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Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Q: Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

I am trying to move all my files from my computer to my new external hard drive, but whenever I try and move a file over 4 GB in size i get this error message...
"The file is too large for the destination file system"... anyone know how I can get around this so I can move those files over?

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A: Problem transfering large file from hard drive to external hard drive

Get ahold of some software that will break up the file into chunks.

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i have a R50e thinkpad and i recently bought an external 500Gb hard drive

there isn't a problem with transferring small files up to 5 Gb, but i encounter a problem with files close to that size or above it:

it says that there isn't enough space in the terget drive, when there is clearly enough...

i have about 380 Gb of free space in that drive

is it a problem in my usb or in the drive?

A:transfering large files to external hard drive doesnt work????

What's the file system of the external drive? Click on it in (My) Computer, and check there. If it's FAT32, that's a natural thing to happen. Either try to format it NTFS (will propably slow it down, if even possible), or use an archiver, WinRAR for example, to split your large files into 2-3 GB part archives.

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I have a file that I converted from laser disc to AVI. The total length was 20 gig but cut in two pieces. I transfered the files to a Seagate 1 Tarabyte hard drive for storage but now cannot get it to fully transfer back to any PC. The bigger part of the two is over 15 gigs and when there is about 9 gigs left the transfer stops.

Is there any way to get this out or fix the problem?

Thanks in advance.

A:Video file not transfering completely out of my external hard drive

Are you using Windows built in copy program or a 3rd party tool?

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What is the best method for transfering large files when formating a hard drive for a customer that doesn't have a burner.
I want' to be able to transfer all there drivers to some other media then reinstall them after. Thanks in advance for the help.

A:What is the best method for transfering large files when formating a hard drive?

Are you looking for the best or easiest? It is all subjective as to what is best. Persoanlly I would use another drive and either make a ghost image to the second drive or use the partition to partirion option.

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My C: drive only has a 9.43G capacity and I only have 240MB of free space left. I bought a 500G external hard drive, but I need to know if I can transfer all the files and programs from the C: to the external hard drive? Helpppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

A:Transfering c drive data to external hard drive

You can transfer all your data files safely - the operating system (windows XP Pro) should stay on an internal drive and I wouldn't attempt to run programs from your external drive - internal hard drives are quite cheap and easy to install - I would be inclined to get a bigger internal drive into your computer and use the external one for portability and back up purposes.

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Alright, I'm having issues transferring files from one external hard drive to another. The thing is, one of them isn't meant to be external, for it is a laptop hard drive taken out and set up in one of those neato casing things to allow it to be connected via USB. I can access most of it...except things in Documents & Settings. Which is unfortunately where most of the files that are needed would be kept. When tried to open or copy it, it just says that access is denied. And oddly, when mousing over the folders for the various users, it says they are empty. I know this isn't the case, for it was just in use in the laptop itself yesterday. Can anyone point me to a program I can use to transfer these over nicely, or a way to access the necessary folders/files?

A:Solved: Transfering files from one external hard drive to another...

Howdy Nightfyre...

You will need to take ownership of the files...


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how do I fix this??... I tried downloading a patch from here http://www.webtlk.com/2010/02/05/ho...opying-files-to-usb-flash-drive-in-windows-7/

but I keep getting error messages when I try to install it

what is going on??

A:windows 7 keeps freezing while transfering files to external hard drive

Are you using "Copy and Paste" or are you "Dragging" selected files to the external drive?

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I have a 500GB external Hard Drive that I need to use at home with my Windows 7 PC and at school where I use a Mac.

I know NTFS is for Windows only and I know FAT32 works on both Windows and Mac.

However I have been unable to format my external hard drvie to FAT32. Only to exFAT which doesnt work on Windows.

I have tried in CMD using the format fs=FAT32 quick but it told be my hard drive is too big.

Any ideas?


A:How to format large external Hard Drive to FAT32

Nevermind lol I used a program called guiformat.exe - worked like a charm. I decided to leave this post up in case it helps someone else.

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I have a 119gig .bkf file on my desktop and I'm trying to move it to a new 320gig external HD. I keep getting a message there's not enough space on the disk. If I reformat the external HD from FAT to NTFS would that work or do I have start the backup utility and save to the external HD? The .bkf file on my desk top took almost 8 hours to create. Don't want to do it again if I don't have to. Any suggestions would be extremely appreciated. Thanks for your time!

