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

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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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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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NAS via HDD connected to PC or HDD connected to the router

Hardware I am working with Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 (R7000) (USB 3.0; running stock firmware, but can run Tomato if needed) Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (MPN: ...
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Why do my external USB hard drives become slower when I have filled them up only to a third?

The read/write speeds of my external USB3 hard drives (*) are significantly higher when the disks are empty (no normal files; less then 10MB used) compared to when they are moderately full (2.5 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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merging a system partition with a partition preceding it

My hard drive is 500 Gb, I partitioned it with 400gb for windows 7 and 100gb for Windows 10, however I am in need of a bit more space, thus I shrank 50gb from the windwos 7 partition, besides ...
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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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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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How do I split a 3TB disk into two 1.5TB disk partitions?

I bought new 250GB SSD drive and 3TB HDD and i want to use it with windows 8.1. I have installed windows on the SSD drive but i cant use my 3TB with its full capacity. What I want is to split my 3TB ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ~]# ...
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How to make SD card a permanent driver on ASUS Transformer Book T100?

I have an ASUS Transformer Book T100 and I'd like to improve its memory capacity to install more software. I have a 64GB micro SD card that will do the job if I could set it as a secondary HD instead ...
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Windows : unable to eject internal hard disk at boot

I have a Windows 7 Pro PC that started to popup with the window "Unable to eject (internal disk D:)" some days ago, at each boot ! It's very strange and I don't understand why this is happening or ...
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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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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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How would I use a disc image with VirtualBox

I plan to use clonezilla to create an image of a 15gb harddrive. Is it possible to use this image with virtual box to emulate said harddrive?
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Disk Utility reading disk incorrectly; viewing ext4 as JHFS+ and seeing Recovery HD

So, I have some strange issues in Disk Utility and diskutil. It's not a problem (hopefully), but I just want to make sure that I'm not on the path to disk corruption or failure. This is how my disk ...
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Activating Windows 8.1 after changing my hard drive

Two years ago I bought a laptop which came with Windows 8 already installed. Upgraded to 8.1 last year. The warranty expired a year ago. I got a new hard drive recently and installed it today. Made ...
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Which SATA port is my disk connected to?

We have a computer with multiple boot drives, all of which contain the same software. The selection of the boot disk is via multi-position switch on the front panel. If disk 1 is selected, the disk ...
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Periodic slow performance after a clone from SSD to HDD

User was complaining about C: Partition size and refused to reduce his personal content on the drive. At the time he had a SSD and we only had spare HDD of larger size. All parties agreed to replace ...
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Did a Primary Hard Disk Self Test on my HP Pavilion dm4; what do these results mean?

I did a Primary Hard Disk Self Test and I would want to know what the results mean. I do know that my Hard Disk has failures... My laptop is HP Pavilion dm4. This is the first screen picture and ...
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Can I create Raid Secondary Storage in Windows 8.1 Pro?

I have Asus MAXIMUS V FORMULA Z77 chipset motherboard It has: 2 Intel sata z77 6.0 Gb/s controllers (used currently) 2 Intel sata z77 3.0 Gb/s controllers (used currently) 4 Asmedia sata z77 6.0 ...
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Using a Mac harddrive on a PC

I ordered a portable harddrive, a Western Digital USB3 500GB, to be exact. Upon receiving it, I realized that I had accidentally ordered one "For Mac". While the intention is to use this on a PC as a ...
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Windows can't copy a file that i can read manually

As one of my HDD is showing signs of harware failure, i wanted to copy all of it's data to another one for replacement. (i am not seeing any need for an Imaging software since it is not a boot ...
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Computer making various noises and sometimes runs slowly

My computer has been making some very strange noises for several months now. The first noise it made was when I installed Speed Fan and after the second time of running the program, my computer made a ...
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Find missed uploaded files from Google Photos

I recently uploaded my personal photos to google photos but it seems it did not upload all my photos. I have around 20k photos so manual checking is not feasible. I tried removing the data folder ...
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Replace Windows 8.1 with Windows 7 by converting to MBR, but keeping Ubuntu partition intact?

I have a Lenovo G500 laptop and I've had a dual boot of Ubuntu 14.10 and Windows 8.1 for a while. I decided to upgrade Windows 8.1 to the Windows 10 technical preview, however it's fairly buggy so I ...
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Copying a failing HDD

My laptop HDD is slowly failing, and I am trying to back up a system image before replacing it. The problem is every time I attempt it, there is an I/O error that stops the whole thing. Basically my ...
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Cloning windows 8 disk with ddrescue without altering partition table

I cloned today a windows disk. My source is a ~1GB HDD and my destination is only a ~500GB SSD. I used a simple video to guide me through the process -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uuLGNOs6jU ...
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SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure [duplicate]

Since two years ago I have this problem. I have a HP Pavilion dm4 Notebook PC. Every time I turn on my laptop it comes a black screen like this one(I found it in Internet): In this two years ...
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Install windows, no CD-ROM, locked bios

I have a laptop that is locked with a BIOS password I don't know, and the computer need a fresh install of windows due to performance issues. I can't boot from CD-ROM because it does not have one, ...