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Backing up Buffalo NAS to an external hard drive

Question: Backing up Buffalo NAS to an external hard drive

Hi Everyone,

I am using a Buffalo LinkStation (LS-QVL), it is configured for RAID 10 and has 4 Terabytes of capacity. I am not using anywhere near the full capacity (instead I am only using about 6%!). It has occurred to me that I should make an off-site backup of the content on the LinkStation. Toward this end I would like to backup the contents of the LinkStation to an external USB hard drive.

Can anybody tell me if it is possible to backup files from this NAS to an external hard drive? If it is possible any advice on how to set this up will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


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Answer: Backing up Buffalo NAS to an external hard drive

Unless your NAS has a provision to mount the external hard drive via USB and supports file transfers between the volumes, you're going to have to do this over the network with the external hard drive connected to a PC that is connected to the NAS.

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Hi, does anyone know of "Buffalo"s reliability? It seems my current external drive is about to give up. Its a Western Digital 'My Book' 320gb and its making odd "clicking noises".Yesterday it disappeared from 'my computer' and i eventually got it working after pulling out all the plugs and re-booting pc. The "Buffalo DriveStation" 500gb looks a good buy from for £50. Any thoughts please - Tony

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. But I can not access any files from it either through the computer or software. anyone got any ideas as to why. It was working fine up until yesterday.

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Hi all,

New to this site, so hope this is in the right place and hope you can help!

I have just purchased a 500G Buffalo external hard drive, HD-PC500U2/BK-EU. Plug it in and it is recognised by my P.C (running XP) but I cannot go any further and cannot run the DriveNavi.exe file which is on the external HD. All I get are the following error messages

The application failed to inialize properly (0xc0000006). Click OK to terminate the application.


Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory request was completed


F:\DriveNavi.exe is not a valid Win32 application

I have trawled the net to try to find a solution and Buffalo support are no use at all...and extremely frustrated and would appreciate any help, please


Answer:Buffalo External Hard drive problem-Help please!

That sounds like an autorun request for the bundled DriveNavi.exe program. And "trawled the net"? . I think you've gotta format the HDD. That might just do the trick.

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Hi,I usually have my buffalo external hdd connected to my dell studio 15. I tried shutting down once but accidentally put it into hibernation. So after it hibernated I switched it back on, the hdd would spin up a couple of times, but as it got to the desktop it would spin down. I try to access the hdd and I can see the folders etc, when I try entering a folder such as "music" for example, the hdd would spin up, but then a message would say the folder music is unavailable. So I refresh the window, and the music folder disappears! just like that, now after the spin up, i can access the rest of the folders, but the "music" is just gone forever. Does anyone know what's going on or how I can get that folder back. It was actually the "documents" folder in my case, but music was an example.Thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard drive and Vista Hibernation

hi again, Problem has been fixed and the files are still there! Basically used vista scan disk to fix errors option and it recovered my files. Phew....thought I'd lost it all.

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My Buffalo external drive shows empty on window 7 pro, no previous signs of malfunction just a little slow before this incident.
when i trying to right click and check properties, after a while windows shows a message saying " data error (Cyclic redundancy check)"
It contains all my family photos for the last years, please if anyone can help me with this issue I will appreciate

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Can anyone tell me if the above Exteral HDD will be compatable with windows 8. It works fine with Windows 7 Premium. Thanks.


Answer:Buffalo MiniStation Lite 320 Gb Portable USB 2.0 External Hard Drive..

Unlikely anyone has your specific drive. But in general, i've never seen a USB device that didn't work in Windows 8 that worked in Windows 7.

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I have subject device running from Win7 64 bit.
It's decided to show capacity as 49.5Gb instead of 1Tb.
Any ideas welcomed.

Answer:Buffalo Ministation 1TB USB 2.0 Slimline Portable External Hard Drive

On the search window type Disk manage. From the options, open "Create and format hard disk partitions"
Expand the Status column so it can be readable.
Take a snapshot of the screen and upload the image.

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I have a buffalo 500gb external HD which I use mainly as a back up for photos/docs/vids etc., I have been deleting alot of uneccessary things on it and it now contains only 47gb of material, however when I click on the properties it is still showing 270gb free of 465gb, this means that there is still 195gb of material when in fact there is only 47gb of material on it in total - how can this be?? I have unplugged the buffalo drive, left it a while and replugged it in but its still showing (in the properties of the drive) that it has 270gb free of 465gb, very odd, thanks LAPTOPDUNCE

Answer:buffalo external hard drive showing wrong amount in properties???

Show hidden and system files click here
If there is a Recycle Bin Folder on the drive, go into it and Empty or manually delete contents.

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I have tried to backup quicken data onto my external hard drive but I keep getting the message that the disk is write protected. How do I overcome this problem? Thanks.

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format the here

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I have just installed a USB external 40gb hard drive for storage purposes. How can I send all the folders that are in " My Documents" to this HD in one go rather than individually. My OS is xp home.Meshuga.

Answer:Backing up to external hard drive.

Hi, go to c:\documents and settings\Your account name HERE and just copy the folder "My documents" to your USB drive

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Should I build my own, buying drive and case?Or buy off the shelf?If I build my own, do I need any software on the disc? I know I'll have to format the disc.3 computers will need to access it, with 2 via wirelss network.Advice sort with grateful thanks

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the cheapest option is to attach to one PC and make it accessable by other PCsanother way is to get one with network capability and attach to router, but this is very expensive optionanother possibility is to get a router which support usb HDD, I think asus makes this

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I have an external hard drive to back up on to, a Freecom FHD-2. My OS is Xp Pro SP 2and I use Norton Internet Security 2007,Spybot and AVG anti spyware and Sophos anti root kit scan. I used to have no problem doing a backup but now I get the following error msg;"Cannot get exclusive access to hard disk drives. Please make sure that Windows Computer Management Consol or other software that locks the hard drives are not running"I have turned off the Norton package and my screensaver, but I am at a loss as to what or how to turn off any other software locking the drives. Can anyone help? It used to be so easy to do a back up, but now I am not able to. I have not been able to do a backup for some months now and I dont know the answer to the question ?Which applications have been installed since the backup programme was working OK? Can anyone help? What is this management consol and how do I turn it off?

Answer:backing up to a external hard drive

First of all open My computer and see if the external drive is listed. Management console .....Right click My Computer, go to, manage, click on disk management. That will get you to the disk management.

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I sent another message but something got screwed up so if this is a repoeat sorry.

The questions I have are all related to one big thing I'm trying to do.

Background: I came home a few days go after leaving my computer running, and found that it had a virus. The Norton had found it. Called a Trojan Vundo. The Nort had loctated it but could not quaranbtine or delete. This is because it was running. I tried a few things and talked to some techs but didn't fix it. So I finally just bought an extrernal hd and backed up the whole c drive onto it using the windows back up utility. The idea is to back it all up, delete trojan file from the F drive (ext hard drive) and then wipe the c drive and and reinstall windows. The virus file should delete from the F drive because its not what the operating system is runiing off of. Then I can restore the files from the F drive that I want, to the newly formatted and windowed (hey new computer word?) c drive. The C drive will of course also not have the trojan because it has been reformmatted.


1. When I try to open the huge backup file that's now on the F drive ( ie all that was on the c drive), I get at first just 2 options: backup files, or restore files. I choose restore and what I get is one of those pop down file tree type things. I can choose to restore files from there but that's all. I can see the file hierarchy, and stuff but do nothing much with them in the ordinary sense of manipulating files. ... Read more

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I have a Vista PC and a 500GB Seagate external hard drive. How can I get automatic backups, as additional items (docs & Pix) are being regularly added? So far have been doing it manually by drag & drop.

