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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Why folder appear as binary file on external hard drive?

I have an old external hard drive, some of the folders appear as "binary" work files and can't be opened (some other folders do not have problem). The HD: Filesystem type: msdos Concerned ...
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How to backup my Google Drive for Windows files onto an external backup drive

I'm on Windows 10, and trying to organise my file system and backups. I would like to have all of my "main" files (documents, etc.) on Google Drive, so I can access them across different ...
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Safely disconnect external HDD which is spinning while connected to turned off PC

I often have external HDD's connected to my laptop, and often I turn off the PC without disconnecting them. However, since the USB interfaces are powered even when the laptop is turned off, usually ...
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Recovering data and fixing RAW format on Seagate Backup Plus 4TB External Hard Drive

I need some help from you. I'm on Windows 10 with a 4TB Seagate Backup Plus External Hard Drive and it seems to be in RAW format. I say "it seems" because it is really hard to try to load/...
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How to make disk accept 2TB Seagate? [duplicate]

I have a 2TB external hard drive from Seagate that will not show up on Windows 10, but it will on Mac OS. I have followed the steps on Seagate's website, in particular populating the disk and noted ...
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How do I repair an external hard drive with a corrupted catalog?

I'm attempting to mount my nearly filled up 1TB Mac OS Extended External Hard Drive to my MacBook Air 13" which is running MacOS Catalina 10.15.7. When I do this, the media drive mounts onto the ...
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Can't access folder on external drive

I'm in a pickle. Yesterday, I was looking for a couple of old photos I had taken years ago. (I'm an armature photographer and over the years I've accumulated many terabytes of RAW images, edits and PS ...
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Can Windows 10 OS be used on a hard drive with a MacBook

My computer knowledge is casual/everyday person. I could not understand a lot of the similar questions in this site. So, I hope there is someone who could help me. In search of a way to play Windows ...
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Seagate 2TB external hard disk not detected in Ubuntu 16.04

I have a 2 TB Seagate external hard disk. In my ubuntu 16.04 it stopped detecting. I tried mounting this drive in another ubuntu 16.04 & Windows 7. In both machines, it is working. When I plug it ...
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Partition external HDD into exFAT and NTFS partitions

So I use a 1 TB external HDD formatted to exFAT for ps4 games. I have a 60 - 70 GB movie file that I want to watch on my TV (which supports NTFS only). Is there a way to add NTFS partition alongside ...
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External hard drive can't delete/write files on a specific PC

I can't delete/write files on/to my external hard drive on one of my PCs. I have two PCs with Windows 10 installed. On one I can write and delete files on my EHD, but on the other I can't. I have ...
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How to stress test a new portable hard drive before using it as a backup

I guess the title says it all. I'm getting a 2TB WD My Passport which I intend to use as a backup, but I've heard some stories of people copying all their materials to a new drive only to have it stop ...
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I am trying to format my pc but my bootable ext-hdd is not working.Why?

I am right now using Kali Linux on my laptop. My ext-HDD is set to 1st priority in BIOS and USB boot is enabled. I installed my Windows 10 ISO with "Universal USB Installer" but I can't ...
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Why some photos are not shown on my External hard drive?

I have a Seagate external hard drive and I have a problem with it. The device contains many photos, videos, music... and I have a folder of photos, this folder contains the different extension of ...
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Is this good used harddisk or not?

[![enter image description here][2]][2] Is this good used harddisk or not ? Thanks for help [2]: https://i.stack.imgur.com/HDZbV.jpg![enter image description here](https://i.stack.imgur.com/RlauR.jpg)
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WD 5TB HDD keeps mounting as readOnly

I have a WesternDigital external(usb3) 5TB hdd that keeps mounting as readonly every time I reconnect it. The drive was formatted ExFat with diskUtil and is only a few months old. I've run sudo ...
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External HDD Plugged into SATA shows uninitialized

I checked my Seagate external drive, or tried to, but it just wouldn't open up in Windows Explorer. (It had been plugged into the PC's USB for months, but I had not bothered to access it in this ...
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How can I restore files of old HDD?

