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

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Do laptops really need hard drive caddies?

I purchased a used laptop which came without a hard drive or caddy. Is the caddy really a necessary component in all laptops? I know this is not always true, but in mine the hard drive inserts ...
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How to check Windows version installed on Hard Drive?

How do I check which version of Windows is installed on an old hard drive, from a Linux command line?
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Unable to access hard drive

I am trying to mount my external hard drive but I keep getting this error Unable to access “Backup Data” Error mounting /dev/sdb3 at /media/root/Backup Data: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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Rebuild a partition table

My external drive managed to lose its partition table it seems and I was seeing if I could repair it. I have tried testdisk and nothing comes up, no matter how much I search for it. But using ...
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How to make a hard disk inaccessible in Windows 8?

I installed two Windows 8. One for work and one for entertainment. They are on separate drives (the first system is on a SSD and the second system is on a HDD). Since I will probably install some ...
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Replaced HDD, windows cd-key scratched from laptop sticker, what to do?

guys, My girlfriends pc hdd died and her (pretty old i3 dell) got a new hdd. I was planing to install previous windows 7 home premium using cdkey from the back of her laptop, but its all worn out. I ...
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virtual memory implementation [on hold]

I have a doubt regarding virtual memory that is it the memory where page files are maintained of the programs which are installed on the system,and is it made in each drive. basically the confusion ...
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HDD bad sectors - chkdsk versus hdtune

I bought new HDD WD Blue (WDC WD10EZEX) as a secondary storage media (no RAID or anything, just a bunch of big video files on NTFS). There were a few problems at the beginning, Windows freezed at ...
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Clone A USB Stick Including Partitions And All Hidden Files [on hold]

I have a USB stick that I need to clone entirely. This includes it's partitions and all hidden files. There are 2 partitions of different types on the USB stick, so when it is plugged into windows it ...
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Are loud “scratchy” hard drives always prone to failure?

I have been using the same hard drive to back up my main computer for around 4 years now. It hasn't failed yet, but has been getting increasingly louder with time. The sound isn't "typical" of normal ...
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Dual boot with SSD and hard drive

I have a PC with an SSD drive containing Windows 7 and a hard drive for files. The harddrive has about 500GB of free space. I want to install Windows 8 on a new partition. Can I setup the partition ...
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Non-System Disk Utilization is High

I have Windows 8.1 Pro, and for the couple of months I've had it, disk usage for non-system disks (aka, all disks except C:/) is almost always much higher than the drive Windows is installed on (C:/). ...
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Format (raw) partition windows 8 - cannot access it

I have just made a new installation of windows 8 to my computer and partioned the harddrive. The problem is that one partition is raw, that is its not formatted to a specifik filesystem yet. What I ...
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Any way to read the dead external storage?

I have managed to gather a huge collection of dead storage disks (USB drive and external hard drives). Some of them are my own and some of them from office. They have all completely stopped responding ...
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Upgrading windows, finding the proper SATA drivers for the windows

I am trying to reinstall windows and have an error from both a USB bootable .iso and a install CD stating that I need the SATA drivers to continue. I cannot seem to find the proper driver or how I ...
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Reinstalling windows on a multi-drive system, what to do with the data drive?

I need to wipe my Windows install by performing a clean installation. I have two drives: C: F: I have a lot of stuff on the F: drive. If I'm thinking right, can I just unplug the F: drive from ...
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fdisk doesn't see ssd, clonezilla does but fails anyway

I'm trying to clone a Windows 7 Pro installation from one SSD to another. The current SSD is nearly full, so I'm cloning it to a larger disk. My problem is that there is something about the source ...
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Dual boot, 4 disks, raid0

I have windows 8.1, and ubuntu 14.04 on the Disk 0. On ubuntu the four disks are merged. on windows i want to merge disks 1,2,3 (the windows half). but when i click to new striped volume, it says ...
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When will Fragmentation appear such that a Fragment is at an lower address as the Basefragment?

By Basefragment I mean the first fragment of a file -- containing the header etc. Lets say I have a file which is fragmented into 3 fragments (1, 2, 3). 1 has the lowest address. I think most file ...
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Why does file system get error repeatedly even if I fsck it over and over again (on linux)?

