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

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How to have SATA drives connected to an Intel RAID controller as removable drives

Hi: we have a Supermicro server with an Intel C600 series controller and we would like to use some of the ports and their disks as removable devices, to allow to copy media from one server to another. ...
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How to fix a write protected NTFS type usb

Tried registry method and musb tools. But doesn't work. It's a 32GB Sandisk pendrive, and it's formatted in NTFS. The following write protection error appears:
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hdd recognized as ssd after windows 10 update

I received the Windows 10 update and installed it without any problems to a Lenovo computer running Windows 7. So far, everything works fine except that when I go to defragment the drive, the media ...
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Does Western Digital Hardware encryption works at the time , in dying stage of hard disk drive? [on hold]

Does Western Digital Hardware encryption for it's external drives, works at the time , in dying stage of hard disk drive ? i.e. when the hard disk is on the verge of about to die (in the later dying ...
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Hard Drive Light Emulator

I've just got a new Dell Inspiron, and I'm a little disconcerted without the reassurance of a flashing hard drive light, especially with long installs. Is there something that can reveal HDD activity ...
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Apple hardware diagnostics freezes at 95%

Recently my Mid-2011 iMac (default specs except 2x 4GB RAM boards were added years ago, running latest OS X and most recently updated days ago) has been locking up during use - a single random app ...
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Can I connect and disconnect a SATA harddrive while my computer is running?

I have a SATA hard drive that says it supports hot-plugging. Does that mean I can actually connect it to power and a SATA plug while my computer is running? Would be handy, but seems kind of scary... ...
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How risky is to install windows on external hard drive?

i have a hp laptop which currently has no HDD installed into it,so i decided to install windows to my Western Digital my passport 2TB external hard drive. i found two article on how to install ...
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Accidentally overwrote wrong disk with dd, how to recover?

I wanted to dd an image from sdb to sdc, but because one hour before I had set up things differently, I just copied the same command: dd if=/home/user/Downloads/ubuntu.iso of=/dev/rsdb bs=2M; sync ...
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Hard disk keeps turning off when “Battery Saver” mode is on, despite all setting

I have changed all settings regarding hard disk turn off time to "never" in all power plans. Still when Windows 10's Battery Saver feature is turned on, the hard disk keeps shutting down after a few ...
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What process is using my drive?

Environment : Windows 10 Pro x64, Desktop PC, fresh install. System installed on C: (SSD). Secondary SSD on D:. I have a third E: HDD in my PC (Actually a RAID-1 of WD drives). I want it (them) to ...
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Laptop won't boot, restarts on its own + black screen

yesterday I was playing on my Win 7 laptop when suddenly my screen went into this colorful faulty state, something of this , though not exactly. And a second after my laptop died starting itself up ...
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New 4tb hard drive can't be accessed

My setup Windows 8.1 64 bit Motherboard ASUS H87I-PLUS The drive is Seagate ST4000DM000 4TB (bought from amazon) I have installed the SeagateDisc Wizard It is attached to the motherboard, with ...
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I connected my usb hdd driver. CentOS7 don't mount it

Unfortunately, my usb driver don't detect on CentOS7. This is on message i got. Error mounting /dev/sdc1 at /run/media/root/f4786057-a556-4cc8-a465-9b066b12a15b: Command-line `mount -t "ext4" ...
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Why is CBS.log file size 20 GB

Two days ago I had a full C: drive, after which I deleted 8 GB of data. The next day the hard drive was full again, so I continued with deleting another 5 GB, and once again the next day the disk was ...
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SATA Hard Drives not found in Debian Jessie

The hard drives show up in BIOS: But not Jessie. Output from fdisk: Disk /dev/sda: 232.9 GiB, 250059350016 bytes, 488397168 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size ...
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How to ddrescue from an image

I am trying to ddrescue from a .img file which contains image of my disposed HDD. So here are my lsblk of entire system right now: /media/Dummy/Image.img contains the target image that I want to ...
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Does booting from a LiveCD damage my files?

If I were to boot from my CD would it change my HDD OS or any data on my HDD? I am asking because I have a desktop on Windows 7 but I want to be able to boot on to Linux temporarily so I can test it ...
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How to defrag a folder to make sequential file access faster

I work with real-time video apps, and just defragged my (Win XP) system to try to improve the general performance. It did... but it appears to have destroyed the generally contiguous nature of certain ...
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is it safe to power off SATA HDD?

I have an internal SATA Harddrive connected to USB through simple SATA to USB cable: ...
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Increase in SSD performance?

I have a 120GB Samsung 840 EVO and I'd heard they had an issue with decreasing performance. So I re-ran CrystalDiskMark on the drive and compared it to the numbers I ran when I originally purchased ...
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Endless or Inescapable SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk

Here is the situation: Whenever I start the laptop it says " Smart Hard Disk Error The SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure not data loss. please backup the content ...
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What would PCIe SSD this big be used for and who would actually buy one? [closed]

I came upon this 3TB SSD the other day at the bargain price of $15k on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Z-Drive-Height-Maximum-ZD4CM84-HH-3-2T/dp/B005HU0LT8 So I don't get the use of it? Where ...
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Directory based virtual RAID1

The problem: I have video files for a project that require editing. Those files are larger than usual, therefore disk speed became an important obstacle during my work. The Idea: I know I could ...
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Replacing laptop hard drive

I have two laptops, a Dell XPS running 64-bit and HP Pavilion 32-bit and I want to replace the Dell hard drive with the hard drive in the HP temporarily because my Dell laptop became very slow and I ...
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how to prevent access of hard disc from guest user in window 7 ?

