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Comparing a 7200 RPM 3.5” form factor drive to a 5400 RPM 2.5” form factor drive is like comparing apples to oranges. While a smaller drive might have a smaller RPM, the density of the 2.5” drive’s platters is more than the 3.5” drive. Also, the RPM speed refers to the outer most rim of the disk. Not the core. Meaning most of the time you are using a 3.5” ...


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You should not delete anything from the disk or modify it in any way, because such an action could void any chance of recovering the data. You should also not have reinstalled Lockmydrive, because that probably lost the information about the hidden files. You should rather have installed Lockmydrive on another computer and returned the deleted .exe. There ...


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Just do this: Get a little passive USB hub. Plug both the drives into the Hub. Put a piece of packing foam on either side of the hub and sandwich it between the drives. Wrap it with duct tape and you have one unit with one cable to connect to your computer.


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I assume that your external drive is connected via USB, eSATA, Firewire or similar. In any of these cases, the drive will appear to the host computer as a block device, and the host will ‘talk’ to the hard disk as if it were an internal hard drive. That’s the whole point of having the ‘USB mass storage’ device class. This also means that data have to be ...


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I believe you are oversimplifying how a hard drive functions and trying to apply a higher level of logic to solve a theoretical dilemma. Hard drives are incredibly complex, and for decades the bits on a platter relationship to the bits you read and write was demolished. All modern drives do lots of work behind the scenes and deliver to you a virtual memory ...


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Which external drive shall I use (it will be directly connected to the server) for backup? The one that meets your storage needs and budget. How long it will take to copy data from server to external drive (there are around 100 files of total size 700GB)? This depends on the device you purchase. A USB 2.0 external drive would take longer than ...


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Just because the drive has better statistics does not mean it is faster. There are many things to consider. The biggest issue I see is that they are both hooked up to USB 2.0, thus making a lot of the speed advantages of the 7200rpm drive irrelevant. If the drive was hooked up internally to a SATA III bus then you would see a difference. Per wikipedia: ...


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It turns out I could read the disk in an old computer from 2006 with an ASUS P5N-E motherboard and running Windows XP. I connected it internally and it was recognized by the BIOS and Windows. I also set the BIOS to use the slowest/oldest way of communicating with the disk.


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I want to connect 5 external hardisks to single USB port. That is possible, but you will need an USB hub and the speed will be limited because all data has to pass though a single USB connector when going to the computer. Expect about 20-35 MB/sec if you use USB2 and half that when you copy from one of those five disks to another of those five. I ...


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There are a number of things to consider and maybe test bearing in mind your setup and use case. Suggested SWAP partition locations If the USB HDD is not a good idea where should I put some swap? Short answer, yes you can create a swap partition on the USB3 HDD, but the 2x750GB HDD is possibly the safest place to put the swap. However, you could ...


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We used to fix these drives by pulling them from the machine and mounting them in an external case. It gave us the ability to listen to the drive and hear what's happening with it. Pull the drive and put it into a USB enclosure and mount the new drive with OS in the case as primary. If the drive is making a steady clicking noise then it maybe shot. Some ...


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I've seen a few 4Kn SATA drives working in the hard drive validation industry, but I wasn't aware they were shipping any to customers, due to the limited hardware and software support for them and lack of customer demand. There are two competing mappings for physical vs. logical sector sizes. The Long Logical Sector feature allows a device to have logical ...


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Hard disk malfunction is very difficult to pinpoint. There are a number of possibilities as to what the actual fault is, but common causes for the "click of death" - as your video demonstrates - include: Controller board failure - the PCB on the outside of the hard disk (attached to the disk) contains chips and firmware that provide the instructions to ...


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This can't be done if you give the HDD away. Physical access to the device implies write access.


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Yes and no. It really depends on what you are compressing and what is the method of compression. 80GB of data might be worth compressing IF it was to remain in that compressed state. If you are looking to have quick access to that data then no, compression would only hinder that capability. Really compression is not so much software as it is hardware since ...


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This depends totally on the type of data you are backing up and the device you are backing up too. I have a large quantity of highly compressible data which I back up to a USB 2 drive on a regular basis. Compressing the data greatly speeds up the transfer because USB 2 is substantially slower then the the time it takes to compress the data, and the ...


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"Files on my dropbox account that correspond to the content of my external hard drive?" Exactly. If you have a sync setup between the DropBox servers and an external drive, and you pull the external drive, it may think the files have been purposefully removed, and will sync as such -- deleting the copies from the Dropbox servers.


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The files synced will be monitored using automatic directory monitoring in windows where the file modification or removal will be updated to dropbox instance where it will sync the status to the server. If these files are not available then it will be taken as deleted. In your case normally the status of the files availability will be checked based on the ...


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From a practical point of view, no, this disk can't be recovered. It sounds like you have a problem with the drive heads, however even if it was just the PCB, the chances are that the cost of a new PCB is more then the cost of the drive. Even if you do recover it, would you trust your data to it. (Its akin to purchasing a very expensive car which you ...


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There are a few option to you short from using a professional drive recovery service. If you have an exact and identical hard drive, you could try swapping out the PCB. Sometimes as long as it's the same model line but a different capacity, it will still work. Seal the hard drive in a plastic bag with little to no air inside and then place it in the ...


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I've had problems like this for 2 times on both Internal and External Hard Drives. if you Really want to get your data back safe and sound like i did, here is what you should do: Stop writing to the Drive or using free recovery software, even if they recover some files, the file names will all be scrambled. Use Recover My Files program. it's free to search ...


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SATA cables are restricted to 1 meter. eSATA cables are restricted to 2 meters. Most people would just buy three eSATA enclosures, but if you want to construct your own triple drive acrylic enclosure, you could.


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You say this: I’ve poked around enough to know that basically there’s two logical parts to these things, the controller hardware and then the actual storage itself. Is it possible to separate the storage and connect it to another controller or some other type of hardware that can read it? In general, all external drives are basically internal ...



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