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

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HP probook 4540s stuck at the first screen?

Here is what happened: I installed Windows and it made a 100MB partition I booted with the Windows CD again, formatted the 100MB partition and system partition then installed Windows again After ...
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Boot disk not detected when other disk is plugged in

I have 2 disks, a 500gb and a 1000gb. My OS is installed in the 500gb, thanks to an old UPS my PC turned off when the power tripped. Upon booting again I get a boot disk not found error, restarted ...
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How can I get my 2nd hard drive (that disappeared from Windows Explorer) back?

I have a Dell XPS running Windows 8. My C Drive is 120GB SSD, for windows and programs, then I have a 1TB D Drive for my own files. The other day it disappeared from Windows Explorer and I cannot get ...
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“Undeleting files” and partition writing policy

What are the relevant criteria for determining whether a file will be able to be undeleted? For common file systems, do they always expand linearly? That is, if you deleted a file and then created a ...
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protecting a hard drive with confidential information

I am about to give a hard drive with many pdfs that contain information and high-res photographs to someone in an institution and would like to limit the possibility of those photographs being seen by ...
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Windows 8 data not showing when copied to slave hard drive?

I have 2 hard disks. First has windows 8 32 bit installed. Second has Windows 8 64 bit installed. I made second hdd as slave and copied some data from first HDD. Now when i make the 2nd HDD as main ...
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Unable to install Windows 10 couldn't create partition

I am trying to clean install Windows 10 in my Asus X555L Notebook Laptop, but every time I land on the "Where do you want to install Windows ? " page and create "New " partitions with the unallocated ...
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When cloning a hard drive, does the new hard drive have to be the same model as the older one?

I have a Samsung HD103SJ that's making weird noises when reading and I'd like to replace it. I'ts old, and this HDD costs around $130 on Amazon. I'd rather clone it to a Western Digital Black HDD, ...
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Copy/Mirror hard disk without booting into Windows

My Windows 10 is not booting up, although I can access Recovery menus with command prompt (No safeboot though). Can I mirror my OS to my external HDD with command prompt in Recovery Menu? Or is there ...
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How to turn only HDD back to basic after accidentally creating 5th partition?

I was trying to create a separate partition for use with an ISO image on USB drive as it was a Linux program. I succeeded, along with turning my only drive from basic into dynamic. It has my Windows 7 ...
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“Computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk” when trying to install Windows 10

I have a laptop that originally came with Windows 10; the hard drive is now completely empty, and using Gparted, it's been formatted as a single, empty NTFS partition with an msdos partition table. ...
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SD Card as Permanent Storage?

Is it safe to use an SD card as a permanent secondary storage for my laptop (by letting it be there, without removing it regularly)? I don't know how SD card hardware is internally different from an ...
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Recover data from un-encrypted portion of partition - BitLocker [duplicate]

I have two Windows 10 OSs installed in two partitions of the same HDD. I wanted to encrypt both with USB and I ran into trouble. I am hoping I can still recover information on the partition that does ...
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Windows 10 can't be installed via USB to a brand new SSD

I've got 2 old towers and made a Frankensteins monster of the 2, but the 6yr old 1TB mechanical steam punk spinning hard disk was too slow and noisy, so I've brought a shiny 240GB Kingston SSD. The ...
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Considerations on an archive HDD

I need to buy a hard drive to store monthly backups of my in-home lab. I need an 8 TB disk and I've been looking at Seagate's Archive HDD's. From what I'm read, these drives are designed to run in ...
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Seagate STSHX-M401TCB(M) SATA interface

I'd wish to upgrade my laptop's internal drive, and put the original one in an external enclosure to use it via USB. I could buy an 2.5" HDD and a 2.5" tray separately to accomplish this. However, ...
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Will files in my D dirve be erased when installing alongside Windows

I am about to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7 on a Thinkpad. Windows resides in my C drive and I have my files in D. C and D happen to be two separate hard disks on my laptop, one stays in the ...
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How to determine type of internal hard drive for replacement?

