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Internal to external hard drive issue(s)

Question: Internal to external hard drive issue(s)

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.

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Preferred Solution: Internal to external hard drive issue(s)

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Answer: Internal to external hard drive issue(s)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Answer:Internal/External hard Drive Question

Of course you can.

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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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Answer:External v internal hard drive for back up

bump

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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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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.

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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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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 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 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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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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Any Help Thanks.

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How can i use my old internal Pc hard drive as an external usb
storage device
 

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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.
 

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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I decided to to get an extra internal hard drive specifically for gaming. I had added an old hard drive temporarily until the new internal hard drive arrived.

Anyway, I removed the old hard drive (aside from the one with my WinXP OS), and installed the new 320GB WD Internal Hard Drive.

Windows XP recognized the new drive immediately and I rebooted my system. The problem is, whenever I go to move my gaming files over to the new internal hard drive, the capacity of my removed hard drive shows up in My Computer.

Basically, the drive is installed just fine. But, for some reason my old temporary drive is still showing up as Drive D:.

How can I fix this issue?

Edited to add: There are two disk drives showing up under Device Manager. One is the new internal drive - WDC WD3200AAJB-00WGA0 and the other is an ST340015A. The drive I removed was an old Quantum Fireball and isn't showing up under disk drives so I don't understand why it's still being viewed as the D: under My Computer.

Thanks for the help.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1440 using since 2010 suddenly I saw this error message "internal hard disk drive not found,to resolve this issue try to reseat the drive" when I turned it ON. Then I tested with other HDD drive from other laptop and it booted fine. Then realized that HDD was down brought a new samsung SSD 120GB drive and installed on my laptop and trying to install the Windows 7 from a CD still seeing the same error when turned ON.
Please help with this issue.
Thanks in Advance
ROHIT

Answer:internal hard disk drive not found,to resolve this issue try to reseat the drive.............Please help

Thanks guys!!!!!
My bad after I installed the SSD the CD that was in the DVD Drive was the Applications/Driver CD instead of Windows 7 disk. I just realized  and installed the Win7 on my new hard disk my laptop is back to normal. Thank God! I saved 500 to get the new laptop.

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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've had hard drive issues before and been able to solve them via device manager and disk management etc, but this one has me stumped, I'd very much appreciate some ideas!
A bit of relevant background - I have a HTPC running Windows 7 with two 2TB Western Digital Green Power HDD's connected by sata. They both work fine, and I've had no trouble with either.
Today I bought a dual sata USB hard drive enclosure to put them both in, as I'd like to take my film collection with me hooked up to my laptop every now and then.

I installed them both in the enclosure, plugged the usb lead into my laptop, and waited for the usual recognition sounds and autoplay pop-ups etc.
However when I went to My Computer, only one was showing, my drive named "films 2".
The LED on the enclosure to show activity was only lit on the left side, which meant it wasn't picking up both drives. I went into disk management and device manager, and the "hidden" drive was nowhere to be seen.

I double checked the connections on the enclosure, and powered down and up again, and distinctly heard both drives spin up, one immediately after the other.
I then connected the enclosure to my HTPC, only for the same thing to happen.

Next I plugged in JUST my "films 1" drive into the enclosure, and it did spin up but no glimmer of recognition in Windows, device manager or disk management! Whereas when I plug in just "films 2", it is recognised fine.
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Answer:Peculiar issue with sata hard drive when changed from internal to usb enclosure

Sounds like the enclosure may be bad, what model is it?

.
 

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Hi, So my Lonovo systtem check up showed up a message saying I have issue with internal hard drive INTEL SSDSA2M160G2LE.  It shows I'm using 98% of my hard drive partition capacity, and that is the S drive (System reserved). The result code is: WHD00F001-WKBW4KDevice:  INTEL SSDSA2M160G2LE I wonder if anyone has any idea what this means and what should I do with it.Thanks  Yi 

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Hi,
I have version 10130 which I installed as an ISO file via my dvd drive,this was after Windows update failed on several occassions to upgrade it from 10074.
The problem that I have is that my Seagate 750gb External Hard Drive is not accessible to use for backups etc,the only
place I can find it is in Device Manager which shows that driver is installed and the drive is working normally,it is shown as drive G,however when I do a drive search for backups I get the "no drives found" error.
Any suggestions would be welcome.

