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External Hard Disk not being opened

Question: External Hard Disk not being opened

Dear all
I have a toshiba 320 gb external hard disk which was working well till yesterday. But now i am tried to open though it is being recognized by the computer but not able to open it. Tried in other computer, but have the same problem. I have tried device manager and uninstalled the toshiba hard disk and again plugged in, it reinstalled it again, but still not being able to open it. An antivirus check is also not possible. After few mins a massage is popping up to format it. But i have lots of data in it.

How do i restore the data? Please help me

regards
Arnab

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Preferred Solution: External Hard Disk not being opened

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Hello Guys,

Need ur help to fix my external Hard disk issue.

I have Toshiba 300Gb hard disk. It was showing only short cut icon and was not showing any data. When opened it used to prompt following error,
There was a problem starting ~$WRN.FAT32

I opened path in winrar and deleted following files,
Apollo....ink (shortcut, size 702)
Thumbs.db
autorun.inf
desktop.ini
Recycle Bin

After that hard disk does not show anything in it.
I have tried "attrib -h -r -s /s /d v:\*.*" in run.

When i search some files from that hard disk in my computer, search result does show file from hard disk.
I can open that files too but its a luck for 4-5 sec and it crashes.

Thanks

Answer:external hard disk has data but does not show when opened

Vacky,

Please click on the Windows 7 Start button and then on Control Panel
In Control Panel, select the Folder Options link.
Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window.

In the Advanced Settings area, locate the Hidden files and folders category.
Check: Show hidden files, folders, and drives
Uncheck: Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
Click Apply and OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.


Disconnect the problem USB drive for now.


Next, download UsbFix:
http://www.usbfix.net/
Press the green Download button
Save to the Desktop.

In the next step, a window requesting the connection of removable drives appears. Please connect the problem USB drive when requested!
Right-click the downloaded USBFix file and select: Run as Administrator
Press: Research
This option scans the connected drives, and reports its infected Files and Folders
When done, the program closes on its own, and a report appears.
(The report file is also found at C:\UsbFix.txt)
Please post the UsbFix.txt (Research) report in your reply.

Once again, run USBFix as Administrator, but, this time, press: Listing
It creates a report of all the Folders and Files found at the root of every hard drive, partition, or removable drive connected.
Also post the UsbFix.txt (Listing) report in your reply.


Note 1: If USBFix does not run in normal Windows, please run in Safe Mode:
Restart your computer.
When the computer starts, tap the F8 key on the keyboard repeatedly un... Read more

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Hi,
I Cannot open my hard disk its shows me this error!

And when i right click and try the 'Open' features it shows this error msg again.
And again when i try install and and scan my pc with anti virus is delete all the .exe files which are not even virus and important file. Please help me..!!!
 

Answer:Please Help My Hard Disk cannot be opened!!!!

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Dear Friends,
I have a Toshiba external hard drive. When I viewed the photos on it accidentally my friend locked with bitlocker in my absence. He has no idea about the recovery key and password. He has given some hints for the password. But all failed. Can anyone help me out of this issue.

Answer:External hard drive has to be opened from bitlocker

Hello Jenieragav, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I'm afraid that if you have do not have the password or recovery key, then about the only option is to format the drive to be able to use it again. That's what BitLocker is designed for. No access with password or key.

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i provided i screenshot because i can't explain the problem exactly. do you guys know what does this mean and how i can fix it?

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hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,

regards,
 

Answer:External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?

Thanks

Answer:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me
 

Answer:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?
 

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  0 downloadsDear all,
I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
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My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

Answer:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
 
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
 
Options:
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition - http://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmagic/partition-windows-7-system.html
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] - https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
 
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
 
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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Hello,

I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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Couple of hours ago my Windows 7 could not recognize my external USB hard disk (Maxtor Basic). It came up on Disk Management and Device Manager but not on My Computer. However I fixed it (by deleting its line off regedit in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, plugging out the ext. HD and plugging back in). Windows automatically installed the drivers and I could access the drive.

But now Windows shows my Maxtor as a fixed disk drive, instead of "devices with removable storage". I still have the option to "Safely remove hardware and eject media" from taskbar, however I rather have Windows treating it as a Removable USB Storage so that the disk can sleep when not in use. I am pretty sure it has something to do with regedit, so any help would be appreciated.

Answer:USB external hard disk shows up as internal fixed disk

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums, Sactyr.
A word of caution! Its never a good idea to alter your register,
IMHO please review your device manager and check your devices for your disk drives, check for any warnings in the driver area.
I'm attaching my screenshot for comparison as I have a similar configuration.

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I have a problem regarding my external Toshiba hard disk 500 GB where it can?t be detected in my computer and also disk management. I have formatted the external HD since I was asked to format it when an error popped up.
So I formatted it and after the formatting completed, I tried to connect the hard disk to my Windows Win 7 laptop. When I connect it to the laptop, it can?t be detected and yet the hard disk is blinking with its white light like it used to when it is connected to the laptop. I tried the disk management thingy, but it can?t detect my hard disk. I tried in other laptops but the result is same
What can I do to make it better? Please help me.
 

Answer:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

If you can I recommend downloading Ubuntu onto a CD and boot to it on one of your computers, in the Live CD mode, so it doesn't install anything. Once its loaded, plug in the Toshiba and try to format it as NTFS (this is important, because Ubuntu doesn't use it as a native file system, so you need to make sure that NTFS is selected on the format window, not EXT4 or the other types of Linux OS File Systems)

If it doesn't work, post back here, and I will see if I can help you some more. Also feel free to PM me if you have any other issues.

Regards,
-Alex
 

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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If I am saving a backup to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 USB external hard disk

1. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 3.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

2. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 2.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

Thanks

Answer:Speed of saving to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 external disk?

There's no definitive answer, it would all depend on which internal drives you had (SSD/HDD, SATA 6GB, SATA 3GB) and which external drives you had and their relative transfer speeds. It's all just guesswork without that info.

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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I have an external hard disk which got corrupted. When i connect the disk through USB it shows as an unknown device in the disk management with no option to format.

In My computer the device is showing as H: drive but unable to access it. It asks if i want to format or not but when i go for format it does not do it. I want to erase the disk completely as of now. What should i do??

I tried to load it from linux but there it shows as Device Error. Disk Failure is Imminent.

Can something be done or is it a hardware failure.
 

Answer:External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.
 

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My computer keeps refusing to start up. I have to re-install windows each time. Hard disk keeps making a "funny" noise. I have an 80gb hard drive and have used 40gb so far. I want to back up everything incase my hard drive fails. Could I backup to an external disk drive? would I need to install windows on the external drive. or is there a better way to save all my files, downloads, and software? When I bought the PC it came with software already installed and a recovery disk. But obviously I dont want restore to factory settings as I will loose everything. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Answer:backup from hard disk to external disk drive

You could use commercially available back up software like Ghost click here or Acronis click here

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Is it possible to create the recovery media on an external hard disk instead of using USB flash drive or optical media?

