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External Hard-drive to Macbook through an External Display

Q: External Hard-drive to Macbook through an External Display

Hi,
I would like to know that If i got an external monitor with usb ports on it and then connect my Macbook Pro 2015 to it via an HDMI cable, can i connect an external hard-drive onto the external display to transfer files to my macbook?

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Preferred Solution: External Hard-drive to Macbook through an External Display

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When viewing the Dell Optiplex 9030 specifications, it states that the device can be used as an external display for other devices, via its HDMI input.
I have followed the instructions given in the link below to link-up a MacBook Air as a video input, using HDMI. One user in the thread below says they have successfully done this, although it is not working on my machine. 

When I switch the display from "PC" to "HDMI" using the OSD (On Screen Display) buttons it only shows a black screen, although my MacBook Air detects that it is connected to the Dell Optiplex 9030, and adjusts its settings accordingly. On the Optiplex 9030, the question-mark below where it says "HDMI" on the OSD disappears, but no signal is displayed on the screen. 
Can anyone please explain a workaround to this problem? 

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Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance

A:Satellite click mini not reconising external hard drive or external DVD drive

Originally Posted by rachel.nickells


Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
its a Seagate 250gb hard drive. Thanks in advance



Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the 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?

Thanks!
Sonya

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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Looking to buy an external hard drive for backup. This will be used only to backup data periodically. This is certainly a good price ($140):

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1474205

I've never heard of it. Anyone have any experience with that brand?
 

A:Opinions on BeyondMicro External Hard Drive?-or recommendations on External Case?

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

A:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from sourceforge.net.

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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I've got a new external hard drive.
I have many other external hard drives for which I want to backup the files of.

What's the best way of copying files from one drive to another?

1. Should I connect both on USB3 and copy one from another?

or

2. Copy to computer and then copy to new hard drive?

I've got a feeling that the second option might be the best one?

Thanks.
 

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I'm not sure if I should have put this in "Hardware" or not so...
I am, by far, a professional at this so hang in there with me if I confuse you. A few months ago my children broke the screen on my laptop and for a few weeks I was trying to use the External Monitor so it would show up on a monitor my sister gave me. Well I finally got that up and working however, now when I connect my external hard drive to the laptop, it will not show up on the desktop monitor. (The external hard drive is Western Digital).

This external monitor is a new thing for me, actually I knew you could do it but didn't try it as an option until my nephew - who is much younger than me - thought of it lol. Anyway, I have pictures and such on my external hard drive that were put onto the external by the very laptop I am using. I'm not totally sure of the montior I am using, all I can tell you at the moment is it's a Dell. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite A135 S266; the laptop has Vista Home Basic (32 bit) and I believe the desktop monitor is running with Vista too but I'm not sure if that's important since it is only serving as a "view." Anyway, I would love some help with why the drive may not be working with this set up.

Thanks,
Kerri
 

A:Help with External Monitor and External Hard Drive

This may seem like a silly question, have you tried the HD on another PC to see if the issue is with that?
Also, are you saying it's not showing up in 'My Computer', or are you not getting the option to open files?
 

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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 have a VGA monitor (Viewsonic) I want to connect to my Dell laptop. I have a VGA port and a HDMI port on my laptop.
When I plug the monitor cable to the VGA port I get a NO SIGNAL message on the monitor. Could my laptops VGA port not be active?
I get the same monitor message when I plug to the HDMI port using a HDMI to VGA converter cable. Again, could it be my HDMI port is not active?
Are there any ways to test the VGA and HDMI ports?
The monitor worked fine as an external monitor on my old Dell XP laptop.
Thanks

A:Why so hard to get an external display to work.

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Usually on a good day all one needs to do is use Winkey+p and select duplicate for either one.

If the monitor has multiple ports which most do it does have to be set on vga if that is the port to be used.
Same deal with a pc capable t.v. or hdmi being plugged into on the t.v.'s remote.

