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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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Is it possible to format a 16 TB external hard drive in the file system FAT32?

I've been trying to format a 16TB external hard drive in the file system FAT32 so that it would work on a PS3 and I quickly realised that windows won't allow me to format the drive completely. I ...
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Task Scheduler running a Program incorrectly

I have created a python exe that copies data from a NAS to a external HDD. This is on a Windows sever 2012 and the NAS and External is accessible to use. Also using the user account with full admin ...
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External HDD shows full capacity in Windows, but not in Linux

I bought a new 8TB 3.5" HDD and put it in an old USB 2.0 enclosure I had for a 1TB drive. When I went to setup the device in Windows it was only showing as 1.3TB in the Disk Management tool. I ...
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Can vibrations from stacking 2 External HDDs cause damage?

Can vibration from 2 stacked external HDDs cause damage? I have a stick-on HDD sleeve on my laptop with 2 pockets that's able to hold 2 HDDs at once. Would it cause any damage to have 2 HDDs, plugged ...
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Need USB-C splitter that will power XP-13 laptop AND connect external drive

My Dell XP13 laptop has two USB-C ports. I use one for power and the other for my second monitor. Now I've purchased an external drive and I can't find a USB-C splitter that will allow me to charge ...
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External Drive Not Showing up Anywhere

I have a Lacie Rugged Drive I'm having issues with. It will continue to sound like it is starting up but won't mount. I can see it listed on my mac under the system report but it will not show up ...
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Why doesn't My Computer show my external SATA Hard Drive, when it's detected by Device Manager + Disk Management?

Please see red arrows below. Device Manager + Disk Management are detecting my SATA HD (Hard Drive). But why does My Computer fail to showcase my SATA HD? I perused External Hard Drive doesn't ...
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USB HSF+ external drive partition won't mount. "(NO WRITE)" & "Resource busy" errors when trying fsck

I was copying a huge file from a USB external drive when it suddenly disappeared from the Finder. I disconnected and connected it back, but the primary partition wouldn't mount. Rebooting the Mac didn'...
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Syncing two folders on the same computer?

I have a computer with an external drive attached. I have a folder on the main computer drive. In case my computer dies, I also want that folder to be backed up on the external drive. Is there a ...
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How to fix disk not showing up

If I go to Device Manager, i see a hdd connected via usb as Generic HDD USB Device but when i look at the folders, i dont see it showing up. How do I make it show up so I can access the files in the ...
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External Hard Drive Going to Sleep CONSTANTLY

External Hard Drive Going to Sleep CONSTANTLY: I've been a tech 30 years, I've NEVER seen this before. This is not a question I have ever encountered. Toshiba Canvio (Nightmare) external 3tb drive ...
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SanDisk External SSD Running at Slow Speeds

I recently purchased a new external 1TB SSD from SanDisk (SDSSDE30-1T00-G25). However, I am having an issue with its speed as it is limited to USB-2 speed, which is around 40MB/s. Here is what I have ...
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Is something wrong with my usb wires?

I have 2 laptops: Alienware and HP. I have 2 external hard disks which are Transcend and WD. I have 2 usb wires which are aaa and bbb. I am using aaa with the WD external hard disk and I am using bbb ...
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External Hard Disk is not being detected after recent upgrade

I am using Arch Linux and I recently upgraded my machine's kernel to the latest one. Linux 6.2.12-arch1-1 if it matters. Ever since then my machine is not able to detect the external HDD. I have 2 ...
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Make a System Image of an Old Computer as a portable ISO file

I have computers with Windows XP, Vista, and 7 installed. I have some ideas that I would like to use these computers for but I would need to backup everything on them first. I'm interested to know if ...
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Selecting non-SMR external drives

I recently bought a batch of 6 "WD elements" external HDDs and quickly found out that - for three of them - the write performance was precipitously degradating. Circumstantial evidence ...
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Linux claims half full NTFS external drive is out of space

