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Wake computer without waking external hard drives

Question: Wake computer without waking external hard drives

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I am running windows 7 64 bit, and have 4 external hard drives attached (not the best way, but until I can afford a server, the only way).
I am using my computer as a media center only.
When I wake my computer it can take a while (30 seconds to a minute), before I can use it, due to it starting up my external hard drives, but I have noticed a couple of times, my computer will wake without starting up my external hard drives (able to use media center within 2 seconds).
Does anyone know if there is a way to get my computer to wake up without starting up the external hard drives every time?

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Answer: Wake computer without waking external hard drives

Switch them OFF.

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I currently have 4 external hard drives connected to my computer. I have each of them set to sleep after an hour of inactivity. However, if I am using the computer, they stay asleep, until I delete something; anything. Any time I send something to the recycle bin, all four of my external hard drives wake up.

I would like for this not to happen. I already went to the Recycle Bin Properties and set each external hard drive to "Don't move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" thinking that it would quit checking them for deleted files.

I would much appreciate any help on how to prevent these external hard drives from turning on when I delete files off of my computer. And just to be clear, I am NOT deleting files that are on the externals, they are files that are on the Computer.

I use these forums a lot when I have a question, but I have never had the need to post before, so this is my first post. If this is in the incorrect sub-forum, I apologize.

Answer:External Hard Drives Wake Up When I Empty Recycle Bin

I have EXACTLY the same issue, it's unfortunate no one replied to this

I also set all my drives to "Don't move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" and everytime I delete a file anywhere ALL external my drives wake up

Is there really no way around this? Is no one else having this issue? Does no one else have an external drive attached to his PC that he wants to sleep while idle? Why is Windows checking ALL the RECYCLE.BIN folders on ALL drives when I delete a file on ONE drive?

It would be really great if someone knew something about this, preferrably some way around this, so the drives can stay asleep when I do not intend to access them but just delete a file on a different drive.

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I've set my HTPC to wake on LAN (from magic packet only). However, a few times per day my HTPC wakes up by itself.

Is there a way i can know how it wakes up, which device sent the WOL magic packet ? I really don't understand why it is waking up by itself since i haven't sent the packet...

Answer:wake-on-lan activated : computer keeps waking up by itself

If you turn the WoL off, does it still wake itself up?

Are there any clues in the Windows Event Viewer?

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i have 2 ehd and my computer wont recognize either... one has a separate power source the other doesn't. i tried them both on multiple usb location and both of them work on my other computer. Does anyone have an idea of what i could do?
running xp
 

Answer:Computer won't recognize any external hard drives

try this first. See How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Storage Drivers.

If still a problem See if this might apply CD/DVD or Disk Problems? How to Fix Problems Caused by Filters
 

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Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,
After all the help I have just had I resolved not to trouble you for at least a fortnight. This has gone out the window, as you can see.
The problem I am having is a real silly. Yesterday ( Sunday ) I synch'd then backed up my computer to a 128GB USB 3 pen drive, a 1 TB portable HD and a 2 TB HD. These are plugged into a 7 port USB 3 7 port hub ( a 'SAVFY' ), and then into a USB 3 port on the back of my computer. The hub has a power supply, but sometimes it seems that if something is plugged into it still shows on my computer!! This I do not understand, but I am quite happy to accept the situation.
However having done all the backing up yesterday, I have switched it on, and switched on the drives - all the ports on the hub have individual switches - but none are showing on my computer. Neither when I click on 'Explorer' or 'Show hidden icons' do any of the drives appear. Is there a command or instruction that can be given to the computer which would force it to look for such drives. I know I have probably done something wrong, but I am not aware of doing anything that would have blocked my computer from searching for these drives.
Any replies will be most gratefully received.

Answer:Connecting external USB hard drives to my computer

do they show in device manager?
click on USB device and then Action - scan for new hardware.

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I have 3 extra hard drives that I want to use with my computer, but I do not have any expansion slots left to put the drives in my case.

1 is an 80GB 7200rpm, 2 is a 40GB 7200rpm, and 3rd is a SCSI 18GB 10K rpm.

I previously had purchased a computer case that is just that -- a plain computer case (no cables, power supply, nothing). It has LOTS of slots for hard drives. I am wondering if I can put the extra 3 drives in the empty case and connect them to my computer that I regularly use (via usb or firewire) as if the drives were in a regular external case?

If I did this, would my computer I am using get overheated or too much power needed from it?
-- (if so, how can i correct this)?

If I were to do this, would I need a power supply in the other case?
-- (what strength?)

Any other helpful information would be appreciated!!
 

Answer:External Hard Drives -- in an extra computer case?

Your best bet would be external drive enclosures and hook them up USB/Firewire. Look here:
http://www.newegg.com/app/manufactory.asp?catalog=92&DEPA=0
 

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after hooking up my USB external wd hard disks the computer locks up the keyboard and mouse and can not use it so i have to disconnect them and shutdown and unplug them. Any help please

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hi,i've just rebuilt my computer with xp service pack 2 and all works fine. except when i attach either my maxtor external hard drive or my ipod, when it seems to crash the computer unless i wait quite a while (10 mins or so). sometimes i have to reboot and endure the same problem again.is this common? and obviously is there a solution?many thanks

Answer:attaching external hard drives crashes computer

There is a small section on how your usb port should be set up maybe this will helphttp://www.directron.com/installusb.htmlCheck you PSU can handle the power requirements for an extra device..

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I  have two external USB Hard drives with momentry action switches which have to be pressed to turn them on. Is there a way to get them to come on automatically when the computer is turned on. I could make a piece of hardware to do it, but if that is the case I would have thought that there was a software option!? One drive is a Seagate the other a generic caddy with an old drive in it.O/S Windows XP Home.Regards Bishka

Answer:turning on External Hard Drives when computer is turned on

Hello and welcome to the forum.   I find the phrase "momentry action switches" a bit odd.  Are we simply talking about an On/Off power switch here?  One option to accomplish what you want might be to plug both the computer and the USB drives into one surge protector and then use the switch on the surge protector to turn everything on.  You may need to determine whether your computer can be started this way.  If it can not, then this idea won't work.Is the old drive in the generic caddy a 3.5 inch drive?  If you have a 2.5 inch drive, the size commonly used in laptop computers, you can get external enclosures for them that are powered right off the USB port. So, they would immediately be accessible upon starting your computer without requiring a separate action to  power them on.  If you have no 2.5 inch drive, this is something to keep in mind for any future acquisitions of external storage devices.

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Hello Everyone and good day J

i have a very stange problem that Suddenly started with my PC

i have a Three Different external hard drive
and all the 3 start to beep and click when I plug to my usb
even when I plug only one of them ? its start to click and my pc not recognized him

it is very stange Because all this years its work great

but If I take the 3 external hard drives to my friends computers its working fine and not clicking and beeping
or if i take to another laptop its working !

I'm really desperate and do not know what to do ..

