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

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

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?

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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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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 had a WD external power drive fail on my about a month ago. I bought a new hard drive and wanted to transfer some file to it from the EasyStore WD hard drive. When i plugged it in I cannot access it. The same is true for another EasyStore drive i have. So I have been unable to use the main external, and now both EasyStore drives. All Western Digital.
See pic for image:
Also I ran a WD Drive Utilities, full test, and it gave me a green light. So it says the drive is OK.
Another thing, I plugged one of the EasyStores into my Netgear R6100 router, it acts as a DNLA if you do that. Through this interface I was able to read some files on one of the disks.

Do you think the problem may be with my computer being able to read the drive, instead of with the drive itself.

The External, cord powered drive, that went bad, would not spin the disk. I am pretty sure it was broken, it was also old, well over 2 years, probably more like 5 years.
The EasyStore drives however are powered by USB ports, they are not plugged in all the time. The most heavily used drive may have been used for 2 weeks straight and then also plugged into create images of my computer. So it is nowhere near being worn out. The other EasyStore was only used for backups. So it may have 100 hours on it.
It seems unlikely that the EasyStores should be malfunctioning.

What do you think?

Another thing:
I just upgraded my computer to the 8350 chip. I have accessed the EasyStore since that happened, so atleast one of the ... Read more

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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, 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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I just bought a 400gb Western Digital Passport hard drive. It works fine on my notebook, but my desktop doesn't detect it. When I plug it into my desktop, the hard drive lights turn on, but my computer doesn't detect it and the hard drive makes a weird clicking noise.

My desktop is pretty old but I have been constantly updating it. Unlike my Vista notebook, my desktop uses XP. It also uses USB 2.0.

How come it would be doing this?
 

A:Portable Hard Drive not working on Desktop

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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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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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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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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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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

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

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I would like to purchase an external hard drive and could use advice.

Are there any brands that are reliable (will/should last at least three years)? Are there any brands to stay away from?

Also, I had heard that just because two hard drives are the same brand, it doesn't mean they're made by the same company. Is that true? How can I find out who made them?

My main concern is that I don't want to buy something that's going to stop working after a few months. It should last at least 3 years under daily use.

I've looked at about seven websites that sell external hard drives and read several reviews. I just want some input on what brands or models are good and what aren't.
 

A:Need External Hard Drive Advice

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I am responsible for maintenance of 3 Dell computers (mine and my two teenagers) in my home. All have windows XP Home and USB2.0 I need a better way (than manually dragging files onto a CD) to do the periodic backups of documents on each computer. I downloaded the Windows Backup program from the instatllation disks, and did a backup from my computer, but it doesn't fit on a CD-R, and I was reading somewhere that there are better software programs anyway..

I was thinking of buying an external USB hard drive, like Maxtor. But I want to make sure I end up with hardware and software that will easily allow me to use one device for all 3 computers. Store the backup data from all 3 computers on one external device. I'm not sure what software would be the best for this. I'm looking for something (hardware and software) that isn't particulary complicated to use and don't want to spend more than I have to. What do y'all suggest?
 

A:external hard drive advice

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l have finally bought a WD My Book Essentials 1TB with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.Can anyone help me re setting this up or is it simply plug in,connect and off you go?
l have a Desktop Computer running Win 7 Professional and the main reason l bought this 'external Hard drive' is l am sick of the alarming amount of discs l have accunulated over the years for my Backups.
Another concern l have is that some people have had external drives crash and their data l do not think can be retrieved-am l correct on this?
l am not a heavy user so there has never been a real necessity to purchase an external HDD and l do realize l could have simply got the WD Elements for Desktops or even the Seagate Freeagent again for Desktops.No l did not want anything portable as have several memory sticks if need be.
If anyone has some suggestions re installing etc l would appreciate the help as l am terrified of any pitfalls l may come across like when l had Vista (not my choice)
Thanks in anticipation.

A:External Hard drive-advice

  
Quote: Originally Posted by schnauzer


l have finally bought a WD My Book Essentials 1TB with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.Can anyone help me re setting this up or is it simply plug in,connect and off you go?

Another concern l have is that some people have had external drives crash and their data l do not think can be retrieved-am l correct on this?

If anyone has some suggestions re installing etc l would appreciate the help as l am terrified of any pitfalls l may come across like when l had Vista (not my choice)
Thanks in anticipation.


Any hard drive, external or not, can fail at any time for no apparent reason. That's why you need a backup. A purist would tell you to use more than 1 method---you can buy a little 4 GB USB thumb drive that can hold most or all of your text files and they are a decent choice for a second method.

