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

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Do standard hard drives release any gases whatsoever as they operate?

I read somewhere once that hard drives with moving parts release gases as they operate. The article claimed that these gases could be harmful, and make having a laptop on your lap unhealthy. Is it a ...
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I Accidentally overwritten my hard disk with a floppy image (with win32 Disk Imager)

I Accidentally overwritten my hard disk with a floppy image (with win32 Disk Imager). The disk is 500gb and had 3 partitions on it. Now it shows 1 partition with the size of the floppy disk. Strange ...
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Cloning to a larger hard drive in CentOS 7

My 500G HD is full (of stuff I want to keep) and I have a 5TB coming in the mail. I've done this before in windows and it is simple. Everything I've done in Linux, while better in the long run, ...
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SSD split into two drives

I recently installed a 250GB SSD. I copied my Windows C drive over to my SSD F drive. The computer now boots to the F drive SSD but my SSD seems to be split up as my F drive is showing it has 149gb ...
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Hard drive works through USB but not SATA

I got a used hard drive from a garage sale for $10 and thought it was worth the risk. So I go home and put the hard drive into my SATA dock (Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station) and formatted ...
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Best way to backup/clone a hard drive in Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

I have a MacBook Pro which I use for work. I have a lot of software installed and configured which I do not want to have to re-install/configure in the event my MacBook Pro is stolen or damaged. I’d ...
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windows asking for format after unlocking bitlocker driver

I have internal 2TB hdd encrypted with bitlocker for almost 5 years, I have been using for just backup I did a restart and after unlocking and try to open it, the windows tells me the drive is not ...
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NTFS compression ate all disk space with no possibility to recover

To increase available space on a HDD (Windows Server 2012 Standard x64), I tried to enable NTFS compression on that drive. While doing the compression, it ran out of available space (despite having ...
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My computer cannot boot from the hard drive directly

My computer had an 80GB SATA hard drive. I replaced it with a 120GB IDE hard drive. When I connected it to my computer and and installed Windows, it booted once, but when I shut down then restarted, ...
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Can't boot Windows 10 after connecting second SATA drive with Windows 7 on it

My Windows 7 drive just crashed. Tried connecting it to my roommate’s PC (Windows 10) in order to look at the drive, but when I do Windows 10 fails to boot. It goes to this screen saying there is some ...
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How to disable write caching on windows 8 drive via command line

In the properties of a disk drive in windows 7/8/8.1 there are two Write-caching 'policies' that can be set. I've found disabling 'Enable write caching on this device' significantly improves the ...
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Windows 10 quick access feature still shows “ghost folder” from removed hard drive

I recently did a clean install of Windows 10 on my PC, along with a brand new solid state C: drive. After the install, I reconnected my old C: drive to copy over some of the few files I wanted to ...
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Disk defragging with unmovable files

I moved my hard disk from my laptop to my desktop in order to defrag it. I am using MyDefrag to defrag the disk. I was hoping that since the OS used was my desktop's and not my laptop's, the system ...
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I added 500MB vdisk and it's showing 524MB at fdisk -l, Why?

I added via vSphere 5.5 a new Hard Disk of 500MiB to a virtual machine and the server sees it as 524MB. Any idea why? fdisk -l >Disk /dev/sdg: 524 MB, 524288000 bytes >64 heads, 32 ...
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Determine if service center can access my files by bypassing admin privileges

I had to send my laptop at the repair centre for some issues it was having. It is known before-hand that it will need to be dis-assembled. I have an administrator account and a guest account. I asked ...
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Unable to format hard drive and partitions

I remember messing around with partitions in linux a while back and I clearly did something wrong at that time and now I can't seem to format my hard drives in Windows 10. In the screenshot below you ...
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SAN capable of 25,000 IOPS at 75kb avg. size, where will my bottleneck be? [migrated]

I just want to double check my findings here, hope someone out there is able to weight in on some of this. Let's say I have a SSD storage array capable of delivering 25,200 IOPS and it is connected ...
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Is it bad if I download to an SSD and move to an external HDD later?

