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

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Can I use a squashfs file sitting on a hard disk as my rootfs?

I need to do remote updates on an embedded Linux box that has its rootfs on /dev/sda1. My first thought was to add an update partition and switch to it on update, but for reasons specific to our ...
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Why are two different hard drives listed as one disk in Disk Management?

I feel like there's something going wrong with my hard drives on my computer... Yesterday two I use for storage (M: and H:) stopped working altogether. Today they came back and seem fine, but now I ...
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Interrmittent clicking from hard drive - is it dieing

I have a 1TB Seagate HDD in my computer that's recently started clicking every time I turn my computer on. The HDD will stop making the clicking sound but will occasionally then start clicking again. ...
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HDD takes for ever to install OS, only to leave me with a dead slow new OS

I have received a used Western Digital WD6400BPVT drive, and I want to use it on my Toshiba Satellite A100. The previous user was not sure if the drive was working perfectly fine when he gave it to ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Server bottleneck. Think its hdd related. Does this vmstat report support this?

Sorry im sorta new to this enviornment. Im pretty confident the bottleneck I have been hitting is disk i/o related but dont know if these numbers are high or what a good baseline is. Im running about ...
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Linux to clone Windows 7 disk with HP recovery partitions to larger drive

I am trying to clone a smaller windows 7 disk to a newer faster SSD Hybrid with more space while retaining the HP Recovery partitions (I'm assuming they offer value). It would be good to know what ...
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Windows Hard Drive swap [duplicate]

I am going to be moving a HDD from one computer to another identical one. Can I just switch out the hard drives, or will I have to dd the old one onto the one that is already in there?
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Are there cases where defragmentation slows down computer? [duplicate]

In the question Disk Defrag slowing computer down? the answerer claims that there probably isn't any reason for defragmentation to slow down a computer. If I have a 5GB movie and I make it one ...
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how big is SAN and is it feasible to use it in home

I have seen this add for SAN and its looks cheap for 50TB storage. But i am not sure How big will that be. i mean can it be fit on my computer desk Can i sue with my normal desktop Is it will be ...
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HDD will not let me explore. MiniTools sees the folders

I have a hdd in an enclosure that went from NTSF to RAW due to a improper unplug. The disk had issues previously, and occasionally clicks. I can see the file system in MiniTools Partition Wizard, ...
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New HDD (HGST HTE541010A9E680 1Tb) very low write speed (<10 Mb/s)

I've just bought a new 1Tb HDD: HGST HTE541010A9E680, formatted it as NTFS (tried both quick and full format). It has very low write speed. I also have other HDDs and SSD on this PC, and they have ...
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Cannot shrink C: Partition beyond 297 MB

What I am trying to accomplish is to shrink my C drive by 50 GB and make that 50 GB into a new partition to install windows 8 on. In Disk Management it shows I have Disk 0 with 4 partitions : ...
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RAID5 vs RAID4 purpose of floating parity

I still did not get why is RAID5 better than RAID4. I understand both computes parity bits that are used for recovering if some failure occurs, the only difference is in storing those parity bits. I ...
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resizing (and moving?) partitions in Linux

I'd like to use GParted (or fdisk) to go from the configuration in picture to one where I have the same ammount of space for swap and /, while /home eats all the remaining space. Is there a simple way ...
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Is SSD safer than hard drive in terms of data not been stolen?

With hard drives, even after you delete its content permanently (not just moving it into trash), there is a specific magnetic techinique that can be used to recover data. From the point of view of ...
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How to determine which drive in a firmware RAID is failing

I have two drives in an Intel ICH10 RAID 1. They are not enterprise-level drives; just regular WD Caviar Black drives. Recently, reading/writing to the mirrored volume has become extremely slow and ...
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Recovery hard drive

I accidentally formatted my RECOVERY hard drive (of file system type RAW). Actually, I don't really know what was inside it and what was it for, I thought that inside it were all my documents, from ...
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How can I move a huge directory with MILLIONS of files?

I have a client that knows nothing about computers, and did a format and reinstall from the recovery partition of his old AMD Athlon II X4 desktop running Windows 7. This was his primary business ...
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My recently formatted laptop is taking too long to boot, how to improve it?

