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

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Weird HDD Slowdown Issue

I'm experiencing a strange issue with one of my SATA HDDs. Basically I have two internal HDDs that I am connecting to the PC through a SATA-to-USB adapter. I am not keeping them inside the PC since ...
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Driver detected a controller error on disk that doens't exist

Since a week or so, sometimes when I boot Windows 8 my computers immediately locks up. I can still move the mouse cursor without problems and access some GUI elements without any delay whatsoever, but ...
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Why would there be two separate recovery partitions

I recently got a new Lenovo Y510P Laptop, with Windows 8.1, a 24 GB SSD drive, and a 1 TB Hard Drive. When I opened up Disk manager, I realized that the Hard Drive was partitioned into six segments: ...
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btrfs does not show drive as missing

I am trying out btrfs and I noticed some funny behaviour: I have two drives in a raid 1 configuration. sudo btrfs fi show Label: none uuid: 52b9c6f6-ce5c-4727-861e-e2fd012e475f Total devices 2 ...
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Unable to See Partition While Installing Windows XP

Sorry if this has been asked and answered before. I have a 500 GB HDD that had three partitions and am looking to combine into one so I can re-distribute the space and reinstall WinXP and W7 for a ...
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Error mounting external hard drive

When I tried mounting an external hard drive connected via usb I got the error quoted below. So far I've tried using ntfsfix and chkdsk. My operating system is Arch Linux and the drive is NTFS ...
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Safe option to handle NTFS on Mac

What are the risks associated with the following methods and which one is the less likely to damage the OS or the drive? Tuxera/Paragon OSX "native" NTFS support (via terminal tweak) Windows Virtual ...
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Long response time from HDD

I've faced weird issue with my HDD. I bought it new on august, the model is: WDC WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 After 10 minutes it starts to freezing every time i make any request to HDD. At first i thought it ...
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NASWare vs. NASWare 2.0

Can someone outline the difference between WD's original NASWare firmware and the new NASWare 2.0, used in their RED-series HDD's? I can only seem to find features of the new NASWare 2.0.
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Disk Image Clone Issues

So, here's my situation. I have a 1TB HDD that I want to clone onto a much faster 120GB SSD, without particular partitions. The software which came with the SSD, Acronis True Image HD, keeps running ...
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Too much disk activity READING event logs

On Win 7 SP1 x64, I notice that sometimes the disk gets so busy that Windows becomes unresponsive for minutes at a time. I referenced this problem on SU in the past once. I've since replaced the ...
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Can not copy files after installing windows

I am experiencing a weird problem. I was running Xubuntu on my laptop until yesterday that I had to delete Xubuntu and install Windows. I had a NTFS partition on my Xubuntu that I kept some files on ...
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Clonezilla complaints that the disk is too small by 3 sectors

I made an image of my whole drive last night now I need to restore it back. However CZ complaints that the drive is too small by a crazy tiny margin Destination disk is too small! Destination disk ...
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Use NTFS HDD with FreeNAS

I'm making my old pc into a FreeNAS server to share my files in my home network. I have the server already up and running ok but I bumped into a problem when I tried to add 2 HDDs. For some years I ...
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Werster Digital WD20EZRX 2 TB drive not showing in Windows xp but detects in ROM

I have system with Processor: core 2 quad q9650 Motherboard: Intel DG33FB mother Ram: 4GB I have dual operating system Windows Xp pro 32 bit and Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit operating system installed. ...
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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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managing disk using fdisk utility

i m new to fedora, I want to create 8GB disk and then want to make three partitions with different sizes. -first partition with 8MB -Second partition with 192MB -Third partition with 7.8GB but it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Laptop starting up to BIOS everytime. OS boots after exiting from BIOS

Toshiba Satellite L850 is always booting to the BIOS, not the OS. Always I have to manually exit the BIOS to boot the OS. The HDD is the first priority in the BIOS. Some disk error check is also ...
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Can problems with accessing a secondary hard drive be related to linking my user account to my microsoft account?

[updated below] I'm working on a PC with windows 8.1 and while installing OneNote 3 months I linked my user account with my Microsoft ID. I'm using a secondary hard drive (d:) to store project files ...
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Faulty hard drive - want to recover

I have a hard drive that will cause the page fault in non paged area BSOD at bootup; there is a partition in there that i want to retrieve but am unable to because it gets into the blue screen - am ...
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PC hard locks on motherboard splash screen

So I recently suffered a nasty computer crash after trying to remove a theme pack I was using, and nothing would get me back to accessible windows (not safe mode, system restore, etc.) so I backed up ...
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Install Windows two times, each one thinks it is on “C”?

I'm having two SSD drives in my machine (let's call them SSD A and SSD B) I run Win 8.1 on SSD A, SSD B is empty. From the view of Win 8.1 SSD A has the drive letter C, and SSD B has the drive ...