External Hard Drive Error

Get to know more about errors associated with external hard drive

All computers require at least one hard drive to store all kinds of information such as operating system, user information and documents such as spread sheets, word file etc. In addition to internal hard drive we can also use external hard drive for storing this information. Using external hard disk we can create a backup for our internal hard disk. External hard disks are usually connected to the system with the help of USB cables. There are several hard disks available in the market and we can buy these drives according to our choice. They are available from 120 GB to 500 GB. Some manufacturers also offer 1 terra byte of hard disks. We can store sensitive information on these external hard drives because it gives several security mechanisms such as password protection, encryption and biometric access. But sometimes these hard drives exhibit some errors. Some of the errors are due to the devices and some of them are due to system settings.

Here is more on different errors associated with external hard drive:

  • Different Hard drive Errors

  • Disk Defragmentation

  • Error Checking

Different Hard drive Errors

When you try to open an external hard drive then it may display some errors or behave unexpectedly. There are several reasons for this. One common error associated with hard drives is corrupted hard drive which fails to open. Another error associated with the hard drive is Windows failing to access the hard drive properly.

Disk Defragmentation

One way to get rid of external hard drives errors is by performing disk defragmentation. In order to perform disk defragmentation, open 'Start' menu and click on 'My Computer'. Then select the external hard drive that you have connected to the system and right click on the drive. Then select 'Properties' and click on 'Tools'. Click on 'Defragment' under 'Defragmentation' and click 'Ok' after the defragmentation.

Error Checking

Windows disk manager is one of the best tools available to repair all the disk errors and bad sectors. To check the errors and bad sectors associated with external hard drives, open 'My Computer' and right click on the external hard drive, then select 'Properties'. Then select 'Tools' and click on 'Check Now' under 'Error Checking'. Select 'Automatically fix file system errors' and 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors' check boxes which will automatically fix system errors.

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