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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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Can I work on external hard disk until I have recovered all the deleted files from computer

I have a Dell laptop that have a single partition named "C drive" and I lost my whole data during reinstalling OS and I want to recover my whole data but I need some days to recover my data, So my ...
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network drive replaced by an external drive

I have an old software which needs access to a network drive, eg. \\nameofnetworkdrive but the problem is that the network drive has now been replaced by an external USB drive (eg. drive X). Is there ...
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NAS setup help w/ home

so I'm not super experienced with Networking, so I may have already committed some Faux-pas in my setup, so please bear with me; I have a HDD connected to my modem (TC8715) that I'd like to use as a ...
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Can I recover a single partition with ddrescue?

I have a failed hdd (seagate 1Tb) with bad sector. I want to make an image of it with ddrescue. The problem is that I don't have a 1tb hdd to put the image on. The files that I have to rescue are ...
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Cloning EXTERNAL hard drive to INTERNAL hard drive

The process of cloning an internal hard drive onto an external one is pretty well described by online guides but I can't seem to find any info on the opposide. I want to replace my internal ssd with ...
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Backing up/Retrieving Files from Corrupted but Accessible External Hard Drive

What's my best option here? The drive (1TB WD My Passport) isn't totally fried. Corrupted, for sure. Previously (before a drop to pavement) once plugged in, the files were immediately accessible as ...
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Difference between benchmark and windows copying in external HDD speed

I just got a new external USB 3.0 HDD (Seagate Expansion 6TB), formatted as NTFS. When writing large files to that HDD via the Windows 7 Professional explorer, I see very slow writing speeds according ...
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My files transfer sometimes at .5MBs sometimes at 100 MBs, Why? [duplicate]

This is not related to disk caching. I have to transfer terabytes of data often between Sata and usb and internal nvme drives. Sometimes the transfers are over 100MBps, and sometimes they are kbps. ...
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Decrypt files recovered from encrypted external hard drive

I am trying to recover the data from one of the external hard drives of my company. I ended up using DiskDrill to extract all the files into a new, non-encrypted hard drive. Unfortunately I made the ...
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HDD produces corrupted files, could it be the enclosure?

I've purchased a new HDD and installed it in old enclosure to make it an external drive for my media center. After not being able to see any movie from this disk, because there were pixelations and ...
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Recover data from harddisk after win32 disk image write a debian image [duplicate]

I wanted to copy a image to one of my SD cards using Win32DiskImager. But I clicked too fast and it written to one of my external harddrives instead of my SD drive, But it was too late,on my 1.5 Tb ...
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Harddrive Failure - Head attempts to read 4 times before giving up

I own a Seagate Barracude 8TB harddrive that failed recently. I thought it was a stuck head so I opened it, and the head is in the correct position when unpowered. I observed the HD upon powering ...
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I've used hdparm secure erase on a USB SATA drive. Is it beyond recovery now?

Acting on information in an outdated version of the ULSAH, I have tried to wipe out my old backup disk (a USB-connected SATA drive, not an SSD) using hdparm with the following options (rather the way ...
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Can I trust a WD Elements portable hard drive that lost its partition tables due to a possible shock? [on hold]

I have a WD Elements 500GB portable usb drive that was formatted with NTFS but used mainly for my primary backup on a CENTOS 7 machine. The drive stopped responding, although showing, after a house ...
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How to boot from two external hard drives in a specfic order?

I have two external hard drives.I want to keep one plugged into a usb port permanently (let us call this one A) and another plugged in every now and then (let us call this one B). Both have Linux ...
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Avoid the “You need to format the disk in drive F:” when plugging a TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt external drive [duplicate]

When plugging a USB external hard drive encrypted with VeryCrypt, VeraCrypt detects it and asks for the password (this is expected, and works well thanks to the Favorite Volumes > Mount selected ...
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PC doesn't detect external USB hard drive

My PC doesn't detect an external USB hard drive. The weird thing is that the power LED is on which should mean that everything is okay. I tried it on different ports and it still can't be detected. I ...
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BitLocker takes days on an empty external disk / Is “Encrypt used disk space only” available on Windows 7?

