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Q: Solved: how to format an external drive to be an internal drive

I have a HP Pavillion laptop computer. I needed to replace my hard drive, the salesman at the store said I could buy an external hard drive and remove it from the case and use it as an internal. I did that. Now I get NTLDR is missing. I ordered recovery discs from HP but nothing happens when I try to use them. HP said I need to format the new hard drive but I don't know how. Can someone help a beginner?

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A: Solved: how to format an external drive to be an internal drive

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?
 

A:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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I have an internal floppy drive on my desktop computer and at the end of the school year I'm getting a laptop for college. I'm not taking my desktop with me and it has some parts I'd love to be able to use with my laptop, one being the floppy drive. I was wondering if I could buy a case for it (like for a portable hard drive) and turn it into an external USB floppy drive. It has its own faceplate already. If this is possible please let me know where I can buy a case for it.
 

A:Solved: Internal Floppy Drive to External

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Can anyone out there help? I've confused a quite a few tech supports on this one... I have a game that has multiple games on it that used to fully work on XP. Now I've bought a desktop and a laptop that already has Vista on them. Now all but one of the games on that disc will run on Vista. I have two of the same disc (both originals) and both discs do the same thing on both Vista machines. Tried all the basic stuff (safe mode install, administrator tweaks, updates, drivers, firmwares...). Now the weird part: if I use an external dvd drive, the game works perfectly. The external drive is older than either the laptop or desktop. So I believe the trick to getting the game to work is figuring out why it works on the external drive. Any ideas?
 

A:Solved: game works on external dvd drive but not internal

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Pentium 4 3.0ghz Windows Vista Ultimate
I have a brand new 500GB WD SATA2 WD5000AAKS
Its works perfectly fine in the drive bay, (Healthy, Active Primary partition) everything seems normal.

I put it into this SATA Enclosure. Windows recognizes the drive when I plug it in like normal, but if I go to my computer, disk management, or if Vista is trying to shut down or start up, Vista just hangs. As soon as I unplug the drive or turn it off everything goes right back to normal. The drive is recognized in 'safely remove hardware' with a drive letter and all, and I can even safely remove it.

The same thing happens in XP though XP does not hang up. The drive shows up in disk management as a healthy partition, and I can even delete the partition and format it but it will not show up in my computer. Same results on another XP computer

I have put a Maxtor 300GB drive in the enclosure and a WD 160GB and they both worked perfectly.

Ubuntu seem to see it fine, though it said it was a "read only" drive. (ubuntu newbie)

I've googled all I could with no luck. Could it be jumpers? I wouldn't know what to change or how for that matter, but the different settings for this drive can be seen here

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 

A:Solved: WD SATA drive works Internal but not External

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I have a sony vaio VGN-NR330E that I have just bought a new hard drive for (doing a fresh install of vista) and the internal optical drive spins up but won't boot off the cd, and after a blinking cursor says O/S not found, so i tried it on an external usb drive, and it didnt boot, same black screen followed by O/S not found. I tried booting from a knoppix live cd that worked on another computer and it wouldnt boot either. I have no idea of any what to do, since it wont boot off of an external HDD internal optical drive, external optical drive, and any help is greatly appreciated.

A:sony vaio vgn-nr330E won't boot to any external drive, or internal optical drive

What are the current boot options...as set in your BIOS?

http://www.ehow.com/how_8022156_change-bios-settings-sony-vaio.html

If not listed as the first boot option...it's unlikely that the system would boot from either drive.

Louis

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Is it possible to have pre-installed vista on your internal drive then buy a new external drive, install XP on it and then boot that drive to use XP?
 

A:Running Xp on an external hard drive with Vista installed on internal drive.

Yes this is possible as long as your BIOS supports booting from USB.
 

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I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

What do I do?

edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!

