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

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Hard disk only recognized if it has already spun up

So here's a weird issue: When you first turn on this desktop computer, it does not recognize that it has a hard drive in it. However, if you then press the reset button, or turn it off and back on ...
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Maximum PATA hard drive capacity for an old HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop

I’ve been searching for any clue that could tell me if this HP OmniBook vt6200 laptop has any limitations on the maximum hard drive capacity it supports. But found nothing. It’s a laptop from around ...
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Encrypt hard disks with VeraCrypt in a mixed Windows / Linux system

My system is a dual boot Ubuntu / Windows PC. I installed several hard disks: Two SSDs (one for Windows 7 Pro, one for Kubuntu 15.04) and some conventional disks for data. Currently the Linux disk ...
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Windows 2008 RAID5 - How Many Disks Have I Lost?

I have an HP ProLiant Microserver running Windows 2008 R2 Standard, it has a 512mb system drive and 4 3Tb Seagate Barracuda drives running in software RAID-5 which give around 8.2Tb of storage. I ...
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Is there a way to make an external hard drive appear as internal in Windows XP?

Title says it all, how can I make Windows XP treat my external hard-drive as an internal (system) hard drive? I'm trying to install an application that will only accept an internal hard drive but I ...
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Areca SAS controller compatibility with SATA drives

With my controller drives randomly disconnect or become unresponsive, tested in both Linux (with Areca’s proprietary driver as the open-source one has been broken for years) and a clean install of ...
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Pegasus RAID *missing* a drive

I have a RAID5 Pegasus R6, connected via Thunderbolt. At some point, it started making strange repetitive beeping noises; when connected, one of the drives wasn't showing up at all. Shortly ...
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Can there be multiple persistent scsi names for the same device?

I'm working on a product that runs on a CentOS 6 VM running on ESX 6. As part of the installation, we attach hard drives a pass-through RDMs to the VM and then make partitions on the drive using GPT. ...
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Unrecognized 2TB 2,5" HDD and floppy: error -5 while reading block 0 errors in Linux under VM Ware

I’ve recently bought a 2TB 2.5" external hard drive (Seagate Expansion Portable STBX2000401). I have a problem with this drive, Linux doesn’t recognize it (I am using VM Ware on Mac OS X). When I ...
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I want to boot windows7 x64 with AHCI, but the BIOS does not even try

I just discovered, that BIOS was not in AHCI mode, and that's why my newly bought SSD was at low speeds. I installed a Linux on the SSD, it works perfectly in AHCI mode. Now my problem that if I want ...
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Restore password protected SSD

I've got a broken PC which had a LITE-ON LCT-128M3S solid state drive that I would try to throw in my own PC but when I turn on the PC (Even before the opportunity to go into the BIOS ) it asks for a ...
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A program is using up 150MB/s of disk usage

I get 100% disk usage when it shows 1MB/s, but now I get over 150MB/s! I know disk usage 100% means you have filled up your hard drive with files, will the files get deleted automatically? What if a ...
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Why I cannot duplicate bitlocker start up key to another SSD

I uses bitlocker for my drive C. My computer can only run if I insert a flashdisk there. However, I got a problem. Basically I want to have several such flashdisks. I right click a drive select ...
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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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How do we check the hard disc health on a Surface Pro 3?

I am running Windows 10 on the Surface Pro 3. I would like to check the health of the hard disc, because some WinSxS files have become corrupted. How does one do this? I have read Tool to test HDD ...
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Delay accessing my second hard disk drive

I have got a gaming laptop with Windows (10) installed on my SSD (128Go) and a second hard disk drive of 1To. (7200 rpm) My SSD does not have enough space so I decided to install some softwares on my ...
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Western Digital hard drive not initializing after being in storage for 3 months

I took my desktop with me abroad, and thought it would be smart to leave out my drive with all my personal pictures on it in a safe at my house. After plugging it into my computer when I got back, my ...
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Is it possible to move the OS from to 1TB hard disk to a 240GB SSD?

