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

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Recover missing files on an external hard drive

I backed up my files from the office in my external hard drive couple of days ago. The files are from a Mac. Then after I went home I checked the files and the files were there. After that I ...
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External HDD Not Being Recognized

I have two identical bus-powered USB3 1TB hard drives (Buffalo MiniStation). On my desktop computer, both work just fine. On my new Win 8.1 laptop (Dell XPS 13 9343), only one works. The other one ...
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HDD works at one laptop but doesn't on another

Th situation is as follows: Laptop Dell 14z has Win 8.1 and OSZ Vector 128GB SSD HDD. At one moment is started installing updates (Win 8.1), suddenly rebooted and couldn't boot Win successfully. ...
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Can restricted lib files corrupt HDD? [on hold]

Your answer to the person 5 yrs ago regarding an Ubuntu user's inability to diagnose why the msg dpkg in recovery mode: rm: cannot remove '/var/apt/lists/partial/' and ...
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WD black sshd cannot be found in BIOS without OS

My laptop leaves space for only one disc, and I bought the WD black SSHD to replace my previous corrupted disc. However, I cannot find the hard drive in BIOS, while safety check shows it is perfectly ...
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Elementary OS Luna installer doesn't recognize Windows 7 install. Dual boot struggle

I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Elementary OS Luna x64 in dual boot. I've installed Windows first, but after that when I try to install Elementary from live USB the installer doesn't ...
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Cloning Windows 7: What happens to previous machine?

Similar questions have been asked a number of times before too, but mine is slightly different and I'm not able to find an answer to it. I upgraded my HDD from 320GB to 500GB and cloned old disk's ...
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What will happen if I reconnect 2 halves of two-way RAID mirror after using them independently?

Suppose I have a storage space with two-way mirror based on 2 physical USB drives a and b. Then I disconnect b and connect it to another computer. Then I use—write some data—to both degraded storage ...
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Why are my sata 2 drives running in sata 1?

I have a GA-MA785GM-US2H running version F7 of bios if that matters and for some reason my sata 2 (actually sata 3 capable)drives are running at sata 1 speeds. This is confirmed in the boot sequence ...
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Recovering 1TB hard drive split into two 500GB drives without formatting

I am using Windows 7 and am trying to recover two working drives. The hard drive in question was: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822204022 I am pretty sure they were ...
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have over 8GB free disk and “disk full” message appears

my macbook pro System Version: 10.9.5 Processor: 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 Hard Disk: 250 GB Memory: 8 GB Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB L3 Cache: ...
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Replacing a RAID1 disk with a different model

When I replace a disk in a 2-disk RAID1 array, how do I know if a proposed replacement disk is actually suitable? Just to make the question more concrete, the disk to be replaced is a 1TB Seagate ...
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Possible problems when using OneDrive as backup [on hold]

I’m going to use the automatic sync functionality of OneDrive, which is built-in into Windows 8.1, to implement a backup solution for my work files stored locally. In my understanding, ‘backup’ means ...
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Common SMART values for all vendors?

Is there a list of SMART values that all HDD/SSD vendors have in common ? Or just every vendor implements its own list of SMART values ? Our application might handle HDD or SSD.
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ID disk from event message

I have the following event in event viewer: "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk6\DR19." Log Name: System Source: Disk EventID: 11 Level: Error How do I know what disk this ...
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DC-input motherboard How does HDD get power? — ASRock H81TM-ITX

This may be quite a simple question, but I do not know much of anything when it comes to building motherboards, voltages, wattages, and power. I am looking at this board - ASRock H81TM-ITX ...
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How to do a Diskpart Clean on OS X

Is there a way to perform the equivalent of (Windows') diskpart clean via MacOS X? I have to completely bomb some drives so that they can be formatted correctly in a buffalo Linkstation that I have. ...
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What should I do to use my hard drive on a Samsung Tablet? [migrated]

I have a 2 TB hard drive full of movies. I am getting bored watching movies on the computer so I decided buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab. My hard drive is NTFS and my friends told me that I have to convert ...
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CRC Error..HDD failure or Windows failure?

I have seagate hdd with windows 7 ultimate installed on partition C and the partition D for data. Suddenly while booting, windows ask me for disk checking volume/partition D for consistency. If i let ...
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Wester Digital Passport External Hardisk failure

I dropped my WD passport from a height of about 3 feet on a solid surface. I connected the harddisk to my Lapotop running windows 8.1. The LED on the haddisk is blinking. I can feel the hard disk ...
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Is there any way to setup a 3TB SATA drive in Windows XP? [duplicate]

I have a Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC and I want to setup Western Digital 3 TB (dynamic disk) in my PC. But it reads only 700 GB from Windows XP although it read 3TB from the setup screen of my Dell. The ...
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How do i recover data without reformatting drive after USB to SATA conversion?

My External USB Hard Drive became unusable. Removed the enclosure and connected via SATA. Windows is failing to recognize without formatting. What are my options to recover drive without losing data? ...
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How can I use my laptop like an external hdd with use of any cable [duplicate]

I want to use my laptop like an external hard drive. How can I completely access my laptop's storage on another computer with the help of any cable? Can we mount a particular partition of the laptop ...
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Cannot get RAID working with Mac Mini after adding drive

I had a working RAID array with 3 2TB drive in an external Startech.com SATA enclosure that was set to RAID5 I wanted to add another 2TB drive, so I added the drive but according to the manual, I ...
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HDD not listed in BIOS, but can boot to it if overridden?

