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

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Hard drive failure [duplicate]

I've got a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 internal HDD that failed recently. The laptop can't recognize it at all. I have tried putting it in an HDD enclosure and booting up from a Lubuntu live flash drive. ...
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Recovering User Profile Deleted by System

Silly me trying to save time over data, accidently got my user profile deleted. Here is the situation: I have an ssd and an hdd. All program files/data are stored on ssd, user files were stored on ...
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No security tab on an external hard drive I need permission to

I have a hard drive, and it has always worked easily for me before on my windows 7 computer. I tried plugging it in to said computer and it would be visible in D&P (Devices and Printers), but not ...
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Why are they putting “processors” on hard drives?

What does it mean when hard drives have a processor on the hard drive? How does it work, and what benefit does it have? I don't understand - the CPU on the computer is the processor and the hard ...
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Create NTFS partition for files for dual boot Win 7 (3 primary partitions) & Debian

My problem is that I want to partition my disk so there is no conflict between debian & win 7 AND that they can both access my files. I have a 1 TB hard disk. I installed Windows first, it created ...
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Broke my RAID. hp dv4-5100 with 500GB HDD and 32GB SSD

I was having trouble installing Ubuntu, presumably cuz Ubuntu got confused with the RAID configuration of the HDD and SDD. So i found a thread that explained the issue a little, but skipped some ...
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Can I change SSD encryption password once I set it?

So I have this toshiba notebook and the specification only states the capacity of the SSD and says nothing about the type. I do not particularly understand the difference between a user and a master ...
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How do I know if the drive in my notebook is an eDrive and thus uses bitlocker with no performance drop

So I have this toshiba notebook and the specification only states the capacity of the SSD and says nothing about the type. It supports some hardware encryption via BIOS and via proprietary toshiba ...
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Do eSATA HDD docking stations have a capacity limit?

I'm looking at perhaps buying an eSATA docking station to be able to easily plug in and unplug hard disk drives, particularly but not necessarily only for backup purposes. Note: This is not a ...
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Need help identifying the type of cable used in my external portable hard drive

I purchased my Seagate external hard drive about 4 years ago. Recently I have started experiencing problems with the provided USB cable. So I am guessing it is time to replace it. However I am just ...
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Is the beginning file on a SATA HDD the same as an SSD?

Having a hard time finding the answer to this. The beginning sector for standard user data on a HDD (sata, scsi, or ide) is always the same. First question: Which sector is it? Second question: ...
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Disagreement in S.M.A.R.T info from different tools

I checked my old(purchased in 2009) SAMSUNG HDD with two tools. One is CrystalDiskInfo(CDI) and the other one is HD Tune(HT). At first, with CDI, no problem was detected and it just said 'Good'. ...
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Recover data after format from NTFS to FAT32 [duplicate]

I accidentally formatted an external hard drive on mac with Disk Utility from NTFS to FAT32. I'm looking at TestDisk to see if I'm able to recover the data that was on there, but I can't seem to ...
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Move existing windows installation to new computer, *without* original computer?

My laptop died, but the hard drive is fine. I would like to buy a new laptop and move the hard drive to the new laptop, keeping my windows installation, with all its installed programs. Is this ...
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SSD not being recognized

I've recently had a problem with my Windows 8.1, it started loop rebooting like it was crashing everything it booted up the explorer.exe. After a few checks I found out that winload.exe was corrupted. ...
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Windows 8 notebook, 100% disk activity

I don't know what is happening, i have spikes in which the disk activiy goes up to 100% for 10 secs, once every minute or so. During those events I cannot see any process writing or reading from disk ...
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Will external SSD (via USB 3.0) be faster than HDD when it's running a VMWare?

I have read on this site than an external SSD will be faster than an external HDD (in my case I am using USB 3.0). It has been said that the SSD will be particularly faster when accessing many small ...
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Messed up my SD card something awful. Cannot format, reporting bad sectors, bad partitions.. what can I use to repair?

