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

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How to boot Windows from new hard drive

I just bought a new, bigger hard drive. Currently I'm running Windows 8.1 with a 1TB hard drive. I just bought a new 3TB hard drive and installed it in my computer. Everything seems OK and Windows ...
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How to boot Windows from new hard drive

I just bought a new, bigger hard drive. Currently I'm running Windows 8.1 with a 1TB hard drive. I just bought a new 3TB hard drive and installed it in my computer. Everything seems OK and Windows ...
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Fix Partition Table

I was recently installing manjaro on my hard drive. I set up the partition table how I wanted, wrote it, and proceeded to assigning partitions portion of the installer. To my surprise, I was presented ...
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How to diagnose HDD spindown?

I have a machine with a zfs pool on three magnetic drives /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdd containing larger data and a SSD with ext4 on /dev/sdc containing the rest of system (including home directories, ...
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System freeze, Disk 100%, Windows 8.1

My 2 week old HP desktop has an issue of sporadic, frequent, and rather annoying '100% disk usage'. It shows in the 'Disk' column (Processes tab) in Task Manager. Needless to say this freezes all the ...
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OSX performance of near-full drive

OSX performance degrades terribly when writing to an HFS+ partition which is over about 96% full. It seems that every write request triggers some sort of process which takes about 10 seconds, during ...
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20 Million Raw_Read_Error_Rate per minute

My computer is going a little heavy on the raw reads.... I decided to check the SMART status of my hard drive, and I saw it had 125239624 raw read errors. Just a minute later I checked again for ...
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Shrinking a partition in windows 7

im trying to shrink my C: drive to make another partition where im planning to install Debian. When im trying to shrink the partition, it says: Size of available shrink space in MB = 0 Is there ...
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Are all of the components on the exposed circuit board of a hard drive necessary?

So, this may seem like a stupid question, but are all of the components on the exposed circuit board on a hard drive necessary? I ask this because of a weird situation I had with a hard drive. I got ...
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MacBook 2008 blank install OS

So I just got this MacBook 2008 and the hard disk is completely empty. I checked on my Windows computer there is not even a volume on it. How do I go about installing an OS on it? Any OS. I am not ...
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How to transfer OS from failing hard disk to new external drive?

I have an old Vista Laptop whose hard disk is failing. For various reasons I must have the same exact system back again. I copied the entire OS on the C drive over to a new external drive and made it ...
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Windows XP booting across/splitting drives

Ok, so I was in the process of cloning a windows XP boot drive, because the drive has developed a read error (<8 months). A bad block was found in a text file, found during a routine backup. The ...
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Reloading applications from a crashed drive

A friend called today in a state of panic. He had taken his old Windows 7 laptop into Frys and asked them to clone his old drive onto his new SSD drive. They reported to him (I have not seen this ...
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Is there a way to make hard drives/optical drives easily removable?

My question is, is there a way to remove an optical drive and replace it with an external drive (converted to an internal drive of course) on the fly? In an earlier question I asked about ...
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Win7 System Process (PID 4) constantly accessing drive

My hard disk drive is constantly, incessantly active so long as my computer is on. Mostly this doesn't seem to affect performance- startup only takes a minute or two before the computer is usable- but ...
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What happens when a RAID rebuild fails due to URE?

I understand that when a disk fails in a RAID configuration, whatever the RAID level you're using (1, 5, 6, or 10), you need to replace the failed disk and the array rebuilds. Now with large capacity, ...
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Can data be recovered from a “broken SSD” in a similar manner as from an HDD?

Can data be recovered from a "broken SSD" in a similar manner as from an HDD? Or once the drive is "broken" is the data "toast"? EDIT: I don't mean using the same methods. I am just trying to find ...
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HDD 100% active time on boot after connecting another HDD with windows installation

I tried searching for this problem on the internet but can't find anything. I have 2 independent PCs, one is running Win 8 and the other 8.1. I've recently purchased a new HDD for my Win 8 machine, ...
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Boot stops with “Primary master drive - ATAPI Incompatible”

I have a MPC-414 computer which was working until the Boot order & compatible drivers were changed in the bios so now when I boot Windows 7 it freezes on a black screen & says: Press DEL ...
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2 new Caviar Blue hard drives failed within hours on new build

I made this standard desktop build for my father with an Asus AM1M-A mboard, Athlon 5150, 4GB Kingston DDR3 1333MHz (2x2GB), EVGA 430W 80 Plus PSU, and a Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB HD ...
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How to unmount NTFS drive before shutdown on Windows 8.1

I have a desktop PC (selfbuilt) with 3 physical drives: - 1x SSD with Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (NTFS) - 1x SSD with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x64 (EXT4) - 1x HDD for data storage, no software (NTFS) My issue is ...
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Installing System Reserved Partition on SSD

Is it possible to install System Rerserved Partition in Windows 8.1 on an SSD having other (magnetic) disk drive plugged in during instalation? I cannot plug off my hdd without losing warranty on my ...
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Linux fault tolerant array for home server

Is there any method of creating a fault tolerant disk array with a mix of disks? I intend to use debian linux stable as a file server for home. The data is going to be cloud backed up but I don't ...
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Data Assignation Tables vs. actual HDD location values?

This is my first post to any of the 136 SE website's and I just wanted to say how much I value the community and the information. I Apologize ahead of time if this is a duplicate. I spent a fair ...
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Is it 'bad' to read of a drive while writing onto it? Can you read and write 'simultaneously'?

I had a client recently who thought I'd be copying data and try read of the same drive at the same time - and according to him it's something you can't do because you'd damage the data/hard-drive. I ...
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Win 7 Login automatically logs me off after running CHKDSK

I'm currently running Win 7 Enterprise and I have 2 hard drives. I ran a CHKDSK on both drives. The process took about 7 hours to complete. Once it completed it brought me to the login-screen. I ...
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Smart disk error?

