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

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T60 Win7 Samsung SSD - Sudden Black Screen

i recently updated my beloved T60 with a SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD 128Gb. After installing all software back and putting the SSD in the main HD slot, i have the following behavior: The computer ...
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Why is windows explorer very slow only on drive “E”?

I am having the following problem: each time I open windows explorer to go to my drive E: (to my downloads folder) and tries to open .avi files it takes ages to charge the file (looooong green loading ...
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Recover hard drive partitions from a formatted hard drive [duplicate]

When installing Linux I pressed next and the erase disk was ticked. I tried to go back but it wouldn't let me so I shut-down the pc and it wouldn't boot. I used a bootable CD to see the damage and all ...
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While extending the partition to unallocated space Windows 8.1

I recently bought a laptop with free dos because I already had a version of Win 8.1. after installing the OS, While repartitioning the Hard Drive, I discovered two unallocated 7.80GB (one NTFS and one ...
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How to ignore a specific SMART error

I get an email about the same SMART error every day. I'd like to configure the SMART daemon to ignore this specific error, but only this, since I still want to now if anything changes or gets worse. ...
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Slow Harddrive is Dragging the System

I have an HP Pro 3000 SFF running Window 8.1 Update 1 & Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. It uses an Intel G45s Chipset, a Hitachi HDS721050CLA362 500 GB harddrive, an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor, and has 4 ...
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What is the fastest way to mark bad sectors *without data recovery*?

I have an out of warranty laptop that has an hdd with bad sectors. I say that because chkdsk /r got stuck for over 24 hours at certain %. I also left GRC's SpinRite running for 4 days. It is my ...
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An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data

I have the Windows 7 installation media on a USB drive. I get the error "An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data" when I boot to it on an older computer. The drive ...
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What to do if pc doesn't boot correctly?

I have dual operating systems (XP & win 7) on my desktop. It's a 4 years old, and it hasn't worked properly for the past few days. When I turn on the pc it doesn't reliably detect the operating ...
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Adobe After Effect and Premiere in 5400rpm harddisk

I am planing to get a new laptop with a 5400rpm HDD and install Adobe CS5.5 After Effect and Premiere in it, however the system requirement said it need a 7200rpm HDD. I am trying to get the new ...
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Corrupted hard drive - how much data is recoverable?

The laptop that I have no longer boots to Windows in any mode and so I took it in to a computer repair store. I was told that my hard drive is corrupted and that they would only be able to recover ...
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Locate all references to a certain hard disk

Every time I got a new machine or increased the memory capacity I used to add and add more and more hard disks to the latest machine. Now I have several disks of old data (e.g windows installation, ...
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eSATA drives keeps disappearing, only reappears after reboot

I have one relatively fat PC at home, that I use as a server, a back-up drive included, and as my gaming PC as well. I currently have an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Motherboard, which includes the ...
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Copying files: Do any of the mainstream operating systems (excluding e.g. Linux with ZFS) hash files when moving them?

What I tend to do to go about making sure I don't lose my data is I pick and choose what files I want to keep, and once I have my large (in bytes, not in heft) external hard disk attached (usually ...
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How can I recover a crashed hard drive?

My hard drive from my MacBook crashed and died hard last week. I replaced the drive with a new one, and installed 10.6/Snow Leopard on it. The old drive is now in a usb enclosure, and I really need to ...
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Seagate ext hdd breaks USB connectivity in Windows 8 x64

A friend has a Seagate 1TB ext hdd (model: srd 00 f1). When connecting it to his Sony Vaio (VPCSB1S1E - Windows 8) it shows up in the Device Manager with a driver error. When trying to uninstall the ...
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Windows Keeps crashing after boot

My math teacher gave me an old Windows XP computer a few years back and last year, There was a power surge in my home and the motherboard was just completely fried. I took the hard drive out. Today, I ...
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Why OS Windows does not boot after disk disconnected?

I have problem with booting from Mandriva linux boot menu to Windows. I previously used two disks: one with Windows and one with Mandriva and booting worked. However when I removed the disk with ...
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Is My Harddrive Garbage?

I have a WD Caviar Blue 1TB, I wanted to format my computer and start fresh, so I did this, I noticed it took 6 hours to just get through the entire install, when I got into Windows 8, it was ...
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Why is my hard drive so slow? Is this normal?

I just built a complete new computer including a motherboard with SATA 3 ports and a brand new 2 TB harddrive 7200RPM, 64mb cache, and Sata 3 capable. I'm working with some large files and it's ...
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Can't install Windows 7 with UEFI off on GPT drive

I need to have a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 on my notebook with UEFI. I had to turn UEFI off to install and boot Ubuntu. Now I'm trying to install Windows 7, but it says it can't be ...
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It seems laptop aspire 5742 is damaging Hard drives

The laptop started rebooting itself and going into recovery mode and failing to recover, I tried the hdd on another computer and WD diagnose tool failed, so I bought a new WD blue 500gb HDD, I ...
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How can i get my Asus s550cm partitions again

The question it´s simple. My HDD got damaged, i have another one and i want all partitions that my Asus s550cm had whey i bought it, i dont care about the files that i had but i want all partitions ...
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Old VAX machine crashed need to recover files

So I had a client contact me about some data recovery. I told her I'd take a look. Well when the box arrived I saw my first microVAX 3500. The only thing the lady was able to tell me was "one day it ...
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What are “:ms-properties ” files?

Due to a failure of a partition managing software, I had to recover the files from my local hard drive with TestDisk on a live Ubuntu drive. Afterwards, I encountered several files named ...
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Storage driver difficulties stop me installing Windows 7

I'm having a driver problem. When I try to install Windows 7 over Vista it says my storage driver isn't compatible and I should get a better driver before upgrading. The storage driver is called ...
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Does hard drive buffer size matter?

