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

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Bench-marking my SSD gives unreasonable number

I have a SAMSUNG 840 EVO SSD (120GB) installed on my laptop. According to the SAMSUNG website, it has 520 MB/s max read and 500 MB/s max write (sequential). I am trying to benchmark it using ...
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Wester Digital Passport External Hardisk failure

I dropped my WD passport from a height of about 3 feet on a solid surface. I connected the harddisk to my Lapotop running windows 8.1. The LED on the haddisk is blinking. I can feel the hard disk ...
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Recover missing files on an external hard drive

I backed up my files from the office in my external hard drive couple of days ago. The files are from a Mac. Then after I went home I checked the files and the files were there. After that I ...
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External HDD Not Being Recognized

I have two identical bus-powered USB3 1TB hard drives (Buffalo MiniStation). On my desktop computer, both work just fine. On my new Win 8.1 laptop (Dell XPS 13 9343), only one works. The other one ...
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HDD works at one laptop but doesn't on another

Th situation is as follows: Laptop Dell 14z has Win 8.1 and OSZ Vector 128GB SSD HDD. At one moment is started installing updates (Win 8.1), suddenly rebooted and couldn't boot Win successfully. ...
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Elementary OS Luna installer doesn't recognize Windows 7 install. Dual boot struggle

I am trying to install Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Elementary OS Luna x64 in dual boot. I've installed Windows first, but after that when I try to install Elementary from live USB the installer doesn't ...
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WD black sshd cannot be found in BIOS without OS

My laptop leaves space for only one disc, and I bought the WD black SSHD to replace my previous corrupted disc. However, I cannot find the hard drive in BIOS, while safety check shows it is perfectly ...
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Can restricted lib files corrupt HDD? [on hold]

Your answer to the person 5 yrs ago regarding an Ubuntu user's inability to diagnose why the msg dpkg in recovery mode: rm: cannot remove '/var/apt/lists/partial/' and ...
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Windows does not start after changing settings in msconfig.exe

I changed some settings in msconfig.exe on my computer. Then I booted and advanced. Then I changed my cores from 1 to 4. I'm almost positve that my computer is only 1 core and is an Intel i3. Now ...
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Possible problems when using OneDrive as backup [on hold]

I’m going to use the automatic sync functionality of OneDrive, which is built-in into Windows 8.1, to implement a backup solution for my work files stored locally. In my understanding, ‘backup’ means ...
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Linux machine with RAID 1 not booting after failed drive

I’m not that experienced with Linux and am troubleshooting a machine that is no longer booting up. Originally it had two drives installed in RAID 1 and one drive failed. I took the good drive out and ...
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What will happen if I reconnect 2 halves of two-way RAID mirror after using them independently?

Suppose I have a storage space with two-way mirror based on 2 physical USB drives a and b. Then I disconnect b and connect it to another computer. Then I use—write some data—to both degraded storage ...
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Cannot initialise HDD keep getting I/O Error…?

I'm in a very odd situation that I think the HDD is toast... but I need a second opinion because I've tried just about everything I know and it will not kick into life. that makes matters even worse. ...
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Cloning Windows 7: What happens to previous machine?

Similar questions have been asked a number of times before too, but mine is slightly different and I'm not able to find an answer to it. I upgraded my HDD from 320GB to 500GB and cloned old disk's ...
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Recovering 1TB hard drive split into two 500GB drives without formatting

I am using Windows 7 and am trying to recover two working drives. The hard drive in question was: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822204022 I am pretty sure they were ...
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Why are my sata 2 drives running in sata 1?

I have a GA-MA785GM-US2H running version F7 of bios if that matters and for some reason my sata 2 (actually sata 3 capable)drives are running at sata 1 speeds. This is confirmed in the boot sequence ...
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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 ...
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have over 8GB free disk and “disk full” message appears

my macbook pro System Version: 10.9.5 Processor: 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 Hard Disk: 250 GB Memory: 8 GB Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB L3 Cache: ...
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Replacing a RAID1 disk with a different model

When I replace a disk in a 2-disk RAID1 array, how do I know if a proposed replacement disk is actually suitable? Just to make the question more concrete, the disk to be replaced is a 1TB Seagate ...
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Seagate Backup Plus Slim appears as read only on Mac after using in Windows

My Seagate Backup Plus Slim disk box states it can be used with both Windows and Mac. It worked fine with the Power Mac and also with the Windows machine. However, after I used it on a Windows ...
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Common SMART values for all vendors?

Is there a list of SMART values that all HDD/SSD vendors have in common ? Or just every vendor implements its own list of SMART values ? Our application might handle HDD or SSD.
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Reset File and Folder Permission of External Hard Drive Data to default in windows 7

I have External Hard and changed some security setting of files and now I am not able to access in my other system. I am admin in this system is there any tool that can make all setting of all content ...
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How to do a Diskpart Clean on OS X

Is there a way to perform the equivalent of (Windows') diskpart clean via MacOS X? I have to completely bomb some drives so that they can be formatted correctly in a buffalo Linkstation that I have. ...
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ID disk from event message

I have the following event in event viewer: "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk6\DR19." Log Name: System Source: Disk EventID: 11 Level: Error How do I know what disk this ...
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DC-input motherboard How does HDD get power? — ASRock H81TM-ITX

This may be quite a simple question, but I do not know much of anything when it comes to building motherboards, voltages, wattages, and power. I am looking at this board - ASRock H81TM-ITX ...
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What should I do to use my hard drive on a Samsung Tablet? [migrated]

I have a 2 TB hard drive full of movies. I am getting bored watching movies on the computer so I decided buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab. My hard drive is NTFS and my friends told me that I have to convert ...
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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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What's a fast way to copy a lot of files from an internal hard-drive to external (USB) storage?

