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

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WD Black 2.5 sata drive slow on windows 8. Sector size is 4k. What gives? 40MBps write

WD Black 2.5 sata drive slow on windows 8. Sector size is 4k. What gives? 40MBps write. This is a brand new WD black scorpion 500gb drive, on a brand new Zotac Zbox Nano CI320, quad core with 4gb of ...
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Why does synchronizing 1.4 TB of data with my Dropbox account result in over 28 TB of IO read?

I tried to sync 4.4 millions of files (totaling ~1.4 TB) with my Dropbox account. I noticed a pretty high amount of IO read (28 TB) when the files were being synchronized, is there any reason why? ...
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What should I be looking for in a Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD)?

I am looking to buy a solid state hybrid drives for its balance between price and performance. I can only have one drive on my laptop. My two main uses will be to run applications and to archive our ...
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Network drive free space equal to local disk [duplicate]

I have a local drive C: on a SSD formatted as NTFS with ~100 GB and 2.74 GB free. There is a network drive mapped as drive S: (FAT) and it reports exactly the same used and free space. As you can ...
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External USB drive box for Macbook Core 2 Duo A1181 Santa Rosa SuperDrive

I'm thinking of replacing my Macbook Core 2 Duo A1181 Santa Rosa SuperDrive with a SSD Drive, but I want to give a future practical use for my SuperDrive. I know that on the Macbook Pro's you can buy ...
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Linux Disk Usage and Disk Size don't agree [Fedora 11]

I'm having an issue on a Xen VM where (running as root) df and baobab agree that 94% of my disk is used (25G out of 28G), but du only counts a fraction of total disk utilization (3.3G). The server ...
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Are these unrepairable SSD errors indicative of a SSD hardware error?

Some time ago I got an Apple authorised reseller to replace the SSD in my early-2011 model MBP with a Samsung 512GB disk. About three months later, booting failed with this error: Please forgive ...
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Why is size on disk so large for a single file?

I've read a couple posts explaining that when you have many small files, the "size on disk" reported by windows can be much larger than the reported "size". This makes good sense to me, but from what ...
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Getting HDD serial number

I'm trying to get the serial number of the hard disks in my PC, i.e. the number printed on a label on the hard disk itself. I found that I can do that using wmic diskdrive get serialnumber, but I see ...
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Install SSD on a Dell Inspiron 5721 Laptop

I have a Dell Inspiron 5721 and I want to add a SSD and then move the operating system (Windows 8.1) and everything else over to it. Will these items work… ...
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Can't access BIOS setup. Erased all data on hard drive

I was trying to do a factory reset on my HP Compaq laptop, but at the end of the process, it says it is incomplete, and it seems like the hard drive got completely erased. I can't even access the BIOS ...
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How to copy file from Network drive to local drive?

Is there a batch file or utility to copy file from this network drive location: 192.168.0.10\prereq\wu\Certif\LRH9\ALB0642\AHS6 to my local drive C:\user ?
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External HDD not detected but shows up as USB device in taskbar

I have a seagate 1 TB external portable HDD which all of a sudden stopped working one day. If I connect it, it doesn't show in my computer or Disk management, but i get a usb device icon in taskbar. ...
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Problems will Dell Poweredge 2900

My buddy is an IT professional who ended up with an extra PowerEdge 2900 server with a valid key for SBS 2003. He gifted it to me in return since he knew I wanted a personal home media server. I got 4 ...
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Computer does not see a new hard drive

I have Windows 7 and Windows Vista ultimate both 64 bit. Tried both. So my hard drive went out and I picked up a Hitachi 2 TB drive. I have an old small drive from my laptop with Windows 7 on it which ...
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Dos - write bits on HDD in dos. (low format etc) [on hold]

How can i write bit by bit on an HDD at a low level. In order to create my own program in DOS mode (bootable usb key). I would try something like: *get all bits adresses for example on a list/array ...
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Computer Freeze during Game Update/Installation

I am currently having an extreme strange problem on my computer. My Computer is having full freezes. So no freezes where I still can move the mouse, no freezes where everything is blocked. And when I ...
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What connector is this?

