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

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BTRFS delete missing drive, ignoring I/O errors

I have a BTRFS file system, distributed on 3 drives (no raid). One of my drives died yesterday. I can still mount the file system using sudo mount $path -o degraded,ro About 120k files (out of ...
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Can I install the free Windows 7/8 -> 10 upgrade on a new empty drive?

With the new Windows 10 coming out soon as a free upgrade, I'd like to know if and how I can install the upgrade on a new HDD. I assume the files needed for Windows 10 are only for upgrading an ...
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Are there SSDs compatible with PCIe x1?

My internal hard drive is ticking. It's gonna be dead soon. I've backed up all my data, thanks for your concern. What I'm doubting is, I have an old computer, that I plan on replacing in a year or ...
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Second HDD / SSD Via Caddy (ODD) Needs Restart To Be Seen / Recognized

Problem: Every time system restarts/shuts down, the hard drive connected via caddy adapter (inserted into the optical drive bay) is not recognized after system boot Annoying solution: restart (works ...
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Windows Disk Management Not Allow 'Delete Volume' and 'Extend Volume'

I am trying to delete my existing windows partition using disk management, when i am rhight clicked on the slected partion the 'Delete Volume' and 'Extend Volume' options are grayed out ( doesn't ...
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Is the Archive hard drive ok to use for backups [on hold]

There is 8TB Archive Hard Drive Available from Seagte. First there two types and i didn't knew whats the difference Seagate 8TB Archive HDD (ST8000AS0002) Seagate ST8000AS0002 8TB ARCHIVE HDD 3.5in ...
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1Tb secondary Hard disk upgrade with system config: primary 1Tb hdd, core i3, 4gb ram

System Config: Intel core i3 2nd gen processor 3100Mhz. RAM 4Gb ddr3. SATA 1Tb hitachi hdd. NVIDIA ZOTAC 650 2Gb ddr3. SMPS 450W. Mother board Intel sandybridge DH61WW_ Is it possible i can ...
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HDD naming in Linux?

Does Linux attempt to give a drive the same letter each time? For example, if was to connect two drives to my computer, then disconnect them and reconnect them in reverse order would sdb and sdc ...
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Harddisk not mounting: not recognized under Devices - Ubuntu

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 desktop computer. According to my code I mounted my harddrive and then copy a file in it. I also use 2 USB for this copy operation. Today I got into trouble. Firstly one of ...
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HDD to usb converter for 2.5 inch 5200RPM disk

I want convert my laptop HDD to external HDD. HDD configuration is: Rotation Speed: 5200RPM Size: 1TB Which converter case is good for normal HDD? USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 as per speed. As USB 3.0 is ...
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Sharing external hard drive on a network (WINDOWS 7)

I will like to share a 1TB hard drive to users on my network and create users, set permissions to files and folders. But i'm having a hard time accessing the users on the network. As it is i can only ...
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HDD performance spikes

I have a Dell Precision T1700 I purchased for about $1500 almost a year ago. I am having some moderate hard drive issues. I think it's not as fast as it should be. Booting seems quite long considering ...
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Writing horribly slow on drive

Half a year ago I installed a hybrid SSHD drive in my father's laptop. Initially it performed really well, but lately his CAD program takes 5-10 minutes to save a file. I eliminated the anti-virus ...
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Add up multiple disks into single storage, replace disk without destroying data

Suppose I have a 1TB disk and a 2TB disk. If I want to use it as a single 3TB disk, there seems to be two solutions on Windows 8. Dynamic Disk in Disk Management Storage Spaces, Simple layout But ...
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Btrfs I/O errors - crappy disks or btrfs fault?

I'm using btrfs for quite a long time, but I wasn't using any more advanced features before. Recently I've moved to btrfs on all drives, on all machines, turned on snapshots, raid and all the cool ...
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Will changing an HDD in a laptop invalidate my Windows Authenticity?

