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USB powered portable Hard Drive problems

Q: USB powered portable Hard Drive problems

I have a USB powered Maxtor 320GB portable HD connected to Windows XP laptop. As it got close to being full it has started to give me "Delayed write error". Sometimes I can access the drive and the files but sometimes the folders show as being empty. Sounds like it is dying. What can I do? What is the best way to save the data and copy it to another drive? At the moment it is not possible to copy data from the drive as it will fail half way through the transfer.

any advice appreciated


Preferred Solution: USB powered portable Hard Drive problems

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A: USB powered portable Hard Drive problems

As tedious as it may sound, I'd try copying small chunks at a time instead of the whole thing.

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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,

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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?

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.


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.

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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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I have an only 9-10 month old Samsung portable hard drive and am suddenly experiencing some serious problems. I've always had trouble using the samsung backup program it came with, but i kept trying to use it anyway. the other day i did a backup and left it overnight, the next day when i checked it it said it had failed. and i then couldn't access my hard drive at all, it said it was corrupted, all my files were gone and i couldn't use it. i managed to retrieve my files with a recovery program, and then formatted the hard drive, but i am still getting corruption errors using back up programs (i have tried different ones).

I can still manually store files on it, but am worried to do so.

A:portable hard drive backup problems

You need to determine if you have an external drive problem.

Determine the brand of hard disk in the enclosure. Download the drive manufacturer's testing utility and run the long/extended test. If it checks good, no further testing of the external drive is needed and we need to look elsewhere for the problem. If it checks bad, then you need to determine whether it is the enclosure or the drive in the enclosure that is the problem.

Warning: The following may void your external drive's warranty.

Remove the disk from the enclosure and connect it internally to a desktop computer as a secondary drive. Run the drive manufacturer's testing utility again. If it tests good, then it is the enclosure that is bad and you need to replace the enclosure.

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I've recently purchased a hard drive enclosure for my old laptop hd. Putting it together was easy but I can't get it to connect to any computer. I've tried to initialise it but it simply doesn't show up in disk managment or explorer in both vista and xp. I belive the problem is the hd is split into 2 partitions (C and (D the same names as partitions on the laptop I have access to. How can i change the partitions names if the hd cannot be detected?

I haven't tried anything with the bios yet as that's a bit over my head. I have tried programs(UI Tweak etc) but they were no use.

The hd is a Hitachi SATA 2.5'' 160GB

Any suggestions?

xp or vista

A:Homemade portable hard drive connection problems

The partion names on the external woulnd't make any difference since I assume you are connecting with USB so the external is not a boot drive.

See if the drive is recognized on a desktop machine preferably running XP. If it is not recognized I would GUESS that you have 1 of 3 problems. (1) The drive is dead, (2) the enclosure adapter is dead, (3) The enclosure needs a USB "Y" adapter to run.

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I have a Hitachi Simple III portable hard drive. I have made a complete backup of Music, Video, Pictures, Documents and Mail. I would like to resstore this information to a different computer. The backup was made on Windows 7 OS, and I wish to restore it to a computer running XP. When I connect the drive to the XP computer, it says "canot find the files" but if I plug it back into the computer where the backup was made, it shows the backup with the correct dates. Somewhere in the procedure it gives the option to restore to same place or a different location, but if it can't find the files, I don't see how to progress. Any ideas?


A:Problems restoring data using Hitachi Portable Hard drive.

Try using Recuva.

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Hi guys,
Don't know very much about the technical side of pcs/HDD's, so please bare with me. Basically, I bought an Iomega Prestige primarily to connect up to my ps3. When I connected it, the ps3 wouldn't recognise this. A quick google search and I thought I'd uncovered the problem. The HDD is NTFS and ps3 will only recognise FAT32?
So then thinking I was a boffin I decided to try and re-format the HDD to FAT32, which I couldn't manage to do. Whatever I did do (I can't exactly remember). Anyways, when I try and connect my HDD to my laptop it doesn't come up on the G drive which it did before. It only shows up on the F drive. When I click into this it only comes up 'autorun' and 'Iomega Encryption Utility'. I clicked into the encryption utillity and thought that resetting the hard drive would fix whatever it was I messed up. Still it doesn't show up on the G drive. When I go to disk management, I can see the hard drive under 'Disk 1', but states it is 'unallocated'.
Sorry if this is a bit long-winded but can anyone suggest how I can get my laptop to recognise my HDD in the G drive again, so at least I can back up my ever-growing media files on it.
Many thanks.

A:Iomega Prestige 500gb portable hard drive problems. Please help!

google search a program like "partion manager freeware", run the program, and you should be able to format the unallocated space to a FAT32(for your ps3) or ntfs for your laptop if you so chose.

