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

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My windows 8.1 shows only drive-c

I have recently installed windows 8.1 . My previous version was 8.0 . I had to convert to gpt while installing.Thats why i had to format my disk.While installing i have created 6 partitions from which ...
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Bitlocker device name change

When imaging our PCs we generally create a temp name for our facilities to change the device name to whatever particular department fits their needs. The issue is we can't send out any devices without ...
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Should I move my linux swap partition closer to my ext4 partition?

I am installing both linux mint and win 7 on the same disk on an old machine, I first installed linux (I know I should have installed win first so I wouldn't have to fix grub later but well, it's done ...
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Win 8.1 turns off at start after I removed secondary HDD

I have SSD drive, on which Win 8.1 is installed, and booted from. I also have 3 other HDDs connected, not RAID or something. I have removed one of them, and after next start PC turned off unexpectedly ...
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Clone a hard drive Windows 7 / Windows Server

Quick question, i have purchased a hard drive cloning bay, where you put your hard drive with data / os in and a blank one and it supposedly clones it, now i haven't done this yet, what i was ...
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Why can’t access Dell Recovery Partition?

My Dell computer crashes, and I want to restore Dell system recovery partition, but when I press hot key, the computer can’t work. I am sure there is a recovery partition, but I can’t access Dell ...
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In what state is an external hard drive if it is seen by OS but content is unreachable?

I have an USB external hard drive. If I connect it to my computer which is run under Ubuntu, I can see a new folder corresponding to the hard drive (in both terminal and in the directories browser). ...
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Hard stuttering in games, HDD failure or bottleneck?

First at all English is not my first language, but i will try my best. I recently bought a new Video card Nvidia 960gtx [the old card was 450gts] and a new PSU Radix silver plus 750W. Recently i ...
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Set my program files to a different drive, and then removed that drive. Can't install programs anymore

I set my program files directory to H:\Program Files\ via regedit at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion DWORDS: ProgramFilesDir, ProgramFilesDir (x86) Then, I removed the ...
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Hard drive shows no files, has some space taken up

My laptop has a SSD and a hard drive. I have never used the hard drive, and until a few days ago, it was empty. Now, two files showed up on the hard drive (msdia80.dll and ...
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A system with Deep Freeze loses data on non-frozen drives

My client sells an industrial application that runs on a custom system with multiple drives and partitions on those drives. Drive C: is frozen with Deep Freeze, but the other drives are not frozen. ...
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Is this normal new HD SMART Health?

Temperature is around 49ºC / 120ºF Also, it is making a noise like if there was dust inside it. What can I do?!
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Computer components keep failing! Could it be my PSU?

Less than a year ago, a friend and I built my computer, and ever since I've had outrageous hardware problems. First the Windows 8 installation my 1 TB HDD was continuously corrupted, forcing me to ...
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Ways to shut down/sleep and wake up hard drives on command?

I have a rather noisy storage HDD in my SSD-based system (Win 8.1). Since I need the HDD only once a day tops, I have been looking for a way to keep it in sleep mode or otherwise shut down and wake it ...
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Got a new hard drive - can't verify serial and it says it was manufactured in 2012

I've bought two new Hitachi A7K3000 2TB Festplatte 3,5 Zoll 7200rpm 6Gbps according to my invoice and order page on Amazon. That the drives label says "APR-2012" looked suspicious to me and I've ...
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How to do a single pass with badblocks in destructive mode?

I am using badblocks to simultaneously (a) checking a disk for errors, and (b) do a destructive erase of any data on the disk; using the following command: badblocks -wsp 0 /dev/sdb1 I passed the ...
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Laptop refuses to recognize Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy

I've gone through several of these caddys. My laptop (a Lenovo G500) continually has the same problem; it refuses to recognize the HD I connect to it using an Optical Bay Caddy I purchased on eBay ...
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Hard Drive R/W Speeds are Limited to about 3Mb/s

My mom's Acer laptop is super slow. However, when I open the task manager, the limiting factor of its performance seems to be the hard drive, which is usually maxed out at 100%, though only operating ...
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What are the benefit tradeoffs between having multiple SSD's vs. one large one with multiple partitions?

I often see SSD prices the same per GB, for example whether you buy 120 GB ($55) vs 240 GB ($110) (w/ same brand and model), so there is not a cost advantage. I would like fast performance for some of ...
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How to diagnose slow (only for awhile after start) Windows 7 machine?

I've got a Lenovo Ideapad, with a dual core Atom processor and Windows 7 that exhibits some odd behaviour. It's insanely slow right after boot. The disk drive will be lit up solid and grinding away ...
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Bad Magic Number in Superblock or Not a Block Device

I'm having some real problems getting a drive to have any working partitions on it at all. The drive is a 2Tb one from a NAS that I'm trying to repair. I've written zeros to the first 77Gb of the ...
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Intel RST turned a disk off

I have an Asus ROG laptop and I got a BSOD while I was working and then after the restart, one of my partitions disappeared. This used to show two disks but it only shows 1 disk and the cd drive. ...
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What does a scan of an external hard drive by Windoes OS mean?

I have connected my external USB hard drive to my Windows computer, I got a notification that some error is detected and it is recommended to perform a scan of the hard drive. It was also written that ...
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Retrieval of a dead laptops hardrive

My Dell inspiron i3 Windows 8.1 died in a coffee hazard. The drive may still be good, but I also have a recent clonezilla it. I purchased a new Dell AMD A10 that includes professional migration ...
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Gaming write-to-disk amount

I'm wondering (and I can't seem to find any relevant information) how much does gaming specifically use in disk writing? I know "gaming" is quite generic, but I'm comparing this to classic desktop ...
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How can I repair my hard drive without losing files?