I've been getting errors while creating the the recovery media on optical drive.

Thanks!

Answer:How do I create a recovery disk using external hard disk?

Hi

As far as I know it?s impossible to create an Toshiba image on the HDD?
You need to burn the image on the disk (DVD).

Greets

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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted it..it's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to know..how to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...
 

Answer:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.
 

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Gday

I have emailed Paragon and am awaiting there reply, but you guys seem to know a lot more and try and solve the problem

Up to this point I have used either Acronis or Paragon for my backups, I prefer Paragon over Acronis, mainly because the restore by Paragon is far quicker.

I have both bootable CD's, but in this instance I would like to concentrate on Paragon.

I downloaded Paragon's Advanced Recovery CD. 2009 Build 6730. Put it in my rom and booted ....... looked at a black screen for 10 minutes. Removed it and rebooted, it got stuck at the loading of Vista, then I got another black screen no hard drive movement.

Rebooted again, this time with the regular Paragon bootable CD. It booted into the recovery console.

Now this is where things go from bad to worse. I tried finding my OS, after a lengthy period I received an error disk 2 i/o fault!!! ....... no operating system found.

Now disk 2 is my external hard drive where my backups are kept.

So I rebooted with the CD in, went into the recovery console and clicked on "safe restore", after playing the waiting game I get a message disk 2 i/o fault!!!.

Took out the Paragon CD, put in the Vista one, tried a repair, but there was no OS to repair .

So I installed Vista, and because I didn't want to have to reinstall all of my programs again (yer lazy I know, but that's what backup's are for).

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Answer:Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite & USB External Hard Drive

Anyone?

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[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes
The thread is rather long. Only read what you think important. Skip the rest!

We have a serious but mysterious problem. We have spent already one week but drawing a blank.
Two hard drives have been crashed and failed (unreadable). One computer has hung a few times unexpectedly and had one weird restart (no memory dump produced).
I suspect all the recent problems have to do with the new USB external hard disk (Buffalo MiniStation Lite: HD-PE250U2).

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Formatting USB external hard disk
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Originally I would like to use the program given by Buffalo to format the external drive once but we failed. We simply used Windows to reformat the drive into NTFS. I did not use the TurboSpeed advertised by Buffalo, or run its free program.

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Case A: Multi-transfer causes system crashes?
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The first time we met the problem.
We were trying to help a friend to backup data on an old drive, about a few years old. We plugged in the Buffalo USB portable hard drive and transferred a whole lot of files to the drive. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active at that time. The whole system completely froze up. It doesn't respond at all. Only a hard restart could help.
Restarted. Tranferred again. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active.
Hard drive crashed - the beginning of the nightmare!
Windows restarted. Chkdsk was running. Saw many lines of messages with:
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Answer:[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes

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Help!!!there's a problem with my external hard disk (PREZMATE 2.5" 250GB (USB2.0)) when i switch it on and connect it to my laptop, both the "Device manager" and "safely remove hardware" can detect it and shows that it is working properly. however when i open "my Computer" i either cannot see the ext hard disk drive or the 'My Computer" window hangs ("Not Responding")In the past, this Ext HDD was working fine previously with the same laptop and computer...the Ext HDD has it's own power source....I've tried to troubleshoot (by updating the driver (states that the driver i'm using is most recent) disabling and enabling the device in the device manager, when try to uninstall device in device manager, it hang "Not Responding")I looked at the Computer management again, and this is what happen after a long time i see the ext harddisk at the bottom "Disk 1, Unknown, Unreadable"when i check the properties, everything looks fine except the "Volume" tabDisk: Disk1Type: UnknownStatus: UnreadablePartition Style: Not ApplicableCapacity: 0MBUnallovated space: 0MBReserved space: 0MBI looked up the status Unreadable in the Help, "A basic or dynamic disk's status is Unreadable.Cause: The basic or dynamic disk is not accessible and might have experienced hardware failure, corruption, or I/O errors. The disk's copy of the system's disk configuration database might be corr... Read more

Answer:External Hard Disk HELP!!! PLEASE??

Sounds like the disk has died. If you don't have any data on there, I would try formatting with Computer Management.Otherwise, I would try taking it apart, removing the disk and connecting it as a slave to a desktop machine. You'll need a 2.5" IDE to 3.5" IDE Convertor for this.

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well i am planning to buy an external hardisk but dunno which one to buy for....
well i must be very economical and must have value for money....
could u guys suggest some hard disk with space around 80-120gb or so.....
price factor not more than... 60-70$

well thats the cash i have for now.......


please answer to with ur best ability.......

Answer:which external hard disk to go for......?

Well i myself would buy a high capacity internal hard drive an then put it in a enclosure, external drives that have a decent storage space tend to get pricey. For instance £45 for a 320gb drive an £15 - £20 for a enclosure makes a big difference in the price.

If you where just saving sage details on there or text files ect a smaller drive would be fine, but programs, ISO files, films ect take up a lot of space.

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I have WD 320 Gig External.

Windows detect the drive and can be seen on my computer but their is no size on the drive.

Check properties no size.

I try to open but windows hangs.

What could be the problem of this?

The USB cable? or my drive is damage?

I also try insert to different computer and all the USB port front or back same result.

Answer:WD External Hard disk Help

Did you initialize the drive?

This may not be the right instructions for your drive:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1018&p_

Because you did not offer more than it being a WD 320GB external.

WD FAQ:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc....p_new_search=1

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Question: External hard disk

Thanks to your help my PC is now usable and quick again. On your advice I downloaded CC Cleaner it really is FREE and fantastic! While I was looking for a fix I downloaded all my photos onto CDs. Now I'm thinking of buying an external hard disk. I have thousands of pictures and I reckon a 500GB portable disk would do it. Has anybody else done this and does it work ? Any advice please ? B.J.

Answer:External hard disk

An external drive is good for temporary but they are still volatile, meaning there is a possibility for errors i.e drive crashing, cant access data etc, a better long term solution is to burn your pics to DVD-Rs and store them safely away.

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Just a thought.. please could you experts advise? Have a laptop and have been told the harddisk's broken (checkdisk revealed bad sectors and couldn't fix it;) If I got an external usb harddrive, would it work? Or would it not work, if the IDE controller's gone (and I don't know if it is) Please don't laugh if this sounds silly - I only know a little bit about computers and the rest I'm making up as I go along, but I just wondered...? I don't have the skills myself to do anything internally to the laptop and was quoted several hundred pounds for a new motherboard.

