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Q: external USB 3.0 portable hard drive ?

I am considering purchasing a WD 1 terabyte USB 3.0 portable hard drive - $60.00. My computer has two USB 3.0 ports so this should work fine for my use and I should get about 5 Gbps transfere rates. But my question is this, if I take this portable USB 3.0 hard drive and plug it into some other PC that only has USB 2.0 ports will it work? I realize the transfer rate would revert to the speed of the 2.0 port but will it work at all?

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

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

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

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

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

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I'm looking to get a external Hard drive. I'm not sure what to do Desk top or portable I'm looking for one because I only have one laptop and I use it for work but I also use it for club stuff and I would like to be able to place all the club pictures documents and stuff on the extrenal and keep just the work stuff on the laptop. Now one of my issues is that I would like to be able to put club programs on it to but I will need to be able to use them on the laptop from the drive. For example we make maps for the club so I would like to place the mapping program on the extrenal drive along with the maps and more.

Can any one tell me what I can do if any thing.
 

A:external hard drive desktop vs portable

For general information,a desktop external 3.5" type drive
is bigger and requires the use of external AC power.
A portable 2.5" external drive is smaller and uses a second
USB port to power the drive.
It doesn't need AC power.
Drive letter assignments can change when plugging drives
into different USB ports.
That can cause programs on the drive to malfunction.
It would be better to install the programs on the laptop
and keep the files they generate on the external as you
can usually change the location in the program preferences
as needed.
If it is a standalone program that runs without having to be
installed,then it could be put on the drive.
There are a lot of portable applications out there made
specifically for portable drives and flash drives.
 

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I have a small portable USB ATA External Hard Drive. It works fine with my Win7 32bit Laptop. When I try to use it with my Win 7 64bit Desktop computer, I get a message 'You need to format the disk in Drive J before you can use it.Do you want to format it now?' When I click on YES, I get another message 'Windows cannot format J' - Can anyone help please?
John B
 

A:External Portable Hard Drive - formatting

does it show in up in the list when you look in "my computer"? if it does you can right click it and format it from there.
 

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I have a Western Digital Portable external hard drive 160 GB with USB connection but the synchronisation has stopped working and I am looking to replace it .
Can anyone recommend a different product - e.g I have heard that Lacie produce a good product - anyone got experience of Lacie or other Products
 

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I know, I know.... I'm a complete idiot, right, for not knowing this simple step? I forgot, HOW do you erase an external USB hard drive? I keep deleting programs off of it, one by one, by right clicking on a program and then selecting 'delete.' But there is one program that says Access Denied! That is why I keep thinking I am doing it wrong? HELP! Thanks! LOL !!!
 

A:How do you erase one of those external 32mb USB portable hard drive?

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While I was backing up Window's Vista the other night to my external hard drive, my flatmate disconnected the hard drive accidentally. Now I can't access the hard drive.

When I plug the hard drive into the USB port on any computer, I hear the USB device connected sound windows plays, the installing your hardware bubble pops up and then says the hard drive is installed properly but I can't see the hard drive under Windows Explorer. When connected the Hard drive makes an odd noise like it's trying to read the hard disk but it can't.

All my University work, songs, and personal work are on this hard drive and I have no way of accessing it.

Can anyone help me/walk me through how to recover all this information?

If you need anymore info, please ask and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Cheers,

Rob
 

A:Solved: Portable External Hard Drive Problem

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I know this question was asked over 3 years ago but there is always new items being made.

How reliable are external hard drives?
Is an external hard drive hard to install/setup?
Can a desktop type be used as a portable if needed?
Is the external hard drive something I turn on and off when its needed?
Which one would hold up to frequent power outages?
 

A:Solved: Need Advice : Portable vs Desktop External Hard drive?

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Hello I need urgent help with resolving this as I am trying to get the harddrive showing up or at least recover files.

I was using it at school first and my computer froze so I shut down the computer and restarted without safely removing the hard drive, at first the PC wouldnt reboot because I had it still plugged in, after unplugging it and the PC loaded up, it did not recognize the hard drive anymore. I have tried it on several PCs including the one at home all using Windows 7 and none of them recognize it.

I tried all USB ports on my PC and none of them work, the light on the hard drive is ON so I know there is no connectivity issue. I tried several free/trial softwares even the ones by Seagate and none of them recognized the drive so I cannot use their tools for recovering files or detecting the hard drive.

