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Will a 4 TB Internal/External hard Drive work with Windows XP?

Question: Will a 4 TB Internal/External hard Drive work with Windows XP?

I have a hard drive enclosure that was made by Sabrent that is currently not in use. I purchased it earlier this year from Amazon.com (See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001PHLMAE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 [Date accessed: 03-14-2015 @ 7:36 PM]). I have a 4TB SATA Internal Hard drive that is currently not in use. I purchased it earlier this year from Amazon.com (See http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LO3KMK0 [Date accessed: 03-14-2015 @ 7:38 PM]). My question to you is will this SATA Hard Drive, inside the hard drive enclosure, work with my Windows XP Operating system. I also have a 2 TB Hard Driving made by Western Digital somewhere in my house.

Please keep in mind that my motherboard model number is NF4UL-A9. I purchased it from this website earlier this year:

Biostar NF4UL-A9 Socket 939, AMD Motherboard
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331243140431?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
(Date accessed: 01-27-2015 @ 11:52 AM)
(Search engine used: Ebay.com)

The motherboard above was made on or around 2004. I have 4GB (however, it only shows 3.2 GB because it is 32-bit) of RAM installed on that motherboard.

In general, I have two computers. I have the NF4UL-A9 desktop. In addition, I have a HP Pavillion Laptop (Model Number dv7-6b32us) that I purchased in December 2011. It has Windows 7 Ultimate Operating System.

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Preferred Solution: Will a 4 TB Internal/External hard Drive work with Windows XP?

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Answer: Will a 4 TB Internal/External hard Drive work with Windows XP?

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i have a seagate 7200.8 250 Gbyte internal harddrive pluged into a RocketFish USB 2.0 Hard Drive enclosure. I'm Running Windows Vista Home Premium on my toshiba notebook and when ihook up the enclosure into my laptop it makes the noise that it finds the enclosure but nothing comes up in My Computer to get into the te hard drive. the hard drive was bought new and first put into a desktop with Windows XP, but itook the hard drive to BestBuy and when they pluged it into there computer there running Vista it worked fine. it wont work on mine can anybody tell me what might be the problem???
 

Answer:External, internal hard drive wont work on Vista

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hello i have 4 hard disk on my pc 3 hhd and one ssd on ahci mode but the Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external why?

Answer:Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external.

Do you have hot plugging enabled in you BIOS?

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hello i have 4 hard disk on my pc 3 hhd and one ssd on ahci mode but the Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external why?

Answer:Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external.

Do you have hot plugging enabled in you BIOS?

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Hello! I have an internal WD 750GB "green" SATA hard drive. I took the hard drive out of the computer and have put it into an external USB hard drive bay. However: when I plug the external hard drive bay into my laptop, windows recognizes the drive (including the correct model number) but says I need to format it before I can use it.

The drive is allocated a letter in "My computer", but if I try to enter the drive it asks whether I want to format.

The drive also appears in the Device Manager (but with no partition shown). I can click on a "populate" button and it then shows a partition with the correct volume size but this doesn't solve the problem.

I've also checked the disk by going Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management and it shows the drive as being a "RAW" partition which is not correct.

I am running Windows XP but I also get similar problems when I check on a different laptop with Windows 7.

I've tried the external hard drive bay with 2 different drives and the same problem occurs so hopefully the drives themselves are OK (I can't check them in a different computer for now unfortunately). The drives appear to spin up OK.

I would prefer to avoid formatting the drive as it has data on it. I do have a copy of the data at home (in a different continent!) but would prefer to avoid waiting until I next go home.

Any idea what the problem could be? I wonder ... Read more

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Hi Everybody, I have had my T410s for 9 months and I love it. No problems at all. I was a contractor so I could use whatever laptop I wanted. Now I work for a big company that issued me a Thinkpad T410 with Windows XP. Now the T410 model has a huge heavy battery compared to the T410s. An ex-colleague of mine used to have a T60p with 2 internal Hard Drives one with Windows XP and one with Windows 7, and he could boot the computer with the Hard Drive of choice. Does anybody know how to do that? I already got the bay and the Windows XP Hard Drive inside the T410s. Thank you in advance Nicky

Answer:T410s with Windows 7 and additional internal Hard Drive with Windows XP. How do I make them work?

You hit F12 at boot and it allows you to select between HDD0 and HDD1. I'm pretty sure HDD0 is the internal, and HDD1 is the UltraBay. I'm certain you will have a fair bit of driver issues if the T410 and T410s have different hardware, especially on XP.

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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I have a Sata 160 gig hard drive which is partioned 50/50 NTFS/FAT. The C: drive is used for applications and everyday stuff and the D: drive is used for storage of music files, photos, videos etc. this is rapidly filling up and I'm thinking of another larger drive for storage purposes only. Which would be better an external plug in or an internal one? bearing in mind I've only ever fitted memory modules and replaced a cd burner drive with a dvd drive in an older PC, would an internal one be hard to fit? would it have to have an operating system on it? or do you thing a portable device might be better?Also need to think about cost as wellThanks

Answer:Internal or External Hard Drive?

External deffo! You usually just plug in and it will play. You can also take it with you or keep it away from the computer and PCW are flogging a 500gB ONE FOR 80...click here=

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Hi,

I want to increase my storage space and I was thinking of going for either an internal or external hard drive. I was thinking of getting 250GB for my desktop, but i've noticed you can get 500GB or 1TB or a few bucks more, so might as well get a bigger one? But then comes the question as to how long these would last? Is it a one time investment or 3 years down the lane it would stop working?

Also, I'm not sure how the Ext HD works. For example, can I install a PC game on the Ext Hard drive and then play it from there? Or that will not work? I know I can download stuff to it, but can I actually use the Ext HD to run programs, like DVDs, music or most importantly video games.

The one i'm interested in transfers data at about 400MBps through the USB @ 7200 RPM. Not sure i that makes a difference....

Would really appreciate your help here!

Regards,

S
 

Answer:Internal vs External Hard Drive.

Hi there,

Well from my own personal experience I've found my internal hard drive to be much more reliable than the external, although I did carry the external hard drive around a lot so it might have become a bit battered etc. lol.