I have tried the drive on a second machine running 7 pro and it is found immediately and installed with no issues.

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue.

I have had a similar problem, which I believe, in my case, is associated with the USB. (presumably yours is USB?). I solved the problem by pulling out the usb connection whilst the OS was running, and reinserting it. Occasionally it still loses site of the ext, but it is not too troublesome.

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I have just purchased an external hard drive (La Cie Rikiki)

Is it possible to back up 2 separate PC's on the drive?
 

Answer:External Hard Drive issue

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Hiya,

I'm having a very strange problem with my External Hard Drives (I have 2). What happens is that I am unable to open either of the external Hard Drives in 'Computer' by double clicking them. It just doesn't do anything. But when I right click and select 'Open' it says:

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I have checked the security details for the drives and I should be able to access them just fine.
But here is where it gets weird. I can right click and select 'Explore' and it will open up like normal and I can browse the folders just fine!

I used to be able to access these Hard Drives just fine before, but then they just went like this and I have no idea why. Since it happened to both Hard Drives simultaneously, I figure it is a Vista problem and not related to the specific drives.
Other symptoms are that the icon for the drives no longer shows up in 'Computer', although the name and disk space turn up fine. Also, I've noticed that the drives are operating much slower than usual, nearly a tenth of the normal read/write speed.
OS Name Microsoft? Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1 Build 6001
Thanks,

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue

Hi,

You could try a system restore to a point before you had the problem

System Restore - How to

Otherwise, here is how to reset the security settings to default

How do I restore security settings to the default settings?

Hope it helps

SIW2

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hi guys,

recently i had to reinstall windows on my girlfriends laptop after it crashed and since then her WD external hard drive is not showing up in my computer or in the disk management area. when plugging in the drive the pop up bubble recognizes it etc and says it is installed and ready to use but when i go into my computer it doesnt show up there. ive gone into the "manage" area after right clicking my computer and it shows up in the "device manager" selection but says it is working correctly...

when reinstalling windows it created a recovery partition. im guessing that is the issue. do i need to remove that partition? if i do, how can i do it without causing any problems to the rest of the system? or is there another solution? ive been into disk management to try to change to letter of the drive as suggested in other posts but the drive is not there either.

thanks for any help.
 

Answer:WD external hard drive issue

Hi

if the drive isnt showing in disk management there could be a couple of things wrong.

1) the cable isnt the right type, seems some printer cables and HDD cables look the same but dont work.

2) the HDD isnt sitting in the enclosure correctly or the enclosure is faulty.

3) Your USB ports arent working correctly, try removing them in device manager and rebooting windows.

external HDD's in my opinion (especially some models of the western digi) are flaky at the best of times, especially the 1TB drives.

Can you try the enclosure on another PC or laptop maybe .?
 

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So my computer of 11 years finally died on me. The 60 Gig hard drive however was fine and I was able to get everything backed up everything to that. However in backing up everything, we backed up EVERYTHING including the old XP operating system.

I got a new computer that is Windows 7 enabled and runs fine (love it actually).

After I get back the external from my friend who transferred the files over from the old 60 Gig and plugged it into the computer, when I go to restart it it appears to try and read the files off the external causing conflict and then it will not start the computer at all.

I opted to go through and keep only what I really needed from the old 60 Gig hard drive which is now on the external (documents, pics, music), created a new folder and put them there and deleted the rest of the 60 Gig transfer.

I then restart the new computer with the external plugged in and it will not let me run Windows 7 and have the computer start properly.

I remove the hard drive and it'll start up with no issue.

I was told to try and change the boot order but when looking for it (F10 even didn't help) my friend who was on the phone trying to walk me through and I couldn't find it.

