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

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Locate all references to a certain hard disk

Every time I got a new machine or increased the memory capacity I used to add and add more and more hard disks to the latest machine. Now I have several disks of old data (e.g windows installation, ...
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eSATA drives keeps disappearing, only reappears after reboot

I have one relatively fat PC at home, that I use as a server, a back-up drive included, and as my gaming PC as well. I currently have an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Motherboard, which includes the ...
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Copying files: Do any of the mainstream operating systems (excluding e.g. Linux with ZFS) hash files when moving them?

What I tend to do to go about making sure I don't lose my data is I pick and choose what files I want to keep, and once I have my large (in bytes, not in heft) external hard disk attached (usually ...
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Seagate ext hdd breaks USB connectivity in Windows 8 x64

A friend has a Seagate 1TB ext hdd (model: srd 00 f1). When connecting it to his Sony Vaio (VPCSB1S1E - Windows 8) it shows up in the Device Manager with a driver error. When trying to uninstall the ...
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Is My Harddrive Garbage?

I have a WD Caviar Blue 1TB, I wanted to format my computer and start fresh, so I did this, I noticed it took 6 hours to just get through the entire install, when I got into Windows 8, it was ...
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How can i get my Asus s550cm partitions again

The question it´s simple. My HDD got damaged, i have another one and i want all partitions that my Asus s550cm had whey i bought it, i dont care about the files that i had but i want all partitions ...
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It seems laptop aspire 5742 is damaging Hard drives

The laptop started rebooting itself and going into recovery mode and failing to recover, I tried the hdd on another computer and WD diagnose tool failed, so I bought a new WD blue 500gb HDD, I ...
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What to do if pc doesn't boot correctly?

I have dual operating systems (XP & win 7) on my desktop. It's a 4 years old, and it hasn't worked properly for the past few days. When I turn on the pc it doesn't reliably detect the operating ...
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Add external volume app folder to Launchpad

I have a primary volume and secondary volume which I store apps on in a folder called HDD Applications. Launchpad only looks at the /Applications folder on the primary drive for apps. How can I get ...
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Warranty on server grade hard-disks. Is that a good thing?

I couldn't come up with a better question and I hope this does not belong to server fault. Recently I obtained some western digital RED hard-disks, which are specially build for NAS. They come with ...
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Non-UEFI computer can't see UEFI Hard Drive

Long story short I had a computer, (Windows 8,UEFI, Samsung 840 EVO SSD) system. I spilled coffee on that system and am sending it off to be repaired. I wanted to make sure the hard drive was okay, ...
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Non-RAID Disk showing as RAID

The disk in question is attached to a single ESATA port on the back of my computer. The other ESATA port has nothing attached. In the BIOS, the controller for that port is turned on, and set to SATA ...
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How to encrypt my system (harddisk) on Windows 8.1 pro?

on my previous laptop I ran Windows 7 with TrueCrypt to encrypt my entire harddisk (There was only one in that laptop). The reason I do this is because I create software for multiple clients and that ...
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Data Recovery from HDD logical failure (not physical) [on hold]

Background. My interpretation is that the physical disks have all the right data; it's just the onboard controller/logic that's broken, so my case is different from most recovery cases. I don't feel ...
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How could PC Doctor, etc. boot and how does the HDD mess up offline boots? [on hold]

We finally gave in, and gave the laptop to Staples. Apparently, the Staples tech ran "PC-Doctor" and tested a lot of hardware, eventually finding (via SMART) a hard disk failure. He said it was a ...
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Windows 8 Slow File Transfer (but 1gb sequential benchmark fine)

I'm using Windows 8.1. File transfers (between disks, over gigabit network) are limited to 10MB/s, but CrystalDiskMark 5x1000MB benchmark shows 139MB/s r/w speeds. I have no antivirus installed. File ...
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Drive assignments changing

