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OS X How to turn off caching of external hard drive?

I use an external hard drive for Time Machine backups. Recently, I moved it to a USB hub (so that I don't have as many cables to deal with). This has slowed down the speed which I can read/write to ...
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Recover Mypassport from misapplied permissions

I have a good working 2TB Mypassport. This morning I was trying to set it up as a shared drive through the network, and haven't yet had a cup of coffee I went to Permissions (instead of Sharing), I ...
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My WD passport detected but not working

After installing Windows 7 32-bit, my Western Digital Passport drive is being detected, but I cannot see a drive to open it. I checked the drive on another system and it works, but not on mine. What ...
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How to copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on a Mac?

I want to copy my some files from Mac (Macbook-Air) to an USB external hard drive, formatted as NTFS. How is it possible? Because when I do copy my files from the Mac and go to paste them on the ...
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External drive in constant use the moment a track from it is added to iTunes

Adding tracks to my manually managed itunes library takes ages. I've noticed that the drive goes into a "constantly-in-use" mode (from the blinking led and spinning noise) the moment I drag a track ...
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Grub doesn't see external drive (Intel mac)

I have an Intel Mac (MacMini) and an external usb-drive. On the internal drive, I have a partition with an OSX install, and one with Ubuntu+Grub2. On the external drive, I have a copy of my complete ...
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How can I password protect an external hard drive without changing it's format or encoding it?

How can we have password-protection on an external hard drive without changing it's format or encoding it? In previous months I asked this question and every one told me to use truecrypt! But with ...
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Unable to access external hard disk drive in Windows XP

Note: I can access a flash disk drive formatted as exFAT. Just not my external HDD. So, you can imagine I have installed the exFAT update for winXP. My external HDD was formatted in Mac OS X as ...
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Icons and Open file dialog are messed up after backuping Windows system folders on external hard drive

On Windows 7 I moved my Document and Desktop folders (using Windows Explorer, not on command line) to an external hard disc (directory F:\backup\). When the hard disc is not attached and I use File ...
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How to format/recover data from external SATA hard disk of notebook? [duplicate]

Recently I was bought a lenovo notebook. but due to motherboard issue It not started. I removed SATA hard disk from there and try to format and recover data but It not working in other machines.. ...
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Copying files: Do any of the mainstream operating systems (excluding e.g. Linux with ZFS) hash files when moving them?

What I tend to do to go about making sure I don't lose my data is I pick and choose what files I want to keep, and once I have my large (in bytes, not in heft) external hard disk attached (usually ...
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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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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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Hard Drive Connected to Router Randomly Loses Files Or Turns Them Into Empty Folders

Several months ago, I decided to replace my network storage device with a standard external hard drive that hooked up to the USB connection on my Linksys EA3500 SMART WiFi Wireless Router. The ...
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External hard drive not recognized by windows 8.1 (works in windows 7 and ubuntu12.04)

So as is stated in my title, I have an external hard drive (2.5 inch internal laptop drive attached to a USB bridge). It worked perfectly on my windows 7 x64 machine. Then I did a clean install of ...
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Converted External 3TB WD Mybook Essential to an internal drive, but it's not visible in disk management

My external hard-drive (WD MyBook Essential) stopped working a couple months ago (via USB) so I decided to take it apart and try to make it an internal drive. At first the drive was visible... I ...
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Safely remove external USB drive fails due to $extend

When connecting an external USB 3.0 hard drive to my USB 3.0 ports I can never safely remove it. Somehow windows always keeps the journal files open: "Always" as in this time I only connected the ...
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Data Recovery from HDD logical failure (not physical) [on hold]

Background. My interpretation is that the physical disks have all the right data; it's just the onboard controller/logic that's broken, so my case is different from most recovery cases. I don't feel ...
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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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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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Dell Latitude E5430 with PR03X Dock not recoginizing ext HD through eSATA port.

Well I have a Samsung HD103SIf TB drive that originally came in an ext usb caddy. I used it with an older Dell Laptop running Windows XP, worked fine til one day it would not power on. Long/short, I ...
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Operation not permitted error when deleting as root

I got into a weird situation. I got a 1Tb portable HD filled with some contents. It was used in Windows and as always packed with virus. I tried deleting some folders as root. But the following error ...
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External Hard Disk is not accessible. “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”

I have a 1 TB AgentGoFlex seagate External HDD. Lately is was causing some issues like few folders which had data were not showing any file in it. Few folders were not opening, etc. So I tried ...
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How do I recover my missing files [duplicate]

I have a Windows 7 computer that I put iTunes on. I have an external hard drive. I had iTunes organize my music in the external hard drive into a different directory. I now find that all my mp3's ...
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Autoplay for USB drive keeps popping up

