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Converting 2.5" SATA HD into a external hard drive

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

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

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Preferred Solution: Converting 2.5" SATA HD into a external hard drive

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

Take Ownership...Hope this helps.

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I recently purchased an IDE to Sata Converter so that I can add my second hard drive. The instructions that came were very basic and of no help. I was able to connect the converter to the IDE device, connect the power cable to the IDE device and converter, and was able to connect the Serial ATA cable to the Motherboard. I still have a four prong power supply connector that is not plugged into anything and the directions do not show that it needs to be. I am trying to use this hard drive as a slave and not the master. When I sign back onto my computer I am still not seeing my second hard drive. What am I doing wrong? I am not that computer savy

Answer:Converting an IDE hard drive to a Sata

Try setting the drive as master because it is theoretically connected to the sata controller there is no need for a master salve relationship and the device may need the ide drive set to master to work correctly , could you give us a link to the converter?

Is the ide drive formatted?

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when i go to try and convert my extrenal hard drive from fat32 to ntfs, it says it does not recognise the hard drive label name

the label name of my hard drive is BUFFALO so that is what i put

so what could be wrong

Answer:Converting external hard drive problem

You run the Convert command with the drive letter not the drive label.

I can't offer any more advice without a whole lot more information.

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I'm not sure if this is even an external hard drive problem, but it only seems to do it with it.

Anyways, I am obviously having problems with it. And the thing is, I really don't even know how to describe the problem. My external hard drive does seem to crash if it stays on for long periods of time (Like a few days without being unplugged), and whenever I try to safely remove it, I get an message saying that the "Generic Volume" cannot be removed right now. I've done some research on this, and I thought I had my hard drive set to where I won't damage any of my files by simply unplugging it.

But this isn't exactly the problem. My problem is that, occasionally, some of my files in my folders will convert to these random letters and symbols. The folder would be perfectly fine one day, then the next day it simply transforms. This might sound absurd, but it is pretty much the only way I can describe it. I took a screen of the folder, just to future explain the problem.

Anyways, my external hard drive is a Western Digital MyBook Essential 2.0 500GB. If you need any more information about my computer I'd be more then happy to tell you.

Thanks again.

Answer:External Hard Drive converting files randomly?

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The hard drive is a Western Digital 320 GB that I've had plugged into this computer before (and worked). Then i got a virus and had to do a recovery of windows.

Ever since then I can't get windows to recognize/show it in my computer. I just "disabled" and "enabled" it in device manager to no effect. I have a C, D, and E drive which are: two partitions on the hard drive, and then the CD drive (respectively).

So i'm stuck, not sure where to proceed since it's obviously not the hard drive itself, I use it on my xbox all the time. What next?

Answer:External Hard Drive doesn't show up in "my computer" but does in "device manager"

Does it show in Disk Management ? ?
Right clik My Manage...then Disk Management.
Find the drive...right clik it and select Properties.
Report back with your findings.

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

Answer:External Hard Drive - IDE or SATA

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

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

Answer:SATA hard drive (external)

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

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

Answer:external SATA hard drive?

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

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

Firewire is is preferred in my opinion.

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

Answer:e-sata with external hard drive

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

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

Answer:SATA external hard drive

bg9208 said:

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

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

The file I ran was named W98ED_setup (0711131)

The PC thern went into a prolonged memory dump.

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

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

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

Answer:Need more help with external SATA hard drive

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

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

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

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

Answer:sata external hard drive

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

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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

Answer:Sata To Usb External Hard Drive Not Working

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However it is full of files - its just that they seem to have become unindexed. This leads me ... Read more

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

Answer:SATA hard drive external adapter

This one.


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

Answer:How to install an external SATA hard drive.

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

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

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

Answer:usb/sata problems with external hard drive

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

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


Answer:SATA External Hard Drive Case

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

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

Try Maplins click here

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I have a new Gateway laptop and all last week I was using it to connect to my home pc using Remote Desktop. I noticed a few times that after shutting the lid to the laptop and walking away when I would come back and open the lid the laptop would be froozen. I wonder if it was becuase I was leaving the remote desktop connection open and then the laptop would go into sleep mode and it woudnlt wake up properly?? Either way the only way I could unfreeze it was by restarting the lapt by forcing it to power down. Well, the last time it happened after I held the power button and forced a shut down when I powered it back on it said "Disk Read Error". I have yanked the drive and connected it via usb to my dekstop pc. The drive shows up in disk management but has a red circle in the top left hand corner of the partition and doesnt' show up in my computer. I put the drive back in the laptop and booted of an XP CD and choose the "repair" option. I tried to do a "MIXMBR" but got a return message that NO partition could be found. Does anyone have any ideas how I can recover from this?? I have Acronis disk director suite installed on my desktop pc and I can reconnect my laptop hard drive to the desktop pc but I don't know if it can do the job. Does anyone have any ideas I really can't afford to loose my data. Please Help.

Answer:SATA Laptop Hard Drive "Disk Read Error"

This thread can be closed as #1 the issues has been resolved and #2 it doesn't look like anyone will be repying anyways.

Now, in the case that someone does stumble onto this thread here is an update....
Turns out the hard drive was physically damaged (or so I'm told). Since there was sensitive data on the drive I was being extra cautious and after removing the drive and connecting to another pc and seeing the drive but not the partitions or data I didn't even try FixMBR or anythinhg else becuase I didn't want to take the chance of further damage. I took the drive to a data recovery specialst who was able (for a small fee ofcourse) to recover the data. Since the laptop is still under warranty I took it into the store I bought it and told them the sit. Tehy gave me a new hard drive on the spot and I have now restored it back to normal. Thank You all and goodnight.

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Hey guys, I need one of you hardware geeks to help me here. I finally bought the Maxtor DiamondMax10 hard drive. Its SATA 300 Gig with a 16 Meg Cache and NCQ. I already have a SATA WD Raptor as my main drive and trying to install this one has a data drive. I have an Asus PW5D2 Premium Board.

When I boot up, it takes a long time (about a minute) to do anything than I eventually get a "Hard disc error" and I have to hit F1 to continue. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but Windows does not. I've swapped out the cable and tried a different controller, same result. While I have like 10 hard drives laying around, they are all PATA--no SATAs to try.

I think the drive is damaged. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax, but its worthless--goes through some tests and the inital ones pass and later ones fail, but its the same thing on the other drive (the Raptor) and that one works fine. Tells me eventually to contact Maxtor Tech Support on both drives!

Any ideas?

