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Q: Wake computer without waking external hard drives

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I am running windows 7 64 bit, and have 4 external hard drives attached (not the best way, but until I can afford a server, the only way).
I am using my computer as a media center only.
When I wake my computer it can take a while (30 seconds to a minute), before I can use it, due to it starting up my external hard drives, but I have noticed a couple of times, my computer will wake without starting up my external hard drives (able to use media center within 2 seconds).
Does anyone know if there is a way to get my computer to wake up without starting up the external hard drives every time?

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A: Wake computer without waking external hard drives

Switch them OFF.

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I currently have 4 external hard drives connected to my computer. I have each of them set to sleep after an hour of inactivity. However, if I am using the computer, they stay asleep, until I delete something; anything. Any time I send something to the recycle bin, all four of my external hard drives wake up.

I would like for this not to happen. I already went to the Recycle Bin Properties and set each external hard drive to "Don't move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" thinking that it would quit checking them for deleted files.

I would much appreciate any help on how to prevent these external hard drives from turning on when I delete files off of my computer. And just to be clear, I am NOT deleting files that are on the externals, they are files that are on the Computer.

I use these forums a lot when I have a question, but I have never had the need to post before, so this is my first post. If this is in the incorrect sub-forum, I apologize.

A:External Hard Drives Wake Up When I Empty Recycle Bin

I have EXACTLY the same issue, it's unfortunate no one replied to this

I also set all my drives to "Don't move files to the recycle bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" and everytime I delete a file anywhere ALL external my drives wake up

Is there really no way around this? Is no one else having this issue? Does no one else have an external drive attached to his PC that he wants to sleep while idle? Why is Windows checking ALL the RECYCLE.BIN folders on ALL drives when I delete a file on ONE drive?

It would be really great if someone knew something about this, preferrably some way around this, so the drives can stay asleep when I do not intend to access them but just delete a file on a different drive.

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Yesterday I discovered my computer will no longer read my flash drives, external hard drives or SD cards.  If I plug in any of them, they don’t even show up in Disk Management.  In Device Manager they will show up, but will have a yellow flag and under Properties it says the driver for this device is not installed even though they’ve been used before on the computer.  Clicking “Update Driver” doesn’t help because it searches and says there are no drivers for this device.  If I go to the “Events” tab, it gives the  date and “Device configured (null)”.
I restarted my computer today, hoping it might correct this problem, but when restarting I ended up with a message about an inaccessible boot drive.  After going into a loop several times where it told me about the inaccessible boot drive and then restarted again, I finally ended up with a screen that gave me more options for troubleshooting such as doing a system restore point.  I had the computer perform a system restore and finally it took me to the welcome screen and then desktop.  Anyway, rebooting did not correct the problem about my computer not reading my flash drives, external hard drives or SD card.  Any ideas?  Maybe the problems I’m having are related to a recent Windows update (computer seemed to be working fine before the update), but don’t know for sure. 
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A:Computer no longer reads flash drives, external hard drives.

What you want to do is to go to the HP wesite's support page, find your computer and you should be able to download the current drivers. Here is a link to the page. https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers

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I've set my HTPC to wake on LAN (from magic packet only). However, a few times per day my HTPC wakes up by itself.

Is there a way i can know how it wakes up, which device sent the WOL magic packet ? I really don't understand why it is waking up by itself since i haven't sent the packet...

A:wake-on-lan activated : computer keeps waking up by itself

If you turn the WoL off, does it still wake itself up?

Are there any clues in the Windows Event Viewer?

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i have 2 ehd and my computer wont recognize either... one has a separate power source the other doesn't. i tried them both on multiple usb location and both of them work on my other computer. Does anyone have an idea of what i could do?
running xp

A:Computer won't recognize any external hard drives

try this first. See How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Storage Drivers.

If still a problem See if this might apply CD/DVD or Disk Problems? How to Fix Problems Caused by Filters

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I recently noticed an issue when trying to connect to external hard drives. Initially noted that it wasn't showing in 'my computer' and so assumed I had driver issues and sought to update them from Dell's site. After doing so there was still no change, but noted that It was appearing in 'device manager'.

I even tried updating the USB hubs from the Device Manager, and it states that they are all up-to-date with the correct drivers.

Both external hard drives that i have tried has worked on other PC's so i assume that mine is the issue.

