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

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Restoring a disk image that was cloned with errors

I have a disk image of a 500 GB that was created using the following: # dd if=/dev/sda conv=sync,noerror bs=64K | gzip -c > backup.img.gz There were certain errors (approximately 15-20 of them) ...
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How to retain the old SSD Drive as a secondary drive during migration

I'm upgrading from a 250 Gig SSD to a 1TB SSD. There's a handy migration tool from Samsung for this, and it has cloned my old SSD onto my new SSD. I did this via a eSata->USB connection. The old and ...
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Does windows 10 require a “Virgin HDD” to create a System Image of my “C” Drive?

I was using N360 anywhere as my security/virus software and they included a backup program.. I stopped using N360 because it is bloatware and the monthly charge. So I thought that I would use Windows ...
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How to Expand this unallocated space?

From what I understand you can only have 4 partitions on a single disk. That's fine but how would I add the unallocated space to one of the other drives? I have heard you can use 3rd party tools but ...
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External (2.5" portable) drive randomly ejecting [Windows 10]

I have a Toshiba Alu 2TB external portable hard drive. Since the upgrade to Win 10 last year, this drive randomly ejects itself, almost always when I am copying large files around rather annoyingly. ...
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Windows Backup doesn't show Hard Drive

I am trying to get the Windows Backup working because the program that was delivered together with my Seagate Backup Drive is really stupid. I want to make incremental backups every hour. Something ...
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How to view hidden converted video file in C:\?

I transfered 2 video files to C:\ and combined them into a single video file like the following: copy /b "C:\File.mp4" + "C:\File1.mp4" CombinedFile.mp4 However, the converted CombinedFile.mp4 is ...
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Windows does not boot after HDD's UniqueID is changed

So, here is what happened: I accidentally changed the uniqueid of my main disk drive with with the diskpart utility and now my os wont boot past a bsod that gives a 0xc000000 error. Here is how it ...
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HDD error , critical process died windows 10

I know a lot of people asked this question but I am facing some different problems I have been getting BSOD errors like critical process died and in page error and many more.All because of my internal ...
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My Laptop became extremely slow and found error with hard disk

I am using Dell Inspiron N5010 (windows 8). It was working fine, suddenly it became extremely slow. So I had restored my laptop to a previous Restore Point. After restoring I got this error message. ...
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emulating an installed win10 on a raid0 volume from ubuntu

first of all setup: 2 ssd in raid0 set up from my motherboard (intel z97 + i5 4690k + amd r9 390); on this raid0 i have installed a copy of win10 64bit with his own bootloader 1 wd hdd with a copy ...
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Bitlocker force all drives to be unlocked at startup

I have multiple drives encrypted with Bitlocker on my computer, Whenever I start my computer I am prompted to unlock my SSD boot drive but none of the other drives. So when I start my computer I have ...
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Smart extended test fails on same LBA every time. Is my drive really dying?

I ran a smart extended test on my old laptop's hard disk, and got a read error. I ran it again, and it got the same LBA of the error. Does this mean the disk is really dying, or just that there is a ...
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Updating windows 8 “to go” to windows 10

I have an installation of windows 8 on an external hdd. When I try to update to windows 10 the update fails with the message that windows on usb drives cannot be updated. Is there a way to update this ...
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Should I give as much C:/ space to Windows 10 as to Windows 7 if I have a system partition and a data partition?

I just bought a new laptop that has W10 on it and doing a clean install on it (my current computer dates back 2012 and has Windows 7). I usually have two partitions, one for system and one for data. ...
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Raid 0+1 on only 2 disks

Is it possible to configure 2 disk to have the redundancy of Raid 1 and the speed of Raid 0 ? In a way like this: Disk 1 Disk2 ---------------------- Data 1 Data 2 --> Raid 0 ...
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How should I partition the SSD and HDD drives for my dual-boot PC? [on hold]

I will have an 480 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. I want to make a dual-boot machine, where both operating systems benefit from the SSD's speed. I will install Win10 for gaming and will use Linux Mint for ...
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How to selectively sleep hard drives in Windows 10

I have a 1TB 850 EVO for my primary storage and a 2TB WD RE4 for cold storage. The WD hardly ever gets used, however for obvious reasons I never want my SSD to sleep. Is there a solution to configure ...
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Shared Data drive between two OS drives

I am running a server that runs Windows Vista and Windows 10. Each OS is installed on a separate drive. These two drives share a Data drive (D:). The server boots up properly when I swap out the ...
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Not enough free disk space, option for external HDD missing

I'm currently trying to install upgrade to Windows 10 on my computer which is running Windows 7 at the moment. As I want to install I'm running the x64 version, one requirement is to have at least 20 ...
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New SHDD suddently responding VERY slow - Seagate Desktop SSHD

I have a two months old: Seagate Desktop SSHD - 2TB Im running this SSHD as a secondary drive (have an SSD running as boot), being a "backup" drive. I've created two partitions with it: one with 1....
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Make system partition C: bootable on system (wierdly) designed to boot from recovery boot files

For context I am attempting to upgrade from Windows 7 SP1 to Windows 10 before the deadline, and have already been trying for 3 days without success. It appears my problem may relate to my Dell XPS ...
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Windows 10 system and compressed memory DISK usage 99%

Windows 10 system and compressed memory DISK usage 99% the only thing that shown task manager from control panel. Any ideas on why and how to fix.
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External SSD doesn't appear on my computer

I have an SSD and bought external enclosure USB 3.0 for it, but when I insert it in my Dell laptop (windows 10 os) it does not appear on my computer window although it was working fine with an older ...
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Is SATA bus speed unique for each device despite advertised connection speed?