A:External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

As long as your hard disk is still spinning & recognized by Windows, the data in your hard disk is still there, just the File Allocation Table got corrupted, You'll have a good chance to recover your data. What you need is a data recovery program, I use this program in the past:

Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

In the mean time, leave this hard disk alone, do not initialize or format it when Windows offers to do so.

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.

So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.

So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?

Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one... Read more

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Hello all, This is an ASUS P5P43TD-Pro socket 775 Q8400, latest BIOS release. Works normally in all known other aspects. Windows 7 Enterprise, x64. 16GB memory. BIOS settings all "auto", i.e. no OC or anything of the sort. On-board LAN, Serial, parallel, IEEE all disabled. NVidia 220 video card, also set for defaults. There are six internal SATA ports (native ICH10R), with five fixed internal drives connected. The sixth port goes to an external SATA tray intended for hot-plugging bare drives. The BIOS does not distinguish between fixed and removable drives as some newer BIOSs permit. All you get to set is IDE emulation or AHCI. The drives are all set for AHCI to enable hot-swapping. The SATA driver in Windows is the Intel RST recommended by ASUS for this board. I have not allowed it to update to more recent versions. All this stuff basically works, but there's one screwy problem I can't seem to resolve. Out of the four drives that typically get hot-plugged into the external bay, three of them work exactly as you'd expect them to. The OS detects them and mounts them with a drive letter (H:, which is the next in line). No problem. ONE of the four drives causes this weird problem where it actually causes a dismount of one of the fixed drives. Not only a dismount, but it disappears from the list of devices too. And to make it even stranger, the new drive mounts with the correct drive letter (H), even though it knocks off the drive designated E! A... Read more

A:Hot-plug external drive = forcibly dismounts internal drive. Why??

That's a first time hearing an issue like that, I am puzzled as well, I'd look at BIOS settings and drivers as cause or bad drive electronics on the ONE.

Is there something different about that one?

I would have your co. pay for another drive in that situation and probably perform destruction procedures on the one not working, or DoD procedures to wipe it if it's under warranty before RMA'n it.

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hi,

how do you boot norton ghost from external usb dvd drive instead of internal dvd drive when you start up the comptuer? i notice that the internal drive can read the norton ghost cd but when i place the cd in my external usb dvd drive, it doesnt work, the computer cant read that there's a disk in there.

i pressed F2 and change the boot sequence so that the external usb drive would boot first but its not working, what am i doing wrong?

A:how to boot norton ghost from external usb dvd drive instead of internal dvd drive?

Try putting your usb dvd in the 1st usb port at rear of PC (has to be 2.0 of course) and don't have any flash drives or other usb devices plugged in and try it

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.

So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.

So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?

Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one go and not f... Read more

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I am trying to back up my hard drive to an external hard drive. I have a 4GB file on the internal hard drive which I am trying to move to the external hard drive. I have 227GB free on the external yet everytime i try to copy the file i get a message saying "cannot copy there is not enough free disk space delete one or more files to free disk space, and then try again. " it also gives me the option to do disk clean up. By doing this is shows to checkboxes one for recycle bin one for catalog files for the content indexer both are okb in size.

Can anybody tell me why I cant copy the file over when I have more then enough room?
 

A:Solved: copying from internal to external hard drive says not enough room when there is

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I have a WD external drive that I cannot format. I can see the properties and it shows the 2.5 TB as totally filled!
It was NOT filled, only about 30% was used when problems began.
I don't know what occurred, but no backups were able to be run.
I tried using Western Digitals Format which appeared to be running but at the end it said that
the format failed. I can view the WD files that came with it, but can't see any of the backups that are on the drive.
ALSO, very odd...it shows the drive as e: but says its a DVD device?
I had problems with another WD 1.5 TB drive and had to replace it with a new 3 TB Seagate. That was a week ago, now
this drive (on my wife's laptop) has gone too.
I afraid I'll have to purchase another $160 drive. This is getting expensive.
I tried d/l SWISS KNIFE but couldn't get it to run.
My wife's Toshiba laptop is running Win/7 and I'm still on XP/Pro. on my Toshiba Laptop.
Is there a way to force a FAT32 format on that external drive?
 

