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

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no root partition was found : FreeBSD

I want to install freeBSD in my laptop. I already had a Ubuntu at my system. I make the partition of 40GB using GParted, to install freeBSD in to that. But when I install freeBSD on the partition ...
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External storage doesn't show up in pc or disk manager

When I plug in my external HDD the LED on the disk lights up but i can't see it in my PC/DISKPART/DISK MANAGEMENT. I tried all the ports on my computer but it doesn't show up.Help please. HDD:- ...
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Windows 7 ultimate reInstallation

I have reinstalled my windows 7 ultimate. My local disk(D) converted to RAW file system. I can not open this drive. So i formatted it. after few seconds computer restarted. an error occurred that is ...
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What are (other) possible reasons for ``ata: hard resetting link``, after manually replacing head and electronics?

So I have this hard drive which died the Click Of Death after falling of a couch. As I cannot afford data recovery, I went the home-brew route. The head seemed broken, as I watched it moving without ...
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Files getting corrupt while copying to external hard drives

Hi currently I am using WD Elements 2.5 inch 2 TB External Hard Drive. When I try to copy a bunch of files (say 2-3 files of size 500 MB each) then files are getting corrupted. But if I copy same ...
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Is it safe to backup my HDD?

Currently I see 2 parameters reaching design limits, namely Reallocated Sector Count as well as Spin Retry Count from the SMART data. The computer boots once out of 10 attempts and I have seen BSODs ...
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What is the difference between a quick scan and a full scan in HD Tune Pro?

A quick scan didn't find any error on my hard drive, whereas a full scan did. What is the difference between a quick scan and a full scan in HD Tune Pro? I use Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate and HD Tune ...
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BitLocker: Encrypt all hard drives

Since TrueCrypt is gone now, I'm planning in using BitLocker to encrypt my drives. I want to encrypt all hard drives. In my computer, I have an SSD and an HDD. At best, I want to turn on the ...
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Drive Jumper Settings for Creating RAID 0 Disk Images

I have a RAID 0 array of four 250 GB Disks, which constituted a single (LaCie) 1 TB virtual drive. The power supply died, so I removed the physical drives from the enclosure. I will attempt to ...
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Is it okay to shut down harddisk often?

I have a system with two harddisks; an SSD that contains Windows 7, all the applications and most of my commonly used documents and files, and a platter-based HDD which contains the larger (media) ...
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External HDD gets into read only mode over and over again

I have an extarnal HDD that put itself in read only mode on a regular base. For the record I know how to solve this problem via Diskpart. I even have created a script for it! The problem is that it ...
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Hard drive showing incorrect free space after recent RAM upgrade

After recently upgrading my ram from 8GB to 16GB I noticed that my hard drive went from ~22GB to ~8GB (120GB ssd) even though all of files on the drive only accumulate to 72GB. I have tried numerous ...
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What does “Healthy status” mean in Windows' disk management tool?

Windows' disk management tool says that Disk 1's partitions are healthy: However, HD Tune Pro 3.50 sees one error on the disk: What does "Healthy status" mean in Windows' disk management tool? ...
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Auto-Decrypt Windows Boot Drive With Truecrypt

Can I auto-decrypt an encrypted Windows 7 boot drive with Truecrypt? Basically, I want to be able to plug a USB flash drive in and have Truecrypt automatically decrypt and boot the Windows drive with ...
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NTFS compatibility between Windows XP and Windows 8

I bought a 2 TB Western Digital internal hard drive to put in an enclosure and use as external storage. I want to move files off a Windows XP desktop computer because of the computer's age. Should I ...
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3TB Western Digital green showing as only 746GB in disk management?

I've just purchased a new hard drive (3TB Western Digital Green) with the intention of transferring everything from my hard drive that has sector issues and is causing BSODs. The problem is, the new ...
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SATA hot plug has no effect in Windows

I have one hard drive inserted into a mobile rack. The hard drive is connected to the SATA port, which is configured with Hot Plug ON. However, I cannot see any way to flush buffers of this drive or ...
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Is it possible to image only a single partition in Windows 7?

