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

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

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.


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

A:portable hard drives

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

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

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

Newegg.com - Notebook Hard Drives, Laptop Hard Drives

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Hi There,

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

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

Any suggestions?

A:portable hard drives

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

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

A:Programs on Portable Hard Drives?

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Cannot read multiple portable hard drives

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

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I have 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 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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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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Hi guys,

First of all, I would like to thank all of you who stop to take the time for reading my concerns.

I have presently a motherboard ASUS M2NPV-VM. The chipset and SATA controller is the nVidia nForce 430.

This chipset is compatible with the SATA 3.0G/s hard drives.

Presently I have two hard drives in my computer. One Seagate 320GB SATA which is 3.0G/s and one Western Digital Raptor 150GB which is 1.5G/s.

Both hard drives runs at 1.5G/s actually. I would like to known if it is because that there's a second hard drives slower, that the Seagate will not run at 3.0G/s, or is it just me that forgot to do something to make it run at 3.0G/s.

That was for the first question, let's go to the next one.

This second concern is about AAM (Acoustic something Management).

I would like to known how the hell do we enable this feature !!!?? I havn't found anything on Western Digital nor Seagate's websites.

Thanks in advance,

A:Two questions about hard drives...

You probably have the speed jumper set to 1.5 on the seagate drive.

The sound stuff is most likely enabled / disabled from the diagnostic utility ie seatools or data lifeguard in the case of the WD drive.

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Could I put my OS on a higher performance SSD and then all of my data on a 1TB hard drive that I'm using right now for both as a main hard drive. Will i see a faster boot..faster loading of programs..etc????

A:Questions about SSD's and Hard Drives

I suggest that you follow the ideas in this tut
for best performance.
Optimize Windows 7

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First question...I heard a guy a few years back saying that a computer is best left on, instead of shutting it off and on, other than a fresh reboot now and then. I think he said that off/on was harder on the internal motors. So...if a computer is left on most of the time, does the hard drive still work if it's sitting idle and not doing anything?

Second question...I just replaced my fourth hard drive in the last five years, and all of them were Western Digital. Is that a good make and are there better quality hd's that will last longer?
My new one is a Maxtor and I hope I get more life out of this one.

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First of all, can you have 1 SATA drive and 1 PATA hard drive running on the same system?

Also, I tried formatting a HD today and putting XP home on it, it formatted well and installed all the files well but when I tried to start up my system it said DISC BOOT ERROR - INSTALL SYSTEM DISC AND PRESS ENTER or something along those lines. Even with the windows XP disc in, it wouldn't start up. I went into BIOS and fixed the boot order but that didn't do anything

A:Questions about hard drives

Yes, you can have SATA and PATA working simultaneously. You may get serious booting issues though. Some BIOSes enumerate hard drives in strict order and you may be forced to boot only from the PATA or only from the SATA because the BIOS has decided to prefer one over the other.

This may be the problem in your case too. Perhaps you installed XP to the PATA drive, but the BIOS tries to boot from SATA?

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Is there going to be a separate W10 sub-forum, or is there already and I have
just not seen it ?

Not too sharp with this, so please bear with me.

Running W7 Home Premium now, the 64 bit version.
Old Desktop PC, so not sure, but the Windows might also say "Professional".

If I get a new desktop with 10, what do I want to get for the Windows version ?

They don't seem to have a separate 64 bit Home version, or do they ?

Should I just order with their "Home" version ?

I do no gaming. Just the typical Sr. Citizen kinda stuff; lots of internet use, though, organizing photos of Grandkid, etc.

Not sure what Windows 10 vers. to get.

And, there seem to be quite a few, but what site offers the "best" and non-biased opinions as
to the most reliable Desktops these days ?

any opinions on which is "best" ?

have an HP Pavilion now; so-so components; seem to have a 3 year life. Is this typical ?

I would consider another HP. How are they thought of these days ?

Great Forums; really appreciate all the help I've gotten over the years.

A:W 10 Questions from Sr. Citizen, and also on (best) Desktop brands

Windows 10 has its own sister-forum to this one - www.tenforums.com

Windows 10 for PC comes in only 2 public flavours - Windows 10, and Windows 10 Pro - in either 32-bit or 64-bit.

I would suggest that you go for the Home edition - it's unlikely that you'll need the bells and whistles of Pro.

Desktops should have a virtually indefinite life - more will fail within the first month than in the next 5 years (except for accidental damage/power spokes/lightning/etc ) while with laptops 3-4 years is considered the norm for replacement (mine is coming up on 4 years old now, and shows it!)

