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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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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How to harden external hard disk against ransomware

With the basic consumer backup setup that uses a permanently connected external hard drive to store the backup, with simple backup software or a robocopy script, what can be done to protect the disk ...
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Volume label on 2TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim external hard drive does not appear in Windows Explorer (but is visible in Disk Management)

I've been experiencing some weird things with my Seagate drives. I think this happened when I tried to "vaccinate" the drives with Panda Free Anti-Virus. My WD 2TB and my internal hard drives worked ...
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External Hard Disk cannot be formatted after dd command on Mac OS

I was trying to create a bootable disk to install Windows 10 on one of my PCs. I was doing it on my Mac using a 500GB external hard disk. This is the command I have used on the Terminal to change the ...
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Unrecognized 2TB 2,5" HDD and floppy: error -5 while reading block 0 errors in Linux under VM Ware

I’ve recently bought a 2TB 2.5" external hard drive (Seagate Expansion Portable STBX2000401). I have a problem with this drive, Linux doesn’t recognize it (I am using VM Ware on Mac OS X). When I ...
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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 Eject Button in Mac OS X for the permanent external drive like JetDrive

How can I hide the Eject Button for a certain external drive in the Mac OS X? Because usually the external drive like JetDrive or StorEdge, does not need to be removed (I want to extend the disk ...
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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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Slow write speed on external SSD

I am experiencing slow write speeds using an external Inatek USB 3.0 2.5" External Enclosure (UASP supported) with a Samsung 840 120GB drive. I just started using this setup on a late 2013 iMac as an ...
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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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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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External Hard Drive Stops Responding During Copy when on an Powered USB Hub

During file copy tasks from the main hard drive of my computer to an external hard drive, the copy process will suddenly drop to zero and never pick up again. This happens consistently on any largish ...
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(External USB) HDD not accessible as usual after strange behaviour

first of all, I'm using Linux (but have access to a Windows PC as well). During some data transfer, my external USB hard disk drive (NTFS formatted) suddenly was no more accessible, I could not ...
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Connecting a Seagate 5T Backup Plus drive to a TP link 1750 router to use with a Mac El Capitan and a PC W8 or 10

Title says it all about my goal. I have already partitioned the Seagate to 2, 2 and 1 all in FAT though nothing is in stone so I can repartition. I did this because one forum said TP Link can't ...
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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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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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File copying much slower than rated Firewire speed

While copying a lot of files to an external hard drive using Firewire I notice that the copy speed is a lot slower than the Firewire data transfer rate. The supposed transfer rate for Firewire 400 is ...
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How do I reset a Seagate hard drive PCB's rom

I have two Seagate Barracuda 500 GB (ST3500641AS with Firmware 3.BTD) external hard drives, both of which are same in terms of model and firmware, one of the hard drives has a PCB issue and clicks ...
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two external hard drives simultaniously

I have two external western digital usb3 hard drives connected simultaniously to my windows 7 system. I can use them just normally in windows explorer and all is fine. However I want to use one of ...
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“Item Not Found; Could not find this item” external HDD, random occurance

Western Digital My Book 1230 4TB external HDD, bought recently, had the issue since I first plugged it in. When transferring files from the HDD as well as when renaming or deleting them, I get the ...
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Fritz!Box 7490 (Fritz!OS 6.30): Which USB ext. HDD actually work in USB3 mode?

I have an external USB3.0 Transcend StoreJet (model TS1TSJ25M3) 1TB HDD connected to my Fritz!Box 7490 (tested both with official Fritz!OS 6.30 and "laboratory beta" 113.06.36-31504 BETA). When ...
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Malfunctioning USB3.0 after sometime of usage

My system is a desktop Windows8.1. I have two USB 3.0 external drives. One is a 1TB Wester Digital and the other is 2TB Transcend. I need to transfer some files from the 1TB HDD to the another. So I ...
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Copied all folders from a secondary drive to a peripheral drive, signifigant size difference?

I recently bought a drive docking station for drives to make some back ups to drives not in my system. In my computer I currently have a 256GB SSD for my OS (Windows 7) and a 2TB HDD for storage. I ...
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Optimize linux USB hub IO scheduling for external harddrives

When using several harddrives on an USB 3.0 hub, copying large files between them gives transfer rates far below expectation. My guess is, that the hub introduces contention delays as we see if ...
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All hard drives spinning up even though only accessing system SSD

This problem is quite annoying. I've just upgraded to Windows 10 and although I experienced it a bit in Windows 7, it seems much worse in 10. I have 2 SSDS (one C drive for Windows and another for ...
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Western Digital MyCloud EX2 can't see USB drives

I have a new WD EX2 with 8TB of storage. The device and storage are working fine. I'm using the device's built in management site under http://wdmycloudex2.local/ and I should be able to plug in a USB ...
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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 ...