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

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Can't install Windows 7 with UEFI off on GPT drive

I need to have a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 on my notebook with UEFI. I had to turn UEFI off to install and boot Ubuntu. Now I'm trying to install Windows 7, but it says it can't be ...
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Get “Disk Read Error” when starting my computer UNLESS I manually boot to HDD from BIOS

I recently upgraded my hard drive, CPU and added a stick of RAM to bring my total up to 6GB. Now when I boot my computer, if I don't go into the BIOS and select the boot device, and manually select ...
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Stress testing all SATA links

I have a few servers. Each has 9 backplanes, and each backplane has 5 hard drives. Once in a while, one of the cables connecting a backplane to the motherboard (actually a pci card on the motherboard) ...
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Best way to speed up my old Macbook Pro?

I'm looking for quite a technical answer here, despite the amateur sounding question. I've got a 2006 era 17" Macbook Pro (primarily running Windows) which is limited in a number of key ways. For ...
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SATA HDD I/O error

I had Windows 7 in my machine and suddenly the Harddisk(500 Gig Seagate SATA) won't boot. I connected the HD to another machine as a slave and tried to format the drive. The Drive is listed in Disk ...
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3TB Seagate Barracuda causing freezing

Hi I have bought a brand new 3TB Seagate hard drive. I tried to copy data from my older hard drives to the new one, but it always stops copying selected data set after some time and the file manager ...
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Internal laptop HDD hangs/pauses the system momentarily while external USB doesn't

I have this peculiar problem that is like "disk thrashing on steroids", that is not technically thrashing since it's not the lack of RAM that is causing it and it can even happen on times of very low ...
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How can I run a command on disk error?

System: Debian Squeeze What's it for: A System where any new disk is DoD Wiped. I'm looking for a method to fire a command on a disk error that the kernel throws, sometimes we get bad disks and it ...
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My Internal HDD Backup Drive Not Recognized after new Windows install

I have been backing up files to an second HDD internal to my laptop, including system image backups. We will call this the D drive. Today my main SSD with Windows failed, so I went and bought a new ...
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Program to swap files between drives?

Has anyone built a program/script to transfer files between 2 hard drives, but like if both are near full....so one copies 1 file over then the other copies the other file, then they delete the files ...
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Migrate existing Windows Installation to new hard drive

I have a laptop with 2 harddrive bays. One bay holds a smaller WD Scorpio. This is the boot drive that holds the operating system (Windows 7), and it no longer large enough. The other bay holds a ...
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Laptop will not boot

This is a dell studio 1558 laptop. Now, something is wrong with the charger that it won't charge the laptop, but the laptop can turn on and operate properly as long as it is attached. It has been like ...
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Move OS from external HDD to internal HDD

I installed Mountain Lion on my external HDD a while ago, just to test it and the new XCode out, but without realizing what I was doing, I adopted it as my main OS. Now I am stuck having my external ...
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Can't mount filesystem on HD that came from WD NAS

I have a WD NAS drive, I need to recover some deleted files, so I've taken the drive out and plugged it into an Ubuntu machine to get direct access to the filesystem... When I check the drive in ...
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In XP, how to create a folder like “shared documents” on second hard drive to allow multiple users on the same computer to share files

My home system is running Windows XP Pro set up with a non-privileged account for each family member.One of the primary uses is storing all our photos, currently under "Shared Documents". As our ...
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Windows XP Installation issue - cannot find hard disk

A friend of mine gave me a laptop with Windows 8 installed and nothing else. I don't like it so I am trying to remove it by installing Windows XP. I have a windows XP installation CD that I have ...
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Debian can't see one of my hard drives

Today I installed Linux Debian in dual boot with Windows 7. I have 3 hard drives, two for starage and one for the operating systems. The problem is with the two storage drives which are exactly same. ...
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Raid Enclosures for running VM's

I'm looking at getting a Raid Enclosure for running vm's on. I have noticed that the ones that I have found, only have 1 sata port on the back of them. I'm going to be running the hard drives in ...
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Computer won't start when connecting SATA HDD

I just bough a new HDD some time ago and recently i bought another SATA cable to have both HDDs connected at the same time, to transfer all the files from the older one to the newer. When i connected ...
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Laptop harddisk not recognized after boot

I have HP dv6600 laptop. Its windows crashed recently. After that I tried to restore a backup image created by self-image. But unfortunately backup file was corrupted and C: partition was rendered ...
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Get ubuntu bootable on different machine

I have ubuntu studio installed on a hard drive that I just moved to a different computer. I can boot the other distributions I have on the drive, but not ubuntu studio. Whenever I try, it shows the ...
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Hard Disk Not Being Recognized: “Reboot and Select proper Boot device”

I built my computer about 3 months ago. It has a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB HDD (model ST31000524AS) on an AsRock 970 Extreme Mobo. My HDD was split into 3 partitions, a partition for windows 7 ...
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Unremovable partition

I have a Asus eee pc netbook with an ssd drive. The drive has 2 partitions, 3.9gb and 15gb. I have tried merging them in to 1 partition, tried deleting the partitions, and tried to format the ssd ...
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WD20EARS 2TB Compatibility Issues

I have a system that runs the Asus P5Q Pro mother board and I recently added the 2TB WD Green HDD (WD20EARS). I formatted it NTFS with MBR. The system has been running for a week now without any ...
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MacBook Pro 13" (Mid-2009) hard drive utility disk read error

My MacBook Pro was running normally a few days ago but all of a sudden in the middle of a garage band session, I got the beachball. I then realized the whole computer was frozen. I have had this ...
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Boot stuck at blinking cursor before GRUB - only works via BIOS boot menu

I have a new box running Debian Squeeze. Grub is installed on /dev/sda, but when booting up I just get a blinking cursor, before the Grub menu. I can only boot to grub successfully when I choose boot ...
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Options to extend the life of my iMac 2007?

