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HELP!!!! Buffalo external hard drive shows empty on Windows 7 pro

Question: HELP!!!! Buffalo external hard drive shows empty on Windows 7 pro

My Buffalo external drive shows empty on window 7 pro, no previous signs of malfunction just a little slow before this incident.
when i trying to right click and check properties, after a while windows shows a message saying " data error (Cyclic redundancy check)"
It contains all my family photos for the last years, please if anyone can help me with this issue I will appreciate

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Hi, I have a 500gb seagate external hard drive, and already used 240gb space.
It worked fine until yesterday suddenly i could not access the files at all. I checked disk management, and it showed that my external drive became RAW drive.

I tried to do chkdsk that i learned from one of the forum, and then it somehow has fixed the RAW drive back to FAT32. However i still cannot see any of my files.

I opened command prompt, and typed in dir /a
and it said 0 files 0 byets, 4 DIR 288,714, 293, 248 bytes free

How can i bring my files back?? I don't want to lose my files
can someone help me please..urgent

Sorry i am no tech expert, so please help me using an easy explanation =)

Answer:HELP! External hard drive shows used space but empty folders!

Sounds like the FAT table has got screwed up meaning the OS will not be able to display your files - don't worry, this is quite common and you should be able to recover them on the assumption the drive is not physically damaged (i.e. clunking when seeking).

There are plenty of recovery programs, some free, that work well.

I'll check these out and post back.

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. But I can not access any files from it either through the computer or software. anyone got any ideas as to why. It was working fine up until yesterday.

Answer:Buffalo External Hard Drive

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Hi, does anyone know of "Buffalo"s reliability? It seems my current external drive is about to give up. Its a Western Digital 'My Book' 320gb and its making odd "clicking noises".Yesterday it disappeared from 'my computer' and i eventually got it working after pulling out all the plugs and re-booting pc. The "Buffalo DriveStation" 500gb looks a good buy from for 50. Any thoughts please - Tony

Answer:Buffalo External Hard Drive

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HI everyone,

Ive been using my WD Elements 1.5TB for quite a while now but I recently had trouble with it.
It doesn't show any of the maps I created on it. However if I type the name of the map in the address bars it does reach the map. I use it to store all my programs, games and movies so its quite important.

E:\ = It will show that this folder (drive) is empty
E:\Movies = It will show all the movies.

Its the same with my other folders on that drive.

I had the same problem with a smaller drive but there wasn't much on that so I just formatted it and it works fine again.
I can't afford to have all this data wiped so it will take a lot of time backing everything up. (which I also don't have to room for)

I hope anyone knows a solution for this except formatting the drive,

Thanks in advance

Answer:Computer shows external drive empty while its not.

Quote: Originally Posted by Optec

HI everyone,

Ive been using my WD Elements 1.5TB for quite a while now but I recently had trouble with it.
It doesn't show any of the maps I created on it. However if I type the name of the map in the address bars it does reach the map. I use it to store all my programs, games and movies so its quite important.

E:\ = It will show that this folder (drive) is empty
E:\Movies = It will show all the movies.

Its the same with my other folders on that drive.

I had the same problem with a smaller drive but there wasn't much on that so I just formatted it and it works fine again.
I can't afford to have all this data wiped so it will take a lot of time backing everything up. (which I also don't have to room for)

I hope anyone knows a solution for this except formatting the drive,

Thanks in advance

It sounds like your permissions have been changed. Do the following steps.Click Start Menu
Click My Computer/Computer
Right Click the drive in question
Click Properties
Go to the Security tab

What is listed under Group or user names: ?

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Hi Everyone,

I am using a Buffalo LinkStation (LS-QVL), it is configured for RAID 10 and has 4 Terabytes of capacity. I am not using anywhere near the full capacity (instead I am only using about 6%!). It has occurred to me that I should make an off-site backup of the content on the LinkStation. Toward this end I would like to backup the contents of the LinkStation to an external USB hard drive.

Can anybody tell me if it is possible to backup files from this NAS to an external hard drive? If it is possible any advice on how to set this up will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


Answer:Backing up Buffalo NAS to an external hard drive

Unless your NAS has a provision to mount the external hard drive via USB and supports file transfers between the volumes, you're going to have to do this over the network with the external hard drive connected to a PC that is connected to the NAS.

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Hi all,

New to this site, so hope this is in the right place and hope you can help!

I have just purchased a 500G Buffalo external hard drive, HD-PC500U2/BK-EU. Plug it in and it is recognised by my P.C (running XP) but I cannot go any further and cannot run the DriveNavi.exe file which is on the external HD. All I get are the following error messages

The application failed to inialize properly (0xc0000006). Click OK to terminate the application.


Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory request was completed


F:\DriveNavi.exe is not a valid Win32 application

I have trawled the net to try to find a solution and Buffalo support are no use at all...and extremely frustrated and would appreciate any help, please


Answer:Buffalo External Hard drive problem-Help please!

That sounds like an autorun request for the bundled DriveNavi.exe program. And "trawled the net"? . I think you've gotta format the HDD. That might just do the trick.

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Hi,I usually have my buffalo external hdd connected to my dell studio 15. I tried shutting down once but accidentally put it into hibernation. So after it hibernated I switched it back on, the hdd would spin up a couple of times, but as it got to the desktop it would spin down. I try to access the hdd and I can see the folders etc, when I try entering a folder such as "music" for example, the hdd would spin up, but then a message would say the folder music is unavailable. So I refresh the window, and the music folder disappears! just like that, now after the spin up, i can access the rest of the folders, but the "music" is just gone forever. Does anyone know what's going on or how I can get that folder back. It was actually the "documents" folder in my case, but music was an example.Thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard drive and Vista Hibernation

hi again, Problem has been fixed and the files are still there! Basically used vista scan disk to fix errors option and it recovered my files. Phew....thought I'd lost it all.

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My friend had her laptop hard drive replaced by some company. They did not copy her documents and pictures to her new drive so she asked me if I could do it for her. I told her I would slave the drive to my machine and see if I could read the old drive, if so, I could probably retrieve the items and save them for her.

It is a 60 Gig Hitachi Travelstar Hard Drive. I put the hard drive in my external USB case and plugged it in to my Laptop running VISTA (SP-2) I also plugged it in to a Windows XP Pro machine. The new drive was detected and I was able to see it in My Computer as "Local Drive (E)", the File System says "FAT", and the Disk size shows the capacity as 10.1 MB, (Used Space 1.26 MB - Free Space 8.83 MB). When I open the contents of this drive, it is empty.

In Computer Management, Disk Management, this is what is visible, where Disk 0 is my internal drive, and Disk 1 is the Slave Travelstar:


Disk 0
298.09 GB

1.46 GB
Healthy (EISA Configuration)

TI100721V0E (C)
287.79 GB NTFS
Healthy (System, Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)

8.84 GB
Healthy Partition
Disk 1
55.89 GB

55.88 GB FAT
Healthy (Active, Primary Partition)
No Media

When I click on the (E) Partition it shows in the rectangle box, all g... Read more

Answer:External 60GB drive is empty and shows 10MB in Explorer

try this,
Go to my computer and right click on the drive you have set up as slave drive. Go to properties-then security-then click on advanced tab near the bottom of that page-then click on owner tab-then on edit-then choose the owner you want to have access in this case you Administrators mine says (Tman-PC\Administrators) and then click apply. You will have to close all the windows down and reopen them and you should be able to see anything that was hidden or unaccessable on the drive.

Hope t works for you.

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I have subject device running from Win7 64 bit.
It's decided to show capacity as 49.5Gb instead of 1Tb.
Any ideas welcomed.