Answer:hard disk gone - will external do the job?

on whether the BIOS gives the option to boot from a USB device.It might be possible, but it's probably cumbersome if it is.Good luck,Regards,Simsy

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how to know when was my external hard disk was used or plugged to pc or laptop?
i mean putting monitoring on external hard disk.

for PC's there is a event viewer, what about external harddisk's?

Answer:how to know when was my external hard disk was used?

Hello and welcome to the sevens forum.

First I don't think you can tell when your external hard drive was used, unless you have something on your system that would tell you if it was used or messed with your kind a out of luck so to speak.

You can always set up a password on your external hard drive to lock people out.

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I have WD external hard drive. computer reads the hard disk after taking more than usual time. But when i copy the matter of my hard disk and try to paste it on my computer....It dose not work. The copy window shows 0 % . Want to extract data. Please help

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Question: external hard disk

hi everyone i from mumbai. i have a 500 gb external hard disk and it fell from my hand . after which its not functioning but its in ok condition. as i connect it tells me to format it. does formatting delete all my stored information. is there anty way i can recover my files and then format it, (if formatting deletes all files)
 

Answer:external hard disk

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Question: external hard disk

hello,

This is dheeraj kulal. i have a problem with external hard drive.

I copied all the data from my pc to an external hard drive(FAT 32). Then i formatted the PC hard disk and created 5 partition with 50GB each. Installed windows xp SP2.
External hard disk is of 500GB. Had nearly 250GB of data in it before copying data from my PC hard drive. After copying data from PC hard drive only 30GB of free space left in external hard disk.
Now the actual problem is the external hard not showing any of the files that i copied on to it. and few of the files already in it are missing too. But when check the property of external hard disk it shows only 30GB is free that means remaining are the data in it.

please help me,, files are very very very important for me... wt to do
 

Answer:external hard disk

Open Windows Explorer and go to Tools > Folder Options > View tab. Under 'Hidden files and folders', click 'Show hidden files...' and click OK.

See if tha helps
 

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Question: External Hard disk

Could anyone please help me to make ma own external hard disk without external power supply.

Because its difficult to bring the power adapter always with the drive

Answer:External Hard disk

sorry, but hard disks need some sort of power. they are mechanical and have motors.

maybe use a usb flash/thumb drive instead?

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So, i tried to pen my external hard disk,
and this is what happened:
The USB Protection i use is USB Disk Security and i dont know if this options (in image) does something about it..
Thanks in advance

Answer:External Hard Disk Help

This most likely is due to USB Disk Security software, if you changed something recently within, I'd try to reverse it.

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Question: external hard disk

Dear Specialists,
Could you please instruct me how to transfer live TV programs directly to my
external hard disk?
Thank you and with kind regards,
Beni Even

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Question: external hard disk

Hi
I was thinking of going for an external second disk for my machine.
It woudl essentially serve as a backup drive.
I looked at some drives, and they are USB2, i was wondering if i installed windows xp on it, could i boot up from the external drive. Just in case, my old hard disk fell over, so i would still be in biz till i get a primary hard drive.

i was looking at manufacturers can you guys suggest a good make
came across these names:- freecom, lacie, hitachi,western digital, iomega, ximeta, archos

what do you guys think of this one
http://www.dabs.com/uk/channels/comp...quicklinx=3446
One Touch 160GB 7200rpm external HDD USB2/Firewire
Ģ125.99 inc VAT (Ģ107.23 ex VAT)

Answer:external hard disk

Rookie, i'm not positive about this but I think it can be done as long as your BIOS gives you that option. If you install it successfully and go into you BIOS menu, you could change the boot order so that it searches for your external hard drive first.

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Question: External Hard Disk

Respected Members,

I have 1TB external back up hard disk...I have some important lecture videos of study material..but i am not able to see those folders when i attach disk to my laptop (all folders are invisible) but i can see those, when i attach it to my television...I dont know how this happened...plz,how can i can see those lectures on my laptop...and what is the precaution to be taken to avoild such problem in future.

Plz Help

Thank you.
 

Answer:External Hard Disk

Same problem as you, a year ago
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2947736/hard-drive-works-laptop.html

and here this year
http://ccm.net/forum/affich-31876-external-hd-no-longer-works-with-computer
 

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Question: External hard disk

I have a Western Digital external hard disk on USB. The instructions say I should stop it when closing down pc but when I select it on remove hardware icon it just says 'this device cannot be stopped now, try later' even though I have no programs open that are using the disc. Will it cause damage if I leave it on and just close down. Have done this a couple of times but wonder if I will damage it.
 

Answer:External hard disk

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Im realy fed up .......
I have wd 500gb elements (external)...driver shows on device manager and even shows on disk management as disk 1 with a deffirent letter as F I changed it as it was G but no data and cant access and doesn't show on my computer it happened diuring transferring data from my computer to the external hard drive but a suddenly shut down due to high tempretur on wd windows diagnostic tool shows as failer, lights on its working and its fan ....but.....no data I tride many ways to fix by installing and uninstalling changed the cable and cleand registrey by ccleaner but......pls give any seliution not to lose data ....over 270gb data...............

Answer:wd external hard disk

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management with your Western Digital external HDD plugged in.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Before taking the screenshot, please click on Show/Hide Console Tree, and Show/Hide Action Pane to hide those so that you get a full view.

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Question: External Hard Disk

hey how are you guys doing? just have a quick question it the same as his problem and hope you guys can help me out. i got the found new hardware message but no appearance on my computer. i tried to do through disk and i still can't see it there either wha t do i do. i know wi have to format it an I know it will do it for me but, i dont see it in disk any suggestions?
i'll check in later on to see if u guys can help me
thanks alot
 

Answer:External Hard Disk

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please post complete details on your environment and we'll be glad to help you out.

If it's just a formatting question, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management, and you can partition and format the drive there.
 

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Hi
I wanted to buy an external hard disk. My understand is Lacie, Freecom, Sony are good makes.

I looked in the sub 100 pound range, and came up with this list.
can some one suggest how i can narrow it down and select one hard disk, i am even more confused since ext. USB2 hard disks from the same make having quite a difference in their sizes are more or less for the same price.

can you suggest some features which an external hard disk should have?

Freecom Classic 80GB USB2 ext HDD
Freecom FHD-1 40 GB USB2
Western Digital Series II 80GB USB2 7200rpm 2MB cache
Iomega Desktop 80GB USB2
XIMETA Portable NetDisk 80GB USB2 2MB cache 7200rpm
Lacie P2 Model USB2 Mobile 40GB with USB2 Cables
Freecom FHD-2 PRO 20GB USB2 Ext HDD
Freecom Classic 120 GB USB2 ext HDD
Western Digital Series II 120GB USB2 7200rpm 2MB cache
Lacie P3 Model 160GB 7200rpm Ext USB2 Hard Drive inc Cbl
Iomega Desktop 120GB USB2 7200rpm
Freecom FHD-1 80 GB USB2
Iomega Host powered 40GB USB2

Answer:external USB hard disk

go with western digita; your best bet seagate and west make the best HDD's

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for some reason when i try to access my external hd, it wont open and says its not formatted. Unfortunately i have data on there that id like to keep. is there a way to recover/undo(the problem) my HD?

it was NTFS
i have tried partition find and mount and it didn't work.
 

