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

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How to copy files off NTFS disk without getting Access Denied

I've upgraded to a new PC (Windows 10) and would like to make a complete backup of all files off my old PC's hard drive (also Windows 10) . I have plugged the old HD into the new PC, so it is not ...
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External Hard Drive Problems in Event Viewer

I'm using a Western Digital My Passport Ultra (2TB) 1.5 years ago and I've recently been seeing a lot of problems with this external drive in event viewer. So far, whenever I connect this to the ...
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I downloaded a linux image from Sourceforge to run on my android device. How do I encrypt it like an hdd?

I was able to run backtrack 5 on my nook simple touch. I am currently in the process of trying to encrypt the "ubuntu.img" file as an hdd. My kernel is old and I can only be able to run outdated ...
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Computer refuses to boot from any Windows live media?

I have a Dell Optiplex 760, which is currently running Ubuntu 14.04. I have been trying to install Windows 10 on my computer for days. I have written the Windows 10 ISO (downloaded directly from the ...
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How to revert location changes of folders in windows

I wanted to save my recorded game videos with windows dvr, so i did for a while. Then my SSD started to get full, so I googled how to change location of that. I changed the location to external drive ...
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DiskInternals Linux Recovery: building file tree

I am running Windows 7x 64. My Seagate 1TB NAS stopped working, so I removed the HD and attached it, using a USB/SATA adapter, to a USB port on the computer, and ran DiskInternals Linux Recovery (x64),...
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ddrescue splitting failed blocks for days

I have 2TB disk that stopped working, maybe because it was always connected to my TV. And I have all my photos there. To start i did: sudo ddrescue -n -f /dev/sdd /dev/sdc /root/logfile It skips ...
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Logical Partition not showing in Win7 after recovery

I performed a recovery on my Toshiba Laptop P755. I chose recovery without changing partitions and all went well except that my 2nd partition (Data partition - Logical) is not showing in windows 7. ...
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Using ddrescue to recover a broken drive. Can I check the progress before the run is complete?

I am currently running ddrescue on a drive that failed on me. It's been running for maybe 16 hrs now and is still in the splitting failed blocks stage but has been running at 0 B/s for sometime now. I ...
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HDD not recognized in Windows

I just went from Ubuntu to Win7. Installed to my SSD etc.. all fine. But my secondary HDD isn't showing up in "Computer" but do so in Disk Management, but without a drive letter. So how can I go ...
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Is there a procedure that could potentially restore my hard disk to reliable operation?

Some time ago my main hard disk started going really slow. S.M.A.R.T. tests were failing or giving errors so I bought another one. Now, my dying hard disk is not totally dead; sometimes it works and ...
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SATA Hard Drive Appearing/Disappearing and Files Not Accessible

I'm not sure the original problem is relevant, but I did post a question about the same drive here: Added Hard Drive, Windows 10 No Longer Boots A friend lent me a SATA enclosure to try to recover ...
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I accidentally deleted my drive with DISKPART

I was trying to fix my broken USB flash drive with DISKPART but I accidentally deleted my D drive (fortunately this is not my system drive). I have a complete command history of what I've done but I ...
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Cannot boot but hdd is detected

My HDD is spinning and detected by BIOS but it is saying "No boot device found" What's wrong with it? Is it bricked? Is data recovery possible? I have tried resetting the BIOS settings to default but ...
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Recovered video files are the same

A friend decided to clean up his external hard drive but found out he deleted media he didn't make any backups of. A company has recovered a lot of files but they were all broken. He asked me if I ...
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Installing Windows 7 on a 4TB Hard Disk (not detecting above 2TB)?

I have a SeaGate Hard Disk (with 4TB capacity) which has the code number ST4000VX000-1F4168 (Surveillance HDD). I am trying to install Windows 7 in it and Windows 7 only detects 2TB capacity and not ...
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What does the health status percentage represent in CrystalDiskInfo?

