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Software For Portable Hard Drives

Q: Software For Portable Hard Drives


I just wanted to know what software is good for use on a Portable Hard Drive?


Preferred Solution: Software For Portable Hard Drives

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Software For Portable Hard Drives

You need to be more specific on what you mean by program. I can only guess you're talking about back-up software. The 2 more popular ones are Acronis Tru Image and Norton GhostAlso take a look at our Freeware Applications thread

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I use a few portable USB drives with my Zinwell media player. I safely remove the drive from the player. When I plug in back into the pc, I get a message asking if I want to scan for errors. It does this each time I plug it back into the pc. I had a Seagate player and the same thing happened.

Tried plugging the same drives into an XP pc and the check errors message did not appear. Is this just a Windows 7 thing?

A:Portable Hard Drives

Sounds like you have some security option enabled to scan removable drives. It's not inherent to Win7. Check your security suite for the setting.

And welcome to Seven forums.

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I need a portable hard drive to backup picures an movies & files ,Does any body no of a good one at lease 1 TB , i have 2.0 usb ports . Any help would be appreciated Thanks in advance

A:portable hard drives

I personally like to buy a regular 2.5" laptop drive and a case to go with it. Saves you about $20 compared to the factory made and takes about two minutes to put together.

Newegg.com - Vantec NexStar CX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure (Supports 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm HDD/SSD) - Model NST-200S2-BK

Pick a drive with the capacity you need. I wouldn't pay extra for a super fast drive since it's going to be running off a USB port anyway.

Newegg.com - Notebook Hard Drives, Laptop Hard Drives

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Hi There,

I have recently copied all my CDs on to my itunes.
I'm thinking now it would be a good idea to be able to quickly back up the itunes folder.
At present I have it all on an external hard drive.
Should anything happen to this I'd lost all my music - not good.

So I'm after a portable external hard drive, approx 20G.
Doesn't have to be particularly fast transfer, as I'd only be backing up about once a week.
Also, I'd rather it be USB power based as I can't really be bothered to scramble around behind the desk plugging things in.

Any suggestions?

A:portable hard drives

You have a huge pool to choose from and it keeps changing all the time.
I have a couple of little 40GB Smartdisk Firelite external drives which have worked without problems. They have both USB and Firewire versions, but I've never tried the Firewire. They run on a single USB cable but you can buy an optional mains adapter if you wish.
The only niggle was that they were both bought from Staples, a few months apart, yet they use different drivers for Windows 98SE.

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i bought a 200G portable hard drive so i could transfer files form my home pc to my work g4 apple mac. but i did the stupid thing of formatting it on my pc so now it refuses to work on the g4. is there any way to deformat the disk or install a new driver that enables use on both. please help me as i have to complete a contract in the next week and this is killing me.

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I run a computer repair business, and my customers really appreciate it when coming to their homes is an option. They simply dont want to bring the tower to my home shop. As such, I thought it would be a great idea to become completely mobile, where I could carry everything I normally would need or use in a single bag to solve or repair most computer problems. This has worked very successfully, until I decided to purchase a western digital portable hard drive from ebay. Everything was fine until a couple weeks ago, when it started emitting a general clicking sound, and continuous spin and stopping sound. I hadnt even had the hard drive for 2 months yet. Obviously the last thing I wanted to hear on a hard drive (I had just backed up a customers data after reformatting their system too). Did an RMA on the thing, sent it to western digital for replacement. So in the meantime, I still needed something to back up customers data with. I bought a seagate portable Freeagent go 250 gig from walmart. Pulled it out to back up a systems files, and wont even show up when I plug it in. Listened to the hard drive up close, and sure enough its doing the same thing as the western digital drive. Just not the clicking this time. I've only had this one for a little over a week. And so, I'm in a dilemma of sorts, as what I should do about this situation. Seems to me that although portable, which is very nice, packing these skimpy portable drives in with my other gear doesn... Read more

A:Portable hard drives unreliable?

I have had this happen with my WD Passport drive if it was not getting enough power from the USB port. My university has those Dell monitors with USB ports in them and whenever I connect the drive to those I get this. The USB ports in the chassis work fine though. The drive light is usually dim if it isn't getting enough power.

Tried another USB port or cable to see if that fixes the problem?

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For use with my laptop, which has a rather small hard drive, can I load programs such as Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw, etc. to my portable hard drive and run them from there, like haveing 2 hard drives in my computer?

