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

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How can I erase a 250gb external usb drive with linux partedmagic boot cd

I run a dual boot of windows 7 and xp on Dell Optiplex 280 with a Pentium 4 mobo, a CPU of 3 Ghz and 2GB ram. My question is "How do I use the ERASER TOOL in Linux Partedmagic Boot Cd to completely ...
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Hard disk error in Intel Matrix Storage Manager

I have two hard disks, both 160GB, and with Intel Matrix Raid on these two disks, I created two volumes Volumne0 Raid1 Volumne1 Raid0 Now, one of the hard disk shows error in the Intel Matrix Raid ...
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Building a new desktop PC for running After Effects for under $500 [on hold]

I am a student with a part-time job, so I don't have a very high budget. I want a smooth experience on Adobe After Effects, so I am considering building a new PC for under $500. I know it's not that ...
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Move file on disk

Consider the following case: a disk has two very large files stored one after the other - the first being slightly smaller than the second. As far as I know (and please correct me if I'm wrong) - If I ...
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Free space from C drive due to wrong installation

I am totally new to Ubuntu and stuff. I tried installing it from USB, changed setting and when I tried to install It gave me three options remove windows and install ubuntu, install alongside windows ...
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cp file in /dev/sdc, now drive isn't readable

So I was trying to instal Arch on my Laptop, and I wanted to copy boot.efi into my usb. cp boot.efi /dev/sdc cp boot.efi /dev/sdc1 cp boot.efi /dev/sdc2 and now its not being read. How can I fix my ...
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Can i claim warranty for HDD separately? [on hold]

My lenovo laptop had one year warranty, which is now over. It has a toshiba hard disk which is not working properly. Can i claim warranty for HDD separately ?
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eSATAp and 3.5'' HDD

Are the red ports below eSATAp that can power a 3.5'' HDD? I saw this post about 12V eSATAp and I would guess that they are. However I have a cable like this: which claims to support 3.5'' ...
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What Makes an HDD incompatible with a Computer? [on hold]

Recently I was replacing the HDD in an old Dell Optiplex GX520 with 4GB RAM. However, when I went to install Windows 7 Pro x64 on the fresh, blank disk, the installation got hung up, saying (like in ...
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Adding used hard drive to Buffalo NAS

I have a low end Buffalo NAS (lswvl is the model). Currently I had one disk in slot 2 which was installed long time ago and it was a fresh drive and fresh install - meaning I (probably) formatted ...
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How can I merge a standard hard drive to a hard drive with the os on it to act as one?

I have an extra drive (Internal) and it has nothing on it including no partitions on it on my windows 7 laptop. Is there a way to make the Disk 2"MBR" Drive (I don't know what MBR means but that's ...
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Can't boot to the original windows 8.1

After purchasing an SSD, I decided to install Windows 8.1 on it. I originally had Windows 8.1 on my Western Digital Hard drive. But now, I cannot boot to it and there is no option to select an ...
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Harddrive spinning down though time increased with hdparm

I have an external harddrive connected via USB. The usual method to set the spindown / standby time of harddrives seems to be using hdparm. So I run sudo hdparm -S 200 /dev/sdb and get /dev/sdb: ...
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Making backups of 10 hard drives. Should I just make disk images?

I am going to be making backups of about 10 hard drives, around 4 TB of data. I will be using a USB to SATA adapter and then be transferring the data to a 4tb external USB drive. I will most likely be ...
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Slow data transfer between two SATA III HDDs

Is 30 MBps (30 megabytes/sec) an acceptable data transfer speed for SATA III to SATA II copy? I'm copying data off one HDD into another. Both HDDs are Seagate ST3000DM001, one from 2012 and other ...
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in time of dual boot,showing no disk parttion

In my laptop, hard disk is 500GB. two partition 100GB and 50GB, rest of the place is unallocated. In 100GB drive, windows 8 has instilled. i want to do dual boot by Ubuntu 14.04. in time of ...
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MDADM RAID5 recovery, refused to add replacement disk

I dealing with a faulty raid5 setup (3x2TB disks): Number Start End Size File system Name Flags 1 1049kB 1026MB 1024MB ext3 primary 2 1026MB 6146MB ...
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diagnosing spurious hard-drive spin-down

I've got an external USB drive that is being used for backup purposes. Occasionally it will spuriously spin-down and Mac OS X will complain that the disk wasn't ejected properly. One reason I have ...
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How do I avoid using bad sectors on the hard drive?

