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Windows 10 does not allow me to add an external hard disk to library

Question: Windows 10 does not allow me to add an external hard disk to library

When right-click on the drive folder, the pop-up box does not show "include in library."

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Hello,

I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,

regards,
 

Answer:External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

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I recently maxed out my Windows laptop's memory. So I bought an external hard drive and transfered all of my music to it. Upon request, iTunes asks for the location of all my songs which were originally imported sources (CD's, Internet downloads, non-iTunes downloads). Is there a way I can edit my iTunes settings so it can auto-detect the file locations in my external hard drive?
 

Answer:iTunes Library+External Hard Drive Help

Go to Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced. From there you can point to the location of your external drive where your songs are located. Hopefully all your songs are in one folder in your external drive, it will make it easier.

I would suggest letting iTunes organize your library. So check the organization button too.
 

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Hello, and good morning. I currently have my itunes library on a 320Gb external hard drive..so for example when i go into preferences...my itunes music folder location is my I drive which is the external drive, and the keep itunes media folder organized is ticked, and the copy files to itunes media folder when adding to library is also ticked. So these are both fine. I shall be getting a 1tb seagate external hard drive in the next few days, as I wish to transfer my itunes library to this new 1tb external hard drive. I just want a totally painless process as i'm transferring from my 320gb hard drive to the 1tb hard drive. As i said before my itunes library is CURRENTLY stored on my external I drive, and NOT on my pcs hard drive, thanks......any easy help, steps, would be much appreciated

Answer:Copying itunes library btw 2 external hard drives

Use disk management to reassign the Drive letter to your new drive after you have copied everything across.

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My son has an itunes library that is taking up much needed space on our pc. If i buy an external hard drive can i transfer his itunes onto that?Also is there any way of getting rid of updates for MS to free up space? We have updates from as for back as 2005 and I wondered if i can delete them now. Also can I delete Java updates and download a more up to date version?Thanks very much for help!

Answer:move itunes library onto external hard drve?

iTunes can be transfered to an external drive all you need to do it change the store location, click here for a how to.With Jave to my understanding you should only have the latest version on your system, i'm sure somebody will correct me on this if I am wrong.Windows updates I am not too sure about.

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Hello,I hope someone can help.I recently cleaned and re-installend my PC to improve it's performance and backed all my data up onto an external hard drive.I want to restore my Itunes library from my external hard drive but can not find anywhere that gives instructions on how to do this on the internet.Apple does not advise how to restore from an external hard drive back up, only from CD/DVD back up.Can anyone help please?ThanksLindsey

Answer:Restoring Itunes Library from External Hard Drive

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After some advice on using an external hard drive (EHD) to listen to music at work, rather than having to copy files manually from my master copy on the home PC, to HDD and then to the work laptop every time I add new music.

Work system is pretty much locked down, we have XP SP3 (yes, I know!), and has WMP11 installed. This works well enough telling WMP to monitor the EHD's folder for the music, but occasionally, the drive assignment changes and you have to re-build the library which is a bit of a PITA when you're busy!

I use PortableApps suite so I can run handy programs like Firefox, GIMP and Infrarecorder. I tried Songbird Portable but it seemed to really be a resource hog.

Are there any applications that work well with a portable file source as the main file location for the music files?
 

Answer:Best Media Player/Library for use with External Hard Drive

OldVersion.com Have a look at this site your sure to find something you need.
 

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Okay, soo my computer's memory is full and I want to clean it out. I was wondering if it's possible to export my itunes library on a 1TB external hard drive, delete all the music off the computer than be able to sync my ipod while my hard drive is plugged in. Thanks
 

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I am thinking of purchasing an external HDD (or an enclosure plus IDE HDD, which many of you appear to recommend).

The drive would mainly be used to backup and store data. However, I use an ibook running Mac OS X while my better half runs an intel notebook running Win XP.

Is it possible to necessary or possible to partition the HDD so that we can both use it to store our respective data?

Answer:External Hard Disk: Windows + Mac Use

Definatelly.

Windows and OSX both can read and write to FAT32 partitions. When formatting the disk, you might need to use a 3rd party program like partition magic due to Windows being unable to format partitions above 32GB.

Just keep in mind the size of your partitions on that drive. Under OSX, you can't read partitions over 127GB in size.

For any other questions, take a peek at this article. It has some interesting solutions to what you're looking to accomplish.

http://www.macdisk.com/hugdsken.php3

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I have a rather large mp3 collection (200 GB and growing!) and I would really like to free up some room on my laptop's hard drive for other things (the HD is 320 GB, but as I'm still collecting music, that will most likely shrink as time goes by!). Anyway, I recently bought a 1 TB external hard drive, and would actually like to keep my music on there instead of my internal hard drive.

But I'm wondering if this will cause any issues with iTunes and my iPod (a 160 GB iPod Classic.) Is it possible to keep my library and mp3 collection on an external hard drive and still have everything work with iTunes? If so, is there a specific way to keep everything working? Or am I stuck with having to keep my ridiculous mp3 collection on my internal hard drive?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:Keeping iTunes library/mp3 collection on external hard drive?

Try one of these links. Hope it helps. The video is pretty easy. The article in more detail about managing.VideoArticle

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Can I install windows 10 on external hard disk and run all programs on that windows without any problems (Photoshop, Revit, Lumion). If it is possible, what type of external hdd should I buy (maybe link of product)? Thanks
 

Answer:Can I install windows 10 on external hard disk and run all p

No you cannot install windows on any external HD & use it
you have to install windows on the internal Hard Disc
 

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I have windows 7 and a Toshiba USB external hard disk like this one:

I want to install it on the external hard drive.

Is it possible to install windows 7 on a USB external hard disk like the one above?

If yes then how?
 

Answer:Installing Windows 7 on External USB Hard disk

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My dad was cleaning out the office and came across a nice, unopened, sealed box copy of Windows XP Professional. He told me they never used it, so he gave it to me.

I've got my handy dandy 500GB External Hard Drive here, I'd love to experiment.

How can I install Windows XP to the Hard Drive and boot off of it?

Do I have to do anything special? Or is it like installing to a regular computer; boot into the installer, select your drive, install, yay.

Any help would be nice--thank you!
Oh yes, I have posted this in the External Hardware forum as well, I was unsure where to post it, sorry if its considered spam!!

Answer:Install Windows XP to External Hard Disk?

Related ReadingLouis

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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,

I have installed win 7 in my new computer, evrything was working perfect while I was using it without any external hard disk.

Now I shutdown the computer just to connect the External HDD, after restarting it windows loads and mouse pointer appears with black screen. after waiting for sometime the blue screen error appears and system restarts.

everything works fine if I remove this external HDD. also if I connect this HDD to another old computer it works smoothly.

I don't understand whether this is a windows problem or hardware problem, please help me and guide what to do.

