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

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Synchronize files between 2 folders on computer and external drive

I bought an external drive and want to use it partially for store, partially as back up. What I would like to see is that some folder (named.. let's say "Sync") is always the same on my Mac and on the ...
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Disk investigator like tool for osx

Are there any safe and reliable tools like disk investigator for osx mavericks? I want to be able to view the bytes on my hard drive in raw form. ty
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Why Can OpenMediaVault not be install on only 1 drive?

I have salvaged some drives from computers that are no longer functional and i would like to create a network attached storage (NAS). I have a 120 gb drive and a 2.5 tb drive, and I would rather not ...
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What kind of extremely exhaustive calculations my laptops perform and why?

I have two laptops that I bought in 2013. One of them is running under Windows and another one has Ubuntu. I do not play video games, do not perform any calculations on them. The only thing that I do ...
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Assembling My Own External HDD

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/icy-box-ib-254u3-toolless-external-aluminium-case-for-25-upto-95mm-sata3-hdd-to-usb-30-host-with-uas I can't tell if the above caddy comes with the necessary power ...
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Successfully installed Ubuntu but unable to load it in the system

process : 1)inserted Ubuntu Bootable Pen Drive 2)Selected 3rd option i.e Something else 3)than deleted C drive ( drive containing Windows)out of which i made 63GB unusable , created 15 GB ext4 - ...
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Old hard disk does not load OS

I have this old computer but upgraded the motherboard and the processor just recently. Everything was already used except for the motherboard, processor and RAM. The rest, was already used, the hard ...
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Ubuntu freezes when I plug in external hard drive formatted as exFAT

What can be hanging up my system. I thought I went through the necessary steps to enable mounting of an exFAT-formatted hard drive: # Install fuse-exfat and exfat-utils sudo apt-get update sudo ...
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Unable to boot into Windows install disk on a Kubuntu machine with full disk encryption

The machine I'm working on is an Asus N81V laptop, Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, SSD. It currently has Kubuntu 13.10 with full disk encryption. I am trying to repurpose this machine with Windows 7. I have ...
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Windows 8.1 Boot files on SSD and Program files on HDD

This query might have been asked numerous times but still I am not able to get the correct and proper guidelines answer for this issue/query. What I want to know and configure is the following. With ...
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Slow drive performance and utilization [on hold]

suddenly, my internal hard drive slows performance, reading and writing. I connected an external hard drive but its performance was normal, so it's not an operating system issue. on windows 'Task ...
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Will a SATA SSD drive work in WWAN (miniPCIe) slot?

My company gave me a Dell E6450 with a built in 256 GB SSD (way too small). Dell does not make a CDROM replacement SSD for the E6450 (!!!), believe it or not. Therefore, I see a good option as ...
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linux - centos won't boot after rebuilding raid

I have a dedicated server with OVH. Yesterday they had to replace one of the HDD because it was about to fail. After replacing the disk, we had to rebuild the RAID and now the server won't boot ...
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How to repair a failed solid state drive

I had an internal SSD fail on me after 2 years of use (a Micron C400 512GB SSD). I wanted to try and repair it myself. Dismantling it is easy. Things look good; physically the board is super clean and ...
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Preventing unused spare hdd from spinning up during suspend and shutdown

I recently replaced my sata hdd with an ssd, and keeping the hdd in as a spare. It's not used, not event mounted to filesystem. Yet, when suspending or shutting down the system, it quickly spins up, ...
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Is it possible to build RAID0 or RAID1 using 2 disk when one disk is not cleen?

I'm using win 7.Is it possible to build RAID0 or RAID1 using 2 disk when one is not cleen? I have 2 same hdd disks, one of them cleen and one with data. I want to build RAID0 or RAID1 (on the fly) ...
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Move data with compression

I'm using win 7.I have disk ~2Tb which one I want to format so I need to move data from it to other disk, but the problem is that I have not another 2Tb disk and I think I can compress data(on the ...
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Is it beneficial to enable Rapid Mode on a Samsung solid state drive?