You can double check these menu options by right clicking your desktop back ground and select graphic options

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I have a VGA monitor (Viewsonic) I want to connect to my Dell laptop. I have a VGA port and a HDMI port on my laptop.
When I plug the monitor cable to the VGA port I get a NO SIGNAL message on the monitor. Could my laptops VGA port not be active?
I get the same monitor message when I plug to the HDMI port using a HDMI to VGA converter cable. Again, could it be my HDMI port is not active?
Are there any ways to test the VGA and HDMI ports?
The monitor worked fine as an external monitor on my old Dell XP laptop.
Thanks

A:Why so hard to get an external display to work.

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Usually on a good day all one needs to do is use Winkey+p and select duplicate for either one.

If the monitor has multiple ports which most do it does have to be set on vga if that is the port to be used.
Same deal with a pc capable t.v. or hdmi being plugged into on the t.v.'s remote.

You can double check these menu options by right clicking your desktop back ground and select graphic options

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I have a Dell XPS 13 laptop running Windows 10. I have just purchased a Dell U2515H monitor which I am waiting for delivery for as we speak. I believe the monitor has quiet a few inputs however I am not 100% sure which lead to get to connect them both and which port I use on the Dell Laptop. Looking on the left hand side of my laptop there is a port with a lightning sign next to it, is that called Thunderbolt? and is that my monitor/display port? and what lead do I need? it looks like some sort of micro socket!

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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!

anyone?
 

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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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Hello,
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?
 

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 13" MacBook Pro and a set of Logitech X540 5.1 speakers. Unfortunately the MacBook can only output through a standard headphone jack (2 channel). I can virtualise surround sound using the matrix function on the speakers but it's not the same as true surround sound. Is there an external sound card that I can use to output six channel (5.1) audio?
 

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Hi so I recently came to a problem.

It was my birthday and after asking a lot for this pc I had received a MacBook Air.

This was no issue to me for I had been happy to get anything at all, but I had purchased three monitors before that I was going to hook up.

I soon realized the MacBook had no HDMI no I purchased a Mini Display port to hdmi adapter. It worked! But for only one display. Then I saw a usb to hdmi and that worked but now it was only two displays and I had no other ways of getting three displays.

So I was wondering if anyone here knew a way to make that happen.

Also I installed win 10 on it using boot camp if that helps at all
 

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Hi guys, I'm new to the forums, but I've had my Yoga 900 for about a year now. Love it! I recently acquired a Dell 4k monitor and I want to use it as an external display for my 900. I have a USB-c to Displayport adapter. However, I'm a bit nieve on the CPU & GPU requirements for 4k. So, will the 900 do the job? Will it work via the USB-c out to Displayport?  Thanks in advance for your thoughts

A:Can Yoga 900 drive a 4k external display?

Also, down the road a bit I'm going to be looking to purchase a tower to run this display. I'm a big fan of Lenovo's products, so any advice on which Lenovo tower I should be looking at would be appreciated. I don't need anything too awesome. Just a basic tower that can handle everyday family computing @ 4k/60. 

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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 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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Hi,  Can someone from Lenovo officially confirm or someone who has bought this laptop test this and confirm, can the new Yoga 900 output 4k resolution @ 60hz to an external monitor, such as Dell P2715Q?  What I see in the specs, it has Intel HD 520, and the spec sheet says DisplayPort 1.2 via USB-C can drive4096x2304 @60Hz However, there's no confirmation anywhere of this, neither from Lenovo, nor from users. Most USB-C to DP cable makers haven't tested this yet.  I'm seriously considering the new Yoga 900 as a replacement for my T410. Main use is business and photo editing, and looks like an awesome laptop. The ability to hook up 1 external monitor at 4k @60hz is critical for me, otherwise, it's a Dell XPS 13. Thanks in advance,Vele

A:Can Yoga 900 drive external display 4k @ 60hz via ...

Do you think that the platform specifications by Lenovo are untrustworthy?

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Gday

I have emailed Paragon and am awaiting there reply, but you guys seem to know a lot more and try and solve the problem

Up to this point I have used either Acronis or Paragon for my backups, I prefer Paragon over Acronis, mainly because the restore by Paragon is far quicker.

I have both bootable CD's, but in this instance I would like to concentrate on Paragon.