A:Solved: Can't Format 2.5 TB WD external drive

Firstly, FAT32 can only be used on drives which are 2TB and under. If you somehow got a program to 'successfully' format either of those drives at FAT32 you are being given incorrect information. The FAT32 file system just can't handle that large of a drive.

Have you tried formatting it with the WD tool from another computer?
 

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Hi guys
Just wondering if it possible to format an external drive with an OS installed on it via usb? Normally I would hook it up to a pc and use a startup disc to clean it ready to use in an external inclosure
Thanks for any help
 

A:Solved: format an external drive

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Why do files moved to an external drive not behave the same as those same files in an internal drive? I noticed that if I do anything to a file that is in an external drive, that file can not be saved under the same name (read only). In order to do so one must save it internally and then copy or move it to the external drive.
So I did just that--I copied a file from taken from an external drive, saved it in the internal one and then copied it back to the external one. Now if I r-click the propeerties of these 2 same files and then go to the 'Security' tab a difference is immediately apparent: The internal one has -1- System & -2 My-computername (user-PC\user and -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) with all 3 accounts allowing all (full control, read, write, etc..). While the external drive has in Properties; -1- System -2- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators) and -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) with this final 3d one (and different one) with no Allow for "full control, or modify or write.
So how does one have all its files in this external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive?
Since -3- Users (user-PC\Userrs) in the external drive is that which is differnt from the internal drive I was wondering if it is OK to delete this Permission or 'attribute' or whatever it is called and create instead one equal to the one in the internal drive -3- Administrators (user-PC\Administrators)? ANd of course doing so in one go and not file after ... Read more

A:save file on external drive not the same as internal drive

Dear pintree3,
I've noticed that you posted the same "verbatim" in techguy.org with no answer forthcoming!
external drive behave and be equal to all the same files in the internal drive - Tech Support Guy Forums

Can you please bring more clarity to your query? That will start the juices running in all of us here to ponder and post. Sorry if i sounded rude.

regards!

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Hi all

I had an old laptop that died by water damage, its OS was Vista. I removed its internal hard drive as it contains valuable photos. I read that you can convert internal hard drives into external USB ones so I purchased the necessary 2.5" sata case from ebay, put it all together and plugged it into my new Windows 10 laptop. The new laptop does not want to acknowledge the drive. I changed the drive letter to one that wasn't used, 'M' in this case, it shows as Drive M on my file manager but when I click on it it only asks me to put a disk into the drive. I have run a couple of scanning programs on it, Stellar Phoenix data recovery and Recuva with no luck. I do not want to lose the data that was on there so can anyone help with any solutions?
Many thanks!!
Sarah
 

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I have an 80Gig Maxtor HD I want to use with a new usb external enclosure. The drive is recognized when installed as an additional drive in my computer. Can I use the device manager to format it so it will be recognized when connected as an external drive? Or is there another process that is needed for formatting.

Thanks, Al
 

A:Solved: Format Hard Drive for External use

Right-click Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right-clcik the drive and remove all partitions so all the space is unallocated. Create partitions the sizes you want and format. Change drive letters, if you want.
 

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I need your expertise for this one. I have an Samsung 60GB hard drive that I have been using for backup. The drive is in an external case connected thru a usb port & I have been using it for some time without problems. Since it was previously formated as FAT32, I decided to clean it up & reformat as NTFS.

After cleaning I ran Partition Magic 8, to set up 2 partitions & received an "error 27, Cannot lock drive".

Tried to reformat with Windows. After the format appeared to be finishing I received "Windows unable to complete format" .

The drive displays in MY Computer but shows no Total space or free space. If I click properties: it shows 0 used space 0 free space. Also none of the Tools in the run on it.

Running Win XP Home
What can I do to fix it????
 

