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How to turn off external e-SATA drive?

Question: How to turn off external e-SATA drive?

I've been searching around for a way to turn off my external e-SATA drive, instead of having to shut down my computer every time.

In my search I read in another forum one member who suggested, "With my Win7 installation, I went to the JMicron site and downloaded the appropriate driver installer package, executed it, and it found the controller and installed the drivers. The eSATA controller now shows up on Device Manager (as a JMicron JMB36X Controller under "Storage Controllers") and performs hotswap properly, automatically recognizing any eSATA disks that are plugged in or removed."

Well, I installed the JMicron file just like he said and now I see it in Device Manager, but I'm still no closer to figuring out how to shut down my external e-SATA drive. I'm curious how this controller performs hot-swap? I haven't been able to figure it out.

I also took the advice of someone else on another forum and used Disk Management to turn my external drive into a Dynamic Drive. I'm not sure if this was a good idea or not, because now the drive runs all the time and is very warm to the touch. Before I did this the drive didn't run constantly. Now I have no idea how to undo it. Unfortunately, this didn't enable me to make it unpluggable, either.

So my question is, how do I enable this external drive to appear in the taskbar so I can shut it down? I thought the JMicron thing would do it, but so far I haven't been able to figure out how.

Thanks.

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I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?

Answer:W10 Recognizes My External SATA II Drive As SATA I - Why ?

Ex_Brit said:

I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?



A few questions come to mind: is the drive plugged into a eSATA port on the computer and its cable rated as SATA II? Or is it in an External USB drive case that is plugged into a USB 2.0 port or maybe a USB 3.0 port?

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I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?

Answer:W10 Recognizes My External SATA II Drive As SATA I - Why ?

Originally Posted by Ex_Brit


I solved a similar problem in Win 7 by uninstalling an Advanced "6G" Storage Controller and letting Windows install its generic driver but I have no idea what to do in Win 10 because of the dumbed down way everything behind the scenes is displayed, which appears not to have anything remotely resembling such a thing.
Anyone else having similar issues? Or am I doomed with my now-almost-extinct 2009 Alienware machine?



A few questions come to mind: is the drive plugged into a eSATA port on the computer and its cable rated as SATA II? Or is it in an External USB drive case that is plugged into a USB 2.0 port or maybe a USB 3.0 port?

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I have a seriously mother of a problems.

I received a 300GB Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATA hard drive for christmas. I also got an external SATA to SATA drive enclosure and a SATA PCMCIA to make the complete package an external SATA hard drive.

After installing the hard drive inside the case, and installing the PCMCIA SATA card in my laptop, I plugged everything in, in hopes that I could use my 300GB right away.

The problem lies in that nothing happens when I attached the external enclosure to the SATA Card Bus. Windows detected the installation of the SATA Card Bus, but nothing happened when I attached the drive. After rebooting many times, and entering Windows Disk Management, nothing worked. It doesn't how up in Disk Management, BIOS, or Explorer.

All the parts are brand new. I have tried 2 different SATA data cables. I have updated my BIOS to the newest version as well as re-installing Windows XP in hopes that a clean install would resolve any unkown issues. I have even tried the entire package on another laptop, but it didn't work.

Are they any configurations I have to go through with Windows XP in order to use a SATA hard drive? I simply want to use for storage purposes.

My PC specs are:

IBM ThinkPad A31
Intel Pentium M Processor - 1.9Ghz
256 MB DDR Ram
30GB Internal Hard Drive
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
Microsoft Windows XP Professional

The external enclosure is by Bytecc ME-720S and the Card Bus is by "Best Connectivity." However, the... Read more

Answer:External SATA to SATA drive not working!!!!!

Update all your drivers and make sure for your laptop you have type II pcmcia slot. Still have problems, then call customer support for the product. I don't think theres an official way to do what your trying to do, so in other words, what you have isnt meant to work that way so that may be why your having conflicts, it's not exactly gauranteed to work.

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I am running Windows 7 Pro. Have a external dual dock connected to a estata port. One of the drives assigned letter K often comes up as E and I have to change as application is looking for K. Another disk in this dock works fine. No problems.
Does anyone know why this might be happening or anyway to prevent?
Seems like when I go to disk management and assign K it should stay that way.

Answer:External Sata drive will not keep assigned drive letter

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Terrym


I am running Windows 7 Pro. Have a external dual dock connected to a estata port. One of the drives assigned letter K often comes up as E and I have to change as application is looking for K. Another disk in this dock works fine. No problems.
Does anyone know why this might be happening or anyway to prevent?
Seems like when I go to disk management and assign K it should stay that way.


Try assigning a drive letter a "distance" away from your existing drive letters.

For example, change the dock drive letter to Z and see how you get on with that.

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I have a 320gb Sata external drive that I have put into a Sumvision caddy but when I connect to my laptop it is not recognised. Ican hear it spinning in the caddy but it is not being picked up by my computer. What, if anything, am I doing wrong? Thanks.

Answer:External Sata USB dRIVE

My computer - right click - manage - storage -disk management.Can you see the drive there?If so right click -initialise -format.

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OK I don't think my mobo supports SATA HDD's. However on Ebay SATA Drives are much cheaper than equivelent EIDE drives.External USB Enclosures are available at reasonal prices for SATA drives.So... If I buy a SATA Drive and a SATA/USB Enclosure will the SATA drive work with my PC? I already have an EIDE USB drive that works well but I need something much bigger.My Mobo is Winfast 748K7AA, I'd rather not muck about too much inside the case.

Answer:External SATA Drive?

Yep, should do. It's the USB interface that counts, as the caddy is doing the conversion.

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I've just got an external case for my SATA drive but I can't find its location on my OS, its not in 'Computer' where the rest of the drives are. Any ideas how I find it?
 

Answer:External SATA drive

What OS are you using?
 

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Hi guys,I have purchased an external drive housed in a 2.3 SATA external case. I have used the tool administator to do the partitioning and formatting of this drive, and the result would always read healty. Now when I want to read the music stored on this deive it alway come up with the message "Windows - Delayed write failed" . I wanted to creat a multiple partition on the drive thinking that if I divide the drive into smaller portion it will be readable or what do you feel? but I do not know how to creat more partition on the drve could you help

Answer:External SATA drive.

Option 2 & 3 from click here may help.

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I've just purchased a brand new 100gb SATA external hard drive, I then got  an enclosure for it. When I connected the USB connection into the computer it picks up that there is a mass storage device but I can not access it. I've checked through Device Manager and it says it's working ok. I've tried on two seperat computers running XP and both say the same, I've also tried to download an updated driver for it but it seems I have the latest. I have also downloaded a diagnostic tool from Fujitsu it says there is a power supply problem. There are no red lights on the enclosure only a solid green one and the hard drive is running. Help  

Answer:SATA hard drive (external)

And have you used the Disk Management tools to partition and format it? That is the next step.  

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I am considering using an external SATA drive for my system as a backup.
Any pros or cons for going external that I should consider and for the enclosure any models/makes that would be good buys based on quality and reliability.
Thanks
 

Answer:External SATA drive enclosures

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Hey all

At the moment, I am using a very old pc (don't ask!). The mobo is an Intel D101GGC. It is very slow, tho maxed out on RAM, but it works.

I have a hard drive, salvaged from a previous pc, which I had working via SATA cables/usb. I decided to buy a caddy, shoved hdd in, and upon connecting it, light comes on, disk hums, get the usual "ding dong" sound, and "found new drive/drive ready to be used" comes up.

However, the drive doesn't show up under My Computer, nor in Disk Management. I can find it as a mass storage device under usb in Device Manager tho

I have uninstalled and reinstalled it; checked with Tweak UI, and all possible drive combinations are ticked; scanned for hardware changes.

I should say this is a powered 3.5" SATA enclosure. The drive has my entire music collection on it, and is 250 gb.

I really could do with your help, before it and pc fly through the window!

Many thanks.
 

Answer:XP does not recognize external SATA drive

install Tweak UI and then...

click on My Computer, Drives,and check marking Drive F.
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/find-your-missing-usb-drive-on-windows-xp/
 

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I'm sure there have already been queries about this.I want to buy a new external drive. Do I need to bother if it is IDE or SATA? Does this make any difference to me in using the drive?Thanks

Answer:External Hard Drive - IDE or SATA

Hard drives are available in two basic flavors: SATA (serial advanced technology attachment) and IDE (integrated drive electronics). IDE drives use a 40-pin connection (look for the wide, flat cable). They are the more common drive format and tend to be cheaper. In the past few years, drives using a faster, simpler SATA connection have come to market. SATA drives tend toward higher capacities and transfer data at six times the speed of IDE drives. Remember that data transfer is only as fast as the slowest connection, so the higher speed of a SATA drive is wasted if the data is handed off to a USB 2.0 cable that moves bits at one-sixth the speed.

