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I bought -Sata internal hard drives with docking station- 2-82 gig and 2-250 gig mean and what do you do with them?

Does this backup data from your laptop or cpu?

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I have an iomega 31868500 external hard drive I haven't used in years. I now want to use it to store files from my wife's Toshiba laptop running Windows 7.

Hi Jack

It would be pointless having a hard drive fixed to Read Only.
I don't think there is a switch setting to set as Read Only.
The original Iomega (early days) removable cartridge drives had a plastic tab on the cartridge to allow it to be write protected (RO).
So perhaps the Iomega Enclosure (Interface electronics inside) is getting out of date.
The oldest part of your drive will be the Enclosure & USB port.

I would suggest you open the enclosure and take out the actual hard drive. Should still be good to use.

Drives are either 2.5" or 3.5" Size Standard.
Eg Pocket drives are 2.5" size, Slower operation as they use 5 volt only. One bump during use can kill them!

3.5" use 5v & 12v & spin much faster (3500 to 7200rpm) for high speed transfer. Eg Movie Streaming / Fast Backups and are more robust.

The internal connector will either be the older IDE / ATA type connector Or
The new universal SATA connector (serial ATA much smaller)

You will need to determine this.....

The Fix:
The most convenient enclosure these days would be a DOCK type that allows you to plug in both 2.5 & 3.5 SATA drives. AND use USB 3 as a faster Future Proof Hard Drive
Then you can plug one in for Movies and another for Music and a third for Backups. Each drive purchased separately.
Eg 3x 1TB should be cheaper than 3 separate enclosed drives.

I'm sure there is a dual DOCK also for the older ATA connector.
But all future Drives will be SATA.

Once you determine what connector your drive uses then you can plug it in to the more modern housing and format the drive for Windows NTFS or FAT32 (Windows & Mac & TV's)

Good Luck

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Which USB cradle works for a WDAC24300?

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Looking for a connector for wd scorpio blue WD6400BPVT to move data to jump drive

These kind of "docks" can be found on ebay for drive diagnostics or file transfers without opening your computer.

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As long as the platters inside are not shattered to million pieces, there is always a chance to recover the data but more complex and the amount of data needed, the more $$ it will cost you! There are companies and services you can use for data recovery but as mentioned, this is very expensive and typically used as a last resort for irreplaceable data when all other methods failed.

Now, even if there was a working operating system (Windows or Linux) installed on this hard drive, it is always better to use this drive connected as a slave drive or connected via firewire/USB docking station. That way, even if the operating system was damaged, as long as the data was not encrypted or the sectors where the data resides on were not damaged, you would still be able to access all data and copy it over to another healthy drive/disk.

I am not sure if this is a IDE or SATA type hard drive but there are USB adapters with applicable power connectors to connect pretty much any drive externally to a working system and access it. I use a USB 3.0 based docking station as well as a USB 2.0 based drive adapter which connects to both IDE and SATA 2.5" (laptop) and 3.5" (desktop) type drives and cost around $15.

If any of these are too much for you to grasp or do, take it to a computer shop and have them take a look (typically for free) so, if it was indeed a dead drive, you won't have to second guess it or spend more money on it.

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I bought my seagate free agent go in april of 2011 and registered it as well. I have all my important work layouts on this and the usb connector on the external hard drive broke off and now i cant connect...

First, since you purchased the product in 4/11, you should contact the manufacturer for a replacement housing for the hard drive. If that's unsuccessful (or if you don't have that much time), you can purchase an external docking station. Then remove the hard drive from it's case and insert it into the docking station.

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I have a laptop and a internal hard drive. is it possible that i can store data from my laptop in the hard drive??? can you please tell me what cables i need inorder to send it to the hard drive if...

Your best solution is to gett either a IDE or SATA harddrive docking station depending on your harddrive

Here is a picture showing the diffrense.

The cable you need depends on what docking station you have/gett.

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I backed up my system and recently lost the hard drive. A new hard drive was installed, and I connected my Verbatim to my PC, but I have no idea how to put all the backed up data back to my PC. Can you...

All you need to do to backup the files on your old hard drive is by using a Hard Drive Docking Station. you can take your hard drive to a local store and ask for a docking station that would fit on your hard drive, the docking station is like a device the you can connect to your computer using a USB cable.
Once you have it, your old hard drive will just function as an external storage device.

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My 500 gig freeagent go drive stopped working, it

If you have a desktop PC, take the hard drive out of the enclosure and install it as an internal drive. Boot up into the desktop and see if you can read it from there.

The audible clicking of the drive is not a good sign. It may mean the reader arm inside the hard drive is stuck or has malfunctioned.

It's not uncommon for new hard drives to fail suddenly even when only 2 months old. One option available is to take it to a data extraction facility. If you can find a local provider, that would be ideal. They will test the drive to find out if the damage is repairable or not. If not, your only option at that point, if you still want the data, would be to send the drive to a data extraction facility with a clean room where they will take the hard disc platter out of the drive, extract the data for you, and send it back to you on a CD/DVD disc. This option is expensive and can cost anywhere between $500 and $3000. If the data is that important to you, it may be worth your money.

Note: DO NOT attempt to take the platter out at home. Even the slightest amount of dust could prevent you from being able to extract the data ever again.

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Backup hard drive to an external hard drive

"what the error actually says is, you have either run out of space, or the backup file (.bkf) is too large for this disk. note: if the disk is formatted with FAT32, the maximum possible size for the backup file is limited to 4 gigs."

That error means that the FAT32 file system only allows 4GB files or smaller to be transfered. The chance that the backup file (.bkf) is larger than 4GB suggests that this file is causing your problems. You could try manually copying around that file (selecting all files from that folder except the large one) and see if that works.

Usually you will get many errors copying a drive directly as system files will be inaccessible and whatnot. Your best bet is to limit your copying to "C:\Program Files\" and "C:\Documents and Settings\", assuming you have Windows.

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Hard drive backup

Dear aspec,
First u try to perform scandisk the lap hdd. you also confirm wheather the bios is fully supproting the 250gb drive.


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