Data can often be recovered from hard drives---but only at a high cost ($1000 or more?), so try to never need to do that.

USB devices are usually recognized simply by being plugged in.

What happens when you plug the external drive into a USB port? Do you see a little icon for it in your system tray? Can you see the drive within Windows Explorer?

I've never used external drives, so you MAY have to format it and you may have to go to Disk Management in Windows 7 to assign a drive letter.

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Thinking about getting external hard drive for backups of photos and other personal files. OS is Vista Business; computer has P4 processor, 3GHz; 160GB hard drive; 2G RAM.

What do you think about a $71 USB 2.0 160G external no-name "generic" 2.5" wide portable hard drive I found on eBay? Price includes shipping. Seller is from USA. I also found factory recertified WD external drives there. Any comments as to quality of generic and WD drives?
 

A:Solved: need advice on external hard drive

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I use Win XP with SP3. I bought a Western Digital external drive to store photos on.

Yesterday when I unplugged the USB cable, the computer rebooted of it's own accord, and now that USB port doesn't work (the power cable was plugged in). I'm pretty sure i have done this before without issues. I don't recall having any instructions about which plug to disconnect, or connect first, when using the drive.

Any advice much appreciated. The adjacent USB is working still.

Thanks.
 

A:advice re unplugging external hard drive

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Hello,

I am looking to purchase a external USB hard drive and am looking for something pocket sized. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations.

Worth mentioning I am based in England (seeing this is a worldwide community and am referred to shops who are based abroad )

Thanks
 

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I got Windows 8.1. I want to try out Ubuntu o/s by booting it from my external hard drive. Anyway, I went into the BIOS and changed the boot order of devices to boot from external devices first. But when I restart my laptop with the external hard drive connected via USB, it boots straight to the desktop instead. What am I doing wrong?

A:How Do I Boot o/s from External Hard Drive? Need Advice

Is the Ubuntu drive an MBR drive? If so you will have to go into your bios and turn off Secure Boot and also set the boot type to CSM. Windows 8.x is UEFI so every time you want to boot something that isn't, you have to change the setting in the bios.

Edit: Which also means that to boot to W8 from the internal HD again, you have to go into the bios and set it back to UEFI or it will not recognize the internal HD as being bootable.
You may also wish to turn secure boot back on. It is up to you.

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From reading threads I have concluded the best way for me to have additional storage for many photos and backup is with an external hard drive. I have located suppliers for a case and for hard drives, but now I need help in selecting the type to purchase.

The following is my computer per Belarch Adviser Current Profile:
Windows XP Home Edition SP 1
2.70 gh Intel Cereron
Main Circuit Board Bus Clock: 100 Mgh
Hard Drive 80.03 GB
Intel Ultra ATA Storage Controller-24CB
Bus Adapters:
Intel USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller - 24CD
Intel USB Universal host controller - 24C2
Intel USB Universal host controller - 24C4
Intel USB UNiversal host controller - 24C7
Other Devices:
VIA OHCE compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
USB Mass Storage Device
USB Root Hub [4 of these]

1. Should I get a case with only USB 2.0 or is Firewire better or what?
2. Should I limit the external hard disk capacity to 120 GB or less?
3. I see Ultra ATA/100, serial ATA/150, and ATA/133 disk drives.
ATA/EIDE is mentioned. Which is better for me?
4. What is SATA and is it important for me?

An external hard drive is pretty expensive, but if that is the best way to go
please advise.
 

A:Help! I'm confused and need external hard drive advice.

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my computer is an emachines it came with no windows cd's , just a restore cd that is made with norton ghost that takes it completely back to factory defaults and makes me lose everything and puts a lot of crap on the machine that i don't want , so i bought an external hard drive thinking that i would be able to save a clean install onto that with the stuff i want.
so i was pondering this when i realised that it would probably be impossible to be able to format my computer hard drive and still be able to transfer the clean install to it, from the external drive. I do not have norton ghost or anything like it so i can't make my own recovery cd's.
does anyone know how i can acheive this and if it's even possible. Also the external hard drive is using FAT32 file system, since my pc hard drive is NTFS would it be wise to change the external drive to NTFS as well and if so how would i go about doing that (for free)
Thanks
 

A:need advice regarding backing up to external hard drive

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I have a client who is thinking of getting a new file server. I suggested that since they only use the server as a filing cabinet, it might be better and cheaper to just get an external network hard drive.

Their office only has 5 people and they run all their applications on their workstations. The only function of their file server is to store their data files.

After doing some research, I'm a bit confused as to what to get. What I'm in the market for is a stand alone drive that you just plug into the network.