When I check the Disk Management, it does not show there.
When I check the Device Manager, it does not show under USB controllers but it DOES show under Disk Drives... I also checked and the drive is up to date.

The Model is BUP Slim BK.

In my quick launch, the drive is recognized there and gives me the option to Eject it but it doesn't actually Eject it when I click on it, it either stop responding or does nothing... unless I manually unplug it.

EDIT: After a really long time, the Eject message says the device is already in use which is probably why it doesnt Safely eject.

A:Seagate Portable External Hard Drive Slim not detected by PC

Did you try SeaTools for DOS ?
Sometimes that works better than SeaTools for Windows.
SeaTools for DOS | Seagate

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Hello I need urgent help with resolving this as I am trying to get the harddrive showing up or at least recover files.

I was using it at school first and my computer froze so I shut down the computer and restarted without safely removing the hard drive, at first the PC wouldnt reboot because I had it still plugged in, after unplugging it and the PC loaded up, it did not recognize the hard drive anymore. I have tried it on several PCs including the one at home all using Windows 7 and none of them recognize it.

I tried all USB ports on my PC and none of them work, the light on the hard drive is ON so I know there is no connectivity issue. I tried several free/trial softwares even the ones by Seagate and none of them recognized the drive so I cannot use their tools for recovering files or detecting the hard drive.

When I check the Disk Management, it does not show there.
When I check the Device Manager, it does not show under USB controllers but it DOES show under Disk Drives... I also checked and the drive is up to date.

The Model is BUP Slim BK.

In my quick launch, the drive is recognized there and gives me the option to Eject it but it doesn't actually Eject it when I click on it, it either stop responding or does nothing... unless I manually unplug it.

EDIT: After a really long time, the Eject message says the device is already in use which is probably why it doesnt Safely eject.
 

A:Seagate Portable External Hard Drive Slim not detected by PC

I am also having the same problem, as I need to get some stuff off my hard drive but it does not show up on any of it, was just wondering if you had found a way to fix this yet?
Kind Regards
 

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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.
Rick

A: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.

Moonshine.

A: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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Hi, my name is perdfa from indonesia.
Recently, my computer just got infected by Tanatos J and Sality, of which I (now) am doing restore to factory settings.
The virus is originated from my infected portable hard drives, and I would like to remove the virus from my hard drives.

I have read the " instructions before posting", I would like to post the logs, however I don't understand how to do DDS and GMER to scan only portable hard drives.

Id like to ask how to it?

so sorry and many thank you's :D

A:Portable External Hard Drive infected by win32/Tanatos J and Sality

Hi. In your case, you are better off formatting the external hard drives also. Our tools and removal techniques are meant for the OS drive.

You can try using Kaspersky's Sality tool, which has a switch to target specific drives, but of course, that would entail making the drive active on some machine, which might infect that machine.
How to disinfect my computer from Virus.Win32.Sality?

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.

TiA

T
 

A:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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I am looking to buy a new hard drive to store data (mostly games and pictures). But I'm not sure which type of hard drive to buy. Could you please help I want to be able to transfer the data to my laptop also.
 

A:External Hard drive vs Portable hard drive

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Hi There,

I have to work with high mobility in different locations. Instead of carrying my laptop with me, I am now experimenting to use the portable applications like firefox. My solution is to put those portable applications and other frequently use files in an external 40G hard disk. And I plug in the external HDD to the computer facility I have access to.

Still there are many window applications like Dreamweaver and other window version applications I would like to use wherever I want.

Is there any solution outside there I can access to these window applications in my external HDD? Any OS I can install on my external HDD such that I can install my window applications on it and I can carry it with me all the time?

And I have difficulty to keep update my data in my home computer and my external HDD unless I sync the data on a daily basis. If I centralize the data in my home computer, how can I access them via internet seamlessly?

I am getting crazy, pls help!

Cheers
Frank

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I'd like to buy a second backup drive, since our Seagate is nearly 3 years old, but I need it to be somewhere around the $30 range. All of the ones I find though seem to have 1TB of storage (I haven't managed to fill our 500GB SeaGate with 3 different computers, and now we only have 2!), and I am not convinced I really need that much room, plus they are out of the budget. I do like the dashboard that came with our old drive, so would prefer one that has some sort of backup software.