Answer:Getting "Hard Disk Error" on second SATA data drive

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Hi,So my hard drive died; I pulled it and replaced it with a solid state drive, which is the only hard drive in the system.  I then ran the XP install disk and upon trying both being to install Windows on this drive and the other being to format it, saw that it for some reason displayed as the "e" drive.  I have unplugged everything that I can think of, including a USB card and a multi-card reader, but it still gets formatted as the "e" drive.  Any ideas on how to make it the "c" drive?Shelton

Answer:Only hard drive (SATA) defaulting to "e" when trying to install Windows XP.

This generally happens when an external device is plugged into a usb port during install. I read what you said, but recheck and make sure there's nothing connected.

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Sorry if this is the wrong forum.

Yesterday my external hard drive was working fine. Today I open it and there's a new folder called Pfiles...I am not running linux...and a tmp file. I delete the tmp file and try to delete Pfiles but it won't delete. Weird. So I open one of the folders and see that it's now empty, as are almost all of my other folders and subfolders. My daughter's folder however has her movies on the main subfolder, but subfolders in this folder are also empty.

The hard drive is showing half full...exactly what it should assuming I could access all the files. So what can I do? I've enclosed a screenshot of the Disk Management screen for this drive. Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Help with external hard drive. Files "missing" but still taking up space on the drive

Hi djfl,

External Hard-drives come in different types, some of them are, External storage devices and Automatic back-up devices.

If it is an automatic back-up device then data might be backed-up on the External Hard?drive without user intervention.

If it is an External storage device the files might be hidden. This could be the reason why the external Harddrive is showing half full. We can check if the files are hidden, please use the following link for detailed instructions to unhide folders: Hidden Files and Folders Option - Add or Remove

Please revert back for clarification.

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This annoys me. I don't like icons down there that I'll never use. How do I make it stop and is this normal?

Answer:"Safely Remove Hardware" icon in my system tray for my SATA hard drive...

It is normal if you have Thumb drives and such in the USB or PC card slots. If you don't use the Safely Remove Hardware, you could fuck up your hardware. Use it!

EDIT: Dammit! I didn't see "SATA Drives" in yer title. SATA is hot-swappable (theoretically) so it is normal to have that icon there. How to remove it? I will google it and get back to you ASAP.

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Since changing to 7, I've had a really hard time cleaning infected hard drives. In fact, it's been impossible. With XP, I could connect the infected drive using a SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter, take ownership of the drive and get rid of the offending files. With
7, however, the drive isn't recognized until I initialize it which, naturally, will blow away everything on the drive. 
It's another MSoft catch-22. If I back up the data so it's safe to initialize, then I have to be able to access the data to back it up so I can initialize it, right? If I do that on the infected computer, chances are I'm backing up the virus anyway.
Same goes for old hard drives I have lying around. I'd love to see what's on them but I can't unless I first initialize them which precludes my ability to see what's on them. I don't have an IDE port on my desktop so some of these drives cannot be connected
Finally, I don't do this kind of stuff all the time anymore due to health reasons so it's not worth building a retro machine just for this purpose.
Is there not some kind of work-around for this or is another shining example of planned obsolescence? 

I'm out of my mind, please leave a message

Answer:Cannot "see" hard drive connected via SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter

Something must be wrong with your disks, there should not problems with connecting old sata disk with a sata-to-usb adapter.

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

Answer:issues when sharing a external SATA hard drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello JohnRoss1969 Welcome to the Ten Forums!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will it show up when connected to another computer?

Does it show up in Disk Management?

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

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Hi All,

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

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

Thank you so much.

Answer:Solved: Looking for Sata External Hard Drive Enclosure

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

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

I think the guts are Samsung, but not sure.


Answer:Serial SATA External Hard Drive - need driver

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


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

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

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

Hello JohnRoss1969 Welcome to the Ten Forums!

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

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

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

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I was using my external HD to backup data from my laptop (I plan on doing a system recovery).  The HD had originally been hooked up to my PC with no problems.  A few minutes in, the transfer stops and I get a message that the drive is not ready.  Now when I try to access the hard drive from either the PC or the laptop I get a message that says "Please insert a disk into drive (letter of the drive):".  Something I noticed, not sure if it's relevant, is that originally the HD was (G:) on the PC.  When I connected it to my laptop, the drive was recognized as (F:).  After I got the error and connected it back to the PC the HD was recognized as (F:), same as the laptop but different than it originally was on the PC.I'm running XP Home on both the PC and laptop.Can anyone please help?

Answer:External Hard Drive Problem - "Please insert a disk into drive _:"

I may be mistaken, but I understand, that external HD will work only with the computer on which it was created.Have that external HD ever worked? Is it genuine external HD, or internal with enclosure?

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I recently bought a USB 2.0 SATA HD External Enclosure. I am going on a trip and want to take my internal secondary SATA HD and use it with my Notebook; I want to keep all my data on the drive. I put my HD in the enclosure and hooked it up to my notebook. Windows XP SP2 reconizes the mass storage device. But I cannot axcess the drive. Disk Management can see the drive, but it wont allow me to do anything other than "convert to basic disk", which I assumes will erase the drive. How can I use the drive without erasing the data?

Answer:Converting Internal SATA HD To External

And is it formatted NTFS?

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I have a Samsung 160GB SATA drive as the boot drive. I don't have a problem with that - it works fine. The only problem is that I've tried to add a Seagate Barracuda 40GB drive on, and it's IDE/ATA100. The BIOS does not detect the drive and therefore neither does the OS. Basically, nothing is being recognized. What's going wrong?

I've got experience in putting them together and pulling them apart, but I've never come across this problem before. Got any ideas?

Things I've checked:

1) Everything's up correctly.
2) The cable isn't damaged (it's new, infact)
3) The drive isn't dead (it was working five hours ago and SMART reports didn't have any problems)

Answer:SATA Hard Drive with IDE "Slave"

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Hi everyone!

I hope someone here can help me. I just installed a new Maxtor 1TB SATA II/300 hard drive on my system but I cannot seem to find it when I click on my computers.

This new hard drive does show up in the BIOS.

I did see some notes on the Maxtor install instructions about needing to use the Force 150 jumper if I have a VIA chipset. I have no clue if I have a VIA chipset. I think it may be a VIA because it is a ECS 945GCT-M/1333. Yet, I am not sure if using the Force 150 jumper is the right thing to do.

I wanted to ask someone here what should I do. My system is running so well thanks to many people here and I did not want to mess something up.

Can someone help me discover how to "see" this new hard drive on my computer?



Answer:Installed new SATA hard drive but now I cannot "see" it

I believe you need to format the new drive in order for the OS to recognize it. You should format it in the NTFS file format, there are a number of software programs that will do this for you. SOmeone else may be able to point you in the right direction.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:vista wont recognise external sata hard drive??

