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Cannot read multiple portable hard drives

Q: Cannot read multiple portable hard drives

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)

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


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 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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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?

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

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

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

What do you think?

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

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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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I'm making an inquiry for a friend..

She has a computer with 2 hard drives.
The problem began with a 'screen error' saying to check the monitor connection. She bought a new monitor and had the same error message.

She then began having hard drive read/write errors. Thinking she may have gotten a virus, she wiped both her hard drives and reformatted.

When she tries to reinstall XP it gets about half way through and gives her the read/write error again and will not complete installation. This is true for both of the hard drives.

So far she's tried cleaning the connections on her 4 memory sticks (while grounded) and still cannot reinstall Windows due to the read/write error.

What is your suggestion for her next step since she has no working operating system from which to run tests?

A:Hard Driver Read/Write Error on Both Hard Drives

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Hi everyone.

My rig has been giving me problems so I have been using my backup. Both run 7 x64 with very similar hardware.

I'm attempting to install a WD 3tb drive that is known good and loaded with files. It installs fine and is readable in Device Manager but is not active or initialized?

When I right click on it I only get the option to Format, Change drive letter or path, or Convert to Dynamic Disk.
There is data on it that I want to access. How can I activate it without corrupting my files? Thanks in advance.

A:Computer will not read hard drives installed from another

Please use this method of posting Disk Management pictures.

By Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi, I don't know why my computer is so screwy, but now it seems both of my internal hard drives are marked as read-only. All folders are read-only and I am unable to change the permissions of the folders so I can write to them. I have tried changing the read only attribute from the folder using the button for it, but every time I try to do this, an error message pops up saying "Access is denied". I also tried using the attrib command at the command line, and also some third party utilities for changing permissions. None of these options has worked! I am at my wit's end here!!! I even looked in the BIOS settings and there does not seem to be any options for changing write permissions in the BIOS.

For everyone's information, I have a Dell XPS Studio 9100 computer (yes, I know, it's several years out of date as I bought it in 2011). One of the hard drives is from western digital (I replaced a samsung drive that came with the computer which failed about a year and a half after I bought it), and the other is the secondary drive that is a Samsung which still works fine.

Anyone able to help me here?

A:Both internal hard drives marked as read-only - have tried everything


The attribute "Read only" is not applicable to folders - it's only used by Windows explorer to determine whether it's a special folder like system directories.

Source : https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/326549


Unlike the Read-only attribute for a file, the Read-only attribute for a folder is typically ignored by Windows, Windows components and accessories, and other programs. For example, you can delete, rename, and change a folder with the Read-only attribute by using Windows Explorer.

The Read-only and System attributes is only used by Windows Explorer to determine whether the folder is a special folder, such as a system folder that has its view customized by Windows (for example, My Documents, Favorites, Fonts, Downloaded Program Files), or a folder that you customized by using the Customize tab of the folder's Properties dialog box. As a result, Windows Explorer does not allow you to view or change the Read-only or System attributes of folders. When a folder has the Read-Only attribute set it causes Explorer to request the Desktop.ini of that folder to see if any special folder settings need to be set.

In short unlike a file's read only attribute, a folder's read only attribute is only used to determine whether the settings from "desktop.ini" to be loaded or not. Normally you should be able to save files to that folder without problems.

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if i install win7 on another hardrive when i boot up will i get the option of which operating system to choose?
and what if i add XP to another harddive again will i get multiple OS choice at boot up or is there something more i need to do?

A:multiple OS on multiple hard drives

Nope you wont get the option to boot to multiple OS that way. The way you set your bios up will determine which HDD your pc boots from first. But some pc's have the option to hit a "F" key which then gives you the option from which drive to boot from.

