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copy the c drive to an external hard drive

Question: copy the c drive to an external hard drive

How do I (in one operation) copy my HP Pavillion "C" drive with Windows XP over to a Toshiba Canvio 320 external hard drive??? It would seem that this must be a simple operation.

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Answer: copy the c drive to an external hard drive

"What would be the use of this copy operation?"I was going to ask something similar. What would be the point of copying the entire C: partition to an external?

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Hi,

My Fujitsu Amilo Li1705 laptop has been reaching full capacity (80gb) for a while so I decided to get a new hard drive.

I've updated the RAM from 1gb to 2gb with no problem.

My hard drive has arrived but with no cables, instructions etc. and searching the web has proved just as unfruitful as most sites refer to external hard drives.

I don't have an external disc so was wondering if there's any way of copying everything over. I've heard of temporarily taking the CD drive out to have the two drives at once but wouldn't know where to start.

Any help/ instructions would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Dale
 

Answer:Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external drive?

Obviously you did not build a Recovery Disc originally?

You can just order a Recovery Disc from HERE

If your machine is not supported, then then sometimes the Fujitsu forum members will help, at Their Forum

That's 3 ways of getting your Recovery media. I hope it helps
 

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I have a Dell Latitude laptop, 4 gb hard drive, 128 mb memory, I have no back up disks to restore the laptop. Can anyone tell me how to copy a drive image of the hard drive laptop to my external 40gb hard drive please?

Answer:copy drive image to external hard drive?

You need software that can create a snapshot image of your laptop hard drive.Acronis "True Image", Norton "Ghost" are betterknown ones. Try EBay or Amazon for deals.

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I'm trying to use Norton Ghost to copy my hard drive to a new usb external hard drive. I am trying to use clone in Ghost advanced, but when I get to the section where it asks for source and destination, I see Disk 1 - (c - DISE_backup (d, and for destination I see the same thing. How do I get it to identify my usb hard drive designated as (I in my computer.
If I try backup in Ghost basic, I am able to choose the destination by going to my computer and clicking on the drive, is there a way to do it in advanced Clone?
Is there a better way to copy my old drive to the new one? I'm using win ME, the old drive is 40 gig, and the new one 250 gig Seagate.
Also,I used Seagate disk wizard to install it, and when i click on it in my computer it recognizes it as a 250 gig, does that mean that 250 is usable, or do I have to partition it?
PS
ya know, I actually thought that this was gonna be easy!
 

Answer:can I copy my hard drive to an external usb hard drive?

I used DriveImage XML (freeby probably availabale here at MG) to copy a backup from my C Drive to a maxtor USB 100Gb USB drive with no probs whatsoever. Moreover I tested it to reinstall to the C Drive for a minor program and it did the job hassle free.
I don't like anything Norton turns out, personal opinion based on bitter experience.
Give Drive image a try!
However I hope you undersand that you cannot boot from the backup - it is only a backup - booting is a different situation altogether
HTH
Robert
 

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Hello,

Recently I have run into a problem while trying to use my external hard drive. (a 2 TB Seagate model, requiring external power) When I try to copy anything onto it, the process never finishes - it just stalls at a point. It then affects the rest of my laptop, slowing everything else down. I can't even log out in this situation.

I viewed my hard drive state using Defraggler, and under "Disk Health" it says "Error". Under the "Health" tab, it has marked "Reallocated Sector Count" in Red.

That is all I have been able to ascertain until now. Anyone have any ideas as to what the problem is?
 

Answer:Can't copy to external hard drive

From what I searched on the web this is what I've found:

Reallocated Sectors Count

Count of reallocated sectors. When the hard drive finds a read/write/verification error, it marks that sector as "reallocated" and transfers data to a special reserved area (spare area). This process is also known as remapping, and reallocated sectors are called "remaps". The raw value normally represents a count of the bad sectors that have been found and remapped. Thus, the higher the attribute value, the more sectors the drive has had to reallocate. This allows a drive with bad sectors to continue operation; however, a drive which has had any reallocations at all is significantly more likely to fail in the near future.[2] While primarily used as a metric of the life expectancy of the drive, this number also affects performance. As the count of reallocated sectors increases, the read/write speed tends to become worse because the drive head is forced to seek to the reserved area whenever a remap is accessed. A workaround which will preserve drive speed at the expense of capacity is to create a disk partition over the region which contains remaps and instruct the operating system to not use that partition.

This basically means that there is some physical damage to your hard drive platters. when a sector is bad or has gone bad, it can never be used again, which in return means over time it may get worse and you lose more hard drive space. This is the beginning of a h... Read more

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I have to replace my hard drive and want to copy all the stuff on my existing hard drive to an external. When I try I get an error message saying that the ntuser.dat is in use or copy prtected. How do I get round this please

Answer:Copy to external hard drive

OK. open MY COMPUTER.
OPEN C
then copy folder by folder the new drive EXCEPT c:\windows
and the files located c:\ like c:\pagefile.sys c:\boot.ini... etc OK?
if you are looking for a complete backup like "ghost" or "image" then you will need software. data backup software on any retail website will give you an idea. btw does your new external drive come with a cd for software? you may already have a program to help you, check it out.

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I wish to copy my laptop HD (all apps., programs etc.) to an external HD then replace the laptop hd with the external HD for upgrade purposes (80gb to 160gb). I'm seeking the best method for doing this. I've tried using the Microsoft feature (ntbackup.exe) but it doesn't seem to work for me. Any help is appreciated.
 

