Questions tagged [external-hard-drive]

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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Lost access to external SSD on Windows 11

I have an internal M2 SSD where Windows is preinstalled, Ubuntu 20.04 on a 1TB external SSD and then my files in a 500GB external SSD (both connected via USB 3.0 hub). The 500GB files SSD is in NTFS ...
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How to change the backup location of multiple iOS devices using symlink? [migrated]

This article outline the steps to take in order to move your iPhone or iPad backups to an external hard drive... https://www.imore.com/how-move-your-iphone-or-ipad-backups-external-hard-drive What I'm ...
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In Terminal, I can't remove Trashed Finder items deleted from other mounted volumes

The scenario is as follows. I run macOS A (APFS) which is an active partition. The macOS B&C (HFS+) are on mounted bootable volumes and visible while I'm working in macOS A. I can delete Finder ...
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Convert MBR 3TB External HDD to SATA Internal without backing up on a 2nd drive

Hello I've been researching this for a bit and haven't found anything substantial: So I have a WD 3TB External HDD, I'm trying to convert it to a SATA drive without losing the data. Here's some ...
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External Hard disk not showing in disk mangement but show in device manager

Yesterday when I was copying over over 130gb data from my internal hdd to external hdd using my laptop, the copying stopped at 20% says that the external hdd is not found. Then I tried unplugging it ...
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Backing up from Dropbox (online) straight to external drive

I have all my work saved on my Dropbox account, and generally only have around 20% of that stored locally at any one time. I'd like to buy a large external drive and back everything up onto that for ...
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WD Elements external drive makes weird sounds even in IDLE

I've got a WD Element 2TB which makes weird noises even when it's in IDLE. And sometimes when it's not even mounted. Here is a sample audio I remember it making these sounds the first time I plugged ...
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External harddrive not recognized when plugging in directly, but recognized when plugging in via an USB C hub

I have an external harddrive (an old model of Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive that requires external power source), and it used to work fine for a few years. Recently, I tried to plugged the drive ...
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How to cleanly convert hardrive with existing windows installation to external harddrive for storage?

I recently replaced my laptop with one that has an absurdly tiny hard drive. However, I still have my old laptop, which is no longer functional but does have a functional HD. Thus I decided to ...
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Installing PCIe SSD on an enclosure for NVME Thunderbolt 3

I have OWC Aura X2 PCIe 1TB SSD, and I’m trying to purchase a right enclosure. I see most enclosures are for either NVME and SATA. I read some articles that PCIe and NVME share the same lanes, but ...
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Questions about external SSD software RAID?

I currently have two 2.5" 4TB SSDs. My plan is to get an external Thunderbolt enclosure with a minimum of 4 bays and no hardware RAID (e.g. OWC Thunderbay Mini), and buy two more 4TB SSDs to make ...
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Every time that my WD external drive spins-down, Unsafe_shutdown_count increases

I've got a brand new WD D10 for about 20 days now, and I'm using it with my Linux machine. To turn it off, I first umount the drive, then I use udisksctl power-off /dev/xxx to safely remove the device....
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External hard disk is showing more space than it should

I have a Seagate external hard disk. Out of sudden it is not detected on all the laptops. I tried to use disk management, it came up as unknown and not initialized. I tried to initialize it to GPT but ...
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Toolkit is not fiving the password prompt for One plus Seagate password protected external drive

I have a laptop and I used to manually copy files to an external disk via copy-paste. That disk is password protected and the seagate toolkit would ask for a password. This suddenly no longer works. I ...
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Is this drive with no indication of failure in S.M.A.R.T is dying?

Here is the S.M.A.R.T report for my external drive: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE 1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x002f 196 196 ...
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Windows 10 File Explorer Transfer Speed issue

I move a lot of files from one place to another and with a specific combo of 2 of my storage devices I noticed a strange behavior: When moving Data from one SSD to another SSD Transfer speeds are ...
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Are these sounds normal for a brand new hard drive?

I've just got a brand new WD D10 external hard drive, and it makes lots of sounds that I'm not sure if they are normal for a brand new hard drive to make or not. It clicks every 5 seconds which after ...
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Marked and then unmarked an external hard drive partition as active- will this affect my pc bootup?