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Intel Pentium 4 motherboard, 3.0 Gh
1G Ram
Two 160 G WD Hard Drives81K1100 FG
DVD Player and DVD-RW
Windows XP Professional, SP1

I attempted to restart my computer after two programs stopped responding and could not be shut down. Shut down failed, so I manually turned off the computer.
When I attempted to restart, the initial screen showed:
Award Modular v.6 Bios,
Intel i875P AGPSet BIOS for
Main Processor: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz (200X15)
<CPUID:OF33 Patch ID:0007>
After that, it fails to read the RAM or the hard drives and the screen stays as it is (although it begins to deteriorate over time.)
The Bottom of the screen offers the DEL option to enter the BIOS, but it doesn't respond....
Oooops, last night, I tried this repeatedly, and after some wait. This time, when I restarted so that I could report the readout, the computer started.
Could that be the Power Supply, the memory, or the motherboard?

A:Can't restart computer; memory & hard drives not read

Unfornately it could be just about anything at this point.

The first and easiest thing to try is to open up the case and find the CLEAR CMOS jumper. Move the jumper from the normal to the clear position for a few seconds then move it back. Do this with the power off. To find the location of this jumper refer to the motherboard manual which can also be downloaded from the web. It might also be nicely labelled on the motherboard itself.

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Ive been learning how to setup multiple harddrives but im haveing problems. do they both have to be on the same ribbon cable? ive set the jumpers (one doesnt have jumpers) the ribbon cable is just to small =/ any advice, if i cant use 2 cables then ill have to redo my entire pc

A:Multiple Hard drives

What are you working with 4 IDE and SATAs? Did you update the BIOS?

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If your hard drive has two SATA ports, can you just plug in two hard drives or do you still need to use a RAID card and all that stuff?

A:Multiple Hard Drives

You dont need to setup Raid, but you will have load the sata and raid drivers before you can use the drives.

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Are there any advantages to having 2 hard drives. One running the operating system and the other for programs and files? Will it speed up the compter?

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Hello again, I'm back so soon!!

I will be building the new system this weekend, all parts are here and ready to go! I can't wait.

I've been toying with an idea and I want to see if it's feasible, because I'm sure it's possible.

There are 4 computer users in this household. 3 adults and 1 teen. I would like to give everyone a dedicated hard drive, so it would be as though they have their own computer, but we would share the resources of the faster mobo, ram, cpu, etc. My one son is quite the gamer, so he could purchase a kick [email protected]@ graphics card (with oomph ), and the rest of us non-gamers could just use the utilitarian one I have (or use his for that matter).

The case and the mobo will support the 4 drives:

First of all, would I be sacrificing space in the case for my optical drive and card reader? (not to mention a mobo connection?)

Secondly, would I need to purchase 4 windows xp, and other related software that we might share?

I'm sure you're wondering why I would go to this extreme. I don't want to be selfish and not let anyone on the faster, new machine. Then again, I'm tired of all the crap that ends up on my system from them.

I suppose I could just partition the 2 drives I have. How would I ... Read more

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I am running win 98se and would like to install another hard drive and a different os. How can I make it so that I can choose which hard drive to boot from when I start my computer?

A:multiple hard drives

Hi jstdume, welcome to TSG....

Go into your bios setup to see if you have an option to boot to IDE 0, IDE 1, etc.

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I have an Acer T180 with two SATA connectors on board. I have three hard drives I would like to use. One SATA is used for the CDR-W, and the other for one hard drive. Are there adapters or a daisy chain cable? Any help is greatly appreciated. Bob

A:Multiple hard drives

With 2 Sata connectors you can only use 2 Sata devices. Assuming the 2 other hard drives are Sata and 3.5" desktop size you could buy a Sata to Usb cable or dock which would let you use the 2 other hard drives.

Something like this adapter :- https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...to_usb_2.0_adapter-_-9SIAE785XK4766-_-Product

Or this dock (which will connect 2 drives at the same time) :- https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...=sata_3.5_usb_dock-_-9SIA1HE3917722-_-Product

There will be many others you can choose from, just make sure they will work with full size 3.5" Sata hard drives.
Your PC only has Usb 2.0 ports but Usb 3.0 devices will work ok too.

