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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How to identify the cause of slowness of an external hard disk?

I have 2 Western Digital external hard drives, namely: 1 WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN) 1 WD My Passport Ultra 2 TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive I connect ...
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My laptop isn't showing the external hard disk

I am using a Seagate external hard disk of 1TB. Unfortunately my laptop was out of power and got hibernated with the HDD connected to it. And I disconnected the HDD before re-starting it. And now my ...
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Hard Drive Not Accessible Access Denied [duplicate]

I am currently attempting to transfer files from an internal server to an external server based terminal. I have copied the files I need onto an external hard drive using the internal based server. ...
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Bad hard disk drive and robocopy

After my hard disk drive gave me CRC errors I wanted to copy one drive to another and picked up a new 1 TB hard disk drive. I am using the command: robocopy G: J: /MIR /COPYALL /ZB First it ...
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Proper connection to external disk via USB3

With a small internal disk in my laptop (Macbook Pro Retina), I need an external disk. Sitting on the couch, the cable disconnects easily. What hardware setup can I use to prevent this from happening?
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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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SSD in external USB 3.0 closure not recognized as SSD

I've brought an SSD and external closure that supports UASP and USB 3.0. The drive is recognized and the speed is ok. But the drive is recognized as normal hard drive by Windows (8.1). I.e. when I ...
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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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Will my HDD fit in this enclosure?

I needed a portable SATA external hard drive case so i saw some pictures but, i saw it uses SATA II version but my drives are just SATA. Will my drive plug in to SATA II if i have original SATA pins? ...
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Windows 8 stopped recognizing My Passport Ultra Drive

I have Windows 8 on Dell Inspiron 15 R laptop. I purchased a Brand new My Passport Ultra Drive. For past two weeks I plugged in My Passport Ultra Drive and created System Image. This week, my ...
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External Hard Drive Problems in Event Viewer

I'm using a Western Digital My Passport Ultra (2TB) 1.5 years ago and I've recently been seeing a lot of problems with this external drive in event viewer. So far, whenever I connect this to the ...
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Performance with multiple instances of rsync across different direct-attached storage devices?

Would running multiple instances of rsync with all the sources and destinations on different direct-attached storage devices cause any performance hits, or would the speed limits for each individual ...
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Password issue. MYBOOK 2TB Ext USB HDD does not accept my password

I bought a MY BOOK 2TB External USB data drive for my personal home stand alone computer. I use windows 8.0pro, the data drive is about 5 years old, does not have any wifi, network capabilities and ...
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External hard drive troubleshooting

I've got a 2TB WD Ext HDD that I'm guessing is starting to fail. The thing is that I currently have almost 2TB of data on there, and really don't want to lose some of it. It's been written and read ...
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Windows 10: No option to Eject External HARD DRIVE (NOT USB Stick)

When I plug in my external hard drive (again, NOT USB stick), and right click on the icon in This PC, there is no option to eject the drive. There is a system tray option to "safely eject" it, but ...
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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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“Old” USB hard drive won't work with newer computers

It's the strangest thing — which is my prefatory way of saying I have no idea why this is happening, so hardly know how to search for answers. I apologize if this is something basic or if it has been ...
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Seagate Barracuda 1.5Tb HDD 7200.11 Unresponsive

I have a Seagate Barracuda 1.5Tb HDD 7200.11 that i put in an external case. I was using it on an XP desktop, ubuntu laptop and windows 7 laptop. One day my computers stopped recognizing it. ubuntu ...
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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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Speed difference between Portable HDD and USB Flash Drive?

I am considering purchasing one of the following for data backup purposes. In either case, they would be used with a USB 2 port on XP Home SP 3. Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive ...
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Hard disk making a sound and not working

Good day, I was trying to connect my external hard drive to my computer yesterday but I found out that it was not spinning like it used to (the spinning was slow) and I was hearing a sound like a ...
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Fastest External Hard Drive recovery

500 GB External Hard drive got formatted... please help to recovery it fast.../ currently running test desk Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 476940 64 32 Analyse cylinder 1741/476939: 00% ...
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External HDD for Games with an internal SSD?