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

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I am having a problem with unwanted installations to external hard drive when it seems i have no control over where program or microsoft updates install. actually the worst problem was when windows live updates and installations went to external. i did not discover this until recently and this explained why i have had to reinstall vista several times. i can always unplug the external if necessary but i would rather not. i asked western digital why this happens and they told me that since my internal hard drive is smaller than external that vista seems to not have solved this installation glitch yet. i prefer to use my external as storage for files and backups etc. does anyone know how to make my system recognize main drive as the smaller one. i hope this is clear enough to merit an answer. i have already suffered through a 3 day phone help with tech finally telling me to reinstall vista, which i did and it solved several other problems but not the int/ext installation issues.
thank you

Answer:programs and updates install to external hard drive instead of internal sata

I would recommend backing up your data to the external drive. Shutting down. Unplugging the external drive. Reinstalling Vista on a clean setup. Boot up with the DVD and remove the partitions from your internal drive. Shutting down. Turn on and install starting fresh.

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

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

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

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

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

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I need to repalce my hardrive for my Dell Studio 1555 notebook. I think I need to get a 2.5" 9mm SATA notebook hard drive, any suggestions for good products under ?40 ??


Answer:Which 2.5" 9mm SATA notebook hard drive for under 40??

Here's a 500GB Toshiba HDD for ?30. That's a pretty decent price.

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Does anyone know if hard drive enclosures exist for 4" SATA HDD. I'm trying to use the internal hard drive of a burned out netbook as external backup storage. Unfortunately the Seagate Momentus 5400.5 HDD are not the standard 3.5", but are just shy of 4". I've called / visited local electronics stores and searched the web but I can not find a hard drive enclosure of 4" anywhere. I'm calling Seagate tomorrow, but maybe someone here might know?

Also, does anyone here have an idea as to if the hard drive will also be broken, considering the motherboard of this netbook burned out from the user accidentally inserting an inappropriate charger (one meant for a camera)?

Answer:Hard drive enclosures for 4" SATA HDD

can you post a picture of your HDD ???

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I've been getting the "delayed write failed" error message every time I try to backup a DVD with DVD Shrink to my externail USB hard drive. I've backed up a good many DVDs this way, and haven't had this problem before. Meanwhile I continue to be able to copy other, somewhat smaller files (180MB vs 4GB in DVD Shrink) to the drive without any trouble.

When the error message appears it seems that the computer suddenly no longer recognizes anything on the external drive. Sometimes it still recognizes that the drive is there, even tells me how much space is used up on it, but when I look at the files in Windows Explorer, the files show up as empty, or not at all.

When I try to safely unplug the drive, I'm told there's a problem with ejecting the drive, that it can't be stopped right now. I've waited for several hours to be allowed to stop it, but keep getting the same message. I usually turn off the computer and finally unplug it. When I plug it back in, it sometimes autoplays and all the files are there, sometimes it's not recognized at all until I unplug and plug it back in repeatedly.

I've looked online and there are so many people having problems with that error message, I can't make heads or tails of the issue. The only thing I've tried from the Microsoft site is that I turned cache writing off for the external drive (not the internal one) under policies, which I thought is supposed to make it possible to unp... Read more

Answer:"delayed write failed" during dvd shrink on external hard drive

I would upgrade the Laptop ram to 512 or a gig, see if the problem stops.

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First of all I'd like to say hello to everyone on this forum, this will be my first thread/post.

I'm usually the go to guy for my friends for simple computer problems, and my friend came to me today with a problem I just can't figure out.

She received an external 230 gb HDD for christmas and then tried to install her Sim expansions onto it. She gets the message
"Cannot install to the selected directory, because it may cause the system to become unstable"

After googling this issue for about 30 minute I found this is the case for other games as well, but none of these searches yielded any kind of answer of how to get passed this, or why this happens.

As far as I know, her XP HDD is NFTS as well as the external HDD. Has anyone had this problem with The Sims?

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Help - Please!!!  My Desktop decided to install the Windows 10 updates to my Windows 7 environment -- oh the joys!  Nothing but trouble ever since.  I uninstalled 10 to take me back to 7.
Upon reboot all was fine for a day.  Then, black screen with a cursor.  What the heck?  I checked all the things I was told to check, I ran all the diagnostics.  I uninstalled, reinstalled, did a system restore back to before the update.
After spending 3+ hours letting my system go thru the recommended ePSA Preboot System Assessment (All Tests Passed) - Today I have a system that I can't get to boot up because it says I have:
Status:  Oxc000000f
"The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible."
I'm not a computer geek.  I can't get thru to anyone at Dell.  I've been trying to resolve this for 4 days now. 
The only thing I can think that is happening is that the computer is trying to boot from an external hard drive that is in a "locked/password protected" mode on my system.  I have no idea how to bypass this.  I've tried unhooking the drive and rebooting and then it just goes back to black screen with a cursor.
Can anyone help me?  Please?

Answer:Can't Reboot Past External "Locked" Hard Drive

Hi DEAR64,
Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
Please check if you can boot into safe mode <F8>.
Do you have the OEM Operating system DVD?
Please private message us the service tag of the system along with your email id (Note: please don't mention the service tag or email id on the public forum as it contains your personal information).

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My external hard drive doesn't show up on "My Computer", but when I check "Device Manager", it show up inside "disk drive", and the "Device status" inside the "Properties" shows "This device is working properly". What's wrong?

Answer:External hard drive doesn't show up on "My Computer"

If it has not been assigned a drive letter, it won't show up on My Computer.  This is usually done automatically, but not always.Right-click My ComputerLeft-click ManageSelect Disk MnagementFind the Disk Drive in the Lower Right PanelRight-Click, select "Change Drive Letter"

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Hi Everyone!
I am having a serious problem
I bought a new 200Gb external hard drive...after formatting it using NTFS, I now try to open it in Windows Explorer and I get an error saying "invalid parameter", and that's's not opening.
I use WinXP, there is nothing I can do with the HD anymore...anyone has any idea of what I could do?
Thanks a million

Answer:"invalid parameter" opening external Hard Drive

Try reformatting it if possible. Does windows detect it still. Try reinstalling usb drivers to make sure thats correctly functioning. Make sure you have updated drivers for motherboard and os as they could be a strange but possible fix to the problem your having. Let me know if you still have this problem after the above suggestions.

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Let me apologize in advance if this is the incorrect place to post this query - I've seen other similar issues posted in "Hardware" so I'm hoping I'm in the right area...

I've seen this issue posted before, and I've Googled my heart out, but I still haven't been able to find answers to my exact problem. I have a 500GB Western Digital MyBook external hard drive which holds all of my music files as well as back-ups of movies and pictures. Whenever I plug it in, I don't have ten seconds before I get the "Delayed Write Failed" error message, and if I happen to be in Explorer at the time it freezes. I've also got Windows XP on my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop, if that's relevant.