I have a fairly good sized Hard Drive (2.5 GB) which I have partitioned into several parts. I want to know if it is possible for me to use Windows Backup in such a way that I am able to image and ...
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What's the best way for me to dual boot linux/Win 8.1 in my Dell Inspiron 14z laptop

So, I happen to have a Dell Inspiron 14z laptop. Unfortunately, like most laptops these days, it comes with a rather bizarre partition plan from the manufacturer, which I myself do not fully ...
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Computer only boots sometimes with a specific hard drive, Whats the deal?

we run the same motherboard in thousands of computers at our company. so far we have found 3 motherboards that will only boot with a SanDisk brand CF card. All others you can run any name CF card as a ...
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Why does my C:\ drive show that it's using more space than is actually being used?

I'm running a Windows 8 computer, and I've noticed that when I look at the properties for my SSD, it shows that I'm using 80GB/100GB, however, when I go into the C:\ directory and select everything ...
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ACER Aspire AX1920-UR10P

So I killed the original hard drive, and bought a new one and do not have a boot disk. I got the driver files from ACER's website and I have a downloaded copy of Windows 7 but I can't the computer to ...
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How many drives do I have?

This is the first time I ordered a dedicated server with 3 HDDs and I am quite confused. My limited knowledge tells me that /dev/sda /dev/sdb /dev/sdc are the 3 drives that I actually have. But, ...
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Create Junction point for Program Files (x86) on functioning system

Recently I found that my lowly 128GB SSD was filling up to the point where I had to uninstall old games to install new games. That wasn't bad until I had to install some other applications for actual ...
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Can't mount my external hard drive

After a repair task with disk utility I can't mount my external hard drive on my mac. I have tried to mount it on terminal mount /dev/disk1s1 but I receive this eror mount: /dev/disk1s1: unknown ...
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Tracking files downloaded to USB post-event

I run a small company and a senior employee recently left. As I was about to reformat his computer I discovered that just prior to leaving the firm the employee accessed some very confidential and ...
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It seems OS calculates partitions' sizes/boundaries differently while hdd connected via sata or usb adapter

I have kali linux installed on my laptop. Just've bought new drive (WD 500GB one) for it recently and used combined knowledge from these two guides: http://bremford.org/tips/MigrateDiskInUbuntu.html ...
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Laptop hard drive is silent, but it was noisy before. Should I be worried?

So my laptop's hard drive always had this soft, buzzing, clicking sound when the hard drive was working. The sound was there when the laptop was brand new and it was always present during the years, ...
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Why has my collegue network access to my harddrive c?

When I add the address \\collegue-a\c$ to my Explorer I have access to the harddrive of my collegue. If he does the same (by replacing collegue-a with my pc name) he has access to my harddrive. ...
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What Windows 8.1 (x64) / Linux SSD/HDD setup should I use?

I have the following drives and their planned usage below. 120GB SSD - Arch Linux or Ubuntu (OS, programs) 240GB SSD - Windows (OS, programs) 1TB HDD - Split in half, one partition per OS ...
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{Debian}External disk unmounting and corrupting on big files upload with seafile

So I recently bought a little dev board (radxa) to use with a spare external drive that I had to create a dropbox clone. At first I was using Owncloud but due to my system limitation (32 bit) php ...
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Will Diskpart Clean All reduce HDD lifespan?

I am planning to reinstall Windows on my PC and I just want everything to be as fresh and new like when it is first used. I thought about doing a Clean All on my hard disk, but I have one question: ...
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USB 3 hard drive not mountable on Linux

I am trying to mount an external hard drive with ext2 filesystem. "dmesg" tells me: > dmesg | grep sdb [ 3.436513] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] 1953525168 512-byte logical blocks: (1.00 TB/931 GiB) [ ...
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Is it necessary to use UPS? [duplicate]

I'm current using Corsair VS 550 (550 watt) power supply unit ,but i don't have any UPS. Is there any chance that my power supply unit and hard disk could be damaged for not using any UPS.can anyone ...
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When I copied photos from my camera to my desktop, they have fragmented equally throughout the remainder of my hard drive. Why?