A:Moving large files to external hard drive

I believe that formatting to NTFS...is a step in the right direction.FAT32 file systems have a file size limitation of 4GB, http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307881Louis

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Hey there,

I bought this hard drive a long time ago, but it's been working A-OK up until a few weeks ago. Here's the problem:

Whenever I try to transfer several large files (pretty much anything above 600 MB) at once from the hard drive to any computer, the hard drive will automatically disconnect and reconnect during the operation. A message will pop up saying "The file is no longer on the hard drive" even though it's still there, and it asks me to retry, skip, or cancel. But every time I press retry, the message keeps popping up and I have to skip the file, thus ruining the whole operation. Ironically, the hard drive doesn't do this when I transfer several large files at once from a computer to the hard drive, so now it feels like the hard drive's holding my stuff hostage.

A lot of the aforementioned large files are important to me, and I need to transfer them from drive to drive, so I need help in fixing this. Any suggestions?

Do you think it could be the USB cable that came with the hard drive? Because it's been bent back and forth numerous times, and that's probably disrupting the connection...

A:External Hard Drive holding large files hostage

It's quite possible. Also, it could be that the hard drive is wearing out and might be giving some errors.

Either way, I would highly recommend transferring the files to a new hard drive before the unthinkable happens. You can usually remove the drive from the external casing and connect it directly to your desktop. If you're unfamiliar with installing a hard drive, I would suggest some assistance from a tech.

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Good afternoon,

Hope someone here may recognise this issue and be able to suggest a cause.

A computer on our network was reported to have 0% hard drive space.
Upon investigation, I found in the Local Settings\Temp a 34GB file, which had maxed out the drive.
Has any one seen this kind of file before?


This isn't the first instance of this file being foud on the estate.
A bit of background, this machine is on an isolated network with no internet connectivity and locked down physical ports, running Windows XP.
Very small likely hood of this being viral related.

Many thanks,
and Kind regards

A:Large .DAT File Consuming Hard Drive

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I tried to copy an iso file that was about 4.5 gb to a portable usb HD, but I was keep getting an error message saying the file was too big.
Now my USB HD is about 150GB! So what's up with this? Help me out guys!

A:Solved: Copying a large file to USB Hard Drive

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Hi guys

I've got a mac g4 and a lacie 250 gig portable hard drive.

on my macs hd i've got a number of mpeg4 files which I want to move onto the portable drive, each file is in excess of 5 gigs.
Each time I try to copy a file over I get an error code 36 which states data cannot be read from or written to

the portable hard drive is running fat 32 as it needs to be viewable by a PC

Can anyone give me any suggestions as to how to get these files on the portable hard drive?

Many thanks!

A:Problems copying a large file from hard disk to portable drive

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We have had a large number of Toshiba hard drive failures with-in the last three months. Anyone have any knowledge of the issue?
1. General instability (windows freezing, system unresponsiveness, application crashes)
2. Extremely slow response
Running the built-in BIOS diagnostic turns up one of the following error codes on the hard drive component:

Some specifics on our environment:
Windows 7 64-bit (standard image)
2.5" hard drive

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Hey guys!

My Zune 80gb stopped working a while back. It wouldn't charge. So I thought I would take out the hard drive and use it as an external 80gb hard drive. So I bought an 1.8" ZIF encolsure for it and installed the hard drive into it.

All appears good with the installation. When I plug the hard drive into the PC the light on the hard drive enclosure comes on and stays on & the disk starts spinning. Then Windows Vista does the whole "Install new Hardware" thing and calls it a "Disk Drive" and a "USB Mass Storage Device" and says hardware is installed and ready for use.

But the problem is I can't seem to access the drive. I can't find it anywhere. It doesn't show up as a drive I can use or anything. I tried a third party partitioning prgram to try and find the disk so I could reformat it but it wouldn't it couldn't find it either. I even plugged the drive into my Mac thinking that Disk Utility might be able to recognize it and let me wipe it, but the Mac doesn't recognize it as anything.

Back in Vista, Using Device Manager, Vista notices the drive under the "Disk Drives" option as a "Disk Drive" and that it is elecronically signed by Microsoft (since it has the Zune firmware on it) but I can't do anything with it ... And this is the only place where I can see that the drive even exists. I can't reformat it or anything.

