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

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Error booting after installing Windows 8

I get this this error after installing Windows 8: The Group Policy Client service failed the sign-in. The universal unique identifier (UUID) type is not supported. Previously I used to use ...
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Determine which files are stored in bad sectors

I ran CHKDSK last night (log below) and noticed that apparently I have 4 KB of data stored in bad sectors. Is there a way to find out which files are stored in (or at least are partially stored) in ...
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Using gnu dd_rescue to rescue data from a failed hard disk

I'm using gnu ddrescue 1.18.1 from the SystemRescueCD Linux distribution. I started the recovery process yesterday using this tutorial: ...
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Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory

The error message given in the title is perhaps the most incredibly annoying message I have ever had the mispleasure of reading. I thought my "startup disk" was the CDRom that has the image of the ...
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Computers won't boot from an SSD but all files are detected

last night when my girlfriend was over, she pressed the power button on my desktop five or six times to try and turn it off. This morning, the computer wouldn't boot, and I got a read error from the ...
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Specific model of laptop hard drive dies after using it in laptop?

I have a Dell Inspiron 17R 7720 Special Edition laptop. It came with 2 hard drives of 1 TB (thus a total of 2 TB). To date, the motherboard has been replaced at least three times now due to ...
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An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system

I upgraded a laptop to windows 8 and then started to factory reset windows 8 and left it over night! When i check in the morning it said that reset wasn't complete and it restarted the computer and ...
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Accidentally written a small bootable image to an external HD, deleted it and now have a large 'unallocated partition'. What are my options?

I was trying to get a 65MB bootable image (Nook Manager, for rooting my Nook ebook reader) to write to an SD card in Win32 Disk Imager. Somehow it must have selected my external HD and written the ...
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Fastest Transfer from CFast 2.0 Card to Hard Drive

I'm thinking of buying a camera that uses Cfast 2.0 card. Filming in RAW format gives you just 6 minutes of filming time per card. These cards are ultra expensive so I need to figure out how to ...
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Intel RAID controller failing to diagnose faulty disk

On my system (running Windows 7 x64) I have an Asus Z87 Deluxe motherboard, with a built-in Intel RAID controller; my config includes a Kingston 240-GB SSD disk for the OS and two Western Digital 4-TB ...
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Cannot extend non-system bitlocker partition

The "Extend Volume" command is greyed out when trying to extend a Logical NTFS drive, despite there being unallocated free space to the right with nothing in the way. Is this because of Bitlocker? I ...
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imdisk: how can I make the disks appear in “computer management”->“Disk Management”?

I noticed that the Drives mounted by ImDisk appear in "My Computer", but don't appear in "computer management"->"Disk Management". I guess I need them to appear in "Disk Management" so that the ...
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TrueCrypt - Recover file from encrypted container using offsets

So I had a drive that I had fully encrypted using TrueCrypt that, thanks to having multiple distractions during the Windows 7 install process, I mistakenly managed to format. There was only one file ...
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Where does the ribbon ending in sticky metallic tape attach in a laptop?

I bought a used laptop, but needed to install a new hard drive. Inside the laptop there is a single large ribbon which forks into two ribbons. The first fork ends in ~1.5 inch plug with two sets of ...
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systemd cant mount partition

I use a ssh tunnel at work to browse the internet. Yesterday I realize that my terminal is very slow responding to commands, I inspect htop, iotop, netop and see nothing in particular, only the ...
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How Do Those 4TB External Hard Drives Have One Partition Yet Work In XP?

Usually I'm able to answer my own questions by looking at the forums here and other places as well as searching online; but this one seems elude me. I'm going to focus specifically on the Seagate ...
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How to help windows detect hidden drive after bios update?

After I reinstalled windows, I updated the bios using an update executable from the hp drivers website. It changed the legacy boot drives to raid, and I was unable to boot into windows, however I am ...
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Computer Monitor will not display content

I fixed a Dell Dimension E520 computer today. I cleared off the old hard drive and reseated the memory. when I did this, all the diagnostic lights disappeared. The only problem I am having now is with ...
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Windows 7x64 pro formatting of ST6000NM0024 6tb drive

I'm wondering if anyone is having success installing one of these drives into a Windows 7 Pro x64 system. I'm able to: attach the drive see it in my BIOS boot Windows, bring up the Disk Management ...
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Can't attach VMDK to Virtual Machine (Thumb Drive mounted as Raw Disk)?