I accidentally marked my external hard drive partition as active and then immediately unmarked it. So far my PC seems fine, but I'm not sure it'll boot up from my system partition as I can't find it ...
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New external drive already slow to mount and to read/write

I just bought a 5TB Seagate STJL5000400 external USB hard drive. It takes at least 20 seconds to mount before being available to browse folders in the file manager and writing / reading is so slow. I ...
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Dropbox writing to external drive very slowly

I have an external HDD which I wanted to utilize as Dropbox backup. It's connected to a secondary idle PC via USB. I've installed Dropbox and set its location at the external drive hoping it would ...
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Powering up my external hard drive enclosure makes Windows 10 display alerts for every available drive letter, asking me to format them. Why?

I have a 4TB USB HD in an enclosure. When I hit Power, Windows does these things: Makes a list of all available drive letters. I only have C, D, E, and this one which is mounted as B. Asks what I want ...
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My harddrive is being weird

2 Months ago, i bought a WD Elements 2621 Hard Drive. I encrypted it using Truecrypt 7.1a and it worked perfectly for 1 month, 3 Weeks and 5 days. In the past 2 days, ive expierenced the drive getting ...
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USB device showing 'Insert a disk' message [duplicate]

Here is the story. I got this usb today and I did format it with default settings (only changed its name). Then I copied some files into my usb. Without ejecting it (I think), I disconnected the usb. ...
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Any way to bypass/restore HDD sector count [duplicate]

I have a WDBU6Y0020BBK external hard disk which recently died for no apparent reason. It was making no strange noises, had no reported SMART issues last time I checked, and wasn't even that old. ...
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How to open Photos-library on another mac, which is stored on same external HDD as all media files, referenced in the Photo-library?

How to make it so that I can open the Photos library on another mac while keeping the Photo-library filepackage stored on an external HDD, the HDD that also contains all photo and video files that are ...
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Windows 10 install on USB disk

I have created system backup of Windows 10 installation using Aomei Backupper and restored it external USB drive, however i cannot boot from external drive, how can i fix it? Perhaps problem is that ...
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Windows 7 : How to remove option to "Save Windows on external hard drive" upon plugging the drive

Small question for an annoying issue :) I have an external 3TB hard drive I use for storage (Western Digital). I use it with an older PC, Asus, on Windows 7. When plugging the drive, there's a small ...
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Is it possible to download macOS updates to external hard drive?

My work MacBook Air (2017 MacBook Air with 120gb hard drive) has a pathetically small internal hard drive, to the point where I have to uninstall Xcode and everything else before I can update macOS. I ...
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Is it bad keeping an external hard drive on my desk – given vibrations from typing on keyboard?

I keep an external hard disk on my desk, which is usually turned off, but I will plug it in occasionally to do backups of my computer. A friend told me that it's a bad idea to be typing on the ...
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Clone Raid 0 hardware array to bigger external disks?

I have a laptop I bought used, has dual Samsung 500gb m.2 SSDs in and Intel RST RAID 0 array. I'm running out of space on it and can't add additional drives. I was wondering if there's a way to clone ...
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CrystalDiskInfo Caution Error

I have checked my external HDD using Crystaldiskinfo.After I copied some files to the HDD Reallocated sectors count increased to 3360 from 3352 in Raw Values sector.What does this means? Should I buy ...
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USB disk always mounted as offline. Anything that I can do about this?

My 2 TB 2.5" USB 3.0 external disk is never found by my TV. When I plug it to my Windows 10 Pro, it is mounted properly (Disk Management can see it), but "offline" (i.e. without any ...
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Disk Management sees external USB enclosure, but not the SSD inside

I have a 1 Tb M.2 2280 SSD which I have placed in a NVME-to-SATA adaptor, which in turn I have put in an external SATA to USB enclosure. With that configuration I can access the disk without problems. ...
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What is happening in my external HD with the activity light still blinking after having been unmounted?

I have an external HD (WD 2TB My Passport Ultra) that I use with my Mac for Time Machine backup. Everything is working fine. An oddity though: When I eject the drive, the Mac has no complaints, but ...
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When external HDD READ speed only varies dramatically with 100% active time, is this a logical or physical issue?

