A hard disk drive (or HDD) is a non-volatile, random access device for storing digital data.

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New SD in system, old HDD now not working

Recently I purchased a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD to upgrade my system. I previously had Windows running on a 750GB normal Hard Drive. Now I have Windows running on my SSD, and I was planning on ...
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mac book pro slowing down with age [duplicate]

I have a mac book pro that's about 4 years old. It's been slowing down. I tried to defrag the hard drive, but that didn't really help. I am using about 70% of the hard drive, but I haven't had a lot ...
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TRIM on non-SSD RAID?

A server has been experiencing temporary lockups (1-8 minutes) for some time and I recently found they have been corresponding to VSS snapshots lately. Through event logs I was able to determine that ...
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What could cause the files to be replaced with null bytes, size and timestamp not modified?

Something has malformed a bunch of files on my hard drive. The malformed files: have theirs content replaced with NULL bytes, are exactly the same size as before the malform happen, modification ...
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Sony Vaio Laptop HDD Replacement/Install windows 7

Working on friends laptop PC. His Sony Vaio Laptop model VPCCA22FX displays a message on boot-up that says the drive in about to fail. He has no Recovery disks. I tried to create but was unable to get ...
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use two external hard drive as one

I am planning to purchase a second external hard drive and I am trying to figure out a minimalist setting to use two external drives at the same time (I don’t want to plug two drives into my computer, ...
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Using Clonezilla (or alternate) to make a *partial* full disk image of a multi-partition, multi-boot hdd

So I have a windows multi-boot system with XP installed first, then windows 7. I also have further partitions for user data, etc. I do not fully understand where (and what) data is stored on a pc ...
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How to recover deleted files with original filenames on FAT32 usb?

I have tried several products to recover the data. I have all of the original files thanks to photorec and foremost however, the images are useless without the correct filenames. I have all of the ...
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Looking for missing “My Pictures”

I was looking for files to delete to free up hard drive space (WIndows 7), and naturally was looking through my photos. Then all of a sudden I could no longer find them! I have the Pictures library ...
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How exactly do you hook up 16 drives to this RAID card?

http://www.lsi.com/products/raid-controllers/pages/megaraid-sas-9240-8i.aspx#tab/tab1 I'm utterly confused only because I'm not versed as well in enterprise storage capability and solutions. The ...
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How do I get an external USB hard drive recognized in Windows PE environment (WinPE running off disc)?

I'm running WinPE on a disc. I believe it's PE 2.0. It's being run on a laptop with USB 3.0 ports, as I'm sure that may matter. I want to connect either a USB thumb drive or USB hard drive but it's ...
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dban: How much of the data is erased with the “quick erase method” when canceled at 15% progress, and in which way?

I used dban to "erase" data off an hdd (200gb). I used the "quick erase method", but I canceled dban when the progress was at ~15%. Can someone tell me if it's more like "15% of the cake is gone, the ...
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My drive fall down, how to check if there is something wrong? [on hold]

My HD fell down to the floor how to check if there is somwthing wrong? Im using Ubuntu and Windows 7.
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How to Transfer Data From an External IDE HDD to a Windows 7 PC

I have a 50 GB Seagate IDE HDD from a 10+ year old Windows XP machine. I thought I could easily transfer all the important data from this HDD to a new maching running Windows 7 by pulling it from the ...
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Harddrive only works in windows after booting in uefi setup

My secondary harddrive, that i use for file storage only, only works in Windows if i enter UEFI setup first. So if i want to access the drive, i have to boot in Windows, restart Windows holding shift, ...
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Move System Drive to Another Drive

I bought a pre-built tower a few months ago and installed Windows 8.1 on it's built-in hdd. I installed many applications and games on it. Now I just noticed that my system is really slow, specially ...
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What does it mean when my HDD doesn't show any S.M.A.R.T attributes?

I have a Seagate 2TB HDD (about 3 years old) and I've started having strange issues since installing a new PSU (my previous one was on the blink as it kept intermittently restarting my PC). 1 day ...
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What do you call the place on a hard drive (or motherboard, or anywhere else) to place jumpers?

Most hard drives have a set of pins next to the pata or sata port to place jumpers to do things such as designating it a slave or master. What is the name of those set of other pins? Hard drives are a ...
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Do I need to connect the jumper pins in a SATA hard drive to anything?

I am looking at replacing the 16GB SSD on my Chromebook (C710-2856) with a bigger, maybe a little faster SSD so that my laptop has room for more Linux stuff and maybe Windows 8 if I can find the ...
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7mm drive in 9.5mm HDD bay - Causing loud humming noise?

Ive got a 7mm drive in a 9.5mm HDD bay and it appears to be causing loud humming noises when the drive is in operation. Ive narrowed it down to the bay as this occurs with two different HDDs. As you ...
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Which hard disk manufacturer provides the longest warranty in Europe? [on hold]

I read that some manufacturers had slashed their warranties on hard drives down to two years. I am looking into a server disk that has an extended warranty so that I can calculate the costs of ...
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How to deny access from Windows 7 to a Windows 8.1 drive?

I have dual-boot with Windows 7 installed on one partition of my hard drive and Windows 8.1 installed on the other partition. How to deny Windows 7 users access to the Windows 8.1 partition?
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What happened to my computer, and what are my recovery chances?

Today I was just using my computer as normal when it froze. Restarting, it froze on the windows logo. Restarting again brought me to the "Windows failed to start" screen, where I tried to run startup ...
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Laptop cycle reboot at bios sata detection

I have the trouble on an Acer Aspire 5733. At boot, the bios shows the ACER Splash Screen and F2/F12 for setup/boot option, but it reboot before the bios detection ends. The only way to get out of the ...
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Why does Windows 7 has higher disk usage than Ubuntu? [on hold]

This is what I noticed from looking at the disk indicator light.
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How can cut the time it takes to tag videos using Windows Explorer?