I have a Samsung laptop with a failing HDD. The laptop came with an original copy of Windows 8. I wish to replace the HDD with a purchased SSD. I created a Recovery Drive (on a 8GB DoK) - using the ...
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How to change if a drive can be used with the safely remove feature from Windows or not? [iaStorA controller]

I have Windows 8.1 Pro x64 and a motherboard with an Intel controller. I got Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver installed, resulting in the iaStorA service. I got two ports that I wish to be ...
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Drive missing after restart due to BSOD

My old XP computer got this BSOD I have 3 IDE HDDs installed, C,D,E. After I restarted, D went missing from My Computer but it went back after another restart. I checked with CrystalDiskInfo but ...
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move Windows 7 OS from one SSD (128GB) drive to another (256GB) [duplicate]

I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit installed on a 128GB SSD drive. Recently, I've purchased a new 500GB SSD drive and wish to move the entire OS over there, in order not to be forced to install ...
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How do I zero out an SAS hard drive which is part of a Dot Hill array?

I am helping a friend who has a Dot Hill Array (server?) and a full set of SAS drives that go with it. The end goal is to zero out the drives so they can be re-used or sold. What I don't know... is ...
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Recover data from a usb pen showing 0-bytes capacity [duplicate]

I have a 2GB usb pen that suddenly has stopped working. Now when i plug it in my PC, it appears in the drives but without showing its capacity, if I try to go in the properties it says that the ...
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Replace (non-raided) drive in raided server

Current setup: ~100gb disk (sda) with 4 partitions: /boot, /home, "system folders", swap 500gb RAID5-array (md0) with 1 partition: /var OS is Ubuntu Server LTS 15.04 on an old hp 32-bit system ...
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How can I fix my pc after power failure during windows updates?

I was executing windows updates on my pc. The power failure was caused by the main motherboard power connector. A prong on this connector was bent enough that it was wedged into the motherboard and ...
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Installing Windows 8.1 from external hdd - enters to loop

I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 from external hdd using this: http://www.intowindows.com/install-windows-8-from-external-hard-drive/ but after that step: it does restart and then go again to the ...
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Hide HDD from Windows but not Linux

I have a PC with multiple HDD's, one HDD has Windows, one HDD has Linux, the rest are storage drives. I want to only be able to access certain drives from certain OS's, is there any way to do this? ...
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FileVault impact on recovery

I am curious to know how FileVault impacts the recovery options in case of a crashed / corrupted hard drive that I can use: Does the fact that a block is not readable would impact more than this ...
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Is is possible to have multiple partitions on windows disk for bootcamp os x?

I'm wanting to install windows on my mac. I have a 1tb hard drive and I won't need that much space for it, and I want to use the drive for other things. Is it possible to have one part of the drive ...
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Boot Windows 8 from HDD connected via USB port: OS not found error

I have internal SSD in my PC(I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on SSD). So I disassembled its HDD which has pre-installed Windows 8. So I want to boot my licensed and pre-installed Windows via USB. I ...
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Managing an insane number of USB Drives [on hold]

I've been searching the net for a clear solution to a problem in the company I work for to no avail; maybe somebody has a good idea around here. I work for a video making company with a lot of ...
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What's the internal operations for a PC to copy data from an external flash drive to an internal HD?

I was asked about the operations on how data is copied from an external storage to an internal storage in a computer. The info I could find is about how a CPU fetches data from RAM. I don't have ...
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Losing hard disk space [duplicate]

On my C:\ drive, the installed software takes only 3.3GB of space. The total drive space is 30GB. I do not have any restore points, nothing in my recycle bin, but still I only have 1.54GB of free ...
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Rescue Data after Hard Drive Head Crash

I have a Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB. A long time ago, the HDD had a head crash. I have sought help from a company, they wanted to have for data recovery over 3000€. I switch the head ...
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Program to find a specific picture on harddisk [on hold]