Answer:external Hard Disk help

it was NTFS? I doubt running check disk would be of help, or accessing via a Linux Live CD. Sounds like you deleted the partition. (Been there, done that ;-( )You could try fixmbr command from the recovery console..., it is on xp installation disks and can be installed as a boot option. There are also many freeware utilities you could try here, probably the best first step. http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads38.html
 

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well, my external hard disk was working just fine then it started showing as "local disk E" and i couldn't open it. I searched online for a solution and did the "chkdsk" thing and it worked again. few hours later the problem game back.. this time what i did before didn't solve it. it only made the contents of the hard disk appear but i couldn't use it .. so i copied some of the small files i needed from my 300 gb of data on it. now it's back to the "local disk e" thing and i can't even use cmd while the hard is connected. is there a way to solve it or at least copy my files from it?
Edit: now i can't even use cmd or disk management or my computer when the disk is connected

Answer:how to fix my external hard disk

Back up your personal data while you canDownload CrystalDiskInfo.V6.2.0 and run to check if your HD is any good.Try to run: chkdsk X: /r /f ======> X is the external drive letter. Will take a while to completeIf happens again then replace your HD.

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Question: External Hard Disk

I have a LaCie 250gb External Drive - originally I had three partitions, one of 100+GB (G), one of 50+ (P)and one at 1gb (O). The latter proved to be too small and, using PartitionMagic 8 I resized it to 2gb (O) -taking the extra, I thought, from the 50+ (P)partition. However, in the process I seem to have 'lost' the largest partition (G) - containing my backup image. Anyone have an idea what happened? I have run Partitionmagic again - it lists the drive and unlike Partitions O and P which are marked as status 'None' the G Partition is marked 'active'.Please assist in unravelling this problem.

Answer:External Hard Disk

Below are the entries as they appear in Partitionmagic - hopefully this will give someone, better equipped than I, a clue as to what has happened.Lacie (*.) NTFS 187,46... 86,941.2 100,520.3 Active Primary(*.) Extended 51,011.1 51,011.1 0.0 none PrimaryLocal Disk(O:) NTFS 49,010.8 2,011.5 46,999.2 None LogicalLocal Disk(P:) NTFS 2000.2 1,003.4 996.9 None Logical

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Question: External hard disk

Does anyone know of any external hard disk drives that run on linux?

Answer:External hard disk

New external hard drives use USB 2.0, Firewire, etc. These devices are immediately recognized by Windows XP and 2000 as soon as they're connected. Doesn't Linux support this? I thought it would since it uses the same kernel as XP and 2000. I don't use myself.

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hello guys,
 
first of all im using win 8,1 64 bit .
its been some time that i cant install the windows updates.
when i hit install and it says that is downloading the updates it freezes.
so without the new updates i see that i cant safely remove my hard disk(external)
so im removing my external hard drive just like that
and today my 2tb seagate external became raw(one of the two partitions)
i really need your help here to restore the disk to its normal status and find a solution with win updates cause i dont want this to happen again.
 
wating asap for your answer
thanks in advance
 
 
 

Answer:raw external hard disk

Firstly, I would not have the external drive attached when doing updates. 
 
That being said I would download Testdisk for Windows and unzip the file to a folder on your desktop. Run Testdisk and do a QuickSearch. After a QuickSearch does it detect both partitions on the external drive? Highlight the RAW partition and press the "P" key. Do you see your files on the RAW partition? 
 
Windows  This is the file to download
 
If doing a QuickSearch does not detect both partitions then do a deeper Search. 
 
Do you have enough space on your internal drive to copy the files from the RAW partition?
 
TestDisk step by step

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Hi all,Ive got a external hard disk 320gb plug abd play I plug into my usb port and windows says this is a high speed unit. I plug it into my high speed usb2 port and the computer will not reconise it.I have looked through previous threads and one says that any thing above,I think, 120gb windows will not reconise it.The unit is from PC world and the make is a maxtorCan anybody help ???????????Thanks

Answer:external hard disk

Hi, is it formatted NTFS?

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hello!my brother bought an 80Gb 2.5" external hard diskfor my pc. I transferred 74.Gb and have 37.9 Mb left. Butnext to total size it says 74.5Gb. Where has therest of the 5.5Gb gone??? Can someone explain?Thank you!!

Answer:external hard disk

It is because manufacturers use 1000 bytes for a KB when in fact it is 1024 bytes.So your 80GB was never 80GB80,000,000,000,000 /1024 /1024/ 1024 = 74.5 ish

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I just bought a new external hard disk a few weeks ago, a Samsung 80gb one. It was working fine until a few days ago. I plugged it in as usual and added some files to it and cleared the recycle bin. About 20 minutes later I plugged it in again and this message appeared: "USB Device Not Recognised: One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognise it. For assistance in solving this problem, click this message." I tried the troubleshooting thing but it didn't help. Nothing appears under disk management. In device manager, it appears as unknown device and says that no drivers are installed for the device. When I tried it out again a few hours later it worked well again. But a few days later until now, the same thing happened everytime I plugged it in, either that or nothing happens at all. Is there any way I could solve the problem? I'm sure sure I did not bump it or anything. Thanks for the help!
 

Answer:External Hard Disk Malfunction

First, do you have this plugged in directly to the USB ports on the motherboard ( back of computer) or thru a hub? many external drives must be plugged in directly tot he motherboard rear USB ports to work correctly.

if it is plugged in directly to the mobo then you need to determine if the Device is at fault or your system is. try the device on another computer if it works with no problem then you know your system is the problem. if it doesnt work then Return the device for a refund or replacement.

If it si the system that is the problem the most likely cuplrit's are 1. the usb controler hub is defectivee or going bad. 2. YOur PSU has unstable voltages and the fluctuations are causing the problem. Check your voltages with a program like SpeedFan. pay particular attention to the +3.3 Volt rail.
 

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I recently purchased a LaCie 120Gb external hard drive but have been unable to format the disk. I am using Windows XP Home edition and used the Disk Management facility found in Control Panel/Admin Tools/Computer Management to format the disk in NTFS file system. I have tried to format the disk 3 times as a single partition. This took well over an hour each time, only to be met with a message at the end of the formatting cycles: "The format did not complete successfully." The indicator lamp on the external disk flashes whilst the formatting is supposedly proceeding. The partitioning appears to have been successful, as the disk is shown in the right-hand pane of the Disk Management window, and the status is shown as "Healthy". The drive letter allocated is also shown. My existing hard disk "C" drive is FAT 32 file system; does that make any difference?Unable to get any help from the manufacturer.

