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

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Can't boot from mirrored disk (software raid 1)

I make mirrored disk (software raid 1) on windows 7 and shut down my computer normally, but rebuild process not finished. And after that my computer can't start up, it hangs at "Verifying DMI pool ...
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Asus laptop clean install

The title might be a bit low on information but I couldn't make up my mind on how to explain the issue in one line. I want to install a clean Windows 8.1 on my Asus laptop. Everything is ready to go, ...
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HDD only visible from Linux, GParted says “unallocated partition”

My Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB HDD suddenly is unrecognized by Windows 7. It's an external My Book drive, but plugging it vía USB from his case is unrecognized by Windows 7 or Linux, so I have to ...
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Undo Partitioning on Mac OS X Mavericks Hard Drive

I installed rEFIt and was dual-booting various Linux operating systems for the past half a year or so. When Yosemite Beta came out I made the mistake of simply overwriting my Mac OS X partition (I ...
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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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Trouble seeing partitions on HD transplanted into windows 8.1

I have a 3T drive that was in an XP system. Due to XP's limitations, this was partitioned into 2T and 750G pieces. Of course the XP machine is being retired, so the drive has been transplanted into ...
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Procedure for repairing degraded array with 3ware

I have a machine with a RAID-6 array made of 8 drives. The 3ware monitoring utility, tw_cli reports that one drive is degraded. So, I need to replace it. Online, I find these instructions on how to ...
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Windows 8.1 100% disk usage

Sorry to make another one of these posts, but I've dug through at least a dozen other threads and no other solution has worked for me. My problem also seems to be slightly different. As you can ...
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RAID 5 setup across SATA II/III

I have an ASUS P8Z77-V LK mobo with 4 SATA 3Gb/s and 2 SATA 6Gb/s. I'm considering purchasing 3 WD7500AZEX HDD's and putting them in a RAID 5 configuration. My question is, if I put the two ...
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Lost boot from the hard drive after installing kali linux

I have tried to install Kali-linux with Windows 8.1. So I disabled fast and secure boot and installed the Kali normally but when I restarted my PC after the installation, it tell me: "Reboot and ...
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How to image an internal HDD attached with a usb adapter, then restore image?

My laptop is going into repairs and I don't trust the warranty company not to wipe/ruin my data. I've plugged my drive into my girlfriend's laptop via an Apricon SATA 2.5" adapter. I'd like to ...
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Is this a hard Drive or motherboard issue? [closed]

I went to the repair guy because all I got was "Windows can't start up." I could still boot Linux from live USB but install to disk failed. He said it was a motherboard issue because he connected my ...
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Thunderbolt or USB 3 for a RAID? (drive speeds)

I am about to purchase a 4-disk enclosure to house a RAID10 volume. My question is, do I really need Thunderbolt, given that it's so much more expensive than USB3? This is my thinking, please let me ...
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Can't install Windows 8 on new Hard Drive Sony Vaio

I have a Sony E14127CN laptop. Its hard drive crashed, so I bought a new Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 hard disk as a replacement for the old Toshiba MQ01ABD075. But when I try to install Windows 8, it ...
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Not able to reallocate memory in hard drive through disk management. hard disk partition not booting

I had linux and windows 7 dual booted in my system after which i thought to remove linux ubuntu due to grub problem so i overwritten the loader to get back my windows 7 to use since i was not able to ...
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Adding a drive to a two drive Synology NAS to increase capacity

I have a 1TB disk in my 2 drive Synology DS212J. This drive is set up as "Raid Basic" in the control panel. I'd like to add a 3TB disk to the NAS to give me a total of 4GB of storage. I do not require ...
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Laptop Harddisk not working

I have a segate hard disk (Laptop HD). Which stopped working unexpectedly. I just Google'd and tried few thinks to get it to work. But nothing seems to be happening. I tried connecting the HD to my ...
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Moving Files Slow Even With SSD

I 'upgraded' to a Samsung 840 Evo SSD drive, and whilst moving some files around on my drive, its slowed to a crawl. Heres a video example: http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/c26DiTej3e My machine ...
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Weird Windows Partition Problems: Partition inaccessible to Windows, but fine everywhere else

So, I have a bit of a problem and no amount of searching could find the answer. That's shame, because I have horrendous social anxieties and usually I'll fix something myself, if I can. The issue ...
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Calculate hard drive track count

Suppose I have these information of a hard drive : Capacity : x Gbytes Number of cylinder : y Number of platters : z (z * 2 surfaces) Number of heads : w per platter How can I calculate the ...
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Monitor disk I/O used by specific command

I know that there are various tools for monitoring disk I/O, but I am wondering specifically if there is something equivalent to time for disk usage? For example, I am benchmarking a specific command ...
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Hard drive in not recognized by connecting with SATA-USB cable

I have an old SATA hard disk and I want to get data out of it. I had a SATA-USB cable directly connecting my SATA to laptop USB port. The cable drive is recognized under disk management but the hard ...
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Which has faster read/write speeds an external hdd raid or external single ssd [on hold]

I want to move data to an external hard drive AS FAST AS POSSIBLE and I was wondering whether it would be better to have 2 HDD (7200 rpm or higher 500GB each) in an enclosure running RAID 0 or a ...
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Windows 7 - Drive not recognized? - ISO installation

Been fiddling with this for a good bit now and I'm starting to get a headache I've been browsing the internet for the better part of 2 hours trying to get the necessary assistance to finish my windows ...
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How can I transfer my licensed software (Office 2013- Visual Studio) to another computer?

My laptop has failed but my hard-drive seems to be ok. I got several licensed software in my hard-drive that i need to transfer them to another computer. I understand that just copying will not work ...
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PC slow when creating folders, displaying file open/save dialog

I've noticed my trusty Windows 7 PC seems to be getting sluggish, but in quite specific ways only. When I am using a specific program it is responsive and works fine. But more and more frequently, ...
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What do you call the area on a hard disk smaller than a sector?

