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

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Powering Off Hard Disks, is a life saver or life depleter?

Hardware description and problem introduction: I'm a Home user and I use Windows in a Home PC, I have 4 internal hard disks connected and running, 1 hard drive is for the OS, and the other hard ...
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SystemRescueCd: Save files from crashed Windows 7, cannot discover the harddrive

My laptop suddendly quit working, simply boots no longer, giving an error stating that it cannot find a disk where to boot from. I suspect that the harddrive is corrupted or broken. Well, I booted ...
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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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Hard disk format count

Is there any way to find whether you have formatted your internal hard disk. Does any OEM apply such capability in the BIOS? I have an HP ProBook, does it have the capability?
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SATA Drives On Intel 945 Board

I have an old/dead (assembled) Intel 945G Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz machine. I bought new seagate SATA HDD & SATA DVD Drive & connected to it. I have been facing below error while booting up: ...
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Loading in a new drive

I have a standard 1TB HDD in my computer right now that everything (including the Windows OS) is on. I want to purchase a SSD, install Windows on there and make that my primary drive. However, I want ...
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How can I shrink a Logical Volume, and re-allocate the freed space into a new partition on the same drive?

I have a drive, sda. It has two partitions: sda1: /boot sda2: LVM managed in Volume Group volgrp01 volgrp01 contains the following Logical Volumes: lv_root (30 GB) lv_swap (8 GB) lv_scratch (430 ...
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Installing a 3TB drives on Debian

I am using an internal hard drive USB adapter to mount backup drives. The adapter was working well with my previous 1GB backup drives. We just got two new 3TB hard drives. We connected it with the ...
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Why does my hard drive suddenly shut down?

My Acer Aspire 5750 laptop hard drive shuts down randomly and I have noticed that the hard drive light is off. My power settings are set to never sleep, so is this a sign that my hard drive is ...
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How many HDDs can I put in an IBM 3450 server?

I have this IBM 3450 Server. It says: Up to 1.5 TB3 SATA disk storage There are three 3.5 inch bays. One is having a 500GB SATA and other two are empty. Now I want to ask if I can put a 3TB SATA ...
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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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2100: Detection error on HDD0 black screen error lenovo thinkpad carbon x1

I am having an issue with this lenovo thinkpad carbon x1, It's about 3 months old. With normal use, It all of the sudden goes into a black screen saying 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) Press ...
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Windows boot performance - 52 seconds to initialize drives?

I had an issue with my primary SSD and I replaced it with another from a different brand, and at the same time I reordered my other 2 mechanical (C=ssd, D & E=mechanical). Now, when I load ...
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How to recover data from dead disk? [closed]

I just dropped my disk and it doesn't spin anymore when connecting. Unlucky me - it's a backup disk - and I need the data. I did try to find a service but they are really expensive and outside my ...
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Does RPM (5400 vs 7200) matter for a secondary internal laptop data drive? [duplicate]

I am wanting put a secondary internal hard drive in my laptop. My primary drive is a 7200RPM / 64GB SSD hybrid which performs really well. I want to install another hard drive purely for data, mainly ...
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What is a “slim” internal laptop hard drive?

I am looking to purchase a second internal 1TB hard drive for my Alienware 17 laptop. There is an empty bay for a secondary drive but I am uncertain whether I can buy a regular internal drive or a ...
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4TB disk connected via eSATA not working properly

My System: Mainboard: ASUS P9X79 eSATA controller: Asmedia 106x (onboard). Driver version: 1.4.1.0 OS: Windows 8.1 pro x64 PyroGate external drive cage for 3.5" HDD containing a 4TB disk from WD. ...
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check ownership of windows drive through cli

I am trying to figure out who the owner of a windows drive is through the command line and cannot seem to find the right command to run. I know about the takeown command to take ownership of a drive, ...
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iTunes 11.1.5 versus S.M.A.R.T. hard drive sensor

After I installed a bigger startup drive in my Mac Pro, I renamed the prior startup drive and use it to keep my media contents, including my iTunes media folder. I work that drive hard, doing video ...
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Cannot create new volume from unallocated space

I installed Windows 7 ultimate, and I installed it on C partition, but I left a huge amount of unallocated space (490Gb). Now, I want to create simple storage partition, but I cannot do it with Disk ...
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How to install Windows to a computer with Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is currently installed on my computer and I want to install Windows 7 alongside it. On my computer there are three HDDs: 2x 500GB 8GB SSD I have already installed Ubuntu on one of the ...
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NTFS connection restarts Mac

I'm running Mavericks 10.9.2. For some reason, I have this external drive that is NTFS formatted. I have Paragon for Mac so I can write to NTFS. It's always worked fine. Then this past weekend, it ...
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How to boot from new hard drive

My desktop computer is 11 years old, running Windows XP. The hard disk was crashing periodically, so I decided to buy and install a new hard drive. The computer design uses the Parallel ATA (=IDE) ...
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Weird HDD Slowdown Issue

I'm experiencing a strange issue with one of my SATA HDDs. Basically I have two internal HDDs that I am connecting to the PC through a SATA-to-USB adapter. I am not keeping them inside the PC since ...
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Why does my motherboard with SATA 2 (3 GBPS) port / cable not properly read a SATA 3 ( 6 GBPS) HDD?