I've got an external 5TB hard drive formatted as NTFS and mounted in Linux. When I run df I get this info on the drive: /dev/sdd1 4883735548 2398731656 2485003892 50% /media/me/DRIVE0 I also ...
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Note: fdisk truncates, sfdisk truncates, fields missing. Now what? [closed]

A drive was purchased. WD (Western Digital) M.2 sata 1TB 2280 drive is raw from store drive is not partitioned drive is not formatted, no filesystem, yet with kubuntu 22.04 lsblk --version lsblk ...
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Known HDD user password not working on new Bios

I have an ASUS-K75VM that's not working again. I have tried to use its HDD on different laptops, but in vain so far because the correct password is not working/accepted. My 500 G data at risk. The HDD ...
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Why can't I install my SSD into this 2.5" enclosure "Optimized for SSD"?

I want to use this Union Memory SSD as an external backup, and connect it by USB to my laptop. I want to reuse my empty 2.5'' External Hard Drive Enclosure that advertises SSD below. But why can't I ...
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How to set APM of a hard drive in Linux command line?

Strange things are happening in my system... I have a Raspberry Pi 4 with Raspberry OS Lite and some external WD HDDs atached to the USB port. I want to change the hard drive APM value so that I can ...
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Full Format New 5 TB WD HDD external after 95% there is power outage

Full Format New 5 TB WD HDD external after 95% (after 60 hours of format) there is power outage so it fail to finish then i power on the laptop then use quick format to do format. Should i be worry if ...
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External HDD makes an intermittent beeping sound when connected after electrical failure

After some trouble with graphics drivers that caused my computer to rapidly power cycle the USB ports, my external hard drive (a Seagate One Touch 2TB) no longer appears when I plug it in to my ...
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Windows Scheduler, process terminate event trigger fail because process started from external drive don't use disk letters

I am searching for posts that tell people how to start a new task when a specific process got terminated, and finally found some old posts such as "How to start a program when another one is ...
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How does my spinning HDD reach 320 MB/s?

While creating an image of a (mostly empty) 1TB spinning hard disk, I was expecting a read speed of around 120 MB/s, and on the first blocks it was like that, but after that, most of the time it was ...
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Disconnecting external HDD via USB-A Hub when second drive is connected

I have a USB powered USB-A 3.0 hub with 4 USB-A 3.0 ports. When I try to connect two HDDs at the same time, first one is disconnecting. first is Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB USB powered drive connected ...
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Fedora: How to reduce the permission requirements for mounting/writing on SATA HDDs?

I am using Fedora, Plasma spin. I have a couple of HDDs connected via SATA. Unlike Ubuntu and its kin, mounting the drives requires a password by default, and they are mounted as read-only. How can I ...
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How to get access to vmdk? Oracle VM VirtualBox Windows Error ahci-0-1” (rc=verr_access_denied)

I have a backup of my PC on a external drive. I also created a new partition on that external drive for my virtual machine. I want to test backups on errors. However, I don't have any more memory ...
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External HDD detected but not working

I took out an HDD from my old laptop which was working fine and never had any issues. I bought a casing for it and started using it as an external HDD. After a few months, I plugged in the HDD as an ...
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What is using my external hard drive, without my permission, and how can I stop it?

I've noticed for a while now that my WD passport (2TB) blinks by itself, so I looked into the issue and checked in Resource Manager to see what's going on. In Resource Manager I saw that almost every ...
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Windows 10 does not recognise second external hard drive

After a RAID drive failure I am left with two identical 500GB SSD 2.5" drives which appear to be in good working order (fortunately I've recovered my data from the RAID drives). I have bought two ...
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Fixing "Bad Sectors" found during External HDD Formatting, Windows 10 CMD Prompt

I recently was trying to reformat a external 3TB WD MyBook (USB) via Windows Command Line I used the command C:\WINDOWS\system32>format g: /FS:NTFS /X and received the following output The type ...
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External hard drive "too big" for file transfer

I recently purchased a Samsung T7 Shield with a 4TB capacity to transfer surgical videos to from a Steris operating room camera. My computer is a MacBook Pro. I have been unable to transfer the videos ...
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Connecting interal SATA HDD on eSATA connector

I had bought by mistake a cable that has SATA connector on one end and eSATA on the other. My intention was it to have SATA connectors on both ends, so that I connect a normal SATA HDD on the ...
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How to make my external HDD recognized as removable device?