Answer:Backing up to external hard drive

I have 2 forms of back up (my HD is partitioned such that the C Drive is for programmes, OS etc and I have a separate Data partition. For the OS I use Macrium reflect)
For data, all mine is in Sub Folders of a "Master Folder" (Mine is "My Documents" but I would suggest "My Data" if I started again. ) Then I have the usual sub folders - My Music, My Photos , My Word Docs, My .pdf's etc I even have my e mails there in "My Outlook)
I use a free programme "Freefilesync" - see Freefilesynch
This can be set in various ways but I Use the "Mirror image" version . In mine the "left hand" list is "My Documents" (with all the sub folders above). Assuming the External drive is, say, the F Drive, I create a folder called F/Copy of My Documents. Then in Freefilesynch in the right hand column I browse and apply "F/ copy of My documents.
This creates an exact "mirror image" of all your data - so if you delete, alte or add a file , it will change or be added or deleted to the copy.
You first press "compare" and it will show the the differences. On the first time around, if you have, say, 90 gig of data, it will show all of that so when you press "Synch" it will take ages. However, next time it will be very quick. In my case there might be a gig or so of difference (I run it a couple of times a week, and it takes a minute or two.)
Adjust the folders to suit your filing system, using the guide above.
I think SynchToy is another free programme that works similarly.

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I have a Seagate external hard drive I use for backing up files from my computers. However, I would like to make an offsite backup of the files on that drive. Would an online backup, like through Carbonite or Crashplan work for this?

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I am about to receive a christmas present of an external hard drive (160G)usb/firewire/i link from my better half.I need a big drive for video editing. Her generosity has got nothing to do with the fact she wants all the home/holiday videos on DVD. The problem is can I back up my whole system including the OS (xp home/sp2)from my computer to the external hard drive. I have tried to back up using DVD's but nero tells me I will need 10 DVD's =47G. I ask because a friend tells me that you cannot copy/back up the OS as it is running and therefore cannot be copied over so I will have to install xp/sp2 from disc. If that is true will the oem disc I got with the PC be sufficient?Thanks

Answer:Backing up onto a external hard drive

Your friend is sort of correct. You only can backup your whole system if you are not in windows. In other works you have to be in the command PC bois (the thing that loads your operating system up with the black background and white text).I usually backup my whole system onto CD-Rs or on another partition from my hard disk. I use Norton Ghost 2003 for this. You can use this program to backup your system onto another drive (USB 1.o or 2.0/firewire) Just change the advance settings to the desired option(s). Try a google search for a Trial version or download the full version from the Symantec website for around £40.

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I have just a bought an external hard drive after realising that my laptop's drive only had 10gb free. So i want to back up the operating system and the program files into one partition on the 250gb drive that i have bought. In the second partition i want to put non essential stuff like music and photos. So i need free software that is easy to use and can allow me to create partitions on the external drive. Norton ghost is a little too complicated for me.

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I am getting paranoide in my old age and wonder what external hard drive for backing up anyone would sugest?

Answer:What external hard drive for backing up?

Pretty much anyone will do so long as it's large enough to hold your data and then some. click here

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I was wondering what the difference between backing up folders/files using drag and drop vs. syncing vs. using backup software to back them up. Does it make a difference? I would guess that using backup software to save files/folders you would need to use the software to recover or view the files/folders? What method takes up the least amount of space on the external drive?
If recovery is needed which backup method makes recovery easiest?
What advantage if any is it to use syncing vs. using incremental backups?

If doing incremental backups do I need to save the previous incremental backup? I have read that keeping previous incrementals back ups is need and also have read that the previous incremental back up does not need to be saved.

Please make your answers simple to understand.

Answer:Backing Up to External Hard Drive

You're asking a lot of questions which are all very broad. All backup methods have pros and cons and the reliability depends many factors. The same technique can take different amounts of time to complete/recover from, they can take up different amounts of space, etc. depending on your system, your backup location, the method you use and the software you used to do it, etc.

The important thing is have multiple backups of any data you value. The method you use is entirely up to personal preference as is the software used to do it (if your method requires software).

I recommend not relying on a single backup method. At minimum you should have two different forms of your data on two different devices (not including the originals on your computer). There is no maximum, just the level you feel reflects the value of your data.

To start off with if you currently do not have any form of backup, I recommend you make a system image using Macrium Reflect Free. There is more info about system images available here:
It will be about 2/3 of the size of your total data on your hard drive and incorporate your entire system including operating system and personal data. You will also need to make the recovery media (very simple from within the software).

Once you have that done you can start reading through articles such as to learn about different methods.

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I looked through the tutorial section on how to perform a backup, but I'm afraid the problem is not knowing which method to use based on what I want to accomplish.

So here it goes.
I have a 500GB internal hard drive which I run my OS from on my laptop.
I also have a 640GB external hard drive which I like to use for extra videos and stuff that I don't want on my main drive.
I want to back up my computer's hard drive onto my exteral drive. I also want to keep all of my preferences for my programs. BUT, I also want to keep folders on my external hard drive that I maintain myself like my extra videos and stuff that isn't on my main drive. Every time I perform a backup, I would like my external drive to only update those files that have changed on my main drive and keep everything else.

I have Acronis True Image 2010 and am not sure which setting I should use in it or if the program is completely unnecessary in the first place.

So what should I do and which software should I use?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Best method for backing up to external hard drive

In order to keep your applications and your will need software like Acronis which can "image" your computer.

For your data files...and your extra movies and such...I would suggest something like robocopy with the /mir switch. This mirrors everything on the source drive with the destination drive. This way when you delete from C:\data it also deletes from F:\data.

Here are some examples lines you could put in a batch file.
robocopy C:\users\stanley\music H:\Backups\laptop\Music /mir /dst

robocopy C:\users\stanley\Downloads H:\Backups\laptop\Downloads /mir /dst

robocopy C:\users\stanley\pictures H:\Backups\laptop\pictures /mir /dst
As requested, robocopy only updates, copies or deletes files that are new, changed or removed.

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my computer is an emachines it came with no windows cd's , just a restore cd that is made with norton ghost that takes it completely back to factory defaults and makes me lose everything and puts a lot of crap on the machine that i don't want , so i bought an external hard drive thinking that i would be able to save a clean install onto that with the stuff i want.
so i was pondering this when i realised that it would probably be impossible to be able to format my computer hard drive and still be able to transfer the clean install to it, from the external drive. I do not have norton ghost or anything like it so i can't make my own recovery cd's.
does anyone know how i can acheive this and if it's even possible. Also the external hard drive is using FAT32 file system, since my pc hard drive is NTFS would it be wise to change the external drive to NTFS as well and if so how would i go about doing that (for free)

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Hello when I back up my files from Windows XP to my WD  external hard drive using Windows One Care. Windows One Care tells me they are backed up but I can't find them on my WD external hard drive. I have configured the WD external hard drive to Windows One Care. Anyone know how can I resolve this?

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Hello -

Up to now, I have been backing up my computer weekly using Windows 7 backup.

Thinking that it might not be a bad idea to try a second software package as well, to be on the safe side.

Any suggestions? There are tons of reviews and options out there - too many! There are free, paid, and free to try.

Looking for a couple of suggestions (not to the cloud; just to external hard drive).

Based on what I have seen so far, Acronis and Carbonite seem to be the best of the paid back up options, while Paragon and Macrium seem to be the best of the free back up options.

User and professional reviews are all over the place though!

Whichever one I use, will need to back up Road Runner e-mail folders (Windows Live, POP 3 or IMAP). I do not need a whole lot of storage space.

Thank you

Answer:Question on backing up to External Hard Drive

i like second copy to back up data onto external harddrives and use it on quite a few of friends and family PCs
not free
but has great flexibility

also I'm trying out @Max syncup

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I just installed an iomega desktop hard drive to my pc to back up my music library. I copied over my music files already a few days ago. Where do I look to find if I can set it up to do automatic back ups? And will it only add what is new or does it copy the whole file again? I have a dell pc and I want to back up my itunes music library automatically.

