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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Does A Hard Drive's Read / Write Speed Affect The Speed Of A Data Wipe / Erase / Sanitise?

I have multiple hard drives that I need to test & Wipe. I have testing software (Drive DX) for my MacBook and I'm using Apple's built-in Disk Utility to wipe the drive to DOD 5220.22-M standard. I ...
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Is it safe to unplug a blinking USB drive after 'safely' ejecting it?

There is a lot of information about how to safely unplug USB hard drives. However, the articles tend to stop at the part where the operating system says it is safe to unplug, or where you're sure ...
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Source file exists on a broken HDD, can't uninstall program [on hold]

Currently I'm trying to install a program I used a long time ago. It's a newer version of the old program. The problem lies with the previous install. I installed it on an external HDD that no longer ...
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Can I use a NAS Hard drive into a portable USB hard drive enclosure and then still use it in the NAS?

I am digitizing my movie collection and by the time I am done I estimate that I will need 30-40 TB of space. I plan on setting up a NAS 6 bay system with enough space to save all my media as well as ...
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USB bitrate: Are these speeds normal?

Setup and Theory I'm testing my USB connection from my Laptop to an external USB 3.0 drive and vice versa by copying a ~3 Gigabyte folder back and forth. Natively my laptop does only have USB 2.0 ...
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Portable HD not mounting

I have a External HD Seagate 4TB and I using Linux Mint 19. Recently I let my notebook alone, the battery finished with the External HD connected. When I turn on the notebook again, the boot was too ...
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Pendrive become write proof [duplicate]

My pendrive has become write proof. So how I can repair it in window It is not able to copy any thing. On writing it give error that the pendrive is write proof
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G-Tech G Speed ES Pro as external hard drive

I have been lurking around for a while and this is my first time posting. I recently came to possess of two G-Tech G Speed ES Pro, only the cabinet with the slots for the drives, and I am wondering ...
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Skipping unreadable files from damaged USB harddisk (Windows)

I have a USB connected harddisk of which many (1000s) files can not be read. The problem is, these files seem randomly distributed over the drive, and it takes a very long time (over an hour) before ...
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I dropped my Western DIgital Passport 2TB HDD. It shows up in Disk Management but as Not Initialized and Unknown

I dropped my Western Digital 2TB HDD Passport from around knee-height. When I reconnected it to my laptop, it showed up with the popup of Safely Remove Hardware. It is visible in Device Manager (as My ...
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Evaluating hdd speed: data transfer rate vs internal data rate

I have two Seagate disks a 2T st2000lm007 (2.5) and a 3T ST3000DM008 (3.5). I have a choice between mounting one as a USB 3.0 external and the other as an internal. Is there an advantage either way? ...
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Why is my WD My Passport has a Seagate Device Description?

I bought a brand new WD My Passport 2 TB. When I'm installing the provided WD Backup Software, it doesn't detect my drive. The setup said "No backup targets found" This is the WD Backup Setup I ...
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Are these SSD temperatures too high?

$ sudo smartctl -a disk1 | egrep 'Model|Sensor' Model Number: Samsung Portable SSD X5 Temperature Sensor 1: 51 Celsius Temperature Sensor 2: 73 ...
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External Disk shows used up space but i am not able to find any files inside

I have a MacBook Pro with Mac OS 10.14.6. My external hard disk was working fine until one day all of a sudden it went blank, it doesn't show files anymore... I have a WD external HD and I am using ...
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Can't access data on a hard drive

The screenshot in the link below really says it all. I have an old laptop hard drive that I've been using with a USB enclosure as a specific backup for certain files that I want to keep. As the ...
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Figuring out the size of data on an external harddrive

I have an external HD, a seagate backup plus slim 2TB. The filesystem on it is exfat. It has a single partition. I want to create a new partition table for this device, so I can use different ...
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Unable to mount external drive, getting “malformed url” error message

I'm trying to connect an external drive I have, it worked without problem earlier, but today when I tried to use it, it showed up in the task bar, when I clicked open in file manager, I'm shown this ...
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How to know if the External Hard Drive is dead? If confirmed dead, how to recover the data?

