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

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Online-Only Availabilty OneDrive files still consuming space

I have a video library in OneDrive that I want configured so they do not consume local hard drive space. To do that, I right-click the top level folder and choose "Make Available Online Only". When ...
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Is there any option to quickly scan an entire hard drive for bad blocks?

I have a 1 TB HDD so I want to test for bad sectors or bad blocks but badblocks takes a LOT of time in Linux (barely 4.66% done in 6 hours 3 minutes). In Windows however chkdsk scans in a few seconds ...
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What is the largest capacity hard drive and the maximum amount of RAM I can put in a Dell Optiplex 960?

I just bought a Late 2008 Dell Optiplex 960 from my universities surplus store. Here is a detailed Technical Guide. I am going to purchase more RAM so it has 8GB DDR2 800MHz(which is supposedly its ...
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Unable to merge Primary and Logical paritions

I'm trying to increase the size of my C: drive(boot) I want to reduce the size of my D drive and merge the unallocated partition to C drive. I've tried the Disk Management tool in Windows 7, but that ...
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Anything I can do about erratic hard disk drive speeds

I don't seem to have very good luck with hard disk drives these days; 3 side-by-side (non-RAID) drives on my machine, replaced 5 drives in the last 4 years. My problem of the moment is that my largest ...
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Can I recover corrupted files from a hard drive? [duplicate]

I have an external hard drive, on which some of the files show up to be corrupt. I have not formatted the drive by accident or anything like that. I just put my data on it, which I wanted to read back ...
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How To Fix Seagate 250GB Loud Screeching Noise

This hard drive has my Xbox files on it,in which i need,and i have already taken it apart and all in a clean environment,and it started by making a buzzing noise,and then when i got the head ...
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How do I copy the whole harddisk into a folder using testdisk?

After years of usage, my laptop's internal hdd finally gave up. With a help of a friend, i managed to "tape" my internal hdd as external hdd. Currently, the broken hdd is connected by usb to another ...
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Is a 7200rpm USB 3.0 drive going to have very similar performance to an internal 7200rpm drive or is it still going to be noticeably slower?

I use my old 500gb drive to store all temporary stuff (windows temp folder, adobe scratch disks etc), and anything that needs thousands of small files to avoid unnecessarily fragmenting my C drive. ...
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Moving data back and forth [on hold]

If I am moving data back and forth between hard disks very, very frequently, do I have to worry about data corruption (on modern HDDs)? If so approximately how much times do I have to move the data to ...
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How can I format badly corrupted hard disk?

While installing windows 7 on a hard disk which contains Linux on it ,windows took along time formatting it's new partitions. After a while I closed my laptop and from that moment ,the hard disk isn't ...
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Windows 8 recovery failures

I am asking a question here because I have finally come to the end of my tether on this issue. I have a HP pavilion PC running windows 8.1. The hard drive had become damaged and no option on the ...
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Can a USB flash drive be used reliably as a (manual) backup drive?

I am considering using several large USB drives as my backup media, with redundancy for important files. I am curious if this is a viable alternative to an external HDD. Everything I've been able to ...
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3 external HDDs not recognized by 2 different computers?

Not sure how to approach this problem. We have 3 external HDDs: 2TB Fantom, 2TB and 4TB G-Drives. Manual backups, no automated/software. We each use 1 and use the 4TB for a duplicate backup of both ...
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Is it possible for SSD to mis-diagnose its lifespan S.M.A.R.T parameter?

I have my crucial M4 256GB SSD for a little over 2 years, always had windows 7 on it, the SMART data never showed any problem, the last time I check I think the SMART reported 80% lifespan left on the ...
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Weird drive popped up randomly

I just had a random drive pop up as I was doing a defrag on my hard drives (windows 8.1) and I have no idea what it is or what it does. It's called: \\?\Volume{5a1f49... what is it and is it harmful ...
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How should I install windows with a 2 drive setup?

