost 13-14$ more than the other.Models ...
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USB hard drive not recognized

Until recently I was using the portable USB hard drive in my win 7 laptop and ubuntu laptop. Suddenly now none of the laptops recognize it. This is the message I get by running lsusb: Bus 001 Device ...
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External HDD being detected on Smart TV but not on PC

I've 1TB external HDD. When i connect it to my smart TV it gets connected normally. I can view movie songs etc but at the same time when i connect it to my pc it does not. It is not being detected on ...
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External hard drive suddenly not recognized on one computer, still works on another computer

I have an Asus G750JW running Windows 8.1. One of my external hard drives—a 4TB Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive (Model: SRD0SD0, PN: 1DXAD8-500, USB 3.0)—suddenly stopped working with it. It still ...
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Adobe Reader out of memory error after Windows wake up

I opened a PDF file by Adobe Reader. I put Windows on sleep mode. After I woke Windows up, Adobe Reader shows only some recent pages (all of other pages are blank) and reports out of memory error on ...
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External WD 2.5" 1TB USB 3.0 VS Internal Seagate 1TB Sata? [closed]

I am planning on to buy external storage for my DELL N4001 Laptop. Following are the configurations: Windows 7 640GB HD 6GB RAM I stumbled upon following two options but don’t know which one ...
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Bootable Partition from External HDD

I'm trying to partition and load a .iso file on to the external hdd to be able to boot it, but also still keep files on the main partition. Is this possible with a Toshiba Canvio Basics 3 drive? I've ...
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NTFS drive not working

I copied some files from another computer to my western digital external hard drive and then after I connected it to my PC Windows can't recognize my NTFS drive. A few month ago I changed partions to ...
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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 Western Digital hard drive read really slow

I convert my internal WD Scorpio Blue 250GB from my old laptop to external hard drive. I already format it writing speed really good about 30MB/s but read really slow about 300KB/s and I’m using USB ...
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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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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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'User' folder not opening on external hard drive due to security reasons [duplicate]

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit. I moved my internal hard drive to an external one and installed a new drive in my laptop. After connecting the external drive to the laptop, it opens the ...
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My external hard drive won't open properly on Windows 7 (64-bit) [closed]

I have a WD My Passport 1TB USB3.0 drive (wdbbep0010bsl) with multiple partitions. Pretty much all of my games/work are on a NTFS partition (~300GB). The rest is dived up into various unused Mac ...
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Recover files without formatting from data on a seemingly corrupted Seagate Wireless Plus.

I have a Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB hard disk. Last week, when I was copying videos from my DVD collection to the hard disc, the DVD drive somehow stopped working. Now I cannot access my hard disc ...
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Problems with using an external USB harddrive on android [closed]

I have an external USB harddrive, a 1Tb WD Passport (red), and decided to reformat it for use with both my windows PC and my android tablet. There have been some problems along the way that i've ...
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Universal Hard Drive Format (NT Kernels/OSX/Linux -any other OS including gaming consoles) [duplicate]

As the tile says, I would like to know if there is a way I can have my new hard drive (2TB) formatted so it can have files greater than 4 GB and work on my Windows machine, Linux and OSX (gaming ...
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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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Where to put “VirtualBox VMs” folder and “iso” files for optimal performance

Just installed VirtualBox for the first time. The host is a Windows 7 OS machine with 8GB of RAM and i7 CPU. I bought an SSD drive (Samsung 840 EVO) specifically to have better performing VMs. My ...
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Problems with NTFS USB drive after waking Windows from suspend

I accidentally removed a USB hard drive from a Windows computer in sleep mode (thought it was off) and wrote files to it on another computer, running Fedora. Now, the Windows machine is having ...
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How to prolong the life of an external hard drive?

In ten years, across several different machines, different companies, and different operating systems I've noticed a trend that external hard drives die long before their internal counterparts. ...
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Seagate Expansion Drive problems

i was encrypting a 3.5TB Seagate Expansion Drive with diskcryptor, it didnt crash or anything and i confirmed many times the data is still there even tho the encryption is paused at 65% . Now the ...
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Can't mount my external hard drive

After a repair task with disk utility I can't mount my external hard drive on my mac. I have tried to mount it on terminal mount /dev/disk1s1 but I receive this eror mount: /dev/disk1s1: unknown ...
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Repair or Recover data from portable external hard drive?

