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

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Retrieve data from a mountable partition refusing `cp` but allowing `dd`

Recently, my internal drive failed after a manual reboot and I would like to retrieve the data before changing it. My computer is a Macbook Pro mid-2012 and the drive is formatted as HFS+. (From my ...
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How Do I Erase A HDD Without An OS?

How Do I Erase A HDD Without An OS? I tried installing windows onto my hdd and it began to freeze on beginning setup and i've tried almost everything from changing to legacy and safe mode so i feel ...
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SMART: Reset B8 (end-to end data match) error count

My Samsung HD642JJ HDD, connected with non-faulty power data cables, shows me the "Hard drive failure imminent" warning at the boot screen. There was another, silently, truly failing HDD that I wanted ...
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I cannot get Windows 7 to perform a system backup

I am trying to create a backup of my Windows 7 partition by using Windows' "Backup and Restore" utility. I have an external USB hard drive with a ~1.8 TB NTFS partition and a small 256 MB partition ...
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CentOS can't see RAID array partitions

I have the current setup composed by (4x) HDDS sda, sdb, sdc, sdd partitioned in the same way: /dev/sd[abcd] | |- /dev/sd[abcd]1 [EFI FAT 32] |- /dev/sd[abcd]2 [Linux RAID] |- ...
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Is “DISKUTIL” available for Snow Leopard 10.6 MacBook Pro?

Is "DISKUTIL" available for Snow Leopard 10.6 MacBook Pro? Is there a way to reach the terminal of OS with a keyboard command when start is running?
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if I disconect a harddrive wil it be erased ?

got a McBookPro (2009) At this moment it is locked with ("#0* gdmd) FILE VAULT application that refuses my password. I"m seeking a way to disable filevault. I tried to re install the software but I ...
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What is the other alternative technique of RAID?

I've been searching about this topic but I keep getting RAID only. I was told that there is another technique for data recovery and redundancy that replaces RAID. Kindly, can someone enlighten me. ...
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Why does my 500GB hard drive have a capacity of exactly 500,107,862,016 bytes?

Why does my 500 GB hard disk show up to have exactly 500 107 862 016 Byte? I'm aware of the GiB vs. GB issue and know that manufacturers of hard drives use 1000 as ...
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If someone purchased a Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive and it failed sooner than expected, will Seagate replace the drive?

One of Seagate’s recently popular hard drive models—at the consumer and enterprise level—is the ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive. It seems that many users in different usage realms—desktop environments as ...
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Change My Computer view in Windows 10 [duplicate]

Anything less than Windows 10 I used to press CTRL + E or select My PC icon to view my hard drives and My Document's. But after updating to Windows 10 When I press CTRL + E it displays frequent ...
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SMART says my hard drive is okay, but it's randomly respinning. What is happening?

I have a 320GB WD Caviar SATA hard drive on a 2007 desktop machine. Lately it has taken to randomly spinning down and up again during active usage (streaming a video off it, for example: the disk ...
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How to span a 24GB SSD and 1TB HDD together on lenovo ideapad y510p - windows 7?

I got tired of Windows 10 and boot times from my HDD and decided to downgrade to Windows 7 and install it on my SSD. After doing so, the space was very limiting and I did a lot such as compress OS, ...
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what is the correct way to clone everything to another USB disk?

I have a 1T USB disk with Fedora 20 installed. The total space used is about 40 GB. There are three partitions by default: swap, root and user1. I want to move/clone/copy the entire installation to ...
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why is PID 0 reading/writing large amounts of data

Just booted my PC up and it was running slower than usual. I went into the resource monitor and its saying that System PID 0 is reading and writing 100,000,000B/sec and its accessing all drives for ...
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Why is SSD slower than HDD when extracting or copying files?

I feel that I have to ask this question as a pattern emerge. On my home computer, I have a Samsung EVO 850 500 GB; on my work computer we have a Intel 710 200 GB. Both is running Windows 10 (one ...
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Split multiple partition volume, dynamic disk => primary disk

My dynamic disk have 3 ntfs partition, a few months back I want to merge the last two partition into one and somehow stick two together into one volume, and assign single drive letter (forgot the ...
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We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files

Last time I had installed chromium os. Now I wanted to install windows again. During installation I get the following error: I searched a lot and lots of people fixed this issue by removing extra ...
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Linux - keep USB HDD alive programatically (no spin down)

I have faulty HDD attached to 24/7 server, which sometimes throws I/O error after spin up. Thus I want to prevent it from spinning down programatically. It's about 6 years old Samsung G3 Station. No ...
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Windows 7. enable write caching setting is reset

Enabling write caching policy on external hard drive causes serious troubles for me. More details here. But after disabling this setting it always gets reset after getting back from sleep mode. Though ...
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why USB drive cannot boot from Fedora machine but can from Windows machine?

I have WD Mypassport 500GB USB removable disk. I installed Fedora 20 on it. it works fine when I boot it with my Windows machine but I cannot boot it with my Fedora machine. If I attached it to my ...
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Is there a version of Windows OS that will allow a bootable disc beyond 2 TB capacity?

I have a shiny new 5TB WD Black and was hoping to use it as the OS System disc and for a fair number of audio production programs, Workstations, samplers, synthesizers and such. Moving from a 2TB. The ...
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Way too many disks in rEFInd?