I know that downloading stuff (such as movies) to an SSD is a bad thing; but if I download them there first and then move them to an external hard disk drive is it a bad thing?
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Install Windows on separate drive WITHOUT dual boot

I have 2 physical drives drive 1 and drive 2. My drive 1 already has a Windows 8 installed, and I want to insall a Windows 7 on my drive 2 I first tried to boot from a USB stick and tried to install ...
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Where is the hard disk size stored (sector, offset)?

After having used a 1 Tb for a few months, I decided to create an image of the 500 Gb boot drive in the portable using commercial software for safety reasons, since I had recently upgraded from ...
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Extracting Files from a Virus-Filled Hard Drive

I need to restore some documents, images, music, etc. from an old hard drive, which is filled with viruses. I have a SATA-USB docking station in order to connect the old hard drive to my computer, ...
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Shred File without overwriting blocks

AFAIK, a file on a file system has two components. The pointer that stores the directory path of the file. Also stores the list of sectors/blocks on the disk that the file is composed of. The real ...
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Creating a dual partition external HD Windows 8: 1 partition bootable, the other for storage?

I'm a total rookie and I'm trying to re-format an external drive so that I can have a small partition that is bootable, and the other partition to keep files. Don't quite know where to begin. Thanks
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Support for using >2TB HDD

Iam working on providing support for HDD morethan 2TB on TI8107 board. According to GPT header, at LBA1 with offset of 0x28 we get the first usable sector and LBA1 with offset of 0x30 we get the last ...
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Blue screen when trying to optimize drive

Found out that while I was away my PC had crashed ("Your PC ran into a problem...") and got the helpful tip to look for REGISTRY_ERROR. Given that I have an SSD drive, I thought of running the ...
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Replace system disk - centos 6.x

I have a Precision 380 running CentOS 6.5 where the (one and only) disk appears to be failing. I'd like to copy out everything to a new drive and have it take over as the system disk so I can ...
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Bad blocks in hard disk - S.M.A.R.T - report

I have a DELL PRECISION M4400 running Windows 7 Professional. Recently, the laptop started freezing and would go to sleep and would not be able to wake up unless a hard reset was given. I downloaded ...
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Easiest way to encrypt multiple hard drives?

What is the best way to encrypt multiple separate hard drives? I have a Windows 7 desktop computer with multiple drives for various media- boot drive, video game HD, media HD, a Raid setup - and I ...
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WinDirStat shows 244GB unknown space on external drive

I recently noticed that one of my external hard drive seems to be missing a lot of space. It was recommended that I try WinDirStat, as it could help identify how much space each file was taking up. ...
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Can I install the same copy of Windows (same product key) onto a different drive on the same computer and switch between them with the BIOS boot menu?

Right now I have two HDDs (for storage) and two SSDs (for OS) in my computer. On the older 64 GB SSD, I have Windows 10 installed, along with a bunch of video production software and related tools ...
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Seagate Expansion not loading up as a Disk

I am in deep sh*t as my 1TB Seagate Expanstion Portable HDD (STBX1000301) stopped working all of the sudden. It was working fine, like crisp. I was copying data (in GBs) to it and suddenly it stopped ...
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How do I know what type of hard drive interface my laptop uses?

