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

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How do I speed up external USB-SATA drive access?

I am able to pull the drive from an older laptop, and connect it with a USB adapter to my current laptop, but loading is slow. This also occurs when I boot with Windows 10, and try to access files on ...
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Freeing up space on SSD

I have a 120GB SSD with basically only the system (Win7) installed on it and yet I'm having really hard time maintaining enough free space to install one game and leave the recommended 20% of space ...
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Unable to start windows

I got the blue screen of death about a month ago on my windows machine. Startup repair failed to fix the issue so I reinstalled windows. Forunatly I had a dual boot system with linux which worked ...
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Disk transfer rate suddenly became extremely slow Windows 8.1

I've been running Windows 8.1 x64 on my AMD Phenom PC for a long time without serious problems, and today my HDD transfer rate got ridiculously slow. The Seagate Barracuda 7200 1TB HDD was bought ...
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1Tb Hard drive showing 30Gb remaining

I'm using Windows 7 64 (a Dell i5 box). I have a 1Tb C: drive with the following partitions: 39MB (OEM Partition) 13.15GB NTFS (Recovery partition) 918.32GB NTFS (Boot Partition) When I "Select ...
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Tracing of history of file editing on a HDD

I have an USB Hard drive. Some one took it away with out my knowledge and left it back from where it was picked up. I am sure he modified a file by plugging the HDD to his computer. Can I ...
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How to determine when a secondary drive was formated that does Not have an operating system on it?

We have a laptop that had dual boot, primary is Win 7 pro and secondary WAS Win XP, the Win 7 hard drive was installed to run modern programs etc. we kept the XP drive for older building management ...
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How to format a Verbatim Execute Portable HDD 500 GB with Nero software encryption

I bought from an office closure a portable HDD, which seems to be encrypted with Nero software. Of the 500 GB it tells me, 40 GB are there. I cannot see the complete 500 GB. So, I do not care about ...
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Why can't an acer aspire XC-703 turn on without his hard drive?

I received an Acer Aspire XC-703 and i tried to sobstitute the included 500GB hard drive with a 32GB SSD. But the pc won't even turn on (power led off, cpu fan stuck at max rpm, no video output) when ...
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Repairing System Reserved on Windows Server 2012 R2

I am running Windows Server Essentials R2 and I have just started getting an error saying: One or more server hard drives must be checked for errors Alert details: The following hard drives ...
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Can Windows 7 OS on harddrive use SSD for prefetch (SuperFetch)?

I have a Windows 7 computer with a primary drive being conventional 1 TB hard drive. I have installed an additional 128 GB SSD which I use to keep some of my frequently used data and applications. I ...
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Hard disk drive fails to stay powered on [duplicate]

A HP Compaq 6000 Pro SFF PC's hard disk failed, with the PC producing error "Non System Disk". The hard disk is a Samsung HD254GJ. BIOS did not detect the HDD. Placing the HDD in another computer, ...
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btrfs convert from raid1 to raid5

Is it possible to easily convert a btrfs raid1 to a raid5. I mean at the end of the day. Its really just two mirrored drives. So I would think this should be easy to do. I want to now have 3 3TB ...
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Ntfs-3g mounted drives with read-only/no access to certain users

I have a raspberry pi where two ntfs drives (after installing ntfs-3g) are mounted automatically having the following lines in etc/fstab: /dev/sda1 /media/USBHDD1 auto noatime 0 0 /dev/sda2 ...
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How can I boot Windows at external hard drive from internal hard drive?

In my internal hard drive, there is a copy of Windows installed at 'sda1'. I use grub to boot into it. In my external hard drive (internal hard drive with a box), I have a complete Windows installed ...
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Intel RAID not detected after rebuilding PC - recovery options?