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Hi guys

I've got a mac g4 and a lacie 250 gig portable hard drive.

on my macs hd i've got a number of mpeg4 files which I want to move onto the portable drive, each file is in excess of 5 gigs.
Each time I try to copy a file over I get an error code 36 which states data cannot be read from or written to

the portable hard drive is running fat 32 as it needs to be viewable by a PC

Can anyone give me any suggestions as to how to get these files on the portable hard drive?

Many thanks!

A:Problems copying a large file from hard disk to portable drive

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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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Dell Precision 4300 laptop T9300 2.5ghz processor running windows XP pro. Have a WD 400 passport external drive (powered through usb) that worked great for 6 months. Having problems recognizing the drive on usb port. Have a powered Hitachi drive that fine in the same port. Took WD passport and placed it on another computer and it works fine. When plugged into my laptop I can hear it fire up and the indicator light is on. WD troubleshot with me and we eliminated my drivers etc and same result. They warrantied the drive and new one has same issue. Tried a different cable. Dell troubleshot with me and diagnosed bad motherboard. Tech came to house and replaced motherboard with same results. Flashed bios and removed/installed drivers again same result. Drive will appear under device manager butI can't get to it. Part of my computer will lock up when drive in port and unfreeze when I pull it out. Also will see drive appear under my computer when removing usb cable. If I remove usb drivers and power up with WD plugged in occasionally I will be able to get to unit but it will freeze.

A:usb powered hard drive not recognized

try this remove safely then reinstall it might work after several times you could go to the website and dowload the proper drivers hope this helps lisa6447

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My laptop HDD recently would not load windows. So i installed the OS on a different drive. Now, when i connect the old drive VIA USB 2.0toSATA it will not show up in My Computer. Disk Management will not show the drive either. The HDD is getting power, i can hear the disk spinning.

A:Hard Drive is powered, but does not show up.

Plug in and turn on the external USB hard drive
Right mouse click on My Computer
Left click on Manage
Left click on Device Manager
Expand the USB list
Find the USB device for your USB Hard Drive (the one that has no description)
Right mouse click - Uninstall
Turn off the external USB hard drive
Turn on the external USB hard drive and let it find and install the driver

Open 'Administration Tools', select 'Computer Management', click on 'Disk Management' and see if it can be seen here. If it does show here, chances are it doesn't have a drive letter assigned. If this is the case, right click on the drive, select "Change drive Letter...', and assign a drive letter to it.

If it was not seen there, go to 'Action' on the menu bar, click on 'Rescan Disks' and it should come up. If necessary assign a drive letter to as described above.

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I have a Sabrent 2.5" hard drive enclosure SBT-EKU25 that I am trying to use with USB on a Windows 7 laptop. The drive works but stops doing anything for several minutes at a time. There are no error messages, it just stops... no flashing or steady light. A minute or two later it picks up where it left off as though nothing has happened. It will then run fine again for several seconds and then it goes back to "sleep". I am trying to use the drive to backup files and it spends more time sleeping than doing anything else.

The drive enclosure does not come with any drivers and is supposed to be plug and play. I have checked the USB drivers and Windows says they are up to date. I have installed a 60Gb hard drive from an old laptop in it.

If i plug the the drive into the USB port on my Windows XP desktop it works fine.

A:USB powered hard drive enclosures

What type of drive did you put in the enclosure? According to Sabrent's web site it only works with IDE drives.

Sabrent | USB 2.0 to 2.5″ IDE Aluminum Hard Drive Enclosure – BLACK |

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I use a Seagate USB 3.0 external hard drive to do automated system backups on a weekly basis, using both Windows and Acronis. I have always left this drive on all the time, even though I only use it weekly.

I have read where some users power their external hard drives off between backups.

Any recommendations on the best thing to do.......leave it on or turn it off?

Thanks in advance.........

A:Is It Best to Keep External Backup Hard Drive Powered Off

If you can disconnect this drive when backups are not happening, you increase your odds of not having any viri or malware hitting the ext HD. Other than that, disconnecting and powering off ext HD saves some wearNtear on said device.

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I have a Compaq desktop with an
AMD Athlon 1.1GHZ
128MB of RAM
a 16mb TNT video card
and 60GB HDD

I tried to reformat the hard drive because I initially had a virus on it - so the only means was to format it. The first time I reinstalled it successfully with a copy of a WinXP Pro cd, that came with a dell laptop of mine. BIG MISTAKE-- the computer tripped out and was asking for authentication. No problme arised yet, windows xp installed, and authentication was the only thing that was being irritating.

I commensed to reformat the hard drive with nothing in it except the OS installed, with a different copy of WinXP that did not come with my dell laptop. In the middle of reformatting, however, about 51% complete, I powered down the computer because I thought it would not hurt the formatting process, so I could take it back to the owner's house and finish up the reformatting process there, and at the same time be able to hang out at their pool. the old idea of "kill two birds with one stone" or something. >_< I feel pretty stupid. I hope you guys don't chew me out now, but yeah.

