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

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SSD to SSD migration, with some software installed on HDD

on my machine i have 1 SSD (C:) of 120 GB that is almost full, only 7 GB left. And another HDD (K:) 1 Terabyte, where i have installed some programs and where i store files. I've bought a new SSD ...
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Can't uncheck encrypt content on my own encrypted file from external hard drive

I have some files on my hard drive that I really need access too but appear to be encrypted. I did not encrypt this file (well not that I remember). I have changed the owner but I still don't have ...
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How many data sectors usually are there between two consecutive servo sectors?

I only find 1 document from 2005 that said there are about 100-150 servo sectors per track in a HDD. I also read that there are about 600-800 data sectors per track so i guess may be 4 data sectors ...
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System and Compressed Memory: High Disk Usage

System and Compressed Memory is something I had for a long time Ever since I got this new computer, when starting up my computer, System and Compressed Memory (ntoskml.exe) has been using very high ...
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Is my hard drive dead?

Windows 10 crashed on my Dell Vostro 260. It froze up and then just crashed, I have no suspects. I was just web browsing and checking mail. Norton and Malware bytes are up to date, so I do not suspect ...
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Hybrid laptop - external USB HDD

I have a laptop with an SDD and with a free HDD slot. I also regularly use a desktop computer with its own HDD. However I have maybe an strange setup where to fully use this 2 computers an external ...
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Can I successfully run a Kali Linux VM on one drive while my host OS is on another?

I've been attempting to set up a Kali Linux VM. I've continuously been running into a failure when attempting to install the system files inside VirtualBox and I'm curious as to whether or not it has ...
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Considerations on an archive HDD

I need to buy a hard drive to store monthly backups of my in-home lab. I need an 8 TB disk and I've been looking at Seagate's Archive HDD's. From what I'm read, these drives are designed to run in ...
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Faulty Disk : is it possible to find faulty sectors and tell Windows to stop trying to acces it?

Windows is regularly complaining about a faulty disk, that I should urgently make a backup because it will soon stop from working. I got this message for over a year now, it stopped for few month and ...
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Windows Server Backup dedicated HDD and “locky” kind of malware - are the backed-up data protected?

I have recently set up a Windows Server Backup for one of my servers in the "Back up to a hard disk that is dedicated for backups" mode. In this mode, the whole drive is not normally visible in the ...
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HP probook 4540s stuck at the first screen?

Here is what happened: I installed Windows and it made a 100MB partition I booted with the Windows CD again, formatted the 100MB partition and system partition then installed Windows again After ...
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Can we use external hard disk as Internal

My internal hard-disk is giving an error, while I am starting my Laptop, as hard-disk not found. I want to install an operating system in my external hard-disk and use it to start my laptop. Is it ...
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my HDD 1 TB showing 0GB in bios

some drops of water leak to my PC motherboard causing my PC dead after that i remove the hardisk to another working PC but my HDD 1 TB showing 0GB in bios is there any solution to recover my hardik ...
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I have just replaced my hard drive, what are my options?

I have a HP Pavilion dv7-4177nr Entertainment Notebook. It once had Windows 7 home premium installed. However that hard drive broke because of physical damage. Now that I have a new hard drive hooked ...
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Boot disk not detected when other disk is plugged in

I have 2 disks, a 500gb and a 1000gb. My OS is installed in the 500gb, thanks to an old UPS my PC turned off when the power tripped. Upon booting again I get a boot disk not found error, restarted ...
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How can I get my 2nd hard drive (that disappeared from Windows Explorer) back?

I have a Dell XPS running Windows 8. My C Drive is 120GB SSD, for windows and programs, then I have a 1TB D Drive for my own files. The other day it disappeared from Windows Explorer and I cannot get ...
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Photoshop's scratch disk using up all disk space

A colleague is trying to edit a large piece of work (350cm x 152cm) at a very high resolution (300 dpi) and we noticed that the hard drive was becoming very full (4kb remaining at some points). I ...
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Windows bug? Freeze while copying files. Parallel another copy may unfreeze

How to debug problems with simple copying files? I often have a problems when just copying many files from one disk to another. Probably the problem occurs only with ONE of hard drives, installed on ...
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Can Windows 7 make good (high performance) use of RAID 1 between a SSD and a HDD?

Recently my hard drive died, and I lost all my files and I am really sad. Right now I am making a software 1 raid between my 2250MBps/1850MBps Pcie 3 8x SSD, and my 1TB 170MBps/170MBps hard drive. ...
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Missing partition

I have a 80gb hdd on my computer and has a partition : C:/ and D:/ I experienced having a trouble on boot start up : BOOTMGR MISSING pres CTRL ALT DEL to restart.I tried to fix the cable connections ...
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Disk health status warning. Should I be alarmed?

I ran HDTunePRO today and saw that my disk has a Current Pending Sector warning: I read in wikipedia that the lower this attribute is the better and that it is a "Potential indicator of imminent ...
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“Undeleting files” and partition writing policy

What are the relevant criteria for determining whether a file will be able to be undeleted? For common file systems, do they always expand linearly? That is, if you deleted a file and then created a ...
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protecting a hard drive with confidential information

I am about to give a hard drive with many pdfs that contain information and high-res photographs to someone in an institution and would like to limit the possibility of those photographs being seen by ...
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Windows 8 data not showing when copied to slave hard drive?

I have 2 hard disks. First has windows 8 32 bit installed. Second has Windows 8 64 bit installed. I made second hdd as slave and copied some data from first HDD. Now when i make the 2nd HDD as main ...
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SATA HDD suddenly stops being detected by any computer

So I have a 500gb Seagate HDD that, after powering down my computer one day, stopped being read by ANYTHING. It's not a mechanical error that I could diagnose; it spins up and down quietly and makes ...
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Unable to install Windows 10 couldn't create partition

I am trying to clean install Windows 10 in my Asus X555L Notebook Laptop, but every time I land on the "Where do you want to install Windows ? " page and create "New " partitions with the unallocated ...
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How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?

