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

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How to turn off a particular hard disk in a multiple disk computer system to save power?

Explanation: I have about 5 hard disks in my windows 7/8 machine. Since, the operating system is only installed in 1 disk, the rest 4 drives just consume power staying connected to the motherboard. ...
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How do you remove other OSes on Windows 8?

I have two hard drives currently set up on my PC, a 500GB one that has Windows 7 on it as well as games (this was my first OS) then I have my 160GB one which I installed Windows 8.1 on a few days ago. ...
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New hdd not detected in BIOS after CloneZilla

I did a disk to disk clone with clonezilla. I cloned all partitions and used the -k1 option. I put the new hdd in and it doesn't boot. BIOS does not detect an hdd. Why might that be? old hdd: 80gb, ...
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Failing 1TB HHD WD Passport

I have a failing 1tb hdd with password protected. I tried to use ddrescue but it wont work as it gets some error due to access. I assume that the problem is caused by the password protection on the ...
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('External') hard drive hangs

I lend an 'external' hard drive - actually, it's just a normal 2.5" hard drive (Toshiba MK3252GSX 300GB) in a USB 2.0 case - from a friend. But I had the problem that it just disconnected as soon as I ...
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Boot drive does not show up under boot priority

I build myself a PC about a year and a half ago and something odd has recently happened. I have an SSD as my boot drive that had the operating system among some of my other heavily used programs. I ...
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Linux, Saving data from old HD (connection randomly drops)

Background: I have an old HD which I am trying to save data from (important, not so urgent). I am using a SATA adapter (& external power source) to connect the HD to my laptop. lsusb calls my ...
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Self Encrypting Drives - is it possible to bypass ATA password?

I am using TrueCrypt but I want to buy SSD with SED, it's Samsung 840 Evo. After firmware upgrade it "supports advanced data security features(TCG/Opal and IEEE 1667)". If I set ATA password, would ...
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Two different physical ssd's for two different OS

i have 1st SSD formatted as ext4 and installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it and i plan to get 2nd SSD and format it to NTFS and install Windows 8 on it. Can i switch hard drives in a bios? e.g.: if i want to ...
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Synology DS212+ indicates disk failure

We recently had a power outage at my house, caused by a short circuit. Because of that, my NAS was shut down improperly. After we restored the power, everything seemed fine for a few hours. But now ...
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How to fill the space gap when replacing a notebook hard drive for a slimmer one?

I just changed my notebook hard drive to a SSD one and it turns up that the SSD one is a bit thinner. I've read in a few places like here and here where some have used a cardboard to fill the gap, but ...
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Asus N56VB-S4016H disk response time

We recently bought 3 Asus N56VB-S4016H laptops, and although the specs are great for the price it costs, we are experiencing similar issues on all 3 of the devices. After startup, a cold boot or from ...
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IDE HDD + USB to IDE + PSU + AC cable = external HDD?

I have couple of 40 pin IDE HDDs which I want to use as external HDDs. Also I have old 300W PSU with AC cable and plan to buy cheap USB to IDE converter like that: I'm not sure if I haven't missed ...
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Two Windows in two partition isolated from each other

I have a 400 GB hard disk. I want to know if is there any way to divide it in two partition A and B And make them in a way logically isolated from each other! have a Windows 7 in partition A and a ...
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Data recovery on a disc image

I have a destroyed partition table on a disk. To not destroy more while trying to repair I like to test recovery first on a full disc image created with dd. Especially I have to create a new logical ...
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Windows cannot access my external harddisk partition not responding

I'm currently having problem with my External HDD Partitions OS : Windows 8 64 bit. I plugged in my laptop USB port and my laptop recognized the HDD and this is what I sees in "My Computer" So ...
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How much faster is SSD compared to regular hard drive?

http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/desktop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/ Some says that using hybrid drive is 4 times faster. Some says it depend on data read. SSD is only ...
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windows 8.1 does not boot after CHKDSK command