I wonder what the health status percentage represents in CrystalDiskInfo: 100%: 99%: 91%: Absent: I use CrystalDiskInfo on Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate.
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Ubuntu mounts drive, Gdisk can't find it

This is probably a rather basic question, but - Ubuntu has managed to find something on an attached hard drive image that I can't actually find with gdisk or testdisk myself. It's a rather strange ...
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How to diagnose my computer's issue?

I have a serious problem here, my desktop suddenly shutdown. I was testing my HDD and I found that it has some bad sectors, so I bought a new one: WD GREEN 500gb. After that everything went right, ...
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Can I use a boot hard drive with different computers?

I am wanting to use a hard drive that is a boot drive with multiple computers. The computers would boot to this hard drive and both computers are different in every way. Is it possible to do this by ...
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Does Windows (or NTFS) support placeholder files with fake sizes?

Every time I start Photoshop, it immediately creates a 2GB temporary file on the hard drive where the cache is located. It's a platter drive, and I don't hear any of the hard-drive noises that would ...
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Hard drive error on HP all in one

I am running Windows 10 on a 13 month old HP all-in-one machine. I got an error message about "encountering a problem with the hard drive" and it says it will repair it. Well, it starts doing its ...
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Windows 10: No option to Eject External HARD DRIVE (NOT USB Stick)

When I plug in my external hard drive (again, NOT USB stick), and right click on the icon in This PC, there is no option to eject the drive. There is a system tray option to "safely eject" it, but ...
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Can a Non-OS HDD slow down a system without applications installed on it?

I have a laptop that has a SSD for the operating system drive (Windows 10). I also have a 5400 RPM HDD as a second drive for storing downloads and documents (no applications installed on it). ...
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H81M-HDS Intel Pentium G3220, not Posting, and no video

I am experiencing issues with a, H81M-HDS motherboard with an Intel Pentium G3220, when I press the power button, the fans spin for half a second, it turns off, does it again, and will then spin the ...
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Windows 7 pro (64 bit) installation does not recognize Samsung EVO 850 SSD on an H81M-P33 board

So I got a new computer with the MSI H81M-P33 mainboard, plugged in my Samsung EVO 850 SSD (MZ-75E250B) into SATA and tried to boot from the Windows 7 CD. The installation fails to recognize the SSD ...
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Xeon linux with Avago Megaraid RAID card

In brief, my problem is how to use linux's mdadm to reconstruct a DDF-format RAID-6 array that has gotten its superblock metadata borked. Here is my tale of woe. I have (had?) a RAID-6 array composed ...
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How to boot Windows over LAN cable?

I have a laptop and a computer. Suddenly, my computer's hard drive is broken. So, I'm using my laptop hard drive to make a new partition and install Windows on my computer. And I want to use my laptop ...
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SSD detected on my Windows but not detected on BIOS boot

My Notebook had problem with boot priority. So I have HDD on main port and I just added SSD for my second port (replace my CD/DVD drive). I had problem with my main port so i cant replace it for SSD. ...
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Slow SSD speeds when cloning disks?

I am making a disk-to-disk clone using CloneZilla where both source SSD and target SSD are connected to the computer using SATA-3. Both drives are from the same Vendor and have the exact same size ...
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more than 98% of ram usage by svchost

Recently I am facing some problem that I can't understand the reason.I start my computer and after a few minutes ram usage goes up to 98% only svchost use it.I don't know what to do.To overcome the ...
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Will I get ideal performance out of a hybrid SSD/Magnetic HDD if I clone it from an existing HDD?

I recently purchased a magnetic/SSD hybrid drive (Seagate ST1000DX001). I'm wondering if I'll get ideal performance from the drive if I simply clone my existing drive to my new one, or would it be ...
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WD Red 3TB storage HDD only showing 746 GB partition after Win10 upgrade

I've been using 1 TB WD Reds in my desktop computers for years now in Raid configurations but about 6 months ago, I upgraded to 2-3TB in one computer with Win 7 Pro 64-bit and was faced with the 746GB ...
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Is creating and deleting thousands of files several times per day bad for your hard drive?

