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

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computer suddenly loses power: no event of the shutdown

I'm looking for some diagnostic advice. computer was assembled 2 years ago, no issues since. symptoms: computer randomly loses power (usually happens in 2's. IE computer suddenly loses power. I ...
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Howto interpret SMART-Attributes?

I want to estimate the health and the remaining lifetime of my hard drive using SMART (in my case gsmartcontrol). However I don't know how to interpret the attributes. More specifically: Which ...
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Cleaning up temp files in Mac OS X

My 4 months old Mac partition volume is losing space slowly and gradually. I am pretty sure there are a lot of orphaned temporary files laying around in the volume. I know where to find the obsoleted ...
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Dual/Triple Booting without BootMGR/GRUB/others using PHYSICAL HDD's

For starters I have looked over EFI Boot: Two independently bootable physical hard drives? but TBH it's a little complicated for me, maybe just because I'm unfamiliar with the terminology. All I know ...
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Hard drive is failing?

Heard some clicking from my Sager NP8652 a few days ago and thought it might've been an HDD issue. Ran CrystalDiskInfo earlier today, and I got these results: About 12 hours later, here I am with a ...
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Thoughts and Questions on Maximising Lifetime of Hardware and Storage on Computers with Internal SSDs [on hold]

TLDR: I'm basically trying to find out if I could buy in to a machine that only works with internal SSDs without having to worry about the SSD getting worn out with normal use and spending lots more ...
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How can I remove the “connecting to networked drive” popup when waking from sleep in Mac OS X?

Every time I wake my laptop up, I get the “connecting to networked drives” popup. There has got to be a way to turn off this notification but have been unable to find a way. I’m using a Western ...
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How do I reset the factory capacity of harddisks on win7 or ubuntu

I have a 3TB Hitachi HD () which progressively 'lost' displayed capacity to currently just above 740 GB. Explorer, Installation-DVD and harddisk manager (win7) all agree on this size @ 1.5 billion ...
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Copying files from SD to external hard drive - keeps saying the folder no longer exists but allows me to copy one at a time

So this is a very peculiar problem... I have a 16GB SD card that has RAW photos of it from my Canon DSLR camera. I also have an IOGear SD-to-USB converter. I am trying to copy the photos off of the ...
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How to reset an NTFS MFT for no tracks of deleted files names to be found there?

When a file is deleted from the hard drive and the free space it used to occupy is securely overwritten (wiped), recovery tools can still usually find the file was there and show its name. As far as I ...
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Damaged FAT32 HDD shows it is full but cannot show the files

During merging two 200-gig partitions (one full and the other one unallocated), Windows crashed. Now the system and every hard disk utility (defrag program) shows that the drive is full of files, but ...
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How to make eclipse look in two diffrent places for jvm on start up

I need to know how to make eclipse look in two locations for the jvm. I have it set one way in the .ini file but I need to be able to have it look in another place as well. I have eclipse IDE ...
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Drag drop files behaviour from external hard drive [duplicate]

I want it to work like the OS partition. If I drag a file from external HDD to my OS HDD I want the file to get removed from the external HDD. Is that possible?
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How can I move the page file to another physical disk location?

I would like to know exact instructions for moving the page file from 1 disk location to another disk in Windows 7. I.e. from an SSD to a non-SSD drive. I've spent about two hours searching - ...
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RAID solutions for a home server instead of ZFS [closed]

I’m using Ubuntu Server with 4 2TB disks and I’ve been using ZFS for around 8 months on my HomeServer. But now I have reached the capacity of my pool, so I want to purchase a new drive and add it to ...
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Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?