Anyway, I very much doubt you'll be able to play something like a game although you wouldn't have any problems using video files from the external hard drive. The main problem you'll have with games is that because of the amount of information having to be accessed and because you'll most likely be connecting the external drive to a USB port or at best, a FireWire port, you'll notice performance issues and the hard drive just won't be able to keep up with your computer's requests because of the slow transfer rate.

Cheers,

Andrew.
 

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got an older compaq ipaq intel pentium III computer w/ 256 mb, 8455 mb hard drive & only 1.1 gb free space on c drive.  so i gotta have more space & am thinking about buying one of following external hard drives on sale: 1)Maxtor Shared Storage Drive w/ 200 gb for $93 or 2) a Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 w/ 200 gb for $80, or see if I can remove the Seagate internal hard drive & install a larger hd. anyone know if this computer is capable of running a newer faster internal hard drive or would i be better off adding 1 of the 2 external hard drives?  also i read one gent's horror story about downloading maxtor's cd at:http://www.computerhope.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?num=1166019659/7#7would the maxtor external hard drive work ok w/out downloading their cd?  thanks all & merry christmas!

Answer:internal vs external hard drive

dede...If you plan on keeping this computer, you'd probably want to install a larger internal drive.  It just depends on how confident you are with your computer abilities.  Are you replacing the old drive and reinstalling the OS or are you JUST looking for more space?  If it's the latter, then you just might want to purchase an external drive.  They're easy to install and can be switched between other computers relatively easy.As far as installing Maxtor's Backup utilities, that should be optional.  The only thing needed to make the external drive function is the driver.Merry Christmas!

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I was wondering if there was anyway i could use my old hard drive from my desktop as an external drive for my laptop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.Keep in mind that i am not computer literate.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive as External?

Welcome to Computerhope anotherJeff.Use a external USB enclosure.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817609001

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My brother has PC with with a couple 2-3 hundred gigs. He is already running out of space on his computer, as he is a gamer, but only has two games. I've tried to delete a bunch of unneeded files, but that didn't work. Our dad then got him an one terabyte external hard drive. At this moment, I'm trying to figure out how to use it to get more space on his computer. This is my first time on this site after I looked through the interwebs to find nothing of use. Is there a way to make an external hard drive look external to the computer (run with male USB) or at least use it for extra space?
 

Answer:Using external Hard drive as internal

Not sure what you mean by your question. But when you plug in any external drive, Windows will recognize it as a hard drive and assign a drive letter to it. You can then use it like any normal internal drive.

Where things get dicey is if you intend to install programs or have programs point to this drive for basic execution. You can run into a situation where if you use different external drives that there will be a "pointer" issue. But if this is the only external drive you'll use, then it shouldn't present a problem.
 

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Is there anyway to make an internal hard drive an external USB one?
 

Answer:External & Internal Hard Drive

Yup just buy an external hard drive enclosure. Drive mounts in the enclosure that provides power and usually has a fan built in. Something like this. Lots to choose from. Just get the ones for USB input. Enclosure has its own power supply and plugs into 115 VAC or whatever the normal power is.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1204
 

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Does anyone know a kit where I can make my internal hard drive change to a external one i.e. a case where I can put it in....

Would a USB2 be better than serial? or which is the best for this sort of application?

Answer:internal hard drive -> external

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...146-034&depa=0

do you mean that?

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I have a seagate ide 120gb hard drive from my old computer that I am tempted to use as a USB external drive on my main computer.I have read numerous reports on these caddy's/enclosures/external disk cases. My question. Is it really as easy as placing this drive in one of these, attaching the cables and pluging this into a USB port on my box. I run XP home/SP2. Will this be recognised as an external storage device that I can immediately reformat?thanks in advance

Answer:Using an Internal Hard Drive as USB External

Hi alljust noticed a similar question to mine earlier in the thread, so I have my answer!

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I recently replaced my internal hard drive on my laptop. Is there any way that I can see what is on my old hard drive or use my old hard drive as an external one instead of an internal one? Can I purchase an external hard drive case and do it that way?
 

Answer:Internal to External Hard drive??

Yes, all you need is a 2.5" external USB case.

Quite cheap and very useful.
http://insidecomputer.stores.yahoo.net/2usb20alhadr.html
 

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Is there anyway I could use a old internal hard drive as a external hardrive

Answer:External/Internal hard drive

click here for very reasonable caddy's then should be ok.johnny.

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Has anyone ever opened up a External Hard Drive and installed it as a Internal Drive? I ask because my computer (HP s3700f) dosen't have the space for a second hard drive and I'l like to replace the 320 Gig with a 1.5 Tb I have.ThanksJohn

Answer:External to Internal Hard Drive

Yes...it will work.But to do it properly even if there isn't enough space would be to create a Clone image of your drive...and then clone it to the new one.Course you'll need to borrow another external since yours is going in the PC.

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I bought a larger Gig USB external drive to copy all of my files onto in case of a problem with my windows XP Pro Drive and when I try to copy or paste it over to the external drive it gets to some files and says it can not copy because they are in use and nothing is running at the time I am trying to copy everything off my computer to the external hard drive. Is there another way to do this without having to buy a program I can not afford to do on social security?

Answer:copy internal hard drive to external hard dri

What are you trying to copy, the entire HDD contents? What would be the point of that? You can't run Windows or any programs from the external drive using the copy/paste method & you can't copy windows files that are in use. If you want to create an entire backup of your system, there's plenty of free software available for just that purpose. We need an better explanation of what it is you want to do.

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

Answer:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?
 

Answer:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.
 

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to aninternal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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I am thinking of buying an external hard drive but was wondering how it compares with an internal one on performance

Answer:internal vers external hard drive

Ext - Speed limited to the USB2 speedInt - Can go bang with power supply Unit then you lose any backups on drive with it.

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to an internal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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I have been wanting to get an external hard drive to back up data for both my desktop and my wife's laptop, but they're just so doggone expensive. A friend told me that I can buy an internal hard drive with some sort of a case, get a PCI card with an external SATA hookup, and I'm good. I figure this would be cheaper (and a smaller profile to boot). I've already got Acronis True Image so I don't need any backup software. What do I need to look for when I'm shopping for stuff? I'm looking for at least 300 GB
 

Answer:Can I make an INTERNAL hard drive EXTERNAL?

Yeah just buy an external HD enclosure and bingo instant portable HD. Most of them use PATA IDE HDs and USB to connect to a PC.
 

