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

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How to deny access from Windows 7 to a Windows 8.1 drive?

I have dual-boot with Windows 7 installed on one partition of my hard drive and Windows 8.1 installed on the other partition. How to deny Windows 7 users access to the Windows 8.1 partition?
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What happened to my computer, and what are my recovery chances?

Today I was just using my computer as normal when it froze. Restarting, it froze on the windows logo. Restarting again brought me to the "Windows failed to start" screen, where I tried to run startup ...
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Laptop cycle reboot at bios sata detection

I have the trouble on an Acer Aspire 5733. At boot, the bios shows the ACER Splash Screen and F2/F12 for setup/boot option, but it reboot before the bios detection ends. The only way to get out of the ...
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Would a HDD perform better if it was overwriting 0's or existing (deleted to the filesystem) data

When a HDD writes data, would it perform better If it was overwriting 0's If it was overwriting existing data that was "deleted" to the filesystem (but still recoverable with data recovery software) ...
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Why does Windows 7 has higher disk usage than Ubuntu? [on hold]

This is what I noticed from looking at the disk indicator light.
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How can cut the time it takes to tag videos using Windows Explorer?

When I try to tag a video using windows explorer it takes roughly 10-20 seconds for it to complete. If I try to tag multiple videos using the same tag it takes even longer? How can I cut this time ...
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How to ignore a range of sectors of HDD?

I use Windows 7 and I have a Maxtor STM3320613AS HDD (320 GB) and it have some bad sectors. I know windows ignores these bad sectors itself but is there any possibly way to force HDD itself to ignore ...
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W8.1 Restart to repair drive errors … repeatedly

This, very frequently, turns up in Action Center. Various utilities indicate NO problem with any drive attached to the computer. Google search finds similar issues regarding a LOOP ... but I am not ...
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Windows setup doesn't detect HDD, although it is detected in BIOS

I've been trying to reconfigure and reinstall an old machine that I've been using until recently to pass it down to relatives, but I have no success installing Windows in the current configuration. ...
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Is there a solution for powering fans (and/or hard drives) from a separate power supply, if space in computer case is limited?

I have a full tower with six hard drives and five fans. The computer has a blue screen of death about once per day, but I noticed that it does not happen if all of the fans are turned off (case being ...
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How to get access to unaccessible SSD drive and weird partition volumes?

I bought a ASUS S46CB a month ago, and it boasted, among other features, two hard drives: a 20Gb SSD and a regular 1Tb hard drive. After booting, I saw that the 1Tb disk was splitted in half and ...
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Why is data still recoverable after writing zeros to a harddrive? [on hold]

If you write 0s to the entire HDD, why is it that data can still be recovered? Why would you need to perform more than one pass?
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How do I create a new recovery partition? Follow up to successful new SDD install

System Info: Sony VAIO VPCF115fm i7 Q720 Quad Core CPU (1.6 GHz) Turbo boost up to 2.8 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU with 1 GB VRAM 500 GB spinning media hard drive (Seagate ST9500325AS) 6 GB DDR3 ...
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Drive is missing from My Computer but is visible in Disk Management, how do I get it to show up?

I bought a new PC case and installed my hardware in it. I have 2 HDDs but I can't access one of them (320GB). How can I fix this?
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Cannot resize a vdi virtualbox disk

I'm attempting to resize my virtualbox VMDK via this answer on SO. The original size is 75GB and I'm trying to double it. Step 1 goes fine, I am able to convert my vmdk to a vdi. I attempt to resize ...
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Connecting two ATA HDDs at same port

Here is an machine with only one ATA port ( rest is some of SATA ). So I need to connect my two ATA hard drives at same port. I've tried to connect them as master and slave, but they don't work in ...
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Does Intel Smart Response cache drive size matter?

I have a Lenovo Y400 laptop, that came with a 16gb Intel Smart Response cache drive. I also have an unused 64gb ssd drive lying around. I was wondering whether replacing the 16gb cache drive with the ...
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Laptop cannot boot to Samsung SSD

I have recently purchased a Lenovo Y50, I wanted to upgrade to a 1TB SSD. I bought this SSD, and used this software(Specifically for that task) to clone the drive. It cloned happily, but when I ...
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Windows installation is in arcane sector

I think I found out what causes the problem where Windows is unable to start due to a logo screen freezing. I think this is actually pretty much obvious. Previously, I had active Windows ...
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Files Larger Than 4GB Are Not Transferring To Hard Drive?

Moving things from my laptop to a 1TB hard drive. Stops at any file larger than 4GB saying that that there isn't enough space on the hard drive. I checked the formatting on my hard drive and it is ...
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Share optical drive over lan

Is there any way that you can create an optical drive server so that you can share like an audio-cd on a webserver without converting. Situation: School with new Chromebooks.
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Can it be that two S.M.A.R.T. hard drives die at the same time?

I have a PC with 2 S.M.A.R.T. drives, of different makes and age. Both started complaining about bad sectors this week and finally failed. The PC didn't fall or something. Can it be that it's a ...
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Drive partitioning for SSD cache

i just purchased a new laptop Asus N551JK-CN103D which comes with a 1TB hdd and 24GB SSD(or mSSD) which I think can be used as cache. I have a couple of questions but here is how I setup my laptop, it ...
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Do I have a mechanical failure or a PCB failure?

In reference to a question I asked earlier today, I switched from Recuvra to HDD Regenerator 2011, with better results. The tool has been running for 11 minutes now, and it has recovered 18 bad ...
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Firefox constantly writes into “…customdestinations-ms” - normal?

i realised that Firefox often causes HD-Activity, even if no website is loaded. Addons arent the reason, tested it already. Also increased the interval of the sessionstore. I opened Ressourcemonitor, ...
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Can the $BadClus file hold recoverable data?