So, long story short - I created an image of my 16GB SD card used for my Raspberry Pi. I bought a 32GB SD card, wrote the image on it and it is now totally bricked. The SD card is brand new, just ...
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Can a clicking hard drive be brought back to life for backup

I have a spindle based hard drive that crashed (disappeared from Windows) in the middle of the night while the computer was running. When I restarted the computer it stayed on the 'AHCI Init' screen ...
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Why is my external HDD mounting an extra SCSI storage device after BIOS flash on laptop?

I just flashed a HP Laptop BIOS to a client's laptop, stupidly, with an External HDD plugged into a USB slot on the laptop. That was dumb, I know. But I didn't realize it until it had finished. I ...
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Windows 8.1 does not recognize old hard drive

I've installed windows 8.1 on my new SDD and decided to plugged in my old hard drive which was also on 8.1. I know you cannot use 2 OS at the same time. But I plug in the old one only when I was on ...
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Recover 2.7TB partition converted from GPT to MBR

I have a 3TB disk which had a 128MB Microsoft basic data partition at the beginning, and the rest was a large ~2.7TB ntfs partition. I recently converted this disk from GPT to MBR, and the second ...
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Hard drive checking by using of dd and md5sum tools

I bought new external USB 3.0 hard drive WD Elements 2 TB and decided to check it by using dd, head and md5sum tools. First I zeroed all hard drive: root@yurko-laptop:/home/yurko-laptop# dd ...
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My external HDD stopped working

A friend of my mine pulled the external HDD USB cable when it was in use. It is not getting detected now (wouldn't even spin). I took it out of its external case and plugged it directly into my ...
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Hard Drive working incorrectly

I tried to install a second SATA laptop hard drive to my desktop PC, and everything works just fine, I was able to browse the files on it, until I try to format it. Then it started making a high ...
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Cross Platform Encrypted File Server / NAS?

I have a desktop computer running Windows and two Mac laptops. The desktop computer has two internal hard drives, both NTFS and both encrypted with TrueCrypt (yes, I know TrueCrypt is supposedly not ...
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Hard Drive playing up

Hard Drive playing up - it opens quickly but when I select a file, instead of opening immediately, Explorer seems to scan the whole drive and then hangs (Not responding); when it stops "Not ...
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Extending partition of a hard disk in windows 7 boot camp (Mac)

everyone. I would like to ask if there is anyway to extend the partition I gave for setting up window 7, I initially gave 60 GB to window, and now they ate up a lot of bytes and I probably need more ...
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How to Perform Diagnostics on Intel SSE Outside of Windows

I have an 250 GB Intel 520 Series SSD on which I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. I am unable to start Windows after performing a post-Windows Update install and want to run diagnostics on the ...
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Figure out if Solid State Drive is being used as cache

I am using Fedora 20 OS. I am trying to see if my SSD is being used as Cache for fast reads. So far I check to see if the SSD is mounted so I did: sudo lshw | grep -A 10 SSD and I got: ...
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Hard drive not showing in BIOS, works in another PC

I have 2 Samsung 2TB F3 hard drives. These are in a Windows 8 system and they were both spanned to create a single 4TB Spanned Volume. I deleted this spanned volume and formatted each drive with just ...
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Windows 8 Toshiba Innovations in Automatic Repair loop

I dropped my laptop and basically since then its trying hard to boot. I can access BIOS using F2 but after restarting/resetting and hour after hour and days and nights waiting for a rebirth :( BLUE ...
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Windows 7 partitions are invisible and not accessible

I turned on my laptop and I can't find my E: and D: Partitions (Drive). I didn't install any program and I just turn it on and I saw there is not my E and D drive in My Computer I did this and saw ...
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Hard disk light keeps blinking

Who can tell me how to dig into exactly why the hard drive keeps reading/writing? What program is doing that and what is it doing for? I'm using Windows 7.
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Can't install Win 8.1 to my new Dell I5 computer

i just got a new dell I5 computer with on Operating system inside, i tried to install win 8.1 as the manual said but when i got to the Hard drive i got the message "windows cannot be installed on this ...
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Does pagefile or remaining drive space affect streaming large files over network?