I'm running a RAID0 array on a Windows 7 PC with an Intel ICH10R SATA chipset, consisting of 4 x 4TB drives (plus a separate drive for the OS). I re-built my PC after getting a new case, and cleared ...
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Computer will not boot from disc drive unless HDD is disconnected

I'm trying to fix a HP dc7600 desktop for a friend. It had Windows XP installed, but he had lost the password and didn't particularly need any of the installed data, so I was tasked with either ...
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Full Disk Encryption in existing Linux system without erasing any content from the drives

I am trying to achieve "Full Disk Encryption" in a already installed Linux system. I have come across with LUKS with dm-crypt, it can encrypt a drive/entire disk, but before encrypting it is ...
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How can I find when a hard drive was manufactured?

I have some external hard drives that I need to know when they were made. Approximate year is ok. Is there a way to do this easily?
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Transfer time of a file to hard drive

I need to understand the role of the memory size in the computer when we need to copy a large amount of data to a hard drive, for example a file of 50 GB. Suppose that we have a hard drive of 180 GB ...
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How do I move my My Documents, My Pictures, and My Videos to a different hard disk [duplicate]

My 1 TB system disk (C:) is getting really full, and this is due to lots of pics and videos in my User folders. All this is being stored on C:, but I have just installed a new 2 TB hard drive, and I ...
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Hard drive (SATA) making trouble when connecting via USB

I have a hard drive from Western Digital (model: WD2500BEVS-75UST0) that is running without visible problems inside my laptop connected with SATA. However, once I connect it with an external case that ...
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Toshiba external hard drive 1 TB(Ex Fat) not supported by Ubuntu 14.04

Here is the log: root@rejo-Satellite-C650:~# dmesg | tail -n 20 [ 8984.643180] sd 15:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk [ 9447.238218] sd 15:0:0:0: [sdb] Synchronizing SCSI cache [ 9447.251208] ...
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How can I determine whether the disk read and write speeds on Windows 8 task manager are normal?

On Task Manager, when I start a heavy application and monitor its start on Task Manager, my disk's read and write speeds remain between 1MB/s and 2MB/s with some peaks at 10MB/s in rare cases. ...
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SSD cache, SRT, Raid 0 : speeding up my C drive

I have a Z97 rig and I'm interested in speeding up my disk drives. This is my current setup: 1) 240GB SSD for main disk 2) 500GB hard drive for User Files 3) 120GB for photo editing (I move files ...
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PC won't let me skip disk check on drive that isn't needed to boot; how do I make it check the disk while running?

My computer has three non-removable volumes: a solid-state drive I use for booting and storing applications (C:), a much larger hard drive I use for storing the majority of my files (D:), and a ...
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Install windows on unallocated space (without formatting rest of partitions)

Situation: I had 2hdd, one was used for OS, the other was just storage divided in several partition. OS hdd was removed, so now I have pc without OS and data that I do not want to loose. ...
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Getting Intel Rapid Storage to work

This question is strongly related to this one. I experience the same problem. Unfortunately the proposed solution of removing the SSD disc (disc1) via disc manager gives the following error: "Cannot ...
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Switched HDD not booting in Lenovo W540

I got my Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Solid State Hybrid from my other laptop which isn't doing well performance wise and placed it into a new Lenovo W540 but it won't boot into the OS on the HDD when I ...
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Install Server 2008 to 3TB drive on Vostro 260

It is possible to install Windows Server 2008 R2 on a 3TB GPT hard drive on a Dell Vostro 260? I know that hard drives must be GPT to recognize over 2TB so I formatted it GPT thinking I did ...
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Hard Drive noted as 'Failing' in Mac OS X and Other installations

Recently I tried to dual boot OpenBSD and Windows 8.1. Unfortunately for me, I was inexperienced in fdisk and accidentally formatted my hard drive :( I tried to install Windows again but it refused ...
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What steps should I take when upgrading my PC with an SSD?