I recently bought a Samsung 840 EVO 500 gb solid state drive for my laptop. There's a feature (disabled by default) called RAPID (Real Time Acceleration Processing of I/O Data) Mode. From what I can ...
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How can I determine the life expectancy of my laptop's hard drive?

My laptop is three and a half years old. When I go off to college, I'll either replace the entire system, or just the hard drive. So far I have not encountered any hardware errors, and the computer ...
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Will long kept harddisk get corrupted by itself [duplicate]

I have a few backup hard-disk for keeping important data. These hard-disks are disconnected and kept inside computer desk drawer for most of the time (99% of time). I always believe that simply ...
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Cloned hard drive will not boot Vista

The system is an Advent 5301 laptop, and I'm trying to swap the hard drive for one of a larger capacity (120 -> 320 GB). I used Clonezilla to directly copy the original drive to the target drive, but ...
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New laptop: what would be more efficient? SSD hard-drive or 16 GB RAM? [on hold]

I plan to purchase a new laptop (Dell) and my budget allows me to choose one of the following: SSD hard-drive, 128 GB, for running Windows 8 OS (instead of 500GB hard-drive 5400 RPM) (or) 16 GB RAM ...
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Windows 7 partition disappeared from hard drive

I had a windows 7 and Debian 7 install and I've been using the computer fine for almost a year. A couple weeks ago I tried to load Windows and realized the boot option in grub was missing. After ...
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Can i use SATA hard drives with IBM servers

I am planning to but IBM X 3850 M2 server http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5073028 One friend told me that i can only use SAS drives and i can't use SATA Hard ...
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Trouble Partition Hard Drive

In my PC I currently have a 1TB hard drive that I am trying to make into three partitions: one for Windows, one for OS X, and one as a storage for movies and Steam games, just to keep them separated. ...
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External HDD I/O Error, disappearance problems

I have a problem with my HDD Toshiba Hitachi HDS5C3020BLE630 2.0 TB. I recently bought it with a damaged IcyBox where it came from. I attempted to boot it but it's not working. I tried many ways to ...
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How to mark pending badblocks on mounted SMART disk

Here I'm going to describe some technique I've used to mark the pending badblocks on the disk, what has worked out, but anyway I have some questions about this. Recently I've noticed weird behavior ...
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Swap internal HDD with SSD

I'm planning to swap my internal HDD with an SSD. My PC says my HDD is SATAII, is it possible to just plug in a SATAIII SSD and use the HDD as an external drive with a SATA/USB cable? Thanks for the ...
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SDD disk active time 100%, transfer rate 0 at Autocad boot up

I've been reading up on the issue on several places online. It seems as if some 8.1 users are experiencing this at random intervals. In my case however, it happens only when, but each time, I'm ...
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From where comes the inode number of a file mounted through NFS?

I asked a question on codereview to know if I could safely replace the following code: :inode => [stat.ino, stat.dev_major, stat.dev_minor], which threw NotImplementedError because of jruby not ...
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No respect for the idle adjustments made in the Task Scheduler

Why doesn't my Windows 8.1 respect my adjustments to wait atleast for an hour before starting certain tasks? I've recently installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 (and upgraded it to the version 8.1). ...
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Converting a Windows 8 partition into VMWare image for development [on hold]

I've got Windows 7 Ultimate running on my selfbuilt computer's SSD. I've got Windows 8 on a second partition on the 1TB HDD, but as I almost never use Windows 8 for anything else than Windows Phone ...
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Verifying the integrity of a file that has been transfered from an unreliable medium

I am attempting to transfer a very large amount of home video files to / from an external 1 TB hard drive. this hard drive was bought from walmart for $70 and is the biggest headache i have ever ...
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Are there any issues with cloning a Windows installation?

I'm sure cloning isn't the Microsoft approved method, but will it actually give issues in the real world? Sysprepped images take additional time to set up and deploy (Setup is configuring your ...
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How would I create a bootable external drive with multiple ISOs?

