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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Why is the free disk space on an external drive varying wildly while copying files on it?

I'm using Windows 8.1 Explorer to copy image files from my Android mounted as media device, onto an SSD connected via a USB 2.0 drive enclosure (NTFS). While the copying goes on, the free disk space ...
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Optibay drive ejects after 10 minutes

I have replaced my optical drive in Macbook Pro mid 2012 with Optibay disk - Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 1TB internal harddrive (6,4 cm (2,5 inch), 5400rpm, SATA III). I have formatted it to Mac OS ...
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Arch Linux on an external HDD GPT-Partitioned

I have an Alienware M14x-R1 and had an Arch Linux System installed on its 750Gb HDD, everything working fine, GPT-partitions (on BIOS, not EFI) and GRUB bootloader. Then I bought a new Corsair SSD, ...
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mounting a multi-drive USB enclosure in linux

I have a OWC Mercury Elite 2-bay USB drive enclosure (OWCMEPT934AL2C). I have it set on "individual" settings for the disks, so the 2 disks show up as two separate drives on my Mac (no raid, or ...
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No power save on external hard drive - How to implement?

I recently bought a new 3.5" USB external hard drive which I thought had a power save feature on it, but it turns out that it doesn't. So whether it's being used or not, it spins, which wouldn't be a ...
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Using Virtual Box to install Ubuntu Server 14.04 on an external hard drive

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 onto a server hard drive. The server machine I have only supports booting to CD/DVD, not USB. When I've tried burning the Ubuntu 14.04 installer to a DVD for ...
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Combining two disjoint ddrescue backup images

I have a 3 TB drive which recently started to malfunction. I was using the ddrescue utility on Debian to read data off the disk to a different external hard drive. However, after 2 TB of data had been ...
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How to hide external drive's Eject button in Mac OS X

How can I hide/disable the Eject button for a specific external drive, like JetDrive or StorEdge, in a Mac OS X? Because usually the JetDrive or StorEdge does not need to be removed. The Eject button ...
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How to turn on bitlocker on 4 TB USB HDD?

When trying to turn on Bitlocker on an external 4 TB USB HDD using Windows 7, there's error A device attached to the system is not functioning. in a rather unhelpful dialog, as shown below: Now ...
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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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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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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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Automounting External USB 3.0 HDD on Ubuntu

I have an external 1TB USB 3.0 HDD (NTSF formatted) and a laptop with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0. My laptop runs Ubuntu 13.10 with XFCE. For a few weeks, I have used my HDD and it was always ...
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Files get corrupted frequently while copying to external hard drives

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit (updated all important updates yesterday) and have several external usb hard drives (self powered 3.5 inch). I recently noticed while copying files to the external drive ...
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Problems using Diskpart to resolve 'Read Only' issue on external 2TB external MyBook

I've got a problem with an external disk which suddenly, mid-session decided it was read only. I've tried the right click, properties, attributes, read only - to no avail, so then decided to approach ...
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External drive has strange files “_*” appearing - culprit is maybe rsync or SMB access?

I'm using rsync to back up folders from my iMac to a WD MyBook and the process seems to leave files such as these: _0O1MN~H.MP4 _2C0X2~3.AVI _ALLYW~B.SRT _VUC69~7 The last one is the most ...
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Trying to rescue data from WD My Book Studio II, raid 0

For a friend I'm trying to recover data from a Western Digital My Book Studio II external disk drive enclosure in raid 0 mode. At first I tried to rescue the data under OSX, the OS used by the ...
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Seagate external hard disk does not power down

When my computer is off, this external hard disk remains on, consuming power. It is permanently warm, and inside components are active (perhaps the fan?). I have a UPS for the system so a complete ...
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Why is my portable WD My Passport drive not recognized?

My Western Digital My Passport portable drive is not recognized in OS X. It used to be recognized, but not anymore. It does not appear in /Volumes. The hard drive is recognized by a Linux machine. I ...
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External hard drive won't mount on Mac

Anyone had problems mounting an external hard drive on a mac? It shows up (dimmed) in disk utility and all is fine according to first aid, but it just refuses to mount. It simply says "The disk My ...
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Seagate 3TB hard drive loses format information

I have a Windows 7x64 Ultimate, 6 GB memory, 1 TB HD. 3TB Barracuda XT HDD. The HDD is installed on a StarTech 4 bays external enclosure I had troubles so I converted to a GPT, created 1 partition and ...
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Toshiba External Hard Drive freezes computer

I bought a Toshiba Canvio Basics E05A032BAU2XK Portable External 320GB 2.5 Hard Drive: My computer has two OS's on it: Windows 7 and Windows XP. I need both. The main one I use is XP. When booting ...
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WD SmartWare Drive Unlock, Western Digital?