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I have several old hard drives. Is there an adpater available to convert the 4 pin internal power connector to an external source ?
I have an adapter for the interface but not the power.

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Is it possible to purchase an internal hard drive and an external hard drive enclosure and combine the two?

Answer:Internal/External hard Drive Question

Of course you can.

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Well heres the deal, I have a WD200JB internal hard drive that I've recently put into an external case to run. The problem is i've only been able to register it for 31GB when its supposed to be 200GB, I'm running XP I've got the newest SP and updates all around, even when i use the Data Lifeguard that came with the hard drive it doesn't pick up on it being more then 31GB. What's the deal on that? Thats about all I can say for now i'm quiet bewildered on what to do, I know computers all around but i'm just new to the external hard drive scene.
Any Help Thanks.

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i just had an external hard drive die and i know, usually, the first to go is the circuit board in them so i took the drive out to see if it would work in my pc and either the drive is telling the pc it wants to boot from disc or vice versa but either way it won't let the pc start/boot up it's plugged in correct because i have a second working drive now i just unplugged that and put the drive in question there and sorry for not being very detailed i tried this a few weeks ago and don't remember the exact line it gave. the external is a maxtor one touch 3 500gb my system is xp pro service pack 3 intel celeron cpu 2.40ghz 224mb of ram.. Thanks for any input.
 

Answer:external hard drive died want to try it as internal.

What exactly are you trying to achieve? Just retrieving data?
I think your saying your hopeing it's the external box that died and not the drive itself?
You say you removed your second working drive? So you still have your first (boot drive) installed and the HD you think died?

Easiest thing I can think of is install a working drive in the external case. If it works the other drive is dead and the external case is fine.
 

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to an internal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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I have one PC (2100MHz Pentium IV)running xp and another networked (333Mhz Pentium III)running 98SE. I am looking to add an extra hard disk for backups (around 200GB is the size/price limit)Am I better off using an external USB drive or should I use an internal one in the 98SE model. This is currently only used to give permanent access to the Compleat Oxford Dictionary and a couple of other CD based applications.

Answer:External v internal hard drive for back up

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I have changed my system and have a Seagate 30Gbyte hard drive from my old computer. I thought I would be able to use it in the new machine as a backup device.My problem is that the old drive is connected to the m/b by a 'wide cable' and the new one via a totally different cable, much narrower. Not very technical I'm affraid.Is there a way that I can connect the old drive externally? Perhaps via a caddy and either parralel or usb?Any thoughts would be appreciated.Keith

Answer:can internal hard drive convert to external?

No problems at all. An external USB2/Firewire (whichever suits you - probably USB2 is marginally more straightforward) enclosure with an internal IDE interface will do you nicely. They're the commonest type and available just about "anywhere".

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Hello. Newb here. I recently took out the hard drive on my old computer and made it into an external hard drive after purchasing an enclosure for it. Plugging it in, I quicky found that I am unable to find files such as pictures, music, and videos.

Questions:

1. Does anyone know why this would be?
2. If I reconnect HD to old computer, is it safe to assume that files will reappear?

Thank you in advance for any feedback.
 

Answer:Internal to external hard drive issue(s)

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to aninternal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

Answer:RAW external hard drive after making it internal

If no data is on the drive, just format it. Same thing happened to my buddy. Plug in using USB cable, works fine, plug in computer, read RAW. Reformatting the drive was the only fix for us.

If important data is on it, you may want to hook it back up into the external casing and connect externally before doing this. Don't want to lose critical files.

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I brought a new maxtor 120gb internal hard-drive for my pc. However, I want to connect it externally through usb/serial either as a master or a slave (I don't mind as I have operating systems installed on my original hard-drive and on this new one so I can run from either).

I am sure that I saw the conversion cables somewhere before but I cannot find anything or anywhere to buy it on the net. It would be great if anyone knew what I was talking about and pointed me to a site where I could find something. Thanks.

(by the way the internal hard-drive that I want to connect externally is a normal desktop hard-drive. A similar pic is below)

Answer:Make an 'internal' hard-drive 'external'

Just buy an enclosure.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817146255

Is your hard drive SATA or IDE? The one I linked you is SATA.

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I have several old hard drives. Is there an adpater available to convert the 4 pin internal power connector to an external source ?
I have an adapter for the interface but not the power.

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How can i use my old internal Pc hard drive as an external usb
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I am new to this site so forgive me for not searching for my answer before posing the problem.

A month ago my five year old Dell running ceased Windows XP SP3 ceased booting. I ended up buying a new machine, Dell running Windows 7. Since the old machine will not boot, I have connected the old hard drive to the new machine because I need many of the files saved there. The problem seems to be entering the hard drive with access as if it were the primary source (Windows XP login and administrator PW). The new machine does recognize the drive and all the files however due to "security restrictions" I can not even view a photo from the old drive.

Is there a way I can access the old drive's files? Ideally, I would like to even to be able to access my email accounts from the old drive so I can transfer files which had been "saved to this machine" so I can transfer them to the server and in turn save them to the new machine.

I am not sure if it is possible but if I were able to create a back door remote access (without being able to initiate it from the old computer) I think I may be able to get what I need and want - like my iTunes, photos, etc...

Any help will be much appreciated, thanks
 

Answer:Accessing an internal hard drive as if it is external.

You simply need to take ownership of the files, see here: http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to...sions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm
 

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.
 

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!
 

Answer:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

Yes
it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
 

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.
 

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

Answer:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: Play.com - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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I have an HP dv6810us. its 7200 rpm and only has 160 gigabytes of space. I just bought a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB external hard drive, at 7200 rpm; model: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN. I have put ALL my movies, documents, music, pictures, and everything other than my programs and stuff that came with my computer. I only have 20 gigabytes left on my computer i was wondering how i could somehow turn my external hard drive into my internal hard drive....and how. any websites of videos that could lead me to the right place would be very helpful. i have used 140 gigs of space on my computer mostly due to the sims 3 and programs. please help!

Answer:Making an external hard drive your internal hard drive

Hang on, so if I understand you correctly you've got a 160Gb drive installed in your laptop and it's only got 20Gb free space left. So now you want to put the 2TB drive into the laptop? Sorry, but that won't work. You'll need to buy another 2.5" drive.Is the drive inside your laptop SATA or IDE?

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.
 

