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

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How to externally access the parent hard disk after cloning it and using the clone as primary internal drive

I have cloned my internal HDD C-drive (parent) to an internal SSD (clone) and I am now running my laptop (Windows 10) on the clone SSD. I have kept the parent as a backup HDD. Now I wish to access ...
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HDD Write / Hibernate issue on Dell Latitude with XP

My 2-year-old laptop has been getting extremely slow for the last few months. The most pronounced problem has been that it now takes somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes to go into hibernate, when it ...
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Remove harddisk from “Dell Latitude D530”

I am trying to fix a laptop that will not start. The error is that it cannot read a value from the registry. As a first step I am trying to take out the harddisk to make a copy. Question is where is ...
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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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Hard drive showing 333 MB of used space even though there are no files?

I've been using an external hard drive for quite some time, and recently I've upgraded to an internal drive and therefore moved all of my files from the external hard drive to the internal one. Now ...
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Does an SSD wear out using files stored in an external HDD?

I've an internal SSD in my MacBook Pro and I like editing videos. If I use an external HDD to store these files to work with, importing them in the video editing software, will this do the internal ...
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Computer too laggy suddenly with Disk at 100%

I'm running a Windows 10 Pro machine, it is pretty high end, Intel Core i5 6500, 16 GB DRR4 RAM, B150M Mobo, GDDR5 GTX 960 4GB Graphics. However, my PC is very laggy all of a sudden. My disk is always ...
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Is my hard drive data transfer rate slow? If so, what can I do?

I got a new Dell laptop recently, with an i7 processor and 6GB RAM, with 2 320GB hard drives. I thought this machine would have a lot of horsepower, and in most respects it does. But I find it to be ...
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My computer won't boot

My computer won't boot from hard disk but it can boot from usb or dvd. When I'm at the installer screen of Windows, it can't see my hard drive, but my BIOS displays it correctly. My computer is a ...
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Swap Hard disks without reinstalling windows

I have two identical machines (Dell Vostro 200). Machine A has a dead hard disk, Machine B has a dead motherboard. Can i swap the hard disk from machine B to A ? It has Windows Vista Business ...
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How can I remove the option to eject internal SATA drives from the Windows 8 tray icon?

The Safely Remove Hardware icon in Windows 8 (and 8.1) offers the ability to eject my internal SATA drives, including the boot drive (see example). I don't see myself ever needing this - especially ...
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How do I get rid of this old hard drive in my machine?

I bought it about 5 years ago and it came bundled with Windows Vista. When Windows 7 launched, I waited a bit then realized it would rock with an SSD. So I bought an SSD and added it as my primary ...
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Ntfs.sys BSOD with page fault in non paged area

My laptop crashed with a BSOD with the message about ntfs.sys and "page fault in non paged area". The laptop runs on Windows 7. I tried to start a chckdsk command in several ways, but I cannot start a ...
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High Disk Usage on Windows 10

I have a Dell Inspiron Core i5 with 4 GB RAM and 500 GB hard disk. After upgrading to windows 10 from 8.1, I am constantly facing a high disk usage problem which is causing my machine to run a ot ...
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Win 7 PC with i7 After SSD install, extremely slow “paint of green bar” on Directory open, performance issue

I have 16G ram and 2T hard drive, then added 120G Samsung SSD as new boot C: (had shop do it) and 2 things happened. The performance was much better for Win boot, but sometimes on opening a drive or ...
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What can cause my enclosured external HDD to be detectable but not accessible?

I have this small Sata HDD and I bought an enclosure for it, the asmedia as2105 usb device. Now, my computer does detect the enclosure, but not the disk in it. I've tried other disks too, but no joy. ...
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Why isn't my new USB 3.0 card / USB 3.0 hard drives working under FreeNAS?

I have a Dell Inspiron Desktop 580 into which I have installed a RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 card. The system is running FreeNAS 8.0.1-BETA4, which is based on FreeBSD 8 and supposedly has USB 3.0 support......
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HD Partition inconsistence, windows

I'm NOT asking about merge or how shrinking.... I'm asking about: Why I have in Explorer and Total Commander total Size 70.5GB or 67.29GB for Win7 C: according to Disk Management (in top Grid Table) ...
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Doubts of CONSECUTIVE “Unallocated” spaces HD [duplicate]

I have this HD partition. I want to know: If it is normal to have two consecutive "Unallocated" space? What sense does it? You can see I have two: 162.35GB The Right Side of the first ...
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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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Very slow boot time for Dell Precision laptop

I just bought a very pricy Dell Precision (running win7). I am attaching the order confirmation that I got when I finalized the order online. In particular note the SSD hard drive. Reason why I m ...
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How to transfer a RECOVERY partition to a new HD of a DELL Inspiron 1420?

My HD is about to die, and I am going to buy a new drive and install everything from scratch. I will like to use the recovery partition on my original drive, but I don't know the correct steps to use ...
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Dell XPS 15 L502X hard drive Partition

I have a situation here. I got my new Dell XPS 15 Laptop. The configuration of hard drive is as below : Volume 1: (OEM Partition): 133MB Volume 2: OS (C:): 685.25 GB Volume 3: Recovery : 13.25 ...
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Dell Inspiron 1525 - Internal hard disk drive not found

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop and every now and then it is shut down for no reason with this message on the screen: internal hard disk drive not found To resolve this issue, try to reseat ...
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Windows vista reinstall on a new HDD

I have a dell optiplex 320, installed with vista business. Unfortunately the HDD is packing up so I need to get a new one to put in to it. I have created a system image backup so should be able to get ...
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Can read errors loged in S.M.A.R.T. be caused by the controller?