My pc is with

Os windows 7 x64 pro sp1
Cpu is intel core 2 4300 1.80ghz
Memory is 4 gb
motherboard ASUS P5LD2 SE
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500 256MB

I appreciate your help and want to Thanks in advance everyone

Answer:strange problem with my computer and my external hard drives

It's possible they're powering down from Power Saving mode.

Under Control Panel -> Power Options -> Advanced Power settings -> go through and disable the "turn off HDD's after X minutes".

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I recently noticed an issue when trying to connect to external hard drives. Initially noted that it wasn't showing in 'my computer' and so assumed I had driver issues and sought to update them from Dell's site. After doing so there was still no change, but noted that It was appearing in 'device manager'.

I even tried updating the USB hubs from the Device Manager, and it states that they are all up-to-date with the correct drivers.

Both external hard drives that i have tried has worked on other PC's so i assume that mine is the issue.

~Dell 1525, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit~

Answer:external Hard Drives doesn't show in 'My computer'

I have had a similar problem recently, where the hdd would spin up but not show in my computer.
After googling it I found that if I shut down the computer, completely not hibernate or anything, and leave it for about 30 minutes an then switch it on again.

In left mine overnight, 8 hours or so and it worked after that. My hdd worked in all the other ports, but not that one until I left it overnight.

Good luck with it.

Tom

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I have had two hard drives installed on my computer.

They all worked well for more than two years.

Today, however, after downloading a freeware program to a flash drive, I sought to access some information that I had stored on a second flash drive.

To do this, I went to Start, My Computer.....

What I found was a great surprise!

Although in the My Computer window I found the icon for the flash drive to which I had downloaded the freeware program.....

Missing were the icons for both external drives and the icon for a second flash drive, all of which were operative earlier in the day.

I would be most grateful for any assistance you might provide me.

Cordially
geoheid

Computer specs

Microsoft Windows XP Pro
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Computer:

Intel® Core ™2 CPU
6600 @ 2.40 GB of RAM
2.41 GHz. 2.00GB of RAM
Physical Address Extension
 

Answer:Loss of icons in My Computer to access two installed external hard drives...

Right-click My Computer/Manage/Disk Management. Do the drives appear there?

Raybro
 

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Will I be able to use a portable hard drive on my desktop computer before I get a new laptop?

Where would I find the best deal on a portable hard drive? Any brands I should avoid?
 

Answer:Why are portable external hard drives more expensive than desktop hard drives?

Why are portable external hard drives more expensive than desktop hard drives?Click to expand...

It should be obvious once you think about it for a second. Portable drives are encased in an enclosure. The enclosures must provide power and a data interface for the drive, and connections to the computer. The enclosure cost money to design and manufacture and then someone or some assembly process must install the drive in the enclosure.

The desktop drive has no enclosure and the power and data connections are supplied by the computer.





Will I be able to use a portable hard drive on my desktop computer before I get a new laptop?Click to expand...

Yes - as a secondary (not boot) drive.



Where would I find the best deal on a portable hard drive? Any brands I should avoid?Click to expand...

Shop around. Check out Newegg or Tiger Direct or Amazon.

When it comes to enclosures, the drives themselves are all comparably reliable. The problem comes with the enclosures. Not all are equal or offer the same interfaces. I would look for one that supports eSATA and/or USB 3.0.
 

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?
 

Answer:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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I have 4 Internal HDDs installed, 3 are SATA and 1 IDE, Whenever I wake my PC from a hybrid sleep the IDE drive no longer responds (slave drive) It causes explorer to freeze for awhile as it tries to access and the HD light stays lit until I reboot the PC.

Also Im unable to shutdown properly or reboot when this happens, I have to do a hard reset or hold the power button. (attempting to do a normal restart / shutdown always gets stuck at "logging off").

I never use to have this problem before, it seems to of started after I enabled Intel AHCI in my bios recently, but I didnt think this would effect an IDE drive? The drive works fine before the PC goes to sleep and no SMART errors are reported in HD Tune etc.

Any ideas appreciated.

Answer:One of my hard drives wont wake from Hybrid sleep.

If you used the intel controller to set it to AHCI mode - did you install this driver from the gigaybyte site it will update the AHCI driver and should provide correct functionality- Intel SATA RAID Driver - 10.5.0.1015 - GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1366 - GA-EX58-UD3R (rev. 1.6) i think its the latest version or equivalent version of the Intel Rapid Storage driver which is needed even when you dont have raid enabled. Note Im not 100% sure here as i have no gigabyte board and i cant unpack the driver to check it.

You could also update to the latest driver for your video card - long shot fix.

Otherwise Switch back to ide mode - AHCI is only usefull for hot swapping hard drives - if you have no need there is no speed difference as most modern hard drives have this enabled automatically. W7 should find the original driver upon rebooting if you just reset from AHCI to IDE mode in the bios.

If you used the microsoft fix, to be sure of success, follow this path in the registry : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci - then right click start - modify and change from 0 to 3 - then go to bios and reset back to IDE mode and reboot.

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I am running Windows XP SP3 right now on a Lenovo 7650-ELU and experiencing some odd problems. For some reason, the laptop I have will not recognize USB Flash Drives that I put into it or External Hard Drives. I know that the USB ports work correctly, because I have plugged in optical mouses and keyboards that work. I searched the forums and didn't see anything like this.

It's odd how when I first insert them, it makes the sound and shows the icon in the taskbar that would allow me to safely remove the device, but nothing else. So far, I have gone into the device manager and uninstalled all the USB ports and restarted hoping this would solve my problem, but it continues to do the same thing.

If anyone has some helpful advise, please post. I appreciate all the help.

Cheers!

Answer:USB Ports Don't Recognize Flash Drives or External Hard Drives

Has it ever worked before?

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I volunteer for a Charity in the main role of IT admin. Part of what I want to do is ensure the Laptops, External Drives and Memory sticks are encrypted, but I am worried if I (try to) encrypt a drive with files already on, they will get messed up. I am not an expert, so would appreciate any advice and guidance anyone can give. Any favourite products? We are a charity so want to pay little or nothing for this. The intention is to ensure any personal information we hold is secure if it falls into the wrong hands. I am clearly looking at making sure no-one uses Laptops/Ext drives/memory sticks that do not belong to the charity when working (self included), but am a little uncertain where to start with this and do not want to make things worse. Any input gratefully received. Probably a simple question for lots of you, but not for me!!
 

Answer:Encryption of hard drives, external drives and Memory sticks

All the encryption programs I know of support encrypting drives with data. BitLocker and Vercrypt(TrueCrypt port) absolutely do. BitLocker absolutely requires the use of strong Windows passwords as it only protects the drive if its removed or accessed via another boot device. VeraCrypt has the added benefit of having a pre-boot password so you cannot even boot to the operating system without entering the password. You should still of course have strong passwords and automatic locking of the system after a set time of inactivity.