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The portable hard drive works on my XP, Vista, 7, and 8. When I try to access it all I get is working on it. It did open once but wouldn't open all my files. There is still over 290 GB of space avalible.

Answer:Why does my Iomega HDD 320GB external hard drive not work on my windows 10?

Could be lots of things. What format is the drive in (FAT32, NTFS, other etc). If you are able to connect to an OS on an older OS, it may well be worth backing them up on that, then format on the Win10 PC then look at copying the files back. Sounds drastic, but that's something I would consider.

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My sister's hard drive was going out, so i decided to buy her a new one. I also got an external enclosure to put the old one it. I installed the new one, and got windows to starting up, then I left. Well, she is now saying the 2.5" external enclosure will not fit her hard drive.

The hard drive in the enclosure is a hitachi 60gig, not sure of the model number. The hard drive in the computer is a 250gig that i bought from circuit city, where the enclosure is from also.

Are there special connections for this? It doesn't make sense that it would take a normal drive to replace the old one, but not be able to use a normal enclosure.
 

Answer:Toshiba Laptop internal hard drive being used as an external

Did you buy the correct enclosure to fit the drive?
Pata or Sata?
 

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Hi all,

I have a simple question, and first off a disclosure, I haven't done any system imaging before.

If my purpose is to clone an internal HDD (Fujitsu 120 GB with about 80 GB used) on an old Compaq laptop to an external hard drive (WD Scorpio Black 320 GB), so that I can actually SWAP them when the need arises (ie. install the WD in the laptop), should I expect:
a) an exact copy of the internal drive, including OS, programs, data AND boot files?
b) the above to be done with either Acronis, as provided by WD, or Macrium Reflect?

Also, since I have extra space on the WD drive, should I use it as a plain back up of data as well on a separate partition, or restoring an image works best on one simple partition?

Now, here's the kicker, I read on this and other forums about perfect Image Creations, but definitely not perfect Image Recoveries! Is there a way to test it? Testing it, as in disabling the internal hard drive (thru BIOS?) and starting Windows from the external drive, is that possible? I think not

Thank you.

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Hello all. I need some more space and I have a extra 1tb external hd. I want to turn my usb 3.0 external into a sata internal. Will this be the same performance as a regular internal drive with same specs(like if both are 7200rpm). Isn't it the same thing? Or external not made to be as good as internal drives?

Answer:External Usb 3.0 hard drive used as internal affect performance?

A hard drive will only run at a certain speed.

An external drive is used for storage, no reason for it to be super speedy.

If you want to take apart a perfectly good working external drive to gain a millisecond or 2 of speed, that is your choice.

USB 3.0 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Difference between SATA I, SATA II and SATA III

Need more space, just buy another hard drive for the pc.

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Hi

My brothers hard drive packed up after about 13 months and the computer store he bought the HP desktop only offers a 4 month quarantee. The literatuer from HP gives a 2 year guaruntee - but brother is too lazy to pursue it. He is also a computer ***.

I would like to know the pros and cons of external hard drives. We live in darkest africa and the stores here are not good at stocking the spares of items they sell.

Can anyone please advise? I am capable of instaliing an internal hard drive - but I cannot find one for his computer
 

Answer:Pros and cons of external or internal hard drive

I would say that internal HD are more reliable because you are eliminating the USB connection. If it is possible to install an internal drive I would definitely recommend that choice over an external.

Why are you having trouble finding an internal drive for that computer. What type is the original? IDE HD are getting harder to find these days but if it is an IDE drive any size IDE drive will work up to 500gb.
 

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I've got an internal 200gb seagate hard drive that i'm putting into an enclosure and running it via usb. what location do I need to have that little jumper in if this is how you are looking at the drive if I just want to use it as extra storage? :

::::::::::::::::::: :::: ****

it is currently in the second position-> ::::

edit: do i need to format the drive, first?
 

Answer:Internal Hard Drive in External Enclosure Problems

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I don't know if I'm going crazy or something, this is not the first time happened to me. For transferring large amount of data from a desktop to a laptop. (80GB - 100GB). I would usually pulled out the internal 2.5 HDD thru USB to the desktop and transfer the files directly. This is like the third times happening. I created a backup folder on the root of the external HDD and copied the files over. I took about an hour to do it. I didn't get an error messages of any kind for the whole process and safely removed the HDD after. As soon as I connected the HDD back to the laptop internally. All the files just disappeared. It happened twice on a Windows 8 HDD, and today I was a Windows 7 HDD. Anyone has the same experience, or have I gone cuckoo.

Answer:Missing files from external (internal) Hard Drive

Can you elaborate please? The partition and folder is there but files missing, or no partition either?

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hi,
i recently was given a dell d810 it had no INTERNAL HD i have since got one put it in and all i get is
NO BOOT SECTOR ON INTERNAL HARD DRIVE
NO BOOTABLE DEVICES--STRIKE F1 TO RETRY BOOT, F2 FOR SETUP UTILITY

im stuck here and have no idea how to install anything back on it anyone who could help me that would be great
 

Answer:How do I get a new internal hard drive to work

well the HD will need to be formated and it needs an OS installed.

Also did u clear the CMOS?
Have you gone to bios and checked to see if it is listed?
 

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My laptop just recently had the mobo fried, and I managed to salvage the hard drive. I bought an external enclosure and plugged it into another laptop to get the information I wanted off of it (music, etc). However, access is restricted to the hard drive. How can I access it?
 

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I have opened my external Western Digital Hard drive and have installed it SATA to my pc, It appears in the bios but not my computer....how do i sort this? i have downloaded a pc utility from WD and its approved that the HD is working correctly.

Answer:External Hard Drive to Internal......Appears in BIOS but not my Computer?

You need to partition it and format it for it to be shown in My Computer. If Windows 7 go to Computer
Right Click then click on Manage
Click 'Disk Management'
You should see your drive. It will probably say unallocated .
Right click on the unallocated drive, and choose 'New Simple Volume'
Choose what format you want it and let it format.

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I have been looking for a 2TB portable external hard drive with USB 3.0 or equivalent. I'm now thinking seriously about getting a WD:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1455023&CatId=4227

I'm hearing on other threads that external drives are not built for continuous use (cooling has been mentioned as an issue) and that one needs to go the more expensive route of an internal hard drive in a separately purchased enclosure.