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I have an old EIDE Seagate drive I would like to use as an external USB backup. I have an external USB connector for the Seagate drive. If I connect the Seagate drive via USB, will the drive work without causing data loss to the internal SATA drives? Thank you in advance for your replies.
 

Answer:Can I use an EID drive as external with a SATA motherboard?

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I have just bought a SATA external drive and can't get it to work I have standard ATA system will that be my problem, the computer has Windows XP version 3 installed please help
 

Answer:Solved: Sata External Drive

Not if you are using a USB connection.

However according to the standard specification a USB connection point at the computer can supply a maximum of 0.5 Amp which is not enough for many older 2.5" laptop size hard disk, let alone the desktop size 3.5" hard disk.

You need an external power supply or use a twin head USB cable (by hooking to 2 USB port to get 1 Amp current supply).
 

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So I bought a 200 gig WD Serial ATA hard drive and put it in a Serial ATA enclosure. I also bought a Serial ATA PCI card to support it.

I have everything installed, but Windows won't detect the hard drive. Do I have to format it first?

Runnin Windows XP, SP 1
2 Hard Drives already, in ATA
512 megs ram
P4
 

Answer:Need more help with external SATA hard drive

did you install the PCI card drivers? get the latest from the manufacturers website.

then,
with the drive attatched, go to start>run and type Diskmgmt.msc and press enter (alternatively, go to control panel>administrative tools>computer management>disk management)

the drive should be located there and labeled RAW. right click and format it
 

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Hi guys,i have connected an externel sata hard drive to y pc(ide peripherarals)but the external drive does not show,is it it is sata.Does it aen i have to connect it to a sata pc before it will work.Thank you.Or there could be something else i can do.

Answer:sata external hard drive

Is it connected by sata cable to PC or by usb?if sata cable you may need to enable some sata ports in the BIOS

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With XP MCE SP2 using a Western Digital SATA hard drive in a external enclosure, which has both USB and eSATA connections, can the sata connection plug be hot swapped just like USB, or do I need to turn off the external drive first, then disconnect it?
 

Answer:e-sata with external hard drive

Everything I've read and heard says its hot-swappable just like USB but if you have the time, its prudent to power down if you're moving the hard drive in the least because you could bump something or jostle it enough to cause some damage in its most vulnerable state. Even the USB drives get the safely remove hardware option that probably should be ahered to but few do I suspect.
 

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I had my external drive setting up on my tower when I accidentaly knocked it on the floor. I thought that the enclosure kept it safe,but when I tried to boot it up, my pc will not recognise the drive. It can read the USB enclosure,but not the SATA drive. What is the best software to recover the info or at least pull a directory listing from the drive?
 

Answer:I dropped my external SATA drive

If you are sure you didn't damage a connection...
Get data back
http://www.majorgeeks.com/GetDataBack_for_NTFS_d2773.html
 

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I have just taken delivery of a 2.5" Toshiba hard drive model JHDD2H22 B. I am running XPPro SP 3. The enclosure instructions have driver for Win 98 but no mention of XP.
A previous IDE external drive was plug and play but this one is not recognized by the system. The instructions suggest that the disc be "Configured to MASTER" and then partitioned. Well I can find no jumpers etc to enable me to set master or slave and I cant partition it without it being recognised by the system.
When it is plugged into it powers up and shows a steady red LED.
Help would be appreciated
 

Answer:SATA external hard drive

bg9208 said:





I have just taken delivery of a 2.5" Toshiba hard drive model JHDD2H22 B. I am running XPPro SP 3. The enclosure instructions have driver for Win 98 but no mention of XP.
A previous IDE external drive was plug and play but this one is not recognized by the system. The instructions suggest that the disc be "Configured to MASTER" and then partitioned. Well I can find no jumpers etc to enable me to set master or slave and I cant partition it without it being recognised by the system.
When it is plugged into it powers up and shows a steady red LED.
Help would be appreciatedClick to expand...

STOP PRESS
I have now tried loading the WIN 98 driver supplied which has not made any difference to the drive being recognised BUT after plugging in the disk, after a few minutes I got a blue screen headed BAD_SPOOL_CALLER,
Stop: 0X000000C21(0X00000007,0X00000CD4,0X00000001,oX88763CD8).

The file I ran was named W98ED_setup (0711131)

The PC thern went into a prolonged memory dump.
 

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I recently bought a Seagate SATA 320 GB hard drive/Veris (by Antec) MX-1 HDD Enclosure with USB 2.0 connection but I am having problems connecting to my Windows XP SP2. The computer recognizes to some extent that it has been connected (it shows up in Computer Management>Devices>USB Mass Storage Device and Computer Management>Disk Management) but it does not show up in My Computer and I cannot save any data on it. I have seen people on other threads with the same problem and the answer is usually that it needs to be partitioned.

However, I was under the impression that partitioning a device made it very reliant on the operating system (or vice versa). Rather than having these 320 gigs as a "second hard drive" (as I've seen others call it), I'd rather have it as "Removable Storage" - like a big clunky USB flash drive. I want to be able to remove it and use it on other computers whenever I need to, just like I can with my more compact 2-inch flash drives.

If possible I would also love to figure out how to make it work on a Macbook. I had been hoping that it was as simple as having compatible files (I'll only be putting mp3, jpg, gif, and possibly mpg files on this drive), but I'm sure it's not that easy.

Thank you so much!
 

Answer:SATA external drive: partitions?

Not quite that easy. Different OS's have different file system reading abilities and differing file systems, regardless of the file types.

There are programs available for Windows that allows it to read Mac file systems. Probably vice versa as well.

Partitioning is required before any drive can be used by any operating system. Without the "invisible lines' that file systems and partitions create on a drive, there is no way for the operating system to locate the contents of the drive.

You'll need to make some decision. FAT32 is probably the most compatible file system in use, but it is not universal for all OS's.

These sites give some info on cross-platform drive solutions:

http://www.macwindows.com/disks2.html
http://www.macworld.com/2006/07/features/ww_drives/index.php
 

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The hard drive space is running low on my notebook.
I'm planning to buy an internal SATA hard drive then connected it externally through a SATA supported HD case. I know that pc need special PCI card to add SATA drive, I wonder this set up will work for my notebok? will it cause problem with the IDE HD on the notebook?
 

Answer:external SATA hard drive?

You would have to have the right connector. If it is an external drive, it is likely Firewire or USB 2.0. USB is likely on your laptop, Firewire not (unless you own a SONY). You can get a PCMCIA card to add Firewire functionality.

If you have USB on your laptop, it may be USB 1.1, not 2.0, check because the speed difference is excrutiating.

Firewire is is preferred in my opinion.
 

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Will my external WD hard drive (used for backups) work with a PC that has internal SATA drives only ?
 

Answer:External IDE Drive vs Internal SATA Drive

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everything seems to be installed correctly but the device is not listed anywhere on my pc. i had a friend remotely access my pc to see what was going on and not even he knows. computer says its functioning properly but its lying to me i cant access it at all. the driver disk that came with the external case was a mini disk and the computer wont read it. regardless its working correctly but not found
please help

Answer:Sata To Usb External Hard Drive Not Working

There's many things that can cause this problem. But the most likely problem is that the hard drive is dead.

Other problems could be:
- the case is broken/defective
- the computer does not recognize the device
- the computer has assigned the wrong drive letter to the hard drive

Does the drive show in Disk Management? If not, then I'd highly suspect that the drive is dead. You'll have to reinstall the drive in a computer and then run a bootable diagnostic to test it.

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ok my friend has a device to be able to use a IDE internal drive externally
via the usb port i was wondering would something like that be able to be found for a sata drive. The case i have only has 2 slots for sata and it came with a dvd lite scribe burner and a HD both sata but I unhooked the burner for now so i can use my other sata drive that already had my apps and music,movies on it from another pc. the cd burner that is hooked up is a reg ide I dont know what the name of the device he is using or if it even has a name but its pretty neat has a power cord for it and you put the hard drive in it well slide it in and he hooks the internal drive to the usb port thru it.
 

