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

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Second HDD only works on a single SATA port

I bought a second hard drive to set up in my computer and could only get it working by unplugging the DVD drive and using that sata port (SATA 4) on the motherboard. If I plug it in in place of the ...
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How to check my computer has SATA III or SATA II?

I brought a SSD last week that supports SATA III. I wish to connect it to my PC but I have no idea whether my PC has SATA II or SATA III. I can provide any details or screenshots if needed. ...
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External hard drive permission issue

I am using an old external hard drive with Windows on it. I am trying to access C:\Users\MyUserName, but I receive a pop up for permission. After I press "Continue" it starts loading and just hangs ...
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Windows 8: disk usage is always at 100%

I have noticed recently that my laptop runs slowly. Reason is (as I think) that disk usage is at 100% most of the time. It's also true even when running relatively disk-independent apps. What did I ...
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Seagate backup plus Slim appears as read only on Mac after using in Windows

My Seagate B/Up plus slim disk box states it can be used between Windows and Mac. Worked fine with the Power Mac and also with the Windows machine but once I used it with a Windows machine and moved ...
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Windows 8 - Constant Disk Usage

My installation of Windows 8.1 is constantly being extremely sluggish due to constant high disk usage. Doing anything, whether it be saving a file, opening a webpage, or closing programs, is very ...
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Is a home NAS reliable to keep your data on (no other backups)?

The question came up while I was thinking to move some data (e.g.) pictures, old but important other data solely to the NAS (private use, no business level). My NAS is a simple 2 disk RAID system. I ...
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Spilled coffee on laptop

Here is the story: When I woke up, I started my PC and went in the bathroom... when i came back i noticed that my keyboard is spilled with coffee and my laptop is turned off, I quickly wiped the ...
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HDD Bad sectors Regeneration

I've been trying for few days to figure this out and eventually I need some help. All suggestion gathered by the software are like 'get new hard drive'. My 2nd HDD got some troubles runing normaly and ...
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Will shrinking a volume in Windows 7 delete the contents of that volume?

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit on my laptop. I want to shrink down the C:\ volume to make room for a new partition that I'm going to put Linux Fidora on. I don't want to do this if it's going to wipe ...
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Laptop keeps restarting after start installation windows 7

Yesterday I bought 8 GB RAM and SSD (Samsung 840 PRO) for my eMachines E732G. I installed RAM instead of my old RAM. Also I installed SSD instead of HDD, and I installed HDD instead of DVD-RW with ...
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Windows 7, Detecting hard drives; Done; No drives found?

I recently reinstalled windows 7 on a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (revision 2.0) motherboard with an SSD hard drive. I was reading about IDE vs AHCI and the consensus seemed to be that AHCI was better ...
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How should I use manual partition in Ubuntu?

Well , I'm just moving from Windows platform to Ubuntu and I'm stuck at how to use manual partition. I don't want to preserve any previous windows installation or previous data too. My Windows drives ...
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How to boot from 3TB HDD?

I just bought a new HDD of 3TB (not yet shipped). I didn't know that size is normally not supported to use it to boot OS. I learned I need a computer that supports UEFI so that I can install windows ...
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In Windows 7, are junctions keyed to the drive?

I have windows 7 on my C drive. I have a 2nd D drive that is a larger storage drive. I currently have several junctions on my C drive that point to my 2nd D drive. Now I want to get a bigger 2nd ...
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USB multi-boot bootloader key with Whole Disk Encryption

My goal is to have a multiboot system(OSX and Ubuntu) on my MacBook Pro while utilizing whole disk encryption(WDE). However the tricky part that I haven't been able to solve is that I want the ENTIRE ...
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What does mounting a drive on the /home directory do?

I am running a Rocks Cluster version of CentOS 6.5 and have two internal hard drives installed. When I installed the Rocks OS onto my machine it only made use of one of my two 250GB drives. I have ...
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chkdsk is taking days on 600GB drive

So my HDD pretty much died ^^ Tried to ddrescue it, gave up after 9 days <50%. Figured a chkdsk /f might help so I started it. Has been running for 24h+ now, first 20% took under 5min, now it has ...
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Windows 8 - Using External HDD as Storage Drive?

I wanted to know some opinions on a setup like this: Have 2 External Hard Drives (1TB each) - I'll call them HDD1 and HDD2. I would set most of my folders where I keep data (My Documents, My ...
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How to install Windows XP to the disk S

I want to install Windows XP, but I want some kind of technique to create partition with installed Windows assign letter 'S', not letter 'C'. I think is possible, because if I turn my multi card ...
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Converting a time machine backup to a clone

I'm having trouble memorizing some old passwords for some old protected DMG's. I'm hoping to find them in my old backups, because stupid young me probably saved them in his keychain (which doesn't fit ...
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How to recover data from a corrupted pen drive [duplicate]

My pen drive is unreadable, when I plug it in the computer it does not appear on the computer even dist 1 is also not shown. How can the data can be recovered.
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Install Windows 8 to last partition on drive

I have a laptop with Ubuntu installed. I wanted to Dual boot Windows 8, but i came across a problem. My drive is partition as follows Drive 0 Partition 1 27.9gb 0.0MB free Logical //my root ...
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Windows 8 Licence Key

I have a Sony Vaio SVE151J11M laptop which unfortunately is only just two weeks out of warranty from the retail store I bought it from just over a year ago. My problem is that the hard drive has ...
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Cannot update Segate HDD firmware

I've just been given some used HDDs from my friends. Two of them are Segate HDDs which have potential problem known as "Deathgate". All Internet articles say "Update the firmware", so I followed them. ...
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How to recover data in formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS

Help how to recover formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS but not yet installed applications. Edit: I have two 500g hard drives lets say HD1 has my personal files and the other is HD2 ...
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These partitions are properly aligned?

