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

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Creating a dual partition external HD Windows 8: 1 partition bootable, the other for storage?

I'm a total rookie and I'm trying to re-format an external drive so that I can have a small partition that is bootable, and the other partition to keep files. Don't quite know where to begin. Thanks
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Support for using >2TB HDD

Iam working on providing support for HDD morethan 2TB on TI8107 board. According to GPT header, at LBA1 with offset of 0x28 we get the first usable sector and LBA1 with offset of 0x30 we get the last ...
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Blue screen when trying to optimize drive

Found out that while I was away my PC had crashed ("Your PC ran into a problem...") and got the helpful tip to look for REGISTRY_ERROR. Given that I have an SSD drive, I thought of running the ...
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Replace system disk - centos 6.x

I have a Precision 380 running CentOS 6.5 where the (one and only) disk appears to be failing. I'd like to copy out everything to a new drive and have it take over as the system disk so I can ...
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Bad blocks in hard disk - S.M.A.R.T - report

I have a DELL PRECISION M4400 running Windows 7 Professional. Recently, the laptop started freezing and would go to sleep and would not be able to wake up unless a hard reset was given. I downloaded ...
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Easiest way to encrypt multiple hard drives?

What is the best way to encrypt multiple separate hard drives? I have a Windows 7 desktop computer with multiple drives for various media- boot drive, video game HD, media HD, a Raid setup - and I ...
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WinDirStat shows 244GB unknown space on external drive

I recently noticed that one of my external hard drive seems to be missing a lot of space. It was recommended that I try WinDirStat, as it could help identify how much space each file was taking up. ...
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Can I install the same copy of Windows (same product key) onto a different drive on the same computer and switch between them with the BIOS boot menu?

Right now I have two HDDs (for storage) and two SSDs (for OS) in my computer. On the older 64 GB SSD, I have Windows 10 installed, along with a bunch of video production software and related tools ...
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Seagate Expansion not loading up as a Disk

I am in deep sh*t as my 1TB Seagate Expanstion Portable HDD (STBX1000301) stopped working all of the sudden. It was working fine, like crisp. I was copying data (in GBs) to it and suddenly it stopped ...
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How do I know what type of hard drive interface my laptop uses?

I have a Toshiba Satelite L50-B-1LN, and I want to upgrade the hard drive to a SSD. However, I do not know what type of SSD to buy. I need to know if my laptop uses SATA 2, SATA 3, IDE, etc. How do I ...
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Western Digital My Passport Beeps

My Western Digital My Passport Drive () is broken, when I went to plug it in today, It made beeping sounds when connected. It makes 7 beeps, then 3, then another 3, and then it pauses for a few ...
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managing disk using fdisk utility

i m new to fedora, I want to create 8GB disk and then want to make three partitions with different sizes. -first partition with 8MB -Second partition with 192MB -Third partition with 7.8GB but it ...
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Create image from encrypted linux disk using windows

My system is a Linux / Windows x64 dual boot PC. It has two disks, one for Windows 7, one for Linux. The Linux disk has one unencrypted partition (boot) and one encrypted partition (home, root, ...). ...
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Boot menu across multiple hard drives

I currently have a dual-boot on my desktop with two partitions on the same hard drive. When I boot up my machine I am taken to a boot menu which allows me to pick which of the two operating systems I ...
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Laptop hard disk makes loud aggressive revving noise

Imagine a 17 year old revving a Ferrari, the hard disk sounds like that for about 5 seconds then returns to a normal noise. The revving noise is far louder than a traditional disk thrashing under ...
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Swapping HD from one laptop to another - worked many times before, until now

I am a serial ThinkPad T series user. I get a new laptop, I move my drive, and I got my new computer all setup; windows finds all the new drivers etc, and all is well. Recently, I wanted to swap my ...
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BIOS won't boot Win7 Ultimate from SATA Drive

