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External Hard Drive to Internal......Appears in BIOS but not my Computer?

Question: External Hard Drive to Internal......Appears in BIOS but not my Computer?

I have opened my external Western Digital Hard drive and have installed it SATA to my pc, It appears in the bios but not my computer....how do i sort this? i have downloaded a pc utility from WD and its approved that the HD is working correctly.

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Preferred Solution: External Hard Drive to Internal......Appears in BIOS but not my Computer?

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Answer: External Hard Drive to Internal......Appears in BIOS but not my Computer?

You need to partition it and format it for it to be shown in My Computer. If Windows 7 go to Computer
Right Click then click on Manage
Click 'Disk Management'
You should see your drive. It will probably say unallocated .
Right click on the unallocated drive, and choose 'New Simple Volume'
Choose what format you want it and let it format.

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hey ive been having a problem with my external hdd which im now trying to run as an internal one.

basically yesterday it was working fine as an external then i started to get " delayed write failure " or somethign like that and couldn't save E%$£ file.... and everytime it did this more files would disappear from the hd.

I tried to run a diskcheck on it and it crashed half way through.. when i restarted the pc, the hd was no longer appearing and every now and then if i restarted it i could get it to show up in my computer but the hd was completly empty and also whoing it was now RAW.

Someone suggested mounting it internally which i did, and as soon i startedu up great my xp recognized it and installed it and i thought it was going to work... then the delayed write failure hting popped up again and boom gone from my computer.... and since then its being recognized in bios as a slave driver... but cant be found in device manager, disk management or by any programs like test disk.. nothing only in bios.

is there anythign that can be done as i have like 10 years of recorded music over time built up on it... the hdd aint that old but i transferred at some point from pc to it


thanks
 

Answer:External HDD that's now internal only appears in BIOS?

anyone got any ideas even if its long shots im willing to try just about anything

thanks
 

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

Answer:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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I've been using my external hardrive for backup for a couple of years. Today my computer would not allow me access: error message. I tried rebooting - no good. I scanned the drive for viruses. Message said it found and corrected a few errors. This time I gained access - only to find that the drive was blank. Message said "This folder is empty."

Tried hooking it up to my laptop - same message. Any ideas how I can recover my data? All my videos and raw footage are also on this drive.

thanks.
 

Answer:external hard drive appears to be erased

What is the error message you are getting when you try to access the drive? this will help us to figure out what is going on and chances are the data is still there and may have just been marked for deletion so its flagged by the OS as to not be shown to you, you can try many unerase programs, or if you have a linux distro or live cd pop that in and boot up and see if linux sees the files, I just had the same sorta issue with my external windows was telling me nothing was there but I popped it into linux and now I can see all the info and its still intact.
 

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Hi all,
First of all I would like to say that I have had a look at some other posts regarding EHD's and I'm still not sure what is happening with mine, so I would be greatly appreciative if anyone can talk me through my problem

A couple of months ago I noticed that my hard drive was often "missing" when booting the PC up. Usually a quick restart would make it appear in explorer again.

More recently however I noticed that after a while the green light on the front would go off, so I would unplug and re-plug and usually get a message saying that USB does not recognise the device. A few attempts at unplugging/re-plugging and messages asking me to format the drive (oh no!) and then eventually I could get the drive to come on again................for a while and then it goes off again.

I have managed to get a few files off and saved elsewhere but my large music collection is still on there and I can't keep it running long enough to even put a small dent in recovery and I don't want to give up on it yet.

Does anyone know what may be going on here? I have tried running Seagate's Sea Tool for Windows but the drive won't stay on long enough for it to work I don't think. I don't think it's a power issue because on unplugging and re-plugging there is always a good connection, but it just seems to fade out. I've checked USB Root Hubs to make sure that they're not set to power down and they aren't.

So......

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Answer:External Hard Drive appears to be powering down....?

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Hi need help, have basic computer skills.
My computer went insane last night and to cut a long story short I ended up having to reformat my pc. When I had everything set up again I plugged in my external hard drive and it showed up as empty. I got out my backup cd and copied it during the process I got a warning message that there was already a folder called (Creative Writing) and did I want to overwrite the originall. I stoped the copying. I'm assuming that means the files are all still there (phew) now how do I make it so I can see and acess them. I have the pc set up to see hidden files.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Appears Empty

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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Hi,External NTFS Hard Drive 160GB( Samsung make) suddenly appears as RAW format and is now unreadable.I had an external USB drive which was working along nicely for over a year, Now, it has suddently become unreadable and windows is asking if it be formatted.. I don't know what to do. I connect it to two different PCs and both cannot read it.Please help ...thanks.

Answer:External NTFS Hard Drive suddenly appears as RAW

There appears to be a spate of hard drives converting from NTFS to RAW. e.g. click here

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Has anyone ever opened up a External Hard Drive and installed it as a Internal Drive? I ask because my computer (HP s3700f) dosen't have the space for a second hard drive and I'l like to replace the 320 Gig with a 1.5 Tb I have.ThanksJohn

Answer:External to Internal Hard Drive

Yes...it will work.But to do it properly even if there isn't enough space would be to create a Clone image of your drive...and then clone it to the new one.Course you'll need to borrow another external since yours is going in the PC.

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My brother has PC with with a couple 2-3 hundred gigs. He is already running out of space on his computer, as he is a gamer, but only has two games. I've tried to delete a bunch of unneeded files, but that didn't work. Our dad then got him an one terabyte external hard drive. At this moment, I'm trying to figure out how to use it to get more space on his computer. This is my first time on this site after I looked through the interwebs to find nothing of use. Is there a way to make an external hard drive look external to the computer (run with male USB) or at least use it for extra space?
 

Answer:Using external Hard drive as internal

Not sure what you mean by your question. But when you plug in any external drive, Windows will recognize it as a hard drive and assign a drive letter to it. You can then use it like any normal internal drive.

Where things get dicey is if you intend to install programs or have programs point to this drive for basic execution. You can run into a situation where if you use different external drives that there will be a "pointer" issue. But if this is the only external drive you'll use, then it shouldn't present a problem.
 

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Does anyone know a kit where I can make my internal hard drive change to a external one i.e. a case where I can put it in....

Would a USB2 be better than serial? or which is the best for this sort of application?

Answer:internal hard drive -> external

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...146-034&depa=0

do you mean that?

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Is there anyway to make an internal hard drive an external USB one?
 

