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Cpu usage 100% with external firewire hard drive

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Answer: Cpu usage 100% with external firewire hard drive

Hi, I've got a problem with an external firewire hard drive (a Lacie d2 drive). When I try to access the drive in explorer (just browsing through the files and directories) the cpu usage rockets to 100%. Shortly after that explorer freezes, and cpu usage goes back to normal when explorer is shut down. Needless to say that the external drive is pretty much useless for the time being. I reinstalled the OS and the necessary drivers but the problem persists.The computer is a recent one with Win XP as OS. The motherboard only has USB 1.1 support so I bought a firewire-USB2.0 combo card. I just can't get the Lacie drive to work on that computer. The same external hard drive does work normally on another computer (also Win XP as OS, but with a firewire expansion card).If anyone could identify what the problem is, it would be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance.

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If I have Firewire for a hard drive + I have a fire wire slot in my laptop (and I'm not bothered about taking the laptop elsewhere), am I MUCH MUCH better off using firewire than USB?

USB: slooooows down transfers and is a *painful* experience transferring millions of files (well, ok, maybe not millions - a huge number regardless though!)

Or would using a good file transfer program like tercopy make usb the better version?


Answer:Firewire MUCH better than USB for external hard drive?

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

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

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I find that when I try to use my external enclosures (I have one designed to be bus powered for a 2.5 Laptop HDD and another that is wall powered for a 3.5 Desktop drive), I continually recieve Read/write errors during sustained read/writes (like bulk file moves, or burning a DVD/CD with the data on said HDD). I figured that my external wasn't getting enough power, but then there is no excuse for the wall powered external. This problem is repeatable, and occurs on a MacPro using OSX (most recent update) as well as Windows XP SP2.

This does not occur when using them with the USB port (well, rare enough to say it doesn't), but the reason for me to use firewire for the Windows XP system is because I am already using 8 out of 10 USB ports (4 (2+1+1) of which are being used by the potential Firewire enclosures), and having to share all that USB bandwidth between all of those devices is a major bottleneck with the devices I already have.

Any ideas guys?

Answer:Firewire external hard drive woes

That seems like an odd problem the problem just about has to be one of the following:
Operating system problem (Very unlikely because happens on 2 different OSes)
USB and Firewire Cables are bad (unlikely)
External enclosures are bad (unlikely since there are 2 of them)
Hard drives themselves are bad (unlikely since there are 2 of them)
Bad Power (unlikely, USB on at least 1 system should be sufficient for the notebook drive, power brick for the external is probably good too).
File System errors (more likely, something could be corrupt, scan them)

My suggestion: Run Disk Utility for correct permissions from OS X if applicable, and also run its disk check (also in disk utility I believe). Run chkdsk on them (can do it from the GUI) in Windows. If they pass that, pull the 3.5" out of its enclosure and stick it in your desktop and do a S.M.A.R.T check on it.

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My laptops 20gb hard drive is being pushed to the max, so considering one of the above. Are there any limitations to the size of the drive i should fit, for example will fitting an 80gb or 120gb drive put too much strain on the laptop or does that not matter.Also am i right in assuming my laptop would soon feel the benefit speed wise of buying one?Thanks for any replies.

Answer:External Firewire hard drive for my Laptop

I'm using an external 120GB drive with my 2 year old laptop although it's mainly for backup. As far as I know it puts no strain on the system at all.Speed wise you wouldn't see any/much benefit but defragging the 20GB drive and clearing out the temp files might help.I wouldn't rely on just an external hard drive for important data though and would instead use it for backup or for files you could afford to lose.

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I recently bought a new hard drive enclosure and popped an old (but working) maxtor 40gb drive in. Plugged it in via usb 2.0 and no problems. Tried it via Firewire and the drive powers on, spins up and then nothing.
I've never used firewire before, so i didn't know what to expect, so i left it for a few minutes and still nothing...

I've checked my Device manager and the IEEE 1394 bus host controller is there and has no apparent issues...

I should probably mention the drive is connected via 6pin>4pin 1m cable.

Any suggestions?


My Pc: IBM Thinkpad X30 (2672)
1.2Ghz Intel P3 Mobile
1GB pc133 RAM
Windows XP Pro 5.1 (Build 2600)

Answer:External hard drive / Firewire problem.

Use it with USB?

Have you tried the Firewire connection on another machine? It could be you have a problem with the external case and/or cable.

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I need an external hard drive to transfer my mini dv tapes to a hard drive. I have both a firewire and a usb2 connection I do not know which is more suitable for the intended purpose taking cost into account. Any advice? thank you

Answer:choosing usb or firewire external hard drive

USB2 transfers up to 480MbpsFirewire A = 400Mpbs and Firewire B = 800Mbps.So if you have Firewire B, which is the small rectangular connection as opposed to A which is rectangular with one end being rounded, on your machine then in terms of speed this is the one to go for, however - Not all machines by any stretch, have 800 but virtually all machines have USB2, so in terms of portability USB2 is the best choice.

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180GB Firewire Drive is seen as available in My Computer but is not accessible. Tried on another PC, both XP, and works OK. Returned to first PC and seemed to work at first but now shows up in My Computer but cannot be opened. Any ideas please. This is the third drive from very helpful Maxtor.

Answer:Maxtor external Firewire Hard Drive

Try installing the other firewire card driver (if there's 2 options under 'display a list of known drivers...').

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Hi there,

My current setup is a HP Media Center with the following specs:

3.0Ghz Pentium 4 with Hyper Threading
ATI Radeon 256MB X600 Series Graphics Card
6 x USB 2.0 Ports
2 x Firewire Ports
2 x RCA Sets of Inputs (Red, Yellow, White)
Internal SATA Hard Drive - 200GB (partioned into 181GB for main drive and 4.50GB for HP's backup)
External HDD 1 which plugs into PC case's own docking area (USB 2.0)- 150GB
External HDD 2 plugging via USB 2.0 (optional Firewire) - 500GB
2 x DVDRW Drives

All running on Windows Media Center Edition 2002 with SP2.

My question is, would it be advisable for all of my storage for videos which I am editing down for DVD to be placed on the 500GB storage HDD whilst editing or is it best to have this on the internal drive and run everything else off the external? I assume that for this it would be best to connect via Firewire rather than USB 2.0 because of faster transfer times?