I got the error message two days ago for the first time, while trying to import a cd using iTunes. It imported the first two songs on the album before giving me the error. Since then I haven't been able to use the drive at all, and when trying to get files from it I've gotten errors saying the path was incorrect (as if the hard drive weren't plugged in). I tried using the hard drive yesterday on my dad's IBM laptop (also running XP) and had no problems sifting through the files in Explorer, however opening a movie in Windows Media Player caused that program to freeze. Today I plugged it into the IBM laptop again and tried the same previous album in iTunes, but this time it didn't get past the first song before it gave ... Read more

Answer:"Delayed Write Failed" on External Hard Drive

Check for malware. Also, a delayed write failure is this:

this is how external drives work with xp:

1. you tell a file to be copied to the ed (external drive)
2. Windows checks the file size and compares it to the free space on the ed.
3 Windows allocutes the space needed and queues segments of the file to be copied. (usually 1 file = 1 segment)
4. Windows starts copying segments to the drive in order of the queue.
5. the files finish and the transfer completes.

The delayed write failure is when one of the queued segments fails to copy.
This could be because of the hard drive failing so check for hdd errors but its more likely a windows issue.

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Hey all, I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and I'm loving it, EXCEPT for this one problem I'm having.

Immediately after I upgraded, my external hard drive (WD Ext HDD 1021 3TB) was missing from "My Computer." I never had any problems with this HDD before I upgraded, and the file-system is NTFS.

The external drive is visible in Disk Management, however there is no letter assigned. Right clicking on the drive's partitions in Disk Management shows every option grayed out except for "Delete Volume."

Upon seeing this, I attempted to use diskpart to assign a new letter, however in diskpart the partition type is listed as "unknown" and when I attempt to assign a letter, diskpart says "there is no volume specified." Listing volumes in diskpart only seems to list the volumes on my internal drive, not the external one.

After reading some articles on similar problems, I tried using the program "MiniTool Partition Wizard" to assign a new drive letter, and it seemed to work! The drive showed up in "My Computer" with the correct name and letter, with all my data intact. In Disk Management, all the drive options were still grayed out, but because I could access my drive, I figured the problem was solved.

However, after a short amount of time, the drive became inaccessible. In "My Computer" the drive's name changed from "cmluepke 3tb external (F:)" to "Local Disk (F:)." Clickin... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive inaccessible, becomes "Local Disk"

I had this exact same problem with a 16GB Toshiba thumb-drive a few days ago.
I'd been having heat-related shutdowns, and believe this to be what caused the issue in the first place.
Deleting the volume, then re-creating it allowed me to format and assign a drive-letter.
But yes, I did lose the (non-critical - a recorded TV show) data.
I'm not aware of any other 'fixes'.

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I have an older 80 gig WD external hard drive that has worked fine until this morning when I turned on my computer and it wasnt showing up when I looked in my computer. So I went into device manage and it says this "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

I tried unistalling, and then plugging it back in. I tried looking for updates. Anything I could think of, but still not able to access anything. It has ALL my music on it and I really really want to be able to get to it.

If I cant get it to work is it possible to transfer data from this one to a new one??

Answer:External hard drive "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

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So I have a pretty, well not old, but it's not a product they carry anymore external hard drive and I had some issues with it in the past (mainly the usb port not being soldered on properly and falling off); so I just received all my replacement cords for it and ran it, it took *forever* for it to load up, which I felt was understandable seeing as there's like 200+ GB on it but when I go to like drag one item from it, it'll take more than 10 minutes and if I cancel it, it just loads.. and loads and loads; I don't know what it's doing but when it's like that, I can't do anything with it and to actually make it browse-able again, I have to force a shut down. (hold the power button)

And the files I am trying to move are just 2.5MB so they shouldn't even be taking this long..

I have quite a few files I wish to save otherwise I'd just format the whole thing but I can't when it just hangs onto the loading.

Is there a way for me to save these files?
I tried to upload them a hosting but it freezes when I do; same with dragging the images into windows paint.

Please help!

I just tried to upload some of the pictures to mediafire and it literally froze my web browser.

Quote: Originally Posted by notsotechsavvy

I stand corrected, apparently this portable hard drive is not done frustrating me just yet.
Pretty sure I forgot to mention what portable hard drive I have and here it is.
The problem I'm having now is that I managed... Read more

Answer:External hard drive "hanging" or infinite loading.

Fill out all of the System Specs in the lower left hand corner of your message. If we know what is in your PC it will help to better figure out the problem.

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I just put about 25 gigs of data on this drive. It's an 80 gig drive and has about 20 gigs of space left on it before it's full. Out of all the files I cut and pasted over it got stuck on this last ISO file.. it refused to move this file.. so i stopped the move operation, and rebooted. I never had any trouble with this drive. It's a drive that is hooked up via a USB port. On reboot, to try to copy or move the file again, Windows tells me this drive cannot be accessed and needs to be formatted before it can be used.

That's not an option, or I'll lose tons of months worth of data. The drive is pretty warm.. I'm letting it cool down to try again, but i cant see any reason why this drive could have been damaged just moving files to it.

Any ideas of other reasons why windows might erroneously fail to detect the drive properly and give me this error?

Answer:External hard drive suddenly "needs to be formatted" after a reboot

Hello mate, perhaps checking the HDD will tell you something.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

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I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!

Answer:how do I get "permission to access a folder" on an external hard drive

Originally Posted by rosemaryheller

I recently had to replace my vista Home Premium operating system. I have my photograph stored on two external hard drives. I am able to access the music and documents on the external hard drive, but not the photographs. When I try to open a folder I am given the message that I do not have "permission to access this folder". How can I be granted that permission to ALL the photo folders ( app 50) on that hard drive at the same time? Very aggravating situation !!!

One tutorial that might help you :
Permission : note - it applies to both Vista and Win 7
Sharing and Permissions - Windows 7 Forums

By the way, is this the message you saw ?

If yes, what would happen if you clicked Continue ?

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So I have a Windows 7 64bit desktop with 2 external hard drives that have shared over my network so I can view the files on my laptop(win 7 64bit) and watch movies and such on my xbox via windows media center.

I recently purchased a WD Elements 2TB external Hard Drive.
I connect the new drive to my desktop along with the other 2 external hard drives and functions with no problems until I try to share it on my network.

My procedure for sharing was opening my computer, right clicking on the hard drive, clicking share with.., advanced sharing, (in the sharing tab) advanced sharing again, click the share this folder box and hitting apply. And I get this error, "An error occurred while trying to share G. Incorrect function. The shared resource was not created at this time."

I was however able to add the new external hard drive to my media library in windows media center so my xbox can see the new hard drive no problem.
So now I need to get the drive on the network so I can see it on my laptop.