As far as manufacturers go, it's more a case of which to avoid than anything else - but try to avoid the bottom of the range in whichever manufacturer you choose, as these are built to a price, rather than a spec, and tend to use sub-par components as a result.
I'm not up to date on hardware, so I'll leave recommendations on that to others.

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Hi there people, I'm looking to upgrade my RAM to something a bit more hard hitting. I currently have 1GB (2x512) of Elixir and I'm using XP. I was considering an upgrade to either Crucial, Kingston or Corsair. My first question would be which of these brands is considered the best? I work with a lot of multimedia, audio and video apps and such, no gaming at all. My second question is how reliable is mixing ram brands? I shall be buying the same speed but the make will be different, will this cause instability?

I am considering getting the Corsair XMS DDR2 4GB kit as this seems to be good value, my only concern is a friend told me XP can only make use of 3GB max, is this true? If so that's a shame as 4GB represents better value for money for me, although if mixing brands is ok then I shall just get another 2GB to accompany the 1GB already in there. If anyone has any suggests I would be most grateful!



A:Mixing RAM brands and XP's RAM usage Questions

Thanks! Very useful info, do you happen to know if any of the manufactures I mentioned are first party? Also I was considering upgrading to XP-64 or possibly Vista although it seems to have limit support for some of my audio hardware, would these make use of 4GB of RAM? Also does anyone know of any U.K companies that would allow me to return the RAM if it didn't work?



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Hey, I thinking that I would need more space for my PC, I currently have 250GB (2x100GB partion with the rest unallocated) with Windows 7 & Windows XP (I could get rid of XP but I still use it because I can't get the microphone to work with Windows 7). Anyway I have purchased a Samsung 1.5TB internal hard drive (32MB cache, SATAII, 7200RPM), and I was wondering if there's anything I should do to be able to use it, I'm confident that I can install it myself (mainly done minor work eg. replacing the GPU, memory, a case fan, CPU fan & and GPU fan, and a hard drive cooler (basically 2 small fans that go on top of the HD) (which seem like they do nothing so I may as well take them out but that's another story).

Is the only things that I have to do is plug the 1.5TB drive in and then format it or is there more to it then it seems, I've just been doing light-reading and just come across RAID and stuff like that.


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A:Just some random questions about hard drives.

The short story is that you shouldn't have any problems. Just plug it in and carry on. Look in the BIOS to make sure it is recognized as full capacity--it may show in Windows as about 1.39 TB.

No need to mess with RAID for a typical user.

There is some chance your motherboard won't support the drive and not make the entire capacity available.

If that happens you would probably have to hope there is an updated BIOS that would support the full capacity. Maybe HP has an updated BIOS and maybe they don't.

Only way to find out is to try. Your machine is from late 2006 or newer, so I'd say you have a pretty good shot.

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I have PC with WindowsXP.

I just got an IDE Card that I bought from EBay. I'm hooking up two additional hard drives on my PC with it. Both are 40 gig, both previously used. I've never done anything like this before.

Is there anything I need to do with the drives (re-format, etc...) before I start?
Do I set both drives (they will be running off of the same IDE card) to slave?
Do I need software to install an IDE card?
Is there anything else that I need to know about this?

As is, I was planning on putting the card in and just hooking up the hard drives. If anyone can give me some advice if there's anything else I need to do, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot guys,


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I was wondering if there is any software tools around that can tell if a hard drive is spinning at 7200rpm? or way to test for performance?

the reason i'm asking, given the price of new hard drives now a days, I am looking to upgrade my gaming system and would like to hold off buying a new hard drive. mine is a SATA Seagate 500gig and is working great but it's about 5 years old.

the age kinda worries me but it still works great, did you think I should delay getting a new one for a while?

A:Couple questions about hard drives

I would hold off for now, if your current hard disk is working fine, and offers enough storage there is no need to upgrade it.

There are many factors that dictate the overall lifespan of a hard disk, but essentially is boils down them either dying quickly or lasting years. Among my many hard disks I do have one Western Digital hard disk that is now older than your current disk. It is perfectly healthy, and I imagine it will last a few more years yet.

Performance might downgrade ever so slightly over time due to general wear and tear, but if its working, I'd just carry on using it until prices come down. I doubt we'll see them back to previous lows until at least the fourth quarter this year, or possibly the first quarter of 2013.

On another note, it is important to keep regular backups of important files and data though, as hard disks have been known to fail giving very little warning, or in some cases no warning at all. The age of your hard disk has nothing to do with keeping backups though, that is something everybody should do to safeguard important data.