I downloaded Paragon's Advanced Recovery CD. 2009 Build 6730. Put it in my rom and booted ....... looked at a black screen for 10 minutes. Removed it and rebooted, it got stuck at the loading of Vista, then I got another black screen no hard drive movement.

Rebooted again, this time with the regular Paragon bootable CD. It booted into the recovery console.

Now this is where things go from bad to worse. I tried finding my OS, after a lengthy period I received an error disk 2 i/o fault!!! ....... no operating system found.

Now disk 2 is my external hard drive where my backups are kept.

So I rebooted with the CD in, went into the recovery console and clicked on "safe restore", after playing the waiting game I get a message disk 2 i/o fault!!!.

Took out the Paragon CD, put in the Vista one, tried a repair, but there was no OS to repair .

So I installed Vista, and because I didn't want to have to reinstall all of my programs again (yer lazy I know, but that's what backup's are for).

Checked with the fresh install, that my two external hard drives, had there drivers and were present. They were ... Read more

A:Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite & USB External Hard Drive

Anyone?

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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted it..it's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to know..how to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...
 

A:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.
 

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[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes
The thread is rather long. Only read what you think important. Skip the rest!

We have a serious but mysterious problem. We have spent already one week but drawing a blank.
Two hard drives have been crashed and failed (unreadable). One computer has hung a few times unexpectedly and had one weird restart (no memory dump produced).
I suspect all the recent problems have to do with the new USB external hard disk (Buffalo MiniStation Lite: HD-PE250U2).

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Formatting USB external hard disk
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Originally I would like to use the program given by Buffalo to format the external drive once but we failed. We simply used Windows to reformat the drive into NTFS. I did not use the TurboSpeed advertised by Buffalo, or run its free program.

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Case A: Multi-transfer causes system crashes?
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The first time we met the problem.
We were trying to help a friend to backup data on an old drive, about a few years old. We plugged in the Buffalo USB portable hard drive and transferred a whole lot of files to the drive. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active at that time. The whole system completely froze up. It doesn't respond at all. Only a hard restart could help.
Restarted. Tranferred again. Several cop/cut-and-paste operations were active.
Hard drive crashed - the beginning of the nightmare!
Windows restarted. Chkdsk was running. Saw many lines of messages with:
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A:[Seriously need help] External hard disk causes hard drive failures & OS crashes

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icon fr the external drive (G) is lost while for other more external drives is ok...it happened after i installed a software n created a virtual ddrive on my computer and then unstalled it...help
 

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Hi.

SOmething happened to my external hd last night. It starts up when I turn it on but the computer wants me to format it and obviously I can't access anything on it. There's nothing important on it so it's not worth spending much money on it. I've read around a bit and to me the most likely porblem is one with the software on the hard drive. Is there anyway I can get the data of it without going to these expensive data recovery firms or can I repair it in any way?
 

A:External Hard Drive

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For an External HD which company have you had the best luck with? The drive should have been trouble free for over 3 years and can be USB 2.0/Firewire/Combo. (You can list the ones you absolutely hate too. )

My Maxtor One-touch was apparently 'touched' one too many times and I need to replace it (fortunately no important data was lost as this drive is my video drive). I have a Western Digital (320gb) that has worked extremely well for me and it is several years old (probably next to go!). I have a 500GB Western Digital My Book that my PC occasionally loses track of. I power it off and back on and everything is fine, but it's irritating. But this makes me reluctant to purchase another one.

Looking for your success stories to help me make an informed decision.

Thanks.
 

A:External Hard Drive

Hi,

I put Maxtor but i would get either a Maxtor, Western Digital or Seagate, they have all been going around for years and i think they are the top 3 best ones for EX HDD's. I would get either one of them.

Hope it helps?

Jay.
 