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Hello.I'm not the brightest bulb in the ceiling sometimes,and this is one of these moments I'm sorry to say.Having recently learned how to back up my files properly and automatically (namely photos, videos, music),I was asked at the start of each backup to give it a title which I've done. When I next do a further backup, do I simply click on the original backup title and backup that one,or do I have to give it a second title and backup from new? Please help!I'm sorry this is a really dumb question but its confused me somewhat. Thank you though for your help. Its appreciated very much.Big L 266(Whose filaments are on the blink.)

Answer:Backing Up & External Hard Drive Assistance.

I use the date but usually have to name it twice as I forget what separators are not allowed even though I can see the previous files! You should make a new backup each time but call the 'backup23072010' or 'backup2010_07' or similar.

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I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question but I tried putting it under hardware and received no here goes.

I have an external hard drive, and I use Karen's Replicator to back up my files and folders. About ten days ago it stopped backing up. The icon was still shown on my system tray but,when I clicked on it ,the window shown was different from in the past. It was more of a welcome window and didn't include any information under several tabs such as Last Run, where I could check for failures.

So I uninstalled it and then installed it again, only to get the same very limited window. I don't know if Karen's has changed its format or if there is some other problem.

Any suggestions? Thanks.

Answer:Solved: external hard drive not backing up

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Hello everyone! I'm new here, but have enjoyed reading the forums. The advice is very helpful. I wanted to get your advice before I did anything majorly detrimental. Okay, I have a laptop computer, running WindowsXP Professional, and a desktop computer, running WindowsXP Home Edition. Each one has 30GB of hard drive space. I have had a couple of close calls with crashes, but so far have been able to recover. I have decided to be safe and have bought a 160 GB Seagate External Hard Drive, hoping to be able to backup both computers on this drive. I wasn't sure how to format the drive, so I checked to see which file system my computers used. They were both the same: On C: drive, it lists 27.91 GB as healthy and is NTFS formatted. On a drive that doesn't have a name (?), it says 31 MB (EISA configuration), and lists it as FAT (doesn't say FAT32, just "FAT")-also healthy. I'm assuming that since most everything is NTFS, that's what I should use? --or should I allocate a small partition for FAT as well? Also, should I make separate partitions for each computer, solely for backup (I have backup software--Ghost, BounceBack Express, and Nero, but haven't tried them yet). And if I make the separate partitions just for backup, how big should they be? And should I have a 3rd partition just for files that I can use between both computers? I'm sorry if I have rambled. It's just that I've searched several forums and just can't ... Read more

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Hello All,

I am interested in purchasing an external (preferably USB 3.0 if this connection is the fastest) non SSD & Hybrid drive of min. 750GB capacity with continuous auto backup.

I have zeroed down to Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive STAC1000103. Details are as follows :

Product Features and Technical Details

Size: 1 TB
Product Features
USB 3.0 plug-and-play
Easy-to-use pre-loaded backup software with encryption
Includes GoFlex Desk USB 3.0 adapter with capacity gauge display
Use on a PC and Mac computer interchangeably without reformatting
World's most versatile external drive - optional GoFlex Desk desktop FireWire 800/USB 2.0 adapter
2-Year limited warranty
Inside the Box: GoFlex Desk external drive, backup and encryption software pre-loaded on drive,
NTFS driver for Mac pre-loaded on drive, GoFlex Desk USB 3.0 adapter base with capacity gauge, 4-foot USB 3.0 cable, power supply, quick start guide
Streamlined design complements any workspace
Technical Details
Brand Name: Seagate
Model: STAC1000103
Warranty: 2 year limited
Hard Disk Description: External
Weight: 3.05 pounds

Before I purchase :

I am looking for a longer warranty HDD - say, 5 Yrs. But have not found one yet. What is the max. warranty on a hdd these days and which one has the longest warranty?

Any suggestions - brand wise or capacity wise ?

Thanks a LOT.

Answer:External Hard drive (USB 3.0) for backing my laptop. Need HELP.

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Hi everyone

I've just read an article which explains how to back up my system to an external hard drive
(Backup/Restore in Windows7 – External Hard Drive (Computer Insurance))

I have a 2TB external with files alread on it. I was just wondering, do i need to partition the hard drive or can i just create a folder?

Also, just to check... If i complete this back up onto my external, and then create the system repair disc, will I be able to completely reinstall windows and drivers?

I recently tried to create a dual boot with windows and ubuntu on two seperate hard drives. It worked, but I had to have the unbuntu hard drive plugged in to be able to boot the windows drive (windows wouldnt boot at all without the unbuntu hard drive plugged in). I worried that if the ubuntu drive died (its quite old) then I would never be able to get back into windows.
So I now have a fresh instalation of windows 7 Professional that work put on my machine.

However I want to try and create and dual boot again, but if I mess it up this time i'd like to be able to sort it out myself. Would doing this back up and disc enable me to do so?


Answer:Backing up to External Hard drive - do i need to partition?

I will assume you are talking about Windows imaging as opposed to file/folder backup.
In one partition root Windows will recognize an image folder called WindowsImageBackup. If you create another partition you could have another WindowsImageBackup. Alternatively, you can rename or move (within a partition) WindowsImageBackup to a different folder. As long as what you move and/or rename to WindowsImageBackup in a partition root, a Windows system repair disk boot should recognze it. See these tutorials
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
Many people prefer this third party imaging program which is more flexible
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
I use both.

A system image restore will restore everything you need. It is a snapshot of when you made it. You can even restore it to a new HDD if your current one fails.

Re Ubuntu dual boot it sounds like you are booting Windows through the Ubuntu HDD = bad idea.
Post a full Disk Management Screenshot
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Is it possible to back up after the blue screen of death? I just got it and it won't go and I got some files on there that I need. I might have to wipe it out. I'm doing a fitness test at the moment.

Any ideas?

Answer:External Hard Drive - Backing Up After Blue Sceen?

You will need to run some operating system to do the backup.

You can try a bootable OS, like UBCD4Win, if you have an XP machine and CD available to make it.

Or you can try the Ultimate Boot CD, which is more command-line based, but it may not detect the external.

Or Knoppix, which is a Linux bootable CD (or DVD, but you don't need that) which will mount NTFS drives and has good hardware support (for the external).

Or you can connect it to another machine.

All of this is provided that the machine's problem is disk-based and not faulty memory or something else.

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Hi, hope someone can help...I've just bought the Seagate Maxtor OneTouch4 640GB external drive and my intention is to copy 3 full hard drives over to the OneTouch but the Maxtor software only seems to allow me to copy files,folders etc. So I've now downloaded Disk Copy software from Paragon. However when I try to copy the disk Paragon warns me that there is data already on the Maxtor drive and that this will be erased. Is this data req'd for the Maxtor to work or can I safely allow Paragon to erase it? Also, how can I ever copy 3 different drives over to the external Maxtor if it is always going to erase all previous info? Would I need to partition the Maxtor ?

I'm quite new to all this and my head's fried already. Any advise would be gratefully received.

Answer:Solved: Backing-up hard disks to an external drive

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Hi, I am going to clean up my cousin's computer. It is slow as molasses and I am guessing that it is infected bigtime. I wanna plug my external hard drive into the computer so I can backup all the files they want off the computer. I am just wondering if my external hard drive is vulnerable to viruses when I do this? I am going to do a Factory Restore. Also it takes forever and I mean forever to get to things on that computer. Is there a faster way to get files onto my external hard drive before I do a Factory Restore? Also if I do a Factory Restore instead of a reformat will all the viruses be gone?

Answer:Backing up infected computer to external hard drive

JMT74 said:

Hi, I am going to clean up my cousin's computer. It is slow as molasses and I am guessing that it is infected bigtime. I wanna plug my external hard drive into the computer so I can backup all the files they want off the computer. I am just wondering if my external hard drive is vulnerable to viruses when I do this? I am going to do a Factory Restore. Also it takes forever and I mean forever to get to things on that computer. Is there a faster way to get files onto my external hard drive before I do a Factory Restore? Also if I do a Factory Restore instead of a reformat will all the viruses be gone?Click to expand...