We have a 5TB Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable that was bought on November 2018. The person using it asked me to check it because suddenly he couldn't access it from his Computer. So as the IT guy ...
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Is it harmful to connect multiple External Hard Drives to my laptop?

I wonder if connecting two or three External Hard Drives to my laptop can cause any harmful effect on my laptop or external hard drives? the external hard drives have 5TB of storage capacity each one. ...
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Extracting a RAID controller from a rackmount server - possible for mere mortals?

I recently obtained a surplus rackmount server, but it is BIG and HEAVY and LOUD. 6 fans in parallel, its nuts. It also has a bunch of really good hard drives (8 x 500gb) and I'm all like... dang... ...
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No space on Ubuntu/VirtualBox because of [big] shared folder

I have connected a huge external HDD (1TB) to the Ubuntu running in the VirtualBox (Mac) as a shared folder. Everything works good, but it looks like the system takes content of the external HDD drive ...
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Intermittent recurring “disk is offline because it has a signature collision with another disk that is online”

After about a month, an external disk connected via a USB 3 hard drive dock will display the following message in the Windows 10 Disk Management management console: disk is offline because it has a ...
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Wifi connection suffers severely from external hard drive use

My computer's wifi is usually quite fast and can easily serve my internet connection (160 Mbit/s down, 10 Mbit/s up) to my computer. However, when I connect an external hard drive, my internet ...
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How to unmount a blocked usb external HDD in Windows 10?

I have an external HDD connected to my PC using Windows 10, which is used to a daily backup using Acronis True Image 2019. Many times after the backup is finished, I can't dismount it. Even removing ...
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Cannot read my external hard disk

I have a WD My Passport and it cannot be read by any of the laptops. I'm primarily using ubuntu 18.04 . I searched about it and it seems to be having problem only with linux. As the people advised, I ...
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When using Windows 10 Backup, is it possible to persist defined folders after changing drives?

Aim I'd like to have a simple system in Windows 10 where I backup known folders daily to an external drive for two weeks, then switch that out with a second external drive, and repeat this process ...
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Issue Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device (which program is using it?)

Nothing angers me more than this message: It's especially annoying when I don't have any programs open, and it's probably some leftover process from something I had open earlier that's still ...
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Why does my external hard drive not stop spinning when I put my computer to sleep?

I have an external Western Digital My Passport hard drive (model WDBYFT0040BBK-WESN), which generally only spins up when it's actively in use, and otherwise stops spinning when it's inactive. When the ...
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Time Machine backup folder getting twice as big on other hdd?

So i have an old 1TB HDD for my Time Machine backups. Its nearly full (950gb used) and now i decided to move to a bigger HDD (i buyed a 5TB drive, but made partitions to split it to 2TB and 3TB, the ...
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Can I access a self-encrypting SDD from an USB enclosure?

I need an external SSD and I already have a SATA-USB external enclosure. Because I will be carrying it around daily, I need to be able to encrypt it in a way that is compatible with Windows and Linux....
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I can't choose my bootable SSD for installing ubuntu on it

So I want to install ubuntu on my external SSD. I already made it bootable with a tool called rufus. Also I can already choose to boot from the ssd, but after I chose Something else, when I am ask ...
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My external hard drive just beeped, what does it mean?

I have an external hard drive (a "Seagate Expansion Portable 2 TB" model) connected to a Mac. While copying some files, the hard drive just emitted a clear high pitched beep (I'm pretty much certain ...
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How can I access the files on my WD Cloud drive?

