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

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Hard drive partitioning failed. Now motherboard doesn't post with it

So I have a hard drive with 3 primary partitions. I had Debian installed on my first primary partition (system), second one was extended, and I created third one for windows. So I went on installing ...
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does a scsi-host-scan affect mounted filesystems?

I have four disks attached to a virtual machine: sda - mounted sdb - mounted sdc - not in use sdd - mounted I can now hot-remove the disk /dev/sdc from the virtual machine, but the linux system ...
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Windows deleted a folder without asking or confirmation

I have an USB drive, that I use for copying files from my Windows 7-based computer to my Linux-based home theather system. Media Player creates .Theater folder in disk's root folder, every time disk ...
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How to reset a HDD to one partition

I have a HDD which seems to have its partitions messed up. At this point, I want to just make the entire HDD one partition clean and ready to go. Is there a way I can do this with the Windows CD CMD? ...
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Can dd copy raw data from hard drives when operating system cannot recognize file system of partitions of hard disks?

As the title says, can dd copy down from hard disks even when operating system cannot recognize file system of partitions of hard disks?
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Do any “hybrid” drives show up as 2 separate devices?

I'm wanting to install FreeNAS, and as part of its installation, it completely takes over its install drive. I'm also wanting a buffer drive to manage downloads/copying. I'm currently using a 240GB ...
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Live System Repair is not supported in my Mac Primary disk

My Mac system is stuck with the booting process and it automatically shutdown. While I tried to repair my Hard disk it shows Error:Live file system repair is not supported.
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Windows 7 won't boot from one hard disk with another hard disk connected containing another windows 7 installation

I tried to shrink a partition(not C: drive) from ubuntu using gparted so that I can allocate more space to C:. After the shrinking, Windows 7 won't boot. The grub screen shows up(dual boot win7 and ...
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Upgrading to an SSD with a fresh windows install

So I am after upgrading my PC that i have had a while now to using an SSD with a fresh copy of windows that I own. My question is that after installing it, changing the BIOS settings ect. Am I going ...
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Laptop HDD Swap

I'm thinking of swapping the HDD from one non-functioning (dead screen) laptop to another. Assuming that the sizes of HDD all match up, along with the connection type, will this work? I understand I ...
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Some programs don't work after restoring to new hard disk

System - Windows XP SP2 4GB Ram. Downloads stop at 99%. Same result in IE8 and Firefox 31. Problems started after I restored a backup to new 500GB HDD using Acronis. Had no problems previously, but ...
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Upgrading a 128GB SSD to 512GB SSD on a laptop - How do I clone the original one?

I've recently purchased Dell XPS 13, and I want to upgrade its' SSD to 512GB instead of the 256GB it has now. How can I clone the old drive to the new one while keeping the recovery partition and ...
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Need help replacing SATA boot drive in WINDOWS XP SP2

My problem is I am trying to replace a SATA boot drive in a WIN XP SP 2 machine. I tried the same thing which works in IDE drives, namely, I copied all the files from old drive to new, then just ...
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Can I restore a Windows 7 Disk Image to a second hard drive on a new computer?

I am going to have to replace my computer as it has reached the end of its working life. It operates under Windows 7. The new computers I am looking at already have Windows 7 installed and have two ...
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Cloud “live” backup solution converted to Cloud Storage Solution?

Stupidly without doing a lot of research, I signed up for a 2 year subscription to Backblaze cloud backup solution. They offer unlimited storage in backing up your drives. However, I thought I could ...
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SMART data on a new disk shows 5 years of usage

I just bought a new 500GB Western Digital hard drive from a reseller and I noticed it was too slow, so I proceeded to check its smart data and almost all attributes are in Pre-Fail or Old Age state ...
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Unlock External HD after locker has been deleted

I used lockMyDrive software in order to lock my external hard drive. The software locates the interface, where the user should insert the password, in the external hard drive itself. Everything was ...
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Will Acronis True Image WD Edition work on the Western Digital-owned HGST drives?

