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

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Moving a Folder with Content from SSD (C:\) to HDD (D:\) Windows 8.1

I was wondering if there are any issues I should be aware of when moving a folder (in my case it is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn) from my "Program Files" on my C:\ (SSD) to my HDD (D:) on my ...
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Unable to refresh Windows 8.1, Location is locked

I have a problem trying to refresh my Windows 8.1 laptop. Whenever I try, it tells me that the location my Windows is located is locked. I searched around on the internet, but everyone else has hard ...
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VirtualBox: How much disk i/o speed gain will I gain if I have fixed-size hdd image?

I am running virtualbox on win7 with a dynamically allocated hard disk image. It seems to consume a lot of CPU and be slow on hdd activity. I've heard that not choosing a dynamically sized virtual ...
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Windows 7 HDD with a BSOD on boot, not detected when connected as non-boot drive

I've just installed a new SSD into a Dell Vostro - I first tried cloning the old HDD onto the new SSD, then switched the boot priority but it wouldn't boot from the SSD and fell back to the HDD. So I ...
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Got a new hard drive and would like to setup file system

I've looked for an answer to this and couldn't find one. I just finished assembling a new computer. I installed Windows 7 on my 250GB SSD, and everything is working fine. I've now plugged a 1TB HDD, ...
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Erase hard drive while booted

So there is this machine which I want to erase, but I can't boot a live environment. It is a physical machine, not a virtual machine. I though about stopping all services and remounting / read-only ...
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External USB hard drive and risk of internal condensation?

Apparently you can kill a USB hard drive by moving it from a cold to warm environment and powering it up. The killer being internal condensation. Q1: How real is the risk? What kind of temperatures ...
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Raid drive cannot be detected

Only yesterday I bought two new 2GB Seagate drives and set them up as raid and installed lubuntu. It was working fine and there was no problem but today I made the very bad decision of swapping over ...
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fdisk - do i need it or can i make a filesystem directly?

i read about fdisk being able to creation partition / which is to break down a physical disk into several logical partitions. If i intend to utilize the whole disk as a whole, is it still necessary ...
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hdparm and wrong serial number for disk drive

On my Ubuntu 12 system when I execute: sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdc | grep Serial I get: Serial Number: W4J04797 But the actual drive serial number is different. Using this command: sudo ...
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I can't start my computer into windows vista

a few days ago, my HP A1709N had to be restored back to HP defaults. When I tried to install SP1 on it, the system said the update failed, then, upon reboot, I got a Blue Screen of death, and can't ...
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Data security during laptop repair

Recently bought a new laptop with an extended warranty. Wondering if when a laptop needs to be sent in to the manufacturer for a repair (specifically a hardware repair), is it ok to remove the hard ...
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Fastest way to duplicate encrypted hard drives?

I used hard drive duplicator to do the sector-by-sector duplication of hard drives. I think it took about 5 hours. Pros: easy unattended, computer-free operation Cons: hard drive size ...
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Understanding fdisk -l output and calculating storage

I have basic understanding of disk. (Please correct me if i am wrong) I understand on 1 platter, there are 2 heads, 1 on top, and 1 on bottom. Both side of the platter is able to provide storage ? On ...
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Hardware RAID10 HPA recovery

I have a hardware RAID 1+0 based on external CFI DAS. It was connected to PC with eSATA and contains 4x1TB HDD (Total capacity is 1.82TB in RAID10). Some days ago I tried to connect the DAS to another ...
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The option to copy the recovery partition is greyed out when creating a recovery drive

I'm trying to create a recovery drive on Windows 8.1, but the option to copy the recovery partition is greyed out. I think the partition is still there, in disk management there are three partitions ...
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Convert USB Removeable flash disk to HDD?

I want to convert an "Removeable media flash disk" to HDD so it'll work as hard disk not flash disk. I don't need it for pc as local disk I need it for Wii for games. But Wii does not load games from ...
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Windows wont recognise android device

I wanted to start afresh completely wipe my Moto x (xt1052) and install "liquidsmooth" rom. everyone was going well, i went into recovery, wiped the device, and as i tried to push the zip over i was ...
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How to get my files in my dead laptop?

