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

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Why does emptying disk space speed up computers?

I have been looking to a bunch of videos and I now understand a bit better how computers work. I understand a bit better as well what is the RAM, the volatile and non-volatile memories or the process ...
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Why isn't my new USB 3.0 card / USB 3.0 hard drives working under FreeNAS?

I have a Dell Inspiron Desktop 580 into which I have installed a RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 card. The system is running FreeNAS 8.0.1-BETA4, which is based on FreeBSD 8 and supposedly has USB 3.0 ...
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Connect a 2.5" (laptop hard disk) SATA hard disk to Desktop PC

Can I connect a laptop SATA hard disk to Desktop PC? Do I have to use some adapters or I can just plug in SATA power connector and SATA data cable like my Desktop hard disk is connected? I noticed ...
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Create a Spanned drive with 3 external hard drives

I'm trying to create a merged drives from 3 externals drives (2*3Tb + 1 * 2Tb) on Windows. I went to diskmgmt.msc and tried to create a spanned drive, but i keep getting the error "Operation not ...
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1Tb Hard drive showing 30Gb remaining

I'm using Windows 7 64 (a Dell i5 box). I have a 1Tb C: drive with the following partitions: 39MB (OEM Partition) 13.15GB NTFS (Recovery partition) 918.32GB NTFS (Boot Partition) When I "Select ...
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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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Recover harddrive data

I have a dell laptop that recently "died" (It would get the blue screen of death upon starting) and the hard drive would make a weird cyclic clicking noises. I wanted to see if I could use some tools ...
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Safely removed external USB 3.0 disk reconnects on its own in Ubuntu 12.04

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit and I have an external USB 3.0 docking station. The docking station is made by Plugable and it has an ASMedia chipset (http://plugable.com/products/usb3-sata-u3). In ...
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How to reorganize folder/file physical location on disk

I have a WD Velociraptor disk that is 80% full. The thing with the Velociraptor disks is that they are blazing fast (for a spinning platter disk), but the speed decreases with the further out the data ...
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Low disk performance with Windows 8.1

I have a Dell XPS 15 (L502X) that have a Core i5-2450M, 6GB RAM and a 1TB WD 5400RPM HDD. This notebook Achilles' heel is the disk. It's slow and I understand that if I do stress it to much, it lends ...
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How does SSD achieve wear-leveling when disk is near-full?

I'm trying to understand this. Say I have a 256GB SSD, 180GB of which are already occupied by permanent files (OS, installed programs etc.). The remaining 70GB or so gets new files created and ...
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How do I know that my Samsung HD503HI hard drive supports AHCI?

I have Samsung HD503HI ATA Device (SATA) hard drive. I found that AHCI is giving some performance boost and I want to try it. I would reinstall Windows after so drivers are not problem but can my ...
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How do I set up a RAID 0 on windows 8?

I have a windows 8 machine with a 2T internal hard drive and 12G of ram. I have an external WD 3T that automatically backs up my entire I tunes Ibrary. I have added a second 2T internal drive and ...
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Swap Windows and Linux hard drives

Following situation: I have a laptop with a SSD and a HDD in it. Windows 8.1 is installed on the SSD The HDD holds a data partition Some weeks ago is tried to work with Linux an installed it at ...
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Long running chkdsk on Windows 7 1TB external hard drive

We had a lightning storm and power fluctuated. External hard drive lost some files. I thought I could run a chkdsk on the drive. It has been running over a week. I checked box, "Automatically fix ...
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Move Windows 8.1 to a separate SSD drive on a dual-boot Windows 7/Windows 8 system

I currently have a dual boot system setup with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, each in its own partition on an HDD drive. I acquired an SSD drive and would like to transfer the Windows 8.1 ...
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How to access S.M.A.R.T. values when using RAID and Intel Matrix Storage?

