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External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

Q: External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,


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A:Speed of saving to internal hard disk vs USB 3.0/2.0 external disk?

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A:USB external hard disk shows up as internal fixed disk

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums, Sactyr.
A word of caution! Its never a good idea to alter your register,
IMHO please review your device manager and check your devices for your disk drives, check for any warnings in the driver area.
I'm attaching my screenshot for comparison as I have a similar configuration.
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A:Seagate internal hard drive clicks when in PC, but not when in external enclosure?
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This could be any issue causing your problem , software , usb drive may have errors on it / or ?
Imaging your 150 Gig via Usb will take time { Mine are about 40-50 Gig } Operating System And Programs Only.
I personally partition my main Drive eg: c:\ and d:\ and so only the operating system is on C;\
Then use the D;\ to store your personal files. , this way your c:\ wont keep growing in size as you are storing everything there.
If you cant actually do anything with the computer because of warranties as you stated "just serviced" , ask them why you cant Image Drive.
1/ Try another hard drive to backup to.{ Usb will always be slower } than directly connected to Mobo.
2/ Use Mini Tool Partition Wizard [ Free } to create another partition -
3/ Remove all Temp Files / Restore Points / etc with Ccleaner { Free ] -
    this will reduce C:\ size to minimal size { defrag drive also }.
4/ Use any program to Image C:\ { I use Acronis }. to the D:\ Backup Folder.
5/ Then copy the image to any portable drive or external if need be.
6/ Use the D:\ for your personal files and folders as a backup also.
Sometimes you have to do things yourself - than rely on Service Centres and Costs.
If you run a Business then you claim all your costs incurred.
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A:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

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

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Hello and welcome to the sevens forum.

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A:wd external hard disk

Please post a screenshot of Disk Management with your Western Digital external HDD plugged in.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Before taking the screenshot, please click on Show/Hide Console Tree, and Show/Hide Action Pane to hide those so that you get a full view.
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A:how to fix my external hard disk

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A:External Hard disk

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A:External Hard Disk

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

Please post complete details on your environment and we'll be glad to help you out.

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This most likely is due to USB Disk Security software, if you changed something recently within, I'd try to reverse it.
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A:external hard disk

Open Windows Explorer and go to Tools > Folder Options > View tab. Under 'Hidden files and folders', click 'Show hidden files...' and click OK.

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A:raw external hard disk

Firstly, I would not have the external drive attached when doing updates. 
That being said I would download Testdisk for Windows and unzip the file to a folder on your desktop. Run Testdisk and do a QuickSearch. After a QuickSearch does it detect both partitions on the external drive? Highlight the RAW partition and press the "P" key. Do you see your files on the RAW partition? 
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A:WD External Hard disk Help

Did you initialize the drive?

This may not be the right instructions for your drive:

Because you did not offer more than it being a WD 320GB external.

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A:Seagate external hard disk

Man... that sucks. If ALL solutions are not working you are screwed.

Please read the link in my signature and try again.
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A:External Hard Disk Partition

I can only help you out with the file copy program,which is
I don't have an answer to the rest of your questions,sorry!
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Is you have a empty hard drive kicking about or somewhere to store you data, move it all to there.
Then format you drive, see if that works.
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as its detected do a repair on it first
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A:External Hard Disk Infected

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A:external hard disk can not format

How does the drive appear in Disk Management? Does it appear in explorer? Is it initialized and partitioned?

Are you sure that you are trying to format the correct drive? Do not use drive letters to identify them since they can change.
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A:Can't Detect External Hard Disk

Well, what's the program and have you tried removing it?
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A:External Hard Disk not recognised.

I have not received any offers of help in response to this post. Are there no suggestions at all? Allan
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A:Toshiba external hard disk

Yeah Reine, my older Passport drive will do that too sometimes cause the data cable is a bit finicky. I'd just unplug the external and power it down. Wait a few, then plug it back up to USB and power it back on. If that dont work, throw in a computer reboot, before u start messing with driver uninstalls and such.
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A:External Hard Disk Is Infected

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A:External hard disk problem

Does it spin up? Is it making any noise (Clicks?).
If it was running when it fell, there's every chance it's dead.
HD s are not a good choice for backing up important files.
Cloud or optical storage is safer and more reliable.
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A:external hard disk problems

Try the thing with another computer or at least another operating system (a Live CD?).

Take the hard drive out of the enclosure and see if it works when connected directly inside a computer.

ZAR lets you restore 4 folders at a time for free I believe, so you can throw that at the disk when everthing else fails.

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Hi Shelbourne104. The hard drive is recognized on the virtual xp? If so, are any usb devices recognized on 7?
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A:External hard disk unaccessible

You could try burning a light weight linux distro to a CD such as Puppy Linux and see if your ext HDD is recognized along with the files.
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Does it have an external power supply as well? If it does it should have a switch to power it down. How are you telling it to shut down?
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A:Recognising an External Hard Disk

It only takes 10 to maybe 30 seconds from the time you pw ON the external until you can access the drive.

External drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a few reasons;
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Have you tried opening the enclosure and connecting the drive as an internal drive?
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A:My external hard disk is not getting recognized

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A:External hard disk problem

Try this see How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Storage Drivers.

Also does the drive have its own AC power? if yes also try
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A:External Hard Disk Self Ejects

How old is the dive and who manufactured it
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Try it on another machine. It sounds like the drive is having some problem. Run chkdsk /r on it in the other machine and check for bad sectors.

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We use Recuva,for routine stuff, which is free with a gurgle search.
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Hard disks can go from unreliable to totally failed without any warning. I had a Seagate 3TB reporting problems one day, and before I could back the files off the drive, it totally failed.

So, once you start getting these failures, you should copy off the files and folders -- while you still can!

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First thing that comes to mind is to shut down the computer then unplug the power for about ten second then plug back in and restart. If that doesn't work and you have another computer or laptop that you can use then test it on those.

A last resort would be to take the HDD out of its holder and plug it directly into the computer using any extra internal plugins. If you do not have any extra ones then unplug the DVD/CD drive and use those. This will give you an idea if there is any thing wrong with the HDD. . .Good luck.

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SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

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Hello and welcome Wepepe mate if ti is just the data you want then try using this ditty of mine

Make a bootable Ubuntu disk
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disk manager is not opening

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Right click on My Computer, click on "Manage" and then look for Disk Management.

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Please provide the following information:

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