Any files you back up to your ext drive that are infected, will still be infected.
Back-ups need to be done first, before you get infected, so you can restore them.

You need to do a destructive recovery, format drive, not just a factory restore.

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I recently purchased an external hard drive to back up data files on SAGE as an alternative to discs. The backup process appears to work normally, but I am unable to actually open the files from the hard drive. Is this because the hard drive is not configured for SAGE? Is it possible to open the files some way to ensure the data is all there? Does anyone else back their SAGE data files up onto a hard drive? What are your experiences? Grateful for any assistance and tips on backing up SAGE data! Thanks.

Answer:Backing up SAGE data files on external hard drive

Are you trying to access the files by simply clicking on them from the external drive?If so, you have answered your own question - "Is this because the hard drive is not configured for SAGE?"Can you open the files by opening Sage and then accessing the external drive file from within the program?

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Hi I have a toshiba laptop running XP I would like to back everything up on a external hard drive.

How do I do it and whats the best way?

Can I make so that if I lose my CP to a virus like I did once I could plug hard drive in and re do CP ?

Whats the diffrence between fats32 and NTFS storage?

I am looking at this one

Thanks alot

Answer:Tsihba laptop buying a Transcend StoreJet 25 external hard drive backing up ?


Originally Posted by JOE.G

Hi I have a toshiba laptop running XP I would like to back everything up on a external hard drive.

How do I do it and whats the best way?

I do not know if you have xp professional, home etc so I have provided you with the microsoft link that will direct you how to use Windows built in backup software


Originally Posted by JOE.G

Can I make so that if I lose my CP to a virus like I did once I could plug hard drive in and re do CP ?

Does cp = computer

It depends of what you mean by re-do. If you mean reinstall windows then using your recovery disc is the best option.

If you mean replacing backed up files then all drives can do this easily, just ensure when you backup it is kept tidy and simple ie. makes folders such as Music, Videos, Documents etc.


Originally Posted by JOE.G

Whats the diffrence between fats32 and NTFS storage?

fat32 is an older system with file limits on 3gb I think

NTFS is just newer with more features and can handle much larger file sizes

I would re-format the hard drive to nfts is you can


Originally Posted by JOE.G

I am looking at this one Read more

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Good day everyone.

I have 500gb Buffalo HD and the problem is that when I plug it in my laptop it makes a clicking noise then after a while the noise stop. And also it does not appear in Computer,it was only appearing in the control panel. I tried disk management and other software to retrieve and solve this but it doesnt work. Can I still recover my file without going to retrieval company? can I still save my hard disk and use it again? thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard disk problem

Doesn't sound like it. Sounds like you are hosed. Suppose you could try the freezer trick, although I've never seen it work.

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Hi,I have an external USB Buffalo hard disk attached to my Lenovo E73 W7 Pro PC.If i boot with it connected then the PC won't boot through to Windows until i disconnect the Buffalo.I have been into the Bios and set the boot order to not only styart with the HD but also ignore USB and CD ROM.Interestingly before i changed the Bios it would stop the boot and when i disconnected the Buffalo i would get the option to go the bios; now that i have changed the bios although it still doesn't boot through to Windows, when i disconnect the Buffalo the Windows spalsh screen appears immediately. So..My thoughts are that the bios change has been a good thing and now there is a Windows option that needs to be changed to make it boot to Windows ignoring the Buffalo until it has started. Has anyone any advice please? Cheers,Simon  

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I have a Buffalo 120 GB external Hard Disk that i connect to my HP Compaq Pressario M2000. It has been with me since 2 yrs. It was always fine, except for not being recognised a few months came back all by itself. So i was fine. I have a lot of data in it which is very important. So please give me any option other than formatting it.

When i rightclick on my My Computer and go to Manage > Disk Management and it shows me my Drive as F: 111.78 GB Healthy (Active).
But it does not display the name that i have given it (Rockin Ram) and when i try opening it, it says " F: is not acessible " The file drive is corrupted and unreadable ".

I have an internet connection with unlimited download, so please let me know if i need to download some software or install anything to repair it. I will do it, but please help me with this issue.
I believe you coz my previous problem was solved by you people !

Answer:My Buffalo 120 GB External Hard Disk recognised, but not responding!

The drive could have failed. Try to plug it into another pc if you have another one.

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I've got a 1TB Buffalo USB external drive. It worked great until about 2 days ago. It was pre-formatted to FAT32, needing to put a 10 gig file on it, I reformatted it to NTFS. No problem.

Except my Xbox, my laptop, and my PS3 didn't recognise it anymore. Only the desktop did. I checked online, it wasn't a problem, cause PS3 and Xbox only read FAT 32 hard drives... so i knew i just needed to format back, and it would all be fine.

So I tried to format it back, but FAT32 was not an option. only exFAT. After reading about for a bit i found out i could format in FAT32 from the CMD dos Prompt.

So I tried that. It stayed at 0% for what seemed like forever, and then the system shut down.

I rebooted and now my drive isn't there. It shows in device manager as "hard drive" with no extra details, but says it's working.

It shows in Drive Manager, but is listed as "Unallocated" and "not initalised"

I know i need to initialise it to get it show again, however anytime i try I get this error:
Data Error (Cyclic redundacy check)

Can someone please help? I dont care if i lose all the data on it, I just want it reformatted and reinitalised so i can start using it again.

Thanks in advance to anyone who helps in any way.

Answer:Cant initalise my external 1TB Buffalo drive.

The 1st part of this tutorial describes how to initialize a hard drive.

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Hi, I am looking for a driver for a Buffalo HD-CE500U2-EU. Any thoughts please?

Answer:Solved: External Buffalo Drive

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I have just got a Buffalo 500gb external hard drive, it has installed perfectly on my windows XP laptop, however when I try and install it on my other laptop with Windows vista, it starts that "device driver install" icon in the system tray but when I click on "my computer" from the start menu I cant find the drive!! - the funny thing is that it DOES appear when I go into the "start" menu and then "control panel" and "system" and then in the "device manager" I can find the Buffalo USB drive called "HD-PVU2" BUT it wont show in the drives on "my computer" and its not possible to transfer data to the drive, any suggestions anyone??? thanks PCDIMWIT

Answer:+++ Buffalo 500gb external USB drive ++

Go to 'My Computer' and select Manage, then click on 'Disk Management' - right click the drive then choose Format. It should then show ok.

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can anyone help a novice by using simple language how to move music library and photos to an external buffalo drive station, thereafter once the laptop has been restored to factory settings how do I reinstall

Many thanks

JimThe Pilot

Answer:transferring from laptop to external drive buffalo drive station

do you know how to 'drag n drop' from one folder to another??
Thats about as simple a way of moving the files as you can get

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Hi! So i bought a buffalo DVSM-PN58U2V DVD MULTI DRIVE. The package says that it installs automatically when connected into the computer, but when i plug it in, instead my computer recognises it as Optiarc DVD RW AD-7560S USB DEVICE, tries to install its drivers, and fails. I have a 32bit vista home premium.

Answer:Problem with Buffalo DVSM-PN58U2V external dvd-drive

Leave it connected and reboot. What happens?

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I have a desktop PC that does not come with any USB 3 ports on its mainboard. Yesterday I bought a PCI-E to USB 3.0 expansion card with two ports.

I installed the card, connected the floppy power cable, and windows 10 installed its driver with no issues. There is no yellow mark in the device manager.

First I connected my USB 3.0, 2.5" Seagate drive and windows properly recognized it and set its speed at USB 3.0. I copied a lot of files at a constant max speed of about 95 MB/s. So far everything is good.

