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

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avoid duplicate files during backup

I'm backing up 2 drives to an external backup drive. The 2 source drives have a lot of duplicate files (name/size) between them (for work). One of the source drives is already backed up to the ...
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What is the efficiency of NTFS Junctions?

Long story short, I am using the steamtool application, which was originally developed for the following reasons: Steam by default would save all your games to C:\ SSDs are becoming the new primary ...
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Hard drives working on Linux but no so much on Windows

there, I am having this problem: I have 3 sata hard drives that are working perfectly on Ubuntu but on Windows 7 two of them work awful (very very often it hangs for like 2 minutes to load the ...
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mounting ext3 hard drive on boot in Fedora?

I have a 1TB ext4 formatted hard drive other than the one that Fedora has been installed. It is not mounted on boot time and after boot I need to mount it myself. I just click on file manager, it asks ...
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Segate NTFS hard disk on Mountain Lion

I have Segate external hard disk which can hold upto 1 TB data. I was able to use this hard disk on my Mac laptop even after upgrading to Mountain Lion. However since last 2 weeks I am not able to ...
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Mounting local external hard drive on a remote machine

I have an external hard drive, which stores extremely large files. This is LOCAL and is connected to my laptop/desktop. I run many different programs on a REMOTE Linux server. I need to use some of ...
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Which direction should I transfer my files? USB 2.0 to 3.0 or vise-versa?

I have a USB 2.0 enclosure and a USB 3.0 enclosure. I want to transfer large files from one to the other very often. Should I put the source drive in the 3.0, or the 2.0? Theoretically, IF each ...
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How to check allocation unit size on a hard drive on Ubuntu 12.04

How can I check on Ubuntu 12.04 allocation unit size on my hard drives? Is there any simple way (as a terminal command), I've been searching for this info in Disk Utility, but couldn't find it.
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Replaced HDD but screen wont turn on

I had a SMART error (301) on my hard drive which required the hdd to be replaced. The computer is a HP Mini Netbook 110-3135DX. I already have a usb installer ready to make the OS installation. ...
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Blue screen error 0xc000034

I downloaded Windows 8 and now PC (Dell Inspiron N5050) does not start and a blue screen with error 0xc000034 appears. Any suggestions? Thank you
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The BitLocker encrypted logical drive of my laptop is not accessible. On clicking error appears,“Application not found”

I had an important personal data that was stored in my laptop drive 'F'. My 4 year old son also uses my laptop to play games. To secure my data I used bitlocker software that was already there in my ...
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Hard Drive not recognised by BIOS and no visible damage on PCB

An external IDE harddrive that I have has recently stopped working quite suddenly, when tried in other computers it is not even recognised by the BIOS or by a Linux recovery disk. I assumed that the ...
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Disk ID update after partition cloning from HDD to SSD

I am looking forward to adding SSD in a laptop and in a desktop both currently having single HDD each. Laptop has single partition (well apart from the Recovery and OEM) and desktop has two partitions ...
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Putting two physical hard drives in a single 2.5" bay?

My crazy brain came up with this ridiculous idea. "Why can't I have a single 2.5" drive device that actually contains two independent hard drives? I want RAID 1 data mirroring and the security of ...
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Resizing and moving MacBook partitions

I have a MacBook Pro set up with a dual boot OS X Lion + Windows 7. My OS X partition is ~100 GB and the other partition is ~300 GB. I would like to make the OS X partition bigger and the Windows ...
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What happened to my recovery partition after upgrading to Windows 8?

After upgrading to Windows 8 Pro from Vista I noticed an unformatted Local Disk (M:). I think that this is my old Vista recovery partition (since I have nothing else connected) but I'm not sure. Is it ...
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Hard drive split into 2 drives, but one drive not accessible

I have a 1000gb hard drive installed on my laptop, which appears to be split into two partitions. Before I factory reset my pc, both drives (C and Data drives) showed in my computer and were equally ...
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Is StoreJet Transcend (0x2329) an Advanced Format drive?