We have a RAID 5 array using Intel Matrix Storage (i.e. a motherboard based RAID). One of the hard drives has started to make a grinding noise, and the array is currently rebuilding. We'd like to ...
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Freeing up space on SSD

I have a 120GB SSD with basically only the system (Win7) installed on it and yet I'm having really hard time maintaining enough free space to install one game and leave the recommended 20% of space ...
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Boot selection failed because a device is inaccessible, not the usual boot error though?? (0xc000000e)

I need some help fast please. I recently booted up my gaming rig after swapping out a 7970 graphics card and upon system boot up, as the Windows 7 logo appeared the system crashes and a BSOD appears ...
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Can't see files after switching PCs

I was using a separate HDD for most of my storage on a Windows 8.1 PC. I was going away so decided to take the HDD with me. I plugged it in another Windows 7 PC and kept adding more files to it. Now ...
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How do I speed up external USB-SATA drive access?

I am able to pull the drive from an older laptop, and connect it with a USB adapter to my current laptop, but loading is slow. This also occurs when I boot with Windows 10, and try to access files on ...
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Hard drive (SATA) making trouble when connecting via USB

I have a hard drive from Western Digital (model: WD2500BEVS-75UST0) that is running without visible problems inside my laptop connected with SATA. However, once I connect it with an external case that ...
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Unable to start windows

I got the blue screen of death about a month ago on my windows machine. Startup repair failed to fix the issue so I reinstalled windows. Forunatly I had a dual boot system with linux which worked ...
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Full Disk Encryption in existing Linux system without erasing any content from the drives

I am trying to achieve "Full Disk Encryption" in a already installed Linux system. I have come across with LUKS with dm-crypt, it can encrypt a drive/entire disk, but before encrypting it is ...
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Disk transfer rate suddenly became extremely slow Windows 8.1

I've been running Windows 8.1 x64 on my AMD Phenom PC for a long time without serious problems, and today my HDD transfer rate got ridiculously slow. The Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB HDD was bought ...
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TestDisk: The harddisk is reported as too small?

I am trying to restore partitions on an old hard drive. The drive has been formatted previously. I am using TestDisk 6.14. When I choose the option Deeper Search I think it finds something, because a ...
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Toshiba Satellite P850 - Freezing and Stuttering

I've about exhausted all my known options at this point. I own a Toshiba Satellite p850 which was new in 2012. The laptop frequently (several times per minutes) locks up or stutters the entire system. ...
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Tracing of history of file editing on a HDD

I have an USB Hard drive. Some one took it away with out my knowledge and left it back from where it was picked up. I am sure he modified a file by plugging the HDD to his computer. Can I ...
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How to determine when a secondary drive was formated that does Not have an operating system on it?

We have a laptop that had dual boot, primary is Win 7 pro and secondary WAS Win XP, the Win 7 hard drive was installed to run modern programs etc. we kept the XP drive for older building management ...
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How to fix HDD malfunction which gives rapid beeping noise and it's not recognized by PC?

I have a 1TB Seagate External hard drive. Upon trying to plug it in to my TV today, it would not load and told me it was "empty". So I tried to plug it in to my computer, at this point it started ...
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How to format a Verbatim Execute Portable HDD 500 GB with Nero software encryption

I bought from an office closure a portable HDD, which seems to be encrypted with Nero software. Of the 500 GB it tells me, 40 GB are there. I cannot see the complete 500 GB. So, I do not care about ...
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What is the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive?

What is the maximum number of partitions we can make on hard disk in Windows? If it is limited to some particular number, why can we assign all the letters C through Z to drives? If it is a special ...
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Why can't an acer aspire XC-703 turn on without his hard drive?

I received an Acer Aspire XC-703 and i tried to sobstitute the included 500GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD. But the pc won't even turn on (power led off, cpu fan stuck at max rpm, no video output) when ...
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Why is my USB drive treated as an internal hard disk drive?

