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Turn off write cache on all USB External Drives (Debian / Ubuntu / Linux)

How do you turn off write cache permanently for external USB drives in Linux (I'm using Ubuntu)? I've tried: Command line method : hdparm -W0 /dev/sdb <---- that works but only for the current ...
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external hard disk not show

I bought new Dell Inspiron laptop and took apart my old HP probook laptop to get its hard disk and use as an external hard disk for my new laptop. The hard disk already has Windows 8 installed and is ...
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Dropped an EHD and corrupted it, now what?

I dropped a Seagate 3 tb EHD about a foot or so and now it's corrupted. Sometimes the drive shows up and sometimes it doesn't. When it does I can sometimes access the files briefly but then it seems ...
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hard drive detected internally but not externally

I have an acer laptop with a WD hard drive I have been using for about a year. Of late I noticed my system slow down dramatically. Further inspection revealed that the hard drive was going bad. 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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Assembling My Own External HDD

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/icy-box-ib-254u3-toolless-external-aluminium-case-for-25-upto-95mm-sata3-hdd-to-usb-30-host-with-uas I can't tell if the above caddy comes with the necessary power ...
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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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External HDD is always in use when trying to safely remove

I have a WD 1TB Elements external hard drive and every time I use the Windows 7 "safely remove" feature, it gives me a dialog telling that a process is using the disk. Using Sysinternals Process ...
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External HDD I/O Error, disappearance problems

I have a problem with my HDD Toshiba Hitachi HDS5C3020BLE630 2.0 TB. I recently bought it with a damaged IcyBox where it came from. I attempted to boot it but it's not working. I tried many ways to ...
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Best way to keep 2 external USB harddrives in synch

Any suggestions of software to keep 2 external USB drives in synch? I have two 2TB USB drives connected to a computer. One drive is storing around 1TB of data so far and I would like the second ...
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Installing OS on target disk from external dock

I want to install Windows on my SSD, but I don't want to plug it in via SATA. I have an external HDD dock, so I'm going to plug it in there. Question is; how can I install Windows from my external HDD ...
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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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Is there any solution or, osX XX fix to get spot light indexing external drives? [closed]

Is it hard or can't be fixt? Please, APPLE let spot light index external drives. There is an interest in this type functionality in Osx. But now more people then ever want to have their (digital) ...
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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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What HDD diagnostic tool to trust?

I recently purchased external HDD (Samsung M3 Portable External Drive 1TB). I run basic diagnostic tests with SeaTools for Windows and unfortunately Short DST and Short Generic tests fail. I then ...
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iTunes: How to have the same library on two external harddisks?

I have my iTunes library on an external hard disk at home. I'd like to listen to my music also at work. For this I have another external hard disk at work. Is there a way to have the same iTunes ...
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Seagate External Drive works on PC but not mac, sometimes

I've having some trouble with my Seagate USB External hard drive. It's formatted FAT32 and I use it primarily on my Mac (OSX Mavericks) Every now and then (it's happened twice now), It would stop ...
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Can common virtual machines use an enitre 4TB drive as a virtual drive?

I would like to purchase a 4TB external drive USB3 or eSATA, install a virtualization host like VirtualBox or VMWarePlayer on the external drive, and then use the remainder of the external disk space ...
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What does the output of rsync look like when it completes successfully?

I used rsync to back up my main drive to an external drive last night. At some point in the night the external drive was unplugged. This is the tail of the output of rsync -avRP ... ...
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How do I get my MacBook Pro to connect with external hard drive?

I have a 1TB hard drive almost full of my data. I was previously using it with Windows 7 operating system. Now I have switched my operating system to Mac. My MacBook Pro does not recognize my ...
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How do I reset a WD Elements external hard drive to factory format?

I own a WD Elements 3TB external hard drive (WDBAAU0030HBK-01) which I disassembled and converted into an internal SATA drive. When I did that I partitioned the drive after installing it in my ...
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Folder on new HDD keeps getting corrupted

I have a Sans Digital JBOD TR4U+B HDD enclosure, I've had 2x 3TB HDD's running in it for a year with no problems. I recently added a 4TB HDD to it and I put some folders on it. I'm running Windows 8. ...
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Linux doesn't detect external USB hard drive

In Ubuntu 10.04 all I had to do was turn on my external hard drive and it would automatically be detected and mounted. I just switched over to Ultimate Edition, which I think is Ubuntu 10.04 with a ...
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Is it okay If I do partition on my external Hard disk?