A:Solved: Can Not Format External Hard drive

You may have to remove the drive from the external case and connect it temporarily on your secondary IDE channel. If you can't format it there, try the disk manufacturer's diagnostics and see if the drive has died for some reason. You might also try DBAN to totally clear the entire drive and see if that allows you to complete the partitioning and formatting.
 

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I have a Western Digital External hard drive and had problems with some corrupted files. As a result I decided to use the WD dianostics software to fix the problem but it didn't solve the problem. The WD software gave me the option of wiping the hard drive and I did that in the hope that I could start affresh and then copy my back up files to it again. The problem is that my computer now does not recognize the hard drive at all so it looks like I am going to have to reformat it to NTFS format. How do I get my computer first to recognize it and then how do I reformat it to NTFS format?

Regards
forgerocket
 

A:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!
 

A:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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Hello all, I have a huge problem, I builded a new pc with win7 ultimate, before that I had winxp, I copied all most important files to my 300gb buffalo external hd, which at this point still works on xp, but when I start my new pc with this drive, error msg pops up that I'd have to format my drive before use(which would be a sin to do) when I try to access it error msg pops up that "access is denied" I tried a few things, going to properties/security/advanced/owner and permissions, which always changes the permissions/ownership to all of my files but after its complete it utterly fails to complete the task, yet I've tried another method by running cmd in administrators mode with such commands as "takeown /f g" cmd gave me a message of success but even after restart it still failed me once more...

Please if theres any other way than buying/borrowing another drive to copy my files suggest it here, appreciate your time.

A:[SOLVED] Access Denied/Need to format external Drive on new pc.

Hi -

Activate the Hidden Administrator user account - Hidden Admin Account - sysnative.com - MVP

Try file access with that account.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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I don't have Windows 7 yet, but I'm just about to install it, but I figure it may be safe to do a back up first. I'm about to do an upgrade from Vista 64-bit to Windows 7 64-bit. I did find these recommendations:

"An image backup of your hard drive offers an easy, dependable way to do just that, since it restores everything on the hard drive: Windows, applications, data, and even the Master Boot Record. To create one, you'll need an external hard drive, and an image backup program. I recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect for image backup, although others will do. Plug in the external hard drive before you create the image, and select that drive as the Backup destination. Also, be sure to create the bootable Rescue CD (this option is on Macrium Reflect's Other Tasks menu) before you start the upgrade."

In these instructions they mention "external hard drive". Does it really have to be an external drive? I have several internal drives to choose from, can't I just use one of them? I have 1 drive with Vista OS and 3 more drives within my computer, so It would be great if I could use one of them.

A:Back up on external drive or internal drive

Hello ptoolemy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can save the backup/image to any external or internal HDD you like. It's just recommended to save it onto a separate physical HDD that is not included in the backup/image. That's all.

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I have a kaser 500GB external hard drive, i belive the enclosure is messed up because the transfer speed is only usb 1.1 speed and i've tried everything possable to change it. I was wondering if i could remove the case and just use the IDE drive as an internal drive? I want to try this first and if its not possible than i'll buy an enclosure.
 

A:External hard drive to internal IDE drive

Go ahead and do this... Make sure you pay attention to master/slave settings if IDE or the SATA connections if the drive is Serial ATA
 

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Will my external WD hard drive (used for backups) work with a PC that has internal SATA drives only ?
 

A:External IDE Drive vs Internal SATA Drive

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My computer has Windows XP Home Version. I have a Maxtor 3200 external drive with a USB connection to it. I need to reformat the external drive and when I try to reformat the external drive, I get the following message "Windows was unable to complete the format."
Does this mean that my drive is corrupted or am I doing something incorrectly? Any help will be appreciated.
[email protected]
 

A:Solved: Unable to format Maxtor 3200 external drive

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Hey,

I got the following problem, and I really hope one of you got an answer for that:

A few days ago my PC died, and I suspect the mainboard. It still got warranty, so it's not that bad.
But: There's data from work on the hard drive that I need as soon as possible to finish a project.