Answer:Formatting external hard disk

What happens if you go into My Computer, right click and select Format?

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I am running XP Pro SP2. I used Norton Ghost to clone my C: drive to an external hard disk, which is connected directly into the computer using USB 2.0 (although Firewire is also an option). I selected this drive for the boot disk in the BIOS, and the boot begins, and is reading the external hard disk (the internal C: drive is disconnected at this time to simulate a failure). It seems to load the boot loader ok, but never loads Windows - instead it just loops back to starting the boot process over and over again. So is it even possible to boot from an external hard disk like this? Or what am I missing? Thanks.

Answer:Booting From External Hard Disk?

Yes, this is possible, for some computers.

Your computer must have a BIOS that supports booting from USB. You must have made a good image. And your external hard drive must be of the type that will support this also.

A common issue with external USB hard drives is that there is not enough power coming through the USB port to power it up properly. In this case it will work better with an external power supply, if your external hard drive supports this.

I hope this helps getting steered in the right direction to find a solution.

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i plugged my disk in and it would be visible as local disk D, but when i click on it a window would pop up saying D is not accessible the file or directory is is corrupted or unreadable.

I do not need the old corrupted data back.

My system is a windows vista home premium, intel celeron, 2 Gb RAM, 2,20 Ghz.

Pleas if u would help me i would be grateful.
 

Answer:corrupted external hard disk

I forgot to tell you that I tried formatting it twice, and every time i try to safely remove it it says that i cannot windows is still using it.
 

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1:35 AM 4/15/2011Advance System Care Pro Ver.3.7.2.-System Restore @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Hello, Advance System Care Pro Ver.3.7.2.-System Restore @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ " Changes made to drive(s) M:\L:\K:\L:\ after this point cannot be reversed because the drive was either excluded from System Restore monitoring,or was turned off or removed "I cannot Roll back to the date before the changes becos the roll backis only for a few days shown on this Programe.So how do i insert my required date for roll back ?I would appreciate very much if you will kindly advise mehow do i solve this problem

Answer:maxtor external hard disk

You would be better posting here: http://www.iobit.com/help/

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My USB connected external hard disk has stopped working. It appears as "Local Disk (G). In properties, it says "Used Space 0 bytes" "Free Space 0 bytes"When I look in "Hardware" it tells me "this device is working properly."When I try to format it, I get the message "Cannot format".File system in properties is listed as "RAW"About the same time my PC refused to boot up, until I unplugged this hard disk.Running XP home SP3.Is the disk terminally dead, or is there something I might try to revive it?

Answer:Cannot format external hard disk

In Vista, Control Panel > Administrative Tools Select Computer Management then Disk management, also similar for XP. Your drive should be listed there, you will have to format it by right clicking on it and selecting format. Make sure you have the right before doing so, you will loose all data on the drive! Select full format as it's a virgin drive, then go watch TV or something as it takes hours, literally.The above was post before in the forum and this is a copy and paste of the thread.Does it help you?

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Hi, my toshiba 1tb external drive has become unaccessible after working fine till yesterday. When i plug in the drive the green bar ontop keeping forward and if i click on drive Explorer hangs. It also doesn't disply detail in my computer like free space. On previous threads you have asked for picture of disk management, i cant post it as it becomes unresponsive as soon as i plug in the drive. After searching for a while i am using photorec to recover files but it going slowly. Should i use ddrescue or clonezilla? Any other software?please any help would be appreciated. It is important that i recover my files.

Answer:External hard disk unaccessible

You could try burning a light weight linux distro to a CD such as Puppy Linux and see if your ext HDD is recognized along with the files.
https://www.winhelp.us/kaseke/recove...ppy-linux.html
Note when you mount partitions with puppy linux you can simply drag and drop folders from source to destination. When you drop you get options - select the copy not move.

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Hard disk works on my laptop every time (windows 7) but when I try to connect to PC (windows 8.1) it sometimes works but most of the times it will give me "fatal disk error" and not work. Sometimes i can see it but if i try to change anything, copy, move - it will say it takes 3 hours instead of 2 min. then crash with the same error message. I've tried several different USB ports front and back, none of them works 100%.
Thank you in advance.

Answer:External Hard Disk not working on PC

This could be a USB2/USB3 issue.
Laptop USB2, Desktop USB3?
Is the drive powered from the USB port?

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Hi.. Im having problem with my External Hard Disk. When i plug in to my computer i cant open Computer management OR My Computer (even if i can i cant see my ext HD) but when i unplug my Ext HD Computer management opens and My computer and etc...

Any Idea what is the problem or how can i solve this without losing my file inside?
 

Answer:External Hard Disk problem

A little more info would be helpful in the diagnosis. i.e. the specs of your computer, OS, the external drive.
 

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Hello. There is my problem:
I get BSOD while uploading data to my external Hard disk. In the begining there were no BSOD's but after a while it began.. Firstly while trying to upload large data AND read from it at the same time. And now it get's EVERY time i try to upload (not read) ANY data to it. I tried fixing errors and bad sectors, didn't work.

Dell Inspiron 1520

Some stuff: OS - Windows 7 Professional;
x86;
Originally was no OS installed;
Legal full retail version;
Hardware is like 2 years old [1 year ago internal hard disk, keyboard, touchpad were changed do to an accident];
Age of instalation.. Like 7-8 month;
Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 2100MHz
Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT 256mb

Something about my external Hard Disk:
LaCie 1 TB
More info: http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=11016

Answer:BSOD while using external Hard Disk

Trying to upload..

Can't upload second file, so there's the link:

http://uosis.mif.vu.lt/~keko8143/UPL...7_jcgriff2.rar

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HAVING CONNECTED A NEW EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE IT SHOWS ON MY" DEVICES AND PRINTERS" AS UNKNOWN DEVICE AND NOTHING I DO CHANGES THAT..............FAILED TO INSTALL AT WITS END

Answer:external hard disk not shown in this pc

Hi harehouse
 
No one can help if you don't state the exact model you're using.
 
Regards.

