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

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An internal, Windows 7 installed drive fails to boot after transforming into external drive

I have installed Windows 7 to my HDD. I also have Ubuntu 14.04 at another partition at the same drive. During boot, via GRUB, I select which one I want to load. Recently, I upgraded my HDD to SSD. I ...
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SATA HDD detected in BIOS but not in Windows 8.1

I have a 500GB hard drive that is detected by Windows after boot when connected by USB 3.0 but when I attempt to connect it by SATA, it is not detected by Windows. The SATA power and data cables are ...
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Does resizing partitions cause damage?

I plan on resizing already-separated partitions. Let's say that there is partition A and partition B on drive C:. All of drive C: is NTFS, and drive C: is, in total, 1 TB. Partition A has 400 GB, and ...
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How can I partition out damaged sectors on a HDD?

So the idea I had is that I want to create a partition with only or at least all the damaged sectors on a HDD (if only damaged sectors are not possible, then a few normal ones are ok as well) and the ...
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HDD recovery formatted for win from for mac

I have a 1Tb disk which I was using with OSX. and unfortunately my friend tried to transfer files with it and after it didn't work the HDD is not recognised for Mac OSX. I checked forums and there is ...
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move a windows OS partition to another partition of the same size

I want to move my windows partition to another drive that is already partitioned (including a 100 mb partition at the start of the disk and a partition of the same size as the original windows ...
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Windows 8 missing data files after restart

I have a Windows 8 system. I hid a file which was taking 10-20 GB in my hard drive. After a restart, the hidden file was gone. Disk usage seems to have remained the same. I didn't delete or move the ...
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Can't access laptop BIOS when SSD is plugged in

I've been struggling with this for a couple hours now. I recently bought a new SSD to replace the HDD that came with my laptop (Lenovo S510p Touch). I wanted a fresh install so I connected the SSD to ...
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My computer recognizes only one SATA disk

I ran into a disk crash (system doesn't start) but data is available. it was a 2TB WD green. So I bought another one and installed Windows 8 on it, but the system only sees the new one. I started ...
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How do I change the document root for lighttpd?

I am trying to change my lighttpd configuration as follows: I have a 500GB ext4 formatted hard disk attached to my server via USB. I would like to either a) Change my lighttpd server's document root ...
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How optimize copy and paste process for windows?

When user ot program copy a large file on the same physical disk windows do the following algorith: 1. Read a piece of data from disk. 2. Write a piece of data to disk. 3. Do points 1. and 2. until ...
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Install windows 7 setup is starting stuck (Dell Laptop)

This problem is taking too much of my time. I have dual boot (Windows 7 and ubuntu).Suddenly, I can't boot from both OSs. I have some important data in the hard drive. I couldn't fix it. Now I have ...
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How do I determine optimal Blocksize, Sectorsize, and Clustersize for a disk with millions of files?

I have millions of files on a large disk. I want to minimize the average wasted space by correctly formatting the drive. Is there any way to optimize the BlockSize, Sectorsize, and cluster size for ...
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Formatting hard drive works on windows, not on linux

Alright this is driving me crazy. About a month ago I finally migrated to Linux almost exclusively (I only use windows for gaming these days) and so decided to migrate my data storage as well. I ...
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Boot from CD using UEFI instead of BIOS

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P. This is my last attempt at recovering my computer, as my recovery partitions are gone and I cannot boot into my computer otherwise. I have Windows 8 x64 OEM installed. I ...
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Windows 8: Drive partition is missing

wanted to run 2 operating systems on the same laptop so downloaded manjaro ( I have windows 8). When i opened 'Gparted' (after booting manjaro) in order to partition my disk i got the message ...
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SSD stays inactive during startup/shutdown

This morning I upgraded my laptop replacing the old 5400 rpm hdd with a new SSD (Kingston v300 480gb). Performance look good, both on benchmarks (crystal disk mark) than on personal feel. I'm ...
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In Linux, how can I determine the power consumption of my HDD?

Is there a way to determine how much power my HDD(s) are using? I'm running typical (oldish) desktop with an 848P chipset and Debian GNU/Linux 7.6 (Wheezy).
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Can I delete this partition?

I have an HP Laptop that came with an OEM version of windows vista. I have set it up to dual boot with windows XP. Therefore there are 2 primary partitions. There is also one more primary partition ...
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Why does my harddrive keep spinning down in windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I'm using windows 8.1 with an external hard drive. My external seems to go to sleep very quickly, like in a single minute. I constantly wait 2-3 seconds when accessing files on my external harddrive ...
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Demagnetization of External Hard Drives

I hope this is not too silly of a question but I feel like I am confused about this topic of demagnetization of CD's, DVD's, and external hard drives. Recently I have bought two identical external ...
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How to use testDisk to fix partitioning trouble

I have Laptop Dell with Winodows 7 as primary OS. Also, I have Ubuntu as dual booting with Windows. I got booting trouble. I can't access to my files in both Windows and Ubuntu. My hope is testDisk to ...
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Optimum way to back up my ultra-book running on windows 7? [on hold]

Note: My laptop does not have an optical drive. How can I backup my laptop such that I retain all my app settings and I don't have to reconfigure it all again. I am more interested in a local ...
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Lost partition restoration [duplicate]

While trying to install my bios update on windows 7 the installation program made an automated allocation for 8GB(volume 2 partition 2 of Type Fat32). But the allocation happened by substracting these ...
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Can disk read speed significantly decreased as disk is full?

So I have a 2TB HDD, and it usually takes less than a fraction of a second to get the data I need, after some jobs it gets full, it takes 1-2 seconds to get the data I need. How much does the fullness ...
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What can be done to reduce Windows 7 system size on an already-installed system?