Answer:Buffalo Ministation 1TB USB 2.0 Slimline Portable External Hard Drive

On the search window type Disk manage. From the options, open "Create and format hard disk partitions"
Expand the Status column so it can be readable.
Take a snapshot of the screen and upload the image.

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Can anyone tell me if the above Exteral HDD will be compatable with windows 8. It works fine with Windows 7 Premium. Thanks.


Answer:Buffalo MiniStation Lite 320 Gb Portable USB 2.0 External Hard Drive..

Unlikely anyone has your specific drive. But in general, i've never seen a USB device that didn't work in Windows 8 that worked in Windows 7.

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I have a buffalo 500gb external HD which I use mainly as a back up for photos/docs/vids etc., I have been deleting alot of uneccessary things on it and it now contains only 47gb of material, however when I click on the properties it is still showing 270gb free of 465gb, this means that there is still 195gb of material when in fact there is only 47gb of material on it in total - how can this be?? I have unplugged the buffalo drive, left it a while and replugged it in but its still showing (in the properties of the drive) that it has 270gb free of 465gb, very odd, thanks LAPTOPDUNCE

Answer:buffalo external hard drive showing wrong amount in properties???

Show hidden and system files click here
If there is a Recycle Bin Folder on the drive, go into it and Empty or manually delete contents.

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I unplugged a hard drive from my Vista machine that was used to store some data and when I plugged it back in today the folder was empty. Vista reads the drive and shows that the 750g drive has 300g's free, but it is empty. Any ideas what is going on? Thanks in advanced.

Answer:old hard drive shows up empty in Vista....

You're able to see the drive in Windows Explorer?

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Woke up this morning and the computer rebooted over night, when I logged in my desktop picture is still there but all my desktop icons have disappeared.  Did a quick google search and tried ending the explorer task and running it and still nothing. 
Rebooted the computer a couple times and still nothing.  Then figured I'd go look into the registry to see if anything weird was showing in there and nothing. 
When I click on the computer it shows my hard-drive is using 100GB of space but when I click on the c drive to view the contents it says that the folder is empty.  Verified that files weren't hidden and even after doing the show hidden files it still
says it's empry.  Windows 7 seems to be operating fine even though it's showing nothing.  Computer boots up fine, the ie icons on the taskbar opens up fine, any command line commands work.
Tried running the sfc scannow and came back clean, chkdsk has come back with no problems either.  Kinda at a loss as I'd rather not reinstall windows and I can't even back up the files I have as they aren't showing up.  I do get the same thing
whether I boot into safe mode or not.

Answer:No desktop icons except recycle bin and hard drive shows empty

Hi Christian,
Running a System Restore rollback to a previous working date seems to be the best option here, as the incident has been observed only today. If you're unable to run System Restore from Windows, you may try running it from Windows RE.Ramesh Srinivasan | The Winhelponline Blog
Microsoft MVP, Windows Desktop Experience

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My HP Notebook (Windows 7) suffered a sudden meltdown earlier this evening and after hours of trying to resolve the problem, I did a system recovery and took it back to its factory settings. Everything seems alright now, except for one annoying thing: I connected my USB external hard drive and it showed up as normal in Computer, (G, and also displayed the usual 250GB free of 450GB blurb underneath the title, but when I clicked to open it, nothing was there except for the words 'This folder is empty'. I plugged it into my flatmate's Mac, and all the files showed up fine, but they just won't show up on my laptop. Does anyone have any clue as to how I can rectify this? Thanks in advance.

Answer:External hard drive claiming to be empty

Can you move a test file to the "Empty" folder on the external and then see it?


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

Answer:External Hard Drive Appears Empty

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Hi Folks,
I have a WD Passpport 250 GB USB external hard drive. "My Computer" shows I have 176 GB of free space on this drive. However, when I try to copy large files (4 GB) to the drive I get a "disk full" message. Any tips on how to rectify this problem?

Answer:Cannot write to empty space on WD external hard drive

The WD drive is probably formatted as FAT32 which has a 4GB size limit for files. Break the file into two smaller pieces then see if it will transfer.

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Hope someone can help me.

I'm going through to search through all the threads pertaining to Bitlocker to see if anyone had a similar issue but no luck yet.


1) Windows 7 x64 was on C:
2) G: was Bitlocker encrypted

Got a new GPU and went through a bunch of stuff before determining that it was bad and needed to be RMA'd. One step included doing a fresh install of Windows 7.

After re-installation, drive G: just showed as being a "New Volume" that was completely empty when I viewed its contents.

Seems like something went funky after I reformatted so that the drive isn't being viewed as an encrypted drive (at least I hope that's the case).

Is it possible to re-associate the drive somehow so I can try to unlock it with my passphrase? I don't have one of those key files that you're asked to create when encrypting the drive. I do know the passphrase that was used to unlock it and didn't bother with the key file because I know I'd never forget the passphrase.

Possible to get my data back or am I hosed? Tried asking on the Microsoft Social TechNet forum but no help there after 100+ views.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Bitlocked Drive Shows As Empty After Re-installing Windows 7?

Hello Shadow, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I hate to say this, but is sounds like you may have also formatted the G: drive as well since it now shows as a "New Volume" and no longer encrypted by BitLocker. If this was the case, then you are out of luck, and lost all data that was on the G: drive.

If you had only formatted the C: drive and reinstalled Windows on the C: drive, the G: drive would have still showed as being encrypted by BitLocker.

I sure hope that you had a backup or a system image backup of the G: drive.

Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing all of youe HDD's layout to be certain if this may be the case?

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I have a external hard drive that froze up on me whilst working on images from it. It no longer shows on it's properties as NTFS it shows as RAW??? with no space left, I've run chckdsk on it and I don't know how to clear up the problem or is my drive just trashed now. It indicates also in properties that it's working properly.

Any advice, help will be much appreciated.

Answer:external hard drive ntfs now shows as RAW???please help

go to contorl panes/administrator tools/computer management and in computer management go to disk manager and see what it says there. you can also try to use a file restoration utility to read files off of the drive if they are realy important

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I've connected an external USB drive, but when I go to My Computer it shows it as a network drive. In addition, it gives it the same name as the mapped network drive that already exists there. When I change the name of the external drive there, it then changes the name of the mapped network drive, so again they both have the same name, although the drive letters are different. Any ideas how to make the external drive appear where it belongs in My Computer, under Hard Disk drives?

I'm also seeing some other odd behavior on this computer, and since it may be related I'll mention it. When I first opened my Computer, it showed the same networked drive repeatedly, with every letter from F thru Z. I deleted them all except one, but now every time I reboot, I get a logon connect dialog that asks to reconnect one of them. So with each reboot it is adding back one of the duplicate mapped networked drives that I had deleted. I expect it will eventually end up with all the alphabet letters like it was when I first sat down at this computer.

My main concern is to get the external hard drive to appear where it belongs.

Answer:External hard drive shows up as a network drive

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Windows 10 disk management shows external hard drive twice.
How to fix?

Answer:Disk Management shows external Hard Drive twice

Can we have some screenshot? Which version of Windows 10 are you using? ( To check, press Win+R and enter "winver")

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I'm running WinXP sp3...I've had my external hd for quite some time...not sure what changed but turned it on for the first time in awhile and it would "ding" like plug and play recognized it but nothing happened. I go to Windows Explorer and it freezes. I have to turn off the switch to the External Harddrive (it's an Ultra) to get anything to load. Then I try to turn it back on and I look at Device Manager...I can see it in there but when I right-click on it to see what's going on, it freezes. Any program that would access the HD freezes when it's turned on. I've been browsing the net for hours for a fix. Here's what I've tried...nothing has worked...

1) Changing the jumper settings
2) using tweakui to change drive letters
3) changing usb cables
4) power down and try all over

any ideas?

