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

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Laptop freezing constantly; sometimes no operation system found

It's a few years old Acer. It was used with Win7 for many years, and the user always complained how "everything freezes", or how it says "Operation system not found" when trying to power-up, etc etc. ...
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Delete Old Moved Backup?

I'm having quite the dilemma. I recently decided to wipe my computer but decided to back it up first. When I came to my Backup Hard Drive, I saw some old backups I didn't need. So, I put all of the ...
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File-based dynamically-allocated hard-disk on Linux

I can create a regular file on an existing file-system (say, ext4), make it into a block device (via losetup), and format it with an ext4 file-system of its own. But the above hard-disk is of a fixed ...
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Is 3.5 inch HDD in laptop less reliable than 2.5 inch one?

I have Asus K95VJ laptop where the original internal 3.5 inch drive died on me. It was 3TB Seagate Baracuda ST3000DM001. I have read that those drives had have huge failure rates and this is actually ...
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Creating a “virtual” RAID 0 on top of two drives in Windows?

I would like a very fast area for large files to be stored quickly across multiple drives (preferably temporarily). It would be like how a RAM disk takes up memory until you disable it, but across two ...
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External HDD formatted to ZFS, another external HDD as (offline) backup. How do I protect my data against silent corruption?

I am an amateur photographer using a base model MacBook Air (128 GB SSD) with a macOS/Ubuntu 16.04 dual boot. Because the SSD is too small to store my photo library on, I used to store it on a 500 GB ...
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“XZ-compressed data is corrupt” when booting linux from hdd

Occasinally I get this error message when booting my debian7 from hdd. After I have pressed reset-button several times check disk is started and after it finishes PC boots normally. > uname -a ...
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I stopped downloading a movie on Mega, but I still have filled storage

First of all, I'm not a computer expert and english isn't my native language, anyway, I was downloading a 12 GB movie on Mega, around 83% it told me, that i dont have any space left in c drive, so I ...
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Hard Drive Unknown / Not Initialized - how to recover data?

I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since. I just got it out as I ...
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Can I perserve my SSD lifespan if I use utorrent Portable on a separate disk?

I am using a laptop with SSD ( Windows 10), and I have an external normal hard disk, with utorrent portable software on it. When I want to download movies, I would plug my external hard disk on the ...
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Improving Sequential Writes on RAID5 - Write back to SSD?

I have a RAID 5 array consisting of 3x 5TB WD Red NAS drives. RAID 5 is done via a Dell H710 HW RAID card (LSI 2208 I believe). This is a home setup, and the pool is only really used to save ...
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Why does enabling write caching on a disk drive sometimes requires restarting Microsoft Windows?

I wonder why enabling write caching on a disk drive sometimes requires restarting Microsoft Windows.
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Seagate Momentus 7200 4 250GB HDD is not working anymore [closed]

I got the hard drive and when I plugged it in I heard it spinning and clicking but it won't work! In the past I tried the Acer laptop and it detected and booted to unsupported windows which was just ...
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Google drive many files having same name

I have a folder of photos on my pc and also have uploaded that folder to google drive. When I've added some new photos to folder and then drag and drop all photos on google drive to upload new photos, ...
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how to disable system and compressed memory (reason? screen freeze)

I have an hp laptop core i7-6700hq 12gb ram preinstalled windows 10 sometimes my screen freezes I think that's because of "system and compressed memory" because as soon as it unfreezes I check task ...
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HGST 4kn support on Windows 10 with Z97 and Asmedia?