These HDDs will be used mostly for backups and data-storage (pictures, movies) which aren't often read. The price difference is 1.5 Euros in the case of these two: HDD Western Digital Caviar Green ...
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Add external volume app folder to Launchpad

I have a primary volume and secondary volume which I store apps on in a folder called HDD Applications. Launchpad only looks at the /Applications folder on the primary drive for apps. How can I get ...
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GParted - cant have overlapping partitions

Simple question: GParted shows that I have overlapping partitions. I dont understand much from partitions, but this is my output "fdisk -l -u": http://pastebin.com/MySTBhNF If you can tell me what ...
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Is it possible to recover data after disk' gpt to mbr conversion?

I tried to install windows that requires mbr system to a gpt system. I converted gpt to mbr using diskpart utility. After it all my logical disks disappeared and only one (with total amount of space) ...
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Lenovo Z570 HDD not visible in BIOS

My Lenovo Z570 laptop is acting weird these days. When I make it sleep or hibernate, and leave it for minimum 30~45 minutes,and try to start d laptop HDD light will be always ON and windows will not ...
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Warranty on server grade hard-disks. Is that a good thing?

I couldn't come up with a better question and I hope this does not belong to server fault. Recently I obtained some western digital RED hard-disks, which are specially build for NAS. They come with ...
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Converted External 3TB WD Mybook Essential to an internal drive, but it's not visible in disk management

My external hard-drive (WD MyBook Essential) stopped working a couple months ago (via USB) so I decided to take it apart and try to make it an internal drive. At first the drive was visible... I ...
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Windows 8 Slow File Transfer (but 1gb sequential benchmark fine)

I'm using Windows 8.1. File transfers (between disks, over gigabit network) are limited to 10MB/s, but CrystalDiskMark 5x1000MB benchmark shows 139MB/s r/w speeds. I have no antivirus installed. File ...
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Non-UEFI computer can't see UEFI Hard Drive

Long story short I had a computer, (Windows 8,UEFI, Samsung 840 EVO SSD) system. I spilled coffee on that system and am sending it off to be repaired. I wanted to make sure the hard drive was okay, ...
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How to format/repair a write-protected USB drive with I/O errors?

I ordered a bunch of 1GB usb drives from a semi-shady Chinese company. Most of them work just fine, but a couple of them won't let me format them because they are "write-protected." There is no write ...
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Addressing the cylinders of a Hard Drive

I want to address the cylinders of a Hard Drive but I can't find a good manual of the pinout of the IDE interface. Anyone knows how to do that? I don't want to read/write anything in the disk, just ...
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Non-RAID Disk showing as RAID

The disk in question is attached to a single ESATA port on the back of my computer. The other ESATA port has nothing attached. In the BIOS, the controller for that port is turned on, and set to SATA ...
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How to encrypt my system (harddisk) on Windows 8.1 pro?

on my previous laptop I ran Windows 7 with TrueCrypt to encrypt my entire harddisk (There was only one in that laptop). The reason I do this is because I create software for multiple clients and that ...
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Data Recovery from HDD logical failure (not physical) [on hold]

Background. My interpretation is that the physical disks have all the right data; it's just the onboard controller/logic that's broken, so my case is different from most recovery cases. I don't feel ...
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How could PC Doctor, etc. boot and how does the HDD mess up offline boots? [on hold]

We finally gave in, and gave the laptop to Staples. Apparently, the Staples tech ran "PC-Doctor" and tested a lot of hardware, eventually finding (via SMART) a hard disk failure. He said it was a ...
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DDRescue - Did I do the wrong command which is causing it to take longer then expected

I am running the following command on a 500GB drive: ddrescue --force --direct /dev/sde2 /home/backups/sde2.img sde2_logfile.ddrescue However, the time has been almost 24hrs and all it has done so ...
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Drive assignments changing

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 Server machine set up with 3 drives: Two 2TB HDDs, and a 4GB USB drive for system. It seems that every time I boot the system it changes what drives are assigned to ...
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Best practise for debbuging hdd

I just logged onto my machine when suddenly ls gave me an Input/output error. After rebooting the machine /dev/sda1 could not be mounted. dmesg results in : [ 545.691453] EXT4-fs (sda): VFS: Can't ...
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Server on Physical HDD from dead server needs Converting into Virtual Machine

I have dead server wich need reviving, all i managed to retrieve is HDD, is there an easy way of converting this physical HDD into any virtual format that VMWare converter could use? So far i've used ...
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we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one intalling windows 8.1

I'm trying to install windows 8.1 and I'm getting this error message after I choose the hard drive to install the windows in we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one just to be ...
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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Disk Usage 100%

Background Information / Computer Specs I have a 14-inch Samsung Series 5 Ultra. Core i5 CPU, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000. I've had the computer for about 1.5 years with no major ...
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Linux desktop computer doesn't see external harddrive but my laptops do

I have an older maxtor 80 gig harddrive that i have been using for years I have probably reformatted it 12 times. It seems to be in perfect working order when i plug it into my laptop. And honestly ...
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Are partitions to the inner/outer edge significantly faster

Some linux dual/multi-boot tutorials / general partitioning tutorials say that the inner side of a hard disk is faster than the outer side so partitions towards the outside tend to be slower while ...
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Change The System Partition, Windows XP

my computer originally attached with two hard disk (disk1 as C: and disk2 as E:) where disk1 is SATA (system partition) and disk2 is IDE (boot). then, i attached another hard disk (disk3 as D: , ...