I have a large amount of data - about 500 GB - on the internal hard drive of a desktop PC. This includes music, videos, PDFs... you name it. I want to copy everything to an external USB hard drive ...
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CRC Error..HDD failure or Windows failure?

I have seagate hdd with windows 7 ultimate installed on partition C and the partition D for data. Suddenly while booting, windows ask me for disk checking volume/partition D for consistency. If i let ...
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Is there any way to setup a 3TB SATA drive in Windows XP? [duplicate]

I have a Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC and I want to setup Western Digital 3 TB (dynamic disk) in my PC. But it reads only 700 GB from Windows XP although it read 3TB from the setup screen of my Dell. The ...
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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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How do i recover data without reformatting drive after USB to SATA conversion?

My External USB Hard Drive became unusable. Removed the enclosure and connected via SATA. Windows is failing to recognize without formatting. What are my options to recover drive without losing data? ...
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How can I use my laptop like an external hdd with use of any cable [duplicate]

I want to use my laptop like an external hard drive. How can I completely access my laptop's storage on another computer with the help of any cable? Can we mount a particular partition of the laptop ...
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Cannot get RAID working with Mac Mini after adding drive

I had a working RAID array with 3 2TB drive in an external Startech.com SATA enclosure that was set to RAID5 I wanted to add another 2TB drive, so I added the drive but according to the manual, I ...
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Ubuntu won't boot with 4 hard drives

I got two HGST 4TB HDD's for my birthday and I'm trying to put them in my media center which already has a 128GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. The motherboard is an ASRoxk E350M1 which only has 4 SATA headers so ...
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Unable to see storage devices on Resource Monitor

I have a small problem after fixing some sync issues with my SSDs. It seems that I am unable to see storage devices on "Storage" on Resource Monitor's Disk tab. I can only see the consolidated Disk ...
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Disable or sleep secondary hard drive in Macbook

I've done some quick Googling but didn't find an answer. I've put an SSD in my Macbook, and at the same time moved the original hard drive to the optical drive bay. I'm running the OS and most of my ...
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M.2 SSD not recognized by Windows 7 Ult installation

I've installed a Crucial M500 480GB SSD in the M.2 slot on an ASRock Z87 Extreme6 motherboard. When i to install Windows 7 Ult on it the drive doesn't show. With diskpart it shows as drive 0. I can ...
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How can I stop Hard disk spinning when bluetooth audio is played for NAS content?

I am keeping music folders on NAS drive and synced those to laptop through windows file synchronization. When playing these media files through WMP/VLC while redirecting output through bluetooth, HDD ...
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Move EFI System Partition to another drive

I had a Windows 8 installation on an HDD, using UEFI as boot. The HDD has the following GPT table: DISKPART> list partition Partizione ### Tipo Dim. Offset --------------- ...
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HDD not listed in BIOS, but can boot to it if overridden?

I have a custom built Windows 8.1 PC running off an Asus H97I-PLUS motherboard with four drives (2x HDD, 2xSSD) attached with SATA cables. I was fiddling with the overclocking wizard. After a game ...
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Drive partitioning for SSD cache

i just purchased a new laptop Asus N551JK-CN103D which comes with a 1TB hdd and 24GB SSD(or mSSD) which I think can be used as cache. I have a couple of questions but here is how I setup my laptop, it ...
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What is “File Packing” done by an Operating System?

I am reading a book on Operating Systems, and I am confused in a part about Internal File Structure. Quoting from the book: Disk systems typically have a well-defined block size determined by ...
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How to detect if a USB port is 3.0 or 2.0?

I have a Toshiba Canvio 3.0 external HDD. It has USB 3.0. It flashes blue if you connect it to a USB 3.0 port. If it is a 2.0 port, the light becomes white. Yesterday, I plugged it in and the light ...
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How to install Windows 7 to an USB HDD from Linux? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Windows 7 from a CD to a HDD connected via USB. Windows complaints about not being able to install itself to USB-connected drives. All guides I found involve downloading a set of ...
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Should I buy a 'Red' or 'NAS' Hard Drive if my desktop computer is on all the time? [on hold]

I leave my computer on all the time. Over the last 10 years I've lost an average of about one hard drive per year. I have Seagate and Western Digital warranty exchange addresses memorized :-) Right ...
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How can I recover data from an interrupted file system conversion? [on hold]

I attempted to convert a USB 2TB drive (containing around 500GB of data) from NTFS to HFS+. The process was done using Paragon Partition manager on Windows. It started OK, and began walking the disk ...
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Sata Power Connection Broken Off but Pins are ok

So, that crappy plastic connector holder on my hard drive broke off while I was moving drives around. Does anyone have any suggestion on a work around, I've tried crazy gluing a Sata Power plug to ...
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Upgrading Hard Drive: Should One Purchase Online or at a Store [on hold]

I am buying an internal hard drive. I don't know if I should buy online which would have a warranty but I would have to pay for the shipping of any bad products to manufacturer - or buy at a store ...
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Move AppData (via symlink?) to a different drive

I've been looking for ways to move AppData off my SSD but the symlink methods won't work since they attempt to make the link in the folder that my AppData folder is in. Since the folder exists and ...