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

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Installing Windows 8.1 from external hdd - enters to loop

I'm trying to install Windows 8.1 from external hdd using this: http://www.intowindows.com/install-windows-8-from-external-hard-drive/ but after that step: it does restart and then go again to the ...
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Hide HDD from Windows but not Linux

I have a PC with multiple HDD's, one HDD has Windows, one HDD has Linux, the rest are storage drives. I want to only be able to access certain drives from certain OS's, is there any way to do this? ...
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FileVault impact on recovery

I am curious to know how FileVault impacts the recovery options in case of a crashed / corrupted hard drive that I can use: Does the fact that a block is not readable would impact more than this ...
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Is is possible to have multiple partitions on windows disk for bootcamp os x?

I'm wanting to install windows on my mac. I have a 1tb hard drive and I won't need that much space for it, and I want to use the drive for other things. Is it possible to have one part of the drive ...
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Boot Windows 8 from HDD connected via USB port: OS not found error

I have internal SSD in my PC(I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on SSD). So I disassembled its HDD which has pre-installed Windows 8. So I want to boot my licensed and pre-installed Windows via USB. I ...
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Managing an insane number of USB Drives [closed]

I've been searching the net for a clear solution to a problem in the company I work for to no avail; maybe somebody has a good idea around here. I work for a video making company with a lot of ...
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What's the internal operations for a PC to copy data from an external flash drive to an internal HD?

I was asked about the operations on how data is copied from an external storage to an internal storage in a computer. The info I could find is about how a CPU fetches data from RAM. I don't have ...
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Losing hard disk space [duplicate]

On my C:\ drive, the installed software takes only 3.3GB of space. The total drive space is 30GB. I do not have any restore points, nothing in my recycle bin, but still I only have 1.54GB of free ...
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Rescue Data after Hard Drive Head Crash

I have a Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB. A long time ago, the HDD had a head crash. I have sought help from a company, they wanted to have for data recovery over 3000€. I switch the head ...
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Program to find a specific picture on harddisk [closed]

If I have a picture in a file, is there a program that can find the original picture in the harddisk? I have more than 100,000 pictures on the harddisk and I have many delivery notes that contain ...
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How to restore a hard drive from a usb disk image using ubuntu

As a result of a series of events to convoluted to get into, I have a 128gb flashdrive with a windows 7 system disk image on it and a harddrive that I would like to restore it to. That harddrive is ...
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Swapfiles on high-RAM and SSD systems

tl;dr 22GB RAM, SSD, pagefile, yes/no? Reduce mapped files reserved memory yes/no? how? I am running Windows 7 on my work desktop. It has 22GB of physical RAM. I am running it with an SSD. The ...
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Are dd read/write tests using dsync reliable under RAID?

I'm performing performance testing of some new hardware, and I was quoted from a vendor what kind of performance i should get from a dd command using the oflag=dsync option. However this amount was ...
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how to mount beyond /dev/sda15 when using a GPT disk with lots of partitions

I have a GPT disk with about 20 partitions. They're on /dev/sda how can I mount each of these at the same time? as I understand /dev/sda is limited at /dev/sda15 this feels weird - being able ...
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Windows Disk I/O 100% at boot for 20 Minutes

I have a fast computer (quad-core i7, 3.5 Ghz, 24 GB of RAM, Windows 8.1) and I installed a new hard drive less than a year ago that was supposed to be as fast as you could buy for an HHD and not an ...
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Installing win 7 on new laptop with emmc

I am trying to install 32-bit win 7 on a HP Stream c004tu that comes with a Samsung MBG4C eMmc harddrive, on win 8.1. I can get up to booting the installation usb by changing bios settings, but after ...
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Convert hard drive to Vmware vm

I have a pc that died on me. The pc has an application that I need to run. I am in the process of setting up an esxi server and Im wondering if i can convert the windows 7 OS on the hard drive from ...
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What files can take half my mac's disk space

I'm on mac with a 120GB SSD, I don't have much applications and no large files on it. You can see a screen of a Disk Inventory analyse here As you can see in the picture, my SSD is 120GB with only ...
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Why am i getting Very slow dd dsync test results in Linux.

I am investigating slow application issues with some New Hardware and am running into some odd results. I am trying to determine what is causing this behavior. I am using dd if=x.b1 of=x.b10 ...
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Hidden MS Office files, bloated HD?

At work, we were all getting upgraded to MSOffice Five Million or whatever they're up to. Most people had IT upgrade their computers, I went online and tried to do the upgrade from our company ...
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rm -rf / on a virtual machine?

So, this is probably a stupid question, but I'm genuinely interested. Would it be safe to recursively delete everything on a virtual machine from a command line, just for fun? I'd assume so, given ...
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Windows - how to disable/test disk cache

I have some problems with my WD5000AAKX disk and i think that faulty RAM cache could be the reason. Western Digital diagnostic tool reports that everything is OK. Is there any way how to disable read ...
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Hard-disk #…, the system Primary HDD, is protected by a password authentication system

A client's Inspirion was requesting a bios password. I retrieved this from Dell. It then asked for HDD Password. Dell provided two options but neither worked. Quack Quixote suggests simply moving the ...
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virtual box issues and concerns - configure to use hdd rather than ssd?

I decided to give arch a go, first in a virtual machine. I had an issue with only getting 32 bit options but I checked my uefi bios and fixed that. I have installed virtual box on an ssd but I want to ...
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recover invisible folders caused by mac osx disk eject

I have 2TB Adata USB 3.0 hdd. I connected it to mac book pro and due to wire issue the hdd got disconnected. After the incident the hdd's ntfs partition shows space full but not showing all folders. ...
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Windows 7 cannot access shared folder

Recently a Windows XP system's hardware got failed, so I put its harddisk to a new system which was working fine. I have the windows 7 system from which I want to access that Windows XP's shared ...
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Is my SSD failing?