~Dell 1525, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit~

A:external Hard Drives doesn't show in 'My computer'

I have had a similar problem recently, where the hdd would spin up but not show in my computer.
After googling it I found that if I shut down the computer, completely not hibernate or anything, and leave it for about 30 minutes an then switch it on again.

In left mine overnight, 8 hours or so and it worked after that. My hdd worked in all the other ports, but not that one until I left it overnight.

Good luck with it.


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I have 3 extra hard drives that I want to use with my computer, but I do not have any expansion slots left to put the drives in my case.

1 is an 80GB 7200rpm, 2 is a 40GB 7200rpm, and 3rd is a SCSI 18GB 10K rpm.

I previously had purchased a computer case that is just that -- a plain computer case (no cables, power supply, nothing). It has LOTS of slots for hard drives. I am wondering if I can put the extra 3 drives in the empty case and connect them to my computer that I regularly use (via usb or firewire) as if the drives were in a regular external case?

If I did this, would my computer I am using get overheated or too much power needed from it?
-- (if so, how can i correct this)?

If I were to do this, would I need a power supply in the other case?
-- (what strength?)

Any other helpful information would be appreciated!!

A:External Hard Drives -- in an extra computer case?

Your best bet would be external drive enclosures and hook them up USB/Firewire. Look here:

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after hooking up my USB external wd hard disks the computer locks up the keyboard and mouse and can not use it so i have to disconnect them and shutdown and unplug them. Any help please

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I have had two hard drives installed on my computer.

They all worked well for more than two years.

Today, however, after downloading a freeware program to a flash drive, I sought to access some information that I had stored on a second flash drive.

To do this, I went to Start, My Computer.....

What I found was a great surprise!

Although in the My Computer window I found the icon for the flash drive to which I had downloaded the freeware program.....

Missing were the icons for both external drives and the icon for a second flash drive, all of which were operative earlier in the day.

I would be most grateful for any assistance you might provide me.


Computer specs

Microsoft Windows XP Pro
Version 2002
Service Pack 3


Intel® Core ™2 CPU
6600 @ 2.40 GB of RAM
2.41 GHz. 2.00GB of RAM
Physical Address Extension

A:Loss of icons in My Computer to access two installed external hard drives...

Right-click My Computer/Manage/Disk Management. Do the drives appear there?


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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 4 Internal HDDs installed, 3 are SATA and 1 IDE, Whenever I wake my PC from a hybrid sleep the IDE drive no longer responds (slave drive) It causes explorer to freeze for awhile as it tries to access and the HD light stays lit until I reboot the PC.

Also Im unable to shutdown properly or reboot when this happens, I have to do a hard reset or hold the power button. (attempting to do a normal restart / shutdown always gets stuck at "logging off").

I never use to have this problem before, it seems to of started after I enabled Intel AHCI in my bios recently, but I didnt think this would effect an IDE drive? The drive works fine before the PC goes to sleep and no SMART errors are reported in HD Tune etc.

Any ideas appreciated.

A:One of my hard drives wont wake from Hybrid sleep.

If you used the intel controller to set it to AHCI mode - did you install this driver from the gigaybyte site it will update the AHCI driver and should provide correct functionality- Intel SATA RAID Driver - - GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1366 - GA-EX58-UD3R (rev. 1.6) i think its the latest version or equivalent version of the Intel Rapid Storage driver which is needed even when you dont have raid enabled. Note Im not 100% sure here as i have no gigabyte board and i cant unpack the driver to check it.

You could also update to the latest driver for your video card - long shot fix.

Otherwise Switch back to ide mode - AHCI is only usefull for hot swapping hard drives - if you have no need there is no speed difference as most modern hard drives have this enabled automatically. W7 should find the original driver upon rebooting if you just reset from AHCI to IDE mode in the bios.

If you used the microsoft fix, to be sure of success, follow this path in the registry : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci - then right click start - modify and change from 0 to 3 - then go to bios and reset back to IDE mode and reboot.

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I am running Windows XP SP3 right now on a Lenovo 7650-ELU and experiencing some odd problems. For some reason, the laptop I have will not recognize USB Flash Drives that I put into it or External Hard Drives. I know that the USB ports work correctly, because I have plugged in optical mouses and keyboards that work. I searched the forums and didn't see anything like this.

