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

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HD Tune questions/suggestions - Sectors counts and such

I'm new here and this is my first question. As the title says, I have some questions about HD Tune's infos. (Or programs like this.) I'll post two screenshots: System HD: This HD is 'very' old, ...
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I restored onto a new SSD using Acronis True Image Home, but it won't boot; how do I make the system boot from the new SSD?

My SSD died yesterday. I have made regular backups using Acronis True Image Home. I've restored the image onto a new SSD which I have purchased and installed. I have verified it is there. It also ...
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What grade of Neodymium magnets are used in hard drives?

I want to buy some magnets, but the ones that I have found on online shops are mostly grade N38. They are pretty cheap, but they need to be as strong as the ones found in a hard drives. I am afraid ...
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Estimated time for zero writing exeeds 100 days, for 500 gb?! Should i cancel?

I'm having a wd scorpio blue 500gb hdd. I had many blue screens, and i couldn't use it for more than 10 mins. So we took all the necessary data and finally formatted it (quick format). Then I ...
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Windows 7 installation on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my Laptop and assigned whole HDD space to ubuntu. Now i want to reinstall Windows 7 OS back on my PC and want to remove Ubuntu completely. I have tried to make ...
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Files on HDD are getting corrupted

tl;dr On my new PC (with windows 8.1 x64) some files on local SATA-HDD are getting corrupted without visible reason (after some IDLE). Not a virus/malware! (did test with AVG antivirus installed, ...
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Seagate External Hard zero size

I have a seagate external hard disk and recently I encountered some problem with that. I am using both windows and Ubuntu environment and my hard disk detecting on both but, in windows it's says the ...
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Installing Windows 10 from the Internal HDD [duplicate]

I have a Windows 7 Partition (C:) and a partition which contains my data. I currently have a Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO Image. Can I install Windows 10 directly by running the 'Setup.exe'? I ...
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Unable to update guest OS hard drive size

I am running VMWare Fusion 6.0.4 on OS X 10.10.3. I have Windows 7 as the guest OS. Originally I had the hard drive set to 60GB. It was running out of space so I increased it to 100GB. However, ...
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Windows NTFS partition disappeared from Disk Defragmenter

I've recently installed modded windows 8.1 version (it has some of the redundant features uninstalled to make it lighter and faster: Polish forum link (they are good!) It is running perfectly smooth ...
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Assigning labels to unallocated space in HD

I want to format an unallocated space of 60GB in my hard disk to fat32(for installing Linux) using the fat32format GUI as described in this page. But the problem is the windows disk manager doesn't ...
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Doubts of CONSECUTIVE “Unallocated” spaces HD [duplicate]

I have this HD partition. I want to know: If it is normal to have two consecutive "Unallocated" space? What sense does it? You can see I have two: 162.35GB The Right Side of the first ...
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OSX map network drives on login WITHOUT finder windows popping up

I have followed some other tutorials to get OSX to mount my network drives when I log in, using the "Users and Groups > Login Items" method, which works fine, but this brings up a whole load of finder ...
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OSX (Yosemite) partition not recognized

I have an hdd with two partitions (one for OSX, one for data files). Both are HFS+, GUID partition table. The old mac died, so I bought a new iMini, and have hooked up the old hdd via an extenal USB ...
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Dealing with infected HDDs without getting infected [on hold]

I'm doing some PC maintenance/repair for some clients, sometimes I have to deal with HDDs to recover lost data, or even backup. The problem is that most of them are infected with different malware ...
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How to make hidden partitions accessible in windows 8?

I've read a similar question here, but that solution doesn't work for me... The current partitions on my laptop (2nd hand ASUS Vivobook) look like this: As you can tell I have a 500G HDD and 24G ...
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Visual Studio across two drives, one drive failed

Recently my D: drive hard disk failed, Visual Studio 2013 update 4 was installed there, but of course VS also took 10+ GB off the C drive where the OS (Windows 8.1) is for its installation, basically ...
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Bottleneck when running Linux from USB

I have a NAS device with two 3.5 HDD disks and an internal 500mb flash drive for the bootloader. As the NAS is in the same room as I sleep and to avoid wear on the disks, I dont want to have the ...
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My workstations 2nd internal hdd is not detected, how can i recover the data on it? [on hold]

On my workstation I installed Windows 7 professional 64 bit OS. My workstation has two internal HDDs. The first HDD is 2 TB and second one is 3 TB. I installed OS on the first one (2 TB). ...
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Will any SATA hard drive work with any SATA motherboard?

This is the motherboard I have: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188024 My question is can I use any SATA hdd/ssd with this? ( as In SATA I, II, or III?) will a 6 Gb/s hdd work ...
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running low on disk space

I am using Windows 7 installed on a 120 Gb SSD. Today I have noticed, that there is only 2GB of free space left on it, so I started to clean things up. I realized that only my user profile takes ...
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Usefulness of badblock on modern storage media

If I understand it correctly, badblocks just writes somewhat elaborate patterns to the supplied block device and reads it back. With modern hard drives doing extensive caching, sometimes have included ...
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Import foreign disks in RAID-0 config

I've to import 2 disks in RAID-0 into another computer. Both source and target PC run Win8. In the target PC I see two foreign dynamic disks and when I right-click on any of those and then I select ...
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Cloned disk isn't bootable

I have a Macbook Pro which has a Windows installation on one of the partitions. I bought a new desktop with a new SSD and wanted my Windows install from my Macbook on the new SSD. So I cloned the ...
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Failover of Windows Storage Spaces

I am building a home server with an HP Microserver hardware. I installed Windows Server 2012 Datacenter on it. In order to take advanced of data protection, but without spending large money for a ...
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Move PageFile to another disk [on hold]

I would like to remove the pagefile from my SSD drive to my 1TB hard drive. The answer below goes a long way to solving the problem. How can I move the page file to another physical disk location? ...
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Use system reserved partition to create another partition

I have deleted the System Reserved Partition of 100 MB in my pc, a screen shot of the Disk Management shows like this: Then I tried to create a primary partition by merging 101 MB and 11GB ...
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512B to 4KiB (Advanced Format) HDD cloning with dd

What is the best practice to clone with a dd an existing 512-bytes-per-sector HDD (whole disk, not specific partitions) to a modern 4-kibibytes-per-sector Advanced Format drive? What options should be ...
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Windows 8 Desktop won't start up

My Windows 8 PC won't start up. When I power it on, I see the Acer splash screen, but then I get an error screen with a code 0xc000021a and then it reboots and tries to repair disk files, but fails ...
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Sony HDD Protection - Would the laptop work whilst in freefall?

I often have to move my Vaio around and most times the HDD Protection engages. After reading a bit about it I gather it's function is to protect the Hard Drive from falls/drops, so I wondered... If ...
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Install UBUNTU from usb to usb without touching laptops HDD

I have one USB drive with installed ubuntu 14.04LTS Bootable. I then have another usb stick ( 32GB high speed ) and I want to install ubuntu on that one so I can use it as a normal installation. (I ...
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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 [closed]

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? [on hold]

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 ...