So I borrowed from work such a "hard drive to USB docking station" (picture).
I took the hard drive out of the PC, put it in the docking station and plugged the USB to my laptop.
Now Windows explorer tells me: Hey, in order to use that hard drive, we have to format it.

As you can imaging: That's something that I'd like to avoid
As far as I remember, on the hard drive there should be 2 partitions, one to recover the system, the other one is C:\
On C:\ I guess it's a normal NTFS system, including Windows 7 64bit. So I think the Windows 7 on my laptop should be able to work with that.

If I check the drive in the disk management (Don't know if that's the actual name in English, I got a German Win7) it shows me only one partition for this drive: 1863 GB RAW

Does anyone have an idea how I could access the data from the hard drive in order to copy it to the laptop?
Thank you in advance.
 

A:Internal hard drive via USB: Please format?!

well man thats good problem you have there, basically it appears that when your board dies it corrupt your hdd and when you plug it via usb to your laptop the system identifies the problem, so in order to fix it you have to format it in NFTS mode!!!!!! SORRY TO TELL YOU THIS BUT ITS TRUE
 

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Posted this a few days ago in another forum and got zero response. Hoping someone here has some useful information.

I have (had) a 2TB Buffalo NAS drive LS-X2.0TL. Came back from a couple weeks away to find it inaccesible. Decided to try updating the firmware via their online support. Tech was able to help me get it visible enough to start the firmware update process, but it hung up while doing that (apparently it takes a couple resets of the drive and it never came back after one of those). So call them back and now the tech says that happens sometimes and if it can not be seen it is a lost cause. Would have been nice to tell me after they got it mounted enough to start the firmware update that it was a risky procedure, maybe i would have been able to recover some data.

Anyway, they would not support me taking the drive out of the case so now I am on my own. Thought perhaps the problem was in the NAS controller and maybe would be able to see the drive if mounted SATA directly but no luck.

So my first question is - how are these things set up? Is the drive formatted normally on the other side of the NAS controller, so if the drive is working properly and you pull it off the controller and connect it directly would that normally work, or is there likely some other format for the NAS controller that would not be perceived by the SATA controller directly, cause if it is then I might still be able to see the data if the problem is the controller and not the drive.

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A:Buffalo NAS Internal Drive Format question

Buffalo NAS-Central Forums > Cannot browse my LS-X2.0TL

Buffalo @ NAS-Central > Wiki > EM_Mode
 

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I own a Toshiba Portege R100 running Windows XP. I would like to format the C: hard drive; however, the R100 model does not come with a CD drive or a floppy disk drive.

I own an external Iomega CD drive, but it is only connectable through USB. As formatting a C: drive using Windows XP requires a CD drive (or a floppy drive), this is not an option since the computer cannot boot from a USB-connected drive.

Is there an external CD drive I could purchase that would actually allow me to boot from it? Or, do you have any other suggestions?

Any help regarding this issue would be appreciated! Thank you!
 

A:Format C: Drive Without Internal Floppy And CD Drives

I think I'd take the drive out, connect it to a desktop using a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter, and do the job there.

It's pretty hard to believe there's no possibility to connect a bootable device to that machine, what are your recovery options if anything goes wrong with the hard disk? From looking at the user manual, they expect you to use the optional floppy drive, I guess you don't have one of those?
 

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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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I think I am going to replace my dvd/cd-rom drive and would like to know what kind is better an internal drive or external? or does it matter? Just wanted to know.
 

A:internal or external cd/dvd-rom drive?

Doesn't really matter, need a little technical proficiency to put in an internal is all. External gives a little more flexibility on placement if there's a more convenient place than in the tower, but it also takes up a little bit of extra space.
 

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I am looking to purchase a HDD for backup purposes but I am not sure which is best, an internal drive or an external.