Answer:External & Internal Hard Drive

Yup just buy an external hard drive enclosure. Drive mounts in the enclosure that provides power and usually has a fan built in. Something like this. Lots to choose from. Just get the ones for USB input. Enclosure has its own power supply and plugs into 115 VAC or whatever the normal power is.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1204
 

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Hi,

I want to increase my storage space and I was thinking of going for either an internal or external hard drive. I was thinking of getting 250GB for my desktop, but i've noticed you can get 500GB or 1TB or a few bucks more, so might as well get a bigger one? But then comes the question as to how long these would last? Is it a one time investment or 3 years down the lane it would stop working?

Also, I'm not sure how the Ext HD works. For example, can I install a PC game on the Ext Hard drive and then play it from there? Or that will not work? I know I can download stuff to it, but can I actually use the Ext HD to run programs, like DVDs, music or most importantly video games.

The one i'm interested in transfers data at about 400MBps through the USB @ 7200 RPM. Not sure i that makes a difference....

Would really appreciate your help here!

Regards,

S
 

Answer:Internal vs External Hard Drive.

Hi there,

Well from my own personal experience I've found my internal hard drive to be much more reliable than the external, although I did carry the external hard drive around a lot so it might have become a bit battered etc. lol.

Anyway, I very much doubt you'll be able to play something like a game although you wouldn't have any problems using video files from the external hard drive. The main problem you'll have with games is that because of the amount of information having to be accessed and because you'll most likely be connecting the external drive to a USB port or at best, a FireWire port, you'll notice performance issues and the hard drive just won't be able to keep up with your computer's requests because of the slow transfer rate.

Cheers,

Andrew.
 

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I have a seagate ide 120gb hard drive from my old computer that I am tempted to use as a USB external drive on my main computer.I have read numerous reports on these caddy's/enclosures/external disk cases. My question. Is it really as easy as placing this drive in one of these, attaching the cables and pluging this into a USB port on my box. I run XP home/SP2. Will this be recognised as an external storage device that I can immediately reformat?thanks in advance

Answer:Using an Internal Hard Drive as USB External

Hi alljust noticed a similar question to mine earlier in the thread, so I have my answer!

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got an older compaq ipaq intel pentium III computer w/ 256 mb, 8455 mb hard drive & only 1.1 gb free space on c drive.  so i gotta have more space & am thinking about buying one of following external hard drives on sale: 1)Maxtor Shared Storage Drive w/ 200 gb for $93 or 2) a Maxtor Basics Personal Storage 3200 w/ 200 gb for $80, or see if I can remove the Seagate internal hard drive & install a larger hd. anyone know if this computer is capable of running a newer faster internal hard drive or would i be better off adding 1 of the 2 external hard drives?  also i read one gent's horror story about downloading maxtor's cd at:http://www.computerhope.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?num=1166019659/7#7would the maxtor external hard drive work ok w/out downloading their cd?  thanks all & merry christmas!

Answer:internal vs external hard drive

dede...If you plan on keeping this computer, you'd probably want to install a larger internal drive.  It just depends on how confident you are with your computer abilities.  Are you replacing the old drive and reinstalling the OS or are you JUST looking for more space?  If it's the latter, then you just might want to purchase an external drive.  They're easy to install and can be switched between other computers relatively easy.As far as installing Maxtor's Backup utilities, that should be optional.  The only thing needed to make the external drive function is the driver.Merry Christmas!

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I recently replaced my internal hard drive on my laptop. Is there any way that I can see what is on my old hard drive or use my old hard drive as an external one instead of an internal one? Can I purchase an external hard drive case and do it that way?
 

Answer:Internal to External Hard drive??

Yes, all you need is a 2.5" external USB case.

Quite cheap and very useful.
http://insidecomputer.stores.yahoo.net/2usb20alhadr.html
 

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I have a Sata 160 gig hard drive which is partioned 50/50 NTFS/FAT. The C: drive is used for applications and everyday stuff and the D: drive is used for storage of music files, photos, videos etc. this is rapidly filling up and I'm thinking of another larger drive for storage purposes only. Which would be better an external plug in or an internal one? bearing in mind I've only ever fitted memory modules and replaced a cd burner drive with a dvd drive in an older PC, would an internal one be hard to fit? would it have to have an operating system on it? or do you thing a portable device might be better?Also need to think about cost as wellThanks

Answer:Internal or External Hard Drive?

External deffo! You usually just plug in and it will play. You can also take it with you or keep it away from the computer and PCW are flogging a 500gB ONE FOR £80...click here=

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Is there anyway I could use a old internal hard drive as a external hardrive

Answer:External/Internal hard drive

click here for very reasonable caddy's then should be ok.johnny.

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I was wondering if there was anyway i could use my old hard drive from my desktop as an external drive for my laptop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.Keep in mind that i am not computer literate.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive as External?

Welcome to Computerhope anotherJeff.Use a external USB enclosure.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817609001

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I bought a larger Gig USB external drive to copy all of my files onto in case of a problem with my windows XP Pro Drive and when I try to copy or paste it over to the external drive it gets to some files and says it can not copy because they are in use and nothing is running at the time I am trying to copy everything off my computer to the external hard drive. Is there another way to do this without having to buy a program I can not afford to do on social security?

Answer:copy internal hard drive to external hard dri

What are you trying to copy, the entire HDD contents? What would be the point of that? You can't run Windows or any programs from the external drive using the copy/paste method & you can't copy windows files that are in use. If you want to create an entire backup of your system, there's plenty of free software available for just that purpose. We need an better explanation of what it is you want to do.

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

Answer:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?
 

Answer:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.
 

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I have two WD hard drives with the OS installed on one and the other is for storage. All this started with a hard shut down when the PC froze and then after the restart Windows wouldn't boot at all. It was stuck at the Windows logo for a very long time. Then I checked in BIOS and I noticed the secondary drive was nowhere to be found.

After letting Windows run the automatic repair on the drive the drive showed up in BIOS and I could access two of the three partitions. The third partition threw me an error saying the disk structure is corrupt and unreadable when I tried to open it. In Disk Management the drive showed up as RAW format and healthy. Then I tried to backup whatever I could from the accessible partitions before everything froze.

I rebooted again and right now none of the partitions are visible in Windows and is not detected in BIOS. But in Disk Management it says the Disk 1 is unknown and has to be initialized and asks to initialize with either MBR or GPT partition styles. I've also tried running chkdsk, used EaseUS Recovery and other third party data recovery tools but none of them detect the drive anymore. The drive is however visible on HD Sentinel and it says there are bad sectors and data must be backed up immediately. Does this mean the drive is completely dead? I have over 700GB of invaluable data on it so I don't want to just give up. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I ran a prescan with HDD Regenerator and it says the MBR is corrupted ... Read more

Answer:Internal hard drive not detected in BIOS after hard shutdown.