I performed disk tests with DLGDIAG and HDAT2 and none found bad sectors, but there is a !Smart error flag in HDAT2, What does this mean? Here's a screenshot.
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dell optiplex gx280 installing windows 7

My dell computer has a hard drive capacity of 160GB and came with windows XP. I updated it to windows 7 but have noticed the c drive is nearly full. There are 3 folders in c drive called Users ...
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Do I need a UPS with a RAID-configured NAS

In order to keep my home file archive safe, I've bought a Synology NAS and configured it to use a Synology Hybrid RAID configuration. Now almost a year since I started feeling safe about the years of ...
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Reinstalling Windows 8 on a Toshiba Laptop C50D after wiping with DBAN - what do I need to keep to reinstall ?

I need to use DBAN on my laptop to completely wipe it before selling it After the DBAN process, I want to reinstall Win8 which it came with and put it back to a blank but user friendly state for a ...
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unknown filesystem blunder mistake

I was using my desk top having 320gb hdd, I dual booted it with ubunto lts on different partition . every thing was good but one day i was recovering my windows 7 for refreshing purpous using ghost ...
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Asus Vivobook v551lb-db71t motherboard speaker beep

Every now and then while going about my business on the laptop under normal conditions the motherboard speaker on my relatively new ASUS Vivobook v551lb-db71t will chirp. I have tried contacting ASUS ...
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Ubuntu 14.04: add physical space drive to folder with existing content

system: a VPS running Ubuntu 14.04, apache 2.4.7 I added a virtual disk drive to my VPS server. I would like that the OS (Ubuntu 14.04) resides on its own "system" drive, and my clients files reside ...
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How to format HDD unrecoverable NTFS partitions

I know it is impossible to format the data from hdd to be unrecoverable, but I search for some really good way to format NTFS partitions. I can use Linux or Windows to do that and I think Linux is the ...
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How can I convert an Arch Linux VDI as a fully bootable system on an external hard disk in Linux?

I run Linux Mint 17 Quiana 64 bit and an Arch Linux VM. My aim is to convert my Arch Linux VDI into a bootable external hard drive. I am using a laptop so I’ll be using a laptop external hard drive in ...
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Corrupted Bootcamp Parition lost in Disk Utility

My OSX Yosemite Mac had a partition of Win 8 that was corrupted and is not lost. Now the original 500GB drive is only 200 and unable to use the 300GB corrupted Win drive. (see photos) From other ...
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Windows 7 literally grinds to a halt intermittently

System is Win 7 Home Premium on Dell XPS 8100. This problem happened about a year ago and a reformat fixed it until now. At some indeterminate time of using my system it will completely slow down. ...
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Unallocated space split

Can someone explain this one. Forgive my amateur knowledge... I am using a 500GB MBR disk for my OS drive. Before this, I had a total of 5 partitions with 2 linked together as "extended ...
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Fixing my external hard drive partition map

Okay, so something really strange has happened, and it's a doozy, so please bear with me. Problem: I need to fix my hard drive's partition map So let me fill you in on what happened here. I ...
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How to extend C: drive

I have my Windows 8.1 installed on the primary C: drive and I want to extend its size from other free (unallocated) space. There are lots of solutions online but none of them is 100% correct or offer ...
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Hard drive failure? Can't use recovery. Diskpart & Wmic inconsistencies

I have an Acer Aspire Switch 10 tablet (64 GB) with Windows 8.1. One day, it started to fail at boot screen (it gets stuck at the first boot screen with Acer logo). Firstly, I tried to use a ...
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fsck scheduled for reboot - ignored?

Recently my server had a power failure which obviously led to hard drive corruption: sudo fsck -n fsck from util-linux 2.20.1 e2fsck 1.42.9 (4-Feb-2014) Warnung! /dev/mapper/pdc_gahfdjcb2 ist ...
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setleds command error in Lubuntu

I have an NTB without an LED HDD indicator. I tried to elaborate with this post: Use Caps Lock LED as HDD LED (or custom) indicator. However, if I write setleds in console, it answers (roughly ...
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Recovering files from harddrive

My laptop got broken (by what it seems the graphics card burned) and it is so old that it is not worth fixing it. I took the harddrive from it and tried to use it as external hard drive with other ...
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Importing Chrome bookmarks from HDD

My old laptop crashed and I removed the perfectly working hard drive from it and plugged it into a new machine to transfer files. However, I cannot seem to find any of my bookmarks from Chrome to ...
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How to install Kali Linux on a seperate partition on my second hard drive?

I downloaded the 64bit Kali Linux distribution. I have an SSD which has Windows 8.1, and have a 1 TB HDD. I burned Kali Linux onto a DVD and when I put it inside my drive and try to boot from it, it ...
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How can I stop Hard disk spinning when bluetooth audio is played for NAS content?

I am keeping music folders on NAS drive and synced those to laptop through windows file synchronization. When playing these media files through WMP/VLC while redirecting output through bluetooth, HDD ...
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When overwriting a file, how does this effect the filesystem NTFS?

Say a I have a secondary hard drive that has been defragged and optimized so that the data is a nice neat continuous block with no missing spaces/clusters. Like a solid brick wall. If I copy a file ...
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How to use VirtualBox on raw disk where I have my system

I have a dualboot on the same physical drive, but not on the same partition. In windows, I'd like to use virtualbox to boot on linux, like that: VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename ...
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Report on email about low disk space

I would like to know if there's a special tool or a way to write a script, which will monitor the left free disk space, and when it's lower that the value I put as a default, this tool will generate a ...