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Data just gone on portable hard drive

Q: Data just gone on portable hard drive

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 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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Hi I've had my 250GB Iomega Hard drive for quite a while now but recently I've been having some problems with it. When i try to download something onto it it sometimes stops and gives me an data cyclic redunancy error message. I've looked this up and poster here before but still don't really understand what this is. Anyway, when I inserted my hard drive today it was very unresponsive but when I eventually got into it I couldn't see any of the files so I assumed it had deleted them but when I checked the HD properties it says they are still there. Any way I can get the files off the folder before I pack it in for good?

Thanks in adance


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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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I would really require some help here.

I ve moved all my data in to a portable drive of 1 TB. Then I wanted to format and re-install windows. I downloaded the tool and made my portable drive itself as a bootable USB. However when it asked for "Do you want to format the drive? I clicked cancel. After that, I could see only 30GB in my portable hard disk and 899 GB are unallocated (checked in Disk Management). All my data is not visible.

How do I retrieve my data. Please some one help.


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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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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...

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

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

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i have a 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 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.

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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 would like to install XP onto a portable hard drive

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

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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 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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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???

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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 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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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, 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.

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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.


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DIY DataRecovery DiskPatch
Partition Table Doctor

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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.


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

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

A:Solved: Portable Hard Drive

It'll work but never move it while connected.

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Help required please ......

I have a Packard Bell Store and Save 3500 portable hard drive. As a photographer, I store all my images on here along with backing up my files etc. However, when I plug the USB cable into either my laptop or PC, the message "one of the USB devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned and Windows does not recognise it". As you can imagine, I am extremely concerned that I may have now lost all my files / documents and images. Could anybody please advise. Thank you.

A:Portable Hard Drive not working

Sounds like the drive has failed. Try it in another machine.
Use the originals that you backed up to make a new backup as soon as possible in case your main hard drive fails (and it will, eventually, and often when you need it the most).

Portable drives are good for backups, because you still have the originals elsewhere, but they are very delicate and fail with just a mild bump, so are not reliable as storage media of first choice.

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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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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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i have a very small hard drive. is it possible for me to use itunes and my ipod with all my music stored on an external drive rather than my PC hard drive?


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External hard drive was accidentally dropped and unsafely unplugged by accident. Computer now states the device is working properly but it is not listed under device manager or in "my computer". I run Windows xp pro on a desk top dell.

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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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I have 2 portable hard drives that show up in device manager but not windows explorer. I use Windows 7. They are both fairly new (less than a year old). One is a Seagate and the other Western. How can I at least get things off of them?

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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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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 have been using portable Toshiba ext hard drive model 593400 A for more than 4 years in my desk top operating in win xp prof sp3. When I connect the drive to my Sony vaio laptop operating on windows 7 home edition, the drive is not recognized.

How to open my toshiba drive in my laptop with win 7 home edition? It works without any difficulty in windows XP prof sp3. But not with windows 7

Kindly guide me. Thanks.


A:portable hard drive is not recognized

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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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I have a portable Hard Drive designed for a 2.0 port. I used it on a computer with a 1.0 port. I was moving a pretty sizable amount of data and it took awhile, especially since a 2.0 device works slowly in a 1.0 port. The problem is that now, the computer no longer reads the drive, though it recognizes something's been plugged in. The drive itself makes a strange clicking sound whenever I try to use it. Is there any way to fix it? What's wrong with it? And does anyone know roughly how much it would cost to either fix this one or get a new drive if need be?

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Can you install Server 2003 on a portable hard drive? If so, what steps do I need to follow?

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I always connect my portable hard drive to my laptop to upload tv series onto it. I will then plug the portable into my router and everybody in the house can access the stuff on it. Today I wanted to upload some stuff again from my laptop to the portable but my laptop doesn't recognize the portable hard drive. I tried it on the other laptop in the house with the same result. When I plug it into the router usb port I can access it but not when plugged into any of the laptops.
One laptop has Win 7 and other Win 8. The portable hard drive works when connected to my router usb port and when connected to my Samsung tv usb port. It is not accessible when plugged into any laptop. I have always used it with my laptop without any problems.
I have tried a new cable but it has the same result.
Any assistance will be appreciated.

