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

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How to recover data in formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS

Help how to recover formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS but not yet installed applications.
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These partitions are properly aligned?

Scenario: BIOS computer (Not EFI) HDD with GPT partition table I'm trying to follow these instrutions: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/GRUB#GUID_Partition_Table_.28GPT.29_specific_instructions ...
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How to Factory Reset Toshiba Satellite a215-S7416?

My question is almost exactly like this except 1) I know my BIOS password and I just want to factory reset 2) I have a Toshiba Satellite a215-s7416 (Vista) When I get past the "Enter Password", I get ...
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Will not having more than 10% disk space available on my hard drive affect performance?

I ask this because many years ago I heard such a thing. I have a 900GB hard drive and I am lingering around 40GB free space. Is this bad, will it harm the drive's health, or will it hurt my system's ...
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LockMyDrive locker accidently deleted

Few months ago, I have installed LockMyDrive to lock data on my external hard drive. There was a file in my external hard drive which I run to insert the password to unlock my data. The has been ...
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Can I stop a format disc operation midway?

I'm formating a new HDD (Toshiba 1TB from NTFS to FAT32) to fit it on my old PS3. But it's taking a lifetime to get the thing done... Meanwhile I found on the internet some tutorials using other ways ...
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Intermittent write locks on files without obivous cause

Recently I have been getting intermittent (random, sporadic) write locks on recently written files without any obvious cause. The setup: The machine in question is a 2 years old DELL Latitude E6520 ...
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restore failed-error coded=0x3ed (the volume does not contain a recognized file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrputed)

I have an aspire z3101-u4062 that was donated to me. the previous owner pirated movies and went on bad web sites The computer most likely got a nasty virus. I turn on screen it just flashes a small ...
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How Sturdy (Shock-Proof) is an SSD?

I recently started carrying my SSD to and from work rather than my entire computer. So I bought a case on Amazon to protect it while it is in my bag. I was surprised to find that the case was ...
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HDD making clicking sound every 10s in Win 8.1 - Load/Unload cycle count increasing

I have problem with my Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ HDDs. As soon as Win 8.1 loads up, and its in idle, they both make clicking sound every 10seconds. It sounds like the heads are parking. I have ...
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partition recovery diskpart clean

So i've done diskpart clean in one hard drive than i create 3 partitions the problem the client said that he needs backup at last second but we did the the format (what i say in the begin) any way ...
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SATA hot swap (AHCI mode), unplug data or power cable first?

How to hotswap Sata HDDs? After I choose 'Safely remove hardware' -> 'Eject WDC xxxxx ATA Device' what should I do? I've read this: 1-For unplugging I should unplug the data cable first then the power ...
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Unable to mount 2TB NTFS hard drive in Ubuntu 14.04

Can somebody assist me on this one? Error mounting /dev/sdg4 at /media/jote/DATA_4: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdg4" ...
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SATA drives not going to sleep on debian wheezy - only hdparm -y works

I have several WD Green and one Seagate Barraccuda drive in my home-server (Intel H81 platform). Recently I noticed that none of them is going to standby anymore. They've been running for weeks now. I ...
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Ubuntu doesn't boot after fsck on /

I had this problem with Ubuntu when it boots: http://askubuntu.com/questions/392720/the-disk-drive-for-tmp-is-not-ready-yet-s-to-skip-mount-or-m-for-manual-recove The problem appeared from nothing, ...
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How can a Windows disk rolback itself? Files left 3 months old only [on hold]

I know it sounds like a cheap thriller and that its easy to jump to a conclusion that I am a certified idiot :) however I want to tell that I am in software consultancy business for 25 yrs and I cant ...
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Repairing HDD - help to command prompt

I've dropped and destroyed my HDD with family stuff and so on aboard, and I read online, that I should just use /R /F /X D: in commandprompt, runned as administrator. I did that, and this is my ...
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Clone USB-drive bit for bit

I have a USB-drive that is encrypted with Truecrypt. Now, I'd like to make a copy of it from time to time, so I need a method of cloning the USB. The two USB-sticks are of same size, brand, and type, ...
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Freezing Issue on One Partition

Yesterday I pulled my boyfriend's laptop toward me on a table with some wood type ridges on it which caused the computer to bump a bit because of it's huge battery (my boyfriend bought this after the ...
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damaged hard disk, how to recover the data [on hold]

I have a hard disk that damaged physically from my DELL laptop. The top platter broken. So, is there anyway to recover the data even with some companies? Because I have very important data.
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Can't see files on NTFS HDD

I have a drive that is formatted to NTFS. When I look at the drive in My Computer, I can see that tehre is 578GB of data on it. But when I go in to it, there are no files. The files are not hidden, ...
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windows 8.1 hp probook 440 g1 hp drive encryption

MY hp probook 440 g1 has a hp drive encryption it worked for first two times then it started saying wrong password and after three tries it will say "maximum number of attempts reached system will be ...
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Is it possible to configure a Sata RAID Controller without RAID

I have a 6 port SATA RAID card (taken out of an HP ML150 G2 server). What i want to do is connect the Sata Hard Drives that i have to this card without formatting or loosing any data on the hard ...
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Windows become corrupt after windows update

I am using windows 8 on acer 5715 G, it came pre installed, its been 1 year it was working perfectly fine. Few days when My pc updated itself, it restarted then showed error and then it shows ...
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Windows 7 won't boot on custom pc with minimal wear

Recently I was doing some cable management on my PC with only unplugging and replugging a couple of cables. Most notably the CPU secondary power cable. When it was all done I turned on my computer, ...
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While extending the partition to unallocated space Windows 8.1

I recently bought a laptop with free dos because I already had a version of Win 8.1. after installing the OS, While repartitioning the Hard Drive, I discovered two unallocated 7.80GB (one NTFS and one ...
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Why is windows explorer very slow only on drive “E”?

