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

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Is ATA the same as IDE/PATA or SATA?

I was taking a look at a HDD and I found a document (from Toshiba, link: 2.5-Inch SATA HDD mq01abdxxx) that says: Drive interface: Serial ATA, Revision 2.6 / ATA-8 I know that SATA uses SATA ...
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What can I do when my UPS overloads?

I've got a sweex 650VA and the following hardware: i7 3770k 32 GB Ram z77 Extreme 4 MSI nVidia GTX 980 2 HDD 5.25 3 SSD 1 DVD RW All supported by a 700 W power unit. When I use particularly ...
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Can't extend C partition. How do make my unallocated space “adjacent”

How do I extend my C drive? From: Extend a Basic Volume You can add more space to existing primary partitions and logical drives by extending them into adjacent unallocated space on the same ...
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Confusion with storage capacity (powers of 10 and 2)

I was taking a look at a HDD and I found a document (from Toshiba, link: 2.5-Inch SATA HDD mq01abdxxx) that says: "One Gigabyte (1GB) means 10^9 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. A computer ...
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Separating two hard drives (physically? SATA-Switch, Pulling Cords, ..)

I need a recommendation regarding the (physical) separation of a production environment (sata hard drive) from another (also, sata-hdd) - a bonus would be, If one environment could never gain ...
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Recovering a lost partition table on Windows 8

First of all sorry that I cannot provide additional screenshots and codes (the reason is, why I am here). I have a Lenovo Thinkpad which is equipped with two storage disks, a 500GB HDD and a 128GB ...
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Weird partition table

I was given a hard disk to repair/extract data from. This hard drive was once the hard drive of a computer that had windows and linux installed (using grub to change between two). Booting from the ...
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windows partition manager gives an error when trying to shrink the main partition

Whenever I attempt to shrink the main partition to make a bit more room for Ubuntu it gives the error The volume you selected to shrink may be corrupted. Use Chkdsk to fix the corruption problem ...
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Low speed stat copying.,

Firstly, i have a problem with hard disk (partition dissapearing while copying) after this i installed the SATA/AHCI intel chipset drivers. Now it's fine but copy speed is very low. Look this video: ...
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Files getting corrupted with specific byte (DF) at the end

I have been using my external HDD drive since past year, and it has working perfectly for me until now. I have recently noticed that some files are getting corrupted on the drive randomly, with no ...
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Binary compare failing after file copy regardless of drive

I have a Windows 7 x64 PC and it has started to copy files with errors. I have tested with 3 different hard drives. All 3 drives seems to be working normally other than the copy. I have 2x 2TB WD ...
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Is my HDD failing as SMART parameter (Reallocated Sector count) is very high(390K)

I have a 2 year old 500GB HGST 5400rpm laptop HDD. I started tracking its SMART parameters a while ago, and number of Reallocated sectors(in decimal) has increased from 65k in Nov,2015 to 390k in ...
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Can't seem to figure out how to encrypt Kali Linux post-installation

So I've been trying for the past few days now to encrypt my Kali install with LUKS. I've mostly been switching through different Linux distros to see what might be a good fit. I didn't choose to ...
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Windows 7 Install SATA AHCI controller driver “could not be installed”

I'm attempting to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit from a USB flash drive on my new PC, but my SSD is not being recognized and the AHCI driver is failing. Whenever I boot into the Windows 7 ...
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Troubles using a internal hard drive as storage on my Windows 7 machine

Recently I plugged my Ubuntu hard drive into my machine again and since I never ever actually use Ubuntu I just erased Ubuntu so that Windows would detect the drive since it's empty. Apparently, ...
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Partition with hard drive dissapears after reboot

I bought new Asus ROG GL552VW with SSD with M.2 and HDD with regular sata. I installed Windows 10 on SSD and I have empty NTFS partition on HDD. But after restarting Windows HDD partition dissapears ...
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Files on my secondary hard disk keep disappearing and can be recovered with CHKDSK /F, but CHKDSK /R and SMART find nothing wrong

My desktop has an SSD (840 Evo) as my boot drive and a 3TB WD Red as my data storage drive. I recently reinstalled Windows 10 on my desktop because it was becoming pretty bloated, and since then I've ...
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Paused BitLocker encryption because no longer want to encrypt the hard drive - how do I get out of encrypting?