We've been trying hard and failed to get an HGST Ultrastar 2TB 7K6000 SATA 4KN to work on Windows 8.1 Pro and 10. Windows reports an inaccurate drive size, and Disk Management fails to initialize the ...
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Have large HDD, Formatted as ext4, labeled as gpt, only 2TB in size still

Today to my dismay I ran out of space on a disk in my server, confused as to why I checked with a few commands and I came up with a result that I don't understand. Checking free space on drives, df -...
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Why does one need to use the Safety Remove Hardware tool when write caching is enabled on a disk drive, and what are the risks of not doing so? [duplicate]

I wonder why one needs to use the Safety Remove Hardware tool when write caching is enabled on a disk drive, what the risks are if not doing so aside from file corruption of the files being written at ...
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“Invalid disk size” when shrinking a disk

My MacBook is running out of disk space. I found three Windows VM's that had almost 100 GB reclaimable space, so I reclaimed it. I'm now trying to permanently shrink it to avoid the endless stream of ...
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exFAT drive can't be ejected

I have an exFAT formatted usb drive and I regularly can't eject it on my windows 7 (x64 Pro) machine. It tells me that it is being used by some other process. I've shut all my programs and I've ...
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Server is not responding and accessible

A long power cut happened and I have one server with a weird behavior. It's an HP DL145 G2 without warranty :/ Impossible to make work a vga port or any usb port, same with PS/2 port Impossible to ...
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Reallocated Sectors count above 300, Should i replace the hardisk

I have a toshiba laptop and facing many issues lately. I installed Crystaldiskinfo which is a S.M.A.R.T information reader and found out the drive status to be in Caution state. When i hover over the ...
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RAID 0 - what happens if mainboard changes?

I had an MSI z77a-g41 mainboard with Ocz vertex3 raid 0 configuration. Yesterday, my mainboard stopped booting. It seems something is wrong with the mainboard because there is no video, no BIOS ...
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Finding the source of a large amount of data added to hard drive

Basically, a few days ago a saw that my C drive randomly went from 17 GB free to 1 GB free and I'm trying to find the source of it. Windows search using datecreated or datemodified is quite cumbersome ...
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Reallocation sector count

my hard drive is working (copying files) very slow, However from this drive to external hdd copying speed is fine, but reverse is slow. after full format and repartitioning drive, result is same. i ...
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how to partitioning a laptop using both SSD?

I have recently bought a laptop with a 240 GB SSD and a 2T HDD drives. I want to install the OS(windows 10) on the SSD and the rest files on the HDD in order to speedup the machine. My questions are: ...
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Weird disk name after restart in Windows 7

Just hit a restart after 24-days-and-something uptime of my Windows 7 x64 based laptop and at boot time saw "Installing device driver software" systray message, then got "You must restart your ...
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2TB HDD - FAT32 Partition - full of *.dat files

I got an unusual one. I've connected my old HDD 2TB 3,5" HDD to my laptop running Windows 10 to check my old data. I was using this HDD before with a Windows XP machine. I can see that the HDD is ...
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windows 8.1 is too slow on my toshiba satellite c660 1el i want to downgrade to win7

my Toshiba satellite c660 1el hard disk crashed and I replaced it but I installed win8.1 instead of the preinstalled win7 64bit now my games are very slow and I can't downgrade to win7 without ...
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Why have multiple PNG files been transformed to glitches on the external hard drive?

Pictures have been made and edited using Adobe Photoshop and saved as PNG on a MacBook If the hard drive of the PC is almost full the edited pictures will be copied to an external hard drive in order ...
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TestDisk doesn't write partition table

I'm using TestDisk to try recover a disk with a single ext4 partition which I can see with TestDisk, but can't write (the partition table). I can browse files from TestDisk, but after writting I have ...
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How to get notes from Notes.app off hard drive and onto Mac

I recently wiped my mac's hard drive clean in order to reclaim a bunch of memory which I had no idea where it was being allocated. Before I wiped everything I backed it all up on my external hard ...
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6TB hard drive unrecognized by BIOS

I have a PC with an ASROCK FM2A88M EXTREME4+ motherboard, and a working OS on a 128GB SSD. I recently purchased a Western Digital Red (NAS) 6TB hard drive, and promptly tried hooking it up for added ...
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RAID 5 - Server having 5 SATA HDD of 750 GB and 1 SATA HDD of 1TB size , will this combination support for RAID 5 and will RAID 5 work?