I have Windows 7 x64 and a brand new USB external 2 TB hard drive. I formatted it and I confirm it's empty. I enabled BitLocker, and two things happen: It is about to take at least 10 hours or even ...
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How to read corrupted harddisk block? [duplicate]

I replaced my HDD with an SSD. I've made my HDD an external disk. The disk has three partitions. root home My Files Partition 3 can't be read. It says bad data partition. Is it possible to read or ...
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A partition on my external Seagate 4TB suddenly won't mount

I have a 4TB Seagate External Drive that is evenly split into two partitions. One side is used for Time Machine backups on my Mac, the other is used to store Photos and Videos taken over the years. I'...
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Hard drives with existing data to NAS

my old d-link 2 failed (hard drives are ok, just the enclosure stopped powering up), so I upgraded to a later product, D-Link DNS-325. But I am told it can't read existing drives, it will always ...
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DATA IS LOST. Windows Prompt to format USB disc [duplicate]

Windows 10 Pro, prompts to format my WD Passport Ultra 1TB which is full of valuable data. There was no partition and no encryption. In Disk Management the USB drive was NTFS and now is RAW and is 100%...
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Safe to remove hardware if hard disk is still active?

I have ejected an external hard drive via the Windows 7 icon in the system tray. After ~3 seconds, Windows said Safe to remove hardware However, it's now ~4 minutes after I did that and the hard ...
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Disk format progress

I am formatting a rather large external hard drive, so I know it will take a long time, but I'd like to see the progress. I am using the "disks" utility in Ubuntu 18.04. Is there any way to see a ...
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Boot External Drive (Windows 10) without disabling Secure Boot in bootloader

After lots of time and effort, I was successfully able to install Windows 10 on to an external drive, and I can now boot it and use it as I would a regular computer. I just need to go to the boot ...
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Are USB Mass Storage data compressed when transferred? [closed]

I have found I have unused partition (~1 GB) full of zero bytes. I ran xxd -a on it and it looks transfer is somehow compressed. xxd outputted the first 8 bytes and then it was reading data until ...
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External USB3 HITATCHI Hard drive dis not found

Hello I have a USB3 Hitatchi external HDD. If i connected to a PC with Windows 10 or Raspberry Pi the Disc is not shown and not available. What could be the probelm ? Is there any USB driver need? ...
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Can I delete Microsoft Reserved Partition in Hard-Drive?

Currently, I need to install Ubuntu on my laptop (originally using window 10) to run Drone robotics Studio. But I have only 10GB left, so I am planning to install Ubuntu on my external hard drive. ...
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A file's “space on disk” doesnt match the file's size

I just got a new larger external hard drive and transferred all the files from my old drive to the new one. When I was checking the used space to make sure everything transferred, I found that the ...
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Denied permission to access external USB Drive

I've tried to recover a 14.5GB drive but I've run into some trouble. The drive is already formatted FAT32. When inserting the drive when logged into my normal (Admin) user, I get an error saying i ...
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Unexpected file modifications on external exFAT SSD

After moving an external drive from I have a 1TB external SSD with a single exFAT partition. I plugged this into Mac OS X and write about 250GB worth of files. File contents seem normal. After ...
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Can't boot from USB unless HDD is unplugged

I'm trying to boot a non-working-windows laptop from an external HDD with bootable windows installation in order to access repair tools. The boot order in BIOS is fine, the external HDD is set as the ...
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My external hard drive won't format no matter what I use

I have a WD hard drive and it was extremely slow even though the drivers were fully updated , it first showed up as a local disk then I had to click it then after 10 minutes of loading the hard drive ...
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How to monitor an external hard drive for data quality / health

