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How come copying to my external hard drive is slow but copying from it is fast? 

by on January 3, 2013

Q: I have recently bought a verbatim #53071 portable external hdd. for. The first few days it worked perfectly. But then, all of the sudden its super slow!! It is usb 3.0 (but fully usb 2.0compatitable, my pc only supports usb 2.0) the thing is, that when I copy something from my verbatim to another hdd, it is super fast, but when i copu data from another hdd to my verbatim, it is super slow, (but it was fast in thembeginning) i have only used about 5% of the disk space… i have not dropped the harddrive or anything, the hdd is always on the exact same spot on my desk. My pc has 8 gig Ram and 2.6gz CPU…

What can be the problem? What went wrong? Please help…

The speed for copying from my verbatim to another hdd is 35mb/s but copying from another hdd to my verbatim is about 300kb/s!!!!


How come my external hard drive does not show up on my computer after I dropped it while in use? 

by on September 14, 2012

Q: My external hard drive fell while I was using it. Now when I connect it to computer, its icon is not displayed, whereas light on ext hard drive is on. And I am not able to use it.


Will an external case for a UJ-857 superdrive work on a UJ-857-C drive? 

by on August 29, 2012

Q: will a external case for a UJ-857 superdrive work on a UJ-857-C drive?



How come my external hard drive stops being recognized by my computer once I start transferring files? 

by on July 22, 2012

Q: My external hard drive stops being recognized by my PC as soon as I try to transfer files… why??

I have this old external hard drive that I hardly use, but have waited far too long to back up on to a new, “good” external hard drive. So I decided to do that recently, but I ran into some problems.
This old external needs to be “jumped” with one of those sata/ide –> usb cables. It was working fine this way for a while, I got probably 60-70% of my files off of it, but now whenever I try to transfer something off of it to my computer or my new hard drive, the computer will just stop recognizing the old HD mid-transfer, and the transfer will be aborted. Then I’ll have to plug it in, retry, retry, retry, and it’s not staying up long enough now for me to even recognize the transfer.

It seems to power up fine and the power does STAY ON this entire time… but just refuses to be read properly by the computer. I’ve tried it on 3 different computers, and it does the same thing on all of them.


Can a Toshiba hdd2j14 250gb hard drive be used as an external hard drive on a Dell optiplex gx280? 

by on July 2, 2012

Q: can you use a toshiba hdd2j14 250gb as a external drive on a dell optiplex gx280?


What is the best way for me to get information off of a Windows machine that crashed onto a Mac? 

by on April 7, 2012

Q: My motherboard has fried on my PC. Is there any way of getting info off and loading it onto my MAC?


Why does my external hard drive say data error cyclic redundancy check? 

by on March 13, 2012

Q: i have my 320gb external hard disk. its not initialized and unallocated. when i use disk management to initialized it, it says “data error (cyclic redundancy check), i also tried to format it but it cant be formatted. it doesnt appear on my computer. it only appear in disk management. what should i do.. pls. help me. im hopeless.


How come moving my external hard drive to a new encloser makes it kind of work but it still freezes sometimes? 

by on March 10, 2012

Q: I had a Western Digital External Hard-drive that wouldn’t turn on. I bought a new case for it and now I can start up the hard drive and see everything I have saved on it. But, if I choose any sort of action, the hard-drive freezes after a few minutes and I have to turn it off. For example, I tried to copy a song folder to my desktop and it froze once it got to 90%. My time frame for doing anything is reduced every time I start it up. The data is there and intact, but I can’t do anything with it. Any advice on what I should do?


How come my SATA Samsung HM160HI hard drive shows up as UNKNOWN? 

by on January 17, 2012

Q: I have connected a SATA Samsung HM160HI HDD to a USB device that External HDD’s use. The HDD shows up but it also shows up as an UNKOWN device and will not work. If i add a different 2.5 HDD it works. Yes the Samsung HDD is working and formated i’m just wondering what im doing wrong


How can I get data off a laptop hard drive that is in a broken laptop? 

by on January 13, 2012

Q: I have an old laptop that will only start up as far as the ‘welcome’ screen. The keyboard wont work, so I can’t type in my password, and the mouse wont work either. I want to know if there is a way for me to access the contents of the hard drive in my broken laptop and dump them onto the hard drive of my current, working one. I can’t grant remote access from my broken laptop obviously, since the keyboard/mouse doesn’t work, but I really want the pictures off of the hard drive. If there’s anything you can tell me that might help, I’d really appreciate it!