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

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Why are there so many files in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\MachineKeys

I am running out of disk space on C:-drive. We see many (millions of) files in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\MachineKeys What are these files ? Why are so many files created? How can we ...
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Recover disappeared files on NTFS HD after CHKDSK

On my computer with Win7, after only one execution of CHKDSK, all files disappear on my secondary HD (around 500Gb of very important data). I read the CHKDSK logfile and it has found many mistakes on ...
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Windows 7 Install: No drives were found

I was building a computer for my wife with an older SATA hard drive that I had lying around, and when attempting to do a new install of Windows 7 on it, the installer says: "No drives were found. ...
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Simultaneous failure of 8x SSD's in raid 10

My friend keeps arguing with me about putting SSD’s in raid vs HDD, I need to settle this. What are the odds of all the SSD’s failing vs HDD”s at once assuming they are from the same assembly line and ...
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Does hooking up two PATA devices on a single cable reduce performance?

Presently, I have two PATA (Parallel ATA) devices installed in my computer. One is an optical drive, the other is a hard drive. Since my motherboard only has a single PATA connector, they are both ...
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Install 2.5“ drive in 3.5” bay

I got an unassembled PC for Christmas. Assembly is almost done, but I have a 2.5" SSD and several 3.5" bays (no 2.5" bays). I have rails to slide the drive in place, but since it's smaller than the ...
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Backing up data - with or without “sector by sector”?

Most advanced backup tools includes an option called "sector by sector". Does this option have to be checked when I backup system partition (an image)? I mean.. In case of HDD failure I have system ...
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How do I determine if a hard drive will fit in my computer?

I noticed this question was asked quite a few times already in varying forms; however, I saw nothing that really answers my question... So here goes; I have an older Dell laptop that needs a new hard ...
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Hard drive failed in RAID 0; can no longer boot windows

I have a laptop with two 500GB spinning disks, which are configured in RAID 0 (stripe). I smacked my laptop and it turned off. When I turned it back on It said one of the hard drives failed and it ...
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Is there any way to disable automatic head parking of a HDD?

My hard drive semms to park its head after X minutes, and when I access it again it loads the head in a fraction of a second (causing a small beep),and causing disturbances to media streamed from it. ...
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How to change the partition scheme

I want to change the partition scheme in my 500 GB HDD from MBR to GPT scheme without losing DATA on it. What are the traditional tools to do this on both windows 7 and Linux(ubuntu)? And what are the ...
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How to recover data in formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS

Help how to recover formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS but not yet installed applications. Edit: I have two 500g hard drives lets say HD1 has my personal files and the other is HD2 ...
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External HDD doesn't show up in /dev on raspberry pi

here's my problem: I have an old 500GB HDD drive from one of my old laptops which I connected to my Pi via USB. First issue: Every time I plug in the device, the Pi reboots. I already read this is due ...
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How often to run SMART tests on hard drive?

For a hard drive with SMART, how often should the quick test be run, and how often should the full test be run? Should the tests be run more frequently as the drive gets older? Does the manufacturer ...
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Is it possible to create individual power settings for each hard drive?

I have a number of different drives that I use for different purposes but I only use two of them frequently. I would like for the others to enter sleep mode when not in use, but never my main two. Is ...
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Can a “click of death” from one drive cause an SMI (system management interrupt) or similar?

I have two harddrives, and one seems to do the click of death sometimes (head crash?). At the same time video playback from another drive is disturbed (video compression artefacts occur, or video ...
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Recovering data from possibly corrupted Truecrypt volume

I have an external hard drive (no system files on it) which has been encrypted using truecrypt. Suddenly today when i tried to mount the hard drive, I got the following error: Incorrect password or ...
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What is an alternative to Linux utility hdparm on Windows 8? [on hold]

Is there a utility similar to hdparm that can be run natively on Windows 8?
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How can I set the hard disk spin down time per drive in Windows 8?

I'd like to set the hard disk spin down time for each drive individually on a Windows 8 system. One drive that is not used so often could be allowed to spin down, and another one that is used for ...
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What is the procedure for totally disabling HDD spin down on Windows 8?

I'd like to totally disable all HDD spin down on my system that I use for music production. Is Control panel/Power options/.../Turn off hard disk after the place to go or are there any other settings ...
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Computer shorts/stops booting HDD is connected, boots to bios without HDD

I have P6T Workstation Pro motherboard. I have problems setting it up especially connecting hard drives. Without any hard drive connected it boots to BIOS alright but when I connect a hard drive the ...
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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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Efficient way to refresh an external hard disk

I have done some research and found that unplugged hard disks slowly lose their magnetic states over time, therefore I need to refresh the data periodically. Some answer in Superuser suggested I ...
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Recovery of data from hard disk

Let's assume I have consumed 100% space of HDD with 3 movies (A,B,C) Now i have deleted A,B,C and filled 100% space of HDD with movies (D,E,F) can i recover the files A,B,C from the hard-disk? PS: ...
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Corrupted hard drive. Want to format it, but want to copy a image (of the corrupted) as a backup

My hard drive just corrupted again (think it because i didn't eject via Windows because it wouldn't let me, no programs was using files on the drive either). I've recovered some files but got a lot ...
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Why did a cancelled factory recovery on my laptop leave the hard drive corrupted?