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hi first i hav a DFI lanparty m.b. running win xp
Raid: 0
psical drive 1: fat32
logical: D: files
psical drive 2: ntfs

the problem is that i cant see my 2nd psical drive when i connect it to the ide channles and i think it will reformat my drive if i try to use raid and with the raid management prog that came with the m.b. it says i must have more drives to use raid.
can aneyone help?

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My machine's hard drives are set up the following way:

300gig with XP Professional: The main hard drive which system boots from
80gig with 2000 Professonal: My old hard drive, still has OS intact, is a slave
20gig with XP Professional: Another old drive, OS intact, is also a slave

Is there any way to configure a boot menu at startup to select which one I want to boot from? As of now, it just boots to the 300, but I would like the option to use 2000 as well (maybe even the 20 if I can get it to work).

How can I do this? Thanks for any help. cool.gif

A:Multiple OS's on different hard drives

Bump. Anyone?

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Hi There,
I recently installed a 20Gb IDED H/D from my previous computer in this new one. I then installed the O/S (XP Home SP2) on my Sata 300.Disk management says this is my boot and the 20Gb is System. Why is this? I have since installed a third H/D 30Gb IDE so that I could move all data from the 20 in order to use it for the O/S. Do I need to reformat it? Can I drag the O/S from the Sata or must I do a clean install?
Grateful for any help.

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If I plug in another hard drive that has Windows Vista on it and boot up what should I be aware of? And if i want to use the windows vista OS instead of Windows XP can i switch and use the other HD as space? How would I do that? And would if the computer acts as if there is no other HD plugged in? Will any HD work on any computer? How do I find out? Will the old HD's used for Windows ME work?

Im kinda confused and dont want to brake the computer or something. The one time i tried multiple HD's it was on my vista computer and i plugged in a HD that was on my old windows ME computer and i guess i could hear the hard drive turning on but my computer did not recognize it.

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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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Hello to every TSG member (especially the ones who will help me )!

Before I write down my problem, I would like to list my equipment:
- ASUS P5PE-VM mobo
- HDD #1: 160 GB SATA Samsung winchester, originally in 1st Master, functioned for about 1.5 years, was running Windows XP SP3
- HDD #2: 500 GB SATA Samsung winchester, originally in 4th (?!) Slave, functioned for about 0.5 years
- HDD #3: 80 GB IDE Seagate winchester, originally not plugged in
- HDD #4: 80 GB SATA Samsung winchester, originally not plugged in
- 350W PSU, used by an nVidia 7600 GS, the two hard drives, One DLDVD-RW drive and a 2.8 Ghz Intel Celeron CPU.

And now my story:
About a week ago I was doing nothing really stressing for the computer, just browsing or something like that, then I heard that one of my winchesters stopped spinning and the computer froze. When I rebooted, after POST I got a "S.M.A.R.T. command failed" error message, but I could boot by pressing F1. From windows I couldn't access HDD #1's S.M.A.R.T. with the application "HD Sentinel". The computer worked for about 4 days with the same error on each boot and without S.M.A.R.T., then when I started a video playback while running several other programs in the background, I got a KERNEL_INPAGE_ERROR BSOD (I don't have the dump). Since then the PC doesn't recognize HDD #1, but is trying for about 2 minutes. HDD #2 is operates normally, but when I try to install Windows (tried XP SP3 and 7) on it, the in... Read more

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I just tried installing Windows 8 on my HP Elitebook 8440p. I have an extra hard drive instead of a CD drive in the upgrade bay (only used for data, the OS is on the standard internal HD which is partioned in three parts). First I got the well-documented we can't find a partition bla bla bla error". I tried swapping the extra hard drive for the standard cd drive. Now Win8 installed like a charm and I have the dual booting and all is well. I turned the laptop off and swapped the extra hard drive back. Now Win8 will not start! Fortunately the laptop automatically booted Win7 with no problems.