I would be keeping all of the video on this External drive if this is the best way and then directly making Disc Images also to store on the External HDD 2 which would then be written directly to DVD.

I just wanted to know if this was the best way to do it or just to stick with the current way of using my Internal HDD for video.




Just found the specifications and response times of the Western Digital 500GB External:

WD5000D032 / WDG1C5000
USB 2.0/FireWire
RPM: 7200
Capacity: 500GB
Avg. Seek: 8.9 ms
Buffer: 16 MB

I'... Read more

Answer:FireWire or USB - External Hard Drive Video Storage?

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I have a 1 terabyte external hard drive that I have been using with my computer for about six months now. I have had it connected through my pc's on-board firewire port using windows XP sp3 and it has worked perfectly the whole time.

Recently I installed a Netgear wireless internet adapter in my last PCI slot and since then I have been having trouble with the external drive: explorer.exe would freeze up and turning off external drive would unfreeze it or I would click on the drive in MY Computer and then explorer.exe would freeze instead of opening it. These problems were intermittent for a few weeks until finally a couple days ago windows stopped detecting the hard drive at all through the firewire and it no longer appears in My Computer. It still detects the drive through USB and I can access it and the files are all still working (about 400GB of data on the drive), but the firewire does absolutely nothing. I checked the IRQs for the 1394 adapter and the Netgear internet card and they're different so I don't think there is a conflict. I don't have another computer/laptop with firewire so I can't check it that way. What should I do?

I don't want to plug another device into my USB, I already have too many devices on USB as it is. Please help! Thank you.

Answer:Firewire external hard drive no longer recognized

Just a bump. Can no one help me? Is this maybe the wrong forum section? I thought it might go in software but I wasn't sure. Please help!

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So, a week or so ago my external hard drive stopped appearing when I plugged it in. I've tried it in different computers, so it's clearly the drive. You can hear the disk spinning when it is plugged in. I took it to the apple store where I bought it and the tech there said he thought it was probably just a failed bridgeboard.

The problem is that it's still under warranty so if I take it anywhere to have it fixed or buy the part myself... and it turns out to be more complicated, I will have violated the warranty (they have a sticker over the screw hole) and be left without a warranty to replace it and still have to pay for data recovery.

So if I can hear the drive spinning, is the problem very obviously the bridge and can anyone tell me 1) could I just buy parts and replace it myself?
2) what type of drive in terms of size, etc. based on the company's specs.
(Below) do I have?
3 1/4in x 5 in x 3/4in or 84mm x 129mm x 18mm

FireWire 400 160GB

System Requirements
*Mac OS 8.6, Mac OS 9.x, Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
*FireWire 6-pin port (See note 4)
Speed 5400 rpm

FireWire models (supporting up to 400Mbits/sec) feature two ports for daisy-chaining several FireWire peripherals together.


Answer:Firewire Firelite External Hard Drive Not Appearing... ideas please!

I think it might be a laptop IDE hard drive, but an exact model number of the unit would help with that.

You could likely take it apart and connect the actual hard drive to the computer internally or externally by using a basic IDE to USB or Firewire adapter or another off the shelf enclosure. But if it turns out to the be the drive itself then you've voided your warranty and you're stuck with a broken device. I also doubt you'd be able to buy the parts for the enclosure to repair it, a replacement of the enclosure is more likely.

In the end its how important the data is too you and what the policy of the manufacturer is on keeping or recovering your data - most times they'll give you a replacement drive and the data on the previous drives becomes history. Any important data you have should be backed up, and having just one copy of data on an external drive is not a backup.

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The laptop I'm using does not have the FireWire aka IEEE 1394 port. So I bought an external hard drive that has the correct port. The operating system for my laptop PC is windows XP. Can I transfer the MiniDV footage from the camcorder directly to the external hard drive? If not, what other options are there?

Answer:Can you transfer miniDV video directly to external hard drive via FireWire?

I doubt it because I belive the DV has to be "captured" and then put into a file. Here is more what I think your looking for -

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I am request info on a better way to back up external hard drives. we would like an automatic back up that would back up new files on a daily basis.

Currently are running Windows 7 home edition,500 gb on a 64 bit laptop. we have approximately 3.5 t< A 1.5t,a 1t,a 500gb,a 320gb, and a 250gb external drives in addition to the 500gb drive on the laptop> of external storage< hard drives, no server as of yet>. We currently save mainly Pictures and art for digital scrappingbooking.

It seems that no matter how many external HD we get they fill up rather quickly.< 3 to 6 months>.

Is there a way to set up software to automatically update new files daily?
I am considering a 2 t external for a back up to the current drives we have.
All of the family pics have been saved to these drives, so a loss we not be good.
We tried mosy but the uploads seem to always get stopped by our Internet provider, because of size.

I appreciate in advance any advice that can be offered

Answer:external hard drive usage
make sure you schedule

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Hi there,

I am having a problem with explorer.exe. When I click on certain folders in My Documents, the CPU Usage rockets and it takes ages for the next page to materialise. This is most frequently happening when navigating around my External HD, which for reference is a 320GB Seagate FreeAgent Desktop USB. I have defragmented the C: an D: drives of my computer, despite the fact that the analysis reveals that I don't need to. I have run Spybot S&D, which says that I have nothing malicious to worry about on my computer. Finally, even though I have disconnected my external HD, the slowness has spread to my main hard drives.

I would very much like to know what is going on, and hope that someone might be able to help me. I have attached my HijackThis log file.

Kind regards,

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Hello and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you.Im an audio engineer to be and I have a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 and its running off my iLink Firewire port that came with my Toshiba P300-150 laptop.My laptop has two hard drives, both 250Gb. I was told since they both run at 5400 rpm that I would run into a read write error from Cubase saying that there are too many tracks being recorded and the hard disk can?t keep up. I was advised on getting either an upgrade of my internal hard drive to a faster model or get an external drive.Well, guess what happened?First recording with it and I got cracks and pops, the track I was playing in Cubase to record along to stopped playing every once and a while until finally I armed an extra track and Cubase gave me this error that my hard drive wasn?t up to the job.So, I have decided to go for the external drive option.EDIT:See end of post for a more concise question. I ranted a bit here lolHere are my questions:I?m going to go and get an express card for my laptop (my terminology could be wrong, I can never remember the name of the slot in the laptop.) and plug the external drive into that.A user of another forum pointed out that Toshibas generally ship with Texas Instruments firewire ports and that seems to be true as there are no connection problems between the Saffire and my Toshiba laptop so I may as well leave that with that slot and get the external hard drive going through the express card slot.SO, now here are my questions... Read more

Answer:External Firewire hard disk.