I recently installed windows 7 ultimate replacing windows 8.1 Pro (On another partition is Ubuntu) and after shutting down and rebooting with no difficulty, I after a while needed to hibernate and i ...
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Invalid GPT and No Partitions found on External Hard Drive

Ok so I'll start from the beginning here, and I'll do my best to give you all of the info upfront. Hard Drive: Toshiba DWC120 2TB Original File System: NTFS I was having issues with this hard drive ...
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Hp gen 8 microserver doesn't detect hdd when installing ESXI

I have am trying to install ESXi, however my ssd and hdd aren't being detected. I currently have sata config set to dynamic hp smart array b120i raid support, not entirely sure I need a raid. ...
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How to use external drive for Windows updates

So, the situation I'm in might seem strange, but I certainly can't be the only one. I bought an awesome, inexpensive mini-tablet (a Winbook). It's running FULL Windows 8.1, but it only came with a ...
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Computer Stuck on Loading screen [on hold]

I was watching a movie on my PC (motherboard ASRock conroe945PL-Glan). The movie froze and the colors changed. I tried to restart the PC and now it is stuck on windows loading logo, and then ...
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Unable to access or analyze external HDD

a friend gave me a corrupted HDD. He said, his laptop crashed during a formatting process with a BSOD. Now from time to time (on Windows) it's being detected but if you try to access it, it prints ...
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Recover data from formatted harddrive

I had a dual boot machine with Windows 8 and Deepin linux on it. Last week I removed WIndows 8 and installed windows 8.1. After installing Windows 8.1 grub was removed. I followed How can I repair ...
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New HDD mounting and partitioning difficulties

I have recently purchased and installed a brand new 8TB Seagate Archive HDD into my desktop computer, and, using the "Disks" program in Ubuntu, I created one 8TB NFTS partition named "MediaStorage" ...
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Multiple HDDs hanging constantly

I have an AMD Windows 7 system which has its OS on an SSD, and until previously had a single 4TB HDD as a data drive. I never had an issue with that drive until I installed a second 4TB drive and put ...
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How can I restore my Windows system after the PC is booted into DOS from USB drive?

My PC with Windows Vista failed to boot. The screen showed that the boot device was not found. I think the boot area of the hard drive was damaged. Then I created a boot USB drive with DOS system, and ...
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Will this method of converting a HDD from Legacy to UEFI reset my activation status in Windows 10?

http://superuser.com/a/812063 Also, will Windows 10 backup preserve system's activation status (so I could fiddle with HDD with no worries after possible license loss)?
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Where is the hard drive on an Acer Chromebook CB5-311?

I recently had a display/main-board failure on my CB5-311 Chromebook. I wanted to give it in for warranty, but there is only replacement, not repair. So I wanted to make a backup of the hard-drive, ...
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Dell Optiplex 380 Hard Drive Issue

I used to use pc a few years ago that had windows XP installed on it (SATA hard drive). Lets call this hard drive Hard-1. I got a Dell Optiplex 380 recently. This has also come with a SATA hard ...
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What's the powershell equivalent to “%~dpn0” in batch?

I'm new to powershell and I asked myself how could I put the following variables in a powershell script? I know how to set a variable in powershell, but I don't know how to get "%~dpn0". set pgm=%~n0 ...
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RAID Disk failure - one per day (3ware 9650SE - Seagate Barracuda 3TB)

I have a RAID6 config, with 3ware 9650SE-8LPML card and 6x Seagate Barracuda 3000GB running from early 2012 (May?). Those HDD were quite big for that time. They always made a strange noise when ...
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Which is faster: write two big files to separate hard drives, or write them to the same set of drives in Raid0

This is sort of related to the answer here: http://superuser.com/a/325771/396863 Let's say I have a two 1 gb files which I want to simultaneously write to my hard disks. As noted in the linked ...
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How to search for a file that is compressed on a external drive from my mac?