In short. I have problems with accessing files on my hard drive. I also assume that it is not a hardware problem (it is more on the "software level"). I would like to know if there are ways (Linux ...
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Can't install Windows 7 x64 on SSD drive

The title explains my whole problem, I had Windows 7 installed multiple times on the same SSD drive. But when I attempted to reinstall it last night it gives me this error(translated from dutch): We ...
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Installing Windows From Windows

So here is my issue. I'm looking to install my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium to a Secondary Hard Drive currently installed in my PC. I have partitioned my 3TB(MBR) into two separate Partitions one ...
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iMac crashes randomly : apple hardware test codes 4M0T/40000003:HDD-1325

My iMac(mid 2011 27 inch) is consistently crashing after 15-30 minutes, vertical lines flash and it goes to a grey or pink screen, then restarts after about 2 minutes. I have run the apple hardware ...
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How to know if the First Boot Device is the HDD?

I am working in a security check project(is an application that check the policy security of my university), and I need know things like if the first boot device is the HDD and if the BIOS is ...
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Gateway computer doesn't provide enough room to add a new harddrive

I opened my Gateway PC (Gateway DX4860-EF22P) to add a hard drive, but I was surprised to discover that the manufacturer did not provide enough room to put the new hard drive. As you can see in the ...
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PC does not boot detecting hard drive…but SeaTools passes the drive

Im having a difficult time trying to figure this out. I formatted and reinstalled Windows 7 64 bit and on the next boot, it froze in the POST "detecting AHCI Port 0". I disconnected the drive and ...
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System went read-only suddenly

My web server (Linux, Debian Wheezy) has suddenly gone read-only, MySQL have crashed (but Apache didn't) - giving errors when pressing tab to complete file name as: bash: cannot create temp file ...
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How to achieve highest performance with multiple USB 3 drives but only one USB 3 port

If a computer has one USB 3 port, and one USB 2 port, and the user needs to connect two external USB 3 drives (backwards compatible to USB 2), will highest speeds be obtained if the user connects them ...
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Disk capacity in Windows [duplicate]

I have a disk which has the capacity of 476 GB. I'm running Windows 7 64-bit. I want to check how much storage I've used on the C:\ drive. The normal thing is to go to the "computer", and check the ...
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Move HDD to another laptop, can't change Windows 7 product key

One of my clients returned to me a Dell Latitude laptop that runs Windows 7 Pro with an OEM product key (bad motherboard). Now, I have a laptop that is the same model (it is already set up with ...
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Add disk to (and increase size of) bitnami owncloud storage

I am using bitnami owncloud in a virtualbox environment and the installation is on a 2 TB disk. I would like to add another disk (1 TB) and have the actual storage of owncloud files on the secondary ...
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Unable to open PST recovered from formatted HDD

I'm trying to recover a pst from a formatted HDD using EaseUs as the recovering software. I do manage to recover the file named outlook.pst however it seems to be split into several other files; ...
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Can I replace the WD My Cloud 2TB HDD with a small SSD?

With regards to this NAS: http://www.amazon.co.uk/WD-Cloud-Personal-Storage-NAS/dp/B00FOKN7FG Can the internal 2 TB HDD be replaced with a 120 GB SSD drive? I don't care about the space reduction. ...
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My main HDD shows much more used storage [duplicate]

I have my computer for some time now and everything was fine my Local Disk at properties showed pretty much the used storage of everything inside in it(select all and right click properties for ...
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HDD extremely slow although SMART seems to be healthy

I've had this hard drive for over two years now. A week ago, it decides to slow down to a crawl in Windows - even after doing the usual things to fix it (disabling Superfetch, closing programs, etc.) ...
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File Allocation for VM

I'm running Kali Linux as a virtual machine inside Oracle's Virtualbox. I've allocated 40GB of hard drive space, file type: VirtualBox Disk Image; Dynamicallly Allocated. On the VM it is showing the ...
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How to ensure compatibility when upgrading hard disks? [duplicate]

I have an ASUS U36SG notebook with a Seagate Momentus ST9750423AS 750 GB hard drive. I want to upgrade my hard drive to a 1 TB SS+HD hybrid drive. What should I keep in mind in terms of compatibility ...
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Backing up multiple hard drives simultaneously

Is there a good way to use one machine to backup multiple hard drives (taken out of other computers) at the same time? Either through eSATA or USB3.0 docking stations or direct cabling to a board. 2-4 ...
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Missing Partition With Recovery Files

I have a 3TB internal hard drive. It was an MBR initialized disk (which doesn't support hard drives over 2TB. You can however use a scheme to make the 3rd Terabyte its own partition. I did so by using ...
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LaCie Cloudbox Dashboard tree Item instead of admin / Family in

I cant connect to my Lacie Cloudbox. When i use dashboard and files browser , i have in left column under LaCie-CloudBox: "Tree Item" instead of "Admin" and "Family" Directories. What can i do ? I ...
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Different SHA1 result every time I check, bad drive?

I was attempting to download and run the Windows 10 Insider Preview, but after a few failed boots and installation errors, I decided to test the SHA1 sum before committing. I noticed that every time ...
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How to read MFT on USB Hard Drive (NTFS, 1TB)?

I'm looking for a high-level method to read the MFT entries on an NTFS file system for a Seagate 1TB internal hard drive. The platform is Windows 7. I need to fetch the filename, block size and ...
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Installed Kubuntu on old hard drive and now it's making loud clicking noises

I recently installed Kubuntu on a very old hard drive (it's 10 years old at least). It installed OK, but when I started the computer, I heard the hard drive making loud noises – sounds most like the ...
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Why are 2.5" external drives cheaper than their internal counterparts? [closed]

I was looking for a 2TB 2.5" hard drive for a family member, and was a bit surprised when I found out that external drives are about 20% cheaper than their internal counterparts. For example, an ...