Answer:SATA hard drive external adapter

This one.

http://www.usbsataadaptercable.com/

Mike
 

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My wife's computer has an EIDE drive installed. It will not take an internal SATA but can I use an external SATA drive via an USB port?
 

Answer:Solved: External SATA Drive Recognized

Yes. The machine sees just USB.
 

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I have a 400Gb SATA drive which was purchased about 18 months ago. I've been trying to use it as an external USB drive on Windows XP Pro (SP2), using two different makes of SATA USB 2.0 enclosure. The drive connects OK, and shows up as an external drive, but as soon as I attempt to copy any data onto it I get problems: either Explorer hangs, or I get "delayed write failure". This happens within 2 minutes of initiating the file copy.

I've tried copying different folders and files, and I've tried it on 3 different machines (3 different motherboard makes, but all running XP SP2). In each case I connected the drive to one of the rear USB ports (i.e. not to an external hub).

I tried this with two different brands of USB 2.0 SATA enclosure, and got exactly the same result. In both cases the enclosures were independently powered by DC power adapters.

I then installed the drive internally into one of the machines, to check that it wasn't faulty. It installed fine, and I was able to copy huge numbers of files to it without any problems, so it looks as if the drive is OK. I also left it running there all day without any problems.

I just purchased a Lacie 500Gb external USB 2.0 drive and this works perfectly well with all of the 3 PC's that failed my tests with the other drive enclosures.

Is there any reason why specific SATA drives may be unsuitable for use in external USB enclosures?
 

Answer:Problems with SATA drive in external USB 2.0 enclosures

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With a external hard drive enclosure for Serial ATA hard drives, are there available IDE adapters for both power and data ? This is to allow me to connect a PATA IDE drive to this sata enclosure, or is that not even possible, ? thanks.
 

Answer:SATA to IDE adapters for external drive enclosures?

just buy and IDE enclosure
OR
get something like this - some even come with a power supply

edit: seeing as your in the USA, have a look at NewEgg
LINK1
LINK2
 

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Hi

Just been handed a Conceptronic CHD3SU external USB sata drive with no power supply and no rear panel.

Anyone know what the voltage is for the external power supply ? (It's printed on the rear panel)

Thanks
GCT1
 

Answer:Solved: Voltage for external USB sata drive?

It needs 12V @1.5 Amps according to the users manual: http://download.conceptronic.net/manuals/C05-210_CHD3SU_v2.0_User_Manual_ML.pdf
 

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hi i have a Maxtor diamond max10 sata/2 inside an external caddy with usb2 connecting it to my desktop and i have a connection timed out message quite often how do i solve this i have been told i need to change the connection speed but do not know where or how to if this is the right procedure any way ?

can any 1 help

(p.s this is my first post sorry if this has been posted before but i searched and couldnt find anything )
 

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Hi,

I bought a SATA drive and seperate external enclosure, but I've been unable to get XP to recognise as a drive. The enclosure is USB 2, into my USB 1 port. When connected I get the "safely remove hardware" icon, but no recognition of a drive in My Computer, Computer Managementc. I've tried it with an ATA drive, the enclosure works fine, and I've tried the SATA drive in another PC, again no problems. Partition Magic won't start up, saying I have a "Bad Partition Table"(!) The only things I can think of are

1. I have no SATA on my laptop and
2. it might be a dodgy SATA cable (although I think that's unlikely)

Any suggestions? I am at a complete loss as to what to do! Thanks in advance!!
 

Answer:External SATA drive not recognised as harddrive

TomMcLaren said:



1. I have no SATA on my laptop andClick to expand...

I`m thinking you might need a PCMCIA card like this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16815108109 but not necessarily that particular one.
 

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Does anyone know where I can find an external SATA hard drive case with SATA internal connection and USB and SATA external and if possible, firewire external connection. I have a SATA hard drive and would like to make it portable but would like to keep the SATA speeds when possible.

Thanks!
 

Answer:SATA External Hard Drive Case

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The drive have been working perfectly (via usb 2) then I tried to connect it with E-sata and all of a sudden the content is shown as strange signs and letters instead of the folder names. I can't acces the files & folders anymore

Answer:usb/sata problems with external hard drive

Are you using an internal SATA hard drive? I am not sure what may have happened. Go back to the USB connection and look for the drive in Windows Disk Management. Post all the information listed there for that drive.

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Hi,
I've googled and tried many methods to fix this over the last two hours but nothing so far as worked.

I have an old hard drive with data on it from my old Windows XP Professional computer attached to a usb port on a converter. Win 7 claims it cannot display the owner, if I try to take permission it says permission denied.

If I take down the UAC the hard drive no longer appears in My Computer.

I have tried to go in as the administrator account specifically it keeps giving me access denied. I tried using the administrator account in normal mode and using the command line 'take owner' command and it says access denied.

I tried going into administrator safe mode, but again the external hard drive won't show up.

Shortly I am planning on reformatting the current C drive and putting on Windows Xp Pro 32 bit, Win 7 and Ubuntu. Should I just wait till do that and hope it will miraculously identify it if I take control of it with Xp Pro? I'm really hoping this isn't going to indicate problems sharing files between the two operating systems on the same hard drive. Any thoughts on this would also be appreciated.

Other info: I'm using Windows Home Premium 64 Bit. There are two internal hard drives currently. The external hard drive keeps showing up as drive Q for some reason.

Thanks ahead of time for your help

Answer:Not able to change ownership on external sata drive

Try this.

Plug in your USB drive, go to Device Manager and uninstall it.

Plug out the drive, reboot and then plug in the device. Let Windows 7 install the driver.

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I was using my Acer AO 532h - with Windows 7 Starter - to do a back up of a 500GB external hard drive. This source drive was an Iomega (aka Jmicron aka Seagate) 500GB 2.5 in. SATA drive. It held the backup files for the Acer internal hard-drive (this latter had also gone u/s just recently - hence tryingto do a backup of the backups). The destination drive was a Toshiba 500GB external drive.

I used Windows (with TeraCopy) to do the transfer. It got as far as four folders (out of hundreds) when it suddenly dropped the transfer rate from MB/s down to KB/s. Then it just stopped. I thought that it was due to a lose connection - the source drive case had a micro connection (non-spec.). And the flickering blue light went out. I checked the last few folders and they were empty. I thought that the drive had failed. I now reckon it was the drive's mother board.

I bought a new case for the failed drive from Maplin - its was USB to USB - better connections. However when I mounted the SATA drive in this whilst I got a winking blue light again no drive letter was allocated and the Acer could not see the source drive (in new case) to transfer any files.

Using Windows Disk Management I found that the duff drive was viable but no letter had been allocated to it; and that all of the space on it - 465.76GB - had become 'unallocated.' The description said the drive was 'NotInitialised.'

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I woukd like to install a SATA hard drive using an external drive housing. They make a connector for the data cabe that attaches into a slot on the backside of the computer and to the motherboard via a short cable. Where can I find something for the power cable? My wish is not to use USB for it. Make it a stand alone external drive that will show up like any other attached drive. Does someone make a kit to accomplish this action? Thanks DonS

Answer:How to install an external SATA hard drive.

I believe you're referring to an eSATA port on the back of your computer. Generally speaking, external 3.5" drives have an external power supply that gets plugged into the wall while 2.5" drive enclosures are usually USB powered. I can't recall seeing a 2.5" drive with eSATA for the data connection and USB for power but they might exist.

Here are some examples of 3.5" disk enclosures with eSATA that have external AC power supplies: Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, Hard Drive Enclosures, Yes, 3.5", USB & eSATA - Newegg.com

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I just purchased a new Sata Blu-ray writer and an external E-sata/usb enclosure. I have hooked it up to my HP laptop via my laptops dedicated E-sata port. Blu-ray movies play just fine, but the laptop produces no sound through its speakers when I use the E-Sata Blu-ray drive. The speakers work fine playing music and DVD's. What can be wrong?

Answer:E-sata external Blu-Ray drive - no sound on Laptop

tomcatz2,
Welcome to SF. I'm sorry for the issue and really have no idea why other than have you completely gone though the menu options for audio in the BluRay disk? Could for some reason it be defaulting to a mute or silent mode? Also many BluRays come with out of date firmware have you checked to make sure your up to date there as well?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3967 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1791 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 448568 MB, Free - 399972 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XFWHV
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013, Updated and Enabled

I am trying to connect an internal SATA HDD as an external drive for use as a backup medium for my system.

