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Re: HOW TO TRANSFER DATA FROM A DESKTOP TO AN EXTERNAL...
I am guessing this is a USB hard drive. Is there a write protection on it? What are you trying to copy? You may have to limit the size of transfers and do multiple moves/copys. Or alternately you may use a backup program which may yeild better results depending on what you are trying to do, but also tends to be more consuming.
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If the external hard drive has been formatted on a PC in NTFS file format then the MAC cannot read data off this hard drive. The FIX.. Connect the USB external hard drive to a Windows computer and copy your data off this hard drive to the computer. Then format the external hard drive in FAT32 file format. (the MAC can read and write to data to and from a Windows PC) Now copy the your data from the computer back onto the external hard drive. Now you can connect the external hard drive to the MAC and download your data to the MAC.
Some of the externals have mapping issues in Windows. Although the TB shows in devices, you may need to remap it (right click on My Computer for mapping options) and in some cases, changing the drive letter will fix your problem. There's really no 1 definitive solution for these. If you're unable to fix the problem by remapping or changing the drive letter, you can partition the drive to recover your data. As far as the slow transfer rate goes, almost all externals are formatted in FAT. This has issues of its own with safely removing devices and slow transfer rates. I prefer to format my externals and flash drives in NTSF for more reliability. Best of luck.
Assuming you've already tried using it on another PC or Mac (as appropriate) with any needed software installed, and that didn't work, your next DIY step is to remove it from the container.
If you can remove it (most drive makers do not publish the instructions to disassemble their equipment), you can hook the drive up inside most PC (not laptop) cases directly (if they have the required IDE or SATA connection), or take it to your local PC store for a quick test.
As a last resort, you can sent it to a "disk or drive recovery" company to get some or all of your data back if it hasn't been lost to a surface defect on the disk. This is usually a fairly expensive option.
do you have 2 hard drives or a partitioned hard drive? anyhow go to my computer check and see if the drive is listed. If not you may have to reinstall it. If the drive has become defective there are readers that can transfer your info. You also can take it to Geek Squad or other service and they can transfer your info to a new external drive ( i suggest an external TB drive you can get the for $150 and they are well worth it) for music purposes and archiving. Portability alone makes it a great choice.
Very possible your problem is that this drive is not externally powered and your desktop does not put out enough power to drive it. I'm guessing your desktop is older. Especially if your desktop is USB 1.0 this problem would occur. Your best bet in this case is to either mount a newer USB expansion card into your desktop, or get another externally powered harddrive and transfer data over to it from this one with your laptop.