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

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Any way to read the dead external storage?

I have managed to gather a huge collection of dead storage disks (USB drive and external hard drives). Some of them are my own and some of them from office. They have all completely stopped responding ...
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Upgrading windows, finding the proper SATA drivers for the windows

I am trying to reinstall windows and have an error from both a USB bootable .iso and a install CD stating that I need the SATA drivers to continue. I cannot seem to find the proper driver or how I ...
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Reinstalling windows on a multi-drive system, what to do with the data drive?

I need to wipe my Windows install by performing a clean installation. I have two drives: C: F: I have a lot of stuff on the F: drive. If I'm thinking right, can I just unplug the F: drive from ...
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fdisk doesn't see ssd, clonezilla does but fails anyway

I'm trying to clone a Windows 7 Pro installation from one SSD to another. The current SSD is nearly full, so I'm cloning it to a larger disk. My problem is that there is something about the source ...
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Dual boot, 4 disks, raid0

I have windows 8.1, and ubuntu 14.04 on the Disk 0. On ubuntu the four disks are merged. on windows i want to merge disks 1,2,3 (the windows half). but when i click to new striped volume, it says ...
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When will Fragmentation appear such that a Fragment is at an lower address as the Basefragment?

By Basefragment I mean the first fragment of a file -- containing the header etc. Lets say I have a file which is fragmented into 3 fragments (1, 2, 3). 1 has the lowest address. I think most file ...
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Why does file system get error repeatedly even if I fsck it over and over again (on linux)?

My system is Gentoo Linux, my file system is reiserfs. A couple days ago, I unpacked a big tarball which is more than 100MB, and is about 1.3GB and 10,000 files after unpack , then I found several ...
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Quick way to backup data from partition with cross-linked files

I've got a problem with one of my partitions (no system, only data). I can save files on it just fine, read them too. But any attempt to resize the partition using Paragon Partition Manager software ...
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How can I improve the performance of my audio software?

I am running OtsAV on Windows XP. The way it works is by buffering a small amount of data from the hard drive just before it needs to play it. It used to give flawless sound no matter what else was ...
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LVM2 Luks Encryption

I have set up LVM2 with Luks encryption on my drive and I have an issue. When I run disk usage analyzer, it shows that total filesystem capacity is 9.9GB and 9.7GB is used. I have a 250GB hard ...
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Rebalance hard drives in a Storage Space Pool?

I have 2x 1.5TB drives in a (two-way mirror storage pool). That pool recently hit 100% capacity meaning both drives had 0% space left. I added 2x 4TB drives to the storage pool but Storage space ...
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ntfs_pread failed - unable to mount

My WD Passport external driver had been working well for several months. Recently I've been having random restarts in my laptop which has been since fixed. But I am not sure if that's what caused my ...
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How To Determine Device Data Transfer Amount

Is there a way to determine the amount of data transfered to/from a device. I'm not asking about the block or sector size. I want to know the amount transferred by a read/write operation. For ...
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SSD Setup OS/Programs/Documents

I am trying to configure a new computer using SSD's. Am leaning toward the following configuration: 1) SSD of about 120GB solely for OS 2) SSD of about 120GB solely for programs I would use (MS ...
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External HDD “forgets” partitions

I have a Samsung Story Station 2TB external HDD. It had several issues in the past, mostly regarding to the short cable that Samsung provided with it. Today, I powered on my computer and booted ...
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Cannot see hard drive after failed Truecrypt decryption

I was decrypting Truecrypt external drive and at 25% it said there was a corrupt data so it replaced it with random data. After that the decryption failed completely. I deferred the decryption and ...
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Where is the software RAID information actually written?

Like title says, where is the actual information which specifies which disks are being used, what order, etc...? I noticed while installing a linux distro that it was detecting a RAID array without a ...
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How to repair bad sectors

I am using hd sentinel to monitor smart status and it reporting that currently 9 sectors are pending that may be reallocate later. I don't know what causes this error but is it possible to repair ...
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Accidentally Deleted SSD and expresscache

It's almost been 2 years since I bought an Acer Aspire S3-951-6464 ultrabook, but last night I accidentally deleted all the partitions including the SSD while I was working on LFS. I know my ...
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Computer can be powered on once after new SSD install

My computer has a strange behavior since I installed a new SSD (Samsung Evo 840). When I pushed start button the first time after connecting the new internal SSD everything was ok. I managed to ...
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How to fix GPT on a Windows 7 workstation

I have a Windows 7 workstation with a 4TB HD. I had it partitioned with GPT so that I could use the entire 4TB. It was workign fine, but after a short time the drive showed up as RAW. Disk Management ...
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Chrome - Very heavy HDD usage. Reading all fonts from 'Fonts' folder

Because of google's bad user support I'm posting this problem here.. https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!search/hdd$20usage$20fonts/chrome/B207faUB7-Q/_70ST4eN0u0J Now every time I open a new ...
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XP SP2 hangs on logo screen, running chkdsk /p /r now hanging

I have a windows xp sp 2 on a toshiba laptop, Ive been using it for many years. The other day it hung on the windows logo and would only start in safemode. I did a best configuration, restore, then ...
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Why is CBS.log file size 20 GB

Two days ago I had full C: drive after which I deleted 8 GB of data. The next day the hard drive was full again, so I continued with deleting another 5 GB, and once again the next day the disk was ...
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How to turn off a particular hard disk in a multiple disk computer system to save power?