LaCie d2 1TB Big Disk Extremeclick here|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318 External 320GB 2.5 Firewire 800 7200 Disk Driveclick here|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318 External 320GB 2.5 7200 Firewire Hard Disk Driveclick here|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318 1TB LaCie d2 Quadra External Hard Disk eSATA FireWireclick here|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318In terms of the card I need I have no idea what to look for really. I checked the Toshiba site. I have 1 x ExpressCard slot

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I recently purchased an external Firewire 4 bay enclosure on Ebay (new). The purpose of the enclosure was to remove 2 Seagate 160GB Barracuda IDE hard drives (model # ST3200822A) from my PC, and install them in the firewire enclosure. Since I was able to get the drives fairly cheap after rebates, I figured I would pick up a couple more later to get more storage for some of my TV shows that I copy from my ReplayTV unit. I save them on these drives, and I can still watch the shows thorough my ReplayTV (acts as a server).

My problem is that I have tried setting up the drives as Master, Slave & with cable select, but the enclosure just will NOT detect the drives. What's unusual is that I have tried a Western Digital 250GB drive in the enclosure and it works just fine. I have also tried a WD 45 GB, a Maxtor 250 GB and all no problems. There is no brand name on the enclosure, but the info I got from the seller about the enclosure is that it has the Oxford 911 ATA-133 Compliant firewire Chipset and it is supposed to support up to 400GB drives. I am really stumped since the drives work fine if I put them back into my PC as the Master & Slave of my secondary IDE connector of my motherboard. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear them!

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External hard drives: should you *always* buy firewire models?

(Assuming you have a firewire connection)

Transferring large files and/or 1000 of files: takes a million years using USB

As I understand it: firewire doesn't use the same resources as the rest of your machine and has a dedicate channel for copying files - at least this was my understanding

Is this true 100%?
Should I *always* buy firewire external hard drives?


Answer:External hard drives: should you *always* buy firewire models?

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I need a good, cheep, LINUX COMPATIBLE fire wire ide hdd...



Answer:What External Firewire Ide Drive Should I Get?

Make sure that I has a metallic enclosure, not a plastic ones.

The plastic enclosures do not expell the heat as well, and because of that that, it will lessen the hard drive life.

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I have a 1 TB LaCie external hard drive connected via firewire to an HP Workstation running Win XP Pro SP 2. Whenever I reboot, the drive is not recognized by Windows Explorer (or anything else). It does not show up under Disk Management and I don't see it under Disk drives in Device Manager. The only way I can get it to be recognized is to turn off the drive and then turn it on again. Then XP recognizes it automatically. I don't want to connect via USB because I have conflicts (delayed write errors) when other USB devices are connected. How do I get XP to see the external drive automatically upon reboot?


Aaron Allen
Albuquerque, NM

Answer:external firewire drive not seen by XP

Are the Plug and Play and the Shell Hardware Detection services set to automatic?

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Okay, i'm gonna admit defeat and ask for some help! I have added a Lacie Quadra 1TB external drive to my setup via firewire 400. I have it daisy-chained with a Focusrite audio interface into one single firewire port. Performance seems to be fine with this arrangement, but it crashes on a regular basis (blue screen). I have never had a crash such as this previously, and this only happens once the drive is switched on - sometimes immediately, sometimes when i try to transfer large amounts of data to/from the drive. I have checked my CPU temperature - that's absolutely fine. I have updated all drivers, and made sure Windows Update and service packs are all up to date. I'm running Vista, 64-bit. Just wondering if, given that it is most certainly the drive causing the issue, there was any obvious fix for this? My instinct is that it might be my wimpy PSU...

Here are the crash dumps:

On Tue 11/01/2011 17:06:17 GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\Mini011111-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: fltmgr.sys (fltmgr+0x488A)
Bugcheck code: 0xA (0x8, 0x2, 0x1, 0xFFFFF8001290B1D3)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\fltmgr.sys
product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
company: Microsoft Corporation
description: Microsoft Filesystem Filter Manager
Bug check description: This indicates that Microsoft Windows or a kernel-mode driver accessed paged memory at DISPATCH_LEVEL or ... Read more

Answer:External firewire drive and BSOD

Oh, and forgot to add that my PSU is 300w. Pretty pathetic, really. I do have a couple of 500w PSUs sitting around, so I might swallow down hard and try to install one of those. :confused

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- hey i have a maxtor firewire drive running fat32 and i connected it to my computer using the USB2 port. My computer loaded fine and it was trying to locate the FD and i opened up another window while it was doing that and it started to chug a little so i waited for a sec and then tried to close that window but the "program not responding error" came up after it froze for a little. Then my computer screen went blank except for my background then it froze for a while. I then decided to restart the computer but when i restarted it didnt load windows it just stayed at the screen that told me what processor i have. Idont know what is going on please helpcheers

Answer:MY external firewire drive crashed my computer

So it's a firewire drive in a USB port? What is that all about?Have you disconnected it to see if your computer is still functional?

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i have purchased a external 120gb drive which is connected by firewire or usbmy problem is that after formatting the drive works and shows up in mycomputer, i can write to it and all works fine, while pc is on i can disconect drive and reconnect it no problem, but when i turn pc off and then start up again the drive does not show up in my computer. even if i disconect firewire cable and reconnect it still does not show. all above is with it connected via firewire.when it is not showing by the firewire connection ,i can connect it by usb and it shows up.if i reformat the drive vis usb then afterwards it shows up by firewire conection till i turn pc of then its dissapeared again. please can any one help me with this problem thanks dave

Answer:firewire usb external drive disappears from mycomp

Have you installed the drive and software in the correct order? With USB it is important to install the software first, then connect the hardware to the PC.If you haven't, then remove all reference to your drive from the PC via "Add/Remove programs, install the software driver, then connect the drive to your PC the "Found new hardware wizard" will come up and find the drive, it should now work fine each time you connect it to the PC. j.