I have a hand-me-down computer that had its internal hard drive removed before it was given to me. I'd like to buy a new HDD and install some flavor of Linux onto it. Is there a diagnostic utility ...
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Music performance setup - with HDD + SSD + more SSDs?

Question: I'm aware that the OS runs much faster on an SSD than on a HDD. I'm still confused though. I want to do live DJing with my computer. Essentially l need to simultaneously do 3 things very ...
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BootDevice Not Found after swapping non-system HDD

I have some odd behavior on an HP Elitebook 8570W that I cant quite explain. The laptop comes w/ a primary SSD and has an upgrade bay. This one had a 500GB 5400rpm drive. When I swap the upgrade bay ...
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Creating a storage space or server from multiple laptop HDDs

I've 4 - 5 unused laptop HDDs laying around, totaling a couple of Terabytes. That's space I could be making use of! (instead of worrying about my /home folder taking up all my space). I have a very ...
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External hard drive not functioning properly on Mac but fine on PC

I have a WD My Passport Ultra (1TB) hard drive I bought a year ago, which originally has two partitions, one for Time Machine backups and the other for my documents. The Time Machine partition is ...
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Performance impact of SATA II over SATA III for ZFS?

I have a bunch of WD RE4 disks I got from a place that I worked. The drives are 3Gbps SATA II interface. I was going to use them in a server I am building for myself to act as a NAS / SAN for my ...
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How to add additional SSDs on Corsair 780T case [duplicate]

I am new to PC building. I have recently completed a build using a Corsair 780T case. It only has 3 slots for SSDs. What is the best solution for installing additional SSds? Can you get replacement ...
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Will a laptop with a PCI-E Gen3x 4 SSD slot make any kind of SSD (even non-PCI-E ones) faster than a laptop without such an SSD slot? [closed]

Will a PCI-E slot will speed up any kind of SSD (SATA, m.2 etc.)? If I put a PCIe SSD inside a regular M.2 SSD slot, will I reap the speed of a PCIe SSD? Or would it be slower than if I put the PCIe ...
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What's wrong with my WD my book live?

I have a WD my book live that I can't find on my network. The device was stored at my warehouse for few years, and I would like to read/use again the files that are in it. I plugged it in to my ...
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Does it make sense to create a raid array with SSD's?

We had a big problem in our local network at the school, many people were not able to login to their virtual machines. After a week our teachers found out that the problem was because of the raid ...
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How should I format backup media for space efficiency? [closed]

In my working environment based on Linux, we use some 2-8TB disks for backup storage. Most files are around 50-500MB. Each file is written once, and rarely read. The writing is not frequent. In this ...
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Does Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) have faster read/write speeds than a single HDD?

So I have 4 of the same drive (5400 RPM WD Red's) in SHR. Since there is data parity (same chunks of data exist on multiple drives), will the read speed be greater than that of a single drive? Could ...
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How to Move / Migrate a Hard disk with multiple bootable partitions to Larger size?

Currently I am using a 320gb hard disk on my laptop. I have a newer 500gb one. I decided to migrate the 320gb HDD and its contents into the 500gb one. Problem is that my 320gb HDD has multiple ...
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Binary compare failing after file copy regardless of drive

I have a Windows 7 x64 PC and it has started to copy files with errors. I have tested with 3 different hard drives. All 3 drives seems to be working normally other than the copy. I have 2x 2TB WD ...
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How to use your USB External drive as primary drive?

I would like to use my main Internal drive to install software's but use my external USB drive to saves my files. Sound simple but I want it to be done automatically, like exchanging My Documents, ...
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How to replace HDD with SSD in laptop?