I've recently received an assembled PC. I don't know if the disk is an SSD or old HDD (whether SATA or other technologies). I can't find a way to tell if the disk is SSD or not, apart from the size ...
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Can windows 8 store apps be backed up on external HDD?

I'm a guy who lives in fear of HDD crashes and thus I like to make a nice backup of pretty much everything on an external HDD. I'm using Windows 8.1 on a desktop PC and windows store apps have me ...
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When cloning a hard drive, does the new hard drive have to be the same model as the older one?

I have a Samsung HD103SJ that's making weird noises when reading and I'd like to replace it. I'ts old, and this HDD costs around $130 on Amazon. I'd rather clone it to a Western Digital Black HDD, ...
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Hard drive error - NTFS damaged

I am helping a friend recover data from a computer (lenovo). After what I was told was a hard shutdown, the computer does not get past the system repair screen. (Windows failed to start) Booting off ...
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How do I restore a partition without losing the data?

I lost the D-partition in My Computer I opened My Computer, but couldn't find it and I don't know where it is or how to return it. I went to Disk Management and found it available as free space. So ...
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OSX: How can I clone a larger hard drive to a smaller one?

I'm replacing my spinning disk drive with a smaller SSD, because it should make my system much faster[1]. The data I have on the larger drive will fit on the smaller one. So far, I've done the ...
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How to get the data off of a ReadyNAS drive?

I have a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo network backup system with two drives in it. The data is accessible through the network, but when I remove a drive to get the data off in another computer, it shows that ...
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Increase Kali Linux Home Partition

I have been searching around the internet to find out how to increase my Kali partition with some unallocated space, but I haven't found the answer. I am using GParted in a live Kali Linux 1.1.0 USB ...
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How to turn only HDD back to basic after accidentally creating 5th partition?

I was trying to create a separate partition for use with an ISO image on USB drive as it was a Linux program. I succeeded, along with turning my only drive from basic into dynamic. It has my Windows 7 ...
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HP Probook 4530s great specs, but lagging. Hard Drive?

I have this laptop, which has a i3 processor, 4gb memory, 7200rpm hard drive. So there is nothing wrong with the specs. Even when I have no applications open, simply closing and opening windows, ...
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“Computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk” when trying to install Windows 10

I have a laptop that originally came with Windows 10; the hard drive is now completely empty, and using Gparted, it's been formatted as a single, empty NTFS partition with an msdos partition table. ...
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Two 2TB drives, why is dd is almost 8 times faster erasing one?

I have two 2TB drives: /dev/sde WCD WD20EZRX-00D8PB0 Firmware revision 80.00A80 (new consumer-grade WD Green series) /dev/sdf WCD WD2002FYPS-01U1B1 Firmware revision 04.05G05 (old pro-grade server ...
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SD Card as Permanent Storage?

Is it safe to use an SD card as a permanent secondary storage for my laptop (by letting it be there, without removing it regularly)? I don't know how SD card hardware is internally different from an ...
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Recover data from un-encrypted portion of partition - BitLocker [duplicate]

I have two Windows 10 OSs installed in two partitions of the same HDD. I wanted to encrypt both with USB and I ran into trouble. I am hoping I can still recover information on the partition that does ...
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Windows 10 can't be installed via USB to a brand new SSD

I've got 2 old towers and made a Frankensteins monster of the 2, but the 6yr old 1TB mechanical steam punk spinning hard disk was too slow and noisy, so I've brought a shiny 240GB Kingston SSD. The ...
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Hard disk stop working after some time

OK, this is a problem I am experiencing from the last few days. My PC starts normally, but many times when I work, my HD stops working and the PC get hangs. If I wait for few minutes (5-10 min), then ...
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external hard drive can not be fornatted

While I was formatting my external hard drive (this one: http://nl.transcend-info.com/Products/No-284), another program that was running caused a failure that aborted the formating. Since then, I have ...
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Seagate STSHX-M401TCB(M) SATA interface

I'd wish to upgrade my laptop's internal drive, and put the original one in an external enclosure to use it via USB. I could buy an 2.5" HDD and a 2.5" tray separately to accomplish this. However, ...
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Long running chkdsk on Windows 7 1TB external hard drive

We had a lightning storm and power fluctuated. External hard drive lost some files. I thought I could run a chkdsk on the drive. It has been running over a week. I checked box, "Automatically fix ...
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What's wrong with my WD my book live?

I have a WD my book live that I can't find on my network. The device was stored at my warehouse for few years, and I would like to read/use again the files that are in it. I plugged it in to my ...
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Will files in my D dirve be erased when installing alongside Windows

I am about to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7 on a Thinkpad. Windows resides in my C drive and I have my files in D. C and D happen to be two separate hard disks on my laptop, one stays in the ...
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Music performance setup - with HDD + SSD + more SSDs?

Question: I'm aware that the OS runs much faster on an SSD than on a HDD. I'm still confused though. I want to do live DJing with my computer. Essentially l need to simultaneously do 3 things very ...
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How to determine type of internal hard drive for replacement?

I have a hand-me-down computer that had its internal hard drive removed before it was given to me. I'd like to buy a new HDD and install some flavor of Linux onto it. Is there a diagnostic utility ...
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Creating a storage space or server from multiple laptop HDDs

I've 4 - 5 unused laptop HDDs laying around, totaling a couple of Terabytes. That's space I could be making use of! (instead of worrying about my /home folder taking up all my space). I have a very ...