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So I have a 75 gig firewire drive (Ganite FireVue 1394-IDE Bridge LUN0 IEEE 1394 SBP2 Device) that I used for video capturing with Mac computers. I would now like to use it on my PC.

The hardware manager shows that both my Firewire card and my drive are working properly and have updated drivers.

However, I have no idea how to access the drive! I thought it would appear in My Computer like a plug and play device would. But this is not the case.

It shows up in the Disk Management as the following:
"Disk 2: Unknown 71.59 GB Online" and "71.59 GB Unallocated". It has that little minus sign in a red circle on top of the icon. But I never used disk management, nor if I should. There are some files on the drive.

Enough babble! Can you help me get at my drive?

Answer:Problems accessing external firewire drive

it is formatted for macs you need it formatted for pcs, i think macs can read pc file system but pcs cannot read mac file system so what you do is put your info back on the mac and reformat drive with the pc than move files back to the drive than the pc can read it.

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Recently I purchased a WD external hard drive with firewire connection for my PC laptop. The drive works perfectly if connected using the USB cable, but when I try to connect using the 1394 firewire port, I get nothing. No power, no connection. I had to purchase a 1394 to Firewire 600 adaptor to connect to the drive but they don't want to talk to one another. Here's what I'm operating on.

500 Gig WD Passport External Hard drive
Sony Laptop with XP
Firewire 800 to Firewire 600 Cable
Firewire 600 to 1394 adaptor


Answer:I can't connecting WD external drive into laptop using firewire

I would not think this should be necessary, but...

If you see your "networking" icon in your system tray, double-click on it...
Otherwise, go to "Start" -> "Control Panel" -> "Network Connections"
Either of these will bring up a window where you can see if your 1394 connection is

"disabled" or

See if you can enable your 1394 from this window.

If not, then right click on "my computer", Then click "properties" (last selection in the menu)
Then click the "hardware" tab and then the "device manager" button
click the "view" drop down menu, and check/tick the option "show hidden devices".

If you find any items in the device manager with yellow or red icons, this may be where your problem lies.

Try updating or rolling back the driver for your 1394 adapter
which should be found under "Network Adapters".

Another possibility may be if your computer already had a 1394 adapter, and your add-on is conflicting.
Again, this should be revealed by device manager.


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I was running XP, using my pc mostly for digital video. It's a dell with a xeon and gig of ram.

I started to notice that rendering of video files was taking 20x the amount of time that it normally did, so I knew there was a problem.

I was under a major deadline, so I ended up running Norton Ghost, and backing up everything to my Lacie firewire drive. I then ran a confirmation to confirm the data backed up sucessfully, which it had.

I then reformatted my machine, installed just what I needed to get the project done, and everything was fine. (I did install 2k instead of XP, just seemed to be a little more stable, imo).

Since the reinstallation, I have browsed the lacie drive, and even restored several files from the Ghost archive.

Then yesterday I boot up and its not showing up anymore. I went into computer management, and it's showing the drive but has it listed as unallocated.

Where is my data? What can I do?

I managed to backup about 85% of my business data to another interal drive, but there is still information I need to restore from the backup.



Answer:Solved: External Firewire drive lost data

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I have a Toshiba Notebook A65-S1064, Pentium 4, 512, Win XP Pro SP2.
Recently bought a Lacie External DVDRW Lightscribe - Firewire - and plug to my PC to burn DVDs and installed ROXIO Easy CD 7.5 that came enclosed.

Unfortunattely the new drive didn't burn ant DVD or CD. Tried 10 different media types and nothing happened.

Windows identifies the new drive, I can read, extract data from CDs or DVDs, install software from, and even erase CDRW and DVDRW but not write them.

What I already did:
1) Tried the drive in 3 other computers with the same card (firewire cardbus) and firewire cable I was using in my notebook. In 3 different computers the drive worked perfectly, no problems, burned all dvds and cds.

2) In my computer:
a) Already tired Easy CD and Nero new versions, separately. Used Nero Clean toll.
b) Formatted the PC and reinstall everything.
c) Sent an email to Lacie support – useless because they don’t answer you, replies talke at least 10 working days, and they always ask something they already know from their support forms.

Errors I always get are:
Device Error (00/00/00) and Power on reset or bus device reset occurred - Unit attention.

I have attached the logfile generated by Roxio because is to long to copy/paste.

Thanks for the help!

Answer:Lacie External DVDRW Firewire drive doesn't write

Check the Toshiba website and make sure you have the lastest Chipset and firewire drivers installed for your machine.

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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I have a Firewire drive plugged into a firewire port via a PCMI card why doesn't Win 7 let me see the drive? In device manger it shows the device but will not let me see it in my computer/explore or even mount it?

Answer:Firewire Hard Drive

Sounds like a clear driver problem. Get the latest driver from the manufacturer *or* see in Windows Update has a solution.

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I want an external hard drive for my laptop(Maxtor 7000 hd),Is it worth spending more to get the firewire virsion.Ive got the JAPD900T and I want to edit films.


It will make no differnce that you would notice. Providing you get a USB2 fast drive the speeds are about the hereG

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Newer G-tech mini raid drives will not spin up and get recognized when connected to my t61p via firewire. But, when they are connected by USB they spin up normally and are properly recognized. Older G-tech mini raid drives spin up properly. I have noticed that the older drives spin up as soon as power is applied by the wall adapter. However, newer drives wait to get some kind of signal from the computer before the spin up. I am running Windows 7 64 bit. I have run Windows update. G-tech suggests seeing if there is a chipset update for the t61p. So, my question is: what kinds of updates to drivers or chipsets--or anything else--might fix this problem. Does Lenovo supply these updates. Where do I get them? Thanks for the help.  

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what about looking on ebay?

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I am on the lookout for a Firewire drive, say around 80GB as I only have a small internal drive in my laptop. I have a quick question...

Do they all come with a 'through' firewire slot...? ie: can I connect further firewire devices to it piggy-backed on this...???

Answer:Looking for a FireWire Hard Drive.... question...??