A:Programs on Portable Hard Drives?

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I've been receiving BSODs and after failing to resolve it, I am going to do a clean install, but I want to transfer all my files to an external which I am going to buy later today.

Regarding 1TB hard drives, are they more sensitive than devices that hold less storage space, more fragile? I have been looking at a toshiba brand and WD. Both are 1TB and have 2.0 and 3.0 capability. Despite my research and due to my indecisiveness it is hard to pick between the two. I just don't want a drive to fail on me.

Thinking more about it, would a smaller hard drive be more reliable? I am open to getting a seagate or WD at 250 or 320 gb.

I don't know too much about portable hard drives besides the obvious, so if you could help clear up my confusion, I will greatly appreciate.


A:Questions on portable hard drives (1TB and various brands)

There really is no difference in hard drive brands so I wouldn't get too hung up on which brand to buy. I don't think there is any benefit to getting a smaller drive now over a 1TB. 1TB drives have been out for a long time now, the only time you want to be a bit cautious on buying a big drive is if its the biggest that company offers at that point in time.

For example, a few years back someone (I forget who right now) made a 1.5TB drive and it released with bad firmware causing very early failures - that got 'fixed' with a firmware update, but drives still had an abnormally high failure rate so I think there was something really wrong with those drives initially. Later releases of the same drive were fine. So, don't buy the biggest you can find and things will be fine.

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My computer is having trouble reading more than 1 portable external hard drive at the same time.

It will read my ac powered external hard drive (3.5') and 1 other portable hard drive(2.5') just fine, but when I try to plug in two portable hard drives, my computer only reads one of them. Both drives are powered on when they connect (Both light up and I can feel both of them running), but only one shows up in My Computer.

Note: Occasionally both drives show up when I plug them both in, but then eventually one of the drives becomes unreadable; All I see are bunch of empty folders (which are suppose to be filled with my stuff).

Note 2: Both drives are western digital. I've tried a toshiba one in the mix, but still get the same problem

Anybody know what's going on? Is this common with the new usb 3.0 portable hard drives? (i'm only using the usb 2.0 ports though)

A:Cannot read multiple portable hard drives

Have you tried different USB ports or tried a repeater. USB only gives out so much voltage. I still have USB DVD drives that have a double ended USB cable so it could pull power from two ports.

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I have always imaged my Windows 7 laptop using the in built Windows system image back up and it works great. A couple of times I have restored the image to get me out of a hole and it worked every time.

Anyway over the weekend I went to take an up to date image onto my USB 3.0 WD My Book Hard drive. I plugged the USB drive into the power strip and heard a loud bang like a balloon being burst. I quickly unplugged the USB drive. After a change of underwear I flipped the breaker back up to restore upstairs power. Everything came back to life indicating the problem must of been with the USB hard drive. But bizarrely when I tested the WD drive at another power strip it lit up and seemed to still be alive!!! So I put it down to one of those unexplained things and proceeded to start the windows image of the laptop. It took a while because it was backing up 650 gb of data and hadn't been done for nearly 6 months. After about 2 or 3 hours it was nearing the end of finishing the image backup when suddenly I got BSOD on Windows 7. Pretty annoying. I force powered off the laptop and rebooted windows. I decided to try and start the imaging off again but now the USB HD isn't detected by windows when I plug it into any of the USB ports. I tested the ports with a couple of small USB flash drives and they were detected just fine. So the problem obviously lies with the WD drive. I am just worried by the BSOD and whether that may of risked damage to my windows installation being disrupted dur... Read more

A:Are portable USB hard drives ok to use for Windows Image?

Yes, no problem. The external drives that require their own power supply are generally 3.5" drives while the smaller drives that can be powered via the USB port are generally 2.5" drives. Neither is "safer" or more reliable so it's simply a matter of personal preference which you use. As long as the smaller drive is large enough disk space wise to handle your backup needs then it is certainly much handier since there's no need to plug in for additional power.

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I have 2 USB powered portable hard drives (1 is a WD 2TB drive and the other is a WD 3TB drive. My problem is it will only let me transfer one video file at a time from the 2TB to the 3TB drive. When I click on multiple video files nothing happens. When I only try one it transfers over. Both drives are NTFS. Is there something I can change to allow it to move multiple files? Thanks in advance for everyone's help!!

