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

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Clonezilla: weird error about destination being smaller, though disks are identical

I want to clone a 1Tb disk which has some issues with the Win7 boot manager. I want to clone it so I can try some remedies on the cloned disk. The destination disk is also a 1Tb, empty disk. (Though ...
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ASUS E8709: after installing CentOS7 with Windows 8, HDD boot option is missing

I bought a new ASUS E8709. It is shipped with Windows 8.1.  I wanted to install CentOS 7 along with it. What I did is as follows (as suggested by this video): left some unallocated drive space under ...
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Bootable RAID1 instead of extra SATA drive

Here's the deal as a web developer I am total rookie in the hardware stuff, but since we make more money now and tried to experiment some stuff. I got this Raid1 (4 SAS Drives) and extra 3TB Sata ...
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Service Host: Local system (network restricted) is thrashing hard disk

I am having windows 8.1 with update 1 installed and all release updates of windows till the date i am posting this questions. System is laptop, Core i3 with 6 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk. When ever i ...
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Hard drive management and replacement

How do I switch between partitions on my hard drive without restarting? I got a new SSD that I want to put my OS on. I don't want to image my old hard drive because I want to leave behind any ...
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What do I do after directly copying an NTFS volume from one device to another with ddrescue?

I used ddrescue in a Ubuntu Live boot to rescue data from a failing 3TB external HDD formatted as NTFS. I had it copy the data directly to a new physical device, i.e. I didn't create an intermediate ...
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Accessing hard drive on a dead laptop

Is there any way possible to get data off my laptop HDD without removing it from the laptop? It has problems possibly with the CPU or RAM and can't load the OS but it does turn on. I don't want to ...
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Hard Drive - Windows 8 Pro 100% Disk Usage Whenever Running Any Program

I have a AMD four core processor, a very old hard drive of very low capacity below 200GB and 2GB DDR3 RAM. I am facing a serious issue from the last 2 weeks. Before I had a old AMD processor which has ...
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MacBook Pro shutting off and not able to wake up

I see there are others with this problem. My computer kept turning off until finally I couldn't turn it back on. It was giving me a message "the Start Up disk was full" and suggesting I rid of some ...
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Backup Hard Drive (Data Only) To A Single Non Proprietary File (ISO, IMG)

I am looking for a way to clone/image a hard drive or removable USB to a single file, without preserving empty space. For example: I have a 1TB drive with 100GB of data that I want to back up. The ...
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38gb of Data Used on Hard Drive with New Installation of Windows 7 Ultimate

I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate edition on a hard drive with 74.5 GB, but as soon as I checked the computer space I found out 38 gigs were used up. Upon further investigation I found these folders ...
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My hdd doesn't show up in windows explorer

I have a HDD with a linux installation (ubuntu). I simply plugged it into my windows machine and foolishly expected it to show up in windows explorer. It didn't show up. I started the command prompt ...
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Linux how to move space from one partition to another

I am not familiar with Linux OS configuration. I need you help to move more space from one partition to another. I have this disk usage right now: $ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail ...
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Does my hard drive has a bad sector?

I ran Windows drive error check and got this message: Windows replaced bad clusters in file ###### Does this mean that my hard drive now has a bad sector and it needs to be replaced? Or is this ...
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Creating a RAMDisk on Windows to cache HDD

In short I am looking for something to be able to mimic Intel RST but at a software level for Windows VM's on a Windows 8.1 host. I am using Hyper-V. Issue I have a few VM's that are bottle-necking ...
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Seagate st3000dm001-9yn1 smart attribute [b8]

Seagate st3000dm001-9yn1 smart attribute [b8] The status of this smart attribute is showing: failed b8 Unknown Attribute 99 30 30 FAILED Where can I find more info about the 'unknown' [b8] ...
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Accessing HDD with Freedos installed from OS installed on SSD

I recently bought a Gigabyte P25W v2 that came with FreeDos installed on an internal HDD. As a promotional offer, I also received an mSATA SSD drive, which I installed immediately. I installed Windows ...
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Simple way to wipe a partition in Windows

Is there some simple way to wipe a partition in Windows 8? I don't need military-grade security, but basic undelete tools should be unable to recover the data, so simply "overwriting everything once" ...
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High response times in HDD. MFT, fragmentation or even halted disk?

