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

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Install Server 2008 to 3TB drive on Vostro 260

It is possible to install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a 3TB GPT hard drive on a Dell Vostro 260? I know that hard drives must be GPT to recognize over 2TB so I formatted it GPT thinking I did ...
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Hard Drive noted as 'Failing' in Mac OS X and Other installations

Recently I tried to dual boot OpenBSD and Windows 8.1. Unfortunately for me, I was inexperienced in fdisk and accidentally formatted my hard drive :( I tried to install Windows again but it refused ...
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What steps should I take when upgrading my PC with an SSD?

I'm planning on upgrading my PC with an SSD. I currently have a 1 TB HDD, and I'm planning on installing a 512 GB SSD. I am also planning to do a clean slate install: I won't be transfering my current ...
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Accumulate all bad blocks and install OS in clean partition [duplicate]

My WINDOWS7 been crashing a lot, with other problems like: Running system hangs Drives (partitions) disappear and come back on restart System restarts without showing any error Going through ...
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How to recover data erased by Killdisk Active@? [duplicate]

I'm getting working experience as hardware tech guy meaning I have to repair and fix used computers daily. One of those tasks is formatting all the hard disks and we use Killdisk active@, at Work for ...
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Windows 8 partition safe to delete

I'm fairly new to Windows since XP. After Windows XP, I happily moved to Linux. Now, I'm back and am looking to dual boot a new Windows 8 machine and am a little disoriented on the new partition ...
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Firmware update on external HDD -> system not booting

After updating the firmware of my external HDD WD My Book, my toshiba laptop with a toshiba internal HDD, is no longer able to boot and I can't enter the BIOS either. The internal HDD has three ...
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SSD Not Detected - Fallback on EFI Shell

Want to assess what are the odds of a hardware failure in a particular case. I have a laptop with an Intel SSD (160GB). I just installed Windows 8.1 on it and all was working fine, up until the point ...
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How Do I Properly Disable Intel SRT & Remove the SSD Cache Drive?

I bought a Dell XPS 8700 which comes with a 2TB HDD paired with a 32GB SSD cache drive using Intel's SRT technology. I'd like to install a new 512GB SSD for the OS and use the separate 2TB HDD as a ...
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How can I monitor a hard disk drive that may be dying? [duplicate]

I am using Windows 8.1 Pro and have a drive that I think may be dying, so I ran 4 different repair tools on it. And now WD Data Lifeguard shows no disk errors at all after a full test. I’m still ...
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Can hibernating my laptop damage further my already damaged hard drive?

For the past year, I have been hibernating my laptop everyday (along with weekly shutdowns) and recently my hard drive got damaged which resulted to the notorious reboot loop. I just got it repaired ...
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Error 0xc0000225 on laptop with windows 8.1, how to repair without a recovery disk?

When I start my laptop I have a blue screen with the error code 0xc0000225 with the message : A required device isn't working or can't be accessed. Then if I press F8 to get to Startup Settings the ...
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Shrinking/Extending partitions in Windows 8.1

I have a 4TB HDD and it was partitioned like Partition 1 Unallocated 503GB Unallocated 4GB Partition 2 and I decided to extend second partition with these unallocated ones, BUT, such a problem ...
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Using a disk duplicator to copy multiple source disks to a single target disk

I know a disk duplicator(1:1) does a blind sector by sector copy, but if I put two disks together in a hardware JBOD enclosure, could I then remove each disk and place them one at a time in a disk ...
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is it possible to maintain redundant partitions for a machine in cloud? [closed]

we have a situation where we want to keep redundant copies of harddisks for a machine in cloud. One partition is instance store and other partition is EBS. Any changes done in one of partitions is ...
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Lenovo g565 not booting with ssd

I got a lenovo g565 and I bougt a intenso 120gb SSD. I installed Windows 7 which didnt make any problems what so ever. But as soon as I try to boot there was only a underslash blinking. I tried to ...
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How can I boot Windows from external hard drive using GRUB?