Welcome to the TensForum @BlackIce21

Sorry to hear about drive. I think you drive is dead and even if you were to work around getting it operational again, the strain of moving 700GB will likely be a death blow.

If it were me, and the data was invaluable, I would be checking out a credible Data Recovery outfit. Good luck, no body likes losing data.

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I am new to this site so forgive me for not searching for my answer before posing the problem.

A month ago my five year old Dell running ceased Windows XP SP3 ceased booting. I ended up buying a new machine, Dell running Windows 7. Since the old machine will not boot, I have connected the old hard drive to the new machine because I need many of the files saved there. The problem seems to be entering the hard drive with access as if it were the primary source (Windows XP login and administrator PW). The new machine does recognize the drive and all the files however due to "security restrictions" I can not even view a photo from the old drive.

Is there a way I can access the old drive's files? Ideally, I would like to even to be able to access my email accounts from the old drive so I can transfer files which had been "saved to this machine" so I can transfer them to the server and in turn save them to the new machine.

I am not sure if it is possible but if I were able to create a back door remote access (without being able to initiate it from the old computer) I think I may be able to get what I need and want - like my iTunes, photos, etc...

Any help will be much appreciated, thanks
 

Answer:Accessing an internal hard drive as if it is external.

You simply need to take ownership of the files, see here: http://www.blogsdna.com/2159/how-to...sions-to-access-files-folder-in-windows-7.htm
 

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to an internal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to aninternal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

Answer:RAW external hard drive after making it internal

If no data is on the drive, just format it. Same thing happened to my buddy. Plug in using USB cable, works fine, plug in computer, read RAW. Reformatting the drive was the only fix for us.

If important data is on it, you may want to hook it back up into the external casing and connect externally before doing this. Don't want to lose critical files.

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to aninternal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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I have several old hard drives. Is there an adpater available to convert the 4 pin internal power connector to an external source ?
I have an adapter for the interface but not the power.

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I have several old hard drives. Is there an adpater available to convert the 4 pin internal power connector to an external source ?
I have an adapter for the interface but not the power.

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I am thinking of buying an external hard drive but was wondering how it compares with an internal one on performance

Answer:internal vers external hard drive

Ext - Speed limited to the USB2 speedInt - Can go bang with power supply Unit then you lose any backups on drive with it.

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I have changed my system and have a Seagate 30Gbyte hard drive from my old computer. I thought I would be able to use it in the new machine as a backup device.My problem is that the old drive is connected to the m/b by a 'wide cable' and the new one via a totally different cable, much narrower. Not very technical I'm affraid.Is there a way that I can connect the old drive externally? Perhaps via a caddy and either parralel or usb?Any thoughts would be appreciated.Keith

Answer:can internal hard drive convert to external?

No problems at all. An external USB2/Firewire (whichever suits you - probably USB2 is marginally more straightforward) enclosure with an internal IDE interface will do you nicely. They're the commonest type and available just about "anywhere".

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

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i just had an external hard drive die and i know, usually, the first to go is the circuit board in them so i took the drive out to see if it would work in my pc and either the drive is telling the pc it wants to boot from disc or vice versa but either way it won't let the pc start/boot up it's plugged in correct because i have a second working drive now i just unplugged that and put the drive in question there and sorry for not being very detailed i tried this a few weeks ago and don't remember the exact line it gave. the external is a maxtor one touch 3 500gb my system is xp pro service pack 3 intel celeron cpu 2.40ghz 224mb of ram.. Thanks for any input.
 

Answer:external hard drive died want to try it as internal.

What exactly are you trying to achieve? Just retrieving data?
I think your saying your hopeing it's the external box that died and not the drive itself?
You say you removed your second working drive? So you still have your first (boot drive) installed and the HD you think died?

Easiest thing I can think of is install a working drive in the external case. If it works the other drive is dead and the external case is fine.
 

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I have one PC (2100MHz Pentium IV)running xp and another networked (333Mhz Pentium III)running 98SE. I am looking to add an extra hard disk for backups (around 200GB is the size/price limit)Am I better off using an external USB drive or should I use an internal one in the 98SE model. This is currently only used to give permanent access to the Compleat Oxford Dictionary and a couple of other CD based applications.

Answer:External v internal hard drive for back up

bump

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hello i have 4 hard disk on my pc 3 hhd and one ssd on ahci mode but the Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external why?

Answer:Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external.

Do you have hot plugging enabled in you BIOS?

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I brought a new maxtor 120gb internal hard-drive for my pc. However, I want to connect it externally through usb/serial either as a master or a slave (I don't mind as I have operating systems installed on my original hard-drive and on this new one so I can run from either).

I am sure that I saw the conversion cables somewhere before but I cannot find anything or anywhere to buy it on the net. It would be great if anyone knew what I was talking about and pointed me to a site where I could find something. Thanks.

(by the way the internal hard-drive that I want to connect externally is a normal desktop hard-drive. A similar pic is below)

Answer:Make an 'internal' hard-drive 'external'

Just buy an enclosure.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817146255

Is your hard drive SATA or IDE? The one I linked you is SATA.

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I have been wanting to get an external hard drive to back up data for both my desktop and my wife's laptop, but they're just so doggone expensive. A friend told me that I can buy an internal hard drive with some sort of a case, get a PCI card with an external SATA hookup, and I'm good. I figure this would be cheaper (and a smaller profile to boot). I've already got Acronis True Image so I don't need any backup software. What do I need to look for when I'm shopping for stuff? I'm looking for at least 300 GB
 

Answer:Can I make an INTERNAL hard drive EXTERNAL?

Yeah just buy an external HD enclosure and bingo instant portable HD. Most of them use PATA IDE HDs and USB to connect to a PC.
 

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Is it possible to purchase an internal hard drive and an external hard drive enclosure and combine the two?

Answer:Internal/External hard Drive Question

Of course you can.

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So here's what happened. I've decided to make my 1TB WD external HDD to an internal one, I connected it internally using SATA, booted up Windows, and found it wasn't displayed in my computer.

I tried to assign a drive letter and initialize it, make it active but it stays at a RAW format.

Tried partition recovery wizard but I'm not sure what to recover. When I double click the first in the list, it doesn't bring up anything. I can only double click with the ones with label - see screenshots.

No, I haven't click format the drive yet.

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Hello. Newb here. I recently took out the hard drive on my old computer and made it into an external hard drive after purchasing an enclosure for it. Plugging it in, I quicky found that I am unable to find files such as pictures, music, and videos.

Questions:

1. Does anyone know why this would be?
2. If I reconnect HD to old computer, is it safe to assume that files will reappear?

Thank you in advance for any feedback.
 

