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External v internal hard drive for back up

Question: External v internal hard drive for back up

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.

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Preferred Solution: External v internal hard drive for back up

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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I have an AMD 64 socket 939 system, with a DVD writer and one Maxtor DiamondMax 10 200gb hard drive. I am considering adding a second internal drive, likely to cost about £60 if I install it myself ( a bit apprehensive but I have done pretty well every other installation on my previous computers) or possibly avoid that complication and buy an external drive such as the Maxtor One Touch likley to cost about double that.Any ideas on the advantages/disadvantages of either route?

Answer:Back up - internal or external drive

An external, via USB / Firewire will be pretty quick and has the added advantage being able to be taken to another PC easily.

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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 don't have Windows 7 yet, but I'm just about to install it, but I figure it may be safe to do a back up first. I'm about to do an upgrade from Vista 64-bit to Windows 7 64-bit. I did find these recommendations:

"An image backup of your hard drive offers an easy, dependable way to do just that, since it restores everything on the hard drive: Windows, applications, data, and even the Master Boot Record. To create one, you'll need an external hard drive, and an image backup program. I recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect for image backup, although others will do. Plug in the external hard drive before you create the image, and select that drive as the Backup destination. Also, be sure to create the bootable Rescue CD (this option is on Macrium Reflect's Other Tasks menu) before you start the upgrade."

In these instructions they mention "external hard drive". Does it really have to be an external drive? I have several internal drives to choose from, can't I just use one of them? I have 1 drive with Vista OS and 3 more drives within my computer, so It would be great if I could use one of them.

Answer:Back up on external drive or internal drive

Hello ptoolemy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can save the backup/image to any external or internal HDD you like. It's just recommended to save it onto a separate physical HDD that is not included in the backup/image. That's all.

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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 there
I am looking at buying an internal 3.5" HDD for backing up my 1Tb desktop data drive.
I use a hotswap caddy in my desktop, as well as an HP Microserver.
The drive might go into either of these at different times.
I back up about 200Gb of music and 100Gb of work data.
What drive would you suggest?
5400 Green or 7200?
1Tb, 2Tb, 3Tb?
Manufacturer?
Reliability, speed and cost are the most important issues.
Also, any storage cases to recommend for these? e.g. there is a Cliptec protection case on Amazon?
Thank you!

Answer:3.5" INTERNAL HARD DRIVE FOR BACK UP

Don't go bigger than 2T as some mother boards have recognition problems.
7200 if your moving that amount of data on a regular basis, the faster the better or you'll be at it all night :0)
Reliability wise I prefer Seagate or WD but they are probably all made in the same Taiwanese factory.

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Hi everyone,
Recently my computer crashed, i've went through extensive measures of trying to fix it and nothing succeeds, and i believe it is a defect in my motherboard. This means i will need a new one (which i already have) however, i want to know if there is a way to somehow get the information/data off my hard drive that was in the computer that no longer works. I know once i hook it up to the new motherboard that i will need to Reformat it causing me to lose everything. Is there anyway to retrieve the existing data on my hard drive?

thanks
 

Answer:Help with trying to back up data on an Internal Hard Drive!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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, 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 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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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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Hi, this is my first post so bare with me...

Im currently running Windows XP Media Centre. Ive got two internal hard drives. I want to instal Vista Business Edition and wanted to know if it would be possible to.....

Backup all my files to my 2nd hard drive.
Install Vista to my 1st hard drive.
Retrieve the backed up files once vista is installed.

Any advice that anyone could offer would me great.
 

Answer:Using 2nd internal hard drive for back up when installing Vista Business

I did just that.

I had XP pro with a new 2nd hard drive. I installed vista onto the new hard drive, installed all the programs I wanted and when finished formatted the initial hard drive to use as a backup drive.

This process can be a minefield so I found out. However if you go to here you will find all the assistance you need.

Hope this helps.
 

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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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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'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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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I have a USB external hard drive that I keep all my documents etc on (had it for years)

I upgraded from Vista Home to & Home Premium then had to upgrade recently to Professional to run my Sage. Through all these upgrades my ext. drive ran fine. Occasionally the drvie letter would change if I had something else plugged into the USB, this was always easily corected in disk management by changing the drive path.

