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

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Wiping only part of a partition on an HDD

I have an HDD which has failed in my NAS, and which I want to return to the manufacturer. I want to remove the data first since I had not encrypted the drive. The drive is recognized by Windows and ...
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Not able to format HDD while installing windows

I am asking this new question after trying to recover my crashed windows data please refer below question/link How to recover data from crashed Windows laptop? -------------My query regarding HDD ...
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Mkv files random stops playing on my blu-ray player, Why?

I am a holder of LG BD390 Blu-ray player...it has always worked well but lately is giving me problems with reading mkv files from external hard drive. Let me explain... Lately I've noticed that ...
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no root partition was found : FreeBSD

I want to install freeBSD in my laptop. I already had a Ubuntu at my system. I make the partition of 40GB using GParted, to install freeBSD in to that. But when I install freeBSD on the partition ...
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External storage doesn't show up in pc or disk manager

When I plug in my external HDD the LED on the disk lights up but i can't see it in my PC/DISKPART/DISK MANAGEMENT. I tried all the ports on my computer but it doesn't show up.Help please. HDD:- ...
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What are (other) possible reasons for ``ata: hard resetting link``, after manually replacing head and electronics?

So I have this hard drive which died the Click Of Death after falling of a couch. As I cannot afford data recovery, I went the home-brew route. The head seemed broken, as I watched it moving without ...
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External HDD gets into read only mode over and over again

I have an extarnal HDD that put itself in read only mode on a regular base. For the record I know how to solve this problem via Diskpart. I even have created a script for it! The problem is that it ...
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What Windows 8.1 (x64) / Linux SSD/HDD setup should I use?

I have the following drives and their planned usage below. 120GB SSD - Arch Linux or Ubuntu (OS, programs) 240GB SSD - Windows (OS, programs) 1TB HDD - Split in half, one partition per OS ...
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{Debian}External disk unmounting and corrupting on big files upload with seafile

So I recently bought a little dev board (radxa) to use with a spare external drive that I had to create a dropbox clone. At first I was using Owncloud but due to my system limitation (32 bit) php ...
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Shrinking partitions with Windows Disk Management

I'm wondering how does Disk Management in Windows shrink the C:\ drive partition when you are booted into Windows (and thus the partition is mounted). If I'm not mistaken, mounted filesystems in Linux ...
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Female to male adapter to copy data from Dell Insipiron laptop model PP12L hard drive

I need to transfer data from hard drive removed from Dell Insipiron Model PP12L. The connector on the hard drive is 44 pin strip-like. It has no pins. The connections are flat, arrow-like copper ...
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External hard disk not detected in windows, though working fine in Ubuntu

Device is getting listed in the disk management in the lower panel, and showing the status as following: 2048 GB unallocated 746.52 GB unallocated But the device is not listed in the my computer ...
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Problems will Dell Poweredge 2900

My buddy is an IT professional who ended up with an extra PowerEdge 2900 server with a valid key for SBS 2003. He gifted it to me in return since he knew I wanted a personal home media server. I got 4 ...
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Copy only OS which isn't partitioned to SSD

I am using Paragon Hard Disk Managment to move Windows 8.1 from HDD to SSD. The SSD is smaller (120gb) and the HDD is bigger. Both is installed and running on computer. The problem is that windows ...
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Add space from 3TB unto 4TB using raid, how?

I would like to expand my 4 TB drive by adding on drive space from my 3 TB drive. I assume this is possible in a raid configuration by resizing the partion on the 3 TB to free space then using ...
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3TB hard drive file access

I have two 3tb seagate hard drives in my machine for storage (second one is for backup), and I run windows 7. During the weekend i put on a clean windows image on the c: drive (an ssd drive) and ...
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Moving disk with 4kB sectors from enclosure to internal SATA controller makes MBR invalid

I recently bought a 750GB WD disk for a netbook and formatted it while connected via a USB adapter. Because the adapter would disconnect when it was trying to access the ext4 journal, I connected it ...
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HFS+ 10 isn't working on windows 8.1 machine to view and pull files off mac

I can't get HSF+ 10 to work on my windows 8.1 machine to view my files on my MacBook pro I bought brand new in 2011. the model number is A1278. anyone know what's going on? when I connect the pc and ...
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Reset Windows 8.1 password of another hard drive?