It's odd how when I first insert them, it makes the sound and shows the icon in the taskbar that would allow me to safely remove the device, but nothing else. So far, I have gone into the device manager and uninstalled all the USB ports and restarted hoping this would solve my problem, but it continues to do the same thing.

If anyone has some helpful advise, please post. I appreciate all the help.


A:USB Ports Don't Recognize Flash Drives or External Hard Drives

Has it ever worked before?

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I volunteer for a Charity in the main role of IT admin. Part of what I want to do is ensure the Laptops, External Drives and Memory sticks are encrypted, but I am worried if I (try to) encrypt a drive with files already on, they will get messed up. I am not an expert, so would appreciate any advice and guidance anyone can give. Any favourite products? We are a charity so want to pay little or nothing for this. The intention is to ensure any personal information we hold is secure if it falls into the wrong hands. I am clearly looking at making sure no-one uses Laptops/Ext drives/memory sticks that do not belong to the charity when working (self included), but am a little uncertain where to start with this and do not want to make things worse. Any input gratefully received. Probably a simple question for lots of you, but not for me!!

A:Encryption of hard drives, external drives and Memory sticks

All the encryption programs I know of support encrypting drives with data. BitLocker and Vercrypt(TrueCrypt port) absolutely do. BitLocker absolutely requires the use of strong Windows passwords as it only protects the drive if its removed or accessed via another boot device. VeraCrypt has the added benefit of having a pre-boot password so you cannot even boot to the operating system without entering the password. You should still of course have strong passwords and automatic locking of the system after a set time of inactivity.

You may also want to re-evaluate the need for USB drives and sticks, not only are they bad for data security but also easy to lose, have stolen, or just fail. Central storage and VPN access may be preferred to a giant pile of external devices that some places end up relying on.

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I set up a new computer. Windows 7 Pro 64x
Everything was fine but then I connected a flash drive to it and I get:

Location Not Available
H:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

If I go into the properties to the ?security? tab, it says ?you do not have permission to view or edit this object?s permission settings?

If I go into the ?owner? tab of Advanced Security Settings, current owner says ?Unable to display current owner?
This is on every flash drive and portable hard drive on all 4 usb ports.
I am logged in as the administrator and there is not even another user account on the computer
I?ve run sfc /scannow

I?m absolutely stumped. I?ve never had this happen on any computer where I couldn?t use an external device.

This is not my computer so I?ll have to do whatever remotely.

Thank you for the help.

A:All Flash Drives & External Hard Drives NOT ACCESSIBLE?

Sometimes when I plug in a USB Thumb/Flash drive I get a message about "this device can perform faster if plugged into a USB 2 port" so I shut the computer down and pull the power cord and USB devices from the back of it. After waiting a bit I put everything back and all is good.

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I have a new computer plus a couple of other computers and I have some external hard drives and flash drives. what is the best way to check these devices to make sure they are clean, will just connecting them and viewing them or running AV and other security checks propose a risk to the computer that is checking?
Thanks for any advise!

A:External Hard drives and flash drives security


You can consider the use of the Panda Vaccine on your computer and USB Drives:
Download Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine - MajorGeeks

This tool provides a two way security by vaccinating both computer and/or USB drives.
It work on NTFS, FAT, FAT32 formatted drives.
However, vaccinating a USB drive cannot be undone without formatting the USB disk, using a hex editor, or a File Manager in a Linux distribution..

Next, make sure that your Antivirus can scan USB drives. Some do not have this option.

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My Windows 10 Home laptop will recognize all of my flash drives but won't recognize any of my external hard drives. They all use to show up but now they aren't. The hard drives show up in disk manager but won't show up in file explorer. I hooked them up to other laptops & they all show up. I've tried uninstalling drivers & reinstalling them but It hasn't worked. Any ideas?

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Firstly, apologies if this has been solved elsewhere on this forum as my searches didn't return any results.
I am currently running Vista Home Premium 64-bit and am having no major issues barring one.

I have a 320Gb Seagate external USB harddrive and often powers down into sleep mode when not active. It has a less than speedy wake up time, but this is negated by the fact that I use it purely for storage.

In Vista, however, the drive is woken out of the sleep mode at the most seemingly random times, causing a system delay while it waits for the drive to wake up before the task can be completed. These range from clicking on the start button, opening up Thunderbird mail, or even when a notifier sound is to be played when a contact comes online in MSN.