So keep regular backups, and continue to use it as you do now, and once prices are back to normal upgrade it for something newer, should you need the extra capacity.

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Hi, I'm looking at buying a new SATA hard drive and would like to clarify a few things. First, I know there are SATA-150 and -300 versions. Is a motherboard restricted to just one or the other? If a motherboard can only use one, say 150, would a 300 work and just not run at its max? Also, I think it's the buffer (usually 8MB or 16MB) - which is better and what do they do? I very much appreciate any answers, thanks in advance!

A:Questions about SATA Hard Drives

SATA is fully backwards compatible. All SATA 150 devices will play nicely with SATA 300 devices (at SATA 150 speeds).

The buffer size is totally irrelevant. Look at seek times (less is better), sustained throughput (more is better) and warranty (more is better).

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I just read somewhere that you can partition one hard drive up to four times, and increase the page file on each virutual hard drive which supposedly increases your performance more then 4 steps up on processor speeds?

is that true, can you really partition your hard drive to make your computer so much faster?!

if so, how exactly do you go about partitioning and do you lose any data basically i need a noobie guide to it!

and an answer of whether or not it will boost it that much?

A:Paritioning Hard Drives BIG questions??!

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Hi everyone..

i recently switched my motherboard and i had to rehook everything up... you know how it goes..

well anyway.. i can't seem to get my second hard drive up and running, and i have had experience in doing so, yet it won't compromise this time!

I set my regular hard drive to Primary master and set the other one to Primary Slave, however that didn't work. so then through trial and error i tried putting the jumper in every slot and still no reaction what-so-ever!

I have tried installing the necessary items from the website and that didn't work either...

any help!!

Post Script:
The hard drive is a 120 gb SEAGATE


A:Questions regarding installation of Hard Drives!

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I bought an eMachine a couple years back, now the warranty will not cover nothing that wrong with it. my question is can i switch the HD out of the emachine and put it in an old compaq i have. the compaq works but just has 4 GB HD in it.

A:Questions about switching Hard Drives

whiteblueknight said:

I bought an eMachine a couple years back, now the warranty will not cover nothing that wrong with it. my question is can i switch the HD out of the emachine and put it in an old compaq i have. the compaq works but just has 4 GB HD in it.Click to expand...

First find out who made the drive for Compaq, I had to use the wd software on an old compaq drive to re-write it there's something on it for compaq id's. but give it a try. i think i redid the sectors to wd.


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Using windows xp home service pack 2. Mother board is a gigabyte GA-K8nsc-939 with sata connectors. Currently using the maxtor 500gb sata II drive as master with windows xp on it. Have jumpered the 120 gig western digital ide drive as a slave and using it for storage. Everything seems to be working.

1 Does the ide drive need to be jumpered as slave?
2 For some reason I have plugged the ide drive into the end of the cable which is where you would normally put the master is this ok?
3 Will using an older and slower drive (the 120 gig ide which is 66 or 100) slow the system? From what I remember if you had 2 ide drives in a system it would run at the speed of the slower drive.

Thanks for any help. Together to bad I can't edit titles.

A:Solved: Using Sata Ide hard drives togher a few questions

Welcome to TSG!

If it's the only IDE drive in the system, it should be jumpered as Single, or Master with no slave.

The IDE and SATA controllers are separate, so using a slow IDE drive will not slow access to the SATA drive. Mixing different speed IDE drives on the same controller should also have no affect, each drive should be accessed at it's "native speed" (up to the fastest speed of the controller, of course).


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I have an hp pavilion laptop and I bought a simplesave external hard drive so I could put my ArcGIS programs on it, instead of it slowing down my actual laptop. So when I installed it, I sent the files to the G drive. Great, they went there, but I cant open the program. What did I do wrong?


A:questions about loading programs on external hard drives

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I'll try my best to describe the issue that I am having. I bought a refurbished hp tower that came loaded with Windows 10. I took the 500gb hard drive out of it and replaced it with a 1TB hard drive from a friends computer. I am now trying to take the 500gb hard drive and add it to my parents older acer computer, which currently runs Windows Vista OS on a 250gb hard drive. I initially installed the newer hard drive by itself, but the computer would not boot, so I ended up installing both hard drives and the computer would boot back to the original vista os. It reads that the 500gb drive is installed on the :/f drive, but I have no idea how to transfer the windows 10 os onto the acer desktop computer. Thank you in advance for any advice or answers.