Whats more, If I disconnect the hard drive from my desktop, and connect it to my laptop, it will let me share it and I can see it from my desktop. (Baffles me...)

Any help or ideas on this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Cant share external Hard drive "Incorrect Function"

I see you have the same issue as I do and are getting about the same help I have been getting, NONE
We will probably find out "Microsoft" will want to charge us extra if we want to share more than one way, they give us ONE free sharing but not 2 without more money.

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I recently bought a Western Digital firewire/USB 2.0 combo drive for my Dell laptop running Windows XP Home edition. It worked fine once. When I went to use it again it would not register in "My Computer." It is recognized in device manager and no conflicts appear. There are no new/rolled back drivers available. In Disk Management in Console it appears but shows a large portion of unallocated space. Uninstalling and reinstalling does not work.

Could there be a corrupt Windows file? Does anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:external hard drive not recognized in Windows XP "My Computer"

If it shows unallocated space (how much?), then the drive should be partitioned and the partitions formatted.

What sizes are we talking about? Unallocated space will not appear in My Computer, but only partitions that are formatted and ready to use.

If you have TweakUI or other tweakers, be sure that the drive is not hidden from My Computer.

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After I finished transferred some files across from external hard drive to laptop and I used a picture from external hard drive as my background desktop but when I tried to click "Safely "remove it said there were programs running yet I have nothing transferring/connecting from external hard drive to laptop then I unplugged the USB device.

I did noticed when I removed the external hard drive my background picture was gone when I went to change themes, I'm worried so Can this damage to the laptop/external hard drive or corrupt software

Answer:I unplugged my external hard drive without "Safely Remove" Can this da

That thing about programs using the drive happens a lot with my Toshiba lappy.
Unless you've changed any of the default hardware policies for the external drive (most of them won't even allow you to), unplugging without ejecting should not be a problem. Nevertheless, whenever you are unable to eject, it is better to wait till you turn off the computer before unplugging.
Hope this helps.

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Hello A friend of mine's father passed away suddenly, and she gave me an external hard drive to try and retrieve pictures from for his funeral this upcoming Thursday, she said it malfunctioned when it was knocked over and fell a few hours ago.. I tried it with the case still on and Windows wouldn't even recognize it, so I took apart the case of the external drive and removed the SATA WD Desktop drive to my Hard Drive reader, it shows the Drive under the letter:F and says "The F: Drive needs to be reformatted before any access".. Is there anyway I can retrieve the data from this drive with the current tools I have (Drive reader), along with a potential program perhaps? or will they need to escalate this to a data recovery place that takes the platter completely out and retrieves the information that way?

I am using Windows 7 64 Bit, and this drive reader is pretty good never let me down in the past, I'm just stuck.. Thanks!

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Hi All,

I want to format my external hard drive into two partitions so that I can use one of them as a recovery drive for my Windows PC and the other one for my personal data. I am using Windows 8.1.

It is a 1TB WD Elements hard drive currently formatted into one exFAT partition. It is about half full. I don't want to delete the partition and then create two new ones because I have nowhere to backup the files currently on the drive. So I want to shrink the existing partition and then create a new smaller partition but for some reason I can't do that in Windows Disk Management. When I right-click on the drive (E:) The option "shrink drive..." is grayed (as shown in the screenshot).
Does anybody know why this could be? When I right-click on my Windows (C:) drive this option is not grayed out. (I tried doing the same thing using Partition Wizard but I had the same problem - the "split" option, along with a whole lot of others, is grayed out).

Also, another strange thing which might help you to understand. In Partition Wizard, when I right-click on my external hard drive (E:) and click properties it shows that the hard drive is full (first screenshot) even though Windows File Explorer shows that it still has about 500GB of free space (second screenshot)
Why does Partition Wizard (and obviously Windows Disk Management as well) think that the disk is full?

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:"Shrink Volume" Grayed Out - External Hard Drive

You cannot shrink a FAT disk. Shrinking is only supported with NTFS. You have no choice but to backup your data and re-initialize it as NTFS.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6200 @ 2.13GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1844 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 730 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 260242 MB, Free - 162570 MB; D: Total - 29690 MB, Free - 27584 MB; G: Total - 305211 MB, Free - 174064 MB; H: Total - 15259 MB, Free - 3249 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, MoutCook
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Am I embarrassed! I have had external drive for backup and to have an image on it. But I am so dense that I don't know how to restore. I have the manual which tells me to go to the "welcome" screen but I can't open any screens of the software. The software is WD SmartWare. . These are the files in the folder. Should I start all over by hitting the .exe file? Any ideas? I'm getting paranoid knowing that my external hard drive backup is useless to me because I don't know how to restore.

Answer:WD SmartWare software on "my passport" external hard drive

heyya americamba, I'm going to close this one up, as you have another one in hardware at, and that one is in the correct forum.

thanks for understanding.


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Hello 7Forums Guru's. I've never used external media and am trying to decide on a partition scheme for data storage (ISO's, music, pictures about 100-150 gb) and to store weekly backups, system image etc) but before I even start on that end, should my external HDD (Seagate Backup Plus 1 TB) be set to active? The drive was completely plug & play and showed up in Disk Management as "Active"

Please advise this relative n00b.

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Answer:New Seagate External Hard Drive Marked "Active"

Only a partition from which one boots needs to be active and going by this dictum there is absolutely no need for a partition on an external drive to be active. Though an active partition on an external drive should not matter it is always safe to have only the booting Partition as active.

You can turn a partition active or inactive using diskpart.

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right click on Command Prompt and Run as administrator.


Be sure to select the correct external disk and partition.

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I have -- "had" -- two SimpleTech external hard drives. One I purchased last year, 320G, and it worked perfectly. But it had an adaptor, and I was getting tired of all the wires cluttering my small computer desk, so I wanted to buy an external hard drive powered by USB only. So last week, I bought a Signature Mini, also by SimpleTech, that was capable of being powered by USB. After formatting it MS-DOS, following the instructions to prep it for use on both Macs and PCs, I transferred all my files from the old drive to the new drive. Then, since I have a Macbook, I used Disk Utility > Zero All Data, to erase all the data from my old drive -- data, which had successfully transferred to my new drive. I planned to give this old drive to my dad.

Using my other laptop which has Windows XP, I began to download some of my data from an online storage website that is going to shut down in about a month. I downloaded these files directly into my new external hard drive, and left the download running overnight.

