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External HD with Ethernet & USB file access?

I want to read/write files on an external HD via both USB and over the network. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Apr 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me find a good exteranl hard drive

The current external hard drive I have is "WD' brand that I got at best buy and I'm not happy with it. I am looking for a external hard drive that is easy to use for someone not that great with computers and I can back up my computer with it, that has the ability to be encrypted, is reliable, is ideally available locally at a place like best buy, must have a metal case, not a plastic one (the one I have now heats up and smells like burning plastic) Also bonus points if it has a fan in it. I have a PC not a mac, so it should be for a PC. Also I am not sure if I want to but one of those large external hard drives you leave attached or the smaller pocket sized one so any pro's and con's of both would be great.
posted by john123357 on Dec 6, 2013 - 15 answers

USB3-->USB2 Woes

I'm getting awful speeds transferring to a USB 3 external drive from my USB 2 Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Aug 1, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I restore a laptop hard drive to factory settings through my desktop?

How do I restore a laptop hard drive to factory settings through my desktop? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist on Mar 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Can I transfer 360 data to an external hard drive?

Is there a way I can transfer over 4 gigs of data to a new 4 gig Xbox 360 console by using an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by HostBryan on Feb 4, 2012 - 9 answers

external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port?

Does the Pioneer VSX-921-k surround receiver have a GUI that will work with a large volume of MP3's connected through the USB port? [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

external drive gone awol

I have a 2TB Western Digital "My Book Essentials" external drive for Time Machine that has gone missing. Its icon sat on the desktop till sometime in the last day or two, and now Snow Leopard and Disk Utility can't find it anywhere. I have rebooted, unplugged/replugged, changed USB ports, changed outlets for its power adapter, etc. It is still running as usual, nice and quiet with its tiny light on. It still powers up when plugged in. No weird sounds. I plugged it into a Windows computer and it was recognized as an unreadable USB device (since it is formatted for Mac). So apparently it is still a functional something. My secondary TimeMachine drive, also a WD My Book, is still recognized and running as usual. Any help or ideas? Thanks!
posted by methinks on Sep 2, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me access my external hard drive through my wireless router

Why is my wireless router WZR-HP-G300NH not mounting my USB External HD? I'm trying to access my Western Digital My Passport SE external hard drive through the wifi connection on the router. I have it plugged into the USB port on the router and it is powering on, but not mounting. What have I done wrong? How can I get this to work? Does anyone know how to go about accessing the hard drive files once it is mounting properly? I'll be using my MacBook to access the files and would like to stream my movies wirelessly from the external HD. [more inside]
posted by thatgirl1985 on Jul 22, 2011 - 9 answers

A hard drive is good to find

Recommend an external hard drive? I'm looking for something in the 500GB range, Windows (XP) format, UBS 2.0 or earlier. Thanks!
posted by The Ardship of Cambry on Mar 12, 2011 - 12 answers

All my stuff is on that thing...

I have an external hard drive that I bought in America that won't turn on in Europe. [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Mar 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Recommendations for Windows backup software?

Recommendations for Windows backup software? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Dec 17, 2010 - 3 answers

External drive was dropped and now won't mount, what are my options?

I've got a great 1TB drive that was yanked off the coffee table...later started clicking...now won't mount...what to do? [more inside]
posted by talljamal on Oct 30, 2010 - 13 answers

I have a business card CD. I have a Mac. Um.

For a work project, I need to utilize a "business card cd" to download a camera driver. I'm using a Macbook, whose slot drive can't deal with an irregularly shaped CD. Help? (Minor snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Oct 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Still hoping against hope...

How is the metadata stored for image files, and what is involved in recovering it after drive failure? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Jun 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Swimming in a sea of bland jpeg files

Please help me regain access to the data on my external hard drive after laptop crash caused files to "disappear". [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Apr 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Advice on WoW files not copying into external drive?

I plan to return to playing World of Warcraft. However, I need to keep the game on an external hard disk, or at least temporarily transfer it from the computer's drive to that disk frequently. When I played before, the files (install files or the installed game) would not copy to the external drive, although I have never had any such problems with a non-WoW file. I am thinking of getting an install CD for the game, so that instead of transferring from the computer to the external drive, I can just erase and reinstall. Problem is, I would need to reinstall all patches each time I did that. Does anyone have any ideas about why the external disk doesn't like WoW or how I can get around this?
posted by i2d2 on Jan 24, 2010 - 12 answers

EIEIOmega

My Iomega external hard drive died... Any chance of getting it going again? Or getting the drive(s) out and into another case? [more inside]
posted by rleamon on Dec 4, 2009 - 8 answers

My external hard drive wont work

until today, my laptop wont read and open up my external hard drive. i haven't unplugged it without safely removing it or anything either. it also makes this constant tapping noise, like the sound of a tap dripping. (which it never used to make) does anyone know what i can do to make my laptop find my external or fix it? cheers
posted by sockpim on Sep 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Apple Says It Should Copy ... Why Won't It?

Why Can't I Copy My iTunes Library to an External Drive? [more inside]
posted by Gingercat on Mar 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Data Storage Appliance

Anyone own one of these? MvixBOX. I'm wondering if it lived up to your expectations.
posted by Area Control on Feb 8, 2009 - 3 answers

USB Drives disappear from AirPort Extreme

I have an AirPort Extreme with a printer and two external hard drives connected via a USB hub. Quite frequently one or more of these USB devices won't appear in the AirPort Utility and I can't access them. Rebooting sometimes helps. Where does the problem lie? [more inside]
posted by krunk on Jan 29, 2009 - 10 answers

Which USB Mass Storage Device is which?