I have a Dell Precision T3610 workstation that currently has two 3.5" SATA HDDs installed, and I'd like to add two more 2.5" disks in a hot-swap bay. I have two free SATA ports, but I'm struggling to ...
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Windows constant freezes, hard restart required

I'm new around this site so I don't know if I'm doing something wrong if so, I'm sorry~ I don't know if you need my specs for this problem, but I'll leave them to you anyways: -Processor: Intel(R) ...
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Macbook booting itself in to OS X Utilities

Macbook (OS Mavericks) would not boot up last night, screen would go white, I'd see the apple logo and a loading bar which didnt move, then it would shut itself down after a few minutes. I tried using ...
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Bios doesn't see MBR Hard Disk

I was trying to install steamos as a dual boot but it used to fail because it didn't see windows' free spaces. Someone said convert HDD from GPT to MBR. I did it with gdisk and now my Windows doesn't ...
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Is it possible to restore an image from Acronis into a single partition, instead of the whole disk?

I haven't worked with Acronis yet (or any other OS cloning software), but as far as I know, it has to be restored on a blank HDD instead of a single partition (out of 2 or more). So, is that possible ...
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How to switch from SSD to HD in Windows 8.1?

I'm on the verge of giving up on this. I thought I would pose the question since I haven't found any answers and some other poor soul might run into a similar challenge. How do you configure Windows ...
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I cloned my SSD to a HDD, but Windows still thinks its solid state

I just finished cloning my 120 Gb solid state drive to a 2Tb HDD using the linux dd utility. Windows seems to think the new HDD is a solid state drive, and it's running very slowly. Is there a way ...
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BSOD crashes after a freeze period of 100% Highest Active Time while the Hard Disk actually appears to be idle

After a few BSoD crashes of my Windows 7 that follow a period of semi-frozen environment, I have started monitoring my Resource Monitor to try to catch the culprit in act. The symptoms are: The ...
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Does a faster hard drive put more strain on the CPU? [on hold]

I have been using an SSD on my old Thinkpad T60. My common sense tells me that fixing one bottleneck creates a new one. ?? If I put a 7500 or a 5200 in, it will slow things down, but will it also ...
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Leveraging Raid 0 with SDD and Traditional Hard Drive

I am considering rebuilding my Ubuntu 14.04 setup and have a system with the OS currently on a 256 GB SSD and 2x 1TB HDD. I was looking at setting up a Raid 0 or stripe with the SSD and one of the 1 ...
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What is the best way to test a new hard drive? [on hold]

I just bought a new internal drive (4TB WD Green) with the intention of storing most of my data on it (to be accessed over FTP). I was wondering what would be the best way to stress-test the drive. ...
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How do I know if my MacBook Pro supports SATA III?

I have a MacBook Pro that I bought around 2011. How do I know what level of SATA the internal hard drive interface supports? This is the About This Mac: And this is what the SATA section of the ...
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Bluescreened, worse than getting blueballed [on hold]

Okay, after coming home to BSOD, attempted to restart several times. Computer would boot, start up Windows, then freeze. Ran in safe mode. Froze during safe mode. Checked hardware in BIOS. CPU seemed ...
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Why 45MB Unallocated space at the beginning of a Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB Flash Drive AND Why Drastically different sector counts?

I have a brand new Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB USB flash drive has 45MB of unallocated space preceding the 58.89GB of available space. I don’t care about having less than 64GB since I know it’s due ...
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Win7, 64bit. SSD 100GB of unknown used space [duplicate]

I running Windows7, 64bit. I have a Crucial 240GB that has over 100GB of unknown used space. I have done disk cleanup which gained 2 GB. I have looked at hidden system files which add up to 7 GB. ...
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PC freezes on Windows 7 logo [on hold]

The PC stuck on Windows 7 logo after I installed a old hdd from my previous pc. If I try to start the pc to safe mode it freezes on classpnp.sys. Can't understand why it does that but if I detach the ...
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Theoretically(!) is it possible to write analog signal (sound) to HDD, like on magnet tape?

I mean, with hardware modifications of HDD, for example, by connecting directly to heads to record signal, and then play it back.
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Can a loose SATA hard drive disconnect itself because of vibration or shaking?

