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

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Cannot install windows, missing device driver

I am having Sony vaio VPCM126AG, which was running windows 10 pro. I tried to install chromium os hdd will had wiped full hdd, then chromium os was running well, but now I wanted to go back to ...
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WD 4 TB My Book from external to internal

I recently acquired a 4TB WD My Book and I'd like to use it as an internal drive in a media storage rig I'm running Plex on. I've seen online the problems people have had in the past when they have ...
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External hard drive is not seen in computer but it can be seen in devices computer management [duplicate]

I have 1TB WD My Passport portable hard disk. I was using it with both Windows 7 and Linux. However something is wrong with it. Both OS do not recognize it and I can see my external disk is ...
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Fix boot sector in unallocated NTFS exteral hard drive

The damage Yesterday evening I accidentally started formatting my external HD (2TB NTFS formatted) and eventually completely removed (I replaced data with 0s) about 70MB. The analysis I ran ...
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BIOS can not find hard disk in boot priorities

I was installing Linux Kali os 2.0 but have got an error while installing grub, so I was unable to start installed kali os and also second OS, Windows 8.1. Only what was possible was to start live ...
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New SSD terribly slow at writing in Linux

I got a new SSD, Crucial BX200, 480 GB. It is plugged into a sata 3 port. I installed Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon 64 Bit on the ssd (using full disk encryption) If I run bonnie++ to do a benchmark, I ...
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Virtualbox - create a raw vmdk disk by UUID, not \\.\PhysicalDriveX

What I would like to achieve is to create a vmdk disk from physical drive which continue to work if the disk order is changed (e.g. disk is connected to another SATA port). Probably, the correct ...
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El Capitan upgrade white screen

I recently upgraded my late 2007 iMac to el capitan. The computer was very sluggish for a couple of weeks keep freezing on us. And than after the last update it died completely, white screen with the ...
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64GB SSD, 20GB visible, HPA disabled

I have a 64GB OCZ Agility 4 SSD that only shows 20GB available. My first thought was HPA was enabled, so I fired up hdparm only to learn that HPA is disabled. root@PartedMagic:~# hdparm -N /dev/sdb ...
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Files suddenly disappeared from hard disk

My Windows 8.1 suddenly crashed and when I tried restarting it, I got the error that there was something wrong. Windows offered me to fix start up problems which I did and afterwards I was able to ...
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used DISKPART CLEAN command on my external HDD - need to recover data

I accidentally used the clean command while using DISKPART, the result was all my information erased, the result was my 1TB HDD erased! And dont know if it makes a difference but I had two partitions ...
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How to extend windows partition if it is second partition?

How to extend windows partition if it is second partition? on my laptop I have debian and windows dual boot, Debian is at the beginning of the HDD, and the Windows takes last 120GB of my drive. I can ...
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How can I extract files from a hard drive image? [on hold]

I have a file that's just an uncompressed byte for byte copy of a physical drive, is there a program that can open it and extract the files? (by interpreting the MBR and NTFS partitions?) Or is there ...
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Windows 10 100% disk usage on startup and whenever opening Windows/Microsoft Native Apps

Since earlier this week, my laptop becomes unresponsive when logging into windows. Disk C: is always at 100%. Windows will only be usable and lag free after around 15 mins. Open Resource Monitor shows ...
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Repair broken hdd [on hold]

I have a physically broken HDD from a laptop - I am sure it's a physical problem, because first - the drive is not recognised by the device manager and second, I hear a clicking sound when the HDD is ...
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Windows 10 100% Disk usage with less that 15 MB/s

I have the Lenovo Y70-70. 4th gen i7, nvida gtx 960, 16 GB RAM, and a 1tb hybrid drive, so I know it can be faster. The problem is that the Disk usage regularly maxes out, and makes the computer lag. ...
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Restrict access to folder in external HDD before lending it to someone

I have a HDD that I will lend to a friend of mine for a couple of days. There are some folders with personal files that I want to keep them private without temporary deleting them. What's the most ...
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How to transfer files between PC and Amazon WorkSpace? [on hold]

I have installed an instance of Amazon WorkSpaces (Windows 7). I need to transfer some files between my local hard drive and AWS hard drive. What is an easy way to do that? I heard that you can use ...
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Specified path does not exist when trying to run programs

I have a drive that appears to have gone bad, my D: where most of my programs, user data, etc, has been stored. I had modified my registry so that programs would install to D: by default. I've ...
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How to low level format a windows 7 hard drive in recovery/installation mode?

