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

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Unable to mount windows hard drive on linux live usb

I am fully shutting down windows with "shutdown /s /t 0". I also tried "shutdown /s /f /t 0" I then insert my linux live usb and boot from it. Everything works fine, but when I try to access my ...
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Laptop started to crash on low memory conditions

I have a Lenovo T420s that has recently been freezing and then crashing with a blue screen (Windows 7). It has 8GB RAM and a SSD hard disk. I frequently max out memory so hitting the pagefile a lot. ...
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Missing file on internal hard drive

I recently began to backup my computer. Just after my first backup, I got a message which said files were skipped: Backup encountered a problem while backing up file C:\Users\Famille\Desktop\Piano\New ...
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Intel RST drivers - magic performance boost (only) up till version 11.2.0?

what's the magic behind the massive write speed performance boost by intel RST drivers up till and including version 11.2.0? i have done some performance measurements of my application that is ...
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fast encrypted disk on raspberry pi

I need to have a trivially encrypted disk on my raspberry-based server. As far as I know, Raspberry Pi doesn't have any hardware AES encryption. That means, the standard disk encryptions are awfully ...
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Changing Connectivity of Windows Storage Spaces Drives

I plan to have 2 identical SATA drives attached via SATA configured in a 2-way mirror Windows storage space created in Windows 8.1 or later. If I were to unplug those drives later, put them in a ...
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windows 7, UEFI, and GPT woes

This might end up being a bit of a long question, but here it goes. I have a desktop PC that runs windows 7. A couple of years ago, I had my main drive die (C drive). I bought a brand new disk and ...
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Windows File is ludicrously huge and I cannot unzip it

I use an online file backup service (Backblaze) and recently got a new computer. Several files on my old computer were too large to move via my usb drive so I decided to download them from my backup ...
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Why have a single partition on an external hard drive?

I have several external hard drives that I've formatted (in ext4) without creating a partition table and a partition first. I formatted the raw block devices, and they work fine. I only want one ...
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Shrinking NTFS partition: numerical result out of range error

I have a NTFS partition on my 2TB hard disk. Currently it is 1.7TB big, and there's some unallocated space to the right of it of about 100GB. There are no other partitions on the disk. I would like ...
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GNU ddrescue imaging of failing hard drive is extremely slow

My friend has a (nearly full) failing 1 TB Western Digital My Passport. It will only occasionally mount on my MacBook, and refuses outright to mount on my Ubuntu box. I'm trying to use GNU ddrescue ...
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Software/Hardware RAID vs Windows Storage Spaces for DAS

I plan to upgrade my Intel RST Software RAID1 setup with 2 internal SATA drives to something more versatile: Drives need to be external (they have to reside in an enclosure connected to PC via eSATA ...
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how to connect internal hard disk to laptop via usb?

I have a seagate internal sata hard disk as well as an external sata hard disk.Can i connect the internal hard disk via the external hard disk USB cable ? this is the cable i have with me
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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 [on hold]

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, and formatted it to allow windows to place files on it. ...
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Erase hard drive while booted [on hold]

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-B8253JDGG 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 ...
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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 ...