I have installed Windows 7 in my internal hard drive, and used a external hard drive box which turns the internal hard drive into a external hard drive. I installed both Ubuntu and Windows 7 in my ...
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How to clone the complete HDD except of one big Partition to a smaller hdd? [duplicate]

I have to replace a 250GB HDD with a 128GB HDD. There is a boot-loader partition witch loads several OS on other partitions. There is also a 140GB partition with important but not needed data on it. ...
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Moving linux boot loader(s)

I recently resurrected one of my old laptops as a home-server. I decided to get rid of the original windows install and get linux up and running. The laptop has two harddrives: One SSD (/dev/sdb), ...
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VirtualBox only creates new virtual hard disk when there is enough space on 'C' drive

There are >200GB free on my 'F' drive but it failed to create a fixed-size VHD with size = 200GB. Failed to create the hard disk storage C:\Users\abc\VirtualBox VMs\OSOS\OSOS.vhd. Could not ...
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Intel Software Raid: Downgrade from RAID10 to RAID 1

My configuration Windows 8.1 Asus Z87I Pro (Rev C2) 4x WD Red 3TB, set up as RAID10 in the Intel tool / EFI My target I want to remove 2 of the HDDs permanently from the RAID because I don't ...
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Seemingly random reboot during OS installation

I've recently changed my mobo and as usually in this case my OS wouldn't boot properly(I got past login, then, after few seconds, reboot). I proceeded to fail-safe mode, backed up my data and begun ...
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Diagnosis for a very slow hard disk that is not making any noises [closed]

My laptop’s 2.5 inch hard disk become very slow. According to the symptoms outlined below, is the I am experiencing problem is located on the hard disk drive’s platters or the hard disk drive’s board? ...
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Moving User folders from C drive to a new E drive then reinstall Windows 7 on the C drive

I know similar questions have been asked before, but I can't find one that addresses the Win7 reinstall. Also, I am not too tech savvy. There are five users (Me, wife and 3 sons) The PC is about 4yrs ...
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How to diagnose missing disk space?

I had a program installed: "Digital Lifeboat", which was a distributed backup service. The company closed up last year so I uninstalled the application. After uninstall, it left behind some folders ...
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Which partition contains my C drive? [closed]

I'm trying to install Windows 8 on my laptop (currently running Windows 7). I am presented with a dialog where two drives are shown, along with their sizes. I don't know which of the partitions ...
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Copy data from 1TB SSD to 2TB HDD [with speed/cost constraints]

I have data being recorded to an external 1TB SDD at a rate of ~2GB/min. This occurs for multiple consecutive hours until the drive is full. Once that happens, the data needs to be offloaded to the ...
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Can I use dd to upgrade 1-bay synology NAS to bigger HD?

I have a 1-bay Synology NAS (DS112). According to the Synology compatibility list it can take a 6TB disk. If possible I'd like to clone my existing 2TB disk to the 6TB disk using dd or any other tool ...
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Extreme speeds from a hard drive that shouldn't be this fast?

I have a Seagate 7200rpm drive and for some reason ATTO Disk Benchmark concludes that this drive is around 220 MB/s read and write. Isn't this unrealistic for a drive of this kind? ATTO displays the ...
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Notebook only works without Hard Disk

i'm having some troubles with an old Toshiba notebook. Like 2 months ago it stopped working and it only loads the BIOS and then nothing happens. I tried formatting it, but the same happens, it doesn't ...
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How to calculate average read/write seek time?

I have this disk. How can I calculate average write seek time or average write time from these specifications? I found that disk have Access Time: 8 ms but I read that this is not the time I'm ...
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Low speed on an 850 Pro RAID-0 array

I recently bought two Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs in order to replace an old SSD and build a RAID-0 array on my PC. So, the configuration of the PC is the following: CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU X ...
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Why are there no external solid state hybrid hard drives for sale? [closed]

There are external hdds, and ssds, but not sshds. Why is this? Will I have to buy an internal one and put it into a 3'5 inch enclosure? Is it that simple?
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dd cannot write the last 24 kB of a disk

I have an old 320 GB laptop hard drive that I'm getting ready to sell (or donate). To prepare it, I'm using dd to write one pass of random data, then one pass of zeros: dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdb ...
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Should I replace HDD in raid array every N years even if disks aren't corrupt?