I have 1Tb hard disk NTFS file system 5400 rpm.If i choose to partition my hard disk, Is it going to decrease my hard disk performance?how? I have partitioned my hard disk into 3 parts(250,250,430) ...
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How to rename actual portable HDD *device* name? (not volume name / label)

I have a few Toshiba Stor.E drives connected to my pc for backup purposes, then shipping them to differen physical locations. But when working with a few of them I have to check many times if I use ...
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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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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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Windows 8 leaving temporary folders on external drive

Since installing Windows 8 on this machine, I've found that Windows is writing what appear to be temporary folders to the root one of my external USB hard drives. The first answer to this discussion ...
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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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External Hard Drive Wont Reformat or Read in PC

History: My Dish DVR failed and I tried to use my external hard drive to recover movies from my DVR. I attached it to the DVR with the USB. It lit up as it was trying to function but It wouldnt ...
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Why does the transfer rate of my USB 3.0 flash drive drops after a few seconds of copying?

I've just bought a SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 64GB flash drive. The spec says that the drive's max read speed is 80Mb/s. I only have a USB 2.0 port, and I've made these tests: Writing a 4GB file on the ...
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Can USB 2.0 power a USB 3.0 external HDD?

I'm on the verge of buying myself a new bus-powered USB 3.0 2.5-inch external hard drive. However, my computer only has USB 2.0 ports on it. I understand that the USB 3.0 HDD will simply run slower on ...
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External harddrive recognized, but no activity?

I have a WD passport external hard drive, which is very full and has been in use for a while. For a while now it has been running extremely slowly, and I have had trouble copying stuff off it. I have ...
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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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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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vmware takes too much time to shut down

Each time I shuting down my virtual machine - it takes like 30 minutes for VM Ware to complete the process. The shut down is done, but it shows a black screen and doesn't respond to any command. I ...
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Difference beteen using an external Hard Drive Disk Docking Station vs USB to SATA cable

I have a SATA hard disk that I want to connect to my laptop externally. Seems like I have two options. One is to buy a docking station and the other is to buy a cable only. What I would like to know ...
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Weird HDD Slowdown Issue

I'm experiencing a strange issue with one of my SATA HDDs. Basically I have two internal HDDs that I am connecting to the PC through a SATA-to-USB adapter. I am not keeping them inside the PC since ...
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Installing Windows 8 onto an external hdd without affecting the MBR

I wish to install Windows 8 on a laptop's external USB HDD. Is this the best and safest way to do it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo27iz1Q3x8
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1TB Seagate external drive not being detected

I have a Seagate 1TB external hard drive I am trying to recover information from. I had Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 running when my nephew accidentally kicked over the drive. The game continued to ...
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Unable to access WD external drive

Basically the HDD started acting weird (couldnt access files on it) and event viewer was flooded with "bad block" reports. Now the HDD cant be accessed at all. It shows up in windows explorer when ...
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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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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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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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Is this hard drive recoverable?

I'm trying to fix (and hopefully recover files from) a USB hard drive belonging to one of my roommates which suddenly stopped working. The storage on the drive is not recognized on any computer. ...
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Attach Zip Drive To Hard Disk Enclosure

I have a 3.5 inch IDE/SATA (it has cables for both) enclosure, an old internal IDE Zip drive and 20 Zip disks. I just want to pull whatever's on them off and store the files somewhere else. I'm not ...
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Is it safe to remove a usb hard drive while it is spinning?

I have used safely remove function in windows, but my hard drive is still spinning sometimes even with clicking sound, is it safe to remove it? (my usb hard drive is toshiba v73600-H)
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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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Windows 7 - play songs contained in external hard drive Mac journaled

I have an external Mac journaled formatted hard drive containing all my music, but Windows 7 doesn't recognize the file system, so I can not open any files contained in it. By searching on the web I ...