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

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Can't format hard drives under RAID-1

I have a Gigabyte GA-EP45 extreme, which contains a "Intel Matrix RAID controller". On lspci outputs as: RAID bus controller: Intel Corporation 82801 SATA Controller [RAID mode] I bought two ...
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Is it harmful to turn off your laptop directly from the power button?

In case my system hangs, is it harmful to directly turn off the laptop by holding the power button since I do not have another choice. Does it cause any serious hardware dent?
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How to encrypt 3 drives on linux?

I have 3 x 3TB drives and a linux computer and i want to use the space as "one" drive for music, movies, and pictures (home server). In Addition the stored data should be encrypted. I do not want to ...
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Is it possible to recover a hard drive which is listed by lsblk but not by fdisk -l?

Having a "dead" hard drive that spins but that is not listed by Linux's "fdisk -l" utility, nor Windows, but which is listed by lsblk Linux command as /dev/sdb, is there any way to make "fdisk -l" ...
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Dozens of spontaneous reboots

I am working on a SUSE Linux based system that runs 24/7 and has done so for around 3 years although I cannot say that it has not been rebooted in that time. At 9th June there apparently was some sort ...
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How to browse folders/files on a hidden USB drive?

I have a USB stick that when plugged in to my computer, triggers the noise when a new device is inserted however, the USB itself is hidden and cannot be accessed. It does not show up in 'My ...
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How to recover a truecrypt container from a corrupt NTFS drive

On my external HDD which is formatted in NTFS I have a truecrypt container. I plugged my drive in today and windows gave me an error that I need to format the disk. How would I go about recovering my ...
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Will installing windows format the disk?

I have a problem with my hard disk so I removed it, stripped off an external hard disk and inserted it into my laptop. Now i want to install windows 7 on this disk but the installation is not showing ...
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Android phone keeps computer from booting

When connecting my android phone to my laptop. I don't think it gets to the point of booting harddisk, so I don't believe this is relevant, but for completeness, it is a dual boot Ubuntu 12.04, and ...
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Python changed Windows drive from C: to D: and broke windows

I installed bunch of python tools to run on windows command line and when i restarted the system C drive became D drive and D drive became C drive. When the computer was restarting it was deleting ...
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After system restore to factory settings: Unable to convert OEM partition to system partition

I have Windows 8 on my computer. I restored my Windows 8 to factory settings. My OS partition and another partition are o.k., but one partition became an OEM partition. Can someone tell me how I can ...
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network drive - access denied - second login required

Windows 7 says "Access denied" when trying to open a mapped network drive. The permissions are setup correctly. When you logout and login again (don't reboot), it's possible to access the drive. I ...
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Hard disk stop working after some time

OK, this is a problem I am experiencing from the last few days. My PC starts normally, but many times when I work, my HD stops working and the PC get hangs. If I wait for few minutes (5-10 min), then ...
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Transfer Windows 8 from one HDD to another HDD (with Windows 7 on another partition)

I want to transfer Windows 8 from one HDD to another HDD (with Windows 7 on another partition). I bought Windows 8 Pro 64bit update (I had a a Windows Vista DVD i never even used), placed a new hard ...
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How to format unrecognized USB drive?

I have used Unetbootin on one of my USB drive, and it seems to have partitioned it some way that it's no longer recognized by any OS. It's not even listed when I turn on my computer and press F12 to ...
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Compaq Presario v6500 won't boot from CD

Trying to install Windows XP on a new HDD in a Compaq Presario 6500 notebook (model no 6501XX, originally shipped with Windows Vista 32bit). However despite my efforts the computer refuses to boot ...
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control mount order of partitions on a USB disk in linux

I have a backup external hard drive in a USB box that is identical to my laptop's boot drive so that I can swap it in if my boot drive fails. When it's connected to the system for normal use (e.g., ...
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Freezing in normal mode (clean mode) not in safe mode. Also HDD problems

My laptop is acting very strange. If I boot up windows 7 in normal mode, I pretty much can't do anything without it hanging. For example, trying a simple task such as opening 'My Computer' or opening ...
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USB flash drive doesn't appear in any OS

Hi I got new Kingston DataTraveller drive. I have repartitioned it in OS X than dumped and image of another flash drive on it. Few more times of the same but now it doesn't appear in any OS when I ...
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Replace disk electronics in HDD Password Protected hard drives

I have HDD password protected hard drive (Seagate ST320LT007) which dies recently, most probably because of damaged electronics. I would like to buy new one and replace demaged electronic with ...
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HP Pavilion DV4 1211 hard disk hitting

I have a HP Pavilion DV4 1211 laptop. I have a problem with my hard disk ( which is 320 GB), when I use laptop in 30 min or more than hard disk temperature going to 60°+ Celsius. How can I ...
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Is it preferable to have GRUB2 installed on a HDD vs SDD?