Any suggestion on how to stop having this external drive interfere with the Windows 7 start up when plugged in.

Thanks all!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive issue

Have you tried reformatting the problematic drive?
 

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I have error windows xp profesional "the request could not be performance cause of an i/o device error" when I plug in my usb external hard drive.

Kindly need your help to solve this issu.
 

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just recently bought a lap top got rid of my desktop
switched from vista to 7
problem is one of my ex hdd freezes up windows explorer and sometimes loads but freezes up when i click a folder in it
i cant afford to lose the stuff on it does anyone have a sloution that could help me
its an old my book essentials 320 gb

Answer:external hard drive issue

Hi,

Have you performed any defragmentation of that disk recently? It might be worth a go.

Regards,
Golden

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So, my computer is running a little slow and I want to reformat and reinstall windows 7 to try and clear the cobwebs. Here is the issue I'm having:

I bought a 1TB USB 3.0 external hard drive so I could move everything over and at first I wasn't really having any issues, this was back when I was living with a friend who had a server and we had a user account set up and everything, we moved some large files 10.9 GB and small ones with no issues and these files are accessed easily. I haven't removed the user account that ran through the server just yet and I still log on to it rather than the default account. I moved several other files over since, large ones, and medium sized ones.

Some of the files around 600-900 MB refuse to load and give the following error:
Server execution failed
I did some reading and the only info I found said it might be related to the user account privileges so I logged on to the default account and this did not solve the issue. I'm not incredibly concerned about this problem as I don't need the files, the primary issue is that some larger files I tried to move refused to complete their copy/paste. I've got 7.9 GB single files pieces that DID move and DO load, and 900 - 600 MB folders that error'ed in the middle of transfer again and again as well as a large folder (my 7+ GB Starcraft 2 install folder) that also refused to complete a transfer and basically shut my entire computer down to a halt (had to manually force restart). Upon trying to delete t... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue

what this drive connected to the server originally?

what format is the external drive? Fat32 or NTFS?

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I have a maxtor 3000LE 40 Gb external hard drive. I am Running Windows XP w/ a P-4 chip 3.06ghz and 992 mb of ram.

The Hard drive is being read by windows through my computer and in the control panel.

I click to open the drive to view the contents all I get it the hard drive with a solid red working light. After about 15 mins I give up on it trying to open.

It is USB 2.0 and that is what it is reading at. Well at least what windows is saying. I have 36 of the 40 Gb full.

Please help my get to my files.
 

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So I am having issues with an external hard drive (or more likely just the internal drive inside the enclosure). So I was given this drive used (and in working order when I received it) and I first formatted the entire drive to one NTFS partition and shortly after to three 200GB FAT32 partitions and one 1.4TB NTFS partition (using EASEUS Partition Manager).

It was at some point during these transitions that it started to become unresponsive &/or unrecognized by my system and so I was unable to view/alter it further using normal methods. I used a bootable partition program (Minitool Partition Wizard) and was able to view, wipe (a several hour process), then reformat the entire drive to NTFS successfully (or so the program claimed). And so here I am now (haha) - I boot into Windows and not only is the drive still unreadable, but I also notice a significant & persisting lag in Windows Explorer whenever I switch the drive on. It does appear in disk management (after a very long load time), but it does not appear formatted, and when I try to format it I get an error telling me to check the system log (attached below).

Is it possible to salvage this drive to make it functional again?? I'd hate to throw it away when I didn't have to..

System
Model: Compaq-Presario NP185AA-ABA CQ5110F
Operating System: Windows 7 (32-bit)
Memory (RAM - DDR2): 4GB

External Drive
Enclosure: Wintec FileMate 3FME3B2TB-R 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0
Interface: USB 2.0

Internal Drive
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Answer:External Hard Drive Issue

If it's affecting the PC (ie: Windows performance), the drive is likely faulty and not responding properly...thus causing Windows to "lag" as it waits for a proper response.

You can try removing the drive from the external enclosure and then test the drive using the drive manufacturers disk tools. Perform the short and long test. If either test fails, the drive is faulty.
 