I'm trying to determine what is the maximum supported SATA version on my laptop. My laptop has: one mSATA SSD, one HD, one Optical Drive. Using HwInfo, I see: - Bus\Intel Panther Point-M PCH - SATA ...
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Failing hard drive. How to find out which one?

I have a "failing" hard drive that makes some noise once in a while(15 min or so).sound ex: search for: Samsung 40GB desktop hard drive with bad head knocks a few times. I have used "Seatools" and "...
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How to access unmount disk volume

i have dell inspiron 5520 laptop which have 500 hdd. i parted into to volume. in second volume i kept my personal file .i install my system to factory state . it installed well but i unable to see my ...
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IDE HDD not showing up after installation of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Okay, so that title is really messy and non-linear, as least to me, and that's because I don't know how to properly title it, but I can describe it. Essentially I have 3 hard drives in my machine. ...
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Time Machine drive can't be mounted

I have a "WD My Passport for Mac" external hard drive that I've used for over two years as a Time Machine disk. I have recently removed about 130GB of data from my internal drive (Macintosh HD) to ...
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Dynamic disk invalid

I try to install ubuntu in window 7 and I made wrong disk partion via ubuntu after that window cannot boot from disk . i try from other PC to diskpart but it show invalid & not able to change to ...
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Move ZFS HDD form one freenas server to another NO DATA LOSS

I have a FreeNAS Machine that has a 4TB drive formatted with the default ZFS for freenas. I am making a different server a FreeNAS Machine. I need to be able to unplug this HDD and plug it into the ...
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How can I recover my files from a broken partition with a negative amount of used space?

Scenario: I was flashing an IMG file onto my SD card for my Raspberry Pi. Or so I thought - it turns out I foolishly selected the wrong device path (D: instead of F:) and flashed the IMG to my WD My ...
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Is it possible to repair Win7 disk which is now seen as uninitialized by Windows?

After hibernation, which always worked without incident, the computer would not reboot. Instead it would flash the screen, go black, and repeat. When attached to another computer, the disk was seen as ...
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Faster chkdsk alternative

I think at some point my laptop's (secondary) internal hard drive was disconnected, and it seems like there are a lot of bad sectors (though I don't think anything is inherently wrong with the drive?)....
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2 drives down in a few months, What should i replace?

I've recently had 2 7200RPM SATA Disk Drives go in the span of about 2 months. The first i put down to an old drive so i removed it and took the hit. The second was not so old. After inspecting the ...
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim USB drive freezes Finder copy after a few GB

Something weird is going on with my new Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB USB drive on OSX. If I start copying a large folder, it goes fine up to about 5-8GB. At that point, the copy operation outright ...
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Hard drive physical read error, how to find out which files affected?

My HDD is starting to go bad. So I'm cloning it to a new drive using HDDRawCopy. In the process, there are several read errors (from bad sectors?). The question is, how do I go about to finding out ...
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Hard drive health

So some quick information. I have 4 hdds and one ssd in my custom build. I also have two hard drive bays in my pc and both can hold up to 4 drives stacked above each other. I can remove the top drive ...
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switch my harddrive to another laptop

I have two similar model of dell laptop. One of my laptop is not turning on and start beeping when I plug in the charger and trying to turn it on. Some days ago I poured a cup of tea into it (by ...
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External harddrive not showing proper partition table when removed from external case

I have a 2.5TB WD external hdd. I was trying to copy some large files to it and thought I would temporarily shuck it so as to remove the usb 2.0 bottle neck. However when I plug it in directly via ...
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Recover removed mirror drive

I had a pair of hard drives set up in a mirror. I removed one of the mirrored drives as I could not restore the mirror, expecting to be able to access the files on the drive. However the drive is now ...
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Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series wont boot or boot any media

I am a computer technician working out of a local shop and we had this laptop come in with a perplexing issue. I will go ahead and run down what I've tried. Bios: Tried disabling secure boot, ...
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Hirens boot cd does not dectect hard drive

I want to reset my windows 8 password through Hirens boot cd mini windows xp. It does not detect my hard drive so i can not find the SAM file. How can i make it see my hard drive so i can fix this?
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Why does bcache in writeback mode cause a clicking sound from my HDD?

I'm using bcache in writeback mode with a small SSD as the cache device and a large HDD as the backing device. When I leave writeback_percent at the default value of 10, there's sometimes a faint, ...
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How do I uninstall another windows 10 in my laptop?

After installing an SSD I performed a clean install of windows 10 in the SSD. But windows 10 of previous HDD is still in the bootmanager. As a result when I start the PC , it gives two prompt (Windows ...
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is there a limit to how many drives I can connect to my Mac?

I am on Mac Book Pro running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and I use a lot of drives for my personal data and data from clients (and every drive has a redundant drive constantly being updated in case of ...
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External disk wakes whenever file delete dialog is opened

I've recently dug out an old 1TB external drive (USB 2.0) for some temporary storage, it's quite slow (5400 I think) but it's fine for storing unimportant files until I upgrade. However, every time I ...
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Which Internal Hard drive shall I purchase? [closed]

Which Hard-drive would be the best to Invest in for a Desktop Computer? I know of Seagate that has been in the market for ages, but until recently I heard that its failure rates has been on the rise. ...
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Simple USB drive encryption under Windows - Best Practise?

I'm looking for an easy (!) way to encrypt (and decrypt) USB volumes under Windows 10. Easier than my current practise: Currently, I've an True Crypt file on the USB volume and a portable TrueCrypt ...
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Delete Partition and Extend partition option disabled

I used the "Delete Volume" option to delete my D drive so that I could extend my C drive into it but instead of becoming black coloured and unallocated in Disk Manager, it shows green coloured and "...