I've started getting these messages intermittently (see below). I got a whole lot of them several days ago, then they stopped. They occurred again last night, and stopped after the last line below. ...
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Default internal hard drive settings on a Macbook pro

I have two questions about what the default settings on a 2009 Macbook pro internal hard drive are (when you first purchase a new one): 1) Format: Is the default hard drive format when you first ...
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OK to swap a SATA DVD for a SATA HD?

I'm considering picking up a used Lenovo M58 in its small form factor case to build a linux (ubuntu) server. The M58 has a standard 3.5-inch bay for an internal SATA HD and a 5.25-inch half-height bay ...
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Restart to repair Drive errors

For a few months now I keep being bugged by Windows about restarting my PC to repair errors the most annoying thing is that even if I restart nothing happens(didn't try this with the SSD yet) I even ...
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Sata Port failing?

I have a Samsung 350V5C laptop running Windows 8.1. About 1.5 years ago I replaced the main drive with an SSD (for the C: drive) and replaced the optical drive with a HDD caddy and a 1TB HDD (for data ...
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How to clone failing system disk to preserve all settings/installed software?

I have an internal 320GB SATA HDD which is showing signs of impending failure (errors while copying,SMART status etc.). I have another internal HDD available with me to which I would like to migrate ...
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SMART Extended Self Test on a new Hard Disk

Is it normal that the SMART extended self test to run for hours on a new hard disk. So far, the test is running on my laptop for 2 hours. What is it doing? If I stop the test, will it damage the hard ...
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Running another OS on company laptop

Here comes a description of my scenario, requirements and possibilities. Scroll down a bit for the actual questions. I want to run an another OS on my company owned laptop, no one else use it but ...
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CentOS 7: Partition resizing issue where now there is a lost+found folder full of numbered folders and the data is gone

Set up Running a home server with a 2TB HDD. Running VMWare ESXi 5.5 that has 2 guest OS; CentOS 7 and Windows Server 2012 R2. There are 3 virtual disks (VMDK) thickly provisioned: 20GB CentOS 7 ...
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Clone Linux/Win7 dual-boot to smaller hard drive?

I have a Linux Mint / Windows 7 dual boot setup that is on a big hard drive that I'd like to use for something else. I have a smaller hard drive that will fit everything with room to spare. ...
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Disk Management label disk (not partition)?

I know how to label a partition. I am not asking for that. Disk Management displays all disks in "Disk #" and its capacity. I have to admit I once had formatted a wrong disk with the same capacity ...
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Unusual disk use on Windows 8.1 100% disk usage ONLY when running particular programs

by opening the task manager I found out this weird thing happening: The disk usage spikes to 95-100% when I am running programs such as C-Cleaner, or Avast. Sometimes it shows a regular pattern: it ...
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NAS via HDD connected to PC or HDD connected to the router

Hardware I am working with Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 (R7000) (USB 3.0; running stock firmware, but can run Tomato if needed) Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (MPN: ...
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Why do my external USB hard drives become slower when I have filled them up only to a third?

The read/write speeds of my external USB3 hard drives (*) are significantly higher when the disks are empty (no normal files; less then 10MB used) compared to when they are moderately full (2.5 ...
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Installing linux on unallocated partition

That's my HD. I want to install Elementary OS (Ubuntu based) on that unallocated partition without loosing Windows or any other partition. I tried to make a new partition out of it in gparted but it ...
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Is MSR partition required on secondary GPT drives?

I accidentally managed to delete MSR partition on one of my (3TB - GPT) data storage drives during Windows installation. Windows still sees the drive and all files inside. I backed up everything just ...
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Error when resizing partition

I need help with resizing a partition. What I have so far: I currently have a single hard drive with 3 partitions. Partition 1 has 11.4GB. It is my recovery partition and so I don't really want to ...
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Second hard drive acting pretty strange

I've put an SSD in my Macbook, and at the same time moved the original hard drive to the optical drive bay. I'm running the OS (latest Yosemite) and most of my daily apps off the SDD so the hard drive ...
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How much does an SSD drive affect multi-tasking performance in an advanced laptop? [closed]

I am curious whether it would be beneficial for me to buy an SSD drive for my new laptop. It is a Lenovo ThinkPad E540-F 8 Gig Ram Core i7 (MQ) – 6 meg cache My typical usage is ...
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How to have both SSD and HDD on a laptop?

I recently bought a Lenovo ThinkPad E540 I want to boost its speed up, so I decided to buy an SSD, but I don't know if it replaces the current HDD or it can be installed beside it, I prefer to keep ...
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Decrypt bitlocker drive with Volume Boot Record corrupted, using recovery key

I have a hard drive with an installation of Windows 7. The 2nd partition that contains OS files and data is Bitlocker encrypted. I messed up that partition when playing with Ubuntu live CD, I ...
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merging a system partition with a partition preceding it

My hard drive is 500 Gb, I partitioned it with 400gb for windows 7 and 100gb for Windows 10, however I am in need of a bit more space, thus I shrank 50gb from the windwos 7 partition, besides ...
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If I format my drive will I lose all traces of the file completely?

I tried installing Linux to a hard drive but I chose the wrong one. I ended up deleting my media hard drive (pictures movies text documents etc). Unfortunately I dont make backups. Lesson learned. ...
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Can a >2TB hard (GPT) drive be used as non-booting data drive on a non-UEFI board?

Our workstation can only boot from MBR max. 2TB hard drive. The BIOS cannot be changed to UEFI mode by firmware update or similar. We are running Win Server 2012 R2. Can we use a 2TB hard drive ...