The external drive is used purely for storing things and nothing is directly run/referenced off that drive that would require it to wake up before allowing simple tasks to be completed.

The External Seagate is set to run in Optimised for Quick Removal when viewing the Policies tab on this drive in Device Manager. When right-clicking the drive in Windows Explorer and selecting Properties, then Hardware and selecting the Properties of the Seagate External USB drive, the Policies tab indicates it as Optimised for Performance and the entire screen is greyed out (i.e. changing of select boxes is disabled).

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If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?

A:External hard drive unresponsive when wake from sleep

Quote: Originally Posted by leif

If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?

If you put your machine to sleep, then all programs are suspended, so there is absolutely no point in leaving them "running". Most especially not if this causes errors on waking.

Regards....Mike Connor

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I have a External Seagate 2 Tb hard drive that after a while, will disconnect and I can't wake it by trying to access the drive in Explorer. I tried rebooting my computer but it doesn't show up anymore. The only solution it seems is to disconnect the drive and plug it back in.

Any advices?

I am on Windows 10

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I have several old hard drives, taken from previouse CPU's. Is there anyway in which I can use them as external hard drives or be able to read what is stored on them, without hooking up INSIDE my CPU ?

A:Old hard drives, can I make them external drives ?

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I have windows 7 pro and recently I have not been able to open up a new folder on any external hard drive or flash drive that I use with my computer. When I use these same flash and external hard drives in another computer it works fine, my initial thought is, there is something disabled in my system or some program is blocking me when I try to create a new folder in my drives. need advice and help.

A:Flash drives and external hard drives

It may be your explorer. Run a sfc /scannow in Command Prompt

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I already found out the hard way that flash drives don't have a registry in which I can install a program to it, and run it on other computers, unless the program is a lite program. Is there a way to make it more flexible in the sense of creating a registry for it?

Next question; Do external hard drives have a registry? Could I install games and or programs to an external and run them directly from it? Is there a way to create a registry for it if it does not have one?
Anyone that has anything else to possibly add, I'm more than happy to explore any and all options, so don't be shy!

Help is appreciated, thanks in advance!

A:External hard drives / flash drives.

i do not know the particulars of it but yes it is possible to copy/paste a programme file from c drive ,programme files, onto flash drive and run it, i do it myself

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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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hi there all - hope i am in the right place...
trying to set my media centre pc to wake-on-lan so i can use it as file server as well. It currently suspend to S3 with no problems. I tried to set the network card to wake-on-lan - it works in principal but it keeps waking up few seconds after it suspends... i guess it recieves some network traffic from somewhere but i'm not sure how to figure out what exactly it wakes on and how to filter the traffic data so it wakes up only on relevant traffic (file sever, vnc server, print server)

any ideas anyone?

A:pls help with wake-on-lan waking up every few seconds

It should only wake when it receives a valid WOL packet with it's MAC address encoded in the packet. Otherwise, it should do nothing.

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i am runnung a compaq with win xp. i need an external hard drive to store music, pics and other various files so i can keep my compaq hard drive from getting to bogged down. i only have 80.00-90.00 to spend.
any recomendations.

A:external hard drives


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Greetings TechGuy Friends!

I have a friend who has suggested that I consider getting myself an external hard drive (ehd) to augment my HP Pavillion 28 gig computer. My OS is Windows ME. My friend thought because I store a lot of digital photos, scanned slides, and music, that a Maxor or Lacie 120 GB, 7200 RPM ehd (from GoGoCity) would be a good choice for storage and backup. (I don't currently work with video, though I hope to one day get me some software and do something about all the digital video I've shot.) So with this information given, my questions are these:

1) Does a 120 GB ehd sound about right, given my usage, or is it an overkill?

2) Some ehd's offer both USB 2.0 and Firewire interface capability. I don't have Firewire, and though it may be faster(?), I've understood that it really hasn't "caught on" and may wind up being obsolete? If that's true, I'll just go with the USB. But if not, should I spend the extra $$ to get the ehd with the option to interface with both USB and Firewire?

3) I've seen that ehd's offer varying Cache Buffer Sizes. I have no idea what the purpose or importance of this spec is. Should I go with one that offers 2MB, 8MB, or none (if that even exists)?

4) Are there any peripherals, cords, etc. that I should be aware of needing that perhaps aren't offered with the ehd as sold by, say, GoGo City?

