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

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How can I use an old PATA hard disk drive on my newer SATA-only computer?

I've got some old hard drives I'd like to connect to my new computer to quickly transfer gigs and gigs of data from the old drives to my nice large new drives. The old drives are PATA/IDE/ATA and the ...
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What is the easiest method of checking SMART status for your hard drive?

I've seen programs in the past that were able to check the SMART status of a hard disk drive but it wasn't easy for me to find. Also, I think I had to boot into the CD in order to check on it. What is ...
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Chkdsk Questions

Recently in running chkdsk /r on my system drive (platter drive, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit) I've gotten back "4 EA records processed" and "76 reparse records processed". Am I right in assuming these ...
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6Gb/s SATA hard drive with 3Gb/s SATA port?

I know I can use a 3Gb/s SATA hard drive with a 6Gb/s SATA port, but can I use a 6Gb/s SATA hard drive with a 3Gb/s SATA port? I am unable to find a definite answer.
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Why do HDDs suffer from performance loss due to capacity decrease?

Today I was looking over my HDD datasheet(a Western Digital 500GB WD5000BPKT) and I noticed that for its entire family, the "Performance" row "Host to/from drive (sustained)" is nominally decreasing ...
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Fix bad blocks on Mac hard disk

I have a hard disk that I scanned with TechTool and it reports one bad block. As far as I can tell, TechTool only scans and reports a failure. It doesn't fix anything. Back in the day, Norton Disk ...
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Cross platform Hard Disk encryption?

I would like to encrypt my hard drive so that it requires a password to access it. However features like BitLocker in Windows will only work under Windows, and cannot be accessed from another OS such ...
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Dispose or Recycle Hard Drive

I have 3 old 3.5" internal hard drives sitting gathering dust at the moment. 2 are SATA, and one IDE. I want to either start putting them to use, or dispose of them to clear up some space. What is ...
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What directories in a Windows 7 SSD install would you link/junction to an HDD?

I'm planning on installing an SSD/HDD combination with the SSD as my boot (Windows 7 x64) drive, and a spinning HDD as a storage drive. Are there any log files in particular best suited to a mklink ...
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How to connect multiple HDDs to a computer?

What is the best and most efficient way to connect 10 - 20 SATA HDDs to a home computer? I mean an ordinary motherboard supporting 2 connections for SATA HDDs. The purpose of this assembly is to ...
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Power consumption: SSD vs HDD

In questions like this one and in websites everywhere it's noted that SSDs use much less power than HDDs... usually citing ~2 W vs ~6 W for HDDs, my question (and sorry if its stupid just need to be ...
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How do I unmap a disconnected network drive in Windows 7?

The drive is disconnected, and I'm off the network. How do I unmap the drive? This seems like it should be a simple procedure, but I'm missing something. My Google-fu is weak today...
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Is it slower to copy two files at the same time than to copy one after the other? [duplicate]

My boss was saying it takes longer to copy two files at the same time than doing one and then the other because the hard drive has to keep switching the head between the two locations on disk. Is this ...
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Why is the effective hard drive size lower than the actual size?

I just got a new Lenovo Laptop which has been installed with Windows 7 and is supposed to have 250 GB hard disk. Windows 7 reports that the hard disk drive has two parts: 221 GB C: and 9.76 GB ...
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Why are so few SSD 3.5 inches? [closed]

I was looking around for a cheaper SSD on Newegg and the time I'm writing this they have almost 300 2.5-inch SSD but only 12 3.5-inch ones, 9 of which are sold out. Why are there so few 3.5-inch SSD? ...
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HDD vs SSD durability [closed]

I heard that SSD are less durable than HDD. Is it true ?
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Use physical harddisk in Virtual Box

Using Virtual Box, how can I install an OS to a secondary, physical disk, and boot it in both (at separate times) Virtual Box, and as a typical secondary OS install?
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What are the differences between MBR vs GPT vs any other partition scheme?

Can anyone tell me what the main differences between i.e. MBR vs GPT or any other partition scheme are? Why would one choose one over the other? I am not an expert but from new release of Mac OS X ...
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Do SSD hybrid drives perform better than HDD + ReadyBoost flash?

Seagate has released a product called the Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive. This looks exactly like what Windows ReadyBoost attempts to do with software at the OS level: Pairing the benefits of a ...
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How do I delete a VM in VirtualBox when the hard drive the VDI file was on is deleted?

I'm using VirtualBox hosted on Windows 7 and the physical hard drive that one of my VM's VDI file was on got completely borked and no longer exists. The problem is that now I can delete neither ...
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Reset File and Folder Permission of External Hard Drive Data to default in windows 7

I have External Hard and changed some security setting of files and now I am not able to access in my other system. I am admin in this system is there any tool that can make all setting of all content ...
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Can I trust a hard drive that has had to reallocate sectors?

I ran this HD utility called CrystalDiskInfo that displays some of the S.M.A.R.T. information on my drives. It is displaying a "Caution" warning on one of my drives because its "Reallocated Sectors ...
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Why does HDD activity slow the whole System down (on Windows 7)?

If I copy a large amount of data from on drive to another (physical) drive my whole system is running slow. I am using Windows 7 64bit version on an Intel Core 2 Duo 3 GHz. This is the situation: ...
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Can prematurely powering down a computer cause bad sectors in a hard drive?