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How do I reset an usb stick ( or usb external hard drive) to function as an usb stick( or usb external hard drive) ?I unwisely install bootstar while my usb external hard drive was attached to the computer. after I rebooted the computer it no longer pick up external hard drive icon.however in 'disk management' it recognize it as disk 1 basic unallocated drive instead of disk 1 removable drive. I tried  to create a new partition with it but it return a error message. please help.

Answer:external hard drive issue

Read the stick instructions. Also, go to the manufacturers web site, i.e.: xxxxxx.com ;- and go to sopport. It always works this way.

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Hi,
I have version 10130 which I installed as an ISO file via my dvd drive,this was after Windows update failed on several occassions to upgrade it from 10074.
The problem that I have is that my Seagate 750gb External Hard Drive is not accessible to use for backups etc,the only
place I can find it is in Device Manager which shows that driver is installed and the drive is working normally,it is shown as drive G,however when I do a drive search for backups I get the "no drives found" error.
Any suggestions would be welcome.

I have tried the drive on a second machine running 7 pro and it is found immediately and installed with no issues.

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue.

I have had a similar problem, which I believe, in my case, is associated with the USB. (presumably yours is USB?). I solved the problem by pulling out the usb connection whilst the OS was running, and reinserting it. Occasionally it still loses site of the ext, but it is not too troublesome.

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I recently received a WD 5000AAV External Hard Drive as a gift from a friend as he upgraded and I was in need of one, but every time I attempt to use it I am unable to access it. The computer (HP Pavilion dv2915 nr) seems to recognize that it is there but does not set up a new drive to access it and the only thing that happens is a 'Safely Remove Hardware' option. The friend used an iMac but the device was able to connect to Windows computers before so I don't think that is the problem. Currently I am stumped and frustrated as to how to fix this problem.

Is there a way to fix this or did I just receive a high tech paper weight? Thanks in advance.

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue

Originally Posted by Psychic Gibbon


I recently received a WD 5000AAV External Hard Drive as a gift from a friend as he upgraded and I was in need of one, but every time I attempt to use it I am unable to access it. The computer (HP Pavilion dv2915 nr) seems to recognize that it is there but does not set up a new drive to access it and the only thing that happens is a 'Safely Remove Hardware' option. The friend used an iMac but the device was able to connect to Windows computers before so I don't think that is the problem. Currently I am stumped and frustrated as to how to fix this problem.

Is there a way to fix this or did I just receive a high tech paper weight? Thanks in advance.



Have a look in Disk Management whether the disk has a drive letter assigned. If not, right click on it and assign (any) one.

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Hello. I have a WD External hard drive which runs fine using my Vista account. However when my partner tries to access it on her account it's very slow to respond or doesn't respond at all. Any ideas? Cheers in advance.
 

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Hello every one. I am having an issue with my external hard drive as well as my plug in mouse. I've listed some pictures of what's going on to see if that helps explain. In the first picture the hard drive doesn't show up but in the second one it shows up saying that it's connected and plugged in. I am also having an issue with my mouse as well.



Here is the other picture of the disk management as well in case some one asked for it
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue

Try plugging the external harddrive into another USB port. Preferably one in the back of the tower. If this doesn't work, plug it into a friend's computer and see if it recognizes it.
 

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I have a Hitachi 1 Terabyte external hard drive. Unfortunately I dropped it from the computer tower to a carpeted floor and it landed on the USB port. The USB port is pushed in and seems loose and when I power the hard drive I get the " Power surge on Hub Port " message. If I wiggle the USB cord the computer reboots itself. The hard drive powers up and sounds fine. My question is: Could the USB port be shorted out and if so can it be replaced? I have a lot of backed up info that I would rather not lose if possible.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue

Assuming you are not still in warranty, or don't want to return the drive for other reasons, I don't see why you could not remove the drive(s) from their case, and get the (probably) SATA cables to hook directly to your computer, or a friends, if you do not have a SATA connection on your MB. However, check with others before doing this. I have no experience with Terabyte drives.
 

