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What happens if I disable harddrive in bios [on hold]

I am running Win 10 64 bit Home edition on a 64 bit Asus VivoBook X542UAR. Assume my bios says I only have 1 boot option, namely #1 Harddrive. Suppose I disable this harddrive and turn off the ...
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My HDD is NOT logically visible in enclosure (portable HDD setup), but IS hardware-visible

I have a Lenovo Ideapad 320 running Windows 10 and am using it to attempt to solve this issue. I have a physically undamaged 2.5 inch HDD (ST1000LM024 5400RPM 1000GB), I took it out of a broken ...
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Password protecting/Encrypting a 4TB Seagate portable HDD

I want to password protect a 4 tb portable hdd i frequently use and travel with. I've read how password protecting isn't safe, but I'm not concerned about someone tech savvy trying to break in and ...
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Wireless portable peripheral hub instead of wireless portable peripherals?

I'm having difficulty finding such a device, probably because I don't really have the right search term for them or they don't exist. I have tried: Wireless usb hub, Bluetooth usb hub, Portable usb ...
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How Can I Convert a 2.5" Hard Disk To a Portable External Hard Disk

I just removed the old hard drives from my laptop. I want to make my own External hard drives disk. How can I do it ? What do I look for to find a disk enclosure compatible with my external hard disk?...
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Recurring portable drive error: 'The sparse flag in standard information attribute in file _______ is not set.'

I have a portable drive that often slows Windows 10 boot. When performing an error check on this drive as recommended after booting (Properties->Tools->Error checking), it will say errors were found ...
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Grub doesn't show up when booting from usb

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a portable HD. Unfortunately, it's only being recognized by the computer I used to install the Ubuntu os and it doesn't show the Grub menu when connecting the hd to other ...
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How do I determine battery requirements to supply 5V USB power for an hour?

I need a USB battery that could power Intel® Compute Stick STK2mv64CC, which requires USB 10W. How can I determine the required battery specifications to keep it powered for one hour?
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Seagate STSHX-M401TCB(M) SATA interface

I'd wish to upgrade my laptop's internal drive, and put the original one in an external enclosure to use it via USB. I could buy an 2.5" HDD and a 2.5" tray separately to accomplish this. However, ...
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Is there any danger when connecting a USB Y cable?

I have been advised to use a USB Y cable to power a portable hard drive from 2 ports since it could not draw enough power from a single port. Is there any danger of overloading the drive this way?
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Portable applications Benchmark/speed

I am setting up a new PC and I was thinking of getting as many programs/applications as portables (so I can keep the PC "cleaner"). My main concern is, does portable make the application run "slower" ...
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Transcend Storeject portable HDD: what's the difference among 25A3, 25D3, 25M3 and 25H3P?

I'm looking for some portable hard disk, my friend recommended Transcend Storejet 2.5 inch models as they are shock resistance (or shock proof? i'm not sure about the term). However searching on ...
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External HDD not detected but shows up as USB device in taskbar

I have a seagate 1 TB external portable HDD which all of a sudden stopped working one day. If I connect it, it doesn't show in my computer or Disk management, but i get a usb device icon in taskbar. ...
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GPT Protective Partition

I’ve moved my 3TB hard drive to another USB enclosure, and it no longer works. Disk manager says “2794.52 GB Healthy (GPT Protective Partition)”. How to fix that? I don’t want to reformat, I need ...
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Files suddenly disappear (and reappear) on a NTFS USB drive used with Linux?

I recently bought a portable 1TB external USB drive which I intend to use mostly with my Ubuntu laptop, but I would like to be able to use it with other OS as well. It came formated as NTFS, and that ...
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Portable External vs External Desktop Hard Drives [closed]

What are the differences between a desktop(the bigger not so portable USB cases) and portable USB drives. Is it basically 2.5" vs 3.5" drives, or are there any other major benefits besides size and ...
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WD External Hard Drive Not Showing Entire Capacity

I've got a Western Digital Elements 320 GB External 7200 RPM (P/N: WDBAAR3200ABK) Hard Drive. It's not been mine for very long-it's second hand, and used to contain some sort of Wii games collection. ...
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Security for portable disk drive

What's the best approach for securing portable harddrives? I have a Segate portable drive and I want to secure it incase I lose it. Any software solutions for this? Thanks.
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Folder that was copied from one PC to a portable HD doesn't show in another PC

I have an HTPC at my living room and it has a 3TB Western Digital portable hard-drive that stores all my media files. The HTPC is running Windows 7 32bit. Yesterday I connected the hard drive to my ...
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Using an SSD as a portable external drive?

Is it possible to use an SSD as a larger-capacity flash drive? I know that some computer cases include external SATA ports, so would it be reasonable to assume that one could interface with the SSD ...
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Portable hard disk has apparently stopped working

I have a Western Digital 500 GB hard disk which I bought about a year ago. It has apparently stopped working since a while ago. The disk contains some very important data which I do not want to lose. ...
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External HDD's Label not visible on some Computers?

