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

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High response times in HDD. MFT, fragmentation or even halted disk?

I am experiencing really high response times im my HDD, which can go around 13000ms (from Win8 Task Manager). This occurs when starting up windows and for at least 3-4 minutes, also when doing ...
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Installing and booting Linux Deepin on external Hard drive

I have a external hard drive with 1TB of memory on it. My question is if I can install Linux Deepin on this hard drive, and then plug it into my computer and boot from the hard drive, while still ...
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Why is my hard drive slowing down halfway through a read/write benchmark?

I'm using gnome-disks to do a benchmark on an old 5400RPM Hitachi HDD that I pulled from a PS3. It's connected to my computer through an external USB 3.0 enclosure. Here's the output graph from the ...
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windows 7 booting from wrong drive. How to move the bootloader?

I had windows 7 installed on an old dying harddrive. I did a fresh install onto a new one, but it only boots from the old hard drive. theres two "Windows 7" on the list. How do i move the bootloader ...
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Lost part of HDD

I have two partitions, HD and HD 2, on my 500 GB SATA HDD. I added another partition, HD 3 for OS X Yosemite Beta. However, after installing the final OS X, I tried to delete HD 3. The partition got ...
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Windows 8.1 Factory Reset w/ Upgraded SSD and OS on that new SSD

Why I am doing this: I download the wrong graphics card driver update and now my graphics card has gone haywire. After trying several things with NVIDIA, including installing the right driver, and ...
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Strange behavior with Windows 7 gaming PC - RAM, HDD, or other issue?

With Graphics Card Installed Boot up machine, takes 5 minutes or so from post to login, then takes another 5 minutes from login to fully loaded desktop. After about 1 hour to 4 hours of general ...
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Does low free-disk space on HDD cripple computer performance?

I have 320 GB HDD on my computer. All drives are pretty full. The C drive has just 1.5 GB free space. Other drives have around 5-6 GB free space. Can this be the reason why my computer runs slow? I ...
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Do hard drives really have open cases now?

I'm shopping for new hard drives and all the stores (Amazon, Overstock, Newegg, etc.) now show product pictures like this: I can find no information in the product descriptions or in Google searches ...
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Linux: How to confirm bad ATA device?

dmesg listing this error string 14 times consecutively: [ 799.496637] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 [ 799.496683] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x4 [ 799.496710] ata4.00: failed ...
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Ubuntu formatted drive not visible on macbook pro or windows desktop

I have an older SSD (12.04 installed on it, encrypted) that was inside an ubuntu server, this particular server is on its last leg so I removed the SSD and tried mounting it on my mac to format it, ...
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Recovering a Partition with data on it

So I stupidly deleted a partition when I was trying to join two partitions from the same disk together. It had been split up to a 100mb partition and the large hunk. This was my old drive that I used ...
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/dev/sda2 is full, anything suspicious here?

I ran out of room on a 20G partition I use for my OpenSuse linux OS. I ran du -sh * to see where the big hard drive pits swells reside, and this is what I see: 4.7M bin 47M boot 48K dev ...
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Hard drive is not accessible

I have installed new internal hard drive on my desktop but when I click on partiton of the hard drive from another hard drive it is showing "Unable to mount location" in linux(from ubuntu and ...
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What are the various options I have for a faulty disk?

To know : What all things can I try myself to recover data? (Can I open the disk and do something myself with the hope of fixing? I know data recovery centers are possible, but they are very ...
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Hard drive working in 5 second pulses?

Bit of an odd issue with a laptop (Toshiba C660D 181). For most of the time, the hard drive seems to operating in 5 second pulses. The laptop doesn't have a HDD light and the HDD itself is very ...
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What happens if I plug a Windows7 hard drive into a different PC?

In terms of - a) technical and b) licensing considerations, will it work? Obviously many drivers will be incorrect/missing but I'd have expected Windows was able to fix that. So will it run up and ...
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Will installing NTFS Driver for Mac OS delete my existing files?