The connection on the case packed up so I had to get the drive put into a new case, now when I plug it in the drive is assigned G instead of F, I tried to change the drive letter allocation in Disk Management but it won't let me as the program still thinks I have a second ext. hard drive which is labelled F. I suspect this has happened because when the usb connection broke the drive was disconnected suddenly instead of a proper eject.

How do I get Disk Management to remove the inactive drive - i can't find any obvious way - eject, delete etc are all missing when I click on tools or tasks.

If there is no easy way then how do I stop program updates for Adobe etc. failing because they can not find the F drive. I don't know why they look at that drive anyway.

Help.

Answer:External Hard Drive - Drive Letter changed - unable to change back

Hi PAMDILL,

Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download drivecleanup.zip V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

Now unplug all the USB devices from your PC (except of course the Keyboard and mouse), right click on the appropriate DriveCleanup.exe for your system and run it as an administrator.

This will remove all non-present drives from the registry.

Reboot and then plug-in your external drive.

The drive will be installed and hopefully you should be able to assign any free drive letter to it.

Please report whether it resolved your problem.

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My External Hard Drive (My Book) was always Drive letter F.

I went to sleep and woke up to find Windows 7 Pro had updated and rebooted and I was welcomed by my login screen.

Consequently now my My Book external HDD now reads as Drive letter G.

I went into Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Drive letter F is not available.

F is assigned to a drive that does not exist and never has. I am confused. I only have one CD drive and it says now that I have 2 even though the one addressed as F doesn't have any information. If I click on F it says "Insert Disk"

Answer:External Hard Drive (F) Drive Letter changed to G - Can't change back

Update: The mysterious other CD Rom drive seems to be MagicJack.

I did some research but the following tech help did NOT work as you can see by the previous post picture that it doesn't not show it up in Disk Management:

MagicJack/Support Resources/How-To/Assign Drive Letters - Wikibooks, open books for an open world

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Hello.
Recently bought a new Laptop, and went through all the setting up process, one of which was Windows 7 back up. At the time I just went for the partitioned drive option, but after a week, I've decided to buy an external Hard drive for my back ups instead.
My questions are:
1. Can I easily change the destination of the back up files?
2. Do I just delete everything on Drive D once I'm backing up to an external Hard Drive, or will Windows give me this option when I change to external Hard Drive?
3. The Back up is done on a schedule, so how do I get on when the date passes? Will it ask me to plug my external Hard Drive in the next time I boot up?
4. Finally, I'd like to back up our Desktop too, running on Vista. Can I just partition the external Hard Drive, and keep our laptop, and Desktop backed up on the same hard drive??

Cheers, Matthew

Answer:Change back up files from D Partitioned Drive to External Hard Drive?

Hi Matthew -

You don't need to partition the HD to keep your different backups on it.

The WindowsImageBackup file needs to be named only that and in the root of the external to reimage from the booted DVD or Repair CD, however you can click on it to see which PC it is for.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files

I don't like the way Win7 file backup works so I drag the active User folder from each computer here to external once per month, then update the backup image every few months. You may decide to go Manual after trying the automated backup, since you'll need to move the external to catch the backup anyway.

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I have acquired a new 250 GB external hard drive, and I need to know if there is a certain way to back-up the files I want on it.

The best way I can think of to describe what I want is like RAID-1, only with the copy on the external hdd. And I just want it to make copies of certain folders.

So say, I want my Music folder on the hdd to be exactly the same, folder for folder as the original on my internal drive, and have it update automatically each time I add something new to the folder.

Any help is greatly appreciated
 

Answer:Certain way to back-up on external hard drive?

I don't think you will find anything that will do it automatically every time you make a change to a file or add a file to your hard drive. You can schedule most backup software to do this.

I have my mother setup on SyncToy. It replicates her My Documents folder to her USB drive, which she takes to work with her.

There is other programs like SyncBack and Allwaysync that will do synchronization as well.
 

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I am trying to back-up an AVI file (13GB) to my external hard-drive (via copy/paste). I still have c.30GB space on my existing hard drive and about 250GB space on external drive. Yet when I try to copy the file over it says that there is not enough space on the drive. Any ideas as to what the problem could be?

Answer:Back up to external hard drive

How is the external drive formatted? won't do it if it is FAT32.

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Don't laugh, its such a simple question.

I have been using a commercial company to back up my computer for the last 2 years. Now I have decided to do my own backups.