To connect the HDD, I am using a cable-set, consisting of a power-adapter, a cable adapter (6" long, 4-pin to SATA power fitting), two-sided femaile receptacle and ribbon-cable data fitting with a shielded UBS cable attached, 6" ribbon-cable.

With no power on, I connect the power-adapter and assorted cables and adapters to 125V AC power and to a USB port of my computer and to the SATA HDD. Everything seems to fit, mechanically.

I apply power to the computer and to the assembled SATA HDD components. The computer starts normally, but I do not notice any vibration, stirring, whirring of the SATA HDD. Also, when the computer is full booted, and I look at My Computer with Windows Explorer, I find that it does not recognize the presence of anything at a USB port, particularly not my SATA HDD.

I have tried fully booting the computer and connecting the HDD to the USB port afterwards, as I might a memory stick, but it is not recogniz... Read more

Answer:Connecting internal SATA HDD as external drive

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Hi,looking at getting an Icy Box, plus a hard drive to make my own external kit.However, there doesn't seem to be Icy Box (or other) enclosures that support SATA & have firewire connections.Do they exist?Or, should I:1) Get a box with IDE support & firewire connection2) Get a box with SATA support & USB2 connectionCheers

Answer:DIY External Hard Drive - IDE -v- SATA (+Firewire)

Try Maplins click here

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Hi all.

I am looking for a new external backup drive. I wish to connect it via a SATA cable and I have the necessary interfaces on the mobo and even rear plates with SATA connectors. I was wondering if anybody had any recommendations for a good external drive that would connect in this way. Looking for 200-400Gb of storage.

Need something faster than USB2!

Many thanks for any suggestions - the ones I have seen so far 'appear' to be SATA drives connected via USB interfaces - if that makes sense.

Thanks
Steve
 

Answer:Recommendation for an External SATA (connected) drive - non USB

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I have an older 30 GB SATA drive (FAT format) that I use for backups via USB. It works fine when I connect it to my Mac. When I connect it to my XP SP2 computer, device manager shows it's there without any conflict, yet I have no way to access it - there is no icon under My Computer for it.

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I've connected a spare 2.5" sata optical drive in an enclosure to my Vista desktop via a sata cable direct to the motherboard. Power is from a 5v power connector on the
power supply.

Vista recognizes the drive, the device manager shows OK, however when I attempt to perform read or write functions from several different applications, I get errors after about 80% of the process is completed.

I've tried different disks, applications, etc. No success.

Am I missing something that needs to be set in Vista??????

Answer:External Optical Drive-Sata Connected

Hello and welcome, i was reading in a magazine , about how Sata cables are sometimes faulty. Do you have another cable to swap out with ?
Is Your SATA Cable Slowing Down Your Data Transfers? Max PC Investigates
Posted 11/15/2011 at 1:04pm | by Gordon Mah Ung

Read more here : Search | Maximum PC

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May be a bios problem

recently tried windows media center - which fired up by installing something which turned out to be on my ext sata drive.

now drive is write protected.

can't unlock it

will not accept any changes to security to drive - because it is write protected.

my login has administrator privilege
one suggestion has been to use partition program to reset write protection but not destroy data

it seems that the bios may have a glitch which may have locked it up

Ideas??

Answer:write protected external sata drive

It sounds like you pressed the wrong button when booting your computer which changed the properties of the drive.

There's a few solutions I've found on the web:
Reset CMOS to optimal settings.
Open Regedit and navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrrentControlSet\Control\StroageDevicePolicies
If there is a WriteProtect key (REG_DWORD) then
1 = Write Protect On
0 = Write Protect Off
1. Go to the disk properties page.
2. Select the 'Hardware' tab.
3. In the 'All disk drives' list, select the name of the external device.
4. Click the 'Properties' button.
5. Select the 'Policies' tab.
6. Under 'Write caching and Safe Removal', select 'Optimize for performance'.

Good luck

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I got one of these external hard drives off Ebay, and my computer cannot detect or find a driver. The packaging says I do not need driver installation for Vista, so I'm lost. Any ideas for me? Is there a downloadable free driver from the MajorGeek site maybe?

I think the guts are Samsung, but not sure.
2.5" SATA HARD DRIVE TO USB 2.0

Thanks.
 

Answer:Serial SATA External Hard Drive - need driver

If the drive is brand new, it hasn't been partitioned or formatted. The following steps are for Windows XP... Vista should be similar:
1. Be sure the drive is connected to the PC.
2. Right click My Computer and select Manage (Vista may require you to be logged in as an Administrator).
3. Select Disk Management.
. . 3a. You can skip step 2 and 3 by typing diskmgmt.msc in the Run/Search box; when you do this, you'll see diskmgmt.msc appear at the top of the start button box; right click it and select 'Run as administrator'.
4. The Disk Management Console will open. In the lower right pane, scroll down until you see the drive listed; right click on the bold print where it says Disk 1 or whatever (it will say Unallocated in the description). DO NOT try to select Drive 0! That is drive C:
5. When you right click on the bold print, select Initialize Disk.
6. Follow the prompts.
7. If the New Partition Wizard does not automatically open after Initializing, right click in the area that says 'Unallocated' and select 'New Partition'.
Follow the prompts to format it as a primary partition. Using Quick Format is OK and recommended unless you have a lot of time on your hands.
That should do it!
If you have problems, let us know and we'll try to help!

[dlb]

(if you have additional hard drives besides drive C:, be careful to select the new drive in step 4; if it doesn't say 'unallocated' or it if it shows the drive as being for... Read more

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I recently purchased a Seagate Momentus 5400.6 hard drive and a Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive flat docking station to connect via usb to my Dell XPS L702x laptop. Upon putting the hard drive in the external enclosure and connecting to my laptop via usb my computer is not recognizing this external hard drive in disk management. I can see it in device manager and it is listed as "Jmicron SCSI Disk Device". I can also see it in devices and printer listed as "Jmicron". However it is not recognized or listed in disk management and file explorer. I am a novice when it comes to hardware issues as I am more of a software guy but I have tried everything I can find on the net to no avail. ie uninstalling and installing the drivers, using seagate utilities (I cannot also see it in Seagates applications), disabling fast startup, windows devices and printers troubleshooting, etc. I suspect (maybe incorrectly) that this device is showing up as "Jmicron SCSI disk device" instead of a SATA drive but that is coming from someone who again does not know alot about the device/hardware side. I would like to make this external drive a full backup for my windows 10 laptop and any assistance that could be provided would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks for any help you may be!

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Hello, My WS external hard drive mini usb connector fell off.

Iv'e tried to weld It back to the usb adaptar on the external hard drive, but without succssess.
thus Iv'e totly dissconnected the usb adaptar from the hard drive and tried to connect It directly to the pcs motherboard via a SATA connection.
The Drive shows up on my computer as D: and seems to be empty...
From what Iv'e read from the web, WD drives could It be the encrypted, In that case how do I deal with It?
If you know somthing that might help, It'll be great.

Please help the info on this drive Is very important

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I have some NTFS partition issues when sharing a external SATA hard drive with XP and the Vista Home Premium 64 bit version. I have one 22 GB NTFS partition on that drive, which is used only for storage, also it has 3 Linux installed that are booted from a grub on the XP PC. So when I just got a newly built good Intel core 2 dual based computer with Vista, and connected that external drive by eSATA, all I did was to save some Vista files onto that partition. Then when I booted the XP PC and did connect that external drive to it by eSATA, when I attempt to open that NTFS partition, which is seen as drive D:/, it hung up lots, and the mouse froze some, but finally opened to access the folders and files. Is that issue due to the new and improved Vista NTFS file system not fully compatible with the XP type? Would the best solution to this be to just create and format a 2nd NTFS partition from in Vista, and use them separately, ( the first one use only for XP) ? Or do I need to buy a 2nd external HD?
 

Answer:issues when sharing a external SATA hard drive

I think this issue is due to some incompatibility with the Vista boot files, such as the BCD, which is; "boot configuration data", and I also save copies of the 2 main Vista boot loader files; bootmgr and winload.exe. I had used a program called; easyBCD to back up the BCD files to that external hard drive shared with XP. When it did freeze up the XP PC, the CPU did stay near the maximum of 100%, which caused the mouse to barely work. But now I will only connect and use that external SATA hard drive only with the older XP computer.
 

