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How to connect a desktop SATA harddrive to laptop?

I will be going out of the country for a couple of months, and most of my stuff will go in storage. I will be taking my laptop, and will be keeping the desktop back at home. I was thinking of taking ...
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How to sync a Portable Apps folder?

Couldn't find a good resource for this particular dilemma, so I thought asking the good people at super user for help. Background: I am a portable apps enthusiast, and whenever possible, my apps are ...
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Security for portable disk drive

What's the best approach for securing portable harddrives? I have a Segate portable drive and I want to secure it incase I lose it. Any software solutions for this? Thanks.
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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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Copy all contents of an Amiga harddrive to a PC

I have an old Amiga hard disk drive (CP2088 Conner drive). It is a 2.5" IDE drive (see bottom). How can I connect this to a PC, what software is needed, and how can I convert the entire disk to a ...
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Portable USB harddisk regardless in Windows and Ubuntu / Linux environment

I am doing web development mostly in Ubuntu. Sometimes I need to go into Windows to do other administrative work. Now, I am ignorant about file systems. I cannot tell the difference between NTFS and ...
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Running a Single OS Across Multiple Machines [closed]

Here is the (hypothetical) situation: I have one low-performance, high-mobility device (laptop) and one high-performance, low-mobility device (desktop workstation). The two are used as frequently as ...
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Encryption of external HDD — accessible from windows without installation

I would like to use encryption on my external HDD but I would like to be able to access the encrypted data from Windows as well. As suggested in other questions, TrueCrypt is one option here, or I am ...
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Are there something called wifi-enabled external storage disks?

I have 2 laptops at my home and one external disk. I have a requirement (more out of curiosity on how to achieve it than a real need): I have set-up basic adhoc home network where one laptop accesses ...
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Portable External vs External Desktop Hard Drives [closed]

What are the differences between a desktop(the bigger not so portable USB cases) and portable USB drives. Is it basically 2.5" vs 3.5" drives, or are there any other major benefits besides size and ...
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Portable hard disk has apparently stopped working

I have a Western Digital 500 GB hard disk which I bought about a year ago. It has apparently stopped working since a while ago. The disk contains some very important data which I do not want to lose. ...
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use ubuntu from a removable drive to work both on laptop and desktop computer

my laptop, which i run ubuntu on, is getting a bit old and i find it's getting slower and slower at running applications. My desktop computer is stronger, but I can't give up on the portability of my ...
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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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External HDD's Label not visible on some Computers?

I recently used a windows 7 32bit computer to format my external hard-disk I applied a label for it However the drive label is not visible on other computers The device get mounted correctly on ...
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Portability of external HDD, especially NAS and RAID

I wonder how portability of external HDD is defined in terms of size and weight? In other words, how do you tell if an external HDD is portable or not? Are NAS usually not portable? Are RAID ...
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Choosing protocol between my Lenovo T400 laptop and portable external HDD [closed]

My laptop is Lenovo T400. I wonder what kind of portable external HDD you would recommend me to buy, in terms of protocols? For example, if I am correct, my Lenovo T400 doesn't have USB 3.0 port. I ...
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Need help making a bootable portable USB hard drive. [Utility I need will only create bootable CDs or USB flash drives]

I've got a copy of Spotmau's Bootsuite 2012, which is an utterly fantastic tool. It has completely replaced Bart PE for me, and I relied on BPE for YEARS. Anyway, the issue I'm having is that the ...
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Using an SSD as a portable external drive?

Is it possible to use an SSD as a larger-capacity flash drive? I know that some computer cases include external SATA ports, so would it be reasonable to assume that one could interface with the SSD ...
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Clicks or ticks every minute when HDD is idle

My HDD is a My passport... It's 2 weeks old. I hear this tick or click followed by another one about 8-9 secs later, and they repeat every minute almost exactly... They usually happen and the LED ...
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PCMCIA card is not detecting external drive, but mouse works

I'm using a Lenovo 3000 Y500 laptop. All four ports are not working. I bought a PCMCIA card for USB. Through anĀ USB charger I supplied power to the PCMCIA card. Now it is detecting the mouse and pen ...
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How may I transfer my media from a Maxtor OneTouch drive to WHS?

I have a great deal of music on my OneTouch, which I would like to stream from my new HP Mediasmart EX490 to my XBox 360. Using the Windows Home Server console does not seem to be any help? I may ...
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WD External Hard Drive Not Showing Entire Capacity

I've got a Western Digital Elements 320 GB External 7200 RPM (P/N: WDBAAR3200ABK) Hard Drive. It's not been mine for very long-it's second hand, and used to contain some sort of Wii games collection. ...
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Command prompt use on pen drive [duplicate]

I am using windows 7. In my pen drive there was some data. I had scanned it with Antivirus. There were some viruses and they were healed by Antivirus. But I am not able to see the files inside the Pen ...
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Is it possible to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on portable HDD drive?

Currently I'm running Windows 8 on portable HDD (over USB cable). I'm trying to upgrade do Windows 8.1. First I had to enable Windows Store on Windows to Go (following instructions on ...
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Folder that was copied from one PC to a portable HD doesn't show in another PC

I have an HTPC at my living room and it has a 3TB Western Digital portable hard-drive that stores all my media files. The HTPC is running Windows 7 32bit. Yesterday I connected the hard drive to my ...
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Freecom portable drive is not working with longer cable

I got a FREECOM 2.5" Mobile Drive XXS 500 gb portable hdd, but on my laptop which stands on a laptop cooler it's coming unhandy for me to plug-it in, because the cooler it's too tall, so my hdd has to ...
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Portable Hard Drive- partitions

I just got my first portable hard drive (WD Elements SE 500GB USB 2.0) and I guess I'll be using it for quite a while. So, I just wanted to ask whether I should or should not partition the hard drive. ...