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

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Disk defragging with unmovable files

I moved my hard disk from my laptop to my desktop in order to defrag it. I am using MyDefrag to defrag the disk. I was hoping that since the OS used was my desktop's and not my laptop's, the system ...
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Unable to format hard drive and partitions

I remember messing around with partitions in linux a while back and I clearly did something wrong at that time and now I can't seem to format my hard drives in Windows 10. In the screenshot below you ...
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I add 500MB vdisk and it's showing 524MB, Why?

i add via vSphere 5.5 a new Hard Disk of 500MB to a virtual machine and the server sees it as 524MB. Any idea why? fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdg: 524 MB, 524288000 bytes 64 heads, 32 sectors/track, ...
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Install Windows on separate drive WITHOUT dual boot

I have 2 physical drives drive 1 and drive 2. My drive 1 already has a Windows 8 installed, and I want to insall a Windows 7 on my drive 2 I first tried to boot from a USB stick and tried to install ...
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Determine if service center can access my files by bypassing admin privileges

I had to send my laptop at the repair centre for some issues it was having. It is known before-hand that it will need to be dis-assembled. I have an administrator account and a guest account. I asked ...
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Is it bad if I download to an SSD and move to an external HDD later?

I know that downloading stuff (such as movies) to an SSD is a bad thing; but if I download them there first and then move them to an external hard disk drive is it a bad thing?
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SAN capable of 25,000 IOPS at 75kb avg. size, where will my bottleneck be? [migrated]

I just want to double check my findings here, hope someone out there is able to weight in on some of this. Let's say I have a SSD storage array capable of delivering 25,200 IOPS and it is connected ...
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what physical disk is referenced by Event 7, Disk error “The device, \Device\Harddisk2\DR2, has a bad block.” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I determine which HD is involved in the Event Viewer? NOT a duplicate well, maybe the general premise is a duplicate, but the linked question is not answered, ...
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Windows 10, lost hard drive

I have a Samsung series 5 ultrabook and this particular model has a 23GB SSD and 500GB HDD. I installed the Windows 7 on the HDD and used the SSD for some scripts and small games. I recently ...
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Recover data from formatted harddrive [duplicate]

I had a dual boot machine with Windows 8 and Deepin linux on it. Last week I removed WIndows 8 and installed windows 8.1. After installing Windows 8.1 grub was removed. I followed How can I repair ...
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Easiest way to encrypt multiple hard drives?

What is the best way to encrypt multiple separate hard drives? I have a Windows 7 desktop computer with multiple drives for various media- boot drive, video game HD, media HD, a Raid setup - and I ...
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Support for using >2TB HDD

Iam working on providing support for HDD morethan 2TB on TI8107 board. According to GPT header, at LBA1 with offset of 0x28 we get the first usable sector and LBA1 with offset of 0x30 we get the last ...
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ReFS Partition gone

I booted into windows yesterday and went searching for a file I was looking for. I went to a drive in explorer and I got into a subdir then tried to go to a deeper subfolder and explorer wouldn't let ...
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Where is the hard disk size stored (sector, offset)?

After having used a 1 Tb for a few months, I decided to create an image of the 500 Gb boot drive in the portable using commercial software for safety reasons, since I had recently upgraded from ...
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Extracting Files from a Virus-Filled Hard Drive

I need to restore some documents, images, music, etc. from an old hard drive, which is filled with viruses. I have a SATA-USB docking station in order to connect the old hard drive to my computer, ...
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Add Mirror for volumes other than the last one in Windows 7 (disk “not up-to-date”)

I'm using Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. I have an existing 4TB disk with 3 NTFS volumes, a new 3TB blank disk, and I'm trying to mirror the volumes onto the new disk. My Windows install is on an SSD which ...
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Creating a dual partition external HD Windows 8: 1 partition bootable, the other for storage?

I'm a total rookie and I'm trying to re-format an external drive so that I can have a small partition that is bootable, and the other partition to keep files. Don't quite know where to begin. Thanks
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How do I know what type of hard drive interface my laptop uses?

I have a Toshiba Satelite L50-B-1LN, and I want to upgrade the hard drive to a SSD. However, I do not know what type of SSD to buy. I need to know if my laptop uses SATA 2, SATA 3, IDE, etc. How do I ...
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Shred File without overwriting blocks

AFAIK, a file on a file system has two components. The pointer that stores the directory path of the file. Also stores the list of sectors/blocks on the disk that the file is composed of. The real ...
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WinDirStat shows 244GB unknown space on external drive

I recently noticed that one of my external hard drive seems to be missing a lot of space. It was recommended that I try WinDirStat, as it could help identify how much space each file was taking up. ...
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Can't see disk in Windows explorer

I purchased a new 4TB HDD and put it in an enclosure for external use. I formatted that HDD using the disk management tool (as GPT rather than MBR) and assigned a drive letter to it. I was able to use ...
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Western Digital My Passport Beeps [duplicate]

My Western Digital My Passport Drive () is broken, when I went to plug it in today, It made beeping sounds when connected. It makes 7 beeps, then 3, then another 3, and then it pauses for a few ...
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How to quickly format a HDD with bad sectors (in linux)?

I have a SATA HDD, which has bad sectors. I do not need the data, and need to format the HDD to create a fresh device. I tried to repair the HDD problem with commands like fsck.ext4 -p /dev/sda1 ...
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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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TestDisk: The harddisk is reported as too small?

