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Are loud “scratchy” hard drives always prone to failure?

I have been using the same hard drive to back up my main computer for around 4 years now. It hasn't failed yet, but has been getting increasingly louder with time. The sound isn't "typical" of normal ...
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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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Any way to read the dead external storage?

I have managed to gather a huge collection of dead storage disks (USB drive and external hard drives). Some of them are my own and some of them from office. They have all completely stopped responding ...
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Automatically Fixing File System Errors

This problem is related to my WD External HDD. It has developed File System Errors. I found that out when I saw that the HDD is taking unusually long time to read the data and whenever I try to open ...
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Convert NTFS volume to exFAT (without losing contents)

I have a 500GB external hard disk which I use mostly for storing movies/music and some backup. Since I have some rather large files I use NTFS on it, but don't need the security/compression/encryption ...
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Decision to make a NAS server

I have a 1 TB seagate external HDD with four partitions on it. Many a times my Windows 7 does not allow to me to "safely remove hardware" - I googled on solving this in the first place, only to find ...
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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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External HDD “forgets” partitions

I have a Samsung Story Station 2TB external HDD. It had several issues in the past, mostly regarding to the short cable that Samsung provided with it. Today, I powered on my computer and booted ...
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How to repair bad sectors

I am using hd sentinel to monitor smart status and it reporting that currently 9 sectors are pending that may be reallocate later. I don't know what causes this error but is it possible to repair ...
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If an external HDD's USB port gets busted, will plugging the HDD's SATA directly to a PC possibly work?

My Western Digital MyBook Essential crashed recently, and I'm unable to access it through Ubuntu nor Windows. My goal is to recover my data, and wondering if it's advisable to connect the HDD ...
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Booting Windows 8 from WD My Passport Ultra

I have ubuntu linux 13.04 installed on my ASUS laptop, and I am able to boot from USB keys from my BIOS. I have a 1TB external WD My Passport 0820 USB disk on which I have "installed" (per these ...
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Hard drive failed, suspected filesystem corruption, still cannot salvage any data from harddrive

Firstly, I am terribly sorry if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find a similar issue to mine, so here goes. I have a 1TB hdd bought around 8 months ago used as backup hard drive. I have not used ...
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1TB ext. HDD suddenly stops working - does not show up on desktop - Lion OS X

I'm really annoyed right now. I brought this 1TB external HDD (brand: WD elements) about 3-4 days ago. I put two partitions onto it, one Mac journal partition (for Mac) and one for PC to be able to be ...
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Corrupt File on External HDD

I have an 1.5TB WD External HDD, which I purchased in December 2010. Every few weeks, Windows stops being able to read it, and I have to fix it with a chkdsk /f. Now this is a little annoying, but not ...
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External Hard-disk giving Input/Output error

I have a 1TB External Hard drive which I'm currently not able to access. When I open the External drive in Finder, It shows it's empty. When I use the option to "Get Info", I get the dialog box ...
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Failing 1TB HHD WD Passport

I have a failing 1tb hdd with password protected. I tried to use ddrescue but it wont work as it gets some error due to access. I assume that the problem is caused by the password protection on the ...
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what is causing my HDD clicking?

I have a transcend 250GB hard drive which recently stopped working. It didn't sustain and physical damage that I am aware of, dropping, water ect... It won't even pop on the desktop, and isn't ...
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Linux, Saving data from old HD (connection randomly drops)

Background: I have an old HD which I am trying to save data from (important, not so urgent). I am using a SATA adapter (& external power source) to connect the HD to my laptop. lsusb calls my ...
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DISK BOOT FAILURE with Windows 7: How to deal with it? Nothing helps

since last sunday I've got a problem with my PC after I connected an external HDD. After connecting everything was fine, I copied things on the HDD and from the HDD to my PC. On my setup: I've got 2 ...
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Can I use the controller of an external hard disk to connect a SSD to a USB port?

Can I use a 2.5" Intel SSD with the USB SATA adapter from a My Password external drive? The adapter looks like this: Has anyone tried it? Did it explode?
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Can't read from the source file or disk

I'm having a two WD external hard disk with capacity of 1 TB. I'm trying to copy SAP file(capacity - 250 GB ) in the extension of .vmdk from one hard disk to another hard disk. But when ever i'm ...
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IDE HDD + USB to IDE + PSU + AC cable = external HDD?