I've an old G31D-M7 motherboard which has 2 x SATA2 Connector. I recently got a SATA3 (6GBPS) HDD (Seagate Barracuda 500 GB - ST500DM002) but when I try to connect to it, it takes a long time to ...
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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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How to make a 3TB virtual drive for virtualbox?

I need to make a large virtual drive for virtual box at 3TB, however, the max size in virtual box appears to be 2TB. How can i make a 3TB virtual disk/drive? thanks.
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Upgrading hard disk, installing/activating Windows 8.1 that is installed on old hard disk

I have an old hard disk inside my laptop. Currently there is Windows XP installed on it, but I would like to install Windows 8.1. If i install Windows 8.1 I have (on DVD), on to this old hard disk, ...
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hdd encryption before or after usage?

I am reinstalling my system with win8.1 and archlinux dualboot. I was wondering at what point i should encrypt the entire hdd with truecrypt. Can i just encrypt the whole hdd any time i like, for ...
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Strange hard disc install behavior with Linux

I have booted Linux mint cinnamon 64bit from usb stick - no problems very stable and works very well on my machine. I then installed to the hard disk a 1TB SATA disk suitably partitioned and ...
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Exporting EFS certificate directly from drive?

Is there any way to backup EFS certificates from a hard drive that contains the Windows 7 installation that made them but can no longer be directly booted into? In other words, I have access to the ...
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My dvd/cdrom drive doesn't read cds, it only reads dvd type discs…it used to work fine

Why would a dvd play and be read but the cds not be read? are there 2 heads, laser thingies that read differently? I thought it was one reader and it works for both types of cds and dvds ...
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Does Macrium Reflects “system partition backup” store everything? Including all installed apps, registry tweaks, user folders, etc.?

I'm asking this because I just made a backup with Macrium Reflect (free edition) of my Windows 7 install, and the resulting backup file is really small. The settings I chose were: Intelligent ...
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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 extrernal hard drives and have been doing so for quite a while. A few months ...
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NTFS File shows as directory

I have a WD Passport external disk formated in NTFS. I either use it attached to my laptop or to a WD TVLive multimédia player. After a fews days conencted to the TVLive, some of the files are ...
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How to set up parity for spanned volumes

I am looking for a way to make parity backups of my data that i store on a large spaned volume... Ideally i would use raid 5, but i have drives of many different sizes, and would like to use all. What ...
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udev rules exclude device

is it possible to use udev rules to excluce a single device from the rule? for instance if I have 5 harddisk plugged in and I want to create custom names for all harddisk except for a single one? is ...
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Lost data after incomplete resize operation on a partition

Prior to the resize operation I had three partitions on the drive. Let's call them A, B and C (in order). First I will put in the facts: Partition B was small in size and the data on it was no ...
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Seatools fatal error at when reaching ATA step

I have a ST9500325AS Seagate HDD in my Lenovo laptop. I tried using two HDD tools for educational purposes; ATAPW and MHDD, and I tried to be very careful in my approach. I first opened MHDD.exe via ...
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Visual Studio 2013 error: invalid drive

In attempting to install Visual studio '13, I'm greeted with Setup requires 415MB on C: and 61 MB in: J:\Visual Studio invalid drive. The funny thing is that I don't have a J: drive. ...
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Linux tools that can partition GPT with proper alignment

Proper partition alignment ensures ideal performance during data access. Incorrect partition alignment will cause reduced performance, especially with regard to SSDs (with an internal page size of ...
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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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Force load an external Hard disk as an Media device(MTP) in Widows 7

My office laptop has Symantec endpoint installed and it has blocked the USB point which practically makes the computer useless.. But it does load my Nexus and a friend's iPhone as a MTP device. So i ...
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Does unplugging a disk from linux change disk name after restart?

I had 5 disks (sda, sdb, sdc, sdd, sde) sda is being used for root and boot. sdc,sdd and sde disks are being used by lvm. We unmounted and unplugged the sdb, now I need to restart the server. I am ...
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Imac G5 fan running very high

I have an imac G5 24" 2.66 Ghz intel 640 GB hard drive with WD 1TB external 2 core duo. I had damage the unit in a move took it to best buy geek squad service and they replaced the lcd with one I ...
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Does Windows use internal HDD when write to external USB HDD

I'm using my external USB HDD to download from torrent because I thought that will not consume my internal HDD. Then someone told me that the OS, Windows 7 in my case, Write/Read the data to the ...
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What are the prerequisites for a USB device so an OS can be booted from it?

I've been reading a bit about it, and although things are more clear to me now, I'm still in the dark about some details. What determines (apart from having a newer BIOS, the one that enables you to ...
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Windows 8.1 no longer sees my non-boot internal SATA drives

I've got a Dell XPS-8700 tower running Windows 8.1 Pro. I've had this PC for a couple of months, and installed two additional SATA drives from my old system. The boot drive is a 1Tb Western Digital ...
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Is it possible to convert an external hard drive into a virtual disk and if so how?

I have an old laptop hard drive that I installed into a USB hard drive case. I can't set the BIOS of my desktop to boot from a USB device (USB hard drive cases aren't recognized as boot devices, from ...
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What does hardware encryption mean on external HDDs?

While shopping for an external HDD I've noticed some models have this feature (hardware encryption). Being a type of fella who only uses HDDs in general for storing data, with some hopes he will still ...