I am having the following problem: each time I open windows explorer to go to my drive E: (to my downloads folder) and tries to open .avi files it takes ages to charge the file (looooong green loading ...
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Adobe After Effect and Premiere in 5400rpm harddisk [on hold]

I am planing to get a new laptop with a 5400rpm HDD and install Adobe CS5.5 After Effect and Premiere in it, however the system requirement said it need a 7200rpm HDD. I am trying to get the new ...
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How to ignore a specific SMART error

I get an email about the same SMART error every day. I'd like to configure the SMART daemon to ignore this specific error, but only this, since I still want to now if anything changes or gets worse. ...
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Locate all references to a certain hard disk

Every time I got a new machine or increased the memory capacity I used to add and add more and more hard disks to the latest machine. Now I have several disks of old data (e.g windows installation, ...
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eSATA drives keeps disappearing, only reappears after reboot

I have one relatively fat PC at home, that I use as a server, a back-up drive included, and as my gaming PC as well. The Operating System is Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I currently have an ASUS ...
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Copying files: Do any of the mainstream operating systems (excluding e.g. Linux with ZFS) hash files when moving them?

What I tend to do to go about making sure I don't lose my data is I pick and choose what files I want to keep, and once I have my large (in bytes, not in heft) external hard disk attached (usually ...
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Seagate ext hdd breaks USB connectivity in Windows 8 x64

A friend has a Seagate 1TB ext hdd (model: srd 00 f1). When connecting it to his Sony Vaio (VPCSB1S1E - Windows 8) it shows up in the Device Manager with a driver error. When trying to uninstall the ...
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Is My Harddrive Garbage?

I have a WD Caviar Blue 1TB, I wanted to format my computer and start fresh, so I did this, I noticed it took 6 hours to just get through the entire install, when I got into Windows 8, it was ...
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How can i get my Asus s550cm partitions again

The question it´s simple. My HDD got damaged, i have another one and i want all partitions that my Asus s550cm had whey i bought it, i dont care about the files that i had but i want all partitions ...
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It seems laptop aspire 5742 is damaging Hard drives

The laptop started rebooting itself and going into recovery mode and failing to recover, I tried the hdd on another computer and WD diagnose tool failed, so I bought a new WD blue 500gb HDD, I ...
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What to do if pc doesn't boot correctly? [on hold]

I have dual operating systems (XP & win 7) on my desktop. It's a 4 years old, and it hasn't worked properly for the past few days. When I turn on the pc it doesn't reliably detect the operating ...
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Add external volume app folder to Launchpad

I have a primary volume and secondary volume which I store apps on in a folder called HDD Applications. Launchpad only looks at the /Applications folder on the primary drive for apps. How can I get ...
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Warranty on server grade hard-disks. Is that a good thing?

I couldn't come up with a better question and I hope this does not belong to server fault. Recently I obtained some western digital RED hard-disks, which are specially build for NAS. They come with ...
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Non-UEFI computer can't see UEFI Hard Drive

Long story short I had a computer, (Windows 8,UEFI, Samsung 840 EVO SSD) system. I spilled coffee on that system and am sending it off to be repaired. I wanted to make sure the hard drive was okay, ...
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Non-RAID Disk showing as RAID

The disk in question is attached to a single ESATA port on the back of my computer. The other ESATA port has nothing attached. In the BIOS, the controller for that port is turned on, and set to SATA ...
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How to encrypt my system (harddisk) on Windows 8.1 pro?

on my previous laptop I ran Windows 7 with TrueCrypt to encrypt my entire harddisk (There was only one in that laptop). The reason I do this is because I create software for multiple clients and that ...
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Data Recovery from HDD logical failure (not physical) [closed]

Background. My interpretation is that the physical disks have all the right data; it's just the onboard controller/logic that's broken, so my case is different from most recovery cases. I don't feel ...
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How could PC Doctor, etc. boot and how does the HDD mess up offline boots? [closed]

We finally gave in, and gave the laptop to Staples. Apparently, the Staples tech ran "PC-Doctor" and tested a lot of hardware, eventually finding (via SMART) a hard disk failure. He said it was a ...
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Windows 8 Slow File Transfer (but 1gb sequential benchmark fine)

I'm using Windows 8.1. File transfers (between disks, over gigabit network) are limited to 10MB/s, but CrystalDiskMark 5x1000MB benchmark shows 139MB/s r/w speeds. I have no antivirus installed. File ...
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Drive assignments changing

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 Server machine set up with 3 drives: Two 2TB HDDs, and a 4GB USB drive for system. It seems that every time I boot the system it changes what drives are assigned to ...
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Best practise for debbuging hdd

I just logged onto my machine when suddenly ls gave me an Input/output error. After rebooting the machine /dev/sda1 could not be mounted. dmesg results in : [ 545.691453] EXT4-fs (sda): VFS: Can't ...
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Server on Physical HDD from dead server needs Converting into Virtual Machine

I have dead server wich need reviving, all i managed to retrieve is HDD, is there an easy way of converting this physical HDD into any virtual format that VMWare converter could use? So far i've used ...
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Linux desktop computer doesn't see external harddrive but my laptops do

I have an older maxtor 80 gig harddrive that i have been using for years I have probably reformatted it 12 times. It seems to be in perfect working order when i plug it into my laptop. And honestly ...
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Addressing the cylinders of a Hard Drive

I want to address the cylinders of a Hard Drive but I can't find a good manual of the pinout of the IDE interface. Anyone knows how to do that? I don't want to read/write anything in the disk, just ...