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Question about external hard drives/flash drives

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#1 bigbrown411


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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:49 PM

Is it possible for an external hard drive/flash drive to not be installed properly, even though it APPEARS to be installed properly. Like, if you install an external hard drive/flash drive on your laptop/desktop and your able to transfer files onto the external hard drive/flash drive, retrieve them, open them, all that good stuff. Even though it appears as though the transfer went right, is possible that it really didn't and that you might lose your files down the road out of the blue?


Also, do you have to be connected to the internet to install an external hard drive/flash drive?

Edited by bigbrown411, 23 March 2014 - 12:56 PM.

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#2 dicke



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Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:55 PM


If you connect an external drive to any system after is boots and is displaying the desktop there is the possibility that the system isn't 'seeing' it correctly and transfers in either direction could be compromised. Once a file is correctly transferred you should not be able to 'lose' it by doing a copy of the file in either direction.

I always recommend connecting external drives of any type before booting the system.

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