The next morning, the download was finished, so I unplugged the new drive and plugged it back into my MacBook. The new drive began making clicking noises, and it wasn't showing up on my desktop. I immediately knew that these noises meant an internal hardware problem, so I unplugged the drive immediately. Since then, I have occasionally plugged the new drive in just to see if the problem possibly corrected itself, but it still makes clicking noises and refuses t... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive: "Zero" Erasure and Clicking Noises

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My 1TB Western Digital External hard disc is not working. My laptop switched off suddenly while copying files. After restarted my laptop, when I try to open my External hard disc drive(G: \) I'm getting the message as

"Location is not available

G:\ is not accessible
The drive cannot find the sector requested"

The Properties of the drive shows as
Type: Local Disk
File system:
Used space : 0 bytes
Free space : 0 bytes

when clicking My computer->Manage->Disk Management(under Storage in left side), I can able to see my External hard disc drive(G: \). The File System shows as "RAW" before it was NTFS, % Free as 100% but I got around 1TB data. Also I checked in different laptops but it shows the same error.

And finally I checked with "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows", it passed the test.

I'm so afraid about my datas stored in the hard disc. All my projects, photos and many important files stored in that hard disc. I dont know what the problem is. I cant find any solutions in Internet. Please help me to solve this problem. Thanks in advance.

Answer:"The drive cannot find the sector requested" - External hard disc is not working

Hey Allen. I would call Western Digital support and see what they say.Since you have data on it you need, I wouldn't play around with it, get some answers from the drive makers, and as is always said, have important data backed up in at least 2 different places, with at least one being to CD/DVD.

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Windows XP PC is extremely sluggish and makes a loud whirring noise, so bought a Seagate external hard drive. I inadvertantly moved the "my documents" folder on to it and now cannot open the folder without the hard drive plugged in. how do I move it back to its original home? It hasn't exactly stopped the extremely slow way the PC opens any file or even surfing the net. Please help!

Answer:Solved: accidentally moved "my documents" folder to external hard drive

Restore the My Documents Folder to Its Default Location
To restore the My Documents folder to its default location, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
Click Restore Default, and then click OK.
In the Move Documents box, click Yes to move your documents to the new location, or click No to leave your documents in the original location.
Let me know if that works.

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It seems I have had a lot of computer related questions lately, but I have had a lot of computer issues lately and I find the people here very helpful. Recently, my dell vostro 3700 laptop crashed and I am trying to recover the files that were backed up on "My book" exeternal drive and I am not sure how to go about doing this.

That program is no longer even installed on my laptop and when I try to install it, it is not picking up the drive at all. Also the light on the drive is constantly flashing green instead of staying solid green. Does anyone know why (already tried restarting it)?

Answer:Need help getting files off of my "My book external hard drive" Please help!

That program is no longer even installed on my laptopClick to expand...

It is helpful if you mention what program you used to backup the files onto the external hard drive.
It asos helps if you mention what version of windows you are running and what, if anything, you did to restore the Vostro 3700 to working condition.

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My laptop stopped booting (You can read about it here: )
I've reached a dead end on on trying to restore the OS, so I took the hard drive out of my Gateway Laptop which was running Windows XP Media Center Edition and placed in an external enclosure so I can access it via USB from a computer that will boot.
I booted another notebook running XP Home into safemode so I could take ownership of the Administrator folder in Documents and Settings via the security tab (as described in this Microsoft Help and Support article here:;en-us;308421)
Now I can see the documents in the Administrator profile, but I can not access or copy them. Also, when I open My Music I can see all the folders for individual artists, but when I try to open the folder I get the "Access Denied" message that I got before I took ownership of the Administrator folder. What's worse, I can't use the security tab to take ownership of those files and folders in My Documents because everything is greyed out.


Answer:"Access Denied" on *now* external hard drive

Sounds like you may have taken ownership of the folders, but not the contents of the folders or subfolders. Go back to the ownership page and be sure to check the box about all child objects. Being grayed out means that that file's permissions are inherited from a superfolder, so you need to change them there.

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A few days ago, I installed a game on my external hard drive. At the time, the hard drive was assigned the "F:" directory. They other day, I plugged a video camera into my computer before the external hard drive making the camera "F:" and the hard drive "G:".

The game won't work while the hard drive is assigned to "G:". I've removed the camera, there are no other USB devices plugged in (except my mouse which doesn't have any storage capacity) but still when I plug in the hard drive, it goes back to "G:".

I've tried plugging it into different sockets, logging off the computer, restarting the computer, but still, it goes back to "G:".

Why is this happening and how can I get it back to "F:"?


Answer:Solved: Can't get external hard drive to be assigned to "F:"

Never mind, I've got it working.

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I have been using a 500gb Buffalo Drivestation external hard drive to store videos and music for the past several months without incident. However, two days ago when I tried to access the drive in Windows Explorer, the program appeared to freeze. This happened repeatedly, including following system reboots and unplugging/plugging in the hard drive.

When I finally allowed Windows Explorer to 'do it's thing' without ending the process, it informed me that "the file or folder is corrupted or unreadable." If at all possible, I would like a solution to this problem that will allow me to access the data that is on the hard drive at least long enough to copy it to another disk. Although most of the data is backed up, there is some that is not.

In Disk Manager, the drive appears as usual. However, when I tried to run chkdsk I received a message saying that "The root folder on this volume is full". I know for a fact that there is over 200gb of free space on the drive. Chkdsk also said "Error writing folder".

Also, I have tried accessing the drive in another computer - with the same result.

Any help you could give would be much appreciated. Thanks very much!

Answer:External hard drive "corrupted or unreadable"

As an additional point... Disk Management says that the file system on the external hard drive is RAW, while Checkdisk recognises it as FAT32.

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I was curious if say you want to replace laptops hard drive, is it possible to do this with an external hard drive like a goflex 1tb external? or is that only for cloning/backupWindows 10 OS dell inspiron 7737

Answer:Can you run laptops OS using an EXTERNAL hard drive as "replacement"

BTW: I did order a replacement hard drive. This question is purely out of my curiosity while I wait.

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Hi everyone, my situation was expressed earlier and now that Western Digital Support (a guy named Danny, that had a very thick accent and supervisor w/ even thicker) has $14.95 of my dollars. I need help!

BRIEFING: Western Digital External Drive can't access, found I'm not the only one. Forum suggested an adapter, but that was for laptops. Did research, sucks to be me is basicaly what I found.
So, I read a hint of making an External's HD into internal hard drive, and placing it in your PC.

<There are many tutorials here and the www to learn how to install, so I won't bother any of you with that.>

QUESTION: The Hard Drive I wish to install is from an external case, it has very important data on it and if I put it into my PC, will I lose the data or can I just browse it like before?

Answer:Solved: Installing "EXTERNAL'S" Hard Drive...?

providing that the drive itself isn't the part that is bad, then you should be able to acces it as an internal the way you do other drives. This of course depends on the drive itself and your interface. If it is an IDE Drive you would need an open IDE connector in your computer. If Sata then you would need an open sata connection. That being said, you should not lose any data installing it as an internal.

