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

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Hard drive caches too fast?

i got a problem with my hard drives, I think ;) Well I realized that flash videos and games are stucking/freezing for a short time. When I googled that problem I found a script changing some ...
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Bad Block Handling in SSDs on Macs

I have a question about SSDs and bad blocks. I use a Mac and an acquaintance has an SSD installed on his Mac too. He used Scannerz (http://scsc-online.com/Scannerz.html) to confirm that the bad block ...
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Windows 8.1 wont copy or move files to external HDD

I don't know what happened because it used to work perfectly but now I can't copy or move files TO the drive (can still copy them from it to windows) the drive is not corrupt or anything and can be ...
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Can windows 8 store apps be backed up on external HDD?

I'm a guy who lives in fear of HDD crashes and thus I like to make a nice backup of pretty much everything on an external HDD. I'm using Windows 8.1 on a desktop PC and windows store apps have me ...
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Massive slowdown in HDD

I was running a multi-threaded program that makes huge amount of I/O operations, Basically reading/writing Millions of files. I had some problems/bugs and I used to halt the program to fix something ...
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Laptop internal drive ejection

I've installed a secondary 750 GB WD Scorpio drive in my Thinkpad laptop and it was working fine for a while until recently when every time I wake from sleep there is a dialog box which pops up to ...
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Permissions Error, cannot access both my Ex-HDDs

I'm in quite some trouble now. I'm a photographer and I store all of my important RAW files and processed photographs on my external hard drives and have been doing so for quite a while. A few months ...
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Cannot access the User files in older Windows Partition

I have a single hard drive with two partitions - C:(187GB) and D:(30 GB). My laptop came with windows 7 pre-installed on C: drive. Recently something went wrong and the only solution was to reinstall ...
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My HDD is unallocated how to restore

I accidentally removed all partitions on my external USB HDD. All my pictures were on it, as this device was my Photo backup. Steps I took: I started with my WD Harddisk 1TB with 2 partitions, one ...
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What are the advantages of zeroing a hard drive?

I understand how zeroing a hard drive works, but what advantages does it provide to a computer other than more securely covering up data? Can zeroing a hard drive help with data transfer speeds, or ...
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is clonezilla really doing a copy of 1 to 1 of a harddisk ?! (regarding testdisk…)

When I want a clone of an harddisk and do this with Clonezilla - with the exactly same sectors and blocks - is it then possible to get the same results with testdisk of the cloned partition like the ...
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TrueCrypt Hidden Volumes: Can the outer volume be actively updated safely?

I have encrypted my hard drive using the TrueCrypt hidden volume option. Therefore, I have two volumes: An outer volume where I place some sensitive-looking data. A hidden volume where I place the ...
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Cannot boot from primary hard drive when second hard drive is installed

Firstly, a bit of background: My 7 year-old laptop recently died, and I have now bought myself a PC. I want to transfer my files from the old laptop hard drive to the new one inside the PC. To do ...
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Boot selection failed because a device is inaccessible, not the usual boot error though?? (0xc000000e)

I need some help fast please. I recently booted up my gaming rig after swapping out a 7970 graphics card and upon system boot up, as the Windows 7 logo appeared the system crashes and a BSOD appears ...
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trying to install 3 HDD

so I am trying to install 2 extra HDD drives into a windows XP computer and they install fine and work but when I add the 3rd HDD the CD drive will not show up in the My computer window. so the ...
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Linux raid questions: How to boot if one drive fails?

I am setting up a linux server with two drives in an mdadm created raid 1. All the online help I fine says to create your partitions and then create an md0 raid volume using something like sda1 and ...
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Will the Shuttle Omninas KD20 wipe my data during initial setup?

I have a new KD20 Omninas from Shuttle, and two hard drives full of pre-existing data I would like to share using it. I was planning on selecting the JBOD (just a bunch of disks) RAID mode, and at ...
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Recover Time Machine partition that turned MBR only instead of GUID

I have one drive that has a NTFS partition, a TimeMachine partition (I guess HFS+) and empty space. The other day, I did one partition more from Windows 8 (bootcamp) and since then, I can't see the ...
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HDD Current_Pending_Sector attribute going up and down

I have Western Digital Caviar Black drive (model WD2002FAEX-007BA0). System is running Linux Mint 14. Filesystem on drive ext4. Recently I've got some i/o errors on one of the files. Then I've ...
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dd MBR and one partition

I have 2 partitions on a drive and I need to use dd to create a new image of just the MBR and second partition. Here is the output of fdisk -l /dev/sda Device Start End Blocks ...
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Is it possible to create software Raid array with operating system partition included?

I know that software raid array can be created in the OS it self. But my question is, Is it possible to create a software raid array including partition which is having Operating System installed ? Or ...
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SMART attributes have large values

I have noticed the Reallocation Event Count with my internal hard drive with a data value and a warning about a year ago and it has been increasing ever since. I have also noticed the Raw read error ...
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Moving Win7 C:\ to another partition on same hdd

I would like to know about moving Win7:C\ to another partition on same hdd as it has 25GB (which moving from XP I thought was adequate). Is there a way that Win7 or some free tool allows to do it? ...
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Cloning HDD to SSD and using a HDD for Data Storage

First time poster with a possibly unique situation: I've been tapped by my company to setup several new computers with RHEL 6.4. These new machines have a 250gb SSD and a 3TB hdd, and previously came ...
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Hard drive failures on two home servers

I have two old PC's currently running Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS at home and they both seem to have HDD failures every now and then. The issue is the same on both, system goes into read-only mode, ...
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Disk partition showing “Low Disk Space” but cannot delete Windows Backup files

Windows 7 desktop PC that has been using Windows Backup on a schedule. Unfortunately it has been backing up to the Recovery partition where the original factory software is located. Windows Backup has ...
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Why does a crucial m4 SATA SSD connected to an Inateck USB 3.0 dock achieve substantially less than the expected ~410MB/s?