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I recently purchased a LaCie Big Disk Extreme 500GB. I formatted it successfully, it was recognised by the PC and I used it fine for one evening. The next day, it is not found by any software and is not seen in My Computer/Windows Explorer. Device manager shows it and says it is working correctly. It must be communicating with the PC as it starts up/switches off when I boot up/shut down the PC.

What do I need to do to get it working properly?

I am running Win2K, SP4 on a P4 1.8GHz/Asus M.board

Answer:Firewire Hard Drive not found

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Hey everyone,
I got a new hard drive (EIDE) and I hooked it up to the motherboard as normal and formatted and renamed it. I had no problem doing this, it was recognized and everything was good to go.

So, I went ahead and I installed the drive into the Firewire hard drive case and now when its plugged in, Windows XP Pro x64, nor Vista will recognize it at all. I unplug that drive and hook up another that I have and it spins up and is recognized just fine.

All jumpers are the same between the 2 drives. It is getting power and spins up. Windows Hardware ID wizard does not pick it up. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


Answer:Firewire Hard Drive Recognition

Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel then click Administrative Tools then Computer Management.

Under Storage in the tree diagram, click on Disk Management. Can you see the new volume there?

If you can see the volume, and it is unpartitioned and or unformatted, create a new partition using all the available space in the new drive (or as many partitions as you want), and format it as NTFS.

just locate the hard drive and right click on it and choose "Format". When done, you should be able to see your hard drive

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I have an external harddrive that I bought about 3 years ago. Heres a picture of it When I went to access the files from it today my computer didn't register that it was there. It turns on, and kinda makes some noise like its working a bit...but my computer just won't register its existence. I tried unplugging it and plugging it back in, and restarting my computer and the drive. I tired to find new hardware but it didn't find it and the drive came with no software so I have nothing to try. I have a Dell inspirion 8000 laptop running XP. The device is connected by firewire connected to a card. I can't find a website from the company and I don't have the manual so I really have no idea what to try. I have a ton of stuff on there and I would hate the lose it, but I just want it to be able to work again. Any help or suggestions on what to try would be much appreciated. I'm glad I stumbled upon this website, it seems like an amazing site.

Answer:Help with my Pro Firewire 60GB Hard Drive 7200rpm

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Having a problem with a LaCie 160GB FireWire hard drive I just bought. I have Windows 98SE, and I don't think it can be the FireWire card, because my iPod is detected immediately when I plug it in.

However, when I plug in the hard drive to the same port (I've tried all 3 ports on the card) Windows doesn't detect it.

I called LaCie's tech support, the only suggestion they had was to try it on another machine, but I don't have access to any other computers with FireWire. So short of returning the stupid thing, I have no clue what to do. Any thoughts? Thanks!!

Answer:[SOLVED] FireWire hard drive not recognized

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I am installing an external hard drive via FireWire for a dedicated audio drive but New Hardware Wizard does not appear when I connect. Neither does it show the connected drive when I enter the Wizard manually in control panel. The FireWire shows to be working properly in Device Manager and the drivers are current...any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this issue? Thanks.

Answer:Problems installing new firewire hard drive

That's not abnormal, USB/Firewire mass storage devices are automatically recognized, and no New Hardware wizard will appear. Right click on My Computer, Manage, Disk Management. You can Initialize, Partition, and Format the drive there.

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I'd like to erase all prejudice from your minds before you chuckle, thinking that I'm some naive user who hasn't searched Google. I'm pretty sure this is quite an odd case.

I have a new Maxtor 500GB ATA hard disk drive. I set the jumper Master, and put it into an Adaptec USB/Firewire Enclosure case (ACS-200 is product #). Then I plugged it into my computer via USB, and formatted it with an HP USB formatting tool to NFTS. Well, it wasn't long before I noticed that it was only 127GB capacity [yes, this is the prejudice part]. So, I traversed the net, and it seems that this is a common problem. I verified that I have SP 2 (Windows Media Center 2002). Well, then I noticed a Maxblast CD that came with my drive. I installed that, and it performed a registry hack to enable 48bit LBA addressing (basically: "lets you use drives over 137gb"). Then I used Maxblast to wipe and re-format the drive (all of this is still via USB enclosure). No matter what I did, even with Windows formatter and even Partition Magic, I could not get my computer to read the device as 500GB.

After a couple of hours, I took out my 250GB drive that I've always used for my computer (partitioned into 70GB and 160GB, if you care) and replaced it with my 500GB Maxtor drive. I booted from the Maxtor CD, and entered its DOS Drive Formatter. THEN it registered as 500GB. Great. So, I partitioned all of the space into about 5 NFTS partitions of 120GB or less. ... Read more

Answer:Hard disk drive in USB/firewire Enclosure

What is the model of your motherboard and the bios date ???

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I've brought a new external 120 GB hard drive, and connected it to my 4-pin firewire port on my laptop.

The OS sees the drive and does not give any problems.
But how in the world do I see the drive myself. I've checked in "mycomputer" but i do not visually see the drive.

It it located on: LUN 0 (No idea what that means)
But the drive is installed and working properly. I just have no idea how to access it.

Any suggestions??? Please let me know.

Answer:HELP! Firewire hard drive connected..but I dont see it???

did it come with an install disk, if so use it.

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The T43 will pick up my external firewire hard drive but my Lacie d2
Dual DVD +RW drive wont pick up on my machine what to do? I dont want
to buy USB one as money is problem.

DVD burner. Windows XP sp3. I used it couple miniutes ago on my Mac
and worked.
No the device does not install not even the light for the drive comes
on (blue light),
Yes it is powered by external power supply through the wall.

Answer:T43 IBM wont pick up my Hard Drive firewire

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I am editing video in moviemaker 2 .all works fine until i use the laCie hard drive to save the edited movie and send it back to my camcorder.The temporary file appears to be being sent to the hard drive at the appropriate time the camcorder switches on in record but no movie is sent back to the camera. All connections etc.ok. and have tried new firewire cables. Can anyone offer advice??? Thanks Don .