How can I change the generic name "USB Mass Storage Device" in my Vista system tray "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on Dec 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Will operating an external hard drive at a 45 degree angle reduce its life?

Will operating an external hard drive at a 45 degree angle significantly reduce its life? [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Dec 21, 2008 - 14 answers

Portable Media Centre

I've just bought an external hard drive for carrying around my music, movies, and pictures. Is there a portable media centre program I could also put on it? [more inside]
posted by edbyford on Dec 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Best setup for external drive for Macbook Pro?

What kind of external drive setup should I use for my new Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by semblance on Oct 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Can I use the B: drive on my PC?

Can I use B: as a drive letter, on a modern windows PC, without messing things up? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Sep 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Data Recovery for an External Hard Drive Crash

My external hard drive just crashed so can anyone suggest a Portland, OR, based data recovery service?
posted by tangyraspberry on Aug 25, 2008 - 9 answers

My Seagate FreeAgent external HD may have been damaged in a move. Making clicking noises and not being detected by my computer.

My Seagate FreeAgent external HD may have been damaged in a move. Making clicking noises and not being detected by my computer. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse on Aug 19, 2008 - 9 answers

External hard drive problem with XP

Can I get my WD external hard drive back to the way it was? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Aug 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Man Attempting to Move Leopard

Great MeFites, I come bearing but a humble request. I bought a MacBook Pro about six months before Leopard was released. When it finally came out, I installed it on a partition on an external drive, which I would boot from (because OS X is awesome like that, amirite?) so I could test out all my apps. Now I'm ready to commit to Leopard full-time - what's the best way to go about transplanting my Leopard partition? [more inside]
posted by indiewizard on Aug 18, 2008 - 6 answers

Instant search solution for an external hard drive?

Is there a desktop search solution that will index my external hard drives? So far I have had no luck with Google Desktop search.
posted by greenknightwatch on Aug 16, 2008 - 9 answers

How many hard drives does it take, before WinXP can see them?

External hard showing "weird". Better known as, sharing an external/portable hard drive between osx and winxp. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Save my data before the disk asplode

My external hard-drive's on the fritz. What can I do to make sure I get all my data off it before it goes? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Jun 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Bridge and an external drive?

Tools > Photoshop > Batch... doesn't work when the selected files in Bridge are on an external drive? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay on May 17, 2008 - 1 answer

What's the best external HD?

What kind of external hard drive should I buy? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn on Apr 20, 2008 - 27 answers

FAT3000?

I think I'm finally switching to Ubuntu on my main machine. I have two 160GB external drives, currently both with NTFS, currently mirrored (by software, not a RAID). With what and how should I format/use these guys? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Help creating an autorun file for external drive

I have a big external USB hard drive with three partitions for infrequently used files and backup. I was wondering what kind of file to make to have it automatically open a folder showing the drive when I power on the device and not ask me what I'd like to do with each of the other drives. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook on Feb 21, 2008 - 7 answers

Why are transfers to my external firewire drive so slow?

What kind of transfer speeds should I be expecting from my new external Firewire 800 drive? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jan 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Western Digital or Seagate

I have an external hard drive on my Christmas list. I'd like to make the shopping easy on them by giving specific choices. I've done some searching (here and via Gooooogle) but I need that extra oomph from the genius that is the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron on Dec 9, 2007 - 12 answers

How can I troubleshoot an external drive that won't mount?

External firewire drive was working fine with Mac laptop, now won't mount. I hear it make its usual startup noises and then I feel it spinning happily, but the OS can't see it. I've tried lots of troubleshooting steps (list inside); can you think of others I should try? [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Dec 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Are there any particularly awesome external firewire hard drive enclosures that I should be aware about?

Are there any particularly awesome external firewire hard drive enclosures that I should be aware about? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Oct 29, 2007 - 7 answers

HFS+ yields advantage for Mac users?

When using an external hard-drive with a Mac, is a speed advantage gained by using a drive formatted with HFS+ (over FAT32/etc.)? And while I'm asking... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Oct 29, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me find reliable external storage

What 500Gb+ external HDD should I buy? Quietness, coolness, and reliability are a priority. [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Oct 24, 2007 - 20 answers

How do I get files off my PC when all I have is a MAc laptop?

I have a Mac laptop, which replaced my PC which I used for many years.....I recently found out that there is some files and such on my PC that I need to take of my computer and store onto my new external hard drive....Yes, I should of did this before hand.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Sep 20, 2007 - 12 answers

External Hard drive USB device not recognized

External Hard drive USB device not recognized, how do I fix? [more inside]
posted by complience on May 26, 2007 - 9 answers

External hard drive failure: halp!

External hard drive failure: halp! [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Apr 22, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me revive a Western Digital hard drive

Is there any way to get my western digital external hard drive to properly display the disappeared files & folders on it so that I can back them up? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Mar 30, 2007 - 7 answers

Simple Backup Strategy for a small business?

Suggestions for backup solutions for a small daily paper? Long story after the break. [more inside]
posted by The Behatted Wild Man of Greenfield on Mar 21, 2007 - 5 answers

External hard drive has split personality

Why does the drive letter for my external hard drive keep changing? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Feb 28, 2007 - 10 answers

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