You may also want to re-evaluate the need for USB drives and sticks, not only are they bad for data security but also easy to lose, have stolen, or just fail. Central storage and VPN access may be preferred to a giant pile of external devices that some places end up relying on.
 

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I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer that is checking?
Thanks for any advise!

Answer:External Hard drives and flash drives security

zformer,

You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
Download Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - MajorGeeks

This tool provides a two way security by vaccinating both computer and/or USB drives.
It work on NTFS, FAT, FAT32 formatted drives.
However, vaccinating a USB drive cannot be undone without formatting the USB disk, using a hex editor, or a File Manager in a Linux distribution..


Next, make sure that your Antivirus can scan USB drives. Some do not have this option.

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My Windows 10 Home laptop will recognize all of my flash drives but won't recognize any of my external hard drives. They all use to show up but now they aren't. The hard drives show up in disk manager but won't show up in file explorer. I hooked them up to other laptops & they all show up. I've tried uninstalling drivers & reinstalling them but It hasn't worked. Any ideas?

Answer:Flash drives recognized but external hard drives are not

In Disk Management do the External USB drives have a drive letter assigned? If not they probably won't show in File Explorer. I keep 3 such drives connected always and they have drive letters, the USB Thumb drives I plug in automatically get a drive letter assigned and then can be seen in File Explorer.

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My Windows 10 Home laptop will recognize all of my flash drives but won't recognize any of my external hard drives. They all use to show up but now they aren't. The hard drives show up in disk manager but won't show up in file explorer. I hooked them up to other laptops & they all show up. I've tried uninstalling drivers & reinstalling them but It hasn't worked. Any ideas?

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I set up a new computer. Windows 7 Pro 64x
Everything was fine but then I connected a flash drive to it and I get:

Location Not Available
H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

If I go into the properties to the ?security? tab, it says ?you do not have permission to view or edit this object?s permission settings?

If I go into the ?owner? tab of Advanced Security Settings, current owner says ?Unable to display current owner?
This is on every flash drive and portable hard drive on all 4 usb ports.
I am logged in as the administrator and there is not even another user account on the computer
I?ve run sfc /scannow

I?m absolutely stumped. I?ve never had this happen on any computer where I couldn?t use an external device.

This is not my computer so I?ll have to do whatever remotely.

Thank you for the help.

Answer:All Flash Drives & External Hard Drives NOT ACCESSIBLE?

Sometimes when I plug in a USB Thumb/Flash drive I get a message about "this device can perform faster if plugged into a USB 2 port" so I shut the computer down and pull the power cord and USB devices from the back of it. After waiting a bit I put everything back and all is good.

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Hi,

Firstly, apologies if this has been solved elsewhere on this forum as my searches didn't return any results.
I am currently running Vista Home Premium 64-bit and am having no major issues barring one.

I have a 320Gb Seagate external USB harddrive and often powers down into sleep mode when not active. It has a less than speedy wake up time, but this is negated by the fact that I use it purely for storage.

In Vista, however, the drive is woken out of the sleep mode at the most seemingly random times, causing a system delay while it waits for the drive to wake up before the task can be completed. These range from clicking on the start button, opening up Thunderbird mail, or even when a notifier sound is to be played when a contact comes online in MSN.

The external drive is used purely for storing things and nothing is directly run/referenced off that drive that would require it to wake up before allowing simple tasks to be completed.

The External Seagate is set to run in Optimised for Quick Removal when viewing the Policies tab on this drive in Device Manager. When right-clicking the drive in Windows Explorer and selecting Properties, then Hardware and selecting the Properties of the Seagate External USB drive, the Policies tab indicates it as Optimised for Performance and the entire screen is greyed out (i.e. changing of select boxes is disabled).

ReadyBoost settings states that this device does not have the required perfomance characteristics to be used and ... Read more

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If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?

Answer:External hard drive unresponsive when wake from sleep

  
Quote: Originally Posted by leif


If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?


If you put your machine to sleep, then all programs are suspended, so there is absolutely no point in leaving them "running". Most especially not if this causes errors on waking.

Regards....Mike Connor

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I have a External Seagate 2 Tb hard drive that after a while, will disconnect and I can't wake it by trying to access the drive in Explorer. I tried rebooting my computer but it doesn't show up anymore. The only solution it seems is to disconnect the drive and plug it back in.

Any advices?

I am on Windows 10
 

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I have several old hard drives, taken from previouse CPU's. Is there anyway in which I can use them as external hard drives or be able to read what is stored on them, without hooking up INSIDE my CPU ?
 

Answer:Old hard drives, can I make them external drives ?

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I have windows 7 pro and recently I have not been able to open up a new folder on any external hard drive or flash drive that I use with my computer. When I use these same flash and external hard drives in another computer it works fine, my initial thought is, there is something disabled in my system or some program is blocking me when I try to create a new folder in my drives. need advice and help.

Answer:Flash drives and external hard drives

It may be your explorer. Run a sfc /scannow in Command Prompt

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I already found out the hard way that flash drives don't have a registry in which I can install a program to it, and run it on other computers, unless the program is a lite program. Is there a way to make it more flexible in the sense of creating a registry for it?

Next question; Do external hard drives have a registry? Could I install games and or programs to an external and run them directly from it? Is there a way to create a registry for it if it does not have one?
Anyone that has anything else to possibly add, I'm more than happy to explore any and all options, so don't be shy!

Help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
 

Answer:External hard drives / flash drives.

i do not know the particulars of it but yes it is possible to copy/paste a programme file from c drive ,programme files, onto flash drive and run it, i do it myself
 

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Just got a WD elements external drive, 120GB. My father has two computers at his business, and he has not backed them up. A failure of one of the computers means he wouldn't be able to perform day-to-day operations, so a clone of the hard drives is vital.

So I did a little bit of googling, but there isn't one freeware solution that people recommend. I've partitioned it into two equally sized, 55GB partitions. The hard drives that are to be backed up are both 40GB. Anyone know which software is best for cloning the hard drive? I'm comfortable with using command line if need be.

Answer:Cloning multiple hard drives to one external hard drive?

For small single operations I use Clonezilla LiveCD. It's not command line based, but it is text user interface based, so it looks kind of old school. It works great, though.

If you want to get crazy and set up a dedicated box for this, FOG (Linux based, requires a Linux install and a stand-alone computer to act as a server) could do the trick too.

I'd start small with Clonezilla LiveCD and if you want something heavier duty, check out FOG. I use both almost daily. Both are free/open source as well.

As with anything else, do a ton of testing on a practice machine so you get the feel of it. It sounds like this data is critical, so don't use a production machine as your guinea pig to feel out the software.

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Hi all,

After almost losing most of my data I want to start a good back-up routine.

My computer has two internal 3TB hard-drives. I have ordered two external USB 3 3TB hard-drives.

I thinking about buying HDClone 'Standard Edition', but I want to make sure it's right for me before I buy.

I want it to be a completely exact copy.

