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

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How to protect my files on external harddisk from being deleted

My brother and I share the same external hard disk the problem I have is how to protect my files from being deleted by him or any body else. I want to make sure that the file can be viewed/copied but ...
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Combining two disjoint ddrescue backup images

I have a 3 TB drive which recently started to malfunction. I was using the ddrescue utility on Debian to read data off the disk to a different external hard drive. However, after 2 TB of data had been ...
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Is It Possible to Reserve Space on a Disk in Windows?

I have a 500GB drive in my laptop with around 350GB of data. One folder on the drive is a folder that syncs with the cloud, and can have up to 100GB in it at any time. Is there any way to limit the ...
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Long beep after formatting an Acer X1430 desktop

I booted up this machine using a Fedora Live USB stick, did a backup and proceeded to format the hard drive using GParted. Opened the disk tray and inserted my Windows 7 installation disk. Everything ...
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Raw data dumper for Windows/Linux

Recently I lost Windows MFT and lost all my files. All data recovery software seem to fail, because I'm looking for a specific file that doesn't have a common header. By using Active@ Disk Editor I ...
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New SSD showing values for “Used Reserved Block Count”. Is this bad?

I have a brand new Samsung 512GB XP941 SSD. Installed Windows and had it all up and running for about a week now. However... when I ran Crystal Disk Info it's only showing a Health Status of 92% and ...
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Does 100 files of 50mb each cause the same wear than a single 5000mb file when being written to an HDD?

I want to know what causes more wear on the disk, not talking about SSD's and USB's, only normal HDD's if that matters. Does the times written matter? Only the space occupied matter by the File ...
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OS Installation on SSD and storage on HDD

I have an Dell 15z 5523 laptop with 32GB SSD and 500 GB HDD. I want to boot my OS from the SSD but use the HDD for storage , i.e. Programs Files, Users etc. How should I do it?
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Upload photos only from recursive folders into Amazon Prime Cloud Drive via Windows

Does anyone know of an intelligent way to upload only photo file types into Amazon Prime Cloud Drive from one folder recursively using Windows 8.1? Phrased another way: I have one folder with many ...
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Move Windows to Existing (Non-Blank) Drive

My current setup is an SSD that has Windows installation on it, plus an HDD that holds most of my data. The HDD has plenty of space on it (more free space than the full size of the SSD). I'd like to ...
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SATA 6Gb/s drive only works in legacy mode (SATA 3Gb/s)

I've got ASUS Sabertooth 990FX mobo (rev. 1.0) with AMD SB950 controller for SATAIII drives and JMicron JMB362 for SATAII drives. I've got Intel 330 SSD hooked up to SATAIII (AMD) controller and it ...
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Map a network drive to be used by a service

I am trying to map a network drive (the WD My Cloud HDD) to be used by a service (CrashPlan backup software) in Windows 8, something that I have achieved with this script: net use X: ...
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Read data from old hard drive Seagate ST-1239A

I received an old hard drive from which I need to read the data. I connect it using an AT-Interface to USB connector. (I tried two different ones with the same results). I guess it is about 210-211 MB ...
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100s of Reads vs 100s of Writes

Consider a pretty fast Hard Disk. I know many writes to a single disk will always be slower than many reads. For instance time taken to complete 100 write operations is much longer than time to ...
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Clone to smaller hard drive with less data than smaller hard drive

How do I clone the data (not the partition) from a larger drive to a smaller drive? I need this to run in Windows 7 64 Bit, not a bootable live CD/DVD and I need a freeware or open source program. I ...
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Excessive overheating of laptop after disk partitioning

I have a laptop-pc (Samsung series 7 notebook and windows 8 installed) of about a year and a half old. It has been working completely fine for the most part until recently when I partitioned its hard ...
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Windows: creating a virtual drive out of a physical partition

Under Windows, is there a way to create a virtual device recognized as a disk drive, which would map to a single partition on a physical drive? It is my understanding that Windows doesn't treat all ...
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USB drives not recognized [closed]

On my school computer, I tried plugging in my flash drive, and I can hear the sound Win 7 makes when a USB is plugged in, but I can't see it in My Computer. Also, there are 2 other partitions of the ...
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Is my hard disk failing?

I have a problem with my computer: I'm using Windows 7 x64, and when I try to acces the Downloads folder, it takes a long time. After waiting for half a minute or more, I can open it, see the ...
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Hard Drive Thrashing - Google Chrome [duplicate]

I went to my Task Manager - pulled up the I/o Reads and I/O Writes and this Google Chrome was going crazy. So I deleted the program... Guess what? Still there going crazy. So I disconnected from the ...
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How do I diagnose this hard drive or motherboard issue?

I am having a weird issue with a laptop I am fixing (let's call this laptop Broken). I used a second, working laptop to diagnose issues (let's call this laptop Working) I got Broken, and the HDD ...
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How to use SSD as external drive and get the good performance?

I have my desktop which has windows 8.1 and I use it as my primary work station. I want to use Ubuntu 14.04 and I dont like to dual boot on my PC. I want to install ubuntu on external SSD and use it ...
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What is a bare or OEM hard drive?

I am looking for a new internal hard drive for laptop and found the terms like Bare drive and OEM drive. I searched the net and found that bare drives don’t come with cables and manuals. But I am ...
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can 5mm HDD slot accommodate 7 mm HDD

My HDD just crashed. I am using sony vaio SVN15135CN which had Hitachi Z5K500-500 HDD and Intel HM76 Express Chipset. I want to buy a new one from segate or WD. Below is the product page: ...
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Can't boot from hard drive, otherwise fine

TL;DR: Stopped being able to boot from a drive, but it appears to work otherwise, what should I do with it? I've had a couple of Crucial SSDs since late 2011. No real issues, aside from one of them ...
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Start/Stop Count of hard drive has abnormal values

My old laptop's hard disk has become very slow. Its SMART info tells that the Start/Stop Count has following values: Description Status Value Worst Threshold Raw Value TEC ...
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How come my 7200 rpm external HD is slower than my 5400 rpm portable HD?

