External Drive

Forum discussion tagged with External Drive.
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    Question [Solved] Is it dangerous to connect a 2.5 SATA SSD to a (SATA-powered) 3.5 HDD enclosure?

    I have an old external 3.5-inch HDD. For lack of a normal SATA-USB cable, I want to use its enclosure to connect a 2.5-inch SATA SSD to my PC's USB port. The HDD enclosure has a separate AC power cable. When I opened up the enclosure, I saw the AC power goes directly into the PCB, which has a...
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    Question External Drive Reinstalled as Internal Drive

    Running Windows 10 New computer In my prior PC, I had a E: Drive as an internal drive. While setting up my new PC, I temporarily used the HD as an external USB drive. To my recollection, no changes were made to the disk. When I installed the HD as an internal drive today, it is...
  3. _dawn_chorus_

    Question How safe is my external drive from being cracked?

    I carry a Samsung T7 drive with me just about everywhere. If I were to drop it I wonder what the likelihood is that it could be cracked. I've seen recent articles giving those lists of how many characters, and varying complexity tiers and how many minutes or millions of years it would take to...
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    Question Problem with Seagate expansion 5TB external HDD.

    So i got a new external HDD in my mail yesterday. Ever since i first plugged it into my computer it's been giving me problems... It's 50/50 if it pops up or not, it loses connection with my computer after a short while every time it actually shows up, trying to use a different cable doesn't...
  5. Trenty

    Question Installing Horizon Zero Dawn on external drive broke my CPU ?

    I bought horizon zero dawn on steam and was downloading it on my external drive. I've already had games like gta 5, half life alyx, and fornite on their working flawlessly. Was gonna have it download overnight to see the next morning steam was closed completely. The game partially downloaded and...
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    Question Do external storage devices have a unique ID accessible from the Command line in Windows?

    Do external storage devices (e.g., USB harddrives/flash thumbdrives) have a unique ID accessible from the Command line in Windows? (including WMIC and Powershell)? By "unique" I mean something that is not assigned by the Format operation or by the particular OS it's on (e.g., System Device...
  7. yasaiikai

    Question SSD Initialization failed. Intel S3710 800G

    1. How I got the problem: Recently got an Intel S3710 800g SSD. Since I wish to transfer data between mac and windows, I tried to reformat it into exFAT. File explorer got stuck some a while and then windows can not detect the disk. 2. Current status: -When I put it into an external case, the...
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    Question Corrupted External Drive

    Hello, I have a 1TB external drive (SP Armor) that I had encrypted with USB Secure a couple years back. I stored a lot of .fbr (Flackback) files on it, and everything worked well. Then the USB cord got ripped out of the laptop accidentally, and now USB Secure will not allow me to log-in...
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    [SOLVED] Why isn't my external hard drive being detected?

    I have an external hard drive, Seagate 2TB, it worked perfectly until after defragmenting it with the Windows tool for a bit and cancelling it safely, because I needed to shut down the PC, it no longer is recognized by the PC, it doesn't show up on device manager or disk management, not even by...
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    [SOLVED] Problem with external HDD recognition ?

    Have a 2020 Ryzen 7 laptop and a 2021 Ryzen 7 desktop. Both are running Windows 11 with bios and drivers up to date. Have 5 leftover SATA hard drives of varying size age all GPT configured and formatted as NTFS. I intend to use them for backup of different file types using a Sabrent...
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    [SOLVED] Inexpensive External Drive Compatible with Windows 7 Pro

    Greetings Community I am still running Windows 7 Pro on HP 8770w workstation and want to continue until the very end. I want to know what is a good external backup drive that is compatible with Win 7. I know I can use Win Backup & Restore to manually transfer files? But are there, or were there...
  12. HorzJoe0141

    Question External USB 3.0 hard drive only uses USB 2.0 ?

    I had a usb 3 external hard drive, you can run on both usb 2 and 3 depending on the port.. it used to make a blue light if it's usb3 and red light if it's usb2. I had a lot of issues in the drive (my mistakes) but i formatted it a few times and now it uses usb2, it only makes the red light and...
  13. demonnnobz

    [SOLVED] Using External Graphics Card on a laptop (Yoga C640) with only 1 M.2 Slot

    Hi everyone, I own a Yoga C640 which only have one storage slot, that is an M.2 NVMe slot which currently houses the only storage and the boot drive of the laptop. If I were to connect the external GPU using this slot, how should I connect the boot drive of the laptop? Through an external...
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    [SOLVED] Windows not detecting my hard drive in Wavlink USB 3.0 docking station

    I tried plugging in a hard drive with data already on it into my new PC and Windows didn't detect it. I bought a Wavlink USB 3.0 docking station and plugged my WD Blue 1TB hard drive in it and Windows still doesn't detect the data but now it's showing multiple disks and nothing on it. The...
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    [SOLVED] Laptop can hardly read from external HDD ?