Thanks in advance
ravi

Answer:Windows 7 crash if external hard disk is connected

Hi bkzed, Welcome to SF

If you are having a true blue screen then please post the dump file http://www.sevenforums.com/crash-loc...d-problem.html

Sometimes programs that deal with disk drives can have issues with ext HDD especially those connected via usb (how is yours connected) an example of this is acronis or partition managers, do you have any such programs installed, if so it may be worth temp removing them to see if it fixes your problem or just post the dump and we can have a look


Hope this helps

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Hej,

My external hard disk up until a few weeks ago had been working perfectly. The next time I used it - windows 7 will not recognise it. I have tried different USB ports and computers. But it doesn't seem to work. It doesn't show up in device manager or disk manager. Its like nothing is plugged in. I tried switching hard disk cases and power supplies. But still nothing. The hard disk seems to try and run every so often, the light flashed red and it makes whirring noises as if it was connecting to the computer.

Please I dont know what else to do ? And it has almos 1500 GB of data.

Thanks for any future help

Answer:External Hard Disk (packardbell) will not show in windows 7

Hello vaena10 and welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you've tried different USB ports and even different computers, it sounds like the HD may have died. You might find something that lets you retrieve your data from this previous thead. I'd suggest reading the entire thread before trying any of the tips:

Resurrecting Data From Dead Hard Drive

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i recently bought an external drive (My Passport) for my windows XP and when a try opening it i get an error message saying that windows explorer has encountered some problems and needs to close. when i click dont sent error it shuts the drive completely. what am i supposed to do.THANKS , John

Answer:my external hard disk shows that windows expl

Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.http://www.wintipz.com/Troubleshoot...WhoCrashedhttp://www.softpedia.com/get/System...http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...http://www.resplendence.com/main

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Hi,
I'm using Dell studio 1558 laptop with Windows 7 and 8 in dual boot.
I've 2 external hdd, WD my passport 0740 and Sony HD E1.

well in windows7, these 2 ex-hdd or any one of them doesnt go to stand by,
but in windows8, they go to stand by (stops spinning, indicator led goes off).

In both, windows 7 & 8, same time duration for "turn off hardisk after" are selected, and all other power options are same, I've checked.

Even i face the same issue with my windows 7 in desktop.

What should i do to make them go to stand by in windows 7 ?

Answer:How to make external hard disk sleep/stand by in Windows 7

I would shorten the Sleep period before it proceeds to Hibernate, to take advantage of the Hibernate function which is perfected in Win7.,

I set my installs to Sleep at 30, Hibernate at 45-60. This writes the desktop to HD and shuts the PC down, whereas Sleep keeps power to the RAM and apparently the USB ports. When you resume from Hibernation it also starts up much faster.

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I have an Acer Iconia W500 that came preinstalled with Windows 7 32bit Home Premium. I made recovery discs from the tablet before installing Windows 8 on it, which runs great. What I would like to do, if possible, is to use those Windows 7 restore discs and restore them to an external hard drive and be able to boot from it and run the original Windows 7 that came preinstalled. The reason I am wanting to do this, as there were some programs, drivers, and other things that I cannot download from Acer or retrieve from the restore discs, and can only access from the OS if it is actually running. Thanks, ahead of time, for any help.

Answer:Help Restoring Windows 7 Recovery Disk to External Hard Drive or USB

This is why many WIn8 previewers keep the old OS in a Dual Boot so it is readily accessible by booting or via Explorer. It would have also been better to back up a Win7 backup image which could be virtually mounted in Disk Mgmt. to access any files. Recovery Disks are not that flexible and will only recover the machine to exact factory condition on the internal HD.

What drivers or other needed software is missing from the Acer Support Downloads webpage for your model. These can often be found via Google. I have never seen a problem with Acer in countless Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I have a laptop with processor 1.7ghz and 512DDR2 RAM which suitable to install vista. I heard many people said that 512 RAM just only eonugh store vista services.. means that no more available memory to store other third party software services that installed...

I know I can increase my page file but I don want to do that because it will slow down performance.

Is possible install VISTA inside external hard disk? Because I don want install vista inside fixed disk which required reformat disk if vista not suitable for my laptop. Very time consuming to uninstall OS on fixed disk....(Haha I just want to try VISTA only)

Here's my question...

1. If boot from windows Vista DVD, will it able to detect my external hard disk(Is required to change bios settings?)

2. Now if having two OS which XP inside fixed disk and Vista inside external hard disk, How I gonna choose which OS I want to login at the startup?

Answer:Possible? install Windows Vista inside external hard disk?

Answers:

1. That depends on if your bios is capable of booting from a USB device. Read the manufacturer's instructions to see if this is possible.

2. You are probably going to have to choose one or the other by changing the settings in your bios to point one way or another. So each time you reboot, you are going to have to go into your bios and select the bootable device.

Some other observations: I think that the performance that you are going to get is going to be substandard... you already don't have enough memory and the fact that you will be running the OS from the external drive, well, that should slow it down quite a bit as well.

Be sure that if you do go through with this that you don't accidentally wipe out your fixed disk... I have seen this happen a lot with people "trying" Vista.

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I have a western digital 1 tb hard disk. which was working fine few hours ago.
but now when I am connecting it it is not showing in my computer.
I am using a windows 7 X64 machine.
I have tried every thing.
when I uninstall the driver from device manager and connect it again, windows tries to
install the driver but fails every time.

I have lot of important data on the drive
Plzzzz Helppp
 

Answer:Windows is not reading Western Digital external hard disk

 

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hi there!

this is my first post. please excuse if i have done it in the wrong place.

using axiomatic software i backedup my system partition of 20 gb to the 80 gb exboot usb external disk.

i enabled, boot from usb in my bios, selected external disk as first boot priority and started the computer.

the external disk boots, reaches the windows splash screen, i can see the moving illuminated squares, but windows fails to load.

the computer reboots and goes to the screen which asks whether to load normally, or safe mode etc?

i tried the options, safe mode etc, but no luck.

could anybody suggest any error on my part?

thanks for reading and for any help in advance.

i am using windows xp with service pack 2.

i use a intel 915 gav motherboard.

salt
 

Answer:exboot usb external hard disk fails to boot into windows

Can you please post a link to the axiomatic program that you used to back up your hard drive.
 

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Some background:
Where I'm working right now, we have a server with two virtual machines (running servers) on it.
As far as I know, the server uses vSphere (VMware's host for virtual machines or so it seems... enables management and setup of virtual machines on the actual machine...)
Each virtual server runs Windows Server 2008 R2. (For our purposes, it's not really important that there are 2. I only want this to work with one of them anyways.)


The issue:
There is a USB 3.0 hard disk drive plugged into the actual physical server right now. The problem is that I can't seem to connect it (using the vSphere interface) to the virtual machine that is running Windows Server 2008 R2.

I've read this:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/networking/how-to-add-usb-devices-to-vsphere-vms/5623

It was helpful in getting me to the point where I added the USB controller to the virtual machine. Now I need to add the USB device. But... it doesn't show up.

Anyone have any experience in this? Any ideas?
 

Answer:vSphere, Windows Server 2008 R2, and an external hard disk drive

According to this here:
http://vninja.net/virtualization/using-usb-pass-through-in-vsphere-4-1/
"If none show up, make sure it?s actually connected to the host. If your device is indeed connected, but still not listed in the vSphere Center Client it?s not supported."
The device (hard disk drive) that they have might actually not be supported. I find that highly unlikely as it's just a USB 3.0 hard disk drive... but at the same time, it's possible that it may not be supported.