I am using Dell Inspiron N4010 14R Model laptop, In my laptop motherboard is dead, I want to recover my files from hard disk, how to do it myself?
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How to add an additional drive to an existing ZFS RAIDZ-1 in Proxmox?

I've a ZFS installation in Proxmox, in particular a RAIDZ-1 file system, for testing purposes (before going on production with this setup) I've added a new drive to the machine, but I'm blocked on ...
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How can one tell if a SATA controller is failing?

Most SATA controller errors exhibit symptoms similar to a hard drive failure, as best as I can tell (read/write errors, operating system stalls, etc.). I'm having exactly those issues but they ...
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ddrescue: safely switch between normal/reverse with a logfile?

I'm trying to rescue a broken harddrive with: sudo ddrescue -d -r3 /dev/sda harddisk.img harddisk.logfile (yes, it's indeed sda because my sATA cables are weird) Now I've read that ddrescue has a ...
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Data recovery after hard disk format

I had an HP Pavilion 13 a113cl and some months ago, about march or february, I installed Windows 10 Home Insider Preview on the computer. It was going fine until I realized that it did not support ...
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Lenovo Disk Partitions

My disk is partitioned as so: (Full sized image) ...And I'm a little confused, and have some questions: Would the recovery/EFI/OEM partitions not exist unless they are being used? If not, safe to ...
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Claim Free Space / Unallocated space back Mac OSX

I've got a 1TB internal HD that has 213GB of free space that I can't access. 1TB -> -- Macintosh HD 618GB -- Recovery HD 650MB -- BOOTCAMP 104GB -- Unallocated Space 213GB How can I add that ...
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Massive Computer Slowdown On Most Everything

I feel dumb asking this, being A+ certified and all that, but I'm not sure what to start at. So this problem has been getting progressively and progressively worse, and now it's to the point where ...
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Unable to See Files on Drive On Windows 7

Drive is 1T external USB SSD formatted to NTFS (by Ubuntu). (Dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 15.04) Works great on Linux. But in Windows 7 it shows up as empty. No errors. dir /a shows just two files, ...
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Extending the capacity of the Hard Drive

I was wondering if it is possible to substitute an internal laptop Hard Drive, with a 256 GB capacity, for another Hard Drive of 500 GB. I was also wondering if my laptop has an SSD card. It is a ...
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How to move a non-boot partition from one drive to another?

I have a 1TB drive that I used to store files. OS is on an SSD, and I just purchased a 2TB drive. How can I move the partition on the 1TB to the 2TB so that I don't mess up any program ...
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boot linux from harddisk in an enclosure

I installed linux to a hdd in an enclosure (ehdd) (before installing I physically removed the sata power to the internal hdd). The boot from usb in the bios settings allowed me to boot from the ehdd ...
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6 year old Mac Hard Drive “date created” and “date modified” changed to 2 weeks ago

I'm having some serious concerns that someone who had possession of my Macbook pro hard drive to do physical cleaning has done something worse. The hard drive is 6 years old and hasn't been ...
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Correct kmod-megasr driver to install CentOS 7 on Intel Embedded RAID Technology II?

I am trying to install CentOS 7 on a server using RAID 5 on Intel Embedded RAID Technology II. I did need to install a special hardware key to unlock the RAID 5 feature. I have succcessfully ...
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Windows Programs and Files stop working after checking disk

I encountered a problem randomly that most likely started last night (I'll explain why). I was using my computer as usual; I downloaded a series of a television show and updated an online game. I ...
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Linuxmint (could be say 17 mate 64 bit but assume 13 mate 64 bit for now) installation on a usb hard disk

Assume a standard desktop or a laptop that has the ability to disable secureboot and has the ability to boot from usb. I have an old 2.5 inch hard disk drive (unformatted - not even the partition ...
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blue screen error on a 2009 computer [closed]

I have a slightly older refurbished computer it is a Dell with a 1 tb hardrive I wanted to keep the 1 tb hardrive so I tried putting another one in it seemed like it was working then it told me I need ...
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Spurious permissions problems on Windows 8 Network Shared Drive

I have a new Windows 8.1 PC that accesses network drive, but I am having a number of problems with using that drive. Files that I create cannot be deleted due to permissions difficulties, files that ...
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Can I safely convert my disk to GPT using diskpart with GRUB 2 installed?