Does HDClone clone 3TB hard-drives? (I saw that some software only clones hard-drives up to 1TB)

Do you think I should buy it?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Cloning two 3TB hard drive to two 3TB external hard drives

Remember that Cloning means the Target Drives are PRECISELY "the same OR larger" than the original drives. If the original drivers are 2,974,442 formatted and the Target drives are 2,974,308, you MAY have problems. It doesn't take a lot to be 'smaller', in other words.

Before I plan on software, I make sure the drives fit this important criteria.

I can test out some freebie stuff (Macrium Reflect is one example, or if I'm getting Seagates or WDs, they often include a clone-capable package themselves). I don't want to discourage buying good software - I find the best packages have extensive partitioning services, too - making smaller or larger partitions based on Actual Usage rather than some synthetic boundary.

We do a lot of cloning for Boot SSDs, and our practice is to buy two identical drives. Build one up, load all the software, let the user mess it for a few days, then clone it to the 'cold' identical unit. And then make the users switch that 2nd drive for actual usage. If there's a problem, then the original's intact.

Since your 3Tb drives probably aren't your boot drives but are 'just data drives', I wonder about the time spent cloning instead of "just copying what I want to save" directly.
 

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i have 2 HD's laying around. 1 2.1 GB and 1 10.0 GB, the 2.1 has Win. 95 on it, and the 10.0 has Win. 98SE on it. if i get a computer without a HD, and it need 1, can i put on of the HD's in it, and it will work? or....
 

Answer:Solved: hard drives with OS, wanting to put in computer wit no hard drives

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I have an Intel D865GBF Mobo, and I've disabled the On-Board Lan card, and am using a Linksys EG1032 v3 10/100/1000 Gigabit NIC card.
I am running XP Pro SP2 with the latest drivers for the EG1032.

My computer keeps waking even when there aren't any Magic Packets (WOL packets) being sent to it.
What might be the cause of this?

p.s. After reading the Supplimental UserGuide (Not found online, it came on the driver CD, and I posted it here: [Go to the bottom of the page and click download] it says the following:




The Instant Gigabit Network Adapter supports both Magic Packet and Link Change remote wake-up events.Click to expand...

it goes on further to say:




Link Change is a remote wake up event that is triggered by any change in the
Network Adapter’s link state. If you have Wake-On-LAN networking set up on
the PC, plugging an active network cable into the LAN Card will cause the PC
to automatically turn itself on.Click to expand...

I am woundering if the "Link Change" events might be causeing this issue... Thoughts?

-BassKozz
 

Answer:WOL (Wake-On-Lan) keeps waking ...

disabled it how? via windows or in the BIOS?
 

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hi there all - hope i am in the right place...
trying to set my media centre pc to wake-on-lan so i can use it as file server as well. It currently suspend to S3 with no problems. I tried to set the network card to wake-on-lan - it works in principal but it keeps waking up few seconds after it suspends... i guess it recieves some network traffic from somewhere but i'm not sure how to figure out what exactly it wakes on and how to filter the traffic data so it wakes up only on relevant traffic (file sever, vnc server, print server)

any ideas anyone?
 

Answer:pls help with wake-on-lan waking up every few seconds

It should only wake when it receives a valid WOL packet with it's MAC address encoded in the packet. Otherwise, it should do nothing.
 

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Hi, I'm not very tech savvy so I'm not sure if this is the right area to post this about but I was wondering if external Hard drives larger than 2-4 terrabytes that are only powered by USB exist. As in all I would have to do is plug it into my laptop or tower and bam, it's ready.

I'm asking because I don't have a custom tower PC or a custom laptop that I can just buy a large internal hard drive for. I only have a laptop that was store bought.

If anyone knows of any or any particular brands you think are better I'd like to hear about them and check them out. I currently have a seagate 2 terrabyte external. No problems so far.

Thank you,

Jordin
 

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larger than 2-4 terrabytesClick to expand...

Do you really mean something larger than 4TB or do you mean a large external hd in the range from 2 to 4 TB?

I rely on Western Digital.
 

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Can an external hard drive be used as a primary drive? For example, if your hardrive "blew up", can you attach an external drive in its place? Thanks
 

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Yes, if your BIOS will allow you to boot to a USB device. Check your BIOS boot sequence.
 

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Hi Guys, I am looking to buy an external hard drive to free up space & save data being a luddite & not a gamer I mostly want to store photo"s letters etc how much do I need 500 GB or 1TB also can I connect with USB cable or do I realy have to have a custom install ps what is a reliable brand Thanks Glenn.
 

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For photos and letters, 500GB will be fine. In fact, even 320GB or something would be more than enough because photos/letters do not generally take up much space. External hard drives are usually connected with a USB cable (the usb cable is included with the drive). Before buying, read the specifications of the product to make sure it is connected to your computer by usb. Reliable brands... hmm... They are all pretty good, I have a Seagate 500GB External Hard Drive. Also, I'd recommend Western Digital or maybe Hitachi (my computer hard drive is hitachi).
 

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Hi,

I have a program on an external USB hard drive. I want to run the program from that HD. It doesn't run properly because it needs to write files to it's folder, and it doesn't have permission to.

If I turn User Account Control off, then everything works just fine, however I don't want to turn it off. Is there anything else I can do to get the program to work properly with UAC turned on? Should the program be writing files to a specific folder?

I tried setting the permissions of the folder to 'full control', but all that seems to do is set the permissions on each individual file that currently exists in the folder.

Answer:UAC and external hard drives

This should help

User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level

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Hi There,Can anybody tell me if I buy an External Hard Drive, Will I have to re-activate Windows XP everytime I plug it into my computer, when I am using two computers, to use it on.Thanks for any help,meater

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I very much doubt it. I don't have to.

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Hi,  I'm looking into an external hard drive to store movies an pics from my DV camcorder an DVD burning software.  My question is,  if I buy an external hardrive with USB/1394 firewire interface do I need to change my USB 1.1 pci card to a 2.0 USB/firewire card to get max speed or just use the available 1.1 USB port?    TIA

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Quote...if I buy an external hardrive with USB/1394 firewire interface do I need to change my USB 1.1 pci card to a 2.0 USB/firewire card to get max speed or just use the available 1.1 USB port?To get USB 2.0 speed, you will need a USB 2.0 card.  USB 2.0 device will work, but at a slower speed in the USB 1.1 port.

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Is anyone using one of the following?Maxtor OneTouch USB 120GB Hard DriveIomega Desktop USB 120GB Hard DriveI would be most grateful for any information on the above. e.g. Reliability, ease of use etc. etc. They are to be used essentially for system backup - one for a laptop, the other for a desktop computer.Storik

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I use a Maxtor 250Gb OneTouch external drive, connected via firewire (it comes with firewire and USB2 conections).It's simple to use -- just looks like another fixed drive so far as XP and 98SE are concerned. It has its own power supply and on/off switch, so can be powered down when you're not using it. Installation was simple -- had to install drivers for 98SE, I think, but not for XP. Comes with its own backup software, but I just drag and drop using Explorer.I haven't used it enough to speak about its reliability, but so far it's always there when I want it.