My system is Gentoo Linux, my file system is reiserfs. A couple days ago, I unpacked a big tarball which is more than 100MB, and is about 1.3GB and 10,000 files after unpack , then I found several ...
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Quick way to backup data from partition with cross-linked files [on hold]

I've got a problem with one of my partitions (no system, only data). I can save files on it just fine, read them too. But any attempt to resize the partition using Paragon Partition Manager software ...
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How can I improve the performance of my audio software?

I am running OtsAV on Windows XP. The way it works is by buffering a small amount of data from the hard drive just before it needs to play it. It used to give flawless sound no matter what else was ...
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LVM2 Luks Encryption

I have set up LVM2 with Luks encryption on my drive and I have an issue. When I run disk usage analyzer, it shows that total filesystem capacity is 9.9GB and 9.7GB is used. I have a 250GB hard ...
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Rebalance hard drives in a Storage Space Pool?

I have 2x 1.5TB drives in a (two-way mirror storage pool). That pool recently hit 100% capacity meaning both drives had 0% space left. I added 2x 4TB drives to the storage pool but Storage space ...
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ntfs_pread failed - unable to mount

My WD Passport external driver had been working well for several months. Recently I've been having random restarts in my laptop which has been since fixed. But I am not sure if that's what caused my ...
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How To Determine Device Data Transfer Amount

Is there a way to determine the amount of data transfered to/from a device. I'm not asking about the block or sector size. I want to know the amount transferred by a read/write operation. For ...
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SSD Setup OS/Programs/Documents

I am trying to configure a new computer using SSD's. Am leaning toward the following configuration: 1) SSD of about 120GB solely for OS 2) SSD of about 120GB solely for programs I would use (MS ...
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External HDD “forgets” partitions

I have a Samsung Story Station 2TB external HDD. It had several issues in the past, mostly regarding to the short cable that Samsung provided with it. Today, I powered on my computer and booted ...
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Cannot see hard drive after failed Truecrypt decryption

I was decrypting Truecrypt external drive and at 25% it said there was a corrupt data so it replaced it with random data. After that the decryption failed completely. I deferred the decryption and ...
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Where is the software RAID information actually written?

Like title says, where is the actual information which specifies which disks are being used, what order, etc...? I noticed while installing a linux distro that it was detecting a RAID array without a ...
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How to repair bad sectors

I am using hd sentinel to monitor smart status and it reporting that currently 9 sectors are pending that may be reallocate later. I don't know what causes this error but is it possible to repair ...
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Accidentally Deleted SSD and expresscache

It's almost been 2 years since I bought an Acer Aspire S3-951-6464 ultrabook, but last night I accidentally deleted all the partitions including the SSD while I was working on LFS. I know my ...
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Computer can be powered on once after new SSD install

My computer has a strange behavior since I installed a new SSD (Samsung Evo 840). When I pushed start button the first time after connecting the new internal SSD everything was ok. I managed to ...
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How to fix GPT on a Windows 7 workstation

I have a Windows 7 workstation with a 4TB HD. I had it partitioned with GPT so that I could use the entire 4TB. It was workign fine, but after a short time the drive showed up as RAW. Disk Management ...
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Chrome - Very heavy HDD usage. Reading all fonts from 'Fonts' folder

Because of google's bad user support I'm posting this problem here.. https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!search/hdd$20usage$20fonts/chrome/B207faUB7-Q/_70ST4eN0u0J Now every time I open a new ...
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XP SP2 hangs on logo screen, running chkdsk /p /r now hanging

I have a windows xp sp 2 on a toshiba laptop, Ive been using it for many years. The other day it hung on the windows logo and would only start in safemode. I did a best configuration, restore, then ...
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Why is CBS.log file size 20 GB

Two days ago I had full C: drive after which I deleted 8 GB of data. The next day the hard drive was full again, so I continued with deleting another 5 GB, and once again the next day the disk was ...
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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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Intel Rapid Storage: Error Occured(0,1)

A friend of mine is experiencing this problem. Every time the machine starts this error Error Occurred(0,1) is shown as at the next picture: Then in Windows the RST utility shows this error ...
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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 ...