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

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Hard disk drive (SATA) slowed down but SSD still works fine on Windows 7

I currently have two hard drives, one is SSD (in which my OS is installed) and the other a SATA connected hard drive. I recently travelled for a week and left my computer turned on. When I came back ...
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Will my hard drives be harmed if I hold down the power button for 5 seconds?

Sometimes I face the problems with my video card, so the system freezes. Reset button is broken, so the only way is to hold down power button for 5 secs. And I am worried about my hard disk drives. ...
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Compare the performance and reliability of two hard disk drives

I currently have two basic hard disk drives from brands I don’t even recall. I just bought a new SSD to be the replacement of one of the two current ones. The two hard disk drives I currently ...
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Gateway NV5398U hard drive very slow to respond after upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

This old but fully functional notebook PC worked as expected with Windows 7, just as fast (or slow, rather) as it was when new. After installing Windows 8.1, the graphics drivers were manually ...
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RAID 0: how identical do the drives have to be?

I have a spare 1Tb. Seagate Barracuda HD, and I was planning on buying another one and creating a RAID 0 array using my motherboard's SATA controller... but I have a doubt: how "identical" do the two ...
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Kubuntu 15.04 installation error “Ubi-partman failed with exit code 141”

During the installation of Kubuntu 15.04, I get the error "Ubi-partman failed with exit code 141". I did some researcher on the topic and found that one popular reason for the problem is having ...
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Cloning Cloned HDD's

One thing I do for my job team is create master hard drives for a software platform that they develop for. We get these installer disks that are inserted into a machine (laptops in this case), which ...
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Pros and cons of creating a partition in Windows [on hold]

Recently I got asked by my non-tech neighbour to "create D drive on his notebook". I asked why does he want to do that and got answered back, that it prevents viruses. OK, I explained him this case, ...
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can't boot any drive or efi interface/easyRe doesn't help/no obv. hardware failer

my computer isn't booting any of the drivers and has some inconsistent/odd behavior. asus g75gx 1000gb hdd 250gb ssd (win 8 running) windows was preinstalled on the hdd and i migrated it onto the ...
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How to install software on 2 in 1 Windows 8 computer

I'm looking at buying a 2 in 1 computer, which is a laptop with a dockable screen. When the screen is undocked it becomes a tablet and the keyboard isn't used. This device has 2 hard drives, a 32GB ...
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Windows 7 Boot fail. 500Gb SSD Ok. Elusive Windows 7 Existence. DISKPART? CMD fix?

Please help.. HARDWARE: Toshiba Dynabook 3D i7 laptop with 8Gb RAM and (Upgrade) 500Gb SSD running JAPANESE KANJI Windows 7 (upgraded to Ultimate); with ENGLISH Overlay. No Official Win 7 DVD Disk as ...
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chocolatey: install programs from both internet and local Hard Drive

I would like to prepare package.config file for the next time I have to restore Win7 to my netbook. Most of my packages are in the chocolatey group of software, but some aren't. Thus I have ...
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Uploading large folders to Dropbox from external hard drive

I've got a puzzling dilemma that I've been trying to solve for weeks. I want to backup about 500 GBs from an external hard drive to my Dropbox Pro account. My computer's hard drive is nowhere near ...
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Increase size of a vdi fixed disk, used for a virtualized ubuntu server

I have a fixed vdi disk in an ubuntu server (it's a virtual machine, i'm using virtualbox for handle this from my ubuntu desktop so). I installed a lot of things, and the disk is full (i wasn't pretty ...
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In chkdsk, what is an online scan?

Running Windows 8.0 Pro, chkdsk has a /scan option that Runs a online scan on the volume (sic). What is an online scan? My guess is that it runs it while letting you use the drive, which is good if ...
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Switching a freshly formatted HDD to another laptop

So here is the situation, sorry for a bit of a long post. I have one(HP) laptop which harddrive unfortunately recently crashed, while i have another Compaq laptop with worse hardware, but an ...
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Where is the HDD driver needed to detect Win7?