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I have just purchased a 500g external hard drive which connets to my PC by USB2 cable. I would like to copy the WHOLE of my PC hard drive to this, so if the PC HD dies I will have a ready backup, is this possible?Also if I copy/backup files will it overwrite files already on external HD

Answer:Copy Existing PC hard drive to external

acronis true image will do the job,or if the drive is seagate or maxtor,there are free acronis versions.click here

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So I recently moved from XP to 7. Before I did this I created a backup of some files on my XP box and copied it to an external hard drive. Now that I'm on Windows 7 I've learned that there is really no way to directly restore the backup. So I have restored it onto a Vista box and copied the rehydrated files back onto the external hard drive. Now I just want to copy the files from the external hard drive to the main hard drive on my Windows 7 box. However, when I do this I get the following warning for some (but not most) folders:

"You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this folder"

My options are Continue, Skip, and Cancel. First off, I am an administrator on this box so I don't understand why it's asking my this. Secondly, if I choose Continue, it tells me that the folder I'm copying over already exists in the destination! What? The system is in the middle of copying it! Why is it asking me this? So I just tell it to proceed, but then it tells me the same thing about a few particular files and asks me if I want to overwrite them or ignore them. I usually say overwrite because they shouldn't be there yet. Anyway, by the time the whole thing is done, the destination folder is actually BIGGER and has more files than the same freaking folder on the drive I was copying from? How is that possible?

What is going on here? Why does a simple copy operation not work anymore?

Answer:Can't copy files from external hard drive

The copy function in Win7 works very well - trust me. When you did your copy operation, the system apprently found files/folders by the same name that already existed on your system. E.g. if you copy a folder named "Music", the system will note that there is already such a folder that comes with the system. But very often those are system files like .ini that are on both the target and the source.
If your folder got bigger, you'll have to look what the additions are. Hard to tell from here what might have happened.

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

Answer:copy internal hard drive to external hard dri

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

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I completely reinstalled my Win XP OS and i saved my "necessary" files(music, videos. etc...) to an external hard drive but i accidentally encrypted them and now i have to figure out how to decrypt them so i can copy them to my new OS.

When i try to just uncheck the "Encrypt contents to secure data" box i get the error:

An error occurred applying attributes to the file:

xxxxxxxxx.xxx

Access is denied.
How do i fix this. :-(
 

Answer:ReInstalled Win XP and Cannot Copy files from external Hard Drive

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when trying to copy audio files to an external hard drive, getting error "Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties?"
I have many audio folders. Some of the folders copy ok, others do not. I researched this somwhat and the explanation I found was incmpatabilities going from NTFS to FAT. So what can I do to change the NTFS folder on my computer so that the properties are compatable with the Flashdrive? I have tried reformatting the i-flash drive in NTFS but it then could no longer be read by the iPhone software (i-easy Drive).

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When I try to copy a 5 gig (avi) file to my Seagate hard drive it says there is not enough room. There is at least 65 gigs free. I have tried defragging the drive but it still won't let me do it. I copied a 2 gig file with no problem. Any ideas?
 

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[SOS] How can I copy files to External Hard Drive? (MS-DOS Invalid Function)


Please check the following link:

http://www.eightforums.com/general-d...-function.html

It is miserable that I met the same problem that he met.

"Invalid MS-DOS function" window is pop out when I tried to copy files to the external drive.

How can I solved it

I have spent about 3 days but I still can't solve it .
My External Drive : Buffalo HD-LBU2

Answer:[SOS] How can I copy files to External Hard Drive? (MS-DOS Invalid Fun

hi Pufferine,

well it is not a bug, since for me it works perfectly. Do you copy via Task scheduler?

Anyway be sure you do it as Administrator to avoid some problems.

Jeff

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Can you copy program files over to an external hard drive? And copy them back onto your hard drive after installing Windows 10 pro? Or do you have to install all the programs again? If so is there any software that would do it for you?

Answer:Can you copy program files over to an external hard drive?

hollyoaks777 said:

Can you copy program files over to an external hard drive? And copy them back onto your hard drive after installing Windows 10 pro? Or do you have to install all the programs again? If so is there any software that would do it for you?



If they are "installed" you need to reinstall them, because of the registry.
If they are portable's, you can copy & paste(might want to get any .ini files belonging to them, as they contain any specific settings)

See here: installation - What's the difference between portable and install versions? - Super User.

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Is there a way to delete the computer hard drive clone on the external hard drive and recover the files that were lost?  I want my full external storage capacity back and, if possible, the files.  Thanks.  I'm running XP Home.

Answer:Disc Copy 2.3 ate up all my external hard drive-- from 320GB to 37GB now!

No idea what you are talking about. How about starting at the beginning and telling us the whole story?

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Hi,
I was wondering if anyone knows how to use cmd.exe to copy all the files in 'My Documents' to an external hard drive? I am using Windows XP professional.

My computer has got some sort of virus so when I try to log on I only see the background picture, all the icons are gone and I can't access the start menu. I can't even open Windows in safe mode. The only thing that works is cmd.exe that I can access from the safe mode menu.

I need to retrieve my files from My Documents so I am hoping it is possible to use cmd.exe for that? I have never used cmd.exe before so I don't know any codes.

Any help would be really appreciated!!

/ Anna

Answer:[SOLVED] using cmd.exe to copy files from 'My Documents' to an external hard drive

Press ctrl-alt-del. Does task manager show up? If so, go to the processes tab. Scroll down. Do you see explorer.exe anywhere? If yes, select it, then pick end process. Then click on file, new task, and type explorer. See if that starts Windows Explorer that way.