i want to restrict guest user from access the hard disc data, so how it could be, i goes through this way gpcedit.mc, User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows ...
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Change Windows 10 installation from one physical drive to other

I have an old PC with a HDD of 500GB with Windows 10 installation and is almost 90% filled with. The HDD is now fairly old and response time of Windows has become too slow. I am planning to upgrade PC ...
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Size on disk way bigger than expected

I have read Why is there such a big difference between "Size" and "Size on disk"? but why is mine so different? My RAID5 is set at 128kb stripe, the volume is formatted at 64kb NTFS. I would expect ...
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Hardware, hard drive may make my computer crash [closed]

To begin I have a problem with my computer crashing in strange ways such as the whole thing freezes but the mouse and then finally the mouse catches up;sometimes the crashing take me to the normal bog ...
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Load Dialog disk access slowdown on Windows 10

TL;DR my hard drive combination is causing load dialogs to take ~6 seconds to load, which is also confirmed via code, and I can't find any relief. I had Windows 7 for a long time, ignoring 8 ...
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Easist way to connect some SATA HDDs to a network without full PC

I have a few SATA HDDs in my big desktop PC. I store media and stuff on them, and access them from my other PCs over my home network. However, in order to access them, my big PC has to be on, which ...
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error “windows could not display the images available for installation”

I am trying to install a new copy of windows 7 pro 64bit on the second partition of the HDD on my laptop but the windows setup throws an error "windows could not display the images available for ...
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Hard Drive Making Beeping Noise

My hard drive (Seagate) has been working perfectly up until this past Friday, when I upgraded to the latest LTS version of Ubuntu (16.04 LTS), when I did this I was having trouble watching movies off ...
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Laptop showing weird behavior. What might be the cause? [on hold]

I have a 3 year old laptop. It's Sony Vaio E Series SVE1518FNW. It's specs are i7, 4 GB RAM and 750 GB hard disk with AMD Raedon graphic card. From several months I am facing problem with it's ...
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Is there a way to toggle the Windows “compress this drive” command through a command prompt?

My friends laptop (a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium with 4GB RAM) was running slowly and she asked me to take a look at it. One of the things (besides that the disks had not been defragmented for a ...
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Clonezilla disk to image speed decreasing over time

I am actually backing my whole 2tb disk using Clonezilla disk-to-image option. I don't use any encryption or anything that I know that could slow down the process, and yet, Clonezilla tells me that ...
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Error 0xc0000225 on laptop with windows 8.1, how to repair without a recovery disk?

When I start my laptop I have a blue screen with the error code 0xc0000225 with the message : A required device isn't working or can't be accessed. Then if I press F8 to get to Startup Settings the ...
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Preserving One Key Recovery feature while migrating to a smaller SSD

The question is simple, but the answer might be complicated as I am not targeting One Key Recovery feature of a specific vendor, I'm searching for a answer in general. Suppose I'm migrating from a 1 ...
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OS X stopped recognizing my HFS+ partition when I created a new partition before it

I have a 2 TB USB drive that's using GPT, but OSX (10.11.4) on my macbook pro (early 2015) stopped recognizing my HFS+ partition after I inserted a partition before it on the disk. This is what I had ...
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“Missing operating system” when booting from external HDD with Linux Mint

I installed Linux Mint 17.3 on an internal laptop HDD using a live USB stick. I now want to boot it externally on different PCs using a USB adapter. This works on the laptop I installed it on, but ...
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Wester Digital Passport External Hardisk failure

I dropped my WD passport from a height of about 3 feet on a solid surface. I connected the harddisk to my Lapotop running windows 8.1. The LED on the haddisk is blinking. I can feel the hard disk ...
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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 boot a USB 3.0 SATA HDD inside a Windows 7 Qemu Virtual Machine

I have a Windows 7 VM, that I would like to recognize a SATA HDD that is plugged into a Voyager Q (USB 3.0 "enclosure"). I have tried various commands, and tried logging the output of the command ...
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My 1TB WD Caviar Green HDD is making a short high-pitched sound every half second

My 1TB WD Caviar Green HDD is making a short (about 0.1 second) high-pitched sound every half second. It is barely audible, but is enough to drive me crazy. I’ve noticed that the sound is synchronized ...
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Can anyone make sense of the G-sense error rate?

Before I get to my problem, I have to ask this question. Can the normalized value ever be 0, and can it ever be a negative number? I read many sources saying that there is no such thing as a ...
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How do software programs determine the HDD temperature?

Some software programs can etermine the temperature of the hard drive. E.g. HWMonitor: I say that there must be a thermometer inside the HDD and the data (via SMART) is passed as regular info to ...
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Hard drive won't initialize, spins up, makes 2 clicks, and spins up again

When I booted my computer today, it wouldn't progress past BIOS. One of the drives ( the one holding the OS, of course ) spins up, goes "click click", and then spins down and repeats the process. How ...
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How do I make a USB-docked hard drive not “disconnect” from the connected system when idle?

I have connected a WD30EZRX WD Green HDD to a Thermaltake Blacx Duet 5G USB dock (similar linked, for example) in Ubuntu 12.04. Every thing seems fine until the HDD idles, when it seems to have cause ...
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Will spanning my drives format them both in Windows 7?

I have currently got a Seagate 1TB hard drive (not in use) and the WD 4TB hard drive (in use). The WD hard drive has just failed and I am getting it replaced. I wish to use 'spanning' to combine the ...
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Western Digital: Sector Relocation Error (code 226)

I have a nearly new WD Green, but warranty is already expired. It was lying on a shelf. I would like to test it before use. The first step I made is running full test using Data Lifeguard Tools. ...