When I try to tag a video using windows explorer it takes roughly 10-20 seconds for it to complete. If I try to tag multiple videos using the same tag it takes even longer? How can I cut this time ...
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How to ignore a range of sectors of HDD?

I use Windows 7 and I have a Maxtor STM3320613AS HDD (320 GB) and it have some bad sectors. I know windows ignores these bad sectors itself but is there any possibly way to force HDD itself to ignore ...
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W8.1 Restart to repair drive errors … repeatedly

This, very frequently, turns up in Action Center. Various utilities indicate NO problem with any drive attached to the computer. Google search finds similar issues regarding a LOOP ... but I am not ...
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Windows setup doesn't detect HDD, although it is detected in BIOS

I've been trying to reconfigure and reinstall an old machine that I've been using until recently to pass it down to relatives, but I have no success installing Windows in the current configuration. ...
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Is there a solution for powering fans (and/or hard drives) from a separate power supply, if space in computer case is limited?

I have a full tower with six hard drives and five fans. The computer has a blue screen of death about once per day, but I noticed that it does not happen if all of the fans are turned off (case being ...
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How to get access to unaccessible SSD drive and weird partition volumes?

I bought a ASUS S46CB a month ago, and it boasted, among other features, two hard drives: a 20Gb SSD and a regular 1Tb hard drive. After booting, I saw that the 1Tb disk was splitted in half and ...
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Why is data still recoverable after writing zeros to a harddrive? [on hold]

If you write 0s to the entire HDD, why is it that data can still be recovered? Why would you need to perform more than one pass?
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How do I create a new recovery partition? Follow up to successful new SDD install

System Info: Sony VAIO VPCF115fm i7 Q720 Quad Core CPU (1.6 GHz) Turbo boost up to 2.8 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU with 1 GB VRAM 500 GB spinning media hard drive (Seagate ST9500325AS) 6 GB DDR3 ...
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Drive is missing from My Computer but is visible in Disk Management, how do I get it to show up?

I bought a new PC case and installed my hardware in it. I have 2 HDDs but I can't access one of them (320GB). How can I fix this?
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Cannot resize a vdi virtualbox disk

I'm attempting to resize my virtualbox VMDK via this answer on SO. The original size is 75GB and I'm trying to double it. Step 1 goes fine, I am able to convert my vmdk to a vdi. I attempt to resize ...
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Connecting two ATA HDDs at same port

Here is an machine with only one ATA port ( rest is some of SATA ). So I need to connect my two ATA hard drives at same port. I've tried to connect them as master and slave, but they don't work in ...
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Does Intel Smart Response cache drive size matter?

I have a Lenovo Y400 laptop, that came with a 16gb Intel Smart Response cache drive. I also have an unused 64gb ssd drive lying around. I was wondering whether replacing the 16gb cache drive with the ...
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Laptop cannot boot to Samsung SSD

I have recently purchased a Lenovo Y50, I wanted to upgrade to a 1TB SSD. I bought this SSD, and used this software(Specifically for that task) to clone the drive. It cloned happily, but when I ...
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Windows installation is in arcane sector

I think I found out what causes the problem where Windows is unable to start due to a logo screen freezing. I think this is actually pretty much obvious. Previously, I had active Windows ...
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Files Larger Than 4GB Are Not Transferring To Hard Drive?

Moving things from my laptop to a 1TB hard drive. Stops at any file larger than 4GB saying that that there isn't enough space on the hard drive. I checked the formatting on my hard drive and it is ...
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Share optical drive over lan

Is there any way that you can create an optical drive server so that you can share like an audio-cd on a webserver without converting. Situation: School with new Chromebooks.
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Can it be that two S.M.A.R.T. hard drives die at the same time?

I have a PC with 2 S.M.A.R.T. drives, of different makes and age. Both started complaining about bad sectors this week and finally failed. The PC didn't fall or something. Can it be that it's a ...
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Drive partitioning for SSD cache

i just purchased a new laptop Asus N551JK-CN103D which comes with a 1TB hdd and 24GB SSD(or mSSD) which I think can be used as cache. I have a couple of questions but here is how I setup my laptop, it ...
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Do I have a mechanical failure or a PCB failure?

In reference to a question I asked earlier today, I switched from Recuvra to HDD Regenerator 2011, with better results. The tool has been running for 11 minutes now, and it has recovered 18 bad ...
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Firefox constantly writes into “…customdestinations-ms” - normal?

i realised that Firefox often causes HD-Activity, even if no website is loaded. Addons arent the reason, tested it already. Also increased the interval of the sessionstore. I opened Ressourcemonitor, ...
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Can the $BadClus file hold recoverable data?

I have an external hard drive that a family member dropped but however still functions perfectly other than the drive is not partitioned; the drive doesn't even click in the way a normal damaged hard ...
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Is this hard-drive beyond recovery? [closed]

A family member dropped a couple of their external hard drives as they were swapping to a new computer. Needless to say both drives have been ruined, but with different symptoms; the first drive works ...
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Truecrypt not enough space for hidden volume error

So I have tried this multiple times with different drives and keep getting this same error. "Not enough free space for the hidden volume! Volume creation cannot continue." I am getting this when ...
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Is my hard drive in the process of becoming faulty?

There was no lead up symptoms to what I'm currently going through with my home machine. What happened was; Casual non intensive usage on the machine, then everything locked up and would not resume ...
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Is a multiplatter hard drive more reliable than a single platter drive of the same capacity? [duplicate]

For an equivalent age of device, would this general rule hold since the data is less dense on each platter therefore can be more robust against deterioration? Alternately, would the extra complexity ...