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Hello and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.Im an audio engineer to be and I have a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 and its running off my iLink Firewire port that came with my Toshiba P300-150 laptop.My laptop has two hard drives, both 250Gb. I was told since they both run at 5400 rpm that I would run into a read write error from Cubase saying that there are too many tracks being recorded and the hard disk can?t keep up. I was advised on getting either an upgrade of my internal hard drive to a faster model or get an external drive.Well, guess what happened?First recording with it and I got cracks and pops, the track I was playing in Cubase to record along to stopped playing every once and a while until finally I armed an extra track and Cubase gave me this error that my hard drive wasn?t up to the job.So, I have decided to go for the external drive option.EDIT:See end of post for a more concise question. I ranted a bit here lolHere are my questions:I?m going to go and get an express card for my laptop (my terminology could be wrong, I can never remember the name of the slot in the laptop.) and plug the external drive into that.A user of another forum pointed out that Toshibas generally ship with Texas Instruments firewire ports and that seems to be true as there are no connection problems between the Saffire and my Toshiba laptop so I may as well leave that with that slot and get the external hard drive going through the express card slot.SO, now here are my questions... Read more

Answer:External Firewire hard disk.

LaCie d2 1TB Big Disk Extremeclick here|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318 External 320GB 2.5 Firewire 800 7200 Disk Driveclick here|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318 External 320GB 2.5 7200 Firewire Hard Disk Driveclick here|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318 1TB LaCie d2 Quadra External Hard Disk eSATA FireWireclick here|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318In terms of the card I need I have no idea what to look for really. I checked the Toshiba site. I have 1 x ExpressCard slot

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what should i do, when i unable to format my external and when i click on xternal it appears the parameter is incorrect
 

Answer:external hard disk can not format

How does the drive appear in Disk Management? Does it appear in explorer? Is it initialized and partitioned?

Are you sure that you are trying to format the correct drive? Do not use drive letters to identify them since they can change.
 

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   I have an external Hard disk. I want to install antivirus software in whichCan I do so.Could there be a conflict between the protection program on your computer. And protection program is located on the external Hard disk

Answer:antivirus for external Hard disk.

You can only install one anti-virus program.  It will protect all drives connected to the computer on which the anti-virus is installed.

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Hello.
I am unable to open my verbatim external disk on my new laptop windows 8.
in addition I encode with bitlocker.when I click on, I have not the small rectangle where i the password, it says (F: \ Application not found)
My verbatim 320GB model # 53014
this is my video: Partage de gros fichier - Page de t?l?chargement
thank you for giving me your support.

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First of all, hello everyone!

I have a Dell XPS laptop and use an 80 GB external hard drive for storage. I actually found a site that has the drive which can be found here:
Toshiba (MK8032GAX) 80 GB IDE Hard Drive Product Reviews and Price Comparison - Epinions.com

But I am running out of space and was thinking of buying a new drive, say at least 250 GB.

I checked with the local computer store and they had 320GB for CAD 72.00, which I found quite reasonable.

The only thing is I am not sure if I should get SATA or IDE, which the guy at the store asked me and I had no idea what the difference was. I think the one I have right now is IDE (it says on the site I posted above) but I don't know much more than that.

My main concern is speed, as I will be using the new one to store movies and it would be better if I could just watch the movies straight from the drive rather than having to copy it onto the pc because the speed is too slow.

Also, as I have a laptop, it would have to connect via a USB port, so I would need an enclosure (or hard drive box), which I am aware of!

So any advice on would be much appreciated

Answer:External hard disk drive?

If you have USB 2.0 you have a max of 480 mb/s. Sata gives you either 150 or 300 mb/s and IDE gives you either 100 or 133 mb/s.

Long story short use Sata because it will use more of the available 480.

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Recently, my external hard disc dropped down frm my writing table on to floor, After that, I connected it to my PC, the PC detected the hardware yet the PC did not show ''Hard drive'' when I clicked on ''My Computer''. Is my hard disc spoiled and cannot be repaired anymore??SAD............ T.T ...a lot of my pictures are inside...
 

Answer:External hard disk problem

Does it spin up? Is it making any noise (Clicks?).
If it was running when it fell, there's every chance it's dead.
HD s are not a good choice for backing up important files.
Cloud or optical storage is safer and more reliable.
 

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I have problem with my SATA disk. I used to connect it by USB to my hp530 (notebook) in Windows 7.
But now it needs formatting and type is not NTFS but RAW. And it has no size! I tried program TestDisk, but it writes: "the harddisk (750 GB / 698 GiB) seems too small! ((1500 GB / 1397 Gib). Check the harddisk size: HD jumpers settings, BIOS detection... and that cannot be recovered". Problem was caused probably by voltage in USB (no viruses, no new installs). I tried another computers.

This HDD is 750 GB, not 1500 (I donīt understand, why is there 1500). I donīt want help how to save data or how to format this disk. I need you help to get disk back useful and with no change in data. I hoped that testdisk will help me, but I donīt know what can I do with that "harddisk seems too small".

Can somebody help me? :-(

Dan
 

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I hv window vista business edition OS. I purchased 500 GB seagate external hard drive as I wish to transfer my collection of songs and photos from my laptop to hard drive. How do I partition the hard drive in three parts. It comes with integrated software for backup and I have registered on net with seagate.I am not been able to backup my files. No funny answers plz.

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Should i be worried if my external USB2 Lacie 250GB hard disk is very hot to touch? After a few hours of being on it get really hot (could probably cook eggs on the thing lol) and i was wondering if this is normal? Is it worth considering buying some sort of external fan for it?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Scorching external hard disk

Specifications say operating temperature is up to 55°C (131°F)
 

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Hello all..I have a problem that i hope anyone here could help me out with.I have an internal hard disk that i use in my PC, i moved to the States for my studies and i have the disk with me. I got myself a USB adapter to get files off the disk to another machine. When i plug in the USB, windows detects the hard disk, a balloon pops up at the lower right hand side of the screen saying new hardware detected and all that. But, when i open 'My Computer' the hard disk icon is not there.What should i do? Is there a way to mount it with MsDos?Please help... its my work files since 2002..    Thank You

Answer:issues with external hard disk.. please help...

Try hooking it up as a slave drive internally.

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hi guys,

I have been using this WD external hard disc from last one year. all of a sudden its not getting recognised in my computer. below are some details...

- I am using windows XP.
- tried restarting the laptop, no luck.
- change the USB cable that woks with another external HD.
- It is identified at the USB icon on the desktop as USB Mass storage device, but my computer will not recognise.
- In th disc management its not getting recognised.
- my laptop is recognising different hard disc drive and able to see the contents in it.
 

Answer:My external hard disk is not getting recognized

It's possible that the disk has gone bad or the controller inside the external enclosure has gone bad. One option would be to remove the drive from the external case and either install it in the PC or put it into another external enclosure and see if it works.
 

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Hi,
I've been having a problem with my external hard disk not working on my laptop
It works on my desktop, which has XP. It doesn't work on my laptop,which has windows 7. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:my external hard disk works on xp but not 7

Hi Shelbourne104. The hard drive is recognized on the virtual xp? If so, are any usb devices recognized on 7?

