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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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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How can I recover data from 3TB Seagate GoFlex home in Mac OS X?

I have a 3TB Seagate GoFlex Home, and it stopped working on me. It’s not a hard drive failure, just a software issue. It’s a Barracuda drive. I can hear the drive spin up without any knocking or ...
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Formatting : The volume is too big for FAT32

Formatting an external 500GB HDD took almost >6 hours that I started like: D:\>format /FS:fat32 F: The type of the file system is EXFAT. The new file system is FAT32. Enter current volume label ...
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Moved OS hdd to USB enclosure, how can I make it boot?

I had a Windows 10 installation in my laptop. I got a new SSD for it so I took out the old HDD and put it in a USB enclosure. The hard disk works fine and great, better than I thought it would on USB ...
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Windows XP not recognizing my 4TB WD harddrive

Just now got Western Digital 4TB hard drive. WD4003FZEX. I have Windows XP and I know there is no straight forward solution in XP to make use of entire 4TB. Is there any workaround in XP to make use ...
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Unable to create windows backup on external hdd

I am having a WD Elements 2TB portable hard disk (exFAT) I am unable to do backup of windows on it. My windows 7 laptop has ntfs system Please help as I need to do backup
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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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Western Digital My Passport Beeps [duplicate]

My Western Digital My Passport Drive () is broken, when I went to plug it in today, It made beeping sounds when connected. It makes 7 beeps, then 3, then another 3, and then it pauses for a few ...
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Seagate Expansion not loading up as a Disk

I am in deep sh*t as my 1TB Seagate Expanstion Portable HDD (STBX1000301) stopped working all of the sudden. It was working fine, like crisp. I was copying data (in GBs) to it and suddenly it stopped ...
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Windows 10 gives error when writing to external drive past 2TB

I have a CoolerMaster XCraft 360 with a 8TB drive in it. It's formatted using the NTFS file system. It's almost 25% full, so I'm just about to hit the magic 2TB mark. When I'm trying to copy a file to ...
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Can't eject external USB hard drive in Windows 10

First, I must state that it is not that "ejecting" the drive always prompt the "This drive is still utilized by etc." message. It is that there is simply no option to "eject" it in the first place in ...
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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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Is a Seagate BUP Sim Mac SL SCSI Disk Device not useable with Windows?

I'm on windows 10 trying to access a Seagate external drive - The device wont show up in file explorer like normal, but I downloaded Seagate's software SeaTools and it detected the device and said it ...
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Windows OS on external hard drive

Is it possible to install Windows OS to plug and play storage device such as external hard drives, HDD enclosures (with SATA hard drives), USB flashdrives[1] and the likes? What OS's? And if it's ...
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USB 3.0 hard drive in usb 3 port only recognized as usb 2 and detected only when connected to usb2

I have a WD MY Passport ultra 4TB usb 3.0 external hard drive. It does not function when I connect it to an usb 3.0 port, only usb 2.0 recognises the device. How do I resolve this issue?
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Error “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable” when accessing my external hard disk

I have Windows XP SP3. I was copying files from my ADATA 500 GB external hard disk (via USB 2.0) when a "Delayed Write Failed" error came up. Now I am unable to access it and it gives the error: ...
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Which external USB drives work with Windows 8 Storage Spaces?

First, a bit of background: Microsoft brags about how the new Windows 8 Storage Spaces support any interface (including USB) for attaching drives to add to a Storage Pool: ...
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Seagate Backup Plus 4tb

I have a seagate 4tb backup plus desktop external hard-drive. I use it to house alot of college work, regular work files and a few movies etc. While it has been been plugged into my tv the past few ...
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How to search for a file that is compressed on a external drive from my mac?

My hard drive went on my mac. I replaced it with a new hard drive. I was able to dump all the data from the damaged drive onto an external drive. The dump separates some of the files into word docs ...
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External hard drive broke after using on Ubuntu

I have a 2tb external harddrive which I use mainly on Windows 7. I have 2 separate hard drives in my computer, one for Windows 7 and the other for Ubuntu. My hard drive was working fine until I tried ...
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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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Western Digital HDDs not showing up in a docking station while others do?

I recently bought a Kingwin EZ-Dock Model EZD-2535U3 so that I could use some HDDs and SSDs I had laying around for back ups. At the same time I bought a brand new Western Digital WD NAS Red 4TB HDD. ...
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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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What strategies can I use to swap the content of two almost full filesystems? [closed]

I've two external HDDs, diskA (1 TB) and diskB (250 GB). Both disks are almost full, diskA has only 10 GB of space available while diskB has 15 GB of space available. I want to transfer a folder from ...
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Types of advanced format hard drive dock/enclosure

I own a WD Caviar Green 3TB. I use it with external enclosures connected to a Linux OS. With some enclosures it shows in the OS as 2 disks (approximately 2TB and 0.7TB). With other (better) ...
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Hard disk hitachi 2.5" with crc initialize error

I have a hard disk HXCC545032B9A300 Hitachi 2.5 inch hard disk with a OA58732 PC board. My problem is "CRC INITIALIZE ERROR" on the hard disk. Hard disk is running, no click, no noise, recognized ...
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Random file popup errors when plugging in external hard drive

I am seeing the following popups coming on the screen one after another every once in like two minutes while the computer is sitting idle. I don't even have the labelled drives opened in the ...
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How can I make my external USB drive start faster?