This question is related to the following question. Clonezilla stopped. Can "sgdisk -z /dev/sdx" destroy all the data on sda? Win7 don't boot. I used the Win7 installation disk. And I ...
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RAID 1 using three drives

Before you go say that RAID 1 mirrors one drive and cannot mirror twice, that's not what I mean. I have a WD Black 2 TB HDD and 2 WD Blue 1 TB HDD. The WD Black is to be the main drive, and ...
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Faster recovery from a disk with bad sectors

Recently I tried to dd from an unhealthy HDD to a file. I used dd if=/dev/sdb of=somefile bs=4096 conv=noerror,sync. My problem was that dd wasted a lot of time when it encountered a bad block. In my ...
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What chages and adjustments to Chrome/Chromium are most effective to lower the number of writes and prolong the life of SSDs?

Ive got a corsair Force 80 SSD, an AMD APU and 4 gigs of ram as assets as well as some thumb drives I suppose.Im running Mint Linux 17.1 64 bit in this box and mostly its used to crawl the web. Lots ...
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Recovery Hard Disk with Bad Sectors

I have a WD Element 1TB external hard Disk and suddenly I got some errors in data reading and writing. I decided to recover it, and I tried to do so many ways and nothing worked. I tried to run ...
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How to Enable Hard Drive Encryption with Seagate Constellation ES.3 SED Drive on AMI BIOS with TPM

I'm building up a new machine with a Supermicro MB equipped with a TPM and a Seagate Constellation ES.3 SED drive (ST200NM0053). The MB has the AMI BIOS which does see the TPM. I've installed ...
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Can a massive MySQL data import on an SSD damage it?

I have to import quite a lot of data (~100 million rows, ~100 times) into a MySQL database. Currently, it is stored on my hard disk drive, and the bottleneck of my import seems to be the hard disk ...
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Windows 8 sometimes stuck, sometimes can't boot with 0x000000e

PC keeps crashing in weird ways. Symptoms: I have a Windows 8 Box that sometimes (I suspect under heavy load) get stuck, but in a weird way - PC unresponsive, but I can (most of the times, sometimes ...
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110GB of hard drive eaten by scanner

I am in the process of scanning a couple of dozen reference books into pdf. The pre-optimized pfd's are around 150MB in size. For some reason since I've been doing it my c: drive has lost 110GB and is ...
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Very odd and slow backup restore

I have an older Dell Latitude XT Tablet that the 120GB drive fails smart, so I backed it up 3 or 4 different ways to a 1.5TB USB with 3 primary partitions. cloned to the 2nd primary by easeus usb ...
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Cannot boot to old hard drive after installing SSD and Windows

I purchased an SSD and replaced the hard drive in my HP laptop. I then took the old HDD and installed it onto a caddy to my CD drive. When first booting up, my computer was able to recognize the ...
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Adding ssd to boost drive space

Simple question. I already own an SSD and I want to get more space on my computer. If I buy another solid state drive and install it, will it effectively add more space? Example: I have used up all ...
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How do I get data off a hard drive that wont boot up?

I have 2 of the same computer laptops. Toshiba Satellite A105-S4384 Computers with windows XP svs pac 3. My original ones hard drive is corrupted. Wont even come up in safe mode. There is lots of data ...
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How to get a notification when any External Drive is connected to Mac remotely

I wanted to check for my remote machine if any hard drive is connected to it. This is to check in my absence if anyone is transfering files from my system to a hard drive. So I want to run a script or ...
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How many Power On Hours/ Power on Count are acceptable for a fairly new laptop's HDD? [closed]

I just bought a laptop via Amazon warehouse deal. Latter declared the laptop to be in a top condition and I personally can confirm that, because the laptop looks like a new device. However I checked ...
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Increasingly frequent BSOD: Is it a sign of drive impending failure?

These past few months I’ve been getting increasingly frequent KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR BSODs, after some Googling it seems that it could be attributed to a failing drive. So after opening ...
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How do I save my Android phone downloads to an external hard drive connected to a router?