A couple of days ago I copied 200 or so CR2 photos from my DSLR Canon EOS 1000D to a folder on my Desktop. Today when I opened up my defrag program it shows that 1 or 2 images has been scattered in ...
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How do I install an HDD caddy in the optical bay of a Dell Studio 1745?

I want to order the 2nd hdd caddy for my laptop, like this: http://www.qkyparts.co.uk/dell-studio-1745-2nd-hdd-hard-drive-caddy.html How do I install this caddy once I've received it?
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I broke the USB port on my external HDD. What do I do?

I tried plugging a USB plug into my USB HDD and the connector broke off. What do I do now to get my data off? The damaged connector may be seen below.
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Shrinking partitions with Windows Disk Management

I'm wondering how does Disk Management in Windows shrink the C:\ drive partition when you are booted into Windows (and thus the partition is mounted). If I'm not mistaken, mounted filesystems in Linux ...
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External Harddrive Shutting Off and On Every So Often While Listening to Music

I am always listening to music on my PC (always via VLC Player) and every so often - maybe once every 2 songs, sometimes more frequently- the music stops playing (VLC's buffer/progress bar stops ...
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How can I create a recovery drive for Windows 8.1?

I just installed Windows 8.1 on my computer. I am trying to create a recovery drive. I click start, type "recovery", hit "Create a recovery drive". I click next once, and this is what I see: We ...
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HDD doesn't show up in BIOS but does show up in GParted

I'm trying to fix my friend's laptop, but I've encountered a problem I have no idea how to solve or what the problem is. There is a HDD (Hitachi) that cannot be detected by the BIOS, but if i run ...
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Deleting extraneous NTFS Partition

A Windows 7 laptop I commonly use has an internal hard drive that is partitioned into the primary Windows partition, drive C, and an extra partition, drive D, that is also NTFS and is positioned ...
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Junction points or default directory changes for moving the big folders off SSD

I'm going to once again reinstall my Windows 7 system. This time, I'm going to be moving the Program Files, PFx86, ProgramData, and Users folders onto a 1TB WD black drive straight after installation ...
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How many bytes are in each cylinder? [closed]

Consider a hard disk with the following specifications. • 3.5 in diameter • 3840 RPM • 10 platters, and 2 surfaces each platter • Usable capacity: 10GB • Number of cylinders: 256 • ...
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Restoring Windows deleted all my data, any way to recover it?

I have two users on my HP Pavilion g6 Notebook(laptop), one of them is a Standard and the other Admin. Some months ago I had forgotten my admin account password which made working on the laptop ...
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Something about SSD

So, I read that a SSD requires ACHI for Communication. I checked my BIOS for that, and luckily I have it. My Question is that, suppose, if I buy a SSD that consists of 70 GB. And, suppose if I put ...
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Changing Hard Drive Name in Single User Mode - Mac OSX Mavericks

I stupidly changed my hard drives names through the info pane and then shut down my computer and now it won't let me log in. I was trying to remove the spaces in the names so I can run a certain ...
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Why can't I load Windows on my new hard drive in an Inspiron 1440?

I just had to install a new hard drive in my Dell Inspiron 1440. The BIOS sees it, Diagnostics sees it with no problems, but Windows Install fails because it doesn't see a HD. I have tried both ...
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Unable to see storage devices on Resource Monitor

I have a small problem after fixing some sync issues with my SSDs. It seems that I am unable to see storage devices on "Storage" on Resource Monitor's Disk tab. I can only see the consolidated Disk ...
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Partition types for windows 7 installation [closed]

I am planning to reinstall Windows 7 on my PC but I am not sure how to mark the partitions. Specifically I have three HDD's. Two of them for data storing which already have files in them and one more ...