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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Can I clone my hard drive to an external and boot from the clone?

First thing: I am not asking what software I'm supposed to use. I already know the answer: Ghost (proprietary), Clonezilla, and dd (if I'm careful). What I really want to know is if it is possible to ...
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External (2.5" portable) drive randomly ejecting [Windows 10]

I have a Toshiba Alu 2TB external portable hard drive. Since the upgrade to Win 10 last year, this drive randomly ejects itself, almost always when I am copying large files around rather annoyingly. ...
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Windows Backup doesn't show Hard Drive

I am trying to get the Windows Backup working because the program that was delivered together with my Seagate Backup Drive is really stupid. I want to make incremental backups every hour. Something ...
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Remove System Volume information folder from external drive

I have currently found out that System Volume information folder on my external HDD takes around 124GB of space. Hence I decided to delete it to free up some additional space. But for now everything ...
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Seagate Expansion external drive not recognised in Windows 8.1

Can someone PLEASE tell me why my Seagate Expansion external hard-drive is NOT recognised in Windows 8.1? It worked perfectly on my other Win 7 Pro laptop, I just bought a new laptop with Win 8.1,and ...
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Would a 2 TB USB 3.0 WD My Passport HD overpower a powered USB 2.0 hub?

I asked a question a few months ago about what I thought was possibly a failing external USB HDD. I have disconnected that HDD and the powered USB 2.0 hub has worked better. But I noticed that the USB ...
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Updating windows 8 “to go” to windows 10

I have an installation of windows 8 on an external hdd. When I try to update to windows 10 the update fails with the message that windows on usb drives cannot be updated. Is there a way to update this ...
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D-Link DIR-685 and WD Scorpio Blue 1TB, 750GB, 640GB

Has anyone tried installing the WD Scorpio Blue 640gb, 750gb or 1TB 2.5" drives into the D-Link DIR-685? That drives a bit thicker than standard 2,5" HDD (12,5 mm instead of 9,5 mm) and I'm not sure ...
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Encrypt Windows 8 file history

File history in Windows 8 is great, but it saves my files on an external drive without any encryption, and stores them using the exact same folder structure as the originals. If a bad guy gets his ...
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External SSD doesn't appear on my computer

I have an SSD and bought external enclosure USB 3.0 for it, but when I insert it in my Dell laptop (windows 10 os) it does not appear on my computer window although it was working fine with an older ...
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External disk not accessible

My WD Elements external disk connected via USB 3.0 cable is not accessible. I tried it with two versions of Windows and with Ubuntu 16.04 kernel 4.6.0. The disk was working some days ago. Then, ...
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When unplugging a USB external hard drive, is it safer to unplug the cable from the computer, or from the external hard drive?

When unplugging a USB external hard drive, is it safer to unplug the cable from the computer first, or from the external hard drive? I am asking as I saw an EHD died right after the USB cable had ...
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2.0 speeds on USB hub?

How capable are USB hubs? I have an AirPort Extreme router with a printer attached (it's not powered by USB). I want to extend this and add two hard drives (one for Time Machine and the other for ...
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Can I transfer data from an old Dell laptop to an external hard drive and then be able to transfer it to a new Apple laptop

My daughter has a new Apple laptop. Her old laptop is an older Dell Inspiron. It runs Windows XP. The Dell has pictures and videos of her son (my grandson), we want to transfer to an external hard ...
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Time Machine drive can't be mounted

I have a "WD My Passport for Mac" external hard drive that I've used for over two years as a Time Machine disk. I have recently removed about 130GB of data from my internal drive (Macintosh HD) to ...
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Is it possible to repair the boot sector on an external hard drive?

Is it possible to repair the boot sector of an external hard drive without a Windows installation disk, without any CD-burning capabilities, and without a USB key drive? In other words, I have an ...
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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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External harddrive not showing proper partition table when removed from external case

I have a 2.5TB WD external hdd. I was trying to copy some large files to it and thought I would temporarily shuck it so as to remove the usb 2.0 bottle neck. However when I plug it in directly via ...
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Windows 7: Error Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device

Sometimes, when trying to eject (remove) an external USB hard drive, Windows 7 issues the following error: Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device Windows can't stop your 'Generic volume' ...
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Booting from external drive does not work on some machines

I have arch linux installed on an external ssd. I have already booted from it on five or so different machines, but now I have a fairly old laptop (Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro 2040) where it doesn't ...
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is there a limit to how many drives I can connect to my Mac?

I am on Mac Book Pro running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and I use a lot of drives for my personal data and data from clients (and every drive has a redundant drive constantly being updated in case of ...
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External disk wakes whenever file delete dialog is opened

I've recently dug out an old 1TB external drive (USB 2.0) for some temporary storage, it's quite slow (5400 I think) but it's fine for storing unimportant files until I upgrade. However, every time I ...
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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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Accessing “unknown” volume in external drive

I have an external USB drive I use for file backups in my home network (for both Windows and OSX machines). It's normally plugged into my wireless router (TP-Link Archer C9). It works fine but I ...
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Hard Drive Unknown / Not Initialized - how to recover data?

