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

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Can't see disk in Windows explorer

I purchased a new 4TB HDD and put it in an enclosure for external use. I formatted that HDD using the disk management tool (as GPT rather than MBR) and assigned a drive letter to it. I was able to use ...
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ddrescue - how are my chances and how could I speed it up? [closed]

I am trying to rescue data from a damaged laptop's 500 GB hard drive using ddrescue version 1.19 on Ubuntu 14.04. By damaged I mean that the drive got corrupted when the laptop hit the ground while ...
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Genymotion: failed to attach drive

I did lot of searching in Google but still not solved. I am using windows 7 Basic x64. Firstly, it was running perfectly but after I made some changes in vmbox for file sharing it stopped. I did ...
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External Western Digital hard drive read really slow

I convert my internal WD Scorpio Blue 250GB from my old laptop to external hard drive. I already format it writing speed really good about 30MB/s but read really slow about 300KB/s and I’m using USB ...
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change boot partition in Windows 8

I have Windows 8 installed on C: drive. But my Laptop boots from E: Drive. Here is the bcdedit output. And Here is the disk management's screenshot. Can anyone tell how to move boot files to C: ...
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Recover data from linux from Mac with firewire?

I have debian linux 7.6.0 on an old macbook laptop, the screen broke. I don't have money to fix it so I was hoping to use the firewire port to connect and clone the hard drive so I can access the ...
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Western Digital Elements 1TB USB3.0 Spins up and then beeps?

Well, today, I unplugged my WD external HDD from my laptop so that I could move it to a different port. I was not using any program that would be accessing the drive at the time. However, when I ...
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Hard disk sudden failure

A few days ago i bought a new hard disk for my laptop and decided to keep the old one as a backup storrage device. Since my laptop doesn't have two hard disk slots i bought a special caddy and ...
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WD 3TB HDD showing as only 746 Gb when installed, but okay via media player

I installed a 3TB hard drive (GPT formatted) in my Astone media player and my PC recognises as 3TB no worries. I then take it out of the media player any install directly to the motherboard via a ...
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'User' folder not opening on external hard drive due to security reasons [duplicate]

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit. I moved my internal hard drive to an external one and installed a new drive in my laptop. After connecting the external drive to the laptop, it opens the ...
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Drive letters messed up in Windows 7. How do I get my drive letter back?

After Windows failed to recognize a USB device (a hub) my drive letters got messed up. Because the hub had drives J, K and L connected these letters inadvertently became available, and when I put a ...
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Bad sectors found, should I replace my drive?

My main hard drive (Windows) shows some bad sectors, the number of sectors hasn't changed since I discovered them 2 months ago. However there's no clue how long they have been there. I have another ...
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How to make free space at the beginning of a partition?

On my PC with Windows 7 I have 2 partition C and D and some reserved space. | reserved space | C partition | D partition | some unused space| And I want to shrink D and then increase C ...
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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 ...
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How to clone existing Filevault encrypted HD to SSD with a linux live cd/usb

I have a 13-inch, Mid 2012 MacBook pro which comes with a 500 GB sata hard drive. I'm running 10.9.5 Mavericks. Of the 500 GB I have about 77 GB used whereas the rest of it is free space, this drive ...
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Prevent HDDs from spinning up before shutdown in Ubuntu/ZoL/SAS2008 environment [migrated]

I am running Ubuntu 14.04.2 with ZFS on Linux. As I ran out of SATA ports on my Asus M5A78L-M/USB3, I bought a Dell PERC H200 card and crossflashed it to LSI 9211-8i P19 IT mode firmware to ...
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Is it possible to install an over 2TB HDD CentOS on Hetzner?

Wanted to just check here before I open a ticket at Hetzner. I just got a server from Hetzner with 2x 3TB. I want to set them up in a RAID 0. I’ve ran the “Installimage” command once in rescue-mode, ...
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Bluescreen Stop 0x00000027 RDR_FILE_SYSTEM after cloning system on new HDD

A couple of months ago I got a new 500GB HDD for my no-name-brand Laptop PC and I cloned the complete Win 7 Pro 32bit system with clonezilla from the old 70GB drive to the new one. At first everything ...
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clean wipe data from laptop hard disk [closed]

I have to hand over laptop to another employee. I want to clean wipe it. So that my deleted files he should not recover using undelete software. Please suggest. I tried ccleaner but looks like it is ...
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Windows 7 dual boot with Debian Jessie

I had debian jessie installed on a single hard drive, then i added 3 other hard drives just for storage purposes but I installed Windows 7 Home Premium on one of them. It was working fine until ...
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How can I swap a HDD with Crucial BX100 SSD?

At work I have swapped HDDs for SSDs on two Toshiba satellite pros running Windows 8.1. Both were Samsung 250GB SSDs. All I had to do was create recovery disk, swap in SSD, boot from recovery drive ...
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fdisk shows existing partition in brand new hdd

I just bought a hard disk (Seagate ST2000DM001) and got from fdisk that it is already partitioned. crown mnt # fdisk -l /dev/sdc Disk /dev/sdc: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes 255 heads, 63 ...
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How to interpret these SMART values?

The other day I checked my SMART stats and noticed a nonzero reallocated sector count using smartmontools. About a day or two ago it showed as "16 (0 2)" and now shows as "24 (0 3)". Similarly the ...
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Restoring factory image of HP Laptop

I use a HP G62. I am unable to use my recovery disk to restore to factory settings. I had no problems earlier until I created an additional partition which I hear might have changed my hard disk to ...
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How to check whether an undetected hard disk is working?