I have an old HDD which I've not used in the last 5 years (Seagate Barracuda 2TB). As far as I remember, this disk was the main one for PC, so I'd bet Windows is installed. In order to restore old ...
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Can USB 3.0 device without its own power be plugged in to USB 2.0 port without blowing it out? [duplicate]

I have a computer with three USB 2.0 ports, but only one of them works correctly (the other two disconnect on their own after a seemingly random interval; it's a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad running ...
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Can I link folders from an external drive to show up on my c drive?

I am running Windows 10 and my c: drive is almost full. I have a d: drive but the partitions are not adjacent, so apparently I cannot reallocate that drive to my c: drive. I have managed to link ...
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is it ok to leave external ssd drive plugged in?

I Usually prefer to keep my USB flash drive plugged in all the time and got no problem with it. But this time I am planning to get a new portable ssd for bigger capacity. This is what it looks like as ...
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Ubuntu in external HDD not recognized as boot option when plugged in USB 3.0 port

I found this similar question yet unsolved. I've installed Kubuntu 20.04 on an external HDD, with Grub boot menu, configured for EFI (I'm not sure about this one). The exHDD is a USB3.0 HDD case/box. ...
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Clone Internal PlayStation 4 Drive

A little backstory; my brother upgraded the internal drive of his PS4 to a 2TB Seagate SSHD and the drive ended up dying. He somehow managed to disable automatic cloud backups for his game save data (...
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Windows 10 backup stuck at 97%

I was backing up my ssd to an external usb hard drive, and it was almost over being done. It says Creating a system image of windows (C:) but its stuck there for an hour. The green bar thingy is also ...
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How do I make an external hard drive bootable same as a USB flash drive?

When I try and run Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator or Rufus it installs all the ISO and related stuff but when I go to boot option it dosen”t show at all. I have tried setting the boot to legacy, hybrid ...
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Turing a Seagate HDD on/off after 1 min [duplicate]

I know there is a lot of discussion regarding whether a hard drive should be kept running at all times or turn off after a certain time I purchased a Seagate HDD (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07CRG7BBH/...
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Some questions about my 4TB external drive

I plugged in my 4TB external HDD (Which I have stored for quite a while now) today and Windows detected it instantly without any problems... Then I launched Seatools to check the drive health and it ...
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How to scan a external hard disk with RAW file system for viruses

I have a 1TB external hard disk (HD) that I lent to my friend to give me some folders. It worked normally for him. When I got it back, I plugged it in my laptop and the laptop wouldn't read it. I ...
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How can I recover files from a Western Digital (WD) My Passport external hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a Western Digital (WD) My Passport WDBYNN0010B external hard drive and I accidentally deleted some important media files (mostly wmv format). I have tried many recovery programs e.g. Recuva, ...
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Seemingly random ISO files won't copy to USB HDD

I have had a handful of iso files from different sources; different vendors, custom bootdisks, with entirely different contents, and of varying sizes that simply won't copy to my external HDD. I have ...
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External Hard Drive & Internet cafe

Today I went to the Internet cafe and copied some free PC Games to my external hard drive "Seagate expansion 2TB", after getting back home I found nothing I copied from the cafe in my ...
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Restore files USB memory WD turned into windows upgrade

I've created a windows upgrade from my WD external data disk and it has taken over all of the visible files. The WD wasn't empty and had files before I turned it into a windows upgrade. If I check ...
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Can I write into an NTFS system from Linux? [duplicate]

I have two hard drives, one have Arch Linux and the other one Windows 10, I know I can't write from W10 to linux (although there are applications for that but is not recommended). But what about ...
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Does Thunderbolt 3 speed up access to non-Thunderbolt drives?