I have couple of 40 pin IDE HDDs which I want to use as external HDDs. Also I have old 300W PSU with AC cable and plan to buy cheap USB to IDE converter like that: I'm not sure if I haven't missed ...
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Western Digital 1TB external hard drive could not be read

I have a problem with my external hard drive, I was copying a huge amount of data (approx 100 gigs) from it to another hard drive, suddenly an error popped up and told me that the operation could not ...
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Windows cannot access my external harddisk partition not responding

I'm currently having problem with my External HDD Partitions OS : Windows 8 64 bit. I plugged in my laptop USB port and my laptop recognized the HDD and this is what I sees in "My Computer" So ...
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Convert Drive to NTFS from FAT32

I'm having strange problems converting my HDD from FAT32 to a NTFS file storage. I first ran chkdsk N: /f and came up no problems so I ran convert N: /fs:ntfs but it tells me there is a problem. ...
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TrueCrypt Failing to Decrypt External Hard Drive after changing Enclosures

I have a 4TB external hard drive that was previously encrypted using TrueCrypt. The power source on the hard drive enclosure failed, so I had to switch the hard drive itself into a new enclosure. I ...
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External HDD incorrectly detected as internal - how change to enable hot swap/eject?

I have win 7 x64 Home Prem. The HDD is a seagate barracuda, 7200.7 ST3120827AS. 3.5", Serial: 3ms006n6, Firmware: 3.42 (no further updates) NexStar CX External case (drivers installed). I have ...
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WD Elements 1042 usb 3.0 not recognized by Windows 7

I have a WD Elements 1042 with usb 3.0, Windows 7, Lenovo notebook and My Computer can't see it. Anyway, it's visible in Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printers -> Elements 1042 Properties -> WD ...
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How do I view files inexplicably hidden on an external hard drive? Weird one

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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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 doing lsusb... Bus 001 ...
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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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USB 3.0 randomly disconnecting and reconnecting

I had an old laptop that died so I have bought a new one. I have taken the 2.5 SATA hard drive from the old laptop and I have put it into an external 2.5 SATA enclosure usb 3.0 and I connect it to the ...
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Recovering damaged external hard disk by installing internally

I had a 1TB Western Digital (My book series) 3.5" USB3. One day, the SATA to USB3 converter board was damaged and has not worked since. I decided to open the cover and use the HDD as an internal ...
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Need help identifying the type of cable used in my external portable hard drive

I purchased my Seagate external hard drive about 4 years ago. Recently I have started experiencing problems with the provided USB cable. So I am guessing it is time to replace it. However I am just ...
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Windows XP machine not seeing external FAT32 partitions correctly

About 8 months ago my Windows XP laptop stopped being able to see FAT32 external drives when I plug them in... mostly. I will explain... It happens with all my FAT32 drives, whether they be ...
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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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Will external SSD (via USB 3.0) be faster than HDD when it's running a VMWare?

I have read on this site than an external SSD will be faster than an external HDD (in my case I am using USB 3.0). It has been said that the SSD will be particularly faster when accessing many small ...
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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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Cloning a drive with DriveImage XML renders the clone unbootable

I have a computer that I would like to completely transfer to new (better) hardware. I have an external hard drive, and I am attempting to clone the entire C: drive to it, making it bootable. The ...
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My external HD turned to RAW - How to recover my data?

I have an external HD (WD MyBook Essentials) with all of my backups (1TB) for some unknown reason, when I try to connect the drive (Tried several interfaces: eSATA/plugged it into my PC/USB) I get ...
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Hard drive checking by using of dd and md5sum tools

I bought new external USB 3.0 hard drive WD Elements 2 TB and decided to check it by using dd, head and md5sum tools. First I zeroed all hard drive: root@yurko-laptop:/home/yurko-laptop# dd ...
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How can I connect an external hard drive to a Windows 95 computer?

I have an old Windows 95 computer at home. It's a Dell Dimension XPS D266. I've decided to get rid of it, but first I want to get all of the data off of it. It has a 16 GB hard drive, and I have a new ...
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Why is my external HDD mounting an extra SCSI storage device after BIOS flash on laptop?

I just flashed a HP Laptop BIOS to a client's laptop, stupidly, with an External HDD plugged into a USB slot on the laptop. That was dumb, I know. But I didn't realize it until it had finished. I ...
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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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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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Permissions Error, cannot access both my Ex-HDDs

I'm in quite some trouble now. I'm a photographer and I store all of my important RAW files and processed photographs on my external hard drives and have been doing so for quite a while. A few months ...
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Why is Windows 7 showing my Toshiba dwc130 3 TB external hard drive as full when there is only about 300 GB being used?

No errors other than it's showing full. I emptied the recycle bin and that freed up 512 KB. It's ExFat formatted. Disk Manager says it's healthy, error-checking scan says: No problems were found... ...
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How to Replicate External Harddrive to Google Drive

I've recently had a scare (near failure) with an external harddrive which I store all my data on. Although I do backup to another external harddrive, I would like to backup to Google Drive. I don't ...
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How to fully clean hard disk before further use?

Is it possible to completely erase a corrupted internal Hard Drive and then use it as an external HD for extra storage with a HD enclosure case? Or would I face problems with it as an external? Any ...
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Set Folder Icon for all Os

I want set icon to my folder in My external hard drive but when I change it (by right click on it and -> properties -> customize -> change icon (i address the icon from my extenal hard ...