I have an HTPC running on Windows 8.1 x64, with four 2TB drives & one 4TB drive, connected to my home network. I stream videos/media off this HTPC in other bedrooms which have other devices ...
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Inserting a partition image into a disk image

I've imaged all the partitions and the mbr (512B) of a 120GB hdd (via ddrescue). I've imaged those partitions separately. It took over 18 hours to completely recover the damaged main partition ...
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Dell Inspiron N5010 error code 2000-0146, hard drive failure

i accidentally dropped my machine (Dell N5050) and now it wont boot. I ran the diagnostics i I got this error code 2000 0146. I used Ubuntu to retrieve few of imp data. Now windows wont start even, i ...
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How to Replicate External Harddrive to Google Drive

I've recently had a scare (near failure) with an external harddrive which I store all my data on. Although I do backup to another external harddrive, I would like to backup to Google Drive. I don't ...
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Is deleting contents of AppData folder from my computer recommended?

Well well well...my computer keeps on eating whatever free space is available in the hard drive. It doesn't care whether the free space is in kb,KB,MB or GB. It happens only in the C drive where my OS ...
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how to use Intel RAID 1 on windows 7 boot drive

I have a motherboard with Intel RAID. and 2 new and empty 1T HDD. I want to use 2 HDD as RAID 1 (Mirror) to install Windows 7 pro (C: drive). What is the best or correct way to do it? I have ...
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Disk drive not recognized by laptop

I have an external USB drive. Took it apart and got the internal drive. Used it as normal on my desktop. Put it back together and tried to use it on a laptop. The laptop recognizes the drive but does ...
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Video Games all run 60fps and above but randomly drop 20fps

So when I play video games on my PC, they all run at 60fps or higher but randomly throughout all my games it will drop to 25fps and lower. I know it can't be the game because it happens in all my ...
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I want to backup bootcamp and Macintosh HD hard drive to my external hard drive using Disk Utility. How Can I do that?

My Macbook pro has got completely messed up. It has the regular Mountain Lion and Windows 8 installed through Bootcamp. I guess some startup file got corrupted and now Mac wouldnt repair even when I ...
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Create Recovery Data for storage drive [on hold]

Is there any software out there that can take a drive or files/folders and build a recovery record so that if the drive becomes parity corrupt, it can be used to possibly recovery the corrupted files? ...
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Restoring Windows 8 to factory state, without deleting secondary partition

Hi ya'll. I have a 3-months old Dell laptop, which I need to do a factory reset for, using the recovery partition. Since I don't have an external hdd available, in order to backup everything I needed ...
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Trying to restore cloned 1TB HDD to 3TD HDD, no other solutions have worked

So one day my 1TB started to fail, losing many sectors every boot. So I cloned the 1TB hard drive to a 1TB external drive. First problem? The target drive is too small. Fixed that by telling it to ...
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SSD is not booting after waking up from sleep mode with low battery condition: Disk /dev/sda doesn't contain a valid partition table

I've already found a way to erase the SSD and make it work again (http://askubuntu.com/questions/409684/image-or-reset-broken-ssd). But I need to find a way to restore my data. The data on my ssd is ...
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is it a good way to do RAID 1 (mirror)?

I am new to doing RAID 1, I have a idea. Due to RAID 1 must use two same size HDD, if one fail, I must buy a new one which is identical or lager than the old one. So, is it better to use 95% of HDD, ...
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Is it safe to use an SSD for Backup purposes? [on hold]

I am in need of backing up some photos from all the phones in the family to a safe location. I am considering buying just a normal HDD, but I think that an SSD is also an option here? I know that ...