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Pentium 4 3.0ghz Windows Vista Ultimate
I have a brand new 500GB WD SATA2 WD5000AAKS
Its works perfectly fine in the drive bay, (Healthy, Active Primary partition) everything seems normal.

I put it into this SATA Enclosure. Windows recognizes the drive when I plug it in like normal, but if I go to my computer, disk management, or if Vista is trying to shut down or start up, Vista just hangs. As soon as I unplug the drive or turn it off everything goes right back to normal. The drive is recognized in 'safely remove hardware' with a drive letter and all, and I can even safely remove it.

The same thing happens in XP though XP does not hang up. The drive shows up in disk management as a healthy partition, and I can even delete the partition and format it but it will not show up in my computer. Same results on another XP computer

I have put a Maxtor 300GB drive in the enclosure and a WD 160GB and they both worked perfectly.

Ubuntu seem to see it fine, though it said it was a "read only" drive. (ubuntu newbie)

I've googled all I could with no luck. Could it be jumpers? I wouldn't know what to change or how for that matter, but the different settings for this drive can be seen here

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 

Answer:Solved: WD SATA drive works Internal but not External

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I have a sata external hard drive in a Creative I/O USB 2.0 hard drive enclosure case (model:sy-uen-2bk) it will not show up on my laptop Toshiba Satellite L305-S5970 running windows 7 but it will make the sound that it finds it but it will not show up under computer where it lists the drives and the dvdrw drive do I need any drivers for it. Please let me know.
 

Answer:Sata External Hard Drive won't show up on windows 7

An external USB drive should require no drivers. They're built in.

Will it show up when connected to another computer?

Does it show up in Disk Management?
 

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Is this because it has only 27.3 of 298Gb free space?Image attached.Thanks,Mike[regaining space - attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:320 Gb SATA drive in external USB enclosure shows red in 'Computer'?

Yes, the bar turns red when free space is less than 10% (29.8 GB in this case)

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I recently purchased a Seagate Momentus 5400.6 hard drive and a Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive flat docking station to connect via usb to my Dell XPS L702x laptop. Upon putting the hard drive in the external enclosure and connecting to my laptop via usb my computer is not recognizing this external hard drive in disk management. I can see it in device manager and it is listed as "Jmicron SCSI Disk Device". I can also see it in devices and printer listed as "Jmicron". However it is not recognized or listed in disk management and file explorer. I am a novice when it comes to hardware issues as I am more of a software guy but I have tried everything I can find on the net to no avail. ie uninstalling and installing the drivers, using seagate utilities (I cannot also see it in Seagates applications), disabling fast startup, windows devices and printers troubleshooting, etc. I suspect (maybe incorrectly) that this device is showing up as "Jmicron SCSI disk device" instead of a SATA drive but that is coming from someone who again does not know alot about the device/hardware side. I would like to make this external drive a full backup for my windows 10 laptop and any assistance that could be provided would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks for any help you may be!

Answer:USB 3.0 Seagate SATA External Hard Drive Not Recognized Win. 10

Most likely not enough power for the USB port. Get a Powered hub like the Orico 4 Port.

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The power went out while doing a Windows 10 update. I purchased a USB to SATA connector, connected it to another Windows 10 PC's USB port. The external hard drive that I removed from my other PC is not showing in Windows File Manager.

Answer:Unable to see External Hard Drive using USB - SATA Connector

Hello JohnRoss1969 Welcome to the Ten Forums!

The common problem is simply a drive not being seen at first when either replugged back in or moved to a new host machine until it is initialized in the Disk Management tool. This has been a common cause since XP days for any new drive external and even for adding in a new internal drive as well. Solution?

In most cases with an external enclosure and drive in it to be known to be good the quick and easy solution is a fast trip into the Disk Management tool itself to find the volume on the drive that should be seen as an unknown and right click on that to select the Change drive letter option and select a letter not already in use. J or K make for a good pair since flash drives and other internal drive like you dvd and storage drives will grab up the D, E, F, G, H, letters on the spot depending on how many there are. Here two permanent storage/backup drives see S and T used instead while another drive in a fan cooled usb/eSata type enclosure will see either J presently or K. That has "K"(c)onfidential type files stored there like online orders. etc.

If the volume isn't found right away when scrolling the window there you can go up to the menu bar>Action tab and select the Rescan Disks option to refresh the list of partitions/drives. If the size of the partition on the external drive is larger then the C drive then spotting it becomes a simple task. When and if the rescan is needed and the partition does appear you c... Read more

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The power went out while doing a Windows 10 update. I purchased a USB to SATA connector, connected it to another Windows 10 PC's USB port. The external hard drive that I removed from my other PC is not showing in Windows File Manager.
 

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Hi All,

I just bought me a new SATA 250GB Hard Drive and a external hard drive enclosure. I received the items today and I just realize the hard drive enclosure doesn't build into the way to connect to the SATA 7-pin data connector. All it has is the Parallel ATA 40-pin data connector.

Can anyone recommend any external hard drive enclosure that can connect to SATA connector directly. And there is a main reason why I choose a SATA hard drive.

Thank you so much.
 

Answer:Solved: Looking for Sata External Hard Drive Enclosure

Well, I did this GOOGLE Search and turned up a ton of them. Should keep you busy for several days looking through all the links.
 

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I am wanting to connect a 320gb sata hard drive installed in its own case and connected to the sata connection on the motherboard. Trouble is that Windows XP will not load up when it is connected, as it seems to be trying to boot from the new hard drive.If I connect it after loading Windows then it says drive cannot be recognised/formatted etc., until computer re-started, and then of course it won't boot up as before?

Answer:Advice wanted on connecting external sata drive

Check the BIOS and see which drive is the boot drive The new MB with Sata you can set up the drive as you want

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T410 with external SATA port Hi I need a second hard drive and I wanted to know which is the faster performance way to do it.  Is the external SATA port faster then the CD/DVD 2.5 drive caddy.   assuming both had the same speed hard drive thanks

Answer:SATA speeds which is faster the external port or the DVD drive bay way

All the SATA ports should operate at the same speed. That is the advantage of eSATA- you get internal quality speeds with an external device.

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The power went out while doing a Windows 10 update. I purchased a USB to SATA connector, connected it to another Windows 10 PC's USB port. The external hard drive that I removed from my other PC is not showing in Windows File Manager.

Answer:Unable to see External Hard Drive using USB - SATA Connector

Hello JohnRoss1969 Welcome to the Ten Forums!

The common problem is simply a drive not being seen at first when either replugged back in or moved to a new host machine until it is initialized in the Disk Management tool. This has been a common cause since XP days for any new drive external and even for adding in a new internal drive as well. Solution?

In most cases with an external enclosure and drive in it to be known to be good the quick and easy solution is a fast trip into the Disk Management tool itself to find the volume on the drive that should be seen as an unknown and right click on that to select the Change drive letter option and select a letter not already in use. J or K make for a good pair since flash drives and other internal drive like you dvd and storage drives will grab up the D, E, F, G, H, letters on the spot depending on how many there are. Here two permanent storage/backup drives see S and T used instead while another drive in a fan cooled usb/eSata type enclosure will see either J presently or K. That has "K"(c)onfidential type files stored there like online orders. etc.

If the volume isn't found right away when scrolling the window there you can go up to the menu bar>Action tab and select the Rescan Disks option to refresh the list of partitions/drives. If the size of the partition on the external drive is larger then the C drive then spotting it becomes a simple task. When and if the rescan is needed and the partition does appear you c... Read more

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I have installed a USB 2.0 SATA HDD External Box on my laptop.  I find in listed in devices as a USB Mass Storage Device and when I troubleshoot it the OS says that it is working properly.  But when I open Windows Explorer it is not listed as a drive.  What do I do to get Explorer to find and use the drive - I want to use it as a Back up.

Answer:Explorer Doesn't List External SATA Drive

How does it show in Disk Management ? ?If it was shipped as a blank HDD Windows cannot see/use it until it is formatted.

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Hello.  I broke my Acer laptop screen, but salvaged the 2.5" SATA 320 GB Hard drive.  I wanted to salvage my files from the laptop HD, and also continue using it as an external hard drive.  I bought a case from amazon.com, with hopes that this would do the trick.  My computer recognizes the drive, sometimes.  However, I can't read any files.  I use Windows 7 Home Premium and have an eMachine.  Additional info available if needed.