What the safest way is to low level format my hard drive in my Desktop Vostro 200 Dell Windows 7 computer? It' wont load the hard drive and I was told to low level format it. It can only start the ...
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Windows 10 will not boot up after resizing C partition using Easus

I have windows 10 64 bit. I had on drive with two partitions. One was primary the other system drive (C:) disk C was getting full so I decided to merge disk E: disk E: had files from previous ...
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Unable to delete / move file from HDD

Not a duplicate. I'm only adding this after trying out everything in other questions I recently copied a folder from a friend onto my HDD, and I'm now unable to delete the folder. ( No error message ...
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Partitions merge possible?

I have many partitions created in my hdd which I dont know about. The red box represent the main partitions and blue box represent the uncreated partitions. Can I delete the partitions with blue box ...
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Multi Boot - Prevent Drive Access / Data Security

I have one PC which I use for two different tasks. 1 - work 2 - play. I want to set up a separate boot for each. I want to keep the work part clean while play I could care less about. Along with two ...
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how to clone from one USB disk to another with Linux command line commands?

I have a Bigger 1T USB disk with Fedora 20 and some user data in total about 40GB on one partition which is about 900GB.I want to move this Fedora installation to a smaller 500GB USB disk. Yesterday ...
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Is it possible to restore corrupt files from USB external HDD

I have a slightly older WD MyBook external 250GB HDD, after moving it form one PC to another, then back a large majority of the file names and extensions have all turned to gibberish: Both PCs are ...
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What is Hard Drive Cache?

I'm pretty new to the computer building world and I'd like to know what hard drive cache exactly is and what it exactly does.
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Mounting VHD, but not to a drive letter

Can I mount VHD so I can access it from my app, but not as a drive letter. I need to access some files from my app (C# apps), but don't want it to be visible in Windows Explorer.
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Recovering/repairing partition map following Linux installation/removal

Through a variety of Linux installations (and reinstallations) this evening, I seem to have borked the drive in my MacBook Pro. Gparted at some stage reported drive errors and tried to "fix" them, ...
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How do I repair a corrupted/missing BCD/MBR Bootrecord?

So I just built a computer and set up my system on my SSD with Windows 10 while I had my HDD containing my old Windows 7 OS and my files. Somehow the MBR/BCD (system reserved partition) wasn't made ...
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Upgrading mSATA or M.2 w/adapter in IDE/PATA Powerbook G4?

this is my first question here: I would like to upgrade my 17" powerbook G4 (running MacOS10.4.11 on 1,5GHz, 2GB RAM, 160 GB HDD (IDE/PATA)) - with, for example, a 250GB mSATA or M.2 (SATA) SDD ...
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Using 16 TB volumes with the ext3 filesystem on a Drobo Pro

There seems to be a limit to the usable volume size on the Drobo Pro disk array that only applies when using the ext3 file system. On other file systems, volumes can be 16 TB, but for ext3, Drobo ...
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How to recover data from corrupted WD external hardisk [duplicate]

I have Western Digital Passport 1 TB external Hard disk. It has got corrupted. When I connect to my Window 7 machine, my external hard disk rotates but my machine does not recognize it.I have checked ...
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Cloning a disk twice results in binary differences

I'm using HDD RawCopy to clone a disk to a file twice (different files). The disk in question is a SATADOM connected to my computer using a SATA to USB cable. Somehow, when I make the clone twice in ...
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prerequirement for lvreduce to shrink a lvm disk

I am trying to shrink my Fedora 20 lvm partition/disk (only one partition) with lvreduce. I have done that for my VirtualBox but this time it is for a external USB disk. I have backup my disk already. ...
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Can I temporarily put a 2.5“ HDD into a 3.5” USB enclosure?

