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

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Windows 8.1 Pro install - SSD not detected

Upgrading my girlfriend's Lenovo SL510 to use an SSD. I removed the old HDD and replaced it by the Samsung 830 128GB SSD. The SSD is visible in the BIOS and it is accessible/formattable from another ...
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How to add additional SSDs on Corsair 780T case [duplicate]

I am new to PC building. I have recently completed a build using a Corsair 780T case. It only has 3 slots for SSDs. What is the best solution for installing additional SSds? Can you get replacement ...
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HDD not booting over SATA, only over USB

So today I finally restarted my computer after something like 20 days and upon booting it just froze on the Lenovo starting screen. Upon trying to fix the problem, I discovered that unplugging my ...
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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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How to move a primary partition into an extended one?

My installation is Fedora 18 and Windows 8, and I need room for another system. I have a very delicate task: I need to move my primary /boot partition inside an extended partition which contains all ...
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How should I format backup media for space efficiency? [on hold]

In my working environment based on Linux, we use some 2-8TB disks for backup storage. Most files are around 50-500MB. Each file is written once, and rarely read. The writing is not frequent. In this ...
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What's wrong with my WD my book live?

I have a WD my book live that I can't find on my network. The device was stored at my warehouse for few years, and I would like to read/use again the files that are in it. I plugged it in to my ...
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Can I mass replicate hard drives using a disk image on a server as a source?

I work for a facility that mass replicates hard drives. We use hard drive replicators such as these. We're looking to streamline our workflow. We have nearly 1000 different master hard drives that we ...
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Does it make sense to create a raid array with SSD's?

We had a big problem in our local network at the school, many people were not able to login to their virtual machines. After a week our teachers found out that the problem was because of the raid ...
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How can I repair Mac OS Extended Journaled Hard Drive that doesn't show up in Mac Finder or Disk Utility

I have a 120 GB Seagate SATA hard drive formatted as the default "Mac OS Extended Journaled" in a 2006 MacBook with Snow Leopard. It also has Windows XP installed with BootCamp. Everything worked ...
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Will re-encrypting my system drive affect TrueCrypt system favorites?

My Laptop usually has a Truecrypt-system encryption with pre boot authentication. My second harddrive (also TC-encrypted) is set as system favorite so it is accessible as soon as windows has started. ...
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Does Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) have faster read/write speeds than a single HDD?

So I have 4 of the same drive (5400 RPM WD Red's) in SHR. Since there is data parity (same chunks of data exist on multiple drives), will the read speed be greater than that of a single drive? Could ...
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Windows 10 installer don't recognize SSD (and Ubuntu does)

I have a problem with SSD (Intel 535 series). I've replaced with it a dvd-drive in my laptop (Asus L551LN). So now I have my old hdd in the old place and new ssd in the dvd-drive place. The problem ...
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How to Move / Migrate a Hard disk with multiple bootable partitions to Larger size?

Currently I am using a 320gb hard disk on my laptop. I have a newer 500gb one. I decided to migrate the 320gb HDD and its contents into the 500gb one. Problem is that my 320gb HDD has multiple ...
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SSD drive filled up in drive D - mysterious file usage

This is from my thinkpad t450s which has a Samsung 240GB SSD. It has been running fine (and still is). But I suddenly noticed one morning that my D: drive had filled up overnight. This is a surprise ...
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How to make an USB connected, external Hard Drive (mechanical) to dual boot with Windows 10 Enterprise and Linux?

I have an USB 3 connected, 4Tb Segate Backup Plus Hard Disk. I want to create several partitions and dedicated two of them (≅126 Gb each), one for Windows 10 Enterprise (no home or pro), and other for ...
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Resume interrupted file transfer to harddrive

I was copying my whole user folder over to a harddrive for backup, but I had to plug out the disk because I had to leave. I got about 160 of 220gigs transferred, and now the file is sitting on the ...
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How to use your USB External drive as primary drive?

I would like to use my main Internal drive to install software's but use my external USB drive to saves my files. Sound simple but I want it to be done automatically, like exchanging My Documents, ...
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Lenovo Boot Failed

I am Using Lenovo G405s and running Windows 8 on my laptop, and whenever I turn on the laptop this error pops up - SATA HDD : WDC WD5000LPVT-24G33T1 boot failed SATA ODD : MATSHITA DVD-RAM ...
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Binary compare failing after file copy regardless of drive

I have a Windows 7 x64 PC and it has started to copy files with errors. I have tested with 3 different hard drives. All 3 drives seems to be working normally other than the copy. I have 2x 2TB WD ...
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How to replace HDD with SSD in laptop?

I want to replace HDD with SSD in my laptop. How to choose right type of SSD, which parameters of laptop should I know? I've found some similar questions, but they are too old and technologies could ...
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New 4tb hard drive can't be accessed

My setup Windows 8.1 64 bit Motherboard ASUS H87I-PLUS The drive is Seagate ST4000DM000 4TB (bought from amazon) I have installed the SeagateDisc Wizard It is attached to the motherboard, with ...
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Cloud Drive alternatives (Bitcasa)

So I've been using a company called Bitcasa to store my data in the cloud. Recently got an email stating they are shutting down their personal packages and that I need to move my data. I had been ...
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Error notebook samsung np300e4c Boot menu is empty

I have my notebook Samsung NP300e4c. When turned on yesterday it shows me a picture with the list of boot options menu and app, but the list of boot I get empty !!!! Entering BIOS recognizes my ...
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Newly formatted (NTFS) external hard drive already has 'Used space'. What determines the used space's amount? Is it correlated to the HD's capacity?