My WD Cloud drive network card broke. I removed the hard drive from the WD Cloud enclosure and put it in an external SATA drive housing. I am now connected to the HD via USB using Elementary OS ...
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Western Digital My passport 1TB

WD Blue color 1TB my-passport external hard drive Does not work on my Windows 10 64B desktop when plugged into a USB 3.0 port using a Blue color SS USB 3.0 extension cable 5 feet long. But works well ...
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Access win 10 HDD with Win 7

I have 2 laptops. One is loaded with Win 10 and the other with Win 7. The Win 10 laptop's screen died, and I don't have access to an external monitor. I would like to copy some files from the win 10 ...
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Trying to retreive files from external hard drive, but drive is extremely slow

I have been requested to retreive some files from an old computer. I tried booting up a laptop to transfer some of these files. To my unfortunate luck I was not able to boot the laptop up because the ...
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HardDrive Access denied

I have a Sony HD SL1 External hard drive. It works on my Samsung TV, and I can view all my data but on my Windows 10 laptop, I am unable to access it. It is displaying "Access Denied" if I try to open ...
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How do I recover the data that seems to still be on my seagate external drive? [duplicate]

I stored about 40GB worth of data in a mysql database on an external seagate 4TB drive that I had loaded with my Mac OSX computer. I then plugged that drive into the linux mint computer and did some ...
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external hard drive volumn corrupted

I'm using seagate external hard drive. actually it failed to mount jake@jake-System-Product-Name:~$ sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdb2 Mounting volume... Failed to load runlist for $MFT/$DATA. highest_vcn = ...
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Why do HD Tune benchmark spikes correlate with used space?

So I got this WD Elements 4TB external drive, that was an Amazon Warehouse Deal (I wanted a new one, this used one arrived, they already refunded). I decided to give it a go, but it has its problems, ...
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What kind of device would house 2 HDDs and provide non-RAID mirroring and NTFS support? [closed]

I've searched and searched, without success. I want a device that: Can house two individual 3.5" hard drives. Can have the drives formatted NTFS. Will automatically mirror drive 1 onto drive 2 ...
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USB port detects some flash drives

My desktop has 3 working front USB ports. Lets just call them port A,B and C. Ive always plugged my external hard drive to port A but recently it suddenly stopped working. Port A still detects my ...
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TimeMachine: Will MacOS let me add second cloned HDD then use both?

Starting from one TimeMachine 2TB external USB HDD filled to 1.2TB, I used the Apple-recommended "Drag Backups.backupD folder" to a second 6TB external HDD. Counting files (5M) took 2 days (!) then ...
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create password for external Hard Drive

how can I make a password for my external hard disk easily & effectively? Do I need third party tools or I can do It from windows? thanks <3
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unison: two computers, one external hard drive

I'd like to keep a common synchronized folder on two laptops. (With lots of media files and such, so can't use git, but on the other hand, very few changes needing reconciled.) The easiest way to do ...
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How to remove strange file in NTFS external hard drive: /bin/rm: cannot remove 'file': input/output error

I have a problem in my external hard drive 5tb samsung. When I try to delete some files (just some files), I receive an error: /bin/rm: cannot remove 'file': input/output error Everything began when ...
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What is using all the space in my external hard drive

I found an old hard drive that I used to back up files from my old Macbook. I plugged it into my Ubuntu machine to see what was on it. When I look in System Monitor, it shows: Used 443 GB Free 99 GB ...
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How can an external drive damage a motherboard?

I have an Asus Vivobook S510 laptop that I used for 1.5 years. With the laptop on, I connected to the USB port a Toshiba external HD. As a result, the screen went blank. I took it to the repair shop ...
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Is there any argument against using dd with bs=10G?

Suppose I have a drive that has a bad superblock (or block) in some random location. It's an enormous drive, 1-8 TB. It won't format to ext3, so I'm writing it full of zeroes so that I can properly ...
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Corrupted hard drive in external hard drive bay

I did something very stupid and unplugged my USB3 Hard drive dock from my machine while it had a Samsung SSD attached. Unfortunately the drive seems to have some tables corrupted. When I run chkdsk ...