I use a 640 GB StoreJet Transcend (0x2329) with ZEVO Community Edition 1.1.1 on OS X 10.8.2. Question Is this drive Advanced Format? Background I submitted a request for technical support to ...
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Sync data on computers with different OS but without an Internet connection

I have three computers in following status: A pc at working place with Windows XP os. A laptop at home with Ubuntu os. A laptop at home with Windows 7 os. also I haven't any internet connection ...
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New Western Digital Black HD not being detected by Windows

I added a new HD to my PC, but it isn't being detected by Windows 8. I've checked the cables and it does appear in the BIOS. It isn't listed in the Disk Management in Windows, though. I don't think ...
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Unable to format and install Windows

I am unable to format my hard disk and intall Windows XP. When I boot using Windows XP Professional CD ROM and do the setup, I end up in the below screen. I couldn't delete any partition and install ...
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Reboot while repartitioning HDD left me with corrupt files

I'm trying to get used to the feeling that I might never be able to recover my lost files. Meanwhile, I'll try to explain the situation, hoping that someone might suggest a solution: My HDD is made ...
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Which Linux program can be used to view the hard disk map?

On Windows, defragment tools usually show you a preview of your disk: where the file fragment are placed on disk, where is the free space, where is the places that's not movable, etc. Is there a ...
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Everything on hard drive suddenly vanished without explanation, but the drive seems otherwise functional

I have a new desktop that I built a few months ago that has a four-year-old WD hard drive and a two-year-old drive. I had set it up so that the newer drive had Windows and most of my files on it while ...
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Hard disk drive not visible in 'My computer'

I have a 250 GB SATA hard disk, that was partitioned as follows: C: - 60 GB E: - 40 GB F: - 40 GB G: - 45 GB H: - 45 GB However, only C: is visible in My Computer now. All other partitions are ...
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Failing Seagate HDD - Not Recognised

I am having a look at a friend's computer which contains a 500GB Seagate HDD. Unfortunately the HDD is not recognised by the BIOS menu and it beeps 11 times upon powerup. I've moved the HDD to another ...
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Added extra SATA 6Gbit/s SSD drive, Windows 7 doesn't detect device, USB 3.0 device now runs slow

Added in an extra SATA 6Gbit/s SSD drive to my Windows 7 machine. Now two 6G/s SSDs - main one 64GB and this new 256GB. BIOS can see both. However when I run Windows 7 disk management tool it doesn't ...
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executables on external hard drive detect as viruses

I've been avoiding this issue for quite some time, but I feel like this is a good time to ask about it. I have an external hard drive loaded up with most of my important and large files. for a few ...
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How to access NTFS partition and erase files on clicking hard drive (part-success)

Had a new laptop for 4 days and when turned on today, the hard drive (Hitachi) was clicking (hardware fault) and Windows won't load: "0xc00000e9 error - hardware fault". Definitely not dropped the ...
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Mac Book Pro “Repair the Hard Drive and Permissions” process

I have a MBP 13 inch with OSX Lion on it (late 2011 model). Since a few months now it's been slower than when out of the box even though I didin't really start using it differently since then, except ...
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HDD/OS install issues

My laptop's HDD recently died. I replaced it with a new SATA HDD. My CD drive doesn't work, so my only choice is to install things from USB. I tried installing WinXP, but apparently it doesn't have ...
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Windows 7 Boot Camp Partition Not Recognizing Full Disk Space

I recently used Boot Camp to install Windows 7 on a small partition on my MBP, and have found the need to extend the partition for more space. Through the use of several tools, I have managed to ...
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HDD light blinking every second

some people asked about it already, but in my case it isn't a problem with the CD drive (it happens even when I take it out). I run procmon from SysInternals for a while and found out, that ...
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Laptop won't recognize standard hard disc but will recognize SSD