We have a copy of Acronis True Image WD Edition and we'd like to know whether or not it will work on HGST (owned by Western Digital) drives?
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Does Thinkpad E430 Hard Drive Fit into Dell Vostro 1310?

I'm going to have my Thinkpad E430 repaired. So I want to place its hard drive into an older laptop - a Dell Vostro 1310. How can I know whether this hard drive fits into the older laptop or not? ...
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UEFI Boot Loader With BIOS Boot loader on same HDD

When we install an operating system on a PC, it either installs it as UEFI or in the BIOS mode. So, When Installed using UEFI, the OS install makes some additional 200-600 MB partitions(FAT32), Which ...
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How long will it take to delete?

I have a Samsung MS 1TB portable hard drive and did one back up direct from Windows which took up 400 + GB. I am deleting it in order to set up real time back up instead. The Drive Manager shows the ...
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Trouble installing a new Hard Drive

I'm having trouble replacing my hard drive System Info: Sony VAIO VPCF115fm i7 Q720 Quad Core CPU (1.6 GHz) Turbo boost up to 2.8 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M GPU with 1 GB VRAM 500 GB spinning media ...
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How do I find out what processes are accessing the SPECIFIC hard disk in Linux?

I have several hard drives and power save does not work for them. I would like to know, which process are probably accessing them. But I need to know this BY DRIVE, i.e. the thing what apparently ...
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Create a bootable USB installer from a external hard disk partition

I have a 1TB external disk. I want to have a usb installer for both windows and ubuntu. But I do not have any USB. So I partitioned the external drive with 8GB, 8GB and the rest for data. The 8GB ...
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Does an SDD use less power than a platter/regular drive? [duplicate]

The answer to this question seems obvious to me but I'm asking it in case I've missed something. I have a laptop with a small SSD drive and a large regular/platter drive. I keep a collection of ...
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Can BIOSasissted RAID1 (with OS Linux) be rebuilded with a external HDD with windows?

I have created a RAID 1 BIOS assisted,booted from RAID 1 and installed Linux OS on it.I had a power outage and the RAID1 status now is Rebuild. My question is : can i rebuild this RAID1 with Intel ...
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Cloning laptop HDD to SSD using old HDD external closure

I have an old 3.5" external closure which I used to copy some files from a HDD out of a bust computer. Can it be used to clone my laptop's 750GB 2.5" HDD to a 2.5" SSD namely the crucial mx100 256GB. ...
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Bad Windows Partition Recovery

We have a Seagate Barracude 750GB SATA Hard-Drive that is now refusing to access the partition Windows 7 is located on. I have trouble shooted this hard-drive with both Windows Tools and Linux ...
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Debugging an external HDD

I'm using an external HDD which is my old laptop's HD with 2.5 SATA enclosure. I tried to delete a partition in Windows and stopped it unknowingly. When I reinsert it, my OS including Ubuntu freezes ...
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Why a disk drive could not be connected (physically) to 2+ computers?

A friend of mine if a disk drive could be connected to more than one computer and I jumped directly to the "no" answer, but I realized that pretty much any inconvenient I could think of would be easy ...
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When to change mode IDE to SATA?

I just received a new Samsung 850 SSD. I checked that disk controller mode should be SATA for better performance but in my case (Windows 7 OS on current old hard disk) it's set to IDE. Here is the ...
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Hard drive recovery using Kali (Handling Bad Data)

I have a drive that I need to recover, I have ran Kali Linux via Live CD and it detects a problem with the drive instantly, this problem is handled bad data, and it says that drive failure is ...
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Where is Linux root filesystem on an attached drive

I have a CentOS system with many configurations/applications installed on a hard drive. I have installed a new CentOS system on a different hard drive. I have booted from the new system/hard drive and ...
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How to protect my files on external harddisk from being deleted

My brother and I share the same external hard disk the problem I have is how to protect my files from being deleted by him or any body else. I want to make sure that the file can be viewed/copied but ...
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Combining two disjoint ddrescue backup images

I have a 3 TB drive which recently started to malfunction. I was using the ddrescue utility on Debian to read data off the disk to a different external hard drive. However, after 2 TB of data had been ...
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Is It Possible to Reserve Space on a Disk in Windows?