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I recently got a LaCie FireWire 100GB+ external hard drive so that I could back some of my files up and free up some space on my computer, but after opening it, connecting the power supply and turning it on, I realized that the cable that connects the hard drive to the computer won't fit in any of the ports on my laptop. I thought all I needed was a USB connection to make it work, but apparently not, since it won't fit in any of the USB ports. According to the manual, the cable that comes with the hard drive is a "FireWire 6-pin to 6-pin cable." Both ends of the cable are identical, and while they fit into the port on the hard drive, they don't even come close to fitting any of the ports anywhere on my laptop, no matter what angle I try to plug it in at. My laptop is a HP Pavillion zv6000, if that helps.
So, my question is, is there some kind of 6-pin-to-USB adapter I could buy, or any other part, cable or accessory that I could purchase that would successfully get the hard drive to work with my laptop? I searched google and various other sites but didn't really come across any clear matches, which makes me think that it can't be done, but I just wanted to check here first to make sure that there's not something I can do before I give up completely and return the hard drive.
Thanks in advance for any help,


Answer:Unable to connect FireWire hard drive to laptop; help?

You should have done a bit of research before purchasing the hard drive. With that being said, your best bet (other then returning the drive) would be to get a Firewire PCMCIA card such as any of these.

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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Recently for work, I have been filming roads with a Canon G3 camera. After each road, they have been downloaded and edited. I put these files on a 200 GB maxtor hard drive. I have 125 GB of edited film clips that I cannot pull off of the drive.

I didn't have back up capabilities. This once happened before and I had to start all over. Fortunately, it was at the beginning of the editing process, so I didn't have to do too much over. But this last time, I had filled the drive up and I was in the process of burning the clips to DVD.

This past week, I couldn't get into the drive. When I called maxtor, they told me it was a problem with Microsoft and NTFS. They said that windows was not recognizing the partition. I have tried to use data recovery software, but since each clip is anywhere from 1 GB to 9 GBs, it takes a very long time. One clip would take about 2 weeks to recover.

Another data recovery place wants $100 to look at the drive and anywhere from $700 to $2300 to recover it. I don't know if this is my last chance, but we might have to bite the bullet and pay the high fee since it took me over 2 months of work to do and that is about how much they would have to pay me to do it over again. I don't know what to do. Any help on this would be appreciated. I will check back to responses and ideas, but feel free to email me at [email protected] to voice any ideas you may have. I appreciate your time.

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Answer:Problems: Maxtor 200GB 1394ie firewire/USB hard drive NTFS

Not sure how much help this would be, but have you tried removing the drive and placing it on an IDE cable directly? I would try it on a WinXP machine with it hooked up as a slave drive. That way you eliminate one of the possible points of failure.

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Does anyone know of software that will clone one external hard drive to another hard drive. I have tried by attaching both external hardrives  to a computer but Acronis will only find the destination drive and not the source drive. any ideas would be great Ojas

Answer:Any software that will clone one external hard drive to another external hard

What kind of data is on the HDD ? ?Are you saying that Aceonis does not rcognise both externals ? ?If not you can hool up only the HDD you want cloned and have Acronis create and save the image to your internal for now...then power down...unhook that external...and hook up the blank external...power up and clone away.NOTE: I highly suggest verifying the image before cloning...takes a bit longer buy well worth it.It's under the Tools section in Acronis.

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

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Answer:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!


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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 am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

Answer:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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Hi, recently my lenovo T61's video card fizzled out right after the warranty expired. I have information on the laptop's hard drive that i need to get off of it. I have a hard drive enclosure for my old hp laptop's hard drive but the two drive have different connectors. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction to find a lenovo T61 hard drive compatible external hard drive enclosure. The hard drive is a 100 GB 7200 RPM driveModel: HTS722010K9SA00HDD: 7K200-100LENOVO P/N: 42T1056HITACHI P/N: 0A53257MLC: DA2141

Answer:Need help finding correct external hard drive enclosure for a T61 hard drive

There is a lot to choose from. Any USB SATA external hard drive enclosure should work. Since i don't live in the US i don't know where the best place to buy such a enclosure would be in your case. If you cannot find any maybe someone else that live in the US could help you out.

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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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I bought a esata-sata cable and tried to connect a esata external hard drive througn a sata 2nd hard drive caddy. The result is that my T42 can not detect the external hard drive. The caddy, cable, and the external hard drive are all functional with other setups. As I know, the signal of esata and sata are the same. It should be just passing through. I don't understand why it fails. I observed that both the leds on the caddy and above the caddy are lighting when I boots T42. However, both leds dims after that. Any suggestion?PS. I know using a pcmcia will be easier. However, several reviews confirmed that the writing speed is limited to 30 MB/s through pcmcia. The writing speed on the caddy is at least 55 MB/s when I tested it with a 2.5 in hard drive.

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my macbook pro is currently our of commission due to a mishap with a cup of water. the person i spoke to on the phone at the apple store said to have the hard drive transferred to an external one in case they need to reformat it. is this even possible if my laptop won't turn on?

Answer:transfer data from laptop hard drive to external hard drive

Depends on the type of water damage has been done.
If your laptop has been a small puddle of water for a little bit of time, yes it will mess up your hdd's connectors and possibly damage it.
If the water spill was like a splash on the keyboard and quickly cleaned up, you have a good chance of the hdd working.
Just depends on what got damaged badly enough for something not to turn on for quite awhile.

Also get rid of that macbooks battery, I have a bad feeling it might not work with your macbook anymore.

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?

Answer:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..

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Looking to buy an external hard drive for backup. This will be used only to backup data periodically. This is certainly a good price ($140):

I've never heard of it. Anyone have any experience with that brand?

Answer:Opinions on BeyondMicro External Hard Drive?-or recommendations on External Case?

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

Answer:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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I am looking to purchase an external hdd & dvd writer for my laptop, I have looked at ones made by freecom-does anyone know if they are any good and the best place to buy them ?Thanks

Answer:External Hard disc Drive & External DVD writer

click here?d

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I would like to know that If i got an external monitor with usb ports on it and then connect my Macbook Pro 2015 to it via an HDMI cable, can i connect an external hard-drive onto the external display to transfer files to my macbook?

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Am thinking of adding one of these to get more space. I read/heard somewhere that the software that comes with it allows you to back-up files on this drive automatically from the computer C Drive. Can anyone confirm this please as this could be the 'buy it' information I need for the final decision.Thanks in anticipation

Answer:Archos external Qdisk External Hard Drive

It doesn't mention anything about this on the Archos website click here

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I am constantly downloading things 24/7 I reboot the computer every day but then immeditly begin downloading again. I have a generic hard drive that came with my computer. My question is, does this usage of my hard drive break it down?I realize that a hard drive will break down over time anyways but am I significally breaking it faster or are hard drives designed to withstand that load?

