Question Bad external hard drive or incompatible files?

heyGey99

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So I am trying to transfer files to my new external hard drive. I am on a Windows 10 machine and using a cheaper Chinese made HDD. I am getting errors trying to transfer certain files (although some have transferred successfully), and I'm not sure if this is the (potentially poorly made) drive, or there is some extra step I can do have these files successfully loaded.

The files I am trying to download are from torrents. So far, I have successfully loaded two complete tv series, which are mp4. But have also failed to transfer other complete tv series, mp4 but also mkv. I thought maybe I was trying to load too many at a time (although I had no issue doing that on the two successful transfers) and reduced to just transferring a specific season of the show, and then one episode at a time, but to no avail it just doesn't want to successfully transfer these files. For movie (mp4) files, they load on the drive but when I try to open them, I get a '0xc00d3c4' error. If I create a folder within the drive and try to place this mp4 file in there, I get a '0x80070570' error. When it comes to the tv series, which are organized in one folder and then within subfolders per the season, the transfer will load all the folders, but doesn't load all the actual files in the folders. Those that do load get the same '0xc00d3c4' file is not playable error. I cannot even delete the empty folders, getting the '0x80070570' corrupted and unreadable error. Other files I've tried to transfer are cracked web applications, which appear to load on the drive, but again give the '0x80070570' error, which I can only see if I try to move the application file(s) into a folder. When I get one these '0x80070570' errors, I can only delete the files or folders once I have scanned and repaired the drive.

Is this the drive (brand: POENOWNE)? The files themselves are somehow not compatible? If I buy a trustworthy/brand-name drive, like a Seagate, will these transfers then be successful? To that note, if it is the drive and I go with a Seagate product, and based on the files I'm trying to transfer, is there any specific Seagate product you'd recommend?
 

igor_kavinski

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I would only trust Seagate IronWolf drives for my precious data. Otherwise, WD or Toshiba are a better buy than Seagate drives.
 

heyGey99

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I would only trust Seagate IronWolf drives for my precious data. Otherwise, WD or Toshiba are a better buy than Seagate drives.
Well this isn't so much "precious data". Just want to back this stuff up cause my laptop is coming to its end of life; can always re download stuff. Am looking at the 'Seagate Portable External Hard Drive HDD'. Seems like a sure thing.
 

Tech Junky

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@heyGey99

How did you format the drive? NTFS/exFAT?

There are sometimes issues depending on the FS you chose.

The other issue is the cabling / controller you're enclosure has.

I use one of these and have 0 issues with any drive I hook up to it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071GRCGF4
It works with 2.5/3.5 (use the AC adapter)

Another option I would consider since Windows is dumb and slow.... put Linux on a USB and boot from it and then copy from there instead to avoid all of the windows errors.
 

heyGey99

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@heyGey99

How did you format the drive? NTFS/exFAT?

There are sometimes issues depending on the FS you chose.

The other issue is the cabling / controller you're enclosure has.

I use one of these and have 0 issues with any drive I hook up to it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071GRCGF4
It works with 2.5/3.5 (use the AC adapter)

Another option I would consider since Windows is dumb and slow.... put Linux on a USB and boot from it and then copy from there instead to avoid all of the windows errors.
I'm cutting my loses and returning it. Buying a brand name HDD instead. Choosing between [WD Elements Portable HDD, External Hard Drive /
Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable External Hard Drive /
Seagate Portable External Hard Drive HDD]
for purposes of storing video files (likely mp4), audio files, cracked web applications, possibly cracked video games (all downloaded from torrents), and xbox one games if I need to clear space on my system. Any thoughts?
 

heyGey99

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I'm cutting my loses and returning it. Buying a brand name HDD instead. Choosing between [WD Elements Portable HDD, External Hard Drive /
Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable External Hard Drive /
Seagate Portable External Hard Drive HDD]
for purposes of storing video files (likely mp4), audio files, cracked web applications, possibly cracked video games (all downloaded from torrents), and xbox one games if I need to clear space on my system. Any thoughts?
Also (and maybe more importantly) for my purposes, how should the drive be formatted? NTFS/exFAT?
 

igor_kavinski

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When using portable drives, always remove them safely so any pending writes are committed. Unsafe unplugging may lead to data corruption.
 
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Tech Junky

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NTFS is slower but more resilient. exFAT makes sense if you are not using it for very critical data and you also want to be able to share data with Macs.
Depends on the size of the disk. Exfat has a limit and NTFS doesn't. My preference would be WD as I have several of their red drives running 24/7 and yet to see any issues with them after several years.

Tons of people shuck them from external enclosures and have the same or white label drives in them.
 
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