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External Drive No Longer Recognized When Switching (via KVM)

Short version: One of the things I LOVED about using an external drive with a KVM Switch, as that everything paired with or connected to the KVM could see and use the external drive. It was (is) ...
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setting up external 1TB SSD [closed]

I plan to use a brand new Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB SSD as an external drive. It will serve two purposes: backup and transfer of data between a laptop running Windows 10 and a laptop running Windows 8.1. ...
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What partition types should I use for my external HDD? Will the choice affect the performance?

Background I have a 2TB external HDD with two partition = 1.6 TB for files+ 300GB for system image(made after ransomware attack). The 300GB partition is NTFS format with partition type primary. The ...
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What is the best way to use an external drive with a double USB plug on a laptop with only USB-C ports?

I have an external optical drive that has a double USB connector, presumably to supply more power to the drive. I have a 2019 16" Macbook Pro with only USB-C plugs. Is there any risk of harming the ...
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Arch Linux: Extending / using an additional HDD

My root partition for Arch Linux is running out of space (2.4GB), which isn't enough space for a project I'm going to start, the only option I have is my Micro SD but i cant switch my installation to ...
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USB File Explorer stops recognizing discs in external Blu-Ray drive after hibernation

This is my first question on this website. I hope it's the right place to ask this type of question here. I have a problem with an external USB 3.0 Blu-Ray drive (ASUS BW-16D1H-U PRO). If I hibernate ...
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Boot Camp limiting to 50% RAM

I have a 2018 MacBook pro 13" with Core i5, 16GB RAM, and I'm running Boot Camp on it. I have my Windows 10 home installed on an external Samsung 1TB t5 SSD, which is a Thunderbolt 3 capable drive. I ...
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Using iCloud Local Drive for Installation

Is there a way that you can use the iCloud space on the hard drive for an installation? I am installing programming which is asking me for space it only needs temporarily. Ia there a way I can use ...
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Is it possible to tweak a hard disk drive’s firmware? A hard drive from a satellite decoder cannot be mounted on a PC

Is it possible to install/replace a hard disk drive’s firmware with a customized firmware that makes the hard disk drive be read by certain devices only? I have a hard drive that reads on a satellite ...
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When installing Linux Mint, what are the realistic considerations for choosing automated installation vs. manual selections?

I'm a non-technical computer user who uses applications in Windows 7 to get my work done; I don't dabble with the operating system. With support ending for Windows 7, I'm looking at transitioning to ...
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Is it possible to put a full installation of Windows 10 on a USB flash drive?

I have a laptop in which the internal drive bay has been destroyed, but the rest of the laptop works fine. I was wondering if it's possible to do a full installation of Windows 10 on a USB flash drive....
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What is the fastest way to copy cds

I have hundreds of legacy cds containing customer account statements. They are currently the backup copies but one year from now they will be the only copy as we are losing the system we use to access ...
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Why does Windows store temporary files outside the TEMP folder? How to avoid that?

I have seen quite often that Windows (7 and above, maybe even since XP) creates folders with names like 4efc85e3bb644236da736f0e22bfd0 for storing files while an installation is running. Usually it ...
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BSOD after successful Win10 install to external SSD on Mac OS cause: WppRecorder.sys

I don't know how to fix a BSOD I get booting for the first time into a newly installed Win 10 on my MacBook Air. I did a VirtualBox install to an external SSD (Samsung T5), actually installing it ...
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How to migrate a laptop Windows 10 boot partition to an external USB drive

Is it possible to clone (migrate) a laptop Windows 10 boot partition (no way to diconnect the drive) to an external USB drive and then boot Windows from the external drive? I've looked over the ...
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Can I use a macOS installation on an external drive with different hardware

If I install macOS Mojave to an external USB drive using computer A, can I then use that drive and macOS installation on a computer B with different hardware? And then back on computer A? Even if ...
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SSD Drive USB Power Issues (ADATA SU800)

So I recently bought a brand new SSD Drive, ADATA SU800 1TB, and two USB enclosures to go with it. However, my laptop (surface pro 3) couldn't detect it in disk manager or diskpart, so I couldn't ...
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How long should a 4 TB USB drive last?

I have had 2 4TB USB Seagate drives go bad. How long should they last and how can I make them last longer? They only lasted a year.
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is it possible to know when an hdd was manufactured using either smart features or not?

I got the following information from smart - /home/shirish> sudo smartctl -i /dev/sdb | grep Model [95%] ...
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Backing Up Symlinks

I may have dug myself a deep hole ... I am running Windows 8.1. I can ask for temporary administrator privileges, but some requests get denied for policy reasons. Media in question is on a single ...
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Windows 7 shows (barely) HDD but Debian 8 does not

I have a 2.5" 320gb Seagate hdd that was given to me because it's "broken". I need this drive to work muchly. In Windows 7, connected via external "pluggable" brand HDD dock, the drive shows up as ...
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windows VM extreamly slow when running from external USB3.0 SSD compared to a Linux VM and a USB3.0 HDD

Long Info: I'm trying to run a windows virtualbox vmdk from a USB 3.0 external SSD. The system I use is Arch Linux which is also installed on this external SSD. The VM runs fine if I load it from the ...
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Can Samsung T3 SSD run under Linux?

1- It's foramtted as exFAT and needs to be activated by Windows first prior to use. As frustrating as this may be, I'm willing to deal with it if it will work fully under Linux afterwards. So is it ...
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Change drive letter of disconnected (reserved) device?

First off, I've done this before so I know it is possible. The problem is I just can't recall HOW I did it before. Basically, I reinstalled Windows 10. Before doing so, it was working well and it was ...
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The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR3: which disk corresponds in Computer Management?

