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Bootable External hard disk

Question: Bootable External hard disk

Hi im having problem with me external hard disk 40gb space. its possible to make it Bootable
for windows 7 OS. i need to reformat my PC and my Dvd is not working properly.
Flash drive also been affected by a trojan virus a shortcut file i already try to delete it Using Cmd but its not working. can someone help me.

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Preferred Solution: Bootable External hard disk

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I have a 1TB portable external hard drive that I want to partition and make a couple of bootable partition that would hold Acronis True image 2011 and Acronis disk director 2011. How do I create a boot menu so that I can choose what partition to boot from, I would also like to see if I could also add a Hiren Boot CD onto a third partition and boot from that as well. Is it possible

Answer:Bootable External Hard Disk

Waste of a good drive when they all boot from CD drive anyway.
1st BIOS must be able to boot from USB
2nd You can only boot from an active partition and only one active partition allowed per drive (I think)
3rd Difficult to make a bootable Ex HDD via USB, a USB stick can be done with the HP format utility, not sure if same can be done with a partition.
You can remove the drive from its case - connect internally, partition and format, make first partition active and install boot files on there, then fit back in the case and see if it boots

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A friend gave me an older Dell laptop, I installed Win 8.1 on it. This unit does not have a UEFI bios (that I can tell) however 8.1 runs great on it actually. The time came to back the unit up, I use Acronis True Image, and have an external WD Passport drive, and then acronis boots from a CD, and I connect the Passport via USB. Well, I had the idea to make the passport drive bootable, and boot the acronis disk, which is linux based. The older Dell will boot from USB, it boots from a flash drive just fine, but I can't get it to boot from the passport drive. I've tried several downloadable utilities to copy a .iso to a flash drive, and some of them only work if the .iso is a windows disc, some of them only work if it's a flash drive, and refuse to even see the passport disk. I finally found one that I thought would work, it said it was successful, but when I try to boot the older Dell from it, it says very quickly "no boot sector" or something like that.

So how can I make this external drive bootable?

thanks

Answer:External hard disk, bootable

I am not sure that I fully understand what you have or are trying to do, but windows will not boot from a removable drive. It's a msoft issue.

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Hi,
I have an external (was internal) hard disk, which did have a few Operating Systems on it. However, I no longer want it to be bootable, since I simply want it as external storage.

I have already completely zeroed it, but it still tries to boot from it.

Any ideas?
Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Stop an external hard disk being bootable

Have you reset the boot order in your bios so that it no longer looks to the external drive as the first boot option?

letchworth
 

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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.

Answer:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

When it comes to actually using the BartPE disc, you?ll need to first enter your BIOS and set the CDROM drive as your primary boot device, this is the default setting in most computers.Once BartPE is loading, when prompted for network support, click ?no? if you do not need it like in this case to save yourself some time.Click on Go , Programs, A43 File Management UtilityThis will open a similar program to windows explorer so you can copy your data before formatting. Locate the hard disk where your windows installation is on, select the folders you want to backup and copy them to the other partition or hard disk.If you have an external USB hard disk and want to copy your data on it, make sure you connect it to the computer before you boot with the BartPE disk.http://reanimatepc.com

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I have created a Bart PE bootable XP cd.
I can boot into windows using this CD
I would like to know how to copy the data in my hard disk to pen drive or flash drive.

Thank you.
 

Answer:How to copy data from hard disk to pen drive using Bart PE bootable disk?

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hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,

regards,
 

Answer:External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

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I'm going to try to make this as brief as possible.

History: My old computer stopped recognizing the hard drive (SATA). I bought a new hard drive, but the computer doesn't recognize it either.

I tried plugging the SATA cable into the second connector on the mobo, but no luck. I tried using a new SATA cable and tried connecting to each motherboard connector, no luck. My assumption is that the problem is with the motherboard.

My objective is to be able to use the computer and hard drive(s), but I want to spend VERY LITTLE money (as far under $100 as possible, preferably less than $50), since I recently purchased a new computer.

I see my options as these:

1. Replace the mobo.

Limitations: The current mobo is a decent socket A/462 with SATA connectors. It is hard to find these (particularly inexpensive ones) with SATA connectors and I refuse to take my chances on an "as is" board on ebay, etc.

2. Buy external enclosures and boot the drives that way, as needed. This would be my choice, if it isn't too complicated.

Limitations: I don't know if this is possible and how to do it. One hard drive already has Windows XP installed and all of my files in place. The other is a brand new drive with nothing installed on it.

Any advice would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Bootable External Hard Drive

You should post all your PC's specs.
Include your PSU, this could be a PSU issue er even bad power cable/Molex connector.

Have you changed any BIOS settings or reset CMOS? could be Bios setting!

As for booting to external HDD that would be dependeant on your MOBO supporting this
 

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I run XP Pro. I am checking into adding an external hard drive with O/S 2000 just to be compliant with company imagining for email (they require 2000). This requires that I use a VPN that is not compatible with XP, just with 2000. Also I will also use 2000 for electronic time reports, but nothing else. Are there external hard drives from which I could connect to the internet via DSL or LAN to submit time reports to the company server and receive email in the external drive, which I will forward to my account in drive C which is XP?
 

Answer:bootable external hard drive?

I think attempting to do this with an external drive is the hard way. I'd use something like Partition Magic to split off a something like a 6 gig partition just for W2K and a couple of limited applications and use dual-boot. Partition Magic comes with Boot Magic, a decent boot manager that'll make the dual boot configuration pretty easy.
 

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Hello.

I'm trying to make an external hard drive bootable without losing any data that's already stored on it, if possible and use it to install Windows 7 on my computer, I'm currently running XP. Thanks!

Answer:trying to make an external hard drive bootable

What, no one knows how?

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So, I was wondering if I could make an external hard drive that I have into a bootable drive with Windows 7 that can be used on a Mac to play windows only games.

Answer:Bootable Windows 7 external hard drive.

To be blunt, it would be extremely slow and not really worth it if you got it to work.

Plus, Windows doesn't like play nice when trying to install to an external device, or run from one.

You'd be better off just setting up a dualboot.

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Just got a maxtor one touch 250gb hard drive,and its my first experience of an external drive.I`ve already noted that you can partition it,same as an internal drive,but after doing so,it it possible to make one of these partitions bootable??
I`ve got the drive for back ups,i`m planning on partitioning it 50 gig,os back up,and 200 gig data back up,it would be really handy if it was possible to copy over my current c drive onto the 50 gig partition[as this holds my operating system],and make this bootable,if the worst happens and my current set up goes tits up.I was planning on using Norton Ghost to make the backups,and the drive is both USB2 and firewire compliant,then if needed i could simply set the bios to boot from the external drive and all will not have been lost[seems like a good idea to me anyway!]
I`ve not asked anyone about this yet,and this seems to be the place to come for info on such a subject.
Many thanks in advance for any help,i`d really appreciate it!