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I have a Dell 8200 and have installed several external hard drives via Fire Wire. I have a DVD burner, a Maxtor external drive and a Western Dig ext hard drive piggy backed. XP seems to suddenly no longer recognize the information on the Western Dig drive. It sees the drive but either gives me a error message that is needs to be formatted or that is isn't a format it recognizes. This was suddenly and without any warning. The Maxtor hard drives seems very hot to touch. Is the firewire the problem, is piggy backing the problem or is XP the problem? This is the second hard drive I have lost (with all data) in a month. I can't figure out what is causing this. Things seem to be humming along and then suddenly I can't get to that hard drive.
 

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Hard to say, I've seen this mentioned here a few times. FWIW, I have a bunch of USB/Firewire hard disks (7 total) and I've never had any issues with them losing data. I've had drives fail over the years, but the drive is really dead, a different issue.
 

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Bought a new 2TB Western Digital Elements external portable hard drive to back-up my computer. When I plug it in (it does show up as being recognized by the computer) and go to the Windows backup , click on back up now, there is a pause, then the message that it "did not back-up, check my backup and try again". Which I have done. Over and over, with the same result.

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I have an external hard drive that i wanted to install a pc game on and run from but that doesnt work that way it still installs to my computer hard drive and this game takes several  gb  of your hard drive....what i would like some one to tell me is can i  install an os on the external hard drive and  will it work with my computer ? I am running windows xp. any info will be appriciated. oh yes i will not be moving the external hard drive around i only have one computer at home to use it on.thanks becca

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I donot see in why you would want to install an Operating System on an external disk. It would load a lot slower than on an Internal hard drive. Plus, should you ever disconnect it or lose connection you may run into some trouble.

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I think I need an external HDD for backup and storage. Can I use this to keep My Pictures, music etc and still have immediate access to them, or do the files have to be downloaded to the main hard drive each time? Any advice on using an external drive would be appreciated.ThanksMonco

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Are just like normal hard drive's. They are great in my opinion for backing up onto and thing's like that, but for heavy use i would get worried about as i think they are slower than normal. This is because of the way that you access them. External's tend to use USB that can be slow, so unless you have a USB2 compatable hard drive, i would go for a normal drive, cheaper aswell!If i had the choice between external and standard hard drive though i know what i would choose for keeping music and backing up onto, is the standard one everytime.

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I am looking for a 500GB external hard drive, around the £60 pound mark that gets it's power from the usb port, but here is the 1000$ question,It has to be as easy to use with no programs etc just like a Flash Drive/Memory Stick.I've had a Sea-Gate 320GB external hard drive from pc world, did not like it as kept lossing my data off of it, so any make other than sea-gate if you don't mind, can you please help me or am I asking for something that dose not exsist ? Thanks: Sunnynick

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>>did not like it as it kept losing my data off it>>No reason why it should. What backup software are you using?I have a 400GB Seagate Barracuda USB external drive. It's proved absolutely faultless over the past two years.

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Has anyone used or built an external hard drive?

Are there any advantages to using one?
 

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I desperately need another External HD. What brands do you use and trust? I've seen some many conflicting reviews online for different brands, its hard to tell what's reliable and at a good price.

Thinking of getting this: WESTERN DIGITAL 1.5TB Elements External Hard Drive USB 2.0 Black : External Hard Drives, Data Storage & Backup | Dell

But then saw some bad reviews.

Maybe this: Fantom GDP1000EU GreenDrive External Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 16MB, eSATA, USB 2.0 at TigerDirect.com

Or this: Iomega 34579 Select Desktop Hard Drive - 3.5", 1TB, USB 2.0 at TigerDirect.com



Thoughts?

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I actually like the Buffalo Series.

Buffalo Technology - Products - Overview

I have had one of these since around 2002 and it is still going strong. Even with several drops, 4 moves and abuse of a child. It still has my data on it and is going strong. I have one of the first Drive Station series that came out. This thing is a work horse.

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Im out of space in my PC for hardrives :(so i think i need an external one (usb), im not very clued up on these things so does anyone know a good large external (usb) hard drive for £100 or less (preferably 80gb )

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I've just purchased an external USB Maxtor 120Gb for £127 inc vat, and it fair flies. Very impressed with it. Dead easy to set up and no complications.I know it's over your "budget" but for the extra £27 you get another 40Gb.

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I have a Seagate Freeagent and a Maxtor 3100 external hard drive. I just learned it is not good for these to run all the time. That I should hibernate them or turn them off when not in use. I backup to them when ever I am on my computers so I need them to turn on and off when I bootup and off. How can I or can I shut them off each time with out crawling all around removing them from the computers. Please advise.

Thank you,
Wadda
 

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If its just functionability your after then go to the 'Safely Remove Hardware' then properties/driver/disable.
 

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Hello, I have several questions related to external hard drives.  I have a Western Digital External that is about 4 years old and recently I have gotten a blue screen on Startup that tells me I am having a problem with G Drive which is where the external shows up.  I assumed this meant that it was turning up its toes in the near future so I purchased a Western Digital Passport Essential 250GB External HD.  1.  Can I run 2 external HD at the same time?  The old one is FAT and I am assuming the new one is also.  2.  If that is possible can information be transferred from one external HD to another external HD?3.  I attempted to disconnect the old HD and when I clicked on the icon on the Taskbar I got the following message:  The device 'Generic volume' cannot be stopped right now.  Try stopping the device again later.My old external HD is plugged into my power strip as well as the computer, however, the new one only has to be plugged into a USB slot and there is nothing on it that appears to require external power.  Thanks, Carol D.    

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Quote from: 02bin3 on April 15, 2009, 11:45:01 AM1.  Can I run 2 external HD at the same time?   Yes.Quote from: 02bin3 on April 15, 2009, 11:45:01 AM2.  If that is possible can information be transferred from one external HD to another external HD?Sure.  Just open Windows Explorer and drag folders and/or files from one HD to the  other.  You may find opening two instances of Windows Explorer easier to work with than one.

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this be my first posting so hi everyone.am looking for a 40-60gb external hard drive to plug into a usb. the myriad of what's out there makes it hard to decide. basically all i'm looking for is to back up large (500mb) folders.any suggestions and why?thanks in advance

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Why not an External USB CD Rewriter?

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The saga continues...I had almost decided upon a Maxtor 80Gb USB2 model, but the various problems with Dabs and other on-line resllers lead me to decide that Amazon.co.uk were about the only reseller I could feel safe purchasing from.Unfortunately, they do not list the Maxtor, but they do list a similar model made by Teac. Does anyone have any views on the Teac range?

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You can feel safe with Planet Micro. I've used them a lot and they only charge £4 delivery and I've always had any item next day although the £4 delivery does not promise this. I've bought several base units from them and also two (one for someone else) Maxtor external drives. Just had a look on their site and trouble at the moment is lack of stock it seems. So anyway, for what this is worth, if you can wait a little while at this time -- Planet Micro is a sound outfit -- you can even contact them by phone if you like. I visited them once and they are a great bunch of customer-orientated very pleasant people.