Answer:Converting 2.5" SATA HD into a external hard drive

Take Ownership...Hope this helps.

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My Maxtor 5000XT has no On/Off switch, and I cannot find the Instruction Manual.Having said that, I cannot remember any mention of how to turn it Off.Ever since I got it, I have been unplugging it but there must be a better way.Anyone know better and willing to enlighten me.

Answer:Best way to turn off a Maxtor External drive

does it have an os on it?johnny.

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I purchased an external SimpleTech SimpleDrive (250 MB) to use for imaging my hard drive. At the present time, this is all I'm going to be using it for. After imaging my drive, I will remove all the cables from it and put it in our safe--just in case we ever have to restore the image. Every day or so, I'll hook it back up and run a differential image. Then every month or so I can run another full image.

My question is, does it matter whether you keep your external drive on when you are not using it, or is it better to shut it off? I notice that it gets a little warm to the touch as it sits there. I also feel a vibration, which I am assuming is some kind of internal fan to keep it cool?

Thank you in advance for any of your ideas and opinions...
 

Answer:Should I turn off my external hard drive when I'm not using it?

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Hi
Whenever i try to turn off my WD 160 Gig external hard drive(by pressing the on/off button in the front) i get the message

"
The device WD 160JB External USB device could not be removed now!

Please close all running programs and try again later or

Click on “Yes” button to contiunue-Off process
"

i have "safely removed" the hard disk form the USB list and the 8 in 1 media card

how can i turn off my WD media centre

Answer:can not turn of my WD external hard drive

I am assuming that WD Media Center is software that you wish to remove. If you cannot uninstall it through the Control Panel (Add/Remove Programs), then you can remove it from the startup.

Click Start > Run. Type "msconfig.exe" and click on the Startup tab. Keep in mind that you can only do this on Windows XP.

You will want to erase the entries in your Registry once this process is complete. You can do that by scanning it with Registry Mechanic.

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Hello,

I thought I would try this forum as a last resort in trying to fix my external hard drive. I have all of my music, movies and college papers (5 years worth) on it and for some reason it won't turn on. My unit is a Maxtor:

Maxtor - Maxtor Peripherals PTE
Model: Maxtor One Touch III
Capacity: 320GB

It was working fine until the other day when I tried to turn it on and nothing happens. When I plug in the powersupply I get the green light, but when I turn on the unit nothing happens. When I turn off the unit (even though it doesn't turn on) I notice that the littel green light on the powersuplly flickers. I'm thinking it could be something with the powersupply, but I thought I'd check for anyone else's thoughts?

Maxtor customer support is the worst.. so i'm hoping someone here can help.

I thank you,
Jeff
 

Answer:My external hard drive won't turn on.

How is it powered? There is not much internally as far as a "power supply" goes. That is external.

If you have a light, it has power. Has anything happened to it lately?

How old is it? Still warrantied?

Anything you don't have backed up is nothing you want to keep.
 

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Hello I have an external hard drive from my old computer that the screen broke so I ordered a SATA adapter and it installed the hardware,shows up in my devices but nowhere else..I went to the disk management and it only shows the hard drive on the laptop I'm connecting it to.Everything says it's working properly but I can't get it to show up anywhere else to open and get the data off the external hard drive.Any help would be greatly appreciated!Thank you! (Here are some screenshots I took if it will help anyone determine the problem)

Answer:External SATA hard drive Disk not ready, won't initalize.

1.Check the HDD cables,if they're well connected to the device.
2.Test this HDD on another computer

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I am educating myself on backing up my disk as an image so that when my laptop drive has a problem, I don't spend 2 weeks re-establishing my environment. I'm not sure whether my question is related to the OS, the laptop, or the imaging SW (I am considering using Paragon or Macrium freeware as an alternative to the native imaging function).

Basically, I want to image on to an external SATA drive that is in an enclosure with an eSATA interface. If the resident drive becomes corrupted and unbootable, can I use the recovery disk to recover the iamge from the external SATA drive via the eSATA interface? I mean recover the image from the external drive and replicate it back onto the resident drive.

The thread Image your system with free Macrium seems to indicate that recoverability is related to the image/backup/recovery app, and I just wanted to make sure. Macrium seems to fit the requirements. However, postings at Image your system with free Macrium indicate that it isn't quite a clone, so it eliminates the option of taking the external SATA drive and dropping it into the laptop (if I should want to do that instead of an actual recovery).

Answer:Restore from external SATA drive in enclosure with eSATA interface

You can always clone your HDD...

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HI,

I purchased an adapter on Ebay that was supposed to allow me to connect my ide hard drive to my sata mobo connectors. My mobo has primarily sata but it has one ide which is already connected to my ide hard drives.

I have tried everything I can think of. connecing this and that, reversing connections, nothing workd. The instructions I was given were awful and the person I purchased is not helpful in answering questions. He hasn't responded.

Once connected I can't get it to show up in the bios The hard drive is an IDE Seagate 400gb drive. I am connecting to a sata connector on my mobo. I already have two other sata devices connected, they are two dvdr's .

My computer specs are listed above in the computer icon. The converter I purchased is listed here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300473666570&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Is there a trick to doing this?

Thanks.
 

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Hey guys i had a working 80gb sata drive in my pc along with a 200gb stata drive so i took out th 80gb one and put it in an external caddie, so i pugeed it in and the pc recognises it and vista finds the drivers and says ready. when i click on the drive it says 0gb and wont let me acces it, how do i fix this

Answer:vista wont recognise external sata hard drive??

Try.... right click 'My Computer' - Manage, then Disk Management.. Select the drive and R Click and set as active partition.

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I recall couple years earlier gave my daughter an external Sata case with a 3.5 inch sata drive. I had tested the drive and had installed windows 7 on it in a different PC. I told her she can delete anything and start over with it.
So she brings it over, and it is working as expected. So this AM, I swap a PCI network card, reboot PC, and it hangs at the boot splash screen??!!

So start pulling cards, reset the bios, frankly was thinking the mb had just gone bad. So I start pulling connectors, keyboard, no, but the external drive was on and plugged into the USB and that was hanging the PC. I need to tell her to turn off the external drive.

So was their some boot conflict or why was it doing this?

Answer:30 minutes of angst when PC hung at boot due to external sata drive?

Maybe it was trying to boot from it? And couldn't due to drivers etc being different.

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I recently had problems with my simpletech 500gb hard drive and i talked to the tech guys here and i was advised to get USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Serial ATA Hard Drive Adapter Cable. But when i connect it, i only see driver recognized on my laptop but i dont actually see the driver folder on my computer. Can someone please help me..Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Laptop connection with external hard drive via IDE/SATA problem

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Hey guys im looking to get more hard drive space and was wondering if anyone could help me with the pros and cons of getting and internal drive or an external drive and also the differences between pata and sata drives? i use my pc for audio and video apps so i need something big around 300gb-400gb.I would use the drive for playing back and recording audio and video so it needs to be as fast as possible. ive been looking at the carillon ad-1 external drive.here as far as i can tell the only advantage of external is that it is transportable, but they all seem to be more expensive. Also my current drive is partitioned into system and audio, is it possible to unpartition them into one again without reformatting the drive? as i would use my old drive as system and the new drive for audio.would this be possible?can someone reccomenda drive for me?thanks for yout time.regards will
 

Answer:Deciding between external and internal drive pata versus sata?

could someone maybe suggest what t0o look for in a hard drive. cheers
 

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About a week ago, my external hard drive just stopped turning on after I turned it off.. The power supply light (on the power supply box) changes from flickering to stable when the switch on the hard drive is switched on/off. The hard drive itself doesn't turn on at all (the light never comes on).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
 

Answer:External Hard Drive wont turn on, please help..

anyone?
 

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Hello,

I just recently bought a 2TB LaCie External Hard Drive. My Mum wanted to buy me a LaCie Network Space 2 one, but I thought that because it had too many functions in it, it may possibly break down quick. >.<

I used to have a 1TB one, but it randomly broke down too. I had it for about 3-4 years and it used to work just fine until one day - when it decided to not turn back on. It kept making a spinning noise, as if it's attempting to turn on but would turn back off and try again. Changing the power supply didn't help. I hope that the files are safe though. Gonna try giving it to a professional, hope that he'd be able to retrieve the files... Anybody else ever had this problem?