Then I tried my 3.5" Buffalo USB 3.0 drive. No matter what I did, it simply would not connect at USB 3 speed, only USB 2. I tried both ports. The drive's external power adapter is connected.

Windows does know that it's a USB 3 device, since it shows the message "This device can perform faster if connected to USB 3.0".

The drive does come with a cable with blue USB 3 connectors.

Anyone ever experienced such an issue before?

Answer:External 3.5" Buffalo USB 3.0 drive only connects at USB 2.0 mode

In general, the first thing to try with any USB device that doesn't behave correctly (or at all) is to open Device Manager, find the device and uninstall it. If you don't currently have the device connected you may need to select 'show hidden devices' in Device Manager's 'View' menu.

If an inappropriate driver had been loaded the first time it was connected it will continue to be used on all subsequent times. Uninstalling it will make windows 'forget' and choose the driver from scratch.

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Question: Buffalo Hard Drive

I recently bought a 250gb Buffalo external hard drivebut my computer will not recognise it. I installed it as instructed but it doesn't show up in my computer. I use XP. My old computer recognises it and everything works ok (also XP) Any ideas? Thanks in anticipation

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. but every time i go to access it windows freezes up,

i unplug it and windows returns to normal,

anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Buffalo Externad Hard Drive

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I have a Buffalo ministation HD-PF500U2 500gb portable hard drive, and an ASUS laptop running Vista.

The problem is this: Whenever I plug my hard drive in, its light begins green, but turns yellow, and the computer makes absolutely no indication that it has recognised it. I went to device manager and saw a USB Mass Storage Device apparently recognised, but nothing in My Computer, and no way to access it. So I chose to 'uninstall' this Mass Storage Device on Device Manager (since Device Manager told me it was still plugged in, even when it wasn't) and then plugged my hard drive back in. I got the 'installing device driver software' message, and was told it was all fine, but the light went yellow again, and still no way to access the files.

I've tried microsofts MATS program for devices, and that tells me that some hardware changes have not been recognised, but that it has fixed the problem. It tells me this every time I run it.

Any advice?

Thanks all,


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I have just bought an Buffalo external mini station 500 gb hard drive with the intention of installing Ubantu on to it.Any way, to cut a long story short I have made a mess off it, I need to merge the three seperate partitions which I have created into one, then format the whole disc.
In other words a factory reset.

Thank you for any help

Answer:Problems with Buffalo hard drive

No problem, just delete all the partitions and make one large new one. If you are not sure how to do that, just ask.

Regards....Mike Connor

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Hi I am running Vista Home Premium and I have got a Buffalo Ext,H/Drive.They have a support site but I sent them a strong complaint and they no longer talk to me.There is a download on the site for making the drive compatible with Vista.Has anyone any knowledge about the proceedure for the order of download? When to plug in the drive and what to actualy load etc It is running but its pure basics.I want formatting,convert to NTFS etc,and to load the free backup program.Regards,Sam Gee.

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Hi Techguys

I get the BSOD with the Bad_Pool_Header error message when I connect a newly purchased external Buffalo 750GB Hard Drive to my PC. I have a HP Pavilion 3.4Mhz Pentium D Dual Core with 2048Mb RAM running Windows XP Home Edition SP3. The Drive worked fine until a couple of weeks in and still works fine in Windows Professional on the same machine and with a backup machine running Windows XP Home with SP3. The drive is a Buffalo 750GB USB 2.0 Drivestation. I have no problem running other Buffalo drives on the PC. The BSOD happens no matter whether the USB is attached at startup or plugged in after.
I have a copy of the BSOD details if that would help. I have about 200GB of multi media files on the drive and I need to solve this problem and get access to it again.
Any help would be really appreciated

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ive recently bought a cx500u2 buffalo external hard drive but when i connect it to my pc running vista it goes non responding when i go into my computer or into disk management. i tried it on my laptop running xp and it works fine im at the end of my tether with this plz help

Answer:vista wont show my buffalo ext hard drive

Just in case it is a discontinued product, follow the link in this thread
to find a driver, if needed.

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I have bought a new Seagate 1 TB external hard disk for backing up some of the files from my desktop. I have windows 7. The copying of the files is extremely slow. Please help.

Answer:Backing up to external hard disk is too slow

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I am having problems backing up my computer (system image) using Windows 7 from my HP Pavillion DV6 series and it keeps failing. The message I get is incorrect function 080070001, backup failed. I have always used the Windows backup function on previous computers but this new one has got me really stumped. Any suggestions please

Answer:Backing up to a WD external drive

I'm guessing that the auto-installed WD software might be causing this problem. Does it accept a backup image from another PC?

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I would like to back up my two internal drives on an external drive. I am wondering if it is possibile to completely copy what is on the internal drives (system files programs, registry etc) to my external so that if my computer were to crash I could simply copy what was on my old computer to the new hard drive(s). My two quetsion are first what is the most efficient way of doing this secondly would I need to "relink" my shortcuts if I kept the same drive letter? Hope this makes sense.

Answer:backing up using an external drive?

Sounds like you would benefit from something like Acronis which makes a true image of your hard drive. You can download it at a very reasonable cost from here

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I am trying to do a backup using the onekey recovery backup option. The computer is brand new. I am backing up to an external usb drive with plenty of free space. I made a directory on it called lenovo backup and pointed it to that location to save the backup.wsi file.  It shows initializing for over 2 hours now  and has not proceeded to do anything else.  Lenovo Y50Windows 8.1Purchased 1 month agoexternal drive - Seagate 1TB

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At the moment I clone my hard drive us Acronis, what I want do is erase all my music files and photos from my 'C' drive and free up some space, if I then want to backup a file or files I have been working on what do I do instead of cloning, drag and drop.Thanks

Answer:backing up external drive


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Hello all. This is puzzling me, my windows backup is also backing up one of my external drives (I have 4) as well as my 'C' drive (yes, the one I do want to back up). I am looking all over trying to find where I can stop this. I am backing up to an external drive, and no, its not the same drive that's being backed up. Here is my set-up... Primary Drive "C", external drive "F", external drive "G", external drive "H", external drive "I". The "F" drive is one of my external drives. As you can see in the screen shot, drive C and F are being backed up.
Now, I want to only back up my "C" drive to the "I" drive and have that set to do once per week. That is what I have it set for. I am allowing Windows to choose the files for me. Does someone know why this is happening and how to stop it? Thanks to all for your help.

Answer:Windows Backup is backing up an external drive as well as my C drive

Windows Backup works in mysterious ways.

That's one of the reason many avoid it. It's not intuitive or easily understood.

It has it's own idea of what needs to be backed up.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

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First the specs: Dell laptop running Windows XP 32bit, 1 GB RAM, 56 GB split between C & D. I have an external 500 GB hard drive.
The hard drive came with WD Anywhere Backup software. I set it up to back up basically everything except the program files - I thought I should do that at least once???
Well, the backups take forever to run, and while they are running my memory crashes. I repeatedly get a low memory warning for the C drive. The C drive is not normally that full...but when I check it the memory is down to 32 KB. If I restart the computer and disconnect the external drive (shutting down the backup) I get 17 GB of available memory on the C drive.
First of all (I'm a bit of a help me) why would the available memory change?
What should I do to prevent the memory crashes?
Is it common that backups should take hours to run (just using a USB connection)?
What is a good backup plan (what should I backup and how often)?
I hope this wasn't too stupid, and I appreciate whatever assistance is offered.

Answer:Low memory when backing up to external drive

I have the wd software and am not that crazy about it myself

I back up by copy and paste...that way I am not reliant on software to view my files etc.
However when i copy over folders..naturally many of the files already exists in my back up folders...i just choose "skip for the following conflicts..this way only new files are only takes a few minutes..with usb running at full speed.
if your pc is old it may not have highspeed usb support so it could take a while.

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Bought an extenal drive from Staples, copied all data and photos to it. How can I back-up at intervals, with only the new data going to the ext. drive, rather than copying it all again? Is there an obvious solution and I'm not seeing it? thankyou for any advice.