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Could someone recommend the cheapest and best External Hard Drive I could buy and where from please. I want one 350-500Gb if poss. Thanks.

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Have a look at Dabs, Amazon etc.

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I would like to get one o' these, but how would you work it?? I know that you plug it into the USB port but then what, and can you put an OS on them like Linux by any chance?
 

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Hi all, I normally carry out a back up from my PC to an EXT HDD every 2 weeks but I am still worried about losing everything in case this one breaks down. I have now bought a new one but is it ok to have 2 Ext HDD going together on my PC, because I want to copy certain material from my existing Ext HDD to my new one as well as a complete backup. Will this cause a prob or damage my PC in any way? thanks for any help.
 

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It is fine.
 

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My daughter and I have both bought Maxton Basics 500GB external hard drives. When we plugged them in they showed up fine in My Comp. I've had problems with mine so have to return it to Argos. But my daughter turned on her computer today and it's not showing anywhere in My Comp! Even tried looking in Disk Management and it's nowhere to be seen! What's happened?

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Turn on the external drives before you start up the computer!

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I have two external hard drives I used on two different computers. On both computers I backed up all information onto the external hard drives before installing windows 10 on both computers. I was running windows 7 on both computers before the installation. On both computers I cannot get the computers to recognize the external hard drives when plugged in the USB. All USB plugs work with anything else plugged in.
I done a search in the forum and found many other people had the same problem. I went through all the advise given and none of advise worked for me. After about 16 hours of actual working time trying to get the information from my external hard drives I am at a loss and desperate. I am loosing money every day my backup is not connected.

My question is: can I take the hard drive disk out of the external hard drive and buy a hard drive cradle and try to see if my computers will read my backup that way.
The information on these external hard drives is too important to lose. That is why I am asking before I take the external hard drives apart.

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Can you remove one of the hard drives and add it as an internal HD? Welcome to 10F by the way

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I have two external hard drives I used on two different computers. On both computers I backed up all information onto the external hard drives before installing windows 10 on both computers. I was running windows 7 on both computers before the installation. On both computers I cannot get the computers to recognize the external hard drives when plugged in the USB. All USB plugs work with anything else plugged in.
I done a search in the forum and found many other people had the same problem. I went through all the advise given and none of advise worked for me. After about 16 hours of actual working time trying to get the information from my external hard drives I am at a loss and desperate. I am loosing money every day my backup is not connected.

My question is: can I take the hard drive disk out of the external hard drive and buy a hard drive cradle and try to see if my computers will read my backup that way.
The information on these external hard drives is too important to lose. That is why I am asking before I take the external hard drives apart.

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Can you remove one of the hard drives and add it as an internal HD? Welcome to 10F by the way

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I have an old pentium II 233mz pc. A while back I tried to install an internal 40GB hard drive but found I couldn't because the motherboard does not accept hard drives bigger than 10gb. Would an external drive be a way round this or does it still use the same system.

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External drive boxes that take your old HDD are really just USB2 to IDE adapters as the Bios won't reconize the large drive I believe you will have the same problem.Is there a BIOS upgrade for your motherboard on the makers web site or BIOS web site name and version appear on screen as you first boot up.i.e award / ami/\0/\

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I have two external hard drives which i store and run stuff from.... This has never been a problem while running xp.

I've been sitting on this problem for a while looking for a solution or waiting untill i have seen someone else with a similar problem in hope that there will be a fix. So far, no luck.

The Problem:

This is pretty hard to explain as the problem is pretty random.... From boot up sometimes none or one of my hard drives show up. Mostly they both appear.
Upon Windows startup Sometimes only one external hard drive will appear, then about 10 mins later windows will try to autorun the other as soon as it is eventually recognised.
Sometimes they're no problem untill you try to move large files from one drive to another or from one drive to my hard drive. It will start to move them and then freeze half way through claiming that the files dont exist. You then go to explorer to look, the drives are showing and so is every folder but the folders show as empty.
Both hard drives lights are off indicating they are off.
The only way to fix it is a system restart.

One is a maxtor basics 500gig and the other is a Seagate 1tb. I am running the trial version of windows 7.

I have played with the power manegement and nothing has been told to be switched off..... this hasn't helped.
I've tried unplugging, changing cables, exorcism..... none has affected it.

The only solution a can imagine now is reverting back to xp and cancelling my order for windows 7.

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hi and welcome to sevenforums

Are they both USB?

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I've got a 3 yr old Packard Bell I-media pc which has USB-2. I'm wanting to get an external hard-drive to back things up (music, pictures & documents) - for around £100 (or less!) Any suggestions - or anything I need to watch out for? Thanks.

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Se this click here

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Can anyone recommend a good, efficient external hard drive. All I want it for is music and media storage?

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USB 2/3, eSATA, Firewire? Amount of storage space? 500GB, 1TB? I would go with Western Digital or Seagate.

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am contemplating fitting an external hard drive. All the ones I have looked at list USB2 in their requirments, I have USB 1 is there anything I can do to overcome this?

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Buy a USB2.0 PCI card. Ex. click here

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Does anybody know of a good external hard drive I can find that uses the NTFS file format?  I looked at Microcenter's site and came across this one:http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0296610

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I have x2 500 Gig Fantom Drives that I've had for going on 3 years now, I love them I can't make any promises about them using NTFS file format. I'm 90% sure they do but go http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822204042 that's where I bought them from. I've never had a problem with them.

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Hey, my comp is a bit broken and i have got it on a warrenty (mesh comp.) they are coming to colect it and run some tests on it in a few days but before they come i am really worried about them losing all the data on my hard drive. the situation with my comp at the momment is that no data is being send to the screen and it seems to be starting up incorrectly (see here) and i was wondering how i should back it up. prior to this happening i was looking for somthing to back up my disk, this has just made it slightly more urgent. i am currently looking at the Western Digital Media Center 250 as i was also looking into buying a memorycard reader and a hub, which this has built into it, but i am unsure how i can get the data onto it. my questions to you are, am i oing for the right thicg, and how can i get the data off it? thanks all...
 

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Advice please re best HD to back up thousands of digital pics plus smaller no's of video footage. Seen a review of Iomega Screenplay Pro (300GB) - reliable make, but is this a good drive?

Answer:External hard drives-which one?

click here not a bad selection here and at good prices.

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Okay im not really looking for brands or models im asking about desktop vs. Portable,
At my local best buy they have both in my price range they are 1TB drives, im looking to have something that i can plug into multiple computers and access the files and backup multiple computers to it, i am also wanting to have a section of it for my school programs which is why im considering a portable so i can easily take it to school, im wondering what are the pros and cons of each one?

Thanks guys

Answer:External hard drives what to get?

get a hard drive by itself then buy a enclosure. make sure it has the connectors you need. and all good.