I have an external HDD when I plug it to my pc (Windows 11) it works fine, but the problem is that windows treat it as internal (not removable device) so I can't eject it safely So my question is how ...
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After hibernation, USB SSD shows under "remove safely" but not in file explorer - until reboot

Usage scenario: Arrive at work, wake PC from hibernate-to-disk, plug in my WD Elements USB SSD. See it's not shown in file explorer nor disk management, but it does show up in the systray USB icon ...
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Can viruses jump from a portable windows install to my main internal install?

I used Rufus to create a Windows 11 To Go -install on an external hard drive while Windows 10 remains on my main drive that is internally plugged in to my computer to dual boot between them. Notably ...
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Backup iCloud files to an external hard drive?

What are my options for backing up every file on my iCloud to an (exFAT) external hard disk? Right now I have more files on iCloud than space on my Mac internal hard drive. Copying folders from the ...
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External Hard Drive disconnects during file transfer on Linux

So, I have this Western Digital 5TB portable drive (Specifically "My Passport" branding) that I have some video recordings on of me playing video games. The thing is that the files are huge (...
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Likely Mac (HFS+) drive initialized on Windows to GUID (not reformatted) now unusable?

I may have seriously just hosed a drive inadvertently. In trying to bring back to life an old external drive for my daughter, I plugged it into a Windows 10 box. Getting past a couple dusty rounds of ...
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Drive name greyed out in safely remove hardware option and no eject option present

The option to eject is not present and the drive name is greyed out. I tried RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll in Run and it is not able to stop there as well. I tried unmounting ...
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How to get model/serial of USB hard drive without opening up case (on Windows)?

I recently bought a new 2,5 USB3 HDD (Western Digital Elements) and I'm curious what drive is actually inside (mainly because I'd like to know if it's using CMR or SMR, or is there any other way to ...
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rdiff-backup: how much resources for deleting files?

I have a very small nas for my home network which is a RaspberryPI 2B board with an external 5TB 2,5" hard drive and a second external 8TB 3,5" hard drive as the backup for the first hard ...
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Why I cannot set up permissions to my hard drive?

I cannot open my hard drive because it shows me: “Disc is not available - Access denied” It is visible via disk management and it says: “Healthy, Active” But when I want to get info about disc ...
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How can I boot from an external SSD drive on a HP Victus laptop?

When I get into the UEFI firmware I can't find any option to boot from the USB c port: Is there a way to get a HP Victus to boot from external SSD? I'll be booting Ubuntu 22.
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WD 14TB EasyStore doesn't spin up both inside the enclosure and outside of enclosure

I have a WD 14TB Easystore which stopped spinning up in it's enclosure for no apparent reason. Disk Management would show it but give "fatal error" when trying to assign a letter. I removed ...
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What cable I need for a Western Digital hard drive?

I broke one of my cables from the Hard Drive, but I don’t know what type of cable to buy. The broken cable on one side has the initials “ATA” and the other end is ICT, and I don’t know where to buy it ...
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External 2TB SATA USB HDD w only 194 GB free of 1.81 TB with only 217 bytes in root drive?

Toshiba External 2 TB, exFAT formatted, USB 3.0 interface connected to a Windows 7 computer. The external drive has been stored on a shelf for almost 2 years. When I reconnected it showed 168 GB free ...
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How to get new hard drives into a QNAP NAS and transfer the old data from static volume

I want to make sure this plan works. Existing setup: 2-bay QNAS NAS drive containing two 1TB drives. No RAID. One drive is a "Static Volume" and one is a "Legacy Volume" (from an ...
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Google Drive moved files on the cloud to trash after external disk was disconnected

I store my Goole Drive files, under macOS, on an external hard disk. I got a message by macOS that the disk was not ejected properly while I did not have any intentions to do so and while the external ...
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