A:Portable hard drive problem

At first glace this looks like a error in drivers usually corrected easily. Try a complete shut down of all computers and the portable hard drive. Leave all off for a minute then try reinitializing everything.

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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

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I used Acronis True Image to clone the C: drive on my office desktop to a portable USB hard drive. Then I took it home and plugged it into my laptop. The laptop recognized the hard drive immediately and seemed to be able to popen all of my folders, EXCEPT my main Documents Folder appeared as empty. I took the drive back to my office and the Documents Folder is definitely NOT empty.

I think this has to do with "sharing" the folder, but all the advice I get refers to networks rather than just taking a physical hard drive from one computer to another.

What do I do to make the Documents Folder available and editable on both computers?

FYI, I used to have just a few key folders backed up on this portable hard drive (using synctoy) and I could access them perfectly from both computers. I did the full drive clone as an extra bit of safety.


A:two computers, one portable hard drive


You need to take ownership of the files.
The main trick is in XP Pro, you must disable Simple File sharing.
In XP Home you must boot up in safe mode.

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

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

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


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




download from bleeping computer ? delete any rubbishthese find.

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your help!


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I have a WD 120 GB Portable HD, when I plug it in, it shows up in the Device Manager, but I cant see it in Windows Explorer.

A:Portable Hard Drive Issue

Is it possibly sharing a drive letter with something else? Right click on my computer and choose manage. Once there go to the bottom and chose disk management. From there you can see if the disk drive is actually there.

If it is you can check the drive letter. You might right click on it and Choose drive letter and paths....

I hope this helps.

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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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PC : Compaq Presario CQ3623L
OS : Windows 8 Pro x64

Problem : Cannot Eject any Portable Hard Drive with Safely Remove Hardware Window. My Portable HD didn't show on Safely Remove Hardware windows, so I cant eject them.

Please any advice to me? Thank you.

A:Cannot Eject any Portable Hard Drive

Right click on my computer
You should see your ext hard drive under the list.
Right click on it, and choose CHANGE DRIVE LETTER
Choose anything, but I recommand something higher than M:

I've seen this problem with alot of STORAGE DEVICE
It happen more often with Laptop because they usually have Card reader.
So it makes couple drives like e:, f:, g:.
Storage device tries to install themself with the drive letter next to CDROM
c: - HD1
d: - HD2 or CDROM
e: - Mass storage device (maybe for card readers)
So your external HD tries to have the E: drive (probably a bug)

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Hey, I have a WD Portable 1TB Hardrive and it won't show up in windows or device manger, ive had it for about a year a few weeks ago I was unable to access one of the partitions and I was using and checking and fixing errors with CHKDSK and it froze half way through and now neither of the partitions will show, is there anything I can do?

A:Portable hard drive won't show up

Outside of trying it on a different computer, probably not. Is the drive spinning up when you plug it in?

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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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Iv recently purchased a Western Digital 120GB Portable Hard Drive USB2.0 5400rpm 2MB Cache Retail Passport Drive it comes with a 8" long Hi-Speed USB to mini-USB Type B. Considering the length of the cable and that I'm using it with a desktop and not a laptop i thought i would buy a USB extension cable to make life easier. I purchased a Belkin Pro Series USB Extension Cable 1.8m which has a 4 PIN USB Type A - male to a 4 PIN USB Type A - female. The USB extension was plugged into a USB2 port on the PC and then the i plugged the portable hard drive into that alas i got nothing from it. I know that the portable hard drive sources its power from the usb port and tried it without the USB extension cable and it worked fine.

My question is why?

Do i need a 5 pin usb type A to a 5 pin usb type B extension cable or simple i can't use an extension cable with it?

What is the difference between a 4pin and a 5pin, is it something to do with devices sourcing their power from the usb port?

also one more thing has any one had any dealings with these USB cables that use two usb ports to produce double the power


Cheers in advance guys.

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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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