I recently used a windows 7 32bit computer to format my external hard-disk I applied a label for it However the drive label is not visible on other computers The device get mounted correctly on ...
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Freecom portable drive is not working with longer cable

I got a FREECOM 2.5" Mobile Drive XXS 500 gb portable hdd, but on my laptop which stands on a laptop cooler it's coming unhandy for me to plug-it in, because the cooler it's too tall, so my hdd has to ...
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Clicks or ticks every minute when HDD is idle

My HDD is a My passport... It's 2 weeks old. I hear this tick or click followed by another one about 8-9 secs later, and they repeat every minute almost exactly... They usually happen and the LED ...
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Encryption of external HDD — accessible from windows without installation

I would like to use encryption on my external HDD but I would like to be able to access the encrypted data from Windows as well. As suggested in other questions, TrueCrypt is one option here, or I am ...
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Portability of external HDD, especially NAS and RAID

I wonder how portability of external HDD is defined in terms of size and weight? In other words, how do you tell if an external HDD is portable or not? Are NAS usually not portable? Are RAID usually ...
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How to connect a desktop SATA harddrive to laptop?

I will be going out of the country for a couple of months, and most of my stuff will go in storage. I will be taking my laptop, and will be keeping the desktop back at home. I was thinking of taking ...
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Need help making a bootable portable USB hard drive. [Utility I need will only create bootable CDs or USB flash drives]

I've got a copy of Spotmau's Bootsuite 2012, which is an utterly fantastic tool. It has completely replaced Bart PE for me, and I relied on BPE for YEARS. Anyway, the issue I'm having is that the ...
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Copy all contents of an Amiga harddrive to a PC

I have an old Amiga hard disk drive (CP2088 Conner drive). It is a 2.5" IDE drive (see bottom). How can I connect this to a PC, what software is needed, and how can I convert the entire disk to a ...
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Portable HDD keeps corrupting? popup “format this drive to use it etc”

I've got a ADATA Superior SH93 (500GB) for a while now. Formatted as NTFS. And within the first week two times the drive got corrupted (asks me to format it to be able to use it, although it was ...
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Fresh windows 7 install FROM a USB portable HD / Passport HD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows 7 from a USB Hard Drive I have a portable HD and i want to install windows 7 from it as i have no USB or cd to work with. Is this do-able? I have so far ...
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Fresh windows 7 install FROM a portable HD / Passport HD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install Windows 7 through USB Drive? I have a portable HD and i want to install windows 7 from it as i have no USB or cd to work with. Is this do-able? I have so far made a ...
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PCMCIA card is not detecting external drive, but mouse works

I'm using a Lenovo 3000 Y500 laptop. All four ports are not working. I bought a PCMCIA card for USB. Through an USB charger I supplied power to the PCMCIA card. Now it is detecting the mouse and pen ...
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How to sync a Portable Apps folder?

Couldn't find a good resource for this particular dilemma, so I thought asking the good people at super user for help. Background: I am a portable apps enthusiast, and whenever possible, my apps are ...
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Running a Single OS Across Multiple Machines [closed]

Here is the (hypothetical) situation: I have one low-performance, high-mobility device (laptop) and one high-performance, low-mobility device (desktop workstation). The two are used as frequently as ...
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Speed difference between Portable HDD and USB Flash Drive?

I am considering purchasing one of the following for data backup purposes. In either case, they would be used with a USB 2 port on XP Home SP 3. Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive ...
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Are there something called wifi-enabled external storage disks?

I have 2 laptops at my home and one external disk. I have a requirement (more out of curiosity on how to achieve it than a real need): I have set-up basic adhoc home network where one laptop accesses ...
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Portable Hard Drive- partitions

I just got my first portable hard drive (WD Elements SE 500GB USB 2.0) and I guess I'll be using it for quite a while. So, I just wanted to ask whether I should or should not partition the hard drive. ...
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Portable USB harddisk regardless in Windows and Ubuntu / Linux environment

I am doing web development mostly in Ubuntu. Sometimes I need to go into Windows to do other administrative work. Now, I am ignorant about file systems. I cannot tell the difference between NTFS and ...
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use ubuntu from a removable drive to work both on laptop and desktop computer

my laptop, which i run ubuntu on, is getting a bit old and i find it's getting slower and slower at running applications. My desktop computer is stronger, but I can't give up on the portability of my ...
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How to remove password lock on WD mybook 1TB

How do I disable the password lock on my My book 1 TB, I want to so I may use it directly with my xbox 360, since it won't pick it up on my pc list.
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How may I transfer my media from a Maxtor OneTouch drive to WHS?

I have a great deal of music on my OneTouch, which I would like to stream from my new HP Mediasmart EX490 to my XBox 360. Using the Windows Home Server console does not seem to be any help? I may ...