I have an ASUS X555 notebook with 1TB hard disk. The disk has 2 visible partitions and 3 more hidden, that seem to be some sort of backup/restore for the OS. Now I want to clone the OS partition ...
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How is a Usb Y cable designed?

Ok, Recently I have purchased this USB Y cable from Amazon. Storite USB 2.0 Type A Male to Dual USB A Male Y Splitter Cable Cord Black -50cm I purchased it so I can use it with external hard disk ...
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Does the exact capacity of a HDD/SSD have a significant meaning?

Recently, I had two storages on hand: one was a relatively old 1TB Toshiba HDD, the other was a brand-new 1TB Samsung SSD. I have known for quite some time that the capacity labels can be a bit ...
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Is old hard drive dead?

So a couple of days ago my 3 year old laptop with win7 was acting up (programs didn't respond etc.) so I've decided to run a chkdsk, however this turned out to be a bad idea since it stalled at one ...
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Windows 8.1 Lenovo Y510p Hard Drive Issue?

I bought a Lenovo Y510p laptop just over a year ago and it is now running painfully slow (virus scans take 24 hours, chrome takes 60-120 seconds to open, booting can take up to 10 minutes before any ...
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linux + RAID - on which disk are my file?

I have a server with 4 physical disks ( HP WK 8600). Seems like the 4 disks are mounted on a RAID card. The Ubuntu 14.04 sees only one disk. -wks:/dev$ lsscsi -g [2:2:0:0] disk INTEL ...
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NTFS partition is in an unsafe state: failure to boot Windows 8 Lenovo laptop

I have Lenovo G50-45 that after power on have no signs on the screen, though cpu fan is rotating, that goes to self power off after few seconds of such a state and self power on to repeat the same ...
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Same hard drives, different capacities

I have two exactly same hard drives WD Reds 6TB, but they have slightly different capacities, is this normal or there are some bad sectors or something like that on them?
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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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Missing disc space in C drive - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

My C-drive is about 100 GB. I had less than 2GB left. So i cleaned unnecessary things and could free only about 8GB. I was wondering what would be occupying so much memory and started investigating. ...
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Can not access Hard Disk from Ubuntu 12.04 live CD

I am new to Ubuntu. I have installed Ubuntu 10.04 . OS is corrupted in my system and can not boot. I just go through recovery mode and upgrade my OS but still i can not boot. Using Ubuntu 12.04 Live ...
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Western Digital HDDs not showing up in a docking station while others do?

I recently bought a Kingwin EZ-Dock Model EZD-2535U3 so that I could use some HDDs and SSDs I had laying around for back ups. At the same time I bought a brand new Western Digital WD NAS Red 4TB HDD. ...
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Copied all folders from a secondary drive to a peripheral drive, signifigant size difference?

I recently bought a drive docking station for drives to make some back ups to drives not in my system. In my computer I currently have a 256GB SSD for my OS (Windows 7) and a 2TB HDD for storage. I ...
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Hard disk drive's full capacity is not recognized

I have a HDD (wdc wd30ezrx-00mmmb0 western digital 3gb, Link to HDD specifications) I purchased a while back and it had an original capacity of 3TB. Some unknown error happened to my computer which ...
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Reconnect drive to raid-1 array with mdadm

I need a large and relatively robust backup method. I had an old desktop running debian and put in two identical 2tb drives in raid-1 configuration using mdadm So I would start the array using ...
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Opening cmd in a particular disk in Windows

I want to track a file on hard drive "D", while cmd is always opening to hard drive "C" by default. As you see, I have a file in hard drive "D", but I want to track it on cmd. However I can't because ...
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Differentiating between internal HDDs and external HDDs in Windows

In Windows, is there a command/function/cmdlet which I can call to help me differentiate between an internal (fixed) HDD and an external (portable) USB HDD? PowerShell commands, such as Get-Volume, ...
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Will upgrading to Windows 10 mess up my SSD+HDD setup?