I know external via usb are portable but this is not a neccesary requirement.

Do they work the same or do I have to configure an internal drive to get it to work? I have read about partitioning etc. Is this going to be too much hassle?

Any comments please
 

A:Internal or external drive?

Externals have a habit of overheating if left running for long periods. An internal with a fan keeping it cool is a much better idea in my opinion.
An internal will also be quicker too.
 

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I have an e machines T2042 with 2GHz and 40 GB hard drive. It came with a dvd drive and a cd rw. My brother-in-law has an extra internal zip drive (don't know details) that he can give me but I don't has any extra space. Can I use it externally and what would I need. He has offered to modify my case, but he is a high schooler who thinks he knows more than he really does.
thanx
 

A:internal/external zip drive

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hi,

i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?

A:how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Waqas83


hi,

i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format.

how can i go about doing this using windows 7?



Hi and welcome

um, why do you need to? there are several 3rd party apps that can but since win 7 knows NTFS, it will not format fat32. Just checked to be sure.

KEn J+

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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 recently replaced my internal hard drive on my laptop. Is there any way that I can see what is on my old hard drive or use my old hard drive as an external one instead of an internal one? Can I purchase an external hard drive case and do it that way?
 

A:Internal to External Hard drive??

Yes, all you need is a 2.5" external USB case.

Quite cheap and very useful.
http://insidecomputer.stores.yahoo.net/2usb20alhadr.html
 

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Is there anyway to make an internal hard drive an external USB one?
 

A:External & Internal Hard Drive

Yup just buy an external hard drive enclosure. Drive mounts in the enclosure that provides power and usually has a fan built in. Something like this. Lots to choose from. Just get the ones for USB input. Enclosure has its own power supply and plugs into 115 VAC or whatever the normal power is.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=1204
 

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Hello Techies,

I have a netbook (no cd/dvd drive).
I have a desktop PC too.
The desktop PC is loaded with DVD Rom and DVD Burner.

Question: is there ANY way i can turn my entire desktop PC (as it were) into just a DVD rom as seen through the USB port???

I want to connect a USB cable from the Netbook, to one of the desktop's USB built-in ports and thus use the desktop's DVD drive as if it were an "external drive".

any suggestions?

To seed some creativity: there are what i think are "near miss" utilities out there (which i haven't tried) like USBASPI.sys (which attempts the reverse of what i want, i.e. mapping an external USB drive to ASPI) or also, for example the "subst" command in DOS (which maps folder space in HDD to a virtual drive).

I hope my question is clear. if not i will rephrase if required.
 

A:how to MAP internal drive to USB port for external use?!

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First i am new to the forum, so howdy all.. I am planning on adding another hard drive to my system for games, mp3 stuff like that so i can free up my hard drive now for normal windows operations and to speed it up. So my question is what should i get another internal drive or should i just go with a external drive?
 

A:Buy internal or external extra drive

Unless you are goign to be swapping mass amounts of data between 2 systems I don't think you can go wrong with an internal one. And they are cheaper for the same amount of storage.
 

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compared to internal drives external HD's are over priced. i was looking at an iomega 500GB ext which was about 160 or around there. but i found an internal drive that cost only 150 and gives me 750GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136131&Tpk=22-136-131

that's the drive. but now the problem is the case, i don't know much about cases so please advise me on what to do.

also if you know any stores that sell this HD or ones similar to it in price and size please let me know, i live in canada though

P.S. i have a mac with firewire 400/800, and USB 2.0

thanks
 

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So Ive been holding onto this older 8x cdrw drive for a few years because a system admin tech friend of mine told me it could be used to create things like plug and play external hardrives exc.

Well now I just recently purchased a internal dvd/rw-lightscribe that Id rather attach to my laptop then one of my 2 older, slower desktops.