Some further reading here:
http://www.vmware.com/support/vsphere5/doc/vsphere-esx-vcenter-server-50-new-features.html
"USB 3.0 devices connected to the ESXi host are not supported."
The ESXi host (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESXi) being the computer running the vSphere host OS, so this further suggests that it might actually be the case that the system does not support the drive plugged into it. (On account of it being USB 3.0.) I would HOPE that since USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, this wouldn't be an issue... but still, it is a possibility in my opinion.

EDIT: Also worthy of note, vSphere will allow me to add the UPS device we have connected to the server to the Virtual Machine... so it IS seeing USB devices. Just not the USB device I want it to.
 

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me
 

Answer:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?
 

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?

Thanks

Answer:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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I am using windows and have all my itunes on an external home network drive. Everything is all set up and all new files are written to the drive. The problem is that if I add music from a cd to the library it is only recognized by the computer that I did it on and not recognised by the other computer. How do I make both computers recognize all content in the library?

Thanks, Joe
 

Answer:Solved: library on external drive using 2 computers I can't see all the library

No takers eh! I guess there are not many itunes users here?
 

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I will enclose here my complaint which I send to motherboard maker Gigabyte, regarding USB external hard disk problem. Please read it and if anybody knows how to solve this, thanks.
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My computer has external hard drive connected to USB 2.0 port(s), which is extremely slow. Drive is Transcend StoreJet. No drivers exist for it. It works perfectly for other I/O operations like copy, paste, delete,etc. When I try to make hard disk image with any program, and store it on Transcend Store Jet, speed starts with 50MB/s but drops to nearly zero in few minutes. You can see example on attached picture. It is the same with any program. Disk image would take more than one day to complete, if it completes at all. Actually, I never managed to finish image with any disk imaging software. I tried all usual software for that: Paragon, Aomei, Acronis, EaseusToDo, Drive XML, etc. Are there any USB or other drivers which are responsible for this issue? Can Gigabyte be serious regarding its costumers and provide them solution in order to use USB ports for most important thing (backup)? In this case, making disk image is totally impossible. USB 2.0 ports have speed оf 480 Mbit/s, theoretical. This is far cry from situation here. So, ... Read more

Answer:Problem with slow (impossible) disk image making on USB 2.0 external hard disk

This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
 
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
 
Options:
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition - http://www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmagic/partition-windows-7-system.html
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] - https://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
 
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
 
All this will take time but you will have backups and feel at ease.

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I have a problem regarding my external Toshiba hard disk 500 GB where it can?t be detected in my computer and also disk management. I have formatted the external HD since I was asked to format it when an error popped up.
So I formatted it and after the formatting completed, I tried to connect the hard disk to my Windows Win 7 laptop. When I connect it to the laptop, it can?t be detected and yet the hard disk is blinking with its white light like it used to when it is connected to the laptop. I tried the disk management thingy, but it can?t detect my hard disk. I tried in other laptops but the result is same
What can I do to make it better? Please help me.
 

Answer:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

If you can I recommend downloading Ubuntu onto a CD and boot to it on one of your computers, in the Live CD mode, so it doesn't install anything. Once its loaded, plug in the Toshiba and try to format it as NTFS (this is important, because Ubuntu doesn't use it as a native file system, so you need to make sure that NTFS is selected on the format window, not EXT4 or the other types of Linux OS File Systems)

If it doesn't work, post back here, and I will see if I can help you some more. Also feel free to PM me if you have any other issues.

Regards,
-Alex
 

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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Hi, My Seagate 2TB external hard disk is not getting detected by my PC, doesn't show in 'Safely remove hardware' option.

However, based on one old thread, I installed Partition Recovery Wizard and this is how the scan looks. Please help.

Answer:External Hard Disk not detected, visible in Disk Manager

Please find the screenshot of disk management

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Couple of hours ago my Windows 7 could not recognize my external USB hard disk (Maxtor Basic). It came up on Disk Management and Device Manager but not on My Computer. However I fixed it (by deleting its line off regedit in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices, plugging out the ext. HD and plugging back in). Windows automatically installed the drivers and I could access the drive.

But now Windows shows my Maxtor as a fixed disk drive, instead of "devices with removable storage". I still have the option to "Safely remove hardware and eject media" from taskbar, however I rather have Windows treating it as a Removable USB Storage so that the disk can sleep when not in use. I am pretty sure it has something to do with regedit, so any help would be appreciated.

Answer:USB external hard disk shows up as internal fixed disk

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums, Sactyr.
A word of caution! Its never a good idea to alter your register,
IMHO please review your device manager and check your devices for your disk drives, check for any warnings in the driver area.
I'm attaching my screenshot for comparison as I have a similar configuration.

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If I am saving a backup to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 USB external hard disk

1. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 3.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

2. Backing up to an internal 3.5 hard disk vs backing up to an external 2.5 hard disk using USB 2.0, roughly how much extra time would the external backup need to complete the backup process?

Thanks

Answer:Speed of saving to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 external disk?

There's no definitive answer, it would all depend on which internal drives you had (SSD/HDD, SATA 6GB, SATA 3GB) and which external drives you had and their relative transfer speeds. It's all just guesswork without that info.

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The first clue that I have an issue. After doing a backup, the error log said "Backup encountered a problem while backing up file D:\Documents\Pictures. ErrorSTATUS_WAIT_3 (0x80070003))"The Pictures Library contains a folder pointing to D:\Documents\Pictures, however, there is no "Documents" folder on my D: drive so of course there is no Documents\Pictures folder there. (I do have a Pictures folder at D:\Pictures.) When I try to delete the folder in the library pointing to D:\Documents\Pictures, it says: "An unexpected error is keeping you from deleting the folder. If you continue to receive this error, you can use the error code to search for help with this problem. Error 0x80004005: Unspecified Error"How can I remove the offending folder from my Pictures Library?

Answer:Folder in library does not exist of the disk, cannot delete library fo

Sounds to me like something in your file system got screwed. Try running through this guide. There may be a corrupt file record in the MFT that is showing something as there when there shouldnt bere.

Checking For System Corruption    Information
As with anything like this, check your system for corruption. Corruption of your system can cause a whole host of odd errors and behaviors.

Step One

Run SFC (System File Checker)
Open an admin Command Prompt and type:
Code:
sfc /scannow

This should fix any system file corruption if there is any.

Step Two

Run DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool)
Using the same Command Prompt type:
Code:
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

This should fix any component store corruption.
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If the sfc command fails, run this command then try Step One again. Sometimes this will fix sfc errors.

Step Three

Run CHKDSK (Disk Checker)
Using the same Command Prompt, type
Code:
chkdsk C: /scan

This will let you know if there are any errors in the file system itself. If it comes up with errors, type
Code:
chkdsk C: /F /R

This command will perform a more thorough check and attempt to fix any errors and recover any data from bad sectors (if any exist.)
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Running this command will require you to restart. After restarting this will run. After it does, you will need to use the event viewer to view the log.How T... Read more

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I have an external hard disk which got corrupted. When i connect the disk through USB it shows as an unknown device in the disk management with no option to format.