I know I have a hardware problem and it will get worse - and a replacement drive is arriving in 2-3 days. However, I desperately need to use my computer again for tonight. Most things seem to work ...
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Hard Drive Reallocated Sector / Event Count and Current Pending Sector

So I pulled this hard drive out of a unit that was un-formated on of no where and re-formated it just fine in windows. Decided to run some test on it and got these errors. Errors Reallocated ...
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Changing The Name On A Hard Drive That Comes From A SAN

Terms: VM = Virtual Machine LUN = Logical Unit Number Used In SANs SAN = Storage Area Network S2K8R2 = Windows Server 2008 R2 OS Backstory: OK so I have a SAN (Dell MD3200) that I have created a ...
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Unlocking SSD (known password)

I got a Samsung NP900x4D for data backup & a simple Windows re-install. At first boot, after the logo, it just displayed 'Boot error' on a black screen. So I said to myself that the MBR is ...
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Dragging a file to another disk on Windows won't delete it

When you move a file from a specific disk let's X to another disk (let's say Y) it won't delete the file from X unless you cut it, and I know that's the default behavior on Windows : but is it ...
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High S.M.A.R.T read error rate

I have a Seagate ST9750420AS HDD in my laptop, which I have been using for the last couple of years. I recently realized that the disk was noticeable slower than before, so I decided to check the ...
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Can not access to Hard Drive in Windows 7

I have a old laptop HDD, which i have plugged into my laptop using a HDD Adapter via USB. Now the Hard disk is visible on computer management in windows 7 but not in the explorer. Now from the ...
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Can I take out the HDD of an EFI/iCloud password protected Mac and clone it?

I have a situation in which I have Macs with an EFI and iCloud password protections, and I just need to clone the data in them (data far outweighs the device price), and I read somewhere that removing ...
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dual boot linux and Windows [on hold]

I want to do dual boot by Ubuntu and windows 8. I have tried for several times but till I am unable to find out the right rule. I am using a HP, dual core, with 2 GB ram, 500GB HDD. Among the 500 GB ...
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WHS 2011 with Drive Bender

My client PC with Win 7 failed with an unreadable SSD. I attempted recovery (after replacing SSD) using WHS 2011 recovery CD. The recovery program gets to where I choose the file version to restore, ...
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NTFS log file specified size too small?

I was checking my disks and it (chkdsk X: /v /l /x /b) says the log file size (65536 kB - default size) is too small, in each of my partitions, so I doubled it, and redoubled it, and it's now it's 1MB ...
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What determines response time of hyperlinks - conventional install, @USB and 'portableapp.com' versus NETWORK/ISP response time?

Trying '@USB' and 'portableapps.com' installation of browsers - Chrome, Firefox, Opera and I am getting some inconsistent, irregular response times, or apparent response times for these browsers ...
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mirroring drives on different computers [on hold]

We share a drive in the office and I want to mirror it onto another drive on a daily basis to ensure there is always an up to date backup, without re writing 300,000 + files every night. The drive I ...
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Validate my plan to load factory.wim onto a new SSD without messing up the current installation

I have a Dell XPS laptop with Win7 Home Premium and just bought a 128Gb SSD drive. I'd like to start with a factory windows image on the new drive, but also don't want to jeopardize the current ...
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WD Green and Software RAID

On WD's website it says Desktop drives are not recommended for use in RAID environments, please consider using WD Red hard drives for desktop RAID environments or WD datacenter hard drives ...
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Limits for Windows XP Pro SP3 size of new HDD, and Page File on new HDD; anyway to place pagefile.sys on fast USB thumb drive? [closed]

INTRO: I_A Like many others I suspect I was surprised and disappointed to see WinXP doesnt have the "Fast paging" feature using a USB drive as did Windows 2000 and as Win7 and Win8 flavors ...
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SandForce SF-1200: Is it worth secure-erasing to recover from performance degradation?