BTW- my harddrive is not clicking or doing anything out of the won't mount in Safe mode either...

Answer:External Hard drive shows up in PM but freezes when accessed

TweakUI to change drive letters? No wonder you are having trouble. What version of TweakUI?

Drive letter changes need to be made in Disk Management. I don't recall any TweakUI's tha changed drive letters since Win 98 and that program is for a whole different family of operating systems.

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hi computerfriends,

I got a problem, my external hard drive (westen digital 1.0TB) isn't popping up my computer. I can see it in devices (USB to ATA/ATAPI bridge) but i can't acces it. What i've done already:Computer Management-> Disk Management. Than ive to initialize the disk, i can choose between MBR and GPT. In both cases i got the error: Data error (cyclic redundancy check). I can't chance any letter
Downloaded different programs but non of them worked

I've to get my files, it's important. I hope some of you know now the sollution.

Answer:External hard drive shows up in devices but not in my computer

Hello indoow and welcome to Seven Forums. Couple of things to try:

1. Try using a different USB port.

2. Try changing the drive letter.

3. If you have access to a live Linux CD like Ubuntu you may find that Ubuntu will recognize the external hard drive in Computer.

4. The hard drive may be going bad. You could go to the manufacturer's web site and look for diagnostic tools to check the drive. Or you could use SeaTools for Windows from Seagate (works on non-Seagate drives as well.)

| Seagate

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I have external USB hard drive 'Seagate 500 Gb'
When I transfer data (say Video file) from my Laptop to External Hard drive, it starts coping but it stucks and cannot finish coping.

Check out the attachment for the detail of the error while coping.


Answer:Copying data to External hard drive shows error

Hi and welcome,

The I/O device error implies a problem with the USB device.

Run a chkdsk /R on the USB device, and then also run this program to check the health status of the drive:

CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World


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Good day everyone.

I have 500gb Buffalo HD and the problem is that when I plug it in my laptop it makes a clicking noise then after a while the noise stop. And also it does not appear in Computer,it was only appearing in the control panel. I tried disk management and other software to retrieve and solve this but it doesnt work. Can I still recover my file without going to retrieval company? can I still save my hard disk and use it again? thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard disk problem

Doesn't sound like it. Sounds like you are hosed. Suppose you could try the freezer trick, although I've never seen it work.

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Ok, So I've got this
-300gig external maxtor Diamondmax 10
-model: 6L300R0
-300GB PATA133 HDD

Ok, so the problem is it used to have my entire schoolwork, business, music files, and so forth on it. It worked great and as soon as I got all of my information transfered onto it, it went kaput. Ever since then I've been unable to view any data on it. The way it works is it connects via USB and lights up, the icon usually (not always, but usually) appears in my computer. I can open it, but there is nothing there, it is just an empty window. So, even though all my data is there, I say whatever, I need the storage space, so I'll just reformat it. well, it allows me to right click and select reformat, but nothing ever loads or happens. I have tried copying and pasting files there and none of them actually pastes or transfers. I've searched the forums and tried bringing it up in computer management>disk management or removable storage but it doesn't show up there. Please help me to figure out a way to either A)get it working again with the data still intact or B)allow me to reformat it so that I can just use the darn thing for storage. Really, either option would be great, amazing, excellent. I just really could use some help and am willing to try whatever you can recomend, but I just need it to work. PLEASE HELP ME. I am ALL EARS. Thanks in advance for a quick reply, it means a lot to me. Than... Read more

Answer:external hard drive shows in my computer but won't hold data or allow reformat

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I have a Western Digital 250 GB external HD that had been working perfectly until yesterday afternoon. It has been making this repetitive whirring noise *not the clicking noise of death* and it died before I had a chance to copy the data onto another external. When I plug in the USB it makes the connection noise, but autoplay does not come up and it does not show up in my computer anymore. I did look in device manager and disk management and it does show up but it had no drive letter and it says unreadable. (I've attached a screenshot of this)

Is there any way I can recover the data off of it? Should I just take it out of the enclosure and hook it up to a desktop pc?

Answer:External hard drive broken shows up in device manager but not My Computer

It sounds like the drive itself is dead rather than the enclosure. The repetitive 'whirring' noise likely is immediately following the click of death, just the click is pretty quiet on a lot of notebook drives. If yours is a full size (3.5") drive in that enclosure, then perhaps you are right and the click of death isn't occurring.

In either case, its not going to hurt to hook it up internally, because even if it doesn't work you aren't any worse off than you are now.

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Have a 1TB Iomega USB3 external hard drive that worked well on both a desktop and laptop Win7/64 system. Now it shows up as unidentified and not initialized using computer/manage/storage/disk management. Disk Management also gives the optiin to initialize it but I declined because I would like to recover the data. The power light comes on and it spins up with both a USB3 or USB2 connections and is identified as an Iomega eGo drive when I use the USB eject function.
Hard Drive Sentinel does not recognize it at all. Any suggestions appreciated.

Answer:Previously functional USB3 external hard drive shows not initialized

1. Please post a screenshot of Disk Management with your external HDD plugged in. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

2. It would indeed be prudent to recover the data before you try anything else on the HDD.

You may try to access the hard drive booting into a live Linux CD/pendrive.

Download Lucid Puppy (Ubuntu-Compatible Build) v5.2.8 ISO from

It is light and only 132.6 MB.

Make a Bootable pendrive with Rufus v1.3.2 (442 KB)

It takes less than 2 minutes to create your bootable live Linux pendrive.

For more guidance on the recovery process directly get into the heading Recovering files from the non-bootable Internal Drive - applicable to recovery from any hard drive - in Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer

You may also use this tutorial by Golden to create your bootable pendrive with Peppermint3 Linux.

Lucid Puppy or Peppermint3, in either case you can use Rufus to create your bootable pendrive.

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Hi,I have an external USB Buffalo hard disk attached to my Lenovo E73 W7 Pro PC.If i boot with it connected then the PC won't boot through to Windows until i disconnect the Buffalo.I have been into the Bios and set the boot order to not only styart with the HD but also ignore USB and CD ROM.Interestingly before i changed the Bios it would stop the boot and when i disconnected the Buffalo i would get the option to go the bios; now that i have changed the bios although it still doesn't boot through to Windows, when i disconnect the Buffalo the Windows spalsh screen appears immediately. So..My thoughts are that the bios change has been a good thing and now there is a Windows option that needs to be changed to make it boot to Windows ignoring the Buffalo until it has started. Has anyone any advice please? Cheers,Simon  

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I have a Buffalo 120 GB external Hard Disk that i connect to my HP Compaq Pressario M2000. It has been with me since 2 yrs. It was always fine, except for not being recognised a few months came back all by itself. So i was fine. I have a lot of data in it which is very important. So please give me any option other than formatting it.

When i rightclick on my My Computer and go to Manage > Disk Management and it shows me my Drive as F: 111.78 GB Healthy (Active).
But it does not display the name that i have given it (Rockin Ram) and when i try opening it, it says " F: is not acessible " The file drive is corrupted and unreadable ".

I have an internet connection with unlimited download, so please let me know if i need to download some software or install anything to repair it. I will do it, but please help me with this issue.
I believe you coz my previous problem was solved by you people !

Answer:My Buffalo 120 GB External Hard Disk recognised, but not responding!

The drive could have failed. Try to plug it into another pc if you have another one.

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OK...I'm 51yo female quite tech savvy for my age and gender. I have a Samsung External HD with my life's work on it basically. I am in between moving and have everything from old PC,s Laptops etc backed up on this device. All my college work as I am studying, all my web site stuff as I am building a website, you get the idea IT'S IMPORTANT!