I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since. I just got it out as I ...
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Can't change permission/ownership/group of external hard drive on Ubuntu

I have an external hard drive connected to my Linux box. I wanted to setup a web server to access files on it, but the permission on all files and directories on the drive are rwx for the owner which ...
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How to make my PC recognize my USB hard drive as a USB flash drive

I wanted to install a official ISO image of windows 10 for another PC.I already have the key so I only need a installation media for the process. I installed the MEDIA CREATION TOOL from the official ...
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Ubuntu on external drive

Can I put a full version of Ubuntu on an external hard drive and boot off of that hard drive and ignore the built in one. So I dont have to partion drives for dual boot but can boot just from a Ubuntu ...
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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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Why my smartphone shows as usb or external drive on my pc

Normally,when a smartphone is connected to a computer it is seen or recognize by the pc as external drive.Why is this the case? Did any one know where i can read to find out the reason behind this?
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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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WD Passport reformatted from Mac to PC (NTFS) capacity reduced from >100GB to 126MB

I just had to move files from a Mac to a PC. I copied all my files off of my WD passport, reformatted it for Mac & copied about 100 GB of photos from the Mac. Then I used HTFSExpress to pulled ...
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Do eSATA HDD docking stations have a capacity limit?

I'm looking at perhaps buying an eSATA docking station to be able to easily plug in and unplug hard disk drives, particularly but not necessarily only for backup purposes. Note: This is not a ...
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Hard drive detected but not showing up in device and drives in computer

Following issue happened when i pluged in external hard drive on my windows 10 machine.How can i fix this error.
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How to show an external hard drive as offline

Googling this question is not giving me relevant searches so i'm asking here. I recently upgraded my laptop by switching the 1TB sshd with an 240 GB SSD , i got an hard drive enclosure and now i'm ...
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External hdd is not working properly after setting it into enclosure

I had a seagate external hdd. Its external port where cable inserts got broken. The only choice i had was to change its case to 2.5 hdd enclosure. After doing that whenever i connect it to the system ...
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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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Why does USB drive run at the speed of USB 1.1 when connected to a USB 2.0 hub?

I have a strange problem with my USB drive (WD Express). When I connect it to my Windows PC's only USB port, it works at high speed (USB 2.0). However, when I connect it to a USB 2.0 hub as the only ...
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Can I install Windows OS (Windows 7) on a removable USB hard drive?

I wanted to take a sneak peak at Windows 7 so I thought of installing it. I have Windows Vista on my laptop which came pre-installed with it. I didnt want to mess with it. So I created a partition (...
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Mac OS X external drive appears as empty in Finder, but when accessing from Terminal, files show up

How do I access my files visually from the Finder? The drive is mounted, it is not empty, it worked on a Windows PC. And, as stated, I can access all of the files using the terminal. A couple of ...
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How to externally access the parent hard disk after cloning it and using the clone as primary internal drive

I have cloned my internal HDD C-drive (parent) to an internal SSD (clone) and I am now running my laptop (Windows 10) on the clone SSD. I have kept the parent as a backup HDD. Now I wish to access ...
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Hard drive showing 333 MB of used space even though there are no files?

I've been using an external hard drive for quite some time, and recently I've upgraded to an internal drive and therefore moved all of my files from the external hard drive to the internal one. Now ...
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I want to access the documents from my Mac that I backed up using Time Machine on my PC. How do I do this?

I can't take my iMac desktop with me to Colorado so I decided to take an old PC laptop I had. I backed up all of my Mac files using Time Machine onto an external hard drive. How do I access these ...
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Does an SSD wear out using files stored in an external HDD?

I've an internal SSD in my MacBook Pro and I like editing videos. If I use an external HDD to store these files to work with, importing them in the video editing software, will this do the internal ...
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Data Integrity with Desktop External HDD connected to daisy chained Dell Monitor USB hub

I have two Dell U2412M monitors, both of which have USB hubs built into them. I have one of those hubs connected to my MacBook Pro directly, and that hub has a webcam plugged into it. I want to ...
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What can cause my enclosured external HDD to be detectable but not accessible?

I have this small Sata HDD and I bought an enclosure for it, the asmedia as2105 usb device. Now, my computer does detect the enclosure, but not the disk in it. I've tried other disks too, but no joy. ...
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External hard drive won't format due to “read-only” files

I have an external hard drive that has all of my media and files on it. It normally boots right up, but for some reason it's been having trouble. I normally use it on 2 computers, one with windows ...
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What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure?

What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc (and HOW do I do that?) or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure? (and I've got some idea how to that, but I don't know ...
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Cloning a HD vs. Copying Files - Which is faster?

Which is faster if I wanted to copy all files on a 6 TB hard drive to an 8 TB external hard drive? Cloning the 6 TB hard drive with Macrium Reflect or copying all files with UltraCopier? I noticed ...
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Mirror / backup laptop btrfs drive to sometimes connected external USB disk

I have a laptop with an internal drive using Btrfs. There are several subvolumes and snapshots on here. I want a copy of this drive to be made periodically to an external USB disk of approximately the ...