I am experiencing really high response times im my HDD, which can go around 13000ms (from Win8 Task Manager). This occurs when starting up windows and for at least 3-4 minutes, also when doing ...
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Installing and booting Linux Deepin on external Hard drive

I have a external hard drive with 1TB of memory on it. My question is if I can install Linux Deepin on this hard drive, and then plug it into my computer and boot from the hard drive, while still ...
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Why is my hard drive slowing down halfway through a read/write benchmark?

I'm using gnome-disks to do a benchmark on an old 5400RPM Hitachi HDD that I pulled from a PS3. It's connected to my computer through an external USB 3.0 enclosure. Here's the output graph from the ...
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windows 7 booting from wrong drive. How to move the bootloader?

I had windows 7 installed on an old dying harddrive. I did a fresh install onto a new one, but it only boots from the old hard drive. theres two "Windows 7" on the list. How do i move the bootloader ...
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Lost part of HDD

I have two partitions, HD and HD 2, on my 500 GB SATA HDD. I added another partition, HD 3 for OS X Yosemite Beta. However, after installing the final OS X, I tried to delete HD 3. The partition got ...
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Windows 8.1 Factory Reset w/ Upgraded SSD and OS on that new SSD

Why I am doing this: I download the wrong graphics card driver update and now my graphics card has gone haywire. After trying several things with NVIDIA, including installing the right driver, and ...
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Strange behavior with Windows 7 gaming PC - RAM, HDD, or other issue?

With Graphics Card Installed Boot up machine, takes 5 minutes or so from post to login, then takes another 5 minutes from login to fully loaded desktop. After about 1 hour to 4 hours of general ...
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Does low free-disk space on HDD cripple computer performance?

I have 320 GB HDD on my computer. All drives are pretty full. The C drive has just 1.5 GB free space. Other drives have around 5-6 GB free space. Can this be the reason why my computer runs slow? I ...
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Do hard drives really have open cases now?

I'm shopping for new hard drives and all the stores (Amazon, Overstock, Newegg, etc.) now show product pictures like this: I can find no information in the product descriptions or in Google searches ...
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Linux: How to confirm bad ATA device?

dmesg listing this error string 14 times consecutively: [ 799.496637] ata4.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 [ 799.496683] ata4.00: BMDMA stat 0x4 [ 799.496710] ata4.00: failed ...
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Ubuntu formatted drive not visible on macbook pro or windows desktop

I have an older SSD (12.04 installed on it, encrypted) that was inside an ubuntu server, this particular server is on its last leg so I removed the SSD and tried mounting it on my mac to format it, ...
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Recovering a Partition with data on it

So I stupidly deleted a partition when I was trying to join two partitions from the same disk together. It had been split up to a 100mb partition and the large hunk. This was my old drive that I used ...
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/dev/sda2 is full, anything suspicious here?

I ran out of room on a 20G partition I use for my OpenSuse linux OS. I ran du -sh * to see where the big hard drive pits swells reside, and this is what I see: 4.7M bin 47M boot 48K dev ...
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Hard drive is not accessible

I have installed new internal hard drive on my desktop but when I click on partiton of the hard drive from another hard drive it is showing "Unable to mount location" in linux(from ubuntu and ...
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What are the various options I have for a faulty disk?

To know : What all things can I try myself to recover data? (Can I open the disk and do something myself with the hope of fixing? I know data recovery centers are possible, but they are very ...
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Hard drive working in 5 second pulses?