I have a D-link DIR-850L router with an external hard drive connected to it. I want all the downloads from my Android phone to be saved directly to the external hard drive connected to the router. I ...
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Maxtor 40GB HDD shows fatal error while installing windows xp from internal CD-ROM

Installing windows xp by formatting old windows xp which was crashed.... During Installation it shows following error, Fatal Error: An error occured that prevents setup from continuing. One of the ...
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How to force System Reserved to be created on the boot disk drive

I have machine with three disk drives - Disk 0 500 GB SSD - Disk 1 4TB Mechancial Drive - Disk 2 4TB Mechanical Driver I am installing windows 8.1 on this machine with SSD being the c:\ ...
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Workstation shutdowns automatically and shows no bootable device

I have Dell Precision T1700 workstation, a new machine, with 512 Hybrid disk. Recently I added an old 1TB HDD to it. After adding HDD am facing following problems. If I work on Workstation for hour ...
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Bulk storage at home [closed]

I work from home as a freelancer and I am working on this long term project that involves pretty large data sets (I exhaust around 1 TB every couple of months). Right now I am buying 1 TB external ...
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Windows doesn't detect HDD and SDD, but disk manager does

Windows doesn't detect two of my drives, after I installed a new one. I exchanged my previous SSD (old Patriot Inferno, 60gb) which had Windows 8.1 on it for a new OCZ ARC 100. However, after I ...
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How do I force an application to recognise two names for a disk drive?

I have an extensive image database (3.25GB metadata, 90K images) held in a legacy product (idImager V5). This in turn utilises SQL Server 2005 as the underlying DBMS. Over the years I have been ...
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MS DOS: how to unattendedly write specific byte on specific address on HDD, e.g.: write(000F3,FF) [closed]

How can I perform direct, low level writing to the hard drive under MS DOS in an unattended way? Specifically, I need to write to bytes on the MBR, but at the byte level, so FDISK, RPM, etc. won't do. ...
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Windows cannot see SSD

I just added an ssd to my father's computer. The computer recognizes it being there (I can see it in the boot screen). In the bios I can choose to boot to it. I wanted to install windows 8 to it. On ...
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Internal to external hdd isn't recognized

My old computer recently broke, so i got all the useable stuff i could get out, that includes the hdd. It's a hdd with a sata cable, so i thought it would be nice to use it as an external harddrive. I ...
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As a Windows 7 x64 user with a 4TB GPT-initialised disk, why is it showing as 1677.90GB?

I have a new 4TB internal hard drive that I would like to use solely for data. I am using the popular (but old) Intel BAD AXE 2 (D975XBX) motherboard, Windows 7 x64 and a GPT-initialised disk that is ...
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How to triple boot Windows, Mac, and Linux without EFI/UEFI?

I need to have an option to select one of three OSes to boot to from all three installed on a single 1 TB hard drive. The three options are: Windows 8, Hackintosh Snow Leopard, and Ubuntu 14. I need ...
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Preserve factory state of hard drive in new desktop computer

This may be paranoid or control freakish but the goal is to preserve and restore the factory state of the HD of a new desktop computer prior to it's first boot. To avoid accidentally booting from the ...
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Create a Spanned drive with 3 external hard drives

I'm trying to create a merged drives from 3 externals drives (2*3Tb + 1 * 2Tb) on Windows. I went to diskmgmt.msc and tried to create a spanned drive, but i keep getting the error "Operation not ...
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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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How do I know that my Samsung HD503HI hard drive supports AHCI?

I have Samsung HD503HI ATA Device (SATA) hard drive. I found that AHCI is giving some performance boost and I want to try it. I would reinstall Windows after so drivers are not problem but can my ...
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Swap Windows and Linux hard drives

Following situation: I have a laptop with a SSD and a HDD in it. Windows 8.1 is installed on the SSD The HDD holds a data partition Some weeks ago is tried to work with Linux an installed it at ...
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How does SSD achieve wear-leveling when disk is near-full?

I'm trying to understand this. Say I have a 256GB SSD, 180GB of which are already occupied by permanent files (OS, installed programs etc.). The remaining 70GB or so gets new files created and ...