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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“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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WD HDD copying error

I have WD External HDD of 160Gb and 1TB but i am not able to copy data from 160Gb HDD. problems are 1. HDD automatically disconnected while copying. 2. Some 0x800... error is coming. please help me ...
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Wester Digital Passport External Hardisk failure

I dropped my WD passport from a height of about 3 feet on a solid surface. I connected the harddisk to my Lapotop running windows 8.1. The LED on the haddisk is blinking. I can feel the hard disk ...
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Starting Windows 7 from an external hard drive on a Mac

I would like to run windows on my MacBook Air with Mavericks 10.9.3. I currently have a Windows 7 64 bit ISO I can use. The problem is that my MacBook does not have enough space to install windows and ...
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Recover missing files on an external hard drive

I backed up my files from the office in my external hard drive couple of days ago. The files are from a Mac. Then after I went home I checked the files and the files were there. After that I ...
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External Hard Drive with no WMI info

Had some software crash for a user because it expected TotalSectors from WMI to be present for all Win32_DiskDrive's. The powershell output for it is below. I asked the user if there was something ...
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Misleading “Couldn't mount file” message after successful mounting of removable Virtual Hard Disk that is part of Storage pool

I use two-way mirror feature of Windows 8 to regularly and transparently backup my important disks on USB drive. Size of my USB drive is much higher than size of disk to backup, so allocating whole ...
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Mirror / backup laptop btrfs drive to sometimes connected external USB disk

I have a laptop with an internal drive using Btrfs. There are several subvolumes and snapshots on here. I want a copy of this drive to be made periodically to an external USB disk of approximately the ...
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What are the implications of plugging a USB 2.0 hub into a USB 3.0 hub [on hold]

I have a notebook that when im at home i use for work with a keyboard/mouse, a monitor (the monitor is HDMI) and some peripheals. Well, i already have a cheap USB 2.0 powered (5v/1A) hub with 7 ...
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WD 2 TB External Hard Drive not Showing up in Computer

I had the internal hard drive in my HPTouchSmart 600 (Windsows 7 64bit) replaced. When I got it home, I plugged in my WD 2 TB external hard drive. It worked fine. Within the next 24 hrs something ...
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External Hard Drive Used for a File Server [on hold]

I'm starting a small server farm serving my surrounding community, my goal is about 100TB capacity with no redundancy necessary. It's going to be an ubuntu machine with VM running windows server. ...
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How do i recover data without reformatting drive after USB to SATA conversion?

My External USB Hard Drive became unusable. Removed the enclosure and connected via SATA. Windows is failing to recognize without formatting. What are my options to recover drive without losing data? ...
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Cannot get RAID working with Mac Mini after adding drive

I had a working RAID array with 3 2TB drive in an external Startech.com SATA enclosure that was set to RAID5 I wanted to add another 2TB drive, so I added the drive but according to the manual, I ...
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Movie stops playing after some time in my Blu-Ray player [on hold]

I'm owner of a Samsung Blu-Ray player and recently I face some problems. I bought some days ago and I've succesfully seen 2 hd movies in mp4 format. I've put my usb stick and I've played one 1080 and ...
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External hard drive returns a “The semaphore timeout period has expired.” error

I haven’t used my pretty much full 2TB external hard drive in a few months and wanted to grab some movies off it. But when I plug it into my laptop it either won’t show up in my computer or it shows ...
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How to detect if a USB port is 3.0 or 2.0?

I have a Toshiba Canvio 3.0 external HDD. It has USB 3.0. It flashes blue if you connect it to a USB 3.0 port. If it is a 2.0 port, the light becomes white. Yesterday, I plugged it in and the light ...
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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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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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Understanding the wide variation in reported performance of a hard disk drive in a USB 3.0 enclosure as shown HD Tune

I have a USB 3.0 external HDD enclosure, and I installed an old HDD from my desktop into it. Naturally I’d like to see how it will perform, so I have HD Tune running a benchmark. However the graph ...
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USB 3.0 HDD is working in High-Speed mode instead of SuperSpeed

I've got Asus R500V with one USB 3.0 port. I've installed a proper driver from Acer site. I've got WD My Passport [USB 3.0 version] and I connected it to the 3.0 port. Treeview says it's working in ...
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WD Elements Bought 2 weeks ago : clicking noise on only Some devices

I bought the 1TB WD Elements USB3 external hard drive 2 weeks ago, and i have some weird issues with it when i tried on: windows 7 >> worked - Read & write linux mint 15 >> Not recognized. ...
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Sony Bravia LCD TV doesn't recognize external HDD partitions

Hy! I have a 1TB Toshiba extarnal hard drive and a Sony Bravia LCD TV (KDL32CX520BAEP) and I want to record programme from TV. I have two partitions on the external HDD(500-500GB) one for the records ...
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Duplicate last full backup from Areca

Using Areca Backup, I create full and incremental backups to a secondary drive during the week. I want to replicate the latest full backup or full + incremental to an external hard drive, which is not ...
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Can't read iomega Ego external Hard Drive Drive - detected in Disk Management, but assigning a drive letter is grayed out

I have a problem with my iOmega Ego external Hard Drive. I can connect it to my laptop (Windows 8 & 7 & Mac have been tried out) and it is always shown in Disk Utlity/Disk Management (see ...
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Externel WD 1TB harddrive not working only on windows but working perfectly on Linux distros.