Any brand or spec recommendations that would come in at my budget?

Thanks!
 

A:Portable external drive for less than $50?

The Lowest Cost portable external I see at my favorite Toy Store is $60
 

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I would be grateful to receive advice from Forum members with regards to a portable external USB drive for a Laptop. Capacity needs to be 250GB.

My research to date has revealed the following: -

1. Western Digital My Passport. Most popular external HDD but has received many bad reviews for the Sync Software that installs itself automatically when you connect the drive for the first time. The Sync Software was written by a 3rd-party vendor and is not supported by Western Digital.

2. Buffalo Mini Station. Good reviews on the hardware but terrible reviews on the software and support. Expensive per GB.

3. Seagate Free Agent. Reviews say that it is reliable but very slow.

4. Western Digital Elements. Very expensive per GB. Slow.

5. Freecom Mobile Drive. Best reviews of any product but very, very expensive per GB.

6. Freecom ToughDrive. Good reviews but has a history of failing.

Thanks for your feedback.

T.
 

A:Portable External USB Drive for Laptop

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Not sure if I goofed during purchase or if the just arrived Dell Inspiron 7000 normally comes without a CD/DVD drive. Nonetheless, I need to purchase a USB/external unit for those instances when needed.

I don't know which manufacturers are best and which to stay away from and what should be considered an acceptable transfer speed. The device will be used 99% for program install, infrequent archiving, reading other's data. Blu-ray is unnecessary.

It'd be great (I know my wife would appreciate it) if the device was available in aluminum to match the laptop.

Mark

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Sir/Madam,I accidently formatted my HP px3100 1TB External Portable Drive. Now I want to create the backup but it Doesn't Have the HP SimpleSave.exe file that I used to create backup. So please send me that software as soon as possible.ps: my mail id is: [email protected] you

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Hi guys,
I have Asus Eee PC 1005PE Notebook and I want to keep its running smooth. Is it possible to transfer programs (Mil Shield for example) from my Windoiws 7 PC and just plug and run when I need it?
 

A:Transfering Programs to a Portable External Drive

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Don't want to buy an expensive external optical drive so am trying to think of how to make a SATA or IDE internal optical drive into an external one for emergencies.

Anyone know if I can get adaptors for the power and data connections?

Have Googled but no luck.

Oops found some build ideas on Youtube - should have looked there first I suppose

A:Making an internal optical drive an external portable one

SATA IDE to USB HD DVD RW Converter Power Adapter Cable on eBay!

i have one of those, but i cant get it to work with an IDE drive though.

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Good morning,

I recently found my Toshiba portable external mass storage device and plugged into my USB port. The Device shows in my control panel as a connected device but I can not gain access. What might prompt this problem?

For the record, I am a beginner when it comes to computers so I'm just looking for some insight to this issue.

Thanks

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I have WIN 7, but the Windows Explorer does not regonize my external dvd-drives (LG Portable Super Multi Drive). the drives are working on a different computer fine, so it can not be broke. What do I do wrong? Or what can I do to get it run?
 
Thank you for help!!

A:Problems with external DVD-Player (LG Portable Super Multi Drive)

Hi,
 
1.      
Check in Device Manager and update the DVD driver.
 
1)   
Click the Start Button, type Device Manager in the search bar and press Enter. Click Continue if necessary.
2)   
Expand the "DVD/CD-ROM drives" category.
3)   
Right click "LG Portable Super Multi Drive" we are using and click Update Driver Software…
4)   
Select the “Search automatically for updated driver software” option.
5)   
Let the system scan for the updated driver online.
 
2.      
Check the following registry and delete related upperfilter and lowerfilter.
 
1)   
Click the Start Button, type regedit in the "Start Search" text box and then press ENTER.
2)   
Navigate to the following key:

 
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
 
3)   
Right click the {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} entry, choose "Export", select Desktop in the Save in box and type backup in File Name. Click Save.
 
Please Note: The backup file
is on the Desktop and named backup.reg. We can simply restore the registry by double-clicking the backup.reg file.
 
4)   
Highlight this key ({4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}), on the righ... 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?