 

Answer:Can you make an external hard drive bootable??

With that device, you may be able to clone your c drive using Maxtor's MaxBlast 3. If it did not come with the drive, you can download it from their site. I have a Maxtor one touch 300gb drive, and I believe that the one touch sofware itself will also let you make a clone of your bootable partition, but I'm not sure if you can actually boot from the one touch with that image.

Good Luck!
EBM
 

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Hi, I want to install XP in any PC through HARD DRIVE,, then plzz help me that hw can i make the HARD DRIVE bootable like a XP bootable cd..

Answer:how to make a hard disk bootable

Internal or External hard drive?Usually you go into BIOS and change the boot device to your hard drive. It usually says the name of the device.Hold F2, F10, F11 or Delete on startup to enter the BIOS menu.Make sure you have installed XP onto the HDD before setting it as the boot device.

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Windows XP Pro SP1.

I'm going to add a second hard disk to my PC, which I've done a few times before. However, this time, I want the new disk to be the bootable one, and the existing disk to become the secondary.

I know how to fit it etc, and set up drive letters/partitions, and I can quite easily copy all files from the existing drive to the new. But do I have to format the new disk first as a bootable disk so that it has a bootstrap program on it ? If so, how ?

Thanks.

JJ
 

Answer:Formatting a hard disk as bootable

There is no special formatting for bootability. The OS just needs to be installed on it.

If you connect your new disk as primary, for example, and leave your other disk as is except connected as secondary, and then install XP on the primary, you will simply have a dual-boot option at startup.

However, if you want your new disk to be "C:", you will need to install it without the other disk connected. Otherwise, it will be designated by a new, unused letter.

After installation, connect your second drive and change its drive letter. You will not have a dual boot system in this case since the setup of the OS on the new disk will not have detected the second OS during installation.
 

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I hae a ACER laptop. Its around 5 years old. The CD drive doesn't work for it. Now my OS got corrupted and i messed with a lot to fix it. I have removed the hard drive from laptop and tried to copy the misisng files. But unfortunately i deleted teh complete OS. Now its a smple drive.So if i need to install fresh windows XP on it, i can't do that as there is no bootable device.How i can fix that. My laptop also doesn't support USB BOOT drive.

Answer:make bootable hard disk

Take the drive out and stick it in a computer that does. You need a bootable drive to do what you want. There is no other way because you have to boot some kind of OS otherwise the computer will do nothing.

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Hi,

was wondering if there is any software that can backup and make a bootable image of a partition of hard disk - everything - including OS / installed programs / folders.

Important part is making bootable image. So in case OS goes corrupt/ hdd fails - just running that bootable image can restore everything. Once you keep a secure copy. you do not have to worry anymore.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

Answer:Bootable image of hard disk?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Inspiron15


Hi,

was wondering if there is any software that can backup and make a bootable image of a partition of hard disk - everything - including OS / installed programs / folders.

Important part is making bootable image. So in case OS goes corrupt/ hdd fails - just running that bootable image can restore everything. Once you keep a secure copy. you do not have to worry anymore.

Thanks in advance for your replies.


Yes Inspiron15 you can create an image of your C drive completly. Most image creation programs also create a bootable cd/dvd that will then allow you to restore your saved image to your c drive.

There are a few free ones, I use acronis image backup and windows 7 comes with an image backup program that works.

All of the image creation programs require you to boot a cd/dvd that is created by the program to do a restore.

Most will clone a drive to an external one so that you can just replace your c drive with the clone and your back in business.

Rich

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Due to problems with my operating system on a laptop with no cd-rom drive I decided to try an boot it up off an external drive. I bought myself a 160gb External hdd but it turned out not to be bootable, with a bit more caution this time i looked out for bootable external hard drives. I have a desktop system with a spare 3.5" hard drive, so an enclosure seems sensible i just needed to know if anyone is for sure about any cheap enclosures that are bootable, once i have the hdd in its enclosure im fine for sorting out my bios etc but i just need anyone with some knowledge on it to tell me for sure because i can only find one manafacturer that will say theres is bootable!


Theo Kirby - Toulouse
 

Answer:Solved: External USB 3.5 Inch Hard Drive Enclosure Bootable?

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Hi,


This time, I'd like to make this Satellite 1670 CDS booting on an external USB Hard Drive.

The BIOS setting "bootable add-in cards" in the 'Boot' section seems to indicate that it's possible to boot on PCI devices.

Then, I want to buy a PCI USB 2.0 controller to make it.
The motherboard is USB 1.0, so I don't know if a USB 2.0 controller would work, or if it will limit possibilities to USB 1.0.

It's quite disturbing : I don't remember if there's free PCI slots inside the laptop, and even if there are, there's no place to put the USB ports accesible from the external (humm sorry I don't have words to say it).
But I'm ready to cut the plastic box of the laptop to create a space where the USB ports could be accessible.

One of the goal of this is backing up data to another drive, if my inside-laptop's HDD crash.

Finally, did anyone already made this kind of thing ?
Do you really think this is possible ?


Let me know ;) I've got the saw in the left hand !

Answer:[S1670CDS] "Bootable add-in cards" : booting on an external hard-drive

Sorry I have to disappoint you!

A PCI card is only for desktops, it will not fit in the notebook!

You can buy a USB 2.0 PCMCIA Card for connecting the HDD, but you can't boot from it!

You wrote that your internal HDD crashes, the only way to run the notebook is to change the internal HDD and install an OS on it!

In my opinion is the best to change the internal HDD (a small is available at ebay), install the OS and for more HDD space you can use an external USB HDD!

Bye Rudi

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Hey guys Sorry for being no techinical. I am in bad state. This is what I did: - Cut paste all files from T410 thinkpad to an external hard disk- Used the same external hard disk for rescue and recovery such that the hard disk now has become a bootable drive Have I lost all my data?

Answer:How to recover data from Bootable Hard disk

>> Have I lost all my data? Unfortunately, yes. Lenovo's factory recovery media creation procedure expects either a bootable USB flash drive or a set of 1 CD (to be written as boot) + up to 3 DVD's (to be written as data). The factory recovery information is not written out as a file (that can co-exist with other files). Any external HDD that is used for backup personal files should be guarded with care. 