Answer:Internal to external hard drive issue(s)

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Well heres the deal, I have a WD200JB internal hard drive that I've recently put into an external case to run. The problem is i've only been able to register it for 31GB when its supposed to be 200GB, I'm running XP I've got the newest SP and updates all around, even when i use the Data Lifeguard that came with the hard drive it doesn't pick up on it being more then 31GB. What's the deal on that? Thats about all I can say for now i'm quiet bewildered on what to do, I know computers all around but i'm just new to the external hard drive scene.
Any Help Thanks.

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hello i have 4 hard disk on my pc 3 hhd and one ssd on ahci mode but the Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external why?

Answer:Windows 10 says internal hard drive is external.

Do you have hot plugging enabled in you BIOS?

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

Answer:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: Play.com - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!
 

Answer:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

Yes
it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
 

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.
 

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.
 

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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.
 

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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I have an HP dv6810us. its 7200 rpm and only has 160 gigabytes of space. I just bought a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB external hard drive, at 7200 rpm; model: WDBAAF0020HBK-NESN. I have put ALL my movies, documents, music, pictures, and everything other than my programs and stuff that came with my computer. I only have 20 gigabytes left on my computer i was wondering how i could somehow turn my external hard drive into my internal hard drive....and how. any websites of videos that could lead me to the right place would be very helpful. i have used 140 gigs of space on my computer mostly due to the sims 3 and programs. please help!

Answer:Making an external hard drive your internal hard drive

Hang on, so if I understand you correctly you've got a 160Gb drive installed in your laptop and it's only got 20Gb free space left. So now you want to put the 2TB drive into the laptop? Sorry, but that won't work. You'll need to buy another 2.5" drive.Is the drive inside your laptop SATA or IDE?

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I don't know if I'm going crazy or something, this is not the first time happened to me. For transferring large amount of data from a desktop to a laptop. (80GB - 100GB). I would usually pulled out the internal 2.5 HDD thru USB to the desktop and transfer the files directly. This is like the third times happening. I created a backup folder on the root of the external HDD and copied the files over. I took about an hour to do it. I didn't get an error messages of any kind for the whole process and safely removed the HDD after. As soon as I connected the HDD back to the laptop internally. All the files just disappeared. It happened twice on a Windows 8 HDD, and today I was a Windows 7 HDD. Anyone has the same experience, or have I gone cuckoo.

Answer:Missing files from external (internal) Hard Drive

Can you elaborate please? The partition and folder is there but files missing, or no partition either?

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Hello all. I need some more space and I have a extra 1tb external hd. I want to turn my usb 3.0 external into a sata internal. Will this be the same performance as a regular internal drive with same specs(like if both are 7200rpm). Isn't it the same thing? Or external not made to be as good as internal drives?

Answer:External Usb 3.0 hard drive used as internal affect performance?

A hard drive will only run at a certain speed.

An external drive is used for storage, no reason for it to be super speedy.

If you want to take apart a perfectly good working external drive to gain a millisecond or 2 of speed, that is your choice.

USB 3.0 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Difference between SATA I, SATA II and SATA III

Need more space, just buy another hard drive for the pc.

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I've got an internal 200gb seagate hard drive that i'm putting into an enclosure and running it via usb. what location do I need to have that little jumper in if this is how you are looking at the drive if I just want to use it as extra storage? :

::::::::::::::::::: :::: ****

it is currently in the second position-> ::::

edit: do i need to format the drive, first?
 

Answer:Internal Hard Drive in External Enclosure Problems

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Hi all,

I have a simple question, and first off a disclosure, I haven't done any system imaging before.

If my purpose is to clone an internal HDD (Fujitsu 120 GB with about 80 GB used) on an old Compaq laptop to an external hard drive (WD Scorpio Black 320 GB), so that I can actually SWAP them when the need arises (ie. install the WD in the laptop), should I expect:
a) an exact copy of the internal drive, including OS, programs, data AND boot files?
b) the above to be done with either Acronis, as provided by WD, or Macrium Reflect?

Also, since I have extra space on the WD drive, should I use it as a plain back up of data as well on a separate partition, or restoring an image works best on one simple partition?

Now, here's the kicker, I read on this and other forums about perfect Image Creations, but definitely not perfect Image Recoveries! Is there a way to test it? Testing it, as in disabling the internal hard drive (thru BIOS?) and starting Windows from the external drive, is that possible? I think not

Thank you.

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Hi

My brothers hard drive packed up after about 13 months and the computer store he bought the HP desktop only offers a 4 month quarantee. The literatuer from HP gives a 2 year guaruntee - but brother is too lazy to pursue it. He is also a computer ***.

I would like to know the pros and cons of external hard drives. We live in darkest africa and the stores here are not good at stocking the spares of items they sell.

Can anyone please advise? I am capable of instaliing an internal hard drive - but I cannot find one for his computer
 

Answer:Pros and cons of external or internal hard drive

I would say that internal HD are more reliable because you are eliminating the USB connection. If it is possible to install an internal drive I would definitely recommend that choice over an external.

Why are you having trouble finding an internal drive for that computer. What type is the original? IDE HD are getting harder to find these days but if it is an IDE drive any size IDE drive will work up to 500gb.
 

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I have a hard drive enclosure that was made by Sabrent that is currently not in use. I purchased it earlier this year from Amazon.com (See http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001PHLMAE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 [Date accessed: 03-14-2015 @ 7:36 PM]). I have a 4TB SATA Internal Hard drive that is currently not in use. I purchased it earlier this year from Amazon.com (See http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LO3KMK0 [Date accessed: 03-14-2015 @ 7:38 PM]). My question to you is will this SATA Hard Drive, inside the hard drive enclosure, work with my Windows XP Operating system. I also have a 2 TB Hard Driving made by Western Digital somewhere in my house.

Please keep in mind that my motherboard model number is NF4UL-A9. I purchased it from this website earlier this year:

Biostar NF4UL-A9 Socket 939, AMD Motherboard
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331243140431?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
(Date accessed: 01-27-2015 @ 11:52 AM)
(Search engine used: Ebay.com)

The motherboard above was made on or around 2004. I have 4GB (however, it only shows 3.2 GB because it is 32-bit) of RAM installed on that motherboard.

In general, I have two computers. I have the NF4UL-A9 desktop. In addition, I have a HP Pavillion Laptop (Model Number dv7-6b32us) that I purchased in December 2011. It has Windows 7 Ultimate Operating System.
 

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

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My sister's hard drive was going out, so i decided to buy her a new one. I also got an external enclosure to put the old one it. I installed the new one, and got windows to starting up, then I left. Well, she is now saying the 2.5" external enclosure will not fit her hard drive.