I have a 2007 iMac, maxed out on RAM, with the original Apple Hard drive. Given that most drives would've failed by now, I feel like I'm on borrowed time. That being said, I'd like to extend the ...
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I want to share a hard drive with password on Windows XP Pro

I want share a hard drive with password so that if anyone wants to access the drive it should prompt for password. I need configuration steps on the computer where the drive is located and if ...
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Sony Vaio C & D drives. How do I…?

all my info etc is stored on the 'C' drive, but next to nothing on the 'D' drive. How do I either switch drives (so new info etc goes on D) or transfer the info from C to d, so clearing out C drive? ...
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Windows 7 external 2.5 hard drive read write permissions format

Working with Windows 7 professional. While trying to format western digital 250GB sata laptop drive; receiving error not initialized. Went to elevated command line to diskpart to clean all; received ...
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Hard Drive Selection for NAS enclosure

I just picked up a two drive NAS enclosure (Dlink DNS-323) and am looking for some suggestions for hard drives to install into it. Is a "green" drive sufficient or will there be a performance hit? ...
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Install Ubuntu without taking over 2 hard drives?

I have 2 hard drives and when I do an auto install.. Ubuntu decides to take both hard drives... how do I prevent this from happening without my intervention?
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Files have disappeared on my ext3 external hard drive

Yesterday, my external hard drive was working fine. Now, only the boot partition is accessible whilst the main partition with all my files on it is coming up as a raw, empty drive. I had taken it to ...
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Will performance be affected when shrinking partitions on 2 RAID HDDs?

I have a notebook with 2 hard drives (each 500GB) with controller RAID 0 in striping mode. I have Windows 7 64-bit installed. Now I can see just one partition (C about 1TB). My question is: if I ...
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Why sometimes Windows 7 cannot see IDE disk?

We have two internal hard drives; one SATA and one IDE. Windows 7 (x86) sees both of them. But sometimes when we boot the computer IDE drive fails. After restart everything behave normal. Every 1 boot ...
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can you have a encrypted hard drive on a mac? or is it just partial encryption?

not sure how this works, but can you have an entire hard drive encrypted and can it be your main hard drive with Mac Os/X on it or is it more of just for data only? i.e. other than base os files.
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How avoid my external HD regularly disconnecting and reconnecting automatically?

I have a Seagate Expansion Drive 1.5TB external HD connected on my PC with Windows 7 ultimate. The problem is the HD is regularly disconnecting and reconnecting automatically when the HD is idle? ...
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Time Machine/iMac loses all trace of external hard drive after a few days

First time posting, also a Mac newbie (recent windows convert) so I'm hoping I can get some help here :) I have a Hitachi Deskstar drive in an external casing that I got from ebuyer. (its one of ...
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HP dv4-1225dx HDD problem

i have an hp dv4-1225dx and recently i have noticed that the hdd is getting really hot. it ranges between 55 and 70 degrees centegrade every once in a while, i hear a click noise ( at the lower temps) ...
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Determine HDD inventory (current and possible) on FC6

I am running FC6 and am working to upgrade it. In the process, I would like to add some additional HDD's. How can I take inventory of the current drives I have and possible space for new internal ...
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HD working with IDE USB adapter but not recognised by bios

I have a Windows XP Pentium III desktop with two hard drives. The first one has the OS and is luckily working. The second drive on the secondary master IDE channel few days back was unable to read ...
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If I replace the hard drive on a Gateway GT5220 will system disc install OS

The hard drive for this PC has failed and I want to replace it. However, I need to know if once I do that since there will not be a recovery partition on the new hard drive will the Gateway OS disc ...
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Hard Drive that was used before not detected or accessible in Windows 7

My PC crashed for some unknown reason, and I am still working on what caused that. However, I pulled my main (windows) drive from my computer and hooked it up to my roommate's machine and was able to ...
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Windows 7 Reading Proper Disk Usage Statistics on Mounted Volumes

I'm running Windows 7 with 2 x 1.5 TBYTE Drives. The second internal drive is setup as a mounted volume as C:\Archives Clicking computer icon in Windows Explorer, it only shows capacity stats for C: ...
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How to power off a secondary internal hard drive using software?

Sometimes, there is a need to shut down a secondary internal hard drive (for example, due to the noise it produces while it's running). I would like to do this without physically disconnecting the ...
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HDD Regenerator won't fix bad sectors

I got pretty new Toshiba 500GB HDD as 2nd HDD(just for data) in my ThinkPad T400. Seller told me, that he just replaced this HDD with SSD in his new laptop. After about month of using I tested this ...
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System does not boot from SSD after re-installation

I have an ASUS S56CM with UEFI firmware, x64, Windows 8. Core i3 processor 500 GB HDD (496 GB and 4 GB marked as boot) 24 GB SSD (18 GB and 4 GB marked as OEM partition) 4 GB RAM The system used ...
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Unused Disk after new Windows 7 Install

I have a really big problem.I currently had 2 hard drives, disk0 and disk1. I bought a Western Digital 1TB hard-disk a while ago and installed it on Windows 8 and it was placed as my disk 2. I put ...
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“Internal hard drive not found” error displayed while trying to boot laptop

Internal hard disk drive not found. To resolve this issue, try to reseat the drive. No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 enter Setup Menu, F5 enter PSA. How do I fix this problem?
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Hot Swappable Drive

So I have a Laptop whose password I have forgotten. It turns out though that his BIOS is password protected too so since I can't open the case and reset the BIOS jumpers. I will have to format it. ...