I have an external 3 TB Touro hard drive from Hitachi, which works fine; it starts up from sleep mode in a few seconds. Now I've added a 4 TB Touro, and on this drive it takes 30 seconds(!) to start ...
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Issues sharing external HDDs using Win7pro

I have searched everywhere, read dozens and dozens of Q&As, and none cover my specific problem. In fact, when I follow the suggestions found in most posts, the option they show simply does not ...
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Is there a way to make an external hard drive appear as internal in Windows XP?

Title says it all, how can I make Windows XP treat my external hard-drive as an internal (system) hard drive? I'm trying to install an application that will only accept an internal hard drive but I ...
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Speed difference between Portable HDD and USB Flash Drive?

I am considering purchasing one of the following for data backup purposes. In either case, they would be used with a USB 2 port on XP Home SP 3. Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive ...
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I just moved 300GB+ files from one external drive to another, but now the folders show up empty?

I selected all the folders and used cut and paste. But the second external drive has 331GB data, only I can't see it. All the folders show up empty. I use Windows 10. One of the folders and all its ...
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Unrecognized 2TB 2,5" HDD and floppy: error -5 while reading block 0 errors in Linux under VM Ware

I’ve recently bought a 2TB 2.5" external hard drive (Seagate Expansion Portable STBX2000401). I have a problem with this drive, Linux doesn’t recognize it (I am using VM Ware on Mac OS X). When I ...
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Why would ExpressCache.exe appear to be constantly using an external HDD?

I bought ASUS VivoBook S550CM with hybrid drive SSD/HDD. There are many pre-installed Asus utilities, ExpressCache included. Here is the problem: every time I connect any external USB HDD, the LED ...
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Differentiating between internal HDDs and external HDDs in Windows

In Windows, is there a command/function/cmdlet which I can call to help me differentiate between an internal (fixed) HDD and an external (portable) USB HDD? PowerShell commands, such as Get-Volume, ...
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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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My external IDE Hard Drive is not getting detected in Windows 7 and 10… rest other drives are working in same machines

Device USB\VID_13FD&PID_1040\0000000000000000W could not be migrated. Last Device Instance Id: USB\VID_0BB4&PID_05F0&MI_01\7&2A4EAB36&0&0001 Class Guid: ...
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WD MY Book external drive power button broke [on hold]

I have a WD My Book 1TB with a 3.0 USB. This one has an on/off button that has stopped working. I have a Toshiba A505 windows 7. I need to recover everything off of the external. I thought I could ...
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Copied all folders from a secondary drive to a peripheral drive, signifigant size difference?

I recently bought a drive docking station for drives to make some back ups to drives not in my system. In my computer I currently have a 256GB SSD for my OS (Windows 7) and a 2TB HDD for storage. I ...
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How avoid my external HD regularly disconnecting and reconnecting automatically?

I have a Seagate Expansion Drive 1.5TB external HD connected on my PC with Windows 7 ultimate. The problem is the HD is regularly disconnecting and reconnecting automatically when the HD is idle? ...
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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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Troubleshoot creating a system image to external hard drive

Need some help with a complex issue. I recently purchased a ASUS laptop and swapped out the original HD with an SDD. Everything is updated, and all drivers loaded. I then took the original HD and ...
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Optimize linux USB hub IO scheduling for external harddrives

When using several harddrives on an USB 3.0 hub, copying large files between them gives transfer rates far below expectation. My guess is, that the hub introduces contention delays as we see if ...
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Two Seagate external drives can't be seen simultaneously in Windows 7

I have two external Seagate drives. The first is Flash Drive (FreeAgent Drive) and the second is (GoFlex drive) (USB 3.0). I wanted to copy from one to the other while both were attached. They can't ...
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All hard drives spinning up even though only accessing system SSD

This problem is quite annoying. I've just upgraded to Windows 10 and although I experienced it a bit in Windows 7, it seems much worse in 10. I have 2 SSDS (one C drive for Windows and another for ...
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Why UASP isn't being used

According to How can I check whether USB3.0 UASP mode is enabled in Linux?, UASP is not in use on my new HDD enclosure that says it supports UASP. Also, my motherboard's (ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0) ...
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Global keyboard shortcut to eject external hard drive on Mac OSX Lion?

Is there a global keyboard shortcut to eject an external hard drive? If not, can I install one?
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In creating System Image in Windows 10, do I need to have a separate blank partition in my external drive?

In creating System Image in Windows 10, do I need to create a separate blank partition in my external drive? Or it could just be anywhere in the drive along with some other files? Also, I had already ...
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Hard Drive Failure? Cannot run CHKDSK. Recovery?

I have WD My Book Essential 3TB external drive for more than 2 years now. It worked fine until about a month ago when it stopped being recognized. After extensive googling, I ran chkdsk /r on it and ...
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How can I MOVE all of my pictures (.jpg, .png, .gif, .tiff, .bmp) to an external hard drive? [duplicate]

Preferably a way that doesn't involve me spending an hour and a half trying to find them all. Bear in mind that the images are scattered throughout the system.