So after about an hour of registry editing and Users folder moving, I finally set up my SSD and HDD system. I bought Windows 7 Home Premium, not knowing that it only supports 16GB of RAM when I have ...
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Internal Blu-Ray/DVD Drive Detected in BIOS, not Detected by Device Manager or Explorer

As the title says, Windows refuses to recognize my CD drive and it's making me sad. Like it doesn't show up in the device manager, 'My Computer' and whenever I put in a CD the autoplay prompt doesn't ...
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Should I Clean install or clone os due to a virus on old hdd?

Some time ago, my desktop got a virus that would not allow the computer to boot up completely. I believe I contracted the virus via sites such as Softonic trying to download music and video softwares. ...
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HDD Failure Connected to Other Problems?

My PC runs Windows 8.1 on an SSD, and I have a HDD as a data drive as well. On Friday night, I got home to my PC was sitting on the BIOS screen. I could immediately see that the HDD was no longer ...
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How can I boot my iMac directly into my old user name?

My MacBook Pro (MBP) upgrade to OS X El Capitan went awry. It hung at about 60% and accepted my password but still just sat there. So I decided to empty an external drive and put Yosemite on it, boot ...
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One particular drive not appearing on Desktop and under Devices in finder, but accessible through /Volumes

I've got a few hard drives connected on my Mac Pro. One of them is not showing up under Devices in Finder and in the Desktop, but does show up in /Volumes and I can go into it from there. All the ...
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Determine whether the drive or the DVD adapter is at fault?

Back in April I replaced the DVD drive in my MacBook with a spinning disk using a DVD adapter. Since then I've noticed some odd behavior. I suspect it's the DVD adapter, it's some no-brand, but I'd ...
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I am the sole user (and administrator) of my PC, but I can't delete certain files from my C:\ drive because of permissions

I want to delete some folders from my C drive to clear up space, namely Windows.old which is just 100 gigabytes of wasted space. But when I try to delete it, it tells me I need permission from SYSTEM ...
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Whistle (noise) with laptop

I have a laptop which recently I am hearing an unknown whistle (exhausting noise sound with a high frequency) from it. I found out that the whistle stops in the following situations: When I move the ...
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How to setup RAID with windows7 and the nForce 680i mobo

I didn't realize what a pain this would be... The plan was to: Use CloneZilla to image the original SSD to another HD that is going to be outside the new RAID array. Reconfigure the drives as: ...
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Where's half my disk space? W7 [duplicate]

I have no idea where half of my disk space has gone. I tried SpaceSniffer without luck. Image of spacesniffer and disk properties: I haven't set up any partitions on C:\ apart from installing ...
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Western Digital HDD not getting detected in BIOS

I have a Western Digital 140GB HDD. It worked fine until a few days ago in my desktop. But today, when I booted it, the boot failed at Verifying DMI pool Data and then it said: No System Disk ...
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Clone A Drive With GParted

I have a SSD Drive that has Ubuntu already on it (can wipe it clean, nothing important on the drive). I am trying to boot from a Ubuntu Live CD and use GParted to format the SSD drive (which is ...
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All hard drives spinning up even though only accessing system SSD

This problem is quite annoying. I've just upgraded to Windows 10 and although I experienced it a bit in Windows 7, it seems much worse in 10. I have 2 SSDS (one C drive for Windows and another for ...
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Windows 7: What can I do with my disk to install Ubuntu 14.04 as second OS?

Right now I have Windows 7 installed as main OS. When I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 as second OS, I see my disk space as one partition. Here are my partitions: Is it possible to create new ...
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Is SSD speed related to its storage capacity?

I remember my teacher saying something about SSD and HDD speeds: suppose you want to read data at addresses X, Y and Z, the mechanical drive has to walk through the sectors 3 times in order to ...