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hi guys, i have been locked out of my bios for a while now. found a tool to unlock it but i need to boot into usb but i can't. someone suggested i create a dos bootable drive, replace my current hdd with so that i can boot into dos and use da tool from
there. so how do i install dos on a new hard drive or make it dos bootable?

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me
 

Answer:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?
 

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?

Thanks

Answer:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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Hi everyone, I've a disk in a laptop (XP NTFS with 3 partitions) that is failing to boot so I've placed it in a caddy and attempted to access it on my Windows 7 PC.

When it's connected it prompts me to initialise device first (which I suspected it would do).

I've managed to access partitions to some degree using a diag mount utility http://hddguru.com/software/2007.05....ind-and-Mount/ but where the data is stored it won't let me change the permissions, reporting the device is write protected when I attempt to re-assign full permission or ownership.

Having had a good look around for some software to access it and allow permission/ownership changing, I've not got that far and don't want to end up installing this and that.

Has anyone some suggestions how to access or can anyone recommend a utility so I can change the permissions/owner to get the data off?

Thanks

Answer:accessing non bootable NTFS partition/s on USB Hard Disk

You can try booting from a live linux cd and accessing the data from there.

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I am about to buy a new internal hard drive for my laptop, and want to do a clean install of Windows 7. My laptop came with XP, but I did an online upgrade to Windows 7 (student edition) Professional.

How can I create a bootable Windows 7 disk so when I put my new hard drive in my computer, it will setup Windows 7 for me? I also don't have any old XP disks because my laptop didn't come with any.

I looked on my C: Drive but couldnt find any .iso files or anything like that? Is there a tutorial on how to do this? I read the stickey at the top of this forum, but that didn't make sense to me.

Any guide for doing this for a noob?

Answer:Bootable Win7 Disk for Upgraded Hard Drive?

Hello T. Collins, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you still have the student download files, then this may be able to help create a boot disc with them.

Make bootable iso from student d/l


If you are able to create the ISO file, then you could use the tutorial below to burn it to a DVD.

Burn Disc Image - ISO or IMG file

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi.

Last night I reinstalled xp, but did not have all info about the drives in this machine. The internet connection was not working so I went to dell and got what I thought I needed and installed. After that, internet connection was still not working. Now when I start the computer I get a "hard disk read failure no bootable devices" message.
Help please.
Thank you.
 

Answer:hard disk read failure no bootable devices

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Hi everyone...i didint c any other threads over the internet related to this...I NEED HELP
I Accidently formatted and my 500gb hard disk using power iso and made it bootable overwriting it using windows 10 OS ..( I MISPLACED this exterbal hard disk instead of the pendrive i had plugged in) is there anyway to recover those 400 gbs of data i lost ..
 

Answer:Lost all data in Hard disk accidently made it bootable

I would say NO.
 

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Hi all,
I have a reliable older Dell Inspiron 4100 running Windows XP. A couple of weeks ago it refused to boot up and showed the following error message:

"Primary hard disk drive 0 not found. No bootable devices".

I was in panic as I thought my hard drive had died. However, I tried a trick and it worked - when I get the above error message, I press Ctrl-Alt-Del and it boots up! I have done this a dozen times and it works, which shows that the hard drive is not dead.

Do you have any ideas how I can fix this problem, so that I don't have to press Ctrl-Alt-Del every time in order for my laptop to start? Many thanks in advance
 

Answer:Primary hard disk drive 0 not found, no bootable devices

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Ok so i have bought a new hard drive for my netbook, which currently has windows 7 32 bit installed

I need to backup all my installed programs/system and re-install on the new hard drive.
Whats the easiest way to go about doing this without using 3rd party software.
Files/Librarys are of no concern

Everywhere i have looked i am told:

- Need to create a system image to recover from (check)
- need to make a bootable USB Drive (cant do because i dont have a windows 7 CD or a CD drive) to install windows 7 from

I have a recovery partition on my current HDD but i dont know how to go about doing this

p.s. I have an external hard drive i can use, aswell as an 8gb USB stick

Answer:New Hard Drive for a Netbook - System Image/Bootable USB disk

I know absolutely nothing about netbooks.

But if the procedure is the same as on a PC, you would:

1: Make an image file of your current hard drive using Windows Backup and store the image on your external hard drive
2: Install the new hard drive
3: Restore the image from the external hard drive to the new hard drive

No need for USB stick.

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I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
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My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

Answer:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
 
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
 
Options:
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition - http://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmagic/partition-windows-7-system.html
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] - https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
 
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
 
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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Hi,
My friend's laptop (Acer Aspire One 722 - Windows 7 x64) has been shut down after opening an email and Windows never started up again. When you attempt to start up the windows, it stays the black screen and says "No bootable Device Found"!

1- I inserted Windows Live Disk and loaded it (Windows XP Mini - Golden Edition). When I went to "My Computer", it did not show any local drive. I went to "Disk Management" and in there, there was also no unallocated or allocated space.

2- I even removed the HDD and plugged it back in. No thing happened. Then I removed the RAM card and inserted it back. Again, nothing happened! By the way, HDD had movements when laptop was on (I had removed the beneath panel).

3- I inserted Windows 7 Disk to install a fresh Windows 7. But when you get to the part where it asks you to choose the partition to install the operating Sustem, it shows one unallocated drive with 0 (Zero) capacity! The options to Delete and format are disable. Only the option "New" is active and it gives you (0) bite to partition!

What has happened? What should I check/do next?

Answer:Hard Drive Disk is not detected in laptop - No bootable Device Found

Sounds like the hard drive is dead. Do you guys have a spare HDD to test with?

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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Hello,

I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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I have a problem regarding my external Toshiba hard disk 500 GB where it can?t be detected in my computer and also disk management. I have formatted the external HD since I was asked to format it when an error popped up.
So I formatted it and after the formatting completed, I tried to connect the hard disk to my Windows Win 7 laptop. When I connect it to the laptop, it can?t be detected and yet the hard disk is blinking with its white light like it used to when it is connected to the laptop. I tried the disk management thingy, but it can?t detect my hard disk. I tried in other laptops but the result is same
What can I do to make it better? Please help me.
 

Answer:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

If you can I recommend downloading Ubuntu onto a CD and boot to it on one of your computers, in the Live CD mode, so it doesn't install anything. Once its loaded, plug in the Toshiba and try to format it as NTFS (this is important, because Ubuntu doesn't use it as a native file system, so you need to make sure that NTFS is selected on the format window, not EXT4 or the other types of Linux OS File Systems)

If it doesn't work, post back here, and I will see if I can help you some more. Also feel free to PM me if you have any other issues.