Typical size of an Ubuntu system: ~4 GB, including filesystem inefficiencies. You can usually fit an archived backup onto a DVD without even compressing it. Typical size of a Windows 7 system: more ...
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Is it possible to run any bootable system directly from USB without any installation? [closed]

I have a NetBook that won't boot. Its hard drive got locked by a cracker that I think came in through my always-on Wi-Fi. Is it possible to run any bootable operating system directly from a USB drive ...
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Why does copying files from one partition to another of the same disk take time?

Applying my general understanding if partitioning is done within the same physical hard drive, copying data from one partition to another should involve only changing indexes to where the GUI ...
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Unable to format or initialize HDD

I have an Dell Latitude E6410 laptop that belongs to a client. I want to install Windows 7 on it, but when I try to create a new partition or format the drive from the Windows Setup, i get an error ...
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Is disk read/write speed affected by processor architecture? [closed]

I am not sure what effect if any a 32 bit vs 64 bit architecture processor has on disk read/write speed. I believe that a 64 bit processor can address more main memory than 32 bit processor without ...
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chkdsk /f /r alternative in ubuntu linux

In windows os chkdsk /f /r will fix a hdd error automatically.i have lost access in my laptop though i am able to live boot into my laptop using linux.I have live boot ubuntu 14.04 and i am in a need ...
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Does restart count as harddisk boot?

Does restart count as harddisk boot? Most reference sites state that the life span of hard drives depends on the number of boots (On/Off) where the drive arm lands its head on the drive platter. The ...
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Multiple storage controllers in same PC [closed]

What limits the number of controllers inside a single PC? For example, if I do not care about enclosure, power, cooling considerations - and all the other superficial facts - what are the negotiable ...
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Laptop Turning On and Off

Just for a heads up, I am not computer hardware savvy, but I do have a basic understanding of parts and what they do. I have not replaced any parts other than the hard drive but that was before the ...
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Low Disk Space on Windows 7 [closed]

This is about my office computer (Windows 7) on which I want to install TeXmaker. I realised that I had not enough disk space for TeXMaker. However I thought it would be a good idea to uninstall ...
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Can I recover data from a clobbered NTFS volume? [duplicate]

First of all, yes, I know I'm a moron. Long story short, I overwrote the first few dozen megabytes of a 2 terabyte disk, clobbering the partition table and beginning of an NTFS partition. It's all ...
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Is it safe to destroy a hard drive by putting it in an oven? [duplicate]

I want to destroy my hard drive. I wonder if it is safe to put it in an oven until it is destroyed? If there is a better way, please let me know, given that I have neither the right screwdriver nor ...
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Can I modify the SMART value of Raw Read Error Rate Worst Value to be greater than 1?

I have a HP Pavilion g6 2136tx Laptop which was functioning correctly until one day Windows 7 Ultimate x64 couldn't boot up. Tried System Restore and Windows Startup Repair tool, both of which failed. ...
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HDD working on Mac but asks to be formatted on PC

I have a 1TB Toshiba external HDD, 2 years old. A few days ago it suddenly stopped showing up on my PC. Whenever I connect it, the system asks if I wish to format the HDD and I cannot access my years ...
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EaseUS partition manager terminated abruptly, leaving HDD partition to be unusable

I was using EaseUS partition manager to extend my drive's capacity by including a 100GB partition into it. The drive was earlier partitioned as 100GB+831Gb = 1TB(Toshiba HDD) and I was making it a ...
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Recover data in ubuntu [closed]

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 right now on my laptop. I have a laptop hard drive that I want to recover data from it. I tried every possible method to get my lost data back but none was successful as I ...
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Is my SSD starting to fail?

I have Plextor 256 gb M2P which is only 3 years old. I tried to make a backup image of my system drive with reflect (macrium) and windows backup but it both fails each time with an IO error. Altough ...
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iCloud Drive taking up space on local drive?

My computer seems to be keeping a local copy of my iCloud Drive folder. Is there any way to disable this? I know this because in my "Library" folder, there is another folder called "Mobile Documents" ...
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HDD Surface Read test showing very slow blocks (> 500 ms). How can I fix?

I am performing a hdd read surface test with hddscan and it is showing some very slow sectors. Is this ok? Can I fix this somehow?
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Drive unable to initialise,“Device Not Ready” when attempting to connecting hard drive to windows 7

I have an old Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 hard drive that I am attempting to connect to a Windows 7 machine by using a USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter.(it was previously connected to an internal IDE ...
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raid5 after changing disk, data disappeared in lost+found or?

I lost a drive so I stopped my array, changed the drive, reassembled the array. So far so good except that when I tried to mount the array I had an error about md0 file system (sorry I rebooted so ...
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Safe to manually spin down hard drive with hdparm?

I have a laptop with a ssd for primary OS drive, and a large Spinning disk for storage. I currently have an alias I use for manually spinning down the drive when I'm not using it (after umount of ...
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Windows hibernation not working properly

When I turn the notebook on again after hibernation, it says that Windows found a problem and had to shut down. I think the problem is with the transfer of archives from RAM to the disk, because it ...
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I can open a file with Ubuntu but Windows 7 says file is corrupted and unreadable

I guess the following command will work (gotten from here: http://josmangarsal.es/no-se-puede-tener-acceso-a-x-el-archivo-o-directorio-esta-danado-o-es-ilegible-windows/) chkdsk x: /f However I'd ...
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Why Superfetch and Prefetch on Windows 8.1 cause high disk activity on Pagefile disk?

I have an SSD running Windows 8.1 Pro x64, which only has 128GB. To leave it a little more free, I have left only 200MB of Pagefile in it. I have another HDD which has 1TB. In it, I made a new ...