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

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Hardware specs for high computational speed

(1) I routinely have to run some calculations on large data sets which take some time to run. (2) I have to run several large programs at the same time. I am in the market for a new laptop and would ...
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Having two different RAID configurations in a NAS

I am in the process of buying a new NAS and I am putting down some requirements in order to decide which brand / model suits me better. Generally I can say that I am using two 'types' of files ...
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Recovery data after formatting data after testdisk and photorec provided poor results

I have two disks with files that I manually mirror with rsync. The disks are two 1TB external usb disks (disk A, disk B). Sometimes I put some files only on one disk when I feel that I do not need to ...
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Unable to install Windows 7 after Ubuntu uninstall - GParted & DISKPART used, error still present

I'll try to be as specific as possible. System came pre-installed with windows 8 upgraded to 10 hated it, uninstalled 10 by installing Ubuntu LTS. hated it, made a live USB for windows 7 used ...
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Swap HDD between 2 desktops

I have 2 desktops at my home with different configs and OSes. First PC: OS: Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i3 4130 3.4 GHz Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-S RAM: 4 GB HDD: WD Blue 1 TB 7200 RPM Second ...
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Safe partitions to delete from old Windows install on second drive?

I recently bought a SSD and I installed Windows on it. Before the install I disconnected the Hard Drive (with Windows install) and repluged it once I was able to boot on the SSD. Then, I created a ...
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Backed up Mate ISO image over takes my primary Linux Mint O/S

Have 2 hdd drives not raided or connected to each other .Switch manually.Have Mate 16.04 on a 1 Terra-byte. Linux 17.2 on a 3 Terra-byte . Backed up Mate onto my Linux drive with iso.. Now Linux won't ...
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If I open a document from a USB flash drive but do not save it to the computer,how can i access the file’s contents after I remove the drive?

If I open a document from a USB flash drive but do not save it to the computer, how can i access the file’s contents after I remove the drive?
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Do I have to have my OS installed with UEFI to convert my system HDD from MBR to GPT without data loss?

So as of right now I have a PC with a BIOS-only mainboard (Gigabyte 775 - GA-P35-DS3) with which I installed Windows 10 64bit on my 4TB hard drive with MBR. Now I'd like to buy a new mainboard with ...
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Robocopy what is the command to copy a dvd to my Hard Drive excluding a Folder?

I want to copy all the folders, subdirectories and files from a DVD to my hard drive excluding a Subdirectory, using Robocopy, what is the command for this task using this path? Copy all from D:\ ...
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How to select only one drive when creating system image

I am following this tutorial in an attempt to create a system image. However, I receive an error about not having enough space because I have 3 internal drives: C:, D: and H:. My drives show up ...
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Switching hard drives from one laptop to another [duplicate]

My dell laptop has a broken power button so I am not able to turn on my laptop. I still have warranty on the laptop so Dell wants me to send it out to them to fix it...however, there's one problem. I ...
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How to repair or set up a Windows disk to be solo-bootable from another Windows install?

Question How do you repair a hard drive containing a Windows 7 Professional x64 install to be bootable on its own from within another W7 Pro x64 environment? As explained below, I cannot boot into ...
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Why does my USB disk show as having no files, but hundreds of gigabytes used?

Today, I installed Windows 10 Enterprise on my computer. I have a USB disk, but I met this problem: Local Disk (G:): 117 GB free of 465 GB This PC > Local Disk (G:): This folder is empty. ...
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Hard Disk failure, cant boot from my USB backup

I noticed a few weeks ago that my HD was making worrying noises so, expecting imminent failure, I bought a USB HD and used the windows 10 feature to do a system backup. Sure enough, the HD did fail, ...
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Change Windows 10 installation from one physical drive to other

I have an old PC with a HDD of 500GB with Windows 10 installation and is almost 90% filled with. The HDD is now fairly old and response time of Windows has become too slow. I am planning to upgrade PC ...
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Hard Disk Drive has failed in all softwares, save for one, where it is perfectly, smoothly readable. What will resolve this?