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 Server machine set up with 3 drives: Two 2TB HDDs, and a 4GB USB drive for system. It seems that every time I boot the system it changes what drives are assigned to ...
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Best practise for debbuging hdd

I just logged onto my machine when suddenly ls gave me an Input/output error. After rebooting the machine /dev/sda1 could not be mounted. dmesg results in : [ 545.691453] EXT4-fs (sda): VFS: Can't ...
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Server on Physical HDD from dead server needs Converting into Virtual Machine

I have dead server wich need reviving, all i managed to retrieve is HDD, is there an easy way of converting this physical HDD into any virtual format that VMWare converter could use? So far i've used ...
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Linux desktop computer doesn't see external harddrive but my laptops do

I have an older maxtor 80 gig harddrive that i have been using for years I have probably reformatted it 12 times. It seems to be in perfect working order when i plug it into my laptop. And honestly ...
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Addressing the cylinders of a Hard Drive

I want to address the cylinders of a Hard Drive but I can't find a good manual of the pinout of the IDE interface. Anyone knows how to do that? I don't want to read/write anything in the disk, just ...
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DDRescue - Did I do the wrong command which is causing it to take longer then expected

I am running the following command on a 500GB drive: ddrescue --force --direct /dev/sde2 /home/backups/sde2.img sde2_logfile.ddrescue However, the time has been almost 24hrs and all it has done so ...
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An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data

I have the Windows 7 installation media on a USB drive. I get the error "An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data" when I boot to it on an older computer. The drive ...
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Is it possible to recover data after disk' gpt to mbr conversion?

I tried to install windows that requires mbr system to a gpt system. I converted gpt to mbr using diskpart utility. After it all my logical disks disappeared and only one (with total amount of space) ...
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GParted - cant have overlapping partitions

Simple question: GParted shows that I have overlapping partitions. I dont understand much from partitions, but this is my output "fdisk -l -u": http://pastebin.com/MySTBhNF If you can tell me what ...
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Change The System Partition, Windows XP

my computer originally attached with two hard disk (disk1 as C: and disk2 as E:) where disk1 is SATA (system partition) and disk2 is IDE (boot). then, i attached another hard disk (disk3 as D: , ...
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non-recoverable hard drive. will windows 8 install from BIOS on a blank hard drive?

I've searched but haven't been able to find the answer to what I feel is a simple question... so here goes: My hard drive on my windows 8 equipped Lenovo laptop died. I've no way to make a bootable ...
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Converted External 3TB WD Mybook Essential to an internal drive, but it's not visible in disk management

My external hard-drive (WD MyBook Essential) stopped working a couple months ago (via USB) so I decided to take it apart and try to make it an internal drive. At first the drive was visible... I ...
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Windows 8.1 on 2 drive accessible from first?

I'll explain this as well as I can. I've got a SSD 250GB and Sata3 HDD 500GB. I'm using windows 8.1 SSD has main profile login via E-mail (Used for gaming and general use) HDD will be used for ...
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Virtualbox, Windows 7, how do I remove “ATA Device” from msinfo32 and Device Manager?

In Virtualbox, you can change the hard drive or DVD name, manufacturer, serial, etc. (Virtualbox manual, 9.9.2.). However, the friendly name always ends with "ATA Device", after the normal formula of ...
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What are the Proper Steps for Complete Restore of Computer after Being Infected?

I feel that many the average computer users come across a similar situation to what I am in now. A situation where these users find that their computers are infected with difficult to remove viruses, ...
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Duplicated windows 8 recovery partition

Let's me describe what am I trying to do first. I bought a laptop from HP(HP ENVY TouchSmart 15-j137tx) with windows 8.1 in it and plan to dual boot it into windows 7 and windows 8.1(for debugging ...
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DD stop and resume cloning inquiries and the optimum BS size on OSX

I have a dead harddrive , that cant be mounted on mac although disk utility can still recognize it. So i opt for using dd utility to clone the hard drive and recover it later. Its been painfully slow ...
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How do I recover my missing files [duplicate]

I have a Windows 7 computer that I put iTunes on. I have an external hard drive. I had iTunes organize my music in the external hard drive into a different directory. I now find that all my mp3's ...
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Why OS Windows does not boot after disk disconnected?