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I'd like to resign my current drive to backup duty by putting it in an enclosure. I'm wondering if I can leave it with an intact OS (XP) and if so, if/how I can switch back and forth between being able to boot off of it and using it as a storage device.

Thank you
 

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I'm considering purchase of an external hard drive - either Seagate or Maxtor (although I guess they'll soon be the same). Everything I've read makes me apprehensive about compatibility. I'm almost 60 with 15 grandchildren, so I want to store photos, not games. If anyone has experience or advice, I'd be very grateful.
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Any reputable USB external drive should work fine with XP. You may also want to shop around - but the drive and the enclosure separately and assemble yourself. You may get a bigger/better drive this way.

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Hi All!

My computer is old and I can't replace it at the moment. I would like to get some quality external hard drives so that I can remove a lot of photos and videos and back up my business files. What are your recommendations? My computer is an HP, O/S is XP Pro. Thanks in advance.
 

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If an external hard drive is infected by malware will the OS hard drive also be infected
 

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Hi all, I'm thinking about getting a digital camcorder soon and do some video editing on my PC. I know this requires a lot of hard disk space so I was thinking about getting a 60GB hard drive. The thing is I heard that there are some new external hard drives out right now that connect to your PC via firewire (IEEE1394). These external drives are much more expensive than their internal counterparts, but I was wondering how would the performance compare to the internal drives? Would a 60 GB 7200 RPM external drive be as good as a 60 GB 7200 RPM internal drive?
It would be really cool if these firewire drives would handle video editing as good or better than their internal counterparts because you can do editing on your desktop PC at home or on the road with a laptop.

Thanks.
 

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The last review on hard drives that I seen about a month ago gave the gold medal still to the scuzzy drives but IDE drives are catching up the Firewire drives were very slow compared to the IDE drives and much more expensive. here is a review I found for one http://www.pcplus.co.uk/article.asp?id=29569&cat=REVEW
I dont know if this is the type of thing you are looking for?
http://www.latimes.com/technology/consumer/la-000045568jun30.story?coll=la-technology-consumer
this is for another the transfer times tell there own story
hope this helps
 

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hi looking for advice i have 2 pc's each with 40G hard drives i got the chance of two 80G WD external drives at half price i would like to place all my photographs and documents on 80G drives to save space on my 40G drives could i also put a backup of xp on the 80G as well i also read about placing the page file on a seperate drive any advice would be appreciated thanks for any help chippy

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You can do everything except for putting the pagefile on the external disks.The pagefile needs to be accessable before the USB /firewire ports would be seen by windows.

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hey all im new to this site, i have recently bought a new external hard drive 200gb and it is connected up into a network of 4 computers, and i have put my extensive music collection on to it, i was wondering how to access these files via WMP or can i not?? also do i have to open each individual folder/album to get WMP to regognise it or can i "scan" my network for music files??

thanks x
 

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Can two or more of these be connected so that when one is full information is transferred to the second one. I have two maxtors and wish to buy a third. My auto back ups are filling two fast!

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You can connect as many as USB or Firewire you have. Drive letters may hamper you. But they will not work in tandem, in that they will not save to a drive unless you tell it to

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I'm running Vista x64 on my desktop and have 2 external hard drives - 1 backs up photographs, the other everything else.

Problem is that when I plug them in, they don't appear with consistent drive letters. Sometimes the photo drive is labelled J and other times K.

Is there any way I can permanently label these drives so that every time I plug them in they will be given the correct letters?

(Apologies if this is a bit of a basic question!)

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Originally Posted by Graham R


I'm running Vista x64 on my desktop and have 2 external hard drives - 1 backs up photographs, the other everything else.

Problem is that when I plug them in, they don't appear with consistent drive letters. Sometimes the photo drive is labelled J and other times K.

Is there any way I can permanently label these drives so that every time I plug them in they will be given the correct letters?

(Apologies if this is a bit of a basic question!)



Next time you connect either, go to properties and allocate a name and Drive Letter [not C, D, or E] of your choice.

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.66GHz, Intel64 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1534 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6200SE TurboCache(TM), 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152524 MB, Free - 113040 MB; E: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 71663 MB;
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Hi I would appreciate some enlightenment on this problem if possible.
I regularly use 3 500GB external hard drives attached to my pC via direct USB links. This has always worked fine in the past. Unfortunately my previous PC is out of action >I may have to come to the forum about that one, it's a real humdinger is that one<
The PC I'm now having to use is a Win as distinct from an XP but I don't see why that should make a real difference.
Only one of the HDD's is 'sen' by the PC it flat out refuses to see the other 2. I have swapped around the ports and the leads and it makes no difference it will only see one. I have plugged the drives into a laptop and they work fine in that, just not in the PC.
Aside from backup, I have information on each that I really need access to on a daily basis, so switching them around is a real pain ITA. I have tried plugging them all into a hub then into the osame socket with the one that works but that dumb idea... Read more

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So I got my first external hard drive a few days back and have no idea how to use get my problem solved.Basically I have a very small amount of disk space on my laptop, due to this I got an external hard drive. I have no idea how I can download large files onto the external hard drive without having any of it downloaded onto the computer.Please inform me if you need me to elaborate.ThanksRed.

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If intent is to have downloads from the internet redirected to the external, you have to change the properties in the browser for the default save location.If you want to transfer data from your hard drive to the external to free up your card drive its as easy as selecting the folder that contains your data and right-clicking and selecting copy and then navigate to the external drive in windows explorer or my computer and  paste the folder to the external drive. Once the data is copied over and verified by yourself that its all there you can either let the data remain on the C: in say My Documents folder or you can delete it and have the data only on the external to free up the computers hard drive.Its best to actually just delete what is less important data from your hard drive on the computer and let the most important data to remain at both locations so that you dont have a single point of failure that will wipe out all your data, the 2nd location remains with the most important data unless both get destroyed or damaged.

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Hello!I have a PC and a laptop. I regularly back-up documents and settings etc onto DVDs, but it is a rather slow and tedious process.If I bought an external hard drive, can I: a) do incremental back-ups (quickly and easily) and b) can I back-up the PC and the laptop separately but on the same external drive?Is an external hard drive primarily used for backing up or does it have other uses?Thank you!Maughan

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Hi Maughan. I'm sure the answers to all your questions are "Yes". This other thread currently running also covers some of the points you've raised.click here

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i am runnung a compaq with win xp. i need an external hard drive to store music, pics and other various files so i can keep my compaq hard drive from getting to bogged down. i only have 80.00-90.00 to spend.
any recomendations.
thanks,
steaks355...
 

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136324
 

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I can only run one at a time instead of two. I would like to copy my 1.5tb over to my 2tb so I have a back up.

My laptop only holds 200GB of remaining data so I can't use that hard drive or I would.

Anyone have a clue on this?

Thanks and really could do with the help.

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What seems to be the problem? Not enough USB ports, only 1 drive is recognized in Windows, you get an error when you try to copy from 1 to the other?????