I would prefer having a secondary hard drive running concurrently with my computer. I know cooling devices are available for the internal HDD + enclosure combinations. Are they available for external hard drives?

I intend to have online backup to supplement hardware backup.

Comments on this dispute?



Present :Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
32-bit
Service Pack 3

Dell DIMENSION DIM2400
Intel(R)
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
2.66 Ghz. 2.00 GB of RAM
Hard Drive Size 111.72 GB
Free Space 37.3 GB

Intending to move as soon as I find one to a new laptop with state of the art home user processing, at least 1 TB hard drive, and at least 8 GB RAM.
 

Answer:Your view on subject of external hard drive vs. internal HD in an enclosure?

Personally, I prefer buying a highly rated bare drive and placing it in a fan cooled enclosure - especially if it will be running for hours at a time.

The best internal drives (like WD Caviar Black or RE series) have a five year warranty, versus 1-2 years for pre-built external drives. To me, it's worth a few extra bucks versus taking chances on losing data due to an overheating drive.
 

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I have been looking for a 2TB portable external hard drive with USB 3.0 or equivalent. I'm now thinking seriously about getting a WD:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...023&CatId=4227

I'm hearing on other threads that external drives are not built for continuous use (cooling has been mentioned as an issue) and that one needs to go the more expensive route of an internal hard drive in a separately purchased enclosure.

I would prefer having a secondary hard drive running concurrently with my computer. I know cooling devices are available for the internal HDD + enclosure combinations. Are they available for external hard drives?

I intend to have online backup to supplement hardware backup.

Comments on this dispute?

Present :Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
32-bit
Service Pack 3

Dell DIMENSION DIM2400
Intel(R)
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
2.05 GB of RAM
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV
Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
Hard Drive Size 114.4GB
Free Space 37.2 GB
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0G1548
Antivirus : avast!

Intending to move as soon as I find one to a new laptop with state of the art home user processing, at least 1 TB hard drive, and at least 8 GB RAM.
 

Answer:Your view on backup with external hard drive vs. internal HDD in an enclosure?

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Okay I built a new PC and I know The PC hard drive is most likely infected, and I want to get the data from its internal Drive D: moved to my new built PC. I also have a USB 2.0 External Enclosure with a seagate drive in it that has Microsoft XP on it as well I want to use as well. that particular drive. It was being used on old PC as well so it might have bugs.
 
I have had Malware bytes and Nortons for over 8 years installed on my pcs. (Yes I hold a Lifetime Malware-bytes subscription) and I need to keep the hidden pesky bug where its at. I just need the Data on D and to be able to use the External drive again. I don't want to hook them up and get a virus. Since the D drive is a Western digital Veloci Raptor Drive I wont fit in the Enclosure I got, so it will have to be hooked into the new PC SATA port and powered up for a short time. to move the 200GB of Data to a Brand New 500GB Samsung 850. Just need to make sure no bugs come along for the ride. (Teenage Son has been using it) He gets to keep have it after I'm done pulling data. 
 
New PC Build 
Asus Sabertooth 990fx R2.0 
8350 FX970 EvGa16GB/ 2 x 500GB SATA 850 SamsungCOSMOS II Cooler Master
 
 
 If I need to provide any more information please let me know, and thank you in advance. 

Answer:Need Help Preventing External and Internal Hard Drive Infecting New Build PC

Bee24:
to the Bleeping Computer Am I Infected? - What Do I Do? Forum. My name is Phil, and if you would permit, since we will be working together, I would like to address you by your first name, if that is alright with you.
I am sorry to hear of the issues you are having with your computer.  Let's see if I understand the issue that you seeking to resolve.  You have a new computer and an old computer.  You old computer has an external D: drive, which is a WD Velociraptor, and which you believe to be infected.  Why do you believe it is infected?
 
The external drive has 200 GB of data files that you want to transfer to the new computer?
 
You have some options, if the above is correct:
 
1. we try to clean up the external (and internal) drives of your old computer before you attempt the data transfer.
 
2. you could make a backup of your data files on your old computer and simply restore the data files to the new computer using a "clean" external drive, if you are sure that the data files themselves are not infected.
 
If you want to try option 1, then follow the instructions below, but only if I have understood the problem correctly.  If I am mistaken in my interpretation of your problem, please post back and provide precise details of the problem and where my interpretation is mistaken and wait for further instructions from me.
 
 
 
Assuming I have understood the problem correctly and you want to try option 1... Read more

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Hi all,

Basic summary - I put together a home theater PC (HTPC) a few months ago, the internal hard drive started out ok, then started clicking with long load times, now the PC will only turn on (no image to monitor) and loud hard drive clicking. However, when I moved hard drive to external enclosure, hard drive clicked for 15 minutes, and is now silent. What's going on?

Sys Info for Helpful Laptop - (running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit) (note - this is for the laptop I'm connecting the external hard drive via USB to, NOT the PC that the hard drive was in)
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3002 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series , 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 141124 MB, Free - 22170 MB; F: Total - 715301 MB, Free - 537492 MB; G: Total - 99 MB, Free - 71 MB; Q: Total - 9999 MB, Free - 3228 MB; S: Total - 1499 MB, Free - 616 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, 2764CTO, Not Available, VF29T9693B3
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Updated and Enabled

Sys Info for Problematic Desktop (running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit)
Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
ASUS M4A78L-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Athlon II X2 240 AM3 2.8GHZ 2MB 45NM 65W 4000MHZ Pib
Sapphire Radeon HD 5570 - 1 GB DDR3 HDMI/DVI-I/VGA PCI-Expre... Read more

Answer:Seagate internal hard drive clicks when in PC, but not when in external enclosure?

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I am trying to back up my hard drive to an external hard drive. I have a 4GB file on the internal hard drive which I am trying to move to the external hard drive. I have 227GB free on the external yet everytime i try to copy the file i get a message saying "cannot copy there is not enough free disk space delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again. " it also gives me the option to do disk clean up. By doing this is shows to checkboxes one for recycle bin one for catalog files for the content indexer both are okb in size.

Can anybody tell me why I cant copy the file over when I have more then enough room?
 

Answer:Solved: copying from internal to external hard drive says not enough room when there is

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Amazon.com: Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 7200 RPM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001: Electronics

This is my Laptop: 17'' HP - Pavilion g7-2323dx, AMD A8, 4GB RAM, 640GB

Answer:Does this Internal Hard Drive work for my laptop?

