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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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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Asus AC66R Wireless router won't recognized Western Digital My Passport external hard drive

I have an Asus AC66R Wireless router. It has 2 USB ports for sharing data on external hard drives. I have a Seagate Free Agent (1TB) external hard drive. The router detects it, and it works fine. I ...
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Fastest way to duplicate encrypted hard drives?

I used hard drive duplicator to do the sector-by-sector duplication of hard drives. I think it took about 5 hours. Pros: easy unattended, computer-free operation Cons: hard drive size ...
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How much power does a Western Digital Passport Essential SE require?

I have looked at the Western Digital website for my product (WDBACX0010BBK) and cannot find how much power the device requires. The device is not recognized when I plug it into my keyboard's USB hub. ...
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How to repair—or recover—data from a dropped portable external hard drive?

I accidentally dropped my 500GB Buffalo MiniStation portable hard drive on the ground. It was still sorta working afterward, but just EXTREMELY slowly. I then ran the Mac “Disk Utility” hard drive ...
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Boot windows from moved internal to external HDD

I moved my internal hard disk which have windows 7 installation on it . I'm using it as an external hard disk now . I want to boot from it but when I try to do this I face the blue error screen which ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 not loading from external hard drive for AMD

I installed the Ubuntu 15.04 on a Seagate expansion drive.I tried booting it up from my machine: ...
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External HDD Disconnects and Reconnects repeatedly

Please note this is not a power issue, My A-DATA HD710's USB 3.0 connector (The socket inside the external HDD) has become loose (somehow, I don't know what happened), now the HDD keeps disconnecting ...
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How to encrypt an external hard drive so a password is required only on computers other than my own?

I want to encrypt my external hard drive but I only want it to require a password if being accessed by a PC other than mine. This is because I have Backblaze set-up on my own PC and if Backblaze ...
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boot linux from harddisk in an enclosure

I installed linux to a hdd in an enclosure (ehdd) (before installing I physically removed the sata power to the internal hdd). The boot from usb in the bios settings allowed me to boot from the ehdd ...
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Linux - How to run programs on external media?

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 LiveCD and the full Ubuntu 14.04 install on a bootable USB hard drive. I have g++ installed on the hard drive, but I need to use the hard drive for sneakernet. Is there a way to ...
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6 year old Mac Hard Drive “date created” and “date modified” changed to 2 weeks ago

I'm having some serious concerns that someone who had possession of my Macbook pro hard drive to do physical cleaning has done something worse. The hard drive is 6 years old and hasn't been ...
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image file on external HDD cannot be read and transferred to another drive - created using macrium reflect

I have created a image backup using macrium reflect - it succussfully completed. I can explore the windows partition. The file is on an external 1TB hard drive. The backup is 105GB in size. Contains ...
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DD command running for over 17 hours on external 1.5TB drive

I used dd with nohup to erase a 1.5TB disk and now I can't get feedback from the progress.. Since it's been more than 17 hours I am worried... I ran the command with the disk unmounted. The disk is ...
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Disassemble External HD for internal drives NAS Build Pro/Con

Poked around and I didn't see anythingthat could give me a definitive answer. I am using a Fractal Design Node 304 for a 4-6 Bay DIY Nas build. I want to fill with as much storage as possible, if ...
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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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Booting OSX from External Drive

I'm trying to decide whether to replace an existing hard drive on an iMac 10,1 27inch. I'd much prefer to replace this drive with an external drive as I can get a tremendously bigger drive and the ...
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use desktop as hard drive enclosure

my aging desktop's motherboard sometimes doesn't boot up. I think one of the hard drives where the OS is is dying... I have 6 other drives hooked up to the motherboard. I was thinking about buying ...
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How can I check whether USB3.0 UASP mode is enabled in Linux?

I have a laptop running Ubuntu 15.04 (3.19.0-21-generic) and an external USB3.0 2.5" SATA HDD enclosure which claims that it supports UASP mode (this model by StarTech). I have no problems mounting ...
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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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When you transfer files off a macbook hard drive to another device, is there a log/record of it?

If someone takes out a Macbook Pro hard drive with an enclosure to transfer files to another device …. is there any record/log of it (on the Mac hard drive that was taken out)? I'm talking just the ...
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External hard drive making noise; Can I eject drive during CHKDSK operation?

Whenever I connect external HDD to my laptop. It shows decryption error and suggest to run chkdsk /r. So this time I did so as per this suggestion. It's taking a lot of time. What happens if I eject ...
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Can I turn my external USB HDD into a wireless HDD?

There's a new league of "wireless HDDs" available out there, For example: The Transcend Storejet Cloud and the Seagate Satellite My question is: is it possible to make use of a wireless USB adapter ...
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How to share an external USB drive over network in OS X?