Answer:Does 24/7 hard drive usage break down hard drive

well you would figure...since it is has moving parts...and like any other thing with moving parts the more it's used the faster it will go out....but thats just my theory

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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...

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 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: - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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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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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks

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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 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 currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !

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Answer:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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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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Windows 7 desk top computer stopped during use. It would not restart when button pressed. External power supply ok. Possible internal Power Supply Unit failure. Can the pc hard drive data be backed up to an external USB hard drive enclosure before testing to find the fault in these circumstances?

Answer:Hard drive backup to external USB hard drive enclosure

Yes, most HDD is use on laptop and desktops units are pretty standard. The desktops use 3.5 inch internal drives and the laptops are mostlt 2.5 inch. The Sata interface is almost universal. Suitable enclosures are sold by major vendors. Be aware that the very lost cost kits are not real enclosure, just the power and interface components. Not recommended. To easy make a mistake.You will need a working PC or laptop to read the data. And enough free drive space to store your data files. Recovering program files is not piratical, unless the programs were  portable programs. Which is not likely.This video is basic and helpful. (Ignore the lead in advertisement.) you will see in then video, you can buy an enclosure for  any starred hard drive. So just pick out a good enclosure and you can get you data back!EDIT: On of the best tutorials I have seen lately.  He makes it plain and simple and very useful information.  Geek-9pm recommends you watch. That guy is even better that me.

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How can I use an external hard drive to boot windows?My newer computer has a now-defunct hard drive.I want to use the files on this computer and use it on my newer one,which has the better memory and better processor.Now I'm not sure if copying files from another computer to an external hard drive to make it work with another computer will make some hardware conflict.

Answer:External Hard Drive as Main Hard Drive?(Changed)

I don't know about older versions of Windows but XP and newer doesn't like being booted from external hard drives will not at all without some serious customization. Since you haven't told us what version of windows you plan on using it is hard to guide you further except to say that the general advice is to not attempt it.

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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 just bought a 1143-3GU ThinkPad Edge.  Need to know the part number that will allow me to connect firefire

Answer:Think Pad Firewire usage

What do you mean connect Firewire? Is there an IEEE1394 port on the laptop?

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Can i plug a external hard drive in to a external Usb Hub? I have a usb hub 4 port with the power source from the computer. and the hdd doesnt work with it because it doesnt have enough energy to spin or to work. so i want to buy this eBay: USB 2.0 4-PORT USB HUB WITH EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY C1 (item 300130217532 end time Jul-20-07 16:56:09 PDT)it has external ac power so it doesnt use the power from the computer. will this be enough power for my Harddrive does any one have something like that? thanks

Answer:Can i plug a external hard drive in to a external Usb Hub?

go back to the ebay page where this is located.... on the top where the website  url     (page)  is                  right click(highlight the page)  on it and press copy *come back here and  paste that back in your original post..  Lets see how much juice that thing has ?(i would think it  "should" be ok if there is at least 350 watts)

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I'm not sure if I should have put this in "Hardware" or not so...
I am, by far, a professional at this so hang in there with me if I confuse you. A few months ago my children broke the screen on my laptop and for a few weeks I was trying to use the External Monitor so it would show up on a monitor my sister gave me. Well I finally got that up and working however, now when I connect my external hard drive to the laptop, it will not show up on the desktop monitor. (The external hard drive is Western Digital).

This external monitor is a new thing for me, actually I knew you could do it but didn't try it as an option until my nephew - who is much younger than me - thought of it lol. Anyway, I have pictures and such on my external hard drive that were put onto the external by the very laptop I am using. I'm not totally sure of the montior I am using, all I can tell you at the moment is it's a Dell. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A135 S266; the laptop has Vista Home Basic (32 bit) and I believe the desktop monitor is running with Vista too but I'm not sure if that's important since it is only serving as a "view." Anyway, I would love some help with why the drive may not be working with this set up.


Answer:Help with External Monitor and External Hard Drive

This may seem like a silly question, have you tried the HD on another PC to see if the issue is with that?
Also, are you saying it's not showing up in 'My Computer', or are you not getting the option to open files?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Checked with the fresh install, that my two external hard drives, had there drivers and were present. They were ... Read more

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


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hi there..

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

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

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

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

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Question: hard drive usage

Hi several days ago I checked my hard drive capacity showing 54.6 GB Free of 80 GB capacity
Next day when I checked again it was showing 11.7GB Having not installed or downloading anything?!!
My computer is a Dell OptiPlex GX620 Running Windows7.
Would appreciate any comments------Could it be a faulty indication or a hard disc virus?

Answer:hard drive usage

Two things you can easily do:a. Use a tool like WinDirStat - see what files are taking up space, how much, and where.b. Run the chkdsk /r cmmand, which will check the file system and accurately summarize your partition free space.Louis

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Question: Hard drive usage

I had xp to the point where when I was not using the computer my hard drive access light would never flash, 7 does make use of the drive when I am not. Does anyone know what it is doing?

Answer:Hard drive usage

Indexing and defragging when the system is not under load. Also prefeteching applications and caching them into RAM so they launch quicker the next time you need them.

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I had recently built a custom PC with the following specs:

CPU - i7 6700k @ 4.5GHz
GPU - Palit GTX 1080 Jetstream 8gb @ 2100MHz
Motherboard - Asrock Z170 Extreme4
Ram - 16gb Viper Elite DDR4 3000mhz (8x2)
SSD - HyperX Savage 120gb
HDD - Seagate Baracuda 1tb
PSU - Corsair CX 500w

The PC is amazing, it performed beautifully in everything I threw at it, the only weak point was Windows 10.. I started to get random OS hangs without cause when playing games or doing general browsing, I thought I had an issue with my GPU or something but it turns out after some investigating that it was a Windows problem as when the hangs would happen I quickly would open task manager and see that my drive usage was at 50% having two drives this meant one of them was under 100% usage and so I wanted to find out what was doing it, I looked into performance monitor and other programs to try monitor usage but nothing other than the typical system process was using it.

