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

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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, ...
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Windows, HDD, Accidently clicked on format but cancelled now left with RAW disk [duplicate]

I have a Western digital external hdd of 1TB. I accidently used the following commands in diskpart onto my HDD select disk 2(my hdd partition) select partition '1' clean create partition primary ...
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second Hdd on optical bay and power consuption

I have a new Lenovo W541, and while the first week the fully charged battery was saying 4 hours left", after I added 1T HDD on the optical bay (DVD slot) now it says 2 hours left. I read around that ...
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Getting Rid of Software Records for Software installed on an external disk?

So I'm cleaning out an old computer, and several of the programs it thinks it has were actually installed on an old drive, that's now gone. For some of them, it prompts to get rid of them because it ...
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ATA100 IDE HDD vs ATA100 IDE SSD

UPDATE: Bought a cheap 32GB SSD, and it's made a difference. Most apps now take no more than 2 seconds to open, many seem to open within a second. Apps like Google Chrome now take about 5 seconds ...
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Hard drive won't initialize (I/O device error)

I dont't know what happened to this drive. Here are some screenshots: How can I resolve this?
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fio: correct usage of group_reporting

I am trying to benchmark disks using fio. Since I suspected the test to be compute bound (around 8.2% utilization in top on a six core machine (12 virtual cores)), I started using numjobs. However ...
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Bad Sectored HDD - Need(ed) ideas

So, I'm running CHKDSK on my single-partitioned 450-ishGB HDD using Shift+F10 with Win7 repair disk. I got about 2300 bad sectors, some affecting Windows/system32 directory. It's been running about ...
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My hard disc makes a clicking noise while I'm working, I sent it to a service which found nothing

He said that there was no problem with the hdd. He checked it out with crystalnfo and it worked. But before I took it there,the pc wasn't turning on. He said that there was a problem with the system ...
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Recovered files from a damaged hard drive using dd. How to check all files for errors?

Lost a 2TB hard drive two weeks ago. It still mounted, but slowly, and copying files off it was a pain. It copied a few MB for a few seconds, then nothing for a few minutes, then repeat. I've ...
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How do I move a windows installation hdd to a new computer?

This always happens to me. Every time I try to move a hard drive to a new computer, I always get boot errors. So I go on my windows recovery dvd and do bootrec.exe /fixboot and bootrec /fixmbr and ...
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Raid mode 5+ has collapsed on my Mediasonic HFR2-ASU3S2, how to get data back?

I have this: Mediasonic HFR2-ASU3S2 I set it up with 4x 4tb drives that were meant for NAS, all WD drives. Now when I plug in the Mediasonic HFR2-ASU3S2 I get a warning pop up asking me if I want to ...
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No dislpay, BIOS, HDD LED activity in Acer 5742G

When I power on my laptop (Acer 5742G) I found there is no HDD LED activity, no BIOS message, Nothing is on the display. But the Power LED is continuously on. Exhaust fan was running. Dont know ...
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Internal hard drive connected by usb no longer displays in Disk Management. How to get the drive to show without deleting it's data?

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RORMF6 3TB internal hard drive to back-up data across multiple computers. When I connected the sata cable to USB, the hard-drive did not ...
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Cloning USBoot prepared USB stick to internal hard drive

Is is possible to clone an installation of Windows XP, prepared with USBoot and put on a usb flash drive, to an internal IDE hard drive?
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Diagnosing disk i/o errors, failing disk controllers

My PC has been constantly crashing with disk i/o errors recently and I'm trying to diagnose what the cause is before I order any new parts. I have windows 7 installed on a ssd (with truecrypt) and I ...
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OS vs “Code Base” on SSD vs HDD

I have a HDD and also a SSD in my Windows computer. Also I have a C++ code base that spend nearly one hour to compile. I'm keeping the code base in my HDD and installed the OS in SSD. But I have seen ...
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Understanding Dell Nautilus Driver

On an old Dell PC (Precision T7400), a 4TB drive is only recognized as a 2TB drive. I found this driver on the Dell Support website: ...
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Apache Webserver High Disk Usage Windows 2012 R2

I'm using Apache packaged through WAMP to host a forum for my small gaming community and also to host some installers for free to play games. When downloading files larger than 2 GB from the ...
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Clonezilla can't restore a partition image on a virtual disk

I have an external USB HD with two partitions. First partition is OS, second partiotion is IMG. On the latter partion I wrote a Clonezilla image of the first partition. Then on my laptop I have ...
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How do I efficiently redistribute massive amounts of data spread across multiple drives with almost no space on them?