A:Tansfer Files from portable Hard Drives

Might help if you told us the operating system you are running and how you are trying to transfer them? Are you trying to move them or copy them? Are your trying to drag the selected files from one open folder to another? Are you doing a copy and paste between folders?

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A file on my portable hard drives says it requires system permission but when i give it system permission it still doesnt let me delete it, it bother me, ive scanned it with 3 virus programs and it's not a virus.

A:A file on my portable hard drives says it requires system permission

Have you tried right-clicking that file and choosing Take Ownership then afterwards, try to delete it? That's what I would do first.

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Hey guys does any one know any good software to format portable hard disk rather than windows default.
The thing is There has been bad sector in my hard disk .Its copying and pasting speed get reduces and many of file in my hard-disk are so bad that i am unable to copy it.
Even the movies store in harddisk hangs after some time.
So I am formating my harddisk ...
Please any suggestion to my problem .....
Telll me any good software ... which will increase copying and pasting speed, recover bad sector and etc .....

A:Any good software to format portable Hard disk

Try this first.

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I have a couple portable backup hard drives and would like to scan them to see if they contain any infections or viruses. Will Malwarebytes (freeversion) be able to do this? Or can I use a reputable free online site to scan my portables?

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Can Antivirus software of online scans identify viruses on portable storage hard drive devices?

Malwarebytes can scan external drives, just do a full scan and check the box next to each drive.

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I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?

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Can I install software/programs onto my external Hard drive and run them through my laptop as normal?

I have lots and lots of adobe products and heaps of music and movie editing software. I dont use them everyday but play around often.

Is it possible? What are pro's and cons?

Thanks guys

A:Run software through hard drives

pretty horrendous transfer/app load rates unless you have eSATA on that laptop, and the drive.
Also you'll pretty much be stuck with having that drive plugged in when the laptop is on to prevent any potential problems from popping up regarding registry entries and drive letter assignments etc.

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Can you recommend a software that will allow me to copy (1) hard drive to another in DOS? I need to make copies for (50) computers that will be going to a school in South America. Thanks a lot.

Larry Worsham

A:Copy hard drives software

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I need to compare 2 hard drives on my system - I have xp home- What other software do I need?

A:software to compare hard drives

Compare them for what purpose?

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My 30 gig witch I run Xp on. I know its not in the best shape,Id like to repair it,I dont want to format or loose stuff on this drive,just want to fix it can u please help me by recommending a software or two?
Thanks in advance!

A:Software To Repair Hard Drives *Need Recommendations*

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Even though I've been at these forums for a long time, I'm a total newbie in the area of backing things up and getting Windows to run on another drive.

Here's the deal: I got a 320 GB Ultra IDE (Western Digital) hard drive in 2005. The plan was to use it as a back up to my main 40 GB SATA (Western Digital) drive. It would also be nice storage outside of the main drive. Well, about 2 years have gone by and I've only fulfilled the latter half of that goal. I'd be screwed if the 40 GB crashed.
I've fallen upon hard times, both money wise and data wise. I'm constantly downloading, and I need storage space for school programs (like Office 2007) to do college work at home. My 40 GB stays below a gig of free space. I can't get a new hard drive unless they're really cheap. I wouldn't even know how to set one up if I could.
But my 320 GB drive is working fine, with 177 GB of free space left. It's had no hiccups or problems. I was wondering: How easy would it be to switch drives (make the 320 the master, and the 40 the backup)?

The only potential problem I can think of - besides not knowing how to switch - is that the 320 hangs in the computer. The 40 is in one of those nice metal jackets you screw to the computer's inside walls. The 320 doesn't have enough space or wire length (my fault) to be next to it. I'm worried problems will happen as soon as the 320 gets top spot.

But I'm prepared to toss that all t... Read more

A:I want to switch hard drives and need Backup software.

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Hi All,
Well, I'm not very computer Savvy. My question is this: I have two external hard drives a; 250 GB and a 500 GB. I do alot of Genealogy and was wondering if I would be able to put my Family Tree Maker software program and Photo shop programs on the External Hard drives so as to save some space on my internal drive as it is getting pretty full? If so -do I do it like normal or would I have to install my Windows XP operating system on the external drives first! Any help would be appreciated as I said I'm not very litterate when it comes to computers (smile).
in Idaho

A:Solved: Installing Software On External Hard Drives?