Regards,
-Alex
 

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Couple of hours ago my Windows 7 could not recognize my external USB hard disk (Maxtor Basic). It came up on Disk Management and Device Manager but not on My Computer. However I fixed it (by deleting its line off regedit in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, plugging out the ext. HD and plugging back in). Windows automatically installed the drivers and I could access the drive.

But now Windows shows my Maxtor as a fixed disk drive, instead of "devices with removable storage". I still have the option to "Safely remove hardware and eject media" from taskbar, however I rather have Windows treating it as a Removable USB Storage so that the disk can sleep when not in use. I am pretty sure it has something to do with regedit, so any help would be appreciated.

Answer:USB external hard disk shows up as internal fixed disk

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums, Sactyr.
A word of caution! Its never a good idea to alter your register,
IMHO please review your device manager and check your devices for your disk drives, check for any warnings in the driver area.
I'm attaching my screenshot for comparison as I have a similar configuration.

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If I am saving a backup to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 USB external hard disk

1. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 3.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

2. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 2.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

Thanks

Answer:Speed of saving to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 external disk?

There's no definitive answer, it would all depend on which internal drives you had (SSD/HDD, SATA 6GB, SATA 3GB) and which external drives you had and their relative transfer speeds. It's all just guesswork without that info.

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so i was told to buy a sata data and power combo cable and connect the hard drive to my desktop but i don't know what to do after that, is there a certain web site i go to to fix this problem or reformat it is a dell inspiron 1545 and i have windows vista please help
 

Answer:Dell laptop says internal hard disk drive not found and no bootable devices

Can you say what happened to your pc, does it boot into Windows?
What do you want to do with the SATA cable you have bought?
 

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Is it possible to create the recovery media on an external hard disk instead of using USB flash drive or optical media?

I've been getting errors while creating the the recovery media on optical drive.

Thanks!

Answer:How do I create a recovery disk using external hard disk?

Hi

As far as I know it?s impossible to create an Toshiba image on the HDD?
You need to burn the image on the disk (DVD).

Greets

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I have an external hard disk which got corrupted. When i connect the disk through USB it shows as an unknown device in the disk management with no option to format.

In My computer the device is showing as H: drive but unable to access it. It asks if i want to format or not but when i go for format it does not do it. I want to erase the disk completely as of now. What should i do??

I tried to load it from linux but there it shows as Device Error. Disk Failure is Imminent.

Can something be done or is it a hardware failure.
 

Answer:External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.
 

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My computer keeps refusing to start up. I have to re-install windows each time. Hard disk keeps making a "funny" noise. I have an 80gb hard drive and have used 40gb so far. I want to back up everything incase my hard drive fails. Could I backup to an external disk drive? would I need to install windows on the external drive. or is there a better way to save all my files, downloads, and software? When I bought the PC it came with software already installed and a recovery disk. But obviously I dont want restore to factory settings as I will loose everything. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Answer:backup from hard disk to external disk drive

You could use commercially available back up software like Ghost click here or Acronis click here

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Gday

I have emailed Paragon and am awaiting there reply, but you guys seem to know a lot more and try and solve the problem

Up to this point I have used either Acronis or Paragon for my backups, I prefer Paragon over Acronis, mainly because the restore by Paragon is far quicker.

I have both bootable CD's, but in this instance I would like to concentrate on Paragon.

I downloaded Paragon's Advanced Recovery CD. 2009 Build 6730. Put it in my rom and booted ....... looked at a black screen for 10 minutes. Removed it and rebooted, it got stuck at the loading of Vista, then I got another black screen no hard drive movement.

Rebooted again, this time with the regular Paragon bootable CD. It booted into the recovery console.

Now this is where things go from bad to worse. I tried finding my OS, after a lengthy period I received an error disk 2 i/o fault!!! ....... no operating system found.

Now disk 2 is my external hard drive where my backups are kept.

So I rebooted with the CD in, went into the recovery console and clicked on "safe restore", after playing the waiting game I get a message disk 2 i/o fault!!!.

Took out the Paragon CD, put in the Vista one, tried a repair, but there was no OS to repair .

So I installed Vista, and because I didn't want to have to reinstall all of my programs again (yer lazy I know, but that's what backup's are for).

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Answer:Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite & USB External Hard Drive

Anyone?

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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted it..it's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to know..how to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...
 

Answer:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.
 

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[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes
The thread is rather long. Only read what you think important. Skip the rest!

We have a serious but mysterious problem. We have spent already one week but drawing a blank.
Two hard drives have been crashed and failed (unreadable). One computer has hung a few times unexpectedly and had one weird restart (no memory dump produced).
I suspect all the recent problems have to do with the new USB external hard disk (Buffalo MiniStation Lite: HD-PE250U2).

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Formatting USB external hard disk
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Originally I would like to use the program given by Buffalo to format the external drive once but we failed. We simply used Windows to reformat the drive into NTFS. I did not use the TurboSpeed advertised by Buffalo, or run its free program.

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Case A: Multi-transfer causes system crashes?
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The first time we met the problem.
We were trying to help a friend to backup data on an old drive, about a few years old. We plugged in the Buffalo USB portable hard drive and transferred a whole lot of files to the drive. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active at that time. The whole system completely froze up. It doesn't respond at all. Only a hard restart could help.
Restarted. Tranferred again. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active.
Hard drive crashed - the beginning of the nightmare!
Windows restarted. Chkdsk was running. Saw many lines of messages with:
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Answer:[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes

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I used ESET sysrescue live which creates a bootable OS of ESET in pendrive for effective scanning.I inserted the pendrive and strated the laptop. A warning popped up saying "the NTFS partion with label 'windows' is hibernated". I restarted my laptop and From then, It is showing a warning "no bootable device-- insert bootable disk and press any key". Please help to resolve the issue. 

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I used ESET sysrescue live which creates a bootable OS of ESET in pendrive for effective scanning.I inserted the pendrive and strated the laptop. A warning popped up saying "the NTFS partion with label 'windows' is hibernated". I restarted my laptop and From then, It is showing a warning "no bootable device-- insert bootable disk and press any key". Please help to resolve the issue. 

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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
(XP Pro SP3). I used the Seagate software to clone the C SATA drive to this USB drive (NTFS). The reality is to have a cloned... Read more

Answer:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive

Hi

not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.
 

