0
votes
1answer
71 views

USB 3.0 hard drive in usb 3 port only recognized as usb 2

Today, I bought a Sabrent CP-4PTU USB 3.0 PCI Express Controller. I installed the latest software from the website, and after a reboot, I plugged in a USB 3.0 hard drive into the controller, and the ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Folder on new HDD keeps getting corrupted

I have a Sans Digital JBOD TR4U+B HDD enclosure, I've had 2x 3TB HDD's running in it for a year with no problems. I recently added a 4TB HDD to it and I put some folders on it. I'm running Windows 8. ...
1
vote
0answers
129 views

Ubuntu unable to detect external USB hard drive

I tried mounting external usb hard drive.But it does'nt detect. Here is dmesg log: [ 3025.963395] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, address 3 [ 3194.935661] usb 2-1.2: new high speed USB device using ...
16
votes
2answers
928 views

Is it safe to remove USB media when a computer is suspended?

We are often cautioned against unplugging USB drives in case it is currently being read from or written to. When a computer is suspended, hibernated, or asleep is it obviously not writing any data; it ...
3
votes
3answers
148 views

“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 ...
0
votes
1answer
565 views

If an external HDD's USB port gets busted, will plugging the HDD's SATA directly to a PC possibly work?

My Western Digital MyBook Essential crashed recently, and I'm unable to access it through Ubuntu nor Windows. My goal is to recover my data, and wondering if it's advisable to connect the HDD ...
2
votes
2answers
178 views

Is it true that a hard drive need to be used once in a while to stay alive?

I have heard someone saying that someone else said hard-disks need to be "moved" once in a while, meaning it has to spin or data has to read or written to once in a while or something like that. I am ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

External HDD unrecognized [duplicate]

I have an external IDE harddrive. I plug the USB to the PC, switch on the power and I hear that the HDD is working(no scratch, no shar noise, just a smooth hdd is what I hear). My problem is, that the ...
0
votes
2answers
995 views

How to set an external hard drive to not be bootable?

When I connect my external hard drive to my PC, it tries to boot from it but is unable to do so because there is no OS installed. And rightly so, I only want to use it for dumb storage. How can I set ...
0
votes
3answers
2k views

Which external USB drives work with Windows 8 Storage Spaces?

First, a bit of background: Microsoft brags about how the new Windows 8 Storage Spaces support any interface (including USB) for attaching drives to add to a Storage Pool: ...
1
vote
4answers
591 views

What is the difference between “drive letter” and “volume label”

I am under the impression that "volume label" is available on linux, too whereas "drive letter" is windows specific. Where can I read that up?
0
votes
1answer
105 views

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 ...
-1
votes
3answers
85 views

Connecting a Hard Drive, Laptop-desktop What's the Difference [closed]

I was just wondering what's the difference when connecting a desktop and laptop hard drive to a computer, as I know from attempts, you connect them both internally no problem but if you were to use a ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

Which direction should I transfer my files? USB 2.0 to 3.0 or vise-versa?

I have a USB 2.0 enclosure and a USB 3.0 enclosure. I want to transfer large files from one to the other very often. Should I put the source drive in the 3.0, or the 2.0? Theoretically, IF each ...
1
vote
2answers
687 views

How do I prevent Windows from randomly spinning up a (green) USB harddrive?

Even if the powersaving feature of Windows is set to never shut down my harddrive, my external USB harddrives will still spin themselves down automatically after some period of inactivity. The problem ...
0
votes
0answers
72 views

external HDD encryption with limited user rights on computer

I want to buy a new external hard drive to have work project files handy on the go. Unfortunately the IT department has realised that security of external drives is an issue but they have not provided ...
0
votes
1answer
774 views

My Portable Hard Drive with USB3 didn't work when connected to My Laptop, but it working with USB2 properly

I have Western Digital My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive with USB3 and Model:WDBACY5000ABK-EESN. Until about two or three months ago when I connected that to My Laptop USB3 port, that worked ...
1
vote
1answer
114 views

Data Integrity with Desktop External HDD connected to daisy chained Dell Monitor USB hub

I have two Dell U2412M monitors, both of which have USB hubs built into them. I have one of those hubs connected to my MacBook Pro directly, and that hub has a webcam plugged into it. I want to ...
0
votes
3answers
5k views

Cannot copy anything onto WD Elements 1TB External USB HDD

I have a Western Digital 1023 Elements 1TB External USB HDD. Recently, it has started an unusual problem. I cannot copy any file of any size on to that 1TB hard-drive, eventhough it has more than 400 ...
0
votes
1answer
337 views

Are there any advantages to USB-SATA over USB-IDE?