My question for now is; Is it bad to turn my LaCie on & off often? I only turn my external hard drive on when I need it, then turn it back off so that it doesn't get too hot. But is that a bad idea? If so, how often should I turn it off?

Thanking you.
 

Answer:Solved: Is it bad to turn on & off an External Hard Drive often?

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During the first restart after downloading and initiating the install of the Win 10 Ann Update (1607) via Windows Update, I am getting the message "Scanning and Repairing drive (F: x% complete. This scan is very slow. I neglected to turn off or disconnect an external hard drive before initiating the restart. Since this scan of a 500GB drive is probably going to take several hours, if I just disconnect or turn off the external drive, will it just abort the scan and proceed with the restart, or will that mess everything up?

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I have a "My Passport", portable external hard drive from WD SmartWare. I have never had a problem getting it to work with my Dell Studio Laptop. My USB ports are 2.0.

When I plug the hard drive in, it does not make any noise and is not recognized by my computer.

The original power cord that came with the laptop broke, and I had been using it for a long time. I knew that the computer was not getting full power and it gave me messages that it was not at "optimal performance" because of the unidentified power cord. Figuring this was the problem, I bought a universal power cord. My computer is working much better, but the hard drive still won't work.

IS there any way I can get the hard drive to work so that I can backup my files and retrieve the ones that are on it?

Answer:WD SmartWare External Hard Drive Will Not Turn

Have you tried this on a different system?

If it is not supplying enough power, you could try a USB Y-cable.

Amazon.com: StarTech.com USB2HABMY1 1 Feet USB Y Cable for External Hard Drive - USB A to mini B: Electronics

It will use 2 USB ports for power instead of one.

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I bought this external hard drive: http://tinyurl.com/ckj24

Em I suppose to leave it on all of the time ,even when my PC is off?
I do not think my external hard drive has a on/off switch, because I cannot find it. There is only a USB jack and a power jack.

Also if I had to transport my external hard drive, how do I safely shut it down and turn it off?
 

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Hi,

I could swear the tech told me to turn off my external hard drive ONLY while computer is ON, but it doesn't make sense to me...should it be off or on when I shut down my computer...

Thanks!

Jane
 

Answer:External Hard Drive-turn off while computer on or off?!

You want to make sure nothing is access the drive or writing to it
You should have an icon in the system tray - lower righthand side to eject (stop) the drive
I have done Both depending on what I wanted to do next - if I want to continue to use the laptop - i would make sure nothing is communicating with the drive and switch the drive off and unplug or if i finish for the day I just shutdown and then switch the harddrive off.
 

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During the first restart after downloading and initiating the install of the Win 10 Ann Update (1607) via Windows Update, I am getting the message "Scanning and Repairing drive (F: x% complete. This scan is very slow. I neglected to turn off or disconnect an external hard drive before initiating the restart. Since this scan of a 500GB drive is probably going to take several hours, if I just disconnect or turn off the external drive, will it just abort the scan and proceed with the restart, or will that mess everything up?

Answer:Can I Turn Off External Drive During Scan After Restart

Well I took a chance. I turned off the external hard drive and forced a shut down of the computer. I restarted the computer and got a "Attempting to restart ... installation" message. It quickly restarted again, and after about 20 sec. resumed the installation.

Lesson learned: Turn off external hard drives before installing a major update. I have since found several websites that recommend this, but the update itself does not warn to do so and probably should, since you don't have to do with other Windows Updates.

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I have a 750 GB Western Digital external Hard Drive, and it won't let me "cut" data (only copy & paste) from it because it say's I must turn off the "Write Protection" how do I turn off the write protection? Thanks for any help on this!

Answer:Turn off Write Protection on USB external drive

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2451...

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I have just purchased a Maxtor 200 GB 7200 rpm external hard rive in a "BYTECC" case for my Win 2K machine. I had no real problems putting it together and getting it running but now when I shut down the computer it does not shut down. I have to turn off the switch every time and then turn it on each time I boot up. It also runs constantly. I have another 260 GB external hard drive which shuts down when I shut the computer down and stops running after a few minutes of not being accessed. I never did anything to get it to do this and I thought this was natural. How can I get my new hard drive to do the same as the the old one?

Any advice is appreciated.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive won't turn off automatically

That's the way it works normally, I just shut them off. I'm wondering how you got the one to spin down, none of mine do that.
 

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I have a couple of different SATA III hard drives, 3.5 inch form factor. i have them in an Icy Box USB 3 case. i believe they run very slowly, far slower than if connected to the normal SATA cables to the MB. I don't know if I am expecting too much, are there any tests I can do to see if there is a real issue please? OS is Win 7 64 bit pro, and the USB drivers are up to date.

caveat: I damaged a USB3 header for the front USB3 ports lead, on the MB and snapped a pin. So rather than buy a new MB I added a USB3 PCIe card and ran the front two ports to the card. I would *MUCH* rather use the front ports, and I have to admit I have not tried the Icy Box hard drive on a rear USB3 port yet. But I would like to determine if I have been a tight wad and should have just replaced the MB.... Thanks for reading, and for any replies!

Further, my MB does not have an eSATA port, would adding a card supporting eSATA give a speed benefit above a correctly functioning USB3 port?

Answer:External SATA III USB hard drive runs slowly, how to test speed?

Data transfers to USB drives do seem to be slower than transfers to internal drives and I also have slowness with the front USB 2.0 ports. I use this product in my computer:
4-port USB 2.0 High Speed Front-Bay Hub - Black | C2G
Power comes from the PC's power supply and the data cable plugs into a port on the rear.
Haven't gotten a similar product for USB 3.0 ports yet but this page shows several:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=usb+3.0+in...ub&ia=products
With Notebooks now including eSATA ports on some models I'm starting to think about that for my one Desktop that could use such a drive.

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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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Hi Guys !

I have an external USB drive. Each time I power it on before I startup the computer, the drive's partitions appear as "monitored" in system restore. If I switch the USB drive on when the computer is already on, system restore shows the external drive's partitions as "disconnected" (might not be the right term, my OS isn't in english).

I don't want system restore to monitor that drive, since it's a backup drive. But I don't want to have to power it on after the computer each time since it then takes some time before I can use the disk. Is it possible to set a value in the registry or whatever to deactivate system restore on external drives ?

I read this on microsoft support but found no clues about my problem in the different registry values :
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/295659

Answer:How to permanently turn system restore off on my external drive ?

This may answer your question.

"Should I let System Restore monitor my external drive?"
as quoted by http://bertk.mvps.org/html/tips.html#ExternalDrive


It is a bad practice to let System Restore monitor an external drive. By design most external drives are monitored by System Restore. If any changes are made to the external drives files while it is not connected to the system, the next time it?s connected System Restore will find an inconsistency in the SR log and cause all existing restore points to become corrupt and require there deletion. The same can be true if the external drive is powered off while the system is running.



A possible work around is to assign a permanent drive letter (the higher in the alphabet the better) to the external drive via Disk Management. To access Disk Management, go to Start - Run and type diskmgmt.msc then press enter.



Right-click a partition, logical drive, or volume, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Do one of the following:

1. To assign a drive letter, click Add, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.

2. To modify a drive letter, click it, click Change, click the drive letter you want to use, and then click OK.



Reboot the system. Open System Restore and stop monitoring that drive. This should keep System Restore from monitoring that drive, but not always.

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I have a 1.5TB external hard drive connected to my computer running Windows 7 via USB. It is on and connected when I start my computer, however, it does not show up in Explorer and is not accessible. So I power it off. I know the computer "sees" it in some sense because I hear the windows disconnect sound when I turn it off. I wait a few seconds and then turn it on, and now it shows up and works. This only happens with 1 of my external drives and not with the other 5 I have on my computer. Can anybody shed some light on this?

Thanks!
Kevin
 

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This is my info from speccy

Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

CPU
Intel Core i5 4460 @ 3.20GHz 32 ?C
Haswell 22nm Technology

RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (8-8-8-24)

Motherboard
ASRock H87 Performance (CPUSocket) 33 ?C

Graphics
BenQ GL2460 ([email protected])
1024MB ATI AMD Radeon R7 200 Series (Gigabyte) 27 ?C

Storage
465GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB (SSD) 30 ?C
931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 (SATA) 30 ?C
1863GB Seagate Expansion Desk SCSI Disk Device (USB (SATA)) 43 ?C
1863GB Western Digital WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 29 ?C

THE DRIVE BELOW
1397GB Seagate GoFlex Desk USB Device (USB (SATA)) 36 ?C
THE DRIVE ABOVE

Optical Drives
PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-217

Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
=========================================================

1397GB Seagate GoFlex Desk USB Device (USB (SATA)) 36 ?C
This drive here... is the drive that never shows when I reboot or turn on pc.
If I unplug and plug back in after pc is on... its good to go...
Any ideas?

