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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External drive does not spin down when unplugged

I have a Captiva USB3-SATA bridge, which contains an asmedia ASM1053 chip. It spins down when it is plugged into the server after 10 minutes idle time, but it spins indefinitely when the server is not ...
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Recover a HDD partition after use of Win32DiskImager

I wanted to copy a image to one of my SD cards using Win32DiskImager. But I clicked too fast and it written to one of my external harddrives instead of my SD drive, so I disconnected as fast I could ...
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Can I get VMWare Workstation to work with files on an encrypted external hard drive?

I have the following situation: I needed to test some stuff with VMWare VM's. My work desktop machine has a paltry 100GB hard drive which is already mostly full with other software (Office, Visual ...
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Why isn't it possible to write to a HDD in single drive hot-swap enclosure and then read from a 2 bay JBOD?

I have a number of single drive enclosures with hot-swap and I would like to use them on multiple locations with 3,5 inch HDD to store data on them. Then I would like to take the drives out and insert ...
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What controls the spin down of idle external hard drives?

I'd like to setup a spin down time for idle external hard drives. I have several candidate solution. In order to find the proper one I'd like to know what measures the idle time and starts the spin ...
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USB HDD not detected. Works in other PC's

My USB Seagate external hard drive got pulled out of my desktop the other day when somebody tripped on the cable, and hasn't been detected since by that desktop no matter what port I use. I tested it ...
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Is it possible to restore corrupt files from USB external HDD

I have a slightly older WD MyBook external 250GB HDD, after moving it form one PC to another, then back a large majority of the file names and extensions have all turned to gibberish: Both PCs are ...
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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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If someone purchased a Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive and it failed sooner than expected, will Seagate replace the drive?

One of Seagate’s recently popular hard drive models—at the consumer and enterprise level—is the ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive. It seems that many users in different usage realms—desktop environments as ...
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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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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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WD 4 TB My Book from external to internal

I recently acquired a 4TB WD My Book and I'd like to use it as an internal drive in a media storage rig I'm running Plex on. I've seen online the problems people have had in the past when they have ...
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A little issue with a RAID setup

I have a Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 2TB external hard disk drive. Internally, it has two 1TB drives configured in a RAID setup. I recently purchased a Drobo and no longer want to use ...
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WD elements hdd getting recognized but not showing in window explorer

WD elements hdd recognized and showing in device manager and disk management but not in window explorer. Tried uninstalling/reinstalling from disk drives but didn't help. Tried initializing disk in ...
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Why is the temperature so low and airflow temperature so high on my HD?

I have had this same exact SeaGate external 1TB USB2.0 hard drive for a few years. In the past I have been using SeaGate's own diagnostic tool to check the drive for errors but it wouldn't let me see ...
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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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USB 3.0 ports on newly built PC don’t recognize USB 3.0 devices

I have recently bought and built a new PC: Windows 8 Enterprise x64, and Gigabyte GA-Z87-HD3 motherboard. Now that everything is put together and installed I am facing only one problem. I own an ...
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e-SATA formatted external HDD not recognized by USB

So I have an external HDD, I believe it's a Hitachi, 2tb, working fine EXCEPT: when I formatted this, it was via e-SATA, thru an Expresscard slot in my Mac Book Pro A1151, 2 partition, NTFS/Fat32. The ...
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How to recover data from corrupted WD external hardisk [duplicate]

I have Western Digital Passport 1 TB external Hard disk. It has got corrupted. When I connect to my Window 7 machine, my external hard disk rotates but my machine does not recognize it.I have checked ...
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Can I temporarily put a 2.5“ HDD into a 3.5” USB enclosure?

My laptop is crashing and I suspect my HDD, can I test it in a 3.5" USB enclosure (assuming it fits), or is that a bad idea. I don't have a desktop PC, and the BSOD logs fail to save, so if you have ...
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Copy interruption between hard drives

I'm transferring video files from 1 hard drive to another, if there was an interruption as in the hard drives couldn't be read and I had to click try again in Windows, is the quality still fine in the ...
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Frequently getting message about corrupt recycle bin

I keep getting the error message the recycle bin on E is corrupt and asks if I would like to delete it. Regardless of what I choose, the error message popsup every 10 or 15 minutes. E: is an external ...
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Wi-Fi-enable a USB hard drive

I have a "smart picture frame" type of device that displays media files from a connected USB hard drive. I wonder if it is possible to stream some files to this hard drive via my home network by ...
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Using old hard drive as external hard disk

I want to use my old hard disk as an external hard disk without formatting it. I want to access some information from that. It is not showing up in my windows computer as a disk drive or removable ...
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Remove safely Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive in ubuntu 14.04

I try to remove safely a Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive(1TB) in Ubuntu 14.04(Unity Desktop) but still the LED stays on(It is normal?). I try using Disks application with the power off button ...
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How to “join” two partitions