Scenario: BIOS computer (Not EFI) HDD with GPT partition table I'm trying to follow these instrutions: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/GRUB#GUID_Partition_Table_.28GPT.29_specific_instructions ...
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How to Factory Reset Toshiba Satellite a215-S7416?

My question is almost exactly like this except 1) I know my BIOS password and I just want to factory reset 2) I have a Toshiba Satellite a215-s7416 (Vista) When I get past the "Enter Password", I get ...
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Will not having more than 10% disk space available on my hard drive affect performance? [duplicate]

I ask this because many years ago I heard such a thing. I have a 900GB hard drive and I am lingering around 40GB free space. Is this bad, will it harm the drive's health, or will it hurt my system's ...
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LockMyDrive locker accidently deleted

Few months ago, I have installed LockMyDrive to lock data on my external hard drive. There was a file in my external hard drive which I run to insert the password to unlock my data. The has been ...
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Can I stop a format disc operation midway?

I'm formating a new HDD (Toshiba 1TB from NTFS to FAT32) to fit it on my old PS3. But it's taking a lifetime to get the thing done... Meanwhile I found on the internet some tutorials using other ways ...
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Intermittent write locks on files without obivous cause

Recently I have been getting intermittent (random, sporadic) write locks on recently written files without any obvious cause. The setup: The machine in question is a 2 years old DELL Latitude E6520 ...
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restore failed-error coded=0x3ed (the volume does not contain a recognized file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrputed)

I have an aspire z3101-u4062 that was donated to me. the previous owner pirated movies and went on bad web sites The computer most likely got a nasty virus. I turn on screen it just flashes a small ...
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How Sturdy (Shock-Proof) is an SSD?

I recently started carrying my SSD to and from work rather than my entire computer. So I bought a case on Amazon to protect it while it is in my bag. I was surprised to find that the case was ...
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HDD making clicking sound every 10s in Win 8.1 - Load/Unload cycle count increasing

I have problem with my Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ HDDs. As soon as Win 8.1 loads up, and its in idle, they both make clicking sound every 10seconds. It sounds like the heads are parking. I have ...
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partition recovery diskpart clean

So i've done diskpart clean in one hard drive than i create 3 partitions the problem the client said that he needs backup at last second but we did the the format (what i say in the begin) any way ...
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SATA hot swap (AHCI mode), unplug data or power cable first?

How to hotswap Sata HDDs? After I choose 'Safely remove hardware' -> 'Eject WDC xxxxx ATA Device' what should I do? I've read this: 1-For unplugging I should unplug the data cable first then the power ...
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Unable to mount 2TB NTFS hard drive in Ubuntu 14.04

Can somebody assist me on this one? Error mounting /dev/sdg4 at /media/jote/DATA_4: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdg4" ...
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SATA drives not going to sleep on debian wheezy - only hdparm -y works

I have several WD Green and one Seagate Barraccuda drive in my home-server (Intel H81 platform). Recently I noticed that none of them is going to standby anymore. They've been running for weeks now. I ...
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Ubuntu doesn't boot after fsck on /

I had this problem with Ubuntu when it boots: http://askubuntu.com/questions/392720/the-disk-drive-for-tmp-is-not-ready-yet-s-to-skip-mount-or-m-for-manual-recove The problem appeared from nothing, ...
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Repairing HDD - help to command prompt

I've dropped and destroyed my HDD with family stuff and so on aboard, and I read online, that I should just use /R /F /X D: in commandprompt, runned as administrator. I did that, and this is my ...
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Clone USB-drive bit for bit

I have a USB-drive that is encrypted with Truecrypt. Now, I'd like to make a copy of it from time to time, so I need a method of cloning the USB. The two USB-sticks are of same size, brand, and type, ...
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Freezing Issue on One Partition

Yesterday I pulled my boyfriend's laptop toward me on a table with some wood type ridges on it which caused the computer to bump a bit because of it's huge battery (my boyfriend bought this after the ...
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Can't see files on NTFS HDD

I have a drive that is formatted to NTFS. When I look at the drive in My Computer, I can see that tehre is 578GB of data on it. But when I go in to it, there are no files. The files are not hidden, ...
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windows 8.1 hp probook 440 g1 hp drive encryption

MY hp probook 440 g1 has a hp drive encryption it worked for first two times then it started saying wrong password and after three tries it will say "maximum number of attempts reached system will be ...
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Is it possible to configure a Sata RAID Controller without RAID

I have a 6 port SATA RAID card (taken out of an HP ML150 G2 server). What i want to do is connect the Sata Hard Drives that i have to this card without formatting or loosing any data on the hard ...
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Windows become corrupt after windows update

I am using windows 8 on acer 5715 G, it came pre installed, its been 1 year it was working perfectly fine. Few days when My pc updated itself, it restarted then showed error and then it shows ...
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Windows 7 won't boot on custom pc with minimal wear

Recently I was doing some cable management on my PC with only unplugging and replugging a couple of cables. Most notably the CPU secondary power cable. When it was all done I turned on my computer, ...
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While extending the partition to unallocated space Windows 8.1

I recently bought a laptop with free dos because I already had a version of Win 8.1. after installing the OS, While repartitioning the Hard Drive, I discovered two unallocated 7.80GB (one NTFS and one ...
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Why is windows explorer very slow only on drive “E”?

I am having the following problem: each time I open windows explorer to go to my drive E: (to my downloads folder) and tries to open .avi files it takes ages to charge the file (looooong green loading ...