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

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Cannot boot windows 8 from SSD

part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/k7z2Bm My SSD is listed in the windows 8 installation setup when I attempt to install (although the 3TB spinner seems to have 2 unallocated sectors for some ...
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Recover disappeared files on NTFS HD after CHKDSK

On my computer with Win7, after only one execution of CHKDSK, all files disappear on my secondary HD (around 500Gb of very important data). I read the CHKDSK logfile and it has found many mistakes on ...
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Does hooking up two PATA devices on a single cable reduce performance?

Presently, I have two PATA (Parallel ATA) devices installed in my computer. One is an optical drive, the other is a hard drive. Since my motherboard only has a single PATA connector, they are both ...
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How do I determine if a hard drive will fit in my computer?

I noticed this question was asked quite a few times already in varying forms; however, I saw nothing that really answers my question... So here goes; I have an older Dell laptop that needs a new hard ...
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Install 2.5“ drive in 3.5” bay

I got an unassembled PC for Christmas. Assembly is almost done, but I have a 2.5" SSD and several 3.5" bays (no 2.5" bays). I have rails to slide the drive in place, but since it's smaller than the ...
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Simultaneous failure of 8x SSD's in raid 10

My friend keeps arguing with me about putting SSD’s in raid vs HDD, I need to settle this. What are the odds of all the SSD’s failing vs HDD”s at once assuming they are from the same assembly line and ...
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How to change the partition scheme

I want to change the partition scheme in my 500 GB HDD from MBR to GPT scheme without losing DATA on it. What are the traditional tools to do this on both windows 7 and Linux(ubuntu)? And what are the ...
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Is there any way to disable automatic head parking of a HDD?

My hard drive semms to park its head after X minutes, and when I access it again it loads the head in a fraction of a second (causing a small beep),and causing disturbances to media streamed from it. ...
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Can a “click of death” from one drive cause an SMI (system management interrupt) or similar?

I have two harddrives, and one seems to do the click of death sometimes (head crash?). At the same time video playback from another drive is disturbed (video compression artefacts occur, or video ...
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What is an alternative to Linux utility hdparm on Windows 8? [on hold]

Is there a utility similar to hdparm that can be run natively on Windows 8?
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How can I set the hard disk spin down time per drive in Windows 8?

I'd like to set the hard disk spin down time for each drive individually on a Windows 8 system. One drive that is not used so often could be allowed to spin down, and another one that is used for ...
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What is the procedure for totally disabling HDD spin down on Windows 8?

I'd like to totally disable all HDD spin down on my system that I use for music production. Is Control panel/Power options/.../Turn off hard disk after the place to go or are there any other settings ...
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Computer shorts/stops booting HDD is connected, boots to bios without HDD

I have P6T Workstation Pro motherboard. I have problems setting it up especially connecting hard drives. Without any hard drive connected it boots to BIOS alright but when I connect a hard drive the ...
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What can I do when my UPS overloads?

I've got a sweex 650VA and the following hardware: i7 3770k 32 GB Ram z77 Extreme 4 MSI nVidia GTX 980 2 HDD 5.25 3 SSD 1 DVD RW All supported by a 700 W power unit. When I use particularly ...
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Changing system partition to another hard drive

I recently bought a new 1TB hard drive (labelled D:) and cloned it with my 160GB main system hard drive (labelled C:). Now I want to replace my old 160GB hard drive (C:) with my new 1TB hard drive ...
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Efficient way to refresh an external hard disk

I have done some research and found that unplugged hard disks slowly lose their magnetic states over time, therefore I need to refresh the data periodically. Some answer in Superuser suggested I ...
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How to Add Additional SATA Power Connectors?

I need to add additional SATA power connectors to a new machine. I am used to adapters using a Molex connector but the one I have on hand (Christmas eve) isn't familiar to me at all (please see ...
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How to tell, using a live Linux USB, if a computer is damaged?

Story: I was driving to my Mother's for xmas with a brand new (albeit cheap; it's plenty for her) computer. Unfortunately, I got into an accident, and the computer flew from my back seat into my front ...
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Is green WD too slow (for a normal home computer)? Would it have less than a 10 MB/s read/write speeds? [on hold]

There's a very good deal on a 5TB green WD that I intend to catch. However I hear that green WDs might be slower than other drives. I know that the RPM speed for green drives are is mentioned and is ...
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USB3 HDD does not spin down after selecting “Eject drive”

my external WD drive connected to USB3 on home PC spin down after selecting "Eject drive" but it does not spin down on work PC (on USB3 as well). Tried to find answers in Google but I could not. I ...
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Make disk image with real-time compression over network on Linux

I have two Linux notebooks on a network and no additional storage. I want to backup the first notebook hard drive (make full HDD image), on the second notebook. How could I do that using real-time ...
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Macbook Pro can't detect bootable USB with Yosemite

I created a Yosemite boot USB, from the App Store version 10.10.1. When I hold option during Boot, the USB drive doesn't show up on the menu. I have an aluminium MBP, bought in 2009. It is the full ...
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Use a 1.8" HDD from a iPod classic in a PC?

A while ago, I took apart an iPod Classic (one of the older ones with the monochrome screen), and found that it had an actual HDD instead of flash memory. I was wondering if their was any way to use ...
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How much storage can windows 8.1 support?

How much internal storage can windows 8.1 support? I've been looking to upgrade to a 6TB hard-drive disk. more specifically: ...
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What's the simplest way to capture an image of an OS and apply it to another drive? [duplicate]

I have a 1 TB hard drive with OS installed (Windows Server 2012 R2), several partitions, dynamic disk. All I want to do is back everything up so I can basically clone it to a bigger drive. However, ...
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Trying to understand IDE and SATA controllers layout in Windows 7 device manager

I am trying to write driver (need direct access to hdd) and struggle to understand LOGIC of device manager's IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers branch ("item - actual device" correlation). On my desktop system ...
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Hibernation of a Backup drive

I have a 250G hard drive that is installed inside my tower. I used it solely to backup the MyDocuments folder on the first boot up of the day. It stores 3 days of copies. All my business documents ...
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new ssd boot failure

I recently bought a samsung evo 840 ssd and installed it in my asus n750jv in the free hd slot. So i have now two HD in my pc. I still have my original drive in it with my old os installed on it, ...
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Need help :Drive missing (E: & F:) after the reboot on windows7

i am getting similar issue described in below link: http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/drive-missing-d-f-g-after-reboot-windows-7-pgp I did a shrink on the C: drive, and created new volumes (E, ...
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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 on another partition on 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 ...
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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? [duplicate]

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 [on hold]

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 ...