Bit of an odd issue with a laptop (Toshiba C660D 181). For most of the time, the hard drive seems to operating in 5 second pulses. The laptop doesn't have a HDD light and the HDD itself is very ...
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What happens if I plug a Windows7 hard drive into a different PC?

In terms of - a) technical and b) licensing considerations, will it work? Obviously many drivers will be incorrect/missing but I'd have expected Windows was able to fix that. So will it run up and ...
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Will installing NTFS Driver for Mac OS delete my existing files?

I have been saving all my PC files onto a Seagate GoFlex external hard-drive. I am now using a Mac. Although I can read my files, I cannot save changes. I have been advised to install NTFS Driver ...
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SMART results shows serious disk problems?

I have bought a new computer 2 months ago. Computer performance has continuously gone down until a point that Windows7 freezes a lot with the light that indicates the disk usage fixed and turned on. I ...
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I am looking to buy a new hard drive and I wonder if I have to get the exact model

The hard drive on my HP Pavilion desktop crashed. I am looking to buy a new hard drive and I wonder if I have to get the exact model ( Seagate ST3750630AS 750GB 3.5 3H SATA ) or if I can upgrade or ...
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How to create space for linux dual-boot when I already have six partitions and C: in the middle?

I bought a Lenovo G50-70 with Windows 8 and I want to dual-boot it with a linux distribution. It has six partitions. In order: 1000 MB recovery partition 260 MB EFI partition 1000 MB OEM ...
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safe to delete EFI system partition (win7) on old drive after cloning?

a while back I cloned my old installation of win7 from my HDD to a new SSD using the tools provided by Samsung (if I remember correctly). I know I should have done a clean new install, but that's not ...
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Is my SSD runing AHCI mode?

So I switched my BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI, and when I booted up in windows 7 it reinstalled the drivers for my SSD. But I can't seem to find if it's currently running in AHCI mode or not. I've ...
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How can I manage partitions on Windows 7 Install?

On my home desktops I have an SSD as a primary disk, then a larger SATA disk as a secondary. The thing is, when I install Windows 7 on the SSD, the 100MB "System Reserved" system partition is built on ...
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how to prevent access of hard disc from guest user in window 7 ?

i want to restrict guest user from access the hard disc data, so how it could be, i goes through this way gpcedit.mc, User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows ...
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How can a bootable partition be created for Windows installation media on an external HDD?

Now I'm not talking about a backup image or creating a partition that holds the entire OS to boot from, just to clarify. What I'm asking for is taking the Windows installation media, plopping that ...
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Windows 8.1 - HDD spinning at 100% even though no read/write

I have an HP Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 320GB HDD) running Windows 8.1 (x64), that recently got the Sality.AU Virus. The OS had only just been installed, and a friend downloaded the drivers and put ...
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Can't boot from mirrored disk (software raid 1)

I make mirrored disk (software raid 1) on windows 7 and shut down my computer normally, but rebuild process not finished. And after that my computer can't start up, it hangs at "Verifying DMI pool ...
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Asus laptop clean install

The title might be a bit low on information but I couldn't make up my mind on how to explain the issue in one line. I want to install a clean Windows 8.1 on my Asus laptop. Everything is ready to go, ...
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HDD only visible from Linux, GParted says “unallocated partition”

My Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB HDD suddenly is unrecognized by Windows 7. It's an external My Book drive, but plugging it vía USB from his case is unrecognized by Windows 7 or Linux, so I have to ...
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Undo Partitioning on Mac OS X Mavericks Hard Drive

I installed rEFIt and was dual-booting various Linux operating systems for the past half a year or so. When Yosemite Beta came out I made the mistake of simply overwriting my Mac OS X partition (I ...
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Storage Space Error Inaccessible; Reconnect Drives

The storage spaces section in control panel lists "Error Inaccessible; reconnect drives", however each of the physical drives reports a status of "OK": Can someone please help me restore the ...