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Im realy fed up .......
I have wd 500gb elements (external)...driver shows on device manager and even shows on disk management as disk 1 with a deffirent letter as F I changed it as it was G but no data and cant access and doesn't show on my computer it happened diuring transferring data from my computer to the external hard drive but a suddenly shut down due to high tempretur on wd windows diagnostic tool shows as failer, lights on its working and its fan ....but.....no data I tride many ways to fix by installing and uninstalling changed the cable and cleand registrey by ccleaner but......pls give any seliution not to lose data ....over 270gb data...............

Answer:wd external hard disk

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management with your Western Digital external HDD plugged in.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Before taking the screenshot, please click on Show/Hide Console Tree, and Show/Hide Action Pane to hide those so that you get a full view.

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Question: External hard disk

Thanks to your help my PC is now usable and quick again. On your advice I downloaded CC Cleaner it really is FREE and fantastic! While I was looking for a fix I downloaded all my photos onto CDs. Now I'm thinking of buying an external hard disk. I have thousands of pictures and I reckon a 500GB portable disk would do it. Has anybody else done this and does it work ? Any advice please ? B.J.

Answer:External hard disk

An external drive is good for temporary but they are still volatile, meaning there is a possibility for errors i.e drive crashing, cant access data etc, a better long term solution is to burn your pics to DVD-Rs and store them safely away.

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Question: external hard disk

Hi all,Ive got a external hard disk 320gb plug abd play I plug into my usb port and windows says this is a high speed unit. I plug it into my high speed usb2 port and the computer will not reconise it.I have looked through previous threads and one says that any thing above,I think, 120gb windows will not reconise it.The unit is from PC world and the make is a maxtorCan anybody help ???????????Thanks

Answer:external hard disk

Hi, is it formatted NTFS?

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for some reason when i try to access my external hd, it wont open and says its not formatted. Unfortunately i have data on there that id like to keep. is there a way to recover/undo(the problem) my HD?

it was NTFS
i have tried partition find and mount and it didn't work.
 

Answer:external Hard Disk help

it was NTFS? I doubt running check disk would be of help, or accessing via a Linux Live CD. Sounds like you deleted the partition. (Been there, done that ;-( )You could try fixmbr command from the recovery console..., it is on xp installation disks and can be installed as a boot option. There are also many freeware utilities you could try here, probably the best first step. http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads38.html
 

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Question: external hard disk

hello,

This is dheeraj kulal. i have a problem with external hard drive.

I copied all the data from my pc to an external hard drive(FAT 32). Then i formatted the PC hard disk and created 5 partition with 50GB each. Installed windows xp SP2.
External hard disk is of 500GB. Had nearly 250GB of data in it before copying data from my PC hard drive. After copying data from PC hard drive only 30GB of free space left in external hard disk.
Now the actual problem is the external hard not showing any of the files that i copied on to it. and few of the files already in it are missing too. But when check the property of external hard disk it shows only 30GB is free that means remaining are the data in it.

please help me,, files are very very very important for me... wt to do
 

Answer:external hard disk

Open Windows Explorer and go to Tools > Folder Options > View tab. Under 'Hidden files and folders', click 'Show hidden files...' and click OK.

See if tha helps
 

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Question: External Hard disk

Could anyone please help me to make ma own external hard disk without external power supply.

Because its difficult to bring the power adapter always with the drive

Answer:External Hard disk

sorry, but hard disks need some sort of power. they are mechanical and have motors.

maybe use a usb flash/thumb drive instead?

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how to know when was my external hard disk was used or plugged to pc or laptop?
i mean putting monitoring on external hard disk.

for PC's there is a event viewer, what about external harddisk's?

Answer:how to know when was my external hard disk was used?

Hello and welcome to the sevens forum.

First I don't think you can tell when your external hard drive was used, unless you have something on your system that would tell you if it was used or messed with your kind a out of luck so to speak.

You can always set up a password on your external hard drive to lock people out.

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I have WD external hard drive. computer reads the hard disk after taking more than usual time. But when i copy the matter of my hard disk and try to paste it on my computer....It dose not work. The copy window shows 0 % . Want to extract data. Please help

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well i am planning to buy an external hardisk but dunno which one to buy for....
well i must be very economical and must have value for money....
could u guys suggest some hard disk with space around 80-120gb or so.....
price factor not more than... 60-70$

well thats the cash i have for now.......


please answer to with ur best ability.......

Answer:which external hard disk to go for......?

Well i myself would buy a high capacity internal hard drive an then put it in a enclosure, external drives that have a decent storage space tend to get pricey. For instance £45 for a 320gb drive an £15 - £20 for a enclosure makes a big difference in the price.

If you where just saving sage details on there or text files ect a smaller drive would be fine, but programs, ISO files, films ect take up a lot of space.

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Question: External Hard Disk

Respected Members,

I have 1TB external back up hard disk...I have some important lecture videos of study material..but i am not able to see those folders when i attach disk to my laptop (all folders are invisible) but i can see those, when i attach it to my television...I dont know how this happened...plz,how can i can see those lectures on my laptop...and what is the precaution to be taken to avoild such problem in future.

Plz Help

Thank you.
 

Answer:External Hard Disk

Same problem as you, a year ago
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2947736/hard-drive-works-laptop.html

and here this year
http://ccm.net/forum/affich-31876-external-hd-no-longer-works-with-computer
 

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well, my external hard disk was working just fine then it started showing as "local disk E" and i couldn't open it. I searched online for a solution and did the "chkdsk" thing and it worked again. few hours later the problem game back.. this time what i did before didn't solve it. it only made the contents of the hard disk appear but i couldn't use it .. so i copied some of the small files i needed from my 300 gb of data on it. now it's back to the "local disk e" thing and i can't even use cmd while the hard is connected. is there a way to solve it or at least copy my files from it?
Edit: now i can't even use cmd or disk management or my computer when the disk is connected

Answer:how to fix my external hard disk

Back up your personal data while you canDownload CrystalDiskInfo.V6.2.0 and run to check if your HD is any good.Try to run: chkdsk X: /r /f ======> X is the external drive letter. Will take a while to completeIf happens again then replace your HD.

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Hi
I wanted to buy an external hard disk. My understand is Lacie, Freecom, Sony are good makes.

I looked in the sub 100 pound range, and came up with this list.
can some one suggest how i can narrow it down and select one hard disk, i am even more confused since ext. USB2 hard disks from the same make having quite a difference in their sizes are more or less for the same price.

can you suggest some features which an external hard disk should have?