I have a WD Green 2TB which was working perfect until I've put it in a new case which doesn't use the standard screw system to fix the drives, but instead uses these plastic HDD trays which doesn't ...
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How to change “system” drive to another

I'm in deep trouble here (4 a.m. local time should give u some idea). My HDD has a primary partition and an extended partition with 3 logical drives in it. My problem is related to C and D drives ...
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How to password-protect an external hard drive or an external USB drive [on hold]

I've got: 1 external 120GB USB hard drive (TrekStor DataStation pocket capa) 2 16GB external USB drives (EMTEC) 2 32GB or 64BG external USB devices (SanDisk, one is USN 2.0 and the other USB 3.0, I ...
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What do the columns in smartctl output mean?

Here's a part of my smartctl -H /dev/sda output: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE 190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022 053 028 045 ...
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Windows 7 Getting Stuck at “Starting Windows” Screen

After doing much research and spending countless hours working on my laptop, I finally decided to post a specific question about my problems. There are a lot of specifics and a lot of things I have ...
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My hard drive is hanging for a couple seconds at a time

I just got a new laptop (an MSI ghost). It has a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. Everything's fine with the solid state drive, but the hard drive hangs for a couple seconds at a time. The most obvious ...
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Smart values drop to 0 then comes back up

Acronis Drive Monitor has been sending me the following (email) alerts Disk health has fallen below the warning threshold. Current health: 59% Warning threshold: 70% By the time I open ADM, disk ...
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Booting Windows 8.1 on a cloned drive?

I had no way to backup my hard drive, so I had to clone it directly to my new drive. And because of the position of my GPU, I could only have the 2 hard drives plugged in, not the Blu-ray RE drive. So ...
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same capacity external HDD,but different price

i am going to buy 1TB external HDD manufactured by western digital.I have found two of them in the shop's website.Both of them have 1TB capacity,but one is almost 13-14$ more than the other.Models ...
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How do I install and run LAMP on a secondary hard disk on Ubuntu? [on hold]

Background I've been using a local WAMP dev/testing server (Windows 7) for many years now, and it has become a royal pain to install/maintain SSL/Memcached etc on this environment, considering my ...
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2100: Detection error on HDD0 black screen error lenovo thinkpad carbon x1

I am having an issue with this lenovo thinkpad carbon x1, It's about 3 months old. With normal use, It all of the sudden goes into a black screen saying 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) Press ...
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How to set the spin down timeout on WD Green HDDs

My internal WD20EARS disk does not spin down autoamtically. I tried hdparm -S 1 (5 seconds), but nothing happens. I disabled the IntelliPower headparking with wdidle3 from the Ultimate Boot CD. hdparm ...
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SSD stays inactive during startup/shutdown

This morning I upgraded my laptop replacing the old 5400 rpm hdd with a new SSD (Kingston v300 480gb). Performance look good, both on benchmarks (crystal disk mark) than on personal feel. I'm ...
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NTFS log file specified size too small?

I was checking my disks and it (chkdsk X: /v /l /x /b) says the log file size (65536 kB - default size) is too small, in each of my partitions, so I doubled it, and redoubled it, and it's now it's 1MB ...
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Diskless Windows and Power Faliures [on hold]

I face a lot of power cuts and can't supply backup to all the computers. Due to this, many of the machines come up with hdd errors where the hdd becomes only readable (especially my SSDs). So, I have ...
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In VBS, check if network drive exists and mount it otherwise check until it's available

I need help creating a VBS script to do the following: launch a service called "NAS PM service" net start "NAS PM service" then check if \\192.168.1.1\drive1 exists IF EXIST \\192.168.1.1\drive1 ...
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copied boot partition to ssd and windows fails to boot

I just got an ssd, my main drive has 2 partitions. The second one stores some large installed apps, but nothing should be used for bootup that I know of(there maybe a few things, not sure, but ...
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Is there a current Seagate Seatools for Linux available? [on hold]

I have a Seagate drive in a Linux server at a datacenter I would like to test. Is that possible? This Seatools is ancient and does not start on my CentOS 7 box. I know I can use smartctl, etc to ...