I have problem with booting from Mandriva linux boot menu to Windows. I previously used two disks: one with Windows and one with Mandriva and booting worked. However when I removed the disk with ...
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Can I DOS copy windows vista to a new Hard Drive?

I have a Lenovo IBM T60 laptop which I use for running my small business, the current hard drive is only 60gb and i want to copy/clone the entire current 60gb hard drive onto a new 250gb Hard drive, i ...
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How to delete partitions from a bitlocker ssd on tablet

Let me start off by saying usually when I come across this I just take the drive out and hook to another comp and delete that way. I am pretty sure the ssd is on-board. ALSO SO EVERYONE IS ON THE ...
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Windows Keeps crashing after boot

My math teacher gave me an old Windows XP computer a few years back and last year, There was a power surge in my home and the motherboard was just completely fried. I took the hard drive out. Today, I ...
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Lenovo Z570 HDD not visible in BIOS

My Lenovo Z570 laptop is acting weird these days. When I make it sleep or hibernate, and leave it for minimum 30~45 minutes,and try to start d laptop HDD light will be always ON and windows will not ...
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Ultra ATA to SATA adapters

I have an old HP HW6000 dual xeon processor workstation with 4GB of slow DDR 233 RAM running windows XP Pro. Lately my 500GB ATA 133 HD (16MB Cache) has been showing signs of dying, but chkdsk has ...
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Is there any harm in changing the label of a partition or drive?

Sometimes I want to avoid those auto-generated displayed names such as 59 GB Volume which gets mounted an auto-generated (and to me, "gibberish") path such as /media/andreas/54F85300F852DFB2. Is ...
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Hardrive test using Gsmartcontrol

Few weeks ago, my laptop hanged all of a sudden while transferring files from an external harddisk. After i restarted, there was a black screen which showed insert boot device. I checked the boot ...
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There is no system image on this computer?

So I am trying to reformat my hard drive with a system image disk. I use the options on the Recovery's advanced options. I have 2 DVD-RW's with the system image. Two because one DVD wasn't big enough. ...
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Is it safe to connect a hard drive to my computer to image it if I know it contains a virus?

I was recently asked to help a friend fix a virus laden computer and I was wondering if it is possible for viruses infecting another computers hard drive could pose a possible risk if I connect that ...
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move hdd with OS to new computer

I want to move a sata drive with freebsd already installed to a different computer with different processor, different memory, and then I want to boot from the transplanted drive. Is this possible?
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Can I clone a +5TB drive directly to the cloud? [on hold]

I've got a Drobo device which is not mounting correctly on my computer. Given the size of the device (4 x 2TB drives), I can't find a drive large enough to clone my Drobo (minimum 5TB drive), to later ...
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Laptop not booting if sata controller set to AHCI

I have Toshiba Satellite C660 Tried to install Windows7 by selecting Sata controller as AHCI I got this message Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computers hardware may not support ...
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Delete or move OEM partition on ASUS laptop

I bought an ASUS laptop (S550C) and I was planning to install Linux alongside Windows 8 (Win8 comes preinstalled) in dual-boot. The laptop has two hard drives and they come partitioned in the ...
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TP-Link Dual-Band Wireless WDR4300 Usb volume9 volume10

My router has an usb conneted, but after a few hours its disconnected and connected again with a new name. For example: . First its connected to volume9. - After a few hours is volume10 and then ...
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Do I have a bad HD sectors?

A computer user and an avid learner but an absolute novice to HD partition. Got a new laptop less than a month but DAMNED, dropped it (tripped on the power cord and it dropped to the carpeted floor). ...