Thanks!
Sonya

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

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

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I have a portable Hard Drive, and i have a problem
I partitioned my hard drive a while ago, into different sections, for example, Music, TV Eppisodes and a Hard drive named 'Portable HDD'
I am able to acess TV Eppisodes and Portable HDD but not Music

When i try to access it i get this error

I then opened ESAEUS partition manager to have a look what the problem is and this is all i see

Ive noticed that all my other hard dives are Primary and this is logical.
What do i do to get this working please? I've tried to scan disk for errors and get this message

Thanks for reading this.
 

A:Portable Hard Drive

You might try partition recovery. But it looks like the partition is gone. It may be easier just to create a new partition and restore your backups.

Free:

Testdisk Documentation
Testdisk Download
Diskinternals Partition Recovery
DriveRescue
Testdisk Boot Disk
Partition Find & Mount
Free DTIData NTFS Partition Repair Tool

Commercial:

Diskinternals Partition Recovery (Demo)
[email protected] Partition Recovery
Bootmaster Partition Recovery
ZAR Partition Recovery
DIY DataRecovery DiskPatch
Partition Table Doctor
 

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Hi I have A portable hard drive in the past I have downloaded movies I have paid for from the internet onto the hd and plugged it into my dvd palyer and watched them on my tv, but yesterday I brought some more movies and whilst my hd is plugged into my computor the movies play and the file shows but when I plug into my dvd it doesnt show any of the new movie file I ve tried pc fixex but not sure what else could have gone wrong???
 

A:portable hard drive

Hi Bessy1, and welcome to TSG.

There is no guarantee that I will have a solution for you, but it might help someone else here to help you if you let us know the following:

1) Brand and model number of the DVD player

2) URL of the web site where you are purchasing the downloads. Have you been using the same site for the movies that do play and the new ones that do not play?

3) The file format (file name extension) of the old files that do play and new files that will not play
 

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I need a external hard drive to take with me from office to office to home. My needs are around 30-40 gig to carry the programs I need and to back up my personal documents. What would some of you recomend, I am assuming it would be USB, I saw some cases that you put a hard drive in but wondered if thats the way to go. Any advice would be appreciated.

RN
 

A:Need portable hard drive

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i have a protable hard drive on my server and the files are shared and randomly i try to access a folder and it says its corrupted plz run checkdisk i have done that and it fixes it then a few hours later it does it somewhere else, any idea how it is causing all this?
 

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I can't get my pc (os:xp2003) to read my portable hard drive (Moving Star). my usb ports onmy laptop work and function properly with all my other compatible software, and my external hard drive specifications state that it should be fully compatible with my software but when i plug it in, and follow the instructions for installation and come to an abrupt stand still because my pc doesn't even acknowledge anything being there. Also, the driver cd-rom only read as a windows music cd on my pc. Can you help me?

A:portable hard drive

not sounding funny, but have you plugged it into the mains if its a big portable drive?

if not..is your laptop USB 2.0..?

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Just got myself a new portable hard drive made by Zynet.
Every time I try to Initialize it, a box pops up saying The device is not ready?
I have tried changing the USb sockets it is plugged into, to no avail?
The HD is on, the pc recognises it, as it is showing up in the disk management screen.

But the strange thing is my laptop also running Windows 7 recognised straight away?

A:New Portable Hard Drive

  
Quote: Originally Posted by FatTrace


Just got myself a new portable hard drive made by Zynet.
Every time I try to Initialize it, a box pops up saying The device is not ready?
I have tried changing the USb sockets it is plugged into, to no avail?
The HD is on, the pc recognises it, as it is showing up in the disk management screen.

But the strange thing is my laptop also running Windows 7 recognised straight away?


Does DM assign it a drive letter?

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Hi all hope someone can help me with this. I have a Lenovo G710 laptop, new. I have a Seagate 500gb hd in a portable caddy. When I turn it on it makes all the sounds then shows up in my computer. When I try to open it it it starts to open then hangs, then screen flash it disappears the laptop makes a noise & a message appears that a usb device has not been recognised. I have gone into disk manager run a check on the drive it says it all ok I have all my files & photos on here so hope I can get some help Thanks in advance Reg
 

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hi,
which hard drive you you all think is the best:

IOMEGA:
http://go.iomega.com/en/products/ext.../?partner=4740

or this LACIE:
LaCie - Rugged USB 3.0

I don't know which one to choose since my seagate agent go is broken...