I cancelled the factory recovery process on my Toshiba Laptop L645. It corrupted the hard drive somehow, and I can't open a file on the hard drive – so in the end I had to reformat my hard drive. ...
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Hard drive failed, suspected filesystem corruption, still cannot salvage any data from harddrive

Firstly, I am terribly sorry if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find a similar issue to mine, so here goes. I have a 1TB hdd bought around 8 months ago used as backup hard drive. I have not used ...
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Hard drive recovery using Kali (Handling Bad Data)

I have a drive that I need to recover, I have ran Kali Linux via Live CD and it detects a problem with the drive instantly, this problem is handled bad data, and it says that drive failure is ...
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How to recover data from external hard drive

I have external Hard drive, which shows the partition while view in disk manager. But I am not able to view the data stored on the hard drive. It is IMax 320 GB hard disk. Please help me.
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Need help :Drive missing (E: & F:) after the reboot on windows7

i am getting similar issue described in below link: http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/drive-missing-d-f-g-after-reboot-windows-7-pgp I did a shrink on the C: drive, and created new volumes (E, ...
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Is creating page files on separate HDDs a good thing or unnecessary with lots of RAM on Win7x64?

I have set the page file to custom using the recommended mbs and noticed on my two other hdds that they were blank and was wondering if it would be necessary to set up page files on those hdds. I have ...
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Changing system partition to another hard drive

I recently bought a new 1TB hard drive (labelled D:) and cloned it with my 160GB main system hard drive (labelled C:). Now I want to replace my old 160GB hard drive (C:) with my new 1TB hard drive ...
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How to tell, using a live Linux USB, if a computer is damaged?

Story: I was driving to my Mother's for xmas with a brand new (albeit cheap; it's plenty for her) computer. Unfortunately, I got into an accident, and the computer flew from my back seat into my front ...
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An internal, Windows 7 installed drive fails to boot after transforming into external drive

I have installed Windows 7 to my HDD. I also have Ubuntu 14.04 on another partition on the same drive. During boot, via GRUB, I select which one I want to load. Recently, I upgraded my HDD to SSD. I ...
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SiI 3114 vs. ICH7R RAID performance

I just got two new WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s drives, and I need to put them in a RAID-0 array (I know that motherboard-RAID generally isn't the best for speed increases, but I have little choice). ...
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What's the simplest way to capture an image of an OS and apply it to another drive? [duplicate]

I have a 1 TB hard drive with OS installed (Windows Server 2012 R2), several partitions, dynamic disk. All I want to do is back everything up so I can basically clone it to a bigger drive. However, ...
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USB3 HDD does not spin down after selecting “Eject drive”

my external WD drive connected to USB3 on home PC spin down after selecting "Eject drive" but it does not spin down on work PC (on USB3 as well). Tried to find answers in Google but I could not. I ...
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How to prevent hard drive from spinning down Windows 7?

I had a Western Digital External 1TB drive, which I was accessing via USB. I decided one day, that I would prefer to mount the HDD in my case, and access it via SATA interface. So I took it apart, ...
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Is green WD too slow (for a normal home computer)? Would it have less than a 10 MB/s read/write speeds? [on hold]

There's a very good deal on a 5TB green WD that I intend to catch. However I hear that green WDs might be slower than other drives. I know that the RPM speed for green drives are is mentioned and is ...
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Make disk image with real-time compression over network on Linux

I have two Linux notebooks on a network and no additional storage. I want to backup the first notebook hard drive (make full HDD image), on the second notebook. How could I do that using real-time ...
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How to Add Additional SATA Power Connectors?

I need to add additional SATA power connectors to a new machine. I am used to adapters using a Molex connector but the one I have on hand (Christmas eve) isn't familiar to me at all (please see ...
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Asus ux31e zenbook SSD non-standard / cant upgrade hdd?

I bought a ux31e asus zenbook, and the drive crashed last week. I just cancelled an mSata ssd order because I fear asus has used a non standard ssd!!! what a bunch of crooks, ive lost all my respect ...
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Windows 8 PID4 Constantly Writing to “wfpdiag.etl”

The C: drive on my Windows 8 machine is clicking away at 1 second intervals, writing to wfpdiag.etl. I'd like to find out why. Looking at the Resource Monitor and the Sysinternals Process Explorer, I ...
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Why can't I extend a volume in Windows 8 disk manager?

I have this 40 GB volume (partition) that I would like to extend to 80 GB. I have already shrinken (downsized) the system partition in order to create some unallocated space before the partition that ...
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Is my HDD on the verge of failing?

I have a 10 year old machine that I'm using as a small home theater server, and would like to know if the HDD is about to fail. I ran the following smartctl --all test and some of the error values ...
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Macbook Pro can't detect bootable USB with Yosemite

I created a Yosemite boot USB, from the App Store version 10.10.1. When I hold option during Boot, the USB drive doesn't show up on the menu. I have an aluminium MBP, bought in 2009. It is the full ...
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How to shrink volume on an SSD? [duplicate]

How do I shrink an SSD partition? When I try to shrink the volume, the "available amount of space to shrink" is zero. I did a disk defragmentation (I know it's bad), but it still comes up with zero. ...
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Use a 1.8" HDD from a iPod classic in a PC?

A while ago, I took apart an iPod Classic (one of the older ones with the monochrome screen), and found that it had an actual HDD instead of flash memory. I was wondering if their was any way to use ...
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How much storage can windows 8.1 support?

How much internal storage can windows 8.1 support? I've been looking to upgrade to a 6TB hard-drive disk. more specifically: ...
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Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …?

Consider that one want to keep a backup of some data by placing a media in a secret place (under earth, in a rock, in a wall...). What would be the best media with the best long term data stability ...