My hard drive went on my mac. I replaced it with a new hard drive. I was able to dump all the data from the damaged drive onto an external drive. The dump separates some of the files into word docs ...
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Steam and Ubuntu - 2nd HDD (game library) not being recognized until clicked on

So I installed steam and I got a problem each time I reboot. My HDD remains undetected by Steam until its been accessed in Ubuntu 15.04. Thus steam does not recognize the HDD and leaves my library ...
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Strange filesystem issue on Linux Mint - Deleted large file, no additional disk space avalable

I believe I have found a problem with Linux Mint. (Version 17? - How do I check this?) I have a program which has been running for several days and has produced an output file several hundred ...
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Automount external drives as readonly in openelec

I wanto to make sure that every time, I plug in an external harddisk to my raspberry pie with openelec, it is mounted readonly. I tried putting this rule KERNEL=="sd*", SUBSYSTEMS=="usb", ...
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Seagate Backup Plus 4tb

I have a seagate 4tb backup plus desktop external hard-drive. I use it to house alot of college work, regular work files and a few movies etc. While it has been been plugged into my tv the past few ...
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Fastest Linux Filesystem on Shingled Disks

There is considerable interest in shingled drives. These put data tracks so close together that you can't write to one track without clobbering the next. This may increase capacity by 20% or so, but ...
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Cannot format or remove “extra” partitions on HDD

I have a 500GB Seagate Laptop HDD that I received from a scrapped laptop that I am trying to format. I managed to format one of the partitions but cannot remove or format the remaining ones. Here is ...
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No space left on C: Drive [on hold]

I'm trying to help someone with this issue but I have yet to figure it out. Any advice is appreciated so thank you in advance. Currently, there is 1.86 GB free of 119 GB on the C: drive. Whenever I ...
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Can´t login Google Drive

My Google drive account does not sync, or when I re-install google drive application, I can´t login in my account because it appears "Error on page". Sometimes when I try to access this website ...
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is there any way to completely avoid boot problems when multi booting [closed]

I myself always wondering that there should be a way for multibooting that no booting problems occur. Assume that I have this HardDrive: Partition1 C Primary 200GB Partition2 D ...
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Hard disk not working

I have a 500GB Hitachi Hard disk which is failing. It sometimes detects in bios and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it also works maybe for 10-20 min then it stops working and I get a BSOD saying ...
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Unable to shred personal data from re-formatted computer

I have an old Windows 7 computer that I want to give away. I restored the machine to factory settings (using manufacturer's disks). After that I ran SDelete & CCleaner to shred any personal data ...
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BTRFS, Files on a single drive in array but keep 2-parity?

Is it possible to setup a BTRFS array of disk but tell it to keep files on individual disks instead of stripping them and still keep a 2-parity? The idea is that if three drives die, the files on the ...
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Disappearing Windows Drive space [duplicate]

According to my Windows Explorer, I'm running out of space on my C: drive, with only 22 GB left out 517 GB. However, I ran JDiskReport and WinDirStat, each of these shows that the C: drive only takes ...
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Unable to locate or see a hard drive

I'm decent enough on the computer but have not encountered this problem before. I currently have one SSD and two SATA hard drives on my PC. The SSD is the C: drive. Then, I have a D: and J: drive. ...
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“A disk read error has occurred” after partitioning

I used MiniTool partition wizard to resize my C:\ drive. In order to do this, my computer had to restart. It did the boot-time partition, then restarted again, and I faced the error "A disk read error ...
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Why Windows 8 does not update disk space after I move 1 Gb to sd card

I bought a 16Gb tablet. I moved OfficeOEM from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft to a sd card. Still disk space stays the same for C whereas size should have increased by 1 Gb. When I look at disk size it's ...
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Hard disk only recognized if it has already spun up

So here's a weird issue: When you first turn on this desktop computer, it does not recognize that it has a hard drive in it. However, if you then press the reset button, or turn it off and back on ...