Answer:Backing-up data to external drive

Use something like AllSync click here or SyncBack freeware click hereThere are options for when you want the syuncronised back up to run.

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I'd like to know how to backup 2 different PC's (one laptop and one desktop) onto a single external drive, and any issues I might encounter doing so. I'll want to do a system image, and file history and any other of all I can using the Win 10 backup and recovery software for auto backups and recovery. Both pc's are windows 10 Home and 64 bit. I want to backup any and all I might be able to use for all the recovery options, and have PC's auto update onto the drive (one at a time of course)

Answer:Backing up 2 pc's on one external drive using windows 10

Would you consider making full system disk image for each computer ? Using Macrium Reflect program an image of disk can be created that would make a file for each system/disk of about 75% of total used space of each disk. It can be accessed by one rescue disk/USB for both systems. Payed version of MR let you do incremental updates for each backup image separately.

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I recently acquired Acronis TrueImage Home v 7.0 through an offer at this site

I found out that this product will not image volumes on dynamic discs. I have recently built my first computer. I installed WIN XP in the normal way and in 'Disc Mangement' it shows that my disc are 'dynamic disks'.

I emailed support and they sent me this

Please be aware that Acronis True Image 9.0 Home does not support Windows Dynamic Disks. Windows Dynamic Disks are supported by server versions of Acronis True Image 9.0 Home: Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Windows and
Acronis True Image 9.1 Enterprise Server.

You can create an image of a volume of any type and later restore the imaged volume back to dynamic or basic disk. There is one restriction, however. If you want to restore a system volume (the volume where operating system files reside), then the archive must not reside on a dynamic volume. Non-system volume images can be restored from anywhere.

I am not certain whether they mean that I can do everything in the second paragraph if and only if I buy the Server version, or if I can do it with v 7.0

I have two questions, guys.

1. Is it okay for me to convert my dynamic discs to basic discs? If it is okay, can I convert the volume where the OS is located to a basic disc? I see that when I open Disc management and right click on C: (my internal HD is partitioned; everything is on one side, the other si... Read more

Answer:Acronis 7.0 and backing up to external drive

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I have always backed my personal hard drives using images for easy restoration

However i now have 2 PCs that need backup performed and they just want the data so an image is not necessary thus i only want the important data ie; documents and settings important files no junk such as updates or temp files

I would prefer to remove the hard drives and plug it into another pc to perform the backup instead of doing the back up from the actual machine

I was looking for the best possible way to perform this

Answer:Backing up hard drives to external, important data ie; pictures music

You can use Windows Backup via Control Panel, System and Security, Backup and REstore, just for backing up your data and settings. A simple backup of C:\Users\<your username> would suffice for most people unless you have your documents on a separate folder or drive.
I use a good third party backup program called Retrospec Pro from EMC (Retrospect).

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I regularly back up my files to a 2 TB external hard drive. Recently I've been backing up financial data to the drive and so decided to encrypt the drive.(its portable) Its not a big issue, it is just since I encrypted the drive I've had to rely on 3rd party automatic back up programs since windows stopped detecting the drive. Makes sense the drive is encrypted. Though even when the drive is mounted, everything else I use in windows can view and access the drive but windows 7's backup utility. Windows 7 backup utility can't find the drive when it "searches for drives" to backup to or create system images. Is there a way to make windows 7's backup utility able to access an encrypted drive? If not 3rd party programs I guess will be my new go to.

Answer:Backing up windows 7 to a encrypted external drive

Make sure that the external drive is unlocked.

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I have three computers, 2 with vista and 1 with xp. I have already backed up one vista computer and it worked fine. Does anybody know whether using the 'backup and restore' windows feature to backup the second computer that runs vista onto the WD drive. I know that i have enough room, it is just that i am worried that the new one might overwrite the old one.

Also i wanted to back up the iTunes library on the XP computer onto the same hard drive. Does anybody know whether using the inbuilt itunes 'backup library' feature will back up movies and all the album art lyrics etc. in their full state.

Answer:Solved: Backing up three computers onto WD external drive

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Using Windows 7 Professional 64 bit control panel backup and restore, backup consistently fails with the subject error. The Event Viewer/Windows logs/Application log shows multiple VSS errors. The suggested correction is to change the VSS service to manual so it may support backup.  The VSS service is in manual. The external drive has no errors and has over 500 GB of free space.

Answer:Error code 0x81000019 backing up on external usb drive

I would like to know if this error occurs when backup to other location.
This issue may occur if the drive if not NTFS format.
Please follow the steps a below to convert the drive.
Step 1: Using Convert Command
1. Click the "Start" Button, click "All programs", and click "Accessories".
2. Right-click "Command Prompt", and click "Run as administrator".
3. In "Administrator: Command Prompt" window, type in following command and press Enter.
CONVERT %drive letter%: /FS:NTFS
%drive letter% is the driver that you want to convert. For example, type the following command to convert the F Drive to NTFS:
3. When the following message is displayed in the command prompt window, type the volume label of the drive that you are converting, and then press ENTER:
The type of the file system is FAT.
Enter the current volume label for drive %drive letter%:
Type any character string for the Volume Label. If you just press Enter, it will assign "Local Disk" as the default Volume Label.
4. When the conversion to NTFS is complete, the following line is displayed in the command prompt window:
"Conversion complete"
5. Restart the computer and check the result.
If the issue persists, try the step 2.
Step 2: Restart the Volume Shadow Copy
1. Click on the "Start" Button, type " Read more

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Hi all,Attempting to backup my HP laptop to my new Seagate Expansion 3TB plug and play external drive returns the error shown in the screenshot below. After searching Google for a solution it seems the backup utility in Windows 7 is not compatible with high capacity drives over 2.5TB. Am I understanding this correctly? How am I going to backup my laptop onto this drive?I did come across a proposed solution here but apparently this would prevent the drive from working with Windows XP. As I need to move file between the laptop and an XP machine this is not an option for me.There is approximately 126GB of data on the machine and the drive is brand new, formatted to NTFS and otherwise empty.Perhaps I need to use a third party software to backup? Please advise. Thank you.

Answer:Backing up Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit to 3TB external drive fails

Hi -I have been using the Free trial version of ACRONIS back up recently.You have an option to back up to internal or CD/DVD -Regards -

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Hello and good evening, i have a slight issue that i'd like to find out please....I have a Sony ps3...80Gb, and its getting kind of full, so now i want to purchase a bigger hard drive for it, which is fine to.....but first i realise that i need to back up all the stuff to my external hard drive. I already have a seagate 1TB external hard drive, which is connected to my desktop pcwhich is hereAnd this hard drive has all my itunes library, pictures, documents, etc. I have only used 138Gb, and there is 792Gb free, and it says the file system is NTFS......but it from videos that ive seen on you tube it says that to for the ps3 to recognize the drive it has to be i'm not to sure if i'd be able to back up my ps3 stuff on my current ext hard drive. Any help would be much appreciated.

Answer:Backing up my ps3 files on my hard Ext. hard drive

Ive heard that windows pcs cannot recognise ps3 hard drives. I dont think the ps3 truly uses a windows compatible version of FAT32, you would surely be able to connect the 80Gb hard drive straight to your pc (providing you have the space) to transfer all its content to a spare folder on it as a backup, since windows can read both fat32 and ntfs. your best bet might be in either getting hold of an old hard drive from a friend that you can re-format for use with your ps3 for backing up, or purchasing a flash drive (although the only problem there is that flash drives arent always the most reliable way to do so)click here

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What's the best way to make a back up of your hard drive ? Is there any way to make something like a restore disk ? I have Ghost 2003 but can't figure out which function I need to use . I am using Win XP and Win 2000 . Thanks

Answer:Need help backing up hard drive

You can easily back up the drive if you follow the Norton Ghost manual.