I had problem with Windows 8.1 high Disk usage so in order to solve , searched forums. A voted answer suggested to use CHKDSK command as follow: run command prompt and as administrator type ...
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Convert Drive to NTFS from FAT32

I'm having strange problems converting my HDD from FAT32 to a NTFS file storage. I first ran chkdsk N: /f and came up no problems so I ran convert N: /fs:ntfs but it tells me there is a problem. ...
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I/O Device Error

I have an external hard drive enclosure that I currently have an internal hard drive hooked up to, which was working fine up until now It is like the computer won't recognize it and when I attempt to ...
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Is it safe to run a hard drive destroyer on a virtual machine? [on hold]

I am messing around with trojans and stuff (I know its stupid please do not judge) and I want to see if this old code still works. I downloaded a virtual machine but if I run it, will it be safe? It ...
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What is this mystery volume in Windows 8.1?

What is this mysterious volume listed in Optimize Drives list in Windows 8.1? I only have one hard disk, drive C:.
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Default Windows Theme

Can someone please upload their default windows "aero" theme for me? It can be found at C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. C:/ can of course be substituted with the drive letter in which Windows is ...
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Windows 8.1 installation

I recently purchased a 1TB Toshiba MQ01ABD100 hdd for my Samsung NP530U laptop. I was installing Windows 8.1 on the hdd using a USB drive. During this process the laptop restarts several times so ...
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Add Mirror for volumes other than the last one in Windows 7 (disk “not up-to-date”)

I'm using Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. I have an existing 4TB disk with 3 NTFS volumes, a new 3TB blank disk, and I'm trying to mirror the volumes onto the new disk. My Windows install is on an SSD which ...
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Hard drive failed, suspected filesystem corruption, still cannot salvage any data from harddrive

Firstly, I am terribly sorry if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find a similar issue to mine, so here goes. I have a 1TB hdd bought around 8 months ago used as backup hard drive. I have not used ...
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How do I know my video card is good enough for running bluestacks

I run bluestacks and I keep seeing initializing. Some says that bluestacks require high end video card. My video card is: NVIDIA GeForce 210 according to belarc advisor. Should I buy better video ...
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Run disk error check on NTFS file?

I have a feeling that my system hard drive is dying. Benchmark kind of enforces it. Here is the benchmark of my system hard drive during low system activity: And here is the benchmark of backup ...
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How to put a drive to suspend after boot with Windows?

In my computer I have a noisy hard drive which I use rarely. My Linux installation is configured to put this drive to sleep immediately after boot (hdparm -y). Is it possible to achieve the same with ...
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TrueCrypt partition will no longer mount

I am hoping for some advice to help me out of my situation, with luck. I have a computer running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with 3 hard disks installed. On my 2TB hard disk 2 (non-system disk) I have 4 ...
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How to find out what eats up my hard drive space on OS X?

First of all, I do use Clean My Mac 2, but even so, something is still eating up my hard drive space. For example yesterday I had 27 GB free space, today I only have 22 GB. I haven't downloaded or ...
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Knowing what a Windows application has written on RAM and on disk? [closed]

Is there any program to show us what a Windows application has written on RAM and on disk ?
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Boost Up My Old Laptop Using a SSD

I have an old laptop Lenovo SL400 (Core2Duo T9550 2.66GHz / 4GB DDR2 RAM). Since I can't afford to buy a new laptop, I thought maybe I could throw an ADATA SP600 64GB SSD as primary drive and move ...
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Automatic Maintenance Significantly Slows Down Computer

Problem I've found on several occasions that I've gone to use my computer only to find that it's practically unusable; just about everything runs extremely slowly. Symptoms The action center flag ...
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Trying to delete locked files

I'm new to coding and the mac OS and I'm trying to delete a locked file under application support but I'm not sure what code I need to put into terminal in order to do that. If somebody could help, ...
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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. ...