I have a transformer notebook (ASUS T100A) and am resorting to mounting the HDD in another windows 8 computer. Is it possible to change the password of that windows 8 installation like you would in ...
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Toshiba Laptop tells me to insert boot media in selected boot media device and press a key

Around 7 months ago i dropped my pc from knee high on the carpet and it went to a blue screen. When i dropped it i was playing the game black ops 2. In an attempt to fix it I held down the power ...
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Do laptops really need hard drive caddies?

I purchased a used laptop which came without a hard drive or caddy. Is the caddy really a necessary component in all laptops? I know this is not always true, but in mine the hard drive inserts ...
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HDD bad sectors - chkdsk versus hdtune

I bought new HDD WD Blue (WDC WD10EZEX) as a secondary storage media (no RAID or anything, just a bunch of big video files on NTFS). There were a few problems at the beginning, Windows freezed at ...
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Reinstalling windows on a multi-drive system, what to do with the data drive?

I need to wipe my Windows install by performing a clean installation. I have two drives: C: F: I have a lot of stuff on the F: drive. If I'm thinking right, can I just unplug the F: drive from ...
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XP SP2 hangs on logo screen, running chkdsk /p /r now hanging

I have a windows xp sp 2 on a toshiba laptop, Ive been using it for many years. The other day it hung on the windows logo and would only start in safemode. I did a best configuration, restore, then ...
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Linux, Saving data from old HD (connection randomly drops)

Background: I have an old HD which I am trying to save data from (important, not so urgent). I am using a SATA adapter (& external power source) to connect the HD to my laptop. lsusb calls my ...
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How to fill the space gap when replacing a notebook hard drive for a slimmer one?

I just changed my notebook hard drive to a SSD one and it turns up that the SSD one is a bit thinner. I've read in a few places like here and here where some have used a cardboard to fill the gap, but ...
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Windows 8.1 installation

I recently purchased a 1TB Toshiba MQ01ABD100 hdd for my Samsung NP530U laptop. I was installing Windows 8.1 on the hdd using a USB drive. During this process the laptop restarts several times so ...
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Add Mirror for volumes other than the last one in Windows 7 (disk “not up-to-date”)

I'm using Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. I have an existing 4TB disk with 3 NTFS volumes, a new 3TB blank disk, and I'm trying to mirror the volumes onto the new disk. My Windows install is on an SSD which ...
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Hard drive failed, suspected filesystem corruption, still cannot salvage any data from harddrive

Firstly, I am terribly sorry if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find a similar issue to mine, so here goes. I have a 1TB hdd bought around 8 months ago used as backup hard drive. I have not used ...
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Will external SSD (via USB 3.0) be faster than HDD when it's running a VMWare?

I have read on this site than an external SSD will be faster than an external HDD (in my case I am using USB 3.0). It has been said that the SSD will be particularly faster when accessing many small ...
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Recover 2.7TB partition converted from GPT to MBR

I have a 3TB disk which had a 128MB Microsoft basic data partition at the beginning, and the rest was a large ~2.7TB ntfs partition. I recently converted this disk from GPT to MBR, and the second ...
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My external HDD stopped working

A friend of my mine pulled the external HDD USB cable when it was in use. It is not getting detected now (wouldn't even spin). I took it out of its external case and plugged it directly into my ...
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Cross Platform Encrypted File Server / NAS?