Summary: My HDD is (pretending to) fail. I tried a few types of recovery software, none of which seem to help. Except for one. WinHex. Proof. It views it perfectly. I have no clue what hex editing ...
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Is there any performance difference between M.2 and 2.5in SSD form factors?

I am currently looking at SSD options for a computer build. I have come across two identical drives that come in a traditional 2.5in laptop hard drive package and a M.2 board. Will there be any ...
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Files get bigger while copying

I was stupid enough to forget I deleted an old backup so I could make a new one. A few days after deleting it my Windows crashed. Now I'm trying to create a backup trough Debian. I'm copying my 1TB ...
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How to unlock an ATA password-locked HDD with an upper-case password if the BIOS accepts only lower-case?

I accidentally locked an HDD with an ATA password, trying to issue a secure erase command. It was on Linux, I entered this command : # hdparm --security-erase PWD /dev/sda So the password is PWD ...
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find the last non zero byte in a binary file, how?

I have a huge binary file padded with nulls in the end, and I want to find the last non zero/null byte, especially its offset from the start of the file. Looking for some command line solution.
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Can I add an additional hard disk to the Medion ERAZER P7643 MD99838?

I’m looking to buy a new laptop. I found the Medion Erazer P7643 (MD 99730) which has two HDs (a 256 GB SSD and a 1 TB HD). There is another much cheaper model, the Medion Erazer P7643 (MD 99838), ...
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Increase Hirens Boot Mini XP RAM

I'm trying to recover some data from my formated HDD using GetDataBack. When the software processes the MFT found, it needs a lot of RAM and when it reaches 2 GB, the program exits and everything is ...
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Moving an OS from a virtual box to the hard disk

I want to install arch linux on my laptop which currently has Elementary OS in it. I was wondering of it is possible to setup the arch linux in a virtual box and when I'm satisfied with its ...
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Moving source files between drives

Sorry if this is overly verbose. At least I can be sure you have all the information you may need to help me. :) Kind of irrelevant information (which might still be helpful, not sure) (Please ...
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Empty HDD makes 'accessing random files' like noises with 0% usage

I recently bought an SSD and installed Windows 10 from scratch. As soon as I started configuring Windows I noticed that my HDD, which housed the OS before, started making constant clicking noises, ...
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Ubuntu doesn't show hard drive partitions properly

I first had Windows 8.1 on my laptop installed and now I'm trying to add Ubuntu 15.10 and be able to dual boot. I have freed up some space and partitioned my hard drive for the Ubuntu installation. ...
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Hdd(s) not recognized after clean win7 install

Installed x86 version of windows 7 on two different hdd's via USB. After both times of successful installation, I've shut down the computer to enter the BIOS. After I restart my computer doesn't ...
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my windows pc is not booting,cannot reinstall windows - is this because of mobo or HDD

I need help .Since Ten days back one of my windows pc (os 8.1 x64) won't boot. The computer shut down(BSOD occured) suddenly when I was browsing . After that i showed " Reboot And Select Proper Boot ...
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Should I buy a new HDD?

It's been months since I've been receiving "A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" error and I don't know exactly why. This error occurs minimum 2-3 times a week and the only ...
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Laptop show 98% disk usage but almost nothing showing in the task manager

My computer is showing 98% disk usage but when I look in the task manager almost nothing is showing (certainly not anything of significance). Any suggestions as to what might be causing this? Also, ...
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Not able to detect WD elements 2TB external hard disk

I am not able to detect WD elements 2TB external hard disk output of lsusb lsusb Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0c45:6709 Microdia Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:8001 Intel Corp. Bus 001 Device 001: ID ...
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BOOTMGR is missing

Today, i decided to format a laptop (which was under kubuntu). I took a live usb of Ubuntu15.10 to access gparted. I deleted the partitions , created a new one ( full disk of 1T0). Then format into ...
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Replacing Controller For Clicking Drive [duplicate]

I have a Hitachi 5400 RPM 60.0 GB 2.5 hard drive that clicks once when it is powered on and is not recognizable in my computer or in disk management. I have also tried connecting to a Linux box and ...
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Windows 7 - Drive letters spontaneously changed, can't boot

I just had Windows 7 swap drive letters around on me, the end result being that the system no longer boots. There are several volumes mounted in the system, so I'm not sure exactly what has changed, ...
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How do I keep my data from being destroyed on my web server if a hard drive fails?