I'm hoping someone can help. I'm not a techy and can't seem to find the same question already answered. I went to encrypt (using BitLocker) a Buffalo hard drive but after it took about 1 min to ...
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Cannot Run .exe from Network Drive

I am trying to run an executable file from a network drive on Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) in order to install a program, but, each time I try, it doesn't run and the following message appears: ...
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Linux: WD USB not seen via df command from cli - also not automount (only from graphical itf)

Situation: on linux (Mint): new external WD usb disk (after plug-in autodetected, accesible via /media/user, also visible via df cmd) formated to the ext4 (I know, my stupid step :( - but I had a ...
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Is a 7200rpm USB 3.0 drive going to have very similar performance to an internal 7200rpm drive or is it still going to be noticeably slower?

I use my old 500gb drive to store all temporary stuff (windows temp folder, adobe scratch disks etc), and anything that needs thousands of small files to avoid unnecessarily fragmenting my C drive. ...
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Bad Block on Virtual Machine (Virtual or Physical Problem?)

I am dealing with a virtual machine that is receiving the following entry in the event log: TIME OF EVENT: 7/30/2011 3:47:05 PM EVENT LOG: System EVENT SOURCE: disk EVENT ID: 7 SEVERITY: Error ...
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There is a way to see the physical location of reallocated disk sectors?

Before SMART, you could just read the HDD, count the LBA position and guess what is on what position and display on a graph or something. Now HDDs reallocate sectors on their own, and present to the ...
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Windows 7 Boot Error 0x0000007B

I fear I've messed up and hope this can be resolved. Here is the video of what happens what I boot my computer. The boot sequence gets to the Windows logo and then crashes with the error shown above ...
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my windows 10 pc got really slow although CPU and memory usage is fine. what else can I do?

since two weeks my windows 10 pc got really slow, and I have no idea why. I can still do everything, but everything takes much longer to a degree that I'm struggling to get my school work done. ...
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How can I determine which of SATA I/II/III a motherboard supports? [on hold]

I am upgrading several computers at a time, pairing them with corresponding HDDs. I am looking for a way to determine which SATA version each motherboard supports. Manufacturer documentation does ...
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What hard drive setup best for small business network? 7.2k rpm vs 10k vs SSD? [on hold]

I am wanting to build a new server for my dental office. Our network will run on 10/100 Ethernet with 6 workstations; we could pretty easily upgrade to 10/100/1000. We are using Dentrix software ...
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Failing hard drive; backup procedure and software [on hold]

I am running on a Windows system that has had a bad hard drive for quite a long while... it has been making grinding noises, which has been audibly getting louder over the past 2 years. Now, the OS ...
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Ubuntu - Checking whether a harddrive is unpartitioned, runs an OS, or just a data disk?

I dug up an old harddrive and I want to see what's on it. I don't remember if it was ever partitioned, or if it runs windows, or if it's just a backup disk. Here is what I've done: Plug in disk, ...
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HDD not detected whenever first power on (detected at BIOS level)

I am using Asus P8H61-M LX Motherboard with latest version of BIOS: 4401 One SATA-3 Western Digital Black Series 1.5TB is attached to SATA port 0 A Samsung 22x DVDRW SATA drive attached to ...
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Server lock-up, fsck after reboot

After locking up for whatever unknown reason, my dedicated server shows the following after rebooting: It has been stuck on this for about 2.5 hours now. It shows no progress indicator of any sort ...
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Backup and restore in LVM

I created a linux machine (Ubuntu), long time ago, where I used only an HDD, I used the default installation (it was long time ago), so basically the situation is this: Device Boot Start ...
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Sata HDD spins for half a second and stops

