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  1. A lot of time I am quite pretty sure that none of the files are being occupied by the system (even if it does, it was not done by me) and no copying or transferring any files I want to safely remove the hard drive by clicking the icon on the task bar it just does not work ... The portable hard drive even seems to spin up after clicking on the safely remove button. I have tried to close/ terminate the handle by Microsoft's method but it also does not work or gets system crashed. Does anyone ever study about the issue and if it's really nothing to worry about to just unplugging the USB>? Thank you!!!!!!!
  2. Hi everybody I am a video enthusiasts and I don't like to delete videos. (HD) no. of hard drives at home expands very quickly. I expect to need 12 T every year and now I have a couple of external desktop (3.5) hard drives by Seagate. Some of data very important (less than 20%) Some of the drives are getting old... maybe 2-3 years now. I have no backup solution now. I am so worried. Any ideas?
  3. The following picture shows the directory and files automatically created long time ago on my Seagate Expansion hard drive. I don't know what they are, I'd like to know if I can delete all these files safely without affecting any information or files stored on my harddisks. Do I need to backup these files? In fact, what they are? Thanks
  4. a lot of people know we should safely remove USB HDD before physically unplugging the USB cable. But, a lot of times I am unable to safely remove, although there are NO any data transfer occurring. They often return with warning windows saying that safely remove could not be done at the moment, please try again later, something like that. It really occurs very often!! It is very strange because I am sure that all data transfer was already finished, but the HDD is like being "trapped" at the point. 1) Any problems? Assume no data transfer. 2) Any affect, in long terms, to the hardware of the HDD if I don't unplug it with safely remove (most of the time it is not "I don't", it is "I couldn't" 3) Any affect to any other files already stored on HDD? What is the reason? If I am copying or running any of the files when I execute safely remove, that makes sense. But I know I am not. Thanks you
  5. Hello Concerning external hard disk, especially the 3.5 inch one, I have some "if" (1) if I don't do safely remove and unplug the USB cable, (2) if the computer suddenly goes off and the hard disk is still actively connected to the computer (my computer could go off because of temporarily power outrage of the old building I am living or other reasons) (3) if the hard disk is moved very slightly (usually accidentally) during its working, (4) for any other reasons the hard disk is still vibrating / spinning but the usb cable or power cable is taken away. would any of the above "if" lead to loss/corruption/alternation of data ALREADY FINISHED AND STORED?(I don't mean the data BEING transferred, I know those data has to be re-transferred again). Are the hardware of a harddisk designed to avoid those problems. Thank you all
  6. kenny1999

    what harddrives to pick

    hi i don't think i will use RAID because I now know that it's nothing about backup, it's just a case of emergency to reduce chances of failing both harddisk. Now I want to buy an external case with an internal harddisk. Can you suggest me whether 2T is better or 3T HDD is better? Of course 3T is better in terms of capacity but how about the architecture, the design of both discs? Please give any recommendation I urgently need a good harddisk to save and backup. Thanks
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    complete newbie to RAID

    hi complete newbie to RAID and this sub-forum as well. Lots of questions about RAID but first I should tell what I am doing with my computer. Now I've got only ONE 1T external 3.5 harddisk containing unimportant data. No problems whether they are lost or not. but now I am going to have about 2.5T important and precious data to save on hard disk(s) but these data is not on my storage device now so I need 5T hard disk space(2.5T for the data + 2.5T for back-up) in total. These data are important and I want to keep them perfectly for lots of years. I'll even keep checking their MD5 regularly to foreseen the possibility of data rot /corrupt over time I don't want to put all eggs into one basket so I don't think I want to use a 4T internal/external hard drive now, my question is 1. what is RAID? I only know that it is an array of hard disks. Then I know nothing about it. 2. I know no 100% reliable harddrive in the world and all harddrive will go failure one day, but I want to know if an internal harddrive or an external drive is more reliable and has a longer 'life-span' on average 3. In my case, which one is the best choice? 1T x 5 or 2T x 3 or 3T x 2 ? No problem for a 1T extra because I will still have more than 2.5T files to keep. 4. From previous experience with computer, I know that it is hard to hard drive failure in less than two years. So, is it wise to first invest on 2.5T space now and invest on another 2.5T space 1 or 2 years later? Then I'll have a newer harddrive to reduce the cost in long terms. I can take the small risk of having problems with my first 2.5T space investment within two years. 5. Can I use two different brands of harddrive in one box of RAID? Is it that using two different brands of harddrive to backup the file the best safe way? 6. Can RAID be external? If it can, does the big RAID with lots of harddisk being connected to the main PC by a single USB cable only? 7. I had lots of unhappy experiences with Seagate but never with Western Digital. But I think these two brands are of the same famous. Was my unhappy experiences with Seagate purely random Thanks
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    habit of using 2.5 portable harddisk?

    Hi thanks for the advice i'd like to be reassured one thing Does it really no problem (to the hardware components) when I unplug the harddisk after "safely remove" even though I can still feel the harddrive is active/running/vibrating something? My harddisk is newly bought yesterday, I find that it only stops vibrating (slightly vibrating) after 10-20 mins after I click on safely remove. If I physically unplug it, it stops vibration immediately but I just wonder if this act will cause problem (in long terms) to the hardware/components/data inside background: once had nightmare with external harddisk few months ago. Everything lost in a night.
  9. hi everybody i'm new to the harddisk forum, hope get help here. Thanks I ve bought a new WD my passport portable 2.5 harddrive 1Tb, i've got some questions and hope to get rid of lots of confusions that have been in my mind for some time. Thanks 1. is it really necessary to 'safely remove' the harddisk each time I unplug the USB port? what could happen if I don't do this? (I find that even after I 'safely remove' the harddisk from windows and the harddisk icon under 'My Computer' disappear, the harddisk is in fact still running for some time (I can feel the vibration with my hand) before it really stops (no more vibration) I want to know if I unplug the USB cable when the harddisk is still 'in vibration', will it cause some extent of damage to the harddisk 2. does it really 'hurt' the harddisk that much if I move the harddisk when it is running? I don't mean to be rude with my hardisk intentionally but I might not be able to follow the 'rule' very strictly (safely remove every time and keep the harddisk 100% stationary when using it) will there be problems with it? Thank you Thanks