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

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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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1TB Caviar Green no longer detected after BIOS upgrade

Just after I upgraded my BIOS, I enjoyed a constant black screen after the BIOS Screen, which said something like CTRL + ALT + DELETE to reboot. It was no longer detecting something. So I removed the ...
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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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Using Clonezilla (or alternate) to make a *partial* full disk image of a multi-partition, multi-boot hdd

So I have a windows multi-boot system with XP installed first, then windows 7. I also have further partitions for user data, etc. I do not fully understand where (and what) data is stored on a pc ...
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How can cut the time it takes to tag videos using Windows Explorer?

When I try to tag a video using windows explorer it takes roughly 10-20 seconds for it to complete. If I try to tag multiple videos using the same tag it takes even longer? How can I cut this time ...
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Share optical drive over lan

Is there any way that you can create an optical drive server so that you can share like an audio-cd on a webserver without converting. Situation: School with new Chromebooks.
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Firefox constantly writes into “…customdestinations-ms” - normal?

i realised that Firefox often causes HD-Activity, even if no website is loaded. Addons arent the reason, tested it already. Also increased the interval of the sessionstore. I opened Ressourcemonitor, ...
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Counting disk capacity using cylinder-head-sector model

Let's look at fdisk -l /dev/sdc output. # fdisk -l /dev/sdc Disk /dev/sdc: 786 MB, 786432000 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 95 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector ...
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Should I test that an SSD is working properly the same way I test an HDD?

I habitually test new or repurposed HDDs with badblocks -w before using them, just as a precaution. Now that I'm starting to use SSDs, I'm not sure if the same test is appropriate. Is there a more ...
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Can I reuse an overheated HDD after formatting in a ZFS RAID0?

I have a WD50EFRX which overheated according to SMART data (95 degrees celsius) and damaged some blocks (raw value of Raw Read Error Rate ~ 22000). There're no other values besides the Raw Read Error ...
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Upload photos only from recursive folders into Amazon Prime Cloud Drive via Windows

Does anyone know of an intelligent way to upload only photo file types into Amazon Prime Cloud Drive from one folder recursively using Windows 8.1? Phrased another way: I have one folder with many ...
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Move Windows to Existing (Non-Blank) Drive

My current setup is an SSD that has Windows installation on it, plus an HDD that holds most of my data. The HDD has plenty of space on it (more free space than the full size of the SSD). I'd like to ...
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SATA 6Gb/s drive only works in legacy mode (SATA 3Gb/s)

I've got ASUS Sabertooth 990FX mobo (rev. 1.0) with AMD SB950 controller for SATAIII drives and JMicron JMB362 for SATAII drives. I've got Intel 330 SSD hooked up to SATAIII (AMD) controller and it ...
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Windows: creating a virtual drive out of a physical partition

Under Windows, is there a way to create a virtual device recognized as a disk drive, which would map to a single partition on a physical drive? It is my understanding that Windows doesn't treat all ...
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HDD shows up in Partition Wizard, but not in BIOS or in Windows

I have a new SATA HDD for my ASUS G73JH Laptop. This is simply a bigger HDD(2TB) than the one before and it's new and unsused. Windows 7 Ultimate runs on a second HDD (SSD). The new SATA HDD is not ...
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CHKDSK finds no errors but drive keeps on failing

So here is the problem: I have an external disk that I use to store all the archived data, e.g. photos, movies, etc. The drive is formatted as NTFS, and checking the Disk Management tool from the ...
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Windows 8.1 boot stuck

Booting system (Windows 8.1) on my laptop (ThinkPad T400) often stuck on screen with Windows logo. I can't do anything but "hard shutdown" by holding start button. Then I start it again and Windows ...
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External HD Damaged During File Transfer

A friend was exporting a project from Final Cut Pro when his external drive containing this HD was disconnected and is no longer accessible. He was using a mac and the drive is formatted for Extended ...
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38gb of Data Used on Hard Drive with New Installation of Windows 7 Ultimate

I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate edition on a hard drive with 74.5 GB, but as soon as I checked the computer space I found out 38 gigs were used up. Upon further investigation I found these folders ...
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How can I manage partitions on Windows 7 Install?

On my home desktops I have an SSD as a primary disk, then a larger SATA disk as a secondary. The thing is, when I install Windows 7 on the SSD, the 100MB "System Reserved" system partition is built on ...
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How to image an internal HDD attached with a usb adapter, then restore image?

My laptop is going into repairs and I don't trust the warranty company not to wipe/ruin my data. I've plugged my drive into my girlfriend's laptop via an Apricon SATA 2.5" adapter. I'd like to ...
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Monitor disk I/O used by specific command

I know that there are various tools for monitoring disk I/O, but I am wondering specifically if there is something equivalent to time for disk usage? For example, I am benchmarking a specific command ...
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Faulty PSU - What needs to be replaced?