I am trying to restore partitions on an old hard drive. The drive has been formatted previously. I am using TestDisk 6.14. When I choose the option Deeper Search I think it finds something, because a ...
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Blue screen when trying to optimize drive

Found out that while I was away my PC had crashed ("Your PC ran into a problem...") and got the helpful tip to look for REGISTRY_ERROR. Given that I have an SSD drive, I thought of running the ...
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Replace system disk - centos 6.x

I have a Precision 380 running CentOS 6.5 where the (one and only) disk appears to be failing. I'd like to copy out everything to a new drive and have it take over as the system disk so I can ...
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Can I install the same copy of Windows (same product key) onto a different drive on the same computer and switch between them with the BIOS boot menu?

Right now I have two HDDs (for storage) and two SSDs (for OS) in my computer. On the older 64 GB SSD, I have Windows 10 installed, along with a bunch of video production software and related tools ...
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Bad blocks in hard disk - S.M.A.R.T - report

I have a DELL PRECISION M4400 running Windows 7 Professional. Recently, the laptop started freezing and would go to sleep and would not be able to wake up unless a hard reset was given. I downloaded ...
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diagnosing 100 percent disk usage in windows 10

Since updating to win 10, I'm experiencing issues with my disk usage. From time to time (sometimes every 10 minutes, sometimes once every few hours) my system becomes unresponsive because the disk ...
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Test disk write speed on existing partition

I want to benchmark write speeds on a disk in an existing server setup. I suspect there is a problem with the write perf of the controller. Benchmarks I have tried (SiSoft Sandra, HDTune) report that ...
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Seagate Expansion not loading up as a Disk

I am in deep sh*t as my 1TB Seagate Expanstion Portable HDD (STBX1000301) stopped working all of the sudden. It was working fine, like crisp. I was copying data (in GBs) to it and suddenly it stopped ...
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Why can data be recovered after formatting?

If a quick format just marks bits as writable, and a normal format writes 0s to the entire disk, why do people bother with DBAN, and why are multiple passes ever required?
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Unable to access or analyze external HDD

a friend gave me a corrupted HDD. He said, his laptop crashed during a formatting process with a BSOD. Now from time to time (on Windows) it's being detected but if you try to access it, it prints ...
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Create image from encrypted linux disk using windows

My system is a Linux / Windows x64 dual boot PC. It has two disks, one for Windows 7, one for Linux. The Linux disk has one unencrypted partition (boot) and one encrypted partition (home, root, ...). ...
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managing disk using fdisk utility

i m new to fedora, I want to create 8GB disk and then want to make three partitions with different sizes. -first partition with 8MB -Second partition with 192MB -Third partition with 7.8GB but it ...
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Boot menu across multiple hard drives

I currently have a dual-boot on my desktop with two partitions on the same hard drive. When I boot up my machine I am taken to a boot menu which allows me to pick which of the two operating systems I ...
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How to achieve highest performance with multiple USB 3 drives but only one USB 3 port

If a computer has one USB 3 port, and one USB 2 port, and the user needs to connect two external USB 3 drives (backwards compatible to USB 2), will highest speeds be obtained if the user connects them ...
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Laptop hard disk makes loud aggressive revving noise

Imagine a 17 year old revving a Ferrari, the hard disk sounds like that for about 5 seconds then returns to a normal noise. The revving noise is far louder than a traditional disk thrashing under ...
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Hard disk not working

I have a 500GB Hitachi Hard disk which is failing. It sometimes detects in bios and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it also works maybe for 10-20 min then it stops working and I get a BSOD saying ...
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Error- D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

All of the sudden the D drive gives me an error when I try to open it: D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied. I have files on the drive that I would like to recover, so I do not want to ...
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Swapping HD from one laptop to another - worked many times before, until now

I am a serial ThinkPad T series user. I get a new laptop, I move my drive, and I got my new computer all setup; windows finds all the new drivers etc, and all is well. Recently, I wanted to swap my ...
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Making sense of S.M.A.R.T

First of all, I think everyone knows that hard drives fail a lot more than the manufacturers would like to admit. Google did a study that indicates that certain raw data attributes that the S.M.A.R.T ...
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Invalid GPT and No Partitions found on External Hard Drive

Ok so I'll start from the beginning here, and I'll do my best to give you all of the info upfront. Hard Drive: Toshiba DWC120 2TB Original File System: NTFS I was having issues with this hard drive ...
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Dell Optiplex 380 Hard Drive Issue

I used to use pc a few years ago that had windows XP installed on it (SATA hard drive). Lets call this hard drive Hard-1. I got a Dell Optiplex 380 recently. This has also come with a SATA hard ...
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BIOS won't boot Win7 Ultimate from SATA Drive

I recently installed windows 7 ultimate replacing windows 8.1 Pro (On another partition is Ubuntu) and after shutting down and rebooting with no difficulty, I after a while needed to hibernate and i ...
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how to fully consolidate freespace on a defragmented HD

My scenario: my hdd is fully defragmented and must be kept defragmented free space must be fully defragmented (no small gaps) so when copying new files with iso2opl they aren't fragmented I think ...
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Windows OS on external hard drive

Is it possible to install Windows OS to plug and play storage device such as external hard drives, HDD enclosures (with SATA hard drives), USB flashdrives[1] and the likes? What OS's? And if it's ...
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Mac OS not allowing for disk partition

I tried adding a disk partition through Disk Utility on a Retina MBP under OS X 10.8.4. It was supposed to be a small, ~20 GB ExFAT partition on a 512 GB disk. For some reason, my disk was ...
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Hp gen 8 microserver doesn't detect hdd when installing ESXI

I have am trying to install ESXi, however my ssd and hdd aren't being detected. I currently have sata config set to dynamic hp smart array b120i raid support, not entirely sure I need a raid. ...