In My computer the device is showing as H: drive but unable to access it. It asks if i want to format or not but when i go for format it does not do it. I want to erase the disk completely as of now. What should i do??

I tried to load it from linux but there it shows as Device Error. Disk Failure is Imminent.

Can something be done or is it a hardware failure.
 

Answer:External Hard disk showing as RAW in disk management

Sounds like the drive is failing or the circuitry in the enclosure is faulty.

I would first remove the drive from the enclosure and hook it up as a slave to a desktop PC. See if you can then access it. If you can, then post back for further instructions with the version of your OS.
 

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Is it possible to create the recovery media on an external hard disk instead of using USB flash drive or optical media?

I've been getting errors while creating the the recovery media on optical drive.

Thanks!

Answer:How do I create a recovery disk using external hard disk?

Hi

As far as I know it?s impossible to create an Toshiba image on the HDD?
You need to burn the image on the disk (DVD).

Greets

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My computer keeps refusing to start up. I have to re-install windows each time. Hard disk keeps making a "funny" noise. I have an 80gb hard drive and have used 40gb so far. I want to back up everything incase my hard drive fails. Could I backup to an external disk drive? would I need to install windows on the external drive. or is there a better way to save all my files, downloads, and software? When I bought the PC it came with software already installed and a recovery disk. But obviously I dont want restore to factory settings as I will loose everything. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Answer:backup from hard disk to external disk drive

You could use commercially available back up software like Ghost click here or Acronis click here

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hi there..

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

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

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

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

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Gday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone?

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

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

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

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

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I have a new Dell computer (XPS 8500) running Windows 7 Professional. I have an old Western Digital My Book external drive (USB 2.0) and a new one (USB 3.0). The old drive has a cloned (Acronis) version of my old computer on it. The new computer had a little trouble finding the old drive but eventually did so, and no trouble finding the new drive. I was able to copy the folders I wanted from the old external drive to the new one but not from either the old or the new into a Library I created for stuff from my old computer. Of course I can link the folders to the Library, but not actually copy them to it- which is what I had planned to have old and new data in one place, reserving the new external drive for clones or backup. When I attempt to either drag the folder or do a copy, I get the red circle with a line through it. Any suggestions for what is going on?

Answer:Problem moving folders from external drives to a Windows 7 library

Hello bmanning, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As a test, see if you will be able to drag them to your desktop first, then move them to where you like afterwards. Windows 7 has built-in security that prevents anything from being copied from an external source directly into a system folder. It has to be to a user folder (ex: desktop) first, then from the user folder to a system location.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hello,
This is my first post. I just installed Windows 7 and one thing is really annoying me. How do I shut off the feature that asks me to take ownership of every individual folder in my music files from my external drive before I can open them and add them to my media player library? I just want to add them the way I used to in XP or better yet just drag and drop the main folder into media player.

Answer:How do I add music files from external drive to media player library using windows 7?

This information should do the trick.You will basically take possession of the entire drive all at once instead of files\folders on at a time.I realize it says XP in the title but it should work for Win7 too.

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Question: external hard disk

hi everyone i from mumbai. i have a 500 gb external hard disk and it fell from my hand . after which its not functioning but its in ok condition. as i connect it tells me to format it. does formatting delete all my stored information. is there anty way i can recover my files and then format it, (if formatting deletes all files)
 

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Question: External Hard Disk

Respected Members,

I have 1TB external back up hard disk...I have some important lecture videos of study material..but i am not able to see those folders when i attach disk to my laptop (all folders are invisible) but i can see those, when i attach it to my television...I dont know how this happened...plz,how can i can see those lectures on my laptop...and what is the precaution to be taken to avoild such problem in future.

Plz Help

Thank you.
 

Answer:External Hard Disk

Same problem as you, a year ago
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2947736/hard-drive-works-laptop.html

and here this year
http://ccm.net/forum/affich-31876-external-hd-no-longer-works-with-computer
 

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Question: External Hard Disk

hey how are you guys doing? just have a quick question it the same as his problem and hope you guys can help me out. i got the found new hardware message but no appearance on my computer. i tried to do through disk and i still can't see it there either wha t do i do. i know wi have to format it an I know it will do it for me but, i dont see it in disk any suggestions?
i'll check in later on to see if u guys can help me
thanks alot
 

Answer:External Hard Disk

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please post complete details on your environment and we'll be glad to help you out.

If it's just a formatting question, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management, and you can partition and format the drive there.
 

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I have WD external hard drive. computer reads the hard disk after taking more than usual time. But when i copy the matter of my hard disk and try to paste it on my computer....It dose not work. The copy window shows 0 % . Want to extract data. Please help

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Question: External Hard disk

Could anyone please help me to make ma own external hard disk without external power supply.

Because its difficult to bring the power adapter always with the drive

Answer:External Hard disk

sorry, but hard disks need some sort of power. they are mechanical and have motors.

maybe use a usb flash/thumb drive instead?

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hello guys,
 
first of all im using win 8,1 64 bit .
its been some time that i cant install the windows updates.
when i hit install and it says that is downloading the updates it freezes.
so without the new updates i see that i cant safely remove my hard disk(external)
so im removing my external hard drive just like that
and today my 2tb seagate external became raw(one of the two partitions)
i really need your help here to restore the disk to its normal status and find a solution with win updates cause i dont want this to happen again.
 
wating asap for your answer
thanks in advance
 
 
 

Answer:raw external hard disk

Firstly, I would not have the external drive attached when doing updates. 
 
That being said I would download Testdisk for Windows and unzip the file to a folder on your desktop. Run Testdisk and do a QuickSearch. After a QuickSearch does it detect both partitions on the external drive? Highlight the RAW partition and press the "P" key. Do you see your files on the RAW partition? 
 
Windows  This is the file to download
 
If doing a QuickSearch does not detect both partitions then do a deeper Search. 
 
Do you have enough space on your internal drive to copy the files from the RAW partition?
 
TestDisk step by step

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Question: external hard disk

Dear Specialists,
Could you please instruct me how to transfer live TV programs directly to my
external hard disk?
Thank you and with kind regards,
Beni Even

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Question: external hard disk

Hi
I was thinking of going for an external second disk for my machine.
It woudl essentially serve as a backup drive.
I looked at some drives, and they are USB2, i was wondering if i installed windows xp on it, could i boot up from the external drive. Just in case, my old hard disk fell over, so i would still be in biz till i get a primary hard drive.

i was looking at manufacturers can you guys suggest a good make
came across these names:- freecom, lacie, hitachi,western digital, iomega, ximeta, archos

what do you guys think of this one
http://www.dabs.com/uk/channels/comp...quicklinx=3446
One Touch 160GB 7200rpm external HDD USB2/Firewire
125.99 inc VAT (107.23 ex VAT)

Answer:external hard disk

Rookie, i'm not positive about this but I think it can be done as long as your BIOS gives you that option. If you install it successfully and go into you BIOS menu, you could change the boot order so that it searches for your external hard drive first.