I already did the first back up to the external drive. Now its time to back up again,

my question is when I back up again, will everything be backed up again?

Or just the files that have changed?

Thank you fro your help.

Chief95

Answer:Back up to external hard drive

More details needed, such as the program you are now using, what files or partition you are backing up, etc.

But generally:

If you are referring to an image method of backup, you can typically choose to do a full backup of all files on the partition or just the "incremental" files that are new or modified since the last backup. Most would tell you that "incremental" backups are more prone to failure and problems and would probably advise you to do only full backups (new images of the entire partition). You might then keep say a couple of full backups--perhaps make images monthly and keep the most recent 2 or 3. Delete the oldest every time you make a new one. Something like that. Images are quite large, so you probably don't want to keep a dozen full images.

If you are referring to something other than images, such as a "file by file" backup program for personal files, you will find that such programs are typically designed to back up ONLY new or modified files on the second and later backup. For that reason, the second backup usually takes seconds or a minute or two, whereas the first one might take hours.

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Hi,
I just bought an external hard drive & would like to copy my C: drive to it... is it possible to do that with the dos copy *.* command? or do I need special software to do it?
Thanks for any suggestions you have.
Debby
 

Answer:Back up to External Hard drive?

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I'm looking for a good external hard drive/back-up for the families 250 MG compaq desktop. something that wont need additional software, and will be easy to use and reliable. anyone have suggestions with first hand exp? thanks
 

Answer:external hard drive/back-up

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I want to use an external hard drive to back up my computer. I want to know if I can back up two computer hard drives on the same EHD. I am looking at a G Force 1TG EHD. I am unsure how these devices work and what I need to get started.
 

Answer:external hard drive for back up

well first you need a hard drive i recommend a westren digital 1 TB from maplin
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=222312
its a bit pricey but they last forever ive heard
if a 500 GB one wich is good if you don't need a 1TB
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=222308
they do have a 750 GB but it is out of stock

then you will need a backup program i recommend xxclone (free)
http://www.xxclone.com/
and your question
yes you can put two hard disk memorys into one as long as it not windows operating system
if it is a windows system the you will need to partiton the hard drive

i would like some other recommendations as well (not just me)

bye

aly369
 

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How to back up and external hard drive?

I have a external hard drive I would like to back up on an extra computer
with a second drive on it. I know I can't simply use XP copy because its
gets stuck on extra long files names, etc. So what is the best way
to back up my data. Both Drives are 120G.

Thank you,
 

Answer:How to back up and external hard drive?

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I would like to perform a permanent back-up of my computer and not sure the best way of going about it. I've read getting an external hard drive to be the easiest way over copying everything to CD's. I do perform regular weekly back-ups through the Wizard but I am worried that if my computer crashes, I could lose everything and not be able to retrieve. This is all new to me, so thanks for your patience and would appreciate some advice on how to permanently protect and retrieve my stuff should my PC crash. I'm running XP Home Edition.
Thanks

Answer:Back Up PC Using External Hard Drive

Acronis is easily the best imaging software available. It can regularly update an image file on another drive of your HD, so that you are never more than "x" days away from a completely restorable point. Once a week, every day, etc...

You can save several images, or Acronis can just update the last one it made.

Wouldn't recommend a USB drive, though. Hate them. Slow, ridiculously slow. Throwing the POS out the window and screaming in rage at the engineer that dreamed the stupid things up slow. You can buy two internal HD's for the price of an external. If data portability is not a priority, I'd get a nice big fat 'ol 1 Tbyte SATA HD for about $100 at NewEgg, install it as a second drive, configure Acronis to run whatever image schedule you want and never have to think about it again.

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I am having an issue trying to back up the data from my hard drive - I am trying to put it on my desktop or should I put it on another external mode of saving the files.

I am only a beginner and not too sure how to do a back up of external hard drives

I require the information for a book - this has a lot of data on it

Answer:How to back up an external hard drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa


I am having an issue trying to back up the data from my hard drive - I am trying to put it on my desktop or should I put it on another external mode of saving the files.

I am only a beginner and not too sure how to do a back up of external hard drives

I require the information for a book - this has a lot of data on it


If the data you want to backup is on your computer, it should be backed up to an external hard drive.
If the data is on an external hard drive and you think it's faulty or something else, buy a new hard drive and use it to keep a spare copy.