I'm planning on upgrading my PC with an SSD. I currently have a 1 TB HDD, and I'm planning on installing a 512 GB SSD. I am also planning to do a clean slate install: I won't be transfering my current ...
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Accumulate all bad blocks and install OS in clean partition [duplicate]

My WINDOWS7 been crashing a lot, with other problems like: Running system hangs Drives (partitions) disappear and come back on restart System restarts without showing any error Going through ...
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How to recover data erased by Killdisk Active@? [duplicate]

I'm getting working experience as hardware tech guy meaning I have to repair and fix used computers daily. One of those tasks is formatting all the hard disks and we use Killdisk active@, at Work for ...
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Windows 8 partition safe to delete

I'm fairly new to Windows since XP. After Windows XP, I happily moved to Linux. Now, I'm back and am looking to dual boot a new Windows 8 machine and am a little disoriented on the new partition ...
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Firmware update on external HDD -> system not booting

After updating the firmware of my external HDD WD My Book, my toshiba laptop with a toshiba internal HDD, is no longer able to boot and I can't enter the BIOS either. The internal HDD has three ...
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SSD Not Detected - Fallback on EFI Shell

Want to assess what are the odds of a hardware failure in a particular case. I have a laptop with an Intel SSD (160GB). I just installed Windows 8.1 on it and all was working fine, up until the point ...
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How Do I Properly Disable Intel SRT & Remove the SSD Cache Drive?

I bought a Dell XPS 8700 which comes with a 2TB HDD paired with a 32GB SSD cache drive using Intel's SRT technology. I'd like to install a new 512GB SSD for the OS and use the separate 2TB HDD as a ...
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How can I monitor a hard disk drive that may be dying? [duplicate]

I am using Windows 8.1 Pro and have a drive that I think may be dying, so I ran 4 different repair tools on it. And now WD Data Lifeguard shows no disk errors at all after a full test. I’m still ...
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Can hibernating my laptop damage further my already damaged hard drive?

For the past year, I have been hibernating my laptop everyday (along with weekly shutdowns) and recently my hard drive got damaged which resulted to the notorious reboot loop. I just got it repaired ...
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Error 0xc0000225 on laptop with windows 8.1, how to repair without a recovery disk?

When I start my laptop I have a blue screen with the error code 0xc0000225 with the message : A required device isn't working or can't be accessed. Then if I press F8 to get to Startup Settings the ...
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Shrinking/Extending partitions in Windows 8.1

I have a 4TB HDD and it was partitioned like Partition 1 Unallocated 503GB Unallocated 4GB Partition 2 and I decided to extend second partition with these unallocated ones, BUT, such a problem ...
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Using a disk duplicator to copy multiple source disks to a single target disk

I know a disk duplicator(1:1) does a blind sector by sector copy, but if I put two disks together in a hardware JBOD enclosure, could I then remove each disk and place them one at a time in a disk ...
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Lenovo g565 not booting with ssd

I got a lenovo g565 and I bougt a intenso 120gb SSD. I installed Windows 7 which didnt make any problems what so ever. But as soon as I try to boot there was only a underslash blinking. I tried to ...
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How can I boot Windows from external hard drive using GRUB?

I have installed Windows 7 in my internal hard drive, and used a external hard drive box which turns the internal hard drive into a external hard drive. I installed both Ubuntu and Windows 7 in my ...
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How to clone the complete HDD except of one big Partition to a smaller hdd? [duplicate]

I have to replace a 250GB HDD with a 128GB HDD. There is a boot-loader partition witch loads several OS on other partitions. There is also a 140GB partition with important but not needed data on it. ...
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Moving linux boot loader(s)

I recently resurrected one of my old laptops as a home-server. I decided to get rid of the original windows install and get linux up and running. The laptop has two harddrives: One SSD (/dev/sdb), ...
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VirtualBox only creates new virtual hard disk when there is enough space on 'C' drive

There are >200GB free on my 'F' drive but it failed to create a fixed-size VHD with size = 200GB. Failed to create the hard disk storage C:\Users\abc\VirtualBox VMs\OSOS\OSOS.vhd. Could not ...
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Intel Software Raid: Downgrade from RAID10 to RAID 1

My configuration Windows 8.1 Asus Z87I Pro (Rev C2) 4x WD Red 3TB, set up as RAID10 in the Intel tool / EFI My target I want to remove 2 of the HDDs permanently from the RAID because I don't ...
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Seemingly random reboot during OS installation

I've recently changed my mobo and as usually in this case my OS wouldn't boot properly(I got past login, then, after few seconds, reboot). I proceeded to fail-safe mode, backed up my data and begun ...