My PC has 2 drives: a small solid state, and a large hard drive. Obviously I want to install Windows on the solid state, but how can I configure it such that all other installations are defaulted to ...
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Why would my computer suddenly and without reason become stuck in a “HDD-access” loop?

I've got a Thinkpad X201 tablet which is around 3 years old, never reinstalled windows; so I am aware it must be quite clunky and slow like a tortoise and I'm sort of ok with that for the time being. ...
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Can't use Portable Hard Drive formatted under linux with Windows

I hope you can help me, I have this two 2.5" hard drives (250 and 500GB, respectively) that I put inside Acteck USB 2.0 drive cases and formatted them under linux, creating a new GPT partition table ...
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lost dedicated memory after delete linux os from vmware workstation

I have installed a Linux OS on VMware workstation. After install that I delete that OS. I dedicated 20 GB for that, but after deleting that as I haven't gotten back my 20 GB. How do I get back that ...
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Is this process a reasonable way to remove personal data from a Mac before giving it away?

Occasionally I give away (or sell) an old Mac that I'm not using anymore. Before I do that, I want to make sure that none of my personal data remains on the drive, but I'm too lazy to reformat the ...
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Will another 2.5" hard disk last on my Dell? [on hold]

I have a Dell Inspiron 15-3537 whose original hard disk, a 500GB Seagate ST500LT012-1DG142, is failing. The vendors in my country don't seem to have this model and two of them have advised against ...
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Can an old laptop damage a hard disk? [on hold]

Can an old laptop damage a new hard disk once installed ? It seems like a weird question but we all hear about hdd getting damage, suffer data loss and corruption over time: they are mechanical ...
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HDD partitions disappeared overnight [on hold]

Can a HDD reset itself over night and the 2 partitions it had become one with the info on both partitions combining on it?
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Share 1 hdd to PC and PS3

I have HDD connected to PS3 via USB. Is there any device to allow connecting this HDD to computer also? My goal is to have this HDD connected to both PS3 and PC and then on PC there supposed to be ...
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Laptop died after using a SATA/IDE USB hard drive converter

So I think I have done something very bad, I have a HP laptop and wanted to recover some data from some old SATA and IDE drives. I Bought this ...
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Debian extremely slow resume after hibernate

I have a very irritating issue with my Debian 8: resume after hibernate takes from 5 to 10 minutes. During resume time system shows me picture on a display but not respond, cursor are not moving, ...
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why there is less space in my external HDD than it supposed to have [duplicate]

I have purchased a WD 1 TB external HDD.From the size specified i should expect i will have 1 TB of disk space.But it came with 930 GB of space.I am getting approximately 70 GB of less space. Is it ...
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Migrating Windows 8.1 from a 500GB hard disk to a 4TB hard disk

How do one migrate Windows 8.1 from a 500GB hard disk to a 4TB hard disk (or to a bigger hard disk) without having to: re-install Windows 8.1 to the 4TB hard disk re-activate Windows 8.1 buy a ...
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How to package linux os on a hard disk for another computer?

I want to give my friend a hard disk with a Linux operating system for his/her unused computer. Using unetbootin, I tried to install a bootable iso on my hard disk in one small partition and then I ...
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BIOS hangs when SATA drive is attached, works with hotplug

The American Megatrends BIOS (latest version as of manufacturer) of a Shuttle XPC SH87R6 hangs at the very beginning (not even showing the CPU type) whenever a WD 3.0TB SATA harddisk is attached. It's ...
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Fix BSOD error 0x7B without reinstallation

I recently upgraded my machine from a z87 platform to an X99 platform (specifically the Asus x99 Deluxe + 5930k), and when I went to transfer my old SSD containing Windows 7 Pro x64 to the new build, ...
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Noise coming from HDD or CPU in headphones

I hear weird high sounds coming from my headphones. It is obvious that it has something to do with HDD or CPU because it's highlight sounds are heard when I it is writing data on HDD but also many ...
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USB 3.0 Trouble