I have a 8 GB Sandisk Cruzer USB drive that I just purchased a few weeks ago. I use two systems, viz Windows XP and Windows 7 Professional. When I connect my drive to Windows 7, ...
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How to boot from external USB hard drive when no internal drives are connected

I installed Windows 7 on my external hard drive, and it was working fine. It was booting up, and I was actually able to go online and install programs on it. But then when I try to take out the ...
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Hibernation of a backup drive [duplicate]

I have a 250 GB hard drive that is installed inside my tower. I use it solely to backup the MyDocuments folder on the first boot up of the day. It stores three days of copies, and all my business ...
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How to power off a secondary internal hard drive using software?

Sometimes, there is a need to shut down a secondary internal hard drive (for example, due to the noise it produces while it's running). I would like to do this without physically disconnecting the ...
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How to put an individual USB port to sleep?

I have a few external drives that I don't always use and want to be able to have them shutdown when I am not using them. They shutdown when the computer goes into sleep mode but I would like to be ...
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Windows 8.1 powering off USB Drives

Since upgrading to 8.1, Windows will shut down my hard drive bay connected by USB after about 10 minutes. I didn't have this issue in Windows 8 as I just went in and changed the hard drive sleep time ...
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Is it possible to just move HDDs from one NAS to another NAS when upgrading?

I currently have a D-Link DNS-320 with 2x2TB HDDs in there, setup with Raid. Am not at all happy with the speed of the D-Link unit - working in a Mac environment. So after a lot of research I settled ...
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btrfs convert from raid1 to raid5

Is it possible to easily convert a btrfs raid1 to a raid5. I mean at the end of the day. Its really just two mirrored drives. So I would think this should be easy to do. I want to now have 3 3TB ...
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Unknown volume listed under Windows defragmenter

Does anyone know what "\?\Volume...." is or why it would be listed as a disk on the windows defragmenter? It is not listed on other defragmenters like defraggler. The E: and F: drives are ...
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VirtualBox in Win7: cannot acces external drive from guest Windows7

I have started using VirtualBox in Windows 7 out of curiosity and for testing purposes. (Mainly, I want to test Linux distros and to try and see how Windows works in this environment - so that I might ...
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Can Windows 7 OS on harddrive use SSD for prefetch (SuperFetch)?

I have a Windows 7 computer with a primary drive being conventional 1 TB hard drive. I have installed an additional 128 GB SSD which I use to keep some of my frequently used data and applications. I ...
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HDD space partitioned into multiple drives [on hold]

I'm using an HP-G72-B60US Notebook running Windows 7 and I'm weirded out by the above. The F Drive has over 200GB. At first I thought it was some bug but then I checked out my notebook's specs ...
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Boot stuck at blinking cursor before GRUB - only works via BIOS boot menu

I have a new box running Debian Squeeze. Grub is installed on /dev/sda, but when booting up I just get a blinking cursor, before the Grub menu. I can only boot to grub successfully when I choose boot ...
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Repairing System Reserved on Windows Server 2012 R2

I am running Windows Server Essentials R2 and I have just started getting an error saying: One or more server hard drives must be checked for errors Alert details: The following hard drives ...
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HP Probook 4530s great specs, but lagging. Hard Drive?

I have this laptop, which has a i3 processor, 4gb memory, 7200rpm hard drive. So there is nothing wrong with the specs. Even when I have no applications open, simply closing and opening windows, ...
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How to clone the complete HDD except of one big Partition to a smaller hdd? [duplicate]

I have to replace a 250GB HDD with a 128GB HDD. There is a boot-loader partition witch loads several OS on other partitions. There is also a 140GB partition with important but not needed data on it. ...
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Hard disk drive fails to stay powered on [duplicate]

A HP Compaq 6000 Pro SFF PC's hard disk failed, with the PC producing error "Non System Disk". The hard disk is a Samsung HD254GJ. BIOS did not detect the HDD. Placing the HDD in another computer, ...