If that doesn't work, start the command prompt (any way you can - my suggested way is ctrl-alt-del to get task manager, then file, new task, and type cmd)

Depending on where you're at you have to get to your my documents folder.
Whereever your current directory is, type
cd \Documents and Settings\youruserid\My Documents
(don't forget the backslash before documents)
You should be in your my documents folder.
Now go to your other drive, whatever letter it might be - for example D: by typin
D:
then make a directory - we'll name it backup in our example
md backup
switch to that directory
cd backup
and switch back to C:
c:
then run the xcopy command.
xcopy *.* /e /h d:
that says to copy all files (*.*) and folders and subfolders (/e) including system and hidden files (/h) to d: (notice it's d: and not d:\ - because we want to copy to the current working directory on d:, which is backup).

Naturally for all this to work, you have to make sure your flash drives gets detected in safe mode, which I'm not sure as I'm not sure all plug-and-play devices are accessible in safe mode.

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When I copy a file to External Hard Drive, then this error. How can I copy?
I tried on Windows 7, everything is ok.

Answer:How can I copy files to External Hard Drive? (MS-DOS Invalid Function)

It may be a bug if it works in 7 and not in 8. Does this error crop up with any file or only with this particular file? If its very file, then its a problem with the external. If it isnt, then its a problem with the particular file. Backup the data on the external, then run chkdsk on it.

How to use CHKDSK (Check Disk) - Windows 7

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Okay here is the story. My laptop has a ton of valuable information on it, recently my Norton protection ran out and was unable to renew it.

Well somebody hacked my system and now I have a ton of viruses, trojans, and malware. So I was still able to use my PC for internet usage and my music still played in Windows Media Player. So all in all my laptop still worked.

Now today I go to turn on my laptop, and it will not boot up at all. I can't even system restore or repair it with windows repair.

However I do need to back up my files, and since my hard drive is what is wrong in the first place.

I think it might be better, instead of copying the entire hard drive to my 1 terabyte external hard drive, if it would make more sense just to copy my entire user profile onto my external?

I am wondering if this is possible. i have heard of LiveCD's and Parted Magic from this forum. But I am wondering if I can just back up all of my files that way.

If I can back up all of my files like that, I might save money instead of taking to a repairman and just fix it myself.

So is it possible to copy and back-up the entire user profile of a laptop that will not boot up to an external hard drive?

Basically I want to copy the entire contents of my User Profile on Vista onto an external drive, so I can use my reboot CD to reboot my laptop, without losing any of my files and folders or anything for that matter.

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Answer:Copy entire user profile to external hard drive

Have you tried a repair install? If that is possible that will leave your files intact.. It is a good idea to back on a regular basis anyway.

The other possibility is connecting your hard drive as a slave drive on another pc.

If the repair install is not possible there are a number of ways using boot cd's to access your data.

Here is one solution that is free and should do what you want
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/
 

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Good monring to you all. I'm about to purchase a 2tb external hard rive which is on sale at maplins, link is here: http://www.maplin.co.uk/2tb-freeagent-goflex-desk-external-hard-drive-396166
I've already reserved it to pick up later.
I have a windows 7 desktop pc....ALL my collection of music is stored on my pc...in itunes, AND I have about 100 playlits which I also need to keep as well.
I need advise moving my itunes library to the external hard drive AND moving ALL my playlists as well, and I need to do this WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS PLEASE. My itunes music library is the most important thing ive got on my desktop. Any good advice would be much appreciated. many thanks

Answer:How to copy my itunes library to an external hard drive and KEEP all my playlists intact pls

I've found this. It's a lot of reading. Good luck. I've never done it so better to wait to see if someone actually has.

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Hi everyone, I hope someone can help me.

As the title says my external hard drive wont allow me to move/copy my files back to my laptop. its a Seagate 500GB external hard drive which I have owed for a few years now with not as much use as id like. I can view photos and other files play videos and music off it but when I go to move a file over to the desktop it pops up with a windows explorer tab showing it has stopped working. which is weird as it has nothing to do with windows explorer then it seems to reload the main screen. I've attached a video showing the problem in the hope someone can diagnose the issue. I did just manage to send a photo and a music file using email back to my computer from the hard drive so its not impossible to get them all back but that would take forever haha. Any help I really would appreciate it and promise once fixed IL use a online cloud service as I know hard drives don't last forever.

it seems I cant upload the video which is annoying as it would make it easier for people to work out the problem.

HARD DRIVE DOESNT SEEM TO BE THE ISSUE!!

sorry I thought this was down to just the hard drive but I've just tried copying a file on the desktop screen and then pasting the copied file onto the desktop screen and it seems the issue is happening with the laptop same problem with the windows explorer tab popping up with the message windows explorer has stopped working followed with another message saying windows explorer is restartin... Read more

Answer:external hard drive wont move/copy files back to laptop

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Access DENIED to VIEW ,COPY OR MOVE pictures on an external hard drive
Im having access problems copying ,editing and viewing my photos on my external hard drive ,it says i dont have the correct permissions to access the file .and the file belong to an unknown user account ,i am using an administrator account ,how can i have access to this files ?

THE problem started since i was using windows 7 ,now im using windows 8 ,the problem is still there!!

Please help me ,its been two years im trying to solve this problem.

