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

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How to clone failing system disk to preserve all settings/installed software?

I have an internal 320GB SATA HDD which is showing signs of impending failure (errors while copying,SMART status etc.). I have another internal HDD available with me to which I would like to migrate ...
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USB3 HDD does not spin down after selecting “Eject drive”

my external WD drive connected to USB3 on home PC spin down after selecting "Eject drive" but it does not spin down on work PC (on USB3 as well). Tried to find answers in Google but I could not. I ...
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Recover bad sectors tool unable to run

I've been handed over a computer to repair. It errors on startup with "Error 1962: No operating system found. Boot sequence will automatically repeat." It doesn't show anything before this, not even ...
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Computer won't start when connecting SATA HDD

I just bough a new HDD some time ago and recently i bought another SATA cable to have both HDDs connected at the same time, to transfer all the files from the older one to the newer. When i connected ...
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Boot selection failed because a device is inaccessible, not the usual boot error though?? (0xc000000e)

I need some help fast please. I recently booted up my gaming rig after swapping out a 7970 graphics card and upon system boot up, as the Windows 7 logo appeared the system crashes and a BSOD appears ...
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Running another OS on company laptop

Here comes a description of my scenario, requirements and possibilities. Scroll down a bit for the actual questions. I want to run an another OS on my company owned laptop, no one else use it but ...
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SMART Extended Self Test on a new Hard Disk

Is it normal that the SMART extended self test to run for hours on a new hard disk. So far, the test is running on my laptop for 2 hours. What is it doing? If I stop the test, will it damage the hard ...
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CentOS 7: Partition resizing issue where now there is a lost+found folder full of numbered folders and the data is gone

Set up Running a home server with a 2TB HDD. Running VMWare ESXi 5.5 that has 2 guest OS; CentOS 7 and Windows Server 2012 R2. There are 3 virtual disks (VMDK) thickly provisioned: 20GB CentOS 7 ...
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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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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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Unusual disk use on Windows 8.1 100% disk usage ONLY when running particular programs

by opening the task manager I found out this weird thing happening: The disk usage spikes to 95-100% when I am running programs such as C-Cleaner, or Avast. Sometimes it shows a regular pattern: it ...
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Disk Management label disk (not partition)?

I know how to label a partition. I am not asking for that. Disk Management displays all disks in "Disk #" and its capacity. I have to admit I once had formatted a wrong disk with the same capacity ...
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How much does an SSD drive affect multi-tasking performance in an advanced laptop? [closed]

I am curious whether it would be beneficial for me to buy an SSD drive for my new laptop. It is a Lenovo ThinkPad E540-F 8 Gig Ram Core i7 (MQ) – 6 meg cache My typical usage is ...
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Installing linux on unallocated partition

That's my HD. I want to install Elementary OS (Ubuntu based) on that unallocated partition without loosing Windows or any other partition. I tried to make a new partition out of it in gparted but it ...
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Error when resizing partition

I need help with resizing a partition. What I have so far: I currently have a single hard drive with 3 partitions. Partition 1 has 11.4GB. It is my recovery partition and so I don't really want to ...
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Decrypt bitlocker drive with Volume Boot Record corrupted, using recovery key

I have a hard drive with an installation of Windows 7. The 2nd partition that contains OS files and data is Bitlocker encrypted. I messed up that partition when playing with Ubuntu live CD, I ...
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How avoid my external HD regularly disconnecting and reconnecting automatically?

I have a Seagate Expansion Drive 1.5TB external HD connected on my PC with Windows 7 ultimate. The problem is the HD is regularly disconnecting and reconnecting automatically when the HD is idle? ...
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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Is MSR partition required on secondary GPT drives?

I accidentally managed to delete MSR partition on one of my (3TB - GPT) data storage drives during Windows installation. Windows still sees the drive and all files inside. I backed up everything just ...
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Second hard drive acting pretty strange

I've put an SSD in my Macbook, and at the same time moved the original hard drive to the optical drive bay. I'm running the OS (latest Yosemite) and most of my daily apps off the SDD so the hard drive ...
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How warm should SAMSUNG D3 drive be?

I have an external 3GB Samsung D3 Station 7200rpm hard drive and my SMART diagnostics program (CrystalDiskInfo or HDSentinel) is warning me that the drive is running too hot. The temperature in the ...
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If I format my drive will I lose all traces of the file completely?

I tried installing Linux to a hard drive but I chose the wrong one. I ended up deleting my media hard drive (pictures movies text documents etc). Unfortunately I dont make backups. Lesson learned. ...
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How to have both SSD and HDD on a laptop?

I recently bought a Lenovo ThinkPad E540 I want to boost its speed up, so I decided to buy an SSD, but I don't know if it replaces the current HDD or it can be installed beside it, I prefer to keep ...
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Can a >2TB hard (GPT) drive be used as non-booting data drive on a non-UEFI board?

Our workstation can only boot from MBR max. 2TB hard drive. The BIOS cannot be changed to UEFI mode by firmware update or similar. We are running Win Server 2012 R2. Can we use a 2TB hard drive ...
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Weird drive popped up randomly

I just had a random drive pop up as I was doing a defrag on my hard drives (windows 8.1) and I have no idea what it is or what it does. It's called: \\?\Volume{5a1f49... what is it and is it harmful ...
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Hard Drive Clone Proofing or Licensing to One Computer only

Is there any way possible to prevent others from cloning my hard drive? or set one hard drive to work only with one computer? i tried to research but i did not see any topic related to it. I have one ...
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How To Move The Windows Folder To A Different Drive?

