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

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Copied all folders from a secondary drive to a peripheral drive, signifigant size difference?

I recently bought a drive docking station for drives to make some back ups to drives not in my system. In my computer I currently have a 256GB SSD for my OS (Windows 7) and a 2TB HDD for storage. I ...
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Hard disk drive's full capacity is not recognized

I have a HDD (wdc wd30ezrx-00mmmb0 western digital 3gb, Link to HDD specifications) I purchased a while back and it had an original capacity of 3TB. Some unknown error happened to my computer which ...
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Reconnect drive to raid-1 array with mdadm

I need a large and relatively robust backup method. I had an old desktop running debian and put in two identical 2tb drives in raid-1 configuration using mdadm So I would start the array using ...
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Opening cmd in a particular disk in Windows

I want to track a file on hard drive "D", while cmd is always opening to hard drive "C" by default. As you see, I have a file in hard drive "D", but I want to track it on cmd. However I can't because ...
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Differentiating between internal HDDs and external HDDs in Windows

In Windows, is there a command/function/cmdlet which I can call to help me differentiate between an internal (fixed) HDD and an external (portable) USB HDD? PowerShell commands, such as Get-Volume, ...
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Will upgrading to Windows 10 mess up my SSD+HDD setup?

So after about an hour of registry editing and Users folder moving, I finally set up my SSD and HDD system. I bought Windows 7 Home Premium, not knowing that it only supports 16GB of RAM when I have ...
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Internal Blu-Ray/DVD Drive Detected in BIOS, not Detected by Device Manager or Explorer

As the title says, Windows refuses to recognize my CD drive and it's making me sad. Like it doesn't show up in the device manager, 'My Computer' and whenever I put in a CD the autoplay prompt doesn't ...
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Should I Clean install or clone os due to a virus on old hdd?

Some time ago, my desktop got a virus that would not allow the computer to boot up completely. I believe I contracted the virus via sites such as Softonic trying to download music and video softwares. ...
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HDD Failure Connected to Other Problems?

My PC runs Windows 8.1 on an SSD, and I have a HDD as a data drive as well. On Friday night, I got home to my PC was sitting on the BIOS screen. I could immediately see that the HDD was no longer ...
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How can I boot my iMac directly into my old user name?

My MacBook Pro (MBP) upgrade to OS X El Capitan went awry. It hung at about 60% and accepted my password but still just sat there. So I decided to empty an external drive and put Yosemite on it, boot ...
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One particular drive not appearing on Desktop and under Devices in finder, but accessible through /Volumes

I've got a few hard drives connected on my Mac Pro. One of them is not showing up under Devices in Finder and in the Desktop, but does show up in /Volumes and I can go into it from there. All the ...
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Determine whether the drive or the DVD adapter is at fault?

Back in April I replaced the DVD drive in my MacBook with a spinning disk using a DVD adapter. Since then I've noticed some odd behavior. I suspect it's the DVD adapter, it's some no-brand, but I'd ...
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I am the sole user (and administrator) of my PC, but I can't delete certain files from my C:\ drive because of permissions

I want to delete some folders from my C drive to clear up space, namely Windows.old which is just 100 gigabytes of wasted space. But when I try to delete it, it tells me I need permission from SYSTEM ...
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Whistle (noise) with laptop

I have a laptop which recently I am hearing an unknown whistle (exhausting noise sound with a high frequency) from it. I found out that the whistle stops in the following situations: When I move the ...
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How to setup RAID with windows7 and the nForce 680i mobo

I didn't realize what a pain this would be... The plan was to: Use CloneZilla to image the original SSD to another HD that is going to be outside the new RAID array. Reconfigure the drives as: ...
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Where's half my disk space? W7 [duplicate]

I have no idea where half of my disk space has gone. I tried SpaceSniffer without luck. Image of spacesniffer and disk properties: I haven't set up any partitions on C:\ apart from installing ...
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Western Digital HDD not getting detected in BIOS