WINDOWS (7) I've 1 TB WD external hard-disk which recently started giving an error "I/O Error Occurred" and became inaccessible with in a minute after plug in. Later, tried all (freely available ...
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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 running lsusb: Bus 001 Device ...
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Seagate External USB 3.0 HDD doesn't register when connected?

I've got a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2TB External USB 3.0/2.0 Hard Drive that I use for backups. I previously had issues with USB ports not supplying sufficient power to the drive, but that was ...
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“This device can perform faster.” Appears Even Though I Inserted External HDD to USB 3.0 Port

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external HDD. It supports USB 3.0 and has an USB 3.0 cable. Whenever I connect it to my laptop, the message "This device can perform faster. This USB mass storage device ...
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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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Seagate 2TB external hard drive not showing up in Disk Management

I have a Seagate 2TB external hard drive connected to my machine but this does not show up in Disk Management once I'm in Windows. I have tried this on both my desktop machine and my laptop. Any ...
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disk to disk clone in Clonezilla, how to use a part of the backup drive as a disk?

I want to do a disk to disk clone in Clonezilla. I have an external hard drive but I don't want to delete all of it's contents. Is it possible to do a disk to disk clone and choose to backup to a ...
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(Ubuntu) External hard drive is read only. How to change it? [duplicate]

So I'm trying to save everything from an internal hard drive by moving all its files to an external hard drive. My SSD boot drive with windows on it died and the other hard drive has all my files on ...
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External drive connects and disconnects from laptop [duplicate]

I decided to try something new for storing my files by buying an SSD and putting it in an enclosure, using it as an external drive. It's a Samsung SSD 840 PROSeries 512GB 2.5'' and I put it in an ICY ...
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Western Digital Elements 1TB USB3.0 Spins up and then beeps?

Well, today, I unplugged my WD external HDD from my laptop so that I could move it to a different port. I was not using any program that would be accessing the drive at the time. However, when I ...
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External hard drive no longer recognized as NTFS

I'm running Vista 64 with all the latest updates, and am having trouble accessing my external Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 1.5TB drive. It shows up in the provided Seagate Manager software, and in ...
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Is there a way to make hard drives/optical drives easily removable?

My question is, is there a way to remove an optical drive and replace it with an external drive (converted to an internal drive of course) on the fly? In an earlier question I asked about ...
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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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How to transfer OS from failing hard disk to new external drive?

I have an old Vista Laptop whose hard disk is failing. For various reasons I must have the same exact system back again. I copied the entire OS on the C drive over to a new external drive and made it ...
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Moving disk with 4kB sectors from enclosure to internal SATA controller makes MBR invalid

I recently bought a 750GB WD disk for a netbook and formatted it while connected via a USB adapter. Because the adapter would disconnect when it was trying to access the ext4 journal, I connected it ...
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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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Does larger disk allocation unit size in HDD makes file searching faster?

Does choosing a larger unit size make it perform faster when it comes to searching files in the disk drive or even writing/reading files? Larger allocation unit means the hard disk needle needs less ...
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How can I write to Journaled HFS+ from NTFS?

I have an external (USB) drive that I’m fairly sure is NTFS formatted. I would like to copy the files off of it, reformat it for Mac, and then put the files back on it. I am aware that you can’t ...
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External Hard Drive Can't access Ubuntu 14.04

I can't access external hard drive connected via usb on my laptop. OS is ubuntu 14.04. dmesg | tail -n 20 outputs is below. [ 153.014931] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 00 00 00 00 [ 153.014986] sd ...
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Is it 'bad' to read of a drive while writing onto it? Can you read and write 'simultaneously'?

I had a client recently who thought I'd be copying data and try read of the same drive at the same time - and according to him it's something you can't do because you'd damage the data/hard-drive. I ...
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How do I test a PCB?

I just replaced the PCB on a drive I have with another one of the same model but the FW/PN were different because I couldn't find the exact match. I don't really care about the information on the ...
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Format a hard drive to work with Windows

I have a external hard drive formatted to Mac OS (journaled). I no longer have a Mac, so I would like to format the hard drive to exFat or fat32 from my Windows computer. My computer detects the ...
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External Harddrive won't let POST complete

I have a Fantom Drives GF3B2000U external hard-drive. USB 3.0. My problem is that if it is plugged in and powered on when I start the computer, it won't get past post. The bios is `v2.58 (C) ...
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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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Will “shaking” a hard disk damage its internal components?

Should external hard disks be put flat on the table when we are transferring data? Would there be possible physical damage to the inner components of the disk if we do not do so? While the hard disk ...
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How do I set up a WD MyBook 1TB disk as a USB drive on Debian Linux “Lenny”?

I have a WD MyBook 1TB drive that I would like to use for full cron backups (TAR?) on a Debian Linux ("Lenny") server. Is this possible? I don't care about losing the MyBook software if a reformat ...