My laptop is crashing and I suspect my HDD, can I test it in a 3.5" USB enclosure (assuming it fits), or is that a bad idea. I don't have a desktop PC, and the BSOD logs fail to save, so if you have ...
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Setting SATA to RAID causes PC to not POST

I seem to have broken my PC by trying to create a RAID array. I created the array just fine but forgot to load the RAID driver on my system drive which is not part of the array, I set SATA back to ...
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“”the data drive specified is not set to automatically unlock on the current computer and cannot be unlocked automatically"

When I put in the correct password to my encrypted drive and ticking unlock automatically, it comes up with "The operating system drive must be protected by bitlocker to automatically unlock a fixed ...
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How to get rid of partitions on my external dual hard drive

I have a mediasonic HUR5-SU3 dual external hard drive. I put two WD 3tb hard drives in with raid1 set. So I should have a total of 3tb useable space. When I formatted it. It only allowed the partition ...
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Making HDD to spindown when not mounted but to keep it spinning while mounted

Is it possible to make harddisk spin when it's mounted and to stop spinning when I unmount it? I was finding answers on the internet, but there is not any precise answer for such a question. There is ...
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What should be the installation order for the Dual Boot Windows 10 and Windows 7

I was learning how to create a Dual Boot (Windows 10 and Windows 7) in a 250GB HDD. There were two partitions in the 250GB HDD. I installed Windows 7 first and then windows 10. The Windows ...
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Why am I getting more and more ATA bus errors over the time which can be fixed by un- and replugging the HDD caddy?

I have an internal SATA connector and a HDD caddy in my Lenovo IdeaPad Z500-Touch. No matter which HDD (tried 1TB HDD and 2TB HDD) or SSD (Samsung Extreme 256GB) I put in the caddy (I tried two ...
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Debian : RAID drive showing 62% disk already used even though lot remaining

Sometime back I had configured RAID0 on our Debian X64 server and so far, it is working fine, no issues. One day, I just checked df -h, and it shows me that 62% of disk-space is already used. The ...
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RAID0 removed and recreated. Can I get my already installed windows back?

I got my MSI GT72S today. It has 256GB SSD from Toshiba with 1TB standard harddrive. The 256GB SSD is physically 2 hard drives each of size 128GB. Both the drives were joined through RAID0. The OS ...
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MSI GT72S 6QF Dominator System Recovery [duplicate]

I got my MSI GT72S today. It has 256GB SSD from Toshiba with 1TB standard harddrive. The 256GB SSD is physically 2 hard drives each of size 128GB. Both the drives were joined through RAID0. The ...
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Switch laptop HDD into SSD

Has anyone tried to switch Fujitsu LH700 (laptop) HDD into a SSD (with success or fail). I heard that some laptops(motherboard) are made so that it can only read registered HDD. Restricting the user ...
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Remove System tag from a data drive on Windows 7

While attempting to create a system image via Control Panel, Windows 7 has correctly identified the EFI System Partition and the C: System Partition to be included in the system image. But it's also ...
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Using old hard drive as external hard disk

I want to use my old hard disk as an external hard disk without formatting it. I want to access some information from that. It is not showing up in my windows computer as a disk drive or removable ...
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Debian 8 hangs when plugging in USB HDD

When I try to connect my SATA HDD via USB to my laptop running Debian 8, the system hangs, responds extremely slowly and running ls /dev | grep sd* shows entries ranging from sdc1 to sdc99 that are ...
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Powering a SATA HDD using usb y cable

Can i use This Sata and Sata Power To Usb Cable To connect my 60gb fujitsu 2.5" hdd (sata) in a Pc externally where i would connect one usb into PC and another in a samsung mobile charger adapter ...