Forum discussion tagged with external.
  1. M

    Question External, expandable, multi-drive enclosure to connect to one PC ?

    To sum it up, I'm a pc gamer whose barely scratched the surface of actually understanding the tech and I'm trying to find a way to expand my pc's storage capability externally in a way that essentially future proofs it and ends the cycle of deleting games to make room for others in todays...
  2. msilaptopstrugglest

    Question Why am I only getting half the write speeds I should be getting on my external SSD?

    View: https://imgur.com/a/2XPPdzI I have an MSI GL75 Leopard gaming laptop. It’s plugged in to a power source. The drives are brand new and formatted to both NTFS and exFAT for testing, results are the same. First pictured in the linked imgur album is a CrystalDiskMark benchmark of the...
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    Question Basic network drive -- simplest/best setup?

    Hello, and thanks in advance to anyone who reads this. I'm working a long-term research project with a half-dozen colleagues. We have a central office with internet access, but I want to set up a separate wireless network not on the internet so I can set up a network drive that will give us all...
  4. Aaave1244

    Question I plugged my C drive with Windows installation into another computer externally, now I can't boot from it ?

    Hey all, I was doing some upgrades for my computer, and I'm migrating to a new system with an NVMe SSD instead of a SATA SSD. I couldn't find the sata power cable for my new power supply (I've found them now) so I decided the easiest way to copy my data over to my new computer would be to use an...
  5. M

    Question Guidance on how to recover my data safely?

    So I just finished a 20 hour backup and wipe of my C: Drive to fix contant BSOD and Hard Drive repair errors I was getting for months now. Since 4/10 whenever I would Shut Down or Restart my PC I would be given these errors. Just finished reinstalling Windows so now I'm at a clean slate. Gave...
  6. buster108

    Question External SSD 2tb options: Samsung 970 Evo plus or Crucial p5 plus ?

    Looking to get a 2tb nvme as an external drive, for film and TV files. Current pc has a solidigim p44 pro with a usb 3.2 gen 2 connection on the motherboard. So the speed if want to transfer files is covered on the pc side. I've bought a ugreen nvme enclosure, max 10gbs also usb 3.2 gen 2...
  7. C

    Question An External Blu-ray Drive ... for XP SP2??

    Hello, everyone! お疲れ様です (otsukaresama desu). i hope this is the right area of the site to post this question in. If not, sumimasen. OK so please don't be mad. My desktop PC is still running Windows XP SP2. In 2023. i know ... i know. Hey, it's worked this far. "Why are you still using XP??!"...
  8. ditrate

    Question 3,5 " External drive plastic case: design gimmick, practical or both?

    Various storage vendors ( WD, Seagate etc.) have a different external drive product lines (My Book, or My Passport, etc), with a different plastic case designs. Is it for design purpose only or it adds to the g-shock resistance of the drive within it ?
  9. L

    Question What type of external storage should I buy for my M1 MacBook ?

    Hi, I am looking to buy external storage for my MacBook M1. I am thinking between fast flash drive (1000 MB/s), external SSD (1000 MB/s) or M.2 SSD with external case. Which option out of these is the best one and why? If you have any recommendations, I am all ears!
  10. K1LLstone

    Question HDMI or DisplayPort

    Hello guys, I have a quick question about the display I can't and will appreciate your help. I just bought a monitor Asus VG278QR and I have Hp Victus 16 Laptop. I have a HDMI 2.1(I know monitor only has 1.4) and USB-C to Displayport Cable, with displayport I get 165 HZ but the monitor is...
  11. A

    [SOLVED] Seagate External Hard Drive not working - Tried to Troubleshoot - No Luck - Can you help?

    I have an external hard drive, Model # SDR00F1, from Seagate that I was using, and it suddenly stopped working. I transferred data to it and it went to the drive at a good rate (20 MB/sec). After a little bit, the drive started lagging and I couldn't open anything on the drive. I removed the...
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    Question External Hard Drive not showing up on 1 PC, but works on another?

    Hello. I have an External Hard Drive with a USB 2.0 +extra power cords. I have 2 PC's. One of them doesn't even detect it. The other one detects it and can use it normally. I have tried everything. Pluging the 2nd power cord to use more power, plug it into all the Port (front panel and...
  13. S

    [SOLVED] Installing Windows 10 on an external SSD to be used elsewhere

    I have 30 SSD's that I plan on installing into computers throughout a school building. We use a Windows 10 image on our network to image every computer that is plugged into out network. I am trying to image the SSDs' before taking them to the school to install so it saves time while in the...
  14. A

    Question Seagate External USB 2TB Hard Drive Becomes Sluggish/Unresponsive?