I have an HP Elitebook 8470w connected to an Inateck USB 3.0 to SATA Docking Station with a Crucial 64gb M4 SSD plugged into it. So why am I seeing un-cached sequential read speeds of only ~30MB/s? ...
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Harddrive stopping for a minute from time to time

I have a weird problem with harddrive on Windows 8.1 machine. Harddrive from time to time just stops all the operations - system does not freeze unless it needs to load some data from HDD for which ...
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cannot safely remove external hard drive

I am facing a similar situation with this here,the only 2 differences being that I am facing the problem with an external HDD and in win7. I tried this solution here-using Sysinternals Process ...
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TrueCrypt encrypted my hard drive and THEN warned that the drive letter will change

My laptop is broken, and I have to give it to a service tech soon. Unfortunately, I can not easily take off the hard drive with this model, it's deep inside. So I am frantically looking for ways to ...
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How to set up a shared drive for Windows, Ubuntu, and OS X?

I have a 13" Macbook Air 6,2, and I finally have it set up to triple boot Ubuntu 13.10, Mac OS X 10.9.1, and Windows 8. However, I'd like a shared partition that I can drop files on between the three ...
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Writing past the end of the drive with dd?

Suppose I have a drive with 10000 512b sectors. If I do sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/disk2 skip=99999 count=10 what will happen? When I tested this with a real drive, dd's output suggested that ...
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Setting up dual-boot on 1 drive and storage partitions for 2 drives

I have a 120GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. I want to install Windows 7 Ultimate and Linux (Ubuntu) on the SSD, split it by 60gb each or however close to evenly as possible. Then the storage HDD I want to ...
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Virtualbox boot from external HDD

I do I boot from a External HDD from virtualbox in Windows 8 but seems that virtualbox couldn't find external HDD. The HDD has Windows 7 on it
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trying to format old drive, got “ext2fs_mkdir: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while creating root dir”

I had what used to be an old NTFS hard drive. Something went wrong years ago with the drive, and it wouldn't boot into windows. I had an invalid windows key, all kinds of pirated software, and ...
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USB 3.0 ports don't recognize USB 3.0 devices

I have recently bough a new PC. Now that everything is put together and installed I am facing only ONE problem. I own an Adata Nobility NH13 External HDD which is USB 3.0. When I plug it into any ...
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Split database index and table files with SSD?

I know in the good old days it was recommended that indexs and tables were placed on different drives to improve database performance. Is this still the case with SSDs when connected with SATA3? With ...
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What steps should I take to recover my data due to partition error?

Specs : HD : 3 TB external Samsung Hard-disk OS : Win 8.1 64 Bit SW : Paragon How it happened : Applied a resize at end operation in Paragon on my 3 TB disk. I wanted the 3 TB to split to 2980 ...
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Front panel usb3 not recognizing usb3 hdd

The problem is the following... My PCs front USB 3.0 ports (which are connected to the usb3.0 internal headers) do not work with my USB3.0 External HDD... If I plug it in via a USB 2.0 cable it works ...
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Restoring data from hard disk without formatting

I'm trying to recover a hard disk with a capacity of 750 GB. All data from the "C:" drive needs to be recovered. Now here is the strange thing: Partition 1: 350gb -> 350gb free space Partition 2: ...
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Hard drive undetectable after failed partitioning

I have an internal 1 TB seagate HDD which I had about 800 gb of important data on. Recently I needed to install an OS on it so I connected it via external casing usb to my laptop and tried making a ...
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Laptop Hard Drive Boot Failure

I have a Dell D600 computer. The hard drive slot is IDE. I have used two drives with the computer, one Hitachi 60 GB (original drive) and the other a WDC Blue 160 GB. I had cloned the 60 GB drive to ...
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How to install MBR on to harddrive

Little bit of background... And i may be incorrect. Someone before me, installed the MBR on one hard drive & the Windows 2008 OS on another ard drive. So when the hard drive with the MBR went ...
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In CHKDSK - is a BAD CLUSTER a permanent issue or a temporary one?

First time I've had CHKDSK errors on a Toshiba HD and I'm not sure if I need to replace the drive or not. Its a prime drive with my OS so its a big task to clone and replace (for me!) so I'm wondering ...
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My PC has problems noticing drives and booting Windows 8.1

The PC might suddenly notice the drive if I connect it with another device using just one cable or maybe two cables or do anything else that shouldn't have an effect on the pc like swap cables with ...
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Samsung laptop in 'repair' boot loop after updating to Windows 8.1?

I downloaded Windows 8 successfully and a restart option appeared on screen. I was on a browser and clicked the restart button without closing the browser. The computer continued to restarted and it ...
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How to chkdsk completely unattended

have a question about scheduling chkdsk: I'm running chkdsk on task scheduler in windows 7 for my main hardrive (where windows is installed) using the following command: echo y|chkdsk /f /r. But I ...
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Resume interrupted file transfer to harddrive

I was copying my whole user folder over to a harddrive for backup, but I had to plug out the disk because I had to leave. I got about 160 of 220gigs transferred, and now the file is sitting on the ...
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External HDD Mapped Drive Disconnects

On a Win 8 machine, I've connected a Samsung 2TB External HDD via USB, and mapped it to Drive T. However, it keeps 'dropping out' (?). When I plug it in, it is recognizedas Drive T. After a while - ...
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Disk Utility does not seem to recognize the free space on my Mac

I have recently deleted a large number of files on my Macbook Pro. But Disk Utility doesn't seem to notice, and is preventing me from installing World of Warcraft (because it doesn't think I have ...