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

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Would USB 3 make a difference for a USB 2 5400 RPM drive?

I've got a USB 2 5400 RPM external HD. I'm thinking of getting a new computer with USB 3 ports. If I'm currently getting read/write speeds from the external HD on USB 2 of roughly 30 mb/s (both read ...
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Free way to clone HDD to SSD?

Is there a free way to clone a full Windows 7 installation from HDD to SSD? (The free part is important, I know I can pay for Acronis True Image.) SSDs are usually much smaller than HDDs which ...
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WD MyBook Essentials HDD shows up as “unallocated” when connected as an internal drive

Having decided that I no longer needed my 1TB WD MyBook external harddrive to be portable, I disassembled it and connected it as an internal drive on my Windows 7 PC. However, it did not show up in ...
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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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Upgrading drive D that has program files

I am upgrading my D drive that has a lot of program files (I have an SSD as drive C and install all program files on D). I have installed the new drive (E) and copied everything over from D. Can I ...
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Are 3.5 inch SSD drives available? Why so many 2.5inch versions?

I want an SSD SATAIII because to me it represents the best combination of quietest & fastest. But there doesn't seem to be much choice relative to 2.5" variants or non-SSD 3.5". I feel like ...
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Mirror new HDD with old (raid 0) HDDs

So after fighting every day with my slow 3TBx2 Raided HDDs I decided to get a new one that's just 4TB (as I don't use more than 2TB currently). It's a WD Black HDD that looks really promising. ...
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How to fix corrupted NTFS

I was trying to backup my linux box (ext4) into an external NTFS HDD using rsync I got some failure errors and then I deleted the backup on External HDD using "rm -r" & "rm -rf" which was not able ...
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WD Blue Hard Drive - BIOS Shows 0

I recently replaced the HDD in my Samsung RV411 and upgraded it to 500 GB. After a few days, it gave me the message "No System Found." When I looked in the BIOS, it shows the HDD, but the size is 0 ...
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Grub2 with Kali, how to boot into Windows 7

I will preface this with saying I am new to linux. I had windows 7 installed on my main SSD, I wanted to give Kali a try so I installed that on a 2nd SSD. When the option to install grub2 came up, ...
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Hard disk not detected in usb 3.0 port

I have a desktop with motherboard 970A-DS3P and using WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard drive. As it was running out of space, I got WD 2TB version hard disk and wanted to take the back up of 1 ...
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My windows 8.1 shows only C:

I have recently installed Windows 8.1, I was previously running 8.0. I had to convert to GPT while installing and had to format my disk. While installing I have created 6 partitions of which I can ...
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Storage reliable measurement standard for sd card, sata hard disk, ssd hard disk

Is there a measurement standard that measure the reliability for the following storage devices: sd card sata hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) ssd hard disk (regardless 2.5 or 3.5 inch) ...
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TRIM on hdd windows 7

I recently bought a ssd and I wanted to check for TRIM support. Upon running the command fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify in cmd it resulted in 0 (trim is enabled). However, I ran this ...
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Win 8.1 turns off at start after I removed secondary HDD

I have SSD drive, on which Win 8.1 is installed, and booted from. I also have 3 other HDDs connected, not RAID or something. I have removed one of them, and after next start PC turned off unexpectedly ...
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DC-input motherboard How does HDD get power? — ASRock H81TM-ITX

This may be quite a simple question, but I do not know much of anything when it comes to building motherboards, voltages, wattages, and power. I am looking at this board - ASRock H81TM-ITX ...
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Why Apple SSD SM0256F S.M.A.R.T. not supported?

I bought a MacBook Pro with Retina Display MGX82 with an Apple SSD 256, but in the system information the SSD drive has the status S.M.A.R.T. status set as being “Not Supported.” Why? Full system ...
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Windows 7 ultimate not booting with new 3Tb HDD connected

I just purchased a new Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD as a secondary drive (data storage). For some reason Windows does not boot when this drive is connected and when entering the Bios the drive is not ...
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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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Are RAID 5 systems suitable for larger disk sizes? [closed]

Why is it generally considered that RAID 5 systems are not suitable for larger disk sizes? Is the same true for RAID 6? Reference: http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-raid-5-stops-working-in-2009/
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Hard stuttering in games, HDD failure or bottleneck?

I recently bought a new Video card Nvidia 960gtx [the old card was 450gts] and a new PSU Radix silver plus 750W. Recently i notice some hard stuttering when i'm playing games like CS:GO and GTA5 ...
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Bad Block on Virtual Machine (Virtual or Physical Problem?)

I am dealing with a virtual machine that is receiving the following entry in the event log: TIME OF EVENT: 7/30/2011 3:47:05 PM EVENT LOG: System EVENT SOURCE: disk EVENT ID: 7 SEVERITY: Error ...
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Number of Platters in Commercial Consumer Harddrives

I'm curious to know how many platters, heads, cylinders are in some of the popular consumer drives, but I could not seem to locate this info in the specification sheet. For example, the WD Blue spec ...
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Why some recovery tools are still able to find deleted files after I purge Recycle Bin, defrag the disk and zero-fill free space?