    A couple of months ago, I purchased a Seagate "Basic" 2TB USB external hard drive (STJL2000400). Looks exactly like this: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Seagate-Basic-STJL2000400-Hard-drive-2-TB-external-portable-USB-3-0-gray/694094792 During light usage, it functions fine. However, I've been...
  15. Rizvee

    [SOLVED] Portable SSD recommendation ?

    I was looking for a 240GB portable ssd & I've found 4 that fits into my budget. 01. Netac NT01Z - 250GB 02. PNY Elite - 240GB 03. Adata SD600Q - 240GB 04. Transcend ESD230C - 240GB Can anyone tell me which one is better ?
  16. Mazin Ruknuddin

    [SOLVED] Need Help Converting Laptop Display To An external HDMI Monitor

    I have an "Samsung LTN140AT01-G03" Diplay which i removed from "acer 4740g" laptop. I was planning to convert that display into an external Monitor, But im not able to find a compatible controller board for this panel as its not available in im country(India),and many market places does not...
  17. petual1

    [SOLVED] External hard drive does not work on any motherboard USB, only on the front of the case.

    I was using the computer normally, when the sound of unplugging some USB came. It was the external hard drive that I always used plugged into the motherboard that suddenly stopped. I restarted the pc to see if it came back, and continued the same thing. I tested other USB on the motherboard, and...
  18. Bessel Raj

    Question How to setup external monitor for my HP 15" CE062 TX Laptop using a docking station?

    Hi all. I have an HP laptop, bought in 2018, 15"CE062TX. I also have docking station given to me from work which is the Dell WD19 180W Docking Station (130W Power Delivery) USB-C, HDMI, Dual DisplayPort, Black. I want to use my personal laptop with this docking station to output the display...
  19. C

    [SOLVED] External Seagate Barracuda LP ST2000DL003 is not powering up

    I have an external Seagate Barracuda LP ST2000DL003 which I am using with a Windows 10 Laptop I am green with hardware The power-cord broke, and I may have overvolted it's enclosures with the wrong power adapter before I got the right one. I have removed the enclosure & attatched photos of...
  20. LoizosAristides

    Question Low FPS / High Integrated Graphics usage when using an External Monitor

    Hello everyone, Not sure if this is the right forum, but here it goes. I've recently bought a 1440p 144hz AOC 27G2U monitor. I've got it connected to my laptop via HDMI 1.4, which means I can't utilize the 144hz capabilities, due to the laptop port not being HDMI 2.0+, but that's fine with me...
  21. I

    [SOLVED] NVMe Enclosures Not Working

    I’ve now gone through two NVME enclosures I ordered from Amazon. Seem to have lots of positive reviews but neither have worked for me. I’m trying to connect two known working drives - Samsung 960 Evo 250gb (previously my C drive) which doesn’t appear in Disk Management at all. And also a Dell...
  22. C

    Question Can't use SSD as External Drive? Samsung 860 EVO via SATA to USB.

    I just got a new PC, and I can't really be bothered installing my old SSD in it as it's just a lot of hassle to get into the PSU (it has a shroud over it). The SSD in question is not a boot drive, if that matters. It just has a bunch of files on it that I want and I want to keep using the SSD...
  23. K

    Question Why has my external HDD suddenly stopped working ?

    Hello everyone! I bought an external HDD about 6 months ago, and it was working as expected. Suddenly, when I tried to access my drive, windows explorer would crash, or would show that it was loading up, but with no result. I've also noticed that whenever I plug in my drive, "Hard Disk...
  24. O

    [SOLVED] Recovering data from a WD two bay external

    I am looking for help recovering my data from a Western Digital external hard drive. I removed the drives and installed them in a tower and ran smart tests and bechmarks on them, and they are both fine. The problem I have is getting the partition back or to mount. Linux says unknown partition...
  25. jaimishra

    [SOLVED] Seagate External HDD stopped working after I removed the HDD while a video was being played from the hdd.

    the problem arised when i didnt do the "safely remove usb" and disconnected when a video was being played from the hdd. now when i connect the hdd, it shows in the device manager however it doesnt appear in the disk management and after 2-3 minutes it disappears from device manager also and...
  26. J

    Question External Hard Drive Not Working After Laptop Shutdown

    Hello Everyone, I have an external hard drive that is no longer working ever since my laptop went to sleep as it ran out of battery. First it would give me the error "A device which does not exist was specified". But now I am able to access the drive, albeit incredibly slowly. It doesn't pop...
  27. sachikosen