I have one little server at a remote location that gives me some headaches, as it now seemingly ate up the third hdd in a specific slot in a row. The last replacement was done in may (a 3TB WDC ...
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BIOS doesn't detect SSD

Just finished building a new computer. I've booted up a couple of times, and everything seems to be working fine except that the BIOS doesn't detect the SSD. I tried connecting a HDD as well using a ...
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Error- D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

All of the sudden the D drive gives me an error when I try to open it: D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied. I have files on the drive that I would like to recover, so I do not want to ...
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Is it possible to connect the HDD of a Cisco 8485DVB in this manner?

If i open the Cisco 8485DVB and leave everything as-is, except disconnect the data cable to it's motherboard and then use a USB 2.0 to SATA converter cable or something similar, to connect the drive ...
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How to prevent hard drive from spinning down Windows 7?

I had a Western Digital External 1TB drive, which I was accessing via USB. I decided one day, that I would prefer to mount the HDD in my case, and access it via SATA interface. So I took it apart, ...
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Can a virus corrupt a hard disk?

Shorter version: Hard disk corrupt, vendor claims warranty does not apply since it was "due to a virus" and "problems due to software are not covered under the warranty". Longer version: My Dell ...
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Windows 7 Installation does not detect Hard Disks

I started a clean install of Windows 7 on my new laptop. But it neither detect the touch-pad nor the Hard Drives so I cannot install the Windows on them. Is there a way to get Windows 7 detect the ...
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Synology NAS: going from 3856 bad sector count to 0

I've received my monthly disk health report like this: Dear user, The following is your monthly report regarding the health of disks on DiskStation. You can also check the health of individual disks ...
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Dropped Dell XPS has hard-drive trouble

Yesterday, my mom dropped her laptop to the floor and got the blue screen of death after trying to boot the system. I was able to start a Fedora live CD and get some of her stuff off the hard drive, ...
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What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure?

What's more doable, connect an old hard disk recorder directly to a Win10 pc (and HOW do I do that?) or to take the HDD out and use an enclosure? (and I've got some idea how to that, but I don't know ...
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Why doesn't a SSD improve the speed of running applications compared to a HDD?

In articles/forums about pc gaming I always see people saying how Solid State Drives only make games load faster at startup (of the applciation) than they would with a Hard Disk Drive, and that an SSD ...
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Do harddrives slow down with age?

My (windows based) laptop is coming up to six years old now, and it still has semi respectable specs - Core 2 Duo 2.6ghz, 1gb Ram, 500gb HDD, 256mb ATI graphics card. Although the hardware is on its ...
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desktop Computer stuck on intel boot screen

My desktop havingWin 7 and I tried to install Windows Vista but it was giving error 0x80070070 so I tried to delete C drive and try to create new partition. But when I press delete button it got ...
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Hard Drive slowing to a crawl

About a month or so ago I built a new PC for myself, I currently have an SSD that I had as a secondary drive in my previous PC as the main C:\ drive, a brand new 3TB Toshiba HDD as my E:\ drive and ...
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Cloning a HD vs. Copying Files - Which is faster?

Which is faster if I wanted to copy all files on a 6 TB hard drive to an 8 TB external hard drive? Cloning the 6 TB hard drive with Macrium Reflect or copying all files with UltraCopier? I noticed ...
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Dell Inspiron Windows 10 PC

I have tried to partition my hard drive of 1 TB as follows: System Disk - 120 GB Office - 100 GB Home - 700 GB But the disk manager is allowing me to partition only upto 465 GB and the ...
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Resume interrupted file transfer to harddrive

I was copying my whole user folder over to a harddrive for backup, but I had to plug out the disk because I had to leave. I got about 160 of 220gigs transferred, and now the file is sitting on the ...
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Detect failing USB hard drive automatically

I Have a Raspberry Pi which has one USB external hard drive attached to it (via a separatly powered USB hub). The thing is that sometimes this disk becomes unresponsive (I can't access its mounted ...
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How to stop windows 8 from wanting to scan and repair a drive every single boot

Every time I reboot my laptop windows is running the scan and repair utility on a non-essential hard drive, problem is it gets stuck and last 3 hours before it boots. The only way I can interrupt that ...
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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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Booting a hard drive containing windows give's black screen. No errors

I am recovering some photos (As asked in another question) but after following the first answer I am having some problems. Everything is inserted (see this picture) any ideas why its just a black ...
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How to Compare Files in HDDs

I made backup of my external HDD (I call it HDD1) on another HDD (I call it HDD2). The two HDD are the same physically, same model. My problem is that the HDD2 has less of the HDD1 file. Something was ...
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Is it possible to insert a Dell Inspiron 1545 HDD into a normal Desktop PC?

The dell inspiron 1545 had a feature that allowed a user to insert the hard drive like a USB stick of sorts. Plug - & - Play style. Turn off, plug, in turn on, boot drive, finished. But sadly my ...
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“There are no fixed disks to show”

I am trying to do a clean install of Windows 7 on my Asus G50V. It boots from the CD fine but it doesn't recognize my hard drive. When it asks me where I want to install it there are no drives at all ...
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Connecting an ATX power supply to a Hard Drive Enclosure

I have a 4 bay hard drive enclosure made by Sans Digital (one of the TR4M series)... check that, I have 3 such enclosures and the power supply died on 2 of them. I called Sans Digital and asked about ...