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I have a customer who has two external hard drives they'd like to use for backing up, connecting one at a time to rotate them off-site. I know I've used paid software for this in the past and it's built-in for Windows Server, but was wondering if there was a free option these days for workstations. Thanks!

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I have a new vista home premium computer that is supposed to have dual hard drives and windows backup as the software that controls the daily backups to the second hard drive.

The manufacturer offers zip for assitance as to how to configure and run the computer contrary to the glowing before sales service statuing I would be in good hands after purchase.

Questions are, how do I determine if I indeed have two hard drives that are in mirror of each other and are they backing up data on a daily basis? Is there a spot in the my computer that would detail and confirm this information as to the number and size of hard drives in the tower?

Vista has a backup and restore icon when I select my computer. Within this icon are three graphs displaying available space on three disc drives,
OS (C) 168 of 215gb free, Backup (D) 65 of 72 gb free, and Recovery
(E) 4 of 9.99gb free.

The recovery E drive has been steadily decreasing since the daily backups began 6 days ago. It is now more than half full. At this rate E will be full in another week. I was told by the seller that recovery E drive was a separate partition in which information would be used in case of a problem to restore my computer back to its shipping state without have to reload the operating system and program discs. I did not think that any backup information would be transferred to the E drive during backups.

The seller has a differing tale every time I call to ask about the fact that the E drive is decre... Read more

A:[SOLVED] vista with dual hard drives and backup software

Further information for this question.

Backup D is selected for the daily backups.

It also states in backups that "there is more than one disc in your computer. the disc that windows is installed on will always be included in the backup. you cannot include the disc that you are saving the backup on."

Also a warning is on this page

" You have not selected all the discs that are on this computer. the files on the discs you did not select will not be included in the backup." That disc that was not selected is E which had been selected uyp to yesterday which was why the disc space was decreasing.

If it is as the manufacturer states, just a means to restore the computer nothing should be backing up to that file. Am I correct in this assumption?

By unselecting Recovery E the drive space has remained constant for the last backup.

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I've been looking into this for a while, though was curious if anyone had more insight?

It seems that portable drives are hard to make over 1.5 TB because power over USB has a hard time powering more. Also, with the floods in Taiwan in 2011 it seems the HD market was hit hard.

What are your thoughts on 2 TB portables, and think we'll see them in 2012?

A:When will 2 TB portable drives come out?

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I would like to put my passwords etc on a portable usb drive but would obviously need some security in case it falls into the wrong hands. Can you advise me on this please ?

A:portable usb drives

You use a program designed to store passwords and run from a flash drive.

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What is the correct way to disconnect a USB portable drive from a Win7 system running Windows PE (during image capture/deployment)? Can I just pull out the USB connector or is there a safer method?

A:Disconnecting Portable USB drives in Windows PE

Try to make your removal drive offline with diskpart tool then eject it.
Hope it helps.
Alex ZhaoPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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Recently I formatted all the hard drives on my Gateway MX6214 Notebook computer.

When I attempt to install Windows XP it says the Setup cannot continue because no hard drives were found.

Obviously, the hard drives are in working condition because I also checked with some bootable diagnostic tools and the hard drives are check. But now it seems the "internal?" drivers on the hard drives have also been deleted during the format, so WINXP cannot recognize during installation. Same goes for installation of the OS Ubuntu =/

I do not have the original diagnostic cd that came with the notebook.

Are there any solutions anyone can point me towards?

A:Formatted Hard Drives, Trying to install Windows XP but no recognition of hard drives

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Has anyone purchased a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive recently? The reviews I'm reading are saying that they ship with software installed that cannot be deleted and that mounds a virtual CD drive when connected. I'm wondering if perhaps these reviewers just aren't savvy in deleting partitions using 3rd party utilities or if there really is something in the firmware of the drive that causes this behavior.

Or does anyone recommend another brand for a portable drive? I need a portable drive because an external power source is not practical in this case.

A:Western Digital Passport Portable Drives

DoubleHelix said:

Has anyone purchased a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive recently? The reviews I'm reading are saying that they ship with software installed that cannot be deleted and that mounds a virtual CD drive when connected. I'm wondering if perhaps these reviewers just aren't savvy in deleting partitions using 3rd party utilities or if there really is something in the firmware of the drive that causes this behavior.

Or does anyone recommend another brand for a portable drive? I need a portable drive because an external power source is not practical in this case.Click to expand...