Freecom Classic 80GB USB2 ext HDD
Freecom FHD-1 40 GB USB2
Western Digital Series II 80GB USB2 7200rpm 2MB cache
Iomega Desktop 80GB USB2
XIMETA Portable NetDisk 80GB USB2 2MB cache 7200rpm
Lacie P2 Model USB2 Mobile 40GB with USB2 Cables
Freecom FHD-2 PRO 20GB USB2 Ext HDD
Freecom Classic 120 GB USB2 ext HDD
Western Digital Series II 120GB USB2 7200rpm 2MB cache
Lacie P3 Model 160GB 7200rpm Ext USB2 Hard Drive inc Cbl
Iomega Desktop 120GB USB2 7200rpm
Freecom FHD-1 80 GB USB2
Iomega Host powered 40GB USB2

Answer:external USB hard disk

go with western digita; your best bet seagate and west make the best HDD's

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Question: External Hard Disk

I have a LaCie 250gb External Drive - originally I had three partitions, one of 100+GB (G), one of 50+ (P)and one at 1gb (O). The latter proved to be too small and, using PartitionMagic 8 I resized it to 2gb (O) -taking the extra, I thought, from the 50+ (P)partition. However, in the process I seem to have 'lost' the largest partition (G) - containing my backup image. Anyone have an idea what happened? I have run Partitionmagic again - it lists the drive and unlike Partitions O and P which are marked as status 'None' the G Partition is marked 'active'.Please assist in unravelling this problem.

Answer:External Hard Disk

Below are the entries as they appear in Partitionmagic - hopefully this will give someone, better equipped than I, a clue as to what has happened.Lacie (*.) NTFS 187,46... 86,941.2 100,520.3 Active Primary(*.) Extended 51,011.1 51,011.1 0.0 none PrimaryLocal Disk(O:) NTFS 49,010.8 2,011.5 46,999.2 None LogicalLocal Disk(P:) NTFS 2000.2 1,003.4 996.9 None Logical

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Question: External hard disk

I have a Western Digital external hard disk on USB. The instructions say I should stop it when closing down pc but when I select it on remove hardware icon it just says 'this device cannot be stopped now, try later' even though I have no programs open that are using the disc. Will it cause damage if I leave it on and just close down. Have done this a couple of times but wonder if I will damage it.
 

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Question: external hard disk

Hi
I was thinking of going for an external second disk for my machine.
It woudl essentially serve as a backup drive.
I looked at some drives, and they are USB2, i was wondering if i installed windows xp on it, could i boot up from the external drive. Just in case, my old hard disk fell over, so i would still be in biz till i get a primary hard drive.

i was looking at manufacturers can you guys suggest a good make
came across these names:- freecom, lacie, hitachi,western digital, iomega, ximeta, archos

what do you guys think of this one
http://www.dabs.com/uk/channels/comp...quicklinx=3446
One Touch 160GB 7200rpm external HDD USB2/Firewire
125.99 inc VAT (107.23 ex VAT)

Answer:external hard disk

Rookie, i'm not positive about this but I think it can be done as long as your BIOS gives you that option. If you install it successfully and go into you BIOS menu, you could change the boot order so that it searches for your external hard drive first.

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Question: External hard disk

Does anyone know of any external hard disk drives that run on linux?

Answer:External hard disk

New external hard drives use USB 2.0, Firewire, etc. These devices are immediately recognized by Windows XP and 2000 as soon as they're connected. Doesn't Linux support this? I thought it would since it uses the same kernel as XP and 2000. I don't use myself.

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Question: external hard disk

hi everyone i from mumbai. i have a 500 gb external hard disk and it fell from my hand . after which its not functioning but its in ok condition. as i connect it tells me to format it. does formatting delete all my stored information. is there anty way i can recover my files and then format it, (if formatting deletes all files)
 

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hello guys,
 
first of all im using win 8,1 64 bit .
its been some time that i cant install the windows updates.
when i hit install and it says that is downloading the updates it freezes.
so without the new updates i see that i cant safely remove my hard disk(external)
so im removing my external hard drive just like that
and today my 2tb seagate external became raw(one of the two partitions)
i really need your help here to restore the disk to its normal status and find a solution with win updates cause i dont want this to happen again.
 
wating asap for your answer
thanks in advance
 
 
 

Answer:raw external hard disk

Firstly, I would not have the external drive attached when doing updates. 
 
That being said I would download Testdisk for Windows and unzip the file to a folder on your desktop. Run Testdisk and do a QuickSearch. After a QuickSearch does it detect both partitions on the external drive? Highlight the RAW partition and press the "P" key. Do you see your files on the RAW partition? 
 
Windows  This is the file to download
 
If doing a QuickSearch does not detect both partitions then do a deeper Search. 
 
Do you have enough space on your internal drive to copy the files from the RAW partition?
 
TestDisk step by step

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Question: external hard disk

hello!my brother bought an 80Gb 2.5" external hard diskfor my pc. I transferred 74.Gb and have 37.9 Mb left. Butnext to total size it says 74.5Gb. Where has therest of the 5.5Gb gone??? Can someone explain?Thank you!!

Answer:external hard disk

It is because manufacturers use 1000 bytes for a KB when in fact it is 1024 bytes.So your 80GB was never 80GB80,000,000,000,000 /1024 /1024/ 1024 = 74.5 ish

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I have WD 320 Gig External.

Windows detect the drive and can be seen on my computer but their is no size on the drive.

Check properties no size.

I try to open but windows hangs.

What could be the problem of this?

The USB cable? or my drive is damage?

I also try insert to different computer and all the USB port front or back same result.

Answer:WD External Hard disk Help

Did you initialize the drive?

This may not be the right instructions for your drive:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1018&p_

Because you did not offer more than it being a WD 320GB external.

WD FAQ:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc....p_new_search=1

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So, i tried to pen my external hard disk,
and this is what happened:
The USB Protection i use is USB Disk Security and i dont know if this options (in image) does something about it..
Thanks in advance

Answer:External Hard Disk Help

This most likely is due to USB Disk Security software, if you changed something recently within, I'd try to reverse it.

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Question: external hard disk

Dear Specialists,
Could you please instruct me how to transfer live TV programs directly to my
external hard disk?
Thank you and with kind regards,
Beni Even

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Question: External Hard Disk

hey how are you guys doing? just have a quick question it the same as his problem and hope you guys can help me out. i got the found new hardware message but no appearance on my computer. i tried to do through disk and i still can't see it there either wha t do i do. i know wi have to format it an I know it will do it for me but, i dont see it in disk any suggestions?
i'll check in later on to see if u guys can help me
thanks alot
 

Answer:External Hard Disk

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please post complete details on your environment and we'll be glad to help you out.