Here is the link to the additional pictures showing all the problems

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3381541016883.2168211.1220177281&type=1&l=160799ee13

im using HP530 ,2g RAM ,windows 8

the external HD is a samsung model HD103SI ,1TB
 

Answer:Access DENIED to VIEW ,COPY OR MOVE pictures on an external hard drive

Right click on the ext drive then go to Properties.
Under Security tab Click Edit
Select the User Account that you want to have access. Usually looks like Test (Test-PC\Test)
Make Sure to put check on Full Control under Allow and NOTHING is checked under Deny
Click Apply and then OK
 

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Hi! I do not know when and why did this happen but whoever invented this paranoid (hidemysecretsfrommywife) control system of sharing and permissions should be declared as the Enemy of Mankind, or the Antichrist!
I can understand that one wants to protect C: from malwares. But have you seen a malware attacking an external drive???

I have Windows7, I have an external drive where I store all my pictures taken and my music files. I already tried everything advanced sharing and so on. Still: I can only create a new folder with a right click in the drive or inside existing folders but I can not do anything else. The disk is write protected, check write permissions.
In fact, the disk isn't write protected.

If I create a new folder, I can put in it and do whatever I want inside the new folder. But I have no permission to do anything outside a new folder, i.e. with my original media files!

Why? Who does benefit from this? What is this craziness???

Answer:[SOLVED] No permission to create/ move, copy, delete files in external hard drive

Hi akofalvi.

Try this:

1. Start > Run "cmd" (this opens a command prompt window)
2. type--> diskpart (this will open another command window in a few seconds)
3. type--> list volume (this will list all of the volumes currently recognized in your system)
4. type--> select volume # (this number is going to be your external drive)
5. type--> attributes disk clear readonly

I will say this: this procedure has been met with mixed results and your problem may return. Some have even had this issue and it turned out to be a setting in Windows Media Player of all things (whoda thunk?) One responder in a forum had this to say about this very problem: what i found to fix this was to remove the settings in media player allowing it to re-organize and rename files, after which i went to the tools/advanced/restore media library and allowed it to dump my current library and reset it. That's just an FYI.

I hope that'll help. Let me know.

Good day!

Mike

PS: As an afterthought, you may need to log in to the REAL administrator account (which needs to be activated manually) and set your permissions there for your regular user name. We'll go down that path if the above procedure doesn't net you anything positive.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
or
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
OR
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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I recently bought an old used PC (Dell XPS Gen. 2 ? Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM), installed my 1 TB SATA hard drive and a new install of Windows XP SP3. I?ve also got an IDE hard drive in there with lots of media files on it. I?ve been trying to copy or move files from an external USB hard drive to the IDE drive, but nearly every time I try to do so, Windows Explorer (or Q-Dir) will lock up, with the progress bar showing very little progress. I have been able to copy a few small files successfully, but anything else seems to crash it. I?ve checked for DMA/PIO status and have found that it has reverted to PIO several times, and I?ve deleted the primary IDE channel in device manager so that it would reinstall with DMA mode. The problem persists. My device manager shows two primary IDE channels and one secondary IDE channel. I have the 1 SATA hard drive, 1 IDE hard drive, and 1 SATA DVD burner installed.
Any ideas?

Thanks

Answer:Windows XP locks up when I try to copy or move files from external drive to IDE drive

can you write a file to the drive?
any files you can open on the drive? Or do you get access denied when you try to open a file?

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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?

Thanks!
Sonya

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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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 currently have an HDD which I intend to use as a slave drive, replacing it with an SSD that will be booted with a Windows 10 ISO disk.I am planning on copying the C drive to an external drive, and once the SSD is up and running, copying only the files I want from the external.The HDD will be formatted.How do I simply make a copy of the files on the HHD to the external drive? message edited by craigdk

Answer:How do I simply copy C drive files to an external drive?

Thanks for any help and guidance :)message edited by craigdk

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I want to copy my data on my Dell that wont start and I can enter command prompt. So can I copy my data to my external drive??
Thank you for any advice..

Answer:How do i copy my data from the failing drive to my external drive?

Depending on the accessibility status of the hard drive and presuming that its a non booting Windows (not mentioned), try using a Puppy Linux bootable disc and then connect or mount your external to access and copy your data. The tutorial link would give you all the needed information when  working in Linux OS environment.

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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.

Can anyone help me? I thought I read somewhere... Read more

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

anyone?
 

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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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Hello,
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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I've seen a similar problem in this forum, but I can't find the identical problem or a solution.

Simply stated, I made a copy of my w2k hard drive using ghost and when I try to boot to it, I get an error to the effect that the page file is missing or too small. Safe mode doesn't work either.

Read on for more details. I have also posted this to Western Digital and am awaiting an answer from them.

I want to install my new drive as my master because I believe I am having errors with my existing drive.

I have a master drive (C: ) and a slave (F: ). Most of the data on the slave got there by running the drive to drive copy (not the install new drive) selection from data lifeguard (Western Digital utility).

Because I learned in the past that I cannot successfully boot from the copy made by data lifeguard, I used Norton Ghost (version 10.0) to copy from my old master to the new drive. Ghost has an option that says it can be used to install a new drive.

I'm pretty sure I kept the jumpers and physical drive locations straight through all of this. Here is where I am at. I was careful.

If I try to boot from the new drive as master with no slave, the boot fails. It tells me the paging file is missing or too small. I do not have this problem booting from my old master with no slave. In both cases the slave is physically disconnected. If I attempt safe mode with the new drive, I have the same problem.

If I boot from the new drive with the existing F: (created by... Read more

Answer:Can't boot to hard drive copy - no pagefile & drive letters confused

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When installing a larger main drive, how do I get the drivers copied onto the slave before I take out the main one?

I wonder is there a simple way of doing this, I am using Windows XP home edition, the PC is an oldish one and isn't any specific make, so I can't get any clever programs from the manufacturers site, any idea?