    Hello to all readers. I had a laptop(hp probook 4530s) and it had an internal HDD drive. I removed the drive and put a SSD drive instead . After that I put the HDD in a case and used it as an external disk drive. Everything was good✔ Lately I bought another laptop (asus rog g15 g513qm (cpu: amd...
  16. Lala415

    [SOLVED] Backup help for beginner

    Hello, I have very limited computer knowledge. I have an Asus laptop running Windows 10. I need to develop a system to backup up mainly family photos and documents. I bought 2 external HDDs in 2015 (likely need to be replaced due to age) and backed up files by dragging and dropping them to the...
  17. bewatermyfr1end

    Question External USB HDD encrypted with VeraCrypt is not recognized by Win10 ?

    Hello. Today is my first day with Windows 10 Home. I updated the system after first launch and then installed "DoNotSpy10" to get rid of some telemetry stuff. When i connect my external WD Elements USB Drive (that I used under Win7 without problems) nothing happens. Device LED is glowing, but...
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    [SOLVED] No access to external HDD

    Hi Your help, please. I have an external HDD that only appears in disk management. It appears online, but not allocated. I can eject it, but I cannot access the content. This HDD is full and I didn't want to lose the content. Will it be possible to have access to the contents of the HDD? Thanks
  19. MentalParadox

    [SOLVED] Trying to salvage data with EaseUS but it's stuck at 20% ?

    Okay, so I have this fairly old 1,5 TB Lacie drive from 2013. Last week, it started giving me an error when trying to explore the drive. The few times it does let me in, it's EXTREMELY slow when opening folders and files (if it works at all) and causes regular Explorer crashes. So yeah, a dying...
  20. Legacy140254

    Question TagSpaces Portable can't search for files on my Seagate Expansion HDD ?

    A little background: So i owned a seagate expansion portable 4TB for my family video and photo. I also use Tagspaces Portable to organize my file as it appeared to be recommended on the forum. Now i think the problem is the drive itself, or maybe the window system issues. When i run tagspace...
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    Question Laptop won't boot up until external drive is connected

    I have a Dell Inspiron 15 that's about 4 years old, running Windows 10. I've recently started having a strange problem: I'll shut down (not sleep) my laptop, then when I hit the power button, nothing happens except a quick "blip" of light from the power LED. Doesn't matter if I press it or hold...
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    [SOLVED] WD Elements 25A1 doesn't show up

    Hi everybody, my problem is this. I connected my external HDD (A 2TB WD elements 25A1), and doesn't show up at all, but here's the thing. Windows recognizes the HDD, it even says on the notification bar to eject it, I checked device manager and it's there, the only thing I couldn't do is to...
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    Question Dramless or Dram SSD for external storage

    Hi, I'm planning to buy a 2.5 enclosure and put an SSD instead of an HDD in it. I would be using it as just a basic temporary storage, pictures, videos from my phone transferred through OTG for long trips for when my phone storage gets full. Im wondering if it's just fine going with a dramless...
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    Question my external drive reads usb-c to usb-a but not usb-c to usb-c

    my external drive is a nvme ssd in a usb-c enclosure. it reads fine with usb-c (drive side) to asb-a (computer side) but not usb-c double ends in my laptop. ive picked up several different usbc both ends type cable to try to solve and it just wont read. what am i missing?
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    [SOLVED] Windows can't access Toshiba external hard drive

    So recently I moved from one state to another and after I set up my PC and tried to look at some files I needed from my Toshiba external 3.0 external drive but I can't access this disk. In windows explorer my drive only shows up if I view hidden items. If I double click on it, it tells me to...
  26. Kne2

    Question Windows 10 corrupted

    I used a portable hdd with windows installed on a computer that had another windows installation in its internal drive, it worked fine until we finished and switched the pc back to normal, when we booted it stayed black with just the cursor showing for a long time until we force shut it down...
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    [SOLVED] I have bad sectors on my HDD can i use it as an external storage device ?