I had it on a usb3 usb card (where the other 2 drives are), and then swapped it, to the mobo usb3 port. But again, no difference.

I am at a loss, any help would be excellent, cheers.

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Minor but annoying problem here.

I have 2 external 300GB hard drives (IDE type) connected via USB. Let''s call them D drive and E drive.

Well, let's say that I have them both turned on while my system is on and for some reason I have to reboot my system. Well, once my system is rebooted and up and running again I can start using D drive right away. But if I want to use the E drive, I have to turn the drive off then back on again in order for the system to recognize the drive after the system reboot.

It's always been this way ever since I got the drives about 8 months ago or so. I only now just decided to post about it since it's only a minor annoyance.

Anyone know why the D drive is ready to use after a system reboot without having to turn it off then on again whereas the E drive isnot?

Would love the E drive to behave like the D drive, of course.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Must turn external hard drive off and on after reboot in order to use it

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This is my info from speccy

Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

CPU
Intel Core i5 4460 @ 3.20GHz 32 ?C
Haswell 22nm Technology

RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (8-8-8-24)

Motherboard
ASRock H87 Performance (CPUSocket) 33 ?C

Graphics
BenQ GL2460 ([email protected])
1024MB ATI AMD Radeon R7 200 Series (Gigabyte) 27 ?C

Storage
465GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB (SSD) 30 ?C
931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 (SATA) 30 ?C
1863GB Seagate Expansion Desk SCSI Disk Device (USB (SATA)) 43 ?C
1863GB Western Digital WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 29 ?C

THE DRIVE BELOW
1397GB Seagate GoFlex Desk USB Device (USB (SATA)) 36 ?C
THE DRIVE ABOVE

Optical Drives
PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-217

Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
=========================================================

1397GB Seagate GoFlex Desk USB Device (USB (SATA)) 36 ?C
This drive here... is the drive that never shows when I reboot or turn on pc.
If I unplug and plug back in after pc is on... its good to go...
Any ideas?

I had it on a usb3 usb card (where the other 2 drives are), and then swapped it, to the mobo usb3 port. But again, no difference.

I am at a loss, any help would be excellent, cheers.

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I'm looking at a Sabrent EC-UEIS7 Hard Drive Enclosure - 3.5" IDE/SATA to USB 2.0, eSATA in order to use one of my now internal Sata drives as an 'external' backup device.

If I turn the external power off on the back of the external Sata enclosure with my extra old Sata connected in it...will that drive then be safe from any virus/malware attacks from within my system (or online) even if the external enclosure Sata cable is still connected to the main PC?

I'm assuming if I have the power switch switched off on this external enclosure with my Sata drive...then nothing can read/write to the Sata drive in this external case ?

Thanks...TRinAZ

Answer:Safety of internal 3.5 Sata IDE in external Sata case for backups

Yes, that is correct. The HDD must have power and data to function in any capacity.

If there is no power going to any drive then they can not read or write anything even if the data cable is attached.

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I just recently recieved this 250GB 3.5in eSATA External 7200rpm Hard Drive (http://www.buy.com/prod/Value_Drive_...ml#prodInfoSec) and I plugged it directly into my free SATA port on my mobo. I then followed the directions to format but after going to >Rightclick My Computer > Manage > Disk Management , the drive is not showing up at all. I double checked to make sure the power was going to the hardrive and double checked both ports to make sure everything was plugged in. Could anyone please help me figure out what I am doing wrong??? This external hard drive already came in a enclosure with a seal. The only thing I can think of is that it may also be set to be a Master?? but I didn't want to crack the enclosure, which would void the warranty, without knowing what to do. Below are links to the specs of my computer and mobo:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/techov0.htm#wp10
52309

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3100/en/sm/specs0.htm#wp105
2310
 

Answer:Problem recognizing new external SATA external Hardrive

A sata drive has no master/slave jumper so that wouldn't be a factor in it not working. I believe you still have to load sata drivers to make the drive work. If the drive didn't come with them then you could probably download them form the manufacturer's website.
 

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Hi,

I'm currently running a system with a Gigabyte GA-K8-NXP-SLI Mobo that has only one HD on it - an old Western Digital (Henceforth WD) 80Gb drive that is 60Gb full.

The machine is not nearly as noisy as it used because I replaced all the fans but my WD drive makes more noise than I'd like (because I use it a lot at 3am when my wife is sleeping).

Anyway, I've bought and have sitting right here on the desk one brand new Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160Gb - more than enough storage for what I want but I figure this should last out it's 5 yr warranty that comes standard (I think only with the retail kit though).

Anyway, I would like to image the old WD drive smack-dab onto the new Seagate drive then replace the WD with the Seagate transparently and end up exactly where I am now but with a newer quieter faster bigger HD and a the WD HD sitting in a draw somewhere able to be plugged in if something happens with the Seagate

I want to copy everything from the WD drive exactly - Filing System, Boot Settings, absolutely everything so that I can plug the Seagate into a SATA port next to the WD Drive - Copy the data, settings, kit, kaboodle and all and then move the Seagate into the port where the WD was and boot straight from the new Seagate with no changes of any kind.

I don't want RAID (obviously) I just want a straight replacement.

What's the 1. easiest 2. most idiot proof 3. quickest way of doing this?

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Answer:Need to Replace old noisy SATA drive with new SATA drive - with same data

What's the 1. easiest 2. most idiot proof 3. quickest way of doing this?Click to expand...

Migrate Easy can solve all your problems just in minutes.
 

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HI TO ALL:
im having a problem with my pc that i mostly used..heres the situation :
my pc is working fine suddenly 1 day it slows and slightly hanging so i restarted it after restart problem occurs it powers on(all running: fans,hdd,dvd rom,cpu fan)then after 2 seconds it goes off automatically.so then i open the case and reseated all components(i know some basic troubleshooting) i tried to power on again and same things happen turn off after 2 seconds. i remove the gpu and connect my monitor to the onboard, so it starts finally and get me to "loading windows "then it go black screen, i restart it again by pressing the restart button and i boot trough enable vga mode by pressing f8.then it boots and it loads the windows and i can use it normally only on vga mode..so i downloaded the latest driver of my gpu's onboard and external.i uninstalled the drivers through vga mode then restart,again loading windows then black screen,restart againd and boot through vga mode install the updated drivers then reboot,loading windows then black screen with some pixelate flickering cursor on screen. (to make it short it only boots on enable vga mode..then i go replacing my psu with working from another pc and same thing happened..so then i reformat my pc and didnt installed any gpu including the onboard i disabled it..and its working fine with that..

note* with my external gpu installed it goes off after 2 seconds it power on.
with my onboard gpu enabled it gives ... Read more

Answer:Pc turn on and immediately turn off after 2 seconds(with external gpu)

note* with my external gpu installed it goes off after 2 seconds it power on.
with my onboard gpu enabled it gives black screen after loading.
i also tried the other working external gpus and samething happens..
WORKING NORMALLY WITHOUT EXTERNAL GPU AND DISABLED ONBOARD GPU.
--so maybe its my mobo is bad suspecting my pci slot section..anybody can help me ??2 days trying to fix but still i cant..thanks in advance..Click to expand...

Can you post your computer specs,along with your operating system,your external gpu name Is this an external gpu or an internal PCI-E video card?

Can you also post the wattage of your power supply.

At a guess I would say your power supply isn't powerful enough to run the card. "2 seconds off" Is this a new card and what was the reason for the change? On the black screen error this sounds like a basic driver error.

In either case remove 'external' video card from your computer, download the latest drivers for your os and internal video card from the manufacturers website go to; control panel,programs and delete ALL video card related drivers then run this program.

http://majorgeeks.com/Driver_Sweeper_d6171.html

Delete ALL drivers.

Turn on your onboard video card in bios

Now install the downloaded driver for your on board video card,does your onboard work now?
EDIT OOPS! Welcome to the forum!
 

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