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I have WD 320 Gig External.

Windows detect the drive and can be seen on my computer but their is no size on the drive.

Check properties no size.

I try to open but windows hangs.

What could be the problem of this?

The USB cable? or my drive is damage?

I also try insert to different computer and all the USB port front or back same result.

Answer:WD External Hard disk Help

Did you initialize the drive?

This may not be the right instructions for your drive:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1018&p_

Because you did not offer more than it being a WD 320GB external.

WD FAQ:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc....p_new_search=1

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Question: External hard disk

Thanks to your help my PC is now usable and quick again. On your advice I downloaded CC Cleaner it really is FREE and fantastic! While I was looking for a fix I downloaded all my photos onto CDs. Now I'm thinking of buying an external hard disk. I have thousands of pictures and I reckon a 500GB portable disk would do it. Has anybody else done this and does it work ? Any advice please ? B.J.

Answer:External hard disk

An external drive is good for temporary but they are still volatile, meaning there is a possibility for errors i.e drive crashing, cant access data etc, a better long term solution is to burn your pics to DVD-Rs and store them safely away.

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Question: External hard disk

Does anyone know of any external hard disk drives that run on linux?

Answer:External hard disk

New external hard drives use USB 2.0, Firewire, etc. These devices are immediately recognized by Windows XP and 2000 as soon as they're connected. Doesn't Linux support this? I thought it would since it uses the same kernel as XP and 2000. I don't use myself.

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Help!!!there's a problem with my external hard disk (PREZMATE 2.5" 250GB (USB2.0)) when i switch it on and connect it to my laptop, both the "Device manager" and "safely remove hardware" can detect it and shows that it is working properly. however when i open "my Computer" i either cannot see the ext hard disk drive or the 'My Computer" window hangs ("Not Responding")In the past, this Ext HDD was working fine previously with the same laptop and computer...the Ext HDD has it's own power source....I've tried to troubleshoot (by updating the driver (states that the driver i'm using is most recent) disabling and enabling the device in the device manager, when try to uninstall device in device manager, it hang "Not Responding")I looked at the Computer management again, and this is what happen after a long time i see the ext harddisk at the bottom "Disk 1, Unknown, Unreadable"when i check the properties, everything looks fine except the "Volume" tabDisk: Disk1Type: UnknownStatus: UnreadablePartition Style: Not ApplicableCapacity: 0MBUnallovated space: 0MBReserved space: 0MBI looked up the status Unreadable in the Help, "A basic or dynamic disk's status is Unreadable.Cause: The basic or dynamic disk is not accessible and might have experienced hardware failure, corruption, or I/O errors. The disk's copy of the system's disk configuration database might be corr... Read more

Answer:External Hard Disk HELP!!! PLEASE??

Sounds like the disk has died. If you don't have any data on there, I would try formatting with Computer Management.Otherwise, I would try taking it apart, removing the disk and connecting it as a slave to a desktop machine. You'll need a 2.5" IDE to 3.5" IDE Convertor for this.

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well i am planning to buy an external hardisk but dunno which one to buy for....
well i must be very economical and must have value for money....
could u guys suggest some hard disk with space around 80-120gb or so.....
price factor not more than... 60-70$

well thats the cash i have for now.......


please answer to with ur best ability.......

Answer:which external hard disk to go for......?

Well i myself would buy a high capacity internal hard drive an then put it in a enclosure, external drives that have a decent storage space tend to get pricey. For instance £45 for a 320gb drive an £15 - £20 for a enclosure makes a big difference in the price.

If you where just saving sage details on there or text files ect a smaller drive would be fine, but programs, ISO files, films ect take up a lot of space.

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Hi
I wanted to buy an external hard disk. My understand is Lacie, Freecom, Sony are good makes.

I looked in the sub 100 pound range, and came up with this list.
can some one suggest how i can narrow it down and select one hard disk, i am even more confused since ext. USB2 hard disks from the same make having quite a difference in their sizes are more or less for the same price.

can you suggest some features which an external hard disk should have?

Freecom Classic 80GB USB2 ext HDD
Freecom FHD-1 40 GB USB2
Western Digital Series II 80GB USB2 7200rpm 2MB cache
Iomega Desktop 80GB USB2
XIMETA Portable NetDisk 80GB USB2 2MB cache 7200rpm
Lacie P2 Model USB2 Mobile 40GB with USB2 Cables
Freecom FHD-2 PRO 20GB USB2 Ext HDD
Freecom Classic 120 GB USB2 ext HDD
Western Digital Series II 120GB USB2 7200rpm 2MB cache
Lacie P3 Model 160GB 7200rpm Ext USB2 Hard Drive inc Cbl
Iomega Desktop 120GB USB2 7200rpm
Freecom FHD-1 80 GB USB2
Iomega Host powered 40GB USB2

Answer:external USB hard disk

go with western digita; your best bet seagate and west make the best HDD's

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well, my external hard disk was working just fine then it started showing as "local disk E" and i couldn't open it. I searched online for a solution and did the "chkdsk" thing and it worked again. few hours later the problem game back.. this time what i did before didn't solve it. it only made the contents of the hard disk appear but i couldn't use it .. so i copied some of the small files i needed from my 300 gb of data on it. now it's back to the "local disk e" thing and i can't even use cmd while the hard is connected. is there a way to solve it or at least copy my files from it?
Edit: now i can't even use cmd or disk management or my computer when the disk is connected

Answer:how to fix my external hard disk

Back up your personal data while you canDownload CrystalDiskInfo.V6.2.0 and run to check if your HD is any good.Try to run: chkdsk X: /r /f ======> X is the external drive letter. Will take a while to completeIf happens again then replace your HD.

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for some reason when i try to access my external hd, it wont open and says its not formatted. Unfortunately i have data on there that id like to keep. is there a way to recover/undo(the problem) my HD?

it was NTFS
i have tried partition find and mount and it didn't work.
 

Answer:external Hard Disk help

it was NTFS? I doubt running check disk would be of help, or accessing via a Linux Live CD. Sounds like you deleted the partition. (Been there, done that ;-( )You could try fixmbr command from the recovery console..., it is on xp installation disks and can be installed as a boot option. There are also many freeware utilities you could try here, probably the best first step. http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads38.html
 

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Question: external hard disk

hello,

This is dheeraj kulal. i have a problem with external hard drive.

I copied all the data from my pc to an external hard drive(FAT 32). Then i formatted the PC hard disk and created 5 partition with 50GB each. Installed windows xp SP2.
External hard disk is of 500GB. Had nearly 250GB of data in it before copying data from my PC hard drive. After copying data from PC hard drive only 30GB of free space left in external hard disk.
Now the actual problem is the external hard not showing any of the files that i copied on to it. and few of the files already in it are missing too. But when check the property of external hard disk it shows only 30GB is free that means remaining are the data in it.

please help me,, files are very very very important for me... wt to do
 

Answer:external hard disk

Open Windows Explorer and go to Tools > Folder Options > View tab. Under 'Hidden files and folders', click 'Show hidden files...' and click OK.