I have a Toshiba Satelite L50-B-1LN, and I want to upgrade the hard drive to a SSD. However, I do not know what type of SSD to buy. I need to know if my laptop uses SATA 2, SATA 3, IDE, etc. How do I ...
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Western Digital My Passport Beeps [duplicate]

My Western Digital My Passport Drive () is broken, when I went to plug it in today, It made beeping sounds when connected. It makes 7 beeps, then 3, then another 3, and then it pauses for a few ...
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managing disk using fdisk utility

i m new to fedora, I want to create 8GB disk and then want to make three partitions with different sizes. -first partition with 8MB -Second partition with 192MB -Third partition with 7.8GB but it ...
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Create image from encrypted linux disk using windows

My system is a Linux / Windows x64 dual boot PC. It has two disks, one for Windows 7, one for Linux. The Linux disk has one unencrypted partition (boot) and one encrypted partition (home, root, ...). ...
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Boot menu across multiple hard drives

I currently have a dual-boot on my desktop with two partitions on the same hard drive. When I boot up my machine I am taken to a boot menu which allows me to pick which of the two operating systems I ...
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Laptop hard disk makes loud aggressive revving noise

Imagine a 17 year old revving a Ferrari, the hard disk sounds like that for about 5 seconds then returns to a normal noise. The revving noise is far louder than a traditional disk thrashing under ...
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Swapping HD from one laptop to another - worked many times before, until now

I am a serial ThinkPad T series user. I get a new laptop, I move my drive, and I got my new computer all setup; windows finds all the new drivers etc, and all is well. Recently, I wanted to swap my ...
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BIOS won't boot Win7 Ultimate from SATA Drive

I recently installed windows 7 ultimate replacing windows 8.1 Pro (On another partition is Ubuntu) and after shutting down and rebooting with no difficulty, I after a while needed to hibernate and i ...
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Invalid GPT and No Partitions found on External Hard Drive

Ok so I'll start from the beginning here, and I'll do my best to give you all of the info upfront. Hard Drive: Toshiba DWC120 2TB Original File System: NTFS I was having issues with this hard drive ...
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Hp gen 8 microserver doesn't detect hdd when installing ESXI

I have am trying to install ESXi, however my ssd and hdd aren't being detected. I currently have sata config set to dynamic hp smart array b120i raid support, not entirely sure I need a raid. ...
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How to use external drive for Windows updates

So, the situation I'm in might seem strange, but I certainly can't be the only one. I bought an awesome, inexpensive mini-tablet (a Winbook). It's running FULL Windows 8.1, but it only came with a ...
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Computer Stuck on Loading screen [on hold]

I was watching a movie on my PC (motherboard ASRock conroe945PL-Glan). The movie froze and the colors changed. I tried to restart the PC and now it is stuck on windows loading logo, and then ...
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Unable to access or analyze external HDD

a friend gave me a corrupted HDD. He said, his laptop crashed during a formatting process with a BSOD. Now from time to time (on Windows) it's being detected but if you try to access it, it prints ...
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Recover data from formatted harddrive [duplicate]

I had a dual boot machine with Windows 8 and Deepin linux on it. Last week I removed WIndows 8 and installed windows 8.1. After installing Windows 8.1 grub was removed. I followed How can I repair ...
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New HDD mounting and partitioning difficulties

I have recently purchased and installed a brand new 8TB Seagate Archive HDD into my desktop computer, and, using the "Disks" program in Ubuntu, I created one 8TB NFTS partition named "MediaStorage" ...
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Multiple HDDs hanging constantly

I have an AMD Windows 7 system which has its OS on an SSD, and until previously had a single 4TB HDD as a data drive. I never had an issue with that drive until I installed a second 4TB drive and put ...
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How can I restore my Windows system after the PC is booted into DOS from USB drive?

My PC with Windows Vista failed to boot. The screen showed that the boot device was not found. I think the boot area of the hard drive was damaged. Then I created a boot USB drive with DOS system, and ...
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Will this method of converting a HDD from Legacy to UEFI reset my activation status in Windows 10?

http://superuser.com/a/812063 Also, will Windows 10 backup preserve system's activation status (so I could fiddle with HDD with no worries after possible license loss)?
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Where is the hard drive on an Acer Chromebook CB5-311?

I recently had a display/main-board failure on my CB5-311 Chromebook. I wanted to give it in for warranty, but there is only replacement, not repair. So I wanted to make a backup of the hard-drive, ...