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

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Any harm in swapping SATA ports?

I have 3 disks in my desktop PC (Z77 Intel Ivy Bridge chipset with 2x SATA 6gb/s, 2x 3gb/s ports). Current disk / drive letter mapping: Drive C: | SSD Intel 530 Series | Main Windows 8 drive Drive ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 unable to mount first partition of internal hard drive

I used to have Windows 7 installed, but some day it crashed (or the hard drive crashed, I'm not sure) and the laptop wouldn't boot. So I decided to boot Ubuntu 12.04 from a CD and it worked. For ...
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Problems with buffered disk read performance

I have two identical linux boxes (running ubuntu 13.4) with identical hardware including a WDC WD20EARS hard disk. I noticed that my main system got unsually slow and performed a number of HD tests. ...
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Hard drive copied itself to another drive

I have 5 hard drives on my computer. The first contains a Windows 7 installation The second and third are drives I use to store data and media. The fourth is an Ubunut installation The fifth is an ...
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hard drive raw read error rate 9

My main HDD is about 2.5/3 years old. All that time, it has been running with about 40-45 (temperature). I have had a HDD failure before and it was really frustrating, I don't want that to happen ...
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TrueCrypt system encrypted drive fails to load Windows

I have full system encryption on my Win 7 Pro/64 hdd. I boot the machine and enter the TrueCrypt password, and Windows starts to load but fails with the error message "The boot selection failed ...
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Copying certain files between two SSD's is really slow

I have a couple ~1GB folders that I am copying from my 128GB Samsung 830 SSD to my 250GB Samsung 840 SSD (Brand new). It goes at around 250MB/s as expected for the first half, but then it stalls ...
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mdadm RAID monitoring no DegradedArray email

So, I have a couple of MDADM RAID arrays and I want to set up monitoring with email notifications for drive failures through sSMTP but I can't seem to get it working. The system in question is a ...
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windows 8 & 7 on separate HDDs

I had windows 7 on my old hard drive then I bought a new one so I decided to install a win 8 on it . now I have them on separate disk and if I want to use one I should select that Hdd on setup boot ...
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dd backup produces bigger image file

I created a disk image with dd. The hard disk capacity is 2 GB. However, the image produced a 3.8 GB file. I used: dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 > /mnt/sd/disk0.img (where mmcblk0 is a microSD card, with 3 ...
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New Sony Vaio S15 HDD clicking sound

I have a 3 day old S15 vaio. The performance is ok. No freezing or anything like that. But from the hdd I hear a clicking sound. Not a continuous sound. Typically I hear it when I am not touching ...
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How to move a win xp installation from two partitions of same HDD to two separate discs?

I have a question regarding windows setup: I have a win xp installed like this: one disk drive with two partitions C: - system data, etc. D: - all user data (user accounts) now I bought an SSD ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 - Session.log filling hard drive

Here's a goofy problem. On my Ubuntu computer the session.log and session.log.old files have been continually filling up the hard drive. I've got a 80gb partition for the OS and these logs have ...
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Disk showing as dynamic with Acronis and Easus Clone, but it's actually basic

I regularly clone my Dell Inspiron 1525 hard drive with Vista home premium to an identical HDD through a USB using either Acronis True Image 2010 Home or Easus. This time when I use it, either I get ...
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What does “Updating Boot Support Partitions for the volume as required” mean?

I have used GNU ddrescue to copy a crashed WD external disk over to an identical one. ddrescue told me that 9 MB out of 2TB could not be rescued, so I think that's pretty good. Anyway, being a Mac ...
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How can I conclusively show that my hard drives are unrecoverable?

I have seven or eight IDE hard drives (and one SCSI) that used to be in computers I used to have. I got rid of the computers, but kept the drives, thinking I would copy the data from them someday. ...
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Possible HDD malfunction. Need help in diagnosing

Today when using my PC as I did for almost 4 years I experienced the following: during opening new tab in Opera browser screen froze. Music (AIMP 3) continued to play for about 5 minutes and then ...
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Win 7 long HD bursts causing lag

When I'm working on my computer (usually using Word), I experience these annoying long HD hits which freeze up my typing or other activities. When I look at the Resource Manager (Disk) at the times ...
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How to mount a disk with data (a deleted partition table) from gpart and testdisk

I am trying to recover the ext4 partition table of a 2TB disk, where I have 900.000 files. I have cloned the original HD and now I am working on the cloned HD. And I am running Parted Magic Live CD. ...
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Turned off system drive on netbook to update Windows, now it disappeared

I have an Asus EEE 901 Netbook. It has a 4gb "system" solid state drive (soldered to the motherboard) and an additional 32gb solid state drive as the primary slave. I have Ubuntu 11 installed on the ...
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How to change hdd read error timeout?

I'm recovering data from an hdd using ddrescue. With "retry" disabled, it takes roughly 30 seconds for every unreadable sector. The hdd has tens of thousands of bad sectors and the process is taking ...
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Best external USB drive with transparent Raid-1 support

I am in the market for a new NAS/backup system, and came across the interesting TonidoPlug . My last USB external drive (SimpleTech SimpleDrive 1TB) has met its demise, and so I'm trying to figure ...
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hdparm error “Invalid exchange”

Since my upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 (from 9.04), the following error occurs: bronger@wilson:/$ sudo hdparm -q -S 3 /dev/sdc HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(setidle) failed: Invalid exchange This used to work before. ...
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How can I find out what's on a certain block in an HFS+ formatted drive?