I'm trying to boot from a thumb drive in VirtualBox on Windows. The thumb drive has a copy of Windows 7, and its bootable. I created a VMDK using vboxmanage according to Boot your USB Drive in ...
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Truecrypt: Knowing if a drive is crypted or not and how truecrypt handles drives

I've got a laptop with 2 116gb drives on it. I've done a full system encryption with truectypt, but I'm not sure if truecrypt has encrypted both of them or not. When I go in the menu Tools-->Volume ...
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How much memory of the minimum requirement of 20 GB hard disk space for installing windows 7 can be used as storage space by the user?

How much memory of the minimum requirement of 20 GB hard disk space for installing windows 7 can be used as storage space by the user? Is that 20GB used entirely by the windows installation as the ...
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gddrescue: I get only 2 GiB from my (defect) 320 GiB HDD

I have an ubuntu live system from pen drive running on a laptop with a broken 320 GiB HDD. I used gddrescue to dump the HDD on an external drive. Unfortunately, I get only around 2 GiB dumped and then ...
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How to dump a Windows XP image onto a brand new and no partition hard disk drive

I am trying to replicate a BSoD. I want to be able to restore a Windows XP imaged file onto a fresh hard disk drive without partitioning or initializing it. or Is there a way that I can blank ...
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I've got my MBR on a different drive to my system drive so I need two hard drives to keep my system operational

System: Lenovo E20 Thinkstation 2.93Ghz Xeon / 12GB memory dual 1TB drives. Radeon 5750 GPC Win 7 Ultimate SP1. Ok first off my system is operating fine, but it worries me because it's a bit ...
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How to copy files from Hard Drive on a system with the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

I have a friend who has a computer that will not boot. He says that When he tries to boot he gets a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). Is it possible to copy the files from the HDD even if the OS will not ...
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Add partition to dynamic disk with 4 partitions already?

I'm thinking about dual-booting Win 8.1 and Xubuntu, but I have encountered a problem. I have 4 partitions already on my HP Laptop, laid out like so: ...
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Unable to format HDD; Partitions & contents are retained after formatting

I have a Seagate Laptop HDD which I want to format. Since I encountered problems formatting it while installing Windows 7, removed it and connected to PC using USB adapter. Tried the following: ...
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How to clone existing Filevault encrypted HD to SSD with a linux live cd/usb

I have a 13-inch, Mid 2012 MacBook pro which comes with a 500 GB sata hard drive. I'm running 10.9.5 Mavericks. Of the 500 GB I have about 77 GB used whereas the rest of it is free space, this drive ...
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Why is my new laptop slowing down during file copy/move operations?

I bought a new laptop(Asus X555L) three days ago. It has a 1TB HDD, 4 GB DDR3L RAM , i5 4th gen CPU and a 2GB graphic card. When I copy/move files into the laptop it gets super slow. If you try to ...
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Warning on Speccy for disk but status is good?

Below are my Speccy results, unfortunately I have only just started using it and looking at the raw values I seems as though most are at their worst but yet all the status's are good? Can someone with ...
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Can I use Time Machine with an external hard drive that is Mac compatible but already has some data files on it ?

Basically, after updating my OSX to Yosemite. My Mac becomes really slow and I have to reboot the machine twice every day, which is annoying. I heard the solution is to do a clean install of OSX. ...
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Something strange happened to my hard drive

Around 2-3 months ago I discovered my primary hard drive (Western Digital, WD-1002FEAX-00Z3A0) had 1 write error count. I kept checking everyday (I'm serious) if the value was increasing but it didn't ...
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Hard drive not found by BIOS, but detected by everything else

Recently I installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview. One day while using my computer it asked to update, but I was in the middle of something so I told it to wait. Unfortunately, the OS froze up not ...
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Hard drive writeable but not by file manager