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I have just ordered an external hard drive to back up my desk top PC and the thought has occured as to if I could also back up my laptop hard drive on the same external drive. I know that in terms of having copies of all files from both this would not be a problem but would it be possible to have TWO fully recoverable hard disk copies? (i.e. with functioning operating systems)

Answer:Use Of External Hard Drive to back up TWO PCs

If you use something like Acronis True Image, you can create images of both.Assuming each PC only has a single drive partition (e.g. C:), you can plug the external HDD in to each in turn and create images files for each (e.g. desktop_image.tib, laptop_image.tib)

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I recently purchased a western digital 1.5T My Book Essential to "automatically" backup my PC's internal hard drive and a Passport External drive I have that contains my media files. I installed WD's Smartware software on my PC and learned that it will only backup my hard drive. I also noticed that it (1) seems to consume alot of processor capacity (computer running much slower with it attached); and (2) my computer won't start up when attached. When I called WD about my concerns they indicated that there is 3rd party software available that will allow me to automatically backup both my internal hard drive and the passport and may not require as much processor space (they wouldn't provide specific recommendations). They also sent me instructions on how to adjust my PC so that it won't try to boot up from MY Book (interesteingly enough I 've never had this problem with my passport). I have not yet had a chance to try their recommendations.

Suggestions on a good 3rd party back-up software would be appreciated.

Thanks

Answer:Need suggestions for software to back up hard drive and an external drive

Acronis has a good reputation.http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/

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if I use accessories system tools and back up it looks like I also have to insert floppy disc and I do not have a floppy drive. How can I back-up entire C drive onto external hard drive without this

Answer:back up c drive onto external hard drive with no floppy driv

I use Seagate Disk Wizard on a bootable CD.Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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I have been backing up to an external hard drive, but it is formatted to Fat 32. If I format to NTFS, will I lose all the existing back ups, and is this really necessary?

Answer:Acronis back ups to external hard drive.

Formatting to NTFS alters the file system and nothing else.click heremost arguments here are in favour of NTFS...

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I want something thats encrypted if you want to and 1TB. Easy to use.

I got questions about back up hard drives:

1. If you have schedule back up on does it overwrite the previous backup?

2. I heard if you want the whole system on the back up you have to image software how does that work exactly?

3. Can you take that image the image software takes and store it on the back up drive?

4. What happens if you have the OS on the hard-drive and you connect it to a new computer? Would it overwrite?

5. When you go to back up does it seriously back up everything from the drive? Cause I have Itunes library I don't feel like using 600 disc to back that up...

Thanks

Answer:What Kind of External Back up hard drive should I get?

A personal view.
Look for sales. Everyone has their favourite brand. I prefer WD (Elements) for this.
For 1TB get one with a mains power supply unit.
Check that it spins at 7200 rpm (not 5400)
A bare bones unit - no built in backup software
Don't keep it power up all the time. Temperature will decrease their life.
Accept the beast can die on you

Download
CrystalDiskInfo
It can keep an eye on the health of the drive.

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My hard drive is making horrible noises and even sometimes is not recognized upon startup. After I take it out and put it back it, it works fine, but still bad mechanical noises. I am about to order a new one and have an external hard drive and was wondering if there is a way to backup the whole thing onto the external, and when I install a new hard drive, I can just load the backup file and take off like nothing happened?

My system is a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop running windows xp home. 1.6 P4, 768 ram.

Thanks for your attention and help...

Buck
 

Answer:Hard drive about to die, how do I back it up onto an external for replacement?

You can transfer a copy of everything on the PC onto a external hard drive by following these steps:
1. Go to Start - Accessories - System Tools - Backup
2. Follow the steps to select what files you want to copy over
3. Choose the device to which all the files will go to

Once you have got a new hard drive you can restore all the old files back and you will not have lost a single thing.

Good Luck
 

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Following a disasterous system crash in Win Xp I am considering purchasing an external hard drive so I dont lose everything following a crash. Questions:1. Do they come with back up utility?2. What in your opinions is the best back up software to use?What I would like to do is restore my system with the click of a mouse button rather than refomatting then reinstalling everything including drivers etc. I would welcome any thoughts.

Answer:External Hard Drive for back up question.