The hard drive in the enclosure is a hitachi 60gig, not sure of the model number. The hard drive in the computer is a 250gig that i bought from circuit city, where the enclosure is from also.

Are there special connections for this? It doesn't make sense that it would take a normal drive to replace the old one, but not be able to use a normal enclosure.
 

Answer:Toshiba Laptop internal hard drive being used as an external

Did you buy the correct enclosure to fit the drive?
Pata or Sata?
 

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I have a new E525 that I am trying to use with some external eSATA storage. If I boot the system with the eSATA drive attached, the internal HDD is not found and the system will not boot. I get "Fixed Disk: External Disk 0" on the diagnostic splash screen.If I boot with the eSATA drive turned off, and turn it on once the OS has booted, all is well and both internal and external drives are found.Any ideas? I have looked for a BIOS update but have not been able to find one. I've also been through most of the BIOS settings but can't see anything that looks relevant.

Answer:E525 internal hard drive not detected by BIOS when eSATA drive attached

It appears that this has something to do with the hard drive ordering. When the machine is switched on with the eSATA drive attached, eSATA becomes SATA HDD0 (presumably the internal drive becomes SATA HDD1).The only option to boot from SATA drives on the boot order menu in the BIOS is SATA HDD0, so it never tries to boot from HDD1 (now the internal drive).I can see this is useful if you WANT to boot from the eSATA, but I don't........

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i have a seagate 7200.8 250 Gbyte internal harddrive pluged into a RocketFish USB 2.0 Hard Drive enclosure. I'm Running Windows Vista Home Premium on my toshiba notebook and when ihook up the enclosure into my laptop it makes the noise that it finds the enclosure but nothing comes up in My Computer to get into the te hard drive. the hard drive was bought new and first put into a desktop with Windows XP, but itook the hard drive to BestBuy and when they pluged it into there computer there running Vista it worked fine. it wont work on mine can anybody tell me what might be the problem???
 

Answer:External, internal hard drive wont work on Vista

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I am trying to back up my hard drive to an external hard drive. I have a 4GB file on the internal hard drive which I am trying to move to the external hard drive. I have 227GB free on the external yet everytime i try to copy the file i get a message saying "cannot copy there is not enough free disk space delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again. " it also gives me the option to do disk clean up. By doing this is shows to checkboxes one for recycle bin one for catalog files for the content indexer both are okb in size.

Can anybody tell me why I cant copy the file over when I have more then enough room?
 

Answer:Solved: copying from internal to external hard drive says not enough room when there is

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My laptop just recently had the mobo fried, and I managed to salvage the hard drive. I bought an external enclosure and plugged it into another laptop to get the information I wanted off of it (music, etc). However, access is restricted to the hard drive. How can I access it?
 

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Okay I built a new PC and I know The PC hard drive is most likely infected, and I want to get the data from its internal Drive D: moved to my new built PC. I also have a USB 2.0 External Enclosure with a seagate drive in it that has Microsoft XP on it as well I want to use as well. that particular drive. It was being used on old PC as well so it might have bugs.
 
I have had Malware bytes and Nortons for over 8 years installed on my pcs. (Yes I hold a Lifetime Malware-bytes subscription) and I need to keep the hidden pesky bug where its at. I just need the Data on D and to be able to use the External drive again. I don't want to hook them up and get a virus. Since the D drive is a Western digital Veloci Raptor Drive I wont fit in the Enclosure I got, so it will have to be hooked into the new PC SATA port and powered up for a short time. to move the 200GB of Data to a Brand New 500GB Samsung 850. Just need to make sure no bugs come along for the ride. (Teenage Son has been using it) He gets to keep have it after I'm done pulling data. 
 
New PC Build 
Asus Sabertooth 990fx R2.0 
8350 FX970 EvGa16GB/ 2 x 500GB SATA 850 SamsungCOSMOS II Cooler Master
 
 
 If I need to provide any more information please let me know, and thank you in advance. 

Answer:Need Help Preventing External and Internal Hard Drive Infecting New Build PC

Bee24:
to the Bleeping Computer Am I Infected? - What Do I Do? Forum. My name is Phil, and if you would permit, since we will be working together, I would like to address you by your first name, if that is alright with you.
I am sorry to hear of the issues you are having with your computer.  Let's see if I understand the issue that you seeking to resolve.  You have a new computer and an old computer.  You old computer has an external D: drive, which is a WD Velociraptor, and which you believe to be infected.  Why do you believe it is infected?
 
The external drive has 200 GB of data files that you want to transfer to the new computer?
 
You have some options, if the above is correct:
 
1. we try to clean up the external (and internal) drives of your old computer before you attempt the data transfer.
 
2. you could make a backup of your data files on your old computer and simply restore the data files to the new computer using a "clean" external drive, if you are sure that the data files themselves are not infected.
 
If you want to try option 1, then follow the instructions below, but only if I have understood the problem correctly.  If I am mistaken in my interpretation of your problem, please post back and provide precise details of the problem and where my interpretation is mistaken and wait for further instructions from me.
 
 
 
Assuming I have understood the problem correctly and you want to try option 1... Read more

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I have been looking for a 2TB portable external hard drive with USB 3.0 or equivalent. I'm now thinking seriously about getting a WD:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1455023&CatId=4227

I'm hearing on other threads that external drives are not built for continuous use (cooling has been mentioned as an issue) and that one needs to go the more expensive route of an internal hard drive in a separately purchased enclosure.

I would prefer having a secondary hard drive running concurrently with my computer. I know cooling devices are available for the internal HDD + enclosure combinations. Are they available for external hard drives?

I intend to have online backup to supplement hardware backup.

Comments on this dispute?



Present :Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
32-bit
Service Pack 3

Dell DIMENSION DIM2400
Intel(R)
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
2.66 Ghz. 2.00 GB of RAM
Hard Drive Size 111.72 GB
Free Space 37.3 GB

Intending to move as soon as I find one to a new laptop with state of the art home user processing, at least 1 TB hard drive, and at least 8 GB RAM.
 

Answer:Your view on subject of external hard drive vs. internal HD in an enclosure?

Personally, I prefer buying a highly rated bare drive and placing it in a fan cooled enclosure - especially if it will be running for hours at a time.

The best internal drives (like WD Caviar Black or RE series) have a five year warranty, versus 1-2 years for pre-built external drives. To me, it's worth a few extra bucks versus taking chances on losing data due to an overheating drive.
 

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I have been looking for a 2TB portable external hard drive with USB 3.0 or equivalent. I'm now thinking seriously about getting a WD:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...023&CatId=4227

I'm hearing on other threads that external drives are not built for continuous use (cooling has been mentioned as an issue) and that one needs to go the more expensive route of an internal hard drive in a separately purchased enclosure.