Can anyone help me? I thought I read somewhere... Read more

A:Putting a Zune 80gb Hard Drive in an External Hard Drive Enclosure, help please!


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I see it can be done from an installed to an external, but can it be done in reverse, taking the external cased hard drive and cloning it to an internal? The old hard drive is from an xp laptop, and I can aquire another xp laptop if I can clone this way. Perhaps if I set the enclosure hard drive as master? All ideas are greatly appreciated. Many thanks

A:Clone a laptop hard drive from an external case to an internal hard drive

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


A:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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please help! i just recently built a new computer (asus m2n-sli motherboard with a amd athlon (6000+)64x2, also a e-geforce 6200 video card and 2g ram, i installed win xp64 pro sp1 on a maxtor 320g hard drive everything has gone smooth until this point, windows show's the hard drive is only 32g, i can't seem to find the solution to this anywhere, any help would be greatly appreciated.i also installed sp2 in hopes this would solve the peoblem it did not.thanks

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I have heard that enterprise hard drives are more reliable than the standard hard drives in retail or consumer computers. I want to get an external hard drive for extra storage and backup purposes. My desktop and notebooks are the typical computers that are sold to retail customers. Will there be any problems having it access and drive an enterprise hard drive in an external hard drive case? I am thinking to get a fairly large size around 1T so I figure it would have its own power supply and not be powered by the USB drive. Data access will probably be via USB and/or eSata.

A:enterprise hard drive as an extra external drive-any problem with this idea

I believe Enterprise drives are more performance based then reliability based. The mechanics are still the same. Usually an enterprise application requires a fast drive, something like a 16MB cache and 15k RPMs is the norm, even if the drive is only 150GB, put those in RAID and you have a very fast access source for a large network.

There of course are slower, and larger backup drives, and tape backups as well... but again I can't imagine that they are any more reliable, if the two drives are comarable in other regards. SATA is Still SATA, though Fibre and SAS might be more reliable than SATA or PATA.

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

A:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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I have read the related thread from earlier this month (370606 - External USB Hard Drive Not Recognized) and wonder if anyone can help with my issue.

I am also curious what everyone thinks of the end of that thread regarding a better cable - Maxtor tech. support did not confirm that story for me? Is that in fact a better cable than what Maxtor ships with their drives?

I have a 1 month old Dell, 4 month old external hard drive, and 8 month old flash memory. All work separately. However, when I have the external hard drive plugged in and working, and then plug in the flash memory it will not be recognized. If I have the flash memory plugged in and working, and then plug in the external hard drive it will not be recognized. The only difference is that in the first case the external hard drive will continue to be readable by XP, while in the second case XP doesn't lose touch with the flash memory but it will show it (incorrectly) as empty.

Both externals and all ports are USB 2.0.

The flash drive is assigned to E. The external had been assigned to E as well, but I have now changed it to P. I am on a network so F through O are taken.

The PC is a standard university issue (Pentium 4, quite a bit of memory and capabilities, but nothing excessive).

The external drive is a Maxtor Personal Series 3100 80Gb USB 1.1/2.0.

The flash memory is a 64 Mb. Dell Memory Key.

A:External Hard Drive and Flash Drive Recognition Problem

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

A:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?

A:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..

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I have all of my music on an external hard drive. I recently bought a new computer which runs Windows 7 and now I'm having a problem. One of my folders contains downloaded singles and after I'd opened and closed the file, then gone back in, I got a message saying "Folder is Empty". However, if I right-click and access properties, the message tells me that it contains 983 files, but I can't locate them.

A:External Hard Drive File

When attempting to recover data from any external hard disk, I remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it internally to a desktop computer. If that by itself does not make the data accessible, I run CHKDSK x: /R, where you substitute your drive letter for the x.

Always use the "safely remove" procedure for USB devices.

Data you have only one copy of is data you don't care about.