A:Portable Hard Drive

Sorry I can't help as I haven't used either, my external drive is a Seagate Expansion so not what you would call a portable one as it's used on a desktop computer, don't have a laptop.

I suppose it comes down to what you can afford and which one would give you all the features you need, have you read any reviews about them and if so which comes out the better buy ?

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I have a portable hard drive (I/O Magic)
80 gigs

I love it, it's small.
And I can take it around with me.
I use it very often.

However, I was using it on my laptop today and I accidentally let it drop onto the carpet. The fall was only about 1 1/2 feet tops but it obviously did something negative. So, my problem is that it doesn't load up anymore when I hook the USB into my laptop or desktop. I think a wire got loose inside and that's why the drive isn't spinning. i don't know, I need help! The light still works on the portable harddrive but that's about it. I have a lot of data on this drive that I can't afford to lose!

Any suggestions on how to fix this problem?
 

A:NEED HELP! My portable hard drive

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I would like to install XP onto a portable hard drive

A:portable hard drive

There's a tutorial here: How Install Windows on an External Hard Drive | eHow.com

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Hi
My portable Hard Drive stopped working. It's a WD Elements 2TB do not you know how this is possible but when I plug it into my computer my computer recognize it. But all my pictures videos in other things I have on it are gone. Does anyone know a program that you can buy online or free ? That I can recover them back ? Thank you for any help on this
Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

A:Portable Hard Drive help

Is this machine using a newer Windows version than was being when this drive worked?
 

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I have just bought a new portable hard drive made by Zynet, but it a Fujitsu hard drive, anyway, I came to install it, windows said it has installed the driver, but it is not showing up on my pc's, checking the disk management page I find the new hard drive is not initialized, so I click on initialize now, and get a box popping up say 'The device is not ready'?
I have updated the usb drivers to no effect, tried uninstalling, restarting, reinstalling all to no avail!
This getting REALLY annoying as I want to back 100's of GB of music on to it?
 

A:New Portable Hard Drive

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUESTED

Have you tried plugging it into different USB ports on the computer?
Have you tried doing a Windows Update to see if you can obtain the latest drivers?

Can you also post additional info on the model of the HD?
 

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I have a Segate 40 GB Momentus ATA hard drive. The drive is connected to the USB port, but the computer does not recognise the drive. Please send your suggestions if anyone experienced the same problem.
 

A:portable hard drive

you mean you dont see it in explorer window?
have you tried computer management
right click my computer manage go to disk management see if it is there unformatted
have you loaded the usb drivers
check your device under hadrware see if you have yellow ?
 

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I have a new laptop. Aside from protecting it with antivirus/ antispyware I like to keep personal files on an outside hard drive.

My question is whether to go with a portable drive, which will derive its power from a USB connection, or go with a full external drive with a wall wart.

Portable Drive Pros:
1) No wall wart. This also means if you're using it on your laptop when there's a power failure you've got in essence a UPS protection feature.
2) More portability, as per its name. Can travel in laptop case with you.
3) Quieter.

External Drive Pros:
1) Faster 7200 rpm vs 5400.
2) Better price per Gigabyte.
3) Available with firewire and eSATA interfaces in addition to USB.

What I know least about is reliability MTBF values. My experience with external drives is that they are extremely reliable. Portable drives do not look as robust. How can I find out if one kind of drive is more reliable than the other?

Thanks,

robo
 

A:To Buy: Portable Drive? Or External Drive?

If you don't need portability then go with an 3.5inch external drive which will have its own power source.
Portable 2.5inch drives normally require two usb ports to power it, which can be a problem if ports are limited.
Not to sure why you would want to only put person files on the external drive and not the main drive though
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 2036 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, 320 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 466650 MB, Free - 352164 MB; D: Total - 10239 MB, Free - 3913 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FM586
Antivirus: Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

I bought a Toshiba Canvio Connect 1.0 TB Portable External hard drive. When connected via the USB port there is movement inside the unit. Can this be left connected to my desktop PC or should I disconnect? I want to use this as my back up location as my D drive is not large enough. Thanks.
 

A:Solved: Portable Hard Drive

It'll work but never move it while connected.
 