I have a custom built Windows 8.1 PC running off an Asus H97I-PLUS motherboard with four drives (2x HDD, 2xSSD) attached with SATA cables. I was fiddling with the overclocking wizard. After a game ...
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How to install Windows 7 to an USB HDD from Linux? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Windows 7 from a CD to a HDD connected via USB. Windows complaints about not being able to install itself to USB-connected drives. All guides I found involve downloading a set of ...
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Should I buy a 'Red' or 'NAS' Hard Drive if my desktop computer is on all the time? [on hold]

I leave my computer on all the time. Over the last 10 years I've lost an average of about one hard drive per year. I have Seagate and Western Digital warranty exchange addresses memorized :-) Right ...
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Sata Power Connection Broken Off but Pins are ok

So, that crappy plastic connector holder on my hard drive broke off while I was moving drives around. Does anyone have any suggestion on a work around, I've tried crazy gluing a Sata Power plug to ...
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How can I recover data from an interrupted file system conversion? [on hold]

I attempted to convert a USB 2TB drive (containing around 500GB of data) from NTFS to HFS+. The process was done using Paragon Partition manager on Windows. It started OK, and began walking the disk ...
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Install existing win98 hdd in win7 computer

I want to take the hard drive from my win98 and install it into a win7 computer (remove the existing hard drive in the win7). I use win98 to run dos programs that I created years ago and I want to ...
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Windows 7 Hard Drive Related Black Screen

I have a laptop with Windows 7 and a few days ago I started noticing the hard drive making the distinctive tick associated with some sort of fault. I ran dskchk (with both options enabled) but it took ...
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Linux machine with RAID 1 not booting after failed drive

I’m not that experienced with Linux and am troubleshooting a machine that is no longer booting up. Originally it had two drives installed in RAID 1 and one drive failed. I took the good drive out and ...
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Important files possibly leaked into mapped network drive

I recently mapped a network drive. While moving important sensitive files. I accidentally dragged one into it. The computer froze for a while and went back to normal, there was no indication of file ...
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How can I make two partitions on usb drive on windows 8 both accessible? [duplicate]

I wanted to have 2 partitions so that I can use my 8gb HP v165w pen drive to have some files on first partition and autorun of a keylogger on another partition so that when I try to give a game to my ...
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How can I save some bitlocked drive that used to open automatically if I can unenscrypt the c: drive

My computer no longer works.. I mean the windows do not restart and go to blue screen. I did a bunch of chkdsk and things are improving. The windows can restart and then go to a blank black screen ...
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What is “File Packing” done by an Operating System?

I am reading a book on Operating Systems, and I am confused in a part about Internal File Structure. Quoting from the book: Disk systems typically have a well-defined block size determined by ...
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Changing drive format and restoring an Macintosh via Time Machine

Recently I had to take my Mac into repair and they had to wipe everything I thought I had my data mainly photos backed up on my Western Digital Elements hard drive through Time Machine. Once back ...
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Windows Defender Waking Up Hard Drive

I have an external hard drive that I only use for storage, I almost never write data to it but it can be useful if I want to access some data that I have in it. When it’s possibile I’d like for the ...
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WD Elements Bought 2 weeks ago : clicking noise on only Some devices

I bought the 1TB WD Elements USB3 external hard drive 2 weeks ago, and i have some weird issues with it when i tried on: windows 7 >> worked - Read & write linux mint 15 >> Not recognized. ...
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Sometimes when booting computer hangs on BIOS splash screen

I have a desktop computer with an Asus P8Z68-V LE motherboard. It has a Wester Digital 1 TB hard drive, Samsung SSD, DVD/CD drive, an external hard drive that is always connected to a USB 3 port and ...
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Time Machine restoring data back to my Mac

Lately I had to take my Mac in for repairs and while it was there they needed to delete and start again. I had backed everything up on a hard drive in Time Machine but once I got my Mac home I tried ...
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Restarting computer several times makes windows unbootable

My bro took my hdmi cable. Seeing that nothing shows up on the screen I restarted computer several time I got this problem A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent ...
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How can I clone an entire drive to a smaller drive w?

I have a 1TB hard disk which is set up as MBR with 3 primary partitions. The sizes of the partitions are exactly 250GiB, 250Gib, and 192GiB, respectively. The remainder of the drive is unallocated ...
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Recovering files from dying hard drive with USB [closed]

So, I've got a dying hard drive. I'm trying to get files off of it (for school) before it takes a dump. My problem (unconfirmed problem): Whenever I try to enter the Removable Disk (USB) My computer ...
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Removing or overriding Windows 7 system image in windows 8

Before upgrading my PC to Windows 8.1, I did a standard Windows 7 backup to a 1TB hard drive. Now that I am in Windows 8.1, I would like to create a new System Image Backup, however I don't think the ...
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Moving program files or user to E:/

My C: drive is only 40GB, but I do have an E:/ partition which is 100GB. Is there a way to SAFELY move Program Files or User account to E to use all that free space on it?
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Deleted my Windows 8.1 recovery partition

I bought a HP Envy refurbished laptop from a non HP official source. It came with DOS. I downloaded Windows 8.1 from dreamspark and installed using USB. During install when it asked for the partition ...
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Windows XP machine doesn't see Debian disk in VirtualBox

I have created a test Windows XP machine for testing software. I also have an old Debian HDD. But I have forgotten my Debian password (it last ran 2 years ago). I think I'll either reset the password ...
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Duplicate last full backup from Areca

Using Areca Backup, I create full and incremental backups to a secondary drive during the week. I want to replicate the latest full backup or full + incremental to an external hard drive, which is not ...
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Can BSOD cause bad sectors on a hard drive?

What I mentioned as "bad sectors" here are quoted from following scan/test: result from CHKDSK, referred as "Bad Sectors" on the report screen. result from HD Tune - Error Scan, referred ...