I am about to buy a new laptop and am considering one with a Thunderbolt 3 port - if it would speed up my backups to external drive. Obviously, if the external drive is al TB 3, that would be optimal. ...
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boot laptop from cloned hard drive attached to USB

I made a backup of a laptop hard drive (Lenovo ThinkPad E590) using AOMEIBackupper. I've done this many times before, and I know that if I replace the laptop's internal drive with my clone, it will ...
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If an external hard drive spins down, is it safe to power it off or disconnect it?

Sorry if this question as been asked before, but I could not find any that specifically answers this. I have a USB dock with 2 3.5" hard drives to save things I don't need regularly. It often ...
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No Space on Internal Hardrive C: want to run computer through external hardrive :D

Okay so I have the newest Macbook Pro, and I made a windows partition a minute ago with I forgot how much storage but definitely not enough. Every time I want to download something it says C:/User/J1/....
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Inconsistent read write speed with external hard disk

I have a python script that takes a large file, reads it row by row, processes each line and finally dumps the processed line in a new file. I print the time taken for the operation after every 500 ...
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Why do some SATA to USB adapters list a maximum supported drive size?

Many SATA to USB adapters list a maximum supported size such as 4TB, 10TB, etc. Why? For example, this adapter lists a 4TB max whereas this other popular adapter lists 12TB as the max supported. Here ...
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Why can hard drive recovery software see files on an external hard drive when my Mac can't connect?

I have a 7-8 year old Lacie HDD that was working great up until last week when it stopped mounting to my Mac. I searched on a bunch of forums and read various things and learned basically nothing ...
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Preserve Date Created when Exporting Photos from iPad to External Drive

Desired behavior I want to be able to view photos through an external solid state drive with their Date shown as when the photo was taken. Current behavior I select a photo in Photos, click Save to ...
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UGREEN M2 SSD External Hard Drive Keeps Connecting and Disconnecting

I'm facing one of the biggest problems in my life, I have UGREEN USB M2 External Hard Drive. It had no media for the first time but when I upload the framework 'Asmedia ASMT-2105 Firmware (ASM1051, ...
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Boot vhd that is located on external drive

I followed this article https://www.hanselman.com/blog/less-virtual-more-machine-windows-7-and-the-magic-of-boot-to-vhd, but got error 0xc000000e. External drive is connected through usb 3.0.
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New CMOS battery - Windows boot not possible - specific external hard drive

My CMOS battery has run out in my MSI H81M-E34 today and I replaced the old 3V CR 2032 battery with a new 3V CR 2016. I always had several external hard drives connected with usb 3.0 cables at my usb ...
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External hard drive only opened by one computer [duplicate]

Can I make it so my external hard drive will only open on my devices. Maybe an app that will restrict access?
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SATA to USB adapter disconnects, reconnects, disconnects, reconnects, etc. when plugged in… how do I fix it?

I've got a Weme SATA/PATA to USB adapter and it works fine on every computer (tried 3 or 4) except my laptop. On my laptop it just connects, disconnects (USB bing-bong, bing-bong) ad infinitum. I ...
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External HDD freezes computer and does not show up in Disk Management

I have a Seagate 1TB external hard drive. I was doing a full reformat of the drive the other day and unfortunately, my pc crashed while it was at 94%. After a reboot, my pc was completely stuck and ...
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Can I directly access data on a harddrive removed from failed Drobo device?

I have a Drobo network storage device that's 5+ years old. The device might be fully functional but lately I have not been able to connect to it from my Win10 machine: Drobo Dashboard is not seeing ...
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External 3.5'' hdd connected to desktop. Can the external hdd get damaged if the desktop power is suddenly off?

To explain better the question: If the power supply of a external hdd remains on, while the desktop is suddenly shutdown (not safely, but by lack of power) can the external hdd be damaged/bad sectors/...
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BIOS password remove as USB drive

My laptop is broken. But I need to get the data persisted in the hard drive of the laptop. So I bought a hard drive enclosure and connect as usb drive to the my new laptop. But the drive is not ...

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