I would like to know is there any way to check whether an undetected hard disk is working properly.I tried looking with different Live CDs but the hard disk is not detecting. These are my laptop ...
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Recover files without formatting from data on a seemingly corrupted Seagate Wireless Plus.

I have a Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB hard disk. Last week, when I was copying videos from my DVD collection to the hard disc, the DVD drive somehow stopped working. Now I cannot access my hard disc ...
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Recover information from Iomega Portable hard drive

I have a portable Iomega 250GB HDD. It worked wonderfully for years and passed its warranty period a long time ago. It then started acting up and finally didn't work any longer. The odd thing is that ...
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LaCie Rugged Triple USB 3 drive not mounting properly on Windows 8.1

I have a 2011 LaCie Rugged Triple USB 3 drive that I use with two computers: my Windows 8.1 PC and my MacBook Air. What is working / other facts: Drive has two partitions: one NTFS, one HFS+ USB ...
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Hard disk keeps making noise even if not used [closed]

Since yesterday my secondary hard disk keeps making noise as if it were reading/writing even if it's unused. It happens regardless of the OS running (both windows7 and linux) and I'm sure it's not ...
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Truecrypt volume no longer mounts or is readable

I have a trucrypt volume that worked one day and then the next day I could no longer mount it on my mac. It will mount on my windows system, but when I click on the drive it says that it needs to be ...
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Performance of SSD w/ less RAM vs SATA w/ more RAM [closed]

Time to upgrade to a new development laptop. I'm trying to maximize performance which will include multiple virtual machines and android development. I believe there are 3 issues that will ...
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My hard drive is slow and just gets slower during copy processes

Today I purchased a brand new backup hard drive (2tb Western Digital Elements, USB 2.0) and when I copy files to it from my laptop (Toshiba Satellite l300 with 7200rpm Western Digital Black 500GB HDD) ...
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GParted stuck applying operations after copying partition between two disks

I'm copying a partition I had on a virtual disk (VirtualBox) to a real disk. I ran GParted on the virtual machine and copied the main partition (12.98 GiB) over to the new disk, and during the copy I ...
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Can I disable “write-cache buffer flushing” for an Intel 730 SSD on a desktop PC

Can I disable "write-cache buffer flushing" for an Intel 730 SSD on a desktop PC without UPS? This drive has capacitors for power-loss protection - is this enough to flush the buffers when a power ...
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How do I set up a RAID 0 on windows 8?

I have a windows 8 machine with a 2T internal hard drive and 12G of ram. I have an external WD 3T that automatically backs up my entire I tunes Ibrary. I have added a second 2T internal drive and ...
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Windows 8 extremely high disk usage and slow IO

Problem After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Professional, there seem to be a few disturbing problems. When I have the Task Manager open, I sometimes notice the disk usage climbing to 50, ...
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Low disk performance with Windows 8.1

I have a Dell XPS 15 (L502X) that have a Core i5-2450M, 6GB RAM and a 1TB WD 5400RPM HDD. This notebook Achilles' heel is the disk. It's slow and I understand that if I do stress it to much, it lends ...
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How much slower is a RAID 1 hard drive compared to no RAID?

How much slower is RAID 1 than no RAID at all? I have heard that RAID 1 provides peace of mind (because of mirroring) but gives slower write (not read) performance.
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TestDisk: The harddisk is reported as too small?

I am trying to restore partitions on an old hard drive. The drive has been formatted previously. I am using TestDisk 6.14. When I choose the option Deeper Search I think it finds something, because a ...
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mdadm: drive replacement shows up as spare and refuses to sync [migrated]

Prelude I had the following devices in my /dev/md0 RAID 6: /dev/sd[abcdef] The following drives were also present, unrelated to the RAID: /dev/sd[gh] The following drives were part of a card reader ...
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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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Is commuting via bicycle with a full-sized Samsung 17” laptop a good idea? [closed]

It's that time of the year when the weather is nice enough for me to cycle into work and back, and since last year I have acquired a new laptop that I use for work on the daily. The laptop does not ...
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Recover GPT Unformatted Partition

I have a 500GB HDD, with a partition that I tried to move. After moving it, I found it is still in the starting place, but now I don't have access to it anymore. I tried to recover it with EaseUS ...
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Windows 8 in GPT not hybrid booting

Some days ago I bought a new HDD of 3TB size. I installed Windows 8 "normally", then I noticed that the system could not see all the 3TB of the disk, because the setup automatically choosed to use MBR ...
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Windows Defender Waking Up Hard Drive

I have an external hard drive that I only use for storage, I almost never write data to it but it can be useful if I want to access some data that I have in it. When it’s possibile I’d like for the ...
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How to prolong the life of an external hard drive?

In ten years, across several different machines, different companies, and different operating systems I've noticed a trend that external hard drives die long before their internal counterparts. ...
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Why does my hard drive LED light blink every second?

The light blinks faintly about once a second. It is slowly driving me insane. How do I find out which program is causing this, so I can disable it? Acer 5274 laptop/core i3 Windows 7 Home Premium ...
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Recovering deleted files from a ghost image

Let’s suppose that we have ghost image file taken from an old hard disk and we want to burn it to a new empty hard disk. The question is: Does the ghost image reflect exactly the original hard disk ...
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3.5" FDD to SATA / USB

Motherboards these days don't tend to have floppy cable/bus pins. It's a bit "old hat" I suppose. I have such a motherboard, but would like to connect an internal floppy drive to it. It's the sort of ...
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Freeware Backup utility - with shadow copy ability? [closed]

I search for a free software that can use Shadow Copy. In XP I can use Cobian, but in Win2008/x64 that Shadow Copy cannot accessable. With Windows Backup I have problem that I have only one HDD. ...