How come I am unable to delete a file with a really odd name from my external hard drive? 

by on February 20, 2010

Q: On an external drive appeared the following file: 1e11c8c0b2b52f88e07755c6525278 and I am unable to remove it using “delete”?

What is it & what should I do about it?

 
 

Will getting an external hard drive to put files from my computer on help speed it up? 

by on February 18, 2010

Q: My husband has a computer that is bogging down with crap. This makes it difficult to get on the Internet as it keeps crashing and won’t let me chat. Will buying an external hard drive help and how would I do that if it does?

 
 

Diagnose an external hard drive problem 

by on September 29, 2009

Q: I have an external hard drive that spins up correctly when the power cable is plugged in but once it is connected via USB to a computer it shuts off. What can I do to fix this?

A: It sounds like there is a short in the USB connection of the external hard drive. The first thing you should do is try a different USB cable. If this does not work then you should try to connect the external hard drive to a different computer. If this fails as well then you will want to figure out if your external hard drive is under warranty. If it is you will probably want to contact the maker of the drive but specifically ask them if there is a way for you to get the data off it if you send it back. Some might be able to do this while some might not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

How come my external hard drive turns off when I connect my USB cable? 

by on September 25, 2009

Q: Okay so my external hard drive has stopped working. When I plug in the power cable in it just automatically starts. Then when I put the USB cable in it just turns it self off. What can I do to fix this and get my movies back?

 
 

Can I record audio directly to my external hard drive using esata? 

by on July 8, 2009

Q: Can I record audio directly to my external hard drive using esata?

 
 

Clone your Windows XP hard drive 

by on June 29, 2009

Q: I want to clone a hard drive. I would like to copy the contents onto a portable external USB hard drive as It is not my computer. How can I do this?

A: There is a great user contributed article at microsoft.com called Windows XP Backup Made Easy that has a section called Decide What to Backup and it describes how to backup All information on this computer. This should help you get a clone made of your hard drive onto an external USB hard drive. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

How do I clone an internal computer hard drive onto a USB hard drive? 

by on May 19, 2009

Q: I’m wanting to “clone” a hard drive. I would like to copy the contents onto a portable USB hard drive, as It is not my computer. How can I do this?

 
 

What kind of external hard drive enclosure does a Samsung HD080HJ/P SATA hard drive need? 

by on April 30, 2009

Q: Does anybody know what kind of external hard drive enclosure this kind of hard drive needs? It’s a Samsung Model: HD080HJ/P SATA 80GB sorry for the bad picture, camera phone was all I have!

Samsung HD080HJ/P SATA

 
 

How do I connect my external hard drive to my TV? 

by on April 30, 2009

Q: How do I connect my external hard drive to my TV?

 
 

Is there any way to use an external hard drive to create a boot disk? 

by on March 26, 2009

Q: Is there any way to use an external hard drive to create a boot disk so I can wipe my computer and just use the external hard drive to get windows back? I’ve got windows xp and several trojans. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.