Last night while doing my thing lost of stuff open, shut, open, shut, save, delete etc I once again go to MY COMPUTER to access a document and the drive shows up empty when open "this folder contains no files" however on My computer is shows it is still loaded up with all my crap.

I have tried 3 or 4 restore/rescue programs thus far to no avail. Also as I am currently of no fixed address my major PC with mega storage space in actual storage 3 hours away.


1. How can I re-visualise the files (done show hidden files) without having to restore data to current lap top with virtualy no space on it?

2. Can up restore the data to an online thing such as Google drive and how do I do that?

3. If I buy a NEW Ext. HD can I restore the data to that?

4. What program actually WORKS to recover images, word docs, exe programs everything basically. If I have to but a paid version I am happy to as I am sur that is still cheaper than taking to some rip off tech place.

Thank you anyone/everyone... also I note when I try and open the drive the window that comes up only gives me 2 choices ... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive shows no files/my computer show approx. 600 GB occupied

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Sorry to hear about your problem. If you do not have backups of these files and have already tried several restore programs, it may be time to turn the drive over to a person or company that specialize in data recovery. (Please don't be offended by this. I've been working on PCs for over 15 years and there are many times I've had to consult a specialist as well).

Please be aware this could get quite expensive. If the drive can be recovered intact, you're likely looking at a few hundred dollars including the cost of a new drive. If the drive has to be sent for disassembly in a "clean room" to read directly off the platters, it could go as high as $1500, depending on the amount of data recovered.

Do not allow any recovery program you use personally to reformat the drive or remove/resize partitions - this could go further damage to the files.

Sorry for the bad news, but I hope this helps.

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Alright, I have a whole bunch of my music and videos on my external hard drive and I got a new Dell XPS 8300 yesterday. I had been using my external hard drive just fine for the past 1-2 yeas now with 2 different laptops, working fine. I plugged it yesterday to transfer all my music to my new computer and it seemed to be working fine. There was an error as the copy rate slowwed so I decided to delete and try again. I did that about 3 times and then decided to just copy the music album by album. Eventually, I don't know how it ended up happening, instead of the Hard Drive coming up as Seagate on the My Computer Tab, it started showing up as Local Disk: J on my Dell and Local Disk E on my laptop now. It doesn't matter where I plug it in. Not only that, it won't open when I try to open it. It will get 95% loaded and then just pause and stop responding. I'm completely lost.

My hard drive is Seagate 250 GB.

Answer:External hard drive stopped working, only shows up as Local Disk -- won't open

Hi, first I would run the Seagate diagnostics to check the hard drive is still healthy following this guide.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturers diagnostic for ISO CD. Burn the image file to a CD, boot the PC with the disc in the drive and run the diagnostics. You first need to set the CD drive to 1st in the boot order in the Bios setup.

If you do not have an image burner use this free software to make the CD.




Seagate, Maxtor & Quantum:

Western Digital:


Toshiba Fujitsu:

If you have a Toshiba hard drive I would suggest the use of the diagnostics from the Seagate link as this will work on all makes of drive and on any OS.Click to expand...

It sounds likely that the circuitry in the drive enclosure is failing (or the drive), if the test won't run then remove the drive from the enclosure and purchase a USB Hard Drive adapter, or use the internal connections in a desktop PC to connect... Read more

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I have just got a Buffalo 500gb external hard drive, it has installed perfectly on my windows XP laptop, however when I try and install it on my other laptop with Windows vista, it starts that "device driver install" icon in the system tray but when I click on "my computer" from the start menu I cant find the drive!! - the funny thing is that it DOES appear when I go into the "start" menu and then "control panel" and "system" and then in the "device manager" I can find the Buffalo USB drive called "HD-PVU2" BUT it wont show in the drives on "my computer" and its not possible to transfer data to the drive, any suggestions anyone??? thanks PCDIMWIT

Answer:+++ Buffalo 500gb external USB drive ++

Go to 'My Computer' and select Manage, then click on 'Disk Management' - right click the drive then choose Format. It should then show ok.

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I've got a 1TB Buffalo USB external drive. It worked great until about 2 days ago. It was pre-formatted to FAT32, needing to put a 10 gig file on it, I reformatted it to NTFS. No problem.

Except my Xbox, my laptop, and my PS3 didn't recognise it anymore. Only the desktop did. I checked online, it wasn't a problem, cause PS3 and Xbox only read FAT 32 hard drives... so i knew i just needed to format back, and it would all be fine.

So I tried to format it back, but FAT32 was not an option. only exFAT. After reading about for a bit i found out i could format in FAT32 from the CMD dos Prompt.

So I tried that. It stayed at 0% for what seemed like forever, and then the system shut down.

I rebooted and now my drive isn't there. It shows in device manager as "hard drive" with no extra details, but says it's working.

It shows in Drive Manager, but is listed as "Unallocated" and "not initalised"

I know i need to initialise it to get it show again, however anytime i try I get this error:
Data Error (Cyclic redundacy check)

Can someone please help? I dont care if i lose all the data on it, I just want it reformatted and reinitalised so i can start using it again.

Thanks in advance to anyone who helps in any way.

Answer:Cant initalise my external 1TB Buffalo drive.

The 1st part of this tutorial describes how to initialize a hard drive.

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Hi, I am looking for a driver for a Buffalo HD-CE500U2-EU. Any thoughts please?

Answer:Solved: External Buffalo Drive

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can anyone help a novice by using simple language how to move music library and photos to an external buffalo drive station, thereafter once the laptop has been restored to factory settings how do I reinstall

Many thanks

JimThe Pilot

Answer:transferring from laptop to external drive buffalo drive station

do you know how to 'drag n drop' from one folder to another??
Thats about as simple a way of moving the files as you can get

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Hi! So i bought a buffalo DVSM-PN58U2V DVD MULTI DRIVE. The package says that it installs automatically when connected into the computer, but when i plug it in, instead my computer recognises it as Optiarc DVD RW AD-7560S USB DEVICE, tries to install its drivers, and fails. I have a 32bit vista home premium.

Answer:Problem with Buffalo DVSM-PN58U2V external dvd-drive

Leave it connected and reboot. What happens?

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I have a desktop PC that does not come with any USB 3 ports on its mainboard. Yesterday I bought a PCI-E to USB 3.0 expansion card with two ports.

I installed the card, connected the floppy power cable, and windows 10 installed its driver with no issues. There is no yellow mark in the device manager.

First I connected my USB 3.0, 2.5" Seagate drive and windows properly recognized it and set its speed at USB 3.0. I copied a lot of files at a constant max speed of about 95 MB/s. So far everything is good.

Then I tried my 3.5" Buffalo USB 3.0 drive. No matter what I did, it simply would not connect at USB 3 speed, only USB 2. I tried both ports. The drive's external power adapter is connected.

Windows does know that it's a USB 3 device, since it shows the message "This device can perform faster if connected to USB 3.0".

The drive does come with a cable with blue USB 3 connectors.

Anyone ever experienced such an issue before?

Answer:External 3.5" Buffalo USB 3.0 drive only connects at USB 2.0 mode

In general, the first thing to try with any USB device that doesn't behave correctly (or at all) is to open Device Manager, find the device and uninstall it. If you don't currently have the device connected you may need to select 'show hidden devices' in Device Manager's 'View' menu.

If an inappropriate driver had been loaded the first time it was connected it will continue to be used on all subsequent times. Uninstalling it will make windows 'forget' and choose the driver from scratch.

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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.

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I have a lightscribe dvd writer/cd writer.when I insert a dvd it show the drive is empty? cds work fine. Please help.I have nero so I can copy dvds but they are not recognized by the drive. HelpWyndie

Answer:dvd drive shows empty when dvd is in

Make sure Device Manager is error free.