I have an OCZ Agility 3, 120 GB in a Windows 8.1 system. The drive is well used and only has a sequential write speed of about 80-90MB/s left. My question is: is it worth going through the trouble ...
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Asus CM6330-DE0040 Compatible Motherboards? [closed]

I have an Asus CM6330-DE0040 Desktop, and it seems that the motherboard received the bad end of a voltage surge, and has to be replaced. Specs: ASUS CM Series CM6330 - 1 x Core i7 3770 / 3.4 GHz ...
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Dual boot, two disks and poweroff unused disk?

I have set up my desktop from scratch as following: MSI B85M-P33 motherboard Crucial Sport 4GB installed RAM, will be expanded soon to at least 8GB Coolermaster N200 case Coolermaster G450M psu ...
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Hard drive Seagate Momentus with noise during the loading OS phase (recording inside)

As background information, I own a Packard Bell with 2 hard drives Seagate Momentus 5400.4 250GB with dual boot on the 1st one with Windows et Linux Mint. Before loading GRUB, it produces this ...
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Strange behavior checking disk power state

After sending the command to put a traditional hdd drive to sleep, via hdparm -y , I get a very strange behavior: If I execute this command: while [ 1 ]; do smartctl --nocheck standby -i /dev/sdb ...
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Cpu temps critical, computer huttin down on it's own reformatted and the issue got worse [closed]

I have 512 gb crucial ssd, a 640 gb western digital hd, and a seagate 750gb hd. Ok so i have windows 7 64xbit (typing on a tablet bar with me i might have typing errors).Anyway my problem has occurred ...
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Is there signaficant performance (Read/Write) difference between SATA 6GB/s and 3GB/s using the same SSD Drive?

I have an ASUS Sabertooth XZ9 Motherboard: I need to install about three (3) SSD Hard drives using the SATA ports on the motherboard, however I am confused as to how the different ports will affect ...
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Deleting VMWare virtual disk?

Alright, so I think I may have made a mistake. I made a couple virtual machines, allocated them 60 gigs each, and then when I messed up I just went to the Virtual Machines folder and deleted them. ...
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process involved in saving a data to harddisk and can the bits be inverted before its saved on to harddisk [closed]

How does a file gets saved to a hard disk. I know that it’s an electro-magnetic + mechanical process inside the hard disk (physical state), but what exactly happens in BTW “pressing save” and the ...
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How to clone Windows HDD to a smaller SSD with Windows built in tool

I would like to move my OEM Windows from a big HDD to a smaller SSD. Windows 7 + SP1 has a built in toool. My problem is that it could not find a way for it to make an image file only of the used ...
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Hard drive making weird sounds

I just tried to save an image file that I made and my hard drive sounded like a jet engine firing up, but more "buzz-ish", and now it's just making a buzzing sound. Is that a bad thing? This also ...
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Files take up more space on one drive than another?

I have about 1.5TB of files on one external hard drive (a WD My Passport Slim). I copied these files onto another drive (an internal drive, a WD Red, that I have attached externally via an adapter). ...
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How do hybrid drives handle large files like hiberfile? [closed]

Short question: How does a hybrid drive handle large files which are occasionally used but only sequentially read/written, like hiberfile? Long story: I have 12 GB ram in my desktop, and due to ...
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Transferring data from windows hosting disk to Ubuntu hosting disk from within Windows 8.1

I have two disks in my pc (disk 1: a SSD hosting Ubuntu. Disk 2: a mechanical hard disk hosting Windows 8.1) I basically have no internet connection on my Ubuntu operating system due to the fact that ...
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ESXi sees RAID1 as two hard drives [migrated]

The server is Proliant ML330 G6. I've activated the embeded SATA RAID in BIOS. Created 1 logical drive in "Option Rom Configuration for Arrays" in RAID 0+1 that consists of two 1TB drives. So in other ...
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Read-only file system error for a 4TB WD RED HDD under Ubuntu 14.04

I have two 4TB WD RED HDDs in a machine running Ubuntu 14.04. One drive is perfectly normal, but the other one does not allow writes. The error says Read-only file system (30) in Midnight Commander. ...