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i have got a Seagate FREEAGENT DESKTOP 320GB Hard Drive, the latest model one, been running fine but it's design makes it top heavy and it has been knocked off the computer desk just, which has now resulted in it bleeping and not being recognised by the computer. So is this just a case that the power and connection area is broken, my main concern is whether my data on the hard drive will still be ok as it has a lot of key information stored on it
 

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I need to know if I can take the hard drive out of an external western digital hard drive and put it in my home desktop and use it for extra storage. The electrical part of the western digital has gone out, and I really don't want to lose the info that I got on that external hard drive. Can anyone help me? Thanks
 

A:External Hard Drive

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Can i use the hard drive that's in my western digital elements external as a primary hard drive in a computer?
 

A:External Hard Drive

In principal yes depending on a few issues. IDE or SATA on the disk and support for either in the computer for the interface onto the motherboard and the power connectors. Sometimes the RPM and size of disk cache on an external disk are slower than hardisks you would buy to use as a Primary drive. Not always but worth bearing in mind!
 

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My external hard drive is broken and I really need help. Every time I plug it in to my laptop it says I can remove it safely, but wont let me touch the files on it. I tired 2 different cords and it kept saying the same thing. Can anybody help me?

THe USB External hard drive is a Seagate portable external hard drive with 500 gbs.
 

A:External hard drive?

You should keep this all in one post. You can find previous posts by going to your account page look in the left column.
You may have a bad HD if it worked previously in the same computers. If not then maybe you need more power to run it than your USB's are giving.
You should try the USB adapter like the guy in the other thread posted. You can get an adapter or a new case here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...er=BESTMATCH&Description=usb+adapters+for+HDD I think theadapter would plug into the naked HD and then to the USB, Eliminating the need for the box.
Before I'd buy a new case I'd go somewhere to get the HD tested by a tech to make sure its not working and not something else like what I suggested. That may also be the best bet for trying a USB adapter as well to save you the money. I'm not sure who you'd try but I'd think a local independent would be more likely to do these tests free than the Geek guys or anyone else.

Good Luck
 

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I just installed a Seagate 250 GB external hard drive. I plan on backing up all my digital pics and music and other files. This is probably a stupid question but should I move the files and folders or copy the files & folders?? Or what is the easiest way to transfer the data?
 

A:External hard drive

Copy and Paste. If you moved them then you'll only have one copy of the data and then you won't have a backup, if the external drive dies then you've lost it all. 2 copies are always better then one.
 

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I have an MDT MD20 USB Hard Drive that I can't quite get working. I can see it in my device manager, however, when I try to save to it i can't find the drive - it doesn't show up as an available drive in "My Computer".

Someone suggested that I try to find new drivers online to install, but I can't seem to find any. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you.

Michelle
 

A:External USB Hard Drive

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I have an external hard drive that i keep all my music in. In one folder i have all my full length albums. for seem reason any artist from K-Z has disappeared.

A lot of the music i had saved on data discs. when i went to copy and paste them back in the folder a message came on saying that the folders already existed and if i wanted to replace them.

obviously they are still there....why can't i see them and use them?

how do i correct this problem
 

A:HELP!! External Hard Drive

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I guess that what you call it, external hard drive. I store my photos, music and Word files in the external hard drive. At least I did. I use to (with Windows XP) drag and drop or send to, any files I wanted to store. Now when I try to drag and drop, or send to, I get a circular arrow spinning and spinning and never lets the file(s) into the external hard drive. I can remove the files to the desktop easily enough but not store. Are there any suggestions?
mthumjdo
 

A:External hard drive.

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I have a Sony VAIO whose hard drive has failed. I have official Restore Discs (not burned copies, I mean). Question is this; I was going to buy an external for storage purposes, so can I install Vista on it using the Recovery discs and run the laptop off of it, or must I replace the internal. Thank you for your time.

A:external hard drive OS

The laptop would need to be able to boot from USB in order to do what you're asking. You'd have to check documentation or look in the BIOS to see if that's supported.

You also need to see if the restore discs contain the entire OS image or if they're meant to restore an image from the original drive.

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I have Dell Dimension with a horribly small 30 G Hard Drive. I bought a 1TB G Book and used Norton Ghost to copy the image and all info to the external drive. I went into the Bios but didn't want to do anything I would regret until I talked to someone here. Is there a way to boot and stay on the G book until I am able to buy a new larger internal hard drive?? I have Windows XP SP3. Not sure how much system info is needed. Just need to know if I can use my external hard drive since it has an image on it as opposed to my internal one for now. Thanks for any help!
 