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Question: Buffalo Hard Drive

I recently bought a 250gb Buffalo external hard drivebut my computer will not recognise it. I installed it as instructed but it doesn't show up in my computer. I use XP. My old computer recognises it and everything works ok (also XP) Any ideas? Thanks in anticipation

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I'm in a panic mode.
My files are supposed to be inside a subfolder within the drive. Now all the subfolders are visible but there is no contents inside.
That is My Computer - DRIVE F - Subfolder A (visible) - Subfolder A1 (visible) - contents in Subfolder A1 (EMPTY).

Now when I check DRIVE F it tells me 156GB of 210GB used, which corresonds to the file sizes. So it seems to recognize files inside the drive but when I go inside it's completely empty!

Any help?...

Answer:SOS: Drive space shows 156GB used but drive contents empty


Please open a CMD window, then navaagte to the drive and folder that you think has the files. Now type dir *.* and hit enter.

Please post the results here.


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my secondary drive D seems to have lost all my files

Answer:D drive shows that it is empty...all my files are gone?

I gather this is an external drive? Many have had issues with the file system being converted to RAW format, which it will show in computer management, in administrative tools. are both free data recovery programs that work well. Do not install them on the drive you are trying to recover from. Install on the main unit and run the scan on the external.

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I have a Buffalo ministation HD-PF500U2 500gb portable hard drive, and an ASUS laptop running Vista.

The problem is this: Whenever I plug my hard drive in, its light begins green, but turns yellow, and the computer makes absolutely no indication that it has recognised it. I went to device manager and saw a USB Mass Storage Device apparently recognised, but nothing in My Computer, and no way to access it. So I chose to 'uninstall' this Mass Storage Device on Device Manager (since Device Manager told me it was still plugged in, even when it wasn't) and then plugged my hard drive back in. I got the 'installing device driver software' message, and was told it was all fine, but the light went yellow again, and still no way to access the files.

I've tried microsofts MATS program for devices, and that tells me that some hardware changes have not been recognised, but that it has fixed the problem. It tells me this every time I run it.

Any advice?

Thanks all,


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I have just bought an Buffalo external mini station 500 gb hard drive with the intention of installing Ubantu on to it.Any way, to cut a long story short I have made a mess off it, I need to merge the three seperate partitions which I have created into one, then format the whole disc.
In other words a factory reset.

Thank you for any help

Answer:Problems with Buffalo hard drive

No problem, just delete all the partitions and make one large new one. If you are not sure how to do that, just ask.

Regards....Mike Connor

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. but every time i go to access it windows freezes up,

i unplug it and windows returns to normal,

anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Buffalo Externad Hard Drive

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Today when I connected my Buffalo USB 1 and clicked on the Icon from My Computer it opened but showed empty. Though if I click its Icon it shows used and empty space. I wonder why I am unable to view the external drive contents?
As I do got its utility CD I was thinking what if I re-install but I am afraid doing so will delete data on External Hard drive. I am also attaching screen shot.

So far I faced no problem using any external hard drive could it be due to new 2 TB Transcend External drive?

Please advice and oblige.

Thank you.

Additional information:
1. 2 TB Transcend USB 2 External hard drive recently bought.
2. Two USB 2 Buffalo External Hard drives
3. One (300 GB may be)USB 1 Buffalo External Hard drive

I got all utility CDs for above Drives.

Answer:Urgent help!Windows Vista Home Premium showing external drive empty

If you go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management, is the drive shown? Is it online? if you right click on it and select Explore, does it show the files?

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I see that derm had a similar post and got no resolution, but here goes:

I just tried to burn a short movie to my dvd-r. I was using movie editor "U-Lead 7" and it crashed during the write to dvd try. I looked at System/hardware and checked with NO DISK in the drive and yet the "disk" was graphed out as totally full. I've been able to burn DVDs before, last time just a few months ago. I downloaded Windows Movie Maker, loaded my video, but it still didn't burn because the brand new empty DVD was seen as FULL. Don't know what happened but would certainly appreciate some help with what my gut feeling tells me is something pretty simple to remedy. Wasn't able find anything of help on a google search. Bummer. Was ready to burn gift/movie of our summer school class for my pre-school children, a real treat for the little guys seeing themselves on TV.

The device manager recognizes the DVD device and says it is running normally but... wow, an empty drive that's FULL?

I have XP home, SP 3, Pentium 4 3.20 GHz, 1 G RAM. The DVD hardware is NEC.


Answer:empty DVD drive shows a FULL disc

Have you tried another blank DVD?

Sometimes (I don't fully comprehend the way this stuff works) but once an attempt to write to a disk fails, that disk is done. I'm guessing it creates a "file structure" of sorts when the write process begins and once that is done, you cannot write to it again unless it is a multisession disk.

I've had that happen to me several times over the years and I have a complete set of "drink coasters" to prove it! :-D Fortunately dvds are only about $0.25 a pop now.

Hope that helps


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Hi I am running Vista Home Premium and I have got a Buffalo Ext,H/Drive.They have a support site but I sent them a strong complaint and they no longer talk to me.There is a download on the site for making the drive compatible with Vista.Has anyone any knowledge about the proceedure for the order of download? When to plug in the drive and what to actualy load etc It is running but its pure basics.I want formatting,convert to NTFS etc,and to load the free backup program.Regards,Sam Gee.

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Hi, yesterday I installed an internal 3tb hard drive and I formatted it everything was alright. But today as I turned the pc on at booting the windows 10 logo apaered but the circle under it didn't. I restarted the pc and in the bios boot menu, I selected my original hdd, witch contains the OS and it booted fine Now if I turn the computer on I always have to manually select my original hdd otherwise the os will not start. How can I tell windows 10 to boot from the original hard drive?

Answer:windows 10 boot's new (empty) hard drive

Hi, have you tried running start-up repair?

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I recently bought a laptop with Windows 8 and have erased the hard drive while trying to install another OS (not a good move, I know). This caused problems and now I'd like to re-install windows 8, except I have no way of doing this without knowing my product key, which I cannot access through my computer now. Is there a way to re-install windows 8 without having to purchase it again?

Answer:Reinstalling Windows 8 on an empty hard drive

Does this laptop have the UEFI BIOS?

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I bought a brandnew Buffalo 3TB external HDD Drive station (USB 3.0) (HD-LB3.0TU3-EU)
and wanted to make a second backup of my files which are on another Western Digital 3TB USB 3.0 external harddrive.

So i plugged both in and both were recognized without problem. Then i began to copy the files from the WD to the Buffalo harddrive (both attached via usb 3.0) and it just copied 1 folder and told me that the original file location is not anymore existing and stopped copying.
And somehow my WD drive was not showing up anymore.(but still my buffalo drive)
The WD even did not show up in the disc management setup!
So i decided to reboot and before i did it i removed the buffalo drive via the "safely remove hardware and eject media" button(Right at the startup corner right bottom of the screen).
Instantly after hitting this button the buffalo drive began to make a horrible repeating scratching noise, like trying to park or move the hdd heads continuously). I waited 30 secs then i pushed the shoot down button, nothing after 2 mins waiting for the shutdown of windows i pushed the reset button and reentered win8

Fortunately my wd drive with my files was recognized but not the buffalo drive anymore
At the disk management setup it gives me the initialise disk where i can choose between MBR and GUID but with both options it gives me an I/O drive error
I see it as an offline HDD and cannot do anything with it not even remove it.
And i connected it on my Windows 7 laptop, sa... Read more

Answer:Windows 8 destroyed my Buffalo 3GB external HDD

I don't understand how Windows 8 could "destroy" a hard drive. It sounds like a hardware failure to me. Return the drive to your vendor.