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I'm not sure if it's possible, but is there any way to change my external hard drive's status from "read only?" I used to have a PC but have since converted (back) to Mac, and I had used this external with the PC with no issues, but with my new Mac, it seems to only come as a "read only." I guess what I'm really asking is how, if it's at all possible, can I change it from being "read only" without having to reformat the hard drive?
 

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Okay so a while back, my old computer crashed with some weird error involving LSASS.EXE not being able to intialize or some crap like that.

I wasnt sure if I would be able to fix it so I took it out and enclosed it in an enclosure, but it still doesn't load or anything

Any advice?
Please, I'm trying really hard to get my stuff back

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue

Put it back in the computer, restart it, and copy the error message exactly and post it back here.

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ok here's the problem I recently bought an external hard drive enclosure online and I installed the drive correct but it does not come up in my computer. Now I know about the whole assigning a letter to the drive thing (not my first external drive issue) but something unique has happened. When I went to the computer management screen and clicked on Disk Management it just says "Connecting to virtual Disk Service" and stays there. I thought I would give it sometime, I did an hour's worth and still it's stuck there. I went to device manger and I can see the drive in both disk drives and mass usb storage device but no dice. And The drive works fine I tried it in my computer several times. The drive works while in the computer just not while in the case. You think it's the enclosure?
 

Answer:External Hard drive issue

Go into Disk Management and see is the drive is even formatted. If its not formatted you will see the whole drive is unallocated.
 

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Every time I try to open my Western Digital External Hard Drive I get this error:

"Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

Error Signature
AppName: explorer.exe AppVer: 6.0.2900.3156 ModName: qedit.dll
ModVer: 6.5.2600.2180 Offset: 0006671a

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I tried redownloading the qedit.dll and activating it again and restarted my pc but still get the message. I can still access the files if I don't click "Send Error Report" or "Don't Send", but I have to move the window off to the side, unless I click one and the box closes along with the window with my files on my external drive. What would be causing this error?
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue

If this drive worked well and this trouble just appeared lately, it may be the result of some MS update or possibly some software you have installed. Can you tie the time of the appearance to any act like that?

Check the manufacturers site for an updated driver or support help?
 

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I have a Cavalry external hard drive that is about four-years-old. The 500-GB drive connects with a USB cable, and up until around a month ago simply showed up as the "F" Drive when I booted up. However, it now takes about 15-minutes to appear, when an Auto/Play icon announces its presence. Once recognized by my PC, I can access all files and folders and everything is normal again.

Is this a sign the drive is failing? It is used purely for storage and not accessed often. It doesn't make any noises as far as I can hear.

JP
 

Answer:External hard drive issue

Try defragging it and the try a check disk on it
 

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Hello, i've been having a problem with one of my hard drives. This is a Seagate Barracuda 80 Gig.. I've bought a external hard drive enclosure so i can use my old hard drives with my new computer. The problem seems to be is that when i try to copy or read anything off of my hard drive when it is in the enclosure, it doesn't seem to work. It keeps giving me a Cyclic Reduncey Check error. I've formated it a few times, but it still doesn't work. I've tried this with my other hard drive which is a Maxtor D540x-4k and it works like a dream. if anyone can help me out that would fantastic.. Thank you.

Answer:External Hard Drive issue.

QuoteThe problem seems to be is that when i try to copy or read anything off of my hard drive when it is in the enclosure, it doesn't seem to work. It keeps giving me a Cyclic RedunceyRedundancy Check error. I've formated it a few times, but it still doesn't work. I don't have an answer but I know a Google search on Cyclic Redundancy Check error yields plenty of material on the subject.