Nope. That is for desktop systems, not laptops.

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I have a kaser 500GB external hard drive, i belive the enclosure is messed up because the transfer speed is only usb 1.1 speed and i've tried everything possable to change it. I was wondering if i could remove the case and just use the IDE drive as an internal drive? I want to try this first and if its not possible than i'll buy an enclosure.
 

Answer:External hard drive to internal IDE drive

Go ahead and do this... Make sure you pay attention to master/slave settings if IDE or the SATA connections if the drive is Serial ATA
 

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I am having a problem with unwanted installations to external hard drive when it seems i have no control over where program or microsoft updates install. actually the worst problem was when windows live updates and installations went to external. i did not discover this until recently and this explained why i have had to reinstall vista several times. i can always unplug the external if necessary but i would rather not. i asked western digital why this happens and they told me that since my internal hard drive is smaller than external that vista seems to not have solved this installation glitch yet. i prefer to use my external as storage for files and backups etc. does anyone know how to make my system recognize main drive as the smaller one. i hope this is clear enough to merit an answer. i have already suffered through a 3 day phone help with tech finally telling me to reinstall vista, which i did and it solved several other problems but not the int/ext installation issues.
thank you
fran

Answer:programs and updates install to external hard drive instead of internal sata

I would recommend backing up your data to the external drive. Shutting down. Unplugging the external drive. Reinstalling Vista on a clean setup. Boot up with the DVD and remove the partitions from your internal drive. Shutting down. Turn on and install starting fresh.

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I have a Western Digital Internal Hard Drive at my house that is still factory sealed. The western digital internal hard drive I am talking about can be found at:
WD Purple 4TB Surveillence Hard Drive: 1 to 8-bay: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Intellipower, 64MB Cache WD40PURX
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IMPO5OW/ref=psdc_1254762011_t2_B00EHBEUZO
(Date accessed: 03-14-2015 @ 8:30 PM)
Will that hard drive (above) work with my Hard Drive Enclosure? My hard drive Enclosure has a fan. It also made by Sabrent. I bought it from Amazon. The sabrent hard drive enclosure I am talking about can be found at:
Sabrent USB 2.0/ESATA TO 3.5 Inch IDE or SATA/SATA II Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure Case with Cooling Fan (EC-UEIS7)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001PHLMAE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
(Date accessed: 03-14-2015 @ 8:34 PM)
 

Answer:Will Purple WD Internal Hard Drive work with HD Enclosure?

I don't see why not!!!
 

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I successfully installed a new Western Digital hard drive into my Dell Dimension 8100, which is running Win2k. It appeared to install fine, and the WD software detected it, formatted partitioned, etc. all just fine.

But now my sound doesn't work. I find this very strange. I'm no expert; this HD installation was the most significant thing I've done myself inside my PC box. I know the speakers work fine because I ran some music through them just fine.

I went to the BIOS on first startup after installing the HD and changed a setting for what looked like the hd, something like 'Primary drive 1'. I figured if that was wrong I would've had bigger problems with the hd. Could that have messed up the sound card somehow? I'm 99% certain I didn't change anything else there.

I took a quick look inside the box to see if maybe I bumped the sound card, or accidentally disconnected a cable, but all appears fine. I also checked the Device Manager and it says it is working fine. It's a Creative Audio PCI card. The Windows troubleshooter suggested trying it in a different slot. I think I have one available, so I'll try that.

Apart from that, or if that doesn't work, any ideas where to start testing?

Thanks
 

Answer:Installed new internal hard drive, now sound doesn't work?!?!

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I have a Mac, but it's on it's last legs. I got an external harddrive (passport something or the other) and put all the stuff from the Mac onto it. I want to access these files on my Windows 7 Home Premium computer. I plugged the device in, the computer made a noise and installed a driver for it. Problem is, it isn't showing up in the file menu. I researched a bit and learned I needed to initialize the disk. I tried to follow the steps to do so, but in the Disk Manager, which I click, "initialize disk" isn't an option. What do I do?

Answer:Getting External Hard Drive to Work

Okay, I managed to get the disk recognized as G, but it's saying I have to format it before I can use it. Doesn't that defeat the purpose? How can I access all my stuff?

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I have an external hard drive it is a Toshiba and when I plug it into my laptop it does not work. I had it pined to my start menu but when I try to click on it. It does not work I look and saw a question mark right by my picture of my external hard drive.
Now my laptop does not see it what do I do about that. Hear is the funny thing it worked before but now it does not work right now what do I do can u please help to get it to work again PLEASE

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A6-3420M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 18 Model 1 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5606 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6520G, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 465 GB (335 GB Free);
Motherboard: Acer, Aspire 5560
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Enabled and Updated

I have two external hard drives a Western Digital 3607A and Seagate Free Agent GoFLex. When I plug them into my computers, I hear them running, lights are on, I get a message on the computer stating installing software or driver. When the message says instillation finished and ready to use, no icon shows in my computer.
Is there any way to recover the information on the hard drives or repair them?
Thanks
 

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i have a small 100GB seagate hard drive that will not connect to my pcthe lead from it has 2 usb connections, 1 is blue and the other is greenif i connect the blue 1 alone, the blue light flashes non stop, but i do not get the usb connection sound when i plug it inif i connect the green on its own i get the sound, and the blue light flashes, but still no hard drive in my computerif i connect both green and blue, i get the usb connection sound, a little icon saying mass storage device detected, the blue light flashes for an eternity and then i get bubble saying a problem has occured and the device may not work properlywhy wont it work?

Answer:External hard drive will not work

For a 100Gb drive you will need both usb's leads connected.Have you had a look in device manager for the drive. Is it new, has it been formatted?

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I needed an 800 firewire, so I could use this external for video editing. After 1 month it started not to show up on my desktop on my new macbook pro. I have tried many ways to see what is wrong. The power is working too. I go to my utility and it's icon is not there. What do I need to do please. I have some important stuff. I did go to best buy to maybe buy a shoe for it, but they only have shoes for USB port.
Thanks in advance
 

Answer:WD external hard drive 1.5 TB does not work

This bound to be under warranty, so you should contact WD support.
http://support.wdc.com/warranty/index.asp?wdc_lang=en
 

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I have a Toshiba external plug & play hard drive which has bees working fine, but all of a sudden it wont connect to my computer, I also cant find it on my computer,all was fine up until the latest vista update.when it is on it just makes the bleeping noise like when you attach anything to the pc & then remove it.Some advice would be very helpfulthanks

Answer:toshiba external hard drive will not work

I had the same problem when I updated to SP3 with my external DVD RW, the only way around it was a system restore to before SP3. If you decide to go this route make sure you HDD is plugged in before you restore.