I am using a WD Elements Portable 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" disk bought in May 2014 to backup data of my desktop machine. rsync runs smoothly without any error messages. However upon restoring data from the ...
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Adding hard-drive from old computer into new one to use as extra space

I currently have two computers: An older rig that I don't use anymore, and a new gaming rig that I'm currently using. The old computer has some USB problem that I haven't been able to fix. But ...
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Windows XP only boots when installation CD is in the drive

I have had a few problems with my PC lately. The most recent is that Windows XP will only completely boot if the XP installation CD is also in the drive. Without CD: PC boots until Windows XP ...
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Why does WinDirStat report less space used than Windows does?

I have an SSD with ~125GB formatted, and it claims ~99GB are consumed. It has been rapidly consuming storage space for weeks. I have found many instances of unexplained SSD consumption online, none of ...
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My hard drive is buzzing

A month ago, I've added a hard drive from an old computer of a friend and it started to buzz, my solution now is hit it with the IDE cable plastic, but 5 minutes later starts to buzz again. Hard ...
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How to access a C: drive of one PC from another, that is on a different network?

I'm trying to connect to another computers c: Drive that is on a different network. To be clear: 2 computers connected to two different routers and those routers are connected to each other with ...
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Get 'Uncorrectable error in data' error in my hard drive error log. Is it failing?

In my drive's error log, I get a loto of Uncorrectable error in data errors and 'Media write protected errors' The total error count is 2534! Have 1 re-allocated even count but no re-allocated ...
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How to troubleshoot my Bytecc T-300D dual SATA docking station not recognizing 1TB drives

I've a Lenovo laption running Windows 7, Premium Home Edition, 64-bit (service pack 1), and I bought a Bytecc T-300D to help with my data. I have three drives. A 500MB Seagate, 1TB Samsung, and a ...
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Best way to copy a large number of files from multiple drives? [closed]

What i am trying to do is copy all of a type of a certain type of file to another external hard drive. For example I collect fonts and doing a search using type: font shows that I have spread over 10 ...
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Windows 10 - Hidden Program Files on another drive

I've just installed Windows 10 on my SSD. I wanted to install some programs on my bigger HDD so my SSD doesn't get full. So I wanted to create the folder "Programme" (I'm german) on my HDD (F:) but ...
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Windows won't install

I want to install Windows XP, but this shows up and I can not go further. I have one hard disk. It is split up in two partition. One is primary and is full of documents. The other is logical. I ...
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Mount a HFSPlus disk with read/write permissions in Linux

I realise that this question is similar in nature to this question, but I'm hoping to specifically bring more attention to an additional problem in one of the comments of this answer to that question. ...
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Move hdd to other laptop, need Win7 reinstall? [duplicate]

A Thinkpad T61p died (motherboard), I think hdd is ok. I then mounted the hdd in a Thinkpad R61i; after hardware change warning, it gave BSOD and instantly shut down. Is it possible to maintain ...
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Ways to shutdown internal drives completely?

Are there really no ways to completely shut down a hard drive in Windows without pulling out the power cable? Sometimes having too many drives and not enough money to buy a NAS can be a little bit too ...
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Google drive error “Please select a folder on an ntfs drive that is not mounted over a network.” Windows XP sp3

I have downloaded google drive from the Internet and installed it on my windows XP service pack 3. Everything was fine until it asked me to select a folder for the Google drive folder. No matter what ...
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RAID 0 now showing as “unallocated”

I have a 6TB RAID 0 consisting of 2x3TB WD Red drives. It's been working fine but recently I went on my PC (which was still turned on and had been for a few weeks) and the whole partition was showing ...
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How to move bootloader from hard drive to usb stick

I've decided to move my Debian bootloader and /boot from hard drive to usb. I'm using LUKS to crypt my hard drive and the bootloader is the only not crypted partition. How can I easily do this? I ...