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My CD-R/DVD drive plays all audio and video, but shows each disc as empty... "0 items, 0 free space". It will not show any pictures or display anything on a data disc. It won't even read software installation discs. I have a new Compaq Presario with Windows XP Professional. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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When I close the empty CD/DVD burner drive on my Windows 7 machine,
I always get an autoplay dialog that indicates there's a DVD
loaded called "Bluebirds". If I click on "open folder to view files"
in that dialog it shows the following files listed as
"Files currently on the disc":


I've scanned my hard drive but no such files appear.

I think this "Bluebirds" DVD was used to test my PC by the shop that
assembled it for me. I've had this problem ever since I bought it.

I used regedit to look in the registry, and found an entry for "Bluebirds"
in Explorer->CD Burning->Drives->Volume{long number}->Current Media->Disc Label.

I'm guessing I have to clean up the keys in "Current Media" in some way to make the
system forget about this DVD, but I don't know which fields to change.

Here are all the fields under "Current Media":

Default REG_SZ (value not set)
Blank Disc REG_DWORD 0x000 (0)
Can Close REG_DWORD 0x00 (0)
Disk Label REG_SZ Bluebirds
FreeBytes REG_BINARY 00 00 ... 00
Imapi Media State REG_DWORD 0x0000a000 (40960)
IsImapiDataBurnSupported REG_DWORD 0x00 (0)
IsImapiEraseSupported REG_DWORD 0x00 (0)
Live FS REG_DWORD 0x00 (0)
Media Type REG_DWORD (0x01) (1)
Set REG_DWORD (0x01) (1)
TotalBytes REG_BINARY 00 10 06 00 00 00 00 00

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Closing empty CD/DVD drive shows phantom files

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ive recently bought a cx500u2 buffalo external hard drive but when i connect it to my pc running vista it goes non responding when i go into my computer or into disk management. i tried it on my laptop running xp and it works fine im at the end of my tether with this plz help

Answer:vista wont show my buffalo ext hard drive

Just in case it is a discontinued product, follow the link in this thread
to find a driver, if needed.

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Hi Techguys

I get the BSOD with the Bad_Pool_Header error message when I connect a newly purchased external Buffalo 750GB Hard Drive to my PC. I have a HP Pavilion 3.4Mhz Pentium D Dual Core with 2048Mb RAM running Windows XP Home Edition SP3. The Drive worked fine until a couple of weeks in and still works fine in Windows Professional on the same machine and with a backup machine running Windows XP Home with SP3. The drive is a Buffalo 750GB USB 2.0 Drivestation. I have no problem running other Buffalo drives on the PC. The BSOD happens no matter whether the USB is attached at startup or plugged in after.
I have a copy of the BSOD details if that would help. I have about 200GB of multi media files on the drive and I need to solve this problem and get access to it again.
Any help would be really appreciated

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I am not sure whether I should be posting this in the Windows forum or the PC Hardware because it involves both.

I have an external 320 GB Transcend Drive with a lot of important data.
Recently, I unplugged it from my PC and took to another to get some files.
One the other machine (Vista), it didn't show up as far as I can remember, thought that was strange so i brought it back to my Laptop (Win 7, Dual Boot with Ubuntu 10) and it only showed as Local Disk, I have tried to find useful information on the net but some is very vague and some is outright stupid and irrelevant.

The fact is that the HDD is not broken. When in Ubuntu I can view the contents fine and everything is there, no freeze ups or anything, but in windows the drive shows up as Local Disk, I don't think it is a drive letter conflict.

The Device shows up fine in the Device Manager.
I'm sure some of you have solved this problem as it seems many on the Internet have.
If so please tell me in a few steps how you resolved it.. I am not formatting as I do not deem this necessary since I can access my data fine in Ubuntu.

Kind Regards

Answer:External Hard Drive Works In Ubuntu / Shows as "Local Disk" in Win 7 and doesn't work

I suggest that while in Ubuntu you move the files to local HDD, then reformat external HDD, then copy the files back.

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Win 7
Toshiba Qosmio x500
When i plug in an external pen drive or hdd to any of the USB Ports. a box opens & says 
" Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied"
I can view its icon in My Comp. but when i double click, error occurs.
This started happening all of a sudden. It was working fine until yesterday.
Plz help.  :'( 

Answer:Any External Hard drive shows " Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied", this Error is shown all USB ports.

Hi Vincent,
Thanks for your input.
My problem has been solved.
1 chap from another forum suggested it may have been a fault with my AntiVirus.
He made me check the client policy for USB Auto On/Off for external drive scanning.
he suggested me some changes, & now all my usb external drives work... :)
Thanks all of you.
(P.s.: hope the problem does not pop-up again...)

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I have an eSATA drive that has stopped functioning properly. I was trying unsuccessfully to install some completely unrelated software when I noticed that my eSATA drive was presenting differently. Under My Computer it now said that the drive was empty and there were four drives that appeared that said "Removable Disk (G)", "Removable Disk (H)", "Removable Disk (I)", and "Removable Disk (J)". When I select my eSATA drive, it says 'folder empty'. When I select one of the removable disk drives it says "Please insert a disk into removable disk (?). Whenever I reboot the computer with the eSATA drive disconnected, all five disk drives go away.

I don't remember changing any settings or anything like that. Thanks. One thing is odd that in device manager, the eSATA drive comes up as a SCSI drive. The device manager shows it as "WDC WD10EADS-65M2B1 SCSI Disk Device", but it is actually a "WDC WD500F032".

Thanks for the help. Device manager report follows:

[System Summary]
Item Value
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name HOME
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model HP Pavilion P6000 Series
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 635 Processor, 2900 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 6.03, 4/12/2010
SMBIO... Read more

Answer:eSATA drive shows up empty and as four removable disk drives

How many eSATA ports does your motherboard have? Will that external enclosure actually hold 4 drives? If it required drivers to be installed to work, I would re-install them. If it's still under warranty you may want to return it. If it's not under warranty can you open it without breaking it to have a look inside?

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Hey, my laptop (A two and a half year old Dell studio 1735) has been running Windows Vista like a boss up till a month or so ago. Suddenly it wouldn't boot up windows anymore - it had happened before but a fresh install of the OS fixed that. So when I had the same issue I figured a quick nuking of the hard drive and reinstalling windows would work. (Even "restore to a previous start up" thing didn't work and neither did the safe mode start up. Selecting either just made the laptop restart.)

It didn't work out - I got error code after error code and it got into the same vicious cycle of trying to install windows, failing, restarting. Here's an excerpt from my oddyssey (I take notes while I do huge system things like these):

"Error code 0x80FF0000 - Windows could not set the offline locale information"
(Installation cancelled)
Next attempt:
- completing installation
- "Windows has failed to start"
- Windows Error recovery

Attempt 4 - booting from disc again
- Installation started
- Installation type choice screen unresponsive (6 minutes)
- Unresponsive grey screen for one minute
- Disc partition screen unresponislbe for 3 minutes
- formatting selected partition
- Parition failed (Error 0x8000005 )
- Disc partition screen unresponsive
(edited for jiggery pokery of trying to format partition)
- Selected a partition for windows
- Expanding files
- Windows failed to start
Status 0XC00000e9
" Info: Windows failed to load becau... Read more

Answer:Failing to install Windows vista on empty hard drive. did delete all existing partitions, correct?Support ReferencesLouis

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It works on Win 7 Pro Laptop and was working perfectly well on Won 10 until 2 days ago!
I have carried out the Device Manager uninstall if the portable devices and re-started my computer but this does not overcome the issue!
Any help on how I can resolve this problem?

Answer:Windows 10 does not recognise my Buffalo Ministation30 External HDrive

Sorry I overlooked the fact that it is recognised as a Device but it does not allow me to open it up!

