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

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Dangers of using external power source with internal hard drive

Is it okay to connect a internal hard drive (IDE/SATA/SCSI) to an internal controller (e.g. on-board the motherboard) and supply the power via another power supply or an external unit like the one ...
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What's the difference between a RAID enclosure, and a JBOD enclosure connected to a RAID controller

I've currently got an Areca ARC-1222 raid controller card connected to an iStorage Pro JBOD enclosure via miniSAS, on a mac, used for video editing. I'm speccing out a PC to replace it and have become ...
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How to find second HDD on Windows 8.1

I have 1 SSD and 1 HDD on my computer. When I look at device manager the HDD is found and working fine, but I can't figure out how to navigate to it. I am installing applications onto the SSD, but ...
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Installing Windows 7 x64, ASUS P5G41T-M LX Plus, Mass Storage Driver

I have a ASUS P5G41T-M LX PLUS motherboard. When installing (from either USB or DVD) Windows 7 Pro x64, my harddrive doesn't show to install onto. The Hard Drive is recognized in the BIOS. I try ...
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Why is Windows 8.1 using an external USB drive as the primary for .EXE Decompressions?

Funny issue here. I have bought a Samsung 250GB SSD drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 8 on it which I updated to 8.1. in addition to this drive this machine also has 2 internal drives and 1 ...
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How to install Ubuntu with Windows 8.1 without formatting any partition?

I have laptop running Windows 8.1 with single SSD of 128 GB. I have 2 partitions. C:/ has windows and D:/ is also filled with files. I can make space in D:/ driver around 20 GB. Can I install ...
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“The local device is already running” error on Windows Server SBS 2008

I have an issue with an old NAS which i have mapped on IP Address 192.168.1.2. The drive isn't accessible even when it is mapped. I have tried to remap it using: net use * /delete and net use * ...
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Linux RAID on top of LVM

I have LVM configured on top of RAID, but I was wondering how one would do RAID on top of LVM. Here's the scenario: I have a RAID 6 array with 4 X 3TB drives. 1 drive failed, badblocks reported 73 ...
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How to delete a file in the share drive when other computers read this file failed?

I have shared a drive with Operating system: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Service Pack 1, then write some c++ codes to access this drive with windows API (WNetAddConnection2) from other computers ...
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How to migrate user files from hard drive of dead vista system to w7?

I have the good hard drive from an otherwise dead Vista laptop ( I'm looking at you, HP Pavilion DV6700!) connected to the USB port of a good windows 7 system. To clarify, the drive from the old ...
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Diffing an entire hard drive, available tools?

There's an existing question similar to this that didn't get answered in the proper context (a massive volume of data to compare) at all, so I'm trying again here. I'm using SuperDuper to maintain a ...
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What happens if I execute fstrim for a HDD instead of SSD?

Sorry for my not so good English. I'm preparing a Xubuntu 12.04 Clonezilla image for rapid deployment to new PCs in my company. PCs we are buying may have either HDD or SSD drives. My boss requested ...
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Mac OS X Snow Leopard Boot Issue

Recently, a friends 2011 MacBook Pro died and won't boot, normally or in safe mode. I managed to boot from the disk, checked disk utility and found Macintosh HD was not mounted. I verified the disk, ...
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Permanently lock or remove disk partition

I have a 320GB hard drive and after testing it I found that the first 20GB have many bad sectors, and the rest of the disk is healthy. Now I want to sell it to a friend, I will format it and install ...
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Moving /tmp to a different mounted drive

I've mapped my MySQL datadir to a different (and bigger) disk with 900GB [root@web ~]# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/xvda1 40G 24G 14G 64% / tmpfs ...
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What is the most secure, efficient and cheap way to backup files? [closed]

I 've been using computers for 20 years and I have gone through several styles of backing up my files. In the past I used to burn files on CDs and DVDs, which soon turned into a huge mass. I couldn't ...
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Can't install any OS, hdd errors