I have a 500GB drive in my laptop with around 350GB of data. One folder on the drive is a folder that syncs with the cloud, and can have up to 100GB in it at any time. Is there any way to limit the ...
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Long beep after formatting an Acer X1430 desktop

I booted up this machine using a Fedora Live USB stick, did a backup and proceeded to format the hard drive using GParted. Opened the disk tray and inserted my Windows 7 installation disk. Everything ...
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Raw data dumper for Windows/Linux

Recently I lost Windows MFT and lost all my files. All data recovery software seem to fail, because I'm looking for a specific file that doesn't have a common header. By using Active@ Disk Editor I ...
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New SSD showing values for “Used Reserved Block Count”. Is this bad?

I have a brand new Samsung 512GB XP941 SSD. Installed Windows and had it all up and running for about a week now. However... when I ran Crystal Disk Info it's only showing a Health Status of 92% and ...
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Does 100 files of 50mb each cause the same wear than a single 5000mb file when being written to an HDD?

I want to know what causes more wear on the disk, not talking about SSD's and USB's, only normal HDD's if that matters. Does the times written matter? Only the space occupied matter by the File ...
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OS Installation on SSD and storage on HDD

I have an Dell 15z 5523 laptop with 32GB SSD and 500 GB HDD. I want to boot my OS from the SSD but use the HDD for storage , i.e. Programs Files, Users etc. How should I do it?
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Upload photos only from recursive folders into Amazon Prime Cloud Drive via Windows

Does anyone know of an intelligent way to upload only photo file types into Amazon Prime Cloud Drive from one folder recursively using Windows 8.1? Phrased another way: I have one folder with many ...
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Move Windows to Existing (Non-Blank) Drive

My current setup is an SSD that has Windows installation on it, plus an HDD that holds most of my data. The HDD has plenty of space on it (more free space than the full size of the SSD). I'd like to ...
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SATA 6Gb/s drive only works in legacy mode (SATA 3Gb/s)

I've got ASUS Sabertooth 990FX mobo (rev. 1.0) with AMD SB950 controller for SATAIII drives and JMicron JMB362 for SATAII drives. I've got Intel 330 SSD hooked up to SATAIII (AMD) controller and it ...
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Map a network drive to be used by a service

I am trying to map a network drive (the WD My Cloud HDD) to be used by a service (CrashPlan backup software) in Windows 8, something that I have achieved with this script: net use X: ...
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Read data from old hard drive Seagate ST-1239A

I received an old hard drive from which I need to read the data. I connect it using an AT-Interface to USB connector. (I tried two different ones with the same results). I guess it is about 210-211 MB ...
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100s of Reads vs 100s of Writes

Consider a pretty fast Hard Disk. I know many writes to a single disk will always be slower than many reads. For instance time taken to complete 100 write operations is much longer than time to ...
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Clone to smaller hard drive with less data than smaller hard drive

How do I clone the data (not the partition) from a larger drive to a smaller drive? I need this to run in Windows 7 64 Bit, not a bootable live CD/DVD and I need a freeware or open source program. I ...
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Excessive overheating of laptop after disk partitioning

I have a laptop-pc (Samsung series 7 notebook and windows 8 installed) of about a year and a half old. It has been working completely fine for the most part until recently when I partitioned its hard ...
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Windows: creating a virtual drive out of a physical partition

Under Windows, is there a way to create a virtual device recognized as a disk drive, which would map to a single partition on a physical drive? It is my understanding that Windows doesn't treat all ...