Typical scenario: I made a raid 1 array out of 2 disks, that contains data I wouldn't like to lose. I found that average life-time of HDD (rotating drive) is 3 - 5 years. Does it mean that if the ...
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Why is computer slow in switching between opened applications?

I like to open a lot of Chrome tabs, but when I try to switch between open tabs, the tab tends to re-render. When I have some other applications open alongside with chrome, those applications also ...
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How to boot a USB 3.0 SATA HDD inside a Windows 7 Qemu Virtual Machine

I have a Windows 7 VM, that I would like to recognize a SATA HDD that is plugged into a Voyager Q (USB 3.0 "enclosure"). I have tried various commands, and tried logging the output of the command ...
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Unable to mount corrupted (?) ext4 filesystem on usb hard drive (Ubuntu 14.04)

I have a 1 TB external USB hard drive from which I deleted the original NTFS partition and created an ext4 partition through gparted. I then started copying a 500 GB file onto the new partition, but ...
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windows 7 creating extended logical partition in disk manager causes computer not to boot (black screen)

I searched around and could not find a post or solution for the same situation I am having, so I am going to describe what happened/happens below: I have Windows 7 Home Premium installed on my Medion ...
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Win 8.1 Pro: Disk Mirroring questions

So its my first time setting up any kind of redundancy for my media and I have a few questions. My setup is as follows: Shuttle SH87R6 Intel i7-4790k 8GB RAM Win 8.1 OS on Samsung 850 Pro 512GB 2x ...
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RAID to handle 800 random blocks per second

This is a homework. We are supposed to pick HDD, imagine we are buidling RAID to handle 800 random blocks per second (550 reads/250 writes). I have picked RAID5 made out of 3 HDDs. But it is too ...
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How possible a hard drive that used to have bad sectors now have none?

I have a 3TB hard drive for which I recently received a SMART alert saying there's about 16 bad sectors on it : C5 Current Pending Sector Count 0x10 C6 Uncorrectable Sector Count 0x10 I ran CHKDSK ...
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The place to store user data in Linux

Where to store the user data, such as documents, photos, music, videos, ebooks etc. in Linux? The main idea is to be able to reinstall & reformat the system drives in Linux without the fear of ...
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OSX: How can I clone a larger hard drive to a smaller one?

I'm replacing my spinning disk drive with a smaller SSD, because it should make my system much faster[1]. The data I have on the larger drive will fit on the smaller one. So far, I've done the ...
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Easiest way to dual boot from 2 HDD?

I want to dual boot using my two hard drives. I have Windows 7 on one of them already, and I want to put SteamOS on the other. I think all I have to do is create a SteamOS disk, remove the Windows ...
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When connecting an HDD to a different computer, are non-system partitions accessible?

My hard drive consists of two partitions: C:, the system partition containing Windows 8.1 and my programs, D:, a regular partition where I put all my documents and files. I plan to buy an ...
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Cant find HDD adapter Vostro 3350

I need to find an HDD adapter for the Dell Vostro 3350. I've searched for over an hour on google for the part but cannot find one from a reliable source. The various part numbers for it are: 5GDTY, ...
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Permanently delete files or folders from a Windows 7 local hard drive?

I heard some people mention that files or folders are deleted from local hard drive for good, there is no tracing back. Is that really true? If not, how do I permanently delete files or folders from ...
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Need clarification on what IDE hard drive size—2.5 inch versus 3.5 inch—actually means

I have some older IDE (parallel ATA) hard drives I want to check for files before tossing them out. I have found SATA/IDE to USB Adapters to use, but they specify 2.5" and 3.5" hard drive connections. ...
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How to measure a HDD's RPM speed?

EDIT: My original intent with this question was to figure out if it would be worth purchasing a 7200rpm drive if mine turns out to be 5400rpm, but JakeGould has made it clear that RPM alone is not ...