I have a USB HDD that behaves like it is read-only, only in the file manager. I assume it is related to permissions, but it happens with the same file manager in two operating systems. Setup The two ...
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HDD in optical bay spins down and up constantly

I've installed an SSD and HDD in the optical drive slot on my notebook. I'm using windows 8.1 x64, running from my SSD which is my primary drive. My problem is taht HDD spins up/down constantly, in ...
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Laptop's disk usage is always 100% and freezes after few seconds

I have Acer 5755G laptop with following spec: 4GB RAM 750 GB WD HDD Intel i5 2nd Gen Windows 8.1 Update 1 64 bit Laptop is 2 years old. Previously I had Windows 7 64 bit OEM version. Previously ...
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How to boot from external usb hard drive when no internal drives are connected

I installed Windows 7 on my external hard drive and it was working fine. It was booting up and I was actually able to go online and install programs on it. But then when I try to take out the ...
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Beginner Backing up ZFS Storage Pools

I'm considering moving my personal home data to ZFS on a Debian PC to take advantage of ZFS features such as data integrity and checksums, deduplication, and snapshots. The box has to be more than ...
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Unable to complete a clean install on newly formatted HDD I installed in Sony Vaio Laptop

Upon installation of new Windows 7 on a new HDD I installed on a SONY VAIO laptop, the system hangs at "setup is starting windows services. I receive an error message stating: "Windows can not access ...
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If I open a document from a USB flash drive but do not save it to the computer, can someone access the file’s contents after I remove the drive?

I have a USB Flash drive with confidential information on it and I will need to access this information on someone else’s computer. The computer is a PC and operates on Microsoft Office 7. If I open ...
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Disk drives not detected by Windows installation but are detected by Bios

I just built myself a new computer and I'm having issues installing Windows 7 Professional (legit copy) on my RAID array I setup. Specs: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 rev. 4.0 AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz ...
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Hybrid hard drive vs SSD performance - Source control / Visual Studio / Sql Server [closed]

Preamble I posted this question on StackOverflow http://stackoverflow.com/questions/27288618/hybrid-hard-drive-vs-ssd-performance-source-control-visual-studio-sql-serv and was told that this was the ...
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High average response time from HDD

Specs: CPU: i5 2500k GPU: 6870 2GB Memory: 4gbx2 MOBO: Z68XP-UD3 HDD: ST31000524AS, WDC WD10EAVS OS: Win 10 Tech Preview. Past OS: 7, 8, 8.1 (problems occured on all of these.) Problem: So I ...
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Make a copy of current Windows boot hard disc but exclude partitions [duplicate]

My current C: SSD drive is failing. I would like to copy it to a new SSD drive and take the opportunity to dual boot with Linux. Is there a way to only copy SYSTEM and OS (C:) partitions (see image) ...
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Would defragmentation with free space consolidation result in reduced system speed?

I used the following command to defrag my C hard drive under Windows 8.1: defrag C: /V /U /H It seems the that after defragmentation, my system speed has considerably decreased, as opposed to ...
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Can I use Intel SRT on a secondary hard disk drive?

I have 2 Intel's 520 series Solid State Drives with storage capacity of 480GB and 120GB. I also have Western Digital 4TB Hard Disk Drive. I am planning to install Windows 8.1 Pro on the 480GB SSD, ...
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Migrating RAID 1 to new size drives

We have six 3TB drives in a RAID 1 array on an Ubuntu machine. One of the drives failed (actually the second time this has happened) so I want to replace it, but I am thinking of trying to update all ...
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Hard drive shows 0 MB and fails to boot, but works after booting from a live CD and rebooting

I have an Asus K70AB laptop. Since 2 days ago something strange has occured. My hard drive is not recognized correctly by BIOS (size 0Mb) and therefore is not booting. But if I boot from a Linux Mint ...
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Can't install or boot any operating system after trying Kubuntu KDE 5 Live from a USB

So, last night I was trying Kubuntu KDE 5 Live from a USB into my laptop, things worked well! But from the following morning I was unable to boot any operating system (Windows or Linux). I can’t ...