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Hello, I have a CIRAGO USB 2.0 High Speed 320GB Portable hard drive. It has been really unstable, slow, and erroneous lately. At first I thought it was my PC itself, so I went inside and cleaned out all the dust and made sure everything was in the right spot and functioning. Then I turned the PC back on, and plugged my Portable HD in, but it recognizes as Local Disk(G: ) -as opposed to what it always recognized it as, which was CIRAGO(G: ). And If i select it it tells me

The Disk in Drive G is not formatted. Would you like to format now?
(yes/no)

And when i press yes, it says

The disk in drive G cannot be formatted.

So I have no clue whats going on at this point, so I try Chkdsk /f, it's worked in the past for hard drive acting up. When I run Chkdsk /f G:, I get this error

Cannot open volume for direct assess.

So now im completely confused. It went from working fine to being slow and erroneous, now it just doesnt work at all.

PLEASE HELP ME TECH GUY!!!!

Additional Info-Running XP SP3, PHD is USB and I've tried it on the other USB ports, same thing. Also, I have data on this hard drive, and since these weird things have been happening to it, I haven't added or deleted anything off it

I hope you guys know whats going on because I sure don't.
 

A:Portable Hard Drive problems

I hope you guys know whats going on because I sure don't.Click to expand...

Apparently the external drive died, after giving some warning signals: "It went from working fine to being slow and erroneous, now it just doesnt work at all."
 

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ok the story... i use my external for alot mainly music and gaming back up for my PS3 i used it for a couple years now never had a problem with it till just resently ill plug it in and altho the LED lights up and does its usual thing nothing happens on my PC or PS3 they dont read it no auto start no icon in "MY COMPUTER" to manually use it and nothing on my PS3 whats my problem??? plz help i have alot of family photos and sentimental files that took time and effort in revamping uploading typing etc my external "IOmega PHDD" was ment to be back up but when i didnt have a PC it was my main source of memory etc it has 160G on it i used about 120G of its memory thats y it is vital to get it to work and alot of the photos r no longer with this family PLEASE HELP!!!!
 

A:Iomega Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive

It's not backup if there's only one copy, regardless.

The first thing to determine is whether it is the enclosure that has gone bad or the disk inside. Disassemble the enclosure, remove the disk and connect it internally to another desktop computer. See if it comes up on it.

You may have to go to the disk manufacturer's web site for proper jumper settings.
 

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Gentleman (and possibly ladies)

Thanks for what you do guys... My problem is simple.. I bought a Logitec (not logitech) 60G HD USB Plug and Play. Took it out of the box and plugged it in and worked fine.. I backed up 30 gigs of music and all my pics.
2 days ago my laptop froze up and I was forced to restart by shutting the computer completly off and turning it back on. The hard drive was still connected.
When I did the reboot. I could no longer find the HD in my computer, although the computer recognized a mass storage device plugged in and then it recogized it as "WDC ROM - SCORPIO" instead of the normal "LHD USB". I can't access any information and it refuses to show up as my E:/ in My Computer like it used to. I'm all out of options.. I really want my music and pics back.. Please help.

saddened by the loss,
Emasino
 

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sometimes, without doing anything special, the portable drive (which is very new, bought less than a month) gets 'freezed' up, what i mean is, can't access any files, becoming windows crash, waiting forever or reboot the windows. But after some reboot, the portable drive becomes OK again. I d like to know if it would cause any problems to the integrity of the stored files on that portable drive?

A:why a portable hard drive could sometimes get 'freezed'

Kenny for starters run these if you haven't already the first two may be enough.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html < use the /f option in Option 2 ifnecessary

http://www.superantispyware.com/

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free/

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

download from bleeping computer ? delete any rubbishthese find.

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Hi. Does anyone know what might make a second hard drive (for a Toshiba laptop computer)
unreadable? I moved from the Czech Republic to Poland recently, and noticed that my portable hard drive is apparently "empty" of all data. I know that's not possible, because it was working fine before I left Czech and there's a lot of stuff on it.

Basically I have all my course material for the past 10 years stored on this portable drive! (I am a history professor). I certainly did not delete anything, so where could all of my data have disappeared to?

I went to a firm in Warsaw an they told me it would cost me $1,300 to recover my data using their
company! However a computer science major here in Debrcen told me that date rcovery from them would be there are data recovery programs on the web that can help me rescue my data.

If you can offer me any pointers on type of proble, I would surely appreciate it!

Thank you in advance for your help!

Julieanna
 

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