5) Finally, I've noticed that in the case of Maxor, the retail versions a... Read more

A:external hard drives

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Hi Guys, I am looking to buy an external hard drive to free up space & save data being a luddite & not a gamer I mostly want to store photo"s letters etc how much do I need 500 GB or 1TB also can I connect with USB cable or do I realy have to have a custom install ps what is a reliable brand Thanks Glenn.

A:external hard drives

For photos and letters, 500GB will be fine. In fact, even 320GB or something would be more than enough because photos/letters do not generally take up much space. External hard drives are usually connected with a USB cable (the usb cable is included with the drive). Before buying, read the specifications of the product to make sure it is connected to your computer by usb. Reliable brands... hmm... They are all pretty good, I have a Seagate 500GB External Hard Drive. Also, I'd recommend Western Digital or maybe Hitachi (my computer hard drive is hitachi).

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I'd like to resign my current drive to backup duty by putting it in an enclosure. I'm wondering if I can leave it with an intact OS (XP) and if so, if/how I can switch back and forth between being able to boot off of it and using it as a storage device.

Thank you

A:About External Hard Drives

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Hello everyone,
I was wondering if anyone here could answer a couple questions I have about externals??? I want to buy one for my laptop but know nothing about them...First of all can an external hd be used on multiple computers? Like for instance a zip drive...can I plug this into my desktop computer as well as my laptop and share the info on it?? I run windows on both computers but different versions... Ok next question...These hd come rather large now...would I have to split the drive if say I got a 250gb hd...is splitting the drive a difficult thing to do??? And at what point or how big would the hd have to be without splitting it??? I hope I was clear in attempting to ask these questions...not sure how to word the questions..Thank you for any help you can give me.

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I have a Win 8.1 pc and my friend has a Win Vista pc.

I want to put some videos on an external hard drive for my friend and send it to him.

Will his Vista be compatible with my Win 8.1 if I save videos from my pc to the external hard drive for him to watch?

I don't know anything about Xbox 360 or Xbox One? I don't know anything about those either, but somebody told me you can hook other stuff up to them......would an external hard drive with movies be usable on one of those??

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I have a program on an external USB hard drive. I want to run the program from that HD. It doesn't run properly because it needs to write files to it's folder, and it doesn't have permission to.

If I turn User Account Control off, then everything works just fine, however I don't want to turn it off. Is there anything else I can do to get the program to work properly with UAC turned on? Should the program be writing files to a specific folder?

I tried setting the permissions of the folder to 'full control', but all that seems to do is set the permissions on each individual file that currently exists in the folder.

A:UAC and external hard drives

This should help

User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level

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I can only run one at a time instead of two. I would like to copy my 1.5tb over to my 2tb so I have a back up.

My laptop only holds 200GB of remaining data so I can't use that hard drive or I would.

Anyone have a clue on this?

Thanks and really could do with the help.

A:Run two external hard drives?

What seems to be the problem? Not enough USB ports, only 1 drive is recognized in Windows, you get an error when you try to copy from 1 to the other?????

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I would like to get some openions on external hard drives.

Does anyone have experience with both Seagate 500GB and Maxtor 500GB drives?

I would like your openions on which drive performs better, has better reliability and which has the best software.

Also is the regular Segate and the Segate Pro the same drive with different software and connection options or is the Pro a better drive?

Thanks for any info you can give me.

A:External Hard Drives

Which is the better connection for external hard drives, USB 2.0 or Firewire?

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What are the differences between portable hard drive and external hard drive?
What’s a good brand?
I want to backup some digital photos and MP3’s


A:External hard drives

If my understanding is correct, a portable hard drive is a type of external hard drive that does not require a separate power cord, hence it is "portable" because it can be powered by the USB cord that connects it to the computer. A regular old external HDD requires a USB data cord as well as a power cord.

For specific brands, I'm using a Maxtor and a Western Digital right now and they've both served me well for over a year now with 0 problems (although I do have a mini-fan cooling them 24/7)

And if you are just looking to backup files, I would probably get a regular external HDD since the "portable" ones are a little more expensive.