If I have a picture in a file, is there a program that can find the original picture in the harddisk? I have more than 100,000 pictures on the harddisk and I have many delivery notes that contain ...
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How to restore a hard drive from a usb disk image using ubuntu

As a result of a series of events to convoluted to get into, I have a 128gb flashdrive with a windows 7 system disk image on it and a harddrive that I would like to restore it to. That harddrive is ...
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Swapfiles on high-RAM and SSD systems

tl;dr 22GB RAM, SSD, pagefile, yes/no? Reduce mapped files reserved memory yes/no? how? I am running Windows 7 on my work desktop. It has 22GB of physical RAM. I am running it with an SSD. The ...
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Are dd read/write tests using dsync reliable under RAID?

I'm performing performance testing of some new hardware, and I was quoted from a vendor what kind of performance i should get from a dd command using the oflag=dsync option. However this amount was ...
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how to mount beyond /dev/sda15 when using a GPT disk with lots of partitions

I have a GPT disk with about 20 partitions. They're on /dev/sda how can I mount each of these at the same time? as I understand /dev/sda is limited at /dev/sda15 this feels weird - being able ...
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Windows Disk I/O 100% at boot for 20 Minutes

I have a fast computer (quad-core i7, 3.5 Ghz, 24 GB of RAM, Windows 8.1) and I installed a new hard drive less than a year ago that was supposed to be as fast as you could buy for an HHD and not an ...
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Installing win 7 on new laptop with emmc

I am trying to install 32-bit win 7 on a HP Stream c004tu that comes with a Samsung MBG4C eMmc harddrive, on win 8.1. I can get up to booting the installation usb by changing bios settings, but after ...
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Convert hard drive to Vmware vm

I have a pc that died on me. The pc has an application that I need to run. I am in the process of setting up an esxi server and Im wondering if i can convert the windows 7 OS on the hard drive from ...
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What files can take half my mac's disk space

I'm on mac with a 120GB SSD, I don't have much applications and no large files on it. You can see a screen of a Disk Inventory analyse here As you can see in the picture, my SSD is 120GB with only ...
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Why am i getting Very slow dd dsync test results in Linux.

I am investigating slow application issues with some New Hardware and am running into some odd results. I am trying to determine what is causing this behavior. I am using dd if=x.b1 of=x.b10 ...
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Hidden MS Office files, bloated HD?

At work, we were all getting upgraded to MSOffice Five Million or whatever they're up to. Most people had IT upgrade their computers, I went online and tried to do the upgrade from our company ...
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rm -rf / on a virtual machine?

So, this is probably a stupid question, but I'm genuinely interested. Would it be safe to recursively delete everything on a virtual machine from a command line, just for fun? I'd assume so, given ...
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Windows - how to disable/test disk cache

I have some problems with my WD5000AAKX disk and i think that faulty RAM cache could be the reason. Western Digital diagnostic tool reports that everything is OK. Is there any way how to disable read ...
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Hard-disk #…, the system Primary HDD, is protected by a password authentication system

A client's Inspirion was requesting a bios password. I retrieved this from Dell. It then asked for HDD Password. Dell provided two options but neither worked. Quack Quixote suggests simply moving the ...
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virtual box issues and concerns - configure to use hdd rather than ssd?

I decided to give arch a go, first in a virtual machine. I had an issue with only getting 32 bit options but I checked my uefi bios and fixed that. I have installed virtual box on an ssd but I want to ...
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recover invisible folders caused by mac osx disk eject

I have 2TB Adata USB 3.0 hdd. I connected it to mac book pro and due to wire issue the hdd got disconnected. After the incident the hdd's ntfs partition shows space full but not showing all folders. ...
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Windows 7 cannot access shared folder

Recently a Windows XP system's hardware got failed, so I put its harddisk to a new system which was working fine. I have the windows 7 system from which I want to access that Windows XP's shared ...
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Is my SSD failing?

I've started getting these messages intermittently (see below). I got a whole lot of them several days ago, then they stopped. They occurred again last night, and stopped after the last line below. ...