I dont know about that but.............they have changed the interface to where it plugs in though.
So basically you cant take it out of the case...pull off the usb adapter and toss it in PC...or just toss it in your old enclosure.
I remember reading about it here in the forums a few months ago.
IMO this is a big deal versatility is now taken away.
My next purchase will be a seagate......only after a little research ofcourse to make sure they havent done what WD has.

For whats its worth..My hdd in my laptop right now started out as a WD passport...I took the seagate out and put it in the WD enclosure..complete with Vista still on it as well as the recovery partition.
I still use it to back up files...I just copy them over to folders I created myself....works great.

Also to consider in regard to seagate is people like the backup software if you decide to... Read more

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Hi, I have a WD My Passport Ultra portable drive which comes with password protection to secure the data in case of loss. But I also have a Seagate one which does NOT come with such a feature. Is there another method I could use to password-protect these drives, perhaps built-in to Windows 10? I would probably prefer that anyway because I don't like using the pre-installed software that comes on portable drives...

A:Is there any way to password-protect portable drives we connect?

If you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise you can use BitLocker.

This seems to be free:

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I used to know of a security system for usb flash drives and pretty much any portable storage.

It used auto-run and a batch file to automatically send an email containing the IP address of any computer that it is plugged into(Except computers in witch you say are ok)

This way, if your flash drive is stolen and used on a foreign computer it will send you an email with the IP address of whoever stole it.

You can use their IP address to locate their location and/or report them to the police.

Unfouruanetly I cannot find the files anywhere on the internet.

If you know what im talking about and perhaps have a link to the files, please post it. Thank you.

A:USB Flash Drives and Other Portable Storage Security

Hi and Welcome to TSG,
I've seen such progs for laptops, for instance http://www.absolute.com/solutions-theft-recovery.asp but not flash drives. If you want to secure data on your flash drive (and keep a backup copy elsewhere) you could use the well regarded (free) TrueCrypt in 'traveller mode':

I hope this helps?


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Hi there

IMO these portable USB3 self powered (passport) type drives are a total con with regard to performance -- I get SLOWER performance from these plugged into a proper USB3 port than I do from an older 7200 RPM Hitachi laptop drive connected to even a USB2 port via a SATA==>USB2 cable,

(Not talking about large mains powered external USB3 drives -- these work fine).

Am I alone in this or is this a general sentiment. Note the laptops I've been using have a genuine USB3 (blue) connector with two sockets on the disk end and am not using a hub.

I'm still happy to use these small drives as they are 2GB - quite a decent capacity for a portable pocket size drive - but the performance leaves me seriously "underwhelmed".

I know that 7200 RPM laptop HDD's are as rare as hens teeth these days but USB3 advertises itself as being capable of up to 10X USB 2 speed. My observation has been very different so far (apart from as I have said the full size non portable external MAINS powered USB3 drives which DO work as advertised).


A:Portable USB3 drives - appalling performance

The passport ones are probably those that get the 5V power from the USB port only. Bigger / 7200rpm drivers require external power supply providing the extra power mainly 12V (up to 2A) and we don't need to think twice which one of these drivers performs better.

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Hi there,

I have today downloaded and installed the Update Windows 10 Home 1903. It went pretty smoothly on the whole, although I had to change some of my settings and other bits and pieces I didn't like about the new set-up.

However, I have found that after the update, my portable USB hard drives and flash drives won't automatically open now. I have to find them in Windows Explorer and click on them myself. They used to open straightaway when I plugged them in. Has anyone any ideas on how to fix this.

Thanks in anticipation.


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I do not understand the way antivirus/antimalware/spyware products relate to being portable and existing on a USB flash drive when the main computer's hard drive would or could have some other security and protection product installed. Most or at least some products installed on the hard drive let you program to only scan the flash drive? Do you need to be sure that real-time protection for the portable one on the flash drive is turned off in order to even use this flash drive? Can real time protection for the portable security protection product on the usb flash drive be set to only monitor the flash drive and not touch other directories on the main or hosting computer?

Continuing - If we put a portable security protection program onto flash drive and try a scan with the host computer's main security & protection program, scanning the usb flash drive, would the portable av/antimalware be shown as a threat?

