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

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Corrupt volumes appear as duplicates of working one

I booted my HP n40L using a Linux Live CD which was unable to read any of the volumes (all set up using the pseudo-hardware raid). On returning to Windows 2 of my 3 data hdds showed as offline with ...
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Two SATA hard drives on one SATA channel

If you connect two SATA hard drives to one physical SATA port using SATA splitter cable, what BIOS will display under that SATA port? How can such splitter cables work? SATA is designed in the way ...
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Install software in another drive

My SSD is 80GB which I installed the Windows 8.1 on it, the size of Windows on the SSD was about 30-35 GB and I have a very limited space left. Now when I try to install any software, such as Chrome ...
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Bad sectors (slow sectors) marking as Bad when windows dont

What if the sectors is not working some times and i know which ones, but windows or other programs is not finding them. Like extreme slow write sectors is not marked as BAD but it makes system to ...
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Reconnected hard drive slowing PC

I recently cannibalized the main hard drive of my PC (a Vertex 2.5" SSD) to test out in my laptop. While I was using the laptop, it worked perfectly and ran at pleasing speed, but Windows required ...
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Tweak read/write speed of a file on a harddrive

I have a "green" (environmental) harddrive from Western Digital which automatically puts back the Read/Write head as soon as the harddrive gets idle. (~25 seconds) When that occurs, the hard drive ...
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Should Windows 8 be taking up 40GB of my HDD when my drive is compressed?

I want to install a game that requires 12GB on my computer with an HDD that shows 53GB total capacity, so I cleared everything off of it. All documents, pictures, downloads, desktop, etc empty ...
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Hard disks: random vs sequencial access times for all uses

The general question: if I run all sorts of tasks on the PC, should I get an HDD with higher random or sequential data rates? More specifically: I'm using an 80GB HDD to host the operating systems ...
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Disk space usage on a MyBook Live

Western Digital makes an automatic backup tool called SmartWare. When I tested it out and backed up just a couple of directories from a Windows machine, it works great - except that files taking up ...
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Mount external hard drive with r/w permissions for minidlna

I trying to mount my external hard drive (NTFS) on my raspberry pi in /home/pi/dd But I would like to have r/w access to all files on this HD because I want to use one of its subfolders with ...
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Shared data partition for dual boot, multiple hard drives [on hold]

What is the best way to approach doing a dual-boot (Windows + Linux) with one SSD and one HDD? Naturally I would partition the SSD to have Windows and Linux. I want the separate HDD to be for data, ...
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Set cloned drive letter to C

I want to switch my laptop HDD from the current 640GB device to a new 480 SSD HDD. So I've shrinked and cloned my windows partition to the new disk; 100MB boot partition too I've also set up the MBR ...
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My PC freezes and makes loud noise on speakers

I have this issue: my PC is randomly freezing and making loud noise on speakers sometimes. Incidentally, my Hard Drive seems to be with problems. Everytime I log in to windows, I get a warning: ...
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Why do I have 300 GB of ghost data on my harddrive?

If I enable both hidden and system files, and then select them all while in the C:\ Drive, the properties window adds their data up to 220 GB. However, if I right click on the C:\ Drive itself and ...
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Chkdsk An unspecified error occurred 6c6f6766696c652e 29c

UPDATE: It was a bad SATA cable. I ran the chkdsk /R command on an external WD 1TB hardrive connected via SATA. Here is the output log from chkdsk from event viewer. Not sure what the error message ...
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fsck on mac partition

How do i run a fsck command on a partition (disk0s4)? I tried »fsck -fy« in single-user-mode but it only checks the boot partition (disk0s2) which is ok. »fsck -fy /dev/disk0s4« does not work: »fsck ...
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How can I have a second copy of my Windows 7 Laptop Hard Drive? [on hold]

I want to have a clone of my Windows 7 Laptop Hard Drive and use it to boot my Laptop just by swapping the Hard drives. I want to do this just in case the default Hard Drive dies suddenly. Please what ...
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Windows 8.1 Installation: device removal and restart