As far as I understand, when I delete (without using Recycle Bin) a file, its record is removed from the file system table of contents (FAT/MFT/etc...) but the values of the disk sectors which were ...
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“The Boot Configuration Data for your PC is missing or contains errors”

I have been trying to fix my computer for a while now, but I haven't been successful. I think I've tried all the options offered on the internet, and I haven't been able to fix my computer. I have an ...
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Windows 7 svchost.exe (LocalSystemNetworkRestricted) reading/writing like crazy

I'm trying to understand why my Windows 7 machine is constantly reading/writing to the HDD, making everything go slow. As you can see in the screenshot, resmon reports that there is a lot of disk ...
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USB - Harddrive - How to use a USB Flash drive as a HDD harddrive?

As you see in the picture below, Windows knows which devices are USB's and which devices are hard drives. How can I make this USB into a hard drive? Can I format it or something? I need to do this ...
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Sharing a hard drive between two hosts, one at a time

I have a large hard drive in my desktop computer. My laptop has an eSata port. Sometimes, I power-up the desktop PC, without booting, just to get juice flowing into the hard drive so that I can ...
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Rebalance hard drives in a Storage Space Pool?

I have 2x 1.5TB drives in a (two-way mirror storage pool). That pool recently hit 100% capacity meaning both drives had 0% space left. I added 2x 4TB drives to the storage pool but Storage space ...
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Hard drive is detected as USB flash drive

My external hard drive (USB 3.0) is detected as a USB flash drive in 'My Computer' and I can't access the device by using Window Explorer and from the command line. Before that happened, it installed ...
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How can I repair my hard drive without losing files?

In short. I have problems with accessing files on my hard drive. I also assume that it is not a hardware problem (it is more on the "software level"). I would like to know if there are ways (Linux ...
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Upgrading to SSD in an old laptop with SATA controller Intel 82801IBM/IEM

I have an old Sony laptop with Intel's 82801IBM/IEM SATA controller. Now, I am planning to buy a Samsung EVO 250GB SSD. Will this SSD be compatible with my laptop. I am not that good in hardware ...
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Should I use an SSD or HDD to hash lots of data?

Purely in terms of drive life which will be better for hashing hundreds of thousands of files - SSD or HDD? Background - My HDD has files which I want to hash and compare with data in a spreadsheet, ...
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Will desktop and hard drives stored for 7 years still work?

This is my first time here so please excuse any errors. I have my desktop in storage in my home country and only I have the key. I had some very important family data on my USB hard drive which I was ...
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Should I move my linux swap partition closer to my ext4 partition?

I am installing both linux mint and win 7 on the same disk on an old machine, I first installed linux (I know I should have installed win first so I wouldn't have to fix grub later but well, it's done ...
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Replacing my hdd with ssd and placing hdd in odd drive bay

Hey guys i am thinking to upgrade to an ssd by removing my hdd and placing the ssd in place of the hdd and placing the hdd in the odd drive bay using a hdd caddy. Now the problem is that the odd sata ...
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Why is Windows showing space being used but there are no files (9gb)?

I have just taken off personal files from my hard drive to a back up drive, the drive is now empty of all files including hidden files but is showing 9.3gb of space being used. My recycle bin is ...
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How to copy my Windows installation to new disk (with some conditions)

How can I copy my entire Windows 7 hard disk to another? The main point is to copy all files in the NTFS partition and their respective attributes/permissions. The caveats are: the source disk ...
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Why my new partition disappears?

I use windows 7 Pro. I shrink from Drive C for creating a new partition using Disk Management. After entering the amount of space and pressing Shrink button, the amount decreases from Partition C but ...
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Computer keeps the corrupting hard drives

I've got a system that is basically corrupting an ever growing stack of hard drives. I am looking to determine the cause. Here's what I've determined is NOT the cause: hard drives: I've gone ...
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Why do I have four free partitions besides by C drive?

I was about to partition my hard drive today when I found that in Disk Management I have four partitions other than my C: drive that have 100% free space. What are those partitions? Can I get rid of ...
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Force spin-down of external hard-drive on linux (raspberry pi)

I'm currently setting up a home-server using a Raspberry Pi with an external hard-disk connected via usb. However, my hard-drive will never spin down when being idle. I tried already the hints ...
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Bitlocker device name change [migrated]

When imaging our PCs we generally create a temp name for our facilities to change the device name to whatever particular department fits their needs. The issue is we can't send out any devices without ...
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Computer components keep failing! Could it be my PSU?

Less than a year ago, a friend and I built my computer, and ever since I've had outrageous hardware problems. First the Windows 8 installation my 1 TB HDD was continuously corrupted, forcing me to ...
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Windows XP blue screen of death even in Safe mode

So I was using CCleaner option to save HDD space, and when it "finished", my computer just went off. And now whenever I try to start it it shuts down with the Windows XP blue screen of death, even in ...
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Clone a hard drive Windows 7 / Windows Server

Quick question, i have purchased a hard drive cloning bay, where you put your hard drive with data / os in and a blank one and it supposedly clones it, now i haven't done this yet, what i was ...
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Set my program files to a different drive, and then removed that drive. Can't install programs anymore

I set my program files directory to H:\Program Files\ via regedit at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion DWORDS: ProgramFilesDir, ProgramFilesDir (x86) Then, I removed the ...
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Hard drive shows no files, has some space taken up

My laptop has a SSD and a hard drive. I have never used the hard drive, and until a few days ago, it was empty. Now, two files showed up on the hard drive (msdia80.dll and ...
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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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A system with Deep Freeze loses data on non-frozen drives

My client sells an industrial application that runs on a custom system with multiple drives and partitions on those drives. Drive C: is frozen with Deep Freeze, but the other drives are not frozen. ...