If it's just a formatting question, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management, and you can partition and format the drive there.
 

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Help!!!there's a problem with my external hard disk (PREZMATE 2.5" 250GB (USB2.0)) when i switch it on and connect it to my laptop, both the "Device manager" and "safely remove hardware" can detect it and shows that it is working properly. however when i open "my Computer" i either cannot see the ext hard disk drive or the 'My Computer" window hangs ("Not Responding")In the past, this Ext HDD was working fine previously with the same laptop and computer...the Ext HDD has it's own power source....I've tried to troubleshoot (by updating the driver (states that the driver i'm using is most recent) disabling and enabling the device in the device manager, when try to uninstall device in device manager, it hang "Not Responding")I looked at the Computer management again, and this is what happen after a long time i see the ext harddisk at the bottom "Disk 1, Unknown, Unreadable"when i check the properties, everything looks fine except the "Volume" tabDisk: Disk1Type: UnknownStatus: UnreadablePartition Style: Not ApplicableCapacity: 0MBUnallovated space: 0MBReserved space: 0MBI looked up the status Unreadable in the Help, "A basic or dynamic disk's status is Unreadable.Cause: The basic or dynamic disk is not accessible and might have experienced hardware failure, corruption, or I/O errors. The disk's copy of the system's disk configuration database might be corr... Read more

Answer:External Hard Disk HELP!!! PLEASE??

Sounds like the disk has died. If you don't have any data on there, I would try formatting with Computer Management.Otherwise, I would try taking it apart, removing the disk and connecting it as a slave to a desktop machine. You'll need a 2.5" IDE to 3.5" IDE Convertor for this.

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Just a thought.. please could you experts advise? Have a laptop and have been told the harddisk's broken (checkdisk revealed bad sectors and couldn't fix it;) If I got an external usb harddrive, would it work? Or would it not work, if the IDE controller's gone (and I don't know if it is) Please don't laugh if this sounds silly - I only know a little bit about computers and the rest I'm making up as I go along, but I just wondered...? I don't have the skills myself to do anything internally to the laptop and was quoted several hundred pounds for a new motherboard.

Answer:hard disk gone - will external do the job?

on whether the BIOS gives the option to boot from a USB device.It might be possible, but it's probably cumbersome if it is.Good luck,Regards,Simsy

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Hi!

I have on CD small system which at computer start boots into.
So, when I want to access this OS, I must to have always CD in drive...
I want to leave CD away and create from this bootable partition on harddisk and will have access to OS directly without CD..

Is it possible? If, how?

Thank you for help.

Miro

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Laptop with XP recognize this disk. This WIN 7 recognize another external hard drive. What to do?

Answer:Win 7 does not recognize external hard disk

when i inserted the external hard disk to the back USB port, the computer (running win 7) recognized it as "Portable USB drive", but I cannot open the file that i put in this drive. What can I do?

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I'm new here, and pardon my english.
I'm totally panic, I was backup my files to my TOSHIBA Ext.HD (500GB) a while ago, and suddenly my HD said it need to be format so the HD is function again, kinda...
Well I don't want to loose all my data, at first I try to command prompt and use "chkdsk :H/F" (I found it in the internet it said this can help) and the scaning is stop at 72%, I tried it over and over again it's just the same. I try to unplug (safe remove) the HD and plug it again, now my HD is unallocated until now.

I tried EaseUS Partition Recovery 8.5 & EaseUS Partition Master 10.2 but when the list to choose partition to recover show up, the list just blank.

And everytime I go to disk management it's told me to intialize the disk. (the Ext.HD)
Well some say the other way to fix it is to format it, through the disk management with the "New Simple Volume" but I can't click it. PLEASE HELP ME!!

Answer:HELP! My External Hard Disk is unallocated!

Hello and welcome Wepepe mate if ti is just the data you want then try using this ditty of mine

BOOTABLE UBUNTU
Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download
Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY not INSTALL
When it is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .
Open the drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.
I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

Now there is another one you can use it is Linux Mint MATE but basically they run the same way. I use a disk as I don't like using sticks because it is a waste of one with just one bootable item on it. They both boot to the other OS if you set the BIOS boot order to where the Ubuntu or Linux is and it runs independent of Windows

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1:35 AM 4/15/2011Advance System Care Pro Ver.3.7.2.-System Restore @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Hello, Advance System Care Pro Ver.3.7.2.-System Restore @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ " Changes made to drive(s) M:\L:\K:\L:\ after this point cannot be reversed because the drive was either excluded from System Restore monitoring,or was turned off or removed "I cannot Roll back to the date before the changes becos the roll backis only for a few days shown on this Programe.So how do i insert my required date for roll back ?I would appreciate very much if you will kindly advise mehow do i solve this problem

Answer:maxtor external hard disk

You would be better posting here: http://www.iobit.com/help/

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My external hard disk has just stopped responding.The message says "Error performing Inpage Operation"Is there any way I can get in to retrieve my files?

Answer:Cannot Access External Hard Disk

Can you run chkdsk /f for that drive?

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Hi,
I have Windows 7 Professional 64Bit installed on a 250GB internal hard drive. I also have a 750 GB secondary drive installed in the system. When I connect an external hard drive to the computer and try to transfer some files (in this case a Windows 7 SDK DVD iso), the external hard drive self ejects and the transfer gets interrupted. The very next second the hard drive comes back on. I have made sure that it is not the external hard drive at fault as the same issue occurs with my flash drive and also my friend's external hard drive (with different files.) I usually did not care and retry it, but recently I have been loosing files when the hard drive ejects itself and it has started to get annoying. Sometimes the file just dose not transfer no matter how many times I try. All that happens is the hard drive gets disconnected and connected again till I just let it be.

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks.

Answer:External Hard Disk Self Ejects

How old is the dive and who manufactured it

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Could anyone recommend a good external hdd?

I am looking for at least 120GB and it must support hot swapping.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Answer:External Hard Disk Drives

i would buy an internal seagate 160GB hard disk for $111 and buy this exact USB 2.0 enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...145-314&depa=0

you can install any IDE device into it like cd-rom, hard disk, ect. you install your hard disk in the box and plug it into your computer using USB 2.0 or 1.1.

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Is ther a utility that will read/reformat an external hard drive that has been corrupted?

Answer:Corrupt external hard disk

If you go to the website of the company that made the hard disk. They normally have formatting and maintenance tools there.

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Hi !
I am using IOmega EGo SuperSpeed 2.5 Inch 1 TB External Hard Disk .