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hey all im new to this site, i have recently bought a new external hard drive 200gb and it is connected up into a network of 4 computers, and i have put my extensive music collection on to it, i was wondering how to access these files via WMP or can i not?? also do i have to open each individual folder/album to get WMP to regognise it or can i "scan" my network for music files??

thanks x

A:WMP and external hard drives

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If an external hard drive is infected by malware will the OS hard drive also be infected

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Any thoughts on external hard drives ........I am in the market for a smaller one (gig wise).

Maybe a good reference source other than this website also.
Thanks for any help...

A:External Hard Drives

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Okay im not really looking for brands or models im asking about desktop vs. Portable,
At my local best buy they have both in my price range they are 1TB drives, im looking to have something that i can plug into multiple computers and access the files and backup multiple computers to it, i am also wanting to have a section of it for my school programs which is why im considering a portable so i can easily take it to school, im wondering what are the pros and cons of each one?

Thanks guys

A:External hard drives what to get?

get a hard drive by itself then buy a enclosure. make sure it has the connectors you need. and all good.

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Can an external hard drive be used as a primary drive? For example, if your hardrive "blew up", can you attach an external drive in its place? Thanks

A:External Hard Drives

Yes, if your BIOS will allow you to boot to a USB device. Check your BIOS boot sequence.

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Have been hearing rumours that Vista has difficulty recognising NTFS formatted external USB hard drives whereas FAT 32 formatted drives are OK. Can anyone shed further light on this?

A:External USB Hard Drives

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I just bought a 40 gb external hardrive 2.5 sata. Could someone tell me if it works with Vista. I thought I was ordering a Seagate from EBay, that is what they told me I was ordering but instead got this Sata. I can't get it to work. Anyone know anything about this. Is it user friendly?

A:external hard drives

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I am looking at getting an EHD, I have an Iomega 500gb that is OK but I am thinking of getting another for another computer. What is the best brand name out there? Western Digital? Seagate? Suggestions?

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I am using windows xp and have SP2. I would like to buy an external hard drive to keep my photo's on. Can I just check - do external HD just plug into a USB socket?? do they come blank or do you have to put XP on them?? do you have to have any special software?? Will the external hardrive only work on your computer?? any other info I need before I buy please??? thanks!

A:External Hard Drives

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I have two external hard drives which i store and run stuff from.... This has never been a problem while running xp.

I've been sitting on this problem for a while looking for a solution or waiting untill i have seen someone else with a similar problem in hope that there will be a fix. So far, no luck.

The Problem:

This is pretty hard to explain as the problem is pretty random.... From boot up sometimes none or one of my hard drives show up. Mostly they both appear.
Upon Windows startup Sometimes only one external hard drive will appear, then about 10 mins later windows will try to autorun the other as soon as it is eventually recognised.
Sometimes they're no problem untill you try to move large files from one drive to another or from one drive to my hard drive. It will start to move them and then freeze half way through claiming that the files dont exist. You then go to explorer to look, the drives are showing and so is every folder but the folders show as empty.
Both hard drives lights are off indicating they are off.
The only way to fix it is a system restart.

One is a maxtor basics 500gig and the other is a Seagate 1tb. I am running the trial version of windows 7.

I have played with the power manegement and nothing has been told to be switched off..... this hasn't helped.
I've tried unplugging, changing cables, exorcism..... none has affected it.

The only solution a can imagine now is reverting back to xp and cancelling my order for windows 7.

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A:External Hard Drives


hi and welcome to sevenforums

Are they both USB?

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Hey, my comp is a bit broken and i have got it on a warrenty (mesh comp.) they are coming to colect it and run some tests on it in a few days but before they come i am really worried about them losing all the data on my hard drive. the situation with my comp at the momment is that no data is being send to the screen and it seems to be starting up incorrectly (see here) and i was wondering how i should back it up. prior to this happening i was looking for somthing to back up my disk, this has just made it slightly more urgent. i am currently looking at the Western Digital Media Center 250 as i was also looking into buying a memorycard reader and a hub, which this has built into it, but i am unsure how i can get the data onto it. my questions to you are, am i oing for the right thicg, and how can i get the data off it? thanks all...

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Hi all, I normally carry out a back up from my PC to an EXT HDD every 2 weeks but I am still worried about losing everything in case this one breaks down. I have now bought a new one but is it ok to have 2 Ext HDD going together on my PC, because I want to copy certain material from my existing Ext HDD to my new one as well as a complete backup. Will this cause a prob or damage my PC in any way? thanks for any help.

A:External Hard drives

It is fine.

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