See if tha helps
 

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Question: external hard disk

hello!my brother bought an 80Gb 2.5" external hard diskfor my pc. I transferred 74.Gb and have 37.9 Mb left. Butnext to total size it says 74.5Gb. Where has therest of the 5.5Gb gone??? Can someone explain?Thank you!!

Answer:external hard disk

It is because manufacturers use 1000 bytes for a KB when in fact it is 1024 bytes.So your 80GB was never 80GB80,000,000,000,000 /1024 /1024/ 1024 = 74.5 ish

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Im realy fed up .......
I have wd 500gb elements (external)...driver shows on device manager and even shows on disk management as disk 1 with a deffirent letter as F I changed it as it was G but no data and cant access and doesn't show on my computer it happened diuring transferring data from my computer to the external hard drive but a suddenly shut down due to high tempretur on wd windows diagnostic tool shows as failer, lights on its working and its fan ....but.....no data I tride many ways to fix by installing and uninstalling changed the cable and cleand registrey by ccleaner but......pls give any seliution not to lose data ....over 270gb data...............

Answer:wd external hard disk

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management with your Western Digital external HDD plugged in.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Before taking the screenshot, please click on Show/Hide Console Tree, and Show/Hide Action Pane to hide those so that you get a full view.

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Just a thought.. please could you experts advise? Have a laptop and have been told the harddisk's broken (checkdisk revealed bad sectors and couldn't fix it;) If I got an external usb harddrive, would it work? Or would it not work, if the IDE controller's gone (and I don't know if it is) Please don't laugh if this sounds silly - I only know a little bit about computers and the rest I'm making up as I go along, but I just wondered...? I don't have the skills myself to do anything internally to the laptop and was quoted several hundred pounds for a new motherboard.

Answer:hard disk gone - will external do the job?

on whether the BIOS gives the option to boot from a USB device.It might be possible, but it's probably cumbersome if it is.Good luck,Regards,Simsy

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Question: external hard disk

Hi all,Ive got a external hard disk 320gb plug abd play I plug into my usb port and windows says this is a high speed unit. I plug it into my high speed usb2 port and the computer will not reconise it.I have looked through previous threads and one says that any thing above,I think, 120gb windows will not reconise it.The unit is from PC world and the make is a maxtorCan anybody help ???????????Thanks

Answer:external hard disk

Hi, is it formatted NTFS?

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Question: External hard disk

I have a Western Digital external hard disk on USB. The instructions say I should stop it when closing down pc but when I select it on remove hardware icon it just says 'this device cannot be stopped now, try later' even though I have no programs open that are using the disc. Will it cause damage if I leave it on and just close down. Have done this a couple of times but wonder if I will damage it.
 

Answer:External hard disk

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how to know when was my external hard disk was used or plugged to pc or laptop?
i mean putting monitoring on external hard disk.

for PC's there is a event viewer, what about external harddisk's?

Answer:how to know when was my external hard disk was used?

Hello and welcome to the sevens forum.

First I don't think you can tell when your external hard drive was used, unless you have something on your system that would tell you if it was used or messed with your kind a out of luck so to speak.

You can always set up a password on your external hard drive to lock people out.

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Question: External Hard Disk

I have a LaCie 250gb External Drive - originally I had three partitions, one of 100+GB (G), one of 50+ (P)and one at 1gb (O). The latter proved to be too small and, using PartitionMagic 8 I resized it to 2gb (O) -taking the extra, I thought, from the 50+ (P)partition. However, in the process I seem to have 'lost' the largest partition (G) - containing my backup image. Anyone have an idea what happened? I have run Partitionmagic again - it lists the drive and unlike Partitions O and P which are marked as status 'None' the G Partition is marked 'active'.Please assist in unravelling this problem.

Answer:External Hard Disk

Below are the entries as they appear in Partitionmagic - hopefully this will give someone, better equipped than I, a clue as to what has happened.Lacie (*.) NTFS 187,46... 86,941.2 100,520.3 Active Primary(*.) Extended 51,011.1 51,011.1 0.0 none PrimaryLocal Disk(O:) NTFS 49,010.8 2,011.5 46,999.2 None LogicalLocal Disk(P:) NTFS 2000.2 1,003.4 996.9 None Logical

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So, i tried to pen my external hard disk,
and this is what happened:
The USB Protection i use is USB Disk Security and i dont know if this options (in image) does something about it..
Thanks in advance

Answer:External Hard Disk Help

This most likely is due to USB Disk Security software, if you changed something recently within, I'd try to reverse it.

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Hello bros, i need help about my external hard drive. i just bought a external hard drive (western digital 200GB) . When i plug into my computer USB2 , it detects it and show me a little message ( you're ready to use ) . But when i click on "my computer", it doesnt show out the local disk... Can anyone please help me out ? My problem is it detects it but doesnt show in "my computer" there.. what happened ? Does externa hard drive need to install window ?

Answer:Problem of External Hard Disk

Is it formatted into NTFS yet?

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I took the hard drive (a barracuda 7200.7 30 gig by seagate) out of my dell Pc when I got this laptop for Christamas(wife). I was told that I could take the hard drive out put it in an external hard drive case. I did so, however, it recognizes it as Mass storage device/ then it says the new hardware is installed and ready to use/ then it says there was a problem during install and the hardware my not work. I have been through MS Support /Seagate/ support/ Gateway support. Please I have so much data on the drive it is extremely important. Any help would be incredible!!!!!!!
 

Answer:External Hard Disk Issue

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Hi,
I've been having a problem with my external hard disk not working on my laptop
It works on my desktop, which has XP. It doesn't work on my laptop,which has windows 7. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:my external hard disk works on xp but not 7

Hi Shelbourne104. The hard drive is recognized on the virtual xp? If so, are any usb devices recognized on 7?

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Laptop with XP recognize this disk. This WIN 7 recognize another external hard drive. What to do?​
 

Answer:Win 7 does not recognize external hard disk

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Hi Guys,

Would like to seek your assistance on this matter, I tried opening video files in my Seagate hard disk but it seems that there are some issues:

01) Hard disk lags when clicking on it.
02) All files are in there, but when I open the file it lacks
03) Some files cannot be opened (VLC says bad descriptors)

Tried looking for answers online, it could be some bad sectors or bad descriptors, Am currently doing a CHKDSK. Here is the current report:

Log Name: Application
Source: Chkdsk
Date: 13/10/2015 12:13:35 AM
Event ID: 26227
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: AV17
Description:
Chkdsk was executed in spotfix mode on a read-write volume.
Checking file system on I:
Volume label is FreeAgent GoFlex Drive.
Examining 14 corruption records ...
Record 1 of 14: 0x1 Bad clusters in file "\Documents and Settings\1 <0x1,0x11d2>" starting at file offset 0x1000 ... Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6e8d8000 for 0x1000 bytes.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6e8d8000 for 0x1000 bytes.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6e8d8000 for 0x1000 bytes.
corruption found and fixed.
Record 2 of 14: 0x1 Bad clusters in file "\Documents and Settings\1 <0x1,0x11d2>" starting at file offset 0x3000 ... Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6e8da000 for 0x1000 bytes.
Read failure with status 0xc000009c at offset 0x6... Read more

Answer:External Hard Disk maybe corrupted?