Thanks

I had just had this recommended, I wonder is it a safe site, safe program?

http://sourceforge.net/projects/drvback/

Thanks
 

Answer:How do I make a copy of my drivers onto a slave drive, when upgrading hard drive?

Yes sourceforge is safe.

That is where I get many programs myself.

.
 

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I need help. I was trying to clone my laptop drive to my new drive using Copy commander but when I had the new drive partitioned, it will not allow me to clone my drive. But if I do not partition it, it works. Any input would be appreciated......!!
 

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Hi, I have an issue, my main hard drive is about to die, and I need to try to copy it to my other drive so I can take it out and just use my other drive as my main drive and boot windows etc. from it.Is there a way to do this? I already have stuff installed on my second drive which I don't want to lose so I don't want to have to format it in order to install windows onto it.If there any way at all of just copying everything from my dieing drive to my other drive so I can just take my main drive out and use the other as a main drive.My main drive was a temporary replacement for my last hard drive that died, it is only 40GB IDE, and my secondary drive is  a 250GB SATA (if that helps) I am also running windows XP pro SP3.If you need any more info, I will do my best to tell you anything you need to knowThankyou in advance.

Answer:master hard drive dieing, can I copy it to slave drive?

http://www.dtidata.com/resourcecenter/2007/04/23/how-to-slave-hard-drive/

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Hi. As I'm unable to boot up my old computer and need some files off it I removed the hard drive from it and attached it to the 'slave' connection on a working computer's hard drive. The working computer boots up OK but having done this what program do I use to get files from the non working computer's hard drive?

Answer:How to copy from slave hard drive to master hard drive?

You don't need any special program.

Did you set the jumpers on the HDD to slave. If the HDD in your old computer was a master, the jumpers are probably set to master. You'll need to put the jumpers on slave if you are going to add it to an existing IDE cable as a slave. When you restart your PC enter the bios and see if the bios detects this new HDD. IF it does you should be able to enter your OS and it should be detected as a new drive letter.

Then just find your files and copy & paste to master HDD.

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My hard drive started making funny clicking noises and the pc pitstop checkup gave me a response time of 77ms and a warning that it could expire shortly. So i bought a new 80 gb hard drive, installed it, partitioned it no problem, but i now want to swap all the data from my old hard drive to my new one (os and all), and then junk the old drive.
How can i do this without spending money on software that i will probably only use once or twice.
Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks

the pipster
 

Answer:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

XXClone
HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
DriveClonerXP
PCI CloneMaxx
 

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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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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, 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.
 
-gan

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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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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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I want to copy an access database from a zip drive to a hard drive. Can I simply just select the database and do a copy and paste or is there anything else involved? Also, what would be the easist way to make changes to the database on the hard drive and have them update on the zip drive and vice versa?
 

Answer:copy access database from zip drive to hard drive

That should do it.
Copy/paste or click and drag.

To "back up" the database regularly?
Copy and paste over.
There is no EASIER way without getting very involved.
Since the drive is just for a simple backup, I would keep it simple.

Please make sure you're compacting your Access DB on close (Tools-Options, General tab, in 2000 and above), so that it doesn't unnecessarily get bigger and bigger.
 

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Can anyone tell me how to copy the entire contents of my 3gb UDMA hard drive, including XP home- to my new 80gb SATA hard drive.

Answer:How do I Copy UDMA Hard Drive to new Sata Drive

Save all your documents to a CD or DVD and re-install XP

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I have 3 hard drives and boot options of windows 7 64bit or Vista 32bit.
Drive 1.
E: 74gb
Windows 7 64bit bootable.
Drive 2.
D: 186gb
Only used for documents.
Drive 3.
232gb Partitioned into C: 64.45gb and K: 168.43gb
C: Vista 32 bit bootable.
K: is just for documents.


I want to copy my E: drive (windows 7) to my C: partition (wiping out Vista) and keep my K: partition intact.
If successful I will boot from C: then format my E: drive.

Can I do this using windows 7 backup?

Answer:Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

You can use the "create a system image" feature in Backup and Restore to make an image of your drive 1, but first you would need to shrink the size of the drive , because it is larger than the partition with Vista on it and to restore the image the partition has to be equal or greater than the Windows 7 installation. Before attempting to move Windows 7 to your Vista partition, I would back up all your data on the K partition as a precaution. If you do that, then you wouldn't have to resize the Windows 7 partition. Then after restoring the image to your Drive 3, you can always recreate the K partition and move your data back to. Either way, back up that data on the K drive first, before doing anything. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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My daughter's PC has an 8.4GB HDD which is almost full, I have bought a 20GB disk, which I have set up as the slave, to replace it, as I want to transfer everything across to that disk. Having studied this forum it seemed that Drive Image 7.0 would be the easiest solution, but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE but it's all a bit beyond me! I have loaded XP PRO on to the new HDD, can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? All advice appreciated.

Answer:Best way to copy full hard drive to larger drive?

but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE - Give some more details?can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? - you would to reinstall programs.

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Hello,
My PC was somehow configured so that I cannot copy files from the internal hard drive to a USB pen drive (e.g., to make a back-up).

When I try to do this, I get the following message:
"Destination Folder Access Denied
You need permission to perform this action."

There is definitely enough room on the USB drive.
The USB drive is configured with a password, which I entered correctly after plugging in the drive. After doing this, I am able to see the files from the drive. The configuration is such that I can copy files from the USB drive to the PC's hard drive, but I can't copy in the other direction, which is what I need to do.

This sounds like a Windows permissions issue to me. I have taken ownership of the file in question, and I have assigned full control to that file. That has not solved the problem.

Any ideas?

Many thanks.