I have a laptop hard drive that I'm using now as an external USB hard drive. The drive has two partitions - I don't want this configuration and only want one partition. How can I join the partitions ...
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External HDD is causing my second drive to unallocate (disappear)

I am running Windows 7 x64 and have two drives, C and D respectively. D is within a RAID array running under Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST). The external HDD in question is a CN Memory ...
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Every time I connect a newly bought external HDD, my second drive goes unallocated

I recently bought an external HDD, that I connect to the power and then via USB 3.0 to my PC. I start doing a copy/paste backup into this HDD, and leave the PC at it. Hours later, Windows is logged ...
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Can't eject external USB hard drive in Windows 10

First, I must state that it is not that "ejecting" the drive always prompt the "This drive is still utilized by etc." message. It is that there is simply no option to "eject" it in the first place in ...
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Vmware workstation 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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USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting

I'm running Debian 7.2 on an old late 2006 Macbook Pro. I've got two 4 TB Seagate Backup Plus hard drives connected to it that I've got in a mirrored ZFS pool. Recently one of the drives died, and I ...
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Can an operating system access a network drive that is formatted with an unsupported file system?

I've recently installed Windows Server 2012 and am planning to format my 2tb hard drive with the REFS file format. Afterwards, I would like to set it up as a network drive. I understand that there are ...
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How to recover damaged video file on an External hard drive

So I have a lot of video on an external HDD and most of the videos run fine. However, with some during the video it becomes very laggy and skips over some bits. When I have tried moving the files or ...
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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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changing a ntfs disk to fat32 without farmating and removing the disk

I have a external hard drive that is full of data and i need all of it . I need to change it from ntfs to fat32. Is there any application that lets me change it without formatting and even ...
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Why does my Macbook lock up while my external hard drive spins up?

Why does my MacBook lock up while my external USB hard drive spins up? It comes right back after a click or two post spin-up. It's pretty annoying since finder often sniffs the drives but the USB ...
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XBMC standalone on external harddrive

Is it possible for XBMC to run standalone on for example an external hard drive? I have got two laptops at home and would like to access the same XBMC database with both of them, without having to ...
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New LaCie drive fails to mount on Mac OSX 10.8

I have a new LaCie d2 Quadra 4 TB external harddrive (this one). When I connect it to my Macbook pro with Friewire 800 cable (provided), the drive beeps about 20 times, then I get "The disk you ...
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take ownwership of system folder of external HDD [duplicate]

I would like to access 'system volume information' folder of my external HDD (WD my book 2TB) to view results of chkdsk process. (I want to know the list of damaged file names) When I try to open the ...
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Upgrade old Lacie 2big Quadra 1TB

I have a (very) old Lacie 2big Quadra with 2 500GB drives. It's USB2.0 but it does feature an esata port so I'm planning on using that for speed. Would I be able to upgrade these with 2 drives of... ...
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Safe removal of USB mass storage device not possible

I have a 1TB external hard drive. Whenever I try to safely remove it, it says that the device is still in use. I looked through all my processes and I can't find anything using the device. It's ...
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Truecrypt Rescue disk unique for each system?

I want to decrypt an external USB harddrive wich I have encrypted using Truecrypt system encryption. I want to use a laptop for this which harddrive is also system encrypted using Truecrypt. Both are ...
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Security copy of my Mac Book Pro HDD failed “Cannot allocate memory”

I have a problem with my Macbook Pro 2011. It does not boot (the charging apple appears and stays there forever), so I am trying to make a security copy of the HDD through the Disk Utility of the ...
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Western Digital My Passport doesn’t show up on My Computer

As the title suggests, my WD external hard disk doesn’t show up on My Computer in Windows 7. Yesterday it worked perfectly but today it doesn’t. I plugged in the hard disk and the light is blinking ...
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Restore damage HDD with “live CD” Photorec

I have dropped my laptop accidentally. Its OS is Windows. So I try to learn how to restore the data. I took its damaged hdd(1), and connect it to my computer which has a normal hdd(2) with Win7, and ...
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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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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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Cannot unlock My Book 3Tb

I entered the wrong password 5 times. Then I tried erase My Book. The process I started with Disk Security ended with error message. I tried a few more times with the same result. Windows Explorer ...
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Cloning a Hard drive to avoid re-installing OS and other programs

I guess , its been a long time since I did this but I have a HDD whose S.M.A.R.T readings report a "imminent failure" . Its an Apple HDD so I thought it'd long lasting when I bought it but alas - not ...
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NAS vs USB enclosure

What are the practical differences between using a dedicated NAS and a simple USB enclosure plugged in back of the router? Theoretically I'll get the same functionality from both, I guess a ...