Explanation: I have about 5 hard disks in my windows 7/8 machine. Since, the operating system is only installed in 1 disk, the rest 4 drives just consume power staying connected to the motherboard. ...
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Intel Rapid Storage: Error Occured(0,1)

A friend of mine is experiencing this problem. Every time the machine starts this error Error Occurred(0,1) is shown as at the next picture: Then in Windows the RST utility shows this error ...
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How do you remove other OSes on Windows 8?

I have two hard drives currently set up on my PC, a 500GB one that has Windows 7 on it as well as games (this was my first OS) then I have my 160GB one which I installed Windows 8.1 on a few days ago. ...
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New hdd not detected in BIOS after CloneZilla

I did a disk to disk clone with clonezilla. I cloned all partitions and used the -k1 option. I put the new hdd in and it doesn't boot. BIOS does not detect an hdd. Why might that be? old hdd: 80gb, ...
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Failing 1TB HHD WD Passport

I have a failing 1tb hdd with password protected. I tried to use ddrescue but it wont work as it gets some error due to access. I assume that the problem is caused by the password protection on the ...
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('External') hard drive hangs

I lend an 'external' hard drive - actually, it's just a normal 2.5" hard drive (Toshiba MK3252GSX 300GB) in a USB 2.0 case - from a friend. But I had the problem that it just disconnected as soon as I ...
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Boot drive does not show up under boot priority

I build myself a PC about a year and a half ago and something odd has recently happened. I have an SSD as my boot drive that had the operating system among some of my other heavily used programs. I ...
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Linux, Saving data from old HD (connection randomly drops)

Background: I have an old HD which I am trying to save data from (important, not so urgent). I am using a SATA adapter (& external power source) to connect the HD to my laptop. lsusb calls my ...
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Self Encrypting Drives - is it possible to bypass ATA password?

I am using TrueCrypt but I want to buy SSD with SED, it's Samsung 840 Evo. After firmware upgrade it "supports advanced data security features(TCG/Opal and IEEE 1667)". If I set ATA password, would ...
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Two different physical ssd's for two different OS

i have 1st SSD formatted as ext4 and installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it and i plan to get 2nd SSD and format it to NTFS and install Windows 8 on it. Can i switch hard drives in a bios? e.g.: if i want to ...
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Synology DS212+ indicates disk failure

We recently had a power outage at my house, caused by a short circuit. Because of that, my NAS was shut down improperly. After we restored the power, everything seemed fine for a few hours. But now ...
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How to fill the space gap when replacing a notebook hard drive for a slimmer one?

I just changed my notebook hard drive to a SSD one and it turns up that the SSD one is a bit thinner. I've read in a few places like here and here where some have used a cardboard to fill the gap, but ...
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Asus N56VB-S4016H disk response time

We recently bought 3 Asus N56VB-S4016H laptops, and although the specs are great for the price it costs, we are experiencing similar issues on all 3 of the devices. After startup, a cold boot or from ...
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IDE HDD + USB to IDE + PSU + AC cable = external HDD?

I have couple of 40 pin IDE HDDs which I want to use as external HDDs. Also I have old 300W PSU with AC cable and plan to buy cheap USB to IDE converter like that: I'm not sure if I haven't missed ...
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Two Windows in two partition isolated from each other

I have a 400 GB hard disk. I want to know if is there any way to divide it in two partition A and B And make them in a way logically isolated from each other! have a Windows 7 in partition A and a ...
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Data recovery on a disc image

I have a destroyed partition table on a disk. To not destroy more while trying to repair I like to test recovery first on a full disc image created with dd. Especially I have to create a new logical ...
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Windows cannot access my external harddisk partition not responding

I'm currently having problem with my External HDD Partitions OS : Windows 8 64 bit. I plugged in my laptop USB port and my laptop recognized the HDD and this is what I sees in "My Computer" So ...
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How much faster is SSD compared to regular hard drive?

http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/solid-state-hybrid/desktop-solid-state-hybrid-drive/ Some says that using hybrid drive is 4 times faster. Some says it depend on data read. SSD is only ...
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windows 8.1 does not boot after CHKDSK command

I had problem with Windows 8.1 high Disk usage so in order to solve , searched forums. A voted answer suggested to use CHKDSK command as follow: run command prompt and as administrator type ...
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Convert Drive to NTFS from FAT32

I'm having strange problems converting my HDD from FAT32 to a NTFS file storage. I first ran chkdsk N: /f and came up no problems so I ran convert N: /fs:ntfs but it tells me there is a problem. ...
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I/O Device Error

I have an external hard drive enclosure that I currently have an internal hard drive hooked up to, which was working fine up until now It is like the computer won't recognize it and when I attempt to ...
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Is it safe to run a hard drive destroyer on a virtual machine? [on hold]

I am messing around with trojans and stuff (I know its stupid please do not judge) and I want to see if this old code still works. I downloaded a virtual machine but if I run it, will it be safe? It ...
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What is this mystery volume in Windows 8.1?

What is this mysterious volume listed in Optimize Drives list in Windows 8.1? I only have one hard disk, drive C:.
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Default Windows Theme

Can someone please upload their default windows "aero" theme for me? It can be found at C:\Windows\Resources\Themes. C:/ can of course be substituted with the drive letter in which Windows is ...
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Windows 8.1 installation

I recently purchased a 1TB Toshiba MQ01ABD100 hdd for my Samsung NP530U laptop. I was installing Windows 8.1 on the hdd using a USB drive. During this process the laptop restarts several times so ...
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Add Mirror for volumes other than the last one in Windows 7 (disk “not up-to-date”)

I'm using Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. I have an existing 4TB disk with 3 NTFS volumes, a new 3TB blank disk, and I'm trying to mirror the volumes onto the new disk. My Windows install is on an SSD which ...