Keith

Answer:Can't get permissions to copy from PC hard drive to USB pen drive

Quote:
"Destination Folder Access Denied


That is obviously a problem of the USB Stick.
Are you sure it doesn't have a lille switch that prevents writing to it.
Or ask the person who set it up with password access and all if he also installed some sorts of write protection?
-DG

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!
 

Answer:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."

PLEASE HELP I DONT WANT TO LOSE ALL MY FILES

Answer:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

Determine which disk is the external drive.
If the external drive shows here as a healthy volume, Right click on the large box to the right of the "Disk 1" / "Disk 2" lable and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

If there is nothing but a grey box or "Unallocated Space" next to the disk number then Right click on the disk number (the box) and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

If you can't do any of the above post back. If you can post a screen shot of the Disk Management window that can help.
Do not initialize the disk or format it or you will lose your data.

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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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Hello,

I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or d... Read more

Answer:Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119475 having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!
 

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Hi,

I am trying to re-install xp pro on my Toshiba Notebook with an external DVD drive. I am able to boot from the drive and the blue "windows setup" screen begins to load.

After I press enter to set up Window XP, it says "setup did not find any hard disk drives installed on your comptuer...Press F3 to quit.

I am stumped. If I quit setup and I can reboot and load my original windows. Therefore, the hard disk is present and works fine.

How do I get the windows setup to see the hard drive and proceed with setup?

Thanks.
Dw1256
 

Answer:Solved: Install Windows with External Dvd Drive - Hard drive not found?

It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
If you have a usb drive load from Toshiba the sata controller drivers
so on the screen for the install you press F6 load drivers and then load the sata driver from the usb - I say usb as I presume you do not have a floppy drive
OR you can include them in a reburnt CD using nLite but that is a longer way round the problem
Nlite

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/part2.html

OR you can TRY try this

Enter your BIOS/Setup Utility
Locate the Serial ATA or SATA configuration section
I’ve seen this section called ‘On Chip Config’ on some Phoenix Award BIOS

On Lenovo/IBM ThinkPads it’s in Config > Serial ATA (Sata)
Change the mode of the SATA controller from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility
Save & Exit
Reboot and begin the Windows Setup again.
If Windows Setup successfully detects your hard disk this time then go ahead and perform the Windows Setup.
When Windows setup completes change the mode back to AHCI in the BIOS

 

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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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Hell0need help,I need the dos commands to copy my c drive onto a portable USB drive.Any help greatly appreciated,dave

Answer:Copying hard drive to external drive using msdos command tool

If you are thinking this will back up your system, it won't. You would need a drive imaging tool such as Paragon Backup And Recovery Free Editionhttp://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

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

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

Does the external drive work on another machine?

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

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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 heard that enterprise hard drives are more reliable than the standard hard drives in retail or consumer computers. I want to get an external hard drive for extra storage and backup purposes. My desktop and notebooks are the typical computers that are sold to retail customers. Will there be any problems having it access and drive an enterprise hard drive in an external hard drive case? I am thinking to get a fairly large size around 1T so I figure it would have its own power supply and not be powered by the USB drive. Data access will probably be via USB and/or eSata.
 

Answer:enterprise hard drive as an extra external drive-any problem with this idea

I believe Enterprise drives are more performance based then reliability based. The mechanics are still the same. Usually an enterprise application requires a fast drive, something like a 16MB cache and 15k RPMs is the norm, even if the drive is only 150GB, put those in RAID and you have a very fast access source for a large network.

There of course are slower, and larger backup drives, and tape backups as well... but again I can't imagine that they are any more reliable, if the two drives are comarable in other regards. SATA is Still SATA, though Fibre and SAS might be more reliable than SATA or PATA.
 

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xp cannot find it.......disk manager can.....do format and no drive letter help please.....thank you


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OS: xp


help trying to initialize an external hard drive on xp home ed

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i may not know enough about the problem to completly describe it...but i will begin......an 80 gig external hard drive was given to me..it was rebuilt on a win 2000 system....my home edition of win xp--reconginzes it....as disk 1- in disk manager....however it is not formatted or able to be found, and does not have a drive letter assigend to it... i logged on as "administrator" ...in safe mode, to see if i could get the drive path settings option to come up in disk manager ...i could not-------does any of this make any sense to anyone?.......that option still does not come up..under user or administrator...in disk managment--so it is unformatted and has no drive letter......thus xp cannot find it......

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model ME051
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1396 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A04, 12/22/2005
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot ... Read more

Answer:maxtor external hard drive unformatted and undesignated by drive letter

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

STEP 1: CHECK POWER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)


Verify that the drive light and the light on the AC adapter (power supply) is illuminated normally.
It is sometimes necessary to contact Technical Support for troubleshooting and/or possibly to replace the power supply if it behaves unusually.





STEP 2: CHECK CABLING (click for expanded instructions further down the page)



Confirm that your USB/Firewire cable is firmly connected in a port that is on the rear of your desktop computer (if you have a desktop).
Try another USB or Firewire port.
If your drive is powered only by USB, such as the FreeAgent Go, the Maxtor OneTouch mini, and the Seagate Portable drive, then the drive's cable has two USB connectors. Try connecting both of the free USB connectors into a USB port for maximum power availability.
Avoid connecting the drive via a USB hub for now.



STEP 3: WINDOWS SERVICE PACKS


Follow these instructions to ensure that your installation of Windows XP/2000 has been updated to the latest Windows Service Pack.

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

The System Properties window will appear. On the General tab (which will be at the front), see the "System:" information.

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

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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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Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?