Do I need to get a NAS Server or will something like the Western Digital My Book World Edition do the trick?

Thanks,

Bernie
 

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I need to get rid of some of my computers/laptops and want to get a hard drive to use both as back up and also to consolidate all my old files to a single drive. I have an old Dell Desktop with a legacy USB (1.0?), Windows XP, and a Linux partition and was wondering what would be the best hard drive to get since they all seem to use 3.0 now.

Also, once I have the hard drive, what would be the best way to consolidate given the USB issue?

I also have a zip drive, and two unused laptops (I'm going to convert one to a linux machine.) My current laptop is an Acer Aspire V3-571G-6407, which will need the regular backup.

I'm not able to use sysinfo.
 

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External hard drive enclosures - are these worth buying?

Previous experience: stay away, they're cheap and tacky and WILL break down
My personal advice: just buy a dedicated external hard drive

The above was from a few years ago
Just wanted to know if anyone else would advise buying an external hard drive
I've seen a great priced hard drive + an external enclosure for very good prices - both from well known retailers on eBay

Or should I just go out and buy a dedicated external hard drive? That will come with a 3 or 5 year warranty?

Thanks
OM
 

A:Advice on buying external hard drive enclosures

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I plan to get an external hard drive (TOSHIBA PX1223EE-1G32, 320GB ).

What I want to do is to use Acronis True Image 9 to clone both my desktop and my laptop to the external drive, and then to do regular backups of the data on the desktop and the laptop, also on the external drive.

The external drive will be plenty big enough, but is it possible to have all this data living together happily and useably, in case of need?

Peter
UK
 

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

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

anyone?
 

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Hello,
I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?
 

A:Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.
 

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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

A:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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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 backed up my files to my external hard drive this morning. When I finished, I turned off the hard drive - - - and most of the icons on my desk top disappeared! After spending hours on this, I've discovered:
1) If I turn the external hard drive back on, the icons all reappear on my screen. It's off as I write this. I normally keep it turned off.
2) The desktop folder is still on C:\, all the shortcuts are still there, and they all point to the correct files on C:\
3) I have the Desktop folder open, and I can open any file by clicking on the shortcut INSIDE the folder
4) Desktop is on my toolbar, but only brings up these icons:
My Computer
Recycle Bin
My Documents
My Network Places
Internet Explorer
3) I can delete and recreate a new shortcut within any folder, but when I try to move it to the desktop, I get a popup with this message "E:\ refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. . ."
4) The backup of this folder on the external drive shows the file names as being on C:\. It did NOT convert them to point at the E:\ drive, and if I use these I can also access the files on C:\

E:\ is assigned by Windows to the external drive. I checked for malware, spyware, and viruses, found nothing. My system is clean. I have a firewall running at all times, has never caused problems. I'm running Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2. I don't think I've installed Service Pack 3 yet, if I have I... Read more

A:Why Is Desktop Looking for External Hard Drive?

and welcome to the Forum


How did you backup your files? Drag and Drop? Copy and paste??

What files did you backup?

Have you tried Restoring the system to a date prior to the backup?

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

A:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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I did a system transfer from my old laptop to the new using an external hard drive. Whenever I boot the laptop it looks for the external instead of the c drive. Can anyone give me advice

A:windows 7 looks for external hard drive for desktop fil

Welcome to SF!

Could you explain how Windows 7 is looking for the drive? I can't really help you until I understand your problem clearly.

Thanks!

~JK

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Hi,

I have 3 external hard drives from old laptops. I purchased a refurbished Dell Desktop PC 18 months ago. I've never had to use my old drives with it, until now... and they don't seem to show up anywhere and I can't access the data. Can anyone help please? Thankyou
 

A:External Hard Drive Not Showing On Desktop PC :(

are these all connected via a USB
sounds like a PC issue if ALL three are not seen
What windows version do you have on the new PC
and what Windows version was on the PC you use to copy the drives

Are they in a case - does the case need power , is that working on all three drives?
 

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So I have 2 of these: http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momen...nternal/dp/tech-data/B00194EQZG/ref=de_a_smtd

and one of this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822204018

I have 3 spots left in my case to mount HDDs. How can I do this? I have searched through Google with no luck and I'm basically a hardware noob. Or, probably the best option, would be to just mount the terabyte drive and access the other harddrives via USB in a very inexpensive way. (Bottom line is to access the seagate drives as inexpensively as possible, then to mount the fantom drive if possible)

Thanks for your time,
Mike
 

A:Mounting an external hard drive in a desktop case help

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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.
 

A:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks
 

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance
 

A:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.
 

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!
 

A:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

Yes
it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
 

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.
 

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