I have an external USB drive mounted on my Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" box. I want to share a folder on this volume to another OS X computer over LAN. How is it possbile? If I simply enable the ...
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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 it was causing some issues like a few folders which had data were not showing any files.  A few folders were not opening, etc. So I tried ...
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Mount USB drive as local folder on Mac

I bought an external 1TB USB drive and I want to make my Google Drive use the USB drive instead of my external disk. The reason why I want to do this is because my Google Drive account is 1TB and my ...
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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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External hard drive stalled during transfer - Jarmund

I was transferring a .mp4 file when the transfer/drive stalled. When I plug the hard drive in to the PC it does not show in "my computer" or list a drive. How would I verify if the drive has failed, ...
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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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Is there a limit on the number of USB external drives?

I've got three external HDDs, all My Books, 500 GB, 750 GB, and 1 TB. If I hook one or two of them up to a computer, everything seems fine. If I hook all three of them to a computer ...
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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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windows 7 asking to format harddrive which is working fine on Linux and HDTV

I have 2TB WD HDD which suddenly is asking to format drive on Windows 7 system. While HDD is working fine with Linux (Ubuntu 14). Also, my HDTV able to detect and play files as usual. No slow ...
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Running Windows 7 through external USB hard drive on Windows 8 machine

We have just relocated from the US from the UK. In the UK my husband was using an HP computer with a 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive which says it is SATA with 64MB Cache and has the code WD10EARS on ...
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External HDD disk must be turned on twice always

My external 3.5 inch, 3 TB hard disk must be always started twice. Each time power it up (after about 2-3 days of not using it, as it acts as backup drive only) it starts emitting a very constant ...
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WD 500gb harddrive does not show up on pc [duplicate]

I was transfering files to my external hard drive when it stalled during the transfer. I unplugged the hard drive. Now when i connect it, the light on the hard drive comes on and flashes. You can ...
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Reserve letter for external hard drive (Windows) [duplicate]

Is it possible on Windows 8 to reserve a letter for an external hard drive so that Windows recognises it as this letter whenver it is attached? I know that by going into disk management, the letter of ...
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Sync Dropbox to External hard drive, unlinking, etc

My laptop is jam packed full in terms of storage (it is quite old and has limited storage anyway) and I have just got some external hard drives to free up some space. Approx. 30GB of this is ...
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Windows cannot access my external harddisk partition not responding

I'm currently having problem with my External HDD Partitions OS : Windows 8 64 bit. I plugged in my laptop USB port and my laptop recognized the HDD and this is what I sees in "My Computer" So ...
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Transform my Samsung M3 External HDD to Internal?

So I've got an external hard drive which is a Samsung M3 Station 3 1.5TB USB 3 (here is the manual). Now I've disassembled it as I could (kinda proud of myself, it's very clean :D) and I've got a HDD ...
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HDD connected via USB cable - Disk unknown not initialized

I am using laptop with windows 8. I have connected my HDD via USB cable. There are two lights on cable 'Access' and 'Power' access is glowing bright red and power dim red. When I connect HDD system ...
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Dropbox - soft link from external hard drive doesn't get recognized by Dropbox on OS X

I store some super large compilation of files on my external hard drive because there isn't enough space on my Macbook Pro. I would like to have them in my Dropbox as well. In this question Uploading ...
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How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data?

Do you guys know how much time needs to pass until the data stored on a hard drive starts to degrade? To keep the data intact for long periods of time, I heard you need to periodically rewrite it on ...
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External hard drive corruption odd behavior

I have a 750GB External HD, formatted exFat. I accidentally disconnected it from my Mac OS X Yosemite without safely "ejecting" it first. It would no longer mount on my Mac. I tried "Verify Disk" ...
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WD USB HDD not recognized: Elements 10B8 [duplicate]

Any idea what could be the problem and how to solve it? Details: HDD: WD Elements 2TB (P/N: WDBU6Y0020BBK-05) When first connecting the device to my ThinkPad T420si (4174-E37), a dialog appeared ...
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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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Multiple partitions for an external USB hard drive used by Linux and Windows

I want to split a large external USB hard drive into at least 2 partitions. I've heard that multiple partitions on a USB drive involves problems not associated with partitioning a regular IDE/SATA ...
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Can I reformat windows 7 using an external rather than a blank dvd? [duplicate]

I am not sure about all the terminology, so pardon me if reformat isnt the correct term. I would like to reset windows 7 and my ssd to factory, but I dont have any blank cds or dvds laying around. I ...
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Set Default Windows Installer Disk [duplicate]

I was wondering if it was possible to set the default disk to be used my MSIs, E.G. Install to D:\Program Files by default rather than C:\Program Files, and, if it is possible, how to do so. Thanks!
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Touro USB3 drive stopped working in Windows 7

I have a Hitachi Touro 1TB USB 3.0 drive I use to take films from my desktop PC (Windows 7 64 bit) so I can watch them on my BluRay player or my laptop (Surface Pro 3, Windows 8 64 bit). Suddenly the ...
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Recover Hard Drive Accidentally reformatted from NTFS to Ext4

So me and my friend were installing Arch Linux on my external hard drive. My external hard drive had no data on it, ready to roll. My friend had partitioned my external hard drive (I am positive that ...