Thanks,

PaveFE
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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

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

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

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I 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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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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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.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLLQusrmzvIAs 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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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 purchased a Western Digital 250gb external hard drive (My Passport Essential I think) a few years back with the idea that I would use it as a backup to my main computer and/or an alternative hard drive storage for my music. But I have been sadly deceived and luckily I have only used it as a sync/temporary access drive when I needed to print stuff away from home.

Well the time has come to upgrade to a new computer (with more space and speed etc than current) and I have been trying to find ways to transfer my existing files across.

In my search, I have stumbled across many forums/websites that advise the WD external hdd and the preinstalled software (WD Sync/Dmailer Sync whichever it is now) is not suitable as a backup drive and that if the computer is erased and at any point resync'ed, the data on the external hdd will be deleted. Also many people advise they have lost files as a result of computer crashes etc and cannot retrieve the files from either their WD hdd or their computer. All of which has prompted me to start this thread.

Can anyone please tell me, is there a way to...
1. Transfer my files to my new computer using the WD external hdd? NB. Not as important as I have alternative methods/may start another thread.

2. Turn the WD hdd into a back up drive without purchasing the Dmailer Backup software? (NB. I am not opposed to buying new software but I feel I have been "done" by a highstreet (actually retail park) computer store and I don't par... Read more

Answer:Use Western Digital external hard drive as a backup drive

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I have a 1TB external hard drive and my Yoga won't detect it. The same port detects my cell phone, and other storage devices.  I'm not technologically savvy, so if anyone has an idea of how to get it to boot again, and can give me step by step instructions, that would be great.I can't find a tech support phone number anywhere.  Thankyou

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hi guys. the external hard drive, here at work, cannot be detected by any of the computers. my thoughts are that the data was wiped clean. i've removed the hard drive from the case and installed it onto my computer as a slave drive. a) how can i view if these files still exist. and b) if they are missing, can you recommend a software recovery program?
 

Answer:Solved: external hard drive/slave drive recovery

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

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

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

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

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

Hi

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

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

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

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

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

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

Answer:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?
 

Answer:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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I have an external hard drive and a 1GB travel drive that I use interchangeably between my work laptop and home PC. My traveldrive no longer is saving documents (I get a file permission error) and when I looked at the drive, the Traveldrive was opening as an F: drive, now it is showing G: drive and is not working correctly. Help! I have a lot of work on the traveldrive and am no longer able to save info. on it UGH!!! How do I get it back to F: drive?

Answer:external hard drive and travel drive changed directories

Hello & Welcome to TSF


this sounds like a driver issuse

try this

now what i you need to do is go to your (device manager)

now once there you will want to select from the toolbar of the window(veiw) then a drop down menu / from it you will select (show all hidden devices)

now if you see any (red or yellow) quotation marks , make a note of what they

now scroll down to your (USB Device Tree) and uninstall all that it is shown / then shut your sysem down compleatly then unplug all (USB Devices) then rebot your system 2 to 3 times

this will cause Windows to rebuild the (USB Device Treee & Drivers)

now try hooking up your (USB Devices) and see if they work properly

then get back to us

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I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and post that It was working fine without any issues. I have two external drive connected to it.

1. 1 TB Iomega powered drive. - now RAW
2. 2TB seagate external drive.

The 1tb drive suddenly became RAW and I wasn't able to access it. before it happened, I had removed some virus detected in the drive by the AVG antivirus. Post that once or twice it got disconnected and after that the drive became RAW. I understand the file system might have got corrupted since couple of times my system faced powercuts and before I could shut it down the system cut off from electricity as my UPS died on me.

I haven't formatted the disk at all, as I have all my important data in this HD as it was my backup drive for office and personal use.

Disk Management: shows the drive is RAW but a healthy Partition.

I opened the hard drive casing, tried connecting the drive directly to the internal sata cable but the same didn't read even then and still shows as RAW drive. I got a Storite USB to SATA adapter and tried that, the drive is now running fine(as it sounds) with intermittent kind of noise (clicking etc.,) for sometime and then disappears. After directly connecting the drive atleast the below softwares are able to read the data in the drive but unable to recover it.

I have tried recovering data using the below softwares.

1. EaseUS DAta recovery - took too much time to complete reading - 17% in more than 24 hours- stopped it.
2. M3 DAta recovery - tried fixi... Read more

Answer:External 1TB hard drive(Iomega - seagate inside) RAW drive - HELP

My recommendation is to use [email protected] Recovery Pro. I had a drive fail a while back (same "raw" situation) and of several data recovery apps, this was the only one that was able to recover most of the files and folders. It took nearly a day to do the in-depth scan, but it was worth it in the end.

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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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well i just got a brand new WD Elements basic storage 1tb external hard drive. my plan was to create a back up image of my laptops hard drive and instead created a clone. my computer no longer recognizes the drive as an external hd but as replicated computer and recovery drives. i just want to wipe the drive but i cant locate it. i did find it on disk management but i cant delete all the parts and it would not let me format it. i can format the cloned drives just not the the external drive as a whole. some help would be amazing
 

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Hard drive crash enquiry
My hard drive recently crashed on my desktop running XP and due to the discontinuation of support for XP, I decided to upgrade with a new motherboard, memory, hard drive etc., now running Win 8.1, which has been working fine so far. My problem is that there is data and pictures on the old hard drive which I would like to recover. Can someone advise whether it would be practical to re-install the failed drive along side my new HD in my desktop and reboot as normal and then try and access the failed drive like an external drive? I have already tried booting from the failed drive alone which did not get past the BIOS stage before switching off. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Answer:Create an external drive from a hard driveHard drive crash

IIf the drive is Sata I or II then you can get a USB 2.0 Docking Station for around $20. Plug it in the USB port and slide the drive in. See if you can read it. If it doesn't work the dock is still handy to have.