Working on a Lenovo ThinkPad which was dropped. Oddly enough it won't recognize it's own (standard) hard disk or boot from the CD/DVD drive, but will recognize an SSD and boot via USB - I'm at a ...
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Failed to mount disk at startup

I have a 10.10 Xubuntu installed with the kernel 2.6.35-22 but for work I need to make a downgrade to 2.6.30.5, for that, I compiled the kernel with all modules I need (or so I think) and when ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 doesn't detect hard disk partitions

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit on an ASUS Laptop and wanted to install it in another one, the ASUS A55V. After booting the laptop and setting up Windows 7 (I unfortunately cannot wipe out ...
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Cannot see main user profile directory on old vista hdd on win7

I have an old laptop HDD that ran Vista that I need to get some pictures and movies off of. I've attached it via SATA cable to my new Win 7 (64 bit) machine and it mounts fine, except I can't see the ...
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Darik's Boot And Nuke - ERROR /dev/sda

I'm trying to wipe the drive of an old company computer with DBAN so I can install Redhat Enterprise and learn Linux (it's a Dell Inspiron 1210, if that matters). I burnt DBAN to a CD and boot from ...
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Hot-swapping drives

I have hot swap drives and controllers, but have never actually used the hot swap capability. What is the procedure for doing so? Do I need to warn Linux that I'm about to pull a drive out? Should ...
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Western Digital NAS User File Locations

I took the hard drive out of a Wetern Digital NAS and plugged it into my linux machine and mounted it, but I can't figure out where the user files are stored. Any idea?
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using the extra space on a gpt hard drive

Win7 64 bit. I have a computer with a 3TB drive. This is the first time I've ever used one that big and didn't know about the gpt format. The disk management app shows 100MB Sytem Reserve, 2047.9GB ...
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VMware virtual HD performance with Truecrypt on the host - Use 2 GB chunks?

Configuration: I am using VMware on a laptop computer, which is truecrypted as a theft precaution. The VHDs are ceated as single growable files (i.e. not split in 2 GB chunks, no preallocation of ...
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Can I reassign the unused portion of a partition? (OS X/Ubuntu)

So I just partitioned the hard drive in my MacBook Pro 5,5 and successfully installed Ubuntu (12.04) alongside OS X. During the partition process I guess Disk Utility decided to allocate the majority ...
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External HDD disconnects whenever computer try to access any files

Connected via USB through separately bought docking station Used to work, but now disconnects whenever trying to access any file including loading of thumbnails. Opening empty folders are ok, but if ...
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Errors in explorer.exe when accessing external USB HDD's and some internal partitions on Win7 x86

The whole question is in the title. Details: Main problem with a Western Digital My Passport Essentials III 320 GB. Same with 2 (3 GB) partitions on an internal 120 GB Samsung HDD. OS: Windows 7 ...
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Is it possible to repair corrupted hard disk?

I have a 500 GB Seagate portable hard disk. It was partitioned with 5 partitions, each of 100 GB. 3 partitions are working properly, but 2 partitions are corrupted. When I plug the hard disk into my ...
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Adding Ubuntu hard drive to existing windows 7 system

I have a windows 7 computer that I would like to connect a second hard drive to that contains ubuntu. I plan on running that copy of ubuntu inside virtualbox while using windows. However, I can't ...
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HDD cannot be booted from

I have an ASUS A52F, no mods, with Win7 preinstalled. There is one hard drive, two partitions, one for the OS (C:) and one for data (D:) After laptop trauma, i.e. I dropped it, it still worked fine. ...
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Dell XPS 15z/ L511Z merging partitions

i have a situation here, i bought a new dell xps 15z and was successful in making drive partitions through the help of this site ...
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WD: UDMA CRC Errors and Reallocated Sector

I got a WD Caviar Black 1TB (WD1001FALS) and according to SMART, I got: one "Reallocated Sector" one "Reallocated Event" 26 UDMA CRC Errors in my drive but it's a "Pass" for the "SMART ...