I have an SSD of 250GB 2.5" (SAMSUNGS EVO 850) and the laptop have 1TB hdd. The problem I am facing is which one to put on the sata slot. I am planning to put the ssd in the sata slot and then buy a ...
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USB Hub requires “Scan for hardware changes” to detect my USB HDD

I have two hubs (let's call them D-Link and Amazon) and two devices (a USB stick and a USB HDD), and I've noticed the following: Plug the USB stick in the D-Link hub: Detected immediately. Plug the ...
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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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Zalman drive enclosure does not start up (example case ZM-VE400)

Your Zalman ZM-VE400 (or potentially other similar drive enclosure?) from the manufacturer shows the model name when plugged in but never arrives in the menu despite pressing buttons on the keypad. ...
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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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External HDD is causing second drive to unallocate (disappear)

I am running Windows 7 x64 and have two drives, C and D. D is within a RAID array running under Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST). The external HDD in question is a CN Memory Spaceloop 2TB 3.5'' ...
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Can the length of the USB cable be the cause of a non-working external hard drive?

I have this old external hard drive, 80 GB, nothing too fancy, that is powered entirely by USB. The problem is that it keeps disconnecting itself. I remember that I tested it with a short cable (15 ...
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How to boot my PC to Windows 10 after installing Ubuntu to an External HD?

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 to an external Hard Drive, planning on having Dual Boot on my laptop - which runs Windows 10. I have successfully configured the Dual Boot to have Windows as default, ran ...
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External hard drive doesn't show up in disk management and TrueCrypt anymore

In disk management, my external hard drive just says "Online" and has a drive letter but there's no box on the right with the disk size or the file system. My problem is that TrueCrypt can't find it ...
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Recover missing folder/files from external hard drive (Mac 10.7.5)

I did a deep search to see if I could find an answer. I had posted this on stack overflow and was guided here. I found that an important folder was mysteriously missing on my (toshiba) external hard ...
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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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format windows recovery partition in hard drive externally

I want to format a disk from my other laptop. I have an external drive reader and when I attempt to format the disk, it only formats the main partition but the recovery sector remains intact. I am ...
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External NTFS HDD with index errors

My external HDD became problematic. I wanted to get rid of some unused data, and found two folders were not accessible under Windows because they were corrupted and unreadable. These folders had no ...
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is there a way to copy files from a mac osx machine to NTFS external hard disk [duplicate]

I have a mac book on osx el Capitan. I want to transfer data from the mac book to my Toshiba external hard drive which has the ntfs file system. Is there any way i Can do it without changing the ...
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Why have 3 external HDDs failed after a few hours of use?

I have purchased 3 HDDs in the past month and every time after copying about 1.5TB of data on to them they fail. The first 2 HDDs were Samsung 4TB drives and the third one is a Seagate Expansion 4TB. ...
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Can't access external harddrive in OSX

For some reason i can't access my external HDD anymore. It's not showing up in Finder, although i can see it in the Volumes folder and in Disk Utility app. When i access the HDD from terminal and try ...
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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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Can't mount my external hard drive

After a repair task with disk utility I can't mount my external hard drive on my mac. I have tried to mount it on terminal mount /dev/disk1s1 but I receive this eror mount: /dev/disk1s1: unknown ...
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Symlink to a nonexistent drive in Windows

When I try to create a directory junction to a windows drive that does not yet exist, I get the following message: C:\>mklink H H:\ /J Local volumes are required to complete the operation. I ...
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Install linux from and on to the same HDD

I have a PC with no internal HDD, but I have an external HDD. I want install the Ubuntu on it (on the external HDD) but I could only reboot Ubuntu from that same external HDD (I tried burning the ...
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Cannot Access External Hard Drive From Windows 8

So basically whenever I try to copy something into the hard drive, the "You need permission screen will pop up." I will click continue, and it will copy for a few seconds, then it will abort telling ...
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WD passport hard drive fails after a time

I have a Western Digital passport hard drive since 4 years ago. Recently, when I plug the external drive to my laptop, first it is detected but after some time, it is automatically unplugged. I can'...
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Installing Windows on external hard drive

For the last half of the year, I have been using Windows installed on my external HDD, which uses USB 3.0 port, I had to install Windows (Windows 10) by copying virtual disk file into the drive. ...
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External Hard Disk not shown

Sony HDD 1 TB is neither shown in ' My Computer ' nor in device manager while connecting to my laptop. But it is accessible while using a second laptop. Steps I tried: Uninstalled any unknown ...
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Rsync-like automatic delta backup of a removable hard drive on windows

Well a lot of questions have been asked on the SE network about using rsync on Windows. But nothing seems to really do the trick so I'd like to expose the specific mechanism I need to setup. Lets say ...
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Will a 4TB external hard drive work on Windows XP?

I'm still on XP, and was wondering will a new external hard drive still work on XP? I heard XP can only handle up to 2 TB.
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Error Loading Operating System - SATA External Hard Drive

I bought a SATA to USB adapter to attempt to use my labtop's hard drive as an external one for my desktop. If I plug the adapter into my desktop after already booting the current OS, I can see my ...