I find this rather odd. Any bright ideas? Does Win8 only work with a single hard drive. I find all this rather backwards.

Hopefully someone out there can enlighten me.


A:Windows 8 with multiple hard drives

Make sure the OS HD Drive is first boot in BIOS.

Than try doing a refresh
Refresh Windows 8

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I now have one hard drive on the end plug of the first ribbon cable, and one CD-RW on the end plug of the second ribbon cable. (The floppy drive is on its own cable.)

I want to install the hard drive from my previous computer into
my present computer, (Athlon 1.1 Mhz) temporarily, just long enough to copy some files from the old drive to the new one.

Yesterday, after several tries, I eventually managed to totally
disable my computer. Using a rescue disk, and reinstalling Windows Me, I eventually got it back in operation. I'm ready to try again, but I'd like to get it right this time. The previous computer is gone, so joining it to the new one by data cable is not an option, even if I knew how.

I now know enough to set the jumper on the old hard drive to "slave" but I am still unsure which drives go on which plugs.
Also, must I do anything to the "master" drive jumpers?
If I'm forgetting something else, please let me know.

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There are two hard drives inside the computer case. Only the one of them is showing up in "My Computer" as "Local Disk (C" Both HDs are connected. How do you access both HDs?

A:How to access multiple hard drives?

Sinse its not showing that means its not installed correctly, poss: connection pblm>jumper setting[sata or ide] You did not say ide or sata? did you format the drive?

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I haven't tried this yet. I'm hoping for an answer before I do it.

I am using a PC (mid-tower case) running Windows XP Home Edition as my OS.

From years past, I have a couple other hard drives in my drawer with data on them (graphics, MSExcel files, MS Word docs, etc.), that I want to "hang" in my system to access those files.

I was told I can't do that, because each of those other drives has an OS on them. One has Windows95; another has Window98.

Is it possible for me to have my system's main (Master) drive boot up with Windows XP, and see those other drives as (Slave) drives, thereby allowing me to use XP's Windows Explorer to view and access files on the older drives?

A:Solved: Multiple hard drives while using one OS

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how to make multiple hard drives as one need help

A:how to make multiple hard drives as one

Are you referring to consolidating individual partitions on one hard disk into an overall partition, or using a RAID array?

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I have several hard drives in my pc and wondered if one gets infected with a virus can that spread to the others? They are psychically separate hard drives not just partitions on one drive.

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Quite new to all of this. I am running XP Pro and have all program files on the C: Hard drive. E is the second hard drive. Empty at the moment. We have multiple users and would like to keep the programs on C and all other data on E. I can't seem to assign each account user to have their own private access to E? (ie My Documents etc...) Perhaps a very easy solution, but not quite in my roockie grasp!


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All right, kinda involved inquiry here.

Running Windows 7, have 3 hard disks. 90% of my programs (basically everything that would let me) is installed on D: and E:. I've decided To switch from 32-bit to 64-bit, so I realize I need to redo the entire C: drive to accomplish this. I have tuneup utility, which comes with a registry back up.

So my question is: Can I back up the registry, format C:, install a new OS, and replace the registry? Or is there some other method I can use so I don't need to reinstall programs that are already installed and on separate drives?

A:Reformating and multiple hard drives.

The 64-bit OS install will require reinstallation of your programs too. If you tried to use your old Registry with the new install you would run into all sorts of troubles, one of them being that 64-bit Windows has a different directory and Registry structure.

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I recently purchased a 1TB Hard Drive to replace my 500GB Drive.

As of now, the 1TB is installed (not formatted) and the 500GB Contains all of my data. I want to install Vista on my new hard drive, and once installed, transfer my data from old to new.

How do I do this, espically since both drives will be bootable.