My problem is simple but severe. I have a huge amount of data (many files in many folders) on multiple drives (4 external HDD). Each drive is at least 1TB in size and the overall size of this "pool" ...
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Virus hides files, shrinks total capacity

A virus infected my hard drive. The drive's capacity is 1 TB and has different type of files on it, 400 GB+ in total. Suddenly all the files disappear, and I tried to show hidden files, but ...
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Connect notebook HDD using USB kit

I am currently trying to connect the 2.5" SATA drive of my broken notebook to my desktop computer. I have a USB kit that has cables that seem to fit (data cable and power supply). However, on the HDD ...
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Install GDrive on Seagate Central Linux

Is there a way to install Google Drive for MontaVista Linux 6? I have Seagate Central NAS and it does not have option to sync with GDrive through the standard interface. It has embedded Linux ...
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Windows drive unallocated after moving drive to external on USB 3.0

I have swapped the HDD in my laptop with an SSD and reinstalled Windows. I was hoping to put the old HDD into a USB 3.0 enclosure and transfering some files over, but the drive shows up as ...
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Harddrive won't mount in windows 7

I've got an external hard drive, that doesn't seem to want to mount in Windows 7. The drive was working but unfortunately Windows froze (I even got a windows has stopped responding - do you want to ...
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Using Samsung Magician to Secure Erase an 840 EVO

I've wiped HDDs using Active Kill Disk and it takes quite some time. I ran Samsung Magician "Secure Erase" on my SSD and it completed almost instantaneously. Is this normal? Do they just change a key ...
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How To Move The Windows Folder To A Different Drive?

I have two small hard drives. However, i store all my files on the boot drive. This makes the boot drive very slow. I've read before that it's possible to move a folder to a different drive and make ...
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Windows didn't recognize my External HDD properly, should I replace it?

Some details: External HDD: WD Elements Portable 1TB OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, SP1 The External HDD was working fine except sometimes when I eject it, windows says the device is in use. the ...
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PC Started getting very slow, stopped booting

On Thursday I was using my PC like normal, bit of work, bit of gaming, no performance issues. About 7PM I went to load a game I'd played earlier in the day and it wouldn't load. I tried a couple of ...
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My system is not listing boot-able USB device in BIOS boot device list

I have a ASUS S56C ultrabook and i was trying to install the windows 8.1 through a pendrive. First the device was listed but it gave me error of GPT partition.. so i have converted my ssd disk to MBR. ...
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Unable to mount windows hard drive on linux live usb

I am fully shutting down windows with "shutdown /s /t 0". I also tried "shutdown /s /f /t 0" I then insert my linux live usb and boot from it. Everything works fine, but when I try to access my ...
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Laptop started to crash on low memory conditions

I have a Lenovo T420s that has recently been freezing and then crashing with a blue screen (Windows 7). It has 8GB RAM and a SSD hard disk. I frequently max out memory so hitting the pagefile a lot. ...
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Missing file on internal hard drive

I recently began to backup my computer. Just after my first backup, I got a message which said files were skipped. Backup encountered a problem while backing up file ...
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Intel RST driver - magic performance boost (only) up till version 11.2.0?

what's the magic behind the massive write speed performance boost by intel RST drivers up till and including version 11.2.0? i have done some performance measurements of my application that is ...
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Fast disk encryption on Raspberry Pi

I need to have a trivially encrypted disk on my Raspberry-based server. As far as I know, Raspberry Pi doesn't have any hardware AES encryption. That means, the standard disk encryptions are awfully ...
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Changing Connectivity of Windows Storage Spaces Drives

I plan to have 2 identical SATA drives attached via SATA configured in a 2-way mirror Windows storage space created in Windows 8.1 or later. If I were to unplug those drives later, put them in a ...
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windows 7, UEFI, and GPT woes [duplicate]

This might end up being a bit of a long question, but here it goes. I have a desktop PC that runs windows 7. A couple of years ago, I had my main drive die (C drive). I bought a brand new disk and ...
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Shrinking NTFS partition: numerical result out of range error

I have a NTFS partition on my 2TB hard disk. Currently it is 1.7TB big, and there's some unallocated space to the right of it of about 100GB. There are no other partitions on the disk. I would like ...