I have an external USB hard disk that I use with VirtualBox (the VM has exclusive access to the disk). It's an IDE disk. I've recently come into possession of a SATA hard disk of the same size. Since ...
0
votes
2answers
419 views

My external disk made a clicking noise. What should I do?

I have a USB2+Firewire external disk that made a clicking noise, and Mac OS X immediately unmounted it and put up a dialog box saying that a peripheral is misbehaving. The disk made a clicking noise ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

How to stop Windows from needlessly requesting to format external hard drive?

I have Windows 7. My Freegate external hard drive runs via a Belkin 4-way USB hub shared with my Epson printer/copier. When printing, I am continually asked to format the drive. It contains 30 days ...
5
votes
6answers
3k views

Are USB hard drives really reliable enough to backup to?

I've been reading about backup solutions and have come across a number of people saying they use a USB external hard drive as part or all of their backup solution. Are USB hard drives really ...
2
votes
3answers
16k views

How to connect Western Digital “My passport” using other means?

I have a Western Digital My Passport 500Gb external Harddrive where the USB connection on the drive seems to have worn out. I am trying to retrieve the data for a friend. Here is an image of the ...
1
vote
1answer
10k views

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. ...
3
votes
3answers
9k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
188 views

USB 2 Hub for running USB External Drives

I am experiencing an odd problem with using 2 different USB 2.0 Hubs to run a Seagate FreeAgent USB harddrive on. I'm getting an 'unknown inpage error' (or similar). When i plug in directly to the ...
1
vote
2answers
6k views

“You need to format your disk in drive X” message on my external hard drive

I have an external hard drive which worked fine and it is my backup harddrive. There are also some files on it that I would really want to keep. It's a 400GB Freecom drive in FAT32. All of a sudden, ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
8k views

Best way to keep 2 external USB harddrives in synch

Any suggestions of software to keep 2 external USB drives in synch? I have two 2TB USB drives connected to a computer. One drive is storing around 1TB of data so far and I would like the second ...
3
votes
2answers
860 views

power management of USB-enclosed hard drives

With a typical USB hard drive enclosure, is the full range of drive power management functionality available? In what may be an unrelated matter: is it possible to suspend a PC without unmounting an ...
3
votes
2answers
454 views

Is it safe to plug out external usb harddisk when logoff?

I've tried to eject an external drive but it just won't be ejected. I know it is safe to pull out the external drive when the machine is shutdown but this is a fileserver and I can't shut it down just ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

Seagate Expansion Hard Drive (Portable) is not recognized By Windows!

My Seagate Expansion Hard Drive is not recognized by windows. When I connect it to the computer I do not see "Mass Storage Device" Under "Universal Serial Bus Controller". I already check the ...
5
votes
2answers
3k views

How to prevent spotlight from searching external hard drives

I have an external hard drive connected to my Macbook Pro that I always leave on. When I use spotlight to search for something, it always searches this drive. I don't want it to do this because ...
0
votes
1answer
607 views

NTFS (USB) drive recovery in Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Free NTFS partition recovery Have a USB drive. Doesn't show up in My Computer, but when I plugged it in Autoplay pops up and then hides after a couple minutes without me ...
17
votes
1answer
35k views

Why Do Some USB Cables Have Two USB Connectors at the End?

I've recently bought an external hard drive enclosure and it had arrived with an USB cable, with one USB connector on one side and two on the other. Why do some USB cables have two connectors while ...
1
vote
2answers
599 views

Laptop stopped recognizing USB hard drive

My Packard Bell EasyNote TX86 laptop stopped recognizing my 1 TB Toshiba Store Art hard drive. It worked fine until now, and it still works on other computers. Other USB devices (including storage) ...