In Windows 10 64-bit, I went to Event Viewer saw this error: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR3 I looked in Computer Management > Disk Management, but not sure which ...
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Installing Windows 10 on External Drive

This question has been asked a few times and all had good replies that I have followed and it seems I am SO close to getting this done... But the Windows 10 ISO I have downloaded from Microsoft does ...
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Make Windows see SSD as an external drive?

So whenever I plug my Samsung 850 EVO into any computer with a SATA to USB 3.0 adapter, the PC recognizes it as an internal drive. This makes it impossible to just right click it and "Eject" when ...
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Play a game from external cd-drive

Since the internal cd-drive of my computer is broken, I purchased an external one. I was able to install a game with this external drive, but when I want to start the game with the exact same drive, ...
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I can't copy “Appdata” to a external disc

So I'm doing a backup, manually. I copied some folders in wich there is all my files (I only save things inside them). Now I want to save application data. So in case I lost the programs, I can ...
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What do Samsungs “GN/RSBD”, “CN/RSBS”, “CN/RSSS” for external devices mean?

I am currently looking for external dvd devices and found three from Samsung which look almost identical: Samsung SE-218CN/RSSS Samsung SE-218CN/RSBS Samsung SE-218GN/RSBD I guess the second last ...
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Securing USB or external HDD mounts with a password (open-source solutions)

I would like to have a password required each time I mount a USB drive or memory stick onto a Windows Vista or 7 computer. It seems to me like I would need an encrypting filesystem: move everything ...
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Windows 7 Pro x64, Intel eXensible 3.0 Driver and not working USBs (almost)

After installing Intel eXtensible Host Controller Driver (http://www.dell.com/support/home/uk/en/ukbsdt1/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=KG9P5). USB ports (both 2.0 and 3.0) stopped working for USB ...
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How to ensure an external DVD drive will receive sufficient power from a USB port - before purchase [closed]

There are various external USB drives, some require external power supplies, some have optional external power supplies, some have 2 USB plugs, 1 for power and 1 for power + data. If I have a device ...
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Which external drive is better for server data backup? [closed]

I need to backup my server from data center having around 700GB of data. Which external drive shall I use (it will be directly connected to the server) for backup? How long it will take to copy data ...
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Restoring old documents found by search engine Everything from $recycle.bin of hard drive D of another PC

I'm trying to recover some old files whose status I do not quite understand. Back in ~2006, I accidently deleted some essential Word documents from my then D:\ -hard drive (Windows ME). Some years ...
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External HDD is not working on Mac notebook

I have this extenal HDD drive that connects to computer via cable with blue USB port (USB 3.0). It's working perfectly fine with my new ASUS laptop, but it's not working with an old MacBook (OS X 10....
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Moving downloaded OneDrive file off Mac external drive

I've managed to download a 4.86gb file off OneDrive Cloud to a Mac. Now it won't allow me to move/copy it to an external drive. If I try any Mac file it doesn't like it either. But if I copy a file ...
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Moving/copying files off onedrive to external drive XP

Moving/copying files off onedrive to external drive XP It only gives me options to move to folders within onedrive. Not to external destinations I don't have win 8 Please help. I have 1200 photos I ...
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Virus on DVD-writer

A fried of mine has a notebook without a DVD writer and wants to borrow my external DVD/CD writer. Is it possible that the DVD writer gets a virus or malware etc. if my fried is using it and his ...
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DVD Drive USB Full Eject

I don't know if this is the place to ask this question. I am trying to look for a usb dvd drive that has a full eject tray. I want the tray to eject all the way out the same way that my tower does. ...
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Windows 8 to go USB 3 vs USB 2

I have windows 8 installed to an external drive. The drive came with my laptop and is the one I exchanged with a SSD. At present it runs over USB 2.0 and is slow. Will buying a new USB 3.0 enclosure ...
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Can I use a DLNA BluRay player as an external BD drive for my Windows 7 laptop?

I have a DLNA enabled Samsung BluRay player. It is connected to my home network and I am able to stream media from my Win 7 computer to the TV via the player. However, I'd like to use this player as ...
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Can a container be created directly on an USB storage device?

I have USB storage device and I want to create a realcrypt container directly in the device. I don't want to have to create it in the system first and then transfer the container to my USB device. I ...
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How to access files stored on tape drive?

Helping a friend with accessing an old backup file (circa 2000) of some ProTools sessions provided by a recording studio on DAT-style data tapes. He has the tapes, and a Seagate STD 124000N SCSI tape ...
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WODIM not working with external DVD writer anymore

I'm certain this used to work (some months ago), but I can not get WODIM to burn a DVD from an ISO image. I know that my DVD drive is working, and that the device assigned to it is /dev/sr0 (I know ...
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Can I play Blu-ray movies from an external drive?

I have a media center behind my TV and a DVD drive in an external enclosure (connected via USB) where I can reach it. I'd like to put a Blu-ray drive in there instead, but I'm concerned that it won't ...
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Can storing my HDDs airtight damage them in anyway?

I have lost many electronics that I keep unused for a long time before due to the near sea (high humidity area) area that I live in. I learned this the hard way, so in order to protect hard drives ...
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USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, how can you tell the difference?

I know the speeds would obviously be a key factor, but is there any spot on way to tell if a device is USB 2.0 or 3.0 such as a USB flash drive?
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Fresh install of Windows 8 on Zenbook Prime with UEFI [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If USB is not listed in BIOS as a boot option, does that mean the machine can’t boot from USB? Asus UEFI/BIOS options - How to boot from DVD? I have purchased a new Asus ...
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Awesome WM will not show any external devices (Arch)

Things went fine with the Arch installation. I installed nautilus once I got into the GUI, but when I plugged in my external USB, it would not show up anywhere. I come from Ubuntu where there is a /...