I have two small hard drives. However, i store all my files on the boot drive. This makes the boot drive very slow. I've read before that it's possible to move a folder to a different drive and make ...
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What's a fast way to copy a lot of files from an internal hard-drive to external (USB) storage?

I have a large amount of data - about 500 GB - on the internal hard drive of a desktop PC. This includes music, videos, PDFs... you name it. I want to copy everything to an external USB hard drive ...
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PC reboot at boot time [closed]

My PC keep rebooting every time I try to boot on my HDD. No BSOD, nothing. It just shut then reboot. I can go into bios and change setting, restore default setting or whatever. Nothing work. I have ...
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How can I know what is the process name who make my HDD work intensivly?

My computer is very very optimized for speed. Complete control with Autoruns , complete control on task scheduler, no Maleware , no Trojans ,no idle scans from AntiVirus ( eset nod) , used to use ...
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2 hard disk not working at once

i recently bought seagate 1000 GB SATA hard disk for extra storage, and currently using seagate 500GB SATA hard disk with intel dual core 1.8GHz, intel 945GCPE motherboard, But when connected both ...
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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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Windows 8: 20 gig of data file went missing

Last day, my 400 Gb hdd data drive (D: DATA) was fully red w/ 40 Gig of free space available. Then I went to restart it and poof! 60 Gig free space available. What the?! It appears that a 20 Gig of ...
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Using two hard drives for a laptop, one at a time

So I've got a rather puny 50 GB HDD in my laptop. I just got a 250GB SSD that I'm going to install Windows 7 using the same Product Key that is tied to that laptop, essentially giving me 2 hard drives ...
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Cloning Windows to SSD that contains Linux (dual boot)

After a long fight with installing Debian alongside my Windows, I ended up installing just Debian on my SSD. Now I came across a need of Windows and would like to install it alongside (dual boot) on ...
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Drive Letter assigned to system reserved partition

I recently removed my ubuntu installation because I didn't want to go through GRUB every time I turned on my PC. That worked fine. Now in file explorer I have a 100MB partition. I know that this ...
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Hard drive working on TV but not on computer(s)

I have Seagate external powered 1TB hard drive. Its around 5 years old. Around 1 year before I brought Samsung LED TV which supports USB drives to watch media content. After that I use to switch that ...
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Diagnosing disk i/o errors, failing disk controllers

My PC has been constantly crashing with disk i/o errors recently and I'm trying to diagnose what the cause is before I order any new parts. I have windows 7 installed on a ssd (with truecrypt) and I ...
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System image backup and partition sizes

Quick question. Say I have a 100GB partition C: on a 500GB HDD with my OS and everything. If I make a backup(system image) and store it in a external HDD and repartition the 500GB HDD so that I have ...
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Are there risks to encryption of Windows 7 external hard drive?

For greater security, I want to encrypt my USB 3.0 external hard drives, to make it harder for Internet or LAN hacker to get at it; or if external hard disk physically stolen. Encryption method would ...
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What's a normal copy speed between two internal hard disks?

I have a PC with two internal SATA 7,200 RPM harddisks: one is a 1 TB Western Digital, and the other is 750 GB. I'm copying data between them, but it seems to be very slow: for example, ...
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Virus hides files, shrinks total capacity

A virus infected my hard drive. The drive's capacity is 1 TB and has different type of files on it, 400 GB+ in total. Suddenly all the files disappear, and I tried to show hidden files, but ...
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Every time I plug my sound cable off or in, my external hdd becomes inaccessible. What to do?

I've got TV plugged into my computer through HDMI and speakers via standard sound cable. Every time I want sound to go into TV, I just plug my sound cable off (socket is on the top face of my tower, ...
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What is faster cutting or copying a file?

To get large file from one place to another what is faster cutting or copying a file ? What factors can influence the result? I've heard it matters if they are on the same drive and the speed of the ...
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WD 3TB Elements External HDD's sector size?

I am considering buying this hard drive. And I heard that Windows backup will not work with 4k sector size disk. Is that true? I want to know its physical sector size and logical sector size. I know I ...
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Why Bytes Per Physical Sector : <Not Supported>

I'm trying to fight with mysterious Windows backup error "Volume larger than 2TB can be protected". I can be seen in internet but no solution. Users give advice to check with fsutil tool. Here are ...
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Is my HD going to crash ? Why is Explorer consuming a lot of memory sometimes? [closed]

Everything started one year ago, my PC started to slow down, got some freezes, and the HDD light light up like crazy, the task manager showd 100% disk usage... So i believed it was a problem with the ...
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How to fix shared libraries errors?

I moved a HDD with Ubuntu 14.04 from my PC to a laptop. It boots without problems but it's stuck on the login screen. If I enter my password it will go back to the login screen. If I log in via ...
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Will these parts be compatible together? [closed]

I am looking to build a PC that is meant just for gaming and programming. If I go through with it, it will be my first PC build ever. I've watched a few videos to learn how to build a computer and ...
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BTRFS RAID10 improperly handling broken device

Today my personal hypervisor experienced a harddrive failure. Plain and simple, one drive completely stopped responding and any attempts to access it resulted in I/O errors: [root@Helium ~]# ...