I would prefer having a secondary hard drive running concurrently with my computer. I know cooling devices are available for the internal HDD + enclosure combinations. Are they available for external hard drives?

I intend to have online backup to supplement hardware backup.

Comments on this dispute?

Present :Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
32-bit
Service Pack 3

Dell DIMENSION DIM2400
Intel(R)
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
2.05 GB of RAM
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV
Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
Hard Drive Size 114.4GB
Free Space 37.2 GB
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0G1548
Antivirus : avast!

Intending to move as soon as I find one to a new laptop with state of the art home user processing, at least 1 TB hard drive, and at least 8 GB RAM.
 

Answer:Your view on backup with external hard drive vs. internal HDD in an enclosure?

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Hi all,

Basic summary - I put together a home theater PC (HTPC) a few months ago, the internal hard drive started out ok, then started clicking with long load times, now the PC will only turn on (no image to monitor) and loud hard drive clicking. However, when I moved hard drive to external enclosure, hard drive clicked for 15 minutes, and is now silent. What's going on?

Sys Info for Helpful Laptop - (running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit) (note - this is for the laptop I'm connecting the external hard drive via USB to, NOT the PC that the hard drive was in)
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3002 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series , 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 141124 MB, Free - 22170 MB; F: Total - 715301 MB, Free - 537492 MB; G: Total - 99 MB, Free - 71 MB; Q: Total - 9999 MB, Free - 3228 MB; S: Total - 1499 MB, Free - 616 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, 2764CTO, Not Available, VF29T9693B3
Antivirus: AntiVir Desktop, Updated and Enabled

Sys Info for Problematic Desktop (running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit)
Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
ASUS M4A78L-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Athlon II X2 240 AM3 2.8GHZ 2MB 45NM 65W 4000MHZ Pib
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Answer:Seagate internal hard drive clicks when in PC, but not when in external enclosure?

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Hello! I have an internal WD 750GB "green" SATA hard drive. I took the hard drive out of the computer and have put it into an external USB hard drive bay. However: when I plug the external hard drive bay into my laptop, windows recognizes the drive (including the correct model number) but says I need to format it before I can use it.

The drive is allocated a letter in "My computer", but if I try to enter the drive it asks whether I want to format.

The drive also appears in the Device Manager (but with no partition shown). I can click on a "populate" button and it then shows a partition with the correct volume size but this doesn't solve the problem.

I've also checked the disk by going Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management and it shows the drive as being a "RAW" partition which is not correct.

I am running Windows XP but I also get similar problems when I check on a different laptop with Windows 7.

I've tried the external hard drive bay with 2 different drives and the same problem occurs so hopefully the drives themselves are OK (I can't check them in a different computer for now unfortunately). The drives appear to spin up OK.

I would prefer to avoid formatting the drive as it has data on it. I do have a copy of the data at home (in a different continent!) but would prefer to avoid waiting until I next go home.

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I have a kaser 500GB external hard drive, i belive the enclosure is messed up because the transfer speed is only usb 1.1 speed and i've tried everything possable to change it. I was wondering if i could remove the case and just use the IDE drive as an internal drive? I want to try this first and if its not possible than i'll buy an enclosure.
 

Answer:External hard drive to internal IDE drive

Go ahead and do this... Make sure you pay attention to master/slave settings if IDE or the SATA connections if the drive is Serial ATA
 

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

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

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

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How do I mount the SSD of a Sony Vaio P as an external disk on a computer running Mac OS X.4?
 

Answer:mount internal drive as external on another computer

Some SDDs have different power (voltage) requirements .. (so I've read)

If a Mac can read USB .. and the power is a typical 5v & 12 v .. maybe something like this ???
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156102
 

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I have a Seagate 2TB HDD ST2000DM001, I run my OS (Win8) on my SSD (OCZ vector 128GB) so this is for storage but for some reason it's not showing up in disk management, it does however show up in HD tune, bios and device manager but not disk management
I am running really low for space on my SSD (8GB left) so I really need this fixed, I'm almost even willing to pay the first person who can help me fix it. If pictures would help let me know

Everything appears to be fine but my HDD won't show up if my SSD is plugged in (in the bios) or rather doesn't seem like I can use both at the same time and can't boot from my HDD

I found this, the sold icon says the device is working properly, the ghost looking icon says the device is not connected to the computer however the ghost icon comes and goes.


If I set the 1st boot as my HDD then I can see it as a boot option however it disappears if I change it to my SSD. I assume I can't boot from my HDD because it's not formatted?


This is my build if this helps at all
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
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Answer:Internal Seagate 2TB HDD appears in bios and device manager but not disk management

Re: Internal Seagate 2TB HDD appears in bios and device manager but not disk manageme

Some things to try, but I have never run into this...
1) Shut down, read mother board manual about sata ports and priority
2) try new port, be sure to scan for hardware changes in device manager
3) shut down, hook sata cables to ALL your unused ports. Boot Windows and at the desktop plug drive in one cable at a time, sata is hot swap. Give each try at least one minute. Post what happens.
4) try the drive in another computer, format it there and try again
5) Haunt the Win8 forums (probably not going to find anything)
 

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So I have this seagate 80gb hard drive from my old dell dimension 3000. I want to get data off of that hard drive and transfer it to my laptop. I bought this USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE cable and connected it like the instructions said.

But the drive doesn't appear when I click on Computer. When it connected, it said the driver was finally installed. It appears though under Devices and Printers as USB Mass Storage. When I double click that icon, nothing happens except that a USB properties window pops up.

Can anyone please help me out? Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Internal hard drive to computer

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Hi there,

My internal hard drive won't show up on my computer, and I've tried disk management to change the letter but all it does is stay at being called disk one. It also states that it's offline and unallocated? Please help all my uni work and itunes are on it.

Many thanks,
ZEPJ

Answer:My internal hard drive won't show up on my computer?

How did you come to this situation? Did you place it in a new computer? Did it happen randomly?

We need a little more detail.

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I have an Windows XP HP Pavilion 732c and for recent reasons I've had to replace the hard driveThe new hard drive I bought isa SATA 640 Gb, but uncompatible with my current motherboard. SO... after some technician recommended to buy a IDE to SATA Converter I tried putting everything together. And yes, I'm sure I plugged everything correctlyThe problem is that my computer still does not even recognize or detect my new hard drive, what should I do?I'm willing to TAKE ANY SUGGESTIONS because I'm scrapping the thing in a week if nothing works.