So I tried to turn the computer on again later on to finish reformatting. I pressed the power button and everything seemed to go right, until nothing appeared on the monitor. the monitor stays black, with an orange 'standby' light as if the computer was on standby.

P.S. does extreme heat destroy the desktop or the computer parts? i had l... Read more

A:My desktop powered down while formatting hard drive


bump^ is this even allowed? bump. no responses yet ;/

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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 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 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?

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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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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
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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 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.


A:Need portable hard drive

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which hard drive you you all think is the best:


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 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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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


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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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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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.


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


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 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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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 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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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel Pentium III Xeon processor, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3547 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Q45/Q43 Express Chipset, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 465 GB (444 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0C27VV
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Problem: Computer recognizes WD drive but it does not show up in My Computer

Left click on My Computer - Only internal hard drive and DVD drive are listed
Right click on My Computer - Same
Double click on Manage
Double click on Disk Management - 3 drives appear
Disk 0 Internal Hard Drive
Disk 1 WD Elements Portable Hard Drive
WD Elements drive also shows up in Device Manager
WD Elements drive DOES NOT show up in Windows Explorer My Computer or when clicking on My Computer icon
First time I used this WD drive I used it in a Windows 7 computer. No problems at all. I want to be able to use it on both the Windows 7 and Windows XP machines.

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I had lots of data on my portable hard drive, like 200 GB. i moved my computer, and unplugged my hdd drive, now its saying there is nothing inside it.

but when i go into my computer, its showing this

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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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Another hard drive problem
Ok, so i lost all my data on the hard drive earlier, today i came to have another look, ive gone to my computer and there is nothing there
but is shown in my devices
when i click on it, it doesnt do anything

Help please?

A:Another Portable Hard Drive Problem

Power off the external drive and disconnect the AC power adapter for 15 minutes, then try it again.

If it is one of those small laptop size drives (no AC adapter), disconnect the usb cable for 15 minutes. Try it again.

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Just bought a Seagate FreeAgent Go 250GB hard drive to back up the computer, which is fairly old now. The problem is - my laptop only has 1 USB port and the hard drive requires two USB ports.

Am I able to connect the Power and Data cable to my computer and back up while connecting the Power only cable to another computer at the same time?

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I had lots of data on my portable hard drive, like 200 GB. i moved my computer, and unplugged my hdd drive, now its saying there is nothing inside it.

but when i go into my computer, its showing this


A:Data just gone off my portable hard drive

Try disconnecting power to the portable drive for an hour, then try again.


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The other day whilst backing up my computer to my portable hard drive for the first time, my flatmate disconnected my hard drive accidentally.

Now when I connect my hard drive to my computer (Vista Ultimate 64-bit) or any other computer (I've tried XP, Vista 32-bit and 7 64-bit), a balloon pops up from the notification area saying that the new hardware is being installed. It then says that it was successfully install and is ready to use. However, the hard drive does not appear under windows explorer.

When I open device manager I can find the hard drive and it says it is working properly. When I open computer managment and then go to disk management it says that disk 2 (the hard disk) is not initialized. When I right click it and select initialize, it asks me what partition style is on the disk (master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style). No matter what one I select (I've tried both) I get a pop up saying there is an error.

How do I initialize and access/retrieve the information on my hard drive? If this isn't a possibility, how do I reformat the entire hard drive so that I can use it again? At the moment its useless to me.

If you need any more info, please just ask! Thanks in advance.

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Hi I have Photoshop 12 & a portable hard drive with two keys. Can I down load it to the hard drive & use my Photoshop on my (two) sisters computers. This is for my personal use only!! Thanks

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My Iomega drive works fine on my lap top but plugged into my PC the sound connection makes device manager say mass storage device. But I cannot open this device as nothing is displayed in My Computer. Can anyone help please, thanks.

A:Iomega portable hard drive

please do not duplicate threads - you already have replies here http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/1023425-iomega-portable-hard-drive-not.html so continue on that thread please

closing this one

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4440 CPU @ 3.10GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8001 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, -1920 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 935265 MB, Free - 835262 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, Aspire TC-605
Antivirus: Webroot SecureAnywhere, Updated and Enabled

I've been using DriveClone to back up my computer to a WD Elements portable USB hard drive for a couple of years and everything has worked great , until today . When I plug in the hard drive my computer doesn't see it and I can't do a backup . I tried a flashdrive in the usb port and it works okay . I checked in Device Manager and it shows the WD drive as working properly and the latest drive is installed . I even shut down my computer and unplugged it for 15 minutes then started it back up but it still doesn't see the WD hard drive .
Do these portable drives just go bad like that ? Or is there something else I can check ?