A:Questions about adding hard drives and updating to windows 10

If you're dealing with OEM Windows, you're going to have problems. An original OEM remains with the original computer said original OEM was installed on. If the refurbished HP original HD which is now in the Acer desktop had an OEM Windows - you can forget it. Unless others have a better idea, you might have to spend some monies to purchase installable [retail] Windows at least for one computer if not for both computers. I could be wrong - let's see what others have to say.

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Hi all,
Well, my computer was infected by spyware and its cousins and I do believe it was taken care of by the nice people in the Security forums, but I was thinking I want to start new and not worry about lingering problems and such. I was thinking on building my own external hard drive, I have 2 options please let me know with each option, what are the pros and cons and any opinion you might have or ideas you can add. I also have a couple of questions. Thanks

Question 1: If I reformat my Hard Drive, will the refomatting process get rid of all data including any lingering spyware and its cousins?

Question 2: If I transfer data (mainly music and pics of family) will other unwanted files follow in the data transfer?
Option 1: Buy new external enclosure and hard drive and transfer all the data from my old HD to the new external HD. Refomat the old HD + a fresh install of Windows and then pick all the important files (music + pics from the external HD) I need, then transfer it all back into my computer.
Option 2: Buy new external enclosure and put in the old HD from my computer into the enclosure. Buy a new HD, put into computer and then transfer all the important files (music + pics from the external enclosurew/ old hd) into the new HD.

What do you guys think?

A:Questions on and Opinions needed on external hard drives

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Based on experience, what are the most/more reliable brands of USB (aka thumb drives) to use to create installation media, recovery media, WindowToGo, etc? (I have the Education version from Dreamspark Premium). Any size recommendations?

My observations:
-Lexar is frequently on Sale
-I thought I heard PNY was or used to be good
-Kingston I have heard both opinions (but avoid Data Traveler II USB 2.0) silver metal version. I had issues with that one, but I think Rufus solved it.

From other threads, I have noticed that some may or may not be compatible, or may require a lot of work to get them to function and 'boot from USB' / bootable USB dive.

The other question is have any of you noticed that USB 2.0 is more reliable as far as compatibility for this specific purpose than USB 3.0?
Your input is much appreciated!

System Specs:
ASUS X555UA (F555U) Laptop
Windows 10 Home 64bit v1607
Intel i7-6500U 2.50 GHz 6th gen processor
8GB of RAM
ESET Smart Security 9

A:Recommended brands of USB drives for Installation Media (Bootable)

I have bunch of Kingston drives I've used to install Windows with. Data Traveler II's, G3 's. No issues here. I use Diskpart to create my bootable install drives.

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

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

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

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

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Hi, my hard drive die and im looking for a new one, but mostly what i find its refurbished ones when type acer x1470 hdd.1- MRnotebook 500gb $44.992- Discountelectronics 1tb $49.99If someone, can point me if this are fine or advise what other brand and model to look.Thanks

A:x1470 hard drive replacement brands


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Good day all! My college student son needs to have some portable applications (abiword, PDF/image viewer etc.) on his thumb drive. We are looking at the product from http://portableapps.com.

1. Is anyone familiar with or used this application?
2. If so, what do you think of it?
3. Are there any others to consider?


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

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

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

A:When will 2 TB portable drives come out?

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

A:portable usb drives

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

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Someone had given me this TP-LINK TL-MR3040 some years ago for whatever reason and I want to know if it is possible to use this as a ''wireless ethernet dongle'' to talk to my actual in house wireless router and get wireless internet on another in house computer.

So wireless from my main router to TP-LINK

TP-LINK connected via ethernet port to my computer

The problem is I've never done this before so I don't know what I'm looking at or if it's even possible.

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

A:Disconnecting Portable USB drives in Windows PE

Try to make your removal drive offline with diskpart tool then eject it.
Hope it helps.
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Recently I formatted all the hard drives on my Gateway MX6214 Notebook computer.

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

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

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

Are there any solutions anyone can point me towards?

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

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Hi there

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

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

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

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

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


A:Portable USB3 drives - appalling performance

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

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

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

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

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

Unfouruanetly I cannot find the files anywhere on the internet.

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

A:USB Flash Drives and Other Portable Storage Security

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

I hope this helps?


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Hi there,

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

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

Thanks in anticipation.


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

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

A:Western Digital Passport Portable Drives

DoubleHelix said:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This seems to be free:

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

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

A:portable security&protection products on usb flash drives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi everyone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Open Office 4.1.2 Files UNUSABLE on exFAT portable drives

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

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