I have a Western Digital 140GB HDD. It worked fine until a few days ago in my desktop. But today, when I booted it, the boot failed at Verifying DMI pool Data and then it said: No System Disk ...
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Clone A Drive With GParted

I have a SSD Drive that has Ubuntu already on it (can wipe it clean, nothing important on the drive). I am trying to boot from a Ubuntu Live CD and use GParted to format the SSD drive (which is ...
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All hard drives spinning up even though only accessing system SSD

This problem is quite annoying. I've just upgraded to Windows 10 and although I experienced it a bit in Windows 7, it seems much worse in 10. I have 2 SSDS (one C drive for Windows and another for ...
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Windows 7: What can I do with my disk to install Ubuntu 14.04 as second OS?

Right now I have Windows 7 installed as main OS. When I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 as second OS, I see my disk space as one partition. Here are my partitions: Is it possible to create new ...
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Is SSD speed related to its storage capacity?

I remember my teacher saying something about SSD and HDD speeds: suppose you want to read data at addresses X, Y and Z, the mechanical drive has to walk through the sectors 3 times in order to ...
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Windows 8.1 - Cannot Format Partition as NTFS: “There are no volumes”

I've got two hard drives in a system, one of which (disk 1) is the Windows boot disk, and the other (disk 0) has a partition (partition 1) that I'd like to format with NTFS. However, Disk Management ...
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Do not know the password for windows bit locker drive encryption, just want to format drive

I am a total computer novice. I have a hp elitebook 840 and I cannot gain access to windows as stuck on screen asking for bit locker drive encryption key which I do not have. I just want to format the ...
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Utility of having a drive partition in case of a Windows reinstall

I have a PC with 1 TB hdd. My question is based on the utility of using drive partitions (other than dual-boot). In case the Windows OS files get corrupted somehow and it becomes unbootable. Will ...
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Merge recovery partition with the main one in ASUS T100T?

I have Asus T100T laptop. It has a 7 GB Recovery Partition. I'm trying to merge it with the 29 GB partition. But the Recovery Partition seems protected somehow. Steps I've tried but didn't work out: ...
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GParted shows 6 partitions, how did that happen while the maximum partitions allowed is 4? [duplicate]

While installing Linux Mint on my laptop (pre-installed with windows), I erased the main partition for windows and created a swap partition and root partition. Considering there was already an EFI, a ...
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HDD mounting issue

I try to use a HDD. When I type sudo fdisk -l I get Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors Units = ...
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Motherboards and hdd and ssd compatable [closed]

I am currently looking for a motherboard that is either sata 6gb/s or sata express capable. Aswell as a SSD compatible. Does any body know of any motherboards that are capable of this? :(aka ssd and ...
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Is there any drawback for having one large (e.g. 512 GB) hard drive partition for Windows 10 instead of having two smaller ones?

I just got a new laptop ( Asus ) with one 512 ePCI SSD harddrive. From the factory, the system comes with two partitions: the one with windows on it, size ~190GB a second one called "data", size ...
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Maxtor 500gb Hard Drive is not being detected

I have two computers and one of them is running on Windows 7. I have two hard drives which are used by First computer. My other pc does not have hard drive. so, I removed an additional storage hard ...
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What does “S. M. A. R. T Status BAD” mean when reported by the BIOS about my hard disk?

I have a portable (USB) disk with capacity 2T. This contain normal SATA HDD. I used as potable via USB with my P4 Laptop (OS type : Windows 7 Home) and also with my P4 Desktop (Os type : XP Service ...
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What data storage solution to choose HDD vs SSD vs Pendrive for an event storage? [on hold]

I intend to buy a PogoPlug for a small server. I want to install Debian or Arch on it and I will use it for sharing and backing up photos between computers and as a HTTP server or/and event storages ...
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Backup and easy USB restoration for XP

I have 6 networks. Two(2) to ten(10) PCs on each network that need to have the ability to restore from a crashed HDD with minimal downtime. They are mission critical machines. On going backups are ...
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read operation with two interchanging processes and context switch

P1 and P2 are both processes, different from each other. this is a read operation done on the hard disk: Given above is a diagram of a read instuction in Linux, Is it true that it's better to avoid ...
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how to repair 'The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible ' with a partition that contain the windows install iso contents?