I am wondering whether I would be able to convert my disk 0 (with my system partition, Windows partition, and Ubuntu partitions) from an MBR to GPT disk without loss of data and still being able to ...
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How do I increase the amount of shrink size for a partition? [duplicate]

I have a 298 GB HDD and it shows that I have 179 GB free. When I try to shrink my C drive, it will only allow me to shrink 9474 Mb. How do I increase this number? I have already defrag the drive.
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Does anyone have a thought about UDF files to XP3 Format's?

Ok i did a work-around on the .iso file booting issues, but now i find that when you copy files in v2.01 UDF format or .iso+joliet+udf, mode 1 or mode 2 Xa with a HL-DT-ST-DVD-RW from Win 7 Pro. to a ...
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New wd 500 GB internal Hard Drive Not Found on laptop [closed]

I have a Dell Inspiron laptop, the old hard drive said was going bad and then was no longer found. Bought a brand new Hard Drive Western Digital 500 GB. After Installing the drive I keep getting. ...
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'Unusable' state of the computer, and no OS

My Lenovo Ideapad came with a Windows 8, later upgraded to Windows 8.1. Recently, I tried to load Kali Linux on it, and halfway through the process, discovered that I may have installed it in the ...
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one of the disks are raw in disk management on dual boot linux

I dual booted my windows 8 laptop with linux mint long time ago.Now the boot menu doesn't appear on starting the laptop.when i opened disk management i saw that i)there were four partitions without ...
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How much hard drive space would I need for a Linux installation? [on hold]

New to Linux. Interested in learning more about it. I currently have an SSD with Windows and a 1 TB RAID 1 setup. I'd like to add another SSD with Linux so I can dual boot but I'm not sure how large ...
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Can you use an .iso Image to boot a Win XP-Pro SP3 “Formatted HDD”, via CD-DVD-RW?

I have a Compaq (HP) 6710-b Laptop and the HDD became un-usable. All backups and boot disks have mysteriously vanished over the years, (kid's I'm thinkin) So my backup HDD is a fully formatted 160GB. ...
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Can't boot Windows 8.1 after cloning from HDD to SSD

I have been running into this issue sometimes when cloning HDDs to new SSDs and was wondering is anyone had some ideas; I use EaseUS backup normally to clone disks and any Windows 7 one will work ...
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Why Bytes Per Physical Sector : <Not Supported>

I'm trying to fight with mysterious Windows backup error "Volume larger than 2TB can be protected". I can be seen in internet but no solution. Users give advice to check with fsutil tool. Here are ...
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Sharing external USB hard drive between 2 TVs

I have purchased a new 43 inch 3D Sony TV. This TV has USB and HDMI ports on it. I also have a 32 inch old Sony LCD TV (8 years old now) which I plan to install it in my bedroom. This old TV has a WD ...
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Disassemble External HD for internal drives NAS Build Pro/Con

Poked around and I didn't see anythingthat could give me a definitive answer. I am using a Fractal Design Node 304 for a 4-6 Bay DIY Nas build. I want to fill with as much storage as possible, if ...
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Lenovo Y510p - SSD not showing up

Today I decided to format my computer (Lenovo y510P - 59406636 dual nVidia) to clean things up and to try the Windows 10. Everything went alright, I installed using an UEFI bootable pendrive. After ...
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Troubleshooting advice for Yosemite macair2014 not booting past 50% loading bar?

There is this macbook air 2014 version with latest os x that I have to get operational without loosing data on hdd, currently stuck on 50% boot loading and popping error when forcing it to try and ...