My system has an internal 160Gb SDD + 1Tb HDD. Win 7 is installed on the SDD, and Ubuntu (2 versions) is installed on HDD. I've been successful in installing Grub2 on SDD and able to boot all 3 OSes. ...
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Utilize unused hard drive space

I have a MK802 Mini PC with a nice 16gb SD card running Rikomagic Linux; however, I can't even tap into more than 3.7gb of it. The system image (.IMG) I installed on the SD card was ~7.8gb. "fdisk ...
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HP pavillion dv5400

If my computer has been infected is it possiable for the virus to partition itself in to the recovery as well as the hp tools, therefore remaining even after system recovery?
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move windows to another non-empty hard disk

I have a failing hard disk which has Windows installed. However, it is still able to copy files. I have another hard disk, which is not empty and I don't want to format it. Is it possible to move ...
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Unable to boot - safe mode stops after crcdisk.sys

My windows systems hangs at boot time. If I run it using safe mode it stops/hangs after crcdisk.sys How do I fix this? What is causing the problem? My priority right now is to copy the data to ...
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Cannot boot into Windows after using Partition Magic

By mistake I ran Partition Magic for XP and updated a partition. When I restarted the computer, it froze with a stop 0x0000007B (0x80D86B58, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000) error. I was unable to run chkdsk. ...
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Hard disk space not getting free

I had installed a few programs like UDK and Microsoft Visual Studio. Both acquired at least 20GB of space. After uninstalling these programs, the free space of Harddisk hasn't increased. What is going ...
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Windows-based external HDD won't show up as any hardware on any OS

I gave my 2 TB Seagate external HDD to a fried who tried attaching it to her MacBook Air. She gave it back saying That nothing happened. So I read up a bit about NTFS and FAT32, etc, and didn't worry ...
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OCZ Onyx SSD will not boot until power turned off and on

There is a 64G OCZ Onyx working as the boot drive for my windows 7 box for little over a couple years now. What happens now is that the box will freeze like the HDD has disappeared and the box will ...
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My LapTop Internal Hard Drive is Not detecting

I am using HCL Leap top model Laptop. It is 5 years old one. The internal 160gb hard drive is not detected. I enquired nearby data recovery agents for data recovery and they informed me that head part ...
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Hard drive unallocated after misuse of dd command

I tried to create a bootable USB using the command: dd if=ubuntu.iso of=/dev/sdb and I made a mistake. I typed sdb instead sdd. sdb being my second hard drive and sdd my USB drive. I canceled the ...
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Unable to launch folder using Explorer.exe after drive letter change

I recently added a new data drive to replace an old data drive. I proceeded to copy files from the old drive to the new drive, and then I swapped the drive letters so that the new data drive will ...
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acer aspire starts very slow, takes about 30 minutes to show password box

the bios gets opened with F2 and also the process with the F9 and F10 but again the same problem restarts. once it showed the UUID error. also nest time it showed that there are errors so it tried ...
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How to get more information about repeatedly corruptions of a NTFS filesystem?

Brief description The problem I'll describe occures just recently on my Laptop, running Ubuntu and Win7. Ubuntu is installed on a SSD, and the additional HDD contains the Win7 installation (which ...
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External hard drive unplugged while running iTunes…Corrupted files

I have nearly 2TB of Movies and TV Shows copied to iTunes on an external hard drive. Last night, I was unplugging a cord behind my desk and I accidentally unplugged my HD. Well, when I plugged it back ...
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Weird behaviour on ext4 dd performance test

I'm testing the performance of ext3/ext4 on a raid1 system (but the same goes for a non raid system). The results from bonnie++ give a distorted image because they circumvent the delayed allocation on ...
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Connecting HDD in Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop?

Which side I should connect IDE HDD in Dell CPX/CPI port ? Where should missing pin be ? IMHO I think it should be at bottom, how do you think ? How it looks
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Windows 7 hard disk failure - Re-enable warning

I've previously disabled a hard disk failure warning in Windows before later removing the disk. I've since done some further diagnostics and I now believe the SATA cable to be at fault, I've replaced ...
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Can't install Snow Leopard on new hard-drive on iMac 21.5" (mid 2010)

I got a iMac from a friend and it originally had mountain lion. I was able to login and use it like normal for about 3-4 times. Then it won't log me at all. I got apple and some other experts and was ...
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RAID0 Thunderbolt Drive failure risk

I'm thinking of purchasing a Thunderbolt drive to both work off of and also do some long term storage on. (The WD Velociraptor Duo, specifically.) My problem though, is that the majority of 'speedy' ...
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Desktop won't boot with two drives

I am trying to startup the computer with two drives; one is connected with SATA(Windows XP, 40G) and the other with IDE(blank, 80G). With just the SATA drive, it boots fine, but when I add the other ...
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How did primary hard drive get erased?

I had a 480 GB SSD with Windows 7 on it. I had a 120 GB SSD with Linux Mint 14 and BackTrack 5 on it. I was using GRUB 2 to boot to the operating systems. It was a flawless install consisting of ...
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Ubuntu Server crashes on file transfers

Upon transferring some files across server disks I lost connection and the server crashed. Plugging in a Screen showed no response at all. I had to reset the Server, which then boots normally. At ...
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Get number of reallocated sectors on harddrive without S.M.A.R.T

Is that possible? There is no S.M.A.R.T. information retrievable (used HD Tune to check that). The background is that I want to check if the number of reallocated sectors on the harddrive changes ...
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Forcing a verbose fsck on reboot (Ubuntu)

I'd like to force a verbose fsck on reboot of my Ubuntu linux server, I can get fsck to run on reboot by creating a file /forcefsck in my root dir ... Additionally, by adding a y into the contents of ...
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Resize hard drive partition size

i have three partitions on my computer which are C - 80GB D - 166GB F - 204GB I need to increase the C: as to transfer the F partition capacity to C:. Can that be possible and how without ...
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Seek performance characteristics for RAID design

I am trying to come up with an optimum RAID read policy. I've noticed that with a 64K RAID chunk size on a recent 1.5TB drive, where a given data is read in 64K chunks in a round-robin fashion from 3 ...
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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 ...