    [SOLVED] HP VGA Monitor suddenly doesn't work with vga to hdmi adapter

    Hello, Was using a msi 7rd laptop with multiple display capable wiith usb c port and hdmi. so i have an old hp monitor a vga one. so for the past i was using a vga to hdmi adapter. it was working fine. then about a year ago it doesnt work. but the monitor works with other laptop using also a...
  28. vertgreenheart

    Question My USB 3.0 keep disconnecting and reconnect

    So, it's been recently that I thought that my External HDD were broken and got me to buy another 3TB External HDD. Turns out, when I plug that 3TB HDD to USB 3.0, the HDD sounds like having raising noise and then clicks and then slowing down and then raising and clicks again for few times until...
  29. Salternative

    [SOLVED] External HDD Not Showing Up

    I am trying to get an external WD Green WD10EZRX HDD to show up on my Gateway M285-e Laptop running Windows 7 using a RUIZHI USB 3.0 to SATA III Adapter Cable. When I plug it in nothing shows up under My Computer, Disk Management, or Device Manager. I tried it on another laptop as well running...
  30. M


    Hello, i'm new in the forum and i'm not very experienced; I would like to ask for some information about the increase of my pc's performance and external ssd; specifically I would like to ask if it is possible to use an EXTERNAL ssd to increase the performance of my notebook instead of...
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    [SOLVED] Seek And Read Error Rates - Should I Be Worried?

    https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-External-Desktop-Photography-STEL8000100/dp/B01HD6ZLQ6 I bought these drives something like 3 odd years ago or so and although I fully understand these drives are only for backup proposes only, which is what I do. I sometimes, quite often, on a weekly basis upload...
  32. H

    [SOLVED] External SSD Samsung T5 slow speeds?

    Hello. I bought a 500GB external SSD - Samsung T5. It says it supports speeds up to 540MB/s. I have tried to transfer large video file on two different laptops(Dell 3552 and Acer aspire s7), but on both I get 22MB/sec write and about 40MB/sec read. We even tried to transfer file to phone...
  33. GardenPT

    Question External Drives stop working after a while. WITCHCRAFT!

    I've had this laptop for around 5 years and never had this issue. This started to happen a few months ago, couldn't tell you exactly when. Any USB storage device that I plug into the laptop works fine initially. After some time, whether it's being used or not, it just disappears from "This PC"...
  34. tar14444

    [SOLVED] Need recommendation's on how to save over 6tb's of files

    Hello, I'm looking to get your thought's on how I should properly save over 6tb's of Video's/Game's/Photo's. I have heard that external transfer rates would take forever to move the files around but I myself have never owned a external drive. Would it be best to purchase a external HDD or...
  35. M

    How To Bootable External NVME M.2 (Yep! It's a Thing!!!)

    For those of you seeking a way to have your NVME M.2 portable. Couldn't find instructions anywhere (been looking for years) so I thought I'd provide them. These instructions are for those of you that do not need Step By Step instructions (I'll provide those at a later date (unless someone else...
  36. S

    Question Computer can detect my external hard drive but it wouldn't open

    I have attached a short video / gif of my computer detecting my external hard drive (lettered G) but when I click on the external hard drive, it refuses to open, the screen just remains blank or frozen and the cursor just keeps rolling until I pull the external hard drive out of the port. I...
  37. A

    [SOLVED] Unallocated Space on External HDD

    I'm having issues with My mobile Seagate 5TB external HDD. I used it on My Xbox for a while before upgrading, now I want to connect to My router but for some reason there was multiple partitions. I formatted the hdd but now there is 3 unallocated partitions, what did I do wrong? 1 of them...
  38. C

    Question External Hard Drive Suddenly Stopped Working

    WD Elements 1TB drive suddenly stopped working. I had my games in it because computers own hdd is very small. I play games a lot so it was very actively used. I bought it not more than 2 years ago. At first suddenly some files became corrupted i think because Steam couldnt opened DOTA because...
  39. B

    [SOLVED] External drive - Samsung M2 Portable - nowhere to be seen

    Hello, my problem looks rather serious. I'm somewhat keen on the software side of things, but not really knowledgeable about hardware. I would really appreciate the help, since there's lot of useful data on this drive. The drive in question is Samsung M2 Portable, 750 GB, external obviously. An...
  40. G

    Question external hard drive is not showing up

    Hi guys, sometimes when I start up my pc, D disk(internal hard drive) is not showing up in time. (it needs 2-3 minutes maybe to show up) I changed sata cable but it does not work... Is my HDD damaged?