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

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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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Intel RST drivers - magic performance boost (only) up till version 11.2.0?

what's the magic behind the massive write speed performance boost by intel RST drivers up till and including version 11.2.0? i have done some performance measurements of my application that is ...
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Shrinking NTFS partition: numerical result out of range error

I have a NTFS partition on my 2TB hard disk. Currently it is 1.7TB big, and there's some unallocated space to the right of it of about 100GB. There are no other partitions on the disk. I would like ...
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GNU ddrescue imaging of failing hard drive is extremely slow

My friend has a (nearly full) failing 1 TB Western Digital My Passport. It will only occasionally mount on my MacBook, and refuses outright to mount on my Ubuntu box. I'm trying to use GNU ddrescue ...
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ddrescue: safely switch between normal/reverse with a logfile?

I'm trying to rescue a broken harddrive with: sudo ddrescue -d -r3 /dev/sda harddisk.img harddisk.logfile (yes, it's indeed sda because my sATA cables are weird) Now I've read that ddrescue has a ...
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Media test failure: incorrect BIOS settings, faulty hard drive or weak CMOS battery?

I have an Windows 7 Acer Aspire 4750G laptop and I am using it almost everyday. Then last night, I am using it as usual, then suddenly all programs stop responding, only the mouse cursor is moving. ...
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DOS unformat memory issues

When I try to format an MSDOS 6.22 FAT16 partition (for restoration reasons, even with 3 AV installed, I get LOTS of virii), it goes about its business until UNFORMAT data is created. It says: ...
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Optimal load balancing between two hard disks. Does RAID 1 do the trick?

I am looking for a linux disk system for streaming media purposes that would do smart load balancing and minimize hard disk wear. To illustrate my points, lets take a physical hard disk device and ...
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OwnCloud and mindlna in same folder (law-management) - minidlna.c:474: error: Media directory not accessible! [Permission denied]

I have a question about my configuration and the permissions in my Raspi B with minidlna and owncloud. I have set my user pi with the permission dmask=007 aka 0770 on every start because it is ...
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Windows 8.1 refuses to recognize my extra HDDs

Alright, so I've been trying to install a few extra hard drives since my storage has been getting quite full recently. However, Windows 8.1 will not let me set the disks up for proper use, or do ...
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Eraser says filesystem not suported

I tried to use Eraser to delete specific files but it didn't work out. I get the error filesystem not supported How do I solve my problem with Eraser? EDIT: I'm trying to delete files on the ...
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Running Windows 7 through external USB hard drive on Windows 8 machine

We have just relocated from the US from the UK. In the UK my husband was using an HP computer with a 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive which says it is SATA with 64MB Cache and has the code WD10EARS on ...
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External HDD disk must be turned on twice always

My external 3.5 inch, 3 TB hard disk must be always started twice. Each time power it up (after about 2-3 days of not using it, as it acts as backup drive only) it starts emitting a very constant ...
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Testing Crucial SSD

I looked and did not find any SSD Hard Drive checking tools for Crucial like there are for other drives. Is there a way to test Crucial hard drives for failures other than SMART data? I've done 2 ...
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BSOD Win 7 0x1a MEMORY_MANAGEMENT (ntoskrnl.exe): Could it be a faulty HDD cloned image?

Some years ago I had a failing HDD that, in its dying breath, had a cloned image of it installed onto a new HDD. The problem is that the old HDD wasn't working anymore in the end and some data (I ...
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Sync Dropbox to External hard drive, unlinking, etc

My laptop is jam packed full in terms of storage (it is quite old and has limited storage anyway) and I have just got some external hard drives to free up some space. Approx. 30GB of this is ...
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What if computer get full when synchronizing with Google Drive

As said in Google Drive Help page, "your device can sync with Google Drive on the web so that you can view your files from any device. https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2374992" If my files on ...
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Testing batches of hard drives

I've gotten a hold of a bunch of old sata hard drives (around 10 or so) but I have no idea if they're working or not. Is there an efficient way to test all these, rather than powering off, opening ...
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Hard disk does not show any Partitions during windows installation

I have a samusung laptop 365e which ive been using for over a year now, it's been working well but it started freezing all of a sudden during it execution. it then finally refused to boot but instead, ...
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Speed of an Internal File Transfer on a Remote Device (HDD/NAS)

I have a "WDMyCloud" which is a 3TB NAS with a linux based OS. I have attached another external drive to it so I can copy all of its contents. The second drive was mounted automatically and shows up ...
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I can't access my LVM partition after RAID recovery

I need help after an accident with my RAID 5. I recreated it with: mdadm --verbose --create /dev/md2 --level=5 --chunk=64 --raid-devices=4 /dev/sdb4 /dev/sda4 /dev/sdd4 missing My array seems to ...