Hard disks can go from unreliable to totally failed without any warning. I had a Seagate 3TB reporting problems one day, and before I could back the files off the drive, it totally failed.

So, once you start getting these failures, you should copy off the files and folders -- while you still can!

Unless you're willing to pay a HUGE sum to have the drive rebuilt by commercial data recovery services (which typically start at $1000 USD), then there is nothing you can do to salvage the drive.

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What is the safest way to protect data on an external hard drive, when using the hard drive on computers other than your own.

Is there a good recommended software I can use to encrypt my hard drive and have it available to be decrypted on another computer and to keep all the encryption software on the same drive?

I have heard of some simple security programs that come with some hard drives, but I'm looking for an open source or similar solution that is well documented in terms of security.

I would like to take a 1 terabyte hard drive around to different places and I want to protect my information.

My home computer is Windows 7 Professional and I will use windows computers elsewhere also. What kind of portable software is available?

Or ... did I answer my question. Is the best bet, to simply encrypt files with something like pgp?

Answer:Safe use of external hard disk

Welcome
I am not one of the security people, but I have learned a trick and use it myself. If possible turn off the Hard Drive at night. Those creeps out there writing, virus and trying to steal information often work at night, because you are probably asleep and will not notice unusual activity on your computer. In addition if you turn off the hard drive at night, and when not in use, less chance that a virus caught will spread to the hard drive, when you initially catch it.

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A friend gave me an older Dell laptop, I installed Win 8.1 on it. This unit does not have a UEFI bios (that I can tell) however 8.1 runs great on it actually. The time came to back the unit up, I use Acronis True Image, and have an external WD Passport drive, and then acronis boots from a CD, and I connect the Passport via USB. Well, I had the idea to make the passport drive bootable, and boot the acronis disk, which is linux based. The older Dell will boot from USB, it boots from a flash drive just fine, but I can't get it to boot from the passport drive. I've tried several downloadable utilities to copy a .iso to a flash drive, and some of them only work if the .iso is a windows disc, some of them only work if it's a flash drive, and refuse to even see the passport disk. I finally found one that I thought would work, it said it was successful, but when I try to boot the older Dell from it, it says very quickly "no boot sector" or something like that.

So how can I make this external drive bootable?

thanks

Answer:External hard disk, bootable

I am not sure that I fully understand what you have or are trying to do, but windows will not boot from a removable drive. It's a msoft issue.

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Hi,I am looking for an external hard disk for backup and music storage. I need around 60-80 gig space.Could someone help me with making external hard disk? I have looked for some external cases but which hard drive do i need to buy so that they both work together?Cheerz

Answer:How to make External Hard Disk

You can't "make" an external hard disk.Do you mean the type that will slot and out of your system case?If so you probably mean something on these lines:click here=click here

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Hi
I have a 1TB iomega Select Desktop Hardrive.
I have used it to back up data, but never had the need to restore any of the data.
Now I need to access the Ext HD ands restore some of the data.

I have connected the Ext HD on 2 machines and in both cases the Ext HD is not recognised.

Question - How long does ity take for a PC to recognise the EXt Hard Disk?

Is there something I am doing wrong?
 

Answer:Recognising an External Hard Disk

It only takes 10 to maybe 30 seconds from the time you pw ON the external until you can access the drive.

External drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a few reasons;
1 The extra interface of the enclosure. This can fail and the drive be just fine.
2 Shock damage from you moving the external around, etc
3 Heat. External drives are NOT made for continuous duty. Unless they have a cooling fan [which almost none do] they are made to switch ON and make a backup then switch OFF.

Have you tried opening the enclosure and connecting the drive as an internal drive?
 

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i've bought a external harddisk 500GB (2.5 inch), when i want to copy the movie (blueray) from my laptop to external hd, it prompted up a msg said that "no enough space", asked me to do disk clean up. Beside i've noticed that while copying or moving file that more than 4GB, the problem mentioned above will occur. I don't why and pls tell me whether is harddisk problem or there's other issues.
 

Answer:External hard disk issue

Please provide the following information:

Operating system that you are running;
Brand and model of the hard drive.

Please do the following: if you go in "My Computer" with external HDD connected, right click on the icon of external HDD and click properties, you should see the type of the file system. If it reads FAT32, it means that file system cannon handle files bigger than 4 GB.
 

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Hey,

I have a Maxtor 200GB ONETOUCH II hard drive and it shows up in My Computer, but when I click on it, it says hard disk is ot accessible, the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. I have years of school papers and stuff on this...How do I get it back? Someone please help, freaking out here. By the way, I am running windows server, I have not been able to find any software that is compatible, so leave suggestions please.

Thanks
 

Answer:external hard disk problems

Try the thing with another computer or at least another operating system (a Live CD?).

Take the hard drive out of the enclosure and see if it works when connected directly inside a computer.

ZAR lets you restore 4 folders at a time for free I believe, so you can throw that at the disk when everthing else fails.

Next time, make backups of your important stuff
 

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Hi, my toshiba 1tb external drive has become unaccessible after working fine till yesterday. When i plug in the drive the green bar ontop keeping forward and if i click on drive Explorer hangs. It also doesn't disply detail in my computer like free space. On previous threads you have asked for picture of disk management, i cant post it as it becomes unresponsive as soon as i plug in the drive. After searching for a while i am using photorec to recover files but it going slowly. Should i use ddrescue or clonezilla? Any other software?please any help would be appreciated. It is important that i recover my files.

Answer:External hard disk unaccessible

You could try burning a light weight linux distro to a CD such as Puppy Linux and see if your ext HDD is recognized along with the files.
https://www.winhelp.us/kaseke/recove...ppy-linux.html
Note when you mount partitions with puppy linux you can simply drag and drop folders from source to destination. When you drop you get options - select the copy not move.

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Hi,When I attach my external harddrive I can't see it in 'This PC'.When I look in 'Device Manager' it shows up as 'EXT HDD 1021' The drivers for this device are not installed.I use the drive to backup my computer.The backup using the external hard drive worked in December 2014.I have tried the external hard drive on my old laptop and it works no problems.How can I get the drivers back?I'm running Windows 8.1 64 bit. 

Answer:external hard disk not shown in this pc

hi ro51,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
If you insert another USB storage device (e.g., Flashdrive) on the same port, are you able to see it in "This PC"  under Windows Explorer? 
 
If other storage devices are not automatically detected, can you try the following:
- Open Device Manager > Other Devices
- Right click on the 'EXT HDD 1021 > choose Update Driver Software > 'Browse for driver software on your computer
- Select Browse and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository and ensure that Include subfolders is checked.
 
When finished, hit Next and observe if the USB storage driver gets installed and see if you can now see the USB external HDD.
 