I have been saving all my PC files onto a Seagate GoFlex external hard-drive. I am now using a Mac. Although I can read my files, I cannot save changes. I have been advised to install NTFS Driver ...
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SMART results shows serious disk problems?

I have bought a new computer 2 months ago. Computer performance has continuously gone down until a point that Windows7 freezes a lot with the light that indicates the disk usage fixed and turned on. I ...
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I am looking to buy a new hard drive and I wonder if I have to get the exact model

The hard drive on my HP Pavilion desktop crashed. I am looking to buy a new hard drive and I wonder if I have to get the exact model ( Seagate ST3750630AS 750GB 3.5 3H SATA ) or if I can upgrade or ...
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How to create space for linux dual-boot when I already have six partitions and C: in the middle?

I bought a Lenovo G50-70 with Windows 8 and I want to dual-boot it with a linux distribution. It has six partitions. In order: 1000 MB recovery partition 260 MB EFI partition 1000 MB OEM ...
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safe to delete EFI system partition (win7) on old drive after cloning?

a while back I cloned my old installation of win7 from my HDD to a new SSD using the tools provided by Samsung (if I remember correctly). I know I should have done a clean new install, but that's not ...
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Is my SSD runing AHCI mode?

So I switched my BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI, and when I booted up in windows 7 it reinstalled the drivers for my SSD. But I can't seem to find if it's currently running in AHCI mode or not. I've ...
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How can I manage partitions on Windows 7 Install?

On my home desktops I have an SSD as a primary disk, then a larger SATA disk as a secondary. The thing is, when I install Windows 7 on the SSD, the 100MB "System Reserved" system partition is built on ...
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how to prevent access of hard disc from guest user in window 7 ?

i want to restrict guest user from access the hard disc data, so how it could be, i goes through this way gpcedit.mc, User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows ...
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How can a bootable partition be created for Windows installation media on an external HDD?

Now I'm not talking about a backup image or creating a partition that holds the entire OS to boot from, just to clarify. What I'm asking for is taking the Windows installation media, plopping that ...
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Windows 8.1 - HDD spinning at 100% even though no read/write

I have an HP Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 320GB HDD) running Windows 8.1 (x64), that recently got the Sality.AU Virus. The OS had only just been installed, and a friend downloaded the drivers and put ...
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Can't boot from mirrored disk (software raid 1)

I make mirrored disk (software raid 1) on windows 7 and shut down my computer normally, but rebuild process not finished. And after that my computer can't start up, it hangs at "Verifying DMI pool ...
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Asus laptop clean install

The title might be a bit low on information but I couldn't make up my mind on how to explain the issue in one line. I want to install a clean Windows 8.1 on my Asus laptop. Everything is ready to go, ...
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HDD only visible from Linux, GParted says “unallocated partition”

My Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB HDD suddenly is unrecognized by Windows 7. It's an external My Book drive, but plugging it vía USB from his case is unrecognized by Windows 7 or Linux, so I have to ...
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Undo Partitioning on Mac OS X Mavericks Hard Drive

I installed rEFIt and was dual-booting various Linux operating systems for the past half a year or so. When Yosemite Beta came out I made the mistake of simply overwriting my Mac OS X partition (I ...
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Storage Space Error Inaccessible; Reconnect Drives

The storage spaces section in control panel lists "Error Inaccessible; reconnect drives", however each of the physical drives reports a status of "OK": Can someone please help me restore the ...
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Trouble seeing partitions on HD transplanted into windows 8.1

I have a 3T drive that was in an XP system. Due to XP's limitations, this was partitioned into 2T and 750G pieces. Of course the XP machine is being retired, so the drive has been transplanted into ...
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Procedure for repairing degraded array with 3ware

I have a machine with a RAID-6 array made of 8 drives. The 3ware monitoring utility, tw_cli reports that one drive is degraded. So, I need to replace it. Online, I find these instructions on how to ...
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Windows 8.1 100% disk usage