So I know about tracks and sectors, but what do you call the "area" on a hard disk that makes up the sector? I'm talking about the spot that stores 1 bit of data, the tiny little area that stores ...
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VirtualBox VDI's max size exceeds the host's hard drive size

I had a major oops moment that led to my VirtualBox guest VM's hard drive being larger than the host's hard drive. I rushed through reading the commands for resizing a virtual hard drive. As such, I ...
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Does Windows optimise differently for SSD installation?

I have two solid state hard drives in two different laptops, a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB and a Crucial MX100 512GB. I got the Samsung first and in that machine it absolutely flies, with a Windows rating ...
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Faulty PSU - What needs to be replaced?

I was using my computer a couple of days ago, and out of nowhere, it instantly turned off. The computer was emitting a burning smell and would not power back on. After some researching I found that ...
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Add a second hard disk via Ultrabay

I just received as gift a Lenovo Laptop Y510p (Intel Core i7 4700MQ, 16GB di RAM, SSD da 256GB, NVIDIA GeForce GT 755m / 2 GB, DOS). In the ultrabay slot there is at the moment an optical drive, that ...
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Removing GRUB when migrating to SSD

I have an SSD that I would like to migrate windows to. It previously had Ubuntu installed. After reformatting the hardrive, then using cloning software to clone the windows onto it, I tried to boot to ...
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Clonezilla won't clone drive that has Win 7 Pro upgrade (from win 7 Home Premium)

I have used Clonezilla to clone a disk which has Win 7 Home premium. During the process using the disk to disk cloning, Clonezilla shows that two partitions are cloned; the 100meg partition and the ...
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Is it bad to move my laptop (or change its orientation) while its on if it has a Solid State Drive?

I am thinking of putting a solid state hard drive in my computer. Besides from the obvious major beneficial factor of upgraded read/write speeds i also have this habit of ALWAYS turning off my laptop ...
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ASUS UX31A - A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing

I have a little issue with my ASUS UX31A. I just tried to do a clean install of Windows 7 64bit using a USB-Stick created using Rufus. The laptop booted from the USB stick and opened the Windows ...
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Cannot write to the partition after copying recovered files in the partition

About a year ago, I recovered deleted files and saved it in one of the partition in my windows 8 laptop. Now the partition is showing problem. I cannot delete its files and I guess cannot write to it ...
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Unable to Access WD My Passport 1TB Harddisk in Ubuntu 14.04, showing error

Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/aham_brahmasmi/My Passport: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdb1" ...
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Can't read secondary drive; suspect file system damage; how to repair?

I have 2 hard drives in my PC. Drive D: is unreadable. I believe that the File System is damaged (NTFS). I tried a number of softwares but all of them recover file according to their types. I need the ...
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Remove 2 failed Disks from windows 2012 essentials storage pool

i have 2 disks which have failed and are no longer reconised by windows which i need to remove from my storage pool, i have tried what i can find on the net to remove them but nothing seems to work ...
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Install Old Computer's Hard Drive On A New Computer? [closed]

After my laptop got messed up I switched to my HTPC (Intel i3, HD Graphics 2000, 500GB refurbed WD HDD, Windows 7, and a P8H77-I mini ITX Asus Motherboard). I have the hard drive from my previous ...
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USB SATA adapter apparently not recognized

I purchased a new laptop and a SATA USB Adapter and tried to connect the internal disk of my old computer to my new laptop in order to save my data. My hard disk is Western Digital WD5000BEVT 500GB ...
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eSATA to 3.5" internal SATA HDD not found

I have bought an eSATA to SATA cable (with power) and have connected my internal 3.5" HDD to the laptop's eSATAp port. I can feel the hard drive powering up and spinning, but nothing is showing up, ...
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Windows 8: How much bad blocks are there in USB flash drive?

I have a USB flash drive. After using it for a year or so some blocks became unreadable. I formatted the drive in order these blocks to be marked as bad ones: Was they really marked and excluded ...
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Reuse broken disk

My Western-Digital hard drive (WDC WD3200BEVT-80A0RT1) got broken yesterday. I don't care about the data on it, but I want to reuse this disk. As long as I do not have Windows installation DVD anymore ...
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External HD not accessible. What could have gone wrong?

I have a WD My Passport 1 TB HD which I purchased around an year ago. Two days ago, I copied a few files from my laptop (running Win 8.1) to this hard disk and then ejected it safely. I gave it to a ...
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How can I find applications that currently use the portable hard disk I have attached

When I try to safely remove my portable disk, most of the time I get a message that the device is currently being used by some application(s). To solve this issue, I close all the open windows and ...
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External hard drive not showing up, but both USB and drive are fine. Solved, but unclear what the issue was

To elaborate, my external hard drive suddenly stopped working after working fine for a very long time, I only noticed when I tried to play music from it and it was no longer showing as a drive on my ...
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Western Digital (WD) External Hard Drive 1 TB making loud whirring sounds, disconnecting on its own, overheating (?)?

I bought my 1 TB WD My Passport external drive 10 months ago. A few minutes ago, I heard a loud whirring sound. Louder than the usual (usual meaning the sound you hear when you put your ear on the ...
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gigabyte z77x-d3h not recognising hdd in bios

I have sata hdd and the bios is not recognising it. The hdd works as I have plugged it into a working pc and it appears. I have formatted in NTFS and run scandisk, no errors. is there any specific ...
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Is it safe to keep laptop upside down?

The air intake of my laptop is on the bottom surface. Whenever I set some huge files for downloading, I close the lid and keep the laptop upside down. I am concerned about the HDD getting damaged. ...