The drive was pulled from my old ibm laptop (thinkpad variant) I dont remember the model number because i had to pitch it when i was packing to move. So i have a couple questions: 1) What connector ...
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LaCie Rugged Triple USB 3 drive not mounting properly on Windows 8.1

I have a 2011 LaCie Rugged Triple USB 3 drive that I use with two computers: my Windows 8.1 PC and my MacBook Air. What is working / other facts: Drive has two partitions: one NTFS, one HFS+ USB ...
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How is hardware encrypted? [on hold]

We know how software ("files" or blocks of bytes with a reference) can be encrypted, such as I write, "Hello the sun sings to me every march", to a text file and that is stored as follows: 000000 - ...
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Can I use the second choice in the boot sequence by disabling the hard drive?

I was advised to transfer this question from Stack Overflow to this forum. I bought a used acer laptop to install ubuntu on. And I forgot to check if the bios was protected by a password. It is. (an ...
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Can I restore OSX 10.7 system onto a new SSHD from Time Machine backup before installing it into my iMac

I have a hard disk that doesn't display the recovery partition so I need to install a new drive in my iMac. Can I perform the re-image of the entire system from my Time Machine backup disk while the ...
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Laptop is slow during bootup. Have reformatted. Still the same

My Laptop is an Acer aspire 4930, it was from my friends. So after i got the laptop, i clean the internals with cloth (not damp) and a vaccum. After that I reseat hard drives, rams and wifi, it became ...
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Mysterious and frequent activity on secondary disk, no trace in procmon or procexp

Update I'm beginning to think this may have something to do with the 2nd disk's controller. It is quite a cheap drive which I just bought for the space, so perhaps isn't doing things as well as it ...
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Google cloud compute - access attached disk

I have been trying to access an attached disk, but can't. I would be fine just using my boot disk, but it seems that whenever i do this I end up in a raid style formation, with all my data being ...
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Copy only OS which isn't partitioned to SSD

I am using Paragon Hard Disk Managment to move Windows 8.1 from HDD to SSD. The SSD is smaller (120gb) and the HDD is bigger. Both is installed and running on computer. The problem is that windows ...
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How to install windows on another PC's HDD using my PC? [on hold]

I work on software development from a home based office but I am also the pc and mac repair go to guy of the family (and sometimes extended family) therefore I get at least one windows installation ...
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Looking for a PC Imaging solution that does not require a WDS [on hold]

I have used Windows Deployment toolkit and its pain in the ass to make it work properly. I am looking for software that can pull an image of a machine and use that to image other machines, exact ...
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Make a partition with only Windows 8.1 in it. Already installed. And move it to SSD

I just bought a SSD and would like to migrate the OS from HDD to SSD. I tried easeUS Partition Manager but it says that the disk (120gb) isn't big enough. I think the problem is that I don't have a ...
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Actual (current) value of UltraDMA CRC error count (SMART)?

I have some positive counts in UltraDMA CRC error count entry of SMART data on my HDD. How to know if this value is actual? It is possible related with bad cable I had previously. Does this counter ...
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Setting up network storage

My girlfriend and I have MacBook Pros which we recently upgraded to SSD's. As a result of that, we have two spare 2.5 SATA HDDs that have no use except as network drives. I can definitely buy cheap ...
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Add space from 3TB unto 4TB using raid, how?