I'm trying to plug a 1TB Sata HDD. I already have a 500GB one. However, the SO (Win7) doesn't detect it, neither does the bios. I tried switching SATA ports with the older HDD and with a DVD Drive, ...
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C Drive Only Shows Recovery Folder

My mother's laptop recently upgraded to Windows 10 by itself. Machine is a Dell Studio 1558, which previously had Windows 7 Home on it. She's been running into some issues with the fan running hard ...
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Recover Data Using Synology NAS

I bought a Synology DS415play around 2 years ago, and plugged 3x 4TB hard drives into it and set them up as a Synology Hybrid RAID. I've been using it to store my media on it and haven't touched the ...
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Mac hard drive not in disk utility during CD reinstall

My Mac shows the flashing folder with a ? I have inserted the reinstall Snow Leopard CD. When I open disk utility my Mac HD is not showing. I have not backed up photos for a few months. Should I ...
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Kubuntu 15.04 installation error “Ubi-partman failed with exit code 141”

During the installation of Kubuntu 15.04, I get the error "Ubi-partman failed with exit code 141". I did some researcher on the topic and found that one popular reason for the problem is having ...
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Windows Boot Manager shows an operating system that is not installed

I added a hdd to my laptop that already had Windows 7 on it. I booted into it a couple times. Then I formatted the hdd because I already have Windows 7 on my primary drive and just needed the new ...
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Hard drive not detected on Arch

I have a Samsung external hard drive which I've had for a while but Arch doesn't seem to dectect it. The drive shows up for a few seconds after I plugged it in and run fdisk -l but then disappears. ...
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Windows 10 quick access feature still shows “ghost folder” from removed hard drive

I recently did a clean install of Windows 10 on my PC, along with a brand new solid state C: drive. After the install, I reconnected my old C: drive to copy over some of the few files I wanted to ...
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How do I tell Windows to keep internal disks offline?

I don't want Windows to bring disks that are internal online automatically. Windows To Go has such a feature that can be set via an XML file; however, it requires jumping through a lot of hoops, ...
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100% SSD Activity, 0 R/W Speed: System Hang Issue

So I've just been experiencing a weird issue with my system where it hangs and it is very unresponsive at random intervals of time (in fact, the first clue that I had an issue was when boot to desktop ...
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Oracle Linux, Hyper-V VM and Virtual Discs

I have a Oracle Linux 6.5 VM that in the command windows constantly displays "end_request: critical target error, dev sda. sector 235913472" then a separate line that says "dm-2: WRITE SAME failed. ...
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Force cloned hard-disk image upon a smaller hard-disk

I have a image which was taken with Clonezilla as SAVEDISK on a 160GB harddrive. Now a newer version of the PC released with a 120GB harddrive, the space in use is just 20GB Is there a way I can ...
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Is it possible to write data to hard disk or any memory at 1Gbps ? if not why and how can we achieve that

If I am getting a data at 1Gbps from any sensor or any hardware. how can I write it to memory with same speed ? I am not bothering about data I want writing speed should match with my receiving speed. ...
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avg auto-scan causing intensive disk I/O after sign in?

Every time I sign into my computer, the hard disk indicator is always full on and from Task Manager I can see some processes having constant disk I/O for really long periods of time. I am not too ...
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Dell Inspiron 7559 Hard Drive Upgrade

I want to know if it is possible to replace the SATA HDD on my Dell Inspiron 7559 with a SATA SSD (not an m.2 drive).
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Repairing my computer's hard drive (Windows 10)

About a week and a half ago, I opened my new, Windows 10 computer (a Asus Notebook X540S) to find that the computer refused to boot. My system displayed "Starting Automatic Repair," then gave me a ...
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Killdisk rendered external hard drive useless

I used Killdisk to wipe a hard drive intending to clean it before selling. I now cannot use the hard drive. Device Manager in Windows reports the "device is working properly" It is connected using ...
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TestDisk Read error at **/241/1 (lba=15183)

After my HDD got broken, Windows says it needs format. So, I'm using TestDisk to fix it. But a read error always occurs when I execute the Quick Search or the Deep Search process. To get one ...