RAID 5 Configured on IBM Server, having 6 SATA HDD of 750 GB each/7.2K. Now we have one 750GB disk failure and we have replaced it by new SATA HDD but of 1TB size/7.2K. Wanted to know will this ...
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Is it possible to remove hard drive without removing the cable?

Is it possible to remove a hard drive disk without removing the cable(s) (in my case, through UEFI) and without the operating system "trying" to display in "My PC" or something? If so, how can I do ...
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Bsod UNEXPECTED_STORE_EXCEPTION

(Sorry for my bad english) I have a problem for months with my Windows 10. Firstly, my wireless card (Qualcomm AR922X/TP-Link WN951N) crashes frequently (probably because of the driver provided by ...
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I am trying to recover this hard drive. Attached are my diskpart results for list volume. Has it failed?

diskpart results: more diskpart results: For background: Putting it in an enclosure and plugging it into my machine got nothing and made weird noises. And my enclosure works because I just got ...
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Laptop HDD Sparky Crackling Sound

Recently my new laptop started producing this sparky, "electric" sound that is coming from hdd. It starts, I think, when the laptop warms a bit. Also my laptop becomes slow ( I guess, same reason). I'...
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Booting and Hard Disk Errors

Something wrong with my pc (as per linked images below). I have the following problems: The system shuts down frequently, my pc is very slow and often it freezes requiring a restart. Sometime the ...
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Is it possible to separate SSDs from HDDs in a RAID array?

Is it possible to make 2 SSDs work together separately from 2 HDDs in a RAID array? I have motherboard (ASUS Z170-A) that supports RAID and would like to have a configuration like this: RAID 0 ...
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Should I reformat from MBR to GPT? [on hold]

I bought a Lenovo Y700 with FreeDOS on a 1 GB partition with 932 GB of unallocated space on the second partition. I wanted to be able to boot 3 systems on it - Windows 7/10, Debian/Xubuntu and ...
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Remove Main Partition (C:) and make other Parition (D:) the main

Basically I installed windows 8 and windows 10 on the same HDD. I created a partition on the HDD for each. I started with windows 8 on C: and then created a partition (D:) and installed windows 10 on ...
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Tool for writing zeroes to HDD that ignores write errors [closed]

I have a HDD which I need to overwrite completely at least once (zeros or random i dont care). While there are a lot of free windows tools for that, the ones I tried stop or even crash when ...
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Laptop can't boot from SSD when HDD is connected

I've just installed a new SSD on my laptop instead of the previous HDD. When only the SSD is connected - everything works great (I've copied the OS and data from the HDD to the SSD). But when I also ...
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$Recycle.Bin folders inquiry

I've got one such folder on each drive. But on some drives it's named as "$Recycle.Bin" and on others it's "$RECYCLE.BIN" all capital letters. Is there any difference between these folders due to ...
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Prevent Windows and apps from using hard drive to increase battery life

I've recently found out that HDDs consume ~6 times less power when not spinning, and so I thought it would be interesting to see by how much my battery life would increase if I minimized hard drive ...
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On my Windows 7 PC The Free Space Is Going Up and Down

On my Windows 7 PC the free space on the local disk is increasing and decreasing automatically, and I haven't installed anything recently.The total space of my local disc is 39.00 GB.It is going up ...
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Hard Drive Not Accessible Access Denied [duplicate]

I am currently attempting to transfer files from an internal server to an external server based terminal. I have copied the files I need onto an external hard drive using the internal based server. ...
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How to disable SSD cache in SSHD drive?

I'm using Lenovo B5400 [59-428850] laptop with 500GB HDD + 8GB SSD hybrid drive and I have some issues with boot process recently. System freezes during startup (in 30-50% cases) with 3 short beep ...
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How to expand my main partition disk space?

I have a VPS (running Ubuntu 16.04 64 bits) I can only access remotely through SSH. Now, my main partition has no more free space while there are around 50GB available on another partition. I'm trying ...