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Just purchased a new Asus Q504UAK laptop with 3 USB 3.0 ports. I have a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB hard drive which is a few years old. I have two other Win 10 laptops with 3.0 ports. The drive does not work properly on one of the Asus ports but works fine on the other two and on the other two computers as well. I have run chkdsk and Sea Tools from Seagate and found no problems with the drive. There are no firmware updates for the drive.
On the port in question the drive opens when plugged in and I can see the file folders. However, when I attempt to open a file or work with a file it hangs and times out.
Three other 3.0 hard drives and two 3.0 thumb drives work without issue in that same Asus port. At this point I have put too much work into getting this laptop set up to take it back based on this. I would if the port wouldn't work with any drive. I'm trying to decide if there is just some issue with the external drive and deciding if I should no longer trust it for backups.
Any ideas?

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Thank you for your time and patience in helping me with this issue. I had a seagate 3tb external hard drive that was working properly until the enclosure it was in the usb port got damaged and i bought a new enclosure. When i switched the hard drive to new enclosure and plugged into the computer it wanted to reformat i didn't do such and checked disk management it said something about how the ntfs partition not found but when i looked at it in the disk management it reads it and shows over 2000gb of unallocated space(see attatched image). Im trying to see what is the steps of recovering this data because theres a lot of info on it that i don't want to lose and i know it can't be damaged because its reading the drive. Is it a simple fix as far as creating a new volume or partition recovery or is a full data recovery that i need to do.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Issue

RAW means its corrupted. Something must have happened to it and it corrupted all the data. You may or may not be able to get it back. You can try a program called Recuva. It seems popular around here. I believe it is either free or inexpensive. If that is unsuccessful, then you will probably need to take it to a professional data recovery service, which is NOT cheap.

One other thing you COULD possibly try is to connect the drive directly to one of the empty SATA ports on the inside of the computer , bypassing any kind of "enclosure" as they are not always reliable.
 

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Hi all,

I have been trying to recover the data on my old hard drive but not having much luck would appreciate any advice.

The External case I am using is a Dynamode 3.5" HDD enlclsure to USB 3.0

The hard drive is from an Aspire PC (Seagate 750GB SATA)

When I power it up I can hear the hard drive and it sounds fine. When I connect the USB to a PC ( my Sony Viao laptop or a Dell PC at work) is at first recognises something is there but no drive shows up in the computer folder.

It only recognises it as a USB storage device. I have tried a few file restoration software programs but nothing seems to pick up the drive.

Thanks

Any further info I can supply let me know

Answer:External Hard drive issue.

Going to assume you're on Win7/8:

With the external plugged in, click Start -> type "disk management" (without quotes) -> Click "Create and format hard disk partitions"

Does it show the drive in the list at all? If so, what filesystem does it show? If it shows a filesystem (other than RAW)/recognizes there's a drive there, make sure it has a drive letter.

If it's not showing a drive, then I'd suggest burning a Linux LiveCD (such as Ubuntu), boot off of it with the drive plugged in, and see if Linux can recognize it.

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Hi. I joined the boards in hopes of some solution.

A buddy of mine (a DJ that keeps ALL his material on his precious external HD) came to me and said that it just "stopped working".

I took the Seagate HD and plugged it in to my laptop. No power.

Took it out of the casing and found out that once I take the HD out of the case the LED light comes on. So I figured I'd get a new casing...

Bought a new SATA casing and same issue ... the case itself will have power, but once I turn it off and plug in the HD the power doesnt work.

ANY help would be useful as I'm stuck right now ... any other specifics needed please ask and I'll give as much as I can.
 

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Hi you all out there. The issue I am having is with regards to my external Hard drive. of which I have four. I have a docking station and also have two 2.5 external caddies. When I have one plug in all is ok can read disc excess all files ect. however when I unplug one drive and insert another the previous disc is still showing in my computer and the second one I plug in not recognised have tried updating drivers refresh ect no joy any ideas folks.

Answer:External Hard Drive issue ???

Which OS are you using?
It sounds as if you are 'hot swapping' (unplugging one drive and plugging another in without using the 'remove safely' option) the external drive; if so try using the recommended way of removing an external drive and see if this cures the problem.
If this is not so, are you closing the drive window before removing the drive? Not doing so can sometimes cause this type of problem.

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