Q1: Can forcibly powering off a PC without using the built-in shutdown/reboot functions, cause a HDD to accumulate bad sectors? Whether it be the result of BSODs, lockups, crashes, etc. Q2: If so, ...
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How long will an unused hard drive store its memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data? I have a broken laptop, and it's the motherboards fault that it can't turn its power on. The laptop has been ...
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Can a 'system image' be restored to a drive with a different storage capacity?

I have a family member who complains that her laptop is slow. I checked the laptop over and indeed, it was slow, so I looked into what was using the most hardware, and found that the hard drive was at ...
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Running Spinrite from a USB drive?

I need to use SpinRite on my notebook which has no CD-ROM. How can I install and run SpinRite from a USB thumbdrive? Such that I could boot the notebook up with a thumbdrive and start SpinRite. Are ...
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How to access S.M.A.R.T. values when using RAID and Intel Matrix Storage?

We have a RAID 5 array using Intel Matrix Storage (i.e. a motherboard based RAID). One of the hard drives has started to make a grinding noise, and the array is currently rebuilding. We'd like to ...
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Why does my hard drive LED light blink every second?

The light blinks faintly about once a second. It is slowly driving me insane. How do I find out which program is causing this, so I can disable it? Acer 5274 laptop/core i3 Windows 7 Home Premium ...
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Looking for an actual experience of RAID 5 2 drive failure? [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone has any personal experience of RAID 5 2 drive failure with large drives? As I understand it, the theory is that with large 1-2TB drives, if one drive fails in the raid set, it ...
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Dynamic vs Basic Disk - Hard Drives

I have bought a removable hard drive enclosure and a 1TB hard drive to fit in it. Its pretty cool; it has a little handle at the front of the caddy that allows you to take out the hard drive and ...
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Pros and cons of creating a partition in Windows [closed]

Recently I got asked by my non-tech neighbour to "create D drive on his notebook". I asked why does he want to do that and got answered back, that it prevents viruses. OK, I explained him this case, ...
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Hybrid Hard Drives, how do they work?

I was reading yesterday's Jeff Atwood blog post on Revisiting SSD and I first heard about hybrid hard drives: a HD that has a small SSD portion (let's say 4GB) and the rest is a regular spinning hard ...
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How to assign permanent drive letters to removable USB hard drives?

I have scripts that expect specific drive letters for hard drives. Windows sometimes assigns the different drive letters (e.g. I expected my Maxtor drive to be E: but it's now F:, therefore my ...
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How to prolong the life of an external hard drive?

In ten years, across several different machines, different companies, and different operating systems I've noticed a trend that external hard drives die long before their internal counterparts. ...
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Can I install a laptop 2.5" SATA drive on a desktop without any adapters?

My girlfriend's computer has had the disk so I'm going to reinstall the operating system. However, before I do this I need to get all the data onto another machine. As the laptop won't stay on long ...
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What determines the order of hard drives?

I've got three hard drives installed in my PC, though the drive order shown in Windows doesn't reflect the order in which the drives are installed: SATA 1: 120gb drive SATA 2: 320gb drive SATA 3: ...
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How to increase a virtualbox' disk size?

The title says it all. I created the disk and now I would like to increase its size. I know I could add a new one, but I don't want to. The guest os in question is Ubuntu 11.04
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Why does OS X insist on spinning up all external drives when loading a file from the local drive?

Why does OS X insist on spinning up all the attached external drives (firewire, usb) when loading a file from the local (internal) drive? It's driving me insane that I have to wait for 3 attached ...
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Can I connect a SATA hard drive to to my PC, while it is running?

I am trying to do a hard drive recovery, and want to know if I unplug and plug the hard drive back in, while the PC is on (running Windows 7). This is a secondary hard drive, not the primary one. I ...
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which file type to install my virtual hard disk in while installing a new machine on virtualbox?

I got some options like VHD, VMDK, HDD, and VDI is there a file type that is most commonly used and is supported by most other virtual disk software?
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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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Tool to copy files of HDD with bad sectors

I have an external hard drive that is starting to fail, it has some bad sectors. It's a 1TB Fujitsu Siemens case with a western digital hard drive inside. Eventually I will backup the whole drive ...
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Why use multiple partitions on Linux installations?

Does it really perform better than a single partitioned installation? Why?
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Does low disk space affect SSD performance?

I was wondering if having less than 5-10GB of free space on an SSD would affect performance. Is it specific to SSD or is it more of an operating system aspect? For example, on an Intel X-25 G2 that ...
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How much power does a hard drive use?

This is not as straight forward as it sounds. Specs for a WD 3TB Green Drive: Read/Write 6.00 Watts Idle 5.50 Watts Source: http://www.wdc.com/global/products/specs/?driveID=927&language=1 ...
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Why are most of 2TB hard disks released 5400 RPM?

Most of 1TB Hard disks run as 7200 RPM recently. But why 2TB is not? Few disks have a 7200 rpm specification. Is there a technical reason?
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4K sectors transition: Why are hard drives moving to 4096 byte sectors, vs. 512 byte sectors?

I've noticed that some Western Digital hard drives are now sporting 4K sectors, that is, the sectors are larger: 4096 bytes vs. the long-standing standard of 512 bytes. So: What's the big deal with ...
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Can a single volume be assigned multiple drive letters?

I am working on migrating data across many disparate drives onto one massive Windows 8 Storage Space. Problem I have is that many of my programs reference various drive letters to acces their ...
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How can I render an SSD permanently inoperable with no chance of data recovery?

On platter drives, when it is time to dispose of them, a degaussing takes care of the data and in most cases erases the factory pre-recorded servo tracks rendering the drive useless. What does one do ...