I bought it something like 2 months ago, it was running fine till yesterday , but now whenever i connect it to my laptop, a windows message prompt gets prompt up saying "You need to format the disk in drive:G before you can use it."

i tried running CHKDSK but it didn't work, when i ran CHKDSK it said, "Unable to determine the volume version and state. CHKDSK Aborted

I surely can not format my drive as it contains some important data related to my studies and academics .
So plz tell what to do
Plz reply ASAP !!!!
 

Answer:External Hard Disk Inaccessible ??????

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I have just bought a b50-10 and installes windows 7 ultimate.  Internet explorer, device manager and administative tools do not see my 500GB external hdd connected through the usb 3.0 port.  It cannot be the disk drive as my b590 accesses the unit with no trouble.  I can also access the drive when connected via a usb 2 port on my desktop PC. Can anyone help with this problem? Mod's Edit: Corrected model number in Subject line.    

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i am using a WD external hard disk, but sadly after i format it to exFAT type, i cant detected it anymore - -" anyone have any idea why?
 

Answer:External hard disk problem..

Xestes said:





i am using a WD external hard disk, but sadly after i format it to exFAT type, i cant detected it anymore - -" anyone have any idea why?Click to expand...

What operating system are you using?
 

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i am using WD My Passport 1 TB USB speed 3.0 and higher. The problem is i have 1 TB and i have no space in it i have just filled up all my backup and every thing to that and now it is  not opening in any of the computer device i have tried a lot and my sister got it from USA now i am in India it got lot of trouble and i called to  WD customer support since i don't have the warranty card i cant do anything... then i tried in one of my friends home Thank God it is working in Samsung Led TV but not working in any of the system ... it is working only in Televisions.... Please any one Help!!!

Answer:External Hard Disk - My Passport

What OS version are you using with the 1TB drive? Are you using the data security bundled feature software that came with this drive?I had a 1.5TB external drive run into a similar issue also a WD drive. I ended up having to carefully open the external drive enclosure and remove the small SATA hard drive and install it internally as an internal 1.5TB SATA drive into my desktop computer to regain access to my data after saving  a little over 1TB of data to the drive. Here is the model I had that I voided the warranty on to regain access to my data/drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236188  *I locked myself out of my data by accident early on forgetting my own password I set on it, and did away with having this data security WD bundled software having to run to access my data on my drive. I dumped the partitions and created new partitions and ran into issues later on with these drives.I was using mine with USB 2.0 on both Windows XP Pro SP3 and Windows 7 Home Premium. The one day the drive would not work on any computers I had. Tried different USB cable etc with no luck. Stuck drive to my ear and heard it spinning, just wasn't talking to computers. Contacted WD and they said that I could send the drive back to them and get a replacement, however to get my data back would come at an additional free. I decided to keep this drive and void my warranty by cracking it open and installing it internally to a desktop computer instead that had ... Read more

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Hi all, i cant find the icon of the external disk in MY COMPUTER. Even the computer show find the new hardware connect to the computer, it is no problem before, anyone can please give me advice on this, thanks!Gary

Answer:external hard disk problem

Can you make sure the External Hard Drive works on another computer?When you connect it, exactly what happens?

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i've a seagate freeagent goflex...my pc detects the hard disc but hangs when i try to open...the problem is with the hard disc as this happens to every pc it is connected to...i've tried to format but it does not happen..
 

Answer:problem with external hard disk

as its detected do a repair on it first http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265
 

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I recently backed up my pc to my external hard drive & soon after the pc is broken. I am using an older pc & when i tried to extract folders from my backup on the external hard drive it asks "what folder do you wish to open this with?. I cannot gain access to my files, music, photos, etc. Can i gain access to them or our they lost. Can anyone tell me how to get to my data on the hard drive.many thanks.

Answer:external hard disk problem

Which OS (XP/Vista) was your `broken` PC and which OS is on your current PC?

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My brand new hard disk slid off the sideboard on to the floor
Now it does not spin - has anybody stripped down a Seagate hard disk?
Apart from throwing it away, can anybody give me some advice as to how I might get it working again?
Thanks.

Answer:EXTERNAL HARD DISK - NO SPIN

I would pull it out of the enclosure and hook it directly to your computer in case the issue is with the enclosure and not the hard drive.

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My laptop is not showing my external hard disk. How can I access it?
 

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Hello All,

I have a 250 GB external hard disk. I copied some movies onto it from a friend who now says that his drives were affected.

The hard disk ran but after I removed it and plugged it in again, it is not being detected by any computer. The blue color light glows and I can feel the motor running but it is simply not being read by any computer.

Can you please help me with some suggestion ?

I thank you in advance,

Kanwer
 

Answer:External hard disk not detected

I tried to plug it in again, now it makes some strange noise as if some things it stuck and its scratching against something, its a start stop kind of noise. And then it makes the sound, which a USB device makes when it is plugged out !!!
 

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Hi
I have a 1TB iomega Select Desktop Hardrive.
I have used it to back up data, but never had the need to restore any of the data.
Now I need to access the Ext HD ands restore some of the data.

I have connected the Ext HD on 2 machines and in both cases the Ext HD is not recognised.

Question - How long does ity take for a PC to recognise the EXt Hard Disk?

Is there something I am doing wrong?
 

Answer:Recognising an External Hard Disk

It only takes 10 to maybe 30 seconds from the time you pw ON the external until you can access the drive.

External drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a few reasons;
1 The extra interface of the enclosure. This can fail and the drive be just fine.
2 Shock damage from you moving the external around, etc
3 Heat. External drives are NOT made for continuous duty. Unless they have a cooling fan [which almost none do] they are made to switch ON and make a backup then switch OFF.

Have you tried opening the enclosure and connecting the drive as an internal drive?
 

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Hope someone can help me on this.I am attempting to copy an entire partition to an external hard disk as a back-up. I first tried Norton Ghost 2002 which supposedly has USB support. However it stated no USB connection found.I then tried to do it direct from Partitionmagic 7 which recognised the external hard drive but gave a maximum file size of 0.00Mb! So no luck there.Finally I made the partition to be copied unhidden and simply dragged it from "My computer" on the active partition to the external hard disk. This worked but whether I can raise it from there in the event of a system crash I have no idea.Any advice would be appreciated!CheersAndrew

Answer:Partition to external hard disk

Partition Magic 8 should be able to do this from within Windows so should have no problem. Sorry I cannot be more certain as I dont have an external hard disk.Same goes for Ghost 2003 - although I have not forked out for this yet due to the probs I have with 2002.

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