Windows 10: Can i use windows on a chromebook?

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  1.    26 Mar 2018 #31

    So that would mean the 2nd usb port is not strong enough and doesn't have the power for an internal hard drive enclosure? But the top usb port does then?
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       26 Mar 2018 #32

    I've just discovered this thread. Over on your parallel thread we established that the hard drive enclosure is recognised in one port but not on the other - though it was once, the first time you plugged it in and stopped working after you unplugged it without ejecting. You seem to be more active on this thread now, so I'll repeat my suggestion here.

    Bree said:
    As I said, I don't have a chromebook for testing this. It appears yours is remembering something about that combination of drive and the lower usb port that stops it working. You could try a hardware reset.

    To fix some Chromebook problems, you might need to reset your Chromebook hardware, also called a hard reset.

    Try a hard reset only after other ways to fix the problem have failed. It will restart your Chromebook hardware (like your keyboard and touchpad), and might delete some files in your Downloads folder.
    Is my internal hard drive damaged?
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       26 Mar 2018 #33

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    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.
    External drives are listed as USB hard drives.

    @ paulyjustin Under Storage Devices, it lists USB hard drives and thumb drives. USB hard drives are external drives; I don't think internal hard drives tend to be USB. Here's a copy of what I found at File types and external devices that work on Chromebooks - Chromebook Help

    You can access files on external devices connected to your Chromebook if they use the following types of filesystems:

    • FAT (FAT16, FAT32, exFAT)
    • HFS+ (read-only on journaled HFS+)
    • ISO9660 (read-only)
    • MTP
    • NTFS
    • UDF (read-only)

    Storage devices
    • USB hard drives and thumb drives
    • USB CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives (read-only)

    Remove a storage device safely by clicking Eject .

    Note that under file systems, your drive should be formatted as Fat 32 or NTFS; probably not something strictly Chrome if you want to continue using it with Windows. I'm pretty sure you don't want your stuff read only. :) From what I see, it doesn't look like a GPT/UEFI formatted drive will work with Chrome.
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