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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Precise physical layout/geometry of the hard disk drives

The question is how is the physical layout of the hard disk? Any academic or OS level documentation only has logical diagrams (with perfectly shaped sectors), however, the real-world physical-layout ...
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When inserted my external HDD all external HDD and flashdrive doesn't detected

I have this weird problem, whenever I inserted my external HDD it will not show in BIOS, device management and even in my computer. It becomes weird becomes when I inserted it it will make other ...
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External hard drive does not show up on Windows 7 - Disk Management says 'You must initialize a disk before logical manager can access it'

I recently plugged in an external hard drive of mine and noticed that it doesn't show up on the list of drives in Computer. I opened Disk Management (dskmgmt.msc) to check and it said that 'You must ...
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Upon booting an Arch Linux installation media, how do I know which drive is which?

So let's say I have a 5 disks. How do I know which one is /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc and so on?
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USB 3.0 hard drive docking station does not work unless using USB 2.0 port

I have a Sharkoon SATA QuickPort with USB 3.0 connection (http://www.sharkoon.com/?q=en/content/sata-quickport-xt-usb30-v2). Whenever I connect this device to a USB 3.0 port on my computer with a hard ...
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Use an external laptop hard disk drive to a desktop

I'm a programmer and my choice of equipment is laptop. I have a personal laptop at home and a desktop and often (like every other day) I take some of my work home. Recently my laptop is damaged, so to ...
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Windows 7 ejects external drive

Windows 7 seems to randomly eject an external drive. I've deactivated the usb sleep mode but it still happens. Not sure if this information is useful but this only seems to happen while I'm running a ...
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HDD to usb converter for 2.5 inch 5200RPM disk [on hold]

I want convert my laptop HDD to external HDD. HDD configuration is: Rotation Speed: 5200RPM Size: 1TB Which converter case is good for normal HDD? USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 as per speed. As USB 3.0 is ...
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How can I perform a complete backup on Windows 7 without using the optical drive?

I have dell Inspiron N5050 laptop with the optical drive not being detected in My computer and also doesn't open on clicking the button to open.So the optical drive not opening and not being detected ...
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Is the Archive hard drive ok to use for backups [on hold]

There is 8TB Archive Hard Drive Available from Seagte. First there two types and i didn't knew whats the difference Seagate 8TB Archive HDD (ST8000AS0002) Seagate ST8000AS0002 8TB ARCHIVE HDD 3.5in ...
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Why do two HDDs with the same information have different amounts of free space?

I have two of the exact same 2TB external HDDs. I copied a bunch of information to one of them and then copied everything from the first to the second HDD and now their sitting at different amounts ...
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“Old” USB hard drive won't work with newer computers

It's the strangest thing — which is my prefatory way of saying I have no idea why this is happening, so hardly know how to search for answers. I apologize if this is something basic or if it has been ...
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External hard drive won't show certain files

Recently I got a new external hard drive (Seagate, with 931 GB of free space). I plugged it in to my desktop and copied some files on to it (Where then I had 920 GB of free space). Then I plugged it ...
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Installing Windows 8.1 from external hdd - enters to loop

I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 from external hdd using this: http://www.intowindows.com/install-windows-8-from-external-hard-drive/ but after that step: it does restart and then go again to the ...
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Windows 7 won't launch after updates - I just want to save the files

I have Windows 7 64-bit and I did a lot of updates after I didn't do for a long time. And now Windows won't start, it's stuck in the colurful swinging logo and restart again. It suggest doing a REPAIR ...
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Does an external hard drive draw more current writing or deleting files?

I have an external hard drive that is powered off of the usb connection to my Raspberry Pi. I use it for Time Machine back ups so it is almost always writing data to the external hard drive. However, ...
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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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Is it possible to FORMAT an external hard disk that has been encrypted using Storagecrypt?

I lost approximately 680 GB of data on my Seagate 2TB hard drive while experimenting with a software called StorageCrypt. I used it a few months ago and today I tried it again. But, I didn't know ...
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Cannot find WD partitions although Disk Utility see them

I have an external harddrive Western Digital that is locked wioth a password using their built in solution "WD unlocker". I put in my macbook, enter the correct password. But then no disks show up. I ...
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Make another folder my desktop on Mac

I will be buying a new iMac soon but the price to upgrade the storage is horrendous. I started researching and figured out that I could simply buy an external SSD and then store everything onto that. ...
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6 year old Mac Hard Drive “date created” and “date modified” changed to 2 weeks ago

Edit: deleted because I made a mistake in providing the original situation / scenario. The "hard drive" dates were not changed ... I was mistakenly looking at the child "volume" "Alias" which always ...
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Default internal hard drive settings on a Macbook pro

I have two questions about what the default settings on a 2009 Macbook pro internal hard drive are (when you first purchase a new one): 1) Format: Is the default hard drive format when you first ...
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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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S.M.A.R.T reads 'Caution' on external hard drive but no bad sectors were found

I have a 3TB Western Digital My Book that I use to store all of my media. I have had it for almost 3 years and have only moved it a handful of times, and because the drive is only accessed on ...
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How to format external drive? Can create new volume but format stuck at 0%

So I'm hoping the drive isn't dead. The drive is a WD My Passport and was given to me to fix. When I plug it in I can hear the drive spinning and the light blink. At first the drive would freeze up ...
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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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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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OS X - copy files issue - Resource busy

Calling all OS X experts. I copied two 1Tb drives (ex-Windows) onto a new 2Tb USB 3.0 drive using Finder on the Mac (OS X 10.9). The 2Tb drive is now about 90% full. I now want to duplicate that ...
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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 warm should SAMSUNG D3 drive be?