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I enabled bitlocker by editing the group policy. At tha time, I encrypted my internal and external hard drive. The internal drive saved the key to my usb drive and by default, the external drive save it in my Documents folder. I also selected the auto-unlock option to prevent myself from having to key my password each time I used the drive. Due to performance issues after upgrading from Vista, I decided to reinstall Windows 7. I copied all of my data over to the external drive from the Documents folder, right clicked th external drive from the Computer folder and assumed by removing the password, which is allowed since the auto-unlock setting was enabled (not the best idea for those who might be considering this) and thought that Bitlocker was disabled from the external drive and was not aware that it had to be turned off from the Control Panel System and Security area. I proceeded to install Ubuntu which repartitioned the hard drive.I was curious to see if the new beta release fixed a kernel panic issue I was experiencing and it did not. I now went back to Windows 7 and started the installation. This repartitioned the drive again and everything was reinstalled. I go to plug in my external drive and now I'm prompted for the 48 digit recovery key. Ok, I pull out my jump drive to find that I don't have it. Since it was in my Documents folder and I copied all of that data to the external drive prior to the reinstall, its now encrypted on the drive and I've basically lost all of ... Read more

A:Cannot access external hard drive after enabling Bitlocker to go. Recovery key file is on the encrypted drive and I cannot access it. Any suggestions?

No, without the cert you cannot gain access to the drive, by design, and as expected behavior. If you could, there would not be a reason for the encryption to exist at all.Rating posts helps other users
Mark L. Ferguson MS-MVP

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I want to get an external hard drive/dvd burner combo if there is such a thing. To make this question as simple as possible...I need a hard drive that my camera can be plugged into with the firewire. I also need the hard drive that is able to plug in to the USB2 slot on my computer, because
my new Dell doesn't seem to tolerate a firewire card which I installed and then took out and returned to the store. It froze my computer and I tried everything to stabilize it but had no luck. It did work long enough to download 10 min. or so of video and I burned that onto a cd. Thats when I found out I had a dvd-rom not a dvd burner......long story I know. Sorry. I just want to figure out the most economical way now to save my movies and burn them to dvd also using either another external dvd burner or maybe there is a hard drive/dvd burner combo?? Or should I just get two separate externals?
Again: I need the hard drive/burner to plug into my computer with usb2.
Then the firewire from the camera would go into the hard drive/burner to download the movies.

A:Solved: External Hard drive OR External Hard drive/dvd-rw combo?

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I recently reformatted my PC, wiped my drives clean, fresh re-install of Windows 7 and all that. All I've pretty much done so far is:

1: Install Windows SP1

2: Install Acronis True Image 2011

3: Install several drivers for Music related hardware

4: Full format my D Drive and my External Hard Drive to NTFS

Under properties for my C drive (OS Drive) I also unticked "Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties". I did this as it is recommended as an optimization to the music software I am going to be running.

There is Nothing on my External hard drive, except for a msdia80.dll file. I'm not sure when it got placed there, but I don't recall seeing it there last time I checked my external hard drive...but to be honest I really can't remember.

Why is this file there? Is it safe to delete? If not how do I get rid of it or get it in the right place safely?
Edit: Btw this file is also in C:/Program Files (x86) -> Common Files > microsoft shared > VC where it is a 611 KB File.

On my blank E:/ Driver (External) the file is 884 KB

A:msdia80.dll file on External Hard Drive?

Have a look at this article.

The Msdia80.dll file is installed in the root folder of the boot drive when you install the Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package by using the Vcredist_x64.exe file or the Vcredist_ia64.exe file

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Bought a western digital external hard drive.I noticed the file system is fat32,is this ok for doing backups?are all external hard drives formatted in fat32? Is it ok for backing up the data file on quickbooks pro 2004 in fat 32?

A:External hard drive file system

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I used to own a dell laptop and when I finally switched to a new computer (toshiba) I saved all my ole files to an external hard drive. When I first saved and moved all of my files, I made sure that i could open them on the new laptop. Everything was fine. Now, almost 9 months later, I tried to access one of the files saved onto the hard drive and its all formatted wrond. Its showing weird characters and huge blocked text. I have no idea what the hell happened... On my old laptop, I didnt have microsoft word and got stuck using word pad (terrible I know) so I'm wondering if this is the major issue but I dont undertsand why they would open fine at first and now they don't. Is there anyway to convert the files so that i can open and READ them properly in microsoft word? I really want to restore it to proper english and not the weird gibberish it is now. I can post an exaple of what the document looks like if its needed. Thanks.