I have a desktop computer running Windows and two Mac laptops. The desktop computer has two internal hard drives, both NTFS and both encrypted with TrueCrypt (yes, I know TrueCrypt is supposedly not ...
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Hard drive not showing in BIOS, works in another PC

I have 2 Samsung 2TB F3 hard drives. These are in a Windows 8 system and they were both spanned to create a single 4TB Spanned Volume. I deleted this spanned volume and formatted each drive with just ...
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Hard disk light keeps blinking

Who can tell me how to dig into exactly why the hard drive keeps reading/writing? What program is doing that and what is it doing for? I'm using Windows 7.
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Can't install Win 8.1 to my new Dell I5 computer

i just got a new dell I5 computer with on Operating system inside, i tried to install win 8.1 as the manual said but when i got to the Hard drive i got the message "windows cannot be installed on this ...
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SSD is not booting after waking up from sleep mode with low battery condition: Disk /dev/sda doesn't contain a valid partition table

I've already found a way to erase the SSD and make it work again (http://askubuntu.com/questions/409684/image-or-reset-broken-ssd). But I need to find a way to restore my data. The data on my ssd is ...
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How to get Seagate 4TB(ST4000DM000) to work on new computer?

I moved my Seagate 4 TB disk to a new computer, I have installed intel rapid storage technology and I have installed the Seagate tools, I can see my disk in both Intel's software as well as in ...
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how to recover partition from harddisk

I have a 500 gb internal laptop harddisk.I have windows 7 in one of the four partitions. The system didn't boot so I used pendrive linux to boot ubuntu from usb. After booting using ubuntu I'm able to ...
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Erase and Partition Hard Drive in Linux Command Line

If I want to erase and partition a drive on my Mac I can use Disk Utility. From there I can erase the drive and select a format (FAT32, Mac OS Extended...) as well as partition the drive. I am ...
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VirtualBox virtual drive actual size not increasing

I have selected "dynamically allocated" mode when creating virtual drive. But it constantly has "actual size" of 10GB and does not grow to 20GB which is virtual size. Guest OS says it has no more ...
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Issues installing new SSD in laptop

I have recently purchased a Cruciall M400 SSD for my Asus V551LB-DB71T laptop. I built a recovery drive using Asus backtracker on the original HDD installed on my laptop (the model # is: ...
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Internal hard drive is dying. Is this the right procedure to recover data (with ddrescue)?

As the title says my hard drive is supposedly dying. Two days ago, I powered on my Windows laptop after a week of not using it. After being on it for an hour with no particular problems, I got a BSOD. ...
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Windows 8 - Using External HDD as Storage Drive?

I wanted to know some opinions on a setup like this: Have 2 External Hard Drives (1TB each) - I'll call them HDD1 and HDD2. I would set most of my folders where I keep data (My Documents, My ...
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Copying files: Do any of the mainstream operating systems (excluding e.g. BSD/Linux with ZFS) hash files when moving them?

What I tend to do to go about making sure I don't lose my data is I pick and choose what files I want to keep, and once I have my large (in bytes, not in heft) external hard disk attached (usually ...
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Is My Harddrive Garbage?

I have a WD Caviar Blue 1TB, I wanted to format my computer and start fresh, so I did this, I noticed it took 6 hours to just get through the entire install, when I got into Windows 8, it was ...
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An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data

I have the Windows 7 installation media on a USB drive. I get the error "An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data" when I boot to it on an older computer. The drive ...
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Windows Keeps crashing after boot

My math teacher gave me an old Windows XP computer a few years back and last year, There was a power surge in my home and the motherboard was just completely fried. I took the hard drive out. Today, I ...
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move hdd with OS to new computer

I want to move a sata drive with freebsd already installed to a different computer with different processor, different memory, and then I want to boot from the transplanted drive. Is this possible?
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how to mount a crashing HFS+ to ubuntu 14

I have a mac hard drive that is crashing that I am trying to pull all of the files off of. I want to be able to remove files from the drive so that I can narrow down where the issues are to try to ...