A:Portable Hard Drive Problem ?

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Another hard drive problem
Ok, so i lost all my data on the hard drive earlier, today i came to have another look, ive gone to my computer and there is nothing there

but is shown in my devices

when i click on it, it doesnt do anything

Help please?

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I am travelling at the moment and saved my holiday pics on the 1TB Samsung 3.5inch portable hard drive. Since last night I can't view the files I saved. It's like I never saved them. It had 500gb free and now it has 900gb so lot of my data is missing?

I unchecked hidden files and system hidden files. I have tried on other windows machines. Also ran recuva software. I am at a loss. I am going to try run it on a mac when I get the chance and run a virus scan when I get back home.

The drive runs fine, ie no noise etc. I always try to remove it safely. Also I accessed the saved files 2 days ago!

pls help

A:samsung portable hard drive

see if this program finds them


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I need a portable hard drive because i don't not have enough space on my computer. i was wondering if its possible to put games on it and if i can load like WoW onto it and play right off of it or if that would be to slow? if it wouldn't then i need help finding a not to expensive but very good one.

A:Help with buying a portable hard drive

if you connect to your PC using fire wire connection instead of USB it probably wouldnt be too bad for playing games off, but i dont really know. butt youd be better transfering music, photos, etc onto removeable and using main HD for games. what size is your current HD and what you looking to buy?

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OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
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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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I just installed a portable hard drive into my system, the hard drive has windows 98 & XP pro. My main Hard drive also has Windows XP pro is this gonna be a problem?

A:Installed portable hard drive.........

Howdy Baked...

Just for clairfication, which type of portable drive did you install ?

For the most part, you shouldn't have any problems...

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This is a little embarassing but I recently learned that computers have an average life-span of about 5 years. I'm not sure how to check the age of my computer but according to a diagnostic program I have, the System BIOS Date is 02/09/2002 and the OS Installation Date is 12/01/2005 (I'm not sure which represents the age itself).

Over the years my family and I have accumulated about 7.13GB of documents, pictures, and music, which we would like to save to a back-up in case we ever need to replace the computer. Currently what I have are a few old floppy disks from almost ten years ago; these disks will obviously not be able to hold so much information, and there is a chance that most of these disks no longer work anyway.

I've been looking for information about ways to back-up our documents and from most reviews I've read, portable flash-sticks aren't always reliable as they can become corrupted unpredictably, or their moveable parts can break. The best option I am aware of is to purchase a portable external hard drive, but I don't have a clue which one is best to purchase and will have the longest life-span.

Assuming I'm correct about external hard drives operating something like floppy disks, we would probably plug it in once in awhile just to back-up files (maybe once a month) and occasionally use it to view older documents. When not in use the external hard drive would be turned off and unplugged from the computer and stored in a safe pl... Read more

A:Portable Hard Drive Recommendations

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I've bought myself a portable USB hard drive.
Now, using some cute programs I think I can
1) set it up to select a partition to bootup on bootup
2) use the ultimate boot cd to access it and copy/clone a windowsxp hard drive to a partition on the usb drive (bit iffy with this, what do people think?) and be able to copy the clone to a new pc.
3) Install windows xp on a partition with anti virus and spyware killers to run it across badly infected pc's that can't be booted up without windows crashing.
4) install ghost.exe on it and save a hard drive image.
5) Keep the software in yet another partition that the drive came with as it really is pretty damn smart stuff (its a western digital 80gb)
6) install a usb version of netboot disk.

Am I dreaming?
Have I run out of partitions I can set as active?
If I can do all of these things I'll have a pretty useful little device for doing IT support so I'm keen to try.
I'm after ideas on what are the obvious issues.
I know that the HP usb boot software will solve the initial issue of making the drive bootable.(I think)
Input please!

A:Advice on portable usb hard drive

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I hope I'm posting this in the right forum. Recently bought a new portable with Windows 7 Pro. I have several portable hard drives that I use, two of them are almost constantly usb'd to the computer, and there are two others I use occasionally. At first the "constant" drives were called "F" and "G" drives by the computer. This was great. Even if I unhooked them and plugged them back in they remained the same. Several days ago I had to remove them and on plugging them back in to the computer they are now "H" and "I" drives. I've tried to find out where to change the directory, I think that's what the "F" and "G" are called, but can't figure it out. I would really like them to keep the same name as it's easier for me and my auto backups get goofed up when they are changed.
Thanks for suggestions.

A:directory changes for portable hard drive

Hello Wildflowers, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While you have the drives connected, check in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc)to see if you may be able to change the drive letters for them. The tutorial below is for Vista, but the procedure is the same in Windows 7.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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