I was using my computer a couple of days ago, and out of nowhere, it instantly turned off. The computer was emitting a burning smell and would not power back on. After some researching I found that ...
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USB SATA adapter apparently not recognized

I purchased a new laptop and a SATA USB Adapter and tried to connect the internal disk of my old computer to my new laptop in order to save my data. My hard disk is Western Digital WD5000BEVT 500GB ...
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Reuse broken disk

My Western-Digital hard drive (WDC WD3200BEVT-80A0RT1) got broken yesterday. I don't care about the data on it, but I want to reuse this disk. As long as I do not have Windows installation DVD anymore ...
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Why Isn't my Version of Windows 7 OS Compatible With the Same Version of the Installation CD?

A few days ago, my computer was spontaneously unplugged (instant power out). Since then it won't boot. It says something to the nature of "no bootable media found insert proper boot device." Just to ...
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Windows 8 hang on startup and chkdsk /f /r

Trying to fix a friends Lenovo p400 laptop. The drive is a samsung spin point one terabyte drive. The system hangs during booting, will go into system recovery, or the uefi firmware settings screen. ...
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How do I format a Seagate Expansion Desktop drive?

I have a Seagate Expansion Desktop drive model STBV3000200 (which I believe is the same as the STBV3000100, except for the power supply). It is also known by its "Regulatory Model" number SRD00F2. It ...
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How do heads find the data stored on a hard disk drive?

I heard that to read or write data on a hard disk drive, we need the cylinder id and the sector id. First move the hdd's r/w heads to the cylinder specified by the cylinder id, and then to the sector ...
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What space allocation should I allocate to partitions on a 1TB HDD on a dedicated server?

I am about to get a dedicated server. It comes with 1TB of space, which is enough for my needs at the moment. I will use it for: web hosting my sites and website files web hosting a couple client's ...
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Auto-Decrypt Windows Boot Drive With Truecrypt

Can I auto-decrypt an encrypted Windows 7 boot drive with Truecrypt? Basically, I want to be able to plug a USB flash drive in and have Truecrypt automatically decrypt and boot the Windows drive with ...
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Replacing small HDD with Win 7 OS with larger HDD using Backup & Restore

I'm in the middle of replacing a small hard drive with Windows 7 installed on it with a larger hard drive. I've created a system image to an external hard drive. I've created a System Repair disk and ...
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Self Encrypting Drive (SED), partition modification?

I have been given a computer with a Win 7 on it and a Seagate ST500LT015 SED drive. I love the idea of have hardware based encryption eeven if having a TPM that does "whatever it wants" is kinda ...
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Format (raw) partition windows 8 - cannot access it

I have just made a new installation of windows 8 to my computer and partioned the harddrive. The problem is that one partition is raw, that is its not formatted to a specifik filesystem yet. What I ...
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Cannot see hard drive after failed Truecrypt decryption

I was decrypting Truecrypt external drive and at 25% it said there was a corrupt data so it replaced it with random data. After that the decryption failed completely. I deferred the decryption and ...
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Self Encrypting Drives - is it possible to bypass ATA password?

I am using TrueCrypt but I want to buy SSD with SED, it's Samsung 840 Evo. After firmware upgrade it "supports advanced data security features(TCG/Opal and IEEE 1667)". If I set ATA password, would ...
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What is this mystery volume in Windows 8.1?

What is this mysterious volume listed in Optimize Drives list in Windows 8.1? I only have one hard disk, drive C:.
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Disagreement in S.M.A.R.T info from different tools

I checked my old(purchased in 2009) SAMSUNG HDD with two tools. One is CrystalDiskInfo(CDI) and the other one is HD Tune(HT). At first, with CDI, no problem was detected and it just said 'Good'. ...
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Disk drive not recognized by laptop

I have an external USB drive. Took it apart and got the internal drive. Used it as normal on my desktop. Put it back together and tried to use it on a laptop. The laptop recognizes the drive but does ...
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive can't be found on my computer

I'm trying to recover/troubleshoot my external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus), for some reason it had just stop working. I'm on OSX and trying to troubleshoot it using my Windows XP running on ...
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Spilled water on Macbook Pro and dropped it — now won't boot

I spilled a fair amount of water (about a glass on the keyboard of my late 2008 macbook pro). After flipping the computer over, I let it dry after taking out the battery. As I was walking away, I saw ...
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eSATA drives keeps disappearing, only reappears after reboot

I have one relatively fat PC at home, that I use as a server, a back-up drive included, and as my gaming PC as well. The Operating System is Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I currently have an ASUS ...