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I am connecting a 640GB Samsung G2 Portable External Hard Drive to my HP Pavilion 15 Laptop.
The external hard drive works on other desktop and laptop computers here at work, but when connected to the HP Pavilion (Windows 8.1 OS) it shows up as a Local Disk (H: but when trying to Open the drive it says:
?Location Not Available H:\ is not accessible The device is not ready.?
What should I do?
Assistance is much appreciated...

Answer:External Hard Drive - Error - "Location not Available"

Welcome to Windows EightForums, jhnel.

Is the drive in the correct format?

Windows key + X > Choose Disk Management. It should tell you format and partition info there.

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Am trying to get an external hard drive up and running!
When connected (via USB) it is recognised by Belarc Advisor, but does not appear in "My Computer" and hence is not usable - can anyone help?
Thanks, Guys.

Answer:"My Computer" doesn't see external hard drive

You need to format the drive before you can use it.
Go to start> run and type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter.
Right click on the drive and create an extended partition in the unallocated space.
Now create a logical drive in the new partition and format with ntfs.
Once completed you can use the drive

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I'll do the best I can to explain this.
I have a 2TB seagate external harddrive. It was showing no signs of problems, worked like a charm. Then, I plugged it into a Mac (usually use Windows) and started transferring a video file to the external.
Then, it started to freeze. Stopped transferring. Crashed.
I had no choice but to remove my external hard drive without ejecting, as everything was locked up.
Then, I plugged the external back into my PC. It showed up fine, but it shows as "E:/Local Drive" when before it was "E:/Seagate" or something to that effect. And, it's completely empty (2TB of free space). Before, I had about 800GB of data. And, the really weird thing is that it is showing up as a FAT32 drive, when it was NTFS before! It almost seems like the Mac purposefully formatted my drive, but that makes absolutely. no. sense.
Then, I ran Recuva (file recovery program) and it started finding all of my old files. Great, right!?
Well, maybe. The issue is that it says it's going to take about 3 days to complete the scan, which is an issue as I have to take my laptop to work. And, I don't have another hard drive big enough to recover the files to. Yes, I can solve this by buying a new 2TB HD, and I will.
But, given how weird this situation is, and given that the files are still "there," I'm thinking something really weird happened, and maybe can be fixed without an arduous file-recovery?
Is it a partition table or something? Is it possible that everything is there, but it's n... Read more

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I have recently re-installed Windows XP which consequently reformat my hard disk. When I plug in my external hard disk USB (which was working fine prior formatting the PC), it does not shows up in 'My Computer'.

When checking Device Manager, the device is working properly. I have verified on Disk Management, the external hard disk is there but with no Drive letters and paths, it mention "unallocated". It does not allow me to give it a drive letter.

During the re-installation on Windows, the external HD was connected to My PC.

The external HD is an Apollo 2.5" portable hard drive 250GB.

On the "USB device properties", under volume tab, the partition style is: Master Boot Record, capacity:238,473 MB, Unallocated space: 238,473 MB, Reserved space: 0 MB and status: Online

Can anyone help me on the above issue. I have some important data on it. Has the disk been erased?

Answer:My external hard drive does not show up in "My Computer"

Did you install all of your motherboard drivers, chipset, LAN, sound, graphics, etc. after installing Windows?

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I recently updated to Windows 10 anniversary and now I can't find my Western Digital external hard drive in My computer. The PC recognizes it as:
click here in Disk management it's recognized as:
click here not empty and has data inside it. Only after the anniversary update this problem happened and shows it empty in the Disk management. When I right-click on the external hard drive in the "volume" section; all options are grayed out except for "Help"
Is there any idea how to solve this?

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I was curious if say you want to replace laptops hard drive, is it possible to do this with an external hard drive like a goflex 1tb external? or is that only for cloning/backupWindows 10 OS dell inspiron 7737

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Hey guys, bought this brand new hard drive (listed above), and i think it is faulty. ok the primary reason that i obught it ,was to put it into my ps3 for more storage space. it powered up, (had a ticking noise), and the ps3 wouldnt read it, my computer when connected to it, it would read it, sometimes, and i even put a couple movies onto it. but it wont read it any more, nor will my ps3 ever touch it. ummm is there any way this hard drive can be fixed? also i know its not my ps3, as i jsut obught the exact same hard drive, n it worked in my ps3 perfectly, so i think the problem lies within the hard drive itself. what can i do, many thanks!

Answer:Hard Drive Problem ( 320gb WD 2.5" sata hdd)

Use Data Lifeguard to check your drive when installed in your PC. Clicking sounds are never good.

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I am not sure whether I should be posting this in the Windows forum or the PC Hardware because it involves both.

I have an external 320 GB Transcend Drive with a lot of important data.
Recently, I unplugged it from my PC and took to another to get some files.
One the other machine (Vista), it didn't show up as far as I can remember, thought that was strange so i brought it back to my Laptop (Win 7, Dual Boot with Ubuntu 10) and it only showed as Local Disk, I have tried to find useful information on the net but some is very vague and some is outright stupid and irrelevant.

The fact is that the HDD is not broken. When in Ubuntu I can view the contents fine and everything is there, no freeze ups or anything, but in windows the drive shows up as Local Disk, I don't think it is a drive letter conflict.

The Device shows up fine in the Device Manager.
I'm sure some of you have solved this problem as it seems many on the Internet have.
If so please tell me in a few steps how you resolved it.. I am not formatting as I do not deem this necessary since I can access my data fine in Ubuntu.

Kind Regards

Answer:External Hard Drive Works In Ubuntu / Shows as "Local Disk" in Win 7 and doesn't work

I suggest that while in Ubuntu you move the files to local HDD, then reformat external HDD, then copy the files back.

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My external Seagate drive is apparently "dirty" and windows automatically checks it every time i boot up with it attached to the usb port. It is actually pretty annoying. The only way around it that I found is actually unplugging it before I boot up and plugging it back in after windows starts.

Every time the check says there are no issues. The drive works fine and I am able to use the drive as if nothing is wrong.

Does anyone know whow to get rid of the check during Windows startup? How can I make my drive "clean" again? Thanks

EDIT: I have Windows XP sp3 btw

Answer:External hard drive is "dirty" and windows runs a check every time computer boots up

You may need to run a manual chkdsk /f to clear it. Try this
> Unplug the drive then boot up then plug it back in. Determine its drive letter
> Start->Run, enter cmd to open a command prompt
> Enter chkdsk x: /f (except use the correct drive letter, not x)

/f option may take loong time complete (especially if large hard drive.. i.e hours) but when it's done i believe it should clear the dirty bit for you

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i have a spare 2.5" 320gb fijitsu laptop hard drive and i was wondering whether this can be converted to be used as an external hard drive using one of them enclosuers

a question is that most of the enclosure ive found only support hard drives up to 160gb. can anyone direct me to one

Answer:Converting 2.5" 320GB Sata To Usb?

