Windows 10: Can i use windows on a chromebook?

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  1.    3 Weeks Ago #21

    ok it took many hours to scan the hard drive on my windows 7 computeand it showed over 200 million clusters processed. The thing is it said there are no errors. When i plug it into my desktop windows 7, it shows


    data part1 I drive

    928gb free of 931gb


    Thus it looks like it is fine on the desktop windows 7


    When i connect it to my chromebook, there is the blue light which show it works, but then it immediately is no more light and now it had that same notification. Thus it does not recognize the drive and enclosure. I used an old usb stick and connected it to the chromebook. It recognizes it.


    So can someone explain why it seem to work on the desktop computer but doesn't recognize on the chromebook?
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  2.    3 Weeks Ago #22

    I just plugged it into my desktop windows 7 computer and it shows it as the I drive etc. But when i connect it to chromebook, it does recognize it for a bit but then immediately doesn't recognize it anymore... there is no blue light. And it has that whoa message.


    Does anyone have a clue why it does this then? It can't be the usb port because i used a usb flash drive and connected it to chromebook and it recognizes. And it does show the hard drive with the 928gb free of 931b on the desktop.
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       3 Weeks Ago #23

    paulyjustin said: View Post
    I just plugged it into my desktop windows 7 computer and it shows it as the I drive etc. But when i connect it to chromebook, it does recognize it for a bit but then immediately doesn't recognize it anymore... there is no blue light. And it has that whoa message.


    Does anyone have a clue why it does this then? It can't be the usb port because i used a usb flash drive and connected it to chromebook and it recognizes. And it does show the hard drive with the 928gb free of 931b on the desktop.
    My guess is that it's possible the drive is too large for Chrome OS to recognize. Second guess is that the files on the drive aren't compatible with Chrome OS.

    Having said that, I know nothing about Chrome.
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  4.    3 Weeks Ago #24

    Those netbooks came in handy when traveling and use at work. Carrying my netbook at less than 3 lbs as opposed to company laptop at 5+ lbs in tool bag.
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  5.    3 Weeks Ago #25

    It may be some other type of compatibility. Per this link, external hard drives are supported, both FAT32 and NTFS. You may need to format the drive under Chrome OS.

    File types and external devices that work on Chromebooks - Chromebook Help
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  6.    3 Weeks Ago #26

    I don't see anything about external drives on that list. Looked at wrong place!!!!
    If it is anything like Apple, you have to do some research because it does it's own thing.
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #27

    They are listed under storage, and as compatible. There are no listed capacity limits, though.
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  •    3 Weeks Ago #28

    paulyjustin said: View Post
    So can someone explain why it seem to work on the desktop computer but doesn't <etc> <etc>
    Not enough power from the USB port.

    That is all.

    If you pick up the drive and put it to your ear you'll hear a little beep-beep-beep sound. That means it doesn't have enough power.

    Either plug in the second (power) USB cable or if it doesn't have such a hole, buy a new housing that has two holes. And then plug them both in.
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  •    3 Weeks Ago #29

    Hi there. I just plugged in a seagate external hard drive into the usb port in my chromebook. It recognizes it and has no issues. Thus this has nothing to do with the usb port on my chromebook.

    When i plugged in the internal hard drive enclosure into it before this, it did recognize it for a second as it showed up with the name database i believe.

    Then i did this again and you could see when you open files up, it shows the name of the hard drive as datapart. It would keep showing up and disappearing after few seconds




    Then on the bottom right corner, it would have the same message over and over again in like 30 plus notificaitons

    Removeable device detected

    Explore the device's content in the files app


    Whoa, there. Be careful.

    In the future, be sure to eject your removable device in the files app before unplugging it. Otherwise, you might lose data.
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  •    3 Weeks Ago #30

    Okay so in those 2 usb ports on my chromebook, i had the usb for my wireless mouse in the top usb port. I just now decided to put that usb for wireless mouse in the port below it and then plug in the internal hard drive enclosure into the top usb port and does work on the other usb port. I only have 2 usb ports on the chromebook. The top usb port i had plugged in the usb for the wifi mouse i use.


    So what does that mean? That the other usb port is damaged? Well that can't be it because a regular usb stick and a 1tb external hard drive works on that port. Right now i connected the usb for my wireless mouse to the usb port where it could not connect/recognize on my laptop.


    I did not want to do this earlier in case it might damage the usb for my wireless mouse. Thoughts on this?
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