I was listening to a podcast on my pc and lying on my bed (wasnt looking at screen) and suddently I see a black screen with the mouse still there and after it was like it was rebooting the blue screen ...
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Figuring out what sectors ddrescue recovered

My hard drive (which I bought back in 2008) has unfortunately died. Or, well something's wrong with it and I'm not sure what. GRUB can't find the partition(s) on it (and just stops with an error and ...
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External HDDs are recognised only when waking up from sleep

I've started facing this issue pretty recently (less than 2 weeks). I have several external HDDs (all with separate power adapters) from different manufacturers. Case 1 HDD connected prior to ...
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Find and delete uncopyable files

I have a PC with a hdd in it. All it has is mkv I have ripped from my own DVD and bluray. I have been suspecting that this drive is on its way out as it is becoming noisy and the sound pulsates. So I ...
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Is using badblocks without setting the block size pointless?

I'm running badblocks -wsv on a new 2TB white label drive (WL2000GSA6472). I saw this post and the answer states Modern, large disks have 4KB blocks, in which case you should set -b 4096 . . . If ...
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Upgrading laptop hard drive to ssd

I'm upgrading my old Asus Q200e laptop's hard drive to a PNY SSD http://www.pny.com/ssd-cs2111?sku=SSD7CS2111-240-RB , following this tutorial. (As an aside, I recently upgraded to Windows 10 from ...
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Hard drive rehab post surge

What technique stabilizes the magnetics of hard drive sectors after an electronic surge and or disturbance (lightning)? I have attempted to re-write the drive, which helped.
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How do I open a VM I received in VirtualBox?

A lady "put together a virtual machine" that was supposed to include a certain software and related packages. I was given a folder of files (vmdk, log, vmxf, plist, vmsd, nvram, and png files) and ...
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How to compress an encrypted partition or drive in Windows?

Could someone let me know is there any effective way to compress an encrypted drive or partition in Windows to reduce its size ? Thanks
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Will Windows 8.1 on an old hard drive work on a new machine?

I just received a refurbished version of my laptop from Dell. The model name is the same, but the only differences are that it has a higher resolution display, an i7, as opposed to the i5 in the ...
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RAID 0 + Backup

I have two 1GB hard (A) drives, and one 2TB hard drive (B). What I want to do is set up a RAID 0 on (A) and then back it up to (B). To my understanding, this would be different than a RAID 5 set up, ...
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Is my hard disk dying?

I am using Ubuntu 15.04 and when I check my system health by using dmesg. I got this Yesterday I ran a smart test in the BIOS. This thing was gone. Now today it's back. [15778.852057] ata1.00: ...
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No free mbr slots while there should be

I have three partitions on my hard drive. including the system reserved partition, there are 4 Primary partitions and I cant have any more. But I want to have one 110GB Primary partition.(I want to ...
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First 32KB of logical partitions. What is there? Consequences of allowing/limiting access to it

This is a very low level disk question, and I have only been working with this stuff for a short time, and it is quite a different learning experience, so pardon any carelessness with terms, ...
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what to put on HDD and SSD? [duplicate]

I'm building a new computer with a 1 terabyte HDD and a 256 gigabyte SSD. i want to put my OS on my SSD I mainly play steam games and I was wondering if I should put the games on the SSD or the ...
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How to fully use 20GB cache SSD, preinstalled win from acer

i buy acer laptop with 500GB HDD + 20 GB SSD. I can't install OS on SSD, because its too small. So how can i fully use that SSD disk? The things i now: Intel Rapid Start Technology - its ...