See here:

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Win 7
Toshiba Qosmio x500
When i plug in an external pen drive or hdd to any of the USB Ports. a box opens & says 
" Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied"
I can view its icon in My Comp. but when i double click, error occurs.
This started happening all of a sudden. It was working fine until yesterday.
Plz help.  :'( 

Answer:Any External Hard drive shows " Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied", this Error is shown all USB ports.

Hi Vincent,
Thanks for your input.
My problem has been solved.
1 chap from another forum suggested it may have been a fault with my AntiVirus.
He made me check the client policy for USB Auto On/Off for external drive scanning.
he suggested me some changes, & now all my usb external drives work... :)
Thanks all of you.
(P.s.: hope the problem does not pop-up again...)

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Hi guys.

I'm having a problem connecting my "external" hard drive to my laptop. Now this is a complicated issue, have searched a lot of forums and threads and have tried a lot of different things but nothing seems to be working. Here's the problem:

My stationary computer resently stopped working, so I decided to go ahead and invest in a Hard Drive Link-in to back up what is on the internal hard drive before sending it with the stationary computer for repairs. Now on this hard drive is installed a win7 OS on a SATA Seagate Barracude 7200.12 SATA and I'm trying to hook it up to my HP Notebook Compaq nx6310 laptop computer - not to work as a hard drive but just to access what's on it, so I can back it up.

The problem is my win xp, once having connected it, at first says "device not recognized", but I quickly worked around that problem by entering Device Manager and selecting "unknown device" and uninstalling it and then click "scan for hardware changes" and windows quickly detects that a new usb device has been connected and that the drivers are now installed and is ready to use... however nothing happens.

The "external" hard drive does not show up in "my computer" or under "system" and "manage drives" so it's not a hidden issue nor a drive letter issue and when I look at device manager it's still listed under USB Root as an "Unknown Device" and if clicki... Read more

Answer:Xp can't detect my "external" hard drive

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... on November 14th 2008. It is a Western Digital 320 gigs External Hard drive in a " Compact, durable, metal case".

AUD$99-- which I thought was a bargain. It comes formatted to FAT 32. I had reason to re-format it over Christmas to NTFS. It was then I discovered that the Volume "Elements" was created on November 22nd, 2004.

So it was already 4 years old when I purchased it "new" about 6 weeks ago.

Out of curiousity, I read the paperwork that came with it.:-D

The receipt says if anything goes wrong, to contact the manufacturer in the first instance. WD doesn't get a mention. :cry

WD offer a 3 year Limited Warranty. Fortunately the Warranty period commences from the date of the Sales receipt (Nov14,2008) so I am covered I hope. Better keep the Sales Receipt in a safe place.

I mention this just to warn Aussies in particular, and anywhere else the 320gig WD Element External Hard drive model WD3200E035-00 is sold, that "new" may not be so "new" after all.


PS: A couple of extra things to look out for. It runs hotter than I would expect (especially when I did a full format to NTFS).
There is no "ON" indicator LED at the front of the unit. It has a blue light at the rear that shows on or off, or in use, but that is a stupid place for it to be, IMO.
Also there are no supports to enable the user to stand it up in a vertical position. I guess WD expect you to use it in a horizontal pos... Read more

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Hello, All.
I connected my Maxtor harddrive to my Gateway desktop (Windows XP) today. The external is not recognized by the computer. I went all thru the forum, here (how i discovered you), and no help. USB is properly connected, and I tested another device. Maxtor is ON.

I went thru and found how to go to DISK MANAGEMENT, where you could rename the harddrive, but it won't let me "highligtht the capacity area". Help! My desktop is making funny noises and I want to back up some stuff before it explodes or aliens land inside it!!! ;-) Thank you, in advance.

Answer:"Invisible" External Hard Drive ;-P

Test the drive on another PC to verify operation.

What is the drive status in Disk Management?

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Hello, I just plugged my external hard drive into my computer, and it is not showing under my computer. If I go to Device Manager it is seen there, it has the most up to date driver etc. I rebooted, thinking that may be the issue, but even after a reboot My Computer still does not see the external hard drive.

I have used it several times before for external storage and even transferred files from the device to pc and vice versa, but now it is not showing. Can someone help?!

Answer:My Computer does not "see" External Hard Drive

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I was going to go buy a external hd from BEst Buy or CompUSA, but everything I've read on here says it's cheper and just as good to build your own. Well, when it comes to that kind of stuff I'm basically clueless. What would I need to buy?

For the casing, if I get get a smaller 2.5 or 3.5 inch one would I be limiting the amount of gigs I could put in it?

Would I need to buy a specific type of hard drive for it to fit?

What else would I need?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Want to "make" an external hard drive

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Does anyone know how to get a 2.5" SATA External Case to show up(plugged in by usb (2.0))? Ive spent over 2 days trying to figure it out, please let me know if you know how to fix this...... below is the list of my problem & the things ive tried so far

Heres a little back ground:
I used to have a Sony Vaio computer with a Hitachi Travelstar 5K100 Hard Drive. One day the screen just went black on start up and it says "Error loading operating system" & since then ive tried
1) reinstalling Windows XP on the computer.....didn't work

2) recognizing the drive through ms dos.....didn't work

3) Opening the old computer & taking the Travelstar 5K100 hard drive & inserting it in a 2.5" Sata External Case and plugging the usb on to my current computer, it seemed like there was hope as the red light was solid red & when I felt the box, the hard drive seemed to be spinning and working shape, but still.....didn't work

4) I've went the "most popular solution" selected computer, right clicked Manage scrolled down to the left panel & clicked Disk Management, my hard drive is nowhere to be found, only my current drives in the computer so.....didn't work

4.5) I went to Device Manager right clicked all of the usb ports to make sure to turn off the power so that it would save enery or something like that, then restart...... still.....didn't work

5) I tried to find it in bios but I didn't seem to find... Read more

Answer:2.5" Sata Hard Drive Not Reading(or showing up) Anywhere On My Computer, please help

not seen in the bios

faulty data cable or [connection]

or drive has gone

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I'm thinking about purchasing an external hard drive with maybe 500GB of memory. I would put all my pictures, videos, and music there. I have a couple of questions though.

1. Which is a good brand to buy?

2. Will this help make my computer run faster since a big chunk of media will be on
this new hard drive? Or, is that up to my processor?

3. Is it easy to access an external hard drive? Or is a pain?

Any other helpful information/tips/drawbacks, etc. would be greatly appreciated

Answer:What is the best "External Hard drive" ?

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