I have an external 3GB Samsung D3 Station 7200rpm hard drive and my SMART diagnostics program (CrystalDiskInfo or HDSentinel) is warning me that the drive is running too hot. The temperature in the ...
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Windows XP SP3 Cannot delete a randomly generated folder in an external hard drive

I just plugged a Toshiba 1.5 TB External hard drive in and found a new folder that wasn't there the last time. It's titled "311700553bbab72ec1b0" with a subfolder titled "update". I am the owner, ...
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Can the Windows\ directory be moved from C: to an external drive?

My SSD C: on Windows-7 Pro is almost full. I've compressed everything. But Windows\ directory keeps growing. Can I move the Windows\ directory to an external hard drive E: ?
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How do I share a hard drive on my PC with the network?

I have an external hard drive plugged into my PC and am too lazy and tired to be running up and down plugging it into my laptop, my TV, or my other computer to share files. I know that you can share ...
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Hard drive working on TV but not on computer(s)

I have Seagate external powered 1TB hard drive. Its around 5 years old. Around 1 year before I brought Samsung LED TV which supports USB drives to watch media content. After that I use to switch that ...
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Why can't I copy a 7 GB file to an external USB HD with 120 GB free?

Yes, why can't I? I was stashing away some old photography backup zips last night. I could copy 4 of my > 1 GB backup zips to my external USB connected hard-drive when I got the error message "Cannot ...
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Western Digital MyCloud EX2 can't see USB drives

I have a new WD EX2 with 8TB of storage. The device and storage are working fine. I'm using the device's built in management site under http://wdmycloudex2.local/ and I should be able to plug in a USB ...
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Is a 7200rpm USB 3.0 drive going to have very similar performance to an internal 7200rpm drive or is it still going to be noticeably slower?

I use my old 500gb drive to store all temporary stuff (windows temp folder, adobe scratch disks etc), and anything that needs thousands of small files to avoid unnecessarily fragmenting my C drive. ...
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Recover a corrupted exFAT volume under OS X

I have a external drive that is formatted as exFAT. It does not show up on my system when I plug it in. When I run Disk Utility, the drive appears on my system but I get the following message: ...
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Is it OK to install Xcode on a removable drive?

I have a MBP running 10.6.8 with a 120 SSD hard drive. I would like to use XCode on the machine, but that requires a decent amount of space so I was thinking about an external drive. How closely is ...
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Using a Mac harddrive on a PC

I ordered a portable harddrive, a Western Digital USB3 500GB, to be exact. Upon receiving it, I realized that I had accidentally ordered one "For Mac". While the intention is to use this on a PC as a ...
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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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How to recover files on dead WD 1TB External Hard Drive? [closed]

I accept defeat. This piece of crap is dead. Is there anyway to recover the files on it? Stupid me for never backing up on cloud, DVD's, etc. Please I need those files. :(
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Getting Rid of Software Records for Software installed on an external disk?

So I'm cleaning out an old computer, and several of the programs it thinks it has were actually installed on an old drive, that's now gone. For some of them, it prompts to get rid of them because it ...
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external hard drive not available once in a while, needs to restart

I have a 3tb WD external drive, that once in a while (1 time a week), I get the error "An error has occured. The destination you have specified does not exist". I have to restart the pc, and then it ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 + AMD,purple screen when booting after install,stuck at initramdisk

I installed Ubuntu 15.04 on a Seagate expansion drive. I tried booting it up from my machine, but it hangs (and I waited over 30 mins, just to be sure). I tried using the drive from an Intel based ...
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Will a 4TB external hard drive work on Windows XP?

I'm still on XP, and was wondering will a new external hard drive still work on XP? I heard XP can only handle up to 2 TB.
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Safely connecting and disconnecting internal drive externally

I just bought an IDE/SATA-to-USB2 cabling system (not an enclosure) which supplies power from an external AC adapter. I intend to use it to finally image all the stray IDE hard drives I have so I can ...
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Mapping network drive from a shared external HDD

I am using Windows 7 OS. I have recently changed my Linksys smart router to an Asus RT-AC87U. The router has an external HDD connected to it that serves as a file server and can be accessed from the ...
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Can't format external hard drive (“in use”)

I'm running (via Boot Camp) Windows 7 SP1 on my 32-bit MacBook, and I'm trying to format a new Western Digital My Passport external hard drive to use NTFS. It came formatted of course but I wiped it ...
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External USB hard drive and risk of internal condensation?

Apparently you can kill a USB hard drive by moving it from a cold to warm environment and powering it up. The killer being internal condensation. Q1: How real is the risk? What kind of temperatures ...