I did the normal fixes, disable Superfech and Windows Search etc. Neither helped, I clean installed 3 times, no luck. I even safe booted (As told by Microsoft to do so) and the problem still persisted so that proved it wasn't an application causing the problem it was a Windows 10 problem. I tried upgrading to the latest anniversary edition of Windows 10 and the problem literally got 10 times worse, from what were 2-5 second PC hangs at random throughout the day turned into 10-15 second hangs every 10 minutes.

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When I use my computer suddenly my computer freezes for couple minutes. I noticed that my hdd light is constantly stays on (like as power light stays on) and my recourse monitor disk usage is 10mb/sec its not usually like this. I formatted my laptop installed my drivers and my basic software like foxit reader, avira antivirus, MS office etc. But this occurred again same day right after I formated my laptop. That driving me crazy. Can you suggest anything why this happening?

Answer:Hard drive over usage

To make sure your HDD is OK, run a chkdsk /r in an elevated command prompt.

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My laptop (Lenovo Y510p) is always at 100% disk usage for the first 15-20 minutes of starting up, and for intermittent periods afterwards. During this period, everything essentially freezes including the Start Menu, Task Manager, and all other apps running. After about 5 minutes, the hard drive "catches up" and everything starts working again.

The strange part is that when looking at Task Manager / Resource Monitor, the total read/write of the hard drive does not appear to be very high - ie it will be at 100% disk usage but the highest program is reading/writing maybe 0.1MB/s.

This is causing the laptop to become borderline unusable. I have to leave the laptop running in order for it to be usable, as shutting it down / putting it to sleep will cause the hard drive to go back to 100%, and everything comes to a standstill. Please help!

I've attached some pictures which should illustrate what's going on hopefully.

Specs: Lenovo Y510p, 2 years old, running Windows 10 Home 64-bit (upgraded from Windows 8.1).

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Question: Hard drive usage

I installed Windows XP Pro when I had Windows XP Home. And now I found that I've almost totally used up my hard drive. I assume that when I installed the updated version of Windows I didn't format the drive correctly. Here's my question: how can I remove the old operating system with losing everything and having to start all over.

Answer:Hard drive usage

You will need a program like partition magic, i will try to find you a free one. ed
Do not delete the active partition.

try this,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi All,

I have a customer with W10 that is next to unusable.

Is there something out there in the Windows 10 world right now that would cause 100% hard drive usage, slowing a computer down to a crawl?

I found three anti viruses duking it out and fix that.  But CPU goes to 100% (system) and drags the computer to a crawl. Pulling the power plug resets it for a while.

I have not found any root kits or the like.

I am wondering if this is one of M$'s endless full rebuild updates?

Any words of wisdom?


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Hey guys!
Please don't bash me for posting this (as I can see others have posted about it also). I just want to make sure I can get as many ideas as possible, before I do a clean install/new hdd.
I am helping a family friend fix their desktop. It is only about 3 years old and has a AMD quad core processor, 8GB Ram, 1TB HDD(500GB used) - They also have a smaller 2nd HDD - Though I am not sure what the contents are for. They told me the computer has been running very slow since October.
So I did my usual computer cleanup steps:
1. Malware removal (Spybot, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Hitman Pro, Emisoft Emergency kit) - All in safe mode - nothing serious found.
2. Ran CCleaner (Cleaner,Registry,Startup) / Deleted temp files
3. Checked for unwanted programs - found none
4. Google Chrome is their browser - no plugins/extensions to remove
5. They have AVG Internet Security, scans only at 9pm everyday
At this point, I still felt the computer to be very sluggish - After looking at task manager, I noticed that the disk was always at, or close to, %100 usage. **No 1 process was hogging it all**
**Decided to let Defraggler to Defrag the PC - And that is where I am at now** (Gives me time to research/jot down things to try - will be doing further work remotely on the PC(Teamviewer))
**Things to still try**
1. Disable Windows "Superfetch" --services
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This is a new one for me, migrating data from an XP system to a new Windows 7 Home Premium system.  On small drive previous system I always dump the entire contents into a folder for customers in case down the road they remember some strange location where they had some data stored.
Windows 7 shows 11.9 GB free of 38.2 GB (approx 26 GB used) connected with an IDE to USB cable, but when I dragged the entire drive to a folder it was only showing about 4 GB worth of files.  Discovered the user had made files private trying to implement a "secure XP system". I took ownership at the drive level for all subfolders and objects and still am only seeing 16 GB of files . . . somewhere are 10 GB of missing data.
The XP system is not bootable so I can't do a comparison on the actual running system either.
User is a bare bones knowledge user and I don't see any evidence of a TrueCrypt installation. 
Comments? Questions? Any thoughts appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive usage discrepancy

Another oddity, if I CTRL A and right click at the root of the XP drive I see 50,148 files and 5,320 folders, but if I drag everything that is selected to a folder on the Windows 7 drive the dialog box reads copying 3,889 items (1.64 GB) . . . 

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I have a Toshiba Tecra TE2100 1.8 GHZ P4 laptop with 768 MB RAM. I purchased an external enclosure for a Maxtor 60 Gig IDE hard drive. After starting Windows XP everything is running normal. As soon as I turn on the hard drive my CPU usage skyrockets to 100% and everything runs incredibly slow if at all and the computer won't shut down. When I turn off the drive things return to normal after about 15 minutes. Sometimes Windows comes up and says the drive is installed and everything runs except for the fact that there is no drive letter, but I believe I found a workaround for this in these forums. If I could just solve this CPU problem I believe everything will be ok. Could these problems be related? I have spent hours trying to figure this one out.
Thanks For Your Help,

Answer:USB Hard Drive = CPU 100% usage - Explorer

You should try to fond out what is using 100% CPU. It could be your antivirus program or Windows itself or the USB storage drivers. Could be a damaged filesystem on the drive too. Or maybe the drive is bad..

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ive got a 40gb hard drive and i am running low of hard drive space. i then deleted a gb of space. after an hour my hard drive has gone back down to 400mb. i dont know why that happens as i dont download.does anyone know why this is?thanks in advance

Answer:Fast Usage Hard Drive

Are you saying that you freed up 1 Gb of space by deleting unwanted files but now you only have 400Mb of space ?

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