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Hope this is in the right place. In the past few days my external hard drive makes the sound (windows notification) like when I unplug it from my desktop. Then about 5 seconds later I get another sound and notification asking me how I would like to view content for G: (my external hard drive). I only have it attached to use for backups and I've checked my back up program (easeus) and my backups haven't been happening either. I used crystaldisk to check it and it's healthy. Any idea why it would be essentially shutting itself off and on with no help from me? Is it dying? Is something screwed up in windows?

A:External Hard drive off and on

Sounds all too familiar as far as having an intermittent connection. Is this a usb or eSata type external HD you have there?

For usb a port can show signs of wear when you keep hearing the connect and disconnect over and over as a bit of play forms in the port itself if not wear on the usb plug for the driver or other external device in use. This can even be a problem seen with usb keyboards and mice since the plugging in as well as unplugging things when going to clean a case from dust buildup will also tend to loosen things up inside the port or simply start to wear it out.

Here I just replaced an addon 4 porrt usb hub with a brand new 7 port hub(both USB 2.0) and have another 4 port 3.0 hub waiting to see an extension cable. The old 4 port would hear or not even hear the disconnect and reconnect at times while keeping flash drives plugged in and going to boot from one to find it needed to be unplugged and replugged back in to be redetected all over again.

As for any Windows problem you would immediately find that no usb drives or devices would be working properly if the usb drivers were missing. Or you would see the prompting that a device needed a driver where Windows then does the automatic search online if not able to use a generic driver already available. The drive of course would be the last item on the list if the controller circuit card was having a problem if not the plug or any cold solder point.

Years back I simply ended up pulling a WD Essentials 500gb dri... Read more

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Hey i have an old PC computer with just under 6GB and i was wondering if i bought an external hard drive could i basicly use that as my hard drive? Like i dont understand how to use them or what they are all about. I tried looking for info on google but all that came up was sites on how to purchase, what to look for, the top 10 kinds. All that sort of stuff but im wondering how to use them and like what they are all about.
 

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I have a Seagate external hard drive for backing up files. I have followed the 'picture' directions by plugging USB into my computer and into the external drive. Easy, yes? The blue light is on; however, my computer tells me 'device driver software was not successfully installed'. Any suggestions?

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Plug in the external drive then open My Computer. Is the drive shown under Hard Disk Drives?

I get error messages because I do not want to run the backup software included on some hard drives but the external drive still works properly. (I have 5 portable external Western Digital hard drives).

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If your Hard Drive fails, are you able to use an external hard drive to replace it?

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Hi I recently upgraded windows 7 to windows 10 on my laptop during the upgrade at 7% I decided to unplug my external usb hard drive. Once the upgrade was complete I plugged my hard drive back in and it would not recognise it. It came up with error code 43 device descripter request failed. Really unsure what to do. Don't really care for the hard drive just want the photos off it. Please help

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Hello and welcome to the forums.

Is there another computer you can plug it into? If not, you might have to plug it into a different usb drive and install the driver from the device manager.

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I am searching for an External hard drive. Any reccomendations on a quality product to purchase? Only requirement is it is a 1 TB.

Thanks

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I prefer Seagate brand.

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I have a gateway computer and my hard drive was having issues. It was backed up to an external hard drive, My Passpor Essential 250 GB. They replaced my hard drive. My question is how do I transfer the information on my external hard drive to my computer hard drive. The operating system is Vista. Thanks in advance for your help.

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OK so I'm new here but I came here for help and I hope someone can provide me with that help. I have an HP simplesave external that I have never had a problem with until recently. Recently it has been not showing up in my computer for me to access the files. I don't know how this happened why it happened or when it happened all I know is that it always showed up before. It seems to be both unallocated and unintialized in the disk management. I absolutely cannot lose the data on here as it is is filled with literally 1000s of work related files as I am a teacher. I don't know what to do all I want is to access these files again whenever I need them and I can't format the device and lose those. Please help me!
 

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