Answer:My Computer won't/find my new hard drive (internal)!!!

seems like a decent copmuter to scrap just because of a HD. Did you buy the SATA HD new? Can you exchange it for a IDE HD?Was this the problem that led to you replacing the HD?Obviously the connection is failing somewhere. Maybe the adapter.

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I got these cables that came in a white box. The box just has "PCABUSBX0017" written on it. No instructions or CD or anything. I recall it was quite cheap. I was able to use this years ago to help a neighbor access files from their old computer that they couldn't get on anymore.
I use the power cable and hook it into the hard drive. I can hear the hard drive come on and start spinning.
Next I attach the USB adapter to the hard drive then plug into my computers USB.
It installs a driver for the adapter and says it finished installing.
At this point I don't know where to go from. It doesn't list any new devices or drives in My Computer. I can hear the hard drive spinning and when I plug the USB into computer it makes a little noise notifying me, but nothing else happens.

Am I not doing something correctly?

EDIT:

Could it be an OS compatibility issue on the driver? It says "Supports Windows ME/2000/XP/Vista and Mac® OS" -- I'm on Windows 10.
 

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I am unable to boot up my computer without the windows 7 installation disk. If I try without an installation disk, an error message comes up saying that there is no bootable device and a bootable disk must be inserted. However, when running the computer with the windows installation disk, it goes directly to the windows setup screen without prompting so. Then, to top it all off, when asked to select an existing drive to work with, no drive appears and thus, the selection box is blank. When trying system repair, the problem cannot be identified and system restore cannot fix the problem either. But, I am certain that the drive still works because it can be heard within the computer when it is working. What should I do? Nothing seems to work...

Jeff

Answer:Computer will not boot up and does not recognize the internal hard drive

Can you check your BIOS whether the hard disk are showing up or not?

it is the only way to tell whether your HDD is detect by the BIOS after the POST

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I'm using 1 hard drive for O.S. which is Raptor, and another 500Gig Seagate SATA2 for storage. For some reason I can't see Seagate, only Raptor. Under My Computer Seagate is not showing up, but under Computer Hardward, it's showing as working properly.

Does this have something to do with MBR? I have XP Pro on Raptor NTFS and I want to use Seagate as storage drive. What can I do? How can I unselect Seagate as Master Boot Record so it'll show under My Computer as Data drive?

Please help!

Answer:Internal Sata Hard Drive won't show up under My Computer

Hi, vmarkary. Welcome to TSF.

Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Disk Management.

Do you see your drive on the list of drives? if so, post screen grab.

Thanks.

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I bought a Maxtor Ultra ATA internal hard drive, and want to install it as a backup drive in my HP m1170n. However, the m1170n requires an SATA hard drive. Is there a converter, adapter, etc. that I can buy to make the Ultra ATA compatible with the m1170n? Please provide specific model numbers for any suggestions, if possible. Also, please advise about how much it should cost and if it is easy to install. Many thanks.
 

Answer:Ultra ATA Internal Hard drive to computer that requires SATA

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Hi,

My Acer netbook has developed some kind of fault and I am unsure as to what I ought to do,

The netbook does boot to BIOS and also will boot up from an external drive...but will not boot normally.

I am thinking of replacing the hard drive but don`t know if there could be something else wrong...it says sometimes that it can`t read it and from this I am not sure if there is something else wrong...if I change the drive does it sound as though things will work ?

I realise that there`s not much to go on here but would appreciate a point of view...there are also a couple of other intermittent faults such as certain letters and numbers not working and then everything is fine for a while...but this hard drive thing has be wondering if it is time to get a new device !

Hope you may be able to help or give some advice,

Many thanks in advance,

Steve

Answer:Boot to BIOS and boots from external disc but not from Hard drive

Hello Steve and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's possible that something may have damaged or corrupted the boot info contained on the hard drive. One of the Forum experts prepared this troubleshooting guide for failure to start issues. It's time consuming but has helped many solve startup problems.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Another possibility is that your Acer has a hidden recovery partition. If it does, another option could be to restore your computer to factory specs. It would erase everything on the hard drive and make your machine exactly like it was the day you brought it home from the store. It's called the eRecovery Management Program.

Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How do I restore my computer using the eRecovery Management program?

Please post back if anything helped or not, or if you have any other questions..

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i HAD FORGOTEN THE WINDOWS PASSWORD and formated the hd from the blue button goig to install Linux soon so what the hell clean it up been a few years since I had used this brain box anyway start anew well didn't do any prior copies no back up now im stuck with out that hd option any good ideas i have copied pc doc master boot and some patch works thru this forum but noting seems to work booting sequence @ #1,cd #2ubs & hd last it had window 2000 in it... How can I get bios fixed??? any ideas out there???

Answer:r-50 1830 MISSING FOLDER (hard drive direct memory) +(internal network device)+(internal erthnet )

I read your message 3 times but still didnt get what are you trying to say.

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Hi,
I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
MHDD
Recover My Files v3.98
FileScavenger.

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,

Ben
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.

http://www.z-a-recovery.com/
 

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i can't get my puter to read the data on an external hard drive. wants me to format it even though it recognizes the drive letter i gave it when i did format it. don't want to lose the 100+ gigs of data i have on this drive.
 

Answer:my computer recognizes the drive letter but not the data on external hard drive

Does the external drive work on another machine?

Also, while the drive is still connected, can you go into Device Manager (right-click My Computer, click on 'Manage...', click on 'Device Manager') to check for any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses next to anything in there?
 

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This computer Vaio running Vista suddenly failed to recognize the DVD drive. When you push the button the light lights but door will not open. Also, under computer the drive is not listed.

When you plug in the external hard drive, the computer sees the drive, loads the driver and in the device manager shows it is working properly but has a exclamation mark next to the name. However, when you look in computer the drive is not listed.

The C drive along with a USB stick work fine.

The computer has been cleaned using AVG and Superspyware. Also, various other aspects have been checked using Advanced System Care. The C drive is 90% full.

I would appreciate any help in this matter.

I guess no one has a clue.

It also will not recognized an external DVD player/writer. BTW, all of these were easily seen on another computer and worked fine.

Answer:Computer fails to see dvd drive and external hard drive.

Josh, you have been warned. Do not double/triple post. Someone will post if they know the problem. If no one has posted in 24 hours, you may double post, not 2 hours later.

(if that is not correct, will a mod please correct me? I'm not sure what the rules are on that)

Is this PATA or SATA? did you check that the connection is firm? your DVD-rom is seperate from your HDD.

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At first part of my hard drive was "not allocated" so I downloaded Test Disk to try to fix it. However instead of fixing it now the whole storage device is not being seen by my laptop. I'm sure it is because on test disk I clicked on no partition for the device. Can somebody help me please-I'm freaking out here

Answer:My computer is not see my External Hard drive

I've never had good results using Linux utilities to work on Windows filesystems.