I'm doing a windows 8.1 clean installation. It was purchased as download from the Microsoft Store and written to and booted from a USB flash drive. The installation creates hard drive partitions, ...
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Intermittent ATA (read fpdma queued) errors and SMART errors in Ubuntu - Power supply or motherboard? [on hold]

Hardware: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P (6 SATA3 connections) 2 1TB WD Green HDs, 2 3TB WD Blue 450W power supply (cheapy that came with the case) Software: Ubuntu 14.04.1 running kvm/qemu ...
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chown not working on ext4 hard drive

I have a new 3TB internal hard drive and after writing some data to it I completely zero'd the drive using DD. I then created a partition table (GPT) in Gparted and created an ext4 partition. All went ...
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Is it possible to access Storage Spaces from Windows 8.1 instance running under VMware Workstation?

I have a single Storage Space (2-way mirror) under Windows 8.1. The disks are in an external eSATA enclosure. It's mounted as a single drive. I'd like to access the data on the Storage Space from ...
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How to tell if laptop supports SSD

So I was considering buying a Lenovo Z710 laptop - 59421370 which you can see the specs here I noticed that it has an SSHD drive which I don't like. I jumped to the online chat and asked an ...
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Does a unused HDD have a longer lifetime than a used one?

Does a HDD lying in my desk degrade with age (or is its service life driven only by usage)? If yes, are there publicly available statistics relating to any drive degradation when inactive for long ...
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Cloning two internal HDDs on to one external HDD as a backup

My Asus M51AC desktop PC has a 500MB HDD with pre-installed Win 8 (upgraded to Win 8.1), so I also installed a 1TB HDD with OEM WIN 7 Pro SP1. Can I copy/clone both HDDs to one backup 2TB HDD, so I ...
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Access Windows Hard Drive In Linux

I have a hard drive with data on it that I have been using as external storage in Windows 7...when I plug it into my Linux machine this is what I see: /dev/sda Block device, size 596.2 GiB ...
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Will a large block size affect speed noticeably? [on hold]

I've seen discussions about it being fine to have a large block size on drives where large files will be stored because not much space will be wasted. But will it also help to speed up reading? I'm ...
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TestDisk Read error at **/241/1 (lba=15183)

After my HDD got broken, Windows says it needs format. So, I'm using TestDisk to fix it. But a read error always occurs when I execute the Quick Search or the Deep Search process. To get one ...
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My WD Blue 1TB drive goes to sleep every 20 seconds

I really can't google this one out, so if someone could give me some advice I'm on a laptop, I'm using Windows 8.1 currently Recently I bought an SSD and set it up as my system drive I've taken out ...
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Incremental or Differential Backup from Server to Local HardDrive [closed]

I just want to know, is there any software that can be installed in Windows to perform Incremental or Differential Backups from a server (running Linux) to local hard drive? Can I use FileZilla or ...
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How can I erase a 250gb external usb drive with linux partedmagic boot cd

I run a dual boot of windows 7 and xp on Dell Optiplex 280 with a Pentium 4 mobo, a CPU of 3 Ghz and 2GB ram. My question is "How do I use the ERASER TOOL in Linux Partedmagic Boot Cd to completely ...
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Hard disk error in Intel Matrix Storage Manager

I have two hard disks, both 160GB, and with Intel Matrix Raid on these two disks, I created two volumes Volumne0 Raid1 Volumne1 Raid0 Now, one of the hard disk shows error in the Intel Matrix Raid ...
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Building a new desktop PC for running After Effects for under $500 [closed]

I am a student with a part-time job, so I don't have a very high budget. I want a smooth experience on Adobe After Effects, so I am considering building a new PC for under $500. I know it's not that ...
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Compact files into contiguous area on disk [on hold]

Consider the following case: a disk has two very large files stored one after the other - the first being slightly smaller than the second. As far as I know (and please correct me if I'm wrong) - If I ...
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Free space from C drive due to wrong installation

I am totally new to Ubuntu and stuff. I tried installing it from USB, changed setting and when I tried to install It gave me three options remove windows and install ubuntu, install alongside windows ...
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cp file in /dev/sdc, now drive isn't readable