I bought a 1TB Western Digital (USB3) some days ago. I was using it without any problems, but now whenever I attach it to my laptop USB, the following window up and I can't use it at all. The Drive ...
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Force unmount on OS X Lion

I have a WD External hard drive that I believe is defective. Every now and then it simply hangs and its unresponsiveness makes finder stop responding. It will not reset itself until I disconnect the ...
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Move itunes and iphoto library to external hard disk

I'm running out of space on my MacBook Pro and would like to move my itunes and iphoto library to an external hard disk. What are the steps involved?
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Best external USB drive with transparent Raid-1 support

I am in the market for a new NAS/backup system, and came across the interesting TonidoPlug . My last USB external drive (SimpleTech SimpleDrive 1TB) has met its demise, and so I'm trying to figure ...
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Issue detecting external hdd on ubuntu

I have two HDD on my Ubuntu machine. One is a Maxtor 320Gb and the other is a Verbatim 1.5Tb. While it automatically recognizes the first one as sdb1 it doesn't recognize the latter. I can't see it on ...
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Ubuntu cannot see portable hdd with 2 partitions

I don't know why but Ubuntu v9.10 isn't showing up one of it's partitions in my portable HDD. Only the 2nd partition is shown, and I can't find the 1st one. What might be a solution to this?
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Internal hard drive connected by usb no longer displays in Disk Management. How to get the drive to show without deleting it's data?

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RORMF6 3TB internal hard drive to back-up data across multiple computers. When I connected the sata cable to USB, the hard-drive did not ...
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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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Ubuntu 15.04 + AMD,purple screen when booting after install,stuck at initramdisk

I installed Ubuntu 15.04 on a Seagate expansion drive. I tried booting it up from my machine, but it hangs (and I waited over 30 mins, just to be sure). I tried using the drive from an Intel based ...
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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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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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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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Seagate External Hard zero size

I have a seagate external hard disk and recently I encountered some problem with that. I am using both windows and Ubuntu environment and my hard disk detecting on both but, in windows it's says the ...
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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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Error while copying files to Hard disk

I am getting this error while copying my files to Western Digital 2TB external hard drive via USB. I am getting error sometimes when copy is done 30% or 60% or 90% and I am getting this frequently. ...
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How Do I Get My Seagate Harddrive To Show Up In SeaTools Using A USB To SATA Adaptor

Application Being Used: SeaTools For Windows Hard Drive Model: ST320005 42AS Interface: USB-To-SATA Adaptor I keep running into an issue when trying to use SeaTools from Seagate. I have a USB to ...
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Are some USB hard drive enclosures unsuitable for system drive use?

I have a number of hard drives in USB 2.0 enclosures. Some of these produce odd but consistent software failures when trying to use them as a Linux system drive. The problem appears to be tied to the ...
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Cannot mount western digital hard drive. Can I clone it?

I have a 1TB Western Digital USB3 external hard drive. Last day I dropped it and after that I was unable to mount it. The hard drive doesn't have a SATA connector but the circuit board translate from ...
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My files and folders on my usb disk changed automatically to FILE format

I have a 465 GB Maxtor USB external hard drive. I use it for games on my Xbox 360. Today I turned on my Xbox 360, started XexMenu 1.1 and there were only a few games show on it. I pluged-in my ...
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Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive only working with own sata/usb adapter

I opened up my Seagate Expansion Drive (3TB) to get to the hard drive itself. I wanted to use it in my PC and access it through SATA. But I cant mount the drive on linux. If I try to access it through ...
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Can't see external hard drive on Mac or PC

As mentioned in the title, I can't see my external hard drive on Mac finder and PC. I checked on Mac disk utility and it does appear over there. I thought about trying to repair it but i'm afraid ...
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CHKDSK finds no errors but drive keeps on failing

So here is the problem: I have an external disk that I use to store all the archived data, e.g. photos, movies, etc. The drive is formatted as NTFS, and checking the Disk Management tool from the ...
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External HD Damaged During File Transfer

A friend was exporting a project from Final Cut Pro when his external drive containing this HD was disconnected and is no longer accessible. He was using a mac and the drive is formatted for Extended ...
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Win 8: Folder copies to network drive, but the files in it don't copy

I can transfer files between my network drive and my Win 8 computer, but if I drag a folder from my computer to the drive, the folder is empty on the Network drive. My XP computer can do this ...
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive can't be found on my computer

I'm trying to recover/troubleshoot my external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus), for some reason it had just stop working. I'm on OSX and trying to troubleshoot it using my Windows XP running on ...
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Files suddenly disappear (and reappear) on a NTFS USB drive used with Linux?

I recently bought a portable 1TB external USB drive which I intend to use mostly with my Ubuntu laptop, but I would like to be able to use it with other OS as well. It came formated as NTFS, and that ...
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How to force Finder to refresh external drive? OS X

I use an external hard drive for Time Machine backups. Recently, I moved it to a USB hub (so that I don't have as many cables to deal with). This has slowed down the speed which I can read/write to ...