I have a WD Elements 8TB External Hard Drive that I purchased six months ago. During the past few weeks, it has been experiencing difficulties with its read/write speed, so I decided to investigate. (...
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D:\ Drive Missing after Windows 11 upgrade

I have recently upgraded to Windows 11 from Windows 10, on a 'HP Pavilion 590-p0063na' Desktop. Since doing this, I have been unable to locate the 'D:' Drive. This absent drive, is also preventing ...
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Volume information for this disk can not be found for external hard drive

I have Seagate external hard disk and a Windows 10 PC. The external hard disk uses to work well. And the disk contains data and is almost full. But today when I plug in the external hard disk the ...
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External hard drive slow after copying a few GB on first partition

I have a new 4 TB hard drive (Toshiba Canvio Basics). When I first tested it, it worked fine for copying approximately 2 GB of data at a reasonable speed (100-200 MB/s) via USB3. However, after about ...
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Rename USB device description on VL716 based enclosure

I bought a 2.5" SATA to USB enclosure which uses the VL716 chip. The manufacturer didn't change the manufacturer string which means it always shows as 'VLI product string' in the Eject Media ...
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USB HUB on Synology NAS gets disconnected when moving files from one drive to another

I have purchased a USB hub (Atolla - USB 3.0 Hub with 4 ports) to connect several 3.5 in external drives to a Synology NAS (Synology DiskStation DS118 single bay NAS), all of them have their own ...
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How to use an USB to IDE adapter to connect old hard drives to laptop through USB port?

I bought an USB / SATA / IDE combined adapter. The adapter can connect SATA and IDE hard drives through USB. Connecting SATA hard drives is not a problem. I have no clue how to place the jumper ...
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Backing up System Image of Primary Drive to External HDD and Files on Secondary Hard Drive to Same External HDD?

I have a weird use case: I have two drives in my PC: C drive (1TB nvme ssd) and D drive (different 1 TB nvme ssd). C drive has windows, d drive has personal files. I want to create a complete image of ...
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Eject and re-recognize drives connected to a USB hub on a Synology NAS

I recently purchased a multi-port usb hub so that I can connect multiple external hard drives to my Synology nas. When I don't need to use them, I eject them safely from the web interface and then ...
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How to avoid USB3.0 interference with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi devices?

I have a Raspberry Pi 4 with an external HDD connected (to be precise it is an internal HDD connected with Maiwo K10435) via USB3.0. This setup is placed near my dual-band Wi-Fi router as RPI is ...
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Seagate enclosure HDD showing wrong partition when directly connected to PC with USB to SATA cable

I had one of these "Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0" Maybe it was 3TB version(HDD is showing ST4000DM) and the enclosure connector got broken and I disassembled ...
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Macos with external ntfs (default read-only). Python os.walk will not recurse through subdirs on ntfs

With Macbook 2021 (arm64). uname -a Darwin MacBook.local 21.1.0 Darwin Kernel Version 21.1.0: Wed Oct 13 17:33:01 PDT 2021; root:xnu-8019.41.5~1/RELEASE_ARM64_T6000 arm64 External drive, SSD2TB, is ...
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Detect in Linux Bash if USB drive is unmounted and mount it automatically

My USB drive is plugged in to a server with Ubuntu system and constantly unmounts itself for no known reason. I want to write a script in Bash which will be run frequently by cron. My question is how ...
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External hard disk Seagate of 4 TB does not appear on Windows Explorer

I bought an external Hard Disk of 4 TB of the brand Seagate, it looks like the following picture: I bought it like one year ago, and one day when I was copying one video file of approximately 1 Gb, ...
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Recovering data from harddrive with defective MBR

a friend of mine currently has a problem with his external Harddrive. Unfortunately it's the only drive he's got a lot of old family photos on, so it's quite important for him. Behavior and my steps ...
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How did the WD Passport Studio external hard drive Firewire Y cable actually work?

There was a weird power design in the Western Digital "My Passport Studio" MS series external hard drives (320GB - 500GB sizes, produced in 2008) that supported the Firewire 400 interface ...
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