I want to replace HDD with SSD in my laptop. How to choose right type of SSD, which parameters of laptop should I know? I've found some similar questions, but they are too old and technologies could ...
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Cloud Drive alternatives (Bitcasa) [closed]

So I've been using a company called Bitcasa to store my data in the cloud. Recently got an email stating they are shutting down their personal packages and that I need to move my data. I had been ...
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SSD drive filled up in drive D - mysterious file usage

This is from my thinkpad t450s which has a Samsung 240GB SSD. It has been running fine (and still is). But I suddenly noticed one morning that my D: drive had filled up overnight. This is a surprise ...
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HDD not booting over SATA, only over USB

So today I finally restarted my computer after something like 20 days and upon booting it just froze on the Lenovo starting screen. Upon trying to fix the problem, I discovered that unplugging my ...
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How to make an USB connected, external Hard Drive (mechanical) to dual boot with Windows 10 Enterprise and Linux?

I have an USB 3 connected, 4Tb Segate Backup Plus Hard Disk. I want to create several partitions and dedicated two of them (≅126 Gb each), one for Windows 10 Enterprise (no home or pro), and other for ...
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Can I either find the fault data of a specific HDD model or predict it?

Background: In many occasions, I suffered a lot from HDD failure. I found that even reputable brands could faulty model. For example, all of my 1.5TB WD Green HDDs died within the 1st year. I ...
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Mechanical harddisk defect causing system troubles - SATA

So I hope this question won't get mark as too broad, as I really want to get familiar with the deeper related issues. Background: A friend of mine has troubles with a broken system harddisk, after ...
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What Filesystem or raid-like structure can I use for broken / dying hard drives?

Story: I have a 3TB Hard drive that is failing. I have recovered everything I want from it. Gradually, it is becoming more and more unusable as sectors on it become unstable (re-allocated sectors and ...
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How do you reset MS OneDrive so files will sync?

I have OneDrive on my desktop computer and on my tablet and phone. Everything was working great as far as files being sync and the retrieval was excellent no matter what device I was on. I uploaded ...
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Laptop gets very slow while copying/moving files

My laptop used to work great in every aspect on Windows 10 days ago. Two days ago I installed Linux Mint to give it a try and formatted the hard disk, but I couldn't acclimatise to the Linux OS. So I ...
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Is it common for a new HDD to have bad sectors? [duplicate]

I just bought a new HDD and found through windows event viewer that it has at least 1 bad sector. I'm still not pretty sure about how many does it have, because there are around five or six messages ...
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How bad is it to swap a hard-drive back and forth a few times?

I am currently running Fedora 19 on an SSD in my Lenovo x131e, and I am considering changing over to Mint (not dual booting). I am in the middle of doing a PhD, so I have a lot of stuff on the drive ...
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How connect two computer to one an external hard disk drive? [duplicate]

I have two computers running windows 10. I wanted to connect both of them at the same time to an external hard disk drive. Are there any hard disk drives that can accept two USB ports?
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Recovering from a drive that required formatting?

I'm at my wits end here, it's just been one problem after another and I'm well and truly lost now. Let me explain the situation. So my laptop's hard drive turned out to be some cheap thing and ...
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Low hdd IOPS - should I be worried?

I have been having issues with a pc that's randomly losing power. Ever since, I've been finding new ways to stresstest everything to try and find a way to force the power loss in order to be able to ...
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Computer not recognizing external Hd after extended period of time

First things. I have an almost 5 year old HP Pavilion G7-1260us 17in laptop computer. It is Intel Core i3-2330M @2.20Ghz with 4Gb of internal memory running Windows 10 version 1511 build 10586.218. It ...
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DATA recovery from external hard disk

I have an external 4tb hard disk and some time now, in order to be recognized from my pc ,I had to connect the usb two or three times ,some times even more. Some time now the disk is seen unallocated ...
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Data not visible after unsafe removal

I have a little problem. I had a laptop with Ubuntu on it. I copied approximately 100gb of data to a external harddisk. Then when the copying was finished I removed the harddisk without fist ...