Check this link too -

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I recently purchased an external hard drive for use in backing up my PC. Rather than using the not-so-friendly software which came with the drive, I decided to simply cut and paste, and/or drag and drop my PC internal C-drive, to the external drive. Shortly after starting to transfer data, an error message pops up telling me that I can't copy a file called hiberfil. It further instructed me to close any program that might be using that file and then try again. After attempting a search on my computer for the location and explanation of that file, nothing was found. I next tried deactivating all programs in the system tray that might be causing the problem. No luck!

Can anyone tell me what the hiberfil file is, and tell me how to get around this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


Answer:Backing up a hard drive

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I know this has been covered before, but I'm a little fuzzy on the whole concept of having a complete copy of my Hd.It sounds easy, but what exactly do I need to do this?I do have a bootdisc program, but thats as far as I have gone. I understand that the bootdisc would enable me to restart my pc in the event of a problem, but what is the difference really, and what happens after you've used the bootdisc?Another thing is the backup programs that I have tried to use before, I've never really got on with, for one reason or another.I would be grateful for advice on this please.Steve

Answer:Backing up a hard drive

Have a read click hereAcronis true Image is one of the best abck up software packages.

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Can any one recommend a piece of software that will let me back up my PC and my sons full hard drives.He puts many hours into playing Sim games etc,and if there was a severe crash,all would be lost.Something along the lines of Norton ghost,but I need to be able to use the product on 2 pcs...Any help appreciated

Answer:Backing up hard drive

Acronis True Image. Very good and within a windows interface. There was a free copy of Version 6 doing the rounds of the magazine cover disks a few months ago. I've used it and it works perfectly.

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Hey Gang,
I have a sneaky suspicion that my hard drive is slowly crapping out on me. It's making groaning noises every few minutes. For now, I want to get a USB thumb drive and back up the entire drive onto that. My question is how big a thumb drive do I need to back my hard drive? I have an 18.6 gig hard drive. Do I need a thumb drive the same size of the hard drive or can I get something smaller. My plan is to buy a second hard drive soon. But I just want to do the thumb drive for now until I save up for a new hard drive. Any advice is much appreciated.

Answer:Backing up my hard drive...

Firstly if I was you I would not use the computer continually at the moment unless it is absolutely necessary thereby not putting your Dicky hard drive under any more stress until you have got a Flash Drive. You really have 2 choices here and I know which one I would take but there again how deep is your pocket. I would consider that you wait until you have the new hard Drive and then you can either hitch that one as 'Slave' and transfer all data from one to the other or put your Operating system on the new one then slave the old one and transfer data that way. As far as the flash drive goes to transfer all in one you would really need a 25 Gig to be on the safe side as a 20gig I think would be bordering on tightness so then we are talking about price. As you said you will have to save for new Hard Drive so why waste monies on a flash drive when your new internal HD will suffice. To reiterate if you have signs of your HD failing less usage the better in case it totally fails then you will have other problems trying to recover your lost data from a failed drive.

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I'm having some problems right now, whenever I start my computer I get a message saying

STOP: c0000221 {Bad Image Checksum}

From what I've read, I will have to completely reinstall windows which apparently will erase my hard drive, so I need to back it up to my external hard drive. Is there any way to do this? I can't get past the blue screen, so I can't actually access my hard drive normally. Is there any way to get access top it and transfer everything to my external drive? Also, the computer is a laptop, which I'm sure if anything, will only complicate things.

Answer:Backing up hard drive

I’m assuming you have another computer and the laptop is not bootable.

If you can find and external HD enclosure for the HD in your laptop, then you should be able to read the data in it to another computer.

I’m not familiar with the HDs in a laptop or the enclosures required.
Does this sound an approach you want to take ?

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What my intent is - to backup my hard drive to dvd in case of a crash. i have a dual layer dvd burner and want to use it. by the way, i'm still in the novice stage so please consider that in your answer.

system - custom built computer - 1.66 processor - 512 ram - 40gb hard drive. using windowsxp-sp2. i have about 27gb free space. actually i dont know what information you really need.

i recently purchased a backup program called Acronis. it was highly recommended by several people. so i created a folder called mybackup on my desktop, then ran the backup to the folder. when i check properties on the folder it shows 7.63gb which seems about right. under contains it shows 1 files, 1 folder.

so i went to nero6 which is alredy on my computer to burn it to dvd. i've never used it before so i was kinda guessing - and i finally got to a point where it showed that it was ready to burn the file to dvd. when i clicked burn it only ran a minute or so then ejected the disc. looking at the disc it only burned a very thin line. i deleted everything several times and retried but got the same results.

so i dont know if the problem ( probably operator problem ) lies in Acronis or Nero6. i took my disc into work and had our IT person check it and he said it only burned info about the file - no content.

at this point i have paid for the program - wasted a few dvd discs ( and two double layer discs ). i'm so confused right now. please let me know if this will work - or should... Read more

Answer:Backing Up Hard Drive

I don't know Acronis software so I'm generalising here:

Firstly - there is no point in having a backup folder on your desktop, the desktop is just a folder on your C: drive and if the drive dies your backup goes with it. I'm sure you realise that but I'm just clarifying.

Secondly - you don't need to use Nero at all. Windows XP has its own burning software - just drag'n'drop the files to the drive.

I think you should have a look at the Acronis package again for their recommendations, I would have thought it was capable of directing the backup direct to the DVD drive without putting it in a folder first.


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I would like to back up the complete hard drive to one external, is there some that are better a doing this? If so what would you recommend? thanks 2boot

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What is the easiest way for me to back up my primary hard drive onto another hard drive?
Is there a special software involved?

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Well, I recently had my emachines T2596 motherboard fry on me, along with the PSU, and after reading many a post on failing emachines motherboard I decided against getting one directly from them. So i decided to get a new motherboard and power supply along with a newer, better CPU from newegg.
So I start up computer and it says something along the lines of "disk boot failed: please insert system disk" so I find the recovery cd and put it in. Now it's saying that all my files will be erased because it needs to reinstall Windows XP and to backup my files before I continue. What should I do? Is it still possible to back up my hard drive somehow?
Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Backing up hard drive

Boot from the XP cd and go into the recovery console. When you get to a c: prompt type fixmbr. When that is done type chdsk /f. Reboot the computer without the cd and see if that works. If not you will need a Bart PE disk or Ultimate Boot CD, boot from one of those and that will let you burn or save the data to a cd or external storage device if the data is recoverable.

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After completely losing all data on my main hard drive due to a head crash (platters damaged beyond recovery ), I have learned a hard lesson no one should have to learn. I now have a USB 2.0 external hard drive that I will be using to back up my new internal hard drive going forward. The main things I need to back up are my data files (Word, Excel, Publisher, pictures, songs, movies, etc.), Outlook Express e-mails and contacts, and IE favorites. My software does not need to be backed up as I have the CD's and DVD's to reinstall it if needed.

Do you have any recommendations for software that is easy to use, has scheduling capabilities, and is well-supported? I know Windows can do backups, but I don't think it has scheduling capabilities.

By the way, I have the Windows XP SP2 operating system.

Thanks and Regards.