I have been reading and writing the same files on two external hard drives connected to the same computer, a 2011 MacBook Pro. I was expecting the 7200-rpm EHD to be faster than my 5400-rpm EHD, but ...
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How can I reinstall BIOS and can it be helpful?

I have some trouble with my notebook (ASUS K55DR). After rebooting display shows nothing. I searched a lot and don't find some tutorials how to reinstall BIOS. I think that is the BIOS problem because ...
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I can only see 1.5TB of my 4TB hard drive. How do I fix this?

I recently purchased a 4TB hard drive. This is my first time working with disks larger than 1TB. From what I discovered through googling, I found that I have to initialize the disc using GUID ...
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How to access HDD if it cannot be mounted

So my MBP crashed the other day and when I attempted to reboot it went straight to Disk Utility X. When I used Disk Utility to repair my HDD it says "Disk cannot be repaired, backup as much as ...
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Why is my 500GB Seagate HDD showing only 54MB?

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64Bit Question: I have a PC with two HDD's - this machine was previously owned by a company selling off their equipment so it is not brand new. The first HDD ( my C drive) ...
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HDD shows up in Partition Wizard, but not in BIOS or in Windows

I have a new SATA HDD for my ASUS G73JH Laptop. This is simply a bigger HDD(2TB) than the one before and it's new and unsused. Windows 7 Ultimate runs on a second HDD (SSD). The new SATA HDD is not ...
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My laptop cannot boot from SSD, How to resolve it?

I have a razer blade pro 17' (2013). Today when I was gaming, the laptop suddenly stopped responding to any of my operation, including moving mouse and press power button. After force restarting, I ...
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Clone HDD to USB to SSD?

I bought a new computer (ASUS G551JM) with a hard disk drive (1TB 7200 RPM), but I want to transfer the OS (and everything else) onto my Samsung EVO 840 (500GB). However, when I purchased the SSD from ...
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Can I be connected to an internet wireless network and a network drive through a separate wireless network?

I have a wireless router at home which has a hard drive plugged into it. This network provides no internet access, but it allows me to access the external hard drive. I also have another wireless ...
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How do I optimize Windows disk I/O for high-latency throughput?

Let's say there are 25 processes each which want to read and index a large (say, 1GB) file. The hard drive may be capable of ~100MB/sec throughput, but the head movement and rotational latency ...
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Is there still a reason to choose a 10,000 RPM hard drive over an SSD?

For anyone who's serious about storage performance, SSDs are always the fastest solution. However, WD still makes their 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, and a few enthusiasts even use ...
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How can a harddrive be “optimized for surveillance storage”?

Some internal harddrives are advertised as "optimized for surveillance storage" (and similarly, "optimized for gaming"). What makes these types of drives special or different from "standard" ...
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Is it possible to config RAID 1 ( RAID 0 (500GB + 500GB) + RAID 0 (1000GB) )?

We have a server with 2 500GB hard drives which are currently mirrored (RAID 1), but we're running out of space now. So, we have one more bay available, so my question is: if we buy 1 TB hard drive ...
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Achieve best disk speed for HD video editing on ASUS P8Z68-V

I have an ASUS P8Z68-V motherboard. I’m going to edit HD videos and thus need all the disk speed I can get. I use a hard drive dock for my media drive. Does the dock have any averse effect on the ...
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CHKDSK finds no errors but drive keeps on failing

So here is the problem: I have an external disk that I use to store all the archived data, e.g. photos, movies, etc. The drive is formatted as NTFS, and checking the Disk Management tool from the ...
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win7 not acknwledging external USB HD as “removable”

Win7 does not mark my external HD as "removable". Consistently I do not have an "eject" entry in the context menu. Curiosely the "safely remove" widget does list the drive, but then fails because ...
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Server drives gives input/output error when formatting in Fedora [migrated]

I am at a total loss as to why this is happening. I have tried everything I can think of. I am trying to format a drive in Fedora to use in the server. Every time I try to format it I get a ...
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Would software RAID 1 be broken if I move both drives to a new PC? [duplicate]

Does a RAID 1 setup by software (win) break once you move both drives to another Win PC? Is there any way to bind the drives together so that the RAID setup stays, even after changing motherboard/cpu? ...
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Windows 8.1 boot stuck

Booting system (Windows 8.1) on my laptop (ThinkPad T400) often stuck on screen with Windows logo. I can't do anything but "hard shutdown" by holding start button. Then I start it again and Windows ...
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Boot issues and choppy PC

Yesterday, when turning on my PC, it got stuck on a black screen while booting. So I pressed the reset button to restart it and then it gave me some error telling me to insert system drive and ...
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External HD Damaged During File Transfer

A friend was exporting a project from Final Cut Pro when his external drive containing this HD was disconnected and is no longer accessible. He was using a mac and the drive is formatted for Extended ...
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Manually flushing write cache on Windows

On *nix systems, a user can use the sync command to force any pending writes in the kernel's disk cache to be flushed to disk. Does Windows have a similar command?
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I have 2 internal HDD that were partitioned into a single logical drive how to remount

I lost my PC over the weekend, but I recovered both disks, they are both fine, but due to the way they were partitioned together into a single drive I am unable to access them anymore via Windows and ...
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Error notebook samsung np300e4c Boot menu is empty

I have my notebook Samsung NP300e4c. When turned on yesterday it shows me a picture with the list of boot options menu and app, but the list of boot I get empty !!!! Entering BIOS recognizes my ...