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I have been searching all around for an answer to this.  I just purchased a 4tb hard drive to use in my media centre and i just wanted to format it.  It's connected via a docking station.  Was able to initialize it as GPT but then it only shows 1677 gb available and only on partition.  Some people on the web relate it back to the  motherboard?Anyone that can help would be very much appreciated. Lenovo B50-80 LaptopSerial Number: MP10M1TZMachine Type: 80LT00H5US

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Windows 8 is showing a hard disk drive that does not physically exist on my system. I cannot figure out how to get rid of it. I have used Hirens boot cd, fdisk, disk part, gparted, EaseUs ect, and there are no hidden partitions or unpartitioned/formatted space.

System specs:
AMD 3700+, Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe updated to A8N-SLI Premium bios ver 1303. 4GB DDR, Nvidia Geforce 8800GT 512MB. Windows 8 64bit.

Answer:Windows 8 shows hard drive that doesn't exist.

It almost looks like a virtual drive has been created. Have you ever used Daemon tools or similar to mount a drive/image to install a program perhaps?

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So my aunt called me today and said she had a problem with her computer, i had fixed some little things in the past for them(viruses) but i this one is over my head so i turn to you all!

They have a fairly new Acer desktop running windows 7.

When I turn it on windows starts fine but no programs show on the desktop or start menu. I originally thought everything was gone but all of the virus protection loaded and seems to run fine, and I can run the programs that appear in the notification toolbar. When looking at C: it is empty, no folders, nothing! In the add/remove programs it shows everything is still installed. So i am making the assumption that all of the files and programs are still on the hard drive and intact. So at this point i am trying to figure out if this is a hard drive issue or most likely a windows problem.

Any ideas? Im a lil lost..

Answer:Windows shows that no folders or files are on the hard drive

One thing! Could the folders and files be possibly hidden? Windows needs it to run so they can't be erased. Or the Windows could run but flash constant errors. Can you attach a pic or two?

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my ssd broke so i went got a new one today i do a fresh install of win 8 but its showing up as removable disk

my pc specs-sabertooth fx990 r2.0 mb

win 8

Answer:hard drive shows up as removable disk windows 8

why is this being mark as solved i still cant figuer how to fix it??

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I currently have 4 external hard drives connected to my computer. I have each of them set to sleep after an hour of inactivity. However, if I am using the computer, they stay asleep, until I delete something; anything. Any time I send something to the recycle bin, all four of my external hard drives wake up.

I would like for this not to happen. I already went to the Recycle Bin Properties and set each external hard drive to "Don't move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" thinking that it would quit checking them for deleted files.

I would much appreciate any help on how to prevent these external hard drives from turning on when I delete files off of my computer. And just to be clear, I am NOT deleting files that are on the externals, they are files that are on the Computer.

I use these forums a lot when I have a question, but I have never had the need to post before, so this is my first post. If this is in the incorrect sub-forum, I apologize.

Answer:External Hard Drives Wake Up When I Empty Recycle Bin

I have EXACTLY the same issue, it's unfortunate no one replied to this

I also set all my drives to "Don't move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" and everytime I delete a file anywhere ALL external my drives wake up

Is there really no way around this? Is no one else having this issue? Does no one else have an external drive attached to his PC that he wants to sleep while idle? Why is Windows checking ALL the RECYCLE.BIN folders on ALL drives when I delete a file on ONE drive?

It would be really great if someone knew something about this, preferrably some way around this, so the drives can stay asleep when I do not intend to access them but just delete a file on a different drive.

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I have many empty directories MSxxxx.tmp and _xxxxx_ as shown in the screenshot. I have been deleting them regularly but they reappear within a very short time. What causes them and how can I prevent them?

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I have two 2TB Western Digital Elements hard drives (I just got the second one today), and I can't see both of them at the same time on my computer. Each one shows up and works fine individually, but if I put the other one in while one is already in there, the second one won't show up. I changed the letter of one of them, hoping that would work, but to no avail...

Answer:Two External Hard Drives, Only One Shows

Here's a thought...

If you have two identical drives, perhaps Western Digital pre-formatted them identically at the factory. If they both have the same "volume label", then maybe that's what's confusing Windows when you connect the second one.

I recommend that you change the label on one or both external drives, to be unique. Maybe call one "BigDrive1" and the other "BigDrive2" or whatever you want.

First connect one drive and let Windows assign a drive letter to it. Then open Windows Explorer or My Computer, right-click on the external drive, select Properties, and fill in the volume label for that drive.

For example:

Then "safely remove" the drive, disconnect it, and connect the second one. Then change its volume label the same way... but with a unique second label.

Now reconnect the first drive to a second USB port, and see if the drive is now accepted by Windows and assigned a second unique drive letter.
Note: if you have Partition Wizard installed, you can use it as well to plant a volume label.

Select the partition, right-click, and select "label" from the popup menu. Or, you can select the partition and select "set label" from the list of available operations on the left side.

Anyway, my hunch is that it's a duplicate volume label issue, since these are identical drives from Western Digital.

My own personal habit is to assign volume labels to my partitions implying the hard drive manufactu... Read more

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Hi there,

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


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

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

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Hi All

My external HDD has quite a lot of data contained in the system volume information folder.

System restore is not active on this drive & the drive is used specifically for imaging purposes I was wondering if there was a method of emptying & disabling this folder.

Any wise assistance offered would be appreciated.


Answer:Disable & empty SVI folder on external drive

How much data? And theres no clean or simple way of emptying that folder.

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System image restore on empty external drive I made a system backup of my C:
system partition with Windows 7
backup and restore facility on an
external disk.

Now I bought another external disk
and wanted to restore my backup to it to test the restoration on
an empty disk ( for the case of disk crash or when buying a new SSD and
adding it to the computer ).

When I boot from the Recovery CD
and try to restore the image I can exclude my current system disk and keep only the external target disk. But then I get an error message, which tells me that the
restoration misses a disk. I suppose the excluded C:-system disk.

So is there a way to restore the
image to a disk other than the current disk with the running C:-system ?

Answer:System image restore on empty external drive

Not to a External Drive.

System Image Recovery

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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?


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

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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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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 I am having the problem with IE11 on Windows server 2012 R2 with users who are connected with
Remote Desktop Services. When opened our application, javascript drop down is not showing the data and list is empty. When i type any character in the drop down, then data is getting displayed.
Intially data is not getting shown. Any ideas how this can be fixed?

kartheek K S

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Dell Inspiron 14 3000 Series
I have this laptop. My question is why would you sell a computer with 32GB hard drive when you know the OS will take up 20GB? How am I supposed to use this computer? I can't upgrade the HD and why should I buy an external drive for a laptop?
I am so utterly confused.

Answer:Can't use laptop because Windows 10 is using 90% of the hard drive, what can I do besides using an external drive?

This isn't a true notebook - it's a glorified tablet/internet appliance.  It's fine as a Windows substitute for a chromebook, but forget running anything demanding on it -- it's designed for a single purpose:  to be inexpensive.

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i have a freecom external hard drive. it was working fine until one day it decided to stop working.

this light on the drive lights up but i can't hear anything working inside it. and now it won't show up as a drive when i open windows explorer.

please help?

Answer:External hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Hi have you tried it in another computer to see if it works there

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Hi All

My external HDD has quite a lot of data contained in the system volume information folder. As system restore is not activate on this drive & the drive is used specifically for imaging purposes I take it the data relates to the Win indexing service.

As I am now using a third party search application can I now disable the windows search system & if the system is disabled will this by default empty the SVI folder.

Any relevant advice would be appreciated.



Answer:Disable & empty System Volume Info folder on external drive.

Windows Search stores nothing in System Volume Information.