Anyone know (and w.o specs exc I understand its a guess not a promise) is it possible for me to re-use the housing of the cr/rw for my dvd/rw and then plug it into the laptop? Will the dvd/rw install discs still make the computer understand it, or is this going to get way beyond my ability to rig together.
 

A:Converting a internal drive to external

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I heard this was possible but I have no idea how to do it.
My old computer died, [the power supply died on me(overheated?) and the mother board is on the way out].

I have the Master drive (20GB), which has some programs that I can't get back, and it also has a slave drive, because I like taking photos and my parents complained that I was taking up too much space. That one is 40GB.

I was hoping to make either one, or both of them into externals because my computer computer doesn't have a space on the mother board to support them.

My current computer has XP on it, thanks!
 

A:Making an internal drive an external one.

You can buy an external enclosure for the drive and connect it by USB. But the programs would need to be reinstalled in the new system and won't run from the external. Installation is a complex process that involves the registry and multiple folder locations, so programs must be installed to be correctly integrated into the system.
 

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Hi.

My question is: If I have an external IDE HDD (connected via USB), and an internal SATA HDD, can I clone from the IDE drive to the SATA drive? (I am aware that some cloning software is capable of doing the reverse)


Detailed info if needed:

I have a laptop and I am currently upgrading from an IDE HDD + IDE mobo, to a SATA HDD + SATA mobo.

I want to clone the existing Windows XP installation from my IDE HDD to my new SATA HDD.

I have at my disposal a 1TB USB/FIREWIRE external HDD, and a USB IDE HDD caddy.

Old IDE HDD is 160GB (will probably have only 20-30GB of used space, once I have moved non-system files to 1TB drive).
New SATA HDD is 500GB

Am using Windows XP sp2

I intend on doing the following (but I am not sure if it's possible, or what software to use)...

I can't do anything with my new SATA HDD until I install my new SATA mobo and connect the two. So I have to do that first.

I then intended on putting my old IDE HDD into the caddy, then connecting that to my laptop via USB.

I want to then clone the external HDD onto the new internal SATA drive.

I need to know...
1. If this is possible, or whether I need to rethink the whole thing.
2. If it is possible, what software is best (preferably freeware)
3. Any hints and tips that a cloning noob needs to know :O)

I am aware that some cloning software runs outside Windows, so it would be nice to not have to install a temporary installation of Windows onto the new SATA drive, but... Read more

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

A:External drive shows as internal

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

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My brother has PC with with a couple 2-3 hundred gigs. He is already running out of space on his computer, as he is a gamer, but only has two games. I've tried to delete a bunch of unneeded files, but that didn't work. Our dad then got him an one terabyte external hard drive. At this moment, I'm trying to figure out how to use it to get more space on his computer. This is my first time on this site after I looked through the interwebs to find nothing of use. Is there a way to make an external hard drive look external to the computer (run with male USB) or at least use it for extra space?
 

A:Using external Hard drive as internal

Not sure what you mean by your question. But when you plug in any external drive, Windows will recognize it as a hard drive and assign a drive letter to it. You can then use it like any normal internal drive.

Where things get dicey is if you intend to install programs or have programs point to this drive for basic execution. You can run into a situation where if you use different external drives that there will be a "pointer" issue. But if this is the only external drive you'll use, then it shouldn't present a problem.
 

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Saw this devive in a catalog...you take any hard drive and
this device converts it to a portable that connects via USB. Anyone used or heard anything about this device? Do not remember catalog name(it's at work).I have a spare 6 gig I would love to use for this device.
 

A:Converting internal drive to external?

I've seen similar housings that work with parallel ports. Basically it is an enclosure with a power supply and a converter board - converts parallel (USB in this case) to IDE. You have to install drivers on your system to make it work. USB won't work in DOS or Windows NT, but if you are using it for Windows 9x/ME/2000 that won't matter.

As with all things, you should make sure it is from a reputable company and has a decent warranty.

The concept is solid, there is no reason to expect trouble. But cheap parts can cause trouble with anything...
 

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