Before you read too far, I know how to make a single drive bootable utilizing one ISO. However, I have a USB3 1TB drive that's nice and self-powered, and I was wondering if I partitioned it properly, ...
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How can I prevent Windows Update using my removable hard drive for its temporary files? [duplicate]

I use a removable hard drive to carry important files between home and work, with both PCs being Windows 7 based. If Windows Update starts an update on my system it often uses the removable drive for ...
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Notebook stalls on bios when HDD inserted

the notebook froze during windows 7 drive formatting and since when the HDD is inserted it doesn't even get to the BIOS screen, just blank black screen. Tried putting the hdd into my desktop pc, but ...
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Is there a windows 7 driver for ICH10R that supports >2TB drives?

The ICH10R controller on my ASUS P6T SE board does support drives larger than 2 TB, however, the windows driver I can find doesn't. I am trying to use a 4 TB HDD, I am not trying to boot from that ...
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Hard Drive does not boot [on hold]

My friend's hard drive, on which Windows 8 is installed, refused to boot on his computer. Whenever I try to switch on the computer, it simply shows the spinning wheel endlessly. And if I shut down the ...
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File copy, in series or parallel?

I have to copy manually several files and backup a lot of data. It's from an HP laptop, 7200rpm SATA hard drive (no raid), Windows 8.1 to an external USB 3.0 7200rpm hard drive. Both have an NTFS ...
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Rather strange HDD issue, Windows won't install - Ubuntu will?

The title is slightly misleading - Windows will install, but it doesn't boot/work. On Windows 7, the machine is unable to set up the registry after a fresh install. On Windows 8, I get the useless ...
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CF Card as IDE Hard Drive

I have an older laptop made in 97 with a Pentium MMX. I have been trying to use a CF card (Transcend 4GB) as an IDE hard drive for 2 days straight and its driving me nuts. I'm basically using a ...
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How to eject a disk from a Macbook when it is being used as the boot Disk?

I'm afraid my hard drive is probably shot, so I was trying to access disk utility via the original install disk, but now I want to eject the disk, but the only way the computer starts up into a usable ...
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Why? - Win 8.1 chkdsk runs each bootup against hidden 450MB recovery partition

This problem won't be easy...be warned. Windows 8.1 x64 (installed as Windows 8.1, not as an upgrade) with ALL updates installed and working perfectly (as per event log viewer) ...two days ago. There ...
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Recovery Partition volume gone missing?

Today, after I restarted my computer, I realise that I have a missing drive in My Computer screen. Although I don't access it all the time, I remember very clearly that there is a Recovery (D:) drive ...
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Whole-Disk encryption data corruption tolerance

I am thinking of encrypting external hard drives, flash drives, and internal storage hard drives with either TrueCrypt or DiskCryptor. I am concerned what happens if some part of the encrypted data ...
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building a computer: GA-Z87X-UD3H does not recognize 2hdds 1 ssd and 1 dvd drive

I have never built a computer before and followed these instructions for the 1200 rig: http://lifehacker.com/5840963/the-best-pcs-you-can-build-for-600-and-1200 When I booted it up, I got the ...
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New Windows 7 install using SSD as boot drive and HDD as storage?

I've just finished building a desktop and would like to install Windows 7 to a SSD and then have the default storage (i.e. Program Files and User folders) on a separate HDD. I've searched for ...
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Make a bootable usb drive a regular storage drive again in Windows?

I made a bootable linux drive using Win32 Disk Imager. The image I wrote on the usb drive was about 4-5 GB. When I stuck the drive in to re-use it as storage, the only part of the drive that is left ...
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My Laptop does not detect my new hard drive

My laptop hard disk crashed It was a 160 GB SATA hard disk from Weston Digital Model WD1600BEVT The new hard disk is from Hitachi Model ZFK500-320 The BIOS shows none in primary hard drive. The ...