    I am currently using a Toshiba MQ01ABF050 500GB internal hard disk drive. In Crystal Disk Info it shows health status as caution and a yellow mark on Reallocated sectors count. Upon researching on internet i figured out that my HDD has some bad sectors and soon it will die. So now i have...
  28. K

    [SOLVED] External storage for Macbook Pro

    I have a Macbook Pro 2019 and want to have an external storage for it. I will be using it for storage and copying files back and forth from it to the macbook. Is the Samsung T5 1TB enough for my use case or should I buy a Thunderbolt 3 M.2 SSD enclosure and pair it with a 970 EVO PLUS 1TB?
  29. Armel_08

    [SOLVED] Can Steam games work on an external drive?

    Hello there, sorry if this is a nooby question, but I want to see if it's possible to install some games on Steam on an external drive since I don't want them eating space on my main disk? And if so, would it be possible to play them on other computers with steam logged on to the same account...
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    [SOLVED] Question about Seagate external hard drive warranty

    I have a Seagate Backup Plus 4TB external drive that recently stopped working. A lot of solutions online suggest that it could be a problem with the USB controller. I want to take it out of the enclosure and connect it via SATA to my PC. But, the drive is still under the warranty period. I tried...
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    [SOLVED] Windows 10 Recovery mode, system image on a usb wont work, apparently I need to burn a system image on a CD but I do not have a disk burner

    I am trying to reinstall windows from a system image in windows recovery mode (my laptop is incapable of starting up and getting out of recovery mode, due to some core files being corrupted) and I created a system image of windows 10 on an external NTFS formatted drive, which should work...
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    [SOLVED] Editing Files On External Hard Drive

    Hello I have a question before buying an External USB Hard Drive, that editing a file (i.e Document, Image etc) directly from USB connected External Hard Drive does creates any error or corrupt files.
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    [SOLVED] Can ANY external hard drive be formatted w/ exFAT?

    I need to buy an external hard drive for my college course, and I need to be able to use it with my personal Windows machine and the Macs at college. I was told I should format it with exFAT but I'm not sure if the drive I buy will support this. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Question CAn the Internal drive from the WD elements work on another external enclosure with no problem after I used WDformatter to make it xp compatible?

    Ok so i've read that the WD mybook has onboard chip hardware encryption, which means that if you take out the HD and put it into another enclosure, you won't be able to read the disk. However, The WD elements/easystore don't have this, which means you should be able to shuc the drive and put it...
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    [SOLVED] Will Raspberry Pi 4 Allow for booting OS from USB 3.0 SSD drive?

    Will one be able to boot an OS with the new Raspberry Pi4 from the USB 3.0 port using a SSD External Drive? Is Micro SD card required to boot. Thanks in advance! I do have SSD on my older Pi3 B+, this is supposed to be able to boot from the USB 2.0, I have never been able to get it to boot...
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    Question WD1200B015 Not initialized Not mounted

    Hello, I am trying to get data off of a Western Digital WD1200B015 (120GB) (2005) external drive. Not trying to fix drive for continued use, only to save data (most likely many jpg photos). The drive does not mount (windows 10), but does spin up and sounds normal. Drive does show up in disk...
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    [SOLVED] External SSD Drive for Booting Windows 10 Pro

    I have two computers: A laptop and custom built desktop. I can't link my laptop or Desktop specs (via link) apparently. So I'll just say that I bought it on Amazon. It's title is: CUK ASUS ROG Zephyrus M Ultra Slim Gamer Notebook (Intel i7-8750H, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GTX...
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    Question New Maxtor external drive video stutter

    I had WD Passport which I replaced with a brand new Maxtor 4TB. On WD I could watch video straight from the disk unlike Maxtor which has constant split-second freezes, say every 15sec. If I copy the video to either of my local disks, ssd or hdd, it plays smoothly. Any help would be greatly...
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    Using SSD and external hard drive question?

    I wanted to add an ssd to my laptop but it only has room for a 2.5 inch ssd and is 1TB 2.5 inch hdd. I can't afford a 1TB SSD though I do max out my storage all the time as I do lots of recording and video editing etc. I have USB type C on my laptop so I was thinking of getting a 500gb ssd for...
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    Question Why does my Intel SSD inside M2X enclosure keeps reconnecting on my laptop?

    More info: Drive: Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive Enclosure: MyDigitalSSD M2X Portable USB 3.1 Gen 2 M.2 PCI Express SSD External Enclosure Adapter Laptop: Huawei KPL-W00 Note: I tried changing power settings. I tried to change usb adapter...