I am trying to install any OS on a netbook (Samsung n150), I tried win xp, which hangs trying to boot saying something like (hd0,0). I tried win 7, which loads the installer setup but when it reaches ...
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How to move and rearrange partitions in Ubuntu

I have a mess of partitions. This picture pretty much sums it up. I don't understand why there are small unallocated areas. My goal is to move the whole /dev/sda4 partition to a new hard drive ...
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Recover files formatted / broken partition

I recently got my hard disk broke (not physically broke) and that I tried to do data recovery. I've tried Easeus and GetBackData tool already, it works great and I can recover files, however there is ...
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Disk partitions are not appearing separately when installing Ubuntu along with Windows 8.1

I have installed windows 8.1 and now I want to install Ubuntu 12.04 along with it and want dual boot OS. I have 250 GB HD and they partitioned in four drives in windows and in which one is 20 GB ...
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Multiple disk controller cards and RAID1

I'm creating a btrfs RAID1 array, and I have two SATA3 controllers - one on the motherboard and another in a PCIe slot. For simplicty's sake, let's say I only have two drivers, sda and sdb. Would I ...
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Computer Freezes for some time after beeps from motherboard

I have Gigabyte 970a ds3 rev3.0 motherboard. While running some applications I hear some beeps and at that time my pc freezes but after few seconds it again runs fine. Can this happen because of a ...
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How to move Windows 7 files + apps to new PC when old PC no longer works

Nutshell summary: old Windows 7 PC no longer stays running for more than a few minutes, but the hard disk still works. We obtained a new Windows 7 PC, and I'm trying to move user files, settings and ...
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Reallocation Event Count high threshold

I've bought recently a WD black, and I've made a SMART check on it, these are the values : http://prntscr.com/3t6szr The rellocation event count worries me. The HDD works pretty neat tho. Installed ...
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EXfat perfomance on harddrive

In windows administration tools, I can choose to format a internal hard drive as exfat. Harddrive is WDC WD10JPVX 1 TB model Should I use EXfat on a SATA hard drive?
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Can I sync contents of external harddisk with Megasync?

I just added a new sync and the local folder is located on a USB external hard disk. What will happen when I disconnect the hard disk from the computer? Will Mega keep the files in the cloud?
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DiskPart not listing HDD in Windows 8.1

I have two WD 2.0TB drives that I wanted to set up in a RAID 1 array. When I installed Windows 8.1 it saw both drives and I installed it on drive 0. However now that I want to use storage spaces to ...
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Can I Import WM Player/wav album info into iTunes on Win7 PC?

I have a hard drive that contains about 500 cds that I ripped using Windows Media Player 64 (v11? - current version) on a Win7 64 PC in wav format. I also used WMP to retrieve the album info from the ...
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Resize NTFS partition from Mac OS X?

I have an external hard drive that I used for backups of my Windows machine. I left that machine behind but took the drive when I moved to a new city. So far, I've only bought and used a Macbook in ...
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WD My Book Live: Remote Access on local network only

MyBookLive 2TB Firmware version: 02.43.03-022 I would like to use the WD My Cloud mobile app to access my files but only when I am on the same local network as the MBL itself. In other words, I do ...
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Dual-SSD laptop - should I move the pagefile to the non-boot SSD?

I have 2 SSDs in my laptop of equal (256GB) size. After reading this Technet article I'm tempted to do what it suggests and move my paging file to the other (non-boot) drive. Is this worth doing? Are ...
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Is my MacBook Pro 2012's Hard Drive SATA Cable broken?