A:portable security&protection products on usb flash drives

Continuing - If we put a portable security protection program onto flash drive and try a scan with the host computer's main security & protection program, scanning the usb flash drive, would the portable av/antimalware be shown as a threat?Usually not, as the signatures that might trigger other AV are encoded and thus prevent this.

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I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?

A:Checking Drives for errors and difference between portable and large

Ok mate try one of the hard drive testing tools Seatools SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

plus the disk surface test with the Partition Wizard Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
click on the drive you want to test click on surface test and then Apply at the top it might take some time to do with a large drive though.

Personally I don't like large drives for this very reason ls it and you lose a lot.

The power source is self explanatory really it is probably because the power required via the USB connection is not adequate to run the drive.

As for data loss in a power outage well once it is up and running just go through the data and see for yourself.

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Hi everyone

I am trying to resolve an issue regarding opening ODT & ODS files from an exFAT portable SSD drive via a PC running Windows 7 Pro (64bit). The problem is that trying to subsequently access the file causes the program to lock (freeze) at the initial opening screen (it doesn't actually get as far as opening the file) with the only way to recover being to pull the power from the PC and reboot.

After that the SSD then has to be checked and the corrupted file system repaired. Once done the file can be accessed if it's moved or copied to the local disk (NTFS formatted).

I have tested the above on two separate PC's running Windows 7 Pro 64bit with exactly the same results. Testing on 2 x Windows 10 PCs works fine i.e. you can access and open the files without issue.

At first I thought that it was every type of file but it looks like it's only Open Office files that are affected with all other types (PDF's, JPEGs, MS Word documents*, etc, etc.) opening as they should.

*Open Office files are able to be opened with MS Office without issue.

I found this out the hard way after buying a 500 gig Samsung SSD formatted by default with exFAT. To eliminate this drive I also carried out the same tests on a 64GB memory stick with exactly the same (bad) results.

At the moment the only way around this is to reformat the drives using NTFS but I've had issues with this type of format in the past with regards to file permissions plus the exFAT format can be used ... Read more

A:Open Office 4.1.2 Files UNUSABLE on exFAT portable drives

I think that the problem is the Office you have on your PC. Witch office you have on the PC, MS office or Open Office?
You are trying to open by double click on explorer or by File open form inside office?

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I currently have 2 PATA hard drives installed in my system that both run off the same IDE ribbon cable. My MSI MS-7184 motherboard has 2 SATA connections and 2 SATA power supplies available. Would I benefit much by upgrading my hardrives to SATA ones? One of them holds the operating system and programs etc (160GB) and the other stores my mp3's (320GB). Would there be much speed gained or not enough for me to notice? Also would data be transferred faster if my PATA drives had one IDE cable each instead of sharing one? I seem to have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard.

A:Solved: SATA Hard Drives vs PATA Hard Drives

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i am going home for winter break and i wanted to take over some videos i had on my hard drive, but the problem is that it is an internal hard drive, and i want to be able to transfer the data to a laptop. Is there a way that you can turn an internal hard drive into an external hard drive? Or is there a piece of hardware that will alow me to do this?

A:Turn internal hard drives into external hard drives

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i have 2 HD's laying around. 1 2.1 GB and 1 10.0 GB, the 2.1 has Win. 95 on it, and the 10.0 has Win. 98SE on it. if i get a computer without a HD, and it need 1, can i put on of the HD's in it, and it will work? or....

A:Solved: hard drives with OS, wanting to put in computer wit no hard drives

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I use Phrase Express V7 - it's great... I would recommend to all
I bought it a few years ago

I tried out V10, just to see if it was worthwhile upgrading to. I tried the portable version
It didn't work and after 20 min of trying

So, I went back to V7
Now I get a message saying that V10 database isn't compatible and I can only use as read only

It's a portable version!!
Why would it somehow install 'something' on my machine?? That doesn't make it 'portable'

I've emailed them for support, but haven't had a reply
I need to make V7 work ASAP - I use every single day for everything I do!!
(Not critisising Phrase Express... in the past they have always replied to queries + have been helpful... my message was sent late last night)


A:Portable software has 'installed' itself

Have you used System Restore and selected a restore point(date and time) PRIOR to when you used the V10 portable version?


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I'm thinking of downloading some portable versions of some programs I use and keeping them on a spare usb stick.

Can I just save these portable programs on the usb stick or is there a program that can run these portable programs that I need to install on the usb stick?

Anything else worth knowing about?