A:External Hard drive messed up a file

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I have a very puzzling problem - I need to create a method that will allow users to open files (namely, this is a group of test prep sound files, and I aim to prevent students from stealing the sound files) on an external hard drive, but leave them unable to copy them to their pc. I am open to any method, but I have only taken an introductory computer science course (so far).

Here is what I am thinking - having the hard drive come with a program that hides a "password file" on the host pc, which will be the key to opening each and every individual sound file. In addition, when this program is run, it will leave data on the external hard drive, whos purpose is to prevent people from creating more than one "password file" on different computers. Finally, I would need to alter a media playing program so that it accesses the password file and allows the file to be read.

Effect: People can copy the mp3 files, but because they wont have a password file on other computers, they cannot steal the information.

there is probably something really simpel built into windows. If anyone has any ideas, please help!

A:External Hard Drive File Management

You could embed them into a resource file and create a player that can play the files from the resource file or you could generate a key from the external hd unique serial number for the password. If you need any programing help i will be happy to help as i am heavily into coding in a variety of languages.

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I am trying to delete a corrupted file from my external hard drive but it says unable to delete due to corrupt file or directory.
Any suggestions?

Also, how do I check to see if my drive is ok?

A:Can't Delete file from external hard drive

You could try unlocking the file with this program http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Unlocker-Download-68439.html .Run the drive makers diagnostic software to check the drive and first run checkdisk.
Open run box windows key +r and type chkdsk X:/f substitute x for you drive letter.

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I just bought a Western Digital 250 GB My Book for my PC. It is connected through a USB 2.0 PCI hub that had not caused me any problems with my iPod in the past. When I transfer files from my Boot drive to the external everything goes very smoothly and quickly. However, when I try to transfer back to the Boot drive it takes forever. I tried to transfer a 350 Mb video file and I let it run overnight and 8 hours later it was still less than half done and it said it would take another 183 minutes, exactly what it said when I left it the night before. Is there some way to make file transferring faster, or for that matter even possible between these two drives. I'm going nuts because I moved all of my digital pictures onto this drive and if this is a permanent problem then I need to figure out how to retrieve them.

A:External hard drive file transfer

Try to bypass the USB hub and connect it directly to your computer. See if that makes a faster transfer or not.

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Hello All
I have a Buffalo external hard drive 250 gbs which uses Fat32, can I change the file system to NTFS in someway so that its the same as the hard drive(which is NTFS) on my pc????

A:External Hard drive file system

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I found a folder with a randomly generated name (35ad7f9d92...) on my portable hard drive and it asked me for permission to view, which I allowed so I could see what files were in it. In it were $shtdwn$.req, an mrt exe file, and mrtstub. I immediately googled what they could be in case they were malware and most google results said that they were most likely just microsoft malware removal files. I recently took my laptop to the geek squad to get cleaned up, which is possibly where the file coud have come from, but I very rarely plug my external hard drive into the computer. Yesterday was maybe the second time since I took my laptop to the geek squad. The file didn't show up until today.

The reason I'm posting rather than just deleting the files, like other posts suggested, is because when I reopened the hard drive's file so i could delete the files, a new randomly named folder (4a1a9f3...) that wasn't there before was right above the first, also asking me for permission. Also the original folder no longer contains the mrt files, it only contains the $shtdwn$.req file now. I'm scared to give the new folder permission in case it is an actual virus.

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We have an external hard drive for back ups. Usually it is in storage, or it is connected to my machine via usb. Occasionally my husband connects it to his xp machine to do back ups or copy a file. After he uses it, when i next connect it to my machine, windows asks me if i want to scan and fix the drive, or open it without scanning. I have always said just open it. I thought win xp left some artifacts on the drive maybe.

Now i see some mysterious files have appeared on the drive, and i can't delete them. I tried doing it from the command prompt, but unless i'm doing something wrong, i get the same error i get when i try deleting them from windows explorer - the file names aren't valid.

Is this indeed because of the sharing of the drive across systems? Is it normal for win7 to ask for a scan and fix of a drive after it has been on a win xp system? How do i delete these files? Should i be concerned about a larger issue?

A:external hard drive file corruption?


Those do look odd. Please do the following before you go any further:

Download, install, update and run a FULL scan of all your hard drives and your external USB drives using Malwarebytes. Please post back the log that is created once the scan is finished.