I have a Dell Inspiron 15R SE, its configuration: Intel Core i7-3632QM 2.2 gHz 8GB DDR3 Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ Bluetooth 4.0/ USB 3.0/ RJ-45 1 TB HDD + 32 GB SSD(mSata) I just formatted it 5 times ...
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How can I fix dell mSata SSD

I have been formatting my dell laptop for quite a while, I bought it back in 2012, with one year warranty, it ended last august, but I think since the moment I formatted it to windows 8.1 I probably ...
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How can I restore RAID 0 on my DELL laptop?

I have been formating my dell laptop for quite a while, I bought it back in 2012, with one year warranty, it ended last august, but I think since the moment I formatted it to windows 8.1 I probably ...
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Non-existing removable disks

win xp sp3 I have four non-existing removable disks Removable Disk (D:) Removable Disk (E:) Removable Disk (F:) Removable Disk (G:) I tried everything to remove them. Even formatting entire ...
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Fujitsu LifeBook AH-532 compatible with 9.5mm HD?

My nephew has a Fujitsu LifeBook AH-532 laptop, purchased Oct-2013. His HD appears to have died, and we're taking the opportunity to upgrade to a better HD - faster, and also 1TB. We're thinking ...
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Knoppix only shows 2 out of 7 hdds

I'm trying to recover some data from a computer. The computer has 7 disks. When booting from the latest knoppix live cd I only see 2 hard drives. Why are the other ones not showing up? Anyone an ...
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Computer setup: 1 main SSD, 1 HDD for data (documents, videos, desktop, …) computer only usable after 30sec-1min

I have a main SSD (Samsung 830 series 256gigs) and a HDD (WD black - 1Tb) Since the beginning i am having problems with this setup. Every time i start up my computer i see my desktop without icons and ...
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Missing Hard Drive Space

I tried to shrink my C: drive from 600GB down to 300GB and it worked fine initially. Then I booted into my other OS and shrunk its partition down as well. When I booted back into Windows Disk ...
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HDD now saying partition must be formatted, trying to save data

My brothers hdd messed up on him. He said sometimes it would work sometimes it wouldn't. I put it in an enclosure and connected it as an external. The first time it loaded right up. I unplugged it ...
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MacBook Pro intermittently emitting strange noise

Starting a few days ago my MacBook Pro (late 2008, aluminium) has started occasionally emitting a strange noise. It happens maybe a couple times a day and lasts for maybe a couple minutes at a time. ...
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Can you use Windows 8 Boot Manager to boot Linux off a second hdd? UEFI/GPT

Looking at online sources its speculated that, for UEFI/GPT systems, this is not possible. My setup is a Windows 8.1 OS on a SSD and a 1TB SATA HDD for data/music/pictures etc. I recently wanted to ...
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Bad performance on Windows 7 with Bad sectors

Since a month ago everything was right with my laptop. And then Windows started crashing. Now my windows is stuttering every 5 seconds and fails to perform smoothly any operation. There were no bad ...
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Are there any advantages in partitioning an HDD in to system and storage (NTFS) separately [duplicate]

I once read somewhere that NTFS drives performs better as a single big partition. In Unix systems however a separate HOME partition makes sense; they are convenient for backup-restore actions (without ...
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DiskDrive is not accessible! The Disk Structure is corrupted and unreadable

Recently I am facing problem in accessing my D:diskdrive. It returns error stating that , The Disk Structure is corrupted and unreadable. I tried command 'chkdsk d:/r'. After this tried to open drive ...
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Dropped an EHD and corrupted it, now what? [on hold]

I dropped a Seagate 3 tb EHD about a foot or so and now it's corrupted. Sometimes the drive shows up and sometimes it doesn't. When it does I can sometimes access the files briefly but then it seems ...
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Move Win8.1 to a seperate SSD drive on a dual boot WIn7/Win8 system

I currently have a dual boot system set-up Win 7 and Win 8.1, each in its own partition on an HDD drive. I acquired an SSD drive and would like to transfer the Win 8.1 system to it and when finished ...
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hard drive detected internally but not externally

I have an acer laptop with a WD hard drive I have been using for about a year. Of late I noticed my system slow down dramatically. Further inspection revealed that the hard drive was going bad. The ...
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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 [closed]

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? [on hold]

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 : Inserted Ubuntu Bootable Pen Drive Selected 3rd option i.e Something else Than deleted C drive (drive containing Windows)out of which I made 63GB unusable , created 15 GB ext4 - mount ...
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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 [closed]

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, ...