I have an external hard drive that a family member dropped but however still functions perfectly other than the drive is not partitioned; the drive doesn't even click in the way a normal damaged hard ...
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Is this hard-drive beyond recovery? [on hold]

A family member dropped a couple of their external hard drives as they were swapping to a new computer. Needless to say both drives have been ruined, but with different symptoms; the first drive works ...
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Truecrypt not enough space for hidden volume error

So I have tried this multiple times with different drives and keep getting this same error. "Not enough free space for the hidden volume! Volume creation cannot continue." I am getting this when ...
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Is my hard drive in the process of becoming faulty?

There was no lead up symptoms to what I'm currently going through with my home machine. What happened was; Casual non intensive usage on the machine, then everything locked up and would not resume ...
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Is a multiplatter hard drive more reliable than a single platter drive of the same capacity? [duplicate]

For an equivalent age of device, would this general rule hold since the data is less dense on each platter therefore can be more robust against deterioration? Alternately, would the extra complexity ...
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New Hard Drive increasing RPMs over time on OSX

My new replacement hard drive slowly rams up the RPM speed. Its looks like linear growth, from a poorly written program but I just erased it and reinstalled OS X to make sure it wasn't a software bug ...
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Is it possible to configure a multiplatter hard drive as separate drives?

I am looking to set up a RAID mass storage array, and have been reading about how large disk sizes are jeopardising rebuild because of the time required to execute a full rebuild and the chance of ...
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Are hidden partitions in Windows invisible only in the OS in which they are first designated as such?

Let's say I hide a partition of an external hard drive on a Windows 8-laptop. Will the hidden partition be visible if the HDD is connected to a different computer running Windows? In other words, ...
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SMART BIOHD 8 error, what does it mean?

I came accross this error today on a HP desktop PC (I can look the model number if neccessary). I do know it s a hard drive SMART error message, and there oh so many solution on google (chkdsk C, ...
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Something is eating my SSD space

I noticed that my 120GB SSD is almost full, but I have only 55GB data on it. I ran Disk Analyzer and listed folders and files have around 55GB of data, and yet it says that I have only 4.4GB free ...
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Unable to mount X,X GB Volume

This issue occurs on x64 ubuntu 14. The volume is standard usb pendrive and an error look like this: Regards
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Average time to read a single sector (disk)

If there is a magnetic disk as following: Average seek time: 12 ms Rotation rate: 3600 RPM Transfer rate: 3.5 MB/second Number of sectors per track: 64 Sector size: 512 bytes Controller ...
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Counting disk capacity using cylinder-head-sector model

Let's look at fdisk -l /dev/sdc output. # fdisk -l /dev/sdc Disk /dev/sdc: 786 MB, 786432000 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 95 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector ...
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Blinking underscore on boot [on hold]

I have a laptop with Windows 7 installed that recently stopped booting. It gets past the BIOS splash screen, but hangs with a black screen and blinking white underscore. I've plugged the hard drive ...
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Sync Google Drive Desktop

I changed my google password, and desktop no longer syncs. I've seen some other posts that say to click on the google drive icon and 'quit', then log back in. I can't find the quit option anywhere? ...
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Sync with Google Drive and Docs

I have a few friends who run a number of Google accounts and uses Google Drive (v3.2.2) and Google Docs (v1.1.3.5459) for iOS (8.1) with iPads. One of the friends has created a directory under Google ...
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How to clone SATA Hard Drive using ghost? [on hold]

I have a installed ghost on my windows XP machine. (I have old P4 machine with sata hard disk.) I want to make clone copy of my hard drive to another hard drive. I tried to search on YouTube but ...
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hard drives - what is stripe group size given stripe unit size?

If I know a hard drive's stripe unit size is 16 KB, am I able to calculate the stripe group size? For example, is it 4 times 16 as a rule, or does the group size simply need to be some multiple of 16 ...
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How to disassemble this Samsung hard drive?

I have a 500GB hard drive (model - HM500JJ) and I need to take the top cover off as I need to fix it but I can't seem to find the right screw driver for it. I've bought a Torx T8 screw driver and it ...
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Hard Disk error 0303 is only readable

After a short power outage in my home I was unable to use my windows vista computer. I used a livecd of Slax (linux) but I was only able to read the hard disk partitions. I don't know what happening ...
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Reinstall windows 7 without disk [duplicate]

I want to reinstall windows 7 on my machine. I read this from http://www.pcworld.com/article/2364269/how-to-reinstall-windows-like-a-pro.html Windows, it’s up to the PC manufacturer to provide a ...
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Laptop not starting

I have a laptop custom built by PC Specialist. It was working fine. Yesterday I have changed the hard drive to a Samsung SSD and installed Windows 8.1 on it. Today it does not want to start at all, I ...
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How much “Load_cycle_count” can my hard drive hypotethically sustain?

I'm using S.M.A.R.T. to check my hard drives, i recently purchased a used WD Caviar Blue 2.5" and i noticed that the Load_Cycle_Count has already exceeded the 300k mark, which is the maximum that the ...
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Image created with dd as no partition

I installed Bodhi on my Acer C720P Chromebook. Before I started an Upgrade i created a backup with dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/path/to/image And of course the upgrade went wrong. I could set up the chromebook ...
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External HDDs keep shutting down and starting up

I have a Lenovo Y50 UHD running Windows 8.1 connected to three Seagate external HDDs. Every time I want to grab a file, the HDDs take a moment to spin back up; this didn't happen when connected to my ...