What ant-virus software is currently installed on:

1. Your PC; and
2. Your husbands XP PC?


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I had been using my Hitachi 320g external HD for 2yrs.It had not problem until yesterday I transfering some files from my Drive C to Hitachi HD when the computer hang.I unpluged the external HD and restart PC.When I pluged in the external HD again it was recognised as interrnal HD.I've problem accessing the files.The PC detected it was FAT32 since my system was NTFS and asked me to reformat my external HD.I tried connect to other PC but no different.

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Hi guys,

I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes.

Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching).

To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung 1TB drive. I also have a 64 Solid-state drive in there as my primary hard drive that Windows was installed on and a couple of programs are installed on. My storage disk (the 1TB disk) is for all my music/films etc. Whenever I drag and drop a file into the Samsung hard-drive - it copies it rather than moves it instantly.

When I had a laptop, I had 3 external hard drives and this is the way it copied files onto them.

Does anyone know how I can get the internal drive to stop acting like an external drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.

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I earlier posted about the Aspire AST690-UP925A having 250GB hard drive. I since then contacted Aspire chat support. Apparently, not being tech savy we didn't realize 250 gb hard drive only 112 c drive is able to be used, the d data drive holds the programs to run the computer.

I didn't mean can I use the external hard drive internally. I meant, if I hook it up externally would it work in place of the internal hard drive that is nearly full except for around 10 GB?

So, unfortunately the computer isn't as big as you believe. But...I wanted to know if I purchase (I was looking at western digital elements 2TB external hard drive). Can we use it for this computer. It will not run itunes or anything like that, but we can obviously go online.

My brother wants to buy a new computer, but I know that is probably not the way to go. Should we get an internal hard drive installed and other memory or something or can we use the external hard drive?

I would appreciate any informed help on this since we do not no technical info on computers. Can't really afford to buy another computer right now.

Thanks in advance

A:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

If you want to take out the drive from external hard drive case and install it in your desktop/laptop, then usually you can. Usually external hard drives are just ordinary hard drives accompanied by some extra controller to make it able to "talk" via general ports (e.g. USB). However I am not familiar with digital elements 2TB , so I can not confirm it. But I do have WD external drive, which I had positively confirm that its real drive is just ordinary hard drive.

Note that if you decide to do this, I suggest to find experience people to work on extracting the drive. If you do it yourself you will risk to damage it, and you don't want that since usually opening the closure means voiding the warranty.

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Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
Thanks for any help.

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I currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !

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A:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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I am unsure about what happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive... Let's say the internal HDD was your only laptop HDD and you replaced it with a SSD. If you convert your old internal HDD to an external HDD, what would happen when you open it up on your newly installed OS (on the SSD)?

I am trying to download a new OS but us my old internal HDD as an external drive just to access specific files. However, I don't want any other data/programs/settings/etc. downloaded onto my new SSD. Do I need to delete my old OS when I convert my old internal HDD into an external HDD or does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?

If anyone is able to clarify these questions that would be fantastic!

A:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all

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I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk !
I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city .
So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?

A:how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?

Firstly, where are you based (Which country)? I would get the part of the internet, I trust we are talking about a 3.5" drive? Do you have an esata port on your pc? I would get something similar to this, I think: Play.com - Buy CiT 35M17SEF 3.5 inch SATA / USB / Firewire / eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks

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Hello all,

I've got Windows XP home and two external hard drives (connected via USB) and I'm trying to give one or both of those drives paging files. My hard-drives are an I-Omega 500GB and a Maxtor 300GB, both with plenty of room. I want to set my paging file to 650MB.

I know how to change the size of a paging file. I go to System\ advanced\ performance...etc to get to the virtual memory box, I set the paging-file sizes for the external drives (remembering to press SET) then reboot. When the computer has restarted I run a disc analysis, but the external drives have no paging file.

I notice that many people move their paging file to an external drive, so why isn't it working for me?

Dell Dimension 5150, 1GB RAM.

A:Can't move my paging file to an external hard drive.

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When I try to copy a 5 gig (avi) file to my Seagate hard drive it says there is not enough room. There is at least 65 gigs free. I have tried defragging the drive but it still won't let me do it. I copied a 2 gig file with no problem. Any ideas?

A:Can't copy 5 gig file to Seagate external hard drive

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