Answer:Backing Up Hard Drive

Apparently you can. I pulled this from the Help and Support section under Start...To schedule a backup Open Backup. The Backup Utility Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled.Click the Advanced Mode button in the Backup Utility Wizard. Click the Backup tab, and then, on the Job menu, click New. Select the files and folders you want to back up by clicking the check box to the left of a file or folder under Click to select the check box for any drive, folder or file that you want to back up. Select File or a tape device in Backup destination, and then save the file and folder selections by clicking the Job menu, and then clicking Save Selections. In Backup media or file name, type a path and file name for the backup file, or select a tape. Select any backup options you want, such as the backup type and the log file type, by clicking the Tools menu, and then clicking Options. When you have finished selecting backup options, click OK. Click Start Backup and make any changes you want to the Backup Job Information dialog box. If you want to set advanced backup options such as data verification or hardware compression, click Advanced. When you have finished selecting advanced backup options, click OK. For more information about setting advanced backup options, see To set advanced backup options. Click Schedule in the Backup Job Information dialog box. In the Set Account Information dialog box, enter the user name and password that you want the scheduled backup to run under. ... Read more

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i have an optiplex 755 with windows xp, which i've copied a bootable copy of to another hard drive. can someone explain to an old rookie how to connect my copy to my computer and save my data and changes to my bootable copy.   thx  dewitt

Answer:backing up my hard drive

Generally you would be better off setting up an actual backup solution as compared to just making a bootable duplicate. There are two options to do this, the first being an internal RAID controller and mirroring your drive to the other (Raid Level 1), but this would require you performing a normal backup to an external drive, reformatting, and restoring your backup. After this your 2nd drive will be a realtime updating clone of the 1st drive. 
The 2nd cheaper option would be backing up to an external hard drive on a daily basis. Windows XP has its own backup software but sometimes can be a pain. I would go with a third party backup software (there are plenty of free ones out there) and just set it to automatically backup daily to that external drive. This way if your drive ever fails, you just get a new drive, reinstall Windows and then restore your backup.

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I am having serious problems with my pc , i think i have deleted some essential files. i have tried system restore but it says the administrator has disabled it. I think this could be one of the files i accidentally deleted. I am going to have to reinstall windows , how do i back up my hard drive to dvd, i have tried win xp back up but it doed not work please explain how i can backup to dvd

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Do you mean that you want to save all of your personal stuff Music,Pics,Files etc, so that you can reload them after your reinstall. If so how much do you have and what DVD burning software do you have.

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Due to issues outlined in another thread, I need to re-install the Vista OS on my laptop. Checking on Google, there seems to be a way to do this without losing all programs and settings. My problem is that I don't have an original OS disk. All I have is a copy of the restore partition that came on my HP laptop.
Can anyone tell me how I can do this?

Answer:Backing up Hard drive

There is only one way to do this, you must back up your OS. You can use the free Macrium Reflect to back up your Operating System (hard drive) and then use then restore the image to the hard drive of your choice.
If you cannot boot the computer, this method will not be viable.
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
You should always back up your hard drive prior to experiencing problems

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How can I automatically back up my information on my C drive to another internal hard drive?

Answer:Backing up Hard drive

Acronis true image will do the job for you. You can set the schedule up to run whenever you want ie 02:00 or whatever. It can make an image of the complete drive or just my docs, etc; whatever you want.

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I am looking for something like Norton Ghost but Im not sure if it is the best software for what I want to do. I play around a lot with my computer so what I would like to do is once I have installed my operating system and all my software and I know everything is running good.

>I want to be able to take a snap shot of my whole hard drive and replace it when it gets bad.
>I want it to work with most operating systems
>I want it to be user friendly
>I want to be able to burn my information to a disk.

Does any body know of anything better than Norton Ghost or is the best thing to use.


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I use two external usb drives for extra data and data backups, permanently attached to the laptop. I have a third drive i would like to use for system backup. However the Lenove Thinkvantage Rescue and Recovery >Backup>Change schedule option does not recognise my  individual drives- it only gives me the option of a usb drive, even if more than one usb drive is connected, and it does not tell me which one..Can I nominate which drive to back up to?Or do I need to disconnect all but the drive i want to use for backup? That would not make automatic backups very easy.

Answer:Backing up R61 to external drive- how do I specify which drive?

hey Bazzz,you will need to unplug all the other drives and leave only one external drive to do the backup.there is no feature currently to specify which external usb drive is to be use when doing a backup when more than one usb drive is connected to the unit.

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

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Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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We have a dell Inspiron 9300. We keep getting the BSOD with the system 32 error. We don't have the OS disc, just the disc from dell. So we know we are going to have to set the computer back to factory settings. However, we want to get our pictures off of the hard drive before we do this.
We were thinking of using an enclosure to get the pictures off of the hard drive. Has anyone ever used one before? Also, how do we know what kind of hard drive we have ( PATA/EIDE..etc) to know which enclosure will work with the hard drive? Any help would be greatly appreciated! We want to save our wedding and honeymoon pictures!!!

Answer:Help backing up hard drive BSOD

there is a device out now that will allow you to slave either one using usb port - it is a USB 2.0 TO SATA/IDE adaptor - it works with ide, sata, and laptop hard drives - i use one almost daily and i love it - you can get it online - we carry them in the store for 30 bucks - cool thing is you never have to shut your system down to slave in the hard drive - for me that is a big thing because i may slave in 5 a day sometimes- anyway - that is one route you can go

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After hours, and days of trying to find a solution to backing up my laptop hard drive I think I found one that works . . . kind of.

I have a bad drive for my Toshiba Satellite laptop. It is an SATA drive. I bought an adapter that allows me to hook the drive up to my PC via USB. When I boot my PC I can see the drive, I can open and I can see the files I want to back up. I can even copy them onto my PC.

The problem is, when I copy, it keeps freezing up. I can copy a few files, then everything freezes up. Any idea what I need to do to copy the files from the bad drive to my desktop without the freeze up?

Answer:Solved: backing up bad hard drive

run a error check on the drive.

select it --> right click --> properties --> under the tools tab --> error-checking --> tick the two boxes and click yes on the message --> reboot

i had a similar problem, i did and it worked for me!

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I am going to buy a separate independent Hard Drive.Is it possible to back up two computers to this?,is that difficult? What software can I use other than Acronis, perferable free!After my PC failed I had backed up data but it took all day to to put all the programs back I swore I would be better prepared next time.I see the software with the unit Iam buying seems to to arranged to switch on with the PC. I would have thought to keep it off as much as possible waould give longer life and rather preclude using it for 2 PCs.Anybodies thoughts welcome.Regards David

Answer:Backing up to desktop hard drive

If the HDD is totally free (external caddy) and can be attached (USB/firewire) to either computer and has adequate space the answer is yes. Backing up two PCs is no harder than one; it just takes more time.I use an external drive which I only attach when backing up. I see no reason to leave it connected continually unless you are using it continually.My backup media of choice is Acronis. But the licence only covers installation on one PC so legally you should buy two - up to your conscience. I think most commercial software is for one installation. I am unable to suggest a free alternative as I have never used one; perhaps other will be able to help here.

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I have been using two hard drives, with the slave being a clone, replica or image of the main. When the master got fouled up, I used Norton Ghost to restore from the slave. Ghost was not reliable, and I found Maxblast worked better. Recently a worm or virus got in the master and wouldn't let it boot. Restoring from the slave didn't help, it was in the slave also. I had to clean up both HD's with fdisk and fdisk/mbr, then restore with CD's which takes a lot of time.

How can I make a BOOTABLE clone of the master, take it out of the machine, and swap it back in case of crash again? I use Windows 98 SE, and there may be a way to use the OS to do this, but I am not clear on the details such as copying the boot sector. BTW I now scan all downloaded files with Norton AV before opening but this is not foolproof.

Thanks for looking, Laremac

Answer:Backing up the main hard drive

afterthought: What about going into the Bios and setting the machine to boot first from CD-ROM, then the back-up HD would not need to be bootable. I could clean up, restore form the slave, and just leave the CD in to start. That is unless they have developed a virus that will infect a CD-ROM!

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I currently have windows vista (hate it) on my system and I want to install Windows 7. My question is this, what is the best way to back up my entire system using an external hard drive and what is a reliable and not to expensive external hard drive system available, say around $100 - 200?

Here are my specs on my system:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9600 Quad-Core Processor, x64 Family 16 Model 2 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3325 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 520, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 465674 MB, Free - 97852 MB; D: Total - 11264 MB, Free - 3222 MB;
Motherboard: ECS, MCP61PM-GM
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

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