I would like to expand my 4 TB drive by adding on drive space from my 3 TB drive. I assume this is possible in a raid configuration by resizing the partion on the 3 TB to free space then using ...
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After repartitioning a drive, Windows is messed up because the drive letter changed from F: to something else

The system had one drive with two partitions both running Windows 7. The first one, I deleted. This didn't have the MBR or bootloader on it. The second one was kept, but resized to fit the whole ...
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Replacing small HDD with Win 7 OS with larger HDD using Backup & Restore

I'm in the middle of replacing a small hard drive with Windows 7 installed on it with a larger hard drive. I've created a system image to an external hard drive. I've created a System Repair disk and ...
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PC Won't boot from HDD in any sata port

Recently got a new Graphics Card (Sapphire Dual-x Radeon R9 270X), and my power supply should be enough to power it. Other than that nothing has changed in the last 2 years. My PC started turning ...
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When I bitlock non operating system drive, where does windows store the bitlocker password?

I enscrypt all of my computer hard drive. To descrypt the drive, windows will need the private key. Where does windows store the private key of those drives? On operating system drive? Can I move ...
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Why windows 7 requires TPM or USB for bitlocker?

Why not save the private key unenscrypted on the original hard disk and require password every reboot? That seems to be the way things work in this question Is USB based bitlocker as safe as tpm ...
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Lenovo Boot Failed

I am Using Lenovo G405s and running Windows 8 on my laptop and whenever I turn on the laptop this error pops up - SATA HDD : WDC WD5000LPVT-24G33T1 boot failed SATA ODD : MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8DB ...
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How can I get the LUN size from cmd in Windows?

Need to find out (not from GUI) the size of the LUN that has no volumes. Please help
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Why is System reading thousands of images from my hard drive constantly?

I have been getting poor performance while playing Minecraft recently, and I open up Resource monitor to see this: Actually when I first opened it, I saw that pagefile.sys was at the top of the ...
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3TB hard drive file access

I have two 3tb seagate hard drives in my machine for storage (second one is for backup), and I run windows 7. During the weekend i put on a clean windows image on the c: drive (an ssd drive) and ...
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Windows 7 shows a drive as full in summary but i can't see what's taking up all the space [duplicate]

Sorry i'm not too computer savy and i'm looking for some help, if someone would be so kind. My D drive is saying i only have 166mb free of 703GB. I have pretty much cleared off all my files from there ...
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Moving disk with 4kB sectors from enclosure to internal SATA controller makes MBR invalid

I recently bought a 750GB WD disk for a netbook and formatted it while connected via a USB adapter. Because the adapter would disconnect when it was trying to access the ext4 journal, I connected it ...
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What needs to be done to a target hard drive before using Clonezilla for disk-to-disk bootable clone?

My 500GB hard drive reported a failure to Windows (I have Windows 7) and I want to clone this drive to a good 1TB drive before the 500GB drive stops working. I have been reading the manuals on how to ...
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Windows Won't Boot? [on hold]

Ok, so I get the CTRL ALT DEL error and Hard Drive not found. The thing is, I can use Hirem to access the hard drive and move files around without any errors or slow. I tried a ton of HD fixing ...
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Creating bootable disk image on a separate partition, is it possible?

I want to create a bootable image of Ubutnu on my external 1TB hard drive (Seagate). The problem is, I have important files on it (about 200GB), and mounting an ISO file to it, as you know, requires a ...
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SATA I hard drive compatibility to SATA II motherboard.

I would like to buy a new motherboard for my computer since I'm in need of higher ram capacity. My computer is pretty old and my hard-drive is SATA I. All new motherboards I see mention that they have ...
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HDD Not Spinning Up (external 1tb buffalo ministation) - want to attempt a DIY repair

I'll try to be as specific as possible here, so am going to make a bunch of statements to give as much information as possible. I am using a MBP running OSX. I am very precious about the data on the ...
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Why does my dynamic disk say it is not formatted after a power loss?

I have a Windows Dynamic disk of three 3 Terabyte drives in a single spanned volume. Today I experienced a power loss and didn't get to turn my computer off before my UPS died (I guess I shouldn't be ...
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Samsung 7 Chronos does not boot

I have a Samsung Notebook (NP700Z5C-S07DE) and it does not boot. Originally it came with Windows 8 and yesterday I updated it to 8.1 (via store) and it did not boot, it's only showing the Samsung ...