A:Portable programs software

Portable means no installation necessary. But some create .INI files to remember settings on the PC, but you can run them from USB device, just plug the USB in and if you wish during download direct it strait to the USB instead of downloads.

As a point of interest you can also put software installers(.msi & .exe) on an USB and use it to install the software on different computers. I do this for my Desktop and laptop specially while I'm testing windows 10 and have to reinstall the software after each OS clean install.

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Ok guys so here's a list of portable software with it's categories. If i missed something, let me know, and i will add it to the list Ok so let's get started.

1)Audio editor

Audacity (Free alternative to Adobe Audition)
2)3D Graphics Editing

Blender 3D
3)Antivirus Scanners

Hitman Pro
Dr.Web Cure It!
VIPRE Rescue Scanner
Norman Malware Cleaner
Emsisoft Emergency Kit
Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
McAfee Stinger
Panda Cloud Cleaner
Norton Power Eraser
Comodo Cleaning Essentials
Zemana Antimalware
4)Audio Players

WinAmp (discontinued)
5)CD/DVD/BD Burning Software

BurnAware Free
ISO Workshop
6)Image Viewing and Editing

FastStone Image Viewer
FastStone Photo Resizer
Image Tuner
7)IM (Instant Messaging)

8)Compression Tools

9)Torrent clients

10)Maintenance/Tuneup Tools

10.1 Disk/Privacy Cleaners

Privacy Eraser
Wise Disk Cleaner
Disk Cleaner
Mooo0 Disk Cleaner
10.2 Uninstallers

Revo Uninstaller
IObit Uninstaller
Geek Uninstaller Free
Wise Program Uninstaller
10.3 Registry Cleaners/Defraggers

Wise Registry Cleaner
Auslogics Registry Defrag
10.4 Disk ... Read more

A:List Of Portable Software for Windows

Are they all really portable software?

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Need an opinion... we're working on a product that uses a lot of temporary data files, but want our app to be portable, because our mantra is that our apps don't modify files outside their own folder.

However, it seems to make sense that we store this temp data in the %TEMP% folder of the current user. Does that make our app non-portable? Would it be misleading to advertise it as portable in this case? Or is %TEMP% an exception?

Thanks for your thoughts.

A:Can portable software use the %TEMP% folder?

A question I would ask is: does your app clean up these temp files?

If it needs them in a subsequent launch then there is no guarantee that the temp files will not have been cleaned by the user or by a tool used to clean the drive.

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Could someone explain the difference between a portable and
regular version of software.
I tend to have alot of programs on my computer.
Will I be better off installing portable software?
Does portable software have less impact on resources ?
Thanks For your Help

A:Difference between Portable and Regular Software

Hello Ralph,

Regular software is where it must be installed on your computer for it to be able to run. This type will usually have more features or options.

Portable software doesn't install on your computer for it to run. It could run from a standalone .exe file say on your desktop, or from a USB flash drive. This makes it a portable/standalone program, thus the name. This allows you to easily run the program from any computer without it being installed on the computer.

It really just depends on your needs for which one may be best for you.

Hope this helps,

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Hi everyone, this is my 1st post, I want to know if there is a way of running software on a portable hard drive and take it from computer to computer? I have tried with programs like Adobe Photoshop but because of dll's loaded into windows it wont work.
Is there a way around this at all?
Thatnk you

A:Running software on a portable drive?

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i have a portable western digital hdd but the problem is that doesn't shows up in computer as a letter only i can see it in disk management as disk 1 as unallocated space a black bar and not initialized and when i click in the space that it has with right click only appears offline not online
so i want to know the best software for to recover all the data that i have there i need it urgently doesn't matter if the software is free or i have to buy it
or what to do for to have it working normally as it was
please tell me thanks xxx

A:Best software for to recover data in a hdd portable?

Hello ruby and welcome to Seven Forums. Since you can see the Western Digital in disk management, you might be able to assign a drive letter by using Option One in this tutorial.


If that works as I hope it will you should be able to open the WD and retrieve the data via start > computer > new drive letter. You might also be able to use a free tool called Recuva.

Recuva - Recovery from damaged or formatted disks

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I have not been able to get my software program "Media Manager for PSP" to run on my Windows 7 computer. This software ran fine on my XP computer. I have already tried the comparability options to get older software to run on Windows 7 and nothing worked. My Windows 7 computer is a 64 bit system. Could this be the problem?

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