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
Regards

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Hi,

I?ve just installed win7 on my laptop, before of it I had XP. In XP when I saffetly remove my hard disks after a while (5 seconds aprox) it turned off, i.e. it just didn?t vibrate more and as I think it means that it stoped to take energy from the laptop. My external HD use just one usb for data and energy. I post this thread because when I saffetly remove the same external HD in Win7, after it says that it is possible to disconnect it the HD remains vibrating, i.e. taking energy from the laptop issue that worry me because I feel that if I disconnect it in this way I will damage it.

Please tell me what could I do to fix it.

Excuses for my english hope you could help me.

Thanks for your attention,

M

Answer:How to turn off external hard disk

Does it have an external power supply as well? If it does it should have a switch to power it down. How are you telling it to shut down?

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Hard disk works on my laptop every time (windows 7) but when I try to connect to PC (windows 8.1) it sometimes works but most of the times it will give me "fatal disk error" and not work. Sometimes i can see it but if i try to change anything, copy, move - it will say it takes 3 hours instead of 2 min. then crash with the same error message. I've tried several different USB ports front and back, none of them works 100%.
Thank you in advance.

Answer:External Hard Disk not working on PC

This could be a USB2/USB3 issue.
Laptop USB2, Desktop USB3?
Is the drive powered from the USB port?

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Hi Guys!
It seems like I get a new virus every day
Anyways, when I double-click on my hard disk, it says the following:

O:/Access is Denied

So I right-click, right? And it gives me:

"If freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will have freedom"

I scanned it with Norton and nothing came up! And it's the latest version!
Anyways, I'm pretty sure that my PC is infected, so here's my HJT Log with the HD plugged in...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 16:58:54, on 29/01/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NETSUP~1\client32.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Symantec\Ghost\bin\dbserv.exe
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Answer:Virus on External Hard Disk & Now my PC.

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I recently installed a program to allow my PC to read Mac formatted hard disks. However, it did not work and from then forward, my PC is unable to detect all other external hard disks, I've tried a few. The drives are not even showing on disk management. The lights on the hard disk do light up with I plug them in but nothing happens.

Is anyone able to solve this mystery for me. BTW this problem only occurred after I installed the above mentioned program.

Answer:Can't Detect External Hard Disk

Well, what's the program and have you tried removing it?
There are simple ways to format external HDDs so they can be used both on PC and Mac. It would be a good idea to format HDDs you know you'll use on both platforms this way. Instructions are usually included with the drive, at least both my LaCie and WD included them.
Hope this helps,
J

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All the folders in my external hard disk becomes shortcut. When I scanned the hard disk with avast! the action taken was to "Move To Chest" and I did. All the files in the hard disk is now gone but according to the available memory space I'm sure my files are still in the hard disk.
 
This is the DDS log generated:-
 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_x86 
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.17267  BrowserJavaVersion: 10.5.1
Run by use at 20:21:48 on 2015-01-10
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium   6.1.7600.0.1252.60.1033.18.2931.745 [GMT 8:00]
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AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {17AD7D40-BA12-9C46-7131-94903A54AD8B}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {ACCC9CA4-9C28-93C8-4B81-AFE241D3E736}
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============== Running Processes ================
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C:\windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
C:\windows\system32\WLANExt.exe
C:\windows\system32\conhost.exe
C:\windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
C:\windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Small Business\Business Contact Manager\BcmSqlStartupSvc.exe
C:\windows\system32\taskhost.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel® Management Engine Components\LMS\LMS.exe
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\mbamscheduler.exe
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Answer:External Hard Disk Is Infected

Hey my friend, Please download FRST (by Farbar) from the link below and save it to your Desktop.Download Mirror #1If you are unsure whether you have 32-Bit or 64-Bit Windows, see hereDisable all anti-virus and anti-malware software to prevent them inhibiting FRST in any way. If you are unsure how to do this, see THIS.Double-click FRST.exe/FRST64.exe (depending on which version you downloaded) to run it. (if you have Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8: Please do a Right click on the FRST icon and select Run as Administrator)When the disclaimer appears, click Yes.Click Scan to start FRST.When FRST finishes scanning, two logs, FRST.txt and Addition.txt will open.Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) the contents of both of these logs into your next post please.

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Hello,
I brought a new 1 TB seagate free-agent external hard drive. I connected it to my laptop which runs windows VISTA.
when i connected it for the first time, there was no problem in my laptop recognizing it or its ( wotever installation if you call it so ). so I transfered all my data as a back from my laptop ( aprx abt 100gb) to the new hard drive, and even double checked it on the new hard drive and everything was fine. later i disconnected the hard drive via the SAFELY remobe hardware. Later after abt half an hour I tried connecting back the hard drive to my same laptop, but it would not just show up. i tried everything liek trying to restart my system, connecting and disconnecting my external hard drive, changing the connecting USB cable, tried on different systems ( vista, XP) but the it would just not work( but the light on the hard drive does glow up). I ve noticed that for teh first few mintues( say 5-10 mins) there is some kind of slight sound from the hard drive Now all the data is on this hard drive and i am lost. I cannot affrord a data recovery options as its very expensive.
so i was just praying and hoping that someone could please help me out of this mess. Can someone out there please help me .
Regards.
Ravi.
 

Answer:My external hard disk would not be recognized

My external is not always recognized. What I do and it seems to work is to power it up for a min. or two before plugging it into a usb port.
 

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Hope someone can help me on this.I am attempting to copy an entire partition to an external hard disk as a back-up. I first tried Norton Ghost 2002 which supposedly has USB support. However it stated no USB connection found.I then tried to do it direct from Partitionmagic 7 which recognised the external hard drive but gave a maximum file size of 0.00Mb! So no luck there.Finally I made the partition to be copied unhidden and simply dragged it from "My computer" on the active partition to the external hard disk. This worked but whether I can raise it from there in the event of a system crash I have no idea.Any advice would be appreciated!CheersAndrew

Answer:Partition to external hard disk

Partition Magic 8 should be able to do this from within Windows so should have no problem. Sorry I cannot be more certain as I dont have an external hard disk.Same goes for Ghost 2003 - although I have not forked out for this yet due to the probs I have with 2002.

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

Answer:External Firewire hard disk.

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

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Hi everyone please help...
my Toshiba external hard disc also facing the same problem can not recognize, and once to plug in the message pomp out as below:-
"USB Device Not Recognized
One of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and windows does not recognize it. For assistance in solving this problem, click this message"
Can someone help in kind please.. thanks all..
 

Answer:Toshiba external hard disk

Yeah Reine, my older Passport drive will do that too sometimes cause the data cable is a bit finicky. I'd just unplug the external and power it down. Wait a few, then plug it back up to USB and power it back on. If that dont work, throw in a computer reboot, before u start messing with driver uninstalls and such.
 

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Hello,
I bought an external hard disk (a WD 500) and plug it to my computer. It doesn't work very well, please see below the example of issues I have with this external hard disk:
- when I plug it with a thumb plug to my computer, it takes very long for my computer to recognize the disk (when it does recognize it indeed)
- when it finaly reconignize the disk, sometimes I can read the files I already copied on it sometimes I can not!
- sometimes I can copy / paste data on it, sometimes I can not!
I'm getting very frustated with this disk. Can anyone help me with it?
Thank you very much for your support,
 

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