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So My new computer build is having trouble using a certain program I like to download stuff with but my laptop can use the program no problem. My external was always hooked up to my laptop which is running vista but when I try and view the files on my desktop (running 7) it cannot look into the hard drive and see the files. I was curious if I just bit the bullet and formatted the hard drive on windows seven would it still be compatible with my vista laptop so I could download files on my laptop and move them over to my desktop with the external? Or is there a way I can have the hard drive work for both without deleting all the files?

Answer:Can I have an external hard drive work on both vista and 7?

The external should work in both the computers.

If you plug it in to the desktop, nothing shows up there in the explorer ?

Does it show up in the disk management window ?

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I bought an external HD enclosure thinking I could put a spare 2.5" Hitachi DK23AA drive into it and have a handy 12 GB USB doodad to play with. I have the jumper placed correctly (according to Hitachi) to make it a slave and I can even see it in the device manager but not in "My Computer"...there is no drive assignment being made.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Any ideas?


 

Answer:Trying to make an external hard drive work (USB)

If the device manager can see it, go into the Disk Manager (Computer Management, depending upon OS) and see if the drive is there (it probably won't have a drive letter assigned to it). If it is, right-click on the device and assign an unused drive letter to it. Should work from there... Can't give exact instructions without knowing which OS you're running.
 

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I have a Toshiba external 1TB hard drive. It shows up as Local Disc in computer but clicking on it make the Windows Explorer box not respond. I have tried uninstalling/updating the the driver in device manager however it just endlessly uninstalling/updates. I have tried using chkdisc in cmd however nothing happens. I have tried unplugging everything except the external drive however this does nothing. I have tried using disc manager however it gets stuck at "Connecting to Virtual Disc Service". I have tried several Partition Recoverytools and all of them do not work. I cannot disable it in Device Manager. Clicking populate on the Volumes tab of the properties causes the properties to not respond.

Please help. I have tried everything that I could find.

Thanks

Answer:My external hard drive is always flashing and will not work.

"...Connecting to Virtual Disc Service.." I don't understand what a Virtual Disc Service is.
What does this ext HD do in another computer? And, you have already tried Safe Mode on this computer, correct?

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This is a weird one, that started once I updated to Windows 8.1, and has persisted. At first I thought the problem was with my Siig KVM switch, that allows me to share my mouse and keyboard with two different computers. Essentially, after the upgrade, every time I would click over to my Windows 8.1 machine on the KVM, I would then have to wait like 20 seconds for the new hardware tone to chime before I could use my mouse/keyboard. This was frustrating, as I tend to switch back and forth between these computers numerous times a day. I would also hear what I thought was my external hard drives powering on every time I would switch to the computer.

Then one day recently, I decided to take one of my external hard drives with me somewhere, and for a while I did not plug it back into the PC. Walla, my problem went away! The issue has something to do with this Toshiba DWC130 3TB external drive. When it is not plugged into my computer, I can switch back and forth between the two computers with zero delay. Starting with 8.1, when this Toshiba drive is connected to my machine, and I switch to it on the KVM, I have to wait for the drive to power up from sleep before I the mouse will take and I can start using the computer. I am hoping there is some sort of work around for this. I am contemplating taking the drive out of it's external enclosure and seating it inside the computer, as this has gotten to be quite frustrating.

Any help appreciated!

Answer:USB Mouse on KVM won't work until External hard drive..?

Some external drives have bundled software(or sometimes you can download from the driver maker's site if they don't give you the software in the package) that can set the drive to stay spinning rather than spinning down after an activity time-out.

I wrote a small hack to keep drives from spinning down. I call it DriveAlive. You may download from this page:
Miles Ahead Software

I bought a Seagate external USB 2.0 drive that didn't come with any software. Turned out another more expensive Seagate external had a bundled software package I could download. The utility to control if the drive would spin down due to time-out worked on my drive. So if your external doesn't have any software see if there's a higher priced version. If it's essentially the same drive inside then the software may work on the economy model.

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Hello again,



Now let's say i buy a SATA hard drive and an external hard drive enclosure, can the hard drive still be detected on any pc? (ie: a pc based on PATA technology that uses IDE hard drives, mac, P3's, P4's, etc). Meaning will it work if I take it and use it on someone elses pc? I currently still have a Pentium 3 1.4Ghz pc that uses IDE hard drives. The reason I thought of getting a SATA hard drive with an enclosure (not even sure which one to look for), is because I've heard SATA drives are faster, and there a lot cheaper too. Older IDE drives cost a bit more now just becausing they're fading away. I want something like a 400GB drive to be able to take on the go as I work with a lot of files when I am out and I'm sick of carrying cdr's, dvd's, or emailing files to myself.


My friend said this:
If there is a sata usb enclosure than yes it will work on any pc. Because its going to the usb, but if your usb is usb 1 then there is no point in grabbing a sata unless your getting a deal on it.



Hmmm I don't really understand his answer. I just want a drive and an enclosure so I can take this thing everywhere I go, have it work on any pc, and than take it home and have it work here. A friend of mine has one where he just plugs it to the pc by usb and the pc recognizes it right away and it shows up on the screen. I assume thats plug and play technology but I dunno if all come with them. I want one so bad!



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Answer:Can Any Hard Drive & External Enclosure Work On Any Pc?

Hi. I think that you may have been asking one question, and your friend was answering another. I believe a SATA drive is considerably faster than an ide drive. I think what he was trying to get at is that the USB 1.1 interface is pretty slow, and the SATA drive would have to wait on the USB 1.1 interface to transfer data. The enclosure manufacturer should state exactly what you need to know, in terms of what enclosure to go with which type of hard drive, and MAC/PC compatibility. Good night and good luck.
 