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Hi all,
I've blown two seagate external USB hard drives.
This happened because I plugged them into a non powered USB hub. Later I learned why it happened.
I now have a surface pro 4 and am in the market for yet another drive for backups.
I don't want to break the bank for a powered USB hub and Im on a limited data plan so cloud is out. Alternatively I was thinking about flash drives. Are they viable with a non powered hub? All I need is 128gb which is plenty.
Thank you
Don

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Hello everyone,
I was wondering if anyone here could answer a couple questions I have about externals??? I want to buy one for my laptop but know nothing about them...First of all can an external hd be used on multiple computers? Like for instance a zip drive...can I plug this into my desktop computer as well as my laptop and share the info on it?? I run windows on both computers but different versions... Ok next question...These hd come rather large now...would I have to split the drive if say I got a 250gb hd...is splitting the drive a difficult thing to do??? And at what point or how big would the hd have to be without splitting it??? I hope I was clear in attempting to ask these questions...not sure how to word the questions..Thank you for any help you can give me.
Tina
 

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I have a compaq presario 5443Ea pc with a 60 gb hard drive some time ago i tried to install an 80 gb hard drive and after several experts had an input I finally discovered that the Compaq PCs will not recognise a larger hard drive than the factory installed drive. I now want to purchase an external hard drive, will I have the same problem? does anyone have any advice on what model of drive i shuold purchase. I mainly want to use the drive for video editing

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I had a similar problem with an older Sony Vaio laptop. Wanted to upgrade to a 20Gb from the installed 4.3. BIOS wouldn't let me do it. I tried flashing the BIOS (it wouldn't take), tried drive overlay software (wouldn't have that either), so I gave up.The new 20Gb drive sat in drawer for several months until I decided to install it in a USB case and use it as a large "pen drive" for transporting my work from PC to PC. Lo and behold...the laptop has no problem seeing 20 Gb external!!!Can't guarentee you'll have the same success, but suggest you ask around workmates / friends / works IT dept to see if you can borrow a drive overnight to try.Good luckLonghouse

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MY MAC OSX VERSION 10.3.9 DOESN'T LET ME READ ANY HARD DRIVES, HAVE TRIED TO PLUG IN 4 DIFFERENT ONES AND NONE APPEAR ON MY FINDER OR ANYWHERE. I HAVE USED USB SMALL DRIVES AND THOSE WORK PERFECTLY AND ANYTHING THAT I CONNECT THRU MY USB WORKS JUST FINE EXCEPT FOR EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES. I HAVE NO IDEA SO IF ANYONE HAS A SUGGESTION PLEASE HELP.THANKS

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DO THEY WORK ON ANOTHER COMPUTER?Please don't use caps.

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HELP i bought a seagate xtrastor 2.5 SATA 60gb usb 2.0 external HD. but i cant get it to format, i right click format and start the partition but it freezes up when the progress bar is full, however when i click quick format instead it says it works and is successful but when i restart my comp it gives me an errorr msg and erases everything i put on it. i never used a external hd before and i need it to work because i am out of original space on my internal drive. it came with installation instructions but the amount of typos and incorrect paths renderes the instructions useless. help. lol
 

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Welcome to Major Geeks!
I just spent the past 20 minutes searching the Seagate web site for any mention of an "xtra store" hard drive. I found nothing. And I mean nothing. No hint of it, not a blurb, nothing. Are you sure it's a Seagate? Are you sure it's called an "xtra store"? If you could post a model number/part number I may able to find something that will help. I use 2 external drives at home, and 3 or 4 at work and never have any trouble with any of them. 2 are by Seagate, one is by WD, and the rest I built myself using several different brand hard drives including Seagate, Hitachi and WD (the HD in my home PC is a Seagate). Try right clicking on My Computer > Manage > Disk Management. Then right click on the bold print for the drive in question. If 'initialize' is one of the options, select it, then try to re-partition/re-format or de-partition then re-partiton/re-format.
 

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I'm looking at external hard drives, some of them have fans and external power source. I'm going to use it for storage of music,video and photos.......should I invest in one that has a fan or is it really necessary ?.......Any suggestions would be nice.

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I got the Seagate Freeagent as a backup device - mine was 250Gb but they come in all sizes and prices.click here

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I am looking to get an external hard drive. The one I am interested in is Ximeta's Netdisk 160 due to its ability to connect directly to my network via ethernet cable. Has anyone had any experience with these drives? Are there any other manufacturers that have hard drives with ethernet connections in the same price range?
Also, I have also found that many here recommend external hard disk enclosures. This seems that it may be another option if the price is lower. But, are those hot-swappable? This is a must for me.
I am running Win XP Pro, have firewire and USB 2.0 connections. T

You're assistance is greatly appreciated!
 

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Can't transfer files from my external hard drive to my computer. A window appears with  "I:\ is not accessible. The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."  Cable connections are done correctly. What must I do? Thanks. canidoit

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Is this an external USB drive?Have you tried  shutting down the computer...unplugging the external USB drive...turn the computer back on and then re-attaching the drive after the computer fully boots?

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I'm in the process of trying to get rid of an infection, for now I'm considering just reinstalling the Win 7, which whipes the drive but....If I have all my documents on an external flash drive...won't it be infected too? If I hook it back up to a fresh PC won't it just get reinfected? ( I know I'm infected but Avast didn't catch it and a malware bytes scan didn't catch it either.)
 

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Symptoms are , Avast is disabled, isn't loading at a start up, once it shows up a few minutes later the avast windows says it's not on and when I press 'start' a window comes up asking if "I want to alow this program to makes changes to this computer", which isn't normal for Avast.

+I can't get into Safe Mode.

Will include this link to the CNET page I got it from

http://download.cnet.com/Free-Audio-Converter/3000-2140_4-10893961.html

I downloaded it without checking all the comments, but it's just so you can see that even if the Avast can't find it...somethings there.

Never trusting CNET again!!
 

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Hi - I've read so many threads about these - would you say there's not really much difference between Lacie, Seagate and Western Digital? Or is it just a case of people have good and bad experiences with each? (as with most technology!)I've got a couple of LaCies but want a 1TB, but am getting confused with the variety of models in each range.Another LaCie would look neat and tidy on my desk, but I suppose that's not the best criterion for purchasing!Any comments would be appreciated.

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"I've read so many threads about these - would you say there's not really much difference between Lacie, Seagate and Western Digital? Or is it just a case of people have good and bad experiences with each?"You've answered your own question really. I have used Western Digital and they have all been just fine. Someone is bound to say they are a bad choice though.Get the one you like the look of.Dave

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Does anyone know if external hard drives can be fixed? Ours has failed and taken important work, photos and all sorts with it and guess what i didn't do back ups as i thought the drive was supposed to be back in itself.Please help.

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When you do abackup you really should leave a copy on your main computer. You could try the drive in another computer. What symptoms is it showing?G

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