Sorry to make another one of these posts, but I've dug through at least a dozen other threads and no other solution has worked for me. My problem also seems to be slightly different. As you can ...
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RAID 5 setup across SATA II/III

I have an ASUS P8Z77-V LK mobo with 4 SATA 3Gb/s and 2 SATA 6Gb/s. I'm considering purchasing 3 WD7500AZEX HDD's and putting them in a RAID 5 configuration. My question is, if I put the two ...
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Lost boot from the hard drive after installing kali linux

I have tried to install Kali-linux with Windows 8.1. So I disabled fast and secure boot and installed the Kali normally but when I restarted my PC after the installation, it tell me: "Reboot and ...
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How to image an internal HDD attached with a usb adapter, then restore image?

My laptop is going into repairs and I don't trust the warranty company not to wipe/ruin my data. I've plugged my drive into my girlfriend's laptop via an Apricon SATA 2.5" adapter. I'd like to ...
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Is this a hard Drive or motherboard issue? [on hold]

I went to the repair guy because all I got was "Windows can't start up." I could still boot Linux from live USB but install to disk failed. He said it was a motherboard issue because he connected my ...
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Thunderbolt or USB 3 for a RAID? (drive speeds)

I am about to purchase a 4-disk enclosure to house a RAID10 volume. My question is, do I really need Thunderbolt, given that it's so much more expensive than USB3? This is my thinking, please let me ...
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Can't install Windows 8 on new Hard Drive Sony Vaio

I have a Sony E14127CN laptop. Its hard drive crashed, so I bought a new Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 hard disk as a replacement for the old Toshiba MQ01ABD075. But when I try to install Windows 8, it ...
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Not able to reallocate memory in hard drive through disk management. hard disk partition not booting

I had linux and windows 7 dual booted in my system after which i thought to remove linux ubuntu due to grub problem so i overwritten the loader to get back my windows 7 to use since i was not able to ...
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Adding a drive to a two drive Synology NAS to increase capacity

I have a 1TB disk in my 2 drive Synology DS212J. This drive is set up as "Raid Basic" in the control panel. I'd like to add a 3TB disk to the NAS to give me a total of 4GB of storage. I do not require ...
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Laptop Harddisk not working

I have a segate hard disk (Laptop HD). Which stopped working unexpectedly. I just Google'd and tried few thinks to get it to work. But nothing seems to be happening. I tried connecting the HD to my ...
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Moving Files Slow Even With SSD

I 'upgraded' to a Samsung 840 Evo SSD drive, and whilst moving some files around on my drive, its slowed to a crawl. Heres a video example: http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/c26DiTej3e My machine ...
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Weird Windows Partition Problems: Partition inaccessible to Windows, but fine everywhere else

So, I have a bit of a problem and no amount of searching could find the answer. That's shame, because I have horrendous social anxieties and usually I'll fix something myself, if I can. The issue ...
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Calculate hard drive track count

Suppose I have these information of a hard drive : Capacity : x Gbytes Number of cylinder : y Number of platters : z (z * 2 surfaces) Number of heads : w per platter How can I calculate the ...
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Monitor disk I/O used by specific command

I know that there are various tools for monitoring disk I/O, but I am wondering specifically if there is something equivalent to time for disk usage? For example, I am benchmarking a specific command ...
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Hard drive in not recognized by connecting with SATA-USB cable

I have an old SATA hard disk and I want to get data out of it. I had a SATA-USB cable directly connecting my SATA to laptop USB port. The cable drive is recognized under disk management but the hard ...
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Which has faster read/write speeds an external hdd raid or external single ssd

I want to move data to an external hard drive AS FAST AS POSSIBLE and I was wondering whether it would be better to have 2 HDD (7200 rpm or higher 500GB each) in an enclosure running RAID 0 or a ...