I'm using rEFInd on my mac that is installed on its own partition. Everything works fine except when I boot into rEFInd (the "EFI Boot" option under the disk selection menu on startup) it shows my OS ...
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Cannot install windows, missing device driver

I am having Sony vaio VPCM126AG, which was running windows 10 pro. I tried to install chromium os hdd will had wiped full hdd, then chromium os was running well, but now I wanted to go back to ...
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WD 4 TB My Book from external to internal

I recently acquired a 4TB WD My Book and I'd like to use it as an internal drive in a media storage rig I'm running Plex on. I've seen online the problems people have had in the past when they have ...
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External hard drive is not seen in computer but it can be seen in devices computer management [duplicate]

I have 1TB WD My Passport portable hard disk. I was using it with both Windows 7 and Linux. However something is wrong with it. Both OS do not recognize it and I can see my external disk is ...
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Fix boot sector in unallocated NTFS exteral hard drive

The damage Yesterday evening I accidentally started formatting my external HD (2TB NTFS formatted) and eventually completely removed (I replaced data with 0s) about 70MB. The analysis I ran ...
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BIOS can not find hard disk in boot priorities

I was installing Linux Kali os 2.0 but have got an error while installing grub, so I was unable to start installed kali os and also second OS, Windows 8.1. Only what was possible was to start live ...
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New SSD terribly slow at writing in Linux

I got a new SSD, Crucial BX200, 480 GB. It is plugged into a sata 3 port. I installed Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64 Bit on the ssd (using full disk encryption) If I run bonnie++ to do a benchmark, I ...
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Virtualbox - create a raw vmdk disk by UUID, not \\.\PhysicalDriveX

What I would like to achieve is to create a vmdk disk from physical drive which continue to work if the disk order is changed (e.g. disk is connected to another SATA port). Probably, the correct ...
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El Capitan upgrade white screen

I recently upgraded my late 2007 iMac to el capitan. The computer was very sluggish for a couple of weeks keep freezing on us. And than after the last update it died completely, white screen with the ...
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64GB SSD, 20GB visible, HPA disabled

I have a 64GB OCZ Agility 4 SSD that only shows 20GB available. My first thought was HPA was enabled, so I fired up hdparm only to learn that HPA is disabled. root@PartedMagic:~# hdparm -N /dev/sdb ...
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Files suddenly disappeared from hard disk

My Windows 8.1 suddenly crashed and when I tried restarting it, I got the error that there was something wrong. Windows offered me to fix start up problems which I did and afterwards I was able to ...
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used DISKPART CLEAN command on my external HDD - need to recover data

I accidentally used the clean command while using DISKPART, the result was all my information erased, the result was my 1TB HDD erased! And dont know if it makes a difference but I had two partitions ...
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How to extend windows partition if it is second partition?

How to extend windows partition if it is second partition? on my laptop I have debian and windows dual boot, Debian is at the beginning of the HDD, and the Windows takes last 120GB of my drive. I can ...
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How can I extract files from a hard drive image? [on hold]

I have a file that's just an uncompressed byte for byte copy of a physical drive, is there a program that can open it and extract the files? (by interpreting the MBR and NTFS partitions?) Or is there ...
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Windows 10 100% disk usage on startup and whenever opening Windows/Microsoft Native Apps

Since earlier this week, my laptop becomes unresponsive when logging into windows. Disk C: is always at 100%. Windows will only be usable and lag free after around 15 mins. Open Resource Monitor shows ...
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Repair broken hdd [on hold]

I have a physically broken HDD from a laptop - I am sure it's a physical problem, because first - the drive is not recognised by the device manager and second, I hear a clicking sound when the HDD is ...
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Windows 10 100% Disk usage with less that 15 MB/s

I have the Lenovo Y70-70. 4th gen i7, nvida gtx 960, 16 GB RAM, and a 1tb hybrid drive, so I know it can be faster. The problem is that the Disk usage regularly maxes out, and makes the computer lag. ...
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Restrict access to folder in external HDD before lending it to someone

I have a HDD that I will lend to a friend of mine for a couple of days. There are some folders with personal files that I want to keep them private without temporary deleting them. What's the most ...
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How to transfer files between PC and Amazon WorkSpace? [on hold]

I have installed an instance of Amazon WorkSpaces (Windows 7). I need to transfer some files between my local hard drive and AWS hard drive. What is an easy way to do that? I heard that you can use ...
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Specified path does not exist when trying to run programs

I have a drive that appears to have gone bad, my D: where most of my programs, user data, etc, has been stored. I had modified my registry so that programs would install to D: by default. I've ...
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How to low level format a windows 7 hard drive in recovery/installation mode?

What the safest way is to low level format my hard drive in my Desktop Vostro 200 Dell Windows 7 computer? It' wont load the hard drive and I was told to low level format it. It can only start the ...
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Windows 10 will not boot up after resizing C partition using Easus

I have windows 10 64 bit. I had on drive with two partitions. One was primary the other system drive (C:) disk C was getting full so I decided to merge disk E: disk E: had files from previous ...
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Unable to delete / move file from HDD

Not a duplicate. I'm only adding this after trying out everything in other questions I recently copied a folder from a friend onto my HDD, and I'm now unable to delete the folder. ( No error message ...
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Partitions merge possible?

I have many partitions created in my hdd which I dont know about. The red box represent the main partitions and blue box represent the uncreated partitions. Can I delete the partitions with blue box ...
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Multi Boot - Prevent Drive Access / Data Security

I have one PC which I use for two different tasks. 1 - work 2 - play. I want to set up a separate boot for each. I want to keep the work part clean while play I could care less about. Along with two ...
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how to clone from one USB disk to another with Linux command line commands?

I have a Bigger 1T USB disk with Fedora 20 and some user data in total about 40GB on one partition which is about 900GB.I want to move this Fedora installation to a smaller 500GB USB disk. Yesterday ...
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Is it possible to restore corrupt files from USB external HDD

I have a slightly older WD MyBook external 250GB HDD, after moving it form one PC to another, then back a large majority of the file names and extensions have all turned to gibberish: Both PCs are ...
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What is Hard Drive Cache?

I'm pretty new to the computer building world and I'd like to know what hard drive cache exactly is and what it exactly does.