I have a Seagate external 2TB USB drive that when I leave it plugged in, the Autoplay dialog asking what to do with the drive pops up about once every 30-60 minutes. No matter how many times I tell ...
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Can't 'see' contents of USB hard drive in Max OSX 10.9.2

I used this external hard drive with my Mac before. Last time there was a sudden Mac automatic restart (kernel panic?) while this hard drive was connected (usb) to my mac and after that I am unable to ...
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windows vista 64 bit [closed]

how to backup to a "Seagate" external drive from drive c if vista is loaded on drive d and drive c has 0 bytes left. I have tried to back up from drive c and failed, I have managed to back up some ...
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Installing OS from external hard drive without formatting it

I've a 1 terabyte WD external hard drive and there are images of Linux OS on it, is there any way to boot them from this external drive without formatting all 1 terabyte space?(there are many file ...
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Backup folder on sometimes attached external usb harddrive

My girlfriend no longer has space on her laptops' drive to store her photos. The drive she has now is 750GB, going to a bigger drive would be expensive, as there aren't many 1.5tb 2.5 inch 9.5mm hdds ...
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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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USB drive stop working while is in use

First of all i'm sorry for my english. I post here because i've searched a long time in google and i've not found anything useful. I've seen some post on this forum too but all are too old or don't ...
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Lost HDD partition to clean command, testdisk unresponsive

I accidentally cleaned my external HDD by the clean command in Diskpart and got a full sized heart attack after that. I did some research and I have tried a number of tools already. To name a few: ...
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Accessing 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT on different computer?

I have a 3000 GB Seagate Barracuda XT sata drive. It originally came in an external enclosure with a removable USB 3.0 interface as part of the Seagate GoFlex series of drives. When using this ...
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External HDD seems okay, but is not recognized

I know this is a question that gets asked often, but I didn't find any info on my specific situation, so please bear with me. My friends asked me to take a look at an external USB HDD that they can't ...
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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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Transcend External hard disk: continuous beeping

I have a 500GB Transcend StoreJet external HDD. The problem is it beeps for long time. When it beeps I can not access the drive. Even sometime I can, I dont see full file listing or empty folder! It ...
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Best practices for copying large amounts of files

I got a new 2TB WD Ultra External HDD and want to transfer all files from my 3 year old external hard disk to the new one. Does it really matter if I select all and copy and paste once, or should I ...
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SATA external hdd is detected as a removable drive and asks “please insert a disk”

I have external SATA hdd of Samsung 200GB. When i try to connect it to my PC, it's being recognized as a removable Disk and when I click on it, a message of "Please insert a disk to the drive" pops. ...
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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 extrernal hard drives and have been doing so for quite a while. A few months ...
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Connect Seagate expansion external hard drive via Router

Recently I have brought Seagate expansion 2TB. I have desktop as well as laptop. How can I access the Seagate expansion on both the machines or one of machine, without changing the location of hard ...
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External USB powered hard drive

Is there any way I can connect my USB powered external hard drive and a power source to my Samsung tablet? The HD requires more power than the tablet provides. My Galaxy Note 3 powers and reads the HD ...
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External Hard Drive To Android Tablet and Power Supply

Is it possible via USB Y cable or any other means to connect a Samsung 10.1 30 pin to an external hard drive and at the same time, an external power supply to the Hard Drive. I have concluded getting ...
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WD My Book Essentials- Can only copy files from command prompt very slow

I have an External WD My Book Essential 3tb that I was running a windows check disk with both options checked (fix file system errors, attempt recovery of bad sectors) during the process the check ...
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Folders Of External Hard Drive being are behaved like Protected Operating system Files [duplicate]

Some days ago I mounted my External Hard Drive to the Friend's Laptop (WinXP), Then all Folders on the Hard's root have been hidden (on all Windows Versions).therefore to access them you should know ...
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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 efficiently transfer a large file using a smaller external disk?

I need to transfer a large (multi-terabyte) file from one Linux computer to another. I have a 1TB external SSD drive that seems like it's the fastest way in terms of bandwidth. My best guess right now ...
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Need a new hard disk case for my hard disk but not sure what I should have

A long, long time ago I bought an external hard disk. It worked fine, but now I have difficulty getting the thing powered up. When it started acting up, I opened the case, and saw this: The thing ...
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Changing deleted partition back to NTFS without having to recover to another drive

Recently, I accidentally deleted a partition off of my external hard disk. I had a copy of Minitool Power Data Recovery left over when the same drive had become RAW about a year ago. When I selected ...
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USB 3.0 backward compatible external HDD in VirtualBox

I have Xubuntu 14.04 32-bit installed as a guest in VirtualBox 4.3.12, hosted on a MacBook Air running Mavericks. I can acccess two external USB non-NTFS drives in Xubuntu after ejecting them when ...