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I have a Philips External Hard Disk Drive (SPD5420/SPD5430) that recently quit working. I had used it for the majority of the day then all of a sudden the little purple light turned off. I have plugged it into other drives and it still wont work. When plugged into my pc, it says "please insert disk into drive F." I've tried changing the path and that won't work either. Anyone know if i can possibly recover my files from this drive?
Thanks a bunch!
 

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I have an LG external hard drive which I accidentally unplugged one day without doing the safe eject. Disk Management says the drive is healthy but that the file system was RAW. I could not reformat it. So I deleted the volume and tried to reformat from scratch into NTFS as I had seen in one of your posts. It has now been 12 hours and only 41% has been formatted. This can't be right.
 

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I took apart my computer and carted it across the country. Today I plugged in the external hard drive and for some reason the computer won't recognize it.

It's plugged in to the electrical outlet and attached to a working USB. The switch is in the "on" position.

Any suggestions?

Steven
 

Answer:My External Hard Drive Doesn't Work.

Need more info ...os? XP , win2000?
Is everything else working?
Plugged in on start up or after?
 

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Hi! My WD Elements Drive worked perfectly over USB 3 before i reinstalled my PC, now when i connect it to a USB 3 Port om my PC, the drive just sits there and slowly blinks(Indicating that no data is being accepted but power is being transfered) I coudn't find any USB 3 Drivers online for my motherboard(Specs Below)
Motherboard: AsRock FM2A88M Extreme4+
CPU: AMD A8-6600K APU
RAM: 2x4GB of some kind of Kingston ram
OS:Windows 7 64x
HDD: WD Black 500GB

Answer:WD Elements 2TB external hard drive does not work through USB 3.0

The drive works on another computer with USB 3, so not a problem with the drive!

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hi i dont understand why my external wont open on vista?

Answer:how to format the external hard drive to work

i have a lifetec SATA&IDE TOUSB 500gig external hard drive and i am unable to operate it on any windows well it wont show up anywhere is it not formatted ? and how do i format it to work?

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I have 2 USB 3.0 ports on my laptop, they used to work with my LaCie Minimus USB 3.0 external hard drive, but since a few weeks they just stopped behaving as USB 3.0 ports.
Every other USB 2.0 device works fine with it, and my hard drive works fine with the USB 2.0 port I have. I have tried installing latest drivers to no avail.
Can anyone help me with this, I've been trying for 3 days now.

Answer:USB 3.0 Ports don't work with my USB 3.0 external hard drive.

Can you be more detailed about the change in behaviour, what sort of speeds are you experiencing against what you have known\expect ?

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Allright,here's the problem.I installed my external hard drive in the proper port,and it started to work,but then my desktop icons dissapeared.Was able after a lot of work to get everything back,then dissconected external hard drive and restarted my computer.When I did I got a message that reads something about files waiting to be burned onto a disk.Can you help?

Answer:Why wont my external hard drive work with my

Burning to disk means the CD/DVD burner not the external hard dive. Not really a big deal. At some point you can find the files (links to files) under the cd/dvd drive and simply delete them.All that has nothing to do with the external hard drive.I don't get the proper port deal? Any old usb slot ought to work.1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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the hard drive works, just not the pack.
My usb ports are good, I tested them with my jump drive, it is getting power (leds are lit), but windows isn't recognizing it.
I have XP Pro.

Any ideas?
 

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When I connet my external hard drive to my computer, it doesn't show up on my computer.  Can anyone help?

Answer:External hard drive doesn't work

Try it in another computer, first.

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My USB external hard drive does not work suddenly. It was disconnected accidently without waiting safely removal sign last time when I used it. I tried with new cable, re-boot laptop etc., but so far no luck. I put many files job related in it and desperately need to fix this. Please help me!!! BTW, another external hard drive works with the same laptop. so...
 

Answer:USB external hard drive does not work suddenly

Does the external USB drive has a light that comes on when the unit is plugged into a usb port? also does it require an external power source when plugged into the laptop?
 

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Not long ago, I bought a Seagate FreeAgent 500GB external hard drive. It was working just fine until I accidently knocked it over. When it fell it bumped the leg of a table pretty hard. Immediately after that, I started getting popup balloons on the taskbar saying 'write error' or something similar. Then I tried to doubleclick on the drive in My Computer and it froze up. So then I unplugged and replugged and it said 'USB Device Not Recognized.' Those error messagesn were the last I heard from it. Then I restarted, and after that, the drive would not display in My Computer at all, would not even react to the computer at all. I tried it on two computers. Still, nothing. I noticed a strange sound coming from the hard drive. It's a sort of melodic buzzing with a beeping sound every few seconds. Sometimes it goes completely silent. So what I need to know is:

- What can I do, can I fix it myself?
- If not, how much can I expect to pay to get my data recovered? At the very least, I need a listing of the files that were on the hard drive, just so I know exactly what I'm missing. I might be able to replace them myself if I know exactly everything that's on it.
- Is the hard drive fixable? If not, will the warranty cover replacement?
- Also, I called around a few places and the most reasonable one said it would cost around $100 to fix it. Is this worth it?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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My motherboard is ASRock m3a770de. I built my machine 3 days ago. I have one Hiatchi 500gb internal HD, and one 1TB external HD.

I am running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition.

After building my computer three days ago, I installed windows, and my external was not being detected through eSATA in the BIOS or in Windows "Probably need to install drivers" I said.

So I put in the CD that came with my motherboard, and installed the AMD All in One Driver that was on it. Restarted, and hey, my external was showing up.

Today, after installing SP1 (not sure if thats what did it), my ext hd was no longer showing up again. I reinstalled the driver on that CD. Now, I'm not sure if it even installed the first time, because it said it was currently uninstalled through the ATI catalyst installation program. But it didn't work this time. I'm not sure what got it to work the first time. But my eSATA drive was being read in IDE mode for three days. When trying to get it work the first time, I did plug it in via USB to see if it would work, maybe that had something to do with it working the first time?

Anyway, I changed my registry to start up in AHCI mode, and then went into my bios and changed my storage config to AHCI. Upon booting, windows would not load with my external HD turned on (anybody know why?), but loaded once I turned it off. Windows then installed AHCI drivers, and upon restarting, both hard drive, external and internal, were being detected as removal ... Read more

Answer:Why won't my external hard drive work in IDE mode through eSATA?

Check your boot order, sounds like you system is trying to boot from the external drive.

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