I just bought a new external hard drive (WD Elements - 1 TB). In a PC with Windows 7, I formatted it by Right-clicking the drive > Format (Quick Format - NTFS) before using it and, and then checked ...
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Unable to Format HDD

Hello I have an issue where a new PC build recently completed isn't allowing me to format my 'secondary' hard drive. I'll explain in detail what I have done, and perhaps this will help anyone who can ...
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Can I either find the fault data of a specific HDD model or predict it?

Background: In many occasions, I suffered a lot from HDD failure. I found that even reputable brands could faulty model. For example, all of my 1.5TB WD Green HDDs died within the 1st year. I ...
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Mechanical harddisk defect causing system troubles - SATA

So I hope this question won't get mark as too broad, as I really want to get familiar with the deeper related issues. Background: A friend of mine has troubles with a broken system harddisk, after ...
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Laptop gets very slow while copying/moving files

My laptop used to work great in every aspect on Windows 10 days ago. Two days ago I installed Linux Mint to give it a try and formatted the hard disk, but I couldn't acclimatise to the Linux OS. So I ...
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What Filesystem or raid-like structure can I use for broken / dying hard drives?

Story: I have a 3TB Hard drive that is failing. I have recovered everything I want from it. Gradually, it is becoming more and more unusable as sectors on it become unstable (re-allocated sectors and ...
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How do you reset MS OneDrive so files will sync?

I have OneDrive on my desktop computer and on my tablet and phone. Everything was working great as far as files being sync and the retrieval was excellent no matter what device I was on. I uploaded ...
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Uploading large folders to Dropbox from external hard drive

I've got a puzzling dilemma that I've been trying to solve for weeks. I want to backup about 500 GBs from an external hard drive to my Dropbox Pro account. My computer's hard drive is nowhere near ...
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Why Bytes Per Physical Sector : <Not Supported>

I'm trying to fight with mysterious Windows backup error "Volume larger than 2TB can be protected". I can be seen in internet but no solution. Users give advice to check with fsutil tool. Here are ...
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Is it common for a new HDD to have bad sectors? [duplicate]

I just bought a new HDD and found through windows event viewer that it has at least 1 bad sector. I'm still not pretty sure about how many does it have, because there are around five or six messages ...
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How can I use a USB Flash drive as a HDD harddrive?

As you see in the picture below, Windows knows which devices are USB's and which devices are hard drives. How can I make this USB into a hard drive? Can I format it or something? I need to do this ...
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What are the reasons for HDD failure?

I bought my PC two years ago. One week ago my system failed to boot. I just asked my friends and they said it may have been a virus attack, but two days later I recognized my hard disk was not ...
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How bad is it to swap a hard-drive back and forth a few times?

I am currently running Fedora 19 on an SSD in my Lenovo x131e, and I am considering changing over to Mint (not dual booting). I am in the middle of doing a PhD, so I have a lot of stuff on the drive ...
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Why I can't format 500 GB drive as FAT32 under Windows 7? [duplicate]

What can cause Windows 7 to prevent me from formatting 500 GB (actually 465 GB) external USB disk as FAT32? No matter, what I did (Windows Explorer, Disk Management), the only options I was presented ...
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How much power does a hard drive use?

This is not as straight forward as it sounds. Specs from Western Digital's site for a WD 3TB Green Drive: Read/Write 6.00 Watts Idle 5.50 Watts Looks fine right? Look at this part of the spec: ...
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ASUS Windows 8 Computer Hard Drive

My computer starts up normally. Then when it goes to the ASUS load up screen, there is no spinning wheel. So I go to boot menu and there is some information. There is no clicking in the hard drive. ...
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Should I remove my CD-ROM for an SSD? [on hold]

I have an 2011 Macbook Pro with a 320 GB HDD. I'm looking to upgrade it with an SSD so it can run faster. I'm stuck between two choices: Remove my optical drive and replace it with a 250GB SSD Keep ...
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How connect two computer to one an external hard disk drive? [duplicate]

I have two computers running windows 10. I wanted to connect both of them at the same time to an external hard disk drive. Are there any hard disk drives that can accept two USB ports?
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Recovering from a drive that required formatting?

I'm at my wits end here, it's just been one problem after another and I'm well and truly lost now. Let me explain the situation. So my laptop's hard drive turned out to be some cheap thing and ...
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is it possible to RUN mac OS X (preferably 10.11 el capitan) ON a usb drive?

I would like to know if it is possible to run OSX (preferably El Capitan) on a USB drive. I am not talking about an installation USB drive to install OSX on my computer, I am talking about installing ...
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How to correct 512-byte sector MBR on a 4096-byte sector disk?

Final update: I already knew what I needed to do to fix this problem; I just didn't know how to do it. I was hoping there would be some ready-made tool to do that automatically - but couldn't find ...
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Low hdd IOPS - should I be worried?

I have been having issues with a pc that's randomly losing power. Ever since, I've been finding new ways to stresstest everything to try and find a way to force the power loss in order to be able to ...
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Data not visible after unsafe removal

I have a little problem. I had a laptop with Ubuntu on it. I copied approximately 100gb of data to a external harddisk. Then when the copying was finished I removed the harddisk without fist ...
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Swap drives between Dell D630 and D820

I've a Dell Latitude D630 running WinXP with the Intel integrated graphics. I believe the display is failing on this - or something certainly is. I also have a D820 with the nVidia graphics, currently ...
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Computer not recognizing external Hd after extended period of time

First things. I have an almost 5 year old HP Pavilion G7-1260us 17in laptop computer. It is Intel Core i3-2330M @2.20Ghz with 4Gb of internal memory running Windows 10 version 1511 build 10586.218. It ...