I dropped my backpack from my bed few weeks ago and my MacBook was in it. At first it wouldn't boot up at all, but I managed to boot it up using internet recovery. I checked issues with the drive and ...
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Creating a data rescue partition

I am trying to recover deleted files from a Windows HDD (320 Gb) with multiple partitions. Have three questions: Will dd if=/dev/sdb of=~/image_sdb.img bs=4096 create an image of all partitions ...
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Can't get all drives to show up in windows (invalid dynamic disk)

I unplugged my hard drives a couple days ago as i wanted to re-wire the PC and tidy up some cables, However now i've plugged them back in i can only get one raid to show at a time. I have the ...
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External Hard drive doesn't show up anywhere

I have already checked Device Manager and Disk Management already so please don't suggest those two. My problem right now is that my WD My Passport stopped being recognized one day out of the blue. It ...
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Is it possible to partially recover data from a spanned volume if one drive fails?

I have several old hard disks laying around the house, and I want to make a spanned volume (some may call it JBOD, but there is a dispute about it) out of them. If one of the disks fails, will I be ...
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Partition is gone and C: is smaller

My computer restarted overnight to install windows update. In the morning I had tried to make a System Restore (Windows restore to a point) as my video driver got messed up. I also reinstalled some ...
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How Do You Recover An Encrypted Partition?

I was reformatting one of my extra hard drives with Windows DiskPart and accidentally selected the wrong hard drive. I used the clean command, but it wasn't long before I realized I cleaned the ...
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Clone SSD or move windows settings over? [closed]

I'm getting a new computer with a bigger and faster SSD (256GB vs 64GB). Should I do a clean install of Windows 7 and move the settings over, or should I try to clone the old SSD? Which is best, and ...
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Will Win7 Hidden Install Partition Still Work After Cloning and Restoring to a New Hard Drive

I have a laptop with Windows 7 whose hard drive is failing. There is no install disk and a fresh install is done via the bios and a hidden partition containing the Win7 install files. I'd like to ...
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Can't Detect PC Drives While Installing Windows XP

I have an old netbook lying around, I installed Windows 7 two days ago, and it worked great. I decided I need to install Windows XP. During the process, it showed me that Windows XP can't be ...
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Hard Disk laggy

Hey guys I am considering to purchase a new HDD after a series of events that happened : Couple days ago my PC froze while I was playing a game, I wasn't able to close any processes with my Task ...
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How to utilize 4TB HDD, which is showing up as 2.72TB

I have two internal HDD's. They're both 4TB capacity. They're both formatted with the GPT partitioning scheme, and they're Basic Discs (not dynamic). I'm on Windows 8 64bit. I have UEFI, not BIOS. ...
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Find hard drive volume number in Windows 7

Read carefully: I need to identify the volume number not the serial of D:. This does not provide the volume number... vol D: The volume number for C:\ is... \Device\HarddiskVolume2 I was unable ...
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Why might one hard disk perform slower than another?

I have just bought two WD 3TB Reds (WD30EFRX) for a FreeNAS box and whilst doing burn-in testing it seems like one is consistently taking about 10% longer than the other. So far I've done: a dd read ...
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Enabling write cache on my unsupported flash drive

I have recently found that I can improve the performance of my computer by enabling write caching on my external USB flash drive. I have a PNY 8GB flash drive. I have done the following: Right click ...
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When I boot my computer using an ISO image, will it make changes to my hard drive? [closed]

I am using windows 7. When I boot my computer using an ISO image, will it make changes to, or wipe my hard drive? Will I be able to restart and boot to windows 7 and still have all of my data?
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How can I protect my HD from corruption/scrambling on the software side?

I am in a situation where I regularly suffer brief flickers in my electricity (getting fixed soon, it's horrible) and I fear it's going to affect the health of my work desktop. The obvious solution is ...
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Does Uninstalling a secondary HDD (Device Manager) stops it from spinning?

I have 2 HDDs and the secondary one is 3 years old, so I don't want it to keep spinning all the time (to maximize its life). I tried setting power options to turn it off after 1 minute but sometimes a ...
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SMART-Test never finishes

When running SMART-Tests using smartmontools, they NEVER finish. I always get "Interrupted (host reset.)" on various different systems and disks, including Debian in x86 and ARM, OS X on x64, with ...