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I have a Seagate External Hard Disk connected to my Vista computer by USB. I do not keep my Hard Disk switched on all the time because I only use it for extra storage. I never usually shut down my Computer, as I find sleep mode excellent. My problem is that often, when I switch off the HD and try to switch it on again at a later date, the computer does not recognise it. It does not register on Windows Explorer. Switching the HD off and on does not cure it. This does not happen every time, but when it does, the only way I can cure it is to do a restart, which I find takes too long on Vista. The restart solves the problem every time. I there any cure for this problem. Incidentally, every time I switch off the HD, I go through the 'Safely Remove Hardware' routine. And I have another Freecom HD which never gives me this problem, although it is used very infrequently. Also My USB devices work through a powered hub, but by-passing the hub does not make a difference, and I never have this difficulty with any of my other USB devices. Allan.
 

Answer:External Hard Disk not recognised.

I have not received any offers of help in response to this post. Are there no suggestions at all? Allan
 

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Hi !
I am using IOmega EGo SuperSpeed 2.5 Inch 1 TB External Hard Disk .

I bought it something like 2 months ago, it was running fine till yesterday , but now whenever i connect it to my laptop, a windows message prompt gets prompt up saying "You need to format the disk in drive:G before you can use it."

i tried running CHKDSK but it didn't work, when i ran CHKDSK it said, "Unable to determine the volume version and state. CHKDSK Aborted

I surely can not format my drive as it contains some important data related to my studies and academics .
So plz tell what to do
Plz reply ASAP !!!!
 

Answer:External Hard Disk Inaccessible ??????

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Hi
I have a 1TB iomega Select Desktop Hardrive.
I have used it to back up data, but never had the need to restore any of the data.
Now I need to access the Ext HD ands restore some of the data.

I have connected the Ext HD on 2 machines and in both cases the Ext HD is not recognised.

Question - How long does ity take for a PC to recognise the EXt Hard Disk?

Is there something I am doing wrong?
 

Answer:Recognising an External Hard Disk

It only takes 10 to maybe 30 seconds from the time you pw ON the external until you can access the drive.

External drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a few reasons;
1 The extra interface of the enclosure. This can fail and the drive be just fine.
2 Shock damage from you moving the external around, etc
3 Heat. External drives are NOT made for continuous duty. Unless they have a cooling fan [which almost none do] they are made to switch ON and make a backup then switch OFF.

Have you tried opening the enclosure and connecting the drive as an internal drive?
 

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Hi,

I?ve just installed win7 on my laptop, before of it I had XP. In XP when I saffetly remove my hard disks after a while (5 seconds aprox) it turned off, i.e. it just didn?t vibrate more and as I think it means that it stoped to take energy from the laptop. My external HD use just one usb for data and energy. I post this thread because when I saffetly remove the same external HD in Win7, after it says that it is possible to disconnect it the HD remains vibrating, i.e. taking energy from the laptop issue that worry me because I feel that if I disconnect it in this way I will damage it.

Please tell me what could I do to fix it.

Excuses for my english hope you could help me.

Thanks for your attention,

M

Answer:How to turn off external hard disk

Does it have an external power supply as well? If it does it should have a switch to power it down. How are you telling it to shut down?

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i have a 320 gb western digital external hard disk...it worked properly for 1 year..but now when i connect it to the computer i cannot find it in 'my computer'..but it is being displayed in the task bar for removing the hard ware safely. when i connect it i can hear the spinning sound like everytime ...plzzz anyone help mee...
 

Answer:External hard disk problem

Try this see How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Storage Drivers.

Also does the drive have its own AC power? if yes also try
> Power down machine. unplug usb cable. Turn off external drive

Turn on computer. Replug USB cable and then turn drive power back on
 

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Hi everyone please help...
my Toshiba external hard disc also facing the same problem can not recognize, and once to plug in the message pomp out as below:-
"USB Device Not Recognized
One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and windows does not recognize it. For assistance in solving this problem, click this message"
Can someone help in kind please.. thanks all..
 

Answer:Toshiba external hard disk

Yeah Reine, my older Passport drive will do that too sometimes cause the data cable is a bit finicky. I'd just unplug the external and power it down. Wait a few, then plug it back up to USB and power it back on. If that dont work, throw in a computer reboot, before u start messing with driver uninstalls and such.
 

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Hi, i have an external disk on which i accidently deleted all the data so i want any help from any person who can know the best way to get all lost data back on my disk i've tried with data doctor software it didn't work out so please help me by sending the answer of how i could possibly resolve that problem
thanks
 

Answer:External hard disk's backup

We use Recuva,for routine stuff, which is free with a gurgle search.
We have had terrific luck with this programs found in the Data Recovery section of www.majorgeeks.com:

Easus (free)
Avira Unerase (free)
Active File Recovery (paid)
Active Undelete (paid)
BitMart Restorer 2000 (paid)
File Recovery Angel (paid)
File Scavenger (paid)
Get Back Data NTFS (expensive and good)
iRecover (safe)
NTFS Undelete (free)
Recuva (free)
Undelete (paid)
Undelete Plus (paid)

It is best to pick one, and become good at it.
 

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Hi im having problem with me external hard disk 40gb space. its possible to make it Bootable
for windows 7 OS. i need to reformat my PC and my Dvd is not working properly.
Flash drive also been affected by a trojan virus a shortcut file i already try to delete it Using Cmd but its not working. can someone help me.
 

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I hv window vista business edition OS. I purchased 500 GB seagate external hard drive as I wish to transfer my
collection of songs and photos from my laptop to hard drive. How do I partition the hard drive in three parts. It
comes with integrated software for backup and I have registered on net with seagate.I am not been able to backup my
files. No funny answers plz.

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Hi all, i cant find the icon of the external disk in MY COMPUTER. Even the computer show find the new hardware connect to the computer, it is no problem before, anyone can please give me advice on this, thanks!Gary

Answer:external hard disk problem

Can you make sure the External Hard Drive works on another computer?When you connect it, exactly what happens?

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I am looking for an External (portable) Hard Disk Drive for back-up/storage of files on PC - mainly photos, music and movies - looking to spend around c. Ģ50?Not sure what I should be taking into account when looking (apart from memory size) but found this:I am looking for an External (portable) Hard Disk Drive for back-up/storage of files on PC - mainly photos, music and movies - looking to spend around c. Ģ50?Not sure what I should be taking into account when looking (apart from memory size) but found this:click here =1-3Any good? Anything else that others may have come across? Any other considerations I should take into account when choosing?Any good? Anything else that others may have come across? Any other considerations I should take into account when choosing?

Answer:External Hard Disk Drive

Your link didn't work! I have the 120G version of click hereIt is self powered from the USB port.