For example. say I have a website, and people can create users. My server has a hard drive, that stores the data from each user. If one of my hard drives fails, how do I ensure that the data on it ...
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dd/cat luks lvm on drive that has larger total size (partition plus trailing empty space) into smaller drives that can hold said luks lvm?

I have three drives, 256gb, 128gb and 120gb. My encrypted LVM is 115gb in size. In a gui disk utility, it shows that I have trailing space after the encrypted partition, but I'm not sure if the ...
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Connecting Desktop HDD to Laptop via SATA

I would like to connect my desktop HDD into my laptop. It does not need to fit inside, but it needs to be connected via SATA (meaning I do not want to connect a sata to USB adapter) I have removed ...
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DiskView reports unallocated cluster, but WinHex reports cluster occupied by disk file - why?

I've recently been tinkering with deleting text files and seeing what information I can gather from the clusters that those files used to be on. However, I've hit something that's really made me ...
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Kingston SSD UV300 how to set password

I always used TrueCrypt on my Windows 8 and in Windows 10. I login to my Windows, normally and mount a partition using TrueCrypt. I know that using SSD it already encrypts all data on disk so I ...
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Black screen for 10 seconds after Single Beep on Power ON

I've been dealing with this since ever since I've started to use my recently bought my Intel DH61CR mobo. Immediately after powering on my PC, I hear a single loud beep, which (I'm pretty sure) lasts ...
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Synology two-bay NAS with existing data?

I'm considering purchasing a NAS, a Synology DS216 (or perhaps a DS216j). I have 2x 2TB drives available; one is full of data; the other is blank. I want to use the NAS in a RAID-1 configuration, to ...
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laptop with windows - replacing original HDD

Because of controlled obsolescence, there are only 4 laptop models with a HDD of 2tb available across all Canada. There exist 3 and 4 tb HDDs. What's the simplest method to change the original ...
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Why are smaller capacity SSDs slower?

I was reading this Tom's Hardware article on testing SSDs and came across the following claim: With SSDs, performance varies by capacity point. Smaller drives tend to be slower than larger ones, ...
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How to handle this hard disk backup

Inserting a larger ram into my laptop causes windows to BSOD frequently, and going back to the old ram does not fix the issue once it is triggered. The only solution is a clean install of windows with ...
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Corrupt windows hard-drive - everything still available when using Mac

first time poster - i apologised if i've overlooked this question being asked already. I have a 2TB western digital "My Passport Ultra" which has become corrupt on my windows machine. I cannot access ...
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Device does not have enough capacity to power a USB external HDD

I'm trying to connect my USB 3.0 External HDD to Raspberry Pi. However the HDD spins for a few seconds and stop. I think the Pi does not have enough capacity to power the HDD. What are my options? ...
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Does a hard drive remember bad sectors after formatting?

On an NTFS-formatted hard drive with some bad sectors, does the hard drive still remember bad sectors after Windows's diskpart clean is used to remove the NTFS volume? What about clean all?
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Seagate 3TB drive just failed, options?

I just had a Seagate 3TB Barracuda drive fail on me. Windows cannot see the drive at all and it seems the BIOS seems to hesitate a bit when doing a SMART check, then shows all my drives except for the ...
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Windows 10 is messed up (bad_system_config)

So it all started when I took out my system disk and stuck it in another computer (windows 7) to access files. I used the windows 7 os for everything, and on one boot it ran chkdisk on my windows 10 ...