So I was trying to instal Arch on my Laptop, and I wanted to copy boot.efi into my usb. cp boot.efi /dev/sdc cp boot.efi /dev/sdc1 cp boot.efi /dev/sdc2 and now its not being read. How can I fix my ...
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eSATAp and 3.5'' HDD [duplicate]

Are the red ports below eSATAp that can power a 3.5'' HDD? I saw this post about 12V eSATAp and I would guess that they are. However I have a cable like this: which claims to support 3.5'' ...
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What Makes an HDD incompatible with a Computer? [closed]

Recently I was replacing the HDD in an old Dell Optiplex GX520 with 4GB RAM. However, when I went to install Windows 7 Pro x64 on the fresh, blank disk, the installation got hung up, saying (like in ...
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Adding used hard drive to Buffalo NAS

I have a low end Buffalo NAS (lswvl is the model). Currently I had one disk in slot 2 which was installed long time ago and it was a fresh drive and fresh install - meaning I (probably) formatted ...
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How can I merge a standard hard drive to a hard drive with the os on it to act as one?

I have an extra drive (Internal) and it has nothing on it including no partitions on it on my windows 7 laptop. Is there a way to make the Disk 2"MBR" Drive (I don't know what MBR means but that's ...
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Can't boot to the original windows 8.1

After purchasing an SSD, I decided to install Windows 8.1 on it. I originally had Windows 8.1 on my Western Digital Hard drive. But now, I cannot boot to it and there is no option to select an ...
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Harddrive spinning down though time increased with hdparm

I have an external harddrive connected via USB. The usual method to set the spindown / standby time of harddrives seems to be using hdparm. So I run sudo hdparm -S 200 /dev/sdb and get /dev/sdb: ...
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Making backups of 10 hard drives. Should I just make disk images?

I am going to be making backups of about 10 hard drives, around 4 TB of data. I will be using a USB to SATA adapter and then be transferring the data to a 4tb external USB drive. I will most likely be ...
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Slow data transfer between two SATA III HDDs

Is 30 MBps (30 megabytes/sec) an acceptable data transfer speed for SATA III to SATA II copy? I'm copying data off one HDD into another. Both HDDs are Seagate ST3000DM001, one from 2012 and other ...
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in time of dual boot,showing no disk parttion

In my laptop, hard disk is 500GB. two partition 100GB and 50GB, rest of the place is unallocated. In 100GB drive, windows 8 has instilled. i want to do dual boot by Ubuntu 14.04. in time of ...
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MDADM RAID5 recovery, refused to add replacement disk

I dealing with a faulty raid5 setup (3x2TB disks): Number Start End Size File system Name Flags 1 1049kB 1026MB 1024MB ext3 primary 2 1026MB 6146MB ...
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diagnosing spurious hard-drive spin-down

I've got an external USB drive that is being used for backup purposes. Occasionally it will spuriously spin-down and Mac OS X will complain that the disk wasn't ejected properly. One reason I have ...
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How do I avoid using bad sectors on the hard drive?

I know I have a hardware problem and it will get worse - and a replacement drive is arriving in 2-3 days. However, I desperately need to use my computer again for tonight. Most things seem to work ...
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Hard Drive Reallocated Sector / Event Count and Current Pending Sector

So I pulled this hard drive out of a unit that was un-formated on of no where and re-formated it just fine in windows. Decided to run some test on it and got these errors. Errors Reallocated ...
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Changing The Name On A Hard Drive That Comes From A SAN

Terms: VM = Virtual Machine LUN = Logical Unit Number Used In SANs SAN = Storage Area Network S2K8R2 = Windows Server 2008 R2 OS Backstory: OK so I have a SAN (Dell MD3200) that I have created a ...
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Unlocking SSD (known password)

I got a Samsung NP900x4D for data backup & a simple Windows re-install. At first boot, after the logo, it just displayed 'Boot error' on a black screen. So I said to myself that the MBR is ...