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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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I got errors from Google that my computer had a virus but nothing I ran could find a virus, then the machine would not boot. It would get to point about the time windows tried to load and hit a blue screen. When it rebooted it would ask if I wanted to boot normal or safe mode and then start the whole fail blue screen over. I tried taking the drive out and connecting to my other machines as an external hard drive. When the drive connects to my other machines it brings the other machines down hard - blue screen exactly as if I had tried to boot on the original machine.

The goal is to get the files off the bad drive. I was just shocked that connecting it to my laptop or my other desktop took those machines down just like I was trying to boot the bad drive from the original machine. I am open to suggestions on recovery of any kind.

The original machine is a Dell XPS 8300 Intel Core i5-2320 processor Windows 7 64 bit
The drive is a Seagate 1 Tb 7200.12
The machines I tried to connect faulty drive to as external hard drive were both Win 7 64.
The external hard drive bay is Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive

Thank you

Answer:Hard Drive Crash - Trying to connect as external drive crashes all

There may be a couple of vectors to the virus. One for the boot sequence, another as an autorun in its root folder. I would try usb tethering the drive to a machine on which autorun or autoplay is completely turned off (as in, no exploration), or maybe better, run a Linux live session off a usb stick or dvd. I recommend LinuxLite.

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I have read the related thread from earlier this month (370606 - External USB Hard Drive Not Recognized) and wonder if anyone can help with my issue.

I am also curious what everyone thinks of the end of that thread regarding a better cable - Maxtor tech. support did not confirm that story for me? Is that in fact a better cable than what Maxtor ships with their drives?

I have a 1 month old Dell, 4 month old external hard drive, and 8 month old flash memory. All work separately. However, when I have the external hard drive plugged in and working, and then plug in the flash memory it will not be recognized. If I have the flash memory plugged in and working, and then plug in the external hard drive it will not be recognized. The only difference is that in the first case the external hard drive will continue to be readable by XP, while in the second case XP doesn't lose touch with the flash memory but it will show it (incorrectly) as empty.

Both externals and all ports are USB 2.0.

The flash drive is assigned to E. The external had been assigned to E as well, but I have now changed it to P. I am on a network so F through O are taken.

The PC is a standard university issue (Pentium 4, quite a bit of memory and capabilities, but nothing excessive).

The external drive is a Maxtor Personal Series 3100 80Gb USB 1.1/2.0.

The flash memory is a 64 Mb. Dell Memory Key.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Recognition Problem

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I have an old BYTECC hard drive enclosure. Trying to use it on an older XP system for back up. Got a bunch of 40G hard drives I can use.

The OS will detect the external drive is connected and powered up, arrow shows in the tray for a USB drive, checked the device manager and it sezs the drive is there and operating properly, recognizes it, but does not assign a drive letter.

AIDA32 sezs it is there but same deal shows no drive letter.

I've tried four different hard drives with the same results. I know the hardware works on other computers, this particular computer USB works with other canned external drives, it reads a flash memory stick as a drive no problem. I know the BYTECC is set up properly, should be the same as with other computers. Works ok on a Win2000 system.

What could be the problem? Is there something to tweak?
I do know this XP system would not read hard drives that had been formatted on non-XP computers before. Don't exactly know what systems all these drives were formatted on. Isn't making any sense to me at the moment. Doing it just like I did on the Win2000 system with other drives, everything worked as it should.

Thinking I could try to slap one of the drives in as a slave and try to format it that way, hopefully can get it to be read as a USB drive instead.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: External hard drive not assigned a drive letter

If the drive shows up in Disk Management (Start/Run/diskmgmt.msc/OK), right-click the drive icon or the area showing the drive below, select "Change drive letter and paths". In the next window click "Add". Next window click the radio button for "Assign the following drive letter". Select a drive letter. Click OK.

Raybro
 

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Hi all, I purchased a external drive to back up files on our desktop and laptops. I am looking for easy way to do this, do I do all files or do I have to go into all of them one at a time. I say this because one laptop is my daughters, can I just send all her pic and music files all at once. Our main computer(desktop)is windows vista, everyday it's getting louder and louder and each morning its shows a message says configuring and it's like counting down. This takes long time. I looked at the space left. It shows space available on (c) and on d it's full which is recovery so I don't have a clue how files got on there. My hubby doesn't know much about even getting on computer, but when he does it seems something goes wrong. I want to clean up and get rid of files so my son who's 11 can use it for games. It's so slow and I don't want to delete wrong things.  From reading here and just knowing not to delete recovery. How do I clear out space on D...I tried opening some files on it but they all seem to do with the windows system. What can I do with my desktop ?And is it possible to clear out all files from laptop...it is about 5 yrs old...and she has alot of music and pics on there..just wondering if it's worth time to clean out the files. It takes forever to get online and when we do its so slow. Hope I'm not sounding to confusing.any suggestionstygreat site so far

Answer:need help with using external hard drive also my recovery drive(d)showing full?

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum will help everyone with all computer questions. You have presented more that one issue. The forum will help you, but some detail is needed. What OS are you using?  What make and model of eternal drive do you use?The proper way to remove programs is in the con control  panel. But Music and pictures files can be copied to a CD-R or DVD-R and removed from the computer. The external drive can also be used to transport files from on PC to another. But using DVD-R or CD-R is preferable. The best use of an external drive is to make a backup of the operating system and programs.Avoid putting files on the recovery partition.

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