Read the Fred Langa article to backups for a complete guide click hereHD Imaging software is the best route, such as Ghost, Drive Image or Image for Windows click herewhich is about £15.00

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I have an external Hard drive that I have never used,My Brother in Law put some photos in it just to make sure it was working.Now I will be changing to Windows7 shortly just wondering if I can take any of my Security programs with me including Incredimail.Or am I better just reinstalling them again on the new tower.If I can save them how would I go about it.Lets just say that I wanted to save A Squared Anti-malware can I do it and how.

Answer:Back up programs to External hard drive

Save all your personal details and install W7. Migrating programmes can be fraught with problems. Save your documents, emails, address book, personal details etc., to the hard drive or to a memory stick. Check that they are all there, load Windows 7 and load all the programmes that you will need. Then load all your personal details. It does not take too long if you are methodical. I tend to load all the progammes that I will need as .exe files on a memory stick or external HD.G

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Hello,
I purchased an external hard drive to back up my files. However, I keep getting an error msg about the files being too large. I think this has to do with the format of the hard drive.
Instead of going through a backup program, can't I just do a copy/paste on the files I want to back up? That is how I would do it when I put files on CD, so won't this work on an external hard drive?
Thank you! Maggie
 

Answer:Trying to back up to external hard drive - error msg

Hello

What operating system are you using? Have you formatted and partitioned your hard drive?

If you right click on my computer and select manage, then disk management, then pick your external drive, right click for format and partition options. Please note.. this will delete all existing data on your external.

This alll presumes you are running windows

Hope this helps.
 

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hi
I use external hard drives to save data and media, then a second to back up.
Bought new hard drive (terrabyte) as main drive to which I save everything and when I checked properties it shows that there are over 500 gb used. If I click on each ‘thing’ that is saved, ie. My documents, public (all the photos and music) the total is only about 130 gb so first question - why would this be please? I used to use a 500 gb drive before I bought the new one and there was more than enough room

Second question is of course - when I tried to back the first hard drive up to the second, it showed red.........if there are over 500 gb to copy I guess tere is not enough room - but previously (and I have'nt added more than a few mb if that since buying new first drive) there was more than enough room, in fact I used to back up weekly and put on the new back up before I deleted last weeks........would really appreciate some help please. Thanks
 

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I am running Windows Vista.I am using a 1TB Iomega Backup Network Drive.I have tried using the Windows backup and restore program to backup my drive and get the following problem:I then entered some password I found and get:the system cannot find specified path 0x80070003I have the same problem if I use the program it came with Retrospect. This is driving me nuts. any help appreciated.

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Having had a PC problem which has been fixed. I now intend to reconnect my WD External Hard Drive 500GB (My Book). It was disconnected just before PC problems which occurred actually when downloading Norton Internet Security 2010 Upgrade. Problems now sorted but is it O.K. to switch off the PC and then plug in the WD power cable and the firewire to PC and reboot the PC. The Drives, etc., are still loaded and should not have been interfered with at all. Many thanks. Buckland.

Answer:Connecting back My Book - WD External Hard Drive

You will have no problem.

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I was trying to do a system backup on an external hard drive in windows 10 and once it started i noticed that it was creating a backup for my old Windows 7 64 operating system. How do I get it to back up my current Windows 10 system and all of my files on the C: drive.?

Answer:How do I Back up my Windows 100 system on an external Hard Drive?

I think you'd have to describe your system configuration further, and say how you're starting the backup.
Are you dual booting?

Otherwise: best recommendation: use disk imaging regularly, before and after each major change.

Macrium Reflect (free) (no incremental imaging)
I've seen recommendations for this one:
Free Desktop and Laptop backup - Veeam Endpoint Backup

I'm currently using O&O DiskImage, having moved from Aomei Backupper.

Use one of these + create its boot disk/device + get large enough external storage.

Allows to to back up everything on a disk/partition and recover your PC to how it was when you created the image and replace the drive easily. (For example).

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Greeting's,

I have a 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive plugged i nto My Pc Via eSATA Cable, it is recognised in My Computer and I can store things on it with no problem , unfortunately...when I do a System Back up through Back up and Restore in Vista Home Basic64 it only gives Me the option of backing up to CD/DVD ...!!! My Ex HDD is not listed for some reason ...?? .
Can Anybosy offer Me any advoce Please ..??.

Many Thanks.

Jumbo 1.
 

Answer:Solved: Cannot back up to WD External Hard Drive - Vista64

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