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Hi,When I attach my external harddrive I can't see it in 'This PC'.When I look in 'Device Manager' it shows up as 'EXT HDD 1021' The drivers for this device are not installed.I use the drive to backup my computer.The backup using the external hard drive worked in December 2014.I have tried the external hard drive on my old laptop and it works no problems.How can I get the drivers back?I'm running Windows 8.1 64 bit. 

Answer:external hard disk not shown in this pc

hi ro51,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
If you insert another USB storage device (e.g., Flashdrive) on the same port, are you able to see it in "This PC"  under Windows Explorer? 
 
If other storage devices are not automatically detected, can you try the following:
- Open Device Manager > Other Devices
- Right click on the 'EXT HDD 1021 > choose Update Driver Software > 'Browse for driver software on your computer
- Select Browse and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository and ensure that Include subfolders is checked.
 
When finished, hit Next and observe if the USB storage driver gets installed and see if you can now see the USB external HDD.
 
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
Regards

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i've a seagate freeagent goflex...my pc detects the hard disc but hangs when i try to open...the problem is with the hard disc as this happens to every pc it is connected to...i've tried to format but it does not happen..
 

Answer:problem with external hard disk

as its detected do a repair on it first http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265
 

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Hi,I recently bought a Vantec NexStar 3 external HDD enclosure (internal SATA to USB 2.0 and eSATA), and mounted a Maxtor 300Gb. drive inside. The PC it's connected to has a Gigabyte motherboard; I'm running Windows XP Home Edition w/ SP3. The issue is that though the external drive works fine, it spins down after 2 minutes of inactivity. Every time I want to access it, it has to "wake up" which takes a number of seconds. This doesn't sound like much but I find it intensely annoying. I can't find any Windows settings that would account for this; hard disks are set to "Never" with regard to spinning down for power saving. Any ideas as to what is going on here? This really is a nuisance.

Answer:external usb 2.0 hard disk spins down

did u check the sata settings in the BIOShttp://serveradministrators.blogspo...

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My external hard disk has just stopped responding.The message says "Error performing Inpage Operation"Is there any way I can get in to retrieve my files?

Answer:Cannot Access External Hard Disk

Can you run chkdsk /f for that drive?

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I have just bought a b50-10 and installes windows 7 ultimate.  Internet explorer, device manager and administative tools do not see my 500GB external hdd connected through the usb 3.0 port.  It cannot be the disk drive as my b590 accesses the unit with no trouble.  I can also access the drive when connected via a usb 2 port on my desktop PC. Can anyone help with this problem? Mod's Edit: Corrected model number in Subject line.    

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How to repair corrupt
external hardisk...??
 

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Hello,
I brought a new 1 TB seagate free-agent external hard drive. I connected it to my laptop which runs windows VISTA.
when i connected it for the first time, there was no problem in my laptop recognizing it or its ( wotever installation if you call it so ). so I transfered all my data as a back from my laptop ( aprx abt 100gb) to the new hard drive, and even double checked it on the new hard drive and everything was fine. later i disconnected the hard drive via the SAFELY remobe hardware. Later after abt half an hour I tried connecting back the hard drive to my same laptop, but it would not just show up. i tried everything liek trying to restart my system, connecting and disconnecting my external hard drive, changing the connecting USB cable, tried on different systems ( vista, XP) but the it would just not work( but the light on the hard drive does glow up). I ve noticed that for teh first few mintues( say 5-10 mins) there is some kind of slight sound from the hard drive Now all the data is on this hard drive and i am lost. I cannot affrord a data recovery options as its very expensive.
so i was just praying and hoping that someone could please help me out of this mess. Can someone out there please help me .
Regards.
Ravi.
 

Answer:My external hard disk would not be recognized

My external is not always recognized. What I do and it seems to work is to power it up for a min. or two before plugging it into a usb port.
 

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Hey everyone,

My hard disk recently stopped working...initially due to the USB hard disk wire. The wire began to have some problems since it would just turn off the hard disk randomly. Then I would have to move it in weird directions in order to make the hard disk work. So, I plugged in my hard disk to get some important data since I would need it, and I would later go and buy a new wire. I plugged it in, and within 10 seconds, the hard disk turned on and off about four or five times, so I took out the wire.

Now I have a new wire, yet the hard disk is not working. When I plug it in, a install new hardware wizard pops up, and says to install the USB Device. I am pretty sure it is not the wire's fault since it works with my mobile phone. So I was wondering if my hard disk is completely gone or if it is possible to fix it.

I have tried steps 1 and 2 from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/817900/en-us
However, I am not sure if it is pertinent to my problem since it talks about the problem being with a specific USB port and not USB device. I am afraid to try step 3 since my mouse is attached with a USB.

When I plug in the hard disk, the light on the hard disk turns on, but it does not spin (no noise).

By the way, I am using Windows XP.

Thanks in advance,

frenzynator
 

Answer:USB External Hard Disk not working

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Hi Guys,

Would like to seek your assistance on this matter, I tried opening video files in my Seagate hard disk but it seems that there are some issues:

01) Hard disk lags when clicking on it.
02) All files are in there, but when I open the file it lacks
03) Some files cannot be opened (VLC says bad descriptors)

Tried looking for answers online, it could be some bad sectors or bad descriptors, Am currently doing a CHKDSK. Here is the current report:

Log Name: Application
Source: Chkdsk
Date: 13/10/2015 12:13:35 AM
Event ID: 26227
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: AV17
Description:
Chkdsk was executed in spotfix mode on a read-write volume.
Checking file system on I:
Volume label is FreeAgent GoFlex Drive.
Examining 14 corruption records ...
Record 1 of 14: 0x1 Bad clusters in file "\Documents and Settings\1 <0x1,0x11d2>" starting at file offset 0x1000 ... Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6e8d8000 for 0x1000 bytes.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6e8d8000 for 0x1000 bytes.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6e8d8000 for 0x1000 bytes.
corruption found and fixed.
Record 2 of 14: 0x1 Bad clusters in file "\Documents and Settings\1 <0x1,0x11d2>" starting at file offset 0x3000 ... Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6e8da000 for 0x1000 bytes.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6... Read more

Answer:External Hard Disk maybe corrupted?

Hard disks can go from unreliable to totally failed without any warning. I had a Seagate 3TB reporting problems one day, and before I could back the files off the drive, it totally failed.

So, once you start getting these failures, you should copy off the files and folders -- while you still can!

Unless you're willing to pay a HUGE sum to have the drive rebuilt by commercial data recovery services (which typically start at $1000 USD), then there is nothing you can do to salvage the drive.

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my 320 gig seagate free agent go has been acting weird over the past few days, its slow when data is loading from it. I did connect it to different pcs to see if my own computer was at fault but its confirmed that the portable behaved weird on all the computers i tested it in. the movies folder is especially very slow, movies lag when i watch it from this portable.
I have attached a screen shot
 

Answer:Problem with my external hard disk

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