I ask because Ember CLI is creating thousands of files in tmp every time I rebuild a project (on Windows 10). Since I do this many times each day, I'm curious what the long-term effects are.
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Partitioning scheme Windows 7

I want install Windows 7 Pro on new notebook with 500GB hard drive. The similar Dell notebook with Win 8.1 and 500GB HDD come with default partitions shown here. I just want use same sheme for my ...
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Fastest External Hard Drive recovery

500 GB External Hard drive got formatted... please help to recovery it fast.../ currently running test desk Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 476940 64 32 Analyse cylinder 1741/476939: 00% ...
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unable to read contents of file systems

I used to own a windows-based laptop but I wanted to partition the disk for ubuntu installation. After two weeks of debugging, defragmentation and windows settings, I was still unable to partition the ...
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I lost my 500 GB partition

I have a 500 GB Windows 10 laptop. I dual boot Windows 10 and Manjaro i3.  When I restarted my computer I couldn't get to GRUB. I booted Knoppix and opened disks app and I saw this: How can I ...
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Have to Unlock password on hard drive on Dell Optiplex 745 series

I have a Dell Optiplex 745 series Desktop PC. When I start the PC it asks for the password for hard drive. The whole message is following: Hard disk #***9RW0GKNY-595B is protected by a password. ...
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Where on the hard drive would Ubuntu Linux save encryption keys?

My encrypted hard drive, a Western Digital WD5000BPVT running Ubuntu 14.04, crashed and the person doing the data recovery on it is asking where the encryption key is stored on the hard drive so that ...
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I broke the little plastic piece on my hard drive port, what can I do?

I broke the little plastic piece on my hard drive port, like in this image What can I do? Btw I found this solution while searching online, but it's impractical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Windows 7 driver installation on new hard drive not going well

I had to do a reinstall of windows 7 on a new hard drive. Device Manager told me I needed to download Standard VGA Graphics adapter, Ethernet Controller, Network Controller, PCI Simple Communications ...
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Hard drive is always busy

My hard disk drive is always busy, even in SAFE Mode with or without networking. In Normal Windows, the computer will occasionally freeze with a black screen and the computer needs to be turned off in ...
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How can I tell if my setup allows SATA hotplugging?

I have Asrock Z77 motherboard and Corsair RM750X PSU. I wonder if I could hot-plug my hard drives - for example Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB SSHD drive. Of course, I do know that I would need to unmount it ...
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Lost my windows product key and the hard drive is dead , and this has no cd : How do I recover?

I had windows 7 Professional running on this machine. I got this machine from my attic, but the key and Cd are lost. The HDD died a while ago and doesn't get detected in the BIOS. Is there anyway of ...
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Hard drive always busy at 100%?

I just installed a new SSD to my computer (It had already one SSD and one HDD). I also swapped some SATA cables to get better transfer rates on the SSDs (They were on SATA 3Gb/s while I had two 6Gb/s ...
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Windows equivalent of lvm-cache

I'm going to be using Windows 7 for a few months on a custom built x86_64 Intel-based platform with Z97 motherboard. Being an avid linux user, I was wondering: does Windows have any form of ...
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Low disk space for shrinking even after defragmentation

To install ubuntu in my windows laptop, I need to shrink my disk space into two sections, windows C drive and unspecified space. However, given my 350Gb empty space out of 650Gb in C drive, available ...
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Why did my hard drive shrink?

I rebooted a computer yesterday and had a strange thing happen: When I had booted it back up, one of the hard drives was about a megabyte smaller. I have four 3 TB hard drives in this computer, in ...
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Restore lost partitions of a Hard Disk caused by image writing

I have an external hard disk of 1TB. By fault, I have opened an image of my own SD Card (using a software under Windows 8) and clicked on "write" button. Then I stopped it immediately. But I was ...