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I have a Rosewill RX-DU100 Sata drive dock. Whenever I plug a HD into it on any of my W7 Pc's, it shows up as an internal drive. That's great for me as I use Carbonite and they only backup internal drives. I was wondering why W7 sees it as an internal and I could fool Windows into thinking other drives were internal as well?

Answer:External drive shows as internal

If you are connecting using the eSATA connection and not a usb that would basically explain it away.

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I just bought and connected a WD 160gb Passport External USB Drive.
I check the Drive's directory. All's normal.

I then installed Portable Apps Suite onto the USB Drive.
Now when I check the directory of the USB Drive, I see the files/folders that are supposed to be there, which fine and dandy.

But I also see two extra things:
1. Recyle Bin
(contents exactly as the one on my desktop. If i empty it, the bin on the USB drive gets emptied. If I delete something on the desktop. The recycle bin on the USB drive shows that too!)
2. System Volume Information

AA: How did these two files get there?
BB: How do I get them off the USB Drive?

Answer:Recyle Bin|Shows up in External USB Drive

The recycle bin on the desktop is not really on the desktop. You see, when you delete a file it is moved to a (usually) hidden directory on that drive called recycle.bin. The recycle bin on the desktop shows the contents of all the "recycle bins" on all drives.

System Volume Information contains system restore points and probably some other information but I'm not sure what.

Just check "Hide protected system files..." in folder options and you won't see either of them.

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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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My toshiba extrnl 1tb hard disk changed to raw aftr abrupt power cut whn drive was cnnectd to pc. After sum research tried method of test disk on win 7. I followd the procedure and writed partion. But aftr rebootng nw disk changed to unallocated. I tried initializing disk to mbr but it shows cyclic redundancy chck error. And also whn i run test disk nw. It show partion read error. I backdup my data frm drive nw. But also dnt want to lose my drive.
I treid all, chkdsk also but drive dosnt have drive path lettr so i cant run chksdk mthd also. I also use 3rd party app to rebuild mbr bt it aso faild.
Plz can u suggest, wat can i do to save my drive.

My above prblm can be bettr undrstand by you in followng link video.

Awitng ur rply

Answer:1tb hard drive shows unallocated & shows error cyclic redundancy error

Hello and welcome Kishor now I have gut feeling that drive night have been damaged by the sudden power failure it could have affected the platters themselves or the controller unit.
Now I think you need to test the drive using this SeaTools for Windows | Seagate or a purely physical surface test see this Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition. run it and see my pic on how to set that up. It tests the actual surface of the platters and to some extent the ability of the read / write heads.

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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 just want to ask .. i bought 1000 gb external hard drive and i connected to MAC system and i copied my portfolio in it but now i want to copy all my portfolio in Windows system but when i connected my external drive to windows system its not showing in my computer. can you help how can i figure it out ....

Answer:how to fix external hard drive in windows

Mac and Windows used entirely different file systems
for both machines to be able to see the drive it will need to be formatted as FAt32 which has its limitations for more info see here

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I have a large USB External Hard Disk for all my work tools. I am trying to install Windows PE on the USB External Hard Disk. I am not sure how to procede. I have a bootable Windows CD made with BartPE which works. However, it is very slow. I want to move this to the USB Harddisk and add some other tools. So basically the question I have is this possible (which I am assuming yes) and if so where do I start?

Answer:Windows PE and USB External Hard Drive

It's not possible, as far as I know, and you don't want to be booting from a USB interface. DOS works fine on a thumb drive, but anything more than that is not going to work too well.

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Hi, Can anyone recomend a good 1TB or over external hard drive that is compatible with windows 7 32bit, l bought a WD but had to do an RMA as it had a fault (so l thought) they replaced it but l still had the same problem, l sent WD an email which took over a week for them to reply only for them to inform me that the hard drive is not compatible with windows 7. If anyone knows of one that is fast and quiet with it's own power suply, l do alot of photography so l need something reliable. Many Thanks.

Answer:external hard drive for windows 7

A hard drive is just storage medium to say its not compatible with windows 7 seems extremely oddIn device manager, go to the properties for the ext hdd and changed the removal policy from the default quick removal, to best performance and everything should then work.

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I have an external HDD that I've been using with my Apple laptop (OS X 10.6.8). When I plug it into my Windows 7 machine it appears under Device Manager but does not appear in My Computer and I have absolutely no idea how to access its files. Any help?

Answer:Using Mac external hard drive with Windows

Windows will not recognize MAC formatted drives. It can see them but can't deal with the files in HFS+ format so it ignores the drive/partition.

I install MACDRIVE on PCs to do exactly what you are trying to do. It's not free, but cheap enough.
Mediafour - MacDrive 9 Standard and Pro |

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My wife just got a new PC running Windows 8.1 Pro and she wants to re-connect her external hard drive that has all her game files on it to the new PC.

While the new PC recognizes the drive it states that it needs to be initialized , doing so would wipe the data currently on the drive which would be unacceptable. Any ideas on how to get the new PC to recognize this drive and its data?


Answer:External hard drive and windows 8.1

Do you have an older system that you could store the data on temporarily? Then W8.1 can 'initialise' the drive and the data can be moved back on.

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I have a 34gig partition on an external hard drive and would like to have a look at Windows 7. Would I be able to run it ok from there and more importantly would I be able to direct the installation to that partition? Any help or advice would be appreciated. AB68

Answer:Windows 7 on external hard drive

I would say NO to this one.

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Windows XP Sp2 on Compaq Presario with 2.67GHz CPU, 1GB RAM. Purchased new WD My Book Essentials 500GB External USB HD. Installed per instructions. Reformatted from FAT32 to NTSF per instructions with Windows Drive Manager. Shut down all, rebooted. Drive Manager, Device Manager, TuneUp Utilities, and Diskeeper all see the "H" Drive just fine and indentify it correctly. BUT, My Computer and Windows Explorer do not see it at all!

Changed drive letter fron H to W - made no difference. Emailed WD but have had no response. If I figure my time at minimum wage, I've spent more trying to make the @#%#@$ work than I paid for it! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thnx.

Answer:Usb External Hard Drive & Windows Xp Sp2

You may have already tried this, but in Device Manager, uninstall the drive, reboot and let Windows XP find the drive and then it should reinstall. That's all I can think of, there are people here a lot smarter than me and hopefully one will show up with a cure if this does not work..

Edit, ooops, failed to notice the USB part of the drive. But you can try to boot with the drive hooked up and see what happens...
This happened to me once and I went into Admin tools, but I don't remember what I did. Sorry.

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I was told that i could test Windows 8.1 by installing it to an external hard drive and running it through my PC. I tried using a program called Win2USB or something like that. I had created a new partition and managed to copy the files from the Windows 8.1 disk to the partition, the copy i presumed was bootable. So what would i do now? I am running Windows 7 and want to plug in the external and have it boot up Windows 8.1 as i start up my PC. Thanks.

Answer:Using Windows 8.1 from external hard drive

WinToUSB > WinToUSB - Install & Run Windows/WinPE on a USB drive!

Does all the work for you - you do not need to copy any files over to the USB manually...
So your usage of the program may be flawed.. You could use a 16GB USB, but a 32GB is better...

Not knowing your partition selection and setup process, it is hard to say, but with the USB plugged into the PC you would then have to bring up your BootMenu (usually F12) and select the USB as your Boot Device..
There is another program (that I use) to do the same thing WinToUSB does, But this program does it better and offers more options..

WinNTsetup >

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i have an external 500gb hard drive i used to use with my mac, and now use windows as well and would like to be able to use it for both. does this require some sort of formatting, as when i plug in into windows it says i need to format it to even read it. also if possible i would like to use it for ReadBoost as well as data storage. is this possible? thanks

Answer:External Hard drive mac and windows

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