You would probably do better using the Minitool Partition Wizard Boot CD. Download the ISO file, burn it to CD, and boot from it. That will show you what partitions and filesystems it sees on the drive. It might also allow you to restore the earlier partition(s).

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I have just set up a new 40gb hard drive in an external hard drive case and connected to my PC via a USB2 port (I am running Win ME) and the drive does not show in 'My Computer' or 'Explorer' so I cannot format the drive. The hard disk case light is lit and the drive is listed in the 'eject or unplug hardware' task bar icon. The new hard drive has jumpers set to 'Master'. Can anyone help me.

Cheers!
 

Answer:external hard drive not in My Computer

i never used windows ME, but if it has "administrative tools" in the control panel, click that and use disk management to create a partition and format drive.
 

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I have hooked up a 120 gig external hard drive that is in an enclosure made by Crescent. I have installed the drivers that came with the enclosure. When I open explorer or my computer it doesn't show up. When I click on the taskbar to safely remove hardware it shows up as USB 2.0 Mass storage and says that the device is working fine. I have removed drivers and reinstalled but it still won't show up in explorer or my computer. I am using Win XP Pro. Any suggestions? I have tried it on two laptops with no luck while my Maxtor one touch 250 gig shows up on both of them with no problems.

Answer:Computer can't see external hard drive

Yeah, i bet I know exactly what the problem is. The drive was loaded with the same alpha identifier as another drive on your machine.

In other words, it's calling itself D:\ when your CD-ROM is already called D:\ and thus is getting hidden in the background.

To fix this, go to START->RUN and type "diskmgmt.msc" (without quotes).

That should open up the Windows disk manager interface. You should see your external drive there. Click on the drive block at the bottom, right click and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths". This will let you pick a new drive letter for the drive. Pick something no other device is using. Hit okay, exit out, and your drive should now appear in "My Computer."

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HelloA friend of mine has a Western Digital external hard drive on her XP computer which stores a lot of her photos. From what I can gather, she used to be able to access the photos until a virus scan was done on her computer. Now she can't see the external drive and has lost access to her photos.If I click on My Computer the external hard drive does not appear, but it is listed in Device Manager and Windows says that she has the latest drivers.What would be the best way for her to access her photos and for her to be able to see the drive in My Computer?Many thanks.Steve

Answer:Can't see external hard drive in My Computer

First I would check to see if it works on another computer.If it doesn't work on other computers, does it show up in Disk Management?(Right Click My Computer and click on Manage. Then click Disk Management)

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Hello everyone

I am having issues with my 500 Gb IOMEGA external hard disk

I have been using this HD for a few months now and it has been working perfectly until this morning. I copied a folder from my PC to my external hard disk. After reaching abuot 75% of the copying process an error occured. The copying stopped and my hard disk was no longer in the 'my computer' folder.

I tried reconnecting the hard disk. The Pc sais it recognizes a new hardware, it isntall it and sais that it is ready to use. But in reality the HD does not appear in 'my computer' and i can't seem to find it anywhere.The ahrd disk also doesnt appear in the 'disk management' section (right click 'my computer -> management -> disk management)

After that i tried the hard disk on my friends computer and it also didn't work. It recgnizes the hardware and install sit but we can't find it!

- I have an ASUS laptop with Windows XP installed.
- I did not drop the hard disk or do anything to harm it, (I don't think it is broken)
- I also tried removing the upper and lower fileters from the windows registry, This also did not help.


Please help. It would be greatly appreciated!

- xenniex
 

Answer:External hard drive does not appear in 'My Computer'

Are you sure it's not in Disk Management, maybe as an unformatted drive?
If so, either the case, the cable or the drive has failed.
Try removing the drive from the case and connecting it.
 

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This problem has been brought up by a number of other people before but none of their solutions are working for me.

I have a HP Pavilion 515n computer running XP Home w/SP2. I purchased a Western Digital 320GB External Hard drive and plugged it in.

The computer recognized the drive but the autostart didn't run as the directions stated. I attempted to access the drive but found that it doesn't appear in My Computer.

It does appear in the Device Manager along with it's assigned drive letter. I tried changing the drive letter with no change. I ran TweakUI and the drive does show up in the list and it is unchecked.

How can I get this to appear in My Computer?
 

Answer:External Hard Drive and My Computer

I am having the same problem. Were you able to find a fix?
 

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its an iomega external and an acer puter

Answer:when external hard drive is on my computer ov

Your header got cut off. Please repost your question.

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I have just set up a new 40gb hard drive in an external hard drive case and connected to my PC via a USB2 port (I am running Win ME) and the drive does not show in 'My Computer' or 'Explorer' so I cannot format the drive. The hard disk case light is lit and the drive is listed in the 'eject or unplug hardware' task bar icon. The drive also shows in 'device Manager'. The new hard drive has jumpers set to 'Master'. Can anyone help me.

Cheers!

Answer:external hard drive not in My Computer

Okay first of all, do you have updated drivers for your USB?

Second, the drive will not show up in 'My Computer' until you partition your drive using FDISK (or Partition Magic).

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So my 1 TB internal hard drive has less than 30 GB of space and I want to upgrade to a 2 TB internal so I can hold more of my games on it. How would I be able to transfer every single thing from the 1 TB to the 2 TB?

Answer:Help Upgrading 1 TB Internal to 2 TB Internal Hard Drive

Assuming this is for a desktop, you would plug in the new HDD into the sata port on your motherboard, amd make sure it is getting power from the PSU, and win7 should recognize it and mount it. You then make sure its has the NTFS file system and you can drag and drop from one drive to the other. Or use a program to copy over files like teracopy. I use teracopy because it keeps exact listing of what is being copied and exact info about size. Now as far as transferring games, I may be wrong but I think you would have to reinstall the game into the larger drive if you wanted to make use of the 2tb drive. I am not a big gamer so take my game advice with a bit of salt, I am simply trying my best to help you out

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(Sorry if this has already been answered; I'm new)

Today at college I tried to continue my work by plugging in my USB hard drive and it simply wouldn't appear in "My Computer".
When I tried later on that day it would appear as a "Removable Disk" but I was unable to double click it.

The technicians at my college said that I need to format it, but when I tried to create a backup last week it was unsuccessful so it would mean losing all of my college work.
Is there a way I can at least access the hard drive to get to the contents?

Please help

Answer:USB Hard Drive no longer appears in "My Computer" Help please

Backup files using PartedMagic may be helpful. You will want to do the reverse of that tutorial or get a second external drive to mount to backup to. Download and burn PartedMagic first.

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