Not knowing anything about hard drives, I am wondering how a cloud service provider monitors their hard drives for problems (data corruption, loss of data, hard drive failure, etc.). Searching google ...
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External's HDD transfer speed permently slows down after transfer of specific files

i bought a external USB 3.0 hdd (Western Digital 3ΤΒ), with independent power supply. Then i copied and pasted some files and the transfer speed was 70 mb/s to 93 mb/s. I have a folder about 100 gb ...
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External USB Drive runs continuously

My external USB drives on my Windows 10 Pro PC are running continuously (I hear click, click, click and the LEDs on the drives go on and off continuously), yet when I check their disk activity under ...
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Error: “Could not find this item” , but file is there

I have a fat32 external drive, copied some working files in it around a year ago. now when I want to copy back them to the PC (Win 10), I'm getting this error for SOME of files: I tried some ...
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Internal drive's role during file transfer between two external drives

I have an external HDD, and a pendrive connected to my Macbook Air. While monitoring the disk usage of my internal SSD, I started to copy a large file directly from one to the other, and noticed a ...
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On Windows 10, a directory shows 2x less size than the sum of his content

On Windows 10, I'm using an NTFS formatted external HDD (Toshiba), on which I've copied a directory from an USB flash drive, which is FAT32 formatted. When I read the source directory size on my USB ...
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How to stop Windows creating unknown alphanumeric folders in my external drive?

I posted similar question and accepted an answer as Visual Studio installation can left behind these files as documented but there is more to it. I haven't installed any Microsoft product but I keep ...
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Windows 10: High disk activity on external disk during reboot - How do I find the cause?

When I reboot my computer, it gets stuck on the "restarting" spinning wheel for about 10-12 minutes before it finally soft-reboots or shuts down. During this time, my external hard-drive is going ...
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Can I use FileZilla to backup folders on my Mac to a hard drive connected to my mac?

I have a Macbook Pro and I'd wish to backup certain files to a certain external hard drive. I was thinking I could use FileZilla because it gives me this feature to overwrite if source is different or ...
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Recover data from a hard drive (Let's get geeky)

Hello there all you level 80 techies I have a drive which I want to do a raw copy of the data onto an image file. But the drive is inaccessible. A few details : drive : seems to be a WD passport ...
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Hard disk not recognized at first boot?

So my hard disk just died and I bought a new one. I didn't set it up myself, I let the guys from the computer shop do everything. So when I received my computer, they told me that there are also some ...
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WD Red 3TB NTFS BitLocker drive suddenly shows up as “2048GB GPT Protective Partition”

Last week my new (<1year), NTFS, single-partition, non-OS, BitLocker-encrypted Western Digital Red 3TB drive stopped mounting, and only shows up in disk manager as a Basic, Online, 2048.00 GB, ...
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This is no longer located in (Path). Verify the item's location and try again

The title says it all and I've never came across such an issue on Windows ever. Am running Windows 8.1 Pro. I've downloaded a few Cartoon episodes recently and they are located in the Downloads ...
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How to get usb to work on Virtual Box Kali Linux

How to get usb to work on Virtual Box Kali Linux? I have tried to install the extension pack and I still can't see the external drive on linux.
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Best way to store games with a lot of files on HDD

I just installed Age of Mythology on my external hard drive and I notice, that quite a small game (2 GB) occupies almost 55 GB on disk. I know, it's due to big allocation unit size, but 1 MB is ...
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No EJECT option to safely eject a portable hard drive Windows 10 system

No EJECT option to safely eject a portable hard drive but if i connect a USB stick there is. How do i safely eject the Portable Hard Drive.
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Can I use a network drive that's connected to a router being used as a switch?

Here is my current setup: Modem -> Google Wifi router -> Linksys EA7500 used as a switch What I'd like to set up is this Modem -> Google Wifi router -> Linksys EA7500 -> network drive through USB ...