A:Solved: Multiple Hard Drives

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How do you search all hard drives, external hard drives and flash drives in windows 7? In win xp you could do this with a single click (might take some time for results tho), in windows 7 I am contently frustrated. Windows 7 does not search anything unless you index it (or open up a folder for every single little data source you want to search).

Is there a solution to this problem, or is this yet another one of the dozensthings win7 does worse then winxp?

edit: Solution:
1# Open up root of a drive
2# Do your search
3# Click on Customize under 'search again'
4# Expand the 'Computer' tree
5# Select each non-index drive you want to search and hit ok

A:How to seatch multiple hard drives?

What are you searching for ? don`t you keep your hard drives organized ?

Open the drive, start at the top of the list and just use the arrow button, if you know what letter the file or folder starts with, hit that letter again and again to make the search even faster.

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I'm gonna be moving from a 32-bit XP OS to the Windows 7 64-bit version. Before installing the OS, I'm gonna unplug my 2nd Hard drive where there's no OS installed, just storage.

Will I have to do anything special on the 2nd HD when I replug it in Windows 7? No reformatting is needed right? Because I backed up my files on that HD.

A:Question about multiple Hard drives

Just plug it back in when you're done installing.

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Recently I have been trying to back up my computer by creating a system image and saving it to an external hard drive. I first tried boot up the drive directly from BIOS; however, that did not work. I then made a special recovery drive on a different USB which I was able to boot from. I was about to restore using 'system image recovery' but I stopped when I realized that doing so would overwrite my C: drive. So essentially my question is this: is it possible to create a system image backup that I can freely boot from while still having my main drive for primary use?

A:Can I set up multiple hard drives to boot from

Yes you can, but not from external drives.

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Hi All,

I am going to be performing a clean install of Windows 7 64bit. I've been reading that it is generally a better idea to segregate the OS from applications from documents. I have always used the C: drive for everything and thought about giving this a try. I'd like to get some advice from others who have done this and get some "best practices" if I could.

I have the following drives available: 320GB, 300GB, 750GB. I was planning to install the OS on either the 320 or 300, install my applications and game clients on the other 300, and use the 750 for all of my docs, pics, music, videos, downloads, etc.

Is there anything else I should consider? Does this plan make the most sense? I figured a clean install would be necessary becasue it will be next to impossible to relocate applications from one drive to another.

Is there anything I should look out for? Is it relatively easy in Win 7 to adjust default "Save To" locations and moving my Libraries (Docs, Music, Pics, etc.)?

Thanks for all the input!

A:BEST WAY TO? - Manage Multiple Hard Drives - Win 7 64-bit

You can try any of these steps:

1.Since you have plenty of HDD space available,you can install windows to either 320 or 300 GB drive and save your documents and data in either of other two remaining drives.

2.Or you can create a single 100 GB partition just for OS and install programes/application in same drive as OS (recomended for imaging purposes) and data in other drives.If you have any data intensive games which take up considerable amount of space then install it in either of other drives/partitions.

I would suggest not to move your libraries and keep them in default C drive.

Link to create/manage partitions is Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

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How do you search all hard drives, external hard drives and flash drives in windows 7? In win xp you could do this with a single click (might take some time for results tho), in windows 7 I am contently frustrated. Windows 7 does not search anything unless you index it (or open up a folder for every single little data source you want to search).

Is there a solution to this problem, or is this yet another one of the dozensthings win7 does worse then winxp?

edit: Solution:
1# Open up root of a drive
2# Do your search
3# Click on Customize under 'search again'
4# Expand the 'Computer' tree
5# Select each non-index drive you want to search and hit ok

A:How to search multiple hard drives?

What are you searching for ? don`t you keep your hard drives organized ?

Open the drive, start at the top of the list and just use the arrow button, if you know what letter the file or folder starts with, hit that letter again and again to make the search even faster.

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I was thinking about getting a new computer and was wondering what the best case would be to fit multiple hard drives. I have a scorpio midtower that can hold about 6, and a Dell that can only hold 2. Do full tower cases hold more than midtower?

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