I accidentally dropped my 500gb Bufallo Ministation portable hard drive on the ground. It was still sorta working, just EXTREMELY slowly. I then ran the mac hard drive repair. It ran for about 5 ...
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Seagate external hard drive is not able to mount either into ubuntu or wondows.showing Dbus Error orh.gtk

I have Seagate External Hard dusk and backup plus drive 1TB. I used to use in UBUNTU laptop and windows in VM.It was working fine.But suddenly got mount error. Please find the below exact error: ...
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Impossible to mount an external hard drive on mac after bug [duplicate]

I made a mistake by plugging my external WD hard drive with my GoPro link (they look like the same). Everything was working, and, during a file transfer, my hard drive disappeared from my MacBook Pro, ...
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What read/write speeds must an external storage have to make it worth putting a swap partition there? [closed]

This question is for my Raspberry pi A+ (256MB RAM) which is on Raspbian Linux. I have no qualms about using a flash drive and using up its read and write cycles if need be. I'm just curious on what ...
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Is a recovered file a FUSE system file?

I have a 1 TB NTFS external hard drive used for data and backup for both Windows and Linux. It got corrupted and I repaired it with chkdsk in Windows. Chkdsk recovered a collection of files with ...
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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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Error while copying files to Hard disk

I am getting this error while copying my files to Western Digital 2TB external hard drive via USB. I am getting error sometimes when copy is done 30% or 60% or 90% and I am getting this frequently. ...
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Why external harddisk are cheaper than internal [closed]

If you look in any online shop you can see that usually external usb harddisk are cheaper than internal hdd with the same size. I thought they where different/older model. But online i found ...
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3TB external suddenly becomes 746GB unallocated [duplicate]

I have an external drive my main drive is a 1TB slave is a 3TB which I used the GPT to get it there my USB drives are in a dual enclosure one being a 1TB the new one I just purchased only shows 746 ...
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How to estimate the time needed for transferring files between internal and external drives?

My laptop usb port is usb 2.0. my external hard drive is usb 3.0. Wikipedia says Due to bus access constraints, the effective throughput of the High Speed signaling rate is limited to 35 MB/s or ...
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Why is the free disk space on an external drive varying wildly while copying files on it?

I'm using Windows 8.1 Explorer to copy image files from my Android mounted as media device, onto an SSD connected via a USB 2.0 drive enclosure (NTFS). While the copying goes on, the free disk space ...
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Low Voltage USB Ports and USB External HDD Problem

I'm facing a low power USB port issue on my desktop PC. I have a USB 2.5" external harddrive and it does not work with any of the USB ports on the computer case except for one. Also if I use a ...
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Does moving data between memory and secondary storage device need to go through cpu registers?

In the memory/storage hierarchy: cpu register - cpu cache - main memory - secondary storage device, does copying or moving data between storages at some levels pass the storage at some higher level, ...
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Can I recover my files from a USB hard drive? I don't see any files, but half the disk space is gone.

I have a 500 GB USB drive. Whether I go to Windows Explorer or Finder, the drive shows that about half the drive is free. However, when I open the drive in either Windows 7 or OS X, no files show ...
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Internal SDD + External SSD (via firewire) RAID 1 and boot drive version control (like system-wide git)

I was thinking in a theoretical realm about a certain use case, and was wondering if anybody has ever experienced anything like this. If I were to set up my internal SSD and an external SSD ...
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Why does my Macbook lock up while my external hard drive spins up?

Why does my MacBook lock up while my external USB hard drive spins up? It comes right back after a click or two post spin-up. It's pretty annoying since finder often sniffs the drives but the USB ...
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Clone external hard drive without leaving a record on the drive itself?

I have an external hard drive which I need to make an exact copy of, but I need to do so without leaving any trace of the operation on the original drive. I'm primarily a Mac user, but I suspect the ...
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Error occurs when copying files?

I have two Western Digital External Hard Disks with a capacities of 160GB and 1TB, but I am unable to copy data from the 160GD drive. The problems are: HDD automatically disconnected while copying. ...