I've a hard disk that has damaged blocks. I'm now copying it using ddrescue to an external drive. I've a file with the list of the damaged blocks, how can I find out which files are located in the ...
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Viability of using a USB drive as an extra disk

I'm mainly talking about the speed here. I have a 120GB SSD installed in my laptop and I'm loving it. However, 120GB is really size prohibitive. My other slot is filled with a 1TB HDD so it's not an ...
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Can't see files after switching PCs

I was using a separate HDD for most of my storage on a Windows 8.1 PC. I was going away so decided to take the HDD with me. I plugged it in another Windows 7 PC and kept adding more files to it. Now ...
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Unable to start windows

I got the blue screen of death about a month ago on my windows machine. Startup repair failed to fix the issue so I reinstalled windows. Forunatly I had a dual boot system with linux which worked ...
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SSD cache, SRT, Raid 0 : speeding up my C drive

I have a Z97 rig and I'm interested in speeding up my disk drives. This is my current setup: 1) 240GB SSD for main disk 2) 500GB hard drive for User Files 3) 120GB for photo editing (I move files ...
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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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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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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 ...
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SSD 850 Pro into Dell Inspiron 15R

I'm planning to use a second Samsung 1TB ssd instead of my actual HDD in my Dell Inspiron 15R laptop (I already got a 256gb one installed in the optical drive bay). I would go for the 850 Pro but I ...
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Why can I view my data in TestDisk but not otherwise? How can I recover the hard drive?

A few days ago I was working on my computer and my hard drive decided it was time to say goodbye; the screen froze, and when I tried booting my computer it failed. I take the drive out, put it into ...
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Sata Power Connection Broken Off but Pins are ok

So, that crappy plastic connector holder on my hard drive broke off while I was moving drives around. Does anyone have any suggestion on a work around, I've tried crazy gluing a Sata Power plug to ...
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Restarting computer several times makes windows unbootable

My bro took my hdmi cable. Seeing that nothing shows up on the screen I restarted computer several time I got this problem A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent ...
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What is the bios settings I have to use to recognise my seagate hard drive?

I have installed the windows OS on my hard disk. But somehow, it does not recognise the seagate hard disk, in the existing bios mode settings, that is enhanced settings, enabling both sata and pata to ...
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Is the HDD inside the sky+ HD box 2.5" or 3.5?

We recently changed our Sky+ HD box in our household and I wand to use the old hard drive using a SATA to USB converter. The only thing is I don't know what the size is (2.5" or 3.5") (haven't taken ...
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Why do I have four free partitions besides by C drive?

I was about to partition my hard drive today when I found that in Disk Management I have four partitions other than my C: drive that have 100% free space. What are those partitions? Can I get rid of ...
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Hard drive capacity showed in Disk Management is inconsistent

If you look at the highlighted boxes in below image, you can see box 1 shows C: drive has 697 GB of capacity, and box 2 shows the same drive having 354 GB of capacity. The drive capacities ...
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Fixing my external hard drive partition map

Okay, so something really strange has happened, and it's a doozy, so please bear with me. Problem: I need to fix my hard drive's partition map So let me fill you in on what happened here. I ...
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fsck scheduled for reboot - ignored?

Recently my server had a power failure which obviously led to hard drive corruption: sudo fsck -n fsck from util-linux 2.20.1 e2fsck 1.42.9 (4-Feb-2014) Warnung! /dev/mapper/pdc_gahfdjcb2 ist ...
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How to use VirtualBox on raw disk where I have my system

I have a dualboot on the same physical drive, but not on the same partition. In windows, I'd like to use virtualbox to boot on linux, like that: VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename ...
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Harddrive spinning down though time increased with hdparm

I have an external harddrive connected via USB. The usual method to set the spindown / standby time of harddrives seems to be using hdparm. So I run sudo hdparm -S 200 /dev/sdb and get /dev/sdb: ...
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Changing The Name On A Hard Drive That Comes From A SAN

Terms: VM = Virtual Machine LUN = Logical Unit Number Used In SANs SAN = Storage Area Network S2K8R2 = Windows Server 2008 R2 OS Backstory: OK so I have a SAN (Dell MD3200) that I have created a ...
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What determines response time of hyperlinks - conventional install, @USB and 'portableapp.com' versus NETWORK/ISP response time?

Trying '@USB' and 'portableapps.com' installation of browsers - Chrome, Firefox, Opera and I am getting some inconsistent, irregular response times, or apparent response times for these browsers ...
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Decrypted Trucrypt drive won't mount in another computer

I am upgrading computers and will use Bitlocker on the new machine. I decrypted my system drive on the old machine that was encrypted with TC so that I can more easily transfer my old data across. TC ...
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Getting a 4TB USB drive (4k native sector size) to work with Xen and Windows 2008 guest

I am trying to get a new 4TB Seagate USB drive to work with Xen 6.2 and a Windows 2008 R2 virtual guest. The Xen host sees the drive fine, fdisk -l lists it with the correct capacity, etc. I can ...
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How to recover my ubuntu (start ubuntu from a raw disk partition)

I have windows 8 PC. 931 GB HD (641 windows and 200 gb for ubuntu.) windows and ubuntu in different drives. Ubuntu partition is a raw type of disk drive while windows is a ntfs. when